Ontario, Canada – 19,641mi – $15,732 BIN
I don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing RG500’s for sale. With a 95hp two-stroke square four engine and a light weight package, what is not to love? The 500cc two-stroke represents something very cool and unique in my book and the Gamma would definitely be my weapon of choice.
This lovely Gamma has been treated to a full on restoration effort that really has this one looking awesome. The seller highlights a lot of work done to it, so I will let you read that now.
Here we have a frame off/motor out fully restored from the cranks up RG500. Odometer shows 31679km or 19641 miles. I will skip the intro as you likely know what this bike is if you are viewing it. Here we go. Motor is literally brand new. Only original suzuki parts used in the rebuild. Pistons are 1st over, 56.5mm and we were able to get the original rears that have a slightly offset pin which are now NLA. Motor has not been started. I’ll get to that later. Carbs have been gone through and jetting is 100% stock. Exhaust has been ceramic coated the stock suzuki colours. Not only do they look brand new but the ceramic won’t rust and it gets baked on at something like 900-1100F. This has the side benefit of burning out 25 years of carbon built up in the exhaust. Even the air filter is a brand new, right from suzuki item. Mechanically the bike is perfect. My goal was to have a rg500 on display in the basement of my house. I could accept that if I kept it that the bike would likely never be ridden but I can not live with the idea that it would rarely be seen. I live in the country and do not have a parade of friends/family coming through my house. It has not been started or even had fluids installed. NONE. This makes it perfect for display; there is no smell or odour. This was to keep my mrs happy. The chassis also got a full restore. I went a little nutty. Engine covers powder coated. Same for chain adjuster plates, passenger peg plates. I even had the horn bracket and the reflector brackets re-powder coated. Not many gamma’s still have the orange reflectors bolted to the front top caliper bolts. The bodywork is very good but not perfect. I wanted people to look at it and not realize the restore. I’ve tried to show the imperfections. RR on tail section, in the blue under AEC on L, small mark tank front L, two small rust spots tank lower R, a 1/2 inch crack at L mirror hole, crack in lower belly under “suzuki”. These two cracks are very tough to see and have been re-enforced from the inside. Inside of tank is perfect. When I got the bike the previous owner had drained the fuel from carbs/tank when he stopped riding it and filled the tank with engine oil. This bike has never been raced or even tracked. Previous owner was a Barry Sheene fan and got the bike for that reason. Is this museum worthy?? (long hesitation) No, but damn, it’s close. A tiny bit of bodywork touch up and it is. Only things not original suzuki are tires (metzeler lasars, 120/80-16 and 140/80-17), new EK drive chain, EBC brake pads, and the bar grips. Comes with both solo and passenger seats, both shop and owners manual, two keys. Has correct Canadian title. I can get it to either end of LakeOntario, maybe Windsor. But purchaser takes it into the states if that is where buyer is. Can’t be that hard as I think 50% of gamma’s brought into Canada in the mid 80’s now reside in the US. A ring to someone who has done this seems logical. Maybe Mr R Lance or Mr K Smith? I’ll help where I can. I will prep and have it running if new owner wishes but some payment must be made as once that is done there is no turning back. A deposit can be made thru paypal but most using bank draft or transfer. Drop a note if further info or pics are needed.
Well I hope you made it through that description, because there is a lot of good info in there. The restoration saw a host of powder coating and ceramic coating (exhaust), all of which the seller says was done in stock Suzuki colors. I think it has turned out well. The bike also hasn’t had any fluid run through it since the restoration. This can be good if you want a living room piece, if not then you take the chance of being the first to get it to run. The major hurdle with this bike is that it is in Canada, so do your research with title/registration requirements. It is over 25 years old, do this make it easier? Check out the auction here and clear out a nice spot for this awesome RG500!