Posts by tag: RG500

Suzuki March 31, 2015 posted by

Coming Directly: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side

The Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica is one of the most collectible sportbikes of the 1980's, combining maniacal two-stroke power-delivery, big cubes, a state of the art suspension, and an evocative race-rep paint job.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Side Rear

It's always fortunate when someone is born with such an appropriate and evocative name, and Walter Wolf certainly fits that description. An Austrian-born, Canadian oil tycoon and racing sponsor who supported UK racing teams at the highest levels of both two and four-wheeled competition.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Dash

Powered by a water-cooled "square" four cylinder that used two parallel twins geared to a common crank to produce 100bhp, the Gamma blew the competing RZ500 out of the water in most quantifiable performance measures, although that bike obviously has its rabid fans as well.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica

The bike is in very good condition but it does have however 2 small cracks in the body work that have been plastic welded that were there when I purchased the bike over 14 years ago from the last owner that had it in storage for about 10 years. You can see them in the pictures and there are some very light scratches on the LH lower expansion chamber that you can see also. There looks that there might be a very small piece of plastic that is cracked from one of the tabs that is on the mid panel but it is covered by the upper so you will not be able to see it from the outside if you look at the bike. Other than that there are two spots on the foam pad that is around the instrument panel that have some sun burn from the wind shield which is a very common problem on these bikes.

The bike is not perfect, since it has two or three small hair line cracks in the body work that have been fixed but for a 29 year old bike that has 9951 km on it, it is very close. I would say it is a 9.5 out of 10 and the cracks are very hard to see unless you know where they are and I point them out to you.

The bike is in storage at the moment but before I sell it I will take the carbs. off and have them ultrasonic cleaned and have them synched.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side Rear

This example may not be flawless, but it's about as close as you're likely to get, and in very original condition with low miles.

These aren't the most elegant-looking bikes, a little bulbous to my eye, but the blue/red/gold paint on the Walter Wolf bikes really flatter the shape. 100bhp may not sound like much, but keep in mind the light weight and slightly abrupt power delivery certainly make for an entertaining ride, an a valuable one to boot.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Side Front

Coming Directly: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica
Suzuki February 14, 2015 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma with Zero Frickin’ Miles for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side

If you're looking for a truly collectable Suzuki RG500Γ, your unicorn has been spotted, so move quickly. No seriously: this thing has zero, nil, null, 0, nada miles on it. Absolutely none.

Race replicas from the 1980's obviously needed appropriate powerplants to complete the illusion, and featured two-stroke engines like the machines racing in Moto GP. Suzuki's 500cc four-cylinder featured an unusual, water-cooled square four that was basically two parallel twins geared to a common crank. At under 400lbs dry with 100bhp and a race-ready chassis, it was a serious machine.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Side Detail

When the listing mentions " rare chance to find another" he may be underselling it a bit, although his $39,000 asking price certainly doesn't... That's a lotta dough, but this may be the lowest-mile Gamma available anywhere, and has a valid California title to boot!

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Grip

From the original Craigslist post: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for Sale with Zero Miles

Suzuki RG500 . I am original owner. Purchased brand new. kept well preserved. No acid in orig battery . no gas in tank. The bike is brand new and no leaks. Cylinder maintained with constantly Not a single scratch . CA titled in non-op status with blue plate the same year purchased and imported into USA. Has the orig clear screen. Rare chance to find another.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Close Up

But what goes through the mind of someone willing to buy a state of the art sporting machine, then pack it away, never to turn a wheel in anger, or spew fragrant two-stroke smoke in the face of riders on slower bikes?

For anyone who wants a basically brand new motorcycle to place in a hermetically-sealed display case, this does represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For the rest of us, it represents an absolute tragedy: a machine built for speed, in suspended animation.


1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Side Tail

Suzuki January 26, 2015 posted by

Two Stroke Sheene-ness: RG500 Barry Sheene replica in the UK


Motorcycle racing is often defined by the rivalries among riders.   Recent rivalries  include Rossi vs Biaggi, Schwantz vs Rainey, Fogarty vs Russell.  Back in the days of 500cc two strokes, one of the major rivalries was Barry "Bazza" Sheene vs "King" Kenny Roberts.

Roberts famously said the only reason he got out of bed in the morning was to beat Barry Sheene, Sheene felt the same about Roberts and neither was very shy about talking to the press about how they felt.  The Sheene vs Roberts rivalry lasted about five years and was highlighted by an epic battle at the 1979 British GP when in the middle of the race Sheene took the lead and then took his hand off the handlebar to give Roberts the finger behind his back.


1989 Suzuki RG500 Barry Sheene Tribute replica for sale on ebay uk

This particular bike is a Barry Sheene tribute bike, modeled after the Suzuki 500 Gamma he rode in 1984 (which was his last year of top level professional racing).   While normally I am not a fan of tribute bikes, beneath the period correct bodywork lies a 1988 Suzuki RG500 which is always a RSBFS favorite.  Also, despite looking like a racebike it’s road legal.  According to the seller, the bike is completely standard except for the custom paint and some new brake lines.

sheene 5

Is this tribute bike worth the nearly 20,000 USD price?    Well we have seen stock Suzuki RG500's go for steadily increasing prices, ranging from a 15000 USD example in canada earlier this year to a Skoal Bandit replica that was bid up to an astonishing 35000 USD.  The mileage on this one is still reasonable and the seller indicates a the bike was restored last year after being off the road for a few years.  Personaly I think this a fair price for a RG500 and a bargain for any Barry Sheene fan.


Two Stroke Sheene-ness:  RG500 Barry Sheene replica in the UK
Suzuki November 24, 2014 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma available in Nova Scotia

1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale

With all the activity surrounding the recent Skoal/Lance Gamma RG500, we almost missed this offering in Canada. Though thin on details, it does note an engine rebuild within the last 300 miles and some mechanical reconditioning. While more investigation is required, it has met reserve with one bid for $14,500. Happy hunting,


1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale on eBay


from the seller:

All original 1986 Suzuki RG500. Very rare and exceptional condition. Bodywork is all original, as is tank. Other than bodywork, frame and swingarm, all parts were stripped and rebuilt. Engine rebuilt. Runs and rides like it did in 1986. Selling to move on to Superbike racing. Canadian bike. 30000 Km (18000 miles).


1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma available in Nova Scotia
Suzuki November 14, 2014 posted by

The Right Snuff: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

If you are looking for the big dog of the two stroke world, few would argue that the 500 Gamma is the way to go. With a compact, twin crank, square four configuration (same as the GP racers), the RG is a favorite for modders and hot rodders alike. In this particular case, today's bike has been transformed from a stock RG into a Skoal Bandit GP replica with the creds of Rick Lance to back it up with performance. This thing looks very, very sweet and is certain to fetch a serious price.

1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale on eBay


Looking at this paint job makes me wonder why Suzuki didn't churn out more than the reported 150 genuine replicas. I find the color striking, and very applicable on this smoker. While the seller does note the paint is all new, it is unclear if this bike started out life as a Skoal replica in the first place. The most telling item missing is the hideous green seat that is found on a genuine Skoal stocker, but given how much has been changed on this bike I wouldn't blame the seller for swapping that out for a better looking unit. As the Skoal bikes were simply a respray of the standard RG (with absolutely no performance differences), does it really matter what the starting point was? This bike could have started life as a Walter Wolf edition for all I care.


From the seller:
Up for sale a 17 Digit VIN clear titled Rick Lance full performance built Skoal Bandit RG 500. Getting very difficult to find one as good as the claims?, Well, you have now found it!! Suzuki waited 11 years before releasing the square four RG500, a brilliant half-litre sports two stroke. The fact that the street version which has been properly modified in Rick Lance fashion is as potent as the 1976 World Championship winning RG is quite astonishing.

The outstanding features of this machine are as follows:
Rick Lance Big Bore motor which is inclusive of Rick's exclusive "O" ring machined heads.
Jim Lomas Torque Pipes.
Offset bored carburetors to 31.5 mm.
Rick Lance Supplemental Fuel petcocks.
Rick Lance Air Filter kit.
Rick Lance Clutch upgrade which yields outstanding performance vs. the issues of the past regarding the Gamma characteristic "drag".
Maranello Transmission upgrade.
Rick Lance Battery relocation.
Rick Lance Oil in frame, stock oil tank elimination modification.
SV 650 Black powder coated wheels mated to Michelin Power Pilot Radials
EBC wave rotors.
Front fork Gold Valve emulator kit/ with full Rick Lance fork tuning and Spring set.
Rick Lance specifically designed rear shock/ with Lance ride height adjuster.
Rick Lance braced and polished swing arm.
Lots and lots and lots again of polishing work as evidenced in the pictures.
AWESOME, Skoal Bandit paint scheme.


You cannot look at this bike and tell me it doesn't appear completely awesome. Apparently most of the folks that stumbled across it on eBay agree, because the current bidding above $30k with a reserve still in place. Anyone care to guess what this one will go for? Check it out here, and then share your thoughts. It's not easy being green, but this one pulls it off with aplomb. Pardon the pun, but this one really does have all the right snuff!


Suzuki September 9, 2014 posted by

Double the fun: Two Brand NEW Suzuki RG500s


Pour the Fosters into the gutter. Forget about the shrimp on the barbie. Give up on the opera house, the great barrier reef, Ayers rock or any other tourist sights. Ditch the Men at Work cassettes and your AC/DC CD collection. Turn off the tube - you can watch that Crocodile Dundee marathon some other time. The most significant Australian contribution to humanity is here, and it is not even Australian in origin. Behold what must be the last 2 "brand new" and original Suzuki RG500s left on the planet. Well, at least the only two currently for sale. These two bikes come as a pair - with interesting history - and will not be separated. So clear out that 401k, raid the kids' college funds, pawn the wife's jewelry, re-mortgage the house and sell a kidney and a lung: Vintage historic two strokes do not get any newer than this.


Two BRAND NEW Suzuki RG500 Gammas for sale in Australia


From the seller:
Suzuki RG 500 X 2....
Both "Brand New"
Both have Never Been Started Or Had Fuel In Them


More from the seller:
Bike With Single Seat Cowl Shown In Pics Is A Standard Production RG 500
Taken From Crate In 1995 And Put In House As Display
Comes With Factory Stand & All Books
Has Never Been Touched


More from the seller:
Other Bike Is A Pre Production RG 500 Previously Owned By Suzuki Australia
There Is "NO" Compliance Plate On This Bike

There Are A Few Differences On This Bike Compared To The Production RG 500
* Fitted With Different Tyres
*Different Gear Linkage Set Up
* Muffler Ends Are A Different Shape
*Rough Cast Top Triple Clamp
*Some Nuts, Bolts & Washers Are Of A Different Type Or Colour & A Few Other Things

This Bike Also Comes With A Verification Letter From Suzuki Stating What the Bike Is


To call these bikes rare is to make a mockery of the word. This auction represents the Holy Grail of rare bike collecting, to put it mildly. Already have a collection? I'll bet you don't have two of these, much less an unused, pre-production model authenticated by the factory. Don't have a collection yet? Bid here and you will have a terrific start. As to value, bring all you've got...and more. Bidding is currently above $95k AU (which converts to just under $89k USD) and the reserve is still in place. Worth it? Depends on what you value. I doubt that any buyer will fire these bad boys up and ride them to the local 7-11, but I'm sure they will be tempted. Check it out here, and start planning that trip Down Under!


Double the fun:  Two Brand NEW Suzuki RG500s