Posts by tag: VJ22

Aprilia December 16, 2017 posted by

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

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.


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


Suzuki February 5, 2015 posted by

Free Shipping! 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale in Japan

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side

Before you get too excited, this RGV250 is located in Japan, so if you want this one in your garage, you'll have to navigate the requirements for getting it shipped to and then registered wherever you live.

Unless you're in Japan...

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Front

The RGV250 Γ "Gamma" was introduced in 1988 to replace the two-stroke parallel-twin RG250 and was built until 1998. The new machine shared its liquid-cooled, 90° v-twin with the Aprilia RS250 and, with about 60hp and a 300lb claimed dry-weight, the RGV was in the hunt with competing motorcycles from Kawasaki and Yamaha, although Aprilia made some modifications to improve performance, including reworked heads.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 Dash

This second-generation "VJ22" incorporated Suzuki's power-valve technology and featured upside-down forks, a 17" rear wheel that should make tire choice a bit easier, and a very cool "banana" swingarm that was designed to allow the paired exhausts to tuck in close for improved cornering clearance. The new swingarm increased weight slightly, but was very stiff and looked trick as hell. If you're looking at RGVs, this version is definitely more desirable than the earlier VJ21 model, but early VJ22s should have their power-valves checked to ensure they're functioning correctly: they can stick in the "low-rpm" position and limit top-end power.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale

Very rare 2 stroke bike from Japan to you.
The shipping cost is including the price!!(From our place to your nearest port)
It has scratches at both side of lower cowling and silencers. And has a little cracks. Right rear seat cowling of mounting tab is broken.
It has No rust in the gas tank.
Front forks are full adjustable, it has No rust on the chrome and No oil leaks.
The main key cylinder, tank cap and seat lock can use 1 key. But the key is not original.
Front break disc of thickness 4.2 mm, Rear break disc of thickness 4.3 mm.
It can start by 1 kick!! And runs very well!!

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Rear

The RGV250 is extremely rare in North America, having never been officially imported. Although the $8,000 Buy It Now price seems a bit high, it supposedly does include shipping costs "to your nearest port," so that should count for something. To me though, an Aprilia RS250 looks better and are available for much less.

This one is obviously not some pristine collector, with some obvious scuffs and scrapes. Honestly, these make pretty lousy roadbikes for the most part, and while many people are happy to put up with narrow powerbands and uncomfortable riding positions in the name of style or because they live in Topanga Canyon, bikes like this are best on track.

So store away the original bodywork and lights or sell them on eBay, fit some lightweight plastics with fresh blue-and-white graphics, and turn this into a terrific trackbike!


1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Front

Free Shipping! 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale in Japan
Aprilia June 22, 2014 posted by

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Available in Oregon


Update 6.28.2014: Bike is now sold. Thanks to everyone for your interest and congratulations to Jim! -dc

Today's post is for my own 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield. This is a great rider quality bike with easy restoration potential. I’ve put less than 600 miles on it since buying it in early 2011, which is precisely why I’m selling it. I tell my friends it’s like owning a jet ski: you only take it out on perfect sunshine days and ride it hard all afternoon as intended. Sadly that didn’t happen as often as I would’ve liked and I’m ready to put something else in it’s place.


When I purchased this RS250 I was told it had a recent top end done but no paperwork since it was an in-house job and they never intended to sell the bike anyway. I verified the work best I could with my mechanic using the correct procedure to test compression, and we measured 125psi on both cylinders.


In terms of condition, I’ll start by noting the swing arm has some minor etching. From 5-10 feet you wouldn’t even notice, but I want to clearly represent what condition the bike is in. While the swingarm could be polished to correct this, it would lose the factory micro finish. You could also cover it with the tasteful carbon fiber swingarm cover from Tyga.


Overall the cosmetics are best described as an honest 7/10. The plastics are free from damage and cracks. The decals were applied over the clear coat from the factory, so after 19 years there are some dog ears, slightly faded colors, and clear coat deterioration. Modifications are mostly cosmetic and include the colored-in number plates, painted front fender, smoked windscreen, and aftermarket exhaust. To be honest the number plates feel right at home with the period GP replica. Better yet, I have a brand new, 1995 OEM factory decal kit, correct to this year, which will be included with the sale if you’d like to restore it to original in the future. It is highly unlikely you will find another OEM set, so a future restoration can be as correct as possible with the addition of a perfect swingarm.


All said, the bike is in really good condition as is, especially if you plan to enjoy it as intended. All the minor issues I just described disappear in a moment as soon as you get on the pipe. Speaking of which, it’s a period Arrow exhaust that was nickel plated after a repair to a pin hole leak in the expansion chamber. The result complements the satin finish frame and swing arm very well.


Mechanically speaking the carb floats stick and it could use new tires as it’s currently wearing track day rubber that is several years old. There is some remaining safety wiring as well. The rear license plate holder and turn signal assembly was missing when purchased so a fabricated replacement has been installed with new factory indicators. Horn is missing. Otherwise the overall condition suggests it has always been enjoyed and cared for by enthusiasts.


What I’d really like to convey is how special it was to me to have owned a Chesterfield. My hope is to find a buyer that has always wanted one too and intends to ride it and/or improve it. While a museum collector may need to pass, if you’ve always been 2 stroke curious, send me an email! I will also consider trades of various amounts including the following in very good to excellent condition: Ducati 851/888/748/916/996/998, MV Agusta, 400cc gray bikes, Laverda Formula, Bimota, Aprilia Mille R, CBR900RR/954RR, or something else that would wind up on the pages of RSBFS! I’m also in the market for a sport tourer of similar vintage: BMW R1100S, Ducati ST4, ?

Thank you for looking. My price is $7000 firm. Please contact me with your interest by email:


1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Available in Oregon
Sport Bikes For Sale December 20, 2013 posted by

1994 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 in Florida

1994 Suzuki RGV250 for sale

We haven't had the pleasure of a 250 smoker in a little while and this 94 VJ22 should fit the bill. It's advertised as never down and the bodywork, signals, mud guards, etc. are still in place too. And of course the best piece of all, the small metal plate just below the stop lights. At $7500 this looks like a very fair deal in my opinion. See it here on Tampa Craigslist.


1994 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 in Florida