In essence GS500e is like a wife......you are in for the long haul.....she will become your life partner...someone you can take on long journeys with no worries. She is someone you can depend upon. She will forgive you for your mistakes. While on the other hand Bandit is a high maintenance Mistress. It will be an ON/OFF relationship of short episodes of fun filled experiences Neither will you treat her with respect, nor will she forgive you for a mistake. You wont trust her on a long journey and you will have to buy her expensive gift every now and then. Eventually you will part ways.......she with a weaker soul and you with a broken back.
Its a lifestyle choice! I like the one night stands with a hot mistress more. Yes I had to be cautious and wear protection all the time and watch my back............but its an experience worth having.
Both are extremely different animals and have very different fan following. GS is an air-cooled 2 cylinder motorcycle used by our law enforcement agencies therefore spares are easy to find and mechanics know the bike well. Yes it has best fuel economy in its class.....easily gives 25KMPL...maybe more.
Bandit on the other hand is not as easy to maintain as a GS500e but it has a inline 4 cylinder water cooled engine which makes "that" heavy bike sound we all are crazy about. It has all the characteristics of a typical heavy bike like a quick throttle response, sound, speed, looks etc etc.