Suzuki RG500Γ - Team Zero1 - Taste of Tsukuba

It is again that time of year that beasts like this Suzuki RG500Γ are gathered to race in the Taste of Tsukuba - Days of bikes and roses (DOBAR) event.

This RG500 is prepared by Team Zero1 a bike shop in Japan and is racing in a category specially made for including big 2 stroke machines like the RG500 and the Yamaha RD500.

Of course these bikes are tuned and modified to withstand the level of abuse these guys throw at them.

Can you spot the infamous "Redboo" Suzuki RG500 (video of that beast coming soon)  in this race?

 

 

Suzuki RG500G - Team Zero1
Suzuki RG500Γ - Team Zero1 - Fairings off for inspection

 

 

Suzuki RG500G - Team Zero1
Suzuki RG500Γ - Team Zero1 - RG500G family photo

 

Suzuki RG500G - Team Zero1
Suzuki RG500Γ - Team Zero1 - 2000 2 stroke cc's

 

 

Suzuki RG500G - Team Zero1
Suzuki RG500Γ - Team Zero1 - Fabrication is mandatory

 

Suzuki RG500G - Team Zero1
Suzuki RG500Γ - Team Zero1

 

Suzuki RG500G - Team Zero1
Suzuki RG500Γ - Team Zero1

 

 

Suzuki RG500G - Team Zero1
Suzuki RG500Γ - Team Zero1 - Getting ready for the race

 

Visit Team Zero1's page for more info on their activities

 

The Suzuki RG500 "Gamma" was a motorcycle built by Suzuki between 1985 and 1987 and inspired by the 1984 Suzuki RG500 "Gamma" Grand Prix motorcycle, 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 93.7 brake horsepower (69.9 kW) 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 154 kg (340 lb) dry.

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

2 Comments

  1. Patrick Miles

    Very nice, thanks for sharing. I'm trying to rebuild a RG400 now.

    • You are welcome Patrick. Please send some photos if you have the time. We ll be happy to feature your bike.

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