Posts by tag: RG500

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,

dc

1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale on eBay

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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).

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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

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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.

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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.

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN IT!!!!!
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.

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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!

MI

Suzuki September 9, 2014 posted by

Double the fun: Two Brand NEW Suzuki RG500s

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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.

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Two BRAND NEW Suzuki RG500 Gammas for sale in Australia

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

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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

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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

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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!

MI

Double the fun:  Two Brand NEW Suzuki RG500s
Suzuki August 14, 2014 posted by

More 80’s Madness! 1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Replica

Update 8.14.2014: I had this post scheduled for today but the listing was pulled down early. Anyone from here snag it? Thanks for the post Tad. -dc

The term “race replica” gets thrown around pretty often. But as racing machinery has become more and more specialized, race replicas have become more and more of an “in name only” proposition, a paint and tape job featuring the exact same technical specifications, with a higher price and additional free advertising for the sponsors. I mean, I love the Repsol Hondas, but let’s be honest: they’ve got little to nothing in common with the race bikes.

But that wasn’t always the case, and Suzuki’s RG500 Gamma was much closer to the real thing than you’re likely to find at the dealer today.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side

Another one of the unusual powerplants from the wild-west period of the 1980’s is this Suzuki RG500 Gamma and its square four. Basically two water-cooled parallel twins geared to a common crankshaft, it was powerful, lightweight and, compared to Yamaha’s RD500, was much less compromised for the road: weighing in at under 400lbs dry, it made almost 100bhp at the crank. With typically brutal two-stroke power delivery and a short wheelbase that made it a very serious tool for experienced riders.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Tank

While “Walter Wolf” sounds like the villain from a James Bond film or possibly a children’s cartoon, it was actually the name of oil magnate and motorsports lover/sponsor who sponsored teams at the highest level of competition in both Formula 1 and Moto GP. Walter Wolf was born in Austria, but a Canadian citizen and the racing team was based out of the UK. Still with me? He’s quite a character, and still very much alive, although much of his story is too long and strange to recount here…

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From the original eBay listing: 1986 RG500 Gamma Walter Wolf Replica

This 1986 Walter Wolf RG500 is in beautiful condition for its age. All pictures are recently taken. The bike does have a few flaws such as one of the side rear panels is missing a tab on the right side the front fairing has been repaired do to cracking which appears to be very well done. The belly pan has some gas damage as well as a few scratches. I have been a collector of the 2 stoke street bikes and I don't like being surprised and don't want to surprise anyone else so I will disclose everything I know about this gamma. The rear brake is not leaking but could possibly use a rebuild or bleeding. The bike runs very well with fresh tires and battery. Pictures do not do this beauty justice this bike is stunning in person. It has gross valves and air filters on it and also comes with stock seat and air box parts. The belly pan is not really too visible but it is damaged from fuel. There is a small repair of the sticker in the picture and the clock foam has a small imperfection

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Production for the Gamma isn’t exactly rare by European bike standards, with just north of 9,000 built between 1985 and 1987. But with only 100 genuine Walter Wolf replicas produced in total, these are a rare edition of an already very desirable bike. It’s located in Cali, but it’s not clear if the bike is titled for road use, which would make this "WW" even more special.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Front Wheel

With a $20,000 starting bid, there are no takers as yet, although that seems like a pretty fair price, considering what regular Gammas go for… And that black and red paint really flatters the slightly slab-sided styling of the bike.

-tad

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side No Fairing

More 80’s Madness! 1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Replica
Suzuki June 13, 2014 posted by

Stage III Smog Alert! 1986 Suzuki RG500 in California

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When it comes to the big, road-going two strokes, the RG500 Gamma usually tops the list as the smoker that is most like its GP counterpart. Arguably the sharpest and strongest of the two strokes offered during this era - and never officially imported into the United State - the Gamma has grown to legendary status as a rider as well as a collector. This particular example touts a nearly-impossible-to-get California title, which for the denizens of the Golden State will sell organs and first born children.

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1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for sale in California

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From the seller:
Here is the ultra rare 1986 RG500 suzuki Gamma! This bike has had a lot of money put into it! Starts first kick! Runs great! This bike has had a bunch of lance gamma work done to it, like his custom reinforced swing arm, carb check ball valve, jets and air filter kit, custom chambers as they weave between each other under the gas tank (was told they might be mark dent?) I can not confirm that as all of this work was done in the 90's including custom battery relocation with built in oil tank with clear hose on the side to show level. Large suzuki wheels with nice big rubber, custom gsxr front end with dual disks and tokico breaks on front and stock gamma on rear with new lines. This bike was in a private collection with some really amazing bikes keeping it company when I found it. This bike comes with clean California title and non op registration as it has not seen road use since 1996!

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The seller has produced a "start up" video of the bike. The video definitely shows the less than museum quality condition of the plastics & paintwork, and some of the camera angles may induce nausea for those with motion sickness. But crank up the sound and listen to the glorious soundtrack of a rotary valve, square four two stroke!

Bidding has been brisk in the auction thus far - so there is clear interest in the bike. There is a reserve in place and the current bid has just crossed over the $5k mark. The bike does not appear to be street legal currently (missing headlight and mirrors), and as such is likely more a "work in progress" for those looking to show it off on the street. Still, we don't see many Gammas these days (there can never be enough!), and fewer still with CA plates and title. Check it out here.

MI

Stage III Smog Alert! 1986 Suzuki RG500 in California
Suzuki June 4, 2014 posted by

A Pair of Stunning Low Mileage Suzuki RG500s Available in Australia

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It really doesn't matter where you are in the world, if you're in the market for a beautiful pair of RG500s, your auction has arrived. While these aren't brand new, the combined mileage represents less than 3k miles! The pictures tell the rest of the story as these have obviously been cared for like museum examples. I still find myself surprised that such examples exist but to have two available at the same time, from the same seller, is really remarkable.

dc

A Pair of Suzuki RG500s for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

PIGEON PAIR OF 1985 AUSTRALIAN RG500`s
BOTH LIKE NEW IN EVERY RESPECT - UNRESTORED
NO FIBREGLASS BITS AT ALL
ORIGINAL RUBBER
BOTH RUN AND HEAT CYCLED EVERY MONTH
GAMMA STANDS FOR BOTH
OWNERS MANUALS, SERVICE MANUALS, ADVERTISING BOOKLETS, SETUP MANUALS AND FULL BOOKS FOR BOTH.
WILL ASSIST WITH SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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A Pair of Stunning Low Mileage Suzuki RG500s Available in Australia