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Suzuki February 28, 2016 posted by

Tasty Replica: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side

Race-replicas are generally garish affairs: race bike paint is intended to offer up a striking rolling billboard that differentiates the machine on track and gets attention for sponsors. But the Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf replica offers up subtle but effective style that’s very unusual among race-reps. Maybe that’s because Walter Wolf never actually sponsored racing motorcycles… Although named like a Bond Villain, Walter Wolf was actually an Austrian-born, Canadian oil-industry success that sponsored a Formula 1 team in the 1970s.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Side


The RG500 was fitted with an exotic, race-inspired powerplant, a water-cooled “square” four with a pair of cranshafts that was shared with no other production motorcycle. Dry weight was under 400lbs and, with 100 crankshaft horsepower, the RG offered up a roadgoing Moto GP experience unavailable anywhere else.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Front

The seller mentions that he’s also owned Yamaha’s RD/RZ500 but considers the Gamma to be a “far better performer.” While on paper the two were very evenly matched, in practice the Gamma was edgier, sportier. In what likely seemed like a good idea at the time, Yamaha pitched their two-stroke V4 for the street, fitting a balance shaft that gave the bike a far more refined feel. But Suzuki’s RG500 managed to more closely replicate the racebike feel buyers were looking for, and is generally far more sought-after today. The Yammie certainly has it’s devotees and is a very desirable motorcycle, but reviewers are pretty clear: the Gamma is where it’s at for speed and thrills.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica for Sale

I’m selling my 1986 Suzuki RG 500 Walter Wolf. If you are not familiar with this bike, read below.

The RG500 Walter Wolf  was a very limited, very distinctive edition of the 500cc Suzuki machine that has won seven championships in world class Gran Prix racing. That racing heritage continued in 1986 with the Walter Wolf sponsored RG500 winning the Canadian National Pro and American Production Championships. The full power Walter Wolf RG500 Gamma of which on 99 were produced, were only exported to Canada. No one (including the Japanese domestic market) was to receive the real deal 95 HP Wolf. The Canadian bikes did not have the WW logo on the gauges nor the WW key. Of the 99 production Canada WW’s a surprising number went to Mexico where Walter Wolf was a big name in F1 auto racing circles.

I bought my WW from the original owner in 2001. He was a Suzuki dealer in Long Island New York. He used his connections to get the bike delivered to his dealership, and had it registered and titled in New York State. When he sold it to me he included a  Walter Wolf key blank, lots of magazines articles about the Suzuki Gamma. He also included a scale model “kit” that is in the original box, as well as “odds and ends”.

Included in the “odds and ends” is misc hardware turn signal lenses and “blanks”… and a fairing retro-fit from Suzuki Japan. I have the original owners manual and the factory shop manual. I also have a MPH speedometer. I believe I have the “proper” front and rear turn signals as well.

I have the 2-up seat.
I have the factory lift stand with the GAMMA Logo.
I also have a complete set of micro-fiche..
I have the original factory tool kit.
When he sold it to me he also gave me the original shipping container… which I (sadly) threw away.

Just before he sold the bike to me he had a “low side”. I had it repaired and refinished by Sean Lezotte of CCR. The color match is perfect. One of the canisters was “scuffed”. I have some cans of the proper blue paint.

I installed new tires (Avon’s). I had a gear dog break off… which I replaced.

I moved to Georgia in 2007 and titled the bike in Georgia (clean). In 2010 I had the bike “looked over” by one of the famous “Gamma Gurus” who gave it a clean bill of health.

After his work and assessment I rode the bike for about 100 miles. I then parked it in a climate controlled garage..

That is the entire history of the bike except the issue of mileage. When I bought the bike it had a MPH speedometer on it that the previous owner said was necessary to pass NY inspection. The last “mechanic” to work on the bike replaced my MPH speedometer with my KPH speedometer… for unknown reasons. I would say the MPH speedometer number is correct. I have BOTH speedometers.

I am a motorcycle enthusiast. I have owned many high performance motorcycles over the past 30-35 years including RZ 500’s,  Nortons, Triumphs, Rickmans and other iconic street bikes.

This is a fine example of a really high performance motorcycle. Riding one of these V-4 Two Strokes is quite fun. Having owned the RZ and the RG, I thought both were incredible..but the Suzuki was a better performer.

My pictures are not arranged in any particular order….and look horrible. I am no photographer.

I hope to get a fair price from an enthusiast.

If not, I’ll keep it.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Dash

Well that seems fair. And given the interest a regular Gamma generates, I don’t think he’ll have too much trouble drumming up the interest he wants. Mileage isn’t super-low at 12,000 but it certainly is in super condition otherwise. The bike looks beautiful and is claimed to run well, but will the fact that the bike lacks the iconic “WW” logo gauges deter the purists?

Time and the comments section will tell.


1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side Front

Tasty Replica: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf for Sale
Suzuki December 4, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: Suzuki RG500Γ Gamma for Sale

Update 2.19.2016: The seller has decided not to sell at this time. Contact information removed. -dc


Today’s Featured Listing is one of our fire-breathing favorites, the Suzuki RG500Γ “Gamma.” The Gamma is a bike from another era, a period of wild experimentation we may never see again. Certainly we’re seeing almost unimaginable leaps forward today in the field of motorcycle electronics and sure, we’ve seen a wave of V4 superbikes in recent years. But we’ve pretty much narrowed down our choices to what works at this point: narrow, torquey v-twins, powerful inline fours, soulful sporting triples, simple thumpers, and economical parallel-twins.


But in the 80s? The field was wide-open, with the stereotypically up-tight Japanese Big Four sending us some very weird powerplants, including the water-cooled, two-stroke square four that powered the Gamma. One of the most exciting bikes of the 80s, the RG500 made almost 100bhp at the crank and weighed in at under 400lbs dry. If you were raised on modern superbikes, that might not sound impressive.


But the peak power figure is deceptive: two-strokes have a notoriously on/off power deliver only mildly mitigated by the bigger displacement and there were, of course, no rider aids other than the rider’s reflexes. This was without a doubt an “experts-only” motorcycle when new.

So is this particular example a purist’s delight?

From the seller: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for Sale

Jolly Moto pipes with carbon silencers ceramic coated.
Stock mirrors (like new) included.
Magnesium wheels with near new Q2 Dunlops.
Fresh Chain & sprockets.
Lots of Rick Lance stuff.
Breaks are near new freshly detailed.
Rick Lance clutch upgrade.
Fresh Penski  rear shock.
I have the chain guard.
NOS belly pan in the box included.
NOS foam instrument housing in the box included.
Lots of Gamma bits & pieces.
Front and rear stands.
Original tool kit.
Factory passenger seat.
Smoked high quality extra wind screen.
Everything I have Gamma related goes with the deal (service manual, parts book, etc. )
I ride this about 10 miles every Sunday and keep fresh fuel in it religiously.
Battery is at least 10 years old (I’m amazed it still works.)
If your really interested you can Face time me to look closely and listen to it run.  (For the serious bidders I welcome to ask questions and closely point out all the nitpicky imperfections.)
This bike is NOT restored or repainted and has your normal chips, scrapes and imperfections as a machine of this age (very, very sweet looking and running great)
Current CA registration in my name.


Well, with bikes like this, fans are often obsessive about period-correct details. But honestly, while the 1980s may have featured a number of fascinating engine configurations, the tacked-on safety equipment of dubious efficacy, bulky exhausts, and period tires are probably better left in the decade that spawned Men Without Hats. The bar-end mirrors seen here are clearly not stock, but they clean up the fairing and improve the bike’s lines. Plus, you could always replace them with the included OEM items. The stickers on the belly-pan may not be to everyone’s taste, but could easily be removed with a heat gun and some elbow grease or replaced with the included OEM bit and, while the seller says that the original paint isn’t perfect, it looks to be very well cared-for from the pictures, in spite of some expected wear-and-tear.


They aren’t mentioned in the description, but no one who plans to ride this bike hard are likely to argue with the new 17″ wheels those upgraded front brakes, as improved tires and stoppers are always welcome on a performance bike with such a wild-and-wooly reputation.


As you can see from the picture of the speedometer, this is not some low-mileage garage-queen. Collectors may scoff, but it’s generally accepted that a high-mileage machine that’s been well cared-for is preferable to a low-mileage bike that’s been sitting, unless you’re just going to display it. Considering the apparent condition and the tasteful, performance-oriented modifications, this could be a good choice for someone who’s looking to ride and enjoy their little piece of two-stroke history.



Featured Listing: Suzuki RG500Γ Gamma for Sale
Cagiva September 13, 2015 posted by

Rare Curiosity in the USA: 1986 Cagiva Aletta Oro S2 for Sale

1986 Cagiva S2 L Side Front

Cagiva’s “Aletta Oro” S2 was designed to be a stylish, entry-level sporty motorcycle for countries where a “starter bike” is defined as something other than a 600lb, 883cc machine with no cornering clearance. The name translates as “gold wing” and the little bike offered up the usual light weight and nimble handling required to compete in the class.

1986 Cagiva S2 R Side Rear

This is no race-rep corner-carving two-stroke like Aprilia’s RS250, and had comfortable ergonomics, oil-injection, a six-speed gearbox, and a convenient electric-start that set it apart from other bikes in the class. Interestingly, that little door in the right-side fairing doesn’t cover the fuel cap. Instead it allows you to access the water-cooled bike’s radiator filler. And that comprehensive dash looks like it was taken straight off the Alazzurra 650, something that can’t be said about too many bikes…

1986 Cagiva S2 Dash

So while this was really never intended to be much more than a starter sportbike, it is still very cool and a far-cry from the Ninja 250s that passed for beginner “sportbikes” here in the USA. With 23hp and a sub-300 pound dry weight, it should be fun and very manageable.

1986 Cagiva S2 R Side Engine

This example isn’t in absolutely perfect condition, with a few minor chips and scrapes and those aftermarket rear signals, but looks to have been well cared for all 2,500 miles, and the body panels appear to be in good shape, a serious concern when shopping for a weird budget bike.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Cagiva S2 for Sale

Up for sale is a clean, and very rare 1986 Cagiva S2 125cc motorcycle. We are a multi-line motorcycle dealership, selling new BMW motorcycles in addition to Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and a few other brands. This Cagiva S2 125cc is both electric start (although there is no battery currently installed) & also kick start too.  Motorcycles like these are getting rarer & rarer each year & a bike like this deserves to be part of somebody’s Italian motorcycle collection!  This bike has not been started in the past 2-3 years, but was in great running condition last time it was on the road.

A hard to find and rare motorcycle like this needs to be preserved in this original condition.  This Cagiva has just over 2,517 miles and was previously registered in New Hampshire, which does not issue titles for motorcycles older than 1999.

1986 Cagiva S2 R Side

I’d expect parts to keep the engine running wouldn’t be difficult to obtain in this era of eBay, although shipping times could have you waiting a while. Bodywork however, could be a pain and/or expensive to ship, so while this will probably prove to be a cheap buy, don’t drop it or you might find yourself creating the world’s first S2 “streetfighter…”


1986 Cagiva S2 L Side

Rare Curiosity  in the USA: 1986 Cagiva Aletta Oro S2 for Sale
Suzuki September 9, 2015 posted by

Very Clean, Ex-Rick Lance 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side

Suzuki’s RG500Γ is a perennial favorite here at RSBFS, and this looks like a very clean example with some cool period brake upgrades. Built between 1985 and 1987, the Gamma was the race-rep to have, with 498cc of displacement and fierce power delivery. While its 94 or so horsepower seems unimpressive today, the bike’s dry weight was 50lbs less than Yamaha’s rival RZ500 and put that power through a bicycle-skinny 120 section rear tire.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Fairing Detail

The RG500 used an extremely compact square four that was really more like a pair of liquid-cooled parallel-twins, each with its own crank. The two cranks were geared together and drove a six-speed gearbox to create an extremely compact powertrain that allowed the designers to effectively package the bike’s weight for maximum handling.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Dash

Power is virtually nonexistent below 7,000rpm, but comes on in a wild rush before the 10,000rpm redline, meaning you need to dance on the gear lever to keep things moving quickly. But that’s part of the two-stroke appeal: a modern literbike and go quickly on a canyon road left in 4th gear, but bikes like the RG500 require constant involvement to ride quickly.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Front Brake

This example is claimed to have been owned by Rick Lance, a well-known Gamma tuner here in the US, which bodes well for the maintenance of the bike, although I’m not sure how long the seller has owned it…

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

Here we have a beautiful 1986 Suzuki RG500 with just 8400 km or 5300 miles … 

This bike is a true credit to its former owner who bought it in 1989 when it was first imported in to the US from Canada by Rick Lance of Lance Gamma, it was his pride and joy for last 26 years! 

The bike starts up on the first or second kick
It sounds awesome and runs excellent
Everything works as it should
It has no leaks
Recently replaced Air Filter and Fuel lines with shut off valve from Lance Gamma
New Battery, Spark Plugs and New Front Brake Pads
Stock Engine with Lance Gamma Jet Kit and Expansion Chambers
It has a rare Spondon Front Brake Upgrade with Lockheed Calipers
Clean California Title
Rear Seat and Handbooks included
Toolkit Untouched

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side Detail

In any case, the mileage is very low, and it looks to be in extremely original condition. While modern wheels and tires certainly improve handling, most owners want these things to be as close as possible to how they were when they rolled off the boat, with the possible exception of some nice expansion chambers, assuming the original pipes are included.

It appears to have the much-coveted California title as well, so all you well-heeled bike collectors in the Los Angeles area check this one out.


1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Side

Very Clean, Ex-Rick Lance 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale
Suzuki August 27, 2015 posted by

Special Slabbie: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE R Front

The iconic GSX-R750 looked ready for endurance racing right off the showroom floor. But while it set the standard in terms of racy looks, there were plenty of compromises made for production, and the 1986 GSX-R750R Limited Edition helped rectify that. The homologation LE included the regular production ’86 bike’s change to a longer swingarm, but added a dry clutch, lightweight aluminum fuel tank, solo seat, and electronic anti-dive forks.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE R Side2

New, the bike cost $6,500 compared to about $4,000 for a standard GSX-R750, making it the most expensive Japanese sportbike of that time. The lightweight parts saved about 7lbs over the standard model, for a dry weight of 388lbs but it wasn’t all that different from a standard GSX-R in most regards.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE L Side Engine

LE’s don’t seem to have the desirability of the RC30 or OW01, but that may be down to the fact that they’re not as exotic in terms of specification. This example has relatively low mileage and appears to be completely stock and in very good nick, as the Brits like to say.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE Forks

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R LE

For sale is 1986 Suzuki gsx r750r Ltd, only 8700miles (14100km)
All original with all books, 2 keys, tools.
The bike is in excellent condition with no problems
Real opportunity for collectors and people who know facts about this motorcycle.
The bike is in
Europe in my storage.
Price includes the shipping to major continental
US ports where shipping from Europe (Germany) is possible.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE Dash

Starting bid is $18,800 with no takers as yet but plenty of time left. The eBay listing indicates the bike is in Florida, but the text, “Price includes the shipping to major continental US ports where shipping from Europe [Germany] is possible” combined with the German VIN tag on the bike, suggests it’s in Deutschland. If you’re a collector, that may not matter. If you want to register this for road use, do some homework before laying down your cash.


1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE R Side Tail

Special Slabbie: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale
Suzuki August 2, 2015 posted by

Cali-Titled Smoker: 1986 Suzuki RG500 for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side

Look, I’ll be honest. There are basically two reasons I like writing about Suzuki’s two-stroke sportbikes. One, they’re pretty funky, like this RG500Γ Gamma you see here that sports an engine with a very rare square-four configuration. Two, I get to use the cool Greek “Gamma” character which, along with the umlauted “O” for “Öhlins” are sometimes highlights of my week.

In building a bike meant to evoke their Moto GP weapons, Suzuki knew they needed an appropriate two-stroke powerplant, as that was the formula in fashion for top-level racing during the 1980’s. The 500cc engine that resulted was an unusual, water-cooled square four that was basically two parallel twins geared to a common crank. At under 400lbs dry with 100bhp and a capable chassis, it was the S1000RR or Panigale of the day and was capable of humbling just about anything on the road.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500 for Sale

Brand New Paint, 19,717 KM, Lots of modifications. Big bore kit (570cc), aftermarket expansion chambers, carbs. bored oversize, performance air filter kits, GSX-R upside down forks and 6 piston calipers, RGV 250 rear swing arm conversion. California Registered

This particular Gamma is obviously enthusiast-owned and in good, although not completely original condition. The bike has been ridden 19,000 miles, so it’s no garage-queen and those modifications are clearly intended to improve performance and take advantage of modern-ish suspension and tire technology to better harness that wild powerplant.

I happen to love the look of the updated suspension and wheels, although the missing front mudguard does irk me a bit. However many Gamma fans are purists, and a bike like this may have them apoplectic with rage at the violations. Depending on where the reserve is set, this could be a great buy for someone looking for the experience of a big two-stroke, without some of the limitations found in an older machine.


1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Side

Cali-Titled Smoker: 1986 Suzuki RG500 for Sale
Suzuki July 22, 2015 posted by

Dawn of the Repli-Racer: 1986 Suzuki RG250 for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG250 R SideSuzuki’s RGV250Γ shows up on this site from time to time, but it’s been almost a year since we featured that v-twin powered bike’s predecessor, the RG250Γ. Two-strokes were the best way to get both power and light weight out of the same package in the 1980’s and, instead of the later bike’s v-twin, the RG250 was powered by a 54mm x 54mm [247cc] liquid-cooled, two-stroke parallel twin, along with a trick aluminum frame and the usual bunch of 80’s acronyms and catchy names.

1986 Suzuki RG250 L Side Detail

AEC or “Automatic Exhaust Control” fattened the two-stroke’s midrange, DecaPiston brakes had… four pistons, while PosiDamp forks had air-assisted preload. All very trick stuff for the period.

1986 Suzuki RG250 Front Wheel

Produced between 1983-1986, the earlier Gammas had a bit of Yamaha RZ350 not-quite-fully-faired look about them, but by 1985, the RG was starting to look like the whippy little two-stroke repli-racers we all know and love.

1986 Suzuki RG250 Dash

The resulting bike weighted in at 286lbs dry and put 45hp through a six-speed gearbox while rolling on 16″ front and 18″ rear wheels. lightweight aluminum frame perfectly square 54mm x 54mm 6 speed 16″ front 18″ rear.

1986 Suzuki RG250 Front

The change to a v-twin was likely made to make a narrower, slipperier bike to maximize the limited power available and to create a smoother bike: parallel twins are compact and less expensive to manufacture, but v-twins tend to vibrate less at higher rpms.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG250Γ for Sale

Just imported from Japan this summer, this 1986 RG250 comes with a US title ready to be transferred into your name in your state.

This RG-250 is showing just 4262 original miles (6862 kilometers) on the odometer so it is a clean, low mileage bike but the bike was lacking 1 piece of Japan paperwork so it was dismantled and shipped to the United States and then reassembled when it arrived stateside. It’s titled free and clear now in the USA but some final assembly like cables and electrical plug-ins and fluids, etc need to be finished before you can ride it. You can see from the video it’s a running bike and it’s complete and the fairing bodywork is original but maybe the front lower fairings are missing, I don’t know, I’m not that familiar with this model, I can only compare it to my NSR250R bike. The seat is in good condition with only a small 1 inch split along the lower left side. Needs new paint around the brake reservoir but the triple drilled disc brakes and original paint make for nice features on this bike. Tank is straight and there is no crash damage anywhere; the bar ends and levers and pegs and turn signals all look normal but the left fairing attachment by the gas tank is broke (see pics). All in all a clean used RG 250 listed for no reserve. Someone is going to own it – why not you?

I can get great shipping rates (anywhere in California for $300 as an example) so don’t let the cost of shipping keep you from owning this collectible Japanese two-stroke streetbike. This rare two-stroke motorcycle comes with a key and is already street legal titled in the United States in my name and ready to be transferred into your name just like any other vehicle title transfer.

The seller also includes a video of this bike showing running condition before it was shipped to the United States.

1986 Suzuki RG250 Rear Wheel

This certainly isn’t in pristine condition, but looks to be relatively clean and complete, with low miles and a title. Bidding is active, but only up to about $2,700 with three days left on the auction. With a little love, this could be a pretty cool back-road blaster, and one that holds an important place in Suzuki’s history.


1986 Suzuki RG250 L Side


Suzuki April 12, 2015 posted by

Dry Clutch Rattle: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE R Side

It’s been a banner week for “Slabby” Suzukis on eBay, with a range of bikes to tickle any Gixxer-lover’s fancy, including an interesting restomod with billet 17″ wheels that I’m sure would have ignited a firestorm of controversy in the comments… This one is a bit more traditional and should appeal to fans of RSBFS.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE L Side Front

The GSX-R wasn’t perfect when it was introduced in 1985, and the following year saw a revised swingarm to improve handling, along with some other tweaks. The LE was introduced to homologate specific parts for racing and featured a very sexy dry clutch and a lightweight aluminum fuel tank.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE Dash

The engine remained largely the same, but the first GSX-R wasn’t a bike that relied heavily on new technology in that department. In fact, that was largely the point: it used air/oil cooling to keep things simple and light, so it was low weight and handling, the complete package that really set the bike apart. Along with styling that promised a race bike almost everyone could afford.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSXR750R Limited Edition for Sale

Just 500 of these were produced for the 1986 model year and they are super hard to find now, most having gone into collections! North America got the red/white/blue version and this lovely red & silver variant (Yoshimura colors) was reserved for the Japanese domestic and other markets.

This example has traveled just over 11,000 miles and is in excellent condition.

Engine internals are identical to the standard 750, but steering is sharper, brakes are stronger and the suspension is stiffer. In 1986, shelling out $2100 more for the Limited bought a list of limited-production enhancements that made it faster, especially on the track.

– Dry clutch

– GSXR1100-spec 41mm fork with electronic NEAS anti-dive

– 310mm front brake rotors with dual opposed-piston calipers, and an

– Aluminium-bodied remote-reservoir shock bolted to an aluminium Full-Floater linkage

– Broader handle bars

– Solo seat integrated into a hand-laid fiberglass tail section

– Lightweight aluminium kick guards

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE Tank

The Yoshimura exhaust is not stock, although they obviously have a long history with Suzuki and it definitely suits the bike. In fact, I much prefer it to the strange, perforated stock parts. The chain is obviously in need of attention [read: “replacement”] but, minor chips and scrapes aside, the bike seems to be in pretty darn good shape, a sight better than many of the tired Gixxers that often turn up on eBay.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE Pipe

This example is actually in New Zealand: note the spelling of aluminum… It’s probably only worth importing to the US if you’re a die-hard Suzuki fan although, if that describes you, this rarest of early GSX-R’s might be worth a look.


1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE L Side