Posts by tag: RG500

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.

-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
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…

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Rear Engine

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

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Dash

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