An unregistered and unused iconic two-stroke Suzuki RG500CH Grand Prix replica is up for sale at the Bonhams Auction, at the Stafford Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show this October.
Since the birth of motorcycling, manufacturers have long since capitalised on competition successes by having one or two ‘race replica’ models in their range.
Based on its World Championship-winning RG500 racer, Suzuki’s Gamma roadster retained the same square-four engine layout, geared-together crankshafts, and disc-valve induction as the race machine. It also features a box-section aluminium frame, ‘Full Floater’ rear suspension, and triple disc brakes. More racetrack focused than many of its rival, the Gamma, with its 130mph-plus top speed, 11.5-second quarter-mile time, and renowned handling and brakes, remains the closest anyone has got to offering a modern Grand Prix 500 for the road.
Unsurprisingly, the RG500 was hugely popular, and today this legendary model is highly sought after by collectors of modern Japanese classics. Bonhams has suggested a guide price of between £28,000 and £32,000, which may appear like an unbelievable amount of money for a mildly modern machine. But, the bike is in mint condition with only one (push) mile on the clock.
This is possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get your hands on an unused and unregistered example of this iconic Suzuki model. There’s accompanying documentation, including the original Suzuki paperwork which shows that the machine was invoiced to GS Motorcycles on 7th February 1989, plus copies of the Owner Registration Card, Warranty Card, Dealer Record, and New Vehicle Licence Application.