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RG Bargey – 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Suzuki developed the RG500 in the mid-1970’s as their Moto GP weapon, and the updated Gamma was offered in road trim only from 1985-87.  Here is a Canadian import that is in special condition and ready to ride.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for sale on eBay

Based on the square four two-stroke first raced by British rider Barry Sheene, the RG500 Gamma has two crankshafts, with a gear driven clutch between them.  Except for a shock damper to protect the cranks from transient loads, the engine is very similar to the race machine, making 95 hp  at 9,000 rpm.  Looking between the fairing and the engine, you’ll see four low-profile 28mm flat slide carburetors, each connecting directly to the disk valve on the cylinder.  Suzuki’s SAEC automatic exhaust control tailors the header volume depending on engine speed and throttle setting, widening the 500’s torque band from 5,000 to its peak at 9,000 rpm.

The alloy chassis looks ahead with its massive triangulated steering head, though brakes seem smallish at 260mm, and the wheel sizes are the de facto -80’s standard 16 and 17 inches.  Single adjustable 38mm forks work in concert with the Full Floater monoshock.  The pillion is hidden under a faux-mono cover, and the rear exhausts sail out under the seat console.

Coming from a suburban Philadelphia independent, this RG has been stateside since 2000, and has just under 20,000 miles.  No more history in the comments but it has been re-commissioned after some downtime and has new tires.  From the eBay auction:

Cosmetic condition as you can see in the pics is excellent. There are some very minor nicks but on the whole the paint and decals are glossy and unmarred. While not quite concours ready, it is in exceptional rider condition. We’ve included a owner’s manual, service manual and set up manual – all in good shape. There are 2 original factory keys, as well.
We’ve had our resident two-stroke tech go through the bike after a prolonged storage. Air cleaner was renewed, fluids freshened, tank drained, carbs cleaned, etc. Bike started easily and runs well with no clutch slippage. Slight rotor chatter was felt on braking but otherwise rides and handles fine. Tires are brand new Avons mounted on what appears to be Dymag wheels. The anti-dive valves have been blocked off.

Suzuki campaigned the RG from 1974 to ’85, and then as a more modern RGV from ’86-2001.  But the short run of the road machine has honed its legend.  Reviews praised the quick steering, good suspension, and of course the power, which would happily take the engine right through 10,000 rpm.  This one is not an unused collector, and the starting bid reflects the very nice rider condition.  Going to be watching this one !

-donn

12 Comments

  • Sent a couple of messages on Ebay and never got a response. Makes me nervous… beware.

  • I looked them up, maybe try giving Martin Moto in Bechtelsville PA a call – (610) 369-3120… 🙂

  • Sorry for the delay in responding. Your reply has been posted. I’m happy to answer questions at that number. Thanks!

    Dennis

  • Thanks Donn. I was going to do that and then they replied 🙂 Looks like plastics are OEM, except for the wheels, hopefully not from a crash since front suspension valves are also blocked. Needs some work but definitely a beauty.

  • Thanks Dennis!

  • Removal of the anti-dive valves was a common modification during those years to improve suspension performance.

  • Nice bike, but there are a few issues, the most obvious being the fact that it currently has the wrong upper fairing and front signals for a Canadian spec bike. It should have holes in the sides and use the same type of signals that are on the rear. The flush mounted signals should be replaced by infill plugs/covers of the same paint colour. I’m not saying that the current fairing and signals are a bad thing, but do know they are not correct for this particular bike. Many prefer the cleaner look of the Japan spec fairing and signals. I have both for my bike.

    Someone has added inline check valves for the 2-stroke oil feed lines to the carburetors, and that is a good thing. They are known for leaking oil past the stock check valves and making a mess on the floor.

    That bike is VIN # 2100777. My 100% original 1986 Canadian RG500 VIN # 2100347

    It is a nice bike and I would encourage anyone interesting in bidding to do some research and make sure you know what a 1986 Canadian spec RG500 should look like. As always, seller’s descriptions rarely give enough information to make any sight-unseen purchase risk free. Take note of parts that need to be replaced to make the bike what its VIN # says it should be. And most certainly get the engine serial #. It won’t be the same as the frame VIN, but it will be very close. It’s worth checking to make sure it actually has an RG500 engine and not the RG400 engine as a replacement. At 31,542 KM the engine will need attention. If it hasn’t been rebuilt already, you will want to be doing it soon. It all works fine, until it doesn’t, and then it gets expensive. With replacement RG500 engines selling in the $6000- $10,000 range it isn’t wise to just assume this one is fine. Unless proof of recent engine work is provided assume you need to dig deep into your pockets for a rebuild.

    This historical RSBFS listing shows a nice Canadian spec 1986 RG500 https://raresportbikesforsale.com/oh-canada-1986-suzuki-rg500-gamma/

  • So the upper fairing is not original to the bike but is it original Suzuki ? Also looks to have clear coat over some of the stickers ( very glossy ). Is that a Repaint or Aftermarket bodywork?

  • eBay shows sold for $23,100.00. Congratulations to buyer and seller!

    Impressive bidding at the end too.

    dc

    $23,100.00 23 Mar 2019 at 9:36:02AM PDT
    $23,000.00 23 Mar 2019 at 9:35:55AM PDT
    $20,000.00 23 Mar 2019 at 9:34:24AM PDT
    $19,600.00 23 Mar 2019 at 9:35:49AM PDT
    $17,121.00 22 Mar 2019 at 9:49:42PM PDT
    $17,000.00 23 Mar 2019 at 9:25:53AM PDT
    $16,500.00 23 Mar 2019 at 9:15:18AM PDT

  • Impressive price for a non-stock bike. Once again it shows that values are continuing to rise. I think I’ll keep mine a while longer 🙂

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