c.1990 Suzuki RGV250 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. VJ21A127497

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Lot 416A
c.1990 Suzuki RGV250 Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. VJ21A127497

£ 2,700 - 3,000
US$ 3,500 - 3,900
Amended
c.1990 Suzuki RGV250 Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. VJ21A127497
Just as Yamaha’s TZR was usurped as top 250 by Kawasaki’s KR1-S, so the latter would have to give best to Suzuki’s RGV250, on the racetrack at least. And that’s where so many of these high-performance two-strokes ended up, battling with Honda VFR, Yamaha FZR and Kawasaki ZXR 400cc four-strokes in ‘Supersport 400’ racing. The most highly developed road-going stroker before the arrival of Aprilia’s RS250, which used the Suzuki’s v-twin engine, the RGV250 was easily capable of showing the heavier 400s the way home on short circuits, and even humbled the larger-capacity ‘diesels’ at the Isle of Man, where Eddie Laycock won the Supersport 400 TT in 1989. Cheap to buy and relatively inexpensive to maintain, the RGV250 remains a popular entry-level club racer even today.
This example was converted to race specification at some time during the 1990s and has been fitted with a replacement engine incorporating Padgett-tuned cylinder barrels, Padgett exhausts, modified reed blocks, 34mm carburettors, self-generating (battery-less) ignition system and competition clutch. Restored in 1997 and benefiting from new Avon racing tyres, it has been used by the vendor’s son for sprints, hill climbs and circuit races. We are advised that the machine has seen little action since the current engine was fitted, and that it was last used four years ago. Offered without documents.

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  • c.1990 Suzuki RGV250 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. VJ21A127497 Just as Yamaha’s TZR was usurped as top 250 by Kawasaki’s KR1-S, so the latter would have to give best to Suzuki’s RGV250, on the racetrack at least. And that’s where so many of these high-performance two-strokes ended up, battling with Honda VFR, Yamaha FZR and Kawasaki ZXR 400cc four-strokes in ‘Supersport 400’ racing. The most highly developed road-going stroker before the arrival of Aprilia’s RS250, which used the Suzuki’s v-twin engine, the RGV250 was easily capable of showing the heavier 400s the way home on short circuits, and even humbled the larger-capacity ‘diesels’ at the Isle of Man, where Eddie Laycock won the Supersport 400 TT in 1989. Cheap to buy and relatively inexpensive to maintain, the RGV250 remains a popular entry-level club racer even today. This example was converted to race specification at some time during the 1990s and has been fitted with a replacement engine incorporating Padgett-tuned cylinder barrels, Padgett exhausts, modified reed blocks, 34mm carburettors, self-generating (battery-less) ignition system and competition clutch. Restored in 1997 and benefiting from new Avon racing tyres, it has been used by the vendor’s son for sprints, hill climbs and circuit races. We are advised that the machine has seen little action since the current engine was fitted, and that it was last used four years ago. Offered without documents. £2,700-3,000
c.1990 Suzuki RGV250 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. VJ21A127497
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