Suzuki RV 90 Van Van / Rover

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by dolomoto, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    Picked this up today off Craigslist from original owner, it appears to be a 1974 model. Missing (at least) sidecovers. Ran when parked 2 years ago (supposedly).

    The wife sort of approves. :D

    I'll keep you posted on the progress.

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  2. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Oh, man. That is way cool. :lurk
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  3. Coopdway

    Coopdway Curiouser

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    I do not recognize or remember these at all. Should I?

    This was during the time I was getting serious about moving up to bigger bikes, so maybe I just overlooked them.
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  4. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    I reckon it was imported in the US for a few years in the 70's with just a few changes.

    This one has fresh gas/oil and good plug but the battery is dry..header is rusted out but otherwise in good condition, including the original tool kit (alas, no air pump).

    Almost kickstarts.

    Looks like a blast to ride and gonna be a great grocery getter.
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  5. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    I had one of these - it was white too.

    RV90 and RV125 were available in the states

    I got 60 mph out of the RV90 I had two-up, downhill once!

    Oh, the memories of a childhood where my folks set me loose on one of these, no license, no tags, no insurance, ect...... All my buddies had bikes of some variant, and we used to raise holy hell on the public roads.

    Little, dirt roads in a rural area.

    Oh, how times have changed............
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  6. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    There was just an RV125 for sale locally, mint condition. I was tempted, but for me, my two stroke days are over.

    Neat bike, a pre TW200!
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  7. K44rll

    K44rll Been here awhile

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    Nice bike wish i could find one here in the UK?

    2003>2009 Suzuki Vanvan RV125 :evil

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    Loads of info at www.suzukivanvan.co.uk

    Karl
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  8. rm_hm

    rm_hm Logging Road Cruiser

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    www.suzukivanvan.co.uk only seems to have loads of info on current models made in the last decade in Europe. I did a search for rv 90 and 90 and came up with zilch


    I got my 72 out out of Anchorage, AK on craigslist. Got it flown down to Wa State for free. (thank goodness for a stepbrother that works at Alaska Air Cargo).

    After major rework I got it inspected and now have my legal paperwork for it. Although I have to wait three years for a title.
    I almost bought a new seat on ebay until I found out the dealers still have them in stock for much less.

    I need a little more speed on the flat. I tried ordering a one size bigger front sprocket but the ones I keep getting have the wrong bolt keeper spacing.

    So now I'm thinking about a 3 tooth smaller rear sprocket. Does anyone have a line on a good supplier?

    Current rear shocks are off a 74 RL250

    I also keep loosing on ebay whenever one of the ever so rare rear racks shows up.

    I'm now thinking of buying a small rack from
    http://www.dratv.com/6packrack.html
    anyone here try one of these.


    Thanks for your time guys!

    Rich M
    Wa State

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    In a pinch you can fit the bike with a Bosch Blue 6v coil.

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  9. stevh0

    stevh0 Super Retard.

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    man if i could find one of those in South africa.

    They were popular over here. I was born in 83 and I remember them from the early 90's



    Im so going to start looking for one of em!
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  10. juanroberts

    juanroberts Adventurer

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    Very cool info. I had one for about 20 years until the exhaust corroded so bad even the muffler guy could not help me and I gave it to a mechanic. It was being used exclusively for beach riding in Baja so everything was falling apart at that point. It had one of those racks too.

    Now I bought another one, and its lightly darker metalic blue. I fixed everything on it except for the 2-cycle oil pump, it has some hydraulic hose-type of fittings that are cracking and leaking. I would have never thought of contacting the dealer until I read on here that the stock seat was still being stocked! I will give that avenue a try. These little bikes are incredible.

    Thanks.
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  11. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter Long timer

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    Yeah, I know I'm poaching on an RV90 thread but I'd figure you would appreciate it.

    Orig Owner, 1800 miles, runs & rides, $250 US. RV125....bought it May 5th, last week.

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  12. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    An RV 125 for $250 US. Thats OUTRAGEOUS! What a GREAT find. I'm thoroughly jealous. I challenge you to a race on my 1972 Suzuki TS90! :freaky

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  13. rm_hm

    rm_hm Logging Road Cruiser

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    I've been wanting to go up a tooth in the front to a 14 (13stk) or down from a 47 to a 44 or something close on the rear but I hit two snags.

    My stock front sprocket has a three bolt triangular keeper that won't work with the two bolt or one dimpled aftermarket ones Link . The aftermarket front sprockets I bought don't come with their own hardware to lock them down. Is there a supplier for those?

    The only back sprockets I can find are 34 tooth! I don't want to loose 13 teeth dropping down from a 47!
    I bet it would be worthless on the forest roads.

    O wise ones please enlighten me if I'm missing something obvious :)

    Thanks!

    Richard
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  14. Bongolia

    Bongolia stop acting

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    They do a ride report on that site, 4 Van Vans storm the Alps :lol3
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    drizzle mini-adventurer

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    rm_hm Logging Road Cruiser

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  18. sckoby

    sckoby Been here awhile

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    Hi, I was reading your thread and thought I show off my little RV 90, my daughter calls the bike Chi Chi so the name has stuck. These things are loads of fun.

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  19. msdtyu

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    are those pitsterpros any good? im thinkin of saving up and buying one to screw around with :rofl
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    mac66 Quasi Adventurer

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