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Suzuki saved their best 250 two-stroke for last, with many updates for the VJ23. Today’s RGV250 recently became easier to import because of its age but sparkles like a much newer machine.
A lot of interesting tidbits deep in the VJ23 specs, such as the narrower 70-degree vee, almost square bore and stroke, making almost all of the engine brand new. The power valve and ignition are under electronic control, extending the mid-range powerband, and fresh air comes right through the frame. 41mm USD forks are fully adjustable, and brakes are actually 10mm smaller but still plenty for the under 300 lbs. dry weight. Tire sizes are still staggered 17 front / 18 rear, and the ’96 came with electric start, somehow without increasing mass.
Coming from way off shore a pre-purchase look see will be tough, but the owner may not have factored that into his starting bid. Luckily the photos are all one could ask, and the condition is too. Comments from the eBay auction:
Thanks for taking the time to look at a unique rare piece of two stroke history.This authentic full power V model is one of only 119 units produced.The total number of VJ23,s ever produced is 2018 units (That includes the 119 V models).Some of the features that defines it from the regular JDM VJ23 are:Both front and rear tyres have been replaced recently with a sticky fresh matching set of Pirelli’s.
She is in great mechanical and cosmetic condition.
- Large black identification plate on the right side of the frame’s headstock.
- 240 kph speedometer instead of 180 kph item.
- Four teeth smaller rear sprocket (42 tooth instead of 46 tooth)
- Light grey rear master cylinder cap instead of black.
- Different exhaust and silencer markings.
- Revised airbox lid.
Here’s what’s included in the sale:
- Original full power factory exhaust pipes and silencers.
- Pillion footrest hangers and pegs.
- Pillion rear seat.
- Tool kit.
- Owners manual.
Since few stateside riders knew what they didn’t know, the RGV would live on the track and an occasional grey market import, until the market recently warmed up with the end of the EPA blackout period. Not sure about CA, but 49-state registration shouldn’t take heroic effort. Small parts for a big rebuild though, could take some time. Nothing the new owner of this RGV should have to worry about anytime soon.