This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Suzuki VanVan 200 (also known as the RV200), a relaxed compact do-it-all bike: a scrambler, mini-bike, or whatever you want to call it.
The VanVan 200 is an upgrade on the VanVan 125 (still sold in some markets), adding a tiny bit of capacity and power to make the compact fun bike just a little more highway-capable — though that’s not its intended use.
The VanVan 200 is based on a very simple 199 cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine. It has a single overhead cam and two valves. But the bike is blessed with a few modern components like fuel injection, a starter motor, and a front disc brake.
The VanVan 200 has been sadly dropped from most major markets.
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What you need to service the Suzuki VanVan 200
Since its launch, the Suzuki VanVan 200 has used the same parts.
|Part||Suzuki VanVan 200 spec|
|Engine oil||Suzuki recommends 10W-40 oil of API rating SG or higher and JASO rating MA or API rating of SG or higher. They recommend Suzuki Performance 4 motor oil, but a decent alternative is a mid-grade synthetic like Motul 5100 10W-40.|
|Oil filter||Use a Hiflofiltro part HF132, a high-quality drop-in replacement that you can change with a normal wrench.|
|Spark plug||The standard spark plug is a NGK DR8EA or Denso X24ESR-U.|
|Air filter||The part number for the air filter is 13780-13G02.|
|Chain maintenance||Use a Motul chain care kit to maintain the chain.|
|Brake fluid||Use a DOT 4, e.g. Castrol DOT 4 Synthetic.|
|Cable maintenance||Use Protect all cable life to keep those cables maintained.|
|General greasing||Use Lithium soap-based grease.|
Maintenance schedule for the Suzuki VanVan 200
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki VanVan 200. It is re-ordered slightly from the manual for convenience, but has the same basic content.
- Maintenance intervals for the Suzuki are every 3000 miles or 6000 km, or every 12 months — whichever comes earlier.
- You have to replace the fluids periodically, like on any motorcycle — brake fluid every 2 years and rubber parts every 4 years.
Legend for the maintenance schedule
- I = Inspect, clean, adjust, replace, or lubricate as necessary
- R = Replace
- T = Tighten
|mi x 1000||0.6||4||7.5||11|
|km x 1000||1||5||10||15|
|Engine oil (Motul 5100 10W-40)||R||R||R||R|
|Engine oil filter (HF132)||R||–||R||–||2 oil changes|
|Air cleaner (13780-13G02)||–||I||I||R||Clean every 1800 miles / 3000 km|
|Spark plug (NGK CR8E)||–||I||R||I|
|Brake pads / shoes||I||I||I||I|
|Drive chain (Motul chain paste)||I||I||I||I||Clean/lubricate every 600 miles (1000 km) or as needed|
|Brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||–||I||I||I||Replace every 2 years|
|Brake hose||–||I||I||I||Replace every 4 years|
|Throttle cable play||I||I||I||I|
|Clutch cable play||–||I||I||I|
|Steering (smooth operation)||I||–||I||–|
|Tires (tread depth, wear)||–||I||I||I|
|Chassis bolts and nuts||T||T||T||T|
|General lubrication (Lithium soap-based grease)||Lubricate every 1000 km (600 mi)|
Tyre sizes and pressures
The VanVan 200 has fat tube-type tyres.
Here are the recommended tyre sizes and pressures for the Suzuki VanVan 200.
|Wheel||Tyre (Tire) size||Tyre (Tire) pressure|
|Front||130/80-18 M/C 66P, tube type||125 kPa / 1.25 bar / 18 psi|
|Rear||180/80-14 M/C 78P, tube type||125 kPa / 1.25 bar / 18 psi|
The same tyre pressures are recommended whether 1 or 2 up. But adjust as you feel is suitable for your level of cargo or the road conditions.
About the Suzuki VanVan 200
The Suzuki VanVan 200 is in a class of bikes that people often describe as “fun” bikes — simple, small, capable of a wide variety of things, easy and cheap to maintain and repair, and generally able to do most things you ask of it without too much fuss. It’s similar conceptually to the Yamaha TW200, a longer-running and more successful bike.
The VanVan 200 is based on a 199 cc air-cooled fuel-injected single cylinder engine. It has a single overhead cam and two valves on its one cylinder. Peak power, if that’s important, is around 11 kW or 15 hp — but what’s more important is that the VanVan 200 is easy to ride in many different situations.
The Suzuki VanVan 200 is based on a very simple chassis, too. The suspension is non-adjustable and the tyres are fat-type and tube-equipped. They’re slightly odd in size, but they’re also designed to be good for 12000 km (8000 miles) — much more than your average sportbike!
But the sum of the parts of the VanVan 200 is a bike that’s very easy to pilot among tiny back roads, then take onto the main roads again to bring it back ot civilisation.
Other gear on the VanVan is simple too: there’s a front disk brake, but a rear drum brake. The gearbox is only five speed, something commonly seen on smaller bikes (and also “simple” larger bikes). And the bike has high-beam, but even lacks a high-beam flasher.
Some good news is that the VanVan 200 is extremely light. For a road-going motorcycle, it’s as light as many dual sports, weighing in at a tiny 128 kg (282 lb) full of fuel. This means two (strong) people should have little problem picking this up and putting it into the back of a truck.
One striking thing about reading any review of the VanVan 200 is that they say little about the bike and more about the things they see: pubs, views, lighthouses, beaches… and that should tell you everything you need to know about riding the tiny machine.
Manual for the Suzuki VanVan 200
The above came from the manual for the Suzuki VanVan 200 as well as referencing parts lists.
You can get the manual for the VanVan 200 from Suzuki’s official site here.