Posts by tag: RG

Sport Bikes For Sale May 21, 2010 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma From The Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum

This is a titled & registered RG500 in California!

Bike:  1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Walter Wolf Edition

Price:  $15,500USD

Location:  Solvang, California

Mileage: 20,000km

Located in Solvang, California is a 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in Walter Wolf colors.   This bike is available from the collection of the Slovang Vintage Motorcycle Museum.  They state that the bike is entirely original and has 20,000km (12,427mi) on it.  They state that the bike has been titled & registered in California for many years.  No service or damage history is provided.  Now, all my information says that the Walter Wolf Edition bikes were MY ’87 only but, I’ll trust the Solvang Museum and assume that they were also produced at the end of the 1986MY.

The RG500 is what many consider to be the ultimate, large displacement, road-going two stroke ever produced.  The RG500 was based on the RG500’s that won world championship’s during the late ’70’s and early ’80’s.  The street going RG’s featured a 498cc, square-four, two-stroke with rotary valve and exhaust port valves and 4x28mm Mikuni flatside carburetors working together to produce 95HP at 9000rpm (83RWHP).  The GP replica also featured 38mm conventional forks with anti-dive, adjustable pre-load and an adjustable mono-shock out back.  The magic was in the aluminum frame however, the RG produced 95HP while only weighing in at 175kg (385lbs) wet!

Some side history about Walter Wolf Racing:  Walter Wolf Racing was a UK Formula 1 race team that competed from 1976 to 1980 and is one of the reasons Williams F1 is where it is today.  The cars were finished in a distinctive Black/Red/Gold scheme which is referenced on the replica RG.  Walter Wolf also had an attraction to Lamborghini’s and has some very distinctive specials produced during the early ’80’s.

If this is a real Walter Wolf replica, and I don’t doubt that it is, it is the rarest RG500 produced–that I’m aware of.  This bike looks to be in fantastic condition from the sole picture present as you would expect for a museum bike.  The asking price is $15,500 which is right where we see standard RG500’s so, I would call this a good price for what you’re getting if it can be verified to be 100% original.  See the bike on Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum’s website here.

AG

Quick Spot May 11, 2010 posted by

1994 Suzuki RGV250 Gamma VJ22 In Washington State

This looks like a very nice looking RGV250 VJ22!  Located in Seattle, Washington is an untitled 1994 Suzuki RGV250 Gamma with some new parts and spares.  The new parts consist of brakes, tires, chain and a titanium bolt kit; the spares are extra stock and aftermarket bodywork.  The seller states that this bike does run but, needs to be tuned correctly.  The bike also has an aftermarket exhaust fitted which, has Leo Vince stickers fitted to the carbon silencers–did Leo Vince make a system for the RGV?  This is a nice RGV project that will take some work to make it perfect but, the asking price is a realistic $2,500.  See this bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Sport Bikes For Sale April 28, 2010 posted by

Modified and Titled 1986 RG500 on Ebay

Modified and Titled 1986 RG500 on Ebay

Making its’ second appearance on RSBFS is this heavily modified RG500.  I’m sure most visitors to RSBFS know all about RG500’s so I’m not going to delve into their history.  Instead  this bike brings up a subject I’ve always wondered about with rare bikes.  What is more appealing to a buyer of a  rare bike:  a stock bike or or a bike  modified with quality components (mileage being the same on both bikes)?  This bike has been pretty heavily breathed on engine wise and the chassis has also been brought closer to modern specs.  Lately it seems clean/low mileage/titled RG’s have been selling in the low teens.  The seller has listed this RG with a $13,000 Buy It Now price (Down $1000 from the previous listing).  What do you guys think, is that price in the ball park?

From the Ebay listing:

In 2005 before moving to the USA, the engine was given to BDK race engineering, who completely rebuilt the engine (Replacing all crankshaft bearings and seals), bored it to 570cc and performed a stage 3 tune. A Nova gearbox was fitted to cope with the extra power, the carbs where offset bored to 31.5mm and Mark Dent’s ITG air filters where fitted. The motorcycle was then assembled in Austin and put on the AF1 dyno in New Braunsfel where it recorded 108hp (A week later without any mods, it recorded 126hp on a dynojet 250!! AF1 dyno is known to under read..). The bike is extremely fast.

The frame is a standard RG500 frame but with a complete RGV250 front end fitted, the forks where modified (new springs and damper units) by Maxton Race engineering in the UK to correct for the weight difference of an RG500 compared to an RGV250, BDK also custom made a rear shock for the bike which raised the rear by about 15mm to speed up steering. The rear wheel is a 4.5” CMA and matches the front wheel very closely. The bike handles beautifully. The rear swing arm is a standard RG 500 swing arm which has been braced for extra rigidity, the rear axle was also changed to increase rigidity (it is now a hollow 1” axle instead of the very weak ½” standard axle).

The motorbike is running a set of Mark Dent exhausts which where coated by HPC (High Performance Coatings) in the USA. The battery has been relocated to the steering headstock to get more weight over the front wheel.  The fairing is a modified RGV250 fairing, the gas tank is a standard RG500 gas tank, and the rear bodywork is a copied/modified RG500 bodywork. The motorbike is running the standard 2 stroke oil pump, (no premix) which has proved very reliable and is far less hassle when out riding.

 

My opinion in general is that when you modify a bike you need to it for yourself and not expect to retrieve that money upon selling.  I go on the assumption that not everyone likes the same modifications.  Can you argue though, this owner has done all the hard to work to modernize the RG and has it ready to ride?  I know those Mark Dent pipes weren’t cheap, that is for sure!  If this RG is for you get 

IK

Sport Bikes For Sale April 28, 2010 posted by

Suzuki RG500 MKII on eBay UK

SUZUKI RG500 MKII  EX JOHN NEWBOLD RACE BIKE

If you want a rare bike, why not go all the way.  This nicely restored RG500 MK II is definitely an eye catcher.  I know you can’t tell everything from pictures but to my untrained eye this sure looks like a nice, professional restoration.  The bike appears to be a 1978 model and has quite a history with a sad ending.  I was actually following a thread on North American Two Strokes   where the owner was looking for some info on the bike.  Incredibly some members of the board knew the history of the bike just by identifying  some specific parts on the bike.  I bow to their knowledge.

Here is a little history on the MK II since I don’t think it is as well known  as the later RGB customer bikes:

The Mk II, introduced for the 1977 season, incorporated detail changes, the most obvious being the more upright shock absorber mounting employed on the new model. Suzuki also followed the lead of the racers who had ridden the MK I variant and who had routinely dispensed with that models oil injection system, in deleting the system. The consequent switch to pre-mix lubrication on the Mk II which resulted in blanked off disc valve covers gracing the Mk II’s crankcases and the exhaust system adopted integral silencers. The rest of the machine was little changed from the previous season, it retained the wire spoked wheels, quadruple 34mm Mikuni carburettors and four crankshafts of the Mk1 which delivered a power output reputedly of 103 bhp.

Here is some info from the auction:

SUZUKI RG500 MARK 2 , EX-JOHN NEWBOLD  RESTORED IN 1995 BY MOSSEY ,TEXACO HERON  TEAM  COLOURS USED IN IOM SHELL 500 TT RACE , DUCK-BILL FAIRING , LETTER OF PROVIDENCE ,  BEEN IN PRIVATE COLLECTION DRY-STORAGE

 

Be ready to open up the wallet if you are in love.  The seller has listed the bike as a classified ad and the asking price is just over $30,000.  .

These things are just nasty sounding:  scary!

IK

Suzuki April 16, 2010 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Titled & Registered In Washington State

This is a fantastic looking RG500 registered in Washington state!  Located in Spanaway, Washington is a 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma.  This bike is titled and registered but not much else about it is mentioned in the ad.  The asking price of $15,000 is pretty consistent with what we’ve seen in the past especially if it has low miles.  Being in northern Washington, this bike could possibly be this RG–but cleaned up–which we posted in May of 2009.

The RG500 line was only produced for four years and is one of, if not, the ultimate incarnations of a road going two-stroke.  This bike features a 495cc water cooled, rotary disc-valve, two-stroke power plant fitted to a race-replica aluminum frame with the top of the line suspension for the period.  Some owners do complain about the 16in front wheel and notchy gearbox but, I’m sure no one would turn down an opportunity to ride one of the ultimate stink wheels.  And if you’re wondering: Yes, it would be OK to sell your son/daughters Civic and make them ride the bus, they can always sit in the garage and stare at the RG with you.  See this gorgeous looking bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Suzuki April 7, 2010 posted by

1983 Suzuki RG250 Gamma In Florida

This is the first of the modern Suzuki two-strokes and it’s available in Florida!  Located in Hollywood, Florida is a 1983 Suzuki RG250 Gamma.  I know, when you have a rare bike, you only need to advertise what you have and a phone number but, we potential buyers could use some more information!  The seller only states that this bike is sold with a Bill-Of-Sale only, sadly.  The bike looks to be in pretty good condition for being twenty-seven years old with only some slight sun fading and does have correct but, incorrectly colored wheels.  The 1983 RG250 features a water cooled, parallel twin with 46hp at 8,500rpm.  Other features include a six-speed transmission, anti-dive forks, aluminum frame and full floating, rear, suspension.  This bike also weighs in at only 131kg dry.  As with any bike, it’s good to have a title and that seems to be the only drawback this bike has.  The asking price is only $2,400; try to find something this rare and cool for that price.  See this RG on Craigslist here.

AG

Suzuki January 2, 2010 posted by

1989 Suzuki VT250K Wolf VJ21A

Located in Ontario, Canada is a 1989 Suzuki VT250.  According to the seller:

Japan home market v-twin 2 stroke. This is the naked version of the RGV250.

I haven’t seen one of these before, which doesn’t mean it’s automatically rare but I don’t doubt it is.  Seller states it has 17,000km, the carbs were just gone through, and a new battery.  This is a 282lb, 45hp, Two Stroke.  See it on North American Two Strokes here.

AG

Suzuki November 27, 2009 posted by

2 for 2 Stroke Friday

First up is a good looking

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Bike information from the seller:

My Yamaha RZ350 1988 in A1 plus condition.The motor is full rebuilt (Cost me $1800.00)
The CLutch is new + Stearing bearing + Brake + fork seal + seat + battery etc. I put more than $4000.00 (I have all the invoice) on it.
I also done full paint like original except the side pannel near the seat. The gas tank receive acid treatment.
The paint job is not perfect but not far. It cost me with the sticker $1250.00
So i put aroung $5250.00 on it. Any question write to me using contact seller.
Also injection is A1 working perfectly.
It start on first kick. Everything work perfectly

This looks like it could be a ton of fun on the open road.

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Next up is a as well. Both of these gems are for sale by the same owner in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

This RG250 was listed on RSBFS back in August and is still for sale.

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Quotes from the seller:

with 15 000 km (9000 miles)
This bike, when i bought it 2 years ago cost my $3900.00 and i put more than
$4000.00 to make it perfect. There is New Original Gas Tank and one side pannel.
There is a scratch on front fender back side.
Carburator, brake,tires,seat (front and back), mono seat, battery are new.
It start on first kick. Everything work perfectly.
I have all the invoice and evaluation price for this bike is more than $14000.00 is this condition

The seller seems to have a lot of $ into restoring these little bikes and it shows. Back in August I believe the RG was for sale on ebay for 4,500, but that may have been a starting price. Both have B.I.N prices of $5,300.00 so if you or your significant other has a cool 2 stroke on the wish list, these could be under the tree by Christmas.

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