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Featured Listing – 1988 Suzuki RGV-250 SP with just 6,132 Miles !

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Update 3.20.2023: Sold for $12,400! Congratulations to buyer and seller! If you have a Rare SportBike for sale, list it on RSBFS! -dc

Having been in collectors’ hands from early on, RSBFS reader Brian’s RGV250 SP is immaculate and freshly serviced. 1988 was Suzuki’s first year with the V-twin 249cc engine, and the SP sports a close-ratio cassette gearbox.

1988 Suzuki RGV-250 SP for sale on eBay

All new for 1988, the RGV250 was the best built, most expensive and most powerful ( in unrestricted markets ) 1/4 liter machine at the time.  It uses twin 32mm Mikuni carburetors and a single-acting power valve to balance 30 ft.-lbs. torque with the JDM limit of 49 hp.  Twin chassis spars are aluminum alloy with brackets holding the rear set pegs.  Conventional forks and Full Floater monoshock are multi-adjustable, with 17-inch wheels front and rear.  Brakes are outstanding in the segment with dual 290mm floating disks and 4-piston calipers up front.

Looking barely used, Brian has just had his RGV-250 serviced and with new tires.  Factory low-profile signals are slick, along with the racey Sakaguchi chambers.  Brian’s notes from the eBay auction –

I recently imported this RGV250 from Japan in late 2022.  The bike was purchased from a private owner’s collection by JCG Trading (Graham Crump) and brought to the states   It went directly to Downshift LA (Angel Perez) for a carb cleaning, safety check, and new tires.  It is in excellent condition and starts smoothly with one kick.  The bike is 35 years old and has a few small scrapes – shown in photos, but the overall condition of the body is excellent.  The engine is immaculate and runs beautifully. 
All original import paperwork is included with a Bill of Sale, CBP Customs Clearance, Import & Shipping documents, and the Japanese Original Title with all bike details.
Sakaguchi  Dual Exhausts.  There is one small very small dent in the left hand side, likely from a rider’s foot.  JDM models had flush mount lights and the SP model adds a brake reservoir and closed ratio gearbox.  Since import, this RGV250 has been ridden only twice for testing rides, with a total of 9.2 miles on brand-new Bridgestone Battlax BT090-Pro Tires.  
I’m only selling as I am a bit too big for this bike.  The RGV is much lighter at only 282 lbs (dry) and faster through the corners.  The real power kicks in at around 8,000 rpm and it feels like suddenly it has 2x the power.  It’s a true screamer and a very rare, prized bike to add to your collection and is ready to ride. 

RGV-250’s sold out early in Britain, where they were unrestricted and reviewers said they could putt around town under 5,000 rpm, and steal the show when the power valve opened at 8,000.  The street might not be the best place to do all the shifting needed to keep the revs up, or explore the extraordinary lean angles possible, but maybe a remote twisty bit or track day.  Keep an eye on the – eBay auction – and you can reach Brian using the Contact Seller button.