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Suzuki February 6, 2019 posted by

Partly Lucky: 1992 Suzuki RGV 250

Pity the US-based two-stroke fan. Few models were ever officially imported into the US, and those that did hit our shores only lasted for a couple of years. And while we should be happy we ever got them at all, vitally missing were the hard-edged smokers and the big bore machines. Casting eyes northward, we could watch our Canadian neighbors ring-a-ding-ding and pop and smoke with glee – but this was all from the tree of carnal knowledge for stateside riders. Until bikes started to get old enough to import, that is. And even with used-bike age laws, there are still large areas of the country where these machines are verbotten (you Californians, otherwise too cool, got staunched on this one). As the laws of supply and demand go, where there is no supply there is capacity for high demand, which leads us to today’s 1992 Suzuki RGV250.

1992 Suzuki RGV 250 for sale on eBay

Suzuki smokers started life out at parallel twins, but it was soon realized that the vee configuration offered several benefits. Perfect primary balance, for starters. A smaller, narrower profile aided in aerodynamics. And finally, the configuration lent itself to moving weight around in the chassis as Suzuki sought to achieve the perfect weight distribution. So effective was the RGV that Aprilia first bought engines from Suzuki, then built their own clones under license, and then finally engineered their own modification to the platform. For Suzuki models, figure about 55-60 wild horses – once the tach swings up towards 11,000. That is for an exported model, such as this Canadian steed. Home market bikes are restricted and have less. With a dry weight in the 280 pound range, there is plenty of motive power to make this fun.

From the seller:
Absolutely superb VJ 22A in really nice condition. Well maintained and well taken care of, wheels and asymmetrical swing-arm recently powder coated, forks not rusted no pitting, all consumables ready to go (brakes, chain, sprockets and tires). The carburation has been cleaned out, jets changed in 2018. The bike is located in Quebec city Canada and comes with a Quebec ownership (equivalent of a title). The bike comes with a box of spare parts (lower engine case, clutch lever, some handlebar controls). All in all an excellent machine very well preserved. I am more than willing to either take care of the export process/shipping or help out with it. I can even drive across the border and meet on the US side. For the US buyer, I provide all necessary documentation to ensure smooth transition past the border but whatever pertains to your county DMV is the buyer’s responsibility.

The well-sorted twin is encased in a chassis complete with GP-racing amenities: twin-spar lightweight aluminum frame rails, nifty asymmetrical banana swing arm, stacked exhaust pipes, and trick (for the time) upside down forks. This was meant to be a racer for the streets, and with the proper livery one could imagine playing Kevin Schwantz at every roundabout. Which leads us to the primary issue with this particular offering: It has quasi-Lucky Strike colors, but is missing some key graphics. This leads to questions regarding whether it is a true LS, or simply a bodywork swap. Perhaps it is a legit LS but was rebuilt as the result of crash damage (the box of spare parts that comes with the sale could indicate same). The 22,000 km (sub 14,000 miles) on the all metric clocks is not that concerning, but as always, interested buyers are cautioned to do their homework.

This particular RGV is located in Quebec City, which means that US buyers will need to perform some paperwork in order to legally bring it in. Fortunately this seller appears to be familiar with this process, and has offered both shipping options as well as trailering the bike into the US. As always, registering the bike in your home state is the responsibility of the buyer. When it comes to the DMV, Californians need not apply (unless you know a guy). But for many US buyers, this is a legitimate way to own a quarter liter two stroke built during the height of two stroke tech. Check out the auction here. Bidding is only up to $2,850 with reserve still in place, but depending on where that is set this could be a relative bargain to get yourself into the game. Some restoration work will be in order to complete the Lucky Strike graphics, but if the mechanicals are in decent shape you could hoon this to the moon. Good (partial) Luck!!

MI

Partly Lucky: 1992 Suzuki RGV 250
Suzuki February 2, 2019 posted by

Wolf of Wall Street: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf

Before we start and this gets out of hand, you *might* remember when you could buy one of these for $12. Or $1500. Or maybe even $10k. Those days are gone. The fact is this sub 10,000 mile RG500 Walter Wolf edition Gamma is on eBay for just a tad shy of $33,000. And while the market will vote with the wallet, it doesn’t really matter if this bike sells. You see, the market has already spoken in the form of the motorcycle auctions held in Las Vegas in late January. There, record prices were realized for all sorts of stuff that you might remember selling for a lot cheaper. The market is up, and the stuff we like to collect is rising on that tide. Thus, we are looking at a very expensive 1986 Gamma in rare clothing.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf for sale on eBay

Beneath the purple, red and gold paint and beyond the white faced gauges, a Walter Wolf Gamma is really just a Gamma. That is to say, it is a marvelous twin-crank, square four two stroke that rips like it came straight off the racetrack. This was the unobtanium treat that US buyers were categorically denied. Enterprising enthusiasts soon learned to import the RG as a used bike – often from just over our northern border – and hooligan behavior ensued. Along with blue smoke and the sound that only a two stroke on the pipe can make.

From the seller:
Rare Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Limited Edition!

If not familiar with the Walter Wolf, the bikes were never sold in the US. Approximately 100 were sold in Canada. This example here was imported from Alberta BC. This bike sits in my collection and is in excellent condition, with only 15665 km (9734 miles). The bike is free of common stress cracks around the various panel mounting points. Tires have good tread although I would recommend replacing if plans are to ride the bike.

The instrument housing foam shows some deformation, however a new replacement will be included along with a service manual. This bike is an excellent clean example of a Walter Wolf to ride or put in a collection! If not familiar with the value of Walter Wolf’s, included in the pictures is a recent sale. This bike showed 33400km.

Walter Wolf was a Canadian business man and something of a motor sport legend. Originally from Austria but self made in Canada as an oil man, Wolf poured his money into racing – investing in Frank William’s Formula 1 team and running his own Wolf Racing F1 operation. He had the money and the drive, and sponsored both automobile as well as motorcycle racing. Today, the Wolf brand is celebrated by a couple of different branded products – such as this wonderful Walter Wolf RG500, a tribute of Wolf colors and logos. The Walter Wolf Edition RG500 (there was also a 400 and 250 model) 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.

Real and authentic WW models are few and far between. We have seen WW replicas on these pages before, so buyers do your homework, research and analysis up front. With only a graphics package separating a rare Wolf from a regular RG, it is not that difficult to build a replica. Today’s WW RG500 looks pretty clean, has enough miles to be a rider without so many as to be clapped out. Check it out here, although the pictures are (unfortunately) low res. I’m sure there will be many comments about how absurd the price is, but the seller counters with a photo directly from the Mecum auctions. Haters will hate, but the Las Vegas auction is the bellwether for collector pricing – and as of today, prices are running high. Hard to tell if there is enough here to ignite the kind of bidding war that drive top auction prices, but for now there is a very rare and cool Walter Wolf edition RG500 Gamma waiting for you on eBay. And you didn’t even have to go to Vegas. Good Luck!!

MI

Wolf of Wall Street: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf
Suzuki January 31, 2019 posted by

2FAST4U: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

The seller isn’t mincing words here in the listing for this Suzuki GSX-R1100: “This is no poverty sale so low ballers and under 10 feedback stay away… this is too much bike for you.”  So apparently if your eBay feedback is low or you like to grind someone for a good deal, a 30 year old motorcycle with 138hp is too much to handle? Good to know. Luckily, I’m not much of a haggler, so I’m sure I’ll be fine trying to wrestle this beast through a set of corners.

Of course, rumor is that the K-Model GSX-R1100 was too much for anyone to handle, but not because of the power: handling wasn’t the best and both Phil Mellor and Jamie Whitham crashed riding the GSX-R1100K at the Isle of Man TT in 1989, resulting in a ban of big bikes for years afterward. Some people blamed the bike’s geometry, some the suspension setup, and many different fixes and parts combinations have been tried to sort out the bike’s handling woes, but the bike maintained its reputation as a heavy, ill-handling brute, which ironically has probably helped the bike’s mystique, considering similar Yamaha FZR1000s go for much less at the moment.

At 462lbs dry, it wasn’t the heaviest GSX-R1100, but it’s pretty portly. Personally, I think it’s the best-looking version of the big Suzuki, and this iteration of the bike are sometimes known as “Slingshots” in reference to the semi-flat-slide Mikuni carburetors, although I’ve seen them off the bike and disassembled and I still can’t see anything that looks like a slingshot in there.

These days the GSX-R1100’s handling shouldn’t be a problem, considering the kind of riding the new owner is likely to do on it. The bike has plenty of straight-line speed and stability for weekend blasts, you just want to make sure you plan ahead and don’t try to change lines mid-corner. Certainly, it’s not lacking in power: the K-Model was powered by the 1127cc version of Suzuki’s inline four, still with oil-cooling. That beast of a motor, aside from the styling, is probably the primary reason for buying a “Slingshot” GSX-R1100.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

1989 GSXR 1100. Well kept killer bike. New tires ,brakes , clutch, carbs just redone. Paint is showroom cond. 200psi in all cylinders. This is when bikes were bikes. Very rare to see in this cond. top seat pad has some delamination, Top tree is a little dull from keys (common). XL jacket inc, with stand, 1000.00 bonus. This is no poverty sale so low ballers and under 10 feedback please don’t bid. The pics say it all!

1989 GSXR 1100. Well kept killer bike. New  tires, brakes , clutch, carbs just redone. Paint is showroom cond. 200psi in all cylinders. This is when bikes were bikes. Very rare to see in this cond. top seat pad has some delamination, top tree is a little dull from keys (common). XL jacket inc, with stand, 1000.00 bonus. This is no poverty sale so low ballers and under 10 feedback stay away… this is too much bike for you. The pics say it all

It’s a shame about the picture quality on this listing, since it looks like it’s in pretty good shape and, with 21,000 miles, is pretty much just broken in. Bidding is up to $3,250 with another six days left on the auction, so dive in and take a chance, or maybe request some betting images from the seller!

-tad

Suzuki January 25, 2019 posted by

High-powered Slingshot: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100

By the late 1990s, the Suzuki GSX-R1100 was seen as a bloated sport-tourer that had lost its way as a serious sportbike. It had been eclipsed by the power and lithe chassis of a new breed of 1000s, which looked more like 600s than liter bikes. But in 1989, the Gixxer 1100 was still very much the king of the streets, and enjoyed a fearsome reputation as a focused hot rod, with a massive air-oil cooled four pot stuffed into a modified 750 frame. With Suzuki’s signature “Slingshot” carb setup getting gas and air where they needed to be, the GSX-R1100 had quite a muscle to flex.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

The bikes’ hairy reputation was solidified in ’89, when Isle of Man racer Phil Mellor lost his life aboard a Gixxer at Doran’s Bend. A second crash by Jamie Whitham, also on a Gixxer, led the organizers to ban the 1100cc machines’ use for a few years.

But in spite of their reputation, they remain the finest example of the 1980s superbike arms race. They carry all the tech you could hang wheels off of 30 years ago, and are still great every day mounts now. This 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 has been taken to the next level, both cosmetically and functionally. The seller has been fastidious to the point of being anal about making sure the bike is without blemishes, and the few it does have have been addressed. Added to that, he went to the trouble to fit a 180-section rear wheel, to improve handling and open up modern tire selections. He also collected nearly another bike’s worth of spares, should anything befall this beautiful beast.

From the eBay listing:

Selling because I have a 3 year old and I don’t ride much anymore.

You’re bidding on a hard to find, low mileage (14K) collectors bike, the 1989 GSXR 1100 in black and grey. Meanest looking of them all.

Looked for some time for this model in this color, found one locally but it needed a few updates. Overall, the condition of the bike is considered “mint” by some, but after 40 years it did need some upgrades.

I went ahead and started with replacing the rear shock with a new 2007 Suzuki model, with almost no miles on it to replace the worn out old one. I then replaced the skinny rear wheel with the appropriate 5.5″ wheel (front and rear painted to match) and 180 tire size (requires mounting brake arm to rear caliper on outside). The bike has upgraded kevlar brake lines and new SBS pads, and new cross drilled rotors (not the smooth original style). Front fork tubes are not leaking but could use oil and spring upgrade, just too soft for my liking.

I then upgraded the ignition with a VH ignition advancer, Dyna Coil pack, and racing plugs/plug wires. Bike got new oil filter/oil and I keep tabs on oil condition/levels. I also replaced the air filter with a drop in UNI. Carbs were removed, and totally disassemble and cleaned, new orings and float levels set to spec (does start every time without much hesitation on choke) I will probably upload a video of it starting/running.

Battery was replaced with 6lb Ballistic Battery Lithium $$
Chain was replaced when rear wheel conversion was done.

I then changed out the stock front brake unit with a brembo radial NISSAN sand ASV adjustable lever. Also changed out the clutch unit with a radial Brembo with ASV lever (adjustable) and stainless line. Just this week i noticed the stock steering dampner was weeping, so I ordered a brand new NJK adjustable damper ($200) to make sure that was ok (in 4th pic).

Tires are newer with low miles and again are larger size rear. Bike corners very well.
Rear seat cowl is hard to find with the rubber butt pad in good shape (mine is excellent). Also have rear seat. Seats are like new condition as is the tank bra (NOS). One mirror has loose play in it, might be adjusted.

Exhaust is stock and rust free, chrome is very shiny with no rust. I prefered to keep the bike stockish looking and quieter for personal reasons, and I enjoy the stock exhaust on the road.

Gas tank was removed, new petcock and filters, and it was sealed against rust. I’ve seen way too many of these bikes look good on the outside but rusting inside, and that makes big problems.

Other little things: Bar ends replaced with custom logo, and it has rear chock stand spools added.

Paint is a 9/10

No chips in front fairing.
Paint has a small touch up on the right lower where they always get scrapes (about penny size). Paint as you see in pictures is gorgeous, no sun faded graphics or paint, the black blue pearl is deep, lots of deep gloss and microfiber towels used only to polish. Just a small bit of clear coat on the tank under the tank bra has shown a bit of wear, otherwise the tank shows like new. Graphics are in amazing condition, tank graphics “R” has a bit of patina (discoloration in the letter under the clear) that doesn’t take away from its value. Rear plastic cowls are near mint and have a rare “Slingshot” logo on the right side. Rear seat cowl has a sticker on top (don’t know if its cleared over or not, i would just leave on). Insides of the fairings are clean, no grime, no gunk…kept up with the rest of the nooks and crannies on the bike. Aluminum parts are not pitted at all.

Lenses on the lights are free of damage, clear, and working, as well as horn.

Pictures speak for themselves. The engine is spotless, with no leaks or paint coming off. The frame is all original and never polished or damaged etc. Her owners took good care of this bike.

This auction will include an assortment of replacement fairings I bought JIC.

I have a complete upper cowl (super hard to find) with minor work can be used as a perfect replacement.
I have a mint condition left mid, and right rear cowl.
I have a pair of original mirrors which need paint matching (super hard to get)
I have a spare (near mint) gas tank
I have full tank decal set (OEM) with the “Hyper Sport” R logo
I have spare wheels and some original parts taken off the bike.
Stock tool set and manual in rear seat area.
Factory repair manual

Basically, I wanted to future proof the bike.

I don’t get to ride it as much as I want, so it has to go to fund other child related things now. Will be sad to see her leave, hope someone mature appreciates and will take care of it and not mod it out into just another chrome 1100. Overall a solid bike, stunning in person, and fun to ride with the newer parts added.

Keep in mind reserve price includes all the extra’s package and the scarcity of this models color/condition.

**I will post a Youtube video of bike on a January day, cold start** I may add pics or info at any time here as well.

I will accept full payment USPS money order only, and only after cashed will bike ship. Check my seller feedback, i’ve sold other vehicles and stuff with excellent feedback. No liens, or salvage on this bike, clear CA title.

Please have funds IMMEDIATELY available and ready to send within 3 days of your winning bid.

The reserve hasn’t been met yet, but we don’t expect this one to go cheap, especially given its condition and the care the most recent owner has taken with it.

High-powered Slingshot: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Suzuki January 23, 2019 posted by

Quintessential – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750

From its U.S. introductory year, this Suzuki GSX-R750 looks and acts the upstart role.  This bad boy has been some rider’s favorite, with almost 33,000 miles and a tidy state of patina.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

Suzuki went all in on light weight and simplicity with the GSX-R750, and came up an air/oil-cooled winner.  The additional oil pump for the Suzuki Advance Cooling weighed less and avoided the complexity of a water-cooling system, even if the oil cooler is nearly as big as a radiator.  A nice round 100 hp was available, giving the lightweight alloy chassis a ruun for its money.  Suzuki’s own suspension was used, the Posi Damp Fork being adjustable with early anti-dive, and Full Floater monoshock rear.  The brakes are 310 mm with four pistion calipers, and the endurance template fairing has the serious twin headlight look.

This GSX-R comes out of Santa Fe, with easy access to miles and miles of two-lane, and has the odometer reading to show for it.  Aside from a right-side slip and fall, it’s in good shape, complete and substantially original.  The owner’s impressions from the eBay auction:

This is a bike that has been sympathetically preserved over the years as an original driver quality condition.

In other words, lots of patina but not unsightly.  I would hesitate to restore this one because it just has a loved/used but not abused quality to it.
I bought it not too long ago but just landed two more motorcycles that I am more passionate about and I need the room.
Runs great, stops, shifts and doesn’t leak! New tires! New fork seals and battery.
Uncut rear fender! Original upholstery! Solo seat cover!
All the fairings appear original with only the nose appearing to have been replaced with a high end replica nose professionally painted with a proper decal kit.
The lower right side fairing appears to have been professionally repaired on the “blister” portion – naturally from having fallen over. Seamless repair/paint from the outside but inside the fairing you can see where the crack once was.
Rare stock pipe has only a small bit of rash on the rear that could be buffed out as it is not severe at all.
I will include a stock set of proper OEM period correct Suzuki grips as the bike currently has the foam type and I wanted it to be 100% factory.
The rest appears all original and solid with areas of wear and chips in paint etc…
Not a museum piece but just as stunning to look at and ride without being a trailer queen that you have to worry about.

While a minty example would be cool, there’s a lot to be said for a classic you can ride – if not without a care, without panic.  Maybe a riding restoration – if you don’t have to pay extra for the patina.  A lot of improvements could be made without taking it off the road, and ride the benefits…

-donn

Quintessential – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750
Suzuki January 12, 2019 posted by

Use Your Boost to Get Through – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Vying for additional power without displacement, the 1980’s saw major cycle makers attempt to tailor the excess heat and complexity of turbocharging to sport bikes.  Suzuki’s entry is the rarest and this one has ultra-low mileage, and just one tangle with the mischievous elves that tip stuff onto parked motorcycles.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo for sale on eBay

Suzuki based their turbo on a 673cc inline four, and used electronic fuel injection to tailor the fuel delivery through the variable throttle / boost map.  85 hp are claimed, leading to the model designation.  An early adopter of innovations like Full-Floater rear suspension, air-oil cooling system ( with piston squirters ), and 16-inch front wheel, the XN85 was a bit of a tech showcase.  Kayaba provided the suspension, with anti-dive forks.  Triple disks are big but not oversize considering the 550 lb. ready-to-ride weight.  Angular fairing and sculpted tank owe royalties to the then-recent Katana.

Detailed photos should be part of an auction with a high falutin’ buy-it-now, which this eBay bike parts dealer probably knows.  Nothing a pre-purchase inspection can’t remedy, however.  Some history and service record(s) would be a help, even for a bike with so many years and so few miles.  Short and sweet from the eBay listing:

483 miles – all original except petcock, last ran in December 2018. Also, have Service Manual, and original title.
Right rear tail section has scratches that can be fixed.

Suzuki’s turbo was the sportiest of the big four’s litter, though even at that it’s more of a GT.  None were real showroom success stories, but maybe their role was more of leading edge glitterati for the dealer.  Under just the right conditions, the XN85 could woosh through the traps first, or just look great on the sidestand.  Either way the XN85 can provide liter-size performance from a boosted mid-size, and maybe the make offer button will let us know whether this is a survivor or museum piece.

-donn

 

Use Your Boost to Get Through – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo
Suzuki January 8, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1994 Suzuki GSXR-1100

Mid-1990s Gixxers get something of a bad rap for being portly, underpowered and undersprung when compared to their contemporaries, but that really does the iconic nameplate a disservice. Take this 1994 Suzuki GSX-R1100, for example. It’s a 500-pound beast stuffed with a 155 horsepower water cooled four banger and a riding position that favors comfort over elbow dragging. It has all the hallmarks of a fantastic sport tourer, and with a long swingarm aiding stability and pegs high enough to stay off the deck in the canyons, it will make a killer mount for any commuter, tourer or weekend warrior.

Sure, compared to a 1994 Honda CBR900RR it’s a slow-witted porker. But lined up next to a Kawasaki ZX-1100 or a Honda ST1100, it looks like the sporting choice. The mill is known for being a time-bending gem when the road straightens out. With 310mm Tokico clamps up front and an adjustable upside down Kayaba keeping things off the deck, the big Zook is plenty capable when things turn twisty or bumpy.

This example has lived a babied life in Wisconsin, collecting just 12,000 miles under one owner. Sadly, the original buyer passed away this year, and the bike is in the hands of his daughter, who is selling it through our good friends at Iconic Motorbikes. It has a fresh going over, including carb cleaning and syncing, tires, new fork seals and fluid, and new brake fluid, coolant and oil.

From the listing:

Most of the bikes you see on our classified are bikes available at our Dealership directly however, we also host bikes from our long list of collectors, business partners and friends. The difference between the bikes you see on our site and other sites…we will ONLY list bike’s that we can 100% confirm are legit and the owners have a direct connection with Iconic Motorbikes. That said…

Here we have a exceptionally clean example of a GSXR1100 with only 12K Miles on the clock. As you can see from the photos, the bike has been babied since new, 100% stock and one of our favorite paint schemes of the time with the black and electric purple/blue streak. You’d be hard pressed to find one in better shape! Even the frame stickers are intact!!
This one is located at our friends location in Oconomowoc, WI but can be brought to CA for only $500 or so with one of our carriers.

Here is the write up from the owner:

The only owner passed away and then current owner acquired the bike last spring from his daughter. Full maintenance updates within 75 miles ago include cleaning & syncing of carbs, front fork seals replaced with OEM parts, fresh Suzuki oil, coolant, & brake fluid. Metzler Road Tec tires have 1700 miles on them. Original Suzuki windscreen included with the bike. Turn key ready to ride & enjoy this original survivor. Bike is located in Oconomowoc, WI. $5450 or reasonable offer. Clean & clear Wisconsin title.

The bike can be transported to Los Angeles or environs for around $500, and is listed at $5,450. Head over to Iconic Motorbikes to contact the sellers if you’re as excited about this thing as we are.

Featured Listing: 1994 Suzuki GSXR-1100
Suzuki December 30, 2018 posted by

Last of Its Kind: 1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 for Sale

For the most part, the RGV250 was a gradual evolution of the original beam-framed, two-stroke 90° v-twin machine introduced in 1987. But the VJ23 version introduced in 1995 was a significant leap forward, with an entirely new frame and engine to go with the swoopy bodywork. Unfortunately, with interest in the class waning, this final, and some feel best version of the RGV250 was never officially available outside Japan, making this little bit of forbidden fruit especially rare here in the USA.

That new engine featured a switch to a 70° v-twin that replaced the earlier 90° unit. Traditionally, sports v-twins have 90° v-angle because they’ve got perfect primary balance, but the advent of balance shafts and more precise engineering seems to have shifted things, and sport v-twins like the Aprilia RSV Mille used a very compact 60° engine.

Obviously, given the tiny pistons involved in a 250cc two-stroke and the relatively modest revs involved, I’d expect the additional vibrations of a 70° v-twin could easily be chalked up to “character,” and the more compact configuration should offer improved packaging and additional flexibility in placing the engine in the frame for better weight distribution.

In addition, the bore and stroke of the new engine measured 54 x 54.5mm, compared to the racier and more oversquare 56 x 50.6mm of the earlier bike so, although power was still limited to 40hp per Japanese laws and made similar power in de-restricted form, the package was much more flexible at lower revs and easier to ride. A functional ram-air duct added power at speed, and for the first time, an electric start made the bike easier to fire up, while the SP added a trick dry clutch to the mix.

The brakes on these little rippers would have been enough to stop a much bigger machine, weight was under 300lbs with fuel and oil, and there was real performance on tap, with 125mph top speed. But you still had to work for that speed, and that was pretty much the whole point of the quarter-liter class anyway.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 for Sale

1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23. 9900 miles (15,934 kilometers), very original and unrestored. Mechanically sorted. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very honest bike. Small paint chip on fuel tank, left silencer has a dent, some touchup paint on lower nose fairing. Please see images. Fuel tank is rust free. Aftermarket lower controls (COECRE) and exhaust (SUGAYA). Has VIN matching State of Ohio title.  All bidders make NOTE: Vehicle is titled as a 1993. If this is of concern please don’t bid. “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.” California and Hawaii sold with Bill of Sale only. Please email all questions. Thank you for looking.

Some of the images are relatively low-resolution here and leave a bit of detail to the imagination, but the seller does indicate some cosmetic imperfections that are visible in the detail shots. It’s rough around the edges, but it claimed to be mechanically solid, so maybe the perfect bike for someone who wants a rider or a bit of a project. For the right price, this could be a really cool bike, if lurid neon graphics, stinky smoke, and knee-down corner-carving are your thing.

-tad

 

Last of Its Kind: 1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 for Sale