1991 Suzuki RGV250M

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

Owner: Sam Up­ton, Bris­tol Owned for: 20 years

What’s the story? I’ve owned my RGV for more than 20 years. Af­ter see­ing them in mags of the time I knew I had to have one, so on my 17th birth­day I treated my­self to a low mileage ex­am­ple show­ing just 7000 miles. I rode it for 1100 miles and then seized it. That was 2006. I re­moved the en­gine and that’s how it sat un­til I spoke to a friend at this year’s TT who has helped me out with vapour­blast­ing (Cheers Mike).

Progress so far? More than the wife will ever know! Now the cases have been blasted the mo­tor is start­ing to come back to­gether. I’ve even man­aged to lo­cate a brand new set of gen­uine side fair­ings still in the sealed fac­tory box. Pow­der­coat­ing is cour­tesy of War­ren at Bris­tol Mo­tor­cy­cle Power Coaters.

What’s next? Hope­fully it’ll look much bet­ter when it’s fin­ished. I’d quite like a Tyga bodykit and a set of Nikkon pipes for it too. I have a GSX-R shock that I’m go­ing to have re­sprung plus some Hel braided lines. More im­por­tantly, it will get rid­den as it’s sup­posed to once it’s fi­nally fin­ished.

Rods pok­ing out the cases – in a good way

Af­ter 12 years it’s all com­ing to­gether again

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