The ul­ti­mate RGV500 evo­lu­tion

2000 Suzuki RGV500 XRB0 Rider: Kenny Roberts Ju­nior 500cc GP cham­pi­onship po­si­tion: 1st

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Suzuki RGV500 Celebration -

Suzuki came out of its post-sch­wantz wilder­ness years when RGV500­mounted Kenny Roberts Jnr won the world cham­pi­onship at the turn of the new cen­tury, just ahead of a young Valentino Rossi in his first year of 500s. Cyn­ics would say 2000 was an easy year, fall­ing be­tween the end of the Doohan era and the be­gin­ning of Rossi’s, but the Cal­i­for­nian still had to beat the likes of Bi­aggi, Bar­ros, Mccoy, Capirossi, and the Doc­tor him­self.

This is Kenny’s cham­pi­onship-win­ning bike and is al­most the last of the breed. The RGV500 was only de­vel­oped for a year af­ter this be­fore Suzuki cam­paigned the GSV-R in Mo­togp’s in­au­gu­ral year in 2002.

Kenny Roberts Jnr’s 2000 RGV was the bike’s penul­ti­mate in­car­na­tion

KR Jnr won the 2000 ti­tle on his RGV500

The last of the bul­bous ex­haust-laden rears

In to the 2000s, and still largely ana­logue

Se­lectable power maps had just ap­peared

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