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photoblog image Boys Toys - Classic Racers 4/5

Boys Toys - Classic Racers 4/5

All five images in this series were scanned from enprints taken during the 1990's and adjusted in CS3 and Topaz.

500cc.Suzuki RG500

By the 1970's the Japanese factories had almost taken over in all classes of motorcycle road racing and not least of these was the Blue Riband 500cc.class.  In 1974 the Suzuki factory introduced a square four water-cooled two-stroke machine for its leading riders in the World Championships and in 1976 and 1977 the late Barry Sheene won the championship on a similar machine.

 

Following its early success they then introduced the RG500 "over-the-counter" racer for any rider, with enough cash, to buy and ride at all levels of racing.  Indeed, the first time I saw one was high up in the commentary box at Snetterton when its rider, Chris Revett, left everybody standing when he accelerated down the main straight at the back of the circuit.

 

As with the Aermacchi I showed here on Tuesday this also belonged to my friend Graham Godward and this was taken in the paddock when he rode it at the same classic race meeting that yesterdays picture came from.


If you can spare just over 1 minute you might find this video of an RG500 in action quite entertaining.



">RG500

Boys Toys - Classic Racers 4/5

All five images in this series were scanned from enprints taken during the 1990's and adjusted in CS3 and Topaz.

500cc.Suzuki RG500

By the 1970's the Japanese factories had almost taken over in all classes of motorcycle road racing and not least of these was the Blue Riband 500cc.class.  In 1974 the Suzuki factory introduced a square four water-cooled two-stroke machine for its leading riders in the World Championships and in 1976 and 1977 the late Barry Sheene won the championship on a similar machine.

 

Following its early success they then introduced the RG500 "over-the-counter" racer for any rider, with enough cash, to buy and ride at all levels of racing.  Indeed, the first time I saw one was high up in the commentary box at Snetterton when its rider, Chris Revett, left everybody standing when he accelerated down the main straight at the back of the circuit.

 

As with the Aermacchi I showed here on Tuesday this also belonged to my friend Graham Godward and this was taken in the paddock when he rode it at the same classic race meeting that yesterdays picture came from.


If you can spare just over 1 minute you might find this video of an RG500 in action quite entertaining.



">RG500

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 May 2010, 01:21
Brilliant!

That frame is about as stuffed full of mechanical marvels as is possible...its a masterpiece in packaging as well.

Great series, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Ray, this is still a bit out of date compared with the current championship racers.
Great video Brian,it gets the heart pumping as you watch him burn around the trek,its a bit like that when my Bryan gets out on his bike with me on the back and some times I video him riding,you cant go as fast any more because the police are out and about a lot these days,great footage.
Brian Walbey: Yes the police over here keep a watchful eye out for bikers Cheryl, especially after race meetings and so on.
I am enjoying this series Brian. Not that I know much about the bikes - I just like them and the sound they make.
Brian Walbey: I'm pleased to hear that Sheila.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 May 2010, 08:05
If the Japanese did for bikes what they did for cars then their entrance into production must have been a minor godsend Brian
Brian Walbey: The Japanese completely changed the face of motorcycles for ever Chris.
A fine beast.
Brian Walbey: Too powerful for me Chad although my friend seems to handle it o.k.
Smart looking machine and video Brian - never got further than a Lambretta scooter myself smile
Brian Walbey: I had a few small bikes Tom and still have a Piaggio scooter for quick trips to the shops.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 May 2010, 12:37
Ahahah! Now we are getting much more hi-tech here; it even has diosc brakes! Quite stylish, too!
Brian Walbey: And they were very quick Alan, nothing could stay with them for quite a while.
I watched the video, I am suprised they have any knees left, the way they bank round the bendssmile
Brian Walbey: This chap in the video wasn't really trying that hard Linda, they get down to about 60 degrees from vertical these days and have sliders on the knees of their leathers, rather them thea me!
The development of bikes from the late 60's was amazing
Brian Walbey: And all started when Honda came to the isle of man races in the early 1960's Bill.
A classic little racer. Nice.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Rob and still popular in Classic racing.
All very interesting..and great days too Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ron.
its a shame the british motorcycle industry sat on its laurels thinking it was untouchable, the japanese copied then perfected, nice image again Brian, can you remember when Barry Sheene came off his bike at about 160mph i think, when his back end just locked, stil lremember that now
Brian Walbey: Barry came off on the Daytona banking and then a few years later had that awful crash at Silverstone on a practice day coming up from Abbey when he came over the blind brow and ran straight into a crashed bike on the track. Sadly cancer got him a few years ago but he has a fine looking son who has become involved in motorcycle sport but doesn't road race.
Looks very smart to me. Nice shot Brian
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Janet.

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