Posts by tag: Gamma

Suzuki April 12, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

Suzuki's RG500Γ "Gamma" is a modern classic, a bike from the tail end of the two-stroke sportbike era, at least here in the USA where lightweight, smoky strokers were gone by the mid-80s. At the time, it offered significant on-paper advantages over something like a GSX-R750: it was lighter and the 498cc engine made similar power and torque to the four-stroke 750. But the two-stroke engine was much more highly-strung, making it a more challenging bike to ride quickly, but that's exactly what two-stroke sportbike fans love about them. They relish the involvement required by the narrow powerband and the trail of heavy, oily smoke that drips from the four tiny exhaust pipes.

Why four pipes? Well the Gamma was powered by a square four engine that, although not actually based on the unit that powered Suzuki's Grand Prix machines, at least used the same format, with twin crankshafts and a pair of very compact Mikuni carburetors on either side. Of course, like all two-strokes of the period, it featured a power valve system, in this case Suzuki's AEC or "Automatic Exhaust Control" and a cassette-style six-speed transmission theoretically allowed quick changes to the gearing trackside. The aluminum frame resembled the GSX-R's, and the Gamma had hydraulic anti-dive forks at the front and a complex, rising-rate monoshock rear suspension that Suzuki dubbed their "Full-Floater" system. A 16" front and skinny 17" wheel out back seem odd today, but were fairly standard at the time.

This particular bike should be familiar to long-time readers, as it was posted up here a couple years back. The individual who purchased it has decided the time has come to pass the bike along and let a new owner appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into it. Most Gammas look very much alike, as 99% of them originally were, or have been repainted, in the traditional blue-and-white Suzuki colors, with a few blue-and-red Walter Wolf examples thrown in for good measure. But this particular example was custom-painted and, lest you think the less traditional colors mask a bike that's been less than lovingly maintained, let's dissuade you of that notion right now: it was rebuilt a couple years back from the ground-up, and tuned by none other than Rick Lance. Basically, this bike has had a kitchen sink worth of upgrades thrown at it, as you can see from the seller's description, and the result may not be original, but is pretty spectacular.

From the seller: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

I have been blessed to own 3 of these legendary motorcycles. Out of the 3, this is the nicest and best out of my collection. I purchased this bike in October of 2016 from California. It was a recent build done by Rick Lance. I was talking to Rick at the time about doing a build with him in the exact format. However the cost was more and the timeframe was about 2 years wait. I came across this one on eBay and snatched it up. When it arrived it was nicer than the pictures detailed. Furthermore, it was listed as a 1985 and the California title reflected it as a 1986. The details are as follows:

This 1986 RG500 has ~1200 miles on it since being fully rebuilt in 2011 by Rick Lance from Lance Gamma lancegamma.com

It has the following features:

Motor: full motor rebuild including:
555 upgrade, GSX-R radiator, valve kit
Maranello transmission kit
Lance Gamma clutch upgrade
Lance Gamma TriPod air filter kit
Lance Gamma supplemental petcock
Lance Gamma pipes

Chassis, bodywork, etc:
Battery + oil tank conversion
Wheels ands rotors
Forks
Shock
Lance Gamma fiberglass bodywork with custom paint scheme

This bike is something special and unique

BTW– when Randy Mamola visited the previous owners home he autographed the bike on the gas tank, so that makes it even more unique!

The bike is the nicest you will come across. I have very much enjoyed it. I only put 200 miles on it since the purchase. It has spent more time sitting in the storefront window of my Indian dealership. My business circumstances have changed and I am looking to reinvest in my business.

I have a service manual and extra windshield that will go with the bike if desired.

I will ship worldwide on your dollar. Feel free to contact me for pictures, videos, or call me if you desire to discuss specifics.

As the seller states, this bike has covered just 200 miles since it was last seen on RSBFS. Frankly, I wasn't a huge fan of the looks when it was posted previously, but the photos that feature the bike indoors, in less glaring light, show just how classy and striking the paintwork is and it's sure to stand out in any crowd [?!] of Gammas... I generally prefer the Walter Wolf colors for the RG500, but there's no denying the quality on display here. It is posted on eBay, no reserve, so submit a bit and take a chance!

-tad

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale
Suzuki March 28, 2018 posted by

Worth the Trip: 1983 Suzuki RGB500 for Sale

This time of year, really interesting sportbikes can be a little thin on the ground, so our online searches naturally take us farther afield. In this case, all the way to Japan for a 1983 Suzuki RGB500 that was the Grand Prix racing inspiration for the two-stroke RG500Γ. This Mk8 version was highly-developed, although the earliest iterations of the bike were notoriously brawn-over-brains machines, with plenty of power but sometimes terrifying high-speed handling...

Suzuki's initial foray back into Grand Prix competition in the early 1970s was built around a production-based, water-cooled parallel twin borrowed from their T500 Titan, which saw limited success. Something different was needed if Suzuki wanted to win, and that meant the development of a brand-new four cylinder engine that featured a pair of cranks, disc valves, and the now famous square-four architecture. The new four-cylinder machine was first competed in 1974 and won its first Manufacturer's Title in 1976, then went on to dominate Grand Prix racing for years, and actually drove the shift from four-stroke machines to smokers: if you wanted to compete, you made the switch. That change defined prototype motorcycle racing up until 2002, when rules changes specifically intended to allow four-strokes to compete on more equal footing were introduced.

The original design for Suzuki's new square-four used front and rear cylinder banks that were the same height and made 110hp, although later versions used the more familiar "stepped" arrangement familiar to fans of the Gamma and made even more power. Suspension and tire technology took a while to catch up with the engine's brutal performance: 120hp may not sound like much today, but two-strokes deliver that power in a famously abrupt manner, and the early machines ate tires and chains with startling regularity. By 1982, the bike weighed 238lbs and produced over 120hp, with top speeds of up to 170mph and the RGB500, helped along by talented riders like Barry Sheene and Randy Mamola, was a dominant force in top-level motorcycle racing throughout the 1980s.

From the original Yahoo! Japan listing: 1983 Suzuki RGB500 for Sale

Racer RGB 500 I-MK 8 Works specifications. (Marco Rukkinelli player in Japan has riding)

Frame engine · swing arm Other than Works parts · Exterior manufacturer original.

(Engine) Works Mechanic · Full Overhaul (Replacement of new parts such as expendable parts)

It is running for 2 hours including a mustard and test course.

Basically present car verification. On... examination can receive person hope, in any case present condition delivery no claim.

A bid please those who can understand old racers · those who can understand by image.

Since cancellation of a bid can not correspond, please bid carefully under self-responsibility.

Those who can withdraw to Saitasa city, or if you can arrange for land transportation by yourself as a guideline after about a week after a successful bid

If it is BAS, we will bring it to Kashiwa depot for 5000 yen.

BAS Please bear the shipping fee from Kashiwa Depot by the highest bidder

Please, no jokes about the listing: I ran this though Google Translate so the original seller isn't responsible for any atrocious syntactical mistakes. Although I'm really interested in "a mustard and test course." Obviously, potential buyers won't be worried about the need to register their purchase, since this isn't a street bike. You'd just need to figure out whether to to race or display this bit of history.

-tad

Worth the Trip: 1983 Suzuki RGB500 for Sale
Suzuki March 23, 2018 posted by

Two stroke restomod: 1986 Suzuki RG500

The problem with owning classic sportbikes is that even in their best shape, they perform like they would have 30 years ago, which can be a terrifying affair if you're used to modern suspension and tires. Couple that with a take-no-prisoners 500cc two-stroke powerband, and you're really playing with fire. This 1986 Suzuki RG500 has had those concerns addressed, with mods to allow it to run modern tires and reworked suspension and brakes.

1986 Suzuki RG500 restomod for sale on eBay

The work was done by renowned RG500 tech Rick Lance, and the seller says no stone was left unturned. The bike was taken down to the chassis and gone over from top to bottom. The forks have been rebuilt and the anti-dive bypassed, and the engine has been treated to a mild tune, including a rare set of aftermarket expansion chambers.

From the eBay listing:

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma. Full Rick Lance Gamma build "resto mod" from the frame up, in excellent condition, mods inc 17 inch wheels, GSXR brakes, Fox remote shock, upgraded forks internals, anti dive block off, plus all the usual Lance Gamma mods, filters, taps, clutch. Rare Tommy Crawford expansion chambers, motor has stock bore with mild tune, lightweight bodywork with single seat with excellent stock style paint scheme, less than one thousand miles since full build including the engine, suspension, gearbox, etc etc, as you would expect from a Rick Lance build it runs and rides perfectly, carburation is spot on pulling cleanly from idle to the red line.

Hard to find these now especially in this condition with everything being practically new, gets lots of attention where ever it goes, sounds amazing, from an era when GP bikes were 2 strokes and four cylinders there will never be anything like it again, own a piece of history!

Clean GA title in my name, located in North Georgia USA Can assist with shipping

The price is an eye-watering $26,500, which is staggering even as the price of nice stockers is climbing. That said, if a modern-style two-stroke superbike is your thing, we doubt you could build your own for cheaper.

Two stroke restomod: 1986 Suzuki RG500
Suzuki March 13, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Suzuki RGV250-SP VJ22

Update 3.13.2018: SOLD in 3 hours and 19 minutes!! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Our friends at Speed Werks have almost completely rebuilt this Suzuki RGV250-SP, to the point that it's almost too pretty for the rapidly advancing riding season. Almost.

The Lucky Strike livery on this bike isn't a sticker package, it has been painted onto the new Sharkskinz bodywork. It looks sharp, but it's what's under the plastic that's important here. The chassis has been rebuilt, and the engine is literally as good as new.

It also wears a raft of critical aftermarket parts, to include Jolly Moto cans, a derestricted ignition box and stainless steel brake lines.

From the seller:

Suzuki RGV250-SP VJ22 Lucky Strike For Sale.
Freshly rebuilt Chassis with a complete 'brand new' Aprilia motor. 500 Miles since completion. Jolly Moto exhaust, derestricted ignition, adjustable suspension front and rear, Brembo master cylinder, steel lines, JDM rearsets. Sharkskinz bodywork with a phenomenal custom paint job, all graphics are painted, not stickers. New Michelin Power RS's, gold X-ring chain, all fluids replaced, oil injection intact and a complete service/safety check. ready to ride.

Price: $10,900 delivered anywhere in the continental USA, world wide delivery available with quote on request.

Contact: 302-672-RACE or steve@speedwerks.com

Featured Listing: Suzuki RGV250-SP VJ22
Suzuki December 21, 2017 posted by

Grand Prix Spirit: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

Just in time for the holidays, our buddy Gary in Utah has put up yet another of his grey-market wonders, this time in the form of a bone-stock 1991 Suzuki RGV250. The bike has covered a little over 10,000 miles and has been well looked-after in that time, but it does bear a few scuffs and bruises from its time in the wild.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

The bodywork is stock and mostly original, with the exception of a new coat of paint on the front fender. The rest of the bike shows very nicely, though it won't be mistaken for a brand-new bike. As with all Gary's rides, the engine has a full complement of new fluids, and apparently runs like the day it was new, with its original exhausts and stock jetting.

From the eBay listing:

Up for auction is a 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22A with only 17,624 kilometers (10,951 miles). Bike is in beautiful unrestored condition with only a few light scratches and handling marks. All fairings are 100% genuine Suzuki factory OEM. Front fender has been professionally re-painted by previous owner. Engine and exhaust are completely stock. Bike runs like the day it was new. The front forks have some corrosion on them but should clean up nicely. The right fork tube has a small ding in it but it’s not in the travel area. (see pics). No dings in the tank and no cracks in the fairings. This bike is a solid rider and is ready to go to the canyon or the track. Just serviced with new battery and fluids. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. For more pictures or questions please contact me via text 801-358-6537. $200 deposit due immediately after sale thru PayPal. Balance due by check, bank wire or cash in person due within 5 business days.

The little RGVs are known to be a bit wilder than some of their competitors, with little done to calm the characteristic two-stroke snap and slightly more primitive chassis than their rivals. The values on these are going skyward quickly, as interest and attention grow. A stocker in nice riding condition should be a great position to be in, especially as imports arrive with aftermarket exhausts and suspension pieces.

Grand Prix Spirit: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay
Sport Bikes For Sale December 2, 2017 posted by

Late Two-Stroke: 1995 Suzuki RGV250

The waning light of the two-stroke era really brought out the best Japan had to offer, with a spate of lightweight 250cc road racers with DOT concessions that would pull the front wheel more or less at will. Suzuki's RGV250 v-twin topped the heap, with prodigious power, decent reliability and years of development to keep it as rideable as such a bike can be. It's no surprise that these engines powered Aprilia's world-beating 250s Grand Prix bikes of the era.

1995 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

This 1995 Suzuki RGV250 Gamma is a South African-market bike, meaning it runs a de-restricted engine that pushes out the better part of 65 horsepower, almost none of which hits until about 7,000 RPM. The bike here is in impressive condition, and appears to be unchanged from stock.

The fairings show nicely, the stock expansion chambers are not rusty and the switchgear is clean.

From the eBay listing:

A great mint example of true collectors item.
This VJ22 has been kept in a private collection for the past eight years and has only done 1950 miles. The engine is as perfect as the day she left the factory.Tyres were replaced recently as the original factory tyres were starting to show signs of deterioration due to age.The factory original tool kit is included.
Worldwide shipping is available at competitive rates.
Shipping(insurance included) to all major ports in:
U.S. and Canada : $ 1 780
Europe : $ 1 550

Shipping from South Africa makes this RGV a steep proposition for anyone hoping to flip it, but as an addition to a collection or an occasional rider it's a nice mount.

Late Two-Stroke: 1995 Suzuki RGV250