TRULY THE STUFF OF LEGEND
It’s the sort of romantic story easily dismissed as a myth. Man goes to shed, man buys pile of rust, man finds he’s inadvertently bought a bike raced by a British hero. This time it’s most definitely true, however. The amazing story of Terry Williams’ ex-barry Sheene Seeley Suzuki TR500 – possibly the most successful bike Bazza ever rode – starts on page 72.
There’s no questioning the legendary status of Honda’s exquisite RC30. Conceived for the World Superbike Championship, we’ve been out riding one to celebrate 30 years of the all-action series (page 28), with a Ducati 851 rumbling alongside for comparison. These two machines dominated the early years of WSB, and we’ve also got period racer tests that reveal what it was really like in the hot seat (page 38). You’ll be surprised.
Plenty of other exalted metal, too. There’s an inspiring Laverda 1200 special (page 66), a gaggle of Triumph Thunderbirds (page 80), plus perhaps the finest bundle of enticing Italians we’ve ever clocked (page 48). Oodles of workshop shenanigans as well, with updates on your Barn Find restos, Rick’s project Sunbeam... and the comedy oil-dropping antics of our somewhat recalcitrant Moto Guzzi.
Enjoy the issue.
28 Noise, colour, heritage – ’80s bikes don’t get finer, though it’s hard to believe these icons are now 30...