Posts by tag: Lucky Strike

Suzuki October 2, 2019 posted by

Lucky Strike Replica: 1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23A for Sale

The 1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 was basically the last gasp for road-legal two-stroke sport bikes, and one of the most technologically advanced. Sure, Aprilia made the RS250 for a few years beyond that, but it was actually powered by the previous generation of Suzuki’s RGV250 engine, and the final examples weren’t even road legal in many markets. Earlier versions of the RGV250 were powered by the expected 90° v-twin, but the VJ23 was pretty much new from the ground-up, and was powered by a more compact 70° unit with slightly undersquare internal dimensions and a dry clutch for the six-speed transmission. Interestingly the new engine’s bore and stroke of 54 x 54.5mm match the Honda NSR250R’s specs exactly, and I’m assuming the increased torque contributed to the new RGV’s improved rideability.

Bodywork was completely new for the bike as well, and resembles the SRAD GSX-R of the period, all curves and bulges, with a functional ram-air duct in the fairing. The new VJ23 also featured an electric starter, a very unusual feature for a flyweight two-stroke, but very civilized and refined. Other revisions meant weight stayed basically the same as the outgoing VJ22, in spite of the starter. Frame was the expected twin-spar aluminum unit, along with the usual asymmetrical banana swingarm.

The biggest concern buying one of these desirable Lucky Strike race-replicas is… whether or not it’s a replica replica. It’s obviously pretty easy to buy new, pre-painted bodywork of varying degrees of quality from overseas, or even have a good-quality paint-job applied to standard bodywork yourself. How can you tell if it’s the real thing? As always, caveat emptor. Consult with an expert before parting with your money to avoid disappointments, especially at the $14,500 asking price.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23A Lucky Strike Replica for Sale

Up for sale is a genuine 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A Lucky Strike with only 1,444 kilometers (897 miles). Just imported from Japan. Bike is in mint condition showing very little patina. Tank is perfect, upper and lowers are mint no scratches, no dings, no dents, no handling marks. Rear fairing has a few very light surface scratches or boot marks that don’t show up in pictures. All fairings are 100% genuine OEM Suzuki factory. Frame number confirms genuine factory Lucky Strike model. (Number 133 of 200 manufactured) Bike is completely stock. It’s in gorgeous collector quality condition. Runs like new. Comes with new fluids, carb cleaning and new Dunlop Sportmax tires. Comes with two keys and Utah state title. It is titled as a street bike for road use. This Lucky Strike will be the Crown Jewel of any collection! Please text 801-358-6537 for questions and pictures.

Keep in mind also that, if you plan to keep your collectible GP-replica bone stock, that these were intended for the Japanese home market and limited to just 40hp from the factory. This example was imported directly from Japan, according to to the seller, so I’d assume it is the limited power version of the bike. A few “export models” were made, just 360 or so of the 2218 VJ23s that were built. Either way, this was one of the most highly-developed two-stroke sportbikes ever made for use on public roads, and represents the very end of development for the breed.

-tad

Lucky Strike Replica: 1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23A for Sale
Suzuki February 6, 2019 posted by

Partly Lucky: 1992 Suzuki RGV 250

Pity the US-based two-stroke fan. Few models were ever officially imported into the US, and those that did hit our shores only lasted for a couple of years. And while we should be happy we ever got them at all, vitally missing were the hard-edged smokers and the big bore machines. Casting eyes northward, we could watch our Canadian neighbors ring-a-ding-ding and pop and smoke with glee – but this was all from the tree of carnal knowledge for stateside riders. Until bikes started to get old enough to import, that is. And even with used-bike age laws, there are still large areas of the country where these machines are verbotten (you Californians, otherwise too cool, got staunched on this one). As the laws of supply and demand go, where there is no supply there is capacity for high demand, which leads us to today’s 1992 Suzuki RGV250.

1992 Suzuki RGV 250 for sale on eBay

Suzuki smokers started life out at parallel twins, but it was soon realized that the vee configuration offered several benefits. Perfect primary balance, for starters. A smaller, narrower profile aided in aerodynamics. And finally, the configuration lent itself to moving weight around in the chassis as Suzuki sought to achieve the perfect weight distribution. So effective was the RGV that Aprilia first bought engines from Suzuki, then built their own clones under license, and then finally engineered their own modification to the platform. For Suzuki models, figure about 55-60 wild horses – once the tach swings up towards 11,000. That is for an exported model, such as this Canadian steed. Home market bikes are restricted and have less. With a dry weight in the 280 pound range, there is plenty of motive power to make this fun.

From the seller:
Absolutely superb VJ 22A in really nice condition. Well maintained and well taken care of, wheels and asymmetrical swing-arm recently powder coated, forks not rusted no pitting, all consumables ready to go (brakes, chain, sprockets and tires). The carburation has been cleaned out, jets changed in 2018. The bike is located in Quebec city Canada and comes with a Quebec ownership (equivalent of a title). The bike comes with a box of spare parts (lower engine case, clutch lever, some handlebar controls). All in all an excellent machine very well preserved. I am more than willing to either take care of the export process/shipping or help out with it. I can even drive across the border and meet on the US side. For the US buyer, I provide all necessary documentation to ensure smooth transition past the border but whatever pertains to your county DMV is the buyer’s responsibility.

The well-sorted twin is encased in a chassis complete with GP-racing amenities: twin-spar lightweight aluminum frame rails, nifty asymmetrical banana swing arm, stacked exhaust pipes, and trick (for the time) upside down forks. This was meant to be a racer for the streets, and with the proper livery one could imagine playing Kevin Schwantz at every roundabout. Which leads us to the primary issue with this particular offering: It has quasi-Lucky Strike colors, but is missing some key graphics. This leads to questions regarding whether it is a true LS, or simply a bodywork swap. Perhaps it is a legit LS but was rebuilt as the result of crash damage (the box of spare parts that comes with the sale could indicate same). The 22,000 km (sub 14,000 miles) on the all metric clocks is not that concerning, but as always, interested buyers are cautioned to do their homework.

This particular RGV is located in Quebec City, which means that US buyers will need to perform some paperwork in order to legally bring it in. Fortunately this seller appears to be familiar with this process, and has offered both shipping options as well as trailering the bike into the US. As always, registering the bike in your home state is the responsibility of the buyer. When it comes to the DMV, Californians need not apply (unless you know a guy). But for many US buyers, this is a legitimate way to own a quarter liter two stroke built during the height of two stroke tech. Check out the auction here. Bidding is only up to $2,850 with reserve still in place, but depending on where that is set this could be a relative bargain to get yourself into the game. Some restoration work will be in order to complete the Lucky Strike graphics, but if the mechanicals are in decent shape you could hoon this to the moon. Good (partial) Luck!!

MI

Partly Lucky: 1992 Suzuki RGV 250
Suzuki November 9, 2018 posted by

Feeling Lucky? 1998 Suzuki RGV 250 SP VJ23 Lucky Strike Edition

Hmmmm. A grey-market two stroke. I doubt anyone on this site will complain, as these illicit smokers have been in our DNA and part of our regularly scheduled programming since the beginning. And if you are going to collect something deliciously rare, why not opt for colors and livery that are slightly less common? Thus, today’s smoking example is just that: a tasty Suzuki RGV 250 SP in the very striking Lucky Strike edition colors.

1998 Suzuki RGV 250 SP VJ23 Lucky Strike Edition on eBay

The Suzuki RGV 250 should need no introduction. But just in case you’ve just jumped over from more current four stroke machinery, let’s whisk you back to a time when the BackStreet Boys and NSYNC were topping charts. What the world needed was something that sounded good, and the two-stroke soundtrack delivered. Based around a 90 degree v-twin, the second generation RGV represented the ideal mix of narrow packaging, perfect primary balance, and a wide-ish powerband. It was so good it was licensed by Aprilia for their excellent RS250 series bikes. This was a major leap forward from the archaic parallel twin formerly known as the Gamma, but there was more to come. Enter the VJ23 spec Gamma, and the world once again changed. 90 degrees gave way to a 70 degree vee configuration (better packaging and weight distribution), and unrestricted power was up to an estimated 70 HP. These were primarily Japanese home market bikes, so unrestricted expect to see about 40 HP on the dyno.

The RGV250 SP is technically a race replica, however it is in many ways race ready. A performer in the ultra competitive 250 home market class, the VJ23 has everything you might expect (and need) for the racetrack. Aluminum frame? Table stakes. Cool banana swing arm to maximize pipe and cornering clearance? Child’s play. Dry clutch for weight and internal drag reduction? I can hear the rattle from here. Adjustable suspension is another given, as is the solo saddle. Two-up racing is for side hackers only. Outside of the power and speed restrictions and the necessary road gear (lights, horn, etc) there is very little keeping this bike from being a track day hellion. And given that it is the last variant of the 250 Gamma lineup – as well as wearing the ultra rare LS livery, this example wins on drool factor as well.

From the seller:
Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 Lucky Strike
RGV 250
10,581 Kilometers (approx. 6500 miles)
Clean title
Plated and titled for street use in Washington State, but was originally titled in California, and is eligible for re-registration and street use in CA. Tabs will need to be updated for the street.
Excellent condition
Full custom fabricated exhaust, titanium slash-cut rear sets– everything else completely stock.
Good tires, fluids, new battery
Runs perfectly, lots of power!
Cosmetics are excellent, with a few minor wear and tear scratches– she has been ridden, loved, and never raced.
Unrestricted Suzuki 2 stroke motor.
Engine top end was rebuilt at approximately 2500 KM 😉

Here is the tricky thing about grey-market bikes in the USA: It’s way cool to be different, but it’s not always easy. Vehicles that were not officially imported into the US by the manufacturer are not guaranteed to be welcome at your local DMV. California is especially draconian about rules, unless you “know some guy.” The seller states that this bike was a previous Californian, and that would smooth the way back into the state but I am not familiar enough with vehicle registration laws in order to concur. If you are interested – and you should be, given that this is a freaking Lucky Strike VJ23 – additional research would be recommended. The seller also does not have much feedback on eBay which can be concerning, but giving the benefit of the doubt many folks have one of something to sell and may not be a habitual vendor on an online swap meet platform such as the ‘Bay. As always, RSBFS recommends you do your homework as a buyer. We can highlight the amazing bikes in the ether of the interwebs, but buying one is still caveat emptor.

Most good looking, late model two strokes do not stick around for long. They are in high demand and short supply. This particular example looks to be very clean. There are few mods (exhaust and rear sets – and possibly a tail chop) and the seller claims it is de-restricted with a top end refresh only some 1500 miles ago. The bike is currently sitting with approximately 6,500 miles on the all metric clocks. There has been some interest by bidders, with pricing at the time of this writing up to $7,100 with reserve still in place. Well-heeled collectors can pull the “buy it now” trigger for a mere $12,750. If the reserve lifts at the double digit threshold this bike could be considered well bought. It is late in the riding season and interest is starting to wane, but good bikes are out there for those on the lookout. This 1998 Suzuki RGV250 SP Gamma in wonderful Lucky Strike red/white might be just the thing to keep you warm as the days turn chilly. Check it out here, and good luck!!

MI

Feeling Lucky? 1998 Suzuki RGV 250 SP VJ23 Lucky Strike Edition
Suzuki July 16, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Beautiful 1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike

Update 8.7.2018: The seller has updated us that this bike is now sold. Congratulations to both parties! -dc

The growing popularity of grey market two strokes among collectors has meant that the skittish little rippers are much easier to find these days than they were even 18 months ago. They’re all over eBay, and entire importing businesses have grown up around them.

1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike for sale on eBay

That’s great for enthusiasts and collectors, but demand often means that what’s on offer isn’t necessarily cleanest or most sorted example. That is not the case with this 1992 Suzuki RGV-250 Lucky Strike.

The plastics, suspension, engine and cockpit are all spotlessly clean, and it wears recent chain and sprockets and tires. The carbs have been cleaned and synced, and the oil injection pump was bled and cleaned as is working flawlessly.

From the seller:

1992 Suzuki RGV 250 lucky strike with 2642 KM or 1641 miles Fairings are mint condition, motor runs and drives perfect, all stock, starts on first kick. New tires, chain and sprockets, recent full service including carb clean and sync, oil pump has been bled and oil injection works perfect, new spark plugs, with non ethanol fuel only, comes with title. Call me with questions, my name is Mike 954-809-8596.

$11,000 or best offer

The bike is titled, which should square it away for road use in most states. With fewer than 2,000 original miles, this RGV is ready to show and ride in equal measure.

Featured Listing: Beautiful 1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike
Suzuki June 15, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1996 Suzuki RGV250V Lucky Strike!

Update 7.30.2017: Seller has notified us that this bike is now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

In the glorious 1990s, big tobacco made motorsports run. Cigarette sponsorship was everywhere, and every major series and team was titled by a cancer stick hawker; The Winston Cup, The Camel GT series (as well as the Camel AMA Supercross and Camel Trophy events), Marlboro McLaren, Marlboro Ferrari, Marlboro Penske, Mild Seven Benetton, Rothmans Williams, Benson & Hedges Jordan, John Player Lotus, 555 Subaru Rally, Silk Cut Jaguar Group C just to name a few. On the bike front, you cannot ignore the Rothmans Hondas, Skoal Suzukis, Smokin’ Joes Hondas, Gauloises Factory Yamahas, and many, many others. Of course in the world of RSBFS, the one that really matters is the partnership of Lucky Strike and Suzuki. Which brings us to our bike: An original 1996 Suzuki RGV250V VJ23 Lucky Strike.

The RGV series was a popular and successful one for Suzuki. Using a liquid cooled v-twin to replace the earlier, parallel twin RG models, the RGV provided more power in a slimmer package. The results were impressive on the racetrack (so much so that Aprilia licensed the VJ22 powerplant for use in their own bikes), and translated tolerably well to the street. Suzuki RGV models are some of the most popular of the import two-strokes we see on these pages. So while RGVs may not be uncommon, this specific variant – the factory Lucky Strike livery – is very rare indeed. Just over 100 of the VJ23 “V” series were released for export as Lucky Strike models. There were an additional ~240 LS “T” models created for the domestic home market. To find a clean example that is not a fake Lucky Strike (cheap body panels are available) is a tough chore. Buyers need to be very careful, scrutinizing chassis numbers, SAPC versions, and other details such as exhaust chamber part numbers to ensure that they have 1) a VJ23 to begin with, and 2) the holy grail of the RGV lineup, the Lucky Strike Edition.

From the seller:
1996 (97 model) Rgv250v
Factory Lucky Strike
One of 119 in this scheme, these were the last of the vj23 line.
This was originally exported to China and is one of three that I own.
The full power bikes were quoted at 55ps in the sales brochure not 70.
This is unrestored except for the fact I’ve renewed all chassis/wheel brgs and consumables like carb rubbers.
Brakes and forks have been overhauled.
Engine is fine and has perfect compressions
Only non or parts are the carbon cans/nitron shock/brake lines
All oe parts are included,;seat/rear pegs/original shock/hoses/OE cans
Recent chain/sprockets
This bike needs nothing.

Price: £16,000 (plus shipping)

Like most Japanese bikes, there are a couple different variants of each model depending upon the intended market. Japanese home market bikes will always be restricted to a lower output due to licensing regulations. Bikes destined for Western Europe (specifically Germany and Italy) had a mid-grade output specification. Bikes headed to Canada and Australia usually were full-power examples, and where the higher HP numbers were quoted.

This seller is extremely knowledgeable in this model. While doing some research in the past, I came across some of his wisdom on a RGVs site, and I refer to it now and again. This is a good thing when it comes to very rare machinery; with Lucky Strike fakes pretty common, nobody wants to plunk top dollar down for any less than genuine. Fortunately, this looks to be a verifiable article from the factory. It is the last gen of the RGVs and probably the most desirable of the models. As such, it can command market price. The seller is looking for 16,000 GBP, which equates to approximately $20,400 USD at the current exchange. Drool over the pictures a little bit; your computer won’t mind.

Featured Listing: 1996 Suzuki RGV250V Lucky Strike!
Suzuki May 16, 2017 posted by

Vape Machine: 1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike

NO RESERVE – That is an ironic term considering that it covers both the auction as well as Suzuki’s intent when designing the motorcycle. The RGV250 has risen to legendary status among riders and collectors due to its performance and balance (even Aprilia agrees, having purchased VJ22 power units for their own RS250 models). With a two stroke v-twin engine, aluminum chassis, upside down forks, asymmetrical banana / gull swing arm and racer bodywork (and riding position), the Gamma is what two stroke riders pick to ride.

1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike for sale on eBay

Today’s bike is a VJ22 model incorporating commemorative Kevin Schwantz Team Lucky Strike livery. Lucky Strike bikes are reasonably rare in the world of Gammas, as they were produced in low numbers and only for limited markets; they were also not produced every year. As all Gammas are grey market bikes in the US to start with, the LS model (even though cosmetic only) is an extra bit of topping on what is (now) a street-legal registered motorcycle. Things just keep on getting better and better.

From the seller:
Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1992 Suzuki RGV22A Lucky Strike with only 10,809 kilometers (6717 miles). HIGHEST BIDDER WINS!

Just had a bath and ready for its photo shoot! This RGV250 two stroke runs like a raped ape, just like the day it was new. Its been serviced and ready to go with a new battery and new fluids. This RGV has been well loved and well ridden. Lots of scratches, rubs and notorious boot marks lol, but NO cracks in the plastic, NO broken tabs & NO dents in the tank. This bike would make an excellent candidate for restoration, or just wring it out as a weekend knee scratcher. Bike comes equipped with OEM mufflers and OEM stingers and the dry clutch sounds awesome. Suzuki owners manual, Suzuki drivers guide, first aid kit, Lucky Strike onboard tool kit and two keys. This RGV250 comes with a Utah State title and is titled as a motorcycle for street use.

One thing that jumped out at me is the dry clutch. Regular edition VJ22s do not come with this race-bred bit of trickery. The dry clutch is an Sport Production item (the SP model also included a close-ratio gearbox), which could either mean that the base bike is an SP, or the clutch was a retrofit to a standard LS-branded bike. I’m sure there are Gamma-pedia types reading this now, and I welcome you to chime in on the comments; let us learn from your collective wisdom. Other than that discrepancy, this appears to be a solid, imported smoker; there are requisite scratches from use over the years, but otherwise this is seemingly unmolested (i.e. OEM chambers and stingers, rear fender still attached).

The seller has listed this as a No Reserve auction. That means this bike is definitely going home with someone when all is said and done. The opening ask was a paltry $1,500, but there is good interest in the bike and the price is climbing quickly. While this is a titled and registered motorcycle in Utah, that does not guarantee your state will be as willing or complicit. As always, RSBFS recommends you check with your local constabulary prior to purchasing something not officially imported into the US (i.e. if you live in California, consider this an excellent track day steed). Check it out here, and thank you for smoking.

MI

Vape Machine: 1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike
Suzuki October 31, 2013 posted by

No Smokes For You: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 Team Suzuki

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Remember Schwantz showing up at various GP’s with “Lucky Strike” missing from his bike and leathers?  Suzuki did too and hooked Australia (yes, it is still there) up with 50 of these examples back in 91.  I had no idea these were the real deal until a collector here in the U.S. got his hands one.  Yeah, it is just some stickers but still a hell of a bike to top off a RGV collection.   

It’s been ridden with 51,000 KM’s and the one close up show a decent amount of corrosion.  Would that stop me from buying it?  Hell no!  The seller is asking $7,000 AUS.

Here is the listing on Gumtree.

IK

No Smokes For You:  1991 Suzuki RGV250 Team Suzuki
Suzuki July 26, 2013 posted by

Already Met Reserve: 1989 Suzuki RGV250

1989 Suzuki RGV250 For Sale

Another spot from Doug is this restored and upgraded 1989 Suzuki RGV250 in Lucky Strike livery. Ian is our RGV expert but he’s on a well deserved vacation in Montana at the moment. I mention that only because I’m not as well versed in these models and not sure I’ve seen an 89 Lucky Strike before. That said, it’s already met reserve at $6500 so buyers are liking what they see regardless. Help me out in the comments!

dc

1989 Suzuki RGV250 For Sale on eBay

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from the seller:

For sale Fully Restored 1989 RGV 250.
Brand New top end (will have to be broken in).
Brand new NOS Fuel tank and factory lucky strike body work.
Has brand new radiator, tires, brakes lines, etc.
Brand new Tyga expansion chambers.

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Already Met Reserve:  1989 Suzuki RGV250