Posts by tag: RG500

Suzuki August 2, 2015 posted by

Cali-Titled Smoker: 1986 Suzuki RG500 for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side

Look, I'll be honest. There are basically two reasons I like writing about Suzuki's two-stroke sportbikes. One, they're pretty funky, like this RG500Γ Gamma you see here that sports an engine with a very rare square-four configuration. Two, I get to use the cool Greek "Gamma" character which, along with the umlauted "O" for "Öhlins" are sometimes highlights of my week.

In building a bike meant to evoke their Moto GP weapons, Suzuki knew they needed an appropriate two-stroke powerplant, as that was the formula in fashion for top-level racing during the 1980's. The 500cc engine that resulted was 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 capable chassis, it was the S1000RR or Panigale of the day and was capable of humbling just about anything on the road.

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From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500 for Sale

Brand New Paint, 19,717 KM, Lots of modifications. Big bore kit (570cc), aftermarket expansion chambers, carbs. bored oversize, performance air filter kits, GSX-R upside down forks and 6 piston calipers, RGV 250 rear swing arm conversion. California Registered

This particular Gamma is obviously enthusiast-owned and in good, although not completely original condition. The bike has been ridden 19,000 miles, so it's no garage-queen and those modifications are clearly intended to improve performance and take advantage of modern-ish suspension and tire technology to better harness that wild powerplant.

I happen to love the look of the updated suspension and wheels, although the missing front mudguard does irk me a bit. However many Gamma fans are purists, and a bike like this may have them apoplectic with rage at the violations. Depending on where the reserve is set, this could be a great buy for someone looking for the experience of a big two-stroke, without some of the limitations found in an older machine.

-tad

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Side

Cali-Titled Smoker: 1986 Suzuki RG500 for Sale
Suzuki May 6, 2015 posted by

Blue Smoke – 1986 Suzuki RG500 on eBay in Canada

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Even by today's standards, the numbers are impressive... a claimed 95hp to go with a dry weight of just 340lbs would have this little 500 hanging right with the best of the modern 600s.  And they don't sound nearly this cool!  The RG500 or "Gamma" was a legitimate monster back in it's day.  Yamaha had similar offerings in the RD500/RZ500, but they claimed right around 80hp (give or take).  The Suzuki's 95hp was the big number on the block.  Suzuki had a fair amount of success with the RG500 in Grand Prix racing, taking 4 Championships in 10 years and allowing numerous privateer teams a real shot at dethroning the factory Yamaha and Honda teams.  It's no wonder that the Gamma has such a rabid following among both vintage race fans and those determined to terrorize the streets.

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This isn't a museum piece, but it's still in very nice condition with a few modifications, including fitting more modern Suzuki GSXR-750 suspension both front and rear.  We all know that suspension and braking technology from the early years was a limiting factor, so this RG should be even quicker around the track and a little less scary on the street.  Suzuki only made about 1400 RG500s in 1986, so it may be a while before you see another one for sale.  The seller is very descriptive and has even been kind enough to include a video of a one kick start that you can see here: 1986 Suzuki RG500 on eBay

For sale a very hard to find 1986 Suzuki RG500 in good overall condition with lots of modifications to improve the handling and the power plus also change the look of the bike a bit.

If you are looking for something unmolested and something that looks like it came out of the show room this bike is not for you. Keep in mind it is a  29 year old bike and they are known for having a lot of cracks to begin with.

I am selling this to Canada, USA, Mexico and any other countries too but I could not get it to change it when I listed the bike.

I had this bike in my collection for 15 years and I never even rode it once. I figure why not let someone enjoy it instead of keeping it in storage.

They will only go up in value so when I do sell it I would get way more than now.

The bike is not mint and it has it's shares of small cracks here and there mostly on the upper and tail section, but there are also some cracks on the lowers that are very hard to see. It also looks that the paint was touched up here and there but as you can see by the pictures the bike still looks very, very good for a 29 year old bike.

The front end and rear end were replaced by the previous owner who was a mechanic and he did all the modifications and fabrications of what needed to be done to bolt the 1999 GSXR750 front end and rear end on to the bike.

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Blue Smoke – 1986 Suzuki RG500 on eBay in Canada
Suzuki April 24, 2015 posted by

One Clean RG: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

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Today's ride is a 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma. For all those who criticized the last RZV we posted for being too modified, this RG appears to be mostly stock and OEM, with noted exceptions. Like the last big smoker, this one also appears to have a California title. If the mileage is correct, the kilometer conversion works out to be just under 12,000 miles. Currently located in the great state of Illinois, this bad boy would be a terrific addition to any collection. As always, RSBFS recommends that you do your homework on any collectible machine, and especially a gray-market import. Depending where you live, importation and registration could be tricky.

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1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
This is a Re List, previous buyer was in Hawaii and turned out the bike needed some mods (amber turn signals, dash in mph,certificate of import) to regiater there and i was not willing to alterate the condition as is .Rare opportunity to own a very special bike, never imported into US , the Rg500 Gamma was considered by most the closest think to a GP bike ,this one came from Canada, has Ca title. The provious owner intented to sell the bike in 1997 but the deal fall through, ended up buying a different bike and he never got to register or ride this one, even the title is signed over and dated with that date . I brought the bike home, cleaned the carbs, changed all fluids, ordered a new clutch kit ,fuel lines, petcocks and air filters from Lance Gamma and bike started after few kicks. with the exception of these upgrades and maintanance i had done to it is all original, pant is beautiful , has few small dents, scratches but no rust or manor damages,very clean ,dry and solid. Rides like a dream, i got to put few hundred miles on it but the tires are old and weather in Chicagi is still very cold. Comes with Ca title, manuals and one key.

The white belly pan is an aftermarket piece (looks geat) but i have a brand new oem belly pan i ordered from Japan. Also the cusion for passenger is included . This bike is for the purists as much as for the enthusiasts wanted to ride it as much as to show it.

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This RG has an opening ask of $16,500. That may seem a bit high - and is likely why there have been no takers yet - but the aforementioned RZV easily topped $20k in bidding. For those interested in something closer to stock, this is a tasty alternative that should soothe the blue smoke cravings in your soul. Check it out here, and let us know if you would prefer to park this RG, or the more heavily modified RZV in your garage or man cave...or both! Good Luck.

MI

One Clean RG:  1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

-tad

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Side Tail

Suzuki January 26, 2015 posted by

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

-MG

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