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Norton June 3, 2016 posted by

Classic Style, Modern Speed: 2015 Norton Commando 961 for Sale

2015 Norton Commando 961 R Side

While it could easily be mistaken for a vintage machine updated with modern wheels and suspension, this Norton Commando 961 is actually a brand-new motorcycle. This is a pricey, exclusive, retro-styled motorcycle for classic bike fans who want vintage charm and modern-ish performance, like a British SportClassic. With the sport v-twin configuration most closely associated with Ducati, the Norton instead uses a big parallel-twin unit for a similar character: thumping midrange and accessible, real-world performance.

2015 Norton Commando 961 L Side

Norton’s original Commando was a parallel-twin British sportbike from the late 1960s that offered up serious performance, good-looks, and charisma, and was a prime example of budget British ingenuity: as the Norton’s parallel-twin increased in size to keep pace with rivals, vibration became a real issue. A complete redesign of the engine wasn’t in the budget, so Norton isolated the engine from the frame with a set of rubber bushings they referred to as their “Isolastic” mounting system, which worked very well when properly maintained. But the package still used ancient non-unit construction, the overhead valves were still operated by pushrods, and the relative lack of reliability stood in stark contrast to the smooth, oil-tight Japanese machines that flooded the market in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Unable to compete, Norton hung on for a few years, chasing American sales with bikes like the Interstate and Hi-Rider, but had faded into history by 1980.

2015 Norton Commando 961 L Tank

Kenny Dreer brought some attention back to the marque with his VR880, which was basically a vintage 850 Commando rebuilt from the ground-up using as much modern technology as possible to create a bike that combined the best of the old and new, a vintage bike that didn’t leak, started without fail, and offered up performance more in keeping with modern machines. They were well-reviewed, but proved to be a headache for a small shop to produce and production was very limited. The Norton 961 took Dreer’s idea of a new/old Norton and ran with it. The gestation of the “new” Norton 961 has been difficult, but these machines have been trickling their way to the US.

2015 Norton Commando 961 Clocks

The new Norton uses big parallel-twin with pushrod-operated valves and a balance shaft as a nod to modern technology and produces 80hp with effortless acceleration at any rpm. Top-shelf Öhlins suspension components are used front and rear, and although the bike looks old-school with a twin-shock rear, the handling is reportedly excellent. I even saw one configured as a highly unlikely track bike at a recent AHRMA event!

2015 Norton Commando 961 R Engine

From the original eBay listing: 2015 Norton Commando 961 for Sale

There are few certainties in life. Death, taxes – and now a brand new absolute: if you like retro bikes you will lust after a Norton 961. The reason is simple. The Commando is quite simply the best retro bike in the world – and by a handsome margin.

At the heart of the bike is a surprisingly clever engine. The 961cc – hence the 961 name – Twin is no technical tour de force, but captures the spirit of British big Twins and improves on the feeling in a way which is as special as a cross plane Yamaha R1.

The power output belies the performance. Despite making only 80 horsepower, the Commando zips up to an indicated 110 mph – maybe a shade over 100 mph in actuality – with the merest flick of the wrist. In this respect, it is far more willing than the Ducati Sport Classic, which is its direct competitor, and the Norton simply slaughters the Triumph Bonneville.

The engine runs at 270 degree firing intervals and this, combined with a gear driven balancer shaft, makes the 961 smoother than the Ducati – and vastly better than any original British Twin.

The chassis is a typical British design, but modernized. Because the engine is dry sump, the oil lives in the top spine of the frame. This is simple, effective engineering and has worked perfectly on many British designs.

The suspension is one of the few things not made in Britain. Both the front fork and rear shocks come from Ohlin and they are quality items. I just loved the twin shock swinging swingarm, and the 961 handling is a treat.

In summary, this is a bike which you need to sell one, or maybe both, of your kidneys to own. It looks stunning, handles impeccably and has a motor which is so much better than the retro opposition that it deserves to be in a separate class.

To be honest, I think the look of the Norton 961 is a little too vintage, and the shape of the tail section seems gratuitously curvy to my eye. But having seen a couple in the flesh recently, the level of detailing is impressive: check out the shift rod that curves under a bulge in the transmission case. And those side panels are set inboard of the frame rails, a very nice touch that’s easily missed at first glance.

2015 Norton Commando 961 R Tail

The seller has set the Buy It Now price at $19,995.00 and there are just ten miles on the odometer, so the bike is virtually new. It’s obviously not a very good dollar-per-horsepower proposition, but if you’re a British bike fan looking for the ultimate Norton, that might seem like a bargain…

-tad

2015 Norton Commando 961 L Side 2

Classic Style, Modern Speed: 2015 Norton Commando 961 for Sale
Suzuki November 17, 2015 posted by

Baby Gamma: 1985 Suzuki RG250 for Sale

1985 Suzuki RG250 R Side FrontAlthough it lacks the lean and crisp looks and GP-specification of the later RGV250, the Suzuki RG250Γ Gamma makes up for it with classic styling that closely resembles the bigger RG500. The paint scheme on this example is very subdued and the low, shorty pipes are strangely modern, making for a surprisingly contemporary look considering this bike is more than thirty years old.

1985 Suzuki RG250 TankManufactured from 1983-1987 and weighing in at just 286lbs dry with a lightweight aluminum frame, anti-dive front forks, and a pair of tiny front discs, the RG250 wasn’t some primitive, stripped-out learner. The 247cc engine was a water-cooled parallel twin with perfectly square bore and stroke and featured Suzuki’s AEC or “Automatic Exhaust Control” to beef up the midrange. This sophisticated engine was backed by a six-speed gearbox, something that was still fairly uncommon in the mid-1980s.

1985 Suzuki RG250 CockpitOriginally restricted to just 45hp for the Japanese market, the new owner may well want to get this little Gamma modified to unleash its full potential, but that should be a far easier task on this early example than it would be on a later bike.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Suzuki RG250 for Sale

Just imported from Japan through U.S. Customs, this 1985 Suzuki RG-250 comes with a clean and clear street legal title ready to be transferred into your name in your state.

Your new RG-250 is showing just 6436 original miles (10,358 kilometers) on the odometer so it is a low mileage bike. The original bodywork is intact with original paint and the original exhaust is in good condition. This is a 30 year old motorcycle so it isn’t perfect; you have to expect paint wear and the normal scratches and chips and cracks on the bar ends and lever ends and fairing mount points; please see the right and left lower fairing scratches as an example. Surprisingly the foot pegs and gear change/brake levers are nice with the only scuff I can find being on the front brake lever and front turn signal. And those are too small to see in the pictures.

I suspect this was a well cared for and inside stored bike as the windshield is clear and bright and the paint presents well and the seat is in good condition. The gas tank does has one very small ding on the right side of the tank at the top (barely visible in the pics). The tires are Dunlops with good tread but the front tire should be replaced for riding. The seat is in good condition with no scuffs or tears anywhere. The signals are original and the exhaust is original and in good condition which is rare for a 30 year old used motorcycle.

Here’s your chance to own a titled Japan market only Suzuki RG250 but don’t let this one pass you by. Someone is going to own this bike – 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 streetbike. This rare two stroke is not a grey market import, it has been imported through proper legal channels and is already titled in the USA and ready to be transferred into your name just like any other vehicle purchase and title transfer. You will not need my US Customs documents and EPA documents but I will include them in the sale of this bike so you have documentation your RG was legally imported.

The seller also includes a clip of the bike running and moving under its own power.

1985 Suzuki RG250 L Side RearI’m not sure if this is the original paint, but overall the bike looks to be in very decent condition and in far better shape than many of the recent two-stroke imports we’ve seen, with just some minor scuffing and general wear. While the skinny tires and 18″ wheels limit tire choice and track-day antics, the “baby RG500” looks are classic and if you’re able to register this where you live, this would make a fun back road bike and a great conversation piece at your local hang out.

-tad

1985 Suzuki RG250 R Side

Baby Gamma: 1985 Suzuki RG250 for Sale
Yamaha October 27, 2015 posted by

More JDM Madness: 1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA for Sale

1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA R Side Rear

With many lightweight sportbikes now flirting with the edge of 25-year import rules, I expect we’ll see more and more bikes like this Yamaha TZR250 up for sale in the next couple of years. Road and track weapons designed to keep pace with Honda, Suzuki, and Kawasaki in the viciously-competitive 250cc class, the 1989-1990 TZR250 featured an interesting reversed-cylinder two-stroke parallel-twin, with the carburetors mounted on the front of the engine. This gave them easy access to cool, dense air and, more importantly, gave the exhausts a clear shot out the tail of the bike. The expansion chambers required for two-stroke performance create significant packaging challenges, and this design meant the bike didn’t need to route them under or around the engine.

1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA L Side

As expected, the TZR250 made bang-on the Japanese government-mandated 45hp limit, with plenty of extra available once de-restricted. With just 308lbs to haul around, including fluids, these are seriously nimble machines that require rider involvement and reward skill in a way that bigger bikes can’t hope to match.

1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA Carbs

These 3MA parallel-twins do have a bit of a reputation for being unreliable. But owners forums claim that’s mostly a myth, and that they’re just as reliable, or unreliable, as other two-stroke sportbikes of the period. As to why this particular design didn’t last, it’s not necessarily that the design didn’t work, it’s that the layout ultimately didn’t have enough of a benefit to continue development, and Yamaha switched to a v-twin in 1991 to keep pace with Honda and Suzuki.

1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA Gauges

 

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA for Sale

Up for sale is “1989 YAMAHA TZR250 3MA” rare 2stroke sports!!

The bike is imported from Japan and without title now, but I can get it with Extra charge.

Good running condition but needs carb setting from 5000rpm more up.

I’m guessing main jets or needles are too big so too rich.

Can through all gears.

Bike has new battery.

Electrics all work.

Brakes are work well.

Used motorcycle with scratches and wear as 26 ages.

Have hairline cracks and chips on cowls, so look carefully all pictures and video.

And then, feel free email me for more info on this bike!

Speedo meter is looks original but actual mile is unknown.

Doesn’t have Air Cleaners.

Will needs new tires.

Sold as is no warranty.

Thank you for looking!!

Well hey man, if you think it’s running rich, maybe fitting those missing air cleaners might be a good idea? The seller also includes the usual start up and walk around video, which is always appreciated. Also, note the tach that doesn’t even bother with numbers below 3,000rpm…

Like so many of these little two-strokes that have shown up recently, this is no display piece, but appears to be in very nice physical condition. And while I’d worry about sourcing body panels and non-consumable parts, piston kits and the like are still available for these, so keeping them running shouldn’t be impossible with a bit of patience and effort. After making sure that the factory airbox and filter are present and accounted for, obviously…

1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA L Side Rear

If you happen to live somewhere a bike like this can be titled and ridden on the road, it would make a very fun addition to your stable and sure to start conversations every time you stop to top off! Which, considering the fairly dismal mileage these get, should be pretty often…

-tad

1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA R Side Unfaired

More JDM Madness: 1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA for Sale
Laverda October 20, 2015 posted by

Zané-Era Bargain: 1998 Laverda Ghost for Sale

1998 Laverda Ghost R Side Rear

Today’s Laverda Ghost will certainly have a predictable share of haters, but it offered up a unique, stylish alternative to bikes like Ducati’s Monster. Powered by an air/oil-cooled, four-valve per cylinder 668cc parallel-twin with Weber-Marelli fuel injection that put a claimed 70hp through the six-speed gearbox, the bike was down on power a bit when compared to the competition, but made up for that deficit with superlative handling.

1998 Laverda Ghost L Side

The seller mentions that this is the “desired trellis frame model.” I’m not sure if he means from a styling or performance standpoint. Laverda claimed the geometry and weight were exactly the same for the Ghost and the Ghost Strike, with looks being the primary difference between the two frames: since they’d already developed the beam frame for the faired Formula, they felt it made sense to offer it as an option for the naked model as well.

Certainly the trellis frame looks better, but the beam frame used in the Ghost Strike and the 750 Formula models was designed by the famous Nico Bakker and, whether you love or hate the looks, those Formulas are famously good-handling machines, easily the equal of anything available at the time.

1998 Laverda Ghost Dash

From the photos, you can see that this Ghost also shares the Formula’s high-quality Paoli adjustable front and rear suspension, something that would give it a serious leg up compared to most Ducati Monsters of the period. Unfortunately, although the bike is fitted with top-shelf components, the odd looks are a bit of an acquired taste, and are not helped by the aftermarket fairing fitted to this bike.

If you look closely, you’ll also notice that there’s no fuel-filler on top of the “gas tank.” Interestingly, this was one of the first sportbikes to use a fuel cell to help maximize airbox volume and centralize mass: fuel goes into a filler hidden underneath the passenger seat.

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Laverda Ghost for Sale

This is the desired trellis frame model. Bought new in 1999 from dealer here in Birmingham. Bike has been inside all of its life and is in pristine condition. There are two scuff marks on the front fender which may be buffed out. Tires are new, as is the battery. Bike is stock except for the aftermarket fairing, 2-into-1 Leo Vinci carbon fiber exhaust and Power Commander to tame the original quirky fuel injection system. An expensive dyno tuning was done on the F.I. mapping. Reason for selling is that the bike hasn’t been ridden for 3 years and it should go to an owner who will ride it.

1998 Laverda Ghost Exhaust

This example, although poorly photographed, looks to be in very nice shape. And you can see a number of other classic Italian cars and motorcycles in the background, so the bike has certainly been owned by a dedicated enthusiast! Although many scoff at these later Zané-era Laverdas as being “not the real thing,” they offer up genuine Italian style, handling, and quirk. With just 6,000 miles on the clock and a Buy It Now price of $3,200 this is a screaming deal for lovers of bargain exotica.

-tad

1998 Laverda Ghost R Side

Zané-Era Bargain: 1998 Laverda Ghost for Sale
Suzuki October 19, 2015 posted by

Junior Walter Wolf Replica: 1985 Suzuki RG250Γ for Sale

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf R Side

Monday morning brings us yet another whippy little “you can’t get parts for it” two-stroke ripper. This RG250Γ is one of only a couple I’ve ever seen for sale in the US, and it’s in striking Walter Wolf blue and red colors as a bonus!

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf L Side Front

The little Gamma doesn’t have the mini-modern sportbike styling and 17″ wheels of the later RGV, but still has the usual two-stroke virtues: it weighs in at 286lbs dry and features one of the first mass-produced aluminum frames with anti-dive forks. Automatic Exhaust Control helps to boost the two-stroke’s weedy midrange and DecaPiston brakes have, as you’d expect, four pistons.

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf R Side Rear

Powered by a water-cooled, perfectly square 54mm x 54mm 247cc two-stroke parallel twin, the bike was restricted to 45hp in the Japanese market, but is capable of more with simple tuning. Backed by a six-speed gearbox and packed with modern technology, it was basically a cutting-edge sportbike in miniature.

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf Dash

This example features the classic Walter Wolf replica dark blue paint and subtly menacing red graphics. And while you could always just paint your little RG to match, the missing WW-specific gauges would give the game away. This example does have some scuffs from a low-side or some really careless storage, but appears to be a mechanically solid example.

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf R Side Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Suzuki RG250Γ Walter Wolf for Sale

Just imported from Japan through U.S. Customs, this 1985 Suzuki RG250 comes with a clean and clear street legal title ready to be transferred into your name in your state.

Your new Walter Wolf RG250 is showing just 9820 original miles (15803 kilometers) on the odometer so it is a lower mileage bike. The original bodywork is intact and the original gauges (unique to Walter Wolf editions) are present and accounted for. Nothing has been swapped out for aftermarket except the mirrors. This is a 30 year old motorcycle with 10k miles so it isn’t perfect; you have to expect paint wear and the normal scratches and chips and cracks on the bar ends and levers and fairing mount points; please see the scratches on the left fairing and left muffler tip as an example. Tires are newer and the seat is in good condition but the pillion seat has a previous repair on the factory stitching. The signals are original and the exhaust is original which is rare for a 30 year old used bike and the gas tank has 2 dents on the left side – please check with a paintless dent repair professional to see how cleanly those dings can be removed.

Here’s your chance to own a titled Japan market only Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf edition but don’t let this one pass you by because you’ll never see another one 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 streetbike. This rare two stroke is not a grey market import, it has been imported through proper legal channels and is already titled in the USA and ready to be transferred into your name just like any other vehicle purchase and title transfer. You will not need my US Customs documents and EPA documents but I will include them in the sale of this bike so you have documentation your RG was legally imported.

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf R Side Rear

This seller has listed several other fresh-off-the-boat strokers and, as always, includes a short clip of the bike running. Parts may be difficult to obtain for this Japan-only import, but hey: this isn’t “Easy to Maintain and Get Parts For Sportbikes.com” after all.

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf Seat

Once again, I’m super-excited these have become easier to import. Even if titling them for road use here in SoCal is impossible, they’d make a great addition to someone’s collection or, in the case of later bikes, a great track day toy.

-tad

1985 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf L Side

Junior Walter Wolf Replica: 1985 Suzuki RG250Γ for Sale
Yamaha October 12, 2015 posted by

Rare Middle-Child: 1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA for Sale

1989 TZR250 R Side

If you wanted a lightweight backroad weapon decorated with speedblock graphics in the late 80s and early 90s, your choice was clear: a Yamaha TZR250. The first TZR was powered by a liquid-cooled parallel twin and the last had the familiar 90° v-twin layout shared with Aprilia, Suzuki, and Honda.

1989 TZR250 L Side Rear

In between, Yamaha’s 1989-1990 3MA version of the TZR used an unusual reversed-cylinder configuration that had the carburetors mounted on the front of the engine, giving the exhausts a clear shot up under the seat and out the tail-section, avoiding expansion-chamber clearance issues. As can be seen from the photos, this left the airbox mounted low behind the front wheel.

1989 TZR250 L Side Bare

Backed by a six-speed gearbox and mounted in a classic Deltabox frame, the complete package made 50hp, depending on tune and weighed in at 308lbs wet.

1989 TZR250 R Side Front

This particular example has been well-used, with 16,000 miles on the clock, and does have some minor wear-and-tear, but is extremely clean with the fairings off, as can be seen from the photos.

1989 TZR250 R Side Bare

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA

It’s raining really hard today but I wanted to get some pics anyway. I rode it to a nearby park and got some shots.

Brake calipers need to be rebuilt, wheels could use new paint, some cracks in the plastics, need tires and a battery. The gas tank is almost perfect inside and out, titled in my name in Washington. I sell my bikes the way I want to buy bikes. With all the original parts weather they’re in need of repair or not. I do not like to swap out parts unless they are NOS and for the exact model. They’re only original once and once a bunch of things have been changed they no longer have value to me.

Please look closely at the pictures for condition. Bikes runs great but it’s a two stroke with 16,000 miles on it so I do not put any guarantee of any type on it.

1989 TZR250 Clocks

The seller also includes a short video of the bike being started and a quick walk-around. As you can see, the bike has some scuffs from use, but it otherwise looks very nice, and most importantly, it looks ready to run.

1989 TZR250 R Side Rear

With a Buy It Now of $5,000 and a street-legal title, this is a pretty cool opportunity to pick up an unusual little road-ripper for pretty cheap. Sourcing parts for this unusual middle-child TZR could prove a bit of a pain, but well worth the effort.

-tad

1989 TZR250 L Side

Rare Middle-Child: 1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA for Sale
Laverda October 5, 2015 posted by

Keep the lav going: 1999 Laverda Formula on ebay uk

Hot on the heels of the RGS posted by Tad D on Sunday, here is a very lovely 1999 Laverda Formula 750s Formula edition for sale on ebay UK.

I will admit to being biased about the bike posted below; its one of my personal favorites.  The Formula editions were the top of the lineup bike of the Zane era, with upgraded camshafts and race-spec ECU chips.  These upgrades were in addition to the 750 series standard kit of a Nico Baker designed frame, marchesini wheels, letterbox gas tank, brembo brakes and carbon fiber goodies.  Plus the black and orange bodywork (which was the original livery/paint scheme offered by the factory) is attractive but not outlandish; not as monocromatic as a Ducati 748 but not as graphically eye bending as a Vance and Hines edition Yamaha FZR.

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1999 Laverda Formula for sale on ebay uk

While reviews declared the parallel twin powered Laverda to be an equal to or better than its competion (such as the Ducati 748), the Formula edition only lasted for two years.  The effort was hampered by a nearly non-existent marketing budget, squabbling ownership and typical small manufacturer production concerns.   On top of this, the the Zane-era laverda’s developed a reputation for crank problems due to oiling issues at high mileage.   The entire concern fell apart in late 2000 and entered bankruptcy and while an attempted rescue by Aprilia raised hopes for a bit, Aprilia itself was soon acquired by Piaggio and the marque was shelved in 2003.  The result is that the 1999 and 2000 series Formula are considered to be the last true race spec Laverda’s produced.

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Condition of this particular formula looks excellent, with only some small aftermarket parts such as a double bubble screen, footpeg ends and handgrips appearing to be non-standard/OEM.  The only issues I see in the pics (other than the aftermarket pieces) is a bit of paint being off the wheels and the very edge of the lower fairing, both typical items for an italian bike of this era.  Also the speedo is cracked but the seller indicates a replacement is available.

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Regarding maintenance, the seller states that a recommended upgrade to a stainless oil filter and oil upgrade to prevent the aforementioned crank issues has already been done. The seller is also an active poster on the yahoo zanelist forum and appears to have a nice 2000 series formula still tucked away in the garage, so the knowledge of what it takes to maintain the bike would seem to be genuine.

Here is some other things the the seller mentions in their ebay post

  • Battery is fine and charges, lights work and indicators flash, never failed to start.
  • Have previous MOT’s, a stamped service book and the original owners manuals, both for the bike and Paioli suspension. I’ll put a new MOT on it too.
  • One of the pictures shows a crack on the speedo face. I have another set of clocks that I can throw in with the sale should the price be right.
  • There is also a small amount of flaking to the wheels, an unfortunate side effect of aluminium wheels. These can be re-powder coated for around £80-£100 per set.

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Is this bike worth the 4000 GBP asking price?  Actually I think its worth more, given its condition and rareity.  Prices are definitely starting to creep up on the Formula editions, with the 2000 series really jumping up lately.  1999 versions of the Formula like this one are are essentially the same bike with different bodywork  and this one looks to be in very good condition.

Overall I think this is a great opportunity for a collector or laverda fan in the UK to obtain one of the final “true” laverda bikes.   and perhaps enjoy it a bit or tuck it away in a collection and let prices keep appreciating.  Long term I think this one will definitely be more treat than trick.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Keep the lav going:  1999 Laverda Formula on ebay uk
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.

-tad

1986 Suzuki RG250 L Side