STRUCK LUCKY!

A 200-mile round trip on a newly-rgv250 re­stored Suzuki to meet a le­gend: yeah, it’s a dod­dle!

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - READER’S RESTORATION - WORDS: SCOTT RED­MOND

Kevin Sch­wantz won his only 500cc World Cham­pi­onship in 1993, that’s al­most a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago.

And yet – if any­thing – ‘Brand 34’ is a big­ger draw these days than it’s ever been. The proof of this can be seen in the bikes that us ‘40-some­things’ tinker with. Sch­wantz never got an of­fi­cial Suzuki replica ma­chine if we re­call cor­rectly, at least not in the Lucky Strike liv­ery. Or did he? It doesn’t re­ally mat­ter though, be­cause for over two decades, his band of loyal fans have churned out their own trib­utes to their hero. Ash Smith is the lat­est to spend his cash on a bike that pays homage to Revving Kevin. We bumped into Ash at a Suzuki pro­mo­tional event at Wheels Mo­tor­cy­cles in Peter­bor­ough. It was Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day and tem­per­a­tures were al­ready on their way to a 27 de­gree high in the PE1 post­code. Ash had heard about the event via some on­line posts and de­cided to ride his freshly re­stored bike over 100 miles from his home in Stafford. Upon ar­rival he en­quired if there was any chance that Kevin could pose for a pic­ture with his pride and joy. Strangely, I was the per­son he asked, and af­ter a quick chat with Kevin’s agent and the man­ager at Wheels, Ash’s wish was set to be granted. I’m a right sucker for a happy end­ing. While watch­ing a con­stant stream of Kev’s fans come and go,

PHO­TOS: SCOTT RED­MOND, MOR­TONS AR­CHIVE

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