Mini Grand-Prix Machine

The RGV250 was suzuki's sportiest 250cc ever, based closely on the factory Grand-Prix bikes.

The SP (Sports Production) version even came 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 combined terrific power with great reliability.

The RGV250 produced 60hp at 11,000 RPM, giving a top speed in excess of 130 MPH, but it was its extremely lightweight at 282 pounds that made this road-legal machine such a blast to ride. 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.

The RGV250 wasn't as powerful as its larger brother sportbikes with four-stroke engines, but on a twisty road or tight racetrack, 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. 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 is taken care of by a computerized unit programmed for maximum rideability.

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 a 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. Proper and unraced examples are becoming extremely rare and prepare to reach deep into your pockets if you're lucky enough to find one.

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issued: Friday, December 03, 2021
updated: Friday, December 03, 2021

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