Posts by tag: RGV250

Aprilia April 15, 2012 posted by

Mailbag Monday

Another bursting at the seams week at the mailbox for us! Thank you to all the sellers and submitters who emailed.

Have a good week,


We'll start with this great spot from Garrett on Denver Craigslist for this 1986 Suzuki GSX-R Limited. 5200 miles and $8200.

Next Dan spotted this 08 Aprilia RSV 1000R Bol d'Or. While under the awesome war paint it's a regular RSV, there were supposedly just 200 of these produced world wide. Plus the 76th running of the Bol d'Or endurance race was this past weekend.

Patrick sent us this custom 1980 Honda CBX in Florida. A very trick ride to be certain!

Jason emailed to alert us that his 1990 Honda MC22 CBR250RR is for sale in Ontario, Canada. Just 441km's and asking $8200 CAD. Good luck with the sale Jason!

Scott spotted this 1987 Honda Hurricane 600 in Philadelphia. Picture isn't great but shows promise at just $2k.

Next up, Rob emailed us his 1994 Honda CR500 super moto. Normally I wouldn't post this kind of thing but I have to admit I'm quite intrigued as to what this 500c 2 stroke, street-legal, monster must be like to ride! Good luck with the sale Rob.

Dan email us his 1984 Kawasaki Ninja 900 in Tulsa, OK. Many extras and luggage include for $3500. Good luck with the sale!

Russel email us this 1989 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 for sale in Florida for $5500. It's a project that is "99%" ready and needs the carbs installed. Looks good enough to find out more though.


Sport Bikes For Sale March 15, 2012 posted by

New To These Shores: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23

New To These Shores:  1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23

Finally, something that pollutes!  This nice 23 has apparently just hit the United States and the seller is ready to part company.  It is only going to have a bill of sale but other than that, it appears to be an excellent example of a VJ23.

I'm not noticing a single thing changed from stock.  It looks like it even has the original rubber brake lines.  Often the rear seat disappears and the bungee hooks get cut off the rear sub frame.  As you can see, it is all there.  Boat anchor exhaust is in place.  Mileage is nice and low;  approximately 6,000.  You will see some melting of the belly pan in one picture.  I have seen that before on 23's.


With the oil injection system still there just add gas and go.  My advice, leave it there.  Unless you are heading to the track I really don't think it is worth stripping it off.  I have on mine and it is just a royal pain carrying oil everywhere.

The specifics:

Hello All,

Up for auction is my 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP. Over the years I have had the pleasure of owning many "grey market" 250cc 2-Stroke street bikes (4 NSR's, 8 TZR's, 5 RGV's,) and by the far the 1996 RGV250SP is the best of the best. This particular bike I brought over from Japan a few months back and what you see is the condition it came from Japan. It is bone stock, is not all rusty & crusty like many of the Japan spec bikes. By no means is this a show bike, It is an original 16 year old machine that has scratches etc. The only real body damage is on the left side panel in the area that is essentially under the bike it looks as if the exhaust pipe heated up the plastic and did some melt damage. Take a look at the pic for clarification. 

The current mileage is 10,200 kilometers (6000 miles), the bike starts and runs O.K., there is no rust in the fuel tank, tires have plenty of tread, all of the electronics work as they should. All in all a nice dailey driver. Bike will come with bill-of-sale. I can prepare and crate the bike for price of materials and deliver to port of Oakland, California or San Francisco for shipment. Why am I selling it? Need funds to complete my race bike for AFM this coming season.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks and Happy Bidding!


You probably noticed the seller stated it runs "OK".  I don't think I'd panic too much,  generally every two stroke will need a little tuning to your local environment  (elevation, humidity, etc.).  Keep it stock and you will enjoy the hell out of this bike!  If you have derestricting in mind:   the yen is killing the dollar and to top it off,  prices for chambers and cdi's has skyrocketed lately.  I do have some 23 kit bodywork I'd like to unload though if you want to go all the way!


I'm liking the price point on this one.  The seller has a BIN of $7,250.  A little leg work on the paperwork and you'll be a happy camper.


Don't think, don't tell the wife, just buy it.





Sport Bikes For Sale January 25, 2012 posted by

Early RGV For The Taking: 1990 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21

Early RGV For The Taking:  1990 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21

Pay attention if you are in the market for an early model RGV as this auction is for keeps.  Yep, no reserve for this 1990 VJ21.  They may not have the lust factor of a VJ23 but they are easily just as rare.  I know we all want the latest and greatest but a nicely tuned VJ21 will easily run with any other grey market 250.  I've seen/read about a couple of highly tuned 21's in the UK that have no problem on the track either.

Let's get the negatives out of the way since this auction will have a winner.  There is no title and it has been resprayed.  Titles can be had but respray's always make me wonder.  Was it an artistic decision or a decision based on need?

The bike is in need of a thorough cleaning and inspection but I'm liking the general condition of things.  To bad we can't see under the bodywork.   Can you believe these bikes are 22 years old now?  I'd be willing to bet some rubber bits,  cables etc.  are past their prime.

It does have a set of after market chambers chambers on it.  They went for the VJ22 look with both exiting on the right side.  You might notice "JMCA" on the cans.  I used to think that was a brand  but it is actually a Japanese  regulatory group.  Sugaya did make a set that exited like this on the right side but their cans usually are attached by springs.  They did  make "street" versions that had slip on cans for the the VJ22 and VJ23 though.

What else could be more fun than stripping an RGV down in your garage this February?


From the seller:

1990 Suzuki RGV 250 VJ21 with 9000 kilometers ( 6000 miles ) Bikes condition is above average and it is complete , original ( except for the exhaust , carbs and front fender ) and very clean.. Transmission and clutch work great and bike operates at the correct temperature. All fluids changed and oil injection is in tact and operational. Original body work in great condition - at some point along the way it received a respray but done well..

Bike starts easy ,idles well but has a flat spot at mid rpm -- Cleaned and adjusted carbs - seemed to help - They are 34 mm and need some fine tuning ( I will leave that to the more experienced)

Power valves clean and fully operational .Front and rear calipers are in great condition and I believe the pipe is aftermarket  ..

No reserve..

Can provide video of the bike starting and running upon request..

Sold with Bill of sale only -- sorry no title


I'm guessing this was a domestic market RGV since the seller says the 34mm carbs were not original.  Domestic market bikes got chocked with the 32mm units.  It's nice that the oil injection hasn't been removed as that is a pain to reverse.

You can always spot a VJ21 from a mile away with those mirrors.  Uh oh, one is broken.  That isn't bad luck is it?  I'm just trying to scare you away because I'd like to snap it up.


Click here for the auction.





Sport Bikes For Sale January 9, 2012 posted by

No Bids????? 1993 Suzuki RGV250 Gamma VJ22

No Bids????? 1993 Suzuki RGV250 Gamma VJ22

I don't know if I want to live in a world where no one is bidding on a perfectly good RGV.  What am I missing?  It has a title, it has some nice engine work, it comes with two sets of chambers and looks sharp.  Of course the paint is not original but it is one of better Kenny Roberts Jr. replica schemes I've seen.  Yeah, she needs some bits and pieces fixed up but no bids?

It is not a collector type bike but should be appealing to the guy that wants one that is ready to rock and roll for the street or track.    It looks like the engine work runs almost $2,300 alone.  From what I can gather the Fischer service is an engine exchange.  You send them your engine and they send you one back tuned to the spec you want.  What the actual Kit 3  includes I couldn't quite seem to find.  The seller says the bike also comes with two sets of chamber: Arrow and Jolly Moto.  Great to have two sets or a nice way to make a little $$$.

Look at that, it is gift wrapped for you.

The story:

1993 Suzuki RGV 250 VJ22.  This is a complete running motorcycle with a clear Virginia title.  I imported it from England in 2000 and it has been sitting in my dining room since about 2002. It was a project of mine that is 95% complete but I lost interest.  Bike is in complete running, riding order but has minor work to be done on the bodywork and other areas.  Jetting needs to be dialed in but it runs very strong.  The pilot jets probably need to be bigger.  It starts easily on the third or fourth kick when cold.  Starts first kick when warm.  It has a Fischer Kit 3 engine (see this link: which is highly modified and very strong.  Cylinders are actually marked Aprilia (the Aprilia RS250 used the RGV engine with different markings).  The engine has less than two hours on it.  It has Tyga steel expansion chambers.  The chambers have minor rust but no dents.   New tires.  Body work is original but has been painted to resemble Telefonica Movistar graphics.  The graphics are decals painted over with clearcoat.  It looks nice.  It needs rear brake pads, the passenger seat needs the latch secured, fairing needs some fasteners, the rear fender is not on the bike.  I have it but it's cracked.  Turn signals need to be put on.  I can send detailed pictures to interested parties and will gladly show it in person to local buyers.  If you're local and very serious I will roll it out and start it up for you.  Bike is sold as is with no warranties.  Payment by certified check within five days of closing.  Buyer pays all shipping costs.  I also have an old set of Jolly Moto chambers that are included.  They are kind of banged up but will work fine.  Send your questions and I'll answer quickly.  I travel a lot so might be a little late answering but I will.

Some Tyga cans for your Arrows.  How about some nice short, black carbon ones to complete the replica look?  I'm still shocked someone has not thrown a single bid down.  Is the fact that the entire bike has been apart for powder coating and the engine swap scarring everyone off?   If the reserve is reasonable I'd consider this a nice find for someone that likes to tinker a bit.

Snap it up


Sport Bikes For Sale December 7, 2011 posted by

1994 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike – Sold Before We Could Post!

The RGV250 Lucky Strike holds a special place in 2-stroke sportbike enthusiast's hearts. That iconic paint scheme evokes all kind of GP racing fantasies that so many of us want to identify with. While these street bikes bear little actual lineage to the real deal, the weight, power, and smoke go a long way to making it feel real!

Unfortunately while we were working to put together a post for this example, it sold quickly for $5500. Congratulations to the buyer and seller.

Check out previously listed RGV250 Lucky Strike's for sale, and in particular Ian's Lucky Strike spotters guide.


Sport Bikes For Sale September 9, 2011 posted by

Your Eyes Aren’t Deceiving You: 1993 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike (VJ22)

Your Eyes Aren't Deceiving You: 1993 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike (VJ22)

{Note: Our research suggests this may be 1994 based on images in the brochure. -Ian}

Quick! Hit those sofa cushions and sell all the old gold jewelry you have laying around! You don’t want to let this amazing Suzuki RGV250 get away. 2,311km (1,435mi) Suzuki RGV250? Check. Rare Lucky Strike paint work with graphics on the frame? Check. Unmodified, excellent condition bike that was part of a display and is now in road going condition? Check. California title, registration, and plated? Check that as well!

I bet you've seen this paint scheme duplicated a hundred times.  Rarely is it done correctly.  It is easy to spot the real thing with the powder coated frame  replicating  the works RGV500's of Schwantz and Beattie.  I've never seen someone do a replica that took the time to powder coat the frame and dye the seat red.  Among Lucky Strike models these are indeed among the rarest.  Before you say it; yes,  there are the ubber rare Team Suzuki bikes (50) that went to Australia and the hundred or so Lucky Strike VJ23 "V" models.  Having said that, I've seen more 23 LS  "V's" running around the states than these.    I believe the production run on these was 500 and they would be the last until the VJ23 (T and V) Lucky Strikes in 1996.

Spec wise they are a standard Japanese domestic RGV250.  These are eye candy to hopefully entice you to buy more smokes!  The story I've heard is they were part of the contract attached to the sponsorship of the grand prix race team.  If true, I wonder why Suzuki took the time to make 50 in 1991 with Team Suzuki on them?

The seller provides an excellent description of the bike, and even drops a RSBFS link in the eBay ad (this one from earlier this year which is very informative on the Lucky Strike models). So without being redundant, here is the seller’s description:

“This is possibly the rarest version of the original factory Lucky Strike models -- the graphics extend onto the frame (powercoated), and was made in very limited quantities, perhaps between 300-500, for the Japanese Domestic Market in 1993 after Kevin Schwantz won the 500cc world title that same year with the Lucky Strike Suzuki team. Rare doesn't even begin to properly describe this bike -- this model is far rarer than any VJ23 SP Lucky Strike model, VJ21 Pepsi etc may never see another one, let alone for sale!

The bike is in museum-quality condition -- ALL original, NO modifications, just over 2300 kms on the odo, just amazing condition. It was in a private collection for much of its life, as a display piece. It runs perfectly, rides like new. It is restricted (as all Japanese market models are) to 40-45hp, and can be easily de restricted, but I thought it would be a shame on a rare model in original condition like this. Plus, even restricted, it will still do 90-100mph with incredible acceleration etc---unless you’re a racer, this will have plenty of power for street riding. It still has all of its JDM features - KPH speedometer, all labels written in
Japanese etc, it is exactly as exported.

Original paint and graphics are clean and in excellent condition -- other than replaced air filter, battery, some replaced fairing hardware (couple screws), rebuilt(original) carbs and new tires--- all parts are original! The bike sat for quite a while in a collection and was put “back on the road” in regards to any replaced parts. The bike does have a couple very minor paint dings or scrapes. There are a couple touched-up dings in the red paint, a couple digs in the graphics, some dings in the wheel edges and some scrapes at the very bottom of the fairing – all pictured below in detail. These are all very typical wear marks for a bike this age, with this mileage etc. The only unusual thing is that the bike is missing its clutch-side bar-end weight, but it is as-I received it.

Runs great! Starts 1st or 2nd kick, often without choke! Shifts nicely through all gears and doesn’t smoke too much without the choke on (perfect!). Always run with high-quality Yamalube synthetic 2T oil.

Best part of all ----the bike has current California registration, title and plates!! (registered as SPCNS with full VIN and engine #) This rare piece of sportbike history can be yours for the low BIN price –you would be hard pressed to find another one, in any condition, let alone this clean and original !! Frame VIN –VJ22A123XXX Engine: J2XX…”

Check out all those photos, the seller goes to great lengths to show you what little imperfections there are.  I'm only noticing a missing bar end and an added tank pad.  It does have some chips here and there but they are all pointed out.  Rare indeed but maybe ultra rare is a better description considering the stock condition.  Almost everyone add's something to an RGV over time but not on this one.  What you end up with really would be a nice bike to complete a collection.  Add it up:  rare model, stock condition and titled.  I think it would be an excellent way to make the 23 owners very jealous.

Make this bike yours today!


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