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Featured Listing June 11, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23

Update 6.11.2018: This seller has renewed his Featured Listing for this gorgeous RGV250 Lucky Strike! He also notes that front and rear stands and all special Suzuki tools for the bike, are included. He can also help with shipping costs. Thanks for continuing to support the site with a Featured Listing and good luck on the sale! -dc

Representing maybe the only way to smoke, be cool and rep Lucky Strike, this 1997 Suzuki RGV250V is one of just 120 export-model RGVs in Kevin Schwantz-aping Lucky Strike graphics. The export models got smaller rear sprockets, different airbox lids and exhaust cans and were de-restricted to around 50 horsepower, up from the JDM 40.

The last of a long line of reliable, light, simple and terrifying Japanese two-stroke sportbikes, the RGV250 VJ23s rocked a 70-degree v-twin that is rumored to have been capable of 70 horses when full uncorked. With just 300-ish pounds to push around and the breed's characteristic on/off powerband, RGs are not mounts for faint-of-heart novices.

Even though this 1997 example is a 'V' model, which indicated it was destined for export, seller and friend of the site Alan says he imported it to England from Japan in 2012. It got a refresh in 2013, and has been used since then. Despite the miles, it is in excellent to immaculate condition, with just one minor blemish near the taillight.

From the seller:

For sale

My last rgv250v
This is a factory lucky strike and and is completely stock
This example was imported from Japan myself in 2012 and is unrestored and in superb condition.
Nothing needs doing to it and the usual consumables have been replaced.
It has currently been winterised and is showing 19001km
The vin run for these is as follows
Vj23a-102099 thru to 102218,just 119 bikes that’s it.
This bike is 102164.
It has a tiny mark on the rear edge of the LH rear panel,but that’s it.
It’s fitted with new conti sms.
This bike has been used since I recommissioned it in 2013,and is not a museum piece.
Look at the pics,any questions I’ll do my best to answer them.
Compression on both pots is around 145psi, and included with the bike is a complete spare top end kit and all the handbooks/sales leaflet.
Price is £14k firm plus shipping.
I’ve sold two others this last year for similar money ,not many left bog stock in this condition.

Contact: tasswipe@icloud.com

The asking price for this beast is breathing on $20,000, and that is before the cost of shipping it and importing it to the U.S. It's a steep ask, but the Lucky Strike-liveried VJ23s are rare beasts and should climb some in value.

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23
Aprilia May 30, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale

"A man's got to know his limitations," Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry famously deadpans in Magnum Force, a film which happens to feature several Italian motorcycles, none of which are an Aprilia RS250 like this Cup Challenge bike. The decision-makers at Aprilia must have been fans of Clint Eastwood though, as they took that advice to heart: when they were planning the RS250, they stuck with what they knew and kept the frame design and styling in-house, while leaving the engine and transmission to an established manufacturer with vastly greater resources and expertise.

Instead, they used the 249cc v-twin from Suzuki's RGV250. Power for the RGV was listed at just 45hp, so the RS250's claimed 70 horses made it seem like the Aprilia version must have been outrageously modified, tuned to the absolute hilt. The reality was that Japanese restrictions meant all the home-market two-strokes were officially limited to 45hp, and were all capable of similar outputs when properly tuned and de-restricted. In fact, those in-the-know claim that Aprilia's modifications  pretty much amounted to a set of engine cases with "Aprilia" cast into them, and that 55hp at the rear wheel is a much more realistic expectation.

No problem: the Suzuki twin was plenty powerful and tuneable, with good parts availability and a high-strung character that complimented Aprilia's masterpiece of a frame, an aluminum beam unit that looked great and worked even better: reviewers then and now often refer to the RS250 as being one of the best-handling motorcycles of all time. Weight was pared to the bone and the bike was kick-start only. With about 300 pounds to stop, the triple Goldline Brembos were almost overkill, considering the same setup was used to effectively halt the much heavier Ducati 916 and the massive Moto Guzzi Sport 1100...

So the bike fit the standard quarter-liter mold: aluminum frame, asymmetrical "banana" swingarm to clear the expansion chambers, kick-start, and agility instead of brute strength. But where the Japanese bikes were often decorated with wild graphics and bold colors, the Aprilia kept things classy in elegant, basic black. Some of the earlier models featured race-replica graphics and colors, but even those were pretty understated, compared to other bikes in the class.

The Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge version was created to compete in a one-make race series late in the model's life. It was never really intended to be a roadbike, but did come with an actual VIN so some have been converted, as you can see here: this example does the bare minimum to make it road-legal and looks that much cooler for it.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge Edition. Original owner. Titled and registered here in AZ since new. Street legal and plated. 2 stroke twin. 6 Speed. Never damaged or raced. Some track days over the last 18 years. 5400 miles since new. RS50 taillight and rear turn signals. Small Piaa headlight with switch and brake light switch to keep the DMV happy. New battery, oil service and fork service. Fresh coolant and brake fluid as well. Carburetors and power valves were also cleaned and synched. Factory service manual and some gearing go with. If you want to show up at bike night and be a bit different here’s your ride. The smell of castor smells like victory. Mechanically and aesthetically in excellent condition.

Well, this might have a couple nods to streetability that will "keep the DMV happy" but your mileage, as they say, may vary, depending on where you live. Honestly, all RS250s here in the US are "grey market" bikes and only quasi-legal at best here in California. That's part of what makes CA titles so valuable for bikes like these: if your RS250 doesn't already have one, it's unlikely you'll be able to get one. Then you're forced to register your bike in your Arizona-living buddy's name, and end up riding around hoping the CHP doesn't give you a hard time when they pull you over... This one has clearly been enthusiast-owned and miles are very low. Although it's really a converted race bike, the "road legal" equipment installation is pretty slick and unobtrusive. And reversible! Bidding is pretty active over on eBay and there's plenty of time left to get a bid in, so head on over and take a look!

-tad
Featured Listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale
Suzuki March 13, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Suzuki RGV250-SP VJ22

Update 3.13.2018: SOLD in 3 hours and 19 minutes!! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Our friends at Speed Werks have almost completely rebuilt this Suzuki RGV250-SP, to the point that it's almost too pretty for the rapidly advancing riding season. Almost.

The Lucky Strike livery on this bike isn't a sticker package, it has been painted onto the new Sharkskinz bodywork. It looks sharp, but it's what's under the plastic that's important here. The chassis has been rebuilt, and the engine is literally as good as new.

It also wears a raft of critical aftermarket parts, to include Jolly Moto cans, a derestricted ignition box and stainless steel brake lines.

From the seller:

Suzuki RGV250-SP VJ22 Lucky Strike For Sale.
Freshly rebuilt Chassis with a complete 'brand new' Aprilia motor. 500 Miles since completion. Jolly Moto exhaust, derestricted ignition, adjustable suspension front and rear, Brembo master cylinder, steel lines, JDM rearsets. Sharkskinz bodywork with a phenomenal custom paint job, all graphics are painted, not stickers. New Michelin Power RS's, gold X-ring chain, all fluids replaced, oil injection intact and a complete service/safety check. ready to ride.

Price: $10,900 delivered anywhere in the continental USA, world wide delivery available with quote on request.

Contact: 302-672-RACE or steve@speedwerks.com

Featured Listing: Suzuki RGV250-SP VJ22
Aprilia March 1, 2018 posted by

Sharp-Dressed Hooligan: 1997 Aprilia RS250 With Just 240 Miles for Sale

Update 3.1.2018: We first saw this California unicorn in mid-December last year and the auction was pulled before the conclusion. This time it's back with a buy-it-now of $12,900. Links updated. -dc

Built between 1995 and 2002, although the last couple years were "for off-road use only," the Aprilia RS250 was one of the last holdouts from the two-stroke brigade, following the RGV250 into history. It's also one of the best-looking: some folks can't say no to the garish neon graphics of their youth, but I'm a sucker for the basic black of the RS250. It helps to highlight the beautiful frame and swingarm that manage to look both strong and elegant. Every bike in the class used an aluminum beam frame, but units found on the RGV and NSR were far more straightforward and industrial-looking than the almost sculptural parts used by Aprilia.

I'd be happy with any RS250, but I'm a particular fan of this earlier version's styling, and I think it's one of the best-looking sportbikes of all time. The gauges in particular look less horribly dated than on the later machines. The engine was the same across both versions, and was taken from Suzuki's fierce little RGV250Γ. Aprilia claims that it was "modified" but that appears to have been marketing claptrap: readers more intimately familiar with both machines and with no skin in the game swear they're identical, barring some minor "Aprilia" branding.

Of course, the the fact that the RS250 shared its engine with the RGV250 might lessen its pedigree somewhat, but makes the spares situation much more palatable. In this case, it might not be a problem, since it seems like this particular machine is destined to be lovingly admired instead of happily thrashed...

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

1997 Aprilia RS250, 240 miles, and a California plate registered to its original 17 digit VIN. That should pretty much sum it up. Bike is in 100% stock original condition and still has the original tires on it. These bikes have the VJ22A RGV250 motor in them which is fantastic when mated to the RS250 chassis ands factory Brembo brakes. Starts right up and purrs away as expected. This is a highly collectible two stroke as not many of these exist and only a handful are registered for the street [see pics]. Current registration, California title in hand, sold as is. Enjoy the ride… The bike is for sale locally so the auction can end at any time, FYI.

Bidding is very active, and up to $7,800 with a couple days left on the auction. It's always disappointing when the seller doesn't include more details about a bike, but what else is there to say? The thing has just 240 miles on it, so pretty much a couple weekends worth of canyon riding over the bike's entire 20 year life. The current tags add significantly to the value, since it's hard to get that paperwork for a grey-market bike in California without "knowing a guy." It's great to hear that it runs, but I can't imagine any new owner would put many more miles on it, and that is especially sad: I know a bunch of guys with very nice grey market two-strokes that would love a chance to thrash this little Aprilia out in the canyons.

-tad

Sharp-Dressed Hooligan: 1997 Aprilia RS250 With Just 240 Miles for Sale
Suzuki January 6, 2018 posted by

Pristine stroker: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A

This 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP appears to be in the hands of our friend Gary in Utah, and like the lion's share of his bikes, it's nigh on perfect. The original fairings and tank show very few flaws, and from a glance the biggest blemish seems to be on the aluminum boot guard.

1996 Suzuki RGV250SP for sale on eBay

Based on frame number, this appears to be a T model VJ23A, which in stock form for the Japanese market was limited to just 40 horsepower. That should still be a laugh riot in a bike this small and light, but the 70-degree v-twin is well known for being capable of around 60 horses if you massage it right.

The VJ23s represent the latest and greatest in Japanese two-stroke technology. While they share v-twin architecture with the VJ21 and VJ22s machines that came before, the motor in the later machines shares almost nothing with its elders, from revised powervalves to a narrower vee angle.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A with only 32,741 kilometers (20,344 miles). Bike is in mint condition with only a few scratches on the left side upper, a few light handling marks and some rub marks on the heel guards. No dents in the tank, no cracks in the fairings, and has a very clear windscreen. Bike is completely stock and all fairings and components are 100% genuine Suzuki factory OEM. This bike is gorgeous! The previous owner took extremely good care of it. Lol, this bike was loved as a child. Comes with new battery, new fluids and new fork seals. Runs like the day it was new. This is a premium bike and very rare to find in this condition. Bike comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use. Text 801-358-6537 for more pictures and questions. Auction could end anytime as bike is for sale locally. $200 deposit due immeadiatly after auctions end thru PayPal. Balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person.

The bike has certainly been ridden, which makes its condition that much more impressive, and it comes with a clean Utah street title, so it should be good for another few years of high-strung fun.

Pristine stroker: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A
Suzuki December 21, 2017 posted by

Grand Prix Spirit: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

Just in time for the holidays, our buddy Gary in Utah has put up yet another of his grey-market wonders, this time in the form of a bone-stock 1991 Suzuki RGV250. The bike has covered a little over 10,000 miles and has been well looked-after in that time, but it does bear a few scuffs and bruises from its time in the wild.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

The bodywork is stock and mostly original, with the exception of a new coat of paint on the front fender. The rest of the bike shows very nicely, though it won't be mistaken for a brand-new bike. As with all Gary's rides, the engine has a full complement of new fluids, and apparently runs like the day it was new, with its original exhausts and stock jetting.

From the eBay listing:

Up for auction is a 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22A with only 17,624 kilometers (10,951 miles). Bike is in beautiful unrestored condition with only a few light scratches and handling marks. All fairings are 100% genuine Suzuki factory OEM. Front fender has been professionally re-painted by previous owner. Engine and exhaust are completely stock. Bike runs like the day it was new. The front forks have some corrosion on them but should clean up nicely. The right fork tube has a small ding in it but it’s not in the travel area. (see pics). No dings in the tank and no cracks in the fairings. This bike is a solid rider and is ready to go to the canyon or the track. Just serviced with new battery and fluids. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. For more pictures or questions please contact me via text 801-358-6537. $200 deposit due immediately after sale thru PayPal. Balance due by check, bank wire or cash in person due within 5 business days.

The little RGVs are known to be a bit wilder than some of their competitors, with little done to calm the characteristic two-stroke snap and slightly more primitive chassis than their rivals. The values on these are going skyward quickly, as interest and attention grow. A stocker in nice riding condition should be a great position to be in, especially as imports arrive with aftermarket exhausts and suspension pieces.

Grand Prix Spirit: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay