Barry Sheene’s Championship Winning Bikes Shipped to UK

Barry Sheene’s Championship Winning Bikes Shipped To UK

The Suzuki RG500s Barry Sheene rode to victory in the 1976 and 1977 world championships have been shipped to the UK for celebrations of the 40th anniversary of Barry’s first world title.

The Suzukis had been stored on the Gold Coast, Barry’s home before he passed away in March 2003, but will be on show at a number of events in the UK starting with the Barry Sheene Festival at Oliver’s Mount next month.

Charismatic, out-spoken and highly skilled as a rider, Barry is arguably Britain’s greatest world champion. He is also credited with boosting the appeal of motorcycle racing to the general public.

He moved to Australia in the late 80’s and was well known for his role as a motorsports commentator.

He also had a passion for historic racing, and the event at Oliver’s Mount is one of a number of events now run in his name.

The Oliver’s Mount road race circuit is England’s only natural “road” race track situated just outside Scarborough’s town centre, and the racing has been likened to a miniature “TT”.

Suzuki Great Britain will display the bikes together for the first time at such an event in the UK, along with an original GSX-R750F that was restored at the Motorcycle Live event in the UK last year and a TL1000S built from brand new parts available through Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme the year before.

Work is also continuing on a movie documenting the life of Barry Sheene.

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