Suzuki RGV 250

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Make ModelSuzuki RGV 250
Year: 1989
Engine: Liquid cooled, two stroke, 90°V-twin, reed valve.
Capacity: 249
Bore x Stroke: 56 x 50.6 mm
Compression Ratio: 7.3:1
Induction: Mikuni TM34S
Ignition / Starting:
Max Power: 62 hp 45.2 kW @ 11000 rpm
Max Torque: 39 Nm @ 11000 rpm
Transmission / Drive: 6 Speed / chain
Gear Ratio1st gear: 2.454 (27/11) / 2nd gear: 1.625 (26/16) / 3rd gear: 1.235 (21/17) / 4th gear: 1.045 (23/22) / 5th gear: 0.916 (22/24) / 6th gear: 0.840 (21/25)
Front Suspension: Upside down forks adjustable preload.
Rear Suspension: Monoshock adjustable rebound, compression and preload.
Front Brakes: 2x 300mm discs 4 piston calipers
Rear Brakes: Single 210mm disc 2 piston caliper
Front Tire: : 110/70 R17
Rear Tire: : 150/60 R17
Seat Height755 mm
Dry-Weight: 139 kg
Fuel Capacity: 16 Litres

Nobody needs reminding what the current legislation regarding learners did to the British 250cc motorcycle market. And although punitive legislation here and in the pipeline is still a bugbear with learners, a silver lining to the cloud in the shape of the super hot 250cc machines the Japanese importers are now bringing in to answer spiralling big bike insurance costs.
Had I not just ridden the RGV250, I might also have said that many people do enjoy riding a bike to its limits, and who can do that with a l000cc megabike. The thing is, you might be pushed to find the limits of this 250cc gem from Suzuki on the public highway.
Whatever reason you accept for the arrival of the RGV250, this machine is a work of art, good enough for showing at the Tate. Closer scrutiny makes one call to mind Swiss precision watches in trying to describe the workings of this machine. Even Suzuki’s staff all gazed longingly out of their windows as I collected it, rain teeming down, from their Crawley headquarters.

I am used by now to my first few miles on any machine to be wet ones, and on this occasion they were on a motorway to boot. This moved onto some heavy traffic work, again not an ideal start to an all too brief relationship with this lightWeight: . The motorway did prove one thing, however, namely that despite showing far too much of the rider’s anatomy, the mirrors on the RGV250 do at least remain vibration-free. And although not offering the widest field of rearward visibility, they were enough to spot the pursuing white BMW before things got too embarrassing.

The heavy rain and spray also proved that the blue and white fairing may carve a beautifully slippery path through the air, but it does nothing to protect the rider from the elements, unless you crouch down racing style. This all adds to the spray hitting you at chest level.

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