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Suzuki August 4, 2016 posted by

Stunning Gamma: 1988 Suzuki RG500Γ MK14 Race Bike for Sale

1988 Suzuki RG500 R Side

The road-going two-stroke fours from Suzuki and Yamaha normally tend to look a little awkward to my eye. The wheels and tires look too skinny, the brakes too small, the fairing bulbous and a little ungraceful. That all goes out the window with this 1988 Suzuki RG500Γ race bike, which seems better balanced all-around, and does away with pointless frippery like headlights, turn-signals, and rear-view mirrors...

1988 Suzuki RG500 L Tank

Motivated by a liquid-cooled square-four engine that was basically made up of a pair of parallel-twins geared together, the Suzuki was far more raw than the competing RZ500 from Yamaha. Many two-strokes of the period featured complicated technology designed to make them more practical for road use. While the RG500 had some of those as well, it seemed to revel in the very qualities that attract two-stroke fans, instead of masking them: light weight, narrow powerbands, and a generally unruly, experts-only handling.

1988 Suzuki RG500 Fairing

Power hovered right around 100hp for the road bike and, for a bike of the period that weighed under 400lbs, this represented state-of-the-art motorcycle performance. Even today, these are some of the most highly sought-after bikes of the 1980s and, although they don't offer cutting-edge power compared to modern machines, the level of involvement required to ride one quickly and the highly-strung, chainsaw-maniac shriek of the engine mean plenty of entertainment, all wreathed in heavy two-stroke smoke that drips from the four stingers.

1988 Suzuki RG500 Dry Clutch

This example is a pure racing machine that obviously doesn't even share a frame with the roadgoing model, and competed in the late 1980s in the UK, as described by the seller.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Suzuki RG500 Race Bike for Sale

Suzuki RG500 MK14 - 1988 British F1 Winning bike. Model year 1988 VIN RGB500-10511

For the 1985 season Suzuki adopted a new approach in respect to their hugely successful RG500 partly in response to changes being seen in domestic racing. National championships were moving towards production based, four stroke formulas resulting in less demand for over the counter Grand Prix 500's. Suzuki opted to stop producing complete RG500's, instead supplying Padgett's of Batley with up rated, magnesium cased, stepped RG500 engines and their associated power valves and expansion chambers. Padgett's would then supply complete machines using a steel frame built by Harris Performance and based on the Suzuki Mk VII/VIII frame. A total of twelve engines were supplied to the Yorkshire based company with machines being built between 1985 and 1988. The machine offered is number 11 of the 12 and was ridden by Darren Dixon, a Padgett's sponsored rider to victory in the 1988 British F1 Championship. It was subsequently sold to Brian Burgess in November 1988 for his son, John, to ride in the British Superbike Championship which, at that time still allowed machines such as the RG500 to compete. The ACU eventually banned two strokes form the British Superbike Championship at the start of the 1990's. The owners continued to run the RG500 in National and club events until 1996. Roger Keen prepared the engine during the period that the motorcycle was racing and recently the engine has been stripped and rebuilt with new parts by Phil Lovet. The machine was recently returned to the livery that it wore when being raced by Darren Dixon in 1988 with the paintwork being applied by Padgett's. It is in good condition in all respects following its restoration. This significant machine is offered with a letter from Clive Padgett confirming that it was Darren Dixon's Championship winning RG500 and that Padgett's sold the motorcycle to Mr Burgess in November 1988 together with a letter from Mr Burgess outlining the machines history during his ownership and a DVD showing Darren Dixon winning three races.

1988 Suzuki RG500 Rear Wheel

The seller indicates that the bike is currently in the UK but, given the bike's rarity and the fact that it's a pure racing bike, I don't think that will be any sort of issues for buyers here in the USA or anywhere else, for that matter. I honestly don't know enough about RG500 race bikes to vouch for this bike's authenticity, so I'm happy to defer to the experts in the comments section on this one. Real, or not, it's a stunning bike, with just enough wear to suggest that it actually gets used from time to time. Bidding is active, but currently sits just north of $10,000 which is well short of where I expect it to end up.

-tad

1988 Suzuki RG500 L Side

Stunning Gamma: 1988 Suzuki RG500Γ MK14 Race Bike for Sale
Suzuki July 20, 2016 posted by

One Owner 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 in Miami

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One owner since 1987 and from the looks of it, it was taken care of by an adult. Everything appears complete and aside from the scratches on the one side, a very tidy motorcycle. With nearly 19k miles, this listing has a buy-it-now of $6,300.

dc

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for sale on eBay

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from the seller's listing:

1987 Suzuki GSXR 750. This is a one owner pampered bike that is completely original,unmolested and in amazing condition. It is blue and white which are the most desirable colors and runs and drives like new. It has a few small nicks and scratches which I have shown comprehensively in the photos. It is becoming almost impossible to find these in this condition so please don't hesitate if you really want one because this is the one. The first serious buyer to see this one will buy it.

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One Owner 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 in Miami
Suzuki July 15, 2016 posted by

Big Boy Toy – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Though the reasons for hiding away a top-of-the-line sportbike may be a head-scratcher, it's a thrill to come upon the bike you lusted over back in the day - stock and barely used.  This 1127cc K-variant has just 4,400 miles, stealth paint scheme, and spent all its nights in a Queens garage.

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1989 Suzuki GXS-R1100 for sale on eBay

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With a newly developed air-oil cooled engine shoehorned into the slightly modified frame from last year's 750 model, the GSX-R1100 was poised to be the big Kahuna in 1989.  The 138 hp package had a two-stage oil pump to ensure reliability, called the Suzuki Advanced Cooling System.  The high-hipped aluminum frame was beefed up and had 43mm Kayaba cartridge forks in front, with Full Floater monoshock rear, both fully adjustable.  Brakes were Suzuki's own 310mm fronts with 4-piston calipers, and 240mm rear.

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Appearing to be a one or maybe two-owner machine, this Gixxer has been preserved in its 1995 road condition.  From the eBay auction:

Up for your consideration is a 1989 GSXR1100.  I feel the condition of this bike is way above average for the year and miles (4400 miles). The originality speaks volumes as to who owned it and how it was treated.  The bike was bought by me as a collector bike and never put on the street. It has been keep in my climate controlled garage for the past several years. Since most of these bikes have been crashed and repainted you would be hard pressed to fine another in the condition of mine . The only modification is the vance & hines exhaust which was installed at the dealer when new .  This bike still wears its original michelin tires which i have included a picture of the date code. Please keep in mind that this is a 27 year old motorcycle  that has been off the road since 1995 and will need normal maintenance if you have intentions of riding it. I won't say anymore about that as I will let the pictures of the bike speak for themselves. If you have any questions or would like to make a reasonable offer please email me your # and  the best time to call .  All sales are final , no warranty and sold as is where is. 

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Though pre-season reviews were excellent, production GSX-R1100 K's acquired a suspect reputation for handling, and with the bulletproof powerplant, many were lengthened into dragsters - street and strip.  Luckily this one hasn't been under the knife, and the suspension could be dialed in for the new owner.  A carburetor rejuvenation is probably in the cards after all this time, and certainly new rubber.  Though it would be great to see this monochrome endurance fairing steam past, this GSXR might have a future on display...

-donn

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Big Boy Toy – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Suzuki July 7, 2016 posted by

Just a Pup: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG250 WW R Side Front

Looking very much like a little brother to the RG500, this Suzuki RG250Γ offers up sophistication to match its larger stablemate: anti-dive forks, Full Floater suspension, Suzuki's Automatic Exhaust Control that increased the weedy two-stroke midrange, and a six-speed gearbox. The package was very light, weighing in at 286lb dry and the water-cooled 247cc parallel twin came restricted to 45hp from the factory, although more was available with tuning.

1986 Suzuki RG250 WW Rear Wheel2

Available between 1983 and 1987, this generation of the RG250 was available in traditional Suzuki white and blue, but the dark blue, red, and gold Walter Wolf colors seen here are especially striking, and those proprietary gauge faces look very trick. Born in Austria, Walter Wolf's name can be found on both the RG250 and RG500. Wolf made his fortune in the Canadian oil business and sponsored racing cars and bikes in the UK.

1986 Suzuki RG250 WW Clocks

This particular example is very clean, with little pitting on the aluminum parts, although there is some rust on the steel subframe and brackets visible. Unfortunately, the bodywork, while complete, has some bad cracking around the headlight and scuffs and scrapes from a lifetime of riding. Some of the decals have peeled so folks might think you're riding a "S 7UKI" and the paint on the tank is in poor shape. Mechanically, the bike is claimed to be in excellent condition.

1986 Suzuki RG250 WW R Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf  version very rare to find one titled in the United States . This bke was brought from Japan with a U.S. service man in 1990 it is completely documented with all the custom papers and has a clear title . Good luck finding another. The bike starts one kick and runs and handles perfect. The plastics have some issues but are very restorable. I have some nos. Suzuki parts that go with bike new gas cap. new factory grips service manual and a few other Suzuki factory parts that will go with bike.  10927 kms, not miles.

1986 Suzuki RG250 WW Tank

There is no interest yet at the $3,000 opening bid, and the seller has set the Buy It Now price at $6,000. Walter Wolf Gammas come up for sale occasionally, but this is only the second 250 I've seen for sale: they were never common, and are especially rare here in the US. This one needs some cosmetic attention but, considering the rapidly escalating value of two-stroke sportbikes in general, it could be a great rolling restoration for someone living in a state with a permissive DMV.

-tad

1986 Suzuki RG250 WW R Side

Just a Pup: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf for Sale
Suzuki June 9, 2016 posted by

2nd Generation – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750

Coming off 1988's major re-vamp, the GSX-R750 for 1989 had the new frame, upgraded engine with slingshot carbs, revised fairing from the previous year along with a couple of tweaks to improve cornering clearance.  Would that it were an R or RK, but the base K model was a great ride, and could be very quick if suspension set-up was done individually.

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1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

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Sporting the SACS ( Suzuki Advanced Cooling System ), the 748 cc motor uses a two-stage oil pump with oil routed past the combustion chambers and piston squirters to help maintain its composure as 13,000 rpm and 112 hp quickly approach.  36mm Mikuni flat-slide carburetors are helped by a shorter intake path, fed by ports beside the headlights.  The perimeter frame is welded up extrusions and forgings of aluminum, as is the swingarm.  Right side up cartridge forks are without anti-dive but adjustable for preload and rebound damping, as is the Full-Floater monoshock.  Stainless 4-1-2 exhaust is new for this year, though this bike has been fitted with a D&D 4-into-1 system.  Brakes are Nissin 310 mm fronts with four-piston calipers, with 230 mm rear.  Steering damper on the left frame is standard.  Though available set up for a passenger, this GSXR has the matching monoposto seat fairing.

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Offered by a New Jersey dealer, this GSX-R750 looks excellent or better and claims only 1,407 miles.  Sharper eyes may see mods but I'm not.  None of the body faux pas look like accident damage.  From the eBay auction:

Incredible find.  1989 GSXR 750K, its an ICONIC sport bike and becoming highly collectible.  Its not only incredible that this bike still exists but its in really great condition too.  

Bike is ready to ride with fresh oil/Filter, brake flush, New Tires.
 
Bike comes with factory (VERY RARE) solo seat cover with bump pad and also included is the stock seat cover/tailight surround.
 
I have tried to detail most of the defects in the paint but certainly can not get them all so i concentrated on the most obvious ones.  I have not noticed any cracks at all in the body, even all the small tabs seem to be intact.  The wind screen is a bit marked up and most of the scratches can be polished out but I opted to put an original windscreen on the bike verses a flimsy cheap aftermarket one.

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Though a production machine and not a rarity at the time, a road registered original like this is not seen often.  Claiming a substantial horsepower advantage over its competition, the factory made some ride-height adjustments and re-shaped the exhaust collector for 1989, resulting in a sharp handling powerhouse.  Since summer is here, any number of aftermarket windshields would serve the purpose while you polish the original or search out a new-old-stock part...

-donn

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2nd Generation – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750
Suzuki June 8, 2016 posted by

Table for One: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ SP for Sale

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP R Side
Fresh off the boat from Japan, this Suzuki RGV250 Γ "Gamma" is the higher-spec SP model that featured fully-adjustable suspension, along with a close-ratio gearbox and a dry clutch. 1988 was the first year of the RGV that replaced the parallel-twin of the RG250 with a new, 90° 249cc v-twin engine that also found its way into the Aprilia RS250. Designated the “VJ21” this first-generation RGV used Suzuki’s sophisticated aluminum beam frame, but lacked the later bike’s stacked exhaust and sexy banana swingarm that allowed space for that bike’s bulging expansion chambers.

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP L Side Front

The complete package made around 50hp and weighed around 282lbs dry, so performance is deceptively good, considering the relatively small displacement. But more importantly, these machines are notoriously high-strung, requiring real effort to extract the modest power and skill to take advantage of that light weight and nimble handling. The result is performance that can embarrass more powerful machines on track and on the road when used properly. For Real Riders™ this kind of involvement is critical to the motorcycle experience and makes for epic David vs. Goliath stories shared over lunch.

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP Clocks

This bike also features a solo tail section, which at first seems a shame. I mean, what rider doesn’t dream about taking some hot, young thing on the back for a midnight ride, the capstone of the typical motorcycle fantasy? But sexy as they may be, sportbikes are generally impractical for taking passengers and, considering the RGV250’s tiny, tiny size, maybe it’s best that this is a rider-only machine...

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP L Side Rear
From the original eBay listing: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ Gamma SP for Sale
Up for auction is 1988 Suzuki RGV250 Gamma SP Model. SP Model has adjustable suspension, close ratio transmission, and this one has custom racing single seat. It just arrived from Japan. All electric works, engine, brake, suspension work too. Only needs tire: getting old so needs new one. Have a short movie on YouTube.
Got paper work you need to register but don't know how much do you need. Please check your local DMV. Odometer shows 3124km (about 1952.5 miles) but seems like too low, I assume it has been replaced? Don't know but it goes 1000 to 1100rpm. Right side plastic has crack but it has been fixed. 
The seller also helpfully includes a clip of the bike starting and running. The bike is in generally decent condition, although that solo tail is obviously not the original part, and the stock piece appears to be long-gone. Aesthetic choice or crash-repair? Many of these sat outside in their home market: garage space is at a premium in Japan. And build-quality was never all that high for these quarter-liter sportbikes, so most of these making their way here will need some cosmetic attention.

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP R Side Rear

There’s still plenty of time left on the auction, with a $4,300.00 starting bid and no takers as yet.  Those two little letters “S” and “P” mean it should prove popular among collectors and folks who live in places where registration entails nothing more than a duly-appointed state representative looking at your ride and saying, “Yup. That’s a motorcycle.” It's not a dead-stock museum-piece, but I expect that'll be reflected in the final selling price, so someone may get a good deal on machine that's very rare here in the US.

-tad

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP L Side

Table for One: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ SP for Sale