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Suzuki RGV500

The Suzuki RGV500 was Suzuki's entry in 500cc Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Under the guided hands of Kevin Schwantz,it won a 500cc championship in 1993, beating the likes of Wayne Rainey (although many argue this was due to Rainey's crash leading to his withdrawal of the championship) and Mick Doohan. This was the most successful period in the motorcycles history. The Suzuki suited Schwantz's riding style, as he often pushed beyond the limit of the machine, which often lead to Schwantz crashing as often as he won.

Suzuki RGV500
PredecessorSuzuki RG Γ 500
SuccessorSuzuki GSV-R
Engine499.3 cc two-stroke V4

The Suzuki was always slower than its opposition, as both the Yamaha and especially the Honda were alot faster in a straight line, to compensate this, Schwantz set the RGV up, so it would compensate in the braking zones, and in the corners, allowing the Suzuki to slipstream the machines infront. This style of riding was famously quoted by Schwantz stating that he would "See God, then brake".

Other riders failed to adapt thier style to the Suzuki, talent such as: Doug Chandler and Alex Barros. However many did manage the Suzuki well such as Daryl Beattie who finished second overall in 1995 and Niall McKenzie.


Suzuki RGV500-Gamma XR-B1 (2001)
Engine Type: Two-stroke, water cooled V4
Bore/Stroke: 54.0 × 54.5mm
Displacement: 499.3cc
Maximum Power: more than 185PS at 12,500rpm
Inlet System: Crankcase Reed Valve
Carburettor: Keihin
Exhaust System: AETC (Automatic Exhaust Timing Control)
Piston: Cast, one piston ring
Cylinder: Aluminium, Suzuki 'SCEM' plating
Lubrication System: Fuel/Oil premix
Ignition System: CDI
Sparking Plugs: NGK
Clutch: Dry multi-plate
Transmission: six-speed constant mesh
Drive Chain: RK520 or DID 520
Chassis Type: Twin-Spar aluminium, Suzuki extrusions
Suspension Front: Ohlins inverted-type telescopic fork
Rear: Ohlins with Suzuki link
Wheels: Front and Rear: 17inches
Brake System: Brembo - Front: Twin discs, Carbon or Steel
Rear: Single disc, steel
Wheelbase: 1400mm
Dry Weight: approx 130 KG