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