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Sport Bikes For Sale March 20, 2012 posted by

Pepsi Refreshes The World: 1988 Suzuki RG500 Heron Pepsi Edition

Pepsi Refreshes The World:  1988 Suzuki RG500 Heron Pepsi Edition

I take cash or check for the plug PepsiCo.  Take your hand off your wallet if you are in the United States as this one is in Australia.  It’s still ok to look at the pictures though. Seeing a Pepsi logo on a Suzuki takes me back to the days of a young Kevin Schwantz starting to show  promise and put the Suzuki RGV500 right up there with the dominant Yamaha’s and Honda’s of the day.  I have to admit though, I’ve always thought these Pepsi RG500’s have  looked a little funky.  The older RG silhouette with the Pepsi paint just doesn’t look quite right compared to say the RGV250 (VJ21) Pepsi Edition.  The story behind them, as told to me, is very interesting.

Apparently by 1988 RG500’s were not moving off the showroom floors very quickly due to the sales success of the GSXR750.  Heron Suzuki decided a little race paint might make the bikes more appealing and commissioned Dream Machine to paint 50 Pepsi RG’s and 50 Skoal Bandit RG’s.  So,  if you are purist, you can argue that these aren’t “official” Suzuki replicas.  I’d get into that argument with Lucky Strike RGV250 (VJ22) owners in the UK because apparently Suzuki UK had some RGV250’s sprayed in Lucky Strike colors as well.  Having said that, the paint quality on these is supposed to excellent and they are extremely rare bikes.

The seller has owned the bike for 13 years and states it resides in his house.  He does say it was tuned by UK tuner Stan Stephens but doesn’t go into any detail of what work was actually done.  Not a bad thing but I know hard core collectors like them as close to stock as possible.

The solo tail cover was included with the bikes.

 

The info:

Well then what can I say about this that the pictures don’t?

As you can see it is in amazing condition and those of you who know about RG500’s will know how rare this is.
The only marks on it are from moving it around the house and shed.
It is the 7th Pepsi RG500 made by Heron Suzuki UK, This is stamped on it.
I have had this for 13 years and the person before me had it since new.
It has been tuned by the legendary two stroke tuner Stan Stephens in the UK apart from that it is standard.
I have the passenger seat and foot pegs as well.
I have the Suzuki service book and paper work and the import paper work to register it in Australia.
I can register it for you if you like to save any hassle (it’s not hard though).
As you can see by one of the pic’s it has been on display in my house and has been for years as ART.
It has been started regularly yes even in the house and filled the house with the smell of two stroke, a much better smell than roses as any die hard two stroke fan will agree.
I only rode it up the road and back in the house to keep all in great working order.
I moved from this house a few years ago and it’s been in a dry shed but still ridden up the road and back 2 kilometres about every six months.
I feel the leather jacket signed by Kevin must go with it, He signed it for me when I had a BBQ with him and his mum and dad back in the day.
I have a contact that transports bikes Australia wide and for example from the Gold Coast to Sydney it’s $200.
If you would like me to take a pic of any other part of the bike just let me know and I can email it to you.
Please feel free to ask me any questions about it.

The seller is definitely asking collector type money.  The bike is at $15,000 Aus and has not met reserve and this is a re listing with a lower reserve.  Do you guys think it would command $15,000 in the U.S. (titled)?

 

Click for the auction.

Ian

 

Sport Bikes For Sale January 16, 2012 posted by

It’s All In The Reserve: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Gamma

It’s All In The Reserve: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Gamma

Update: Originally we posted this one in November of 2011. Back on eBay and links are updated. -dc

This may not be the flashiest RG we’ve listed but I like auctions like this to see what the market is willing to pay for a two stroke. On one hand you have a rare RG in decent overall condition. On the other hand, it has no paperwork, hasn’t been started in years and is not a special version. The reserve will tell the story. Did the seller base his price on market realities or is he going to try and milk the two stroke allure for every penny? Only time and some bidding will tell.

Overall the pictures show a solid, stock example. It’s funny but I’ve rarely seen an RG250 with aftermarket chambers while you rarely find an RGV250 without them. The close up picture does appear so show some oxidation on the frame that is oh so common on bikes that live close to the ocean.

You’d be hard pressed to distinguish between an RG250 and RG500 from the front.

The story:

Hi I have a 1986 RG-R250 Gamma that i had imported from Japan in 2007. It has never been registered in Canada. I imported it along with some other bike for the purpose of reselling, but with running my regular buisness I never have the time and now the desire to continue with the bikes that I have left. I had the bike running when I first imported but it hasn’t ran for3 yrs, but it should run with out too much effort. When running it sounded good and and blew that beautiful blue 2 stroke smoke. It is a 2 stroke 250cc. The body and paint are in great shape frame is nice and shiny. This bike had obviously been kept in doors before I imported it and Ive kept it in my shop since. The bikes tires, chain, brakes, sprokets seem to be in good shape. If you have any questions e-mail me and I’ll do my best to anwser. Oh also the bike has 17193km not miles

 

We Americans would have a panic attack with some Japanese in the middle of our cluster yet the Japanse regularly mix in English in almost everything . Some of it can be quite amusing. I’m a bit baffled on the mileage. The cluster is a KM unit and shows roughly 9,500KM’s. The seller states though, the bikes has over 17,000KM’s. What am I missing?

Overall it is a nice example with a paint scheme that is rarely seen. The lack of paperwork (although it is has hit the magic 25 year mark that drops most import issues) and time sitting are sure to hold the price back though. If you need a comparison, a 1987 RG250 that needed some work but was titled sold for $3,300 a few months ago. If you can snag it for the right price I think you’d come away with a solid RG, that with some freshening up will provide plenty of smiles.

Check it out here.

Ian

Sport Bikes For Sale December 28, 2011 posted by

Squeaky Clean Aussie RG: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Squeaky Clean Aussie RG: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Rockingham beach, Perth, Australia

Do you need any other motivation to book a flight to Perth Australia? Remember it is Summer there.

Heck, the seller already has it trailered ready for a trip to the airport or dock. Maybe one of our readers can pull of this fantasy and I can live vicariously through you.

Still not buying into my idea? Here is some more motivation.

It has some KM’s (25,000) but damn, it sure is clean. I’m always impressed when I see a clean stroker since they tend to collect filth.

The seller says she is 100% original and has a fresh top end. He adds, she looks and runs like new. The square four sounded healthy in the video. The black/red/white is one of the rarer color schemes.

Hmmmm, the current high bid is 15,000 AUD and the reserve has yet to be met. I honestly don’t think it would fetch that kind of price here in the States. We’ve had a few listed in this price range lately and I don’t believe they sold at that price. On the other hand, the price on an all original Gamma is not going to go down as the years go by.

A boring but impressive shot. That is either brand new switch gear or this thing hasn’t seen much sun light. Here is the auction.

Ian

Sport Bikes For Sale December 7, 2011 posted by

Alpha Gamma: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

For Sale: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

From the great state of Pennsylvania comes this fantastically clean Suzuki RG500 Gamma. Now mind you ALL Gammas are objects worthy of our lust, but here is one wearing less common livery (ranking right up there with the Walter Wolf variety in rarity). The bike is very well kept, tastefully modified, and available to the highest bidder. Happy Holidays indeed!

Much has been written about these fabulous square fours, and I KNOW the folks reading this board have a hankering for that smell of smoke in the early hours of morning. This RG is as imported as they come (probably snuck over the boarder from Canada as a used bike), as the US shores never held open arms to this, or any other street-going two stroke from the early 1980s onward. I do so love the look of those upper pipes exiting the seat cowl. I look at this bike and say to myself: Someday……

From the seller:
Heres a VERY nice 1986 Suzuki RG 500 GAMMA up for auction.It looks like new + runs better than it looks! It has the rare black/red/white color combo…only 60 out of 650 or so GAMMAs came in this color when originally imported into Canada….its even rarer then the Walter Wolf (at least in this hemisphere..maybe europe had more) It has most all of the Rick Lance mods that make the bike much faster,better handling + better stopping then a totally STOCK Gamma is…Tommy Crawford pipes,tri-pod air box mod., floating EBC front rotors + calipers,wider more modern tires,in-line petcock mods, etc…etc..this bike FAST as F— when you hit the powerband + is NOT for the faint of heart! If you never rode a Gamma..your in for a BIG treat!! Tons of FUN! comes with clear title.

Additional info:
Bike also has a FOX racing shock+ resevoir ,fully adjustable / Lance strut NEW….tires are 120/V-17 front 160/v-17 rear,great shape,engine is ported/carbs. modified to flow more air/fuel, this bikes performance + looks are exceptional!! buyer will NOT be disappointed!


It is not often that we find a RG in the States with a title in this kind of condition. When we do, they invariably do not last long. Today’s RG has the added benefit of being sorted and nicely updated – reference Rick Lance mods and parts, as Lance is the guru of the Gamma. This auction has just started and your chance to own this beauty before Christmas is now!

So what price do you place on the rare, exclusivity that is an RG? This auction started with an opening bid of $3k and very quickly jumped up to $9,689 by the time of this writing. The reserve is still in place, and the BIN number is set at $15,500. While high by many counts, this appears to be the new going rate for super-clean RGs and RZs these days. No doubt that values of these bikes are on the rise given the ever growing polulation of Priuses in our EPA-choked and limited world. For more info and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck, and don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on RSBFS!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale August 31, 2011 posted by

Springtime And Square Fours: 1986 Suzuki RG500

Springtime And Square Fours:  1986 Suzuki RG500

Update 8.31.2011: Back on eBay with one day left. Good catch Mike!

It looks like there will be one less two stroke marauding the hills of Kentucky this Spring.  Your neighbors might disagree but these cool Spring mornings and evenings need to filled with the sound of  rattling two strokes. 

Before you ask:  there was no mention of a title in the auction.  Doesn’t mean there isn’t one but you’ll have to ask the seller.  What you do have is a pretty nice RG500 in basically stock condition.  It has what might not be the most popular paint scheme but definitely one of the rarest.  Nothing major jumps out at me that has been changed.  Hopefully the solo seat was just laid on there for the photos and isn’t that ill fitting.  The lower looks like it isn’t fitting very well either.  Who doesn’t start to sag a bit when they get older though!

Is she a high mileage bike?  You’ll be happy to know she is one the lower mileage RG’s I’ve seen lately: 9,283 miles.  One thing that did catch my eye was the wheels.  I’m not sure they are the original color.  Every bike I saw on the net had black wheels with this paint scheme.  I’ve learned to never say never though.  Suzuki could have made 5 bikes for Luxembourg that had this paint with red wheels.  Most importantly you’ve got another bike here, well over 20 years old and it looks to have no major changes.  The front blinkers look to be after market and the mirrors looks a little different as well.  The gas cap might have been on the receiving end of some paint too.  A few stickers might be MIA.  Usually there is a “Suzuki” sticker on the lower and a “Full Floater Suspension” close to the rear passnenger pegs.  Minor stuff (unless it has been repainted)  but I’m sure the eagle eyed RG fanatics notice it.

 

There were some seriously sweet carbon cans on Ebay a few weeks ago that would look awfully good back there.  Maybe some Jolly Moto’s to go with them?

Here is what the seller has to say:

For Sale low mileage, 9282 miles-14,938 km . I have owned this bike since 2003. It has been in storage and garage kept. Bike has original paint and bike is mechanically and esthetically sound. This bike is very clean to be 25 years old. The color of this bike is the black, white orange and red, the most rare color that was available. Anyone who knows anything about the RG 500 Gamma know they are highly collectible.

Without knowing about the title I’m staying away from guessing a price.  The starting bid  was set low so I’m sure we are no where near the reserve as of this writing.  If it is titled I don’t see a reason why someone wouldn’t want it. You can place your bid here.

Ian

Sport Bikes For Sale August 19, 2011 posted by

Before The V: 1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma

Before The V:  1987 Suzuki  RG250 Gamma

Yes, there were 250 Gamma’s before the VJ21 rolled out with its’ GP like V twin engine and twin spar aluminum frame.  This is the last of the line of the parallel twins in the original RG series.  As time has passed by many may forget this was the first replica racer for the street and created quite a buzz.  The 1983 RG250 was the first mass produces motorcycle with a light weight aluminum frame.  This was the bike to have.

What is neat about the RG250 is that there are so many variants produced.  Full fairings, half fairing, Walter Wolfs in two colors, HB colors.  In 84 they added a noticeable slant to headlight/fairing, it didn’t last long and went back to the blunt look for the rest of the series.  There are probably a couple more  I’m missing.  A Suzuki collector pointed out to me that  Suzuki  even came out with a mid year, domestic model with updated specs to hold people over until the RGV250 (VJ21) came out.  I’ve also been told but haven’t confirmed that Japanese domestic bikes were a model year ahead of what the rest of the world got.  For example, a 1987 UK RG250 would be a 1986 model in Japan.  I did find a tidbit on All Suzuki Motorcycles Ever Built that the 1987  Canadian model RG had 1986 RG250 specs.  So, maybe there is some truth there.

I believe this is a Canadian model and it has the matching tail cover.  Somewhere along the line she made it south of the Canadian border and got a TN title.  I’ll let the seller explain the rest:

 1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma. Excellent condition with only 11k miles (18k KM on odo).  Completely stock and everything works perfectly.  A few chips and scratches on the bodywork with one small dent on the top of the tank (see photos).  Tires are recently replaced and the bike is ready to ride, no issues.  Happy to assist with shipping however I can.  Clear TN title on the bike.

They aren’t generally as desirable as an RGV250  but I will be the first to admit they are more rare.  Having seen a couple in person recently,  I can say they are good looking bikes when given some TLC.  The seller is starting the auction off relatively high at $3,900.  Considering decent RGV’s  (not mint) have been selling in the 5’s I’m not sure how much action he will get on the auction.  Having said that, if you want, lust after or crave  an RG250 that is  clean, stock and titled you may need to throw in a bid.  If you’ve been waiting, take action here.

Ian

Sport Bikes For Sale August 1, 2011 posted by

Collector Quality RG: Titled 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Collector Quality RG:  Titled 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

I don’t care how many of these we post, I never get tired of them.  This one is a gem.  If you didn’t mortgage the house on the YZR500 replica from a a few days ago maybe you’d like to land a low mile, mint and titled RG500.

It doesn’t get much closer to showroom condition than this, especially for a 26 year old bike.  Somebody really cared for this bike.  I think it is in 100% stock condition.

It is a boring photo but very telling to me.  Look how the “off/run” button isn’t faded.  It hasn’t seen much sun.

And the story goes like this:

Not very often does an opportunity to own a near perfect – low mileage ( 3280 miles / 5307 KM’s ) California titled 1986 Suzuki RG 500 come around. If you are reading this then chances are you already know the value – collectability and shear awesomeness that these bikes possess. They are the ultimate two stroke motorcycle and If you have ever had the thrill of riding or owning one —  you know what I am talking about. They also go up in value very quickly — especially the few with low mileage and in great condition– as this bike represents. 

Easy to ride around town — tame and relatively quiet — but get the revs up and suddenly you are on a mid 80’s GP race bike – these things are very peaky in GP hi rev mode and nothing sounds and accelerates quite like them.. Unintentional first – second and third gear wheelies … The power band is amazing.

4 cylinder 2 stroke perfection…This bike runs perfect – shifts perfect – looks perfect  — Totally stock and in showroom condition. A 9.9 out of 10..

( This is a 26 year old bike that should be in a museum / it looks that beautiful  — there are however 3 minor imperfections )

1.) Bottom of belly pan ( can’t see it unless you crawl under the bike) has a small melt spot as a result of fuel drippage / drain hose previously routed incorrectly ..

2.) Touch up on front fairing near headlight.. 1/4″ — look close and you still won’t see it…

3.) Left side panel near screw hole a small (1/4″) crack which was repaired.. hard to see so look close.

( All are very minor but wanted to mention them to the serious buyers / collectors that i am sure are looking at this fine example..)

Never dropped – never rebuilt – never abused and always stored in a temp sensitive pampered environment ..

It will be very hard to find a finer example with such low miles ( 3200) so if you are seriously considering grabbing one of these before they climb above $25K — and they will shortly — this is the RG you want  — Just installed two new Bridgestone Battle ax ‘s front and rear..

The only decision that has to be made is what kind of RG buyer are you?  Are you the type that leans to the collector side and like them stock?  Or are you the type that wants to put some miles on it and a twist that throttle like it was meant to be twisted?  The later I would assume would be much more interested in an RG that has had the more modern updates performed to it.  For the collector types, well this is what you wait for.  Add it to your collection here.

Ian

Sport Bikes For Sale July 31, 2011 posted by

Looking For A Winter Project? How About A 1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma?

Looking For A Winter Project?  How About A 1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma?

It is not the latest and greatest and it isn’t a “10” but it does have the makings of a nice winter  project (aka wife evader).  It is in decent shape, it is mostly stock and complete, it does have a title and there is no reserve.  Read on if intrigued.

They were parallel twins before the V’s came along.  Pictures don’t tell the whole story but they are a good start.  I’m not noticing a lot of major corrosion but there will be some for sure on various bolts, brackets etc.  Rubber that old tends to be cracked or brittle as well.  Factor in all those little parts you know you will need when making a bid.

Not showroom quality obviously but not abused either.  If you are curious about parts, there is a decent supply of RG250 parts to be had.

If you do some research I think you will be surprised how many color schemes these things came in.  They included several Walter Wolf versions and my favorite, the HB Suzuki yellow and white.  There were not any major design changes from the RG’s inception in 1983 to the last version in 1987.

The RG’s details:

This is a rare Suzuki 250 Gamma. It is titled in Washington State as a 1984 but the VIN and the color and the specs indicate it is really a 1987 ( MK4.)
( You may wish to do the research)
I have owned the bike for 12 years. It is a Japanese import which I bought for my son on his 18th birthday. He only rode it for a summer then went to college and after that went overseas.
This is a great little bike. I start it up periodically and it is garaged but I don’t ride it often. It runs and sounds great!  The condition is good but it does have some blemishes-it has a scrape on the engine case, ( pictured) a scrape on the exhaust pipe tips, and the lower fairing is missing ( almost impossible to find one)   The upper firing has some cracks and has been repaired. There is an oil leak from the exhaust pipe where it enters the engine but it is small. It only has the single seat. 19,875 kms not miles.
This bike would suit a two stroke enthusiast . It is fun to ride, runs well, and best of all is street legal. Everything works.

 

Obviously, if you were interested in this as a project it would all hinge on the price.  It isn’t a basket case but if you are doing a full restore you’d have engine work, paint, worn parts and all those pesky clips, brackets, screws and hoses that would need to be replaced.  I’d ask about the missing fairing pieces as well. 

I’ve never paid too much attention to the older RG250’s but I’ve seen a couple restored recently and they impressed the hell out of me.  If you can stay out of a bidding war on it I think you’d have a diamond in the rough.  Here she is.

Ian