This is the world’s most expensive Suzuki RGV250 – built over the past four months for owner Mark Lister at a cost of more than £12,000.
Lister, 32, from Elephant and Castle in London spent 11 years working as a bike courier in London. He now runs his own courier company and decided the RGV was going to be a present to himself.
Lister sent his 1994 RGV250P to Dave Cooper Racing (DCR) in Kettering, Northants for what was initially meant just to be an engine rebuild.
It turned into a complete reworking of the two-stroke race replica with virtually no part remaining untouched.
Lister paid for the lot up front as each idea was hatched over what to do to the bike next.
He said: “I know people will think I am crazy for doing this but I absolutely love this bike the way it is and I don’t care what people think of it.
“It’s the bike I dreamt of owning when I was 17 and had no money – now I am a happy man.
The list of parts on this bike runs to pages – lots of them. Everything from magnesium Dymag wheels, a one-off billet aluminium top yoke, rebuilt forks, Nitron shock, fully programmable digital ignition system, rearsets, race-spec radiator, Galfer wavy discs.
Lister added: “I wanted to get a new bike at the start of this year and I managed to get a three-hour test ride from a dealer on a 2006 Honda FireBlade.
“I liked it a lot but it was just too good and just a little bit boring. I spent about £1,500 on this RGV instead – it was an ex-track day bike and was in really good condition but the engine was in a bit of a state. Dave Cooper was recommended to me and the project kind of took off from there.”
The RGV250 also now carries the flawless Barry Sheene Heron Suzuki paintjob make this bike utterly incredible.
DCR mechanics Matt Norman and Ryan Jones built the bike – Norman has his own RGV250 which has been used to develop a huge range of tuning parts.
See full details on this bike in this MCN available to buy on Thursday, December 29, 2006.