1996 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike

Vehicle Details

  • Like new direct from Japan

  • V-Twin 2 stroke, water cooled

  • This model not imported to the United States for retail sale

This brilliant Suzuki Gamma is in as-new condition and it’s a 1996 model that was never imported new into the United States. Two-stroke motorcycles were generally outlawed from American roads from 1974 onwards, so the rest of the world got to enjoy the fruits of millions of dollars of research into two-stroke engine design in support of Grand Prix racing. The sport was dominated by these crackling, howling machines from the mid-1970s until 2007, when two-strokes were entirely banned from MotoGP racing.

The RGV250 Gamma was Suzuki’s hottest 250cc motorcycle ever, based closely on the factory V-twin two-stroke GP bikes as a race replica painted in the factory’s team Lucky Strike colors. The RGV250 used a V-twin two-stroke engine with water-cooling and sophisticated intake and lubrication systems that gave terrific power with great reliability. The Suzuki produced 60 HP at 11,000 RPM, giving a top speed in excess of 130 MPH, but it was its extremely light weight at 282 pounds that made this road-legal machine such a Hot Rod.

The RGV250 wasn’t as powerful as its larger brother sport bikes with four-stroke engines, but on a twisty road or tight race track, the smaller bike proved a lot more fun to ride, being easy to throw around in corners. A 0-60 MPH time of 3.7 seconds makes the little 250 no slouch in acceleration as well. All tuned two-stroke motorcycles suffer from a lack of low-RPM power, so the engine must be spun above 6,000 RPM to give useful performance, but the “swarm of bees” sound at high RPM and the surge of power is an addictive thrill to fans of these amazing machines.

The RGV250 used “Advanced Power Control” to tame the beast, with an electronic power valve for the exhausts (with three positions while riding) and ignition timing control taken care of by a computerized unit programmed for maximum ridability. The 34mm Mikuni carbs had an interesting dual air-bleed system, while the 41mm inverted forks were at the leading edge of the industry, just like the 310mm front disc brakes that could stop this light machine on a dime. This terrific 1996 Suzuki RGV250 in factory colors is from the Bob Weaver Collection. It’s direct from Japan, original and correct, and probably one of the finest in existence.