2005 Suzuki TDRGV

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

Owner: Garry Kemp, Whitby, North York­shire Owned for: since July 2017

What’s the story? Ba­sis of the bike is a com­plete 2005 RMZ 250 mo­tocross rolling chas­sis. It now rolls on a pair of Goose 350 al­loy wheels, the front fit­ted with a one-off ISR fully float­ing disc and a Brembo 4-pot caliper from a Du­cati Mon­ster. Note spoke pat­tern of the front wheel didn’t match the rear in the early rolling chas­sis pic­tures. This has since been rec­ti­fied. Rear sus­pen­sion is an Öh­lins unit (not fit­ted in pic­tures), forks will be revalved to suit road use and the pipes are, ob­vi­ously, made to suit. Progress so far? A Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 mo­tor has been fit­ted with the aid of a re­mov­able, one­piece en­gine cra­dle. The mo­tor in the pic­tures is a test-fit mule with no in­nards. The ‘proper’ mo­tor is still await­ing re­ceipt of its re­built crank and re-plated bar­rels. What’s next? Cur­rently try­ing to find space to fit all the bits an RGV re­quires (pow­er­valve mo­tor, ther­mo­stat, twin coils, reg/rec unit, bat­tery, etc) that an RMZ didn’t have. Then there is the is­sue of the front mud­guard, aux­il­iary fuel tank, in­di­ca­tors – the list goes on. And on.

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