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1985 Suzuki RG250 'Walter Wolf Livery' Motorcycle





Engine V-twin, 247cc
Gearbox 6-speed manual
Colour Dark Blue
Trim Red

Notice (Form 11)


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Suzuki's history can be traced back to manufacturing silk looms back in 1909 but it wasn't until the 1930s that the company began experimenting with internal combustion engines. The early post-war period saw Suzuki producing heaters and farm machinery but the small two-stroke engine resurfaced in 1952 and was initially sold in the form of the “Power Free” motorized bicycle. Suzuki began making their own motorcycles in 1954, beginning with a 90cc two-stroke Colleda, notable as one of the first to have oil injection to save the rider from having to mix the oil and petrol manually. Over the next three decades Suzuki established itself as one of the major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, whilst diversifying into everything from small cars to outboard motors. The RG250 was a race replica produced in limited numbers by Suzuki from 1983 until 1987. Powered by a two-stroke liquid-cooled parallel twin, the RG250 was the first mass production bike to use a lightweight aluminium frame and aerodynamic fairing, along with full floater suspension and anti-drive front forks.  The earliest RG250s used a single disc brake, followed by the Mark 2 of 1985 which had revised front fairings, colour scheme and shorter wheelbase. Suzuki added their patented Automatic Exhaust Control system for 1986, along with Walter Wolf Special versions of both the RG250 its RG500 big brother, celebrating the model’s success in the Canadian National Pro & Amateur 600 Production Championship (Wolf being the principal sponsor). Aside from the unique graphics, the Walter Wolf Special featured different instruments, key, red wheels and a special seat.