Suzuki RGV250 bike of the year

Published: 03 February 2009

This stunning heavily-modified 1992 Suzuki RGV250M is the winner of the annual Bike of the Year competition held by online owners forum www.rgv250.co.uk.

Built by Swedish two-stroke nut Magnus Pålsson it’s a 1992 model that has a full Tyga bodykit which was originally bought as a spare parts bike to go with Palsson’s other 1991 RGV250.

Palsson said: “To start from the beginning, I love spending time in my garage. I have an VJ22 1991 model that is pretty rare in Sweden -there only 11 of them still registered today, so I was looking for another VJ22 to reshape in one way or another.

"By accident I found a photo of a model with the Tyage bodykit and fell in love at first sight.

“Since I used to practise roadracing I’m very found of race bikes, and that’s what the TYGA RGV is for me - a racebike or, at least as close as you can get on road.

“I met  a guy who told me he had a 1992 bike which was broken and he asked me if I was willing to buy it as a spare parts machine.

"I was more than willing, so the next day I went to his place and picked it up. It was really looking like s*** because it has been standing in a cold garage for five years – it was full of rust.

"I took it to my garage and after 90 minutes I got it running! There was no serious problems with the errors on the bike so I decided it was time for my own TYGA.”