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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’

Sheene’s RG weighed less and made more power than his team-mate’s ma­chines

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