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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.

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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.

IK

14 Comments

  • Good job in taking the time to post this. Lots of good info. Good to know!

  • Glad it helped. I’ve owned RGV’s for years now and know there is a lot of confusion out there: usually about LS models and VJ23’s.

  • hi just wanted to comment
    the 1st picture with the silver car in back is my bike
    it is from austraila and had the team suzuki instead of the lucky strike
    ive owned the bike since removing it from the crate
    the black wheels are just spares it came with white rims but i bought black rims because it just looks racier to me still have the whites as well love the arrow pipes it makes thye bike more shwantzy lol

  • Kevin,
    I bet you have a heck of a shipping story. What is the story about finding it in Australia? It’s pretty unusual to see one come from there.

  • Ian..
    yeah my buddy used to work for action suzuki
    one of the biggest suzuki dealers in australia
    so before even being uncrated he just forwarded the bike to me here in ca
    back then the dollar was alot stronger than au currency
    it was like their dollar was 40 cents to ours
    the shipping cost i want to say was like 250.00 us..took like a month to get here though
    kev

  • ian the bike is a 91 not a 92 it was a typo but it is a factory lucky strike…or team suzuki..lol

  • I have one of the Lucky Strike VJ22 models (the Japanese-market only versions shown above, with graphics powdercoated onto the frame). Mine has gold colored forks though, what year did they swap the color?

  • Collin,
    Your post reminded me I never updated this post. First, it looks like the gold anodized forks started in 1992.

    Second, the above RGV with Team Suzuki is in fact the real deal. I did confirm they brought about 50 units into Australia with the “Team Suzuki” bodywork. So there you go, I’m wrong again and you go from probably not the real thing to possibly the rarest of LS versions.

  • hey i own a 1993 rgv250 t stroke with the team suzuki racing stickers dhould i hold onto it or ??? its black with reflective grey stickers has the hard top bak seat and gold forks… it also red lines at 11thous rpm and peaks at 14thous rpm and the tank size is about the same as the ones in the pics?

  • Jayson,
    As far as I know there have never been a team suzuki/lucky strike in those colors. It may be the most copied paint scheme on the planet. Of course you should hold onto it, its an RGV!

  • is their a way i can upload a pic so u can have a look? and whats the optimun fuelmix with t stroke for them? i think mines runing a bit rich on t stroke oil

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