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There are few things that stir the soul in the motorcycling world, be it the raucous grunt of a big Ducati, the whoosh of a 1000cc inline four, or the punch of a well set up RGV250 when it hits it's powerband.
And what a powerband. Until about 7500rpm you get pretty much nothing, you're riding it and thinking "hmm, have I bought a 50cc bike here?", and then it hits 8000rpm and literally all hell breaks loose. The kick it gives is similar to that of a good 600cc bike, only in a much more focused package.
Yes your mates will laugh when they hear the typical two stroke engine doing it's best crazy frog impression, and they'll laugh when they see the size of the thing, it's pretty titchy. They may be wrustled slightly, however, by the telltail paintwork (the one to have is really the Kevin Schwantz Lucky Strike replica). Of course, the laughter will soon subside by the first corner.
The slightest shove of the forks is enough to get your knee onto the deck, and if you've not ridden a little stroker before you'll be absolutely astounded, and probably make a few 50p peice shaped corners at first while you're getting adjusted to what this thing can actually achieve. This bike weighs under 140kg, I can lift the back end with one hand, and this shows in it's incredible cornering balance. Once on it's side it feels perfectly stable and considerably civilised for what is really an all out race bike with a number plate.
The ride position is focused. You're in a real racing crouch, don't expect to be comfortable on that seat either, it might as well be made from stone after half an hour's riding. That's not really what this bike is about though. The RGV250 these days is a brilliant track tool. Yes the big bikes will get you on the straights, but when the bends come along you'll have the last laugh.
Of course, the two-stroke V twin is the heart of it all. It's lightweight, simple to work with and pretty reliable. You do need to worry about powervalves however, as due to the overall cost of the bike if these go you'd be better off just getting a second hand engine. The weak point is a little pin that holds them in, and if that breaks or comes out, your looking at a nice big metal peg inside the barrel. Don't be scared by this though, as long as they're checked at every service you'll be fine. Also you can be happy in the knowledge that those powervalves are making the bike much easier to use at low revs.
Servicing is really straight forward on the RGV250. You may need to change the piston rings every so often, but being a 2 stroke there are no valves to worry about, and the engine is a really nice and simple affair. Good quality 2-stroke oil is a must, Castrol R is expensive but worth it if you really want to look after your bike.
There are lots of bargains to be had when it comes to buying these, starting at around £500! But really you're looking at a right dog for one of those, and you'd be much better spending around £1500+. Many of these bikes will have been thrown down the road at some point, so make sure you've got your wits about you. A good owner will be able to tell you when it was serviced and which oil they've been using.
A great bike made with the true grand prix spirit. A real legend, remember kevin schwantz? :) Amazing cornering and acceleration. Few problems with the power valves but all the other parts are like new even after ten years. In the 90's was a bike from the future, today is one of the most reliable and adrenaline pumping bikes. Find one and ressurrect it, you will not regret it!
A suzuki rgv 250 gamma owner-Hayasa.
I bought my 96 VJ22 RGV250 as my first bike, having only ridden my brothers aprilia RS50 before-hand. Its a great bike, the accelleration is amazing from the two stroke 250cc V-twin. I have had no reliablitity problems or any problems of any sought from my bike. The handling is superb, weight distribution great, braking awesome and that engine....... wow! For a bike that cost me 1000 in great condition i dont know any bike that can compare. The website www.rgv250.co.uk gave me a great insight into the models and preformance figures of the RGV, and what to look for before buying. When riding this bike i can help but drop a few gears into the powerband, and between 7.5-12k this bike really shifts. I find myself pulling myself forward on the handlebars to gain some sort of control on the bike and get the wait over the front to stop those tankslappers. The only down point to this bike is the noise, if u were thinking of getting a bike with a deep pounding exhaust note this isn't it, but to be honest im finding myself rather enjoying the wail of the two stroke exhausts when the bikes in the powerband. The powervalves really are the heart of this bike along with the razor handling. The rush when the bike suddenly accellerates in this rev range is undiscribable and really is a great experience. My advise would be buy one, try one and you wont loose much if you dont like it by re-selling, but i guarantee you wont be dissapointed.