Posts by tag: Barry Sheene

Suzuki May 6, 2015 posted by

Blue Smoke – 1986 Suzuki RG500 on eBay in Canada


Even by today’s standards, the numbers are impressive… a claimed 95hp to go with a dry weight of just 340lbs would have this little 500 hanging right with the best of the modern 600s.  And they don’t sound nearly this cool!  The RG500 or “Gamma” was a legitimate monster back in it’s day.  Yamaha had similar offerings in the RD500/RZ500, but they claimed right around 80hp (give or take).  The Suzuki’s 95hp was the big number on the block.  Suzuki had a fair amount of success with the RG500 in Grand Prix racing, taking 4 Championships in 10 years and allowing numerous privateer teams a real shot at dethroning the factory Yamaha and Honda teams.  It’s no wonder that the Gamma has such a rabid following among both vintage race fans and those determined to terrorize the streets.


This isn’t a museum piece, but it’s still in very nice condition with a few modifications, including fitting more modern Suzuki GSXR-750 suspension both front and rear.  We all know that suspension and braking technology from the early years was a limiting factor, so this RG should be even quicker around the track and a little less scary on the street.  Suzuki only made about 1400 RG500s in 1986, so it may be a while before you see another one for sale.  The seller is very descriptive and has even been kind enough to include a video of a one kick start that you can see here: 1986 Suzuki RG500 on eBay

For sale a very hard to find 1986 Suzuki RG500 in good overall condition with lots of modifications to improve the handling and the power plus also change the look of the bike a bit.

If you are looking for something unmolested and something that looks like it came out of the show room this bike is not for you. Keep in mind it is a  29 year old bike and they are known for having a lot of cracks to begin with.

I am selling this to Canada, USA, Mexico and any other countries too but I could not get it to change it when I listed the bike.

I had this bike in my collection for 15 years and I never even rode it once. I figure why not let someone enjoy it instead of keeping it in storage.

They will only go up in value so when I do sell it I would get way more than now.

The bike is not mint and it has it’s shares of small cracks here and there mostly on the upper and tail section, but there are also some cracks on the lowers that are very hard to see. It also looks that the paint was touched up here and there but as you can see by the pictures the bike still looks very, very good for a 29 year old bike.

The front end and rear end were replaced by the previous owner who was a mechanic and he did all the modifications and fabrications of what needed to be done to bolt the 1999 GSXR750 front end and rear end on to the bike.


Blue Smoke – 1986 Suzuki RG500 on eBay in Canada
Promo August 26, 2012 posted by

Dutch Masters Volume II – 500cc GP rider Wil Hartog

In celebration of Two Stroke Week, RSBFS proudly brings you the second round of our Dutch Masters series – this time highlighting the exploits of GP Racer Wil Hartog. If you missed the first volume of this series, you can check it out here: Dutch Masters Volume 1.

Wil Hartog was born in Holland, the son of a Dutch cattle feed farmer. Wil’s father was resolutely against his early racing activities – not because of the danger, but because of the loss of labor! As grass farmers must harvest when the grass is ready and the land is dry – and as there is not a lot of opportunity for that in rain-soaked Holland – Wil’s racing exploits often took him away from the farm at inopportune moments, to the chagrin of his father.

From his early days racing a converted Suzuki T20 (twin cylinder, 250 two-stroke) street bike in 1967 – a restored example showing in the foreground in the museum picture above, Wil showed talent. He also saw that better equipment made for more reliable machinery, and more winning. In 1968 he switched to a 125cc Honda CR93 and promptly started winning races – including the championship that year. All told Wil became a 12+ time Dutch championship winner, and overall race winner in 250cc, 350cc and 500cc International class machinery.

Video: 1977 GP at Assen

Wil is probably best known for his 500cc GP days, racing and beating the likes of “King” Kenny Roberts, Barry Sheene, Mick Grant, Giacomo Agostini and Virginio Ferrari. The 1977 win at Assen – the Dutch GP – made Wil a country hero. Wearing his traditional white leathers with the country flag on his helmet, Wil braved the wet conditions to take a monumental win. And while he was not to win a formal 500cc championship, this 1979 video from Hockenheim shows just how competitive the “white giant” really was. Fun fact: The fathers of both Carl Fogarty as well as Valentino Rossi competed in that event!

Video – 1979 at Hockenheim:

RSBFS had the distinct honor to be provided a private tour of the Wil Hartog museum by the very man himself. Now in his mid sixties, Wil remains trim, fit and very much in shape. He retains a twinkle in his eye, a quick smile and moves like a much younger man. His English is impeccable. And he continues to ride his Nico Bakker-framed RG500 on a regular basis during vintage events at tracks such as Zandvoort and Assen.

Today Wil is head of a grass farming legacy as started by his father. The lands and the output have grown considerably, and Hartog-Lucerne has spread globally. From farm laborer to GP racer to corporate owner – Wil Hartog has certainly led an interesting life! For more info on the farming concern, check out the details of the operation here.

If you should find yourself in Holland, do yourself a favor and make some time to visit the Wil Hartog museum. This is a private affair, and resides on the Hartog-Lucerne premises. While modest in size, the story told of an unassuming young farm boy turned into national hero is worth the trip. For more information, the museum can be found here:

RSBFS wishes to thank Wil Hartog for his time and boundless enthusiasm, as well as Nico Bakker for helping arrange the tour. I really cannot wait until the next time RSBFS has an opening in our European correspondence desk…


Sport Bikes For Sale February 24, 2011 posted by

2005 Barry Sheene GSXR750

2005 Suzuki GSX750R Barry Sheene Replica

8,749 KM

Middlesex, UK

This one is really fun because Barry Sheene Replicas never came to the states, so bear with me as I attempt to describe what sits here before us. I felt especially compelled on this one as I love racing history (Barry Sheene – ’76 & ’77 GP Champion) and my personal Suzuki (RM250 2 stroke) also shares the K5 designation.

Enough pretext, on to the bike! There were only 50 Barry Sheene Replicas produced in model year 2005, certainly qualifying this bike for rare status. I believe that the only difference between a production GSXR and this bike is the paint scheme. The variations from stock condition are apparent in the mirror gold headlight cover/windscreen, frame sliders and the Yoshimura exhaust. More from the seller:

Here we have a genuine Suzuki GSXR750 K5 Barry Sheene ltd production run bike, This particular example is a genuine UK supplied machine 2005 55 reg: but comes with a private personalised number plate which is ( THE 7 A ) Relating as no: 7 which was Barrys famous winning number, also fitted on this wonderfull bike is a Yoshimura Tri Oval high performance exhaust, adjustable Power Commander, yellow tinted double bubble screen and stone protector headlight cover, Colour coded rear seat cover + passenger seat, + std exhaust and screen still in the original box, Full Suzuki service history, Handbooks, both keys, HPI Checked, Alpha dot security, Datatool alarm with both key fobs, all service reciepts, etc etc etc Part exchange more than welcome, These Barry Sheene bikes will only go up in value and this particular bike is a lovely lovely lovely example to keep and cherish

The asking price is about $12,500.00 in US dollars, which seems about right had it been imported here. The trouble for us yanks is the expense of putting it on a container. Luckily, our UK and certain European readers will not have such concerns. to see the seller’s contact information and more photos.


Track Bikes For Sale December 13, 2010 posted by

Two Stroke Glory Days: 1980 Yamaha TZ500H

Two Stroke Glory Days: 1980 Yamaha TZ500H

Ah, the days of the customer race bike.  How times have changed.  Two strokes have been killed, customer race bikes are a thing of the past and racing, well is hurting.  I know the economy has put a hurt on everything but I think some of the decisions made in the not to distant past have combined to slowly but surely hurt racing.  Let me climb off my soapbox now and have look at what we have here. 

You don’t see a TZ500 everyday!   This was Yamaha’s answer to Suzuki’s RGB500’s that had quite a bit of success back in the late 70’s and early 80’s.   This particular bike has had a restoration (how complete I don’t know).  It looks to have been painted to replicate the bike Barry Sheene rode in 1980.  This is where it gets a bit confusing. It is advertised as Barry Sheene’s Team Akai TZ500H (is it a bad sign they misspelled “Sheene” in the ad?).  From what I can gather, Sheene rode full works Yamaha back in 1980.  So, I’m not sure if this a replica or a bike Sheene rode in some capacity.  I’m sure there are plenty of you out there that know more than me so please be sure to comment.

How the hell does that top pipe not cook  your leg?  They do look nasty though poking out from everywhere.  The bike was formerly owned by racer Steve Parrish and had its’ restoration done in 1994.  I didn’t inlcude anything else from the auction as it is just TZ500 history.  You are going to have to tap that keyboard or pick up the phone to get the details on this pretty bike.  Can you think of 60,000 reasons you’d like to add this bike to your collection?  Bidding is starting at $60,000.  I don’t know how reasonable that is but a restored 81 TZ500 sold in England for 37,400 pounds (roughly $59,000). 

If you’d like a piece of Yamaha racing history (and who wouldn’t?) you can .



Kawasaki October 13, 2009 posted by

HARRIS Magnum race chassis for sale in Chicago

Just the name “Magnum” alone signifies this is a rare find indeed.  Harris is a small performance specialist shop in the UK, producing frame kits for different engines, resulting in many unique specials over the years.  In any case, this 1980 Magnum 2 frame kit listed on the Chicago Craigslist will fit a Kawasaki Z1 (the old Z1!) or a Suzuki in-line four:

Will fit a Kazasaki Z1 or Suzuki inline 4 (Katana & others) motor. Currently has brackets to fit Z1. White Power rear suspension, Marzocchi Front forks, Harris cast aluminum triple trees, German made adjustable clip ons, Magnesium wheels. Absolutely gorgeous frame is ultra-light and riged, single and double butted cro-moly tubing… manganese bronze welded. Harris mono-shock rear swing-arm set the standard for all others.

It also comes with a Harris ultra-light aluminum fuel tank, fiberglass bodywork, and a Harris exhaust (a rare item in itself!).

Harris Magnum frames are legendary, so regardless whether you will be buying this one or not (you should!), head on over to the ad on Craigslist to read up on some motorcycle history!