Suzuki RGV250: 'It was a genuine giggle'

Published: 23 October 2017

“It made me an internet star – before the internet was invented!” James Whitham, BSB legend

“I started my race career on smaller bikes but I didn’t know 20 years after I raced against Carl Fogarty on one it would be all over the net. I already knew it was a cool road bike and it had a great chassis, inverted forks and good power – I fancied it from the first moment. On track it was far more nimble than the four-stroke 400s as you could stop and turn them so quickly, but as lovely as the RGV was to ride it was also fragile, which is why I lost out to Carl in that Oulton Park race.

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“His bike was faster in a straight line than mine, but I could catch him up on the brakes and in the bends, however after a few laps the RGV lost power and wouldn’t rev on. It turned out it had nipped a ring, which was a fairly typical RGV issue due to them having a cavernous exhaust port that used to catch the edge of the rings! We were having a genuine giggle.”

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