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Old 11-16-2009, 11:51 AM   #1
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Suzuki RV 125 Tracker

Does anyone own one?

I just saw one of these beasts... 1973, with fat tires (14 inch front and 12 inch rear), and was wondering how good they are.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:27 AM   #2
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This is the beast...

It does not seem to be too popular, although Suzuki has re-invented it as the "Van Van".

Can anyone tell me anything about the old "Tracker" model?
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:34 PM   #3
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Suzuki's version of Honda's CT70/ST90 ?

Similar in concept to Honda's ST90 (mine is pictured below) but the Suzuki was a two stroke, and the Hondas were four strokes. The Honda ST90 was a three-year bike, coming out in '73 and ending in '75. It had 13" wheels at both ends. Centrifugal 3-speed semi-auto tranny. Great little bikes these Hondas, and in my opinion, superior in every way to the CT70s that everyone goes crazy over.

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Old 11-18-2009, 05:24 PM   #4
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The Light weight addition for outdoor living

I was unaware that Suzuki made this Bike. it does look very much like the Honda however the 123 cc 2 stroke would significantly improve the performance. A real mountain goat perhaps with a five speed transmission perhaps geared to the low end. The slogan "Built to Take on the Country" seems to imply that the Market was the off road.. it was advertising front disc brakes which is not on the Honda shown here.
At this time in my family my father-in-law had a pickup camper that he used to haul his boat and to use for hunting in Oregon. He had fabricated a mount for his front bumper to Transport his Honda Passport. that he used as camp transportation. That way he could leave his camper hooked up and run to town for Bacon Beans . In the western United States Pickup Campers where the thing to have. He loved fishing for salmon at Depoe Bay and trout at Diamond lake. That outfit was on the road all the time. Lake Powell, Alaska,Texas. Ok, I'm getting carried away here, sorry. However a little light weight bike was a desirable addition to a pickup camper.
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Old 11-18-2009, 05:26 PM   #5
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handKphil,
That is one very nice looking Honda.
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:28 PM   #6
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My '75 ST90

Thanks, Windburn. Here's one more shot of my ST90. It runs as good as it looks too. My 13 year old nephew and I took it up to northern Michigan for about ten days this summer, along with my '79 CT90, and we had a total blast. O.K., I'm done hijacking this guy's Suzuki thread now

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Old 11-18-2009, 07:04 PM   #7
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Similar in concept to Honda's ST90 (mine is pictured below) but the Suzuki was a two stroke, and the Hondas were four strokes. The Honda ST90 was a three-year bike, coming out in '73 and ending in '75. It had 13" wheels at both ends. Centrifugal 3-speed semi-auto tranny. Great little bikes these Hondas, and in my opinion, superior in every way to the CT70s that everyone goes crazy over.
Boy did I lust after those as a small, and seriously underpriveliged child....
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:30 AM   #8
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Does anyone own one?

I just saw one of these beasts... 1973, with fat tires (14 inch front and 12 inch rear), and was wondering how good they are.
Unless you are doing more than 50% of your riding in heavy mud or full sand dunes I would stay away.

Bought a first year 1972 RV90J brand new. At the time was the only bike my Dad would allow. He thought the big tires made it safer. In reality it made it more dangerous for my single track riding trying to keep up with my buddies on regular bikes.

Plus side Suzuki's of this era were super reliable and can take a lot of abuse and keep going. Also the RV models are unique and kinda collectable as only made for a few years. If you like riding something different this might be the bike for you.

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Old 12-12-2009, 09:41 PM   #9
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The RV series are great bikes. I have a couple of stock RV90's, and one that I've swapped a Honda CT90 motor into. They're a hoot to drive around on. Mine are street legal.

I've never ridden the 125, but the 90's are good to about 50mph. They're super reliable, and great fun to ride. I've owned a lot of two strokes, and I've never had one as bulletproof as the RV.
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:58 AM   #10
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Ive got one of these in yellow that im going to start restoring now, was only thinking about it yesterday, its been sitting in the back of the garage for 5 years
anyone know where I can buy parts from in the UK
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:38 PM   #11
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I've got two 1973 RV125L Trackers sitting in a storage shed in the mountains near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. I currently live in Kentucky, so I don't get to ride them very often. My dad and I bought them from the original owner, a 74 yr old man, in 1986. They are great fun to ride on mountain roads and trails. They are not very fast (53mph...tested many times as a teenager), but have a low center of gravity and seem to bounce over any obstacle.) We still ride them whenever we go up there, but they have sat for up to 5 years without being started. The last time I was on them was after they had sat for 2 years, and both of them started on the 1st kick after adding new gas. They both need to be restored, so I'll be interested to find out where you get the parts. The reason mine stopped being ridden on a regular basis was because we couldn't find new tires for them. So, if you can find those, it'll be a good start (to tell you the truth, I haven't tried looking for a decade or so.)

Good luck with it!
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:45 AM   #12
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HandKPhil.....beautiful Honda 90. I agree, much nicer than the cult of CT70...(have to admit, I lusted over the 70 growing up - never knew of the 90)

Anyway, just picked up a '74 RV125 yesterday from the original owner. Good shape all around, runs but needs a carb clean and a good overall bath. Luckily, he stored it inside all these years and only rode it just over 1800 miles during it's lifetime. Peppy & fun.

The cleanup begins! I found several parts still around. The engine appears to be the same as the TS/TC models so that broadens the parts pool.
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Old 12-11-2010, 02:25 PM   #13
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Here's an interesting hybrid for sale on Craig'slist with a hotter engine.

Emailed for price, wants "best offer".

http://newyork.craigslist.org/wch/mcy/2105204106.html
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:24 AM   #14
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1977 Suzuki RV125 $500.

I have one for sale. Complete bike w/o signals. Not running,broken front lamp,new clutch cable,needs front brake cable. no title for $500. same yellow bike like above.
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