Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Suzuki RV125 VanVan is an enigmatic motorcycle

The Suzuki RV125 VanVan is an enigmatic motorcycle, that’s for sure. Farm hands, gamekeepers, race teams and surf dudes would be the ideal customers: it’s perfect for whizzing around country estates, race paddocks and beaches. Fashion-conscious, retro fans must love Suzuki RV125 VanVans. Teenagers, probably, don’t. Who knows? But it’s still pretty cute: better than a quad or a scooter, either way.


The tiny, air-cooled four stroke Suzuki RV125 VanVan pulls acceptably in lower gears but, overall, lacks any really useful power. There’s no top end and it struggles to reach, let alone break, the national speed limit. What power there is, however, is smoothly delivered and the Suzuki RV125 VanVan's engine itself is very reliable. The Suzuki RV125 VanVan cruises happily at, erm, 50mph.

Very low and very comfy, the Suzuki RV125 VanVan’s a stable, smooth ride with good, if very basic, suspension and brakes. It’s light and easy to ride with a tiny turning circle, aided by wide bars. The gearbox, alas, is crunchy and agricultural while the chassis has a habit of rattling when you’re on the move, which is somewhat disconcerting. The Suzuki RV125 VanVan is not very at home on the open road.

General information
Model: Suzuki RV 125
Year: 1976
Category: Classic
Rating: 70.2 out of 100. Show full rating and compare with other bikes
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 123.00 ccm (7.51 cubic inches)
Engine type: Single cylinder, two-stroke
Power: 8.00 HP (5.8 kW)) @ 6000 RPM
Top speed: 92.0 km/h (57.2 mph)
Compression: 6.3:1
Bore x stroke: 56.0 x 50.0 mm (2.2 x 2.0 inches)
Fuel control: Port control
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 5-speed
Transmission type,
final drive: Chain
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Front tyre dimensions: 5.40-14
Rear tyre dimensions: 6.70-10
Front brakes: Expanding brake
Rear brakes: Expanding brake
Physical measures and capacities
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 110.0 kg (242.5 pounds)
Fuel capacity: 5.00 litres (1.32 gallons)
Other specifications
Further information
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