Limited-edition Walter Wolf Replica
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
Frame no. HM31AXXXXXX104670
Engine no. 301-10263
Twenty-five years ago, this was sportbike heaven, all but unobtainable for American riders. The Suzuki RG500 Gamma, with its twin-crankshaft, rotary-valve, square-Four, two-stroke motor was the closest thing to a Grand Prix racer you could ride on the street, just the thing for channeling your inner Barry Sheene.
Perimeter-style alloy frames were still a rarity at the time; likewise the Full Floater single rear shock. Even liquid-cooling was noteworthy. Claimed dry weight was a feathery 343 pounds, not a whole lot for the motor's 95hp to haul down the road. Writing retrospectively about the RG500, England's Performance Bikes said, "The mid-'80s were a glorious time for two-strokes...but one bike stood above the rest as something special."
This Gamma is even more special, a limited-edition version finished in the livery of Walter Wolf, an Austrian-born Canadian oil-industry magnate who sponsored the Williams Formula One racing team, before going on to set up his own concern under the Wolf name.
This machine has been sensibly upgraded with wider 17-inch Suzuki GSX-R wheels, EBC front brake calipers and rotors, and a braced, polished swingarm. Gammas were never sold in the U.S., but this example is titled and tagged. It shows less than 8300 miles.
- The frame number should read: HM31A104670 and the Engine number should read: M301/102631