Posts by tag: RGV250

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
Aprilia July 4, 2018 posted by

Museum Piece: 2004 Aprilia RS250 w/ ZERO Miles for Sale

Update 7.3.2018: Last seen in November of 2016, this 0 mile 2004 Aprilia RS250 is available for sale again on eBay with a buy-it-now of $14k. The previous auction ended and as commentors on this post noted it was for sale elsewhere for $15k at that time. Good luck to buyers and seller in 2018! Links are updated.

Have a great 4th of July everyone!

-dc

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What is there to say about the Aprilia RS250 that hasn't already been said? After other manufacturers had ceased building their quarter-liter race-replicas, Aprilia persisted, and this particular bike is one of the very last examples available: the model was discontinued in 2004, the year this bike was built.

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Powered by a revised version of Suzuki's RGV250 engine, the RS250's version of the little water-cooled, two-stroke v-twin produced power on par with the rest of the class, with an added dose of Italian style: the aluminum beam frame looks similar to the Japanese offerings on paper, but is far more sculptural and it's a shame it's partly hidden behind the fairing.

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The "GP-1" on the rainbow-hued tailsection and in the listing actually refers to the second-generation RS250 introduced in 1998: it's not a limited collectors-edition as far as I know. This particular example may not be road-legal here in the USA, but it's basically a time-capsule machine that's ready for display in your collection.

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 GP-1 for Sale

Once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a brand new, old stock Aprilia RS250 GP-1 0 miles. You now have the chance to move even closer to the former world of two-stroke MotoGP with this last release of he 2004 Aprilia GP-1, the final version of the famous RS 250 GP replica motorcycle. This bike is sporting official Colin Edwards and Nori Haga team decals, the colors and graphics add to the bike that represents GP racing at its finest.

The unique look of the 2004 RS250 is dominated by its wrap-around fairing, designed and tested in a wind tunnel. The front mudguard blends perfectly with the fairing, and enhances the Aprilia RS 250's streamlined looks, the characteristic aerodynamic tail completes the Aprilia RS 250's racing image.

The bike was only sold in Europe and Australia.   I am the original owner and it has been on display within my home for several years.   The bike has completed it's new vehicle dealer delivery and prep so the bike has been started prior to my purchase and has 0 miles.  The tires are original as is every part on this bike.   It is untitled for the street as it was intended solely for my collection. The CLEAR title stated above applies to Australia only along with Australian Import Approval plate. I do not know about your state's requirements.  I have huge amounts of dealer promotional material for the bike.

In addition, this bike was judged the best European Two-Stroke bike at Motocarrera's famous Two Stroke Extravaganza held in 2005 in Los Angeles, California. This event was the largest gathering of two-stroke vehicles in America when it was held.  The bike was also displayed at the famous Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering Carmel, California in May 2016.

This bike is clearly a museum piece: with zero miles, you'd destroy some of the collector value riding it. It'd be highly unlikely you could register this for the street in most places anyway, and if you're looking for a track or race RS250, you'd be better off finding one with some miles and cosmetic wear on it. Bidding is active, and up to $7,100 with four days left on the auction and the reserve unsurprisingly not met.

-tad

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Museum Piece: 2004 Aprilia RS250 w/ ZERO Miles for Sale
Suzuki June 11, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23

Update 9.14.2018: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Representing maybe the only way to smoke, be cool and rep Lucky Strike, this 1997 Suzuki RGV250V is one of just 120 export-model RGVs in Kevin Schwantz-aping Lucky Strike graphics. The export models got smaller rear sprockets, different airbox lids and exhaust cans and were de-restricted to around 50 horsepower, up from the JDM 40.

The last of a long line of reliable, light, simple and terrifying Japanese two-stroke sportbikes, the RGV250 VJ23s rocked a 70-degree v-twin that is rumored to have been capable of 70 horses when full uncorked. With just 300-ish pounds to push around and the breed's characteristic on/off powerband, RGs are not mounts for faint-of-heart novices.

Even though this 1997 example is a 'V' model, which indicated it was destined for export, seller and friend of the site Alan says he imported it to England from Japan in 2012. It got a refresh in 2013, and has been used since then. Despite the miles, it is in excellent to immaculate condition, with just one minor blemish near the taillight.

From the seller:

For sale

My last rgv250v
This is a factory lucky strike and and is completely stock
This example was imported from Japan myself in 2012 and is unrestored and in superb condition.
Nothing needs doing to it and the usual consumables have been replaced.
It has currently been winterised and is showing 19001km
The vin run for these is as follows
Vj23a-102099 thru to 102218,just 119 bikes that’s it.
This bike is 102164.
It has a tiny mark on the rear edge of the LH rear panel,but that’s it.
It’s fitted with new conti sms.
This bike has been used since I recommissioned it in 2013,and is not a museum piece.
Look at the pics,any questions I’ll do my best to answer them.
Compression on both pots is around 145psi, and included with the bike is a complete spare top end kit and all the handbooks/sales leaflet.
Price is £14k firm plus shipping.
I’ve sold two others this last year for similar money ,not many left bog stock in this condition.

The asking price for this beast is breathing on $20,000, and that is before the cost of shipping it and importing it to the U.S. It's a steep ask, but the Lucky Strike-liveried VJ23s are rare beasts and should climb some in value.

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23
Aprilia May 30, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale

"A man's got to know his limitations," Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry famously deadpans in Magnum Force, a film which happens to feature several Italian motorcycles, none of which are an Aprilia RS250 like this Cup Challenge bike. The decision-makers at Aprilia must have been fans of Clint Eastwood though, as they took that advice to heart: when they were planning the RS250, they stuck with what they knew and kept the frame design and styling in-house, while leaving the engine and transmission to an established manufacturer with vastly greater resources and expertise.

Instead, they used the 249cc v-twin from Suzuki's RGV250. Power for the RGV was listed at just 45hp, so the RS250's claimed 70 horses made it seem like the Aprilia version must have been outrageously modified, tuned to the absolute hilt. The reality was that Japanese restrictions meant all the home-market two-strokes were officially limited to 45hp, and were all capable of similar outputs when properly tuned and de-restricted. In fact, those in-the-know claim that Aprilia's modifications  pretty much amounted to a set of engine cases with "Aprilia" cast into them, and that 55hp at the rear wheel is a much more realistic expectation.

No problem: the Suzuki twin was plenty powerful and tuneable, with good parts availability and a high-strung character that complimented Aprilia's masterpiece of a frame, an aluminum beam unit that looked great and worked even better: reviewers then and now often refer to the RS250 as being one of the best-handling motorcycles of all time. Weight was pared to the bone and the bike was kick-start only. With about 300 pounds to stop, the triple Goldline Brembos were almost overkill, considering the same setup was used to effectively halt the much heavier Ducati 916 and the massive Moto Guzzi Sport 1100...

So the bike fit the standard quarter-liter mold: aluminum frame, asymmetrical "banana" swingarm to clear the expansion chambers, kick-start, and agility instead of brute strength. But where the Japanese bikes were often decorated with wild graphics and bold colors, the Aprilia kept things classy in elegant, basic black. Some of the earlier models featured race-replica graphics and colors, but even those were pretty understated, compared to other bikes in the class.

The Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge version was created to compete in a one-make race series late in the model's life. It was never really intended to be a roadbike, but did come with an actual VIN so some have been converted, as you can see here: this example does the bare minimum to make it road-legal and looks that much cooler for it.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge Edition. Original owner. Titled and registered here in AZ since new. Street legal and plated. 2 stroke twin. 6 Speed. Never damaged or raced. Some track days over the last 18 years. 5400 miles since new. RS50 taillight and rear turn signals. Small Piaa headlight with switch and brake light switch to keep the DMV happy. New battery, oil service and fork service. Fresh coolant and brake fluid as well. Carburetors and power valves were also cleaned and synched. Factory service manual and some gearing go with. If you want to show up at bike night and be a bit different here’s your ride. The smell of castor smells like victory. Mechanically and aesthetically in excellent condition.

Well, this might have a couple nods to streetability that will "keep the DMV happy" but your mileage, as they say, may vary, depending on where you live. Honestly, all RS250s here in the US are "grey market" bikes and only quasi-legal at best here in California. That's part of what makes CA titles so valuable for bikes like these: if your RS250 doesn't already have one, it's unlikely you'll be able to get one. Then you're forced to register your bike in your Arizona-living buddy's name, and end up riding around hoping the CHP doesn't give you a hard time when they pull you over... This one has clearly been enthusiast-owned and miles are very low. Although it's really a converted race bike, the "road legal" equipment installation is pretty slick and unobtrusive. And reversible! Bidding is pretty active over on eBay and there's plenty of time left to get a bid in, so head on over and take a look!

-tad
Featured Listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale