1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306

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Lot 372
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma
Registration no. F466 JVS Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306

Sold for £ 13,800 (US$ 17,372) inc. premium
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma
Registration no. F466 JVS
Frame no. HM31A-106275
Engine no. M301-107306
• Iconic Grand Prix replica
• First registered in the UK
• Requires re-commissioning

'The 99 rear-wheel horses it produced on Motad's generous, but consistent dyno is 22bhp up on Yamaha's RD500LC, a massive 45bhp more than Honda's 387cc NS400R and only a couple of horses down on the output of its own GSX-R750 stablemate.' – Bike magazine on the Suzuki RG500 Gamma, January 1986.

Ever since the birth of the motorcycle industry, manufacturers have capitalised on competition successes by having one or two 'race replica' models in the range. Before WW2, when single-cylinder four-strokes predominated in Grand Prix racing, the creation of a 'TT Rep' was relatively easy; not so in the modern era of complex, multi-cylinder two-strokes, but that did not stop Yamaha and Suzuki having a go. Honda too, if you count the 400cc NS400R triple.

Based on its World Championship-winning RG500 racer that had carried Britain's Barry Sheene to his two World titles (in 1976 and 1977), Suzuki's Gamma roadster retained the same square-four engine layout, geared-together crankshafts, and disc-valve induction. A box-section aluminium frame, 'Full Floater' rear suspension, and triple disc brakes completed the picture. More racetrack focussed than Yamaha's rival RD500, the Gamma, with its 130mph-plus top speed, 11.5-second quarter-mile time, and superlative handling and brakes, remains the closest anyone has got to offering a modern Grand Prix 500 for the road. Not surprisingly, the Gamma's similarity to the Grand Prix original meant that many found their way onto the world's racetracks.

Bike concluded its test by declaring: '... the Gamma is notably peakier, lighter and more outrageously aggressive than the RD500, the NS400, the GSX-R750 and all other racetrack refugees.' Not surprisingly, the RG500 was an immense success with the seriously speed-addicted, and today this legendary model is highly sought after by collectors of modern Japanese classics.

Supplied by Bob Hill Motorcycles of Hertford and finished in the livery of Suzuki's sponsors, Pepsi Cola, this RG500 Gamma was acquired by the vendor in July 1999 and currently displays a total of 4,119 miles on the odometer. The machine was last MoT'd to August 2000 and will require careful re-commissioning, at the very least, before returning to the road. Priced accordingly, it is offered with the 1999 purchase receipt, some expired MoTs, and an old-style V5 registration document.

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1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
1989 Suzuki 498cc RG500 Gamma Frame no. HM31A-106275 Engine no. M301-107306
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