Posts by tag: VJ21

Suzuki October 7, 2017 posted by

Sweet Tooth: 1989 Suzuki RGV250Γ for Sale

Many of the most iconic race replicas are rolling billboards for tobacco products: Marlboro, John Player, Gauloises, Lucky Strike. Of course, that's no longer the case, with tobacco manufacturers largely banned from advertising on race bikes and cars, but it's hard to deny that those designs are memorable. But what if you're a racing fan, and want to own a bike from the glory days of two-stroke Grand Prix competition, but are morally opposed to the addictive, cancer-causing weed? Well, you can always look for a race replica a bike that advertises something less-lethal. Maybe something like this Suzuki RGV250Γ in Pepsi-Cola colors that just promotes... slightly less-lethal diabetes and obesity-causing sugar?

The pace of development for the 250cc two-stroke class was relentless, with multiple, distinctly different versions of each company's bike introduced during the short period between the mid 1980s and the early 1990s. This example of Suzuki's smoky two-stroke v-twin is actually a bit of a hybrid, combining the frame and bodywork of the earlier VJ21 with the swingarm and exhaust of the later VJ22. The VJ21 used a simple unit made of rectangular, box-section aluminum, while the later VJ22 used a curved, "banana" style swinger that was also made from aluminum, but distinctively curved on the right-hand side to allow the bulging expansion chambers to tuck in close to the bike's centerline and allow maximum lean angles.

The engine was Suzuki's liquid cooled, 90° two stroke v-twin with power valves and backed by a six-speed gearbox, a package that eventually found its way into Aprilia's entry into the class, the RS250. Power for de-restricted examples was in the neighborhood of 60hp, plenty to motivate the claimed dry weight of just 282lbs. The front wheel was 17" but the rear was 18" as was fashionable among two-stroke sportbikes of the period, but irritating if you're trying to shoe one today.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 for Sale

Up for sale is this clean 1989 VJ21 with a fresh top end and paint job. The bike handles well, and pulls strongly. It has benefited from an upgraded VJ22 arched swing-arm and cool dual single sided exhaust. It also has a new battery installed. It was recently imported from the UK.

The bike will come with copies of all the US customs paperwork, European registration documents, and a Bill of Sale. This is a classic and can be registered in all 50 States. I ask that the winning bidder pay a $300 deposit within 24 hours. I offer shipping with a right of refusal guarantee. If you've paid the deposit and delivery fee you can opt out of the sale whatever your misgivings may be. My delivery rates are competitive among motorcycle shipping companies.  Thanks for looking at my auction. Please check out my other listings. I currently have a variety of Grey Market Japanese Imports from Europe/UK available. I welcome all inquires and bids. However, please, please, please only bid if you willing, and able, to dispense with this transaction in a reasonable about of time. Happy Bidding! 

This one is a runner for sure, not a collector: the paint looks sharp, but isn't original, and the bike has been updated with that stylish banana swingarm of the later VJ22, along with the matching "shotgun" exhaust set up. I like the swingarm, but I'd ditch those weird green-gold levers for a set of black ones immediately if it were my bike. The big draw here? The $5,750 Buy It Now price, making it one of the most affordable RGV250s we've seen in a while. The seller claims it "can be registered in all 50 states" but that's simplifying things a bit, from what I understand. Especially in California. As always, caveat emptor. 

-tad

Suzuki May 22, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 Available From SpeedWerks

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Today's Featured Listing is this titled Suzuki RGV250 from Speedwerks in Delaware. We've had the pleasure of working with SpeedWerks for over 5 years and every time they roll out a new offering, it makes readers in the know take notice. They always great rare sportbikes available for restorations and custom builds.

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The VJ21 RGV250 is a pretty uncomplicated machine, though 1990 marks the first year for adjustable suspension not only up front but in back as well (though this example wears an upgraded GSXR unit). The brochure reads under 300lbs and nearly 60hp, which means featherweight handling and a big punch in power when the power valves hit.

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from the seller:

1990 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21, titled correctly with original VIN. This bike could be described as a 'good rider'. It has the original tank on bike and original bodywork included that needs to be restored. It is currently fitted with a decent after market body kit. Has Bridgestone 090 take-offs, new brake pads and steel braided lines front and rear. Upgraded GSXR shock. Stock carbs, airbox and oil injection. Motor was recently rebuilt (not by us) though we have inspected the cylinders, reeds, and pistons. It also has aftermarket power valves. New clutch and all fluids replaced. Standard exhaust fitted and we have Tyga Stainless side by side's in stock if you so choose. $7500 obo

Contact Steve by email (steve@speedwerks.com) or visit his website.

While many of the SpeedWerks bikes we have featured were fully restored show queens, this one strikes a nice balance for someone looking to actually ride and enjoy a great looking two stroke we never got in the states. Looking at the bike closely in the pictures you can spot some patina but the rest is so tidy and clean that this bike could really suit multiple roles as track day bike, bike night discussion piece, and after work therapy machine.

Many thanks to SpeedWerks for continuing to support the site. Good luck to buyers and seller!

dc

Featured Listing:  1990 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 Available From SpeedWerks
Suzuki October 31, 2015 posted by

Quarter-Liter Gamma: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ SP VJ21 for Sale

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP R Side

Unfortunately, today's tasty little two-stroke Suzuki RGV250Γ SP is short on photographs. It's another of the raft of recent imports from Japan, and details are scarce, but the price may have you reaching for your mouse anyway.

The RGV250Γ replaced the RG250 in 1988, swapping out that bike's parallel-twin for a more modern v-twin that eventually found its way into the Aprilia RS250, although Aprilia made a number of changes to their version. On paper, the new baby Gamma looked very much like its rivals from Honda and Yamaha, like they were all peeking at each others' essays during final exams...

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP Dash

Nestled in between the spars of a lightweight, aluminum beam frame, the little 249cc, 90° v-twin made about 55hp and was mated to a six-speed gearbox. Front wheel was 17" although the rear was a slightly inconvenient 18" in size. This bike is claimed to be an SP or "Sport Production" model and should also feature adjustable suspension front and rear.

The headlight on the RGV is mounted flush in the fairing and looks less like an afterthought compared to something like the Honda RS250R and I particularly like the text on the tail section: considering the GSX-R "Slingshot" bikes were named for their carburetors, I'm guessing this is simply a marketing link to those models as opposed to a reference to any mechanical specification. It's also good to know this is a Real Sprinter bike, not just some fake knock-off...

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ SP VJ21 for Sale

In 1988 Suzuki released two stroke V twin racer replica.

At that era, Japanese economy was too good, so they released

new model more often than every year.

This is SP model, so it has adjustable front and rear suspension, 

close ratio 6 speed transmission and solo seat cover.

Ran when I transport from Tokyo to Yokohama.

I just received it and not check yet.

I'll take pics and inspect it and add info.

13977 Km = 8714 miles

Was very clean when it left Japan but I found a scratch on right side cowl.

Other than that, this is very clean. Still shining.

Had no leak but found fuel under petcock.

Please see pics.

Real SP model are very rare, I should start with $5000... too late..

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP Clean

It's worth noting that the shot of the left side does show fluids spilled down the frame which have been helpfully cleaned off in the close up. The question is why you'd photograph a bike you plan to sell before cleaning it. Really this listing could use a few more shots, but I think we've got enough to tell that this is a decent, well-used example of a rare, collectible model: the paint is shiny and the plastics are scuffed in places, but not cracked, and all the important bits that make the bike stop and go appear to be in good shape.

Bidding is currently up just north of $4,000 with a little more than 24 hours left on the auction. If you're a collector, this probably needs a good bit of work to get it into shape, but everything's there and a fresh set of fasteners and a touch up of some brackets will do wonders for the appearance. If you're a rider, well the cosmetic wear and tear shouldn't bother you too much. Assuming the bike runs as advertised, this could be a good buy.

-tad

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP L Side

Quarter-Liter Gamma: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ SP VJ21 for Sale
Suzuki July 26, 2015 posted by

Beautiful Bitsa: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica for Sale

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica R Side FrontIf you're one of those RSBFS fans who turns up their nose at bikes of questionable pedigree, you should probably stop reading now. Or make sure your keyboard is all warmed up for the inevitable flood of vitriol that will inevitably spill forth once you've finished reading about this particular Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 replica.

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica R Side Rear

The original RGV250 Γ "Gamma" replaced the parallel-twin RG250 with a water-cooled, 90° two-stroke v-twin in 1988 and went through various iterations until it was discontinued in 1998. Japanese home-market models were restricted to 45hp, but derestricted bikes or ones sold in other markets could see over 60hp, plenty to send the 300lb motorcycle shooting between corners. And corners was where this bike was built to live, with handling that lived up to its GP-replica looks.

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica L Side

In building his little two-stroke mongrel, the builder combined the basic goodness and power of the VJ21 with its parts availability, added the running gear and slick swingarm from the VJ22, and cloaked it all in bulbous late-90's VJ23 bodywork. It's listed as a 1997, but the frame came from a 1990 bike so I expect that's how you'd register it.

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica Cockpit

If you're a fan of the later style, this bike is perhaps a very wise choice as the 1997 RGV250 used an all-new 70° v-twin that shared virtually no parts with the earlier bike and parts are much more difficult to obtain. In addition, derestricting these later bikes is expensive if it hasn't already been done.

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica for Sale

RGV VJ23 replica in exceptional condition

I started with a very strong running low miles 1990 Suzuki RGV 250 VJ 21 SP as it has 59 HP and is one of the more reliable RGV’s with parts still a plenty.

To make it handle a bit better and look trick I added the USD forks and Banana swing arm and 17” rear from the 1991 RGV 250 VJ 22.

To make the bike to look modern and exotic  the 1997 RGV 250 VJ 23 OEM body components were chosen and craftfully installed.

The tail section is not OEM and was made special for this bike (To spec) as I could not locate an OEM tail) all other body parts are OEM VJ 23 correct

Details:

1990 VJ21 motor /electronics, frame, exhaust, rear shock (SP version), and controls

Massive power of the VJ 21 SP model = (59 hp) dependability, reliability and parts availability of the VJ 21. (The VJ 21 SP model came with the adjustable rear suspension and increased power)   Note: The stock VJ 23 only had 45 hp.

This bikes is very fast.

To obtain the same power output from a stock VJ 23 you would have to spend over $2500 to derestrict ( 45hp to 59 hp) !!!!

The SP VJ 21 came out of the box with 59 hp STOCK!!

 1991 VJ 22 USD forks, very desirable / rare Banana swing arm and 17” rear wheel giving the bike great handling and good looks with the USD forks and rare banana swing arm. Triple upper is from a GSXR 600 to provide VJ 23 fairing stay clearance. (No mods required/ simply bolted on)

1997 VJ 23 OEM Bodywork, Tank ,Fairing , Fairing stay , Mirrors , Head lamp, Tail lamp, Driver and Pillion seat: exotic and modern GP look of the VJ 23.

All of these components are in exceptional condition and all work perfectly.

Bike starts, idles and runs very strong. It also handles extremely well and always starts first kick every time!!

Has a nice kick in the pants between 8k and 11K when the power valves come alive.

Low miles... 7300 Kilometers = 4700 miles

All of the parts have been gracefully installed without modifying the existing VJ 21 attributes / structure so if one so desires, they could return the VJ 21 to its original state. (Surprising how many parts easily adapt together/ parts are not simply zip tied with the exception of one here and there!!) Nothing was modified to make these parts fit…

  • Oil injection intact and fully operational (only high quality oil used)
  • Fresh set of NGK BR9ECMIX Iridium plugs
  • Fresh oil change
  • Fresh coolant and radiator flush
  • Front and rear brake fluid flushed and adjusted (Great stopping power)
  • New air filter
  • Newer Bridgestone Battleax tires front
  • NEW Bridgestone Battleax rear tire.
  • Steel braided front and rear brake lines.
  • 2 sets of keys
  • Carbs clean and function perfectly

I will include a set of OEM Suzuki RGV chambers and cans which will allow the exhaust to exit on same side (GP bike look).

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica SwingarmSo it's obvious that, while this bike may be not be some all-original collector's item, parts are all from within the Suzuki family, and the seller has taken a "best of" approach to building this bike, taking the strongest, easiest to work on engine and combining it with more modern bodywork. I actually prefer the look of the earlier bike, but there's no question the VJ23 panels are very exotic looking, and I'd definitely fit the offered shotgun-style exhaust.

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica L Side Rear

The question is: will the modifications turn off traditional Suzuki fans, or will they be excited by the enthusiasm and thought that went into this build and be willing to ante up for this bike? With 5 days left on the auction, bidding on this little mutt is up to $4,500 with the reserve, unsurprisingly, not yet met.

-tad

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica R Side

Beautiful Bitsa: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica for Sale
Honda March 4, 2013 posted by

Spring Fever Monday Mailbag [Pepsi RGV, FZR400, VFR750, RZ350]

Good morning and welcome to the first mailbag of March. I titled the post Spring Fever because the number of emails have gone up sharply as the weather starts to taunt us with almost nice weather. Everyone is beginning to shop for a new mount in the stable! Keep us posted with your finds and have a good week,

dc

VFR750 For Sale

Adrian shoots us his great looking 1996 Honda VFR750 with just 16k miles. It's on eBay and current winning bid is just $2225 with 5 days remaining. Nearly 50 bids so far! Great bike and price so far. Good luck to buyers and sellers.


fzr400 for sale

Donald shoots us his awesome 1988 Yamaha FZR400 that has just 4500 miles. For sale in Massachusetts for only $4500.


Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 For Sale Pepsi

Regular Chris G. spotted this sweet little 1989 RGV 250 VJ21 for $4000 CAD. It is set up for track but seller states he has the street parts too. Nice!


rz350 for sale

Chris sends us this 1984 Yamaha RZ 350 in Alabama for $4200.

Sport Bikes For Sale November 14, 2012 posted by

Sugar Water: 1989 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21

Sugar Water:  1989 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21

Have a bit of a sweet tooth?  This little VJ21 might be of interest if you are looking for a rider or a bit of a winter project.  No, it isn't an original Pepsi Edition and it is missing a lot of original bits and pieces.  Hey, they can't all be diamonds.  If you are a fan of the older RGV's though, you have to look at everything that comes up for sale because there simply aren't a lot of VJ21's out there.  On the plus side is does have some new paint and set of Jolly Moto chambers.

 

 

If you are interested in a project type bike, take your time and study the photos.  The go ahead and compare them to stock Suzuki photos.  Don't be shy, get on a forum and ask questions about the model you are interested in.  Lastly, always be prepared to spend more than you thought you would on parts because you always will.

The info from the seller:

   This is the  first and super rare RGV SP (sports production), featuring a dry clutch as the most distinguishable difference. Along with front forks with rebound and dampening adjustments.  This models was made for the Japanese market with a unrestricted CDI unlike the UK models.   These early RGV’s have a 17″ front, 18″ Rear, combination.   This one has Jolly Moto Expansion Chambers which are valued over $1,500 new.  The natural finish does not last long on these race exhausts and have since been repainted black and silencers replaced. The body and tank have been painted and fitted with new decals. The inside of the tank is clean and rust free.  The clock reads just over 13,600 kilometers.
 
    New Tires. New Brakes. Ohlins front fork springs.  Upgraded front GSXR calipers with stainless steel brake line. Please note there are minor scratches on front wheel from loading onto a trailer.  Also scratches on the left side of the swing arm from a minor low a side previous to rebuild. The left swing arm spool mount was damaged as well. Will need to be drilled and tapped.  Everything else was repaired or replaced. Small crack/hole on right side throttle control box. Does not affect function. Last thing to note it is missing the passenger pegs. Rear taillight has hairline crack.  The motorcycle is over 20 years old, so imperfections and minor blemishes will be apparent.   Overall a great looking motorcycle that needs a little to tidy up.     It was a long term project and sat idle for 2 years during the rebuild.  It ran well at that time.  Even with proper storage prep, the carbs will need to be cleaned as the engine won't come off idle.  Typical clogged idle jet characteristic. The only other recommendation would be clean and adjust power valves.  We will also include a CD repair manual and original Suzuki parts fiche diagram book.  OEM replacement and performance parts can be still purchased in Europe and Japan.  There is many online stores,  forums and technical sites we can send links to the new owner for future reference.

 

 

Looks like you'll have to come up with a way for the Jolly Motos to attach securely and properly.

 

You will notice some difference's in the stickers you see on Pepsi Editions.  The bikes came with a sticker kit of sponsor stickers and some owners installed them; others didn't.  She's missing the distinctive 21 mirrors.

 

The fact is, this one is going home with someone as the reserve has been met.  Take a look and see if it something you'd like to park in the garage and keep you busy over the winter.

Click it for the auction.

 

Ian