1989 Suzuki RGV250


• An officially imported UK VJ21 example
• In very original, useable condition
• In the very popular blue, white and red Pepsi livery

The Background

Widely regarded as the king of the late ‘80’s early ‘90’s race replicas, the Suzuki RGV250 has built up a huge following of motorcycle aficionados from around the world.

Originally conceived by Suzuki to showcase the world beating Grand Prix technologies of their RGV Gamma V2 GP bikes of the time. The RGV250 gave lucky owners the chance to sample the unique thrill of a high-powered, two-stroke competition bike on UK roads and tracks. Once sampled, never forgotten. 

38.jpeg 313.7 KB

The History

This particular example was officially imported by Suzuki to the UK in 1989. Being a VJ21 model this example is the lightest of the official UK bikes with a dry weight of under 130KG. In 1995 this bike was exported to Southern Ireland to be enjoyed on the roads of the Emerald Isle. The current owner re-imported the bike to England in March 2021 and re-reregistered and MOT’d it May of that year.

The current owner has done some light recommissioning including painting the swing arm and hugger as well as fitting a matching pair of Metzeler fast road tyres. A set of Pepsi liveried fairings have also been added to make this the most eye catching of race replicas and a real head-turner.

23.jpeg 109.44 KB

The Paperwork

The current owner has a degree of paperwork relating to the bike. This includes the current UK registration document (V5), the previous Irish registration papers, export and import paperwork, the current MOT and even the previous Irish number plate.

22.jpeg 177.57 KB

The Condition

As can be seen from the photographs the condition appears excellent for a 32-year-old motorcycle. The paint is bright and lustrous and any paint commissioning, such as the swing arm and the hugger, have been done to a high standard.

All light lenses and mirrors appear clear and bright with no signs of grounding or grazing. Likewise with the underside of the motorcycle and extremities such as pegs and grips.

The seat vinyl appears to be in first class condition and there seems to be no rider related wear or marks to the tank or side mouldings. The matching Metzeler tyres are recent with good tread depth and the gauges and screen are free from obvious scratching, crazing or discolouration.

All in all this RGV250 appears to be in near “time-warp” condition and ready to be a credit to its next lucky owner.

The Mechanics

The owner reports that the bike starts easily on the first kick and idles evenly. He states that the engine revs smoothly and, as is the joy with a high-powered two-stroke, the power output becomes “lively” as the power band is reached.

The VJ21 originally had a power output of around 59hp from its iconic 90-degree V twin and with only 130KG’s of dry weight to push made this a giant slayer of its day. The current owner suggests this still to be evident from what seems a very well loved and sorted motorcycle.

The Appeal

For those of us who started their motorcycling adventures in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s there remains a special allure around the high-powered twin-stroke performance bikes of the day. The small capacities and race inspired running gear made for agile and exhilarating progress.

The high-revving nature of the V-twin within the RGV 250, the narrow but dramatic powerband, the spine-chilling sound and the unmistakable smell of the two-stroke oil doing its vital work all combine to deliver a truly unique motorcycling experience.

This experience offered up by the RGV250 remains of huge appeal to seasoned riders but has more recently found a new, appreciative fan base in younger riders keen to sample arguably the best race replica two-stroke motorcycle of its era. As a result, well-loved and presented RGV250’s like this one are becoming increasing prized as an appreciating collectors item. Above all, however, these are bikes to be ridden and relished in all their screaming two-stroke glory.

Notice to bidders

Although every care is taken to ensure this listing is as factual and transparent as possible, all details within the listing are subject to the information provided to us by the seller. Car & Classic does not take responsibility for any information missing from the listing. Please ensure you are satisfied with the vehicle description and all information provided before placing a bid.

As is normal for most auctions, this vehicle is sold as seen, and therefore the Sale of Goods Act 1979 does not apply. All bids are legally binding once placed. Any winning bidder who withdraws from a sale, is subject to our bidders fee charge. Please see our FAQs and T&C's for further information. Viewings of vehicles are encouraged, but entirely at the seller's discretion.

Please see our FAQ's here and our Terms & Conditions here

Please see our FAQ's here and our Terms & Conditions here

Vehicle specification
  • Year 1989
  • Make Suzuki
  • Model RGV250
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 13,625 Miles
  • Engine size 249
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Lancashire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
20 bids
  • ja•••• £6,600 15/10/21
  • Ke•••• £6,500 15/10/21
  • Ke•••• £6,000 15/10/21
  • Ke•••• £5,500 15/10/21
  • mw•••• £4,350 15/10/21
  • Po•••• £4,250 14/10/21
  • ja•••• £4,100 14/10/21
  • ne•••• £4,000 13/10/21
  • vo•••• £3,900 11/10/21
  • ne•••• £3,800 10/10/21

The Gallery

The safest way to buy a classic car online

Car & Classic's secure payment system protects buyers and sellers. At the end of the auction, the winning bidder transfers payment into a third-party escrow account. Once the transfer of the vehicle is complete, both parties confirm they are happy with the sale and the money is released to the seller.
Safe, secure payment process

About Max Bids

The max bid process allows you to bid without any hassle.
Enter your maximum bid and we will then bid on your behalf to ensure you're the highest bidder - just enough to keep you in the lead and only up until your maximum.


C&C prevent auction snipers from bidding in the last seconds to win an auction.
Auctions are extended by 5-minutes if anyone bids within the last 2 minutes to allow other bidders to react and counter-bid.

Auto-bidding increments

  • If your maximum bid is equal to or below the reserve price, your maximum bid will be applied in full if you are the highest bidder.
  • If you are the highest bidder and place a maximum bid above the reserve, we will automatically put in the reserve as your first bid.
    • Once the reserve has been met, Car & Classic will make sure you are the highest bidder using only the bidding increments stated below.
    • We will keep you in the lead up until your maximum bid OR the increment closest to your maximum bid, providing your maximum bid is enough to cover the increment value.

Bid Amount Increment
£0 to £10,000 £100.00
£10,000 to £50,000 £250.00
£50,000 to £100,000 £500.00
£100,000+ £1000.00

Automatically outbid immediately

When you place a max bid and are outbid immediately that means that another bidder has placed a max bid limit which is higher than yours.
You can bid again and we will use our automatic bid system to try and get you as the highest bidder.

Matching max bids

When there are two max bids of the same value, the one placed first remains the lead bidder.

Watch this auction

Get notified when the auction is starting, and half an hour before it ends.

Problem with your bid

Bids are contractually binding. To help protect you, we have some rules in place if we think it's been mistyped. Please check and amend what you have entered.