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Pristine stroker: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A

This 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP appears to be in the hands of our friend Gary in Utah, and like the lion's share of his bikes, it's nigh on perfect. The original fairings and tank show very few flaws, and from a glance the biggest blemish seems to be on the aluminum boot guard.

1996 Suzuki RGV250SP for sale on eBay

Based on frame number, this appears to be a T model VJ23A, which in stock form for the Japanese market was limited to just 40 horsepower. That should still be a laugh riot in a bike this small and light, but the 70-degree v-twin is well known for being capable of around 60 horses if you massage it right.

The VJ23s represent the latest and greatest in Japanese two-stroke technology. While they share v-twin architecture with the VJ21 and VJ22s machines that came before, the motor in the later machines shares almost nothing with its elders, from revised powervalves to a narrower vee angle.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A with only 32,741 kilometers (20,344 miles). Bike is in mint condition with only a few scratches on the left side upper, a few light handling marks and some rub marks on the heel guards. No dents in the tank, no cracks in the fairings, and has a very clear windscreen. Bike is completely stock and all fairings and components are 100% genuine Suzuki factory OEM. This bike is gorgeous! The previous owner took extremely good care of it. Lol, this bike was loved as a child. Comes with new battery, new fluids and new fork seals. Runs like the day it was new. This is a premium bike and very rare to find in this condition. Bike comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use. Text 801-358-6537 for more pictures and questions. Auction could end anytime as bike is for sale locally. $200 deposit due immeadiatly after auctions end thru PayPal. Balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person.

The bike has certainly been ridden, which makes its condition that much more impressive, and it comes with a clean Utah street title, so it should be good for another few years of high-strung fun.

10 Comments

  • Derestriction is a common topic. One I am highly unknowledgeable about. I wanted to ask that common topic from a different direction. If you leave it restricted but ride the piss out of it (track day). How much longer would a restricted stock engine last vs an uncorked one. 500% longer? 10%?

    On a modern unmodified 4-stroke I have been incapable of determining what it takes to kill one. (beyond negligence of published maintenance). 2 strokes on the other hand are voodo from my knowledge base.

  • General rule for these 250 two strokes even left stock restricted. New top end at 10k miles is recommended service limit 20k miles for a new crank. So I doubt it runs like it did when brand new.

  • Gary has certainly established himself as a credible seller of all these imports. I just wish he would state clearly in his adds, which bikes are in restricted form. It is only fair to the inexperienced future stroker owner. So that said buyer can do the research to derestrict if so chooses. Not everybody visits this site or other forums until they have jumped into the deep end.

  • Meh. With a current bid of $8k (Reserve not met) I’d have to ask another common question: What does it matter? The potential buyer (aka: Wealthy Collector) isn’t likely to spend much time actually riding the bike anyways… it’s probably doomed to a life of leisure sitting in another living room somewhere, until that person decides to revive it – in order to sell – it to the next collector, and so on, and so on…

  • It matters cause it’s two 125 pistons and if it goes over service limit. The pistons can start to prematurely wear out the hard plating on the cylinders which leads to seizures. Ever heard of piston knock?

    • Yes. It matters if you want to ride it; your point is well stated and (if it wasn’t clear – understood.) My point was: I bet the new buyer won’t ride it – so it doesn’t matter (in that sense). And. Since I remain skeptical that the bike will be ridden in any significant manner, I also retain my opinion that it doesn’t matter. It’s fun to live in both universes sometimes !

  • Would fogging the cylinders and turning the engine over every now and then help?

  • No cause once the hard plating is worn the only true way to repair it is to have them replated back to spec. It all ready has enough miles on it where it could possibly need it now. If your not gonna ride it what a waste just go buy some posters or models you can pose on isn’t that why they make ducati’s for?

    • No.

  • eBay lists this one as failed to sell with bids up to $8,000; it has been relisted.

    – Mike

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