Posts by tag: RGV250

Aprilia March 20, 2019 posted by

Shipping Not Included: 1998 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

The Aprilia RS250 was my introduction to the quarter-liter two-stroke sportbike class. I didn't even get into motorcycles until the late 1990s, by which time two strokes were completely gone from the sportbike scene here in the US. But, as an avid reader of the British biking magazines, I saw them mentioned time and again in such glowing terms. Sure, there were performance differences between the Honda NSR250, Yamaha TZR250, Kawasaki KR-1, and Suzuki RGV250 that loaned its engine to the Aprilia, but as a group they pretty much set the standard for light weight and handling. Bikes today still aspire to be so simple, purposeful, lightweight, and engaging.

As I mentioned, Aprilia didn't design the RS250's engine, they borrowed a perfectly good one from Suzuki. Aprilia claimed a host of changes the RGV250's engine, but mostly they didn't mess things up, since the two-stroke v-twin was already a solid choice: tuning parts were readily available and it was capable of making competitive power. Instead, Aprilia focused on the bike's frame and swingarm, in the process creating a hybrid machine with sublime handling, Italianate looks, and good parts availability for maintenance and tuning.

I prefer the looks of the first-generation RS250, but the updated styling seen here is still a winner and the partially-digital dash, while looking decidedly retro today, was pretty cutting-edge at the time, with an analog tach and digital speedometer, as well as a lap-timer function.

This one also includes passenger pegs and that hideous pillion pad that grows like a tumor from the top of the sloped tail section. The only bike with an uglier solution might be the biposto Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000. These little two-strokes make generally terrible two-up mounts, but at least the earlier version of the bike looks like they put a bit of thought into making the bike capable of carrying two in a pinch, without murdering the sleek lines...

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

MADE IN ITALY !!! Collector's Bike-Antique. This model has won a lot of world championships! Aprilia Racing spirit super fast supersport bike antique. The Ferrari of motorbikes! Aprilia sells replacement parts for this bike till now. 250cc racing two-stroke with 0-60miles or 0-100km at 4.3 seconds, the bike it is, like it was bought, no modification was made because it is already powerfull. These engines produce 300 atmospheric horse power (without turbo or supercharger) at 1000cc when they have racing carburetors and exhausts. The bike has the manufacturer's upside-down racing forks and the manufacturer's GOLD Brembo brakes!!! It only needs new battery.

WARNING: SHIPPING NOTICE :    I CAN HELP AT THE SHIPPING PROCESS. I CAN PACKAGE THE BIKE IN THE SAME BOX AS THE MANUFACTURE SHIPS IT. ALSO I CAN FIND FOR YOU A SHIPPING COMPANY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE TIME FOR IT AND GET READY ALL THE LEGAL PAPERWORK. THE BIKE IS SOLD WITH THE LICENSE PLATES READY FOR ROAD USE IF YOU LIKE OR WITHOUT THEM IF YOU WISH TO RIDE IT IN THE TRACK-COURSE. THE SELLING PRICE OF THE BIKE IS THE SAME FOR BOTH CASES. SHIPPING COST IS THE BUYERS EXPENSE. IF THE BUYER WANTS TO COME TO ATHENS FOR THE PACKAGING AND SHIPPING THIS CAN BE DONE (i will escort him/her from the time that will arrive to the airport) IF THE BUYER WANTS TO RIDE THE BIKE TO THE DESTINATION COUNTRY, IF THE COUNTRY IS NEAR BY, THIS CAN BE DONE ALSO, ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

The bike has 13,600 miles  or 22000 kilometers. The indication of distance made from the bike on the display is in kilometers.

Used by riders such as Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Marco Melandri, Jorge Lorenzoand, Loris Capirossi in MotoGP races.

The Aprilia RS250 is powered by a modified Suzuki RGV250 (VJ22) engine which is prepared by Aprilia, changes include a revised ECU, Aprilia-designed expansion chambers, barrels and airbox. The twin 34 mm flat slide Mikuni carburettors inside.

The frame is a cast twin spar aluminium/magnesium alloy with thin-walled monocoque reinforcements, with the engine as a fully stressed member manufactured by Benelli for Aprilia. The banana swingarm is made out of the same polished aluminium alloy as the rest of the frame. The reason for the swingarm's banana shape is to allow the expansion chambers to run unobstructed under the engine to improve ground clearance in turns.

The forks are 41 mm Showa inverted units and are adjustable compression and rebound, the rear suspension is a Sachs mono-shock which is adjustable for preload,compression and rebound. The front brakes of the RS 250 are Brembo dual 298 mm discs with Brembo Oro four-piston calipers. The rear brake is a single 220 mm disc with a Brembo twin-piston caliper.

The front & rear rims are lightweight, 5 spokes, cast aluminum rims are 3.50x17 up front (3.0x17 on the older models) and 4.50x17 out back that require tires of 120/60x17 and 150/60x17, respectively.

The RS gauges feature a digital instrument panel that gives the rider a variety of information. It will display maximum and average speed readings in kilometers or miles per hour, an adjustable rev limiter warning zone indicator,water temperature in choice of scale, battery charge indicator, a clock,and a chronometer that can remember up to 40 lap times.

Note that this bike is currently in Greece, so I'm sorry for the let down if you're... Somewhere other than Greece. When we first spotted the listing, the price was a jaw-dropping $50,000 which raised a bunch of questions... Fortunately, the seller realized that might be a bit out-of-line, considering current RS250 values, and the listing currently shows a Buy It Now price of $12,000 which is much more reasonable. Mileage isn't exactly collector-bike low, but it looks well maintained, aside from the broken left-front turn signal. It otherwise appears to be in good condition, a nice example of an appreciating two-stroke sportbike.

-tad

Shipping Not Included: 1998 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Suzuki March 8, 2019 posted by

Get Lucky: 1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ-23

For the Suzuki RGV250's last few model years, Suzuki gave the popular machines a thorough redesign, with updated fairings and a brand-new 70-degree v-twin replacing the long serving 90-degree mill that helped make the bikes famous. In most trims, they were choked down to around 40 horsepower. But a limited number of Lucky Strike liveried V-Spec models left the home country with fully de-restricted engines that made closer to 70 horsepower. With just 345 pounds to move around when fully fueled, they were giant killers.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP for sale on eBay

The RGV 250 had a long history as a popular club racer and track day machine, as well as a sly way to satisfy tiered licensing requirements and still have some fun. They sold in their millions outside the United States, though, sadly, they never officially made it to these shores. Older models with U.S. street titles pop up pretty regularly, but anything newer than 25 years old will have some issues getting a road title. This 1996 Suzuki RGV250 lives in South Africa, so getting paperwork lined up to ride it here could be tricky, unless you're willing to wait.

From the eBay listing:

Extremely rare Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 V spec model.
There were only 120 units produced for the export market of which this is number 89.
The vehicle is in an original mint condition and has had a complete engine rebuild ,including new crankshaft, cylinders, pistons and rings less than 1 500Km ago.
Included in the sale is the original screen, passenger rear seat and tool kit.
All the original factory fairing panels are in great condition and the fuel tank is rust free.

These rare limited edition full power Lucky Strikes do not come up for auction often so dont miss out on the opportunity to own a legendry piece of two stroke history.

Worldwide shipping is available!
Shipping cost to any port of entry in:
North America : $ 950
Europe : $ 875

Shipping cost includes insurance, crating and all other charges at the port of discharge.
Please note that the shipping cost does not include any additional customs duties at the port of entry.

Please contact me if you require any additional info.
Thanks for taking the time to view my auction listing.

According to the listing, the bike is all original and has had a full engine rebuild inside the last 1,000 miles. It appears to be in excellent condition, from the fairings to the frame and running gear. The pictures show it set up as a one-seater, but from the photos it looks like the pillion pad and tools come with it. If you're looking for a very rare, very cool conversation piece that will be eligible for a street title in just two years, you may have found your steed.

Get Lucky: 1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ-23
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 September 27, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1994 Suzuki RGV250Γ VJ22 for Sale

Update 11.3.2018: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

By the time the early 1990s rolled around, four-stroke performance motorcycles like Suzuki's GSX-R750 had gotten more powerful, more refined, and much heavier. Seriously, the GSX-R1100 of 1993 weighed in at 560lbs wet! Luckily, two stroke sportbikes at least remained pretty svelte. Although a little bit heavier than the original versions from the late 1980s, they still hovered right around 300lbs, which gave bikes like this Featured Listing 1994 Suzuki RGV250Γ excellent handling and decent acceleration, in spite of the limited power from the dirty little v-twin.

The RGV250Γ Gamma naturally used a twin-spar aluminum frame as was common in the class, along with a 249cc, liquid-cooled two-stroke 90° v-twin controlled by Suzuki's own electronic power-valve and ignition control system they dubbed "SAPC," an acronym for "Suzuki Advanced Power Control." The result was around 55hp in de-restricted form, although the original Japanese market bikes were limited to just 45hp.

This VJ22 is the second generation of the bike that followed the original VJ21 and was eventually superseded by the VJ23 that had very different looks and used an entirely new 70° two-stroke v-twin. Style for the VJ22 was similar to the earlier VJ21, but featured a distinctive braced swingarm and 17" wheels front and rear, instead of the 18" rear found on the VJ21.

Today's bike offers up retina-searing graphics that might have been considered dated and unfashionable until recently, but waves of nostalgia for 90s sportbikes have made this style cool again. Or at least have made it okay to admit that you always thought these vibrant colors were cool. It can be tricky to judge condition from photos, but this bike appears to be in exceptional shape, especially considering the age of the bike. Aside from that, it's been thoughtfully modified, properly maintained, and appears to be ready to go terrorize the local canyons or your local bike night with ring-a-ding noises and heavy two-stroke smoke.

From the Seller: 1994 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 for Sale

  • Australia model 17 digit VIN
  • 34mm carbs
  • De-restricted SAPC
  • Box original bodywork 
  • Racetech suspension 
  • Bike is fully serviced: carb clean and sync 
  • Oil pump bleed 
  • Fresh 2t Motul 710 
  • New spark plugs 
  • Idaho plates
  • Located in Redondo Beach, California.
    $9,500 obo

Well the 17-digit VIN should make it a bit easier to register in some states, which makes this one appealing to folks who want to ride their bikes and not just collect, display, or track them. Yes, it already has an Idaho registration, but I'm not sure how strict the Idaho DMV is and some states might still give you trouble without the right number of digits in your VIN. The asking price for this little two-stroke? $11,000. It's not one of the famous race-replica editions, but this example is ready-to-ride and looks very 90s with those neon graphics.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1994 Suzuki RGV250Γ VJ22 for Sale
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