Posts by tag: RG500

Yamaha August 22, 2015 posted by

More Two-Stroke Sizzle: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

1985 Yamaha RZ500 R Side

It seems like it's been raining two-strokes recently, and this RZ500 should make Yamaha fans happy. Bikes seem to come in waves as their values wax and wane. Forgotten bikes suddenly find a collector's market, and all those folks who've had them from new suddenly unload them, or get too old to ride them in a bunch, and the market is glutted for a while. That seems to be what's been going on of late with the 80's two-strokes. Sometimes, it's almost impossible to find a nice RG500 or RZ500 for sale, but the past couple months it seems like they've been everywhere.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 R Side Rear

These liquid-cooled, two-stroke MotoGP inspired machines were the ultimate road-going motorcycles of the time. From the twin-crank, 50° V4 to the anti-dive front forks visible in the photos, these were high-spec, high-performance machines like nothing else on the road. Sure, a big Ducati might be just as fast over a given section of road, but the two-strokes were scalpels to the Ducati's hammer, and offered a very different experience.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Front Wheel

This RZ seems to be a very decent example. Not completely original, but not resto-modded into something new and terrifying.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

Beautiful condition!

Frame has been powder coated.

Rims have been powder coated.

New tires, chain, brake pads.

Engine has been professionally tuned.

This beauty was a Grand Prix inspired 500. Light, powerful and stunning.

Willing to deliver as far as the Maine, USA border (Calais or Houlton).

I am also considering selling several other bikes in my collection - various vintage Yamaha's, to be listed at a later date.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 R Side Fairing

Bidding is active on this one with several days left on the auction. It's currently sitting just north of $5,000 but this will obviously likely go much higher before the end. The bike is currently located in Canada, but a ride back down through Maine at this time of year might make for a very nice vacation...

-tad

1985 Yamaha RZ500 L Side

More Two-Stroke Sizzle: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale
Suzuki August 12, 2015 posted by

Some Assembly Required: 1987 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf

1987 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Front

There are race replicas and then there are race replicas. While many bikes are intended to ape the look and style of racing machines, they're usually more of a paint-and-tape affair, with few aspects under the skin to link them with their inspiration. That's not the case with the RG500Γ Gamma.

1987 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side Detail

Powered by a 500cc two-stroke square four cylinder with twin cranks, the bike was powerful and very lightweight, with specifications ripped straight from MotoGP. And while the larger displacement certainly makes low-rpm riding a bit less lethargic than on a 250, that just means the hit of power is that much bigger, and these are very serious machines for very serious riders.

1987 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Dash

In the usually very flattering traditional Suzuki colors, I feel like the Gamma looks a bit awkward and ungainly. The Walter Wolf dark blue with red and gold details definitely flatters the lines, and I think it's the best-looking version of the bike. It's particularly cool that the Walter Wolf Replica included different gauge faces and a special key as well.

1987 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side Engine

While it's a shame to see a bike like this in pieces, it does give gawkers an opportunity to see the unusual square-four engine: you can see that the rear pair of cylinders sit a bit higher than the front pair. And the seller certainly didn't skimp on pictures over on eBay, so potential bidders can get a pretty good idea about what's included.

1987 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side

From the original eBay listing: 1987 Suzuki RG500Γ Gamma Walter Wolf

If you know what these bikes are, and what they will probably be worth in the next few years, than I probably don't need to do any further explaining!

The RG500 Gamma, is already considered by many to be top of the food chain for 2 stroke street bikes, But a 1987 japanese Walter Wolf edition makes it even more so!
This bike came to me as you see it.  All the parts are there except the belly pan.  It does need a little work, but is in overall decent condition.  Standard RG500s are worth over $20K, In a few years this bike will probably be worth close to $50,000

Bike has just over 16.7K Kilometers, which translates to about 10,300 miles! I believe this to be true and correct.

Paint and body work:
Missing only the belly pan, besides that the plastic is in great shape, no major cracks, left side fairing does need a re-paint, as does the solo seat cowl,
the rest is in rideable condition, there are of course some scratches and wear, but overall the body work is not bad!

Engine:
As you can see the engine is apart, I recently purchased a complete set of overbore cylinders and matched heads.  All the machine work is done, along with 1.5mm over
pistons and rings.  Bottom end and clutch are in great shape, basically all the engine parts are included to put the bike back together.

I have the Japanese title in hand, And original Walter Wolf key.

Remember this bike is almost 30 years old and is a project, anyone that buys this bike will have a rare opportunity of owning a highly sought after machine that is probably currently worth over $30k in mint condition. 

Well, there are projects and there are projects. "Basically all the engine parts are included" is not the same thing as "all the engine parts are included, down to the last nut and bolt." And while a project claimed to be "90% complete!" might sound like it'd be a snap to put together, keep in mind that's theoretically a whole lot of missing bits, and the last 10% could be very expensive, difficult, or nearly impossible to track down. If you're planning to plunk down for this bike, it might be worth a couple quick emails to the seller to find out exactly what might be missing.

1987 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Rear

I also think that the seller's insistence that this bike "in a few years will probably be worth close to $50,000" may be a bit optimistic: Gammas are definitely investment-grade bikes at the moment, but I'd be skeptical that this will basically double in value in such a short time period. That being said, there is a strong community built up around these bikes, and this one is definitely cool enough to be worth saving.

-tad

1987 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Parts

Some Assembly Required: 1987 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf
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.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Dash

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.

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
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