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· Mexican Hard Shell Taco
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Well, the 500 makes about 20 extra horsepower and more torque. Top speed is "only" 10 mph higer, but acceleration is a lot better, like 1 second less in the 1/4 of mile! (Thinking low 13s for the 500 and low 14s for the 250, wich is more or less realistic).

The bike is not all about speed, but better response at various speeds and better rideability.

By the way, the GS500 is not competitive with the 500R in performance, it would be more or less comparable to the 250, a little bit more acceleration and more torque, but the GS500 is all about looks, not performance.
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