Suzuki RV 125 VanVan

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The Suzuki RV125 VanVan is a motorcycle series manufactured by Suzuki in the 1970s and reintroduced in 2003.


The original Suzuki RV125 had an air-cooled, 123 cc single-cylinder 2-stroke engine, producing 9.8 hp (7.3 kW) @ 6000 rpm. The RV range also consisted of 50 cc, 75 cc and 90 cc variants.

2003 onwards[edit]

2005 Suzuki RV125 VanVan
A custom VanVan

The new RV125 VanVan has a four-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder, SOHC engine with 125 cc displacement producing 11.8 hp (8.8 kW) @ 9500 rpm.

It has a six speed gearbox and chain drive, chunky tyres, a dry mass of 117 kg and a seat height of 770 mm. The 'retro' styled Suzuki RV125 is classed as a dual purpose bike, capable of cruising urban and suburban streets at 60 mph (97 km/h) or riding on sandy or rough trails. It is not designed for heavy mud trails.

From 2007 the VanVan comes with fuel injection instead of the carburettor featured on earlier models. It is often referred to as a 'sandbike', as its low-pressure wide-section rear tyre helps grip and propel the bike across loose surfaces.

Dimensions and weights

  • Overall length: 2140 mm (84.3 in)
  • Overall width: 860 mm (33.9 in)
  • Overall height: 1120 mm (44.1 in)
  • Wheelbase: 1385 mm (54.5 in)
  • Seat height: 770 mm (30.3 in)
  • Dry Mass: 118 kg (260.1 lbs)
  • Fuel capacity: 6.5 litres (1.4 gallons)

Engine specifications

  • Engine capacity: 125 cc
  • Engine: Four-stroke, air-cooled, OHC
  • Bore: 57 mm x 48.8 mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.2 : 1
  • Lubrication: Wet sump
  • Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorised)
  • Fuel system: Fuel injection
  • Starter: Electric
  • Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
  • Drive: Chain

Chassis specification

  • Front suspension: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
  • Rear suspension: Swingarm type, coil spring, oil damped
  • Front brakes: Disc brake
  • Rear brakes: Drum brake
  • Front tyres: 130/80-18 M/C 66P tube type
  • Rear tyres: 180/80-14 M/C 78P tube type

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