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Suzuki October 11, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for Sale

2.19.2016: The seller has contacted us and the bike has been sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side

These days, MotoGP machines are powered by four strokes, so anyone with Marc Marquez fantasies can buy a nice Repsol CBR1000 and pretend they’re getting a pretty authentic experience. But back in the 1980s, when two-strokes were king, things weren’t so simple, and Suzuki introduced their RG500Γ Gamma to capitalize on their racing successes and create what is still considered one of the best rider’s bikes of all time.

1985 Suzuki RG500 for sale on eBay

1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Side

Powered by a very compact, water-cooled square four engine that worked like a pair of parallel twins geared together, with the rear pair set slightly higher than the front, the new machine was truly cutting-edge. Weighing in under 400lbs dry and producing 100hp at the crank with typically “exciting” two-stroke delivery, the Gamma was one of the rawest bikes of the period, a true “race bike for the road.”

1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side Front

Although the Gamma may have competed directly head-to-head against Yamaha’s RZ500 in terms of specification and on-paper performance, in reality there was no comparison. The RZ was tooled for the street, with a balance shaft to civilize the two-stroke beast and the resulting weight made it much more appropriate for street duty. But nobody buying a 500cc race-replica two-stroke actually wants civility and, although the RZ is a very cool bike and has its fans, reviewers then and now saw the Gamma as the superior, more emotional machine.

Today’s featured listing isn’t some all-original barn-find, but has been given serious mechanical and cosmetic attention by Gamma Guru Rick Lance.

1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for Sale

This 1985 RG500 has ~1000 miles on it since being fully rebuilt in 2011 by Rick Lance from Lance Gamma www.lancegamma.com

It has the following features:

Motor: full motor rebuild including:
555 upgrade, GSX-R radiator, valve kit
Maranello transmission kit
Lance Gamma clutch upgrade
Lance Gamma TriPod air filter kit
Lance Gamma supplemental petcock
Lance Gamma pipes

Chassis, bodywork, etc:
Battery + oil tank conversion
Wheels ands rotors
Forks
Shock
Lance Gamma fiberglass bodywork with custom paint scheme

This bike is something special and unique – I’ve very much enjoyed owning it but due to a recent change in circumstances I’m not in a position to keep it anymore.  The bike is located in San Francisco and can be shipped domestically or internationally.

BTW– when Randy Mamola visited my home he autographed the bike on the gas tank, so that makes it even more unique!

The original Suzuki blue and white found on many RGs is certainly a good-looking color scheme and the sinister Walter Wolf design is very sleek, but this owner decided to go his own way and the dark colors suit the bike very well, with bright blocks of accent color that proudly shout, “Hey, I was made in the 1980s!” While some of our traditionalist readers may take issue with the custom paintwork, there’s no arguing that the bike looks great, and “prepped by Lance Gamma” is certainly a huge selling point!

While many fans dream of an all-original barn find bike, a well-fettled runner like this example might prove far more enjoyable in the long run.

-tad

From the owner, the RG500 at a track day a few years ago:

1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Track

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma 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.

-tad

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Side

Very Clean, Ex-Rick Lance 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale
Suzuki November 14, 2014 posted by

The Right Snuff: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

If you are looking for the big dog of the two stroke world, few would argue that the 500 Gamma is the way to go. With a compact, twin crank, square four configuration (same as the GP racers), the RG is a favorite for modders and hot rodders alike. In this particular case, today’s bike has been transformed from a stock RG into a Skoal Bandit GP replica with the creds of Rick Lance to back it up with performance. This thing looks very, very sweet and is certain to fetch a serious price.

1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale on eBay

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Looking at this paint job makes me wonder why Suzuki didn’t churn out more than the reported 150 genuine replicas. I find the color striking, and very applicable on this smoker. While the seller does note the paint is all new, it is unclear if this bike started out life as a Skoal replica in the first place. The most telling item missing is the hideous green seat that is found on a genuine Skoal stocker, but given how much has been changed on this bike I wouldn’t blame the seller for swapping that out for a better looking unit. As the Skoal bikes were simply a respray of the standard RG (with absolutely no performance differences), does it really matter what the starting point was? This bike could have started life as a Walter Wolf edition for all I care.

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From the seller:
Up for sale a 17 Digit VIN clear titled Rick Lance full performance built Skoal Bandit RG 500. Getting very difficult to find one as good as the claims?, Well, you have now found it!! Suzuki waited 11 years before releasing the square four RG500, a brilliant half-litre sports two stroke. The fact that the street version which has been properly modified in Rick Lance fashion is as potent as the 1976 World Championship winning RG is quite astonishing.

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN IT!!!!!
The outstanding features of this machine are as follows:
Rick Lance Big Bore motor which is inclusive of Rick’s exclusive “O” ring machined heads.
Jim Lomas Torque Pipes.
Offset bored carburetors to 31.5 mm.
Rick Lance Supplemental Fuel petcocks.
Rick Lance Air Filter kit.
Rick Lance Clutch upgrade which yields outstanding performance vs. the issues of the past regarding the Gamma characteristic “drag”.
Maranello Transmission upgrade.
Rick Lance Battery relocation.
Rick Lance Oil in frame, stock oil tank elimination modification.
SV 650 Black powder coated wheels mated to Michelin Power Pilot Radials
EBC wave rotors.
Front fork Gold Valve emulator kit/ with full Rick Lance fork tuning and Spring set.
Rick Lance specifically designed rear shock/ with Lance ride height adjuster.
Rick Lance braced and polished swing arm.
Lots and lots and lots again of polishing work as evidenced in the pictures.
AWESOME, Skoal Bandit paint scheme.

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You cannot look at this bike and tell me it doesn’t appear completely awesome. Apparently most of the folks that stumbled across it on eBay agree, because the current bidding above $30k with a reserve still in place. Anyone care to guess what this one will go for? Check it out here, and then share your thoughts. It’s not easy being green, but this one pulls it off with aplomb. Pardon the pun, but this one really does have all the right snuff!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale August 21, 2013 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG500 Lance Gamma For Sale

East Peoria, IL – 15,867mi – $4,550 w/Reserve

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Those unfamiliar with the Lance Gamma bikes, feel free to checkout lancegamma.com and see the host of parts and performance upgrades they have to offer. The Lance bikes are seriously dialed in and no doubt make considerably more power than stock RG’s.

1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale on eBay

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Just a little background info on the 1986 RG500 for all of you out there who don’t quite know what it’s all about. This classic smoker has a square-four engine design, which is basically two parallel twin engines crammed together using two crankshafts. Weighing in at around 350lbs and making 95hp from the factory, this 500cc bad-boy is sure to inspire some Gran Prix style fun!

From the seller:

1986 SUZUKI RG500 GAMMA. I PURCHASED THIS UNIT ON EBAY LAST YEAR FROM A GUY IN FLORIDA. IT WAS EVERYTHING HE SAID IT WAS AND MORE! THIS BIKE IS PERFECT. I HAVE OWNED 2 OF THEM AND THIS ONE BY FAR IS THE NICEST I HAVE PERSONALLY SEEN. I DO OWN A MOTORCYCLE DEALERSHIP AND I AM RATHER ANAL ABOUT THE MECHANICS, AND CONDITION OF THE BIKE. SINCE MY PURCHASE I HAVE PUT 3 TANKS OF FUEL THROUGH IT. IT HAS 15,867 KM ON IT NOW. I AM ONLY PONDERING SELLING IT BECAUSE I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND MY BUSINESS. IF IT SELLS GREAT, IF IT DOESN’T GREAT. (THIS IS NOT A HAVE TO SELL SITUATION)

THE PREVIOUS OWNER OUT OF STUART, FLORIDA INFORMED ME THAT RICK LANCE HAD OWNED THE BIKE AT ONE TIME. I WAS ABLE TO SPEAK TO RICK AND HE DID VERIFY, THIS WAS IN THE LATE 1990’S. AT THE TIME RICK MIDLY PORTED IT, DID THE INLINE FUEL PETCOCKS, LANCE STRUT FOR RIDE HEIGHT, TRIPOD AIR FILTERS, FOX TWIN CLICKER SHOCK, PM FRONT BRAKE CALIPERS FOR BETTER BRAKING POWER (POLISHED FOR LOOKS WITH THE FORKS) ALONG WITH THE CBR600 WHITE WHEELS THAT I FEEL MAKE THE BIKE LOOK BETTER.

IT ALSO HAS TOMMY CRAWFORD PIPES WHICH ARE AS RARE AS THE BIKE! THE PRIOR OWNER PURCHASED A EXTENDED RADIATOR FROM RICK BUT NEVER INSTALLED IT, I HAVE IT AND IT WILL GO WITH THE SALE AS I NEVER INSTALLED IT EITHER. IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT THERE ARE ONLY 60 OF THESE COLORS THAT WERE BUILT. OIL INJECTION IS STILL IN PLACE! BATTERY RELOCATED TO THE FRAME UNDER THE TANK AREA ALL DONE BY RICK LANCE.

This bike was featured right here on the site back in 2011, and it looks like not much has changed, which is good. These Gamma’s of the Lance variety always seem to command higher prices and more attention. That’s because they are generally much more cared for and maintained than the rest of them. This one does also feature the less common of the graphics (aside from the WW and Skoal units). She does look good with the white wheels too! Sounds like Reserve is top dollar for this one and the seller isn’t in any hurry to dumb it. I would guess somewhere in the $15k+ range for the reserve and would also put that right there with the top dollar value. Have a look at the auction here and place your bid!

-JS

 

1986 Suzuki RG500 Lance Gamma For Sale
Yamaha February 5, 2013 posted by

Marlboro Man: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

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Update 2.5.2013: After selling for $9k, this RZ500 is back on eBay after the buyer couldn’t put together the funding. Good luck to buyers and sellers. -dc

While good friend and co-worker Ian may not be stuck in the 1980s, I am happy to languish in that era for as long as magnificent two strokes such as this RZ500 are still available. Cue up the Miami Vice soundtrack and staple the Delorean poster to the wall; we’re going back in time to when bad-ass 500cc smokers roamed the streets (of countries other than the USA).

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One of the best views in all of motorcycling. What’s up calling this beauty an antique???

The RZ500 was a bike commemorating Yamaha’s success in 500cc GP racing. Offering a half-liter of V-4 configured power, the overall package was visually striking, but not exactly cutting edge. The perimeter frame is mild steel (only the Japanese market had access to the RZV model, with aluminum frame). The front wheel is a GP-inspired 16″ unit, but that was more fad and fashion than performance. Power was good enough, but the decades that followed offered knowledge and tuning prowess that can really wake up the beast inside of the bike.

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From the seller:
Up for auction is my prized 1985 RZ500. If you are reading this you probably know what this bike is and how rare it is to find one these days. Cosmetically the bike is in nice condition for its age, with only 18565 km (11603 miles) on the clock. All the lights, blinkers, horn, etc operate properly. The motor was recently (October 2012) treated to a complete rebuild by Lance Gamma, the premier and world-renowned RZ/RG tuner. The carbs were also completely rebuilt by Lance Gamma. All the proper specs and adjustments were dialed-in, and about 150 miles have been put on the bike since the rebuild. Starts on the first kick, idles smoothly, and runs and shifts perfectly. Surprisingly fast for a 500 when you get it up into the band, and combined with that great 2-stroke sound we all love, makes this bike a blast to ride! Other Lance Gamma treats added during the rebuild are his RZ-specific auxilliary cooling system upgrade that keeps everything running cool, and his supplemental fuel petcock upgrade. The bike is located in Montross, VA 22520, and prospective buyers can inspect it prior to the end of the auction.

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I don’t need to tell you that the big RZs are hot property right now. This one looks very clean, and any time Lance breathes on a bike you know it will perform. Although there are reports that the front fairing is not a stock unit, the overall presentation is very clean and the seller is willing to provide additional photos for distant buyers, or open it up for an inspection for local buyers.

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Definitely a good looking bike. Not sure I like the mini turn signal stalks.

This auction is nearing the end, and the current bid is only $8,500 with reserve still in place. There are a fair number of bidders involved thus far, and I suspect the frenzy will build as we get down to the final few hours. For your chance to check this one out, click the link and jump over to the auction. 2013 is turning into a banner year for two strokes – you might want to grab one before they all go away!

MI

Ducati January 21, 2013 posted by

Monday Mailbag! [900RR, Carbon Panigale, RZ500, 82 Kat]

Good morning guys,

Here are the latest submissions from our email and RSBFS Facebook page. Thanks for all your entries and have a great week!

dc

Dave starts us out with this solid looking 1994 Honda CBR900RR available in Florida for $2800.

1994 Honda CBR900RR


Marty sends us this Ducati Panigale that has been dressed in reportedly $30k in carbon fiber bodywork. Buy-it-now shows just shy of $30k.

Ducati Panigale Carbon Fiber For Sale


Lawrence emails us his 1985 Yamaha RZ500 that is available on Craigslist in San Francisco for $9500.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 For Sale


Dave is selling his 1982 Suzuki Katana in Ventura on Craigslist for $7500.

1982 Suzuki Katana For Sale

Sport Bikes For Sale November 5, 2012 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG 500 Gamma in Florida

For Sale: 1986 Suzuki RG 500 Gamma

We must be getting closer to Christmas. Some fantastic bikes are coming on the market just in time for me to make my list. If you’ve been a good boy or girl, here is something that you might need to whisper in Santa’s ear…

This RG 500 Gamma has all of the add-ons that you would expect. The Lance Gamma pieces are pre-requisites, but the Crawford pipes help push this over the top. This bike looks clean, clean, clean and it is obvious it was well looked after by the current owner. Lucky for you, it is now looking for a new home.

From the seller:
1986 Suzuki RG 500 Gamma 2-Stroke. 15,626 kilometers or 9,706 +/- miles. Ultra rare black, white & red scheme reported as approxiamtely 60 of 650 units produced in this color when imported to Canada. One of a limited number of Gamma’s in the Country with a majority of the Rick Lance GAMMA modifications including, RARE Tommy Crawford pipes, tri-pod air cleaner set up with in-line fuel petock cut-offs to modified hi-flow carbs, oil injection in tact & in use, mildly ported, 17″ inch white CBR wheels (much better looking than Suzuki wheels in my humble opinion) with 160/60/17 rear & 120/70/17 modern rubber, FOX adjustable rear shock with resevoir & Lance adjustable rear ride height mod, PM polished front calipers with EBC dual floating front rotors & more. Bike comes with Lance GSXR radiator mod I just paid $515.00 for but have not installed. Title free & clear in my name, FL registration current, bike ridden 11-2 & started weekly. Lower fairing infrequently pictured but comes with bike & is in good conditon. I keep it off for ease of cleaning & access to carbs, etc. but bike looks better with it on.

Purists might complain about the Honda wheels, but then again purists would likely moan about any mods. The truth is that that Gamma is a terrific platform for modifications, and that road is pretty well paved by now. What you should end up with is a stout Gamma that looks clean, has the unique white/black/red livery, and has a Florida title. For everybody outside of the Golden State of California, that is pretty much a trifecta right there. Even Sponge Bob seems to agree.

This auction is going on right now, and the current bid is only $8,100 with moderate bidding. I expect this one to go way up from here, so tune in to watch the fun. For photos, specs and more, click the link and jump over to the auction. Don’t forget to tell Santa that you found it on RSBFS!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale September 18, 2012 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf (Lance Gamma)

Location: Leicester, North Carolina Miles: 7,000     Price: Currently $5,590 with No Reserve

Well if that isn’t every two-stroke lover’s favorite collection of words to see together in a for sale ad, then I don’t know what is! The RG500 is definitely my favorite of the big smokers, and for it to be a Walter Wolf edition is icing on the cake. Now, you take those two things and throw in the Lance Gamma designation and that’s like having said freshly iced cake hand delivered by a supermodel. Sign me up!

I could give you the run-down on an RG500 like I have done so many times over, but I will let the seller take this one because I don’t think I have put it any better.

Some things are rare today because when consumers could buy one brand new, practically no one did, the marketplace having found them simply undesirable. Now they are hard to find because there were so few put into circulation. Such is not the case with this bike. Of all the 10,000+ RG500 Gammas Suzuki produced over a five year period in the mid ’80’s, none of them were unwanted. Perhaps undiscovered for a while but never unloved. The most coveted Gamma of all was to be the full power export model Walter Wolf RG500 Gamma of which only 100 were produced. These bikes were only exported toCanadawhere Mr. Wolf resides. No other venue (including theJapandomestic market) was to ever receive the real deal 95 hp Wolf. Canada WW’s are distinguished by a dedicated series of VIN’s beginning with the last three digits of 883 and ending with 982, this machine being #936. Other race replica export market RG500s would later appear but the only one that was factory sanctioned and manufactured by SuzukiJapanis this model you see here. Of the 100 production Canada WW’s, a surprising number went toMexicowhere Walter Wolf was a big name in F1 auto racing circles. Perhaps as many as 30 of the new bikes were shipped there to very appreciative owners, never to be seen again north of the border. Today only a few dozen remain in recognizable condition and precious few are seen looking this nice. The Walter listed here was purchased new by a collector with ties to American Suzuki Motor Corp where the bike lived a pampered Southern California life until coming into my possession 5 years ago. Modifications include a fine set of Tommy Crawford pipes (these things are even more rare than the Wolf), Katana rims and Nissin calipers along with my Lance Gamma TriPod air filter kit and LG adjustable ride height strut. The bike performs really well and feels new from the saddle. The bike is titled here in the States and is easily transferred for street use. If you are disappointed that the bike is no longer in absolutely stock trim, I understand. I am sure that a nice original bike with 26 year old ABS plastic and untouched motor will be along any time now. Be patient and don’t compromise your beliefs by considering such a well developed and highly functional RG in place of your dream machine. If however, you are wanting to discover for yourself what all the hoopla was about at the release of these bikes some 27 years ago (you remember, GP bikes for the street? What were they thinking??), this is one which will bring you up to speed, so to speak. It simply begs to be ridden. If you wish to discuss this bike in further detail or explore the options in my extensive Gamma inventory, please give me a call at 8287774076. I would be happy to put your mind at ease concerning such a frivolous purchase. Test rides happily accommodated to hearty souls willing to take the trek toWestern North Carolinaand visit my shop. And now for your viewing pleasure…

There you have it, another fine bike from the Lance Gamma shop. The last couple RG’s from here have commanded some serious prices, as they are generally better put together than a stock example. This isn’t a bone stock unit, but it is very well sorted by someone who knows what they are doing. Oh, and it has a title as well. Bidding is active already and No Reserve in sight. I will be following this one closely and you can do the same. Just go here to check this one out and place your bid.

-JS