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Irish Daily Mirror - - ON THE ROAD - BY FRASER ADDECOTT

Mo­togp cham­pion Marc Marquez’s Honda will be on show It’s not ev­ery day of the week you get the op­por­tu­nity to see a bunch of the most suc­cess­ful and in­flu­en­tial bikes in Mo­togp side by side un­der one roof.

But that’s ex­actly what’s on of­fer at the Lon­don Mo­tor­cy­cle show, which gets un­der­way to­mor­row.

From Barry sheene’s 1979 suzuki Xr27, via Wayne rainey’s 1992 Yamaha YZR500 and Kevin schwantz’s 1994 suzuki RGV500, all the way to Marc Marquez’s 2017 honda RC213V, the col­lec­tion spans 38 years of top-flight rac­ing.

Also in­cluded are Fred­die spencer’s 1883 honda rs500, Kenny roberts Jnr’s 2000 suzuki RGV500 and Valentino rossi’s 2003 honda RC211V and 2004 Yamaha YZF-M1.

of course, also on show will be all the lat­est ma­chin­ery from 24 of the world’s lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers – in­clud­ing the first public air­ing of Tri­umph’s speed Triple s and rs ma­chines.

If you fancy a beer dur­ing your visit, head on over to the pub where none other than John Mcguinness will be pulling the pints and chat­ting about his re­cent con­tract to ride the Nor­ton sg7 at this year’s IOM TT – which he has won 23 times.

Live ac­tion events will in­clude the chance to see WSB leg­ends Carl Fog­a­rty, Chris Walker, Neil hodg­son, James Whitham and ruben Xaus go head-to­head in the board­track-in­spired Miche­lin Thun­der­drome, which fea­tures 45-de­gree bank­ing.

A new fea­ture this year will be the “Barn Finds” ex­hibit, which hosts 30 of the best cafe rac­ers, scram­blers, bob­bers and track­ers from across Europe, all exquisitely re­stored.

And of course there are more than 200 stands, brands and man­u­fac­tur­ers to browse.

The Lon­don Mo­tor­cy­cle show is at Ex­cel Lon­don, to­mor­row un­til sun­day. mc­n­mo­tor­cy­cleshow.com

■ Look­ing likely to set a new record is an iconic honda CB750, which goes up for auc­tion at the Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum, in Bick­en­hill, near Birm­ing­ham, on March 4.

one of just four pre-pro­duc­tion mod­els built in Ja­pan in 1968, it was used by honda UK to launch the bike in 1969.

It is one of only two now thought to ex­ist – and the other sold in the Us, in 2014, for €120,000.

Mark Bryan, of auc­tion­eer h&h Clas­sics, told Mir­ror Motorcycling: “This is one of the most his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant bikes we’ve had the plea­sure to of­fer for sale – re­ferred to on its launch as the most so­phis­ti­cated pro­duc­tion bike ever.

“The stan­dard bike at launch was ca­pa­ble of 120 mph and was equipped with non-fade front hy­draulic brakes.”

The bike is es­ti­mated at €39,000 to €45,000. Tri­umph’s Speed Triple S and RS will be at Lon­don Honda CB750 for sale

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