1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Current bid: $17,600

Reserve price has not been met.

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Ending On: July 1, 2022 2:00 pm

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2022-07-01 13:50:00 2022-07-01 14:00:00 America/Los_Angeles 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Santa Monica, California - a slight resto-mod with an engine built by Rick Lance. https://iconicmotorbikeauctions.com/auction/1986-suzuki-rg500-gamma-4/ Iconic Motorbike Auctions concierge@iconicmotorbikes.com


Click here for a CycleVIN report on this 1986 Suzuki RG500. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

Derived straight from Suzuki’s half-liter RG Gamma XR45 factory Grand Prix racer, the RG500 was a road-legal replica racer produced between 1985 and 1987. From the mid-‘70s to the mid-‘80s, Suzuki was a dominant force in premier class competition. Barry Sheene achieved back-to-back 500cc championship titles in ’76 and ’77 before the Gallina Suzuki team repeated the feat half-a-decade-later with riders Marco Lucchinelli and Franco Uncini in ’81 and ’82. Suzuki also won seven consecutive 500cc Class Constructors’ titles around this same time.

To capitalize on the brand’s reputation for building high-performance race bikes, Suzuki decided to develop a slightly-tamed production version of its competition square-four machine. 7,340 examples were produced in the first year of production (1985), with another 1,412 in 1986 and a final 532 specimens in 1987, making for a total of just 9,284. Due to emissions regulations (among other reasons), Suzuki never officially sold the RG500 Gamma in America, though it was offered in Canada so a few grey market examples have found their way across the border.

Classic Motorbikes described the Gamma’s place among its competitors by stating, “Place the RD500, NS400 and RG500 Gamma side-by-side and you would have three of the top manufacturers attempts at producing a replica of their respective GP racers, however, with all but one of those machines, all you purchased was a mere shadow of the original design. That is not to say the others were rubbish, far from it in fact, but the RG was definitely nearer the mark, and actually far closer to the race machine than you might ever imagine. The Suzuki is almost an exact replica of the race machine.

This example is VIN: JS1HM31A4G2100272, Engine #: M301-102204. The seller acquired it in 2000 from a two-stroke collector in San Jose, California.

During his ownership, the seller covered less than 1,000 miles. The odometer shows 3,662 miles.

“This bike had a lot of care and work done to it. The engine was built by Rick Lance of Lance Gamma using only OEM parts. The rebuild consisted of overhauled cranks, new OEM pistons on first bore and a completely updated transmission. Only OEM gaskets were used during the build. Transmission gears were updated, verified as sound and reassembled with an OEM clutch and clutch plates. The top end is currently on first bore with approximately 3,500 miles on the clock. The top end breathes through Rick Lance Uni Style foam filters and a set of Tommy Crawford expansion chambers.”

“The pipes were stripped and cleared with polished cans and turned down stingers. Gearing is one tooth down on the front and stock in the rear. The sprockets were replaced during the restoration. New Tsubaki X-ring chain replaced at the same time as the sprockets.”

“Much of the bike was painted to match the paint scheme of 1988 CH model. Using mostly OEM parts besides the front fairing and the solo tail. The solo tail is a one-piece design to eliminate the four stock rear pieces. The solo tail retails for well over $1k alone and is exceptional quality.”

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us clean/adjust the carbs, flush the transmission oil, flush the front/rear brake fluid, flush the clutch fluid, flush the coolant, install new spark plugs, and install a new brake lever.

We also sent the tank out to be lined.

We had a third party powdercoat the fairing stay and two brackets.

GSX-R750 front end with Nissin front calipers, red OEM rear calipers, steel braided brake lines, GSX-R750 wheels.

Suzuki GSX-R750 swingarm, aftermarket chain guard.

Stainless steel brake lines.

Aftermarket tank guard.

Not pictured is a set of Performance Fabrications Limited disk valve covers.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

It is riding on Michelin Pilot Power tires from 2021.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California. (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Suzuki is offered on a clean California title. Have any RG500 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Santa Monica, California






RG500 Gamma







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Total Bids Placed:

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
YZR500 June 30, 2022 10:34 pm $17,600
guonca June 30, 2022 10:34 pm $17,500 Auto
guonca June 30, 2022 9:19 am $16,100
Asbri71 June 30, 2022 9:19 am $16,000 Auto
Asbri71 June 30, 2022 9:15 am $15,100
guonca June 30, 2022 9:15 am $15,000 Auto
guonca June 29, 2022 11:39 am $12,600
mtfaville1 June 29, 2022 11:39 am $12,500 Auto
mtfaville1 June 29, 2022 9:13 am $10,100
guonca June 29, 2022 9:13 am $10,000 Auto
guonca June 28, 2022 8:38 am $7,100
Dopaytoplay June 28, 2022 8:38 am $7,000 Auto
Dopaytoplay June 27, 2022 10:10 pm $6,600
Darnewmedia June 27, 2022 10:10 pm $6,500 Auto
Darnewmedia June 27, 2022 5:01 pm $5,950 Auto
GMRfan June 27, 2022 5:01 pm $5,850
Darnewmedia June 27, 2022 4:58 pm $5,600 Auto
GMRfan June 27, 2022 4:58 pm $5,500
Darnewmedia June 27, 2022 4:57 pm $5,313 Auto
GMRfan June 27, 2022 4:57 pm $5,213
Darnewmedia June 27, 2022 4:56 pm $5,113 Auto
GMRfan June 27, 2022 4:56 pm $5,013
Darnewmedia June 27, 2022 4:02 pm $4,850
GMRfan June 27, 2022 4:02 pm $4,750 Auto
GMRfan June 25, 2022 4:27 pm $3,791 Auto
Compstall73 June 25, 2022 4:27 pm $3,691
GMRfan June 25, 2022 12:14 pm $2,964
Compstall73 June 25, 2022 12:14 pm $2,864 Auto
Compstall73 June 25, 2022 4:12 am $2,600
PiraRacingTeam June 25, 2022 4:12 am $2,500 Auto
PiraRacingTeam June 25, 2022 4:11 am $2,367 Auto
Compstall73 June 25, 2022 4:11 am $2,267
PiraRacingTeam June 24, 2022 10:39 pm $1,600
Compstall73 June 24, 2022 10:39 pm $1,500 Auto
Compstall73 June 24, 2022 8:10 pm $1,000
Auction started June 24, 2022 9:48 am
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