Posts by tag: RGV250

Aprilia August 20, 2017 posted by

Thrilla From Aprilia: 1997 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Aprilia was late to the quarter-liter two-stroke party when they introduced their RS250 in 1995, but the bike stayed in production long after the NSR, TZR, and the RGV that donated its powerplant had gone the way of the dodo, with road bikes available until 2002 and "for off road use only examples" several years after that. There were two generations of the bike, with a restyle partway through the bike's production run in 1998. This particular example features the earlier bodywork and dash, which I personally very much prefer to the later, more "modern" style.

The bike used a very lightly modified version of Suzuki's RGV250 engine, so specifications are basically identical, although buyers don't have to worry about Japanese market horsepower restrictions, and should have somewhere in the neighborhood of 55hp, although more is possible at the cost of longevity... The bike also used Suzuki's six-speed transmission, although Aprilia used their own aluminum beam frame and banana swingarm that are much more sculptural than Suzuki's more industrial-looking components. Triple Brembo discs are almost overkill: they're the same kit found on bikes like Ducati's 916 and Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 that weighed significantly more than the little Aprilia's 300lbs...

Period reviews praise the bike's light weight and handling, although it was, like all the other 250s, pretty bare-bones and high-strung. Later bikes had a very trick-looking dash, but these earlier machines have the gauges clearly divided into the required tachometer and a speedo/idiot light cluster that could easily be removed when prepping the bike for race duty...

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Absolutely stunning RS250 in superb condition.  Frame is immaculate, bodywork in excellent condition with minor scratches and scuff marks.  Comes with two un-installed Michelin pilot tires. All consumables in super good condition (brakes, chain, sprockets).  12400 original kms, starts on the first kick hot or cold.  New plugs, clean air filter, oil changed, power valves degreased.  Ready to go!  For this week and this week ONLY, free crating, free shipping to continental North America, no paypal fees, export fees on me!  Serious inquiries only please, no low balls, no time wasters.

The Buy It Now price for this very nice RS250 is listed as $8,300 although I'm not sure if that's US or Canadian dollars, making this either a good deal or a great deal, considering the apparent condition. Obviously you'll have to handle importation issues, and registration could be tricky depending on where you live. Maybe just park it in your living room until it's 25 years old?

-tad

Thrilla From Aprilia: 1997 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Aprilia July 30, 2017 posted by

Where There’s Smoke… 2000 Aprilia RS250

It's always a wonderful morning when a quick perusal of "stuff for sale" nets a smoker looking for a good home. Makes me feel like I'm doing the world a real service, like finding foster homes for stray animals. In this case, the animal in question runs on premix and has the potential to scream like a banshee. Nice! Today's stray is an imported Aprilia RS250, brought to this country by a US military member (yet another reason to thank a vet for their service). It has very low miles and appears to be quite clean. It's also looking for a good home.

2000 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

Aprilia created the RS250 series to celebrate their GP success in the quarter liter class. Streetable versions of the RS250 were built from 1995 - 2002, with minor cosmetic changes coming in 1998. And while Aprilia is a well-respected motorcycle manufacturer in their own right, they turned to Suzuki when it came time to build the RS250. Utilizing a Suzuki-sourced VJ22 V-twin, Aprilia made minor changes in the packaging, bolted on a RS250-specific set of chambers and updated the ECU to their own specs. Otherwise, you can expect similar sounds, feel and performance to the motive power of a RGV250. The rest of the bike is pure Aprilia, with a twin spar aluminum frame, upside down forks, a curved swingarm, and race-tuned aero bodywork.

From the seller:
This is a 2000 Aprilia RS250, street legal motorcycle that was originally imported by a US military person many years ago. I have owned it since 2008. It has a 17-digit VIN number, and is insured, licensed and completely street legal. I have always stored it inside a heated garage at my home. As you can see by the photographs, it is extremely clean and well maintained. It has 4,484 total miles and is in all original condition, including the original tires. The only non-stock part on it is a tinted windscreen. I have ridden it a couple of times a year since I've owned it, and I always drain the tank and fuel system between rides. I have always used Motul 710 full synthetic two cycle oil in the injection system. It has a few scratches on some of the bodywork and decals, and I was told that these scratches occurred during shipping to the US. I never doubted this explanation since the bike shows no signs of having ever been crashed. It is in excellent mechanical condition, and it runs and rides like a new motorcycle. All lights and instruments work as they should, and there are absolutely no problems or issues with anything. Included in the sale are the original toolkit and the rear passenger seat that came with the bike when new. I also have a new replacement windscreen that I will include in the sale. The one on the bike is scratched, and I bought a new one to replace it, but never installed it. This is one of my all-time favorite motorcycles, and I am only selling it to help fund the purchase of another rare motorcycle.

The RS250 is not exactly rare in the sense a RC30 or OW-01 is rare. However they are definitely on the "more buyers than available stock on hand" scale of supply and demand. Even so, they are not terribly expensive. This is true even though these may be some of the most modern (chassis, suspension, brakes, electronics) street-going two strokes available to US buyers. With a 17-digit vin and clear title, you'd be in like Flynn at your local DMV - California residents, as usual, need not apply.

This auction is just getting underway, with a current bid below $1,500. There is a reserve in place, so this bike may not be getting a new home any time soon; time will tell here. Meanwhile, readers are encouraged to search the RSBFS archives on these wonderful machines, given that we have seen quite a few pass through our pages. Doing your homework is the best way to ensure you chase after the right bike, for the right price. Check out this 2000 Aprilia RS250 here, and ping us back in the Comments section if you have one of these or have ridden one. Good luck!!

MI

Where There’s Smoke… 2000 Aprilia RS250
Suzuki July 26, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Suzuki RGV250SP

I'm beginning to think Utah has been christened The Beehive State because of all the buzzing, two-stroke activity that goes on there. From that western state has emerged a collection of drool-worthy hardware that would make any grey-market enthusiast weak in the knees. And the well has apparently not run dry yet. Case and point: This 1990 Suzuki RGV250 Sports Production Gamma. This rare bike is being offered in a NO RESERVE auction.

1990 Suzuki RGV250SP for sale on eBay

The Suzuki Gamma needs no introduction, but let's revisit the basics to make sure we're all on the same page. Originally introduced as a parallel twin in 1983, the Gamma was renowned as a hyperactive sport bike from day one. By 1987 the writing was on the wall for the parallel twin format - Suzuki GP racers were already winning events with a new, slimmer 90 degree V-twin configuration. In 1988 Suzuki released the RGV250, a replica of the GP bike utilizing the new vee configuration. The RGV would go on to be one of the most successful smokers of the quarter liter club. The basics were so good that Aprilia licensed the power plant for their own 250cc machines.

The RGV250 Gamma series had a 10 year run, spawning the VJ21, VJ22, and the VJ23 (the latter which utilized a totally new 70 degree vee angle). All RGVs were released with pretty high-spec components, but the Sports Production edition was a step above. Intended for home market club racing, the SP edition of the RGV VJ22 did not bump the HP (reported as 63 in de-restricted markets), or offer any radical changes to the chassis. Rather, the SP focused on the clutch and transmission. Offering a dry clutch setup (lighter and less reciprocating drag) and a close-ratio gearbox, these few changes made for a more racetrack-friendly RGV.

From the seller:
This auction is very special! Collector alert! A very rare 1990 SUZUKI RGV250SP SPORTS PRODUCTION VJ22.

Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a beautiful 1990 SUZUKI RGV250 SP (Sports production) with only 16,474 kilometers (10,236 miles). This RGV is completely stock except for chain and sprockets & the steel braided brake lines installed. Fairings, mirrors, windscreen, turn signals, exhaust and all other components 100% genuine OEM Suzuki. Bike is in very nice condition. It has a lot of curb appeal and looks gorgeous, however, the bike has a few small scratches, scrapes and tiny blemishes from its travels in life but all in all, his RGV250SP shows very well with lots of luster and shine. There are NO cracks in the plastic and there are no dents or dings in the fuel tank. Bike runs like the day it was new. The dry clutch sound awesome! This bike might not be museum quality but its a gorgeous rider that wont disappoint. Let the pictures tell the story! This RGV250SP comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a street motorcycle for street use.

Again, this is a NO RESERVE auction. Highest bidder wins in the end. Bike will be sold regardless of cost, loss or investment.

As with most of the 250cc smokers, none of the RG/RGV models were ever officially imported into the US - although we are lucky to see them individually imported from Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan on occasion. The SP model is a far more rare version of the RGV, as this was only released in the home market of Japan. Thus there are numerically fewer examples in existence, and fewer markets in which to locate one. Then you still need to deal with the importation issues; shipping, paperwork, and lots of waiting. With this bike, all of that work has already been done.

This particular RGV250SP looks great. It is not a perfect, concours specimen - but perfect as an enviable rider. Considering these are home market bikes intended for racing, to find one that somehow avoided the ravages of corrosion and competition and is still in stock condition some 27 years later is incredible. The seller is well known to RSBFS staff and readers, and we have heard nothing but positive feedback. This rare machine is going to a new home in a few days - will you be the high bidder? Drool over the pictures and don't miss out. Good luck!!

MI

Suzuki June 15, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1996 Suzuki RGV250V Lucky Strike!

Update 7.30.2017: Seller has notified us that this bike is now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

In the glorious 1990s, big tobacco made motorsports run. Cigarette sponsorship was everywhere, and every major series and team was titled by a cancer stick hawker; The Winston Cup, The Camel GT series (as well as the Camel AMA Supercross and Camel Trophy events), Marlboro McLaren, Marlboro Ferrari, Marlboro Penske, Mild Seven Benetton, Rothmans Williams, Benson & Hedges Jordan, John Player Lotus, 555 Subaru Rally, Silk Cut Jaguar Group C just to name a few. On the bike front, you cannot ignore the Rothmans Hondas, Skoal Suzukis, Smokin' Joes Hondas, Gauloises Factory Yamahas, and many, many others. Of course in the world of RSBFS, the one that really matters is the partnership of Lucky Strike and Suzuki. Which brings us to our bike: An original 1996 Suzuki RGV250V VJ23 Lucky Strike.

The RGV series was a popular and successful one for Suzuki. Using a liquid cooled v-twin to replace the earlier, parallel twin RG models, the RGV provided more power in a slimmer package. The results were impressive on the racetrack (so much so that Aprilia licensed the VJ22 powerplant for use in their own bikes), and translated tolerably well to the street. Suzuki RGV models are some of the most popular of the import two-strokes we see on these pages. So while RGVs may not be uncommon, this specific variant - the factory Lucky Strike livery - is very rare indeed. Just over 100 of the VJ23 "V" series were released for export as Lucky Strike models. There were an additional ~240 LS "T" models created for the domestic home market. To find a clean example that is not a fake Lucky Strike (cheap body panels are available) is a tough chore. Buyers need to be very careful, scrutinizing chassis numbers, SAPC versions, and other details such as exhaust chamber part numbers to ensure that they have 1) a VJ23 to begin with, and 2) the holy grail of the RGV lineup, the Lucky Strike Edition.

From the seller:
1996 (97 model) Rgv250v
Factory Lucky Strike
One of 119 in this scheme, these were the last of the vj23 line.
This was originally exported to China and is one of three that I own.
The full power bikes were quoted at 55ps in the sales brochure not 70.
This is unrestored except for the fact I've renewed all chassis/wheel brgs and consumables like carb rubbers.
Brakes and forks have been overhauled.
Engine is fine and has perfect compressions
Only non or parts are the carbon cans/nitron shock/brake lines
All oe parts are included,;seat/rear pegs/original shock/hoses/OE cans
Recent chain/sprockets
This bike needs nothing.

Price: £16,000 (plus shipping)

Like most Japanese bikes, there are a couple different variants of each model depending upon the intended market. Japanese home market bikes will always be restricted to a lower output due to licensing regulations. Bikes destined for Western Europe (specifically Germany and Italy) had a mid-grade output specification. Bikes headed to Canada and Australia usually were full-power examples, and where the higher HP numbers were quoted.

This seller is extremely knowledgeable in this model. While doing some research in the past, I came across some of his wisdom on a RGVs site, and I refer to it now and again. This is a good thing when it comes to very rare machinery; with Lucky Strike fakes pretty common, nobody wants to plunk top dollar down for any less than genuine. Fortunately, this looks to be a verifiable article from the factory. It is the last gen of the RGVs and probably the most desirable of the models. As such, it can command market price. The seller is looking for 16,000 GBP, which equates to approximately $20,400 USD at the current exchange. Drool over the pictures a little bit; your computer won't mind.

Featured Listing: 1996 Suzuki RGV250V Lucky Strike!
Suzuki June 14, 2017 posted by

Fresh Off the Boat: 1988 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21A for Sale

The quarter-liter sportbikes of the 1980s and 1990s might look virtually identical on paper and offer very similar performance, but they all managed to have their own individual character, although that may have been down more to marketing and brand loyalty than any distinct differences. In any event, the Suzuki RGV250Γ had a reputation as a bit of a wild man and may been less refined than the Honda NSR250, but these little machines were all about snarling and snapping and adrenaline anyway. The VJ21 version of the bike seen here didn't have any of the usual acronyms on the fairing, but it does offer "REAL SPRINTER SLINGSHOT" performance. "Slingshot" typically refers to the GSX-R that used Mikuni semi-flat slide carbs that look like a slingshot in cross-section, although I've yet to find a good pic that really shows anything that looks like a child's toy hiding in there... I'm assuming the RGV used similar carburetors to earn that text printed on the tailsection.

Otherwise, the RGV stuck close to the class formula, with an aluminum beam frame, a liquid cooled, 90° two stroke v-twin with power valves and backed by a six-speed gearbox. The later VJ22 had the very desirable banana swingarm, although that also increased weight over the VJ21 seen here. Front wheel is 17" and the rear 18" as was common for the class at the time.  With a sub 300lb dry weight, the 50-ish horses are plenty to move the RGV along at a good clip, assuming you beat the little bike mercilessly.

And that's really the point of the RGV: it was an angry little machine that required and rewarded abuse to make good progress. Tiring for sure, but plenty of fun of fun and, if you love to attack the back roads, bikes like the RGV are your willing accomplice. This example has been freshly imported and is in original, slightly worn condition. The seller includes a video walkaround of the bike here.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ VJ21A for Sale

The bike is imported from Japan. Not registered yet in the U.S. This bike is sold without title. NO TITLE. We don't know how to get a title: please ask DMV

Start engine. Original Cowl. Switches and lights working. Oil leak on front fork. No battery. Some scratches and rust  So look carefully all pictures and video. Some touch-up painting. This motorcycle is 29 years old. Sold as is with NO warranty NO refunds NO return. 20,456 km (12,710 miles)

Buyer responsible for vehicle pick-up or shipping to your location. You can check Your Shipping Cost. (Item in Carson, CA now. Our Zip code 90745)

If anyone wants to come see the motorcycle. Please contact me.

I can pretty much tell you what the DMV will say, at least here in California: "Sorry bub. No title for you. Have you seen the great number of very nice race tracks we have where you can ride your for-off-road-use-only motor vehicle?" Obviously, this is not a pristine, collector-quality motorcycle in its current state, but it is straight, with relatively low miles. It'll obviously need some attention if you plan to actually ride it on the road, but that shouldn't surprise anyone shopping for a 1980s motorcycle. We've see plenty of Honda NSR250s up for sale over the past couple years, but the RGV is still pretty rare around here. Is this slightly worn example worth the $3,500 starting bid? There's not much time left on the auction, so it might be a good time to jump in if you've been looking for an RGV and have bags of cash lying around to bribe that guy you know down at the DMV...

-tad

Fresh Off the Boat: 1988 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21A for Sale
Suzuki May 25, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22A for Sale

 

Today's Featured Listing Suzuki RGV250 is part of the rare and weird collection that the seller has been liquidating over the past few weeks. It may not be museum-quality, but it has obviously been well cared-for and would make a great weekend rider, assuming you live somewhere it can be titled. Rare and desirable here in the USA, Suzuki's RGV250Γ was basically the GSX-R of two-stroke sportbikes: it was fast, a bit wild, and ubiquitous in markets where it was sold new.

But here in the USA, these little Gammas are extremely difficult to find. Go looking for a Honda NSR250 at any given time, and you'll likely come up with at least something. But RGVs are pretty few and far between, in any condition. In fact, here in the US, the closest many of us may have come to the RGV is the Aprilia RS250 that is much more common and uses the same engine, with some minor tuning and cosmetic differences. 

The 250cc two-stroke sportbikes of the period seemed cut from the same cloth, although each managed to have its own character: light and stiff aluminum beam frame, liquid-cooled two-stroke parallel or v-twin engine, some form of power valve technology, a six-speed gearbox, sub-300lb dry weight, and lots of proprietary acronyms plastered across the fairings. In this VJ22's case you'll note "SAPC" or "Suzuki Advanced Power Control," an electronic power valve and ignition timing system to boost the 55-ish horsepower 90° twin's meager midrange. Earlier VJ21s had 17" front and 18" wheels, updated here in the VJ22 to a pair of 17" hoops that should give a wider choice of modern rubber. Weight for the VJ22 was up a bit over previous models, largely owing to that beautiful but complex and heavy asymmetrical "banana" swingarm that left space on the right-hand side of the bike for the bulging expansion chambers that fed those sexy shotgun exhausts.

From the seller: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22A for Sale

Saved the best for last! This will be the last Suzuki RGV250 up for auction. The honey hole is drying up quickly.

Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22A with only 8,780 kilometers (5,455 miles) on the odometer. This RGV runs like the day it was new. I don't know the service history but it sure pulls like its been de restricted. Speedometer has been changed to a 300KPH clock so actual mileage is unknown. We see lots of these 250's with speedo's changed from the stock 180kph clocks to 300kph. This RGV has scratches throughout the bike. Tank looks like new. Mirrors and front fender show sun fade. The lower center V-fairing behind the front wheel has a broken tab and has a crack that needs to be fixed. Bike has great curb appeal and looks very nice. Bike comes tastefully upgraded with after market pipes and stingers, aftermarket levers and grips and steel braided brake lines. All fairings are 100% OEM Suzuki factory.

Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a Bstreet motorcycle for road use.

Scratches and scrapes throughout. Now there's an honest assessment from the seller, and should give potential buyers a good idea of what to expect here: it's clean, but definitely a used motorcycle. Those Brembo front brakes don't look original but should be a worthwhile upgrade. The levers and grips maybe not so much, but those are easily changed to suit your taste. It isn't perfect but, as stated earlier, might make a great weekend rider or a rolling restoration. You'll have to source parts from overseas, but the internet is a wonderful thing and most of what you need should be available to keep an RGV running.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22A for Sale