Classic Test: Suzuki RG500 v Yamaha RD500LC — Road Tests: Used — Visordown

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Classic Test: Suzuki v Yamaha RD500LC

It’s and the Sinclair C5 can be bought for £399. The riots are in full swing, Aid raises £50 for African and the boxy little Nintendo System is launched. In bike Grand Prix is seriously The ongoing arms escalation factories has seen to it that and wilder 500cc two-strokes are heroes or victims of their

Racers like Kenny and Eddie Lawson swan the paddock exuding a ‘don’t attitude that every male wants to emulate. The are outrageous, the riders are legends. who doesn’t want to be part of the And now you can be.

You can even choose your

Last year Yamaha the world’s first true GP the mighty RD500LC. It’s got the configuration, the right capacity and the looks of Kenny Roberts works GP racer of the previous KR may not have won that 500 Championship Spencer elbowed the King out by two points ) but six GP wins tells us how the Yamaha is. And here’s a replica to the public, for road use.

Anyone with a bike should be aghast. Can Yamaha deliver a GP bike for the road?

500cc Vee-Four two-… absolutely stunning in its speed-block and carries enormous cred. 88bhp (70bhp at the wheel) and just 180 kilos this is a 135mph missile, and although not as wild as its GP looks would you believe, like the 350 Powervalve it the 500LC is making the four-strokes stupid. In the last year of blunderbusses like GSX1100s, and enormous XS1100s have getting used to seeing the RD in their mirrors then past in a flurry of noise.

For this year Suzuki joined Yamaha by releasing incredible RG500 Gamma. The big of the RG250, the 500 is aimed directly at the throat, and Suzuki have spent the last 12 months the competition. The Yamaha may be prettier, but the squat Suzuki uses the light-weight technology of its smaller

Time to ride the bikes to find some home

On paper the new RG500 promises to be manic than the RD. In terms of The RG makes a claimed 95bhp, translates to a genuine 78bhp at the all packed in a svelte 156 kilos a genuine top speed of 144mph. But not all, it comes with an trick alloy frame, straight off the race bike. glory days in Grand may be going through a lean but the RG still bristles with and lessons learned off the track.

Side by side the Yamaha is the refined machine and the level of is unquestionably higher on the Yam, but pair of 500cc track are not about looks, they are performance. Our RD500 isn’t any old RD, it’s a very exclusive imported from Japan. It has an instead of a steel frame the RG) and the suspension comes with as well as adjustable compression on the

Both bikes are physically small. The Suzuki more so. very skinny and feels no than the 250 between your

The Yamaha is more substantial and has a preferable ride position, not so cramped. Sit on either and your are flat on the ground with knees bent. Both a fairly standard low seat of just 790mm and high pretty much the same as the racebikes of this year but comfortable.

Turn on the ignition and the solenoid whistle as the powervalve wake up and turn in their Fold the right footpeg up so you wallop your Green trainers, make sure the is at its full length and give it a of short sharp kicks to either motor into It’s not a macho action the way you lunge on the kickstart of a huge single, it’s more a dog flicking at a flea.

Until it barks into

Once running you’re to one of the finest sounds known to the crackle of a barely-silenced 500cc engine. Both these are vicious and savage in the noise make. Virtually unsilenced, hammer and saw as you tweak the throttle, cables snaking away the fairings and raising four slides on four separate

Throttle action isn’t when you’re warming up cylinders of high performance and warm them up you must. away without at least two of warming results in a bogging, mess. The RD leaked a little from its carbs, mixing the pungent aromas of unburnt coming out the back.

GP music to any nose.

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