CA Plated – 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

In Japan, Sport by Abhi4 Comments

Suzuki won 7 consecutive manufacturer titles in the 500cc Grand Prix class with their Gamma racer, and it inspired a street bike called the RG500. Classic Motorbikes said the “Suzuki is almost an exact replica of the race machine, its roots can be traced directly to the 1983 factory XR45 and the crankcases, barrels and general engine layout are virtually identical to the bikes ridden by Sheene, Mamola, Crosby and the rest of the factory boys.” This Gamma stands out as it was recently restored and has a California title.

This example (VIN: JS1HM31A0G2100141) was restored between 2017 and 2019, and the seller says that it was built by Rick Lance in the early 90s.It was originally imported from California and the restoration kept the period-correct Lance Gamma mods, including the battery box conversion, braced swingarm, and Twin Click remote reservoir shock. Rick also converted the forks, headstock, wheels, brakes, and radiator to the units from a 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750. Purists need not apply, but this seems like it’d be a great RG500 for someone who wants to ride it on special occasions.

The seller has an album of the restoration here.

Find this Gamma for sale in Los Gatos, California with bidding up to $21,322 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay.