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.
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