Freddie Sheen (№ 7). Photo by Charles Robertson.

Although Suzuki has offered to exit MotoGP at the end of the 2022 season, the truth is that the Japanese factory is imbued with the world championship road racing premier class and always will be. reached the top of the World Cup in the 500cc class with a blue ribbon in the mid-70s. In those quiet days, all racing bikes used two-stroke powertrains. The sound of the two-stroke engine and the smell of burning Castrol R oil are incredibly reminiscent of everyone who witnessed the races of that era.

2022 Suzuki Live: two-stroke racing bikes
1977 Photo by James Wright.

The power produced by these simple machines was extraordinary and relatively simple. Because of this relative simplicity the motorcycles were also very light. Because of the radical tuning needed to win, the power ranges in these engines were very narrow and very high in the rev range. Thus, racing bicycles from the mid-70s to the beginning of the current era of four-stroke MotoGP in 2002 had the function of switching lights, supplying electricity “all or nothing”. There were no electronic means, so it was extremely difficult to ride a bike fast. Suffice it to say that there were many high sides.

2022 Suzuki Live: Barry Sheen
Barry Sheen

Barry Sheen was a true Suzuki legend. Born in central London in 1950, Barry Frank’s father was a racing bike tuner. When Barry tried his hand at racing, he proved natural. It became a proper nominal name in England. If in those days you were stopped for speeding on a motorcycle, a police officer will most likely ask, “Who do you imagine yourself to be? Bari Shin? ” In 1975, Shin was nearly killed in a race at 178 miles per hour on the high shore of Dayton. However, despite life-threatening injuries, six weeks later he returned to racing at Cadwell Park.

1976 Bari Shin Suzuki

The following year, Suzuki came up with a truly radical concept that exacerbated the dominance of the Yamaha 500 class – a Suzuki RG500 with a square four. The all-new Suzuki featured amazing power with good, pliable delivery. He also did great, and in Shin’s hands he escaped from the World Cup.


Not satisfied with complete dominance, Shin followed suit in 1977 with the same result. Unfortunately for Suzuki fans in 1978, Kenny Roberts appeared on the stage of the 500cc World Cup, riding a Yamaha. Indeed, King Kenny won the next three titles on the Yamaha YZR500, though not without a serious fight with Shin on his Suzuki RG500.


Shin’s career finally ended in 1984, and he died of throat cancer in 2003 at the too young age of 52. However, the legend of Barry Sheen and the Suzuki RG500 lives on.


To its credit, Suzuki has restored several Sheene-era RG500s to Suzuki Vintage parts program. Racing bikes will be shown in 2022 Suzuki live an event to be held on June 10 at Cadwell Park Speedway in Lincolnshire, England, 125 miles north of London, off the North Sea coast. Son of Berry Sheen Freddie and racing legend Suzuki Stuart Graham will lead the circles honoring Barry Sheen on five iconic Sheen Grand Prix racing motorcycles at Suzuki Live 2022. They’re not all 500s. The Suzuki RT67, which competed in the 125cc World Championships with Stuart Graham in 1967 before being bought by Tire in 1970 and competing in the Grand Prix in 1971, will also work.


Freddie Sheen will ride the last Suzuki Grand Prix motorcycle ridden by his father – the famous 1984 DAF Trucks XR45. The parade will be completed by the winners of the 1976 and 1977 World Championships Heron Suzuki RG500, as well as the Grand Channel RG500, where Shin participated in the Transatlantic Trophy series every year.2022 Suzuki Live: Barry Sheen in actionIf you are lucky enough to be in Cadwell Park on June 10 at the Suzuki Live 2022 event, you will not only be able to witness the aforementioned spectacular circle, but also be able to participate in bicycle races of all ages, test trips of new Suzuki models, talk to special guests and meet with special guests. classic bike displays.2022 Suzuki Live: GP racing bikesAmong the special guests of the celebrity will be three-time British superbike champion John Reynolds and Sylvain Guintoli, who holds the titles of world champion in superbike and endurance, as well as a Suzuki MotoGP rider. Danny Webb will be riding the RG500, which he hosted at the Classic TT for Team Classic Suzuki in the Isle of Man. New Suzuki GSX-S1000GT, GSX-S1000and Hayabusa of the third generation will be available for a test drive that day on the gorgeous roads around Cadwell Park. You will need a valid license and a DVLA verification code or national insurance number to sit in the saddle. Classic bikes on display include the 1985 GSX-R750F, the 1991 GSX-R1100L, the TL1000s built in 2014 as part of the Vintage Parts Program, and Endurance racer Team Classic Suzuki Katana.2022 Suzuki Live: Bar Shin № 7There are 111 seats available per day for tracks costing £ 135 per person. The track will have three group levels based on experience and equipment. Access is free for those who wish to observe the action and tips or take a test drive. Unfortunately The ultimate motorcycle won’t be attending this cool event, but we’d love to be there!

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