Suzuki RG500 Gamma For Sale

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Suzuki RG500 Gamma
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Current Prices: £13,950–£10,800
Insurance Costs: 8 of 10

What Is It?

The Suzuki RG500 Gamma is a dedicated sports bike and is powered by liquid cooled 498 cc square four two-stroke engine, producing 95 bhp at 9,500 rpm and maximum torque at 8,000 rpm.

Features include:

  • Aluminium box-section frame and swingarm
  • Dual 260 mm discs up front with four piston calipers
  • 210 mm disc at the rear with two piston caliper
  • 38 mm fork with anti-dive system, pre-load adjustment and 130 mm travel
  • Full-floater rear shock with pre-load adjustment and 127 mm travel
  • Suzuki Automatic Exhaust Control (SAEC)
  • Suzuki Intake Power Chamber (SIPC)
  • Mikuni VM28SH carbs
  • Kick starter
  • 6 speed gearbox

Square four engines are quite rare, compared to the more spaced out V4 designs, because the two banks of cylinders are so close that cooling and input / output can be difficult to design in.

The Gamma is considered to be one of best final two-stroke designs, before being killed off by increasingly strict Euro regulations. Part of the appeal is the four separate exhausts, with two under the seat and two down low.

The 6-spoke 16" front wheel takes a 110/90 tyre and the rear 17" a 120/90.

Colours: Blue/white, red/white/blue, red/black (Walter Wolf special edition)

Did You Know?

Sheene is a 2017 movie based on Barry Sheene and the 1976 XR14 race bike.

Specs

Capacity: 498 cc (average)

Power: 95 bhp / 71 kW (average)

Red Line: 10,000 rpm (average)

Top Speed: 145 mph / 233 km/h (high)

Economy: 35 mpg / 8.1 L/100km (poor)

Range: 170 miles / 274 km (high)

Fuel Capacity: 22.0 litres / 4.8 gallons (very high)

Seat Height: 770 mm / 30.3 inches (low)

Wet Weight: 173 kg / 381 pounds (average)

Dry Weight: 154 kg / 340 pounds

Power to Weight: 0.549 bhp/kg / 0.409 kW/kg

Road Tax (VED): £69 / Year (High)

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Review In A Few

What's Good?

  • Smooth power delivery

Any Downsides?

  • Very expensive
  • Very rare

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Price Guide

Year
Dealer
Private
Part Ex
Mileage
1987
£13,950
£11,150
£9,750
28,500
1986
£13,700
£10,950
£9,600
28,300
1985
£13,450
£10,800
£9,450
28,000

Year shows signs of appreciation

Dealer: The typical price paid at a dealer after haggling.
Private: The typical private sale value of a bike in good condition.
Part Ex: The typical price offered by a bike buying service or dealer in part exchange.
Regional variations have been averaged out and we work out the price guide in-house.

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