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Suzuki August 15, 2017 posted by

Fierce Little Pup: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf for Sale

Looking very much like someone washed an RG500 in hot water, Suzuki's RG250Γ "Gamma" featured two fewer cylinders and half the displacement, but was still packed full of race-bred technology and performance. Built between 1983 and 1987, the quarter-liter Gamma was never officially imported to the USA, but some have found their way here over the years from Canada, and their age means that more are now finding their way here in shipping containers to feed starving hordes of US two-stroke enthusiasts.

Performance available belies the mere 247cc displaced by the liquid-cooled parallel twin, as the government-mandated 45hp had its midrange boosted by Suzuki's Automatic Exhaust Control power valve system, with even more available in markets outside Japan. Skilled pilots could exploit that limited power by working the six-speed gearbox to keep the engine in the meat of the narrow two-stroke powerband, and stopping power from the triple-disc DecaPiston four-piston brake setup was excellent. Anti-dive forks were probably more useful to the marketing team than to riders, but the bike did have excellent handling and a light weight of 286lbs dry, thanks in part to the aluminum frame, although grip from the skinny 80s tires will be limited if you're used to wide modern radials.

"Walter Wolf" may sound like the name of a James Bond villain, but in reality he was simply an eccentric businessman who made his fortune in the Canadian oil business and used that fortune to sponsor several Formula 1 racing teams in the late 1970s, followed by touring cars in the early 1980s, as rich folks are wont to do. The color scheme was an unusual choice, but I happen to think the dark blue-and-red race replica colors are the most flattering for the slab-sided Gammas, although the traditional white-and-blue obviously has many fans as well.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf Replica for Sale

Very original 1986 Suzuki RG250 Gamma Walter Wolf import that has not been running in a while.  I am a collector and imported it from Japan.  Appears to be an original Walter Wolf, not a clone. The only parts that seem not to be original are possibly the brake and or clutch levers and the clip-ons or handle bars.  Over all in good original condition for its age, minor dings, scratches, not running.  Turns over and feels like good compression. Will need going thru, tires, carb kit, brake work, battery, etc, my gut says that with battery, carb rebuild and fresh gas you will have a runner.  I do have both mirrors, one off now for easier storage.  Happy to send more photos and or video.  Prefer buyer to come see in person so they see what they need to see.  Seat has small cut and tank small dings.  Overall the body panels are in nice shape and someone put plastic sheet protection tape on areas to protect paint, etc. Clock reading 9130km. Florida title.  I can help arrange shipping, have worked with a few shippers recently.  All payment funds must be fully cleared before shipping. RZ TZR NSR RGV KR1 NSR250 RGV250 TZR250 Gamma.  Questions welcome.

Very original import that has not been running in a while. The only parts that seem not to be original are possibly the brake and or clutch levers and the clip-ons or handle bars. Appears to be an original Walter Wolf, not a clone. Over all in good original condition for its age, minor dings, scratches, not running. Turns over and feels like good compression. Will need going thru, tires, carb kit, brake work, etc, my gut says that with battery, carb rebuild and fresh gas you will have a runner. Happy to send more photos and or video. Prefer buyer to come see in person so they see what they need to see. Seat has small cut and tank small dings. Overall the body panels are in nice shape and someone put plastic sheet protection tape on areas to protect paint, etc. Clock reading 9130km. Florida title 

I believe some markets made do with stock Suzuki gauge faces, but the blue and red Walter Wolf items are a good indicator that this is the real thing. Obviously, this one will need some refurbishment, but nothing outside the ordinary for a bike of this age. The cosmetics aren't perfect, but the bike looks complete, and is claimed to be very original which counts for much among collectors. And if you're not into math, that kilometers reading on the odometer means the bike has just 5,673 miles on it. With a Buy It Now price of $4,750 the seller seems to be realistic about what this bike is worth, considering the worn cosmetics and non-running condition, so if you want an 80s two-stroke sportbike and your finances won't stretch to an RG500, this might scratch that itch.

-tad

Fierce Little Pup: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf for Sale
Suzuki June 13, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Edition

Born in Austria, Walter Wolf made his fortunes in oil drilling equipment in Canada, and proceeded to spend much of it on motorsports. He poured millions into Formula 1 teams (including Williams and his own eponymous Walter Wolf Racing), sponsored numerous classes of racing and even sponsored individual drivers and riders. It is through his involvement with motorsports - and Suzuki - that the Walter Wolf Edition of the famed RG500 Gamma was born. If the big Gamma is the rare unicorn of the sport bike world, consider a Walter Wolf Edition a unicorn of an even more rare color.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf for sale on eBay

With 95 HP on tap and a 340 pound (dry) package, the RG500 was the most potent sporting motorcycle available to hungry buyers. Of the big two strokes, the RG was the most like the GP bike that inspired it, and far sharper than the Yamaha or Honda offerings. The Walter Wolf Edition RG500 (there was also a 400 and 250 model) was introduced as a limited production special that was separated from ordinary RGs by the graphics package. Liveried in dark blue / purple with red and gold accents and highlighted by the Wolf insignia, this special edition was released to the home market (in power restricted format) as well as Canada (estimated 100 units) and Western Europe. There are slight differences between each of the market-specific models largely due to local regulations (i.e. headlights, turn signals, etc). Japanese market bikes utilize a specific WW gauge package, while Canadian bikes make due with stock RG units. Logo placement is also slightly different between the markets. Today's bike just so happens to be a Canadian market example.

From the seller:
Absolutely stunning and original 1986 RG 500 Walter Wolf Edition, one of 100 ever built. In truly nice condition, bodywork is outstanding with very few scratches and blemishes. The whole bike is corrosion free, never been dropped. This machine has been very well taken care of and doesn't show her 31 years of age at all. Great effort has been put into preserving it's beauty and originality. All consumables are well within specs and ready to go for the summer.

More from the seller:
Interesting fact about this machine is that is was originally purchased and used in Montreal Canada in the market it was originally destined to and sold in France. The machine was spotted by a Canadian visiting Normandy during the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Vimy Ridge, purchased from a reluctant seller and sent back "home" in Quebec city Canada. Four new spark plugs, air filter cleaned.

More from the seller:
This machine is for the serious collector. For the US buyer, shipping, export fees and paypal fees are the buyer's responsibility. I can gladly assist with all these processes, take over it, or totally leave it up to the buyer. Export process normally takes less than a week and is based on a % of the value of the machine. Can ship throughout North America.

Walter Wolf Editions are striking machines - especially in person. The colors make the bike pop in sunlight, imparting an ageless beauty to an already beautiful machine. Since such a small percentage of Gammas were shipped in this unique livery, Walter Wolf Editions are among the rarest of the two strokes that we are likely to see on RSBFS; they certainly do not come around every day, and we can expect a long drought before the next good example emerges. This being a Canadian market bike means that it is a full-power RG in Wolf's clothing! If a Wolf is on your shopping list, an all-original bike with reasonable miles such as this should really get the blood pumping. This beast appears to be very clean, and very well cared for.

This RG500 Walter Wolf is currently on eBay. There is not much time on the current auction, so if you desire this Suzuki unicorn, you better act quickly. Click here to check it out before it's gone! Today's seller is an RSBFS fan, and a collector; there are hints at more bikes to come (check out the pictures). The summer is looking better and better - but its going to be hard to beat this Wolf Gamma. Time to ride into the sunset. Good Luck!!

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Edition
Suzuki November 16, 2016 posted by

“You Sending the Wolf?” 1986 Suzuki RG250Γ Walter Wolf for Sale

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The parallel-twin precursor to the well-known RGV250, the Suzuki RG250Γ "Gamma" was built between 1983 and 1987. Dry weight was a claimed 286lbs, helped by the aluminum frame, so the bike's 45hp can still move the bike down the road smartly. The little Gamma was styled to match the RG500, and was packed with technology to rival its bigger brother: dual front disc brakes, anti-dive front forks, Suzuki's Automatic Exhaust Control power-valve, and a six-speed gearbox. Tires are shockingly skinny, especially the 18" rear, but the low-mount exhausts look surprisingly modern on this classic sportbike.

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Styling is a bit slab-sided, but is helped here by the dark blue and red Walter Wolf colors, while the "W" branded gauge faces add a bit of flash to the otherwise functional dash. Although he sounds like the villain of a spy thriller, Walter Wolf was an Austrian-born, Canadian businessman who sponsored several Formula 1 racing teams in the late 1970s and then touring cars in the early 1980s. How they thought to use a limited-production motorcycle to advertise the brand is anyone's guess, but it did make for a good-looking machine.

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Mileage on this example is very low and, although the bike isn't perfect, is in very good, original condition, aside from the stingers mentioned in the listing. Even the foam instrument-surround looks solid. The seller has been importing grey market Japanese cars like Skylines and Kei-cars and for a few years now, and appear to have branched out into motorcycles more recently.

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From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG250Γ Walter Wolf Edition for Sale

Original Walter Wolf Key
OEM Fairings
Includes Spares
Includes Both Solo and Passenger Seats

This bike only has 4,836 ORIGINAL MILES! The Suziki RG250 Gamma was never originally offered in the U.S., but now that it's 25+ years old, we've been able to legally import it.   It's 100% Federally Legal and registration is like any other motorcycle. We have a valid Virginia title that is transferable to all 50 states.

This 1986 RG250Γ Walter Wolf example is in very good condition with just 4,836 original miles. The appearance is correct for the year with a red seat and wheel combination. The wheel size is 16” up front and 18” in the rear which was standard for the 1986 model. The only change appears to be a set of aftermarket mufflers and mirrors. The full aerodynamic fairings and exterior as a whole are clean for a motorcycle this age. There are a few light blemishes and a small crack on the right side fairing

The 247cc parallel twin two-stroke starts on the first or second kick and accelerates well with good pickup. Overall this unique and rare sports bike is mechanically sound and ready for its next owner. ***All of our vehicles come with a valid Virginia title, transferable to all 50 states, and a copy of the U.S. Customs release. All vehicles are located in Richmond, VA and shipping can be arranged to your front door.

You will not be disappointed with this motorcycle! We also have a number of spare parts available with this motorcycle. Including an extra fuel tank, Gold OEM Enkei wheels, brakes, stock exhaust, Solo + Passenger seat, and tail section. All of our vehicles come with a valid Virginia title, transferable to all 50 states, and a copy of the U.S. Customs release. All vehicles are located in Richmond, VA and shipping can be arranged to your front door.

This motorcycle was imported LEGALLY! It was NOT imported under a loophole, so there is no chance that it can be seized by the government. It will come with a CLEAN, CLEAR, VALID VA TITLE, and a U.S. Customs Release. **FEDERALLY LEGAL IN ALL 50 STATES**

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There's more than a week left on the listing, so there's plenty of time to snap this bike up at that $6,000 Buy It Now price. If you're looking for a handler, one of the more modern RGV250s is probably a better bet. But for that unadulterated 1980s experience, that seems like a very good price for such a clean machine. In spite of the sellers assurances, I'd check with my local DMV before bidding, but that valid title should make things a bit easier.

-tad

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“You Sending the Wolf?” 1986 Suzuki RG250Γ Walter Wolf for Sale
Suzuki July 7, 2016 posted by

Just a Pup: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG250 WW R Side Front

Looking very much like a little brother to the RG500, this Suzuki RG250Γ offers up sophistication to match its larger stablemate: anti-dive forks, Full Floater suspension, Suzuki's Automatic Exhaust Control that increased the weedy two-stroke midrange, and a six-speed gearbox. The package was very light, weighing in at 286lb dry and the water-cooled 247cc parallel twin came restricted to 45hp from the factory, although more was available with tuning.

1986 Suzuki RG250 WW Rear Wheel2

Available between 1983 and 1987, this generation of the RG250 was available in traditional Suzuki white and blue, but the dark blue, red, and gold Walter Wolf colors seen here are especially striking, and those proprietary gauge faces look very trick. Born in Austria, Walter Wolf's name can be found on both the RG250 and RG500. Wolf made his fortune in the Canadian oil business and sponsored racing cars and bikes in the UK.

1986 Suzuki RG250 WW Clocks

This particular example is very clean, with little pitting on the aluminum parts, although there is some rust on the steel subframe and brackets visible. Unfortunately, the bodywork, while complete, has some bad cracking around the headlight and scuffs and scrapes from a lifetime of riding. Some of the decals have peeled so folks might think you're riding a "S 7UKI" and the paint on the tank is in poor shape. Mechanically, the bike is claimed to be in excellent condition.

1986 Suzuki RG250 WW R Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf  version very rare to find one titled in the United States . This bke was brought from Japan with a U.S. service man in 1990 it is completely documented with all the custom papers and has a clear title . Good luck finding another. The bike starts one kick and runs and handles perfect. The plastics have some issues but are very restorable. I have some nos. Suzuki parts that go with bike new gas cap. new factory grips service manual and a few other Suzuki factory parts that will go with bike.  10927 kms, not miles.

1986 Suzuki RG250 WW Tank

There is no interest yet at the $3,000 opening bid, and the seller has set the Buy It Now price at $6,000. Walter Wolf Gammas come up for sale occasionally, but this is only the second 250 I've seen for sale: they were never common, and are especially rare here in the US. This one needs some cosmetic attention but, considering the rapidly escalating value of two-stroke sportbikes in general, it could be a great rolling restoration for someone living in a state with a permissive DMV.

-tad

1986 Suzuki RG250 WW R Side

Just a Pup: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf for Sale
Suzuki February 28, 2016 posted by

Tasty Replica: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side

Race-replicas are generally garish affairs: race bike paint is intended to offer up a striking rolling billboard that differentiates the machine on track and gets attention for sponsors. But the Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf replica offers up subtle but effective style that's very unusual among race-reps. Maybe that's because Walter Wolf never actually sponsored racing motorcycles... Although named like a Bond Villain, Walter Wolf was actually an Austrian-born, Canadian oil-industry success that sponsored a Formula 1 team in the 1970s.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Side

 

The RG500 was fitted with an exotic, race-inspired powerplant, a water-cooled "square" four with a pair of cranshafts that was shared with no other production motorcycle. Dry weight was under 400lbs and, with 100 crankshaft horsepower, the RG offered up a roadgoing Moto GP experience unavailable anywhere else.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Front

The seller mentions that he's also owned Yamaha's RD/RZ500 but considers the Gamma to be a "far better performer." While on paper the two were very evenly matched, in practice the Gamma was edgier, sportier. In what likely seemed like a good idea at the time, Yamaha pitched their two-stroke V4 for the street, fitting a balance shaft that gave the bike a far more refined feel. But Suzuki's RG500 managed to more closely replicate the racebike feel buyers were looking for, and is generally far more sought-after today. The Yammie certainly has it's devotees and is a very desirable motorcycle, but reviewers are pretty clear: the Gamma is where it's at for speed and thrills.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica for Sale

I'm selling my 1986 Suzuki RG 500 Walter Wolf. If you are not familiar with this bike, read below.

The RG500 Walter Wolf  was a very limited, very distinctive edition of the 500cc Suzuki machine that has won seven championships in world class Gran Prix racing. That racing heritage continued in 1986 with the Walter Wolf sponsored RG500 winning the Canadian National Pro and American Production Championships. The full power Walter Wolf RG500 Gamma of which on 99 were produced, were only exported to Canada. No one (including the Japanese domestic market) was to receive the real deal 95 HP Wolf. The Canadian bikes did not have the WW logo on the gauges nor the WW key. Of the 99 production Canada WW's a surprising number went to Mexico where Walter Wolf was a big name in F1 auto racing circles.

I bought my WW from the original owner in 2001. He was a Suzuki dealer in Long Island New York. He used his connections to get the bike delivered to his dealership, and had it registered and titled in New York State. When he sold it to me he included a  Walter Wolf key blank, lots of magazines articles about the Suzuki Gamma. He also included a scale model "kit" that is in the original box, as well as "odds and ends".

Included in the "odds and ends" is misc hardware turn signal lenses and "blanks"... and a fairing retro-fit from Suzuki Japan. I have the original owners manual and the factory shop manual. I also have a MPH speedometer. I believe I have the "proper" front and rear turn signals as well.

I have the 2-up seat.
I have the factory lift stand with the GAMMA Logo.
I also have a complete set of micro-fiche..
I have the original factory tool kit.
When he sold it to me he also gave me the original shipping container... which I (sadly) threw away.

Just before he sold the bike to me he had a "low side". I had it repaired and refinished by Sean Lezotte of CCR. The color match is perfect. One of the canisters was "scuffed". I have some cans of the proper blue paint.

I installed new tires (Avon's). I had a gear dog break off... which I replaced.

I moved to Georgia in 2007 and titled the bike in Georgia (clean). In 2010 I had the bike "looked over" by one of the famous "Gamma Gurus" who gave it a clean bill of health.

After his work and assessment I rode the bike for about 100 miles. I then parked it in a climate controlled garage..

That is the entire history of the bike except the issue of mileage. When I bought the bike it had a MPH speedometer on it that the previous owner said was necessary to pass NY inspection. The last "mechanic" to work on the bike replaced my MPH speedometer with my KPH speedometer... for unknown reasons. I would say the MPH speedometer number is correct. I have BOTH speedometers.

I am a motorcycle enthusiast. I have owned many high performance motorcycles over the past 30-35 years including RZ 500's,  Nortons, Triumphs, Rickmans and other iconic street bikes.

This is a fine example of a really high performance motorcycle. Riding one of these V-4 Two Strokes is quite fun. Having owned the RZ and the RG, I thought both were incredible..but the Suzuki was a better performer.

My pictures are not arranged in any particular order....and look horrible. I am no photographer.

I hope to get a fair price from an enthusiast.

If not, I'll keep it.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Dash

Well that seems fair. And given the interest a regular Gamma generates, I don't think he'll have too much trouble drumming up the interest he wants. Mileage isn't super-low at 12,000 but it certainly is in super condition otherwise. The bike looks beautiful and is claimed to run well, but will the fact that the bike lacks the iconic "WW" logo gauges deter the purists?

Time and the comments section will tell.

-tad

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side Front

Tasty Replica: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf for Sale
Suzuki October 19, 2015 posted by

Junior Walter Wolf Replica: 1985 Suzuki RG250Γ for Sale

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf R Side

Monday morning brings us yet another whippy little "you can't get parts for it" two-stroke ripper. This RG250Γ is one of only a couple I've ever seen for sale in the US, and it's in striking Walter Wolf blue and red colors as a bonus!

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf L Side Front

The little Gamma doesn't have the mini-modern sportbike styling and 17" wheels of the later RGV, but still has the usual two-stroke virtues: it weighs in at 286lbs dry and features one of the first mass-produced aluminum frames with anti-dive forks. Automatic Exhaust Control helps to boost the two-stroke's weedy midrange and DecaPiston brakes have, as you'd expect, four pistons.

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf R Side Rear

Powered by a water-cooled, perfectly square 54mm x 54mm 247cc two-stroke parallel twin, the bike was restricted to 45hp in the Japanese market, but is capable of more with simple tuning. Backed by a six-speed gearbox and packed with modern technology, it was basically a cutting-edge sportbike in miniature.

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf Dash

This example features the classic Walter Wolf replica dark blue paint and subtly menacing red graphics. And while you could always just paint your little RG to match, the missing WW-specific gauges would give the game away. This example does have some scuffs from a low-side or some really careless storage, but appears to be a mechanically solid example.

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf R Side Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Suzuki RG250Γ Walter Wolf for Sale

Just imported from Japan through U.S. Customs, this 1985 Suzuki RG250 comes with a clean and clear street legal title ready to be transferred into your name in your state.

Your new Walter Wolf RG250 is showing just 9820 original miles (15803 kilometers) on the odometer so it is a lower mileage bike. The original bodywork is intact and the original gauges (unique to Walter Wolf editions) are present and accounted for. Nothing has been swapped out for aftermarket except the mirrors. This is a 30 year old motorcycle with 10k miles so it isn't perfect; you have to expect paint wear and the normal scratches and chips and cracks on the bar ends and levers and fairing mount points; please see the scratches on the left fairing and left muffler tip as an example. Tires are newer and the seat is in good condition but the pillion seat has a previous repair on the factory stitching. The signals are original and the exhaust is original which is rare for a 30 year old used bike and the gas tank has 2 dents on the left side - please check with a paintless dent repair professional to see how cleanly those dings can be removed.

Here's your chance to own a titled Japan market only Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf edition but don't let this one pass you by because you'll never see another one listed for no reserve. Someone is going to own it - why not you?

I can get great shipping rates (anywhere in California for $300 as an example) so don't let the cost of shipping keep you from owning this collectible Japanese streetbike. This rare two stroke is not a grey market import, it has been imported through proper legal channels and is already titled in the USA and ready to be transferred into your name just like any other vehicle purchase and title transfer. You will not need my US Customs documents and EPA documents but I will include them in the sale of this bike so you have documentation your RG was legally imported.

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf R Side Rear

This seller has listed several other fresh-off-the-boat strokers and, as always, includes a short clip of the bike running. Parts may be difficult to obtain for this Japan-only import, but hey: this isn't "Easy to Maintain and Get Parts For Sportbikes.com" after all.

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf Seat

Once again, I'm super-excited these have become easier to import. Even if titling them for road use here in SoCal is impossible, they'd make a great addition to someone's collection or, in the case of later bikes, a great track day toy.

-tad

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf L Side

Junior Walter Wolf Replica: 1985 Suzuki RG250Γ for Sale