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Featured Listing – 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma!

Mike 0

The seller states this 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Featured Listing is a “Street-legal Collectible GP Replica” and he is very correct indeed. The sharpest of the street going 500cc two strokes, the Gamma was the pinnacle of the GP replica set. Showroom statistics aside, this beauty goes quite a bit further than that, thanks to a massive rebuild and performance work done by the legendary Rick Lance. The best part is that this is not a new bike to RSBFS, as we have seen it before on occasion which allows us to track mileage and usage across owners. In short, this is a stunning example of what a RG500 could be with performance far beyond what you might otherwise find, and even includes a signature by Randy Mamola; someone who knows a thing or two about riding a fire-breathing beast.

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for sale on eBay!

From the seller:
1985 Suzuki RG500
Powered by a very compact, water-cooled, twin-crank, square-four two-stroke engine that works like a pair of parallel twins geared together. Stock the bike was cutting-edge. Weighing-in under 400 lbs dry and producing 100+ HP at the crank (stock) with typically ‘exciting’ two-stroke delivery, the Gamma was one of the rawest bikes of the period, a true “race-bike for the road.”

More from the seller:
This listing isn’t some all-original barn-find, but was given serious mechanical and cosmetic attention by the late Gamma Guru Rick Lance. It has the following list of mods:
Full motor rebuild including:
555 Big-Bore upgrade
GSX-R Radiator
Maranello transmission kit
Lance Gamma clutch upgrade
Lance Gamma TriPod air filter kit
Lance Gamma supplemental fuel shut-offs
Pipes supplied by Lance Gamma (I believe Rick said the were Jim Lomas pipes in our last conversation)

Chassis, bodywork, etc:
Battery and oil tank relocation
Upgraded wheel/ tire combination (Katana wheels)
Race-Tech fork upgrade
Rear shock upgrade ( FOX, I believe)
Lance Gamma fiberglass bodywork with custom paint scheme
Tank autographed by GP legend Randy Manila

More from the seller:
This is the second Rick Lance prepped Gamma I have been fortunate enough to own and is irreplaceable to me, but life-circumstances change and it is time to let go. I’ve seen several Gammas sell for $30-35,000 and I believe this is highly collectible and nicer than any of them.

Feel free to contact Vinnie @ 920-988-1950 with any questions

With an auction starting in the bargain basement price territory, there has been avid interest in this bike (reserve not yet met). We know this will not stay in bargain territory very long – after all, you are never going to see one as striking – nor as nicely outfitted – as this one. We encourage you to check out all of the details on this one – as well as the archive posts from years past – and then throw your hat into the ring. Suzuki has not built a RG500 for decades, and the glory days of the two stroke is over. Rick Lance, sadly, has left us with a limited number of his fantastic creations, this being one. So move quickly if you are interested – this beautiful 1985 Suzuki RG500 Rick Lance Gamma won’t last long!


Southwestern Style: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R

Mike 5

The world of 500cc two strokes is pretty small. But within that world is an even more exclusive club of limited editions and unique models. On the Yamaha side, the RZ500 is cool. But the Japanese market restricted offering of the RZV500R borders on the unicorn. Never officially exported by Yamaha outside of Japan, the RZV500R is a sharper version of the base RZ500 found elsewhere. As such is it much more rare, very coveted, and a rider and collector dream machine in its own right.

1984 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay

As delivered, the Yamaha RZV500R was a bit of a conundrum. Utilizing an aluminum frame (as opposed to the RZ500’s mild steel version), the RZV tips the scales at an anorexic 20 lbs lighter than the rest of the world RZs. The RZV has a few other aluminum parts that help shed the weight (shift and brake levers, etc), but those are minor compared to the hand-welded frame. There is also a nifty feature that allows the water temp gauge to double as a fuel gauge at the push of a button. The remaining changes are home country specific, and include a red light on the dash that lights up when nearing the max speed limit in Japan (55 mph in US terms). Riders should be aware that this red light doubles as the oil tank reservoir level – if you’re not speeding and the light is on, better top up on the smoke juice. And then there’s the downside: as a Japanese only machine, the power output of the RZV500R is restricted to 64 HP (down from the reported 88-ish for export RZ500 models).

From the seller:
1984 Yamaha RZV500R
Parked and not started since 2011 – was not prepped for storage
Not perfect but very nice.
Includes full Jim Lomas carbon/carbon fiber, box never opened
Includes 2nd triple clamp set with 2nd set of forks, to replace upper triple clamp on bike (corroded)

Unverified story;
imported Japan-England-Canada-Michigan, some paperwork. Parked outdoors in Japan

Has Arizona title, can easily be registered in Arizona

With only 1,600 units produced, interest in this particular RZV500R is high. The seller notes it has been parked for a decade without being prepped, but no notes of whether it is running. The bike does come with some additional parts, including a set of Lomas pipes. These are one of the two key items necessary to de-restrict a RZV500R. Since this predates computer controlled electronic ignition, Japanese market restriction was accomplished via choking down the exhaust and running jetting that matched that flow pattern. Fitting the bike with a natty set of chambers will greatly wake up the beast within, as long as careful attention has been paid to the upstream jetting. Bam! One full horsepower (and then some) RZV500R made to order.

This bike looks like a true survivor, exhibiting some evidence of life in seaside Japan. But the corrosion doesn’t appear too severe in the pictures. There are some unknowns in terms of the engine – and crank seals would be a first priority – but that is all standard stuff for what amounts to a very rare and coveted model from a pretty golden age of two strokes. Check out all of the details here, and then check your bank account, your 401k, and your kid’s college fund. This Arizona-based beauty has climbed over $13k and will likely go quite a bit higher before all is said and done. Good Luck!!


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1985 Yamaha RZ500 With Modern Updates!

Alex 1

This RZ500 has some very nice modern updates!  Located in Boynton Beach, Florida is a 1985 Yamaha RZ500.  What’s better than dropping a two-stroke motor in a modern chassis?  Well, this seller found out that it can be very nice to use modern components while maintaining the look of a classic bike.  This RZ has been fitted with modern bits in the form of a 2009 R6 front end (Blue fender is still attached), R6 rear wheel, and Aprilia rear swing arm.  Other improvements include Hyperpro rear shock and Jim Lomas SS exhaust.  All the original parts are also included with the sale.  The bike also has new paint.  Not only does this bike look like a 500GP bike with that rear swing arm, I bet it rides beautifully too.  The seller states that more than $25,000 has gone into this bike and I don’t doubt that number if this work was done in a shop.  The asking price is $14,000; about where we’ve seen low mile, completely original, bikes priced.  This bike isn’t original but it is designed for an owner who will use their RZ on back roads more than at bike nights.  If you’d like to ride a modernized big two-stroke, see this RZ on Craigslist here.


Update: This posting is pretty outdated. Check out some of these current listings on eBay for bikes and parts right now!

[AffomaticEbay]Yamaha RZ[/AffomaticEbay]

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1996 RGV250 Gamma VJ23

Alex 6

Available in Northern California is a 1996 RGV250 in what looks to be amazing condition. The ad as posted by the seller:

I am sad to say that I am forced to sell my 96 RGV250. I have spent the last 3 1/2 years building the bike.

This is a extremely rare 1996 RGV250 VJ23. There were only 2218 bikes made between Feb 96 and Sept 96. The bike has a unique 70 degree motor based on the Suzuki GP bikes. There are maybe 15 to 20 of these bikes in the USA.

Here is a list of the modifications I have done:

– Ohlins radial front forks with the Brembo radial calipers
– Galfer wave rotors
– Yoshmura billet triple clamps w/modification to fit stock ignition lock
– Penske triple clicker rear shock
– Marchesini magnesium 10 spoke wheels f/3.5″ and r/5.5″
– New Michelin Pilot Power 2ct tires
– Custom rear caliper bracket with brembo caliper
– Sugaya race pipes (Not the Lomas as seen in the pictures below)
– Sugaya R2 cdi
– Has oil injection (not premix)
– Ca titled with new registration(November) for the next year
– Recent complete rebuild

I want $15,000 firm for the bike. No tire kickers please…and no test rides until there is cash in hand.

Sorry no trades of anykind.
Feel free to contact me with any questions…

** The pictures below show the bike with Jim Lomas pipes….the bike currently has Sugaya race pipes and thats whats being sold**

The asking price is $15,000 and is titled and registered in California.  See the ad on Bay Area Riders Forum here.



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