Suzuki’s smaller Gamma had a brilliant ten year run, mostly in progressive license provinces, and really comes to life off the public roadways. Today’s RGV is a survivor with a monoposto seat fairing and carbonated option livery.
Even junior riders wanted some of the sportbike action, and the RGV delivered with a 249cc V-twin, which got regular tech infusions from the road racing department. Though a legislative limit of 40 hp applied in Japan, close to 50 hp were available with restrictions defeated. Built like its bigger siblings, the RGV had a twin spar alloy chassis, Full Floater monoshock, 32mm Mikuni’s, six speed cassette gearbox, dual 290mm front brakes, and staggered 17 and 18-inch cast wheels. The full fairing looked the part but reviewed as not quite up to sheltering a 98th percentile rider.
Coming out of central Texas, the 13,734 miles look very good on this RGV. No glaring red lights, but the mismatched fairings and tank call for a closer look. Comments from the eBay auction:
- Features –
- Original DJM Japanese model with speed warning light on console.
- Pepsi livery except the tank. I think it has aftermarket plastic fairings. Paint is perfect.
- Tyga carbon fiber silencers
- Dark smoked windscreen
- Rear seat cowl (I do not have the original rear seat or footpegs)
- 22,085 kilometers (13,722 miles)
- Run and drives great, new fork seals, new battery.
- No internal engine mods
- Bad –
- Some surface corrosion on the aluminum casting-foot pegs, etc.
- Title lists it as an 1986, but the VIN identifies it as a 1989. I suspect that it was done this way when it was imported years ago to get around the 25 year old rule.
Early in the auction but a lot of watchers on this Suzuki, which doesn’t seem to need much to give the paint job some continuity. A California bidder might have a little extra homework to do beforehand, and purists are sure to quibble, but it looks to be a worthwhile endeavor.