Posts by tag: RG400

Suzuki April 19, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG400Γ for Sale

With prices of Suzuki's RG500Γ "Gamma" through the roof right now, fans of 80s two-stroke exotica have had to look elsewhere for their smoky thrills, and today's Featured Listing RG400Γ might be just the ticket for collectors seeking two-stroke performance on a less extravagant budget. Certainly, values of the Japanese-market RG400Γ have been below those of the bigger bike, in spite of it being less common, owing to a significant power deficit: claimed weight is nearly identical at 340lbs dry, but claimed power is down significantly from 93hp to 59. That'd still make for a pretty fun package in a road bike, and you're still looking at better straight-line performance than the 250cc machines of the same period.

1985 Suzuki RG400 for sale on eBay

The Gamma was introduced in 1985 and lasted until 1987, although none of the bigger two-stroke machines lasted very long on the market. Suzuki's race-replica two-stroke was powered by an unusual liquid-cooled, square four engine that was configured like a siamesed pair of parallel twins, with two crankshafts and the "rear twin" slightly higher than the front for a sort of stepped design. The firing order helped to cancel out vibrations and the Gamma was designed without a heavy, power-consuming balance shaft as a result. The smaller RG400 was intended specifically for the Japanese market and was powered by a version of the engine that used the same 50.6mm stroke, but a smaller bore of 50mm versus 56mm to arrive at the reduced 397cc displacement.

Two-stroke engines are simple and very light weight, making them perfect for off-road and commuter machines. But that same incredible simplicity and a relatively high power-to-weight ratio also make them ideal for road-racing motorcycles and, once Walter Kaaden's two-stroke tuning secrets were "acquired" by Suzuki, they dominated Grand Prix motorcycle racing into the modern era. Riders familiar with performance two-stroke motorcycles love their incredible agility and savage power delivery, characteristics that defined the Gamma when it was new. As has been pointed out ad nauseam in the comments sections, even the RG500 isn't really all that fast by today's standards, although it's still a challenging ride: handling was superior for a 1980s motorcycle, but suspension has come a long way since then and the 59hp of the RG400 is being channeled through a 120-section rear tire that you'd be more likely to find on the front of a sportbike these days... But fans of the Gamma love the rawness, the purity of the bike. Or are just high on sweet, sweet two-stroke exhaust fumes.

This particular example features Walter Wolf graphics, which could be a plus or a minus, depending on your tastes. Suzuki fans might prefer the iconic blue-and-white colors, but I think Gammas are a little bit bulbous in the traditional Suzuki colors, and the Walter Wolf graphics slim the bike down nicely.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Suzuki RG400Γ for Sale

This early RG400 Walter Wolf is in good original condition with ~19,500km  / 12,100 miles. Recently purchased out of Japanese collection with 1987 Ducati 750 F1 Laguna Seca also listed on eBay. The mid to late 1980's was a great time to be a motorcyclist. Technology was evolving rapidly with the Japanese and European manufactures innovating at a tremendous pace. There were a myriad of engine layouts, number of cylinders, 2-stroke and 4-stroke vying for top honors and in the case of the NR500 - oval pistons! Technology proven on the race-track inevitably made it's way to the showroom to the great benefit of the riding public.  For a couple years in the later 1/2 of the 1980's enthusiasts in the rest of the world could go to their local dealer and buy an honest-to-goodness 2-stroke 4-cylinder F1 race-replica! The RG400/500 Gamma - along with the Yamaha RZ500 and Honda NS400 - brought the sound, the smell, and the looks of the GP circuit within reach of the knowledgeable motorcycle enthusiast.

The RG's square-4, twin-crank, rotary disk-valve RG400 is durable and reliable and easy to service and and readily modified for more power.

I've owned about a dozen RG500 as well as RZ500 in the early 1990's and this really takes me back. This one is a great 'rider' that draws a crowd and thumbs-up. It starts right up, idles well with and runs like 'back in the day' (a little smokey). Still has original oil-injection, airbox, and the original paint and bodywork. The aluminum frame is clean and bright with no sign of damage. Chassis and brakes are original and work like they should. Riding down the road, it's well-composed. A couple points worth noting 1) no belly-pan; 2) crack in upper fairing near windscreen at right rear-view mirror; 3) a couple touch-up on seat-section plastic; 4) turn-signal button missing (signals still work).

Ride it as it is, restore, or modify to suit your preference - whichever way you go, it'll bring a smile on your face and make a fabulous addition to your collection.
Currently on it's importation paperwork - Japanese de-registration certificate / English translation of certificate / NHTSA HS7 / EPA 3520-1 / CBP 7501 (stamped). Washington State title is available for $400 documentation fee approx. 5-week wait. WA state buyers responsible for Tax & License.

Happy to work with your shipper. In the past year I have shipped to/from Japan / Germany / England / Australia / Chicago / Georgia  / Arizona / California / Oregon / etc.i. I have been happy with Haul Bikes and would expect shipping to be in the $500 range to California and maybe $600-700 to the East Coast.

This looks like a pretty nice bike, considering the $9,250 asking price. There are a couple of cosmetic issues clearly disclosed by the seller and, although you might have to go with some aftermarket bodywork to replace that bellypan if you're on a budget, the bike is obviously usable without it. As always, it's important to do your homework if you plan to use this on the road: it sounds like the seller has all the paperwork needed to register this RG400, but whether or not that's even possible will vary, depending on your home state. Hm. I wonder what a Washington State PO Box runs per year...

-tad

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG400Γ for Sale
Suzuki May 10, 2014 posted by

RSBFS CSI: 1987 Suzuki RG400 Walter Wolf

1987 Suzuki RG400 Walter Wolf Silver For Sale

Since I started blogging sport bikes for sale early in 2006, I don't recall seeing a silver Walter Wolf RG400 for sale. Naturally this example caught my eye when I saw it on eBay. It smelled of the sweet 2 stroke oil but also had such a dapper appearance that I wasn't sure what I was looking at was original. Thankfully the RSBFS archives revealed that silver models were produced and I bring you this RG400 today.

1987 Suzuki RG400 for sale on eBay

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The CSI reference is because this bike is in Japan and while the written description is thorough, there are only 4 pictures as of this writing. The seller notes new pictures will be uploaded soon and will certainly assist in helping to ascertain what is available for sale in this auction. That said he seem very forthright about the condition it's in so bid accordingly.

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from the seller:

With only 1,400kms being done since new the engine is still in very good condition and should be treated as still needing to be " broken in "

Unfortunately, it's previous owner didn't take much care in storing it and over the years, it has received scratches, scrapes, dents (very small at front of tank ) and some cracks mainly around the mirror mounts . I also think it was kept either in a shop window or a lock up with large windows as some decals show signs of UV attack. The wheels also have surface corrosion in places - I have made no attempt to clean or cover this up as the next owner will likely have them powder coated to the same colour to keep them in standard trim. Inside of the tank is clean , all locks are one key.

Detailed photos to follow - as soon as I got the cover off the heavens opened up and now thunderstorms prevail , sods law !!

OK, the good stuff:

The bike has been serviced to be used , the carbs are as clean as the day they were made , fuel lines and delivery pipes have all been replaced as have the heat shield springs. In-line check valves fitted to stop the notorious two stroke drip , BT45 tyres front and back have done around 200kms so plenty life left in them , chain & sprockets all good , running on Suzuki CCIS two stroke oil , good pads and discs. Gearbox oil is Suzuki , airfilter is OEM and good condition. Some parts are brand new as I keep an OEM box of bits at hand for when I am working on my pack ( I have eight of these bikes ).

It starts with ease and gets up to running temperature as normal , I received the bike when under 1,200kms so have used it to check condition and just to have that experience of riding a bike with such a low KM engine. I have been running it on 100 octane gasoline.

I have removed all panels and checked over the bike thoroughly for any under laying faults, without fully stripping down the bike I can't be 100% it doesn't have any but nothing was evident to me. You may want to remove the swingarm and suspension linkage to check the condition of the grease in them as I haven't done this. Same applies to the headstock bearings, under inspection and use none of these components have any issues.
With this in mind, I am happy to give the bike a cost price parts warranty for 6months after arrival. Should any non serviceable part fail within this time period and providing it is still available from factory I will supply at absolute cost ie: What it costs me to get is what it costs you.

Ask me for a link and I can show you it running.

When replacing the panels I have used stainless steel fixings , I will also include the originals I removed boxed ( it may or may not be complete ) , cowl screen has been replaced with an original used tinted screen with trim. I can see no problem with you using it on arrival after you have got registered for your country. It would however, benefit from a full strip down just to go over some of the things I have pointed out above. Having several of these bikes it really is surplus to needs and someone else should get the joy out of using it daily.

If you intend to strip it down for a full restoration I will be happy to help out sourcing genuine OEM parts - there is still a huge range of factory stock. Your list is going to be small though.

Included in the sale:

Port to port shipping by crate
New clock foam bracket with trip reset and cushion dampers.
New Fork stanchions and oil seals, there are some minor pits on the originals, but nothing that is currently causing an issue.
Rear Blue seat - original (used)
Original tool kit
Document holder

Shipping :
Shipping is from port to port only.
You are responsible to find out the import laws for your country , the bike will be shipped to closest port as possible to your location for you to then collect. It will be well crated ( You can ask for photos of previous bikes being sent out ) and covered. Although bike will be in full running order you will need a van or trailer.
You will be responsible for all import / port fees of your country and delivery costs from your port to home.
If you need to apply for permission to import this bike contact me as soon as possible.

Shipping time:
On completion of payment bike will be crated ready to go to port for customs clearance and to be loaded onto next available ship. This can take 1 to 4 weeks depending on how busy port/shippers are and is completely out of my hands, you will however be well informed on what's happening each step of the process. Sail times vary between 4 to 12 weeks depending on your location.

RSBFS CSI:  1987 Suzuki RG400 Walter Wolf
Suzuki March 21, 2014 posted by

California Wolf: 1986 Suzuki RG400 Gamma Walter Wolf Edition

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Available for sale (with a CA title and plate!) is this Walter Wolf racing Suzuki RG400 Gamma. Purists will immediately note the livery discrepancies, and the seller is forthright that this is a repaint. However the claim is that this is an original Wolf that has been repainted. The gauges have the correct logos, and most importantly this bike has a CA registered plate that is current. Pictures are few and small - which is unfortunate - as this bike has a few mods that prospective buyers should look into. This could be a great opportunity to snag a WW in the US, and a rare opportunity to bag a titled smoker in California.

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1986 Suzuki RG400 Gamma Walter Wolf for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
HI, I'M SELLING MY 1986 RG400 WW, THE BIKE IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. THE ENGINE IS A 400 cc 4 CYLINDER TWIN CRANK SQ FOUR WITH ROTARY DISC VALVE INDUCTION. IT HAS THE LANCE GAMMA INTAKE UPGRADE WHICH IS AIR FILTERS AND JETTING. WHEN I GOT THE BIKE THE PAINT WAS FADED, SO I HAD IT CUSTOM REPAINTED AND NEW DECALS MADE. I UPGRADED THE WHEELS TO 17 INCH F/R. THE FORKS ARE FROM A GSXR 750. THE CALIPHERS ARE FROM A RGV250. I CONVERTED THE CHAIN AND SPROCKETS TO 520 SIZE. THE REAR SHOCK IS UPGRADED FOR REBOUND, DAMPING, AND PRELOAD. THIS BIKE IS VERY VERY RARE. ITS A CALIFORNIA PLATED 2 STROKE BIKE. ITS HAS NEW TIRES, BRAKES, AND TUNE UP. THE BIKE HAS THE SEAT COWL INCLUDED. ITS OIL INJECTED USING RED LINE FULL SYN OIL. THE BIKE IS PICTURED WITH JIM LOMIS RACING EXHAUST. WHEN THE BIKE IS SOLD I WILL REPLACE THE EXHAUST WITH THE STOCK SYSTEM. THE JIM LOMIS EXHAUST IS SEPARATE FOR $900.00. I WILL GIVE THE NEW OWNER THE STOCK WHEELS, FORKS, HANDLE BARS AND CALIPHERS IF HE WANTS THEM. THE ENGINE WAS REBUILT BY THE LAST OWNER TO 1 OVER STOCK SIZE. THE ENGINE IS BULLET PROOF. THIS BIKE IS A TRUE GP BIKE WITH ITS HANDLING. THERES NOT MUCH BELOW 3K, BUT ONCE ON PIPE IT HAS A ELECTRIC SMOOTH ACCELERATION UP TO ITS 11K RED LINE.

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California Wolf: 1986 Suzuki RG400 Gamma Walter Wolf Edition
Suzuki November 6, 2013 posted by

We don’t promote tobacco usage, but we like this one: Suzuki RG400 (UK)

For all two stroke fans out there, here is a classic 4 cylinder square from Japan: the mighty RG400:

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The bike is currently fitted with a complete (tobacco sponsored) ABS body work and it looks like this:

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It is from an RG enthusiast in the United Kingdom, who has posted it on eBay, to collect the cash for another project as described below:

This advert is for my Suzuki RG400

The bike is currently fitted with a high quality ABS plastic aftermarket RG500 bodykit, including a tank cover, all with a very high quality Skoal Bandit paint scheme applied, the bodywork is less than 1000 miles old.

Also included in the auction price is the standard RG400 bodykit that you see in the last picture of the advert, it is in good general condition but the ears of the top fairing are broken in the usual place, complete with the tank (as there is a standard RG500 tank under the cover of the Skoal bandit tank cover) both tanks are completely rust free and in good condition.

The bike has just had a small overhaul that includes:

Brand new Nitron rear shock
Rebuilt front forks using all genuine Suzuki seals and bushes
All new rubber pipe work
Rebuilt carbs to cure the usual leaks from the overflow (all new internals)
New oil line check valves
New fluids
New air filter
New plugs
Recent tyres
Newly completely rebuilt and painted front callipers included but not fitted (not that there is anything wrong with the originals)
Thoroughly cleaned and degreased
New control cables
New stainless fasteners throughout
Since the photo the front and rear seats, including the bum pad have been re-covered in the correct green
Spare seat in the correct colour for the original body kit also included

I have recently spent over £2000 on a sympathetic overhaul and subtle enhancement of the correct areas of this bike, I have used it for around 1000 miles this summer and now its time to move on to the next project, I have been offered an opportunity to buy another bike that I have been looking for, fir some time, that is the only reason why this is being offered for sale. I reserve the right to end the auction if that other bike sells before this one.

I am an RG400/500 enthusiast having owned many of these bike, this is the best one I have had, it goes, handles, and stops exactly as it should. With the fresh suspension and good correct tyres it handles properly and is very good fun, it never fails to put a smile on my face.

This is a proper get on and ride bike, it needs no jobs doing, and when you see it you will know that it is a good straight bike, that with the original bodywork on has not been messed around with at all. I welcome any inspection or test ride with the full asking in my hand.

Please feel free to ask any questions, but be quick as this is not the usual over priced rubbish that is on sale from the dealers.

This is a fixed price ad looking for 5600 GBP = just short of 9000 US or 6700 EUR
If interested click on the link below:

Suzuki RG400 on eBay in the UK

Claudio

We don’t promote tobacco usage, but we like this one: Suzuki RG400 (UK)
Suzuki September 23, 2013 posted by

Wounded Wolf: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma, Walter Wolf Edition

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This Walter Wolf RG500 (or is it?) is rare on several levels. Usually these things are babied and protected more than the Hope Diamond but not this one. In fact, it isn't even a runner. So you can look at it in two ways; you are either turned off instantly by this abused RG or you  are excited as heck to finally find a fixer upper Walter Wolf.

1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

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I know you sure as heck can't find those keys anymore.

Lets see what the seller has to say and then we'll do some detective work:

Read this auction carefully! 1985 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Edition. The engine does not turn over. The left rear cylinder looks to have had some water in it. The upper and lower fairings have cracks. Overall the bike is not in that bad of condition. Bike has 9646 KM = 5787 Miles. With a little work, this could be a very nice bike. We don't have a title for this bike. Bike is sold with a bill of sale only. Ask questions and look at the pictures carefully before you bid. Bike is sold as is, no returns. Buyer to arrange the shipping. Local pick up is ok.

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At first glance I was going to guess this was probably a standard RG500 painted up.  With the Walter Wolf gauges and key I'll guess it is the real deal.  But is it a 500?  It has a 11 digit VIN so I'll say Japanese market bike.  Looking at the Gamma Owners Bible (that isn't a joke, there really is a book called that) the bodywork, that is actually Walter Wolf,  seems to match up with an 86 RG400 Walter Wolf.   It should have a red seat and wheels to be authentic though.   So chime in RG experts, am I in the ballpark?

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The Japanese domestic RG500's would have "500" where you see "Walter Wolf Racing" at the bottom of the lower.

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Some of the fairing damage the seller described.

If it is really a 400 and in this condition I would imagine the value drops wayyyyyy off.  Parts are rare and expensive as it is and then on top of everything you have the neutered 400.

Click here for the auction.

Ian

Wounded Wolf:  1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma, Walter Wolf Edition
Sport Bikes For Sale May 1, 2013 posted by

1985 Suzuki RG400 Available in Canada

Suzuki RG400 For Sale

We've actually seen this one before last August, but it was in a combined post. It's back on eBay for $7900. As the ad states, these fall in to the 25 year rule category and make them a classic, so it shouldn't be too difficult to import to the U.S. Considering the prices the RG500 brings, $7900 doesn't sound too bad for this sibling sized RG400 with under 10k miles.

dc

1985 Suzuki RG400 For Sale on eBay

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from the seller:

1985, 14640Km
Very rare two stroke monster by Suzuki! Registered and Certified in Ontario. Low insurance. This bike can legally export to the United States!
Specifications
- 400CC,Two stroke, Liquid cooled, Square four cylinder, 79 mailto:79HP, 6 speed transmission, Adjustable front & rear suspension, Front 2x & rear disk brakes, 17lt fuel capacity, 237Km/h top speed

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