Rebooted back in 2013, we’ve given our virtual RGV a little 2017 makeover.
The year is 1983 and Suzuki has unveiled the most advanced road-legal 250 yet. The parallel twin Gamma 250 was essentially a water-cooled X7 making little more than 30bhp but the chassis had all the tech including Deca-piston brakes, alloy box-section frame, monoshock rear suspension, 16in front wheel and anti-dive forks. It was all wrapped up in sexy styling and the RG was propelled straight to the top of many a wish-list. By 1986 it was over: Yamaha’s TZR250 saw to that, and Suzuki needed something radical. By 1988, along came the RGV250. It was an instant hit and by 1991 the VJ22 designated RGV had a major update and became one of the most beautiful bikes to date with its banana swingarm and shotgun expansion chambers. A Japanese home market-only version lived just two short years, ending production in 1998 – and that was the last of the RGV. On the back of Grand Prix success, the square four RG500 burst onto the scene in 1985 and threw shade on Yamaha’s RD500. It made a claimed 95bhp, seven up on the RD. Sadly, after a short production run of two years the RG reached the end of the road. Thanks to emission laws, the game was up for big strokers. In a parallel universe however, Suzuki has built a fusion of the 250 and 500, and it looks like this.
The bodywork would house twin headlights and include this year’s latest Motogp fad of shrouded wings to increase downforce at high speed: these would probably be very relevant on such a lightweight, powerful sportsbike. Colour schemes: obviously a Suzuki house blue/white, a retro-inspired Suzuki red/black with more than a waft of Walter Wolf and who could say no to both Pepsi and Lucky Strike versions? With the track-only Suter 500 making a claimed 195bhp – a whopping 100 horses more than the original RG500 – we’d expect something in-between the two from a road-going RGV500: 140 reliable ponies seems a reasonable figure. Combine that with a feather-weight dry 150kg, and we’re in R1m-bothering territory. A light, but hefty beam frame would hold the V4 in place while the banana swingarm would make a reappearance. With GSX-R1000 Big Piston forks and wheels and radial calipers donated from the 750, this RGV has a chassis the 1985 RG500 can only dream of. cmm