Posts by tag: RGV250

Quick Spot January 4, 2011 posted by

1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike? Don’t Be Late For Class

1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike?  Don't Be Late For Class

I know anyone who is shopping for a RGV250 or a Lucky Strike RGV250 is cringing right now.  Sellers:  buyers need photos and lots of them, especially when you are dealing with a model like  a Lucky Strike RGV250.  This may be the most copied paint scheme on the planet.  It is extremely difficult to find the real thing nowadays.  Even more rare is finding one that has not been modified.  I normally wouldn't post a bike with so few pictures but I thought it was a good opportunity to talk about what to look for if you might be looking for a Lucky Strike RGV250.  RGV's are the one area I can claim some decent knowledge so let's do a little Lucky Strike RGV Class 101.

To be honest it is difficult to even find a photo of a stock Lucky Strike RGV250 on the net.  This Youtube post is the best example I've seen in a while.  Not stock are the solo tail cover (ultra rare and a great find if you come across one), the Arrow exhaust and the Motul, Michelin and NGK stickers and the Schwantz signature.  Excluding those items it is a great example of what a home market Lucky Strike RGv250 should look like.  When I say "home market", I'm referring to Japan.  There were a certain number of resprays done in England by the Suzuki importer there.  I guess I'm a snob, I don't consider those true LS RGV250's.  A Japanese spec Lucky Strike will be restricted to 45hp, as well, since they were home market bikes.  Lucky Stirkes are not SP models.  They will have the less adjustable suspension and no remote reservoir for the rear shock.  The Lucky Strike edition was simply a paint scheme.  If want that cool dry clutch you have to stick with an SP.

Here is the info from the ad:

1992 suzuki rgv 250
factory kevin schwantz with registration
super sweet light and nimble
this bike screams
if your reading this you already know
im looking for best offers
this bike is rare
xtra rebuilds/ rims/parts and pipes and factory manuel
make me a serious offer and i will write back
bike has been well kept and always garaged

 The photo is so poor, it is hard to judge the bike.  What I notice right away is it almost looks like the stickers say "Team Suzuki" instead of "Lucky Strike".  Suzuki ran those stickers in in the GP's in countries where you could not advertise tobacco.  Obviously, if the stickers do say that, this is not an original LS.  The wheels are also the wrong color for an original LS.  I will hedge my bets though, if the stickers are correct (some have been added though) and for some reason the wheels were painted or changed it could be an original LS.  Then again I'm noticing three louvers on the tail section.  Three louvers are a sign of 1991 model.  1992 onwards have two louvers.  See how it turns into detective work?  Now, would I totally dismiss this bike?  If I was a collector, yes.  If I'm just looking for a nice RGV I'd at least make a call.  In my opinion that title is worth more than whatever paint is on the bike.  Like I said the LS RGV's were just normal RGV's excluding the paint.  You could even argue they are less appealing because they are  restricted in stock form.  With some planning and some $$$ you can get a nice Lucky Strike spray done yourself.  If you'd like to know more about this particular bike you can find out more here.


Some review material for Lucky Strike RGV Class 101

A few nice pictures of 1992 VJ22 LS.  Solo tail, end cans and a few small stickers are not factory original.  As I mentioned above the solo tail cover was a factory made item and is uber rare.

 I honestly don't remember is these were produced in 1991 and 1992 or just 1992.  A real one must have the banana swing arm that wasn't produced after 1992 (Honda sued them over a patent infringement).


 If you ever see one that looks like this snatch it up as fast as you can.  I believe only about 500 were produced in 1994 for the Japanese market.  Still a VJ22 but with the updated Lucky Strike paint work.  

1996 VJ23 Lucky Strike.  It was produced in both the restricted "T" model and the derestricted "V" model.  If you think about it, as rare as these are, we've seen a lot more of these VJ23 LS's lately than the older VJ22 LS's.  Which would you rather own? I know, I know....both.


Sport Bikes For Sale December 31, 2010 posted by

RGV For The UK, It’s Coming Sometime Maybe! 1996 RGV250SP VJ23

RGV For The UK, It's Coming Sometime Maybe! 1996 RGV250SP VJ23

Does anyone get referance in the headline?  One more hint, this is one VICOUS RGV.  Just my lame attempt at trying to make a UK connection.  Enough of me screwing around.  This 23 isn't in the U.S., it isn't stock and the paint isn't original.  Turned off?  I sure as heck hope not, this 23 is niiiiiice.  In my opinion it has been very tastefully upgraded.  If your interest is peaked you might have to make a quick friend in the UK as the seller isn't open to overseas bids.  Stop frowning and enjoy the pictures!

First off,  the bike has been derestricted properly with a Sugaya R2 CDI (considered the best non-racing CDI for the 23) and Sugaya pipes (again considered the best among most 23 owners).  It sounds like he has also set up the air box to "V" model specs.  Not a complicated procedure but the "V" model has some different hose routing into the air box.


That's not a stock Suzuki shock hiding in there.  Check out the list below for all the goodies he has added to the bike:


 Here for sale is my  RGV 250 SP VJ23.     1996

 If your looking here then you should know the spec of these bikes.

Lucky Strike paintwork. Dry clutch, Close ratio gearbox, kais re-valve and re-sprung forks

Sugaya race pipes, Sugaya R2 derestricted ecu box, derestricted airbox, pipercross air filter,

WP steering damper, special clock bracket, Braided brake lines, GSXR 6 pot calipers,

Brembo master cylinder with folding lever, folding clutch lever, Nitron track rear shock  ( cost £500 plus and done hardly any miles ),

Small indicators, harris fuel tank cap, Rear wavey brake disc,  £500 spent on Ti fasteners,

Dunlop Alpha 10 tyres ( done 80 miles ) The bike has 1015 km on the clock, Mot,d, taxed and V5 in my name.

The bike was imported approx. 3 years ago by fastline and has had 1 previous owner before myself.

The bike is in immaculate condition. It is running a daytime mot at present. (as headlight is not present with Lucky strike fairing/ but standard bodywork comes with std fairing and headlight )

Here is a list of spares I am including in the sale.

Full bodykit in original colours ( minus front mudguard )  excellent condition.

Standard unrestricted exhausts with both std end cans and swarbrick carbon cans. excellent cond

Rear foot peg hangers , rear pillion seat , std indicators , std rear shock , std front master cylinder and clutch lever , Head light/clock bracket and headlight unit, White mirrors .

Std sapc control box and std carb jets.

The bike is as you can see excellent condition. It has been run on fully synthetic 2 stroke oil.

The bike is very very light and very powerfull and is immaculate.

Viewing can be arranged. No scammers. Strictly no timewaters.

£300 Deposit to be paid within 2 hours of auction end via paypal, ( sorry but, I don’t want to be messed around ) Balance on collection. ( cash ) within 5 days.

Any questions please ask. No overseas bids. No overseas postage. less than 10 feedback please contact first or I will remove bid.

Bike is advertised elsewhere and may be removed from auction.

 Just to add that the lucky strike paintwork is on genuine suzuki panels and not pattern/ fibreglass panels.

Tasteful carbon cans.  The stock ones weigh a ton.  The stock pipes and mufflers are more suitable as boat anchors.  Those pipes will cost a good $1800 dollars to have made nowadays.  Yes, Sugaya will still make pipes on a special order basis and no they don't produce CDI's anymore.


 A little extra stopping power courtesy of a GSX-R.  Like almost all Japanese home market bikes the 23 forks are softly sprung stock.

This thing is barely broken in with 1016KM's on it.  I can't see a single draw back with this bike other than it is out of reach for most of us here in the USA.  Starting bid converted is roughly $9,300.   While I do not know the seller personally I do know he is a long time member of the RGV forum on .  I've been a member for years and can honestly say it is one of the most helpful forums out there and is filled with a good group of guys with a wealth of knowledge on everything related to RGV's.  .

The man who made the Lucky Strike RGV250  famous in Japan, Noriyasu Numata.  He won the All Japan Championship in 96 and piloted the RGV250 in the GP's for two years in Rizla colors.  He is seen here with a the 1994 works RGv250.  He  died a few years ago testing tires in Japan.


Sport Bikes For Sale November 26, 2010 posted by

Turkey And Two Strokes: Tasty RG500 In FL

 Turkey And Two Strokes:  Tasty RG500 In FL

Man was not meant to survive on turkey and football alone!  This actually couldn't be set up any better if you are in the market for an RG500.  Let the Mrs. go shopping on Black Friday, let her tell you about all the deals she got and then inform her of your own Black Friday deal. 

What we have here is another classic RG500 with very few mods.  All I can spot is the aftermarket chambers and the Lance Gamma filter/jet kit.  It even has the original RG wheels.  It seems like the majority of RG500's I see have updated Katana or GSX-R wheels on them.  It is also sporting a solo seat.  It keeps getting better; it only has 5500 miles on it and is titled.  It's all there for the taking.

The details:


A sliver of a video of said bike. Take note on how a motorcycle should be started.

Starting bid is $14,000.  It's on the high end of the scale but not not out of line for a nice, titled RG500.  Check out the auction though, the seller is open to offers.  Don't waste time, you can have the Mrs. out of the house early on Friday with all the stores opening at 4 am.  That leaves you plenty of time to contact the seller and snag this nice RG.  .


Sport Bikes For Sale November 23, 2010 posted by

Wolf Pup: 1987 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf

 Wolf Pup: 1987 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf  


I think we have another collection completing bike here.  Rare model, rare special edition of that model and extremely low miles for the model year.  You may notice the is no "V" at the end of the RG:  back in 87 Suzuki's two stroke 250's were parallel twins.  Claimed power output was the usual 45hp that every Japanese spec 250 from every manufacture seems to magically make.  The Walter Wolf RG250 was actually available in two color schemes (just like it's big brother), the dark blue seen here and also what Suzuki called "silver green".  I really don't know the export history on these bikes but I know the Walter Wolf RG500 experts told me red wheels were a sign of a Japanese home market bike.  


Still has those pesky stickers.  I give people credit who hold on to these bikes and don't change a thing on them.  I don't know if I could excersie that much self control.  You'd have to hide my wallet because I'd be racing to throw a set of pipes on a two stroke.  


You may notice the full fairing.  Depending on the market, the RG250 commonly came with just a half fairing.  It is a much sharper looking bike with the full fairing in my opinion.  The WW RG250 also came stock with the solo tail.  

From the auction:  

You are looking at a very low mileage pristine example of a Walter Wolf Edition RG 250, the nasty little brother of the legendary king of the hill, the RG 500. This bike is unrestored, original and looks and drives like it was new. The motorcycle had just under 4000 km when I bought it and it now has 4181 km, or under 2600 miles. It has just gotten a fresh tune-up at the dealership, including a complete carburator clean-up and adjustment, new fork seals and oil, brake adjustment and even a little rubber piece that was missing under the tank was ordered from suzuki and replaced. Obviously all parts used were OEM Suzuki. The tires are in very good condition as you can tell by the pictures. Mechanically the bike is perfect, including chain, sprokets, bearings, cables etc, probably all original as far as I can tell. The bodywork is in SUPERB condition with the exception of a crack in the upper right fairing. Close up it is visible, but standing next to the bike it goes unnoticed. Esthetically I would give the bike a solid 9 out of 10 even if there is a major crack in the body work. That's how clean it is. I comes with the original tool kit and original Walter Wolf key. This bike would make an amazing addition to any rare bike collection, and is not pricey enough not to enjoy every other weekend or so without killing yourself with guilt. Obviously it will only go up in value as one of the rarest bikes around, and in such great original condition. The ultimate Christmas gift for a gear head or collector?  




I'm split on the price.  The auction has a buy it now price of $7,900 and an acution starting price of almost $5,000.  I've honestly never seen an RG250 close to either one of those prices.  I understand this is a special edition with extremely low miles but is there much demand for the smaller Walter Wolf?  I think that sort of price shuts out the buyer with casual interest and limits it to just collectors.  Money is money though and all you need is one guy who's got to have it.  If you're that guy, you can .
Maybe I don't know what I'm talking about, here is a home market Walter Wolf RG250 with gold wheels and black seat instead of the red wheels and seat.  You are on your own, I don't know which freakin market these bikes belong in.








Exclusive October 13, 2010 posted by

N2010 RG/RZ Gathering @ Barber Motorsports Park

Attencion!  I have a special treat for fans of two strokes on our companion site, Rare Sport Bikes. Even though the site is still in beta, I just posted my report after returning from the RG/RZ gathering held during the Barber Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park.  After burning the midnight oil here in the plush RSBFS offices, the pictures and text are up.  Jump on over here and enjoy.


Aprilia October 12, 2010 posted by

Nice Cup Bike Package On Ebay: 2000 Aprilia RS250

Nice Cup Bike Package On Ebay:  2000 Aprilia RS250

I was in a store today and they already had the Christmas decorations up in one section.  This tells me one thing;  it is not too early for any of us to ask for a Christmas present.  If you would like your present to include power valves, expansion chambers and a stout frame then this may need some wrapping paper.  Right off the bat this seems like a nice package deal.  The seller has started the bidding at $3,500 and has a buy it now price of $4,500.  Not a bad price to get you out on the track on a stroker.  It sounds like the bike has some really nice suspension upgrades.  Maybe hidden in all the text though is the fact that the engine is completely stock.  That is really nice if two strokes are new to you.  It will give you a nice base line to start from and saves you from overly peaky power from port jobs gone bad.  To be honest, the stock Aprilia has enough power to give most of us more than enough thrills on the track.

Pictures please:

The details:

 I was going to race it next year but realized that's just not going to happen. I've done three track days on it since I bought it three years ago. When I bought it the previous owner had just done a top end and he said the bottom had a few track days on it.  Motor runs perfectly as you can see from videos.  Stock bodywork is a little rashed from lowside but totally useable.  Catalyst composites bodywork is in excellent shape.  Mileage is unknown since the dash is not the original but everything is maintained meticulously.  Over $2k in spares.

Bike is located in Thibodaux, LA.

Premix only. Here's the details about the bike itself

2000 Aprilia RS 250
• Forks revalved for 180lb rider with titanium nitride coating
• Ohlins shock sprung and valved for 180lb rider
• Vortex clip-ons
• Woodcraft rearsets
• Frame and swingarm powder coated black
• Carbon fiber tank with anti slosh foam
• Radial front brake master cylinder
• Braided steel front brake lines
• Full floating Brembo front brake discs
• HH front pads
• Ohlins steering stabilizer
• Toggle switch in place of key for ignition
• 520 non o-ring chain with aluminum rr sprocket
• Arrow pipes
• Motor is all stock and super reliable
• Catalyst Composites bodywork in excellent condition
• Fully safety wired
• Michelin Power One tires with 1 day on them
• High flow air filter


  • 3 spare clip on tubes
  • 4 spare vortex clip on bases
  • 2 extra sets woodcraft rearset bases plus 1 more right base
  • 3 spare shift rods
  • assorted other rearset bases and pedals
  • Spare throttle tube and cable
  • 4 clutch cables
  • power valve cable
  • throttle cable
  • set of spare fairing stay ears
  • gasket kit
  • 4 steel clutch plates
  • 7 fiber plates
  • 2 complete clutch kits (1 Barnett, 1 Aprilia)
  • right side engine cover
  • used but useable reeds (3 sets carbon, 1 stock)
  • stock front brake lines
  • plenty gearing
  • 10 new plugs
  • jet kit
  • about 20 exhaust gaskets
  • clutch perch
  • clutch lever
  • new chain
  • 6 used cylinders in need of replating
  • 2 useable heads
  • Various fasteners, bits and bobs
  • 2 stock brake levers
  • 4 more clutch levers (1 is a shorty)
  • 3 powervalve wheels
  • 2 powervalve covers and several gaskets
  • 2 conrods
  • 2 used powervalves
  • 2 used petcocks
  • several head and base gaskets
  • bearings and seals
  • fairing clips
  • Suzuki stator and left side cover

Quite a nice package to get you started.  Actually just enough to get you hooked so you start spending more money.   If the Mrs. doesn't think this is a good Christmas present then just buy it now and consider it a mental health present.  .

The bike at speed at a track day: