Posts by tag: RGV250SP

Suzuki May 27, 2013 posted by

UK Full Power V: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23

v right

I know it is pink but it is the real, full power deal.  V models are few and far between and paint is only fairing deep.  It's been hanging around Ebay UK for a bit so I'm guessing it is bit overpriced for the current market.  The dealership is asking 7,000 GBP or roughly $10,500.  We saw a derestricted pink, T model hang around Ebay US for a long time at roughly the same price a month or so ago.  People either really hate the color or the VJ23 market has softened a bit.

v front

It's a low mile machine that looks very stock.  I only notice aftermarket mufflers and rear seat/pegs missing.  As silly as it is, the grey rear brake fluid reservoir cover  is a quick way to identify a V model.  The big id plate near the steering head is a dead giveaway as well.

v rear

Remember, chambers and a full power CDI will easily run a couple of thousand dollars/pounds, not to mention the hassle of getting them.  Maybe that pink doesn't look so bad?

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Sport Bikes For Sale March 19, 2013 posted by

Oh So Tempting: CA Titled 1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23

Update 3.18.2013: If you were thinking last year that you should've bid on this one, it's back and a thousand off at $9500 buy-it-now. Hat tip to Matt for the spot. Links updated. -dc

Update 12.31.2012: Back on eBay for the new year and now with a slightly lower buy-it-know of $10,500. Links updated. -dc

Update 10.31.2012: Back on eBay after less than 30 days. No change in buy-it-now, links updated. -dc

This one has to be tempting for anyone interested in purchasing a VJ23. If you have a checklist, toss it out because this one looks to have it all. An avid RSBFS reader though, might recognize the bike as it has made two previous appearances here. They were both Cragislist listings. I believe the bike sold very quickly the first time but the new owner has moved the bike on to Ebay.

It really does meet all the requirements: CA title, low mileage (4611 miles), close to stock condition and derestricted. What could possibly keep it from selling? It can only be one of two things in my mind, the price or the color. The pink/purple scheme has never been a fan favorite but I've been told pictures don't do the color justice (I've never seen this color in person). The seller is asking $11,000 BIN on the bike. While seemingly high I don't think he out of the ballpark considering what you are getting. The CA title is the most valuable item but also consider the items to derestrict the bike. Prices on CDI's and chambers have skyrocketed in Japan and the weak dollar has only made it worse. You could easily spend $2,000 on just those two components right now.

If you want to go all the way to complete the transformation into a derestricted "V" model you'll need to track down a 240KPH speedo.

A few details from the auction:

This is a rare bird titled in CA.
1996 Suzuki RGV250SP
free of corrosion. 7422km ~ 4611 original miles.
Fully de-restricted with the OEM Suzuki 42E10 CDI along with the proper jetting, chambers and airbox mods.
Bike runs strong and hard.

And audio and visual treat from the seller

Maybe a boring picture but a good indication of the stock condition. Not even the OEM brake lines have been replaced.

The pipes look to be Sugaya's road going version. They use a different cans and fit better with the belly pan than their "track" versions. I imagine any performance difference would not be noticed by 99% of us.

I really think if you can get over the sticker shock of $11,000, down the road you'd be very happy with what you got for your money.

Here is the auction.


Sport Bikes For Sale February 11, 2013 posted by

Track It Or Street It: Suzuki RGV250 VJ22

22 track 

22 left 2

Keep moving if you like them stock as this one is far from it.  On the other hand, if your wish lists includes the majority of after market parts available for the VJ22, well then this might be your bike.  The seller lists this as a 1989 model but if the swing arm is original this is a 90 to 92 VJ22.  The obvious add ons are the the Tyga bodywork and exhaust but there is quit a bit more.  Read on...

22 tach

Hmm, a lot more modern than your average RGV dash.  So what do we have here?

From the seller:

 electronic programmable ignition, Electronic programmable power valves

Two position switch on handel bars for two ingnition maps,can be changed on the fly

Very interesting and I'd love to know more about what ignition the bike is using and the types of maps.  This is a first for me seeing this on a RGV.  I've never heard of programmable power valves and would love to know how they work.  I hope the seller is a RSBFS reader because damn it, I want to know more!

The forks appear to be the basic JDM units but have been valved and resprung.  Out back the shock has been changed to a Nitron unit.

22 forks

6 pot calipers are borrowed from a GSXR and the rear has a Brembo caliper.  Accoreding to the seller,  the bike is now sporting Dymag wheels.

22 right rear

Of course there is more to know about the engine:

 Tyga lightweight race pipes, replaceable insert heads, Power valves are 3 piece Cougar Reds'. Engine crank-shaft replaced  last season with less than 500 kms

It sounds like the owner was getting serious at the the track as the transmission has had some gear ratio's changed as well.  You may notice the bike is in full track trim with the kickstarter missing.  The seller does say though, he has all the stock parts.

22 left front

Well I'm intrigued.  For the crowd that likes to see how fast they can get around a track I would think this bike would have some appeal.  It has had the full after market catalog thrown at it and does have Canadian paperwork.  I'm guessing the Canadian location might limit the market for the bike though.  The seller has an auction going and a BIN of $6,900 which is higher than your average VJ22 has been selling for.  If you consider the amount of upgrades to the bike and if it is all well sorted that $6,900 doesn't sound too bad at all.

Check out the auction here.


Sport Bikes For Sale January 27, 2013 posted by

CA Titled 1998 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23

sp right front

I'd imagine anyone in the market for a titled two stroke has liked what they have seen as of late.  We've featured a mighty fine NSR250 (also CA titled) and a spudrific (Idaho titled) TZR250 in the past couple of weeks.  According to the sellers info it looks like we have another winner with this RGV250SP.

sp right

Yes and yes to the questions in your head:  it is titled and derestricted.  Well the owner must have enjoyed the hell out of this thing on the CA mountain roads right?  Well, maybe not, it only has 1800 miles on it.  The owner says it spent most of its days in a living room.

sp engine

Looks like she is running on premix as it has the kit block off plate where the oil pump should be.  The seller states he has the oil injection parts.  I'd ask the seller what full power SAPC the bike is running.  Unless it was the full power V model SAPC a lot of guys didn't trust the other racing SAPC's to run the oil injection system.

What's been upgraded on the bike:














sp sugaya

Don't be upset if the rear belly pan is cut.  It is necessary to make the racing Sugaya's fit.  Sugaya's street versions fit without the mod.

sp ohlins

The Ohlins must be quite an upgrade from the stock Suzuki unit.  Hangers are custom units.

sp left

The bike is listed as a classified ad with a price tag of $9,975.  My first reaction is that this will sell quickly at this price but the last CA titled 23 we featured has made me wonder.  It was listed for a couple grand more (but was completely stock) and was relisted several times.  I wonder if the market has softened just a bit for my favorite bike?

By the way, I forgot to mention the year of the bike.   The seller has the bike listed as a 1998.  For the buyers out there, almost all the VJ23's were produced in a production run in 1996.  They went over in Japan like a led balloon and did not sell well.  The naked bike  craze was taking over.  Some sat in dealerships into the 97 and 98 model years.  What I'm trying to say is they are all the same bike.  Let's see if my RGV forum buddy Alan chimes in with the production run stats as he has researched the complete run of 23's.

Here is the listing.


Aprilia January 11, 2013 posted by

Friday Mailbag! [Tuono Racing, RGV250 SP, 750 F1, ZX-7RR N1]

Happy Friday guys! I found myself with some left over time last night and decided to try and keep the mailbag more current by posting what's come in this week. I can't promise it again for next week but I'll try to stay more on top of this post. Have a good weekend,


Steve has this outstanding 2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing available with less than 2000 miles for $9450 in Los Angeles. Steve is "one of us" as they say and has been a long time RSBFS supporter. Good luck with the sale!

2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing For Sale

I actually spotted this one myself and had to ask Ian if we had posted it previously. To my surprise it's new to our pages. This plated 1998 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 is listed on Craigslist in California for $10k.

1998 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 For Sale

John submitted this 1988 Ducati 750 F1 for sale in North Carolina. It has just 3200 miles and carries a $20k price tag.


From Giovanni in Italy, he submits this very sharp Kawasaki ZX-7RR N1 for sale, 4500 EUR (~$6000 USD).

Kawasaki ZX-7RR N1 For Sale

Rare Sport Bike Parts For Sale August 27, 2012 posted by

Parts Bin: Suzuki RGV250SP VJ22 Dry Clutch

Parts Bin:  Suzuki  RGV250SP  VJ22  Dry Clutch


I doubt there is a single RGV250 owner out there that would not like to add a little rattle to his ride.  A VJ22 SP dry clutch is currently lingering on Ebay without a single bid.  Of course it is overseas (Greece to be exact) but the price and shipping seemed reasonable enough to my secluded and secured compound.  Prices have steadily risen for these clutches as the years have rolled by so I would not hold out hope for bargain finds.  Remember this will work for you Aprilia RS250 owners as well.



The seller says he also has the SP forks, SAPC and straight plug heads available.  That would give you a head start on turning your standard RGV into an SP.  It might be worth asking if he as the gearbox and shock and just finish the job.


Here is the auction.