History in the making at the NEC
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