SHEENE BIKE RID­DEN

Our Alan is one of the cho­sen few to get a ride on Barry Sheene’s 1976 World Cham­pi­onship-win­ning Suzuki RG500. Was he ner­vous? Not much...

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - Words: Alan See­ley

Our Alan rides Sheene’s 1976 ti­tle-win­ning RG500. He’s a bit ex­cited

The Clas­sic Suzuki Track Day at Cad­well Park on 13 Septem­ber proved pretty busy for a mid­week school­day. twice the rav­en­ous hordes ate the cafe out of food.the event’s pop­u­lar­ity was easy to un­der­stand when you look at the line-up. Barry Sheene’s 1976 and 1977World Cham­pi­onship-win­ning XR14 RG500S were dis­played and pa­raded and, un­like those events where you can barely get near the bikes, the faith­ful were able to get right up to the ma­chines.

Also in­cluded in this race bike feast was Kenny Roberts Jrs’ 2000 RGV500.TEAM Clas­sic Suzuki also showed their XR69 rep, RG500, and Katana; fresh from ac­tion at the Clas­sic TT.

For road bike fans, Suzuki show­cased its Vin­tage Parts Pro­gramme with the TL1000S built at Mo­tor­cy­cle Live in 2014 with help from PS, the GSX-R750F the team re­stored in 2015, and a GSX-R1100L.

You couldn’t es­cape the fa­mous faces ei­ther, with Guy Martin, Jamie Whitham, John Reynolds, Steve Par­rish, Mick Grant and Phil Read all in at­ten­dance with most of them get­ting a run-out on the race pa­rades too.a side from the com­pe­ti­tion class there were four other groups tak­ing to the track on Suzukis of all ages.

Buoyed by the suc­cess of this year’s event, the guys from Suzuki were talk­ing about do­ing the same again next year be­fore the day was even over.this one is set to be­come a fix­ture.

| Pic­tures: James Wright

All man­ner of Suzukis await Cad­well’s twists

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