Posts by tag: VJ23

Suzuki June 15, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1996 Suzuki RGV250V Lucky Strike!

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)

Contact: tasswipe@icloud.com

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. Then contact Alan at tasswipe@icloud.com if you are looking for a centerpiece for your collection. Good Luck!!

Featured Listing: 1996 Suzuki RGV250V Lucky Strike!
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
Sport Bikes For Sale May 29, 2013 posted by

No Reserve Kids! 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP Lucky Strike

ls right

Interesting, very interesting.  Yes, it is the real deal. Yes, it has a title and Yes,  it is going home with someone (unless the auction is pulled).  Other than that, there isn't any real info on the bike.  From the sound of the sellers info it kind of sounds like a flip type sale.

ls left

Too bad the pictures aren't more clear.  It looks complete and in great shape.  The pictures show a missing passenger seat and a different gear oil cap.  It looks like it even has the OEM rubber brake lines still on it.  Warning sticker on the tank shows it is original paint.

ls rear

I'm not sure about the Florida plates but the seller claims it has a Montana title (it is located in MT as well).  Mileage is said to be at 5,000.  Stop reading and buy the darn thing.

Click it, fast.

Ian

Suzuki May 27, 2013 posted by

UK Full Power V: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23

v right

I know it is pink but it is the real, full power deal.  V models are few and far between and paint is only fairing deep.  It's been hanging around Ebay UK for a bit so I'm guessing it is bit overpriced for the current market.  The dealership is asking 7,000 GBP or roughly $10,500.  We saw a derestricted pink, T model hang around Ebay US for a long time at roughly the same price a month or so ago.  People either really hate the color or the VJ23 market has softened a bit.

v front

It's a low mile machine that looks very stock.  I only notice aftermarket mufflers and rear seat/pegs missing.  As silly as it is, the grey rear brake fluid reservoir cover  is a quick way to identify a V model.  The big id plate near the steering head is a dead giveaway as well.

v rear

Remember, chambers and a full power CDI will easily run a couple of thousand dollars/pounds, not to mention the hassle of getting them.  Maybe that pink doesn't look so bad?

The Ebay Ad.

Ian

Sport Bikes For Sale March 19, 2013 posted by

Oh So Tempting: CA Titled 1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23

Update 3.18.2013: If you were thinking last year that you should've bid on this one, it's back and a thousand off at $9500 buy-it-now. Hat tip to Matt for the spot. Links updated. -dc

Update 12.31.2012: Back on eBay for the new year and now with a slightly lower buy-it-know of $10,500. Links updated. -dc

Update 10.31.2012: Back on eBay after less than 30 days. No change in buy-it-now, links updated. -dc

This one has to be tempting for anyone interested in purchasing a VJ23. If you have a checklist, toss it out because this one looks to have it all. An avid RSBFS reader though, might recognize the bike as it has made two previous appearances here. They were both Cragislist listings. I believe the bike sold very quickly the first time but the new owner has moved the bike on to Ebay.

It really does meet all the requirements: CA title, low mileage (4611 miles), close to stock condition and derestricted. What could possibly keep it from selling? It can only be one of two things in my mind, the price or the color. The pink/purple scheme has never been a fan favorite but I've been told pictures don't do the color justice (I've never seen this color in person). The seller is asking $11,000 BIN on the bike. While seemingly high I don't think he out of the ballpark considering what you are getting. The CA title is the most valuable item but also consider the items to derestrict the bike. Prices on CDI's and chambers have skyrocketed in Japan and the weak dollar has only made it worse. You could easily spend $2,000 on just those two components right now.

If you want to go all the way to complete the transformation into a derestricted "V" model you'll need to track down a 240KPH speedo.

A few details from the auction:

This is a rare bird titled in CA.
1996 Suzuki RGV250SP
free of corrosion. 7422km ~ 4611 original miles.
Fully de-restricted with the OEM Suzuki 42E10 CDI along with the proper jetting, chambers and airbox mods.
Bike runs strong and hard.

And audio and visual treat from the seller

Maybe a boring picture but a good indication of the stock condition. Not even the OEM brake lines have been replaced.

The pipes look to be Sugaya's road going version. They use a different cans and fit better with the belly pan than their "track" versions. I imagine any performance difference would not be noticed by 99% of us.

I really think if you can get over the sticker shock of $11,000, down the road you'd be very happy with what you got for your money.

Here is the auction.

Ian

Suzuki November 26, 2012 posted by

1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Lucky Strike with 9600 Miles in the UK

Located in Sheffield with a classified ad price of about $10700 is what appears to be a stock VJ23 Lucky Strike RGV250. I have gone back and done some reading on previous Lucky Strike posts to help me with identifying whether this one is real or not but the pictures aren't great with this listing. What do you see? To my amateur eye I see a bike that's uncut, stock pipes, no solo seat conversion, and a machine clean enough to each off of. But I'm also humble enough to recognize we have some real experts that read our posts and hope you'll leave a comment with your opinions.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike For Sale on eBay

from the seller listing:

HERE WE HAVE A VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE A PERFECT FACTORY LUCKY STRIKE SUZUKI RGV 250 VJ 23 ! A TRUE CREDIT TO ITS FORMER KEEPER AS IT IS IN PRISTINE CONDITION HAVING ONLY COVERED A GENUINE 9600 MILES ! 100% HPI CLEAR AND HAVING ONLY JUST BEEN SERVICED ! FINISHED IN ARGUABLY THE BEST COLOUR COMBINATION WITH LUCKY STRIKE GRAPHICS, COLOUR CODED WHITE WHEELS, THIS FACTORY LUCKY STRIKE VJ 23 (VERY RARE BIKE) FEATURES A 70 DEGREE ENGINE LAYOUT SAME AS A GP BIKE, IT ALSO USES A DRY CLUTCH AND 6 SPEED CLOSE RATIO GEARBOX, THE BIKE HAS 32mm CARBS, AN ELECTRIC START AND USES RAM AIR TECHNOLOGY ! I CHALLENGE YOU TO FIND A BETTER EXAMPLE IN AS PRISTINE CONDITION ! THIS IS 250 MOTORING PERFECTION READY FOR SUMMER FUN AND SIMPLY MUST BE VIEWED TO BE FULLY APPRECIATED ! TAXED AND TESTED READY TO RIDE AWAY ! FULL DEALER FACILITIES.

dc