The 32-year-old motorcycle with just TWO ‘push miles’ on the odometer: a rare Suzuki road bike that has never been ridden is tipped to sell for £35,000
- The Suzuki RG500 Gamma is an extremely rare two-stroke racing bike from the 1980s
- It is based on the factory 500cc Grand Prix racers of the era that won two titles
- This example has never been ridden with its two recorded miles accumulated while maneuvering while in storage
- Bonhams will sell it at auction this weekend with an estimate of £30k to £35k
A Suzuki RG500 motorcycle from the late 1980s will go under the hammer this weekend with an astonishingly low mileage in its 32 years — and none of them came from riding.
The two-stroke road replica of the factory Grand Prix race machines of the era is already a hugely collectible motorcycle today – but this particular one stands out with only two miles on the odometer.
Bonhams, who will be offering the bike on sale October 9 at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford, says these are just “push miles” built up by owners who move the bike by hand – meaning it’s never really on. drove.
The collectible sports bike with two ‘push miles’ on the odometer: This Suzuki RG500 Gamma from the late 80s has never been ridden – or even registered in its 32-year existence. It will be up for auction this month
The auction house has estimated the bike could sell for between £30,000 and £35,000 – although its as-new condition and lack of use could easily overshadow that valuation when bidding starts on Saturday.
Bonhams says it’s “a potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get hold of an unused and unregistered copy of this iconic Suzuki model.”
The RG500 ‘Gamma’ was produced by the Japanese motorcycle brand for only two years between 1985 and 1987 and was heavily based on the racing machine used by the works team.
And it was a title-winning package, with Italians Marco Lucchinelli and Franco Uncini winning the World Drivers’ Championship over several years in 1981 and 1982.
Bonhams placed an estimate of £30,000 to £35,000 on the bike during the October 9 auction at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford
Suzuki’s ad for the bike at launch said: ‘No one has ever built a road machine that comes so close in technical basis to a current GP winner. Frankly, we don’t expect anyone else to ever do that.”
Specifications Suzuki RG500 Gamma
Engine: 498cc, liquid-cooled, four-cylinder, two-stroke
Gear box: 6-speed
Current: 95hp @9500rpm
Couple: 52.6 ft-lb @9000rpm
Delay: Front: 38mm telescopic forks, Rear: full floater rear
Brakes: Front: 260mm disc 4-piston calipers Rear: 210mm disc 2-piston caliper
Top speed: 133 mph
Fuel tank capacity: 22 liters
This example was first delivered to GS Motorcycles on February 7, 1989, which is confirmed by documents sold with the machine – as well as copies of the owner registration card, warranty card, dealer record and new vehicle license application.
However, it was never actually registered, with the bike instead being kept in storage and never ridden on the road.
That means the liquid-cooled, four-cylinder, 498cc, two-stroke engine never used its full 95hp power at 9,500rpm.
The engine used the same quadrangular engine layout, matched crankshafts and disc valve induction as the racer, while the aluminum frame, rear suspension and triple disc brakes were also carried over from the GP machines.
The performance was mighty for the time, with a top speed of over 80 mph, a time of 11.5 seconds on a quarter of a mile and incredible agile handling and braking.
But the pointed two-stroke could easily penalize riders who couldn’t utilize the narrow power band it offered, with gear spikes developed as rpm peaked.
It was – at the time – the closest thing to a road-going Grand Prix racer. Suzuki’s ad for the bike at launch said: ‘No one has ever built a road machine that comes so close in technical basis to a current GP winner. Frankly, we don’t expect anyone else to ever do that’
“Today, this legendary model is highly sought after by collectors of modern Japanese classics,” says Bonhams.
And it won’t be the first time this particular model has gone to the block, last changing hands at the same Stafford Sale in October 2017, where it sold for £31,050.
‘The machine has not been used/run since purchase and has been kept dry in the garage’, explains the lot description.
“It will therefore have to be completely recommissioned before use to a greater or lesser extent,” it adds.
Other collectible two-wheelers on sale this month
Ex-Barry Sheene 1979 Dunstall Suzuki GS1000 F1 road bike
Auction: Bonhams’ The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford – October 9
Estimation: £30,000 – £35,000
This 1979 Suzuki GS1000 is believed to be the only four-stroke race bike that Barry Sheene has ridden – the last British Grand Prix motorcycle world champion
The late Barry Sheene is the last Briton to win a first-class motorcyclist Grand Prix championship, having taken the title in 1976 and ’77.
While his 500cc career continued through 1984 (his last win came in 1981), in 1979 Suzuki GB asked Sheene to guest ride this GS1000S at a domestic August Bank Holiday gathering at Oulton Park in 1979.
That’s despite the Brit — who made his career with two-strokes — publicized his distaste for four-stroke racing bikes. He used to call them ‘manure spreaders’.
This Dunstall Suzuki is considered the only Japanese four-stroke it has ever ridden.
Despite this, Sheene finished second in the event, narrowly beaten by fellow GP rider Ron Haslam.
Sheene, who died of cancer in March 2003, is still regarded today as one of the greatest motorcycle racers in the country – hence the expectation that this rare model will hit a high sale price this weekend.
Barn find 1964 Lambretta GT200 scooter
Auction: H&H Classics National Motorcycle Museum Sale, Birmingham – October 27
Estimation: £3,000 – £4,000
This super rare Lambretta scooter has been in hiding for 45 years and was only discovered in July after sitting in a garage since 1976. Despite his obviously poor condition, experts expect him to surpass his higher estimate of £4,000 later this month
This ‘extremely rare’ 1964 Lambretta GT 200 Italian has been in a makeshift shed since 1976 and was discovered in July before being put up for auction later this month.
Although it needs a lot of restoration, Mike Davis of H&H said: “There have already been many commission offers after it appeared on our website for the upcoming sale. I wouldn’t be surprised if it far exceeds its estimate. It’s a fantastic opportunity to restore and drive.”
The scooter is largely complete with original tin and is attached as a correct number machine.
The engine turns with compression. It comes with an old RF60 follow-up log, but the V5c will have to be requested. Once restored by the new owner, it would easily become a collector’s item.
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