Suzuki RG500 Gallery

Year
Bike
Picture
Description
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sparton-suzuki 500
sparton-suzuki 500
sparton frames were manufactured by barry hart together with other racing related accessories. early versions were built to house yamaha 125cc twins and he was also responsible for triples 350 and 500cc triples built using tz top ends. however, sparton are probably best known for their rg500 powered machines, one of which would find fame as the silver dream racer built for the film featuring david essex in 1979. of more significance competitively was the one two finish achieved by a pair of sparton machines at the north west 200 in 1976. the rg500 over the counter racer was introduced for the 1976 season,essentially replicating the works four cylinder machines first campaigned by suzuki in the 1974 season. the new machine was responsible for rejuvenating the 500cc class at all levels, which until its introduction had struggled for entries due to the disparity between the works machines and those available to privateers. equipped with a disc valve, two stroke engine which featured independent cranks, barrels and heads and a six speed gearbox it offered privateers a power output of approximately 103bhp in it's original over square configuration, enabling them to maintain a pace that at times matched the factory bikes. it was felt by some, though, that the standard steel frame could be improved upon, providing an opportunity for specialist manufacturers such as sparton with their ability to produce fine handling frames.
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suzuki rg500
suzuki rg500
engine - 498cc, square-four, two-stroke top speed - 133mph power - 95bhp launched - 1985-1989 back in 1985 the rg500 was the closest thing to a gp500 bike. ground-breaking at the time.
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suzuki rg500 mk1
suzuki rg500 mk1
this attractive example has recently been restored. the machine was stripped and the frame was powder coated with the body work being finished in life helmet colours. it is fitted with alloy wheels and the exhaust system is equipped with silencers.
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suzuki rg500 mk2
suzuki rg500 mk2
the mk ii, introduced for the 1977 season, incorporated detail changes, the most obvious being the more upright shock absorber mounting employed on the new model. suzuki also followed the lead of the racers who had ridden the mk i variant and who had routinely dispensed with that models oil injection system, in deleting the system. the consequent switch to pre-mix lubrication on the mk ii which resulted in blanked off disc valve covers gracing the mk ii's crankcases and the exhaust system adopted integral silencers. the rest of the machine was little changed from the previous season, it retained the wire spoked wheels, quadruple 34mm mikuni carburettors and four crankshafts of the mk1 which delivered a power output reputedly of 103 bhp.
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Suzuki RG500 Sheene Suzuki
Peter Tantrum - RG500 Sheene Suzuki
Peter Tantrum on an RG500 Sheene Suzuki, Goodwood 2009.
1977
Suzuki RG500 XR
Suzuki RG500 XR
1985
1985 suzuki rg500 gamma
suzuki rg500 gamma 1985
1985
Honda RG500
1985 Honda RG500
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1985
Suzuki RG500
1985 Suzuki RG500
1985
Suzuki RG500
Suzuki RG500
1985
Suzuki RG500
1985 RG500
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1986
1986 suzuki rg500g
suzuki rg500g 1986
the widowmaker. a powerband like an on-off switch and square tyres as standard. didn't do kevin schwantz any harm in race trim. in 1985, the rg500 was a super-light, evilly-powered two-stroke which would kill you as soon as look at you at least that is what it was to the uninitiated. the gamma, as it's known, has a square-four, 499cc motor, and a power-to-weight ratio that would shock some 600s today (93bhp, 154kg). it was borne from suzuki's success on the track and certainly belonged there the technology it employed (including rotary valves) is still being used. it bit the dust a mere handful of years after inception as emissions laws became stricter and demand slumped. shame.
1986
Suzuki RG500
RG500
1986
Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf
1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf
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1987
1987 suzuki rg500
suzuki rg500 1987
as the 1980s departed, so did suzuki's rg500 gp replica. suzuki had been producing square four two-strokes for 20 years before they launched the road-going gp replica rg500 in 1985. for a bike available to joe public, the term race replica had arguably never been closer to the truth. sheene, lucchinelli, uncini and the rest had won gps on something very similar. the rg was eagerly awaited and was a must-have in 1985-86. rumoured to be as fast as the pukka racer of only a few seasons before, the 95bhp reality was a slight disappointment. excitement soon faded as punters realised that the new bread of four-stroke fours were generally better. ironically, suzuki's own gsx-r750, announced earlier in 1985, was the bike that made the rg redundant.
1987
1987 suzuki rg500
suzuki rg500 1987
1987
1987 suzuki rg500 gamma walter wolf
suzuki rg500 gamma walter wolf 1987
1987
Suzuki RG500
1987 RG500
1987
Suzuki RG500 Gamma
RG500 Gamma
1988
1988 suzuki rg500 gamma
suzuki rg500 gamma 1988
1988
Yamaha RG 500 Gamma
Yamaha RG 500 Gamma
1989
Suzuki RG500
1989 Suzuki RG500