The Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 and VJ22 were leaders in the 250cc race replica scene outside of Japan in the late eighties and early nineties. However, by the end of 1996, the VJ22 had become a little long in the tooth and was in serious need of an upgrade. Step forward, the RGV250 VJ23! Unlike in 1991 when Suzuki unveiled the VJ22, which was a development of its predecessor, the VJ23 shares nothing in common but the RGV name and the engine capacity with it’s older siblings.
TYGA has had a few VJ21’s and 22’s over the years, but never a VJ23, so when the opportunity arose to own one, we snapped it up. However, first riding impressions were; “Where’s this big horsepower that they speak of????” Indeed, a lovely bike to ride from an ergonomic point of view, but seriously lacking in mojo. So a plan was made, and after a couple of days on our dyno, here are the things required to turn the rather lethargic VJ23 into a bit of a hooligan.
Anyway, moving swiftly on. Here are the final results: