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Suzuki July 26, 2015 posted by

Beautiful Bitsa: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica for Sale

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica R Side FrontIf you’re one of those RSBFS fans who turns up their nose at bikes of questionable pedigree, you should probably stop reading now. Or make sure your keyboard is all warmed up for the inevitable flood of vitriol that will inevitably spill forth once you’ve finished reading about this particular Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 replica.

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica R Side Rear

The original RGV250 Γ “Gamma” replaced the parallel-twin RG250 with a water-cooled, 90° two-stroke v-twin in 1988 and went through various iterations until it was discontinued in 1998. Japanese home-market models were restricted to 45hp, but derestricted bikes or ones sold in other markets could see over 60hp, plenty to send the 300lb motorcycle shooting between corners. And corners was where this bike was built to live, with handling that lived up to its GP-replica looks.

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica L Side

In building his little two-stroke mongrel, the builder combined the basic goodness and power of the VJ21 with its parts availability, added the running gear and slick swingarm from the VJ22, and cloaked it all in bulbous late-90’s VJ23 bodywork. It’s listed as a 1997, but the frame came from a 1990 bike so I expect that’s how you’d register it.

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica Cockpit

If you’re a fan of the later style, this bike is perhaps a very wise choice as the 1997 RGV250 used an all-new 70° v-twin that shared virtually no parts with the earlier bike and parts are much more difficult to obtain. In addition, derestricting these later bikes is expensive if it hasn’t already been done.

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica for Sale

RGV VJ23 replica in exceptional condition

I started with a very strong running low miles 1990 Suzuki RGV 250 VJ 21 SP as it has 59 HP and is one of the more reliable RGV’s with parts still a plenty.

To make it handle a bit better and look trick I added the USD forks and Banana swing arm and 17” rear from the 1991 RGV 250 VJ 22.

To make the bike to look modern and exotic  the 1997 RGV 250 VJ 23 OEM body components were chosen and craftfully installed.

The tail section is not OEM and was made special for this bike (To spec) as I could not locate an OEM tail) all other body parts are OEM VJ 23 correct

Details:

1990 VJ21 motor /electronics, frame, exhaust, rear shock (SP version), and controls

Massive power of the VJ 21 SP model = (59 hp) dependability, reliability and parts availability of the VJ 21. (The VJ 21 SP model came with the adjustable rear suspension and increased power)   Note: The stock VJ 23 only had 45 hp.

This bikes is very fast.

To obtain the same power output from a stock VJ 23 you would have to spend over $2500 to derestrict ( 45hp to 59 hp) !!!!

The SP VJ 21 came out of the box with 59 hp STOCK!!

 1991 VJ 22 USD forks, very desirable / rare Banana swing arm and 17” rear wheel giving the bike great handling and good looks with the USD forks and rare banana swing arm. Triple upper is from a GSXR 600 to provide VJ 23 fairing stay clearance. (No mods required/ simply bolted on)

1997 VJ 23 OEM Bodywork, Tank ,Fairing , Fairing stay , Mirrors , Head lamp, Tail lamp, Driver and Pillion seat: exotic and modern GP look of the VJ 23.

All of these components are in exceptional condition and all work perfectly.

Bike starts, idles and runs very strong. It also handles extremely well and always starts first kick every time!!

Has a nice kick in the pants between 8k and 11K when the power valves come alive.

Low miles… 7300 Kilometers = 4700 miles

All of the parts have been gracefully installed without modifying the existing VJ 21 attributes / structure so if one so desires, they could return the VJ 21 to its original state. (Surprising how many parts easily adapt together/ parts are not simply zip tied with the exception of one here and there!!) Nothing was modified to make these parts fit…

  • Oil injection intact and fully operational (only high quality oil used)
  • Fresh set of NGK BR9ECMIX Iridium plugs
  • Fresh oil change
  • Fresh coolant and radiator flush
  • Front and rear brake fluid flushed and adjusted (Great stopping power)
  • New air filter
  • Newer Bridgestone Battleax tires front
  • NEW Bridgestone Battleax rear tire.
  • Steel braided front and rear brake lines.
  • 2 sets of keys
  • Carbs clean and function perfectly

I will include a set of OEM Suzuki RGV chambers and cans which will allow the exhaust to exit on same side (GP bike look).

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica SwingarmSo it’s obvious that, while this bike may be not be some all-original collector’s item, parts are all from within the Suzuki family, and the seller has taken a “best of” approach to building this bike, taking the strongest, easiest to work on engine and combining it with more modern bodywork. I actually prefer the look of the earlier bike, but there’s no question the VJ23 panels are very exotic looking, and I’d definitely fit the offered shotgun-style exhaust.

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica L Side Rear

The question is: will the modifications turn off traditional Suzuki fans, or will they be excited by the enthusiasm and thought that went into this build and be willing to ante up for this bike? With 5 days left on the auction, bidding on this little mutt is up to $4,500 with the reserve, unsurprisingly, not yet met.

-tad

1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica R Side

Beautiful Bitsa: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 Replica for Sale
Suzuki July 17, 2015 posted by

Road Legal: Titled 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side Front

In countries where riders prefer their roads twisty and their exhausts smoky, bikes like this little Suzuki RGV250 aren’t all that rare and don’t command the prices they do here in the US, and titled examples of the little two-stroke sportbikes are even more difficult to find.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side

Introduced in 1988, the RGV250 Γ “Gamma” replaced the parallel-twin RG250 as Suzuki’s GP-replica backroad ripper. The new liquid-cooled, 90° v-twin produced in the neighborhood of 55hp at first and weighed in at under 300lbs dry, making for a very entertaining ride. Aprilia saw the potential in Suzuki’s snarling little twin and used the same motor to power their RS250.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 Dash

The RS250 was certainly fast, but Aprilia didn’t see fit to grace their bike with any cool acronyms. Of course Suzuki couldn’t resist: the “SAPC” on the tail section stands for “Suzuki Advanced Power Controller” and refers to their proprietary power-valve system found on the second-generation VJ22 that was introduced in 1991. Power was up a bit above 60hp for the VJ22, although weight was up a bit as well, in part due to the distinctive curved swingarm that allowed room for the expansion chambers to tuck in close and maximize cornering clearance.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Side Rear

It’s worth noting that the power-valves on the VJ22 can stick in the low-rpm position, but the seller’s listing mentions that they’ve been “pinned” which I’d assume means it’s locked in the full-open position. This will hurt low and mid-range power a bit, but will ensure that the power valve won’t stick closed and murder the top end kick.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale

In good condition with clean and clear Florida title in my name. Bike has approximately 4,665 miles (7,465 KM’s) miles on it. It produces approximately 55 hp and weighs approximately 282 lbs. Power valves have been pinned, and it has fresh tires.

Bike does not have any corrosion or rust that is typically found on these 250’s. This is a rider and not a museum piece so it does have a few scratches. USD forks, banana swingarm, exhaust-valve controller etc..

I have owned lots of other 2 strokes and none compares to a RGV250.

I have 3 bikes with not enough time to ride them all. I want to do a frame-off restoration on a vintage 2 stroke I have, so I need the funds from one of my bikes to get that done.  Bike is listed elsewhere so auction may end early

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side Rear

As the seller points out, the bike isn’t perfect, and has a few signs of wear-and-tear that result from regular use. I’d prefer those easily fixed or lived-with scuffs to the cancerous creep of decay that results when bikes sit too long on display…

This one’s ready to go, as this video of the bike starting and running shows.

There are no bids yet, but the seller lists a Buy It Now price of $6,999.00 which seems reasonable, given the rarity of the RGV250 here in the US, especially titled and in such solid condition. Except for those purple bar-end weights: they hurt my eyes.

-tad

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Side

Road Legal: Titled 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale
Suzuki February 5, 2015 posted by

Free Shipping! 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale in Japan

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side

Before you get too excited, this RGV250 is located in Japan, so if you want this one in your garage, you’ll have to navigate the requirements for getting it shipped to and then registered wherever you live.

Unless you’re in Japan…

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Front

The RGV250 Γ “Gamma” was introduced in 1988 to replace the two-stroke parallel-twin RG250 and was built until 1998. The new machine shared its liquid-cooled, 90° v-twin with the Aprilia RS250 and, with about 60hp and a 300lb claimed dry-weight, the RGV was in the hunt with competing motorcycles from Kawasaki and Yamaha, although Aprilia made some modifications to improve performance, including reworked heads.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 Dash

This second-generation “VJ22″ incorporated Suzuki’s power-valve technology and featured upside-down forks, a 17” rear wheel that should make tire choice a bit easier, and a very cool “banana” swingarm that was designed to allow the paired exhausts to tuck in close for improved cornering clearance. The new swingarm increased weight slightly, but was very stiff and looked trick as hell. If you’re looking at RGVs, this version is definitely more desirable than the earlier VJ21 model, but early VJ22s should have their power-valves checked to ensure they’re functioning correctly: they can stick in the “low-rpm” position and limit top-end power.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale

Very rare 2 stroke bike from Japan to you.
The shipping cost is including the price!!(From our place to your nearest port)
It has scratches at both side of lower cowling and silencers. And has a little cracks. Right rear seat cowling of mounting tab is broken.
It has No rust in the gas tank.
Front forks are full adjustable, it has No rust on the chrome and No oil leaks.
The main key cylinder, tank cap and seat lock can use 1 key. But the key is not original.
Front break disc of thickness 4.2 mm, Rear break disc of thickness 4.3 mm.
It can start by 1 kick!! And runs very well!!

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Rear

The RGV250 is extremely rare in North America, having never been officially imported. Although the $8,000 Buy It Now price seems a bit high, it supposedly does include shipping costs “to your nearest port,” so that should count for something. To me though, an Aprilia RS250 looks better and are available for much less.

This one is obviously not some pristine collector, with some obvious scuffs and scrapes. Honestly, these make pretty lousy roadbikes for the most part, and while many people are happy to put up with narrow powerbands and uncomfortable riding positions in the name of style or because they live in Topanga Canyon, bikes like this are best on track.

So store away the original bodywork and lights or sell them on eBay, fit some lightweight plastics with fresh blue-and-white graphics, and turn this into a terrific trackbike!

-tad

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Front

Free Shipping! 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale in Japan
Suzuki May 10, 2014 posted by

RSBFS CSI: 1987 Suzuki RG400 Walter Wolf

1987 Suzuki RG400 Walter Wolf Silver For Sale

Since I started blogging sport bikes for sale early in 2006, I don’t recall seeing a silver Walter Wolf RG400 for sale. Naturally this example caught my eye when I saw it on eBay. It smelled of the sweet 2 stroke oil but also had such a dapper appearance that I wasn’t sure what I was looking at was original. Thankfully the RSBFS archives revealed that silver models were produced and I bring you this RG400 today.

1987 Suzuki RG400 for sale on eBay

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The CSI reference is because this bike is in Japan and while the written description is thorough, there are only 4 pictures as of this writing. The seller notes new pictures will be uploaded soon and will certainly assist in helping to ascertain what is available for sale in this auction. That said he seem very forthright about the condition it’s in so bid accordingly.

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from the seller:

With only 1,400kms being done since new the engine is still in very good condition and should be treated as still needing to be ” broken in ”

Unfortunately, it’s previous owner didn’t take much care in storing it and over the years, it has received scratches, scrapes, dents (very small at front of tank ) and some cracks mainly around the mirror mounts . I also think it was kept either in a shop window or a lock up with large windows as some decals show signs of UV attack. The wheels also have surface corrosion in places – I have made no attempt to clean or cover this up as the next owner will likely have them powder coated to the same colour to keep them in standard trim. Inside of the tank is clean , all locks are one key.

Detailed photos to follow – as soon as I got the cover off the heavens opened up and now thunderstorms prevail , sods law !!

OK, the good stuff:

The bike has been serviced to be used , the carbs are as clean as the day they were made , fuel lines and delivery pipes have all been replaced as have the heat shield springs. In-line check valves fitted to stop the notorious two stroke drip , BT45 tyres front and back have done around 200kms so plenty life left in them , chain & sprockets all good , running on Suzuki CCIS two stroke oil , good pads and discs. Gearbox oil is Suzuki , airfilter is OEM and good condition. Some parts are brand new as I keep an OEM box of bits at hand for when I am working on my pack ( I have eight of these bikes ).

It starts with ease and gets up to running temperature as normal , I received the bike when under 1,200kms so have used it to check condition and just to have that experience of riding a bike with such a low KM engine. I have been running it on 100 octane gasoline.

I have removed all panels and checked over the bike thoroughly for any under laying faults, without fully stripping down the bike I can’t be 100% it doesn’t have any but nothing was evident to me. You may want to remove the swingarm and suspension linkage to check the condition of the grease in them as I haven’t done this. Same applies to the headstock bearings, under inspection and use none of these components have any issues.
With this in mind, I am happy to give the bike a cost price parts warranty for 6months after arrival. Should any non serviceable part fail within this time period and providing it is still available from factory I will supply at absolute cost ie: What it costs me to get is what it costs you.

Ask me for a link and I can show you it running.

When replacing the panels I have used stainless steel fixings , I will also include the originals I removed boxed ( it may or may not be complete ) , cowl screen has been replaced with an original used tinted screen with trim. I can see no problem with you using it on arrival after you have got registered for your country. It would however, benefit from a full strip down just to go over some of the things I have pointed out above. Having several of these bikes it really is surplus to needs and someone else should get the joy out of using it daily.

If you intend to strip it down for a full restoration I will be happy to help out sourcing genuine OEM parts – there is still a huge range of factory stock. Your list is going to be small though.

Included in the sale:

Port to port shipping by crate
New clock foam bracket with trip reset and cushion dampers.
New Fork stanchions and oil seals, there are some minor pits on the originals, but nothing that is currently causing an issue.
Rear Blue seat – original (used)
Original tool kit
Document holder

Shipping :
Shipping is from port to port only.
You are responsible to find out the import laws for your country , the bike will be shipped to closest port as possible to your location for you to then collect. It will be well crated ( You can ask for photos of previous bikes being sent out ) and covered. Although bike will be in full running order you will need a van or trailer.
You will be responsible for all import / port fees of your country and delivery costs from your port to home.
If you need to apply for permission to import this bike contact me as soon as possible.

Shipping time:
On completion of payment bike will be crated ready to go to port for customs clearance and to be loaded onto next available ship. This can take 1 to 4 weeks depending on how busy port/shippers are and is completely out of my hands, you will however be well informed on what’s happening each step of the process. Sail times vary between 4 to 12 weeks depending on your location.

RSBFS CSI:  1987 Suzuki RG400 Walter Wolf
Aprilia June 9, 2012 posted by

California Dreaming: 1996 Aprilia RS250 with title!

For Sale: 1996 Aprilia RS250

Update 6.8.2012: Back on eBay is just under a month. The last auction failed to produce a single bid even though most comments below suggest it’s probably pretty close to what it’s worth. Links updated. -dc

From the DMV-restricted land of California comes this good looking smoker, all registered and ready to go! It is no secret that a title and a plate adds value to any two stroke, and it is likely that CA is the most valuable state in this regard. Since the 1984 Yamaha RZ350 was the last stroker officially imported into the Golden State, knee draggers in the West look hungrily for titled exotica such as this.

Originally introduced in 1995 and utilizing a Suzuki RG250 VJ22 cloned engine prepped by Rotax, the Aprilia RS250 was offered up as a street going version of the GP racebike ridden by the likes of Rossi, Capirossi and Biaggi. It was also raced successfully by a whole host of riders with last names NOT ending in “i.”

From the seller:
Licensed and street legal in California

Replica of GP250

Only 6,754 miles

249 cc 2 stroke

Slight scratches on one side.

Unique vehicle, very unusual to be licensed for street use.

There are not a lot of great pictures here, but what we do see is a good looking bike. The seller does mention some scuffs, and there are additional pictures on the auction page. Did I mention it has a CA title? That part is important once we start talking value. The Arrow chambers definitely add some value, but beyond that there is little information as to what else might have been modified or updated on this bike.

Early RS250s are not exactly investment material when it comes to pricing. That is not to say anything bad about the model or year, but nothing depreciates faster than last year’s racebike and Aprilia has done an outstanding job continually improving the RS250. Still, this one is clean, titled, with relatively low miles. The seller has an opening ask of $7,500 for this machine , which is likely why there have been zero bids to date. The money is in the ballpark, but probably high for a starting bid.

For more information about this one, click the link and jump over to the auction. Check it out and let us know what YOU think. What is good money for a ’96 Ape, and does the inclusion of a title warrant a significant price premium on this one? Share your thoughts!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale March 31, 2011 posted by

Suzuki RG 250 Gamma with California title!

For Sale: 1987 Suzuki RG 250 Gamma with CA title

Predecessor to the RGV series of two-stroke v-twins, the original Suzuki quarter-liter “racebike with lights” was a parallel twin known as the RG. Introduced in 1983 and manufactured through 1987, the RG250 was very advanced for its day. The Gamma series was one of the first – if not THE first – mass produced sportbike with an aluminum frame. This RG model also sported a single shock “Full Floater” rear suspention, slippery aero bodywork, modern 4-piston brake calipers and an anti-dive fork.

This particular bike appears to be a MK III machine, including a power-boosting Automatic Exhaust Control (AEC) system. Unlike Yamaha’s YPVS system which altered the height of the exhast port, Suzuki’s AEC utilized a butterfly valve in the head to alter the capacity of the exhaust – thereby widening the powerband and increasing total power to approximately 50 bhp. Bolted into a sharp-handling chassis and weighing in at approximately 285 lbs, the Gamma offered racetrack performance.

From the seller:
1987 Suzuki RG 250. Looks good, strong runner. Has Avon Super Venom Tires near new tread depth. Has been run up Palomar Mountain, a worthy 7 mile steep climb from 2,200 to 5,500 feet altitude, with 230 Lb rider.

Milage shown on speedo is in Kilometers, converted to Mph in info area. Original paint except for upper fairing and front fender. Red Suzuki decal has some scratches but reproduction ones may be available on the net. Reg Expired 2007, but is on PNO , so no penalties.

Larger pictures can be e-mailed, direct if closer look for blemishes is desired. Bike always stored indoors , and run every couple of months to keep healthy. Have very large bike collection being thinned down to make more space.

This particular seller is a well known collector. His stable is said to include more than 300 bikes, and thus the “thinning the herd” comment is probably true. We don’t see a lot of RG250 Gammas run through RSBFS, which speaks to their relative rarity. Considering this one has a valid California title (nearly impossible to obtain and a definitive price booster for CA buyers) and appears to be in reasonable condition, I would estimate that it will fetch fair market money.

So what is “fair market money” for one of these? Generally, a RG250 will run from $2,500 – $5,500 depending upon condition and model. The Walter Wolf editions tend to bring just a bit more – but not always; auctions can be fickle beasts. The reserve is apparently set just below $4k, which is about what this bike will likely sell for.

For all the pictures, details and more, . Tell ’em RSBFS sent you!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale January 11, 2011 posted by

Lone Wolf: Suzuki RG 250 Gamma Walter Wolf Edition

For Sale: Suzuki RG 250 Gamma, low mileage Walter Wolf Edition

Back in November, RSBFS contributor (and resident 2-stroke encyclopedia) Ian brought us this auction of a Walter Wolf Edition RG250 Gamma. His assessment at the time was that the bike was priced way too high for the current market, and he was right. That bike is now back on eBay with reduced pricing.

From Ian’s original post:
I’m split on the price. The auction has a buy it now price of $7,900 and an acution starting price of almost $5,000. I’ve honestly never seen an RG250 close to either one of those prices.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a very rare super clean very low mileage Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf Edition. *MY DESCRIPTION DIDN’T APPEAR ON THE LISTING WHEN I FIRST PUT IT UP. VERY SORRY. HERE IT IS.* This is the pride of my collection. This bike is in great condition both mechanically and cosmetically as you can tell from the pictures. The pictures look good, but they pale in comparison when you see the bike in person. It has just had a fresh complete tune-up at the dealership, including carburator dissasembly, cleaning and adjusting, new fork seals and fork oil etc. It starts on the first kick or two and rides as it should with no funny sounds or wobbles. It brakes well and accelerates hard and corners like it is part of you. I have owned many rare 2 strokes and this is by far the lightest and most agile. It makes my NS400R look heavy, and my 1986 GSXR1100 feel like a TANK! This is a Japanese home market motorcycle as they didn’t import WW RG250s to Canada. It is licenced here in Quebec and has been in Canada for the past few years. The bike is entirely original and unmodified, and everything that wears out on a motorcycle is in good condition. The chain, sprokets (original as far as I can tell) are like new -And clean too! The engine has good compression. The paint is still shiny. The bike is a SOLIDE 9 out of 10, mostly because of a crack in the upper fairing. The crack can be seen when your up close but is practically invisible when next to the bike. If I hadn’t taken a close up in the right light, you could’t tell from the high res pictures I took. Incredible for a 24 year old bike that’s been ridden. I can ship anywhere to Canada or the US for very reasonnable shipping charges. See below for more information. *I also have a very clean ’86 Honda NS400R that I could sell also. I’ve incuded a picture. Let me know if you need additional information on anything. kevin@rpmtransit.com Here are some specs: RG 250 Gamma Walter Wolf 1987 Overall Length: 2 010 mm (79.1 in) Overall Width: 675 mm (26.6 in) Overall Height: 1 170 mm (46.1 in) Wheelbase: 1 355 mm (53.3 in) Dry Weight: 130 kg (286 lbs) Engine type: 247 cc water-cooled 2-stroke parallel twin. 45 hp / 8.500 rpm, 3,8 kg-m/ 8.000 rpm. *I can ship anywhere in Canada or the US lower 50 states for $350-650 depending on where you live. I am in the trucking business so I have very competitive rates and a reliable service to offer. Email me for a freight quote with your zip code. For the customs paperwork and preparation I use Norman G Jensen for $355, but you are free to use another freight broker at your convenience or pick up the bike in person. I can crate the bike for $150. Feel free to contact me for any questions.* kevin@rpmtransit.com Thank You and Happy Bidding!

This time around, the bidding has started at a much more sane level, and is currently sitting at $2K with the reserve not yet met. The BIN has been lowered as well, and is set at $5,750. Kudos to the seller for bringing them closer in line with reality.

The 250 version is the most rare of the Walter Wolf Edition Suzukis – and as a whole the WW models are sparse. Their true collectibility has yet to be realized, although we tend seen a slight premium in the current marketplace. For more details and info check out Ian’s earlier post above, and then get in on the after Christmas sale by

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale October 5, 2010 posted by

Just In Time For the Gamma Gathering: Walter Wolf RG500 & 1986 RG500

Just In Time For the Gamma Gathering: Walter Wolf RG500 and 1986 RG500

They say timing is everything (or is that location?).  Well, here is your chance to snap up a Gamma and then head right out to Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama and join us at the Gamma and RZ Gathering, Oct 8th-10th.  If you can’t make it, I will be posting live updates throughout the event to the RSBFS Facebook page.  After the event we should have a nice write up here on RSBFS.com.  If you are attending be sure to come say hello, I’ll be the guy with the bright orange VJ23 wondering why I can’t get the jetting correct.

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First up is this rare Walter Wolf RG500.  This particular bike has been posted here before at the beginning of the year but is now listed on Ebay.  It is a well used example but on the plus side it has been kept stock.  Unfortunately the reason that it may still be for sale is the asking price.  The seller states in the Ebay text  that the bike  had been appraised at $15,000 Canadian.  I suspect the reserve will very close to that price.  There is no doubt that Walter Wolf version Gamma’s are rare but I’ve never really got the sense they were that sought after.  Other than paint, they are the same as a standard RG500.  If you think about it, it is an unusual replica in that Walter Wolf didn’t have much, if any involvement in motorcycle racing.  If memory serves me correctly there is also a cream colored version of this bike.  I think it was the Japanese home market 400cc version of the  bike.  There was also a Walter Wolf RG250 .

From the auction:

Walter Wolf Edition RG500 Gamma. 38,700 Kms on it. Completely stock, absolutely no mods. Bike runs fantastic. Starts on first kick and pulls through every gear. Still a real joy to ride.

The bike has the usual spider cracks in various fairing locations, hopefully the pictures show them. If you want additional pictures just let me know by email. The belly pan fairing is in rough shape. There was a gas leak in one of the carbs (all repaired properly) and I did not catch it in time over the summer and the nearly 25 year old plastic was just not up to the task. Noticeable when you get down low to observe. If you plan on restoring to near perfect condition, it should be replaced. I cracked it when taking the bike off the trailer, and it was just too brittle to survive. Very disappointing, but not the end of the world. If you plan to enjoy the bike as it is meant to be enjoyed, it doesn’t detract from the beauty of this bike, or its incredible handling.

These are extremely rare bikes. They were rare to begin with, and have only become more rare in the last few years. There is no doubt the WW version is a hard to find gem. They are almost one of a kind, and here is the beauty of this bike… it was signed in June 07 by Mr. Wolf himself. I was fortunate enough to meet him at the VARAC 40th anniversary F1 races at the Mosport Race Track just outside of Toronto. See the pictures, that’s really the recluse himself posing with me. He loved the bike and commented he had never seen one before. He knew of the 400 that were commissioned, but had never actually seen a manufactured one. Needless to say, that makes this one the only one in existance signed by Walter Wolf himself, as he noted to me. We have now taken rare to a whole new meaning.

I had the bike appraised before it was signed by WW, and that appraisal will go with the bike. The helmet in the photos is not included in this auction. It is a replica of the Bobby Rahal lid that he wore when he raced the WW F1 car in the background of one of the photos. It too was signed by Mr.Wolf. The appraisal value prior to signing was $15,000 Canadian.

I’m torn between selling and not selling, and have fought this internal struggle before. I realize I will never own another bike this rare. For that reason, there is a reserve on this auction, but I think it is set very reasonably, compared to some of the non WW gamma’s I have seen sold recently.

This can be an everyday ride if you want it to be, but for me it is a sunny Sunday afternoon reflection in time. I hope it goes somewhere that it will be appreciated for what it is.

The bike is located near Toronto, Ontario Canada. I have the original service manual, and the under seat tool kit. The bike is licensed and I have a clean Ontario ownership. There are no loans or leins on this bike.

I’m not interested in test pilots. The bike can be seen locally, and I will gladly start it and run it through a few gears up and down my street for any interested buyer. It is also for sale locally, so I reserve the right to end this auction early.

Buyer is responsible for all shipping arrangements and costs. I will do what ever I can on my end to help facilitate. I can also help deliver in person for a negotiated fee before hand.

Please email with any questions. I will do my best to respond quickly.

If you’ve always wanted an orginal Walter Wolf what do you do?  That is a tough one.  In my opinion this bike is over priced IF the seller is expecting close to $15,000.  The miles are just too high to expect that kind of price.  I’ve seen some extremely clean/low mile RG500’s advertised around $12,000 and they sat for a long time.  I know this is a special version but I don’t think it deserves that much of a higher price say compared to a standard RGV250 versus a RGV250SP.  Be sure to  as there are a lot more pictures of the bike there and the bidding is ongoing.

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The seller is killing me with a lack of good pictures on this Gamma.  This RG is located in Oregon and quite honestly I don’t know a whole lot more.  Read on below to see what the seller has to say about the bike.

From the ad:

Grey market special – this is an extremely rare sport bike for sale. 500cc four cylinder two stroke – it really goes and sounds great too. Never imported directly into this country, this one came from Canada. I’ve owned it for more than 10 years. It was the former owner’s shop display bike – he rebuilt the entire bike and had it on display above the cash register. Beautiful Cobalt Blue and White paint with original Gamma decals. I’ve had the CDI box replaced and the carbs rebuilt so they do not leak. I also installed the shift shaft support plate and clutch spacer washer that prevents neutral drag and hard shifting. Needs a battery, otherwise runs great. May be getting ready for a top-end rebuild. No test rides without full CASH price in hand. No trades.

The seller is asking $12,500 and that seems to be the average price I’ve been seeing for RG’s in good shape and with relatively low miles.  I can’t tell much of anything from the pictures on this one.  You will definitely have to give the seller a call if you are interested.  This bike can be found on Eugene Craigslist

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If you ever wondered what happened to old Mr. Wolf check out the last paragraph on his Wikipedia page.  I know Wikipedia has to be taken with a grain of salt but I do remember reading that arrest warrants had been issued for him on a motorcycle website.

IK

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