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Aprilia May 23, 2016 posted by

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: CA-Titled 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica for Sale

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Although for many, the second-generation Aprilia RS250 captures the essence of lightweight, two-stroke performance, I prefer the earlier versions, like this Chesterfield replica: the later bikes are just a little bit bulbous in the tail, and that techno-futuristic dash just look a little bit too “1980s Dodge Daytona” for me. Not that I’d pass up the opportunity to own one of course! But for me, the earlier bikes are just a bit more graceful, and while the dash looks a bit odd, that’s just because you’re supposed to yank that speedo and the associated idiot lights off for trackday shenanigans!

1995 Aprilia RS250 Dash

The 249cc, liquid-cooled two-stroke and six-speed gearbox combo was basically a heavily-modified Suzuki RGV unit, with the same Brembo Goldline brakes used to stop bikes weighing over 100lbs more, but the rest of the package was all Aprilia. The bodywork is very sleek and distinct from the Japanese competition, with a gorgeous aluminum frame and that classic “banana” swingarm designed to allow the expansion chambers to tuck in close to the bike for maximum lean angle.

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Aprilia claimed 60hp and, with just 300lbs to push around, the bike is a rocket. Straight line and top speed will suffer, even compared to a 600cc supersport machine, but the Aprilia’s light weight pays dividends in corners, so what you lose on the straights you’ll gain back in the corners and under braking.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Max Biaggi two-stroke race replica in Chesterfield Livery
California plated, insured and registered: clean title in hand.

I’m the fourth owner of this original Max Biaggi Chesterfield (not a sticker kit replica). I bought her from a good friend that needed a car for his growing family. This was THE bike I originally wanted when I first got into motorcycles. 18 years or so and a lot of bikes later, I was lucky enough to get my hands on this wonderful machine.

She has 13,060 on her currently, and runs flawlessly.
Top end rebuilt at 10,000 with Wiseco pistons and Boysen reeds. I just had her serviced and run through by Nichols Sportbikes in Milpitas. They went through the whole machine and have her running tip top! including; coolant and brake fluids flushed, new battery, gear oil change and had the forks re-sealed. The tires were replaced around 12,000 miles or so along with fresh brake pads. Plenty of life on all.

This bike is a beautiful Italian specimen that loves to flaunt her stuff. The decals are not in perfect shape, but are in great condition for the age. The bike decals came original on top of the clear coat, so after 21 years they have some sun fade, minor wrinkling and an occasional worn edge. The bike has never been put down, and the original fairings are in perfect shape. She is a street machine and I take it out regularly for the Italian tune-ups to keep her purring like the hot cougar she is.

She is original with the following exceptions;
Arrow full exhaust. You’re welcome, future owner!
Toby steering damper. Again… you’re welcome.
Aftermarket turn signals. They were on the bike when I got it, never changed them but I have 2 of 4 of the original signals which can still be found on AF1.

I have the owners manual, service record receipts, workshop manual and other parts: gaskets, screws, brackets, passenger pegs and passenger seat. I also have an OEM tank decal replacement kit if you’re not a fan of the awesome, road pounding patina of the current tank decals.

Buyer is responsible for local pick up. Bike located in Bay Area, California.

As you can see from the images, the bike is in good condition overall, and the aftermarket signals and slightly faded stickers can be easily fixed with parts the seller is including with the sale. The headlight lens looks slightly cloudy in the pics, or maybe it’s just dirty, and the recent mechanical overhaul means miles of smiles for the next owner! This bike looks like the perfect machine for someone concerned more with riding than displaying, although the price will likely be out of reach for many enthusiasts…

1995 Aprilia RS250 R Rear

Bidding is up to $7,100 with the Reserve Not Met and several days left on the auction. That’s likely due to the fact that this bike has a clear California title, a bit of a Holy Grail for two-stroke enthusiasts. I’m not generally a huge fan of race-replica graphics, but this is my favorite version of the little thrilla from Aprilia, and that CA title means you can thrash the little quarter-liter machine on some of the amazing canyon roads we have here.

-tad

1995 Aprilia RS250 Fairing Detail

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: CA-Titled 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica for Sale
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
Honda May 21, 2016 posted by

TT Week – 1989 Honda GB500

In reverence to the nearly two weeks of racing along the 37-mile Isle of Man road course, Honda introduced a British-styled tribute thumper in 1985 and built it in a few displacements until 1992.   Called the Tourist Trophy and nicknamed the TT, the bike was a retro cafe racer with Honda engineering, and foretold many of the “classic style” successes to come.

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1989 Honda GB500 for sale on eBay

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Not a super sporting build, the GB500 is based on the single overhead cam engine from Honda’s dual-sport XL600, sleeved down to 498 cc’s and 33 hp.  Not taking it quite back to the 60’s, the TT engine has a gear-driven balance shaft and the hemispheric combustion chamber with valves in a radial arrangement.  It’s a willing and torquey thump, just 8.9:1 compression to ease kick starting.  The drivetrain is completed by a 2-into-1 exhaust, wet clutch and 5-speed transmission.  Brakes are true to form, a single 256mm front disk with rear drum.

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The TT is a stylistic success, the clip-ons and monoposto seat cowling complemented by the black-green paint.  The vintage vibe continues with the fork gaiters and dual rear shocks, chrome like the chain guard .  Gold pinstriping and plenty of chrome plating, along with spoked wheels complete the English landscape.

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This GB500 is the owner’s second, he rides the other one and has preserved this with only 425 miles.  A spot of hangar rash here and there, but amazingly original.  From the eBay auction:

I am selling my low-mileage 1989 Honda GB500.  I am the second owner, and when I bought it at 240 miles, I didn’t know if I’d like it.  By the time I hit 400 miles, I knew I loved it but I didn’t want to modify this one from stock with this low of mileage, so I bought another (Supertrapp, fairing, removed emissions controls etc and with a whole lot more miles on it – I call it my “beater GB”) and I ride that all the time, and this one never. 

I have not ridden it since 2010, but I have fired it up every year since.  It was last running at Barbers Vintage Festival last October (2015) and since then has been in my heated shed.  
It probably needs its carb cleaned and a new battery, and new tires & tubes, just due to its age and being run so rarely. Has 420 original miles.  There is a small scratch on the tank where my jacket zipper rubbed, and a scrape on the muffler which it came with from the first owner.  Otherwise, it is in near perfect condition (I can’t think of any other flaws, but with 425 miles on the clock there will be some little rock dings on forks and frame paint), and it is absolutely standard.  There are no cracks in any of the plastic panels or covers, and the seat has no holes.  The gas tank has no signs of rust, and nothing creaks! 

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This TT will need a little freshening up before any substantial riding, or it could by drained and detailed, and elevated to a pedestal.  With no bids but quite a few watchers, getting to the reserve might be a challenge, though is it basically new with a little shelf wear.  Engineered to be more of an around-town machine, it might be at home in the pits of a Honda team at this year’s Tourist Trophy, or take it down to pub to watch the tv coverage on your laptop

-donn

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TT Week – 1989 Honda GB500
Yamaha May 20, 2016 posted by

Super Single: 2008 Yamaha YZ450F Track Bike for Sale

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We normally try to post unmolested, rare and exotic motorcycles here on RSBFS. Not customs or kit bikes, no matter how nice. But this little flyweight track-day terror based on a YZF450F seemed like a good excuse to break our own, self-imposed rules. Racing is an expensive hobby, even if you’re doing everything you can to keep costs low: just tires, fuel, and wear items combine with the running costs of whatever you’re using to haul yourself and your bike to the track to make this a serious time and money-suck. And that’s before you start crashing, and before you decide you actually want to be competitive… Track-days are a great way to get casual speed-fix, but if you’re using your streetbike, you’ll always be worried about trashing your street ride while trying to find your limits. And honestly, most sportbikes have way more power than the average rider can really exploit on track anyway.

2008 Yamaha YZF450F Rear Wheel

So what do you do when you want a lightweight, easy-to-maintain pure sporting machine that you can push to the limit on track? Small displacement two-strokes from Honda, Aprilia, Yamaha, and Suzuki are pretty rare to begin with and obtaining parts for the race-only models could prove difficult. There’s a couple reasons that the GSX-R models are so popular at the track. Obviously, they’re pretty great sports motorcycles, right out of the box. But another reason is that everyone has them. Lowside at the track? “Hey buddy, do you have a spare clutch lever, clip-on, and rearset I could borrow?” Bam, back out on track.

2008 Yamaha YZF450F Clocks

So the ideal budget racebike would have solid, useable power in a broad range, be cheap to buy or build, and have easy parts availability. Folks like Roland Sands and the guys at GP Tech who built this bike have been pushing the formula for a while, offering kits to update wheels, suspension geometry, and bodywork to stimulate interest in a low-buck, entry level race series based around offroad bike foundations. Have an old thumper lying around and wanna build something really cheap? You could spend as little as $5,000 plus some grease under your fingernails.

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Or you could just buy this one. It’s certainly a big higher-spec than you might build yourself on the cheap, and considering what the seller is asking it seems like a pretty enticing deal. The seller claims a wet-weight of just 235lbs and that big, tuned single should give plenty of torque to move you down the straights, even if you’re not built like an anorexic jockey.

From the original eBay listing: Yamaha YZ450F Race Bike for Sale

Built in house by Geoff at GP Tech. Starting with new ’08 Yamaha crate motor, ’07 YZ450 frame, powercoated. R6 front end with Ohlins internals. Ohlins rear shock, Galespeed forged wheels (uses 120 front, 150 /160 rear). ValterMoto adjustable rear sets.

Well over $20k in receipts including a factory Yamaha GYTR race head installed at 20 hours ($2k!). Titanium M4 exhaust, all Graves stuff for the single (oil breather recycle etc). Many custom machined parts for retrofit. Modern TZ250 bodywork w/ airtech tank cover. Dual race radiators with silicon hoses.

ALL the fasteners are titanium (including shock and linkage, motor mounts, etc., etc.: roughly $2k).

Weighs in at 235lb wet, bike dynoed when adding 9 map programmable ignition with 2 map switch, Hinson slipper clutch, water temp gauge, now has 47 hours total (27 on head) valves just checked. Runs on pump gas but I use Sunoco 100.

Kick starter that works with the TZ250 bodywork! Starts easy hot or cold.

Never crashed or down, always senior adult ridden.

Some spares, sprockets, ignition, Spare bottom end for future rebuild, shim kit, front and rear stands, tire warmers, service manuals. It is always a conversion piece at the track.

Great clubman bike, D Superbike or fun trackday bike. Sprung for a 175lb rider.

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These are billed as “affordable race bikes” but, as you can see from the build, “affordable” is a relative term. And while it’s great to put something to your exact specifications, it’s generally way cheaper to buy a machine someone else has already sunk the blood, sweat, and tears into. With a starting bid of $5,000 and a Buy It Now price of $6,500 it’s obvious that you’d be getting a good price, considering the components and effort that’s gone into this little Yamaha. A lightweight race bike for the price of a nice used 600cc supersport? And TZ250 looks thrown in to the mix? Sign me up!

-tad

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Super Single: 2008 Yamaha YZ450F Track Bike for Sale
Suzuki May 19, 2016 posted by

Smaller, But Still Sharp: 1999 Suzuki GSX400S Katana for Sale

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Introduced in Europe in 1981, the Suzuki GSX1100S “Katana” and its littler siblings like this rare, apparently very late-production GSX400S stunned the motorcycle buying public. A quick glance at bikes available from other manufacturers at the time shows us deep in the era of the Universal Japanese Motorcycle, and the Big Four were clearly following, not leading, when it came to styling. The angular design of the Katana’s tank, a tiny quarter-fairing, that compact dash with nearly overlapping gauges, the strange, squared-off seat… it was almost enough to distract you from the fact that the bike was basically a restyled GS1100.

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The mechanical components were very conventional: twin-shock rear suspension and the… um, familiar air/oil-cooled inline four cylinder backed by a five-speed gearbox, along with a 19” front and 17” rear wheel combination. The GSX-R that followed updated the mechanicals to match Suzuki’s radical styling but, at the time, those GS bits were deemed sufficient. And they were: the bike handled well enough and proved to be very popular. It wasn’t cutting-edge technology, but the GS was already a solid performer and that engine is powerful, reliable, and can be made to really perform with a wealth of hop-up parts and a vast resource of tuning knowledge pulled from decades of drag and road-racing experience.

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Interestingly, the US actually got a smaller, 998cc engine for their “GSX1000S” when it arrived in 1982 to squeak under the 1025cc limit for Superbike racing, but it’s still a big, burly performer. But this little Katana throws that all out the window. I’m assuming the bike was intended for the Japanese home market and I’d expect the engine is basically shared with the 400 Bandit. There’s nothing wrong with the little Bandit, but the Katana’s small-block Chevy quality and a good deal of the bike’s brutally simplistic charm is gone.

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From the original eBay listing: 1999 Suzki GSX400S Katana for Sale

Located in Santa Ana, California. This bike has 2273 KM = 1363 Miles. This is a true low KM original bike. The carbs were cleaned about 10 months ago. They do need a light cleaning now because the bike has been sitting. This bike is being sold with a bill of sale only. I don’t have a title for the bike and can not get one, so don’t ask. More info is available on our website. If you overseas or Canadian buyer, you will have to make your own shipping arrangements. I can help USA buyers with the shipping, or you can arrange your own shipper. Bike is being sold as is, no returns. Ask questions and look at the pictures carefully before you bid. Again, this bike is being sold with a bill of sale only, NO TITLE. 

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Aside from some wear on the seat fabric, the bike does look very clean and in good shape. So this little Katana is certainly rare, especially here in the US, but does that make it especially valuable? The seller is looking for an $8,000 starting bid and the bike doesn’t come with a title, not a surprise but a bit of a problem for anyone who wants to do more than display the it, unless they live in a state with a very permissive DMV. The Katana does make a pretty great display piece, and are seeing an increase in value. They’re striking and very practical, with good parts availability, decent handling, and some pretty big power available from that lump of an engine. But considering that a good 998cc Katana would likely run you less than what this seller is hoping to get, will look almost identical, and be much faster, I think the novelty actually works against it here.

-tad

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Smaller, But Still Sharp: 1999 Suzuki GSX400S Katana for Sale
Yamaha May 18, 2016 posted by

Contraband: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R for Sale

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Today’s Yamaha TZR250R hails all the way from South Africa, although that shouldn’t surprise fans here in the US. The USA tragically never officially received any of these 250cc two-strokes that battled it out like tiny, raspy versions of the bikes that endlessly battled for sales in the 600cc and 750cc classes. Frames were trick, mass-centralization and  weight-reduction were buzzwords of the day, and the bikes were festooned with so many acronyms you barely needed any racy speed-block or tiger-stripe graphics: YPVS, PGM, SAPC…

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The quarter-liter sportbikes from Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki all started out with parallel-twin engines, but eventually moved to compact v-twins. Yamaha held out longer than most, even trying out an unusual “reversed-head” configuration that had the carburetors in front, allowing the exhaust a straight-shot out the back and freeing up space for expansion chambers without limiting cornering clearance. But by 1991, the TZR was using a 56mm x 50.7mm 90° v-twin that gave 249.7cc and the complete package weighed in at a claimed 278lbs dry.

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Some found their way to the US from our strangely tolerant northern neighbors while others entered the USA via other means… Sneaking over borders to the steal the jobs of hard-working supersport motorcycles. Registering them here can prove difficult, depending on your local laws and just how much you contributed to your local politician’s reelection campaign. But some collectors aren’t worried about that as they plan to display their bikes, or use them on-track.

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The seller doesn’t include much information about this particular example, with most of the listing just a copy/paste job from some print publication or other, most of which would be well-known by anyone actually considering a purchase. Shipping costs are listed however, which does help those of us working on a budget for our fantasy garages…

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R for Sale

Visually, the TZR is a spitting image of John Kocinski’s 1990 world-championship-winning works Yamaha YZR250, save for its lights, turn signals, passenger perch and lack of sponsorship decals. In actual ancestry, the TZR is a close relative of Yamaha’s TZ250D production racer, the two sharing the same crankcases, bore and stroke, displacement and 12,000-rpm redline.

Bloom provided us with a 1991 TZR to sample at Laguna Seca Raceway. Unfortunately, the only one he had available at the time was a Japanese-spec model limited by that country’s strict home-market regulations to a claimed 45 horsepower-about one-third less than on non-restricted versions. But despite its reduced power output, it still impressed us with its overall performance.

For one thing, the engine possesses a surprisingly wide powerband, attributable to its computer-controlled engine-management system. An eight-bit microcomputer controls the advance curve of the electronic ignition, the actuation of the exhaust pow-ervalve, and the fuel mixture provided by the flat-slide 26mm Mikunis.

Braking is outstanding. The TZR’s 39mm inverted fork is fitted with four-piston calipers pinching a pair of floating discs. Even under repeated abuse around Laguna’s 11-turn circuit, the brakes consistently provided excellent feel and were resistant to fade.

Though our riding time on the Yamaha was limited, both fellow Associate Editor Don Canet and 1 came away with a strong appreciation for the TZR’s phenomenal handling. No, the TZR250R will not break any speed records or set blazing quarter-mile times; but when it comes down to consuming corners, nothing currently in any manufacturer’s U.S. lineup even comes close.

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Packing and shipping can be arranged by either buyer or seller depending on the buyer’s preference.
Worldwide shipping available at affordable rates.
Shipping cost to the U.S. would be approximately $1480.
 
Thanks for taking the time to view my listing.

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With 10,000 miles on the odometer, there are no takers yet at the $4,700 opening bid. This example appears to be in excellent condition, a good sign since many were ridden hard and put away wet in their youth: all of the 250 two-strokes were serious machines, but they were starter sportbikes and often owned by less-than-caring riders who thrashed and crashed them accordingly. The seller has posted up a few bikes in the past, but has been adding much better photographs to their listings of late, making them a little more appealing for our purposes, which generally involves either drooling or the frustrated gnashing of teeth.

-tad

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Contraband: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R for Sale
Ducati May 18, 2016 posted by

LastGen – 1999 Ducati 750 Supersport

Ducati’s long history of a 750 Supersport continued from 1973 into the early 21st century but finally relinquished the entry-level side of the showroom to the Monster.  Presented here is a near-perfect example of   the last generation of 750SS, simple, lightweight, beautiful, and promising fun.

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1999 Ducati 750 Supersport for sale on eBay

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The tried and true 748cc desmodue was under the gold trellis frame, and put forth 64 hp.  Certainly serviceable, the Showa forks and Sachs monoshock are ripe for an upgrade.  Not so the excellent Brembo brakes, 320mm semi-floating front discs under 4-pot calipers, with single 245 mm rear.  The very sculptural styling was done by Pierre Terblanche for the 1999 model year, and though controversial at the time, seems to be back in vogue.

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Evidently hidden away by the previous and current owners, this 750SS is immaculate.  Except for the adjustable levers it looks factory original.  From the eBay auction:

New condition 750 SuperSport. Not a mark on the bike, is absolutely beautiful, showroom condition. Averaged 400 miles per year. 

I am the 2nd owner and purchased from an older gentleman who just did not ride the bike due to the seat/handlebar racing position. I have placed less than 25 miles on the bike since owning, 10/2015. 

Has been garage kept, covered and on trickle charger. The bike is faster than I want to ride and handles beyond amazing. Images speak for the condition but glad to answer any questions by email or phone. 
Shifts perfect, clutch and brakes perform like new. Bike is in perfect condition. 

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While the upper-only fairing is a hallmark of the Supersport, this one has the full complement of lowers, and the yellow paint which had recently been re-introduced.  Though some engine updates were still to come for the Supersports, the styling and overall vibe remained the same until the end in 2007.  Maybe there’s room for a little compromise in the next owner’s life – not quite superbike performance, but a little simpler engine.  A few years on, but no payments.  This bike’s outstanding condition and supermodel fairing are a win-win though…

-donn

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LastGen – 1999 Ducati 750 Supersport
Suzuki May 17, 2016 posted by

Gamma From Down Under: 1985 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

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Today’s very clean Suzuki RG500Γ “Gamma” hails from power-mad Australia, where it seems like there are a disproportionate number of these two-stroke terrors stashed away. With fewer than 10,000 produced for all markets during three years of production, the bike was a true race-replica and shared its wild liquid-cooled square-four engine with no other model in Suzuki’s lineup. Styling was distinctive as well, with a pair of low-mount pipes for the front cylinders and an additional pair of pipes running under the seat and exiting on either side of the tail-section.

1985 Suzuki RG500 Front Wheel

The approximately 100hp produced by that very compact powerplant obviously looks pretty limp by today’s sportbike standards, since even the weakest 600 makes well north of that figure with far less effort. But that’s exactly the point of the Gamma: the skill needed to get the most out of the bike and the lightswitch power delivery made the bike both feel faster than it was on paper and made handling that much more exciting. Hey, anyone can jump on a liter bike and go fast, but it takes talent and nerve to extract every last one of those two-stroke horses.

1985 Suzuki RG500 Cockpit

Both the RG500 and its rival, the Yamaha RZ500 are both surprisingly small in the flesh: that slab-sided 80s styling and bulky tail-section suggest that they’ll be huge, in spite of the design brief and claimed 340lb dry weight. This example is helped by a very handsome white-and-blue Suzuki color scheme.

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From the original eBay listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500Γ “Gamma” for Sale

FOR SALE – #00069 1985 SUZUKI RG500, 18,849 Kilometres VIN – JA1HM31A7G2100069

A rare find today – they’re not making any more of these!

This RG is damn near mint condition – nearly ! Showing 18,849 KMS – that’s about 9,000 miles – she presents very, very well. Tastefully upgraded with 17” wheels from a 1988 GSXR750 – 3.50 x 17” front and 4.50 x 17” rear, the STOCK wheels and discs are INCLUDED in the sale. In the sought after factory blue and white colour scheme.

Bike is currently located in Australia – we are a reputable Classic Bike Dealer and have USA references available if required. Price includes crating, Australian export charges and sea freight to the West Coast of the USA.

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Miles are low but, according to our readers, it has been common practice to disconnect the odometer cables on these increasingly valuable machines… With a $20,000 starting bid and no takers as yet, I’m curious as to why there’s been so little interest in the bike so far. Gammas have been blue-chip collectibles for a while now, with established demand and ever-increasing values. Have those values plateaued? Or is it just the Australian provenance that’s putting off buyers? The 17″ wheels might offend some purists but should, at the very least, improve handling by allowing the fitment of modern, sticky rubber in widths the original designers could only dream of. And the seller includes the original wheels and brakes, if that’s how you prefer to roll.

If it were my money, I’d keep the modern wheels and tires: I like the updated looks and having a bit more grip at the rear when that manic powerplant is “on the pipe” sounds like a good idea to me…

-tad

 

1985 Suzuki RG500 L Side

Gamma From Down Under: 1985 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

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