4 SUZUKI RGV250
‘Years later it made me an internet star!’
“I started my race career on smaller bikes but I didn’t know 20 years after I raced against Carl Fogarty on one it would be all over the net. I already knew the 1991 bike was a cool road bike and it had a great chassis, inverted fork and good power. On track it was far more nimble than the fourstroke 400s as you could stop and turn them so quickly, but as lovely as the RGV was to ride it was also fragile, which is why I lost out to Carl in that Oulton Park race.
“His bike was faster in a straight line than mine, but I could catch him up on the brakes and in the bends. However, after a few laps the RGV lost power and wouldn’t rev on. It turned out it had nipped a ring, which was a fairly typical RGV issue due them having a cavernous exhaust port that used to catch the edge of the rings! We were having a genuine giggle.”
Even the firstgeneration RGV was stunning
Carl Fogarty (31), leads Whitham. Google ‘Whitham, Foggy, Oulton’ to see the race