His­tory in the mak­ing at the NEC

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Impact -

Suzuki’s orig­i­nal square-four twostroke race bike and pre­cur­sor to the world cham­pi­onship win­ning RG500 will be re­stored, re­built and fired into life at this Novem­ber’s Mo­tor­cy­cle Live event. Co­de­named the G-54 (G for Grand Prix and 54, con­fus­ingly, to in­di­cate 1974 – the year it was raced), the bike will be re­built at the show by for­mer GP span­ner­man Nigel Everett.

Suzuki has pre­vi­ously built or re­stored an ex-schwantz ’89 RGV500, a Katana racer and a new-old-stock TL1000S at the NEC show, but this build is their most am­bi­tious yet. “This bike is a re­ally rare and spe­cial thing,” ex­plained Suzuki GB’S af­ter­sales co-or­di­na­tor Tim Davies. “It paved the way for Suzuki’s re­turn to Grand Prix rac­ing and spawned the bikes that took Barry Sheene to World Cham­pi­onship glory. The G-54 is prob­a­bly one of the most im­por­tant bikes from our his­tory.”

The bike was raced by Sheene – who took it to sec­ond place at Cler­mont-fer­rand, the bike’s GP de­but – and later by Paul Smart and Jack Find­lay. Its dis­tinc­tive open cra­dle chas­sis was up­dated by a more con­ven­tional dou­ble cra­dle chas­sis by mid­way through ’74.

Nigel will build and start the bike twice dur­ing the show, firstly over the open­ing week­end (17-19 Nov) and then over the event’s clos­ing week­end (23-25). Head for the Suzuki stand in Hall 2.

It’s go­ing to sound wicked through those stingers

Au­di­tions for The Sweet at Suzuki’s work­shop

Lovely twin-wheel Tran­sit they have there

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