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Suzuki give the VanVan a 75cc boost for 2016

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Suzuki give the VanVan a 75cc boost for 2016

The iconic, small capacity, retro Suzuki VanVan gets a brand new engine for 2016, taking its displacement up from 125cc to 200c but one less gear. It's now a 5-speed, not a 6-speed bike.

It remains as an air-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder lump with the emphasis on low-to-mid range power.

The learner-friendly machine also retains its classic looks and uber comfortable and wide seat, spot on for both rider and passenger. And at just 770mm high, same as the 125cc, it’s a viable option for the shorter or less confident rider.

To soak up the pot holes and man holes, 33mm-innner-tube telescopic front forks and single-shock absorber rear suspension with 130mm of wheel travel combine with an 18-inch 130/80 front tyre on an aluminum-rim wheel and extra-wide 14-inch 180/80 rear tyre.

A headless model tries the VanVan 200 out for size

Front disc brake with two-piston caliper and rear drum brake provide braking power to match its 70’s looks. Thankfully the VanVan 200 only weighs 182kg, wet.

A slim shaped 6.5-litre fuel tank will be enough for short commutes and town riding while a white on black, glow-in-the-dark speedo also adds to its retro feel.

The original Suzuki VanVan, aka RV125, was an air-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke built between 1972 – 1982 and was also available in 50cc, 75cc and 90cc. The current 125cc, four-stroke model launched in 2003 and is available as part of the current range at £3199.

The VanVan 200 will be available in three colour options: Metallic Triton Blue, Metallic Mat Fibroin Grey or Solid Black.

Price, availability ad power figures are set to be released imminently. Stay tuned to Bike Social as we report live from the Milan Motorcycle Show.


Overall Length

2,140 mm


Overall width

865 mm

Overall height


1,125 mm



1,385 mm


Ground clearance

220 mm

Seat height


770 mm


Curb mass

128 kg


Engine type

4-stroke, 1-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC

Bore x stroke


66.0 mm x 58.2 mm


Engine displacement

199 cm3

Compression ratio


9.4 : 1

Fuel system

Fuel injection

Starter system


Lubrication system



5-speed constant mesh



Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped


Swingarm type, coil spring, oil damped

Rake / trail

26° / 91mm



Disc brake


Drum brake



130/80-18M/C 66P, tube type


180/80-14M/C 78P, tube type

Ignition system

Electronic ignition (Transistorized)

Fuel tank capacity

6.5 L

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