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The '''Suzuki RG500''' Gamma was a [[motorcycle]] built by [[Suzuki]] between 1985 and 1987 and inspired by the RG Gamma [[Grand Prix motorcycle racing|Grand Prix]] racer of the 1970s, capitalizing on Suzuki's seven consecutive constructors title wins in the 500 cc-class. The Gamma was powered by a two stroke, rotary valve, twin crank, [[U_engine|square four engine]] displacing 498 cubic centimeters. The power output was 93.7bhp at 9,500 RPM. The [[engine]] employed [[liquid-cooling]] by means of a front-mounted radiator with a thermostatic control. Suzuki employed an aluminum boxsection frame with castings for the headstock and swinging arm for the Gamma. The front suspension had pre-load adjust and an anti-dive system called "POSI DAMP" to control the tendency of a motorcycle's nose to dive under braking. At the rear the full-floater suspension design used dual-swingarms. The motorcycle weighed 154kg dry.
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The '''Suzuki RG500''' Gamma was a [[motorcycle]] built by [[Suzuki]] between 1984 and 1987 and inspired by the RG Gamma [[Grand Prix motorcycle racing|Grand Prix]] racer of the 1970s, capitalizing on Suzuki's seven consecutive constructors title wins in the 500 cc-class. The Gamma was powered by a two stroke, rotary valve, twin crank, [[U_engine|square four engine]] displacing 498 cubic centimeters. The power output was 93.7bhp at 9,500 RPM. The [[engine]] employed [[liquid-cooling]] by means of a front-mounted radiator with a thermostatic control. Suzuki employed an aluminum boxsection frame with castings for the headstock and swinging arm for the Gamma. The front suspension had pre-load adjust and an anti-dive system called "POSI DAMP" to control the tendency of a motorcycle's nose to dive under braking. At the rear the full-floater suspension design used dual-swingarms. The motorcycle weighed 154kg dry.
  
 
The bike was also offered as a RG400 mainly for the Asian markets.
 
The bike was also offered as a RG400 mainly for the Asian markets.
  
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===MK4===
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[[Image:1984 Suzuki RG500 MK4.jpg|left|thumb|1984 Suzuki RG500 MK4]]
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The RG500 was Suzuki's answer to the TZ [[Yamaha]], four cylinders in a square configuration, a design that they had used ten years earlier.
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Although very successful in the late 1970s, the 1984 MK4 version was not quite up to the performance of the Yamaha's, with their best finish in the World Championships being night.  There were only twenty two 1984 MK4s built.
  
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== Production numbers ==
 
== Production numbers ==
  

Revision as of 17:51, 6 July 2010

RG 500 Gamma.jpg

The Suzuki RG500 Gamma was a motorcycle built by Suzuki between 1984 and 1987 and inspired by the RG Gamma Grand Prix racer of the 1970s, capitalizing on Suzuki's seven consecutive constructors title wins in the 500 cc-class. The Gamma was powered by a two stroke, rotary valve, twin crank, square four engine displacing 498 cubic centimeters. The power output was 93.7bhp at 9,500 RPM. The engine employed liquid-cooling by means of a front-mounted radiator with a thermostatic control. Suzuki employed an aluminum boxsection frame with castings for the headstock and swinging arm for the Gamma. The front suspension had pre-load adjust and an anti-dive system called "POSI DAMP" to control the tendency of a motorcycle's nose to dive under braking. At the rear the full-floater suspension design used dual-swingarms. The motorcycle weighed 154kg dry.

The bike was also offered as a RG400 mainly for the Asian markets.

MK4

1984 Suzuki RG500 MK4

The RG500 was Suzuki's answer to the TZ Yamaha, four cylinders in a square configuration, a design that they had used ten years earlier. Although very successful in the late 1970s, the 1984 MK4 version was not quite up to the performance of the Yamaha's, with their best finish in the World Championships being night. There were only twenty two 1984 MK4s built.

Production numbers

Model 1985 1986 1987 Total
RG500 7340 1412 532 9284
RG400 5002 863 348 6213

1980

1980 Suzuki RG500 in Blue
1980 Suzuki RG500 in Blue
1980 Suzuki RG500 in Blue
1980 Suzuki RG500 in Blue
1980 Suzuki RG500 in Blue
1980 Suzuki RG500 in Blue
1980 Suzuki RG500 in Blue



1986

1986 Suzuki RG500 in Red/Black
1986 Suzuki RG500 in Red/Black
1986 Suzuki RG500 in Red/Black
1986 Suzuki RG500 in Red/Black
1986 Suzuki RG500 in Red/Black
1986 Suzuki RG500 in Red/Black
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in Blue
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in Blue
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in Blue
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in Blue/White
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in Blue/White
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in Blue/White
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in White
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in White
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in White
1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in White