Post Listing Update: This RGV did not meet reserve despite 9 bids up to $11,600 on eBay in Ormond Beach, Florida.
30 years ago, Suzuki built a 250 two-stroke race-replica of its Gamma V-2 racer – good for over 50 horsepower in the narrow power-band. The Suzuki RGV250 was born, and it was impressive. As MCN puts it, “back in the day 250cc race replicas were the sharpest handling, most frenzied, maddest things you could buy on two wheels. Nowadays the RGV250 is a modern classic and is probably a bit slower and softer than you’d remember. It still looks good, sounds amazing and the smell of burning two-stroke oil will take you right back. Put simply, it’s still sensational.”
The bike got even better in the second generation (known as the VJ22), as shown in this featured example. The watercooled V-Twin engine got bigger carbs, bumping up output to 62 horsepower between 8-11k rpm. Other upgrades included a new swingarm that yielded better ground clearance and a stiffer rear end, though it (plus a few other changes) added 22 pounds to the weight. For more information on this bike, check out the model history from SuzukiCycle.org.
This example was customized by Peter Boccarossa and previously sold through his collection at Superbike Universe. It was taken down to the frame and and rebuilt over two years to become a tribute of Kevin Schwantz’s Pepsi-livered racer. Highlights of the work include a 2009 Suzuki GSX-R600 front end, 2013 Suzuki GSX-R600 shock, Brembo front master cylinder, Ducati 1098 rear brake caliper, Katana 600 rear wheel, and plenty more. It’s currently offered with a Florida title.
Find this RGV for sale in Ormond Beach, Florida with bidding up to $5,000 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay.