This mo­tor­cy­cle

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This mo­tor­cy­cle is part of Steve Wheat­man’s beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion and is a XR94 RGV. Built in 1994, it was bought by Steve from a Ja­pan­based dealer in 2011 and flown in from Cal­i­for­nia where it was in stor­age. When Steve took de­liv­ery of the bike it was in the JAJA rac­ing colours (blue and white) and was be­lieved to be a 1994 Nu­mata bike that had been sold on from the Suzuki fac­tory GP team to JAJA when the new 54x54 bore stroke bikes came out in 1995. How­ever, once Steve got the mo­tor­cy­cle to his garage in the UK he found that be­low the blue JAJA paint was still the Lucky Strike red lurk­ing un­der­neath. Af­ter check­ing the frame num­bers and clar­i­fi­ca­tion of the bike’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion with Suzuki’s data­base it turned out that this was one of the orig­i­nal 1994 Lucky Strike Suzukis. The bike was then re­stored dur­ing 2014 and ini­tially used at a clas­sic event at Cad­well park with Lee John­ston but that de­but out­ing wasn’t quite the fairy tale end to the story with the XR suf­fer­ing a mi­nor tech­ni­cal power-valves is­sue on that out­ing.

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