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As Suzuki’s number one rider, Sheene was the only man to run the RG with ‘square’ cylinders which had the same 54mm bore and stroke. Sheene claimed the this setup ‘offered better low-speed torque.’ The bike weighed just 134.7kg – that’s 8.1kg lighter than the bikes of his team-mates, John Williams and John Newbold. Sheene tried hard to keep his weight down to 10 stone to maximise this advantage. Sheene was the only rider in the Suzuki team who had telescopic gas forks. He said: “The gas seemed to help make the forks take the bumps more easily as it made the suspension more progressive.” The rear disc was cast iron while the twin front discs were made of steel. Sheene’s bike featured factory-made calipers – just one of the tricks that helped make his Suzuki so much lighter than the others. Wheel travel had been increased an inch by positioning the lugs for the suspension struts further in along the swingarm. Sheene says this allowed him to ‘slam on the brakes’ later than most other riders. Early RG500S were prone to gearbox and engine seizures. Sheene came close to quitting the sport when close friend Gary Nixon suffered serious injuries after a prototype RG500 seized on him.
responsible for the smash 1991 movie The Commitments as well as the 2008 Jason Statham movie The Bank Job, and the Oscarnominated 2007 film Across the Universe. The pair have also scripted many hugely popular TV shows including The Likely Lads, Porridge, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen Pet.
The idea to make a movie on Sheene was inspired by Ron Howard’s 2013 box office smash Rush which chronicled the famous rivalry between another ’70s British racing hero and great friend of Sheene – James Hunt – with fellow F1 driver Niki Lauda. ’
The movie will be shot in Australia, the UK and at Daytona, where Sheene suffered a spectacular crash in 1975. It was footage of this crash that originally made Sheene a star.
You can watch a teaser trailer for Sheene and keep up to date with the progress of the movie at www.sheene.com
‘The film is tentatively set to be released in late 2017’