Suzuki will celebrate the 40th anniversary of motorcycling legend Barry Sheene’s first 500 Grand Prix championship at Britain’s Motorcycle Live show next week.
The display will showcase an extensive collection of Sheene memorabilia, including his championship-winning bikes and FIM winners’ medals.
Seven of Sheene’s race bikes will be on display, including the two XR14s that took him to world championship glory in 1976 and 1977. Also forming part of the display will be the XR05, which used a Seeley chassis and TR500 engine, and the XR14 Sheene raced the season before his championship-winning years. The Heron Suzuki XR27 that he was racing in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone when he made the famous gesture to rival Kenny Roberts in 1979 will be featured, along with the XR35 and XR45 Sheene rode in 1983 and 1984.
Sheene’s two FIM World Championship medals will make a rare public appearance, alongside seven sets of leathers worn by the twice 500 Grand Prix champion, and two helmets that don the famous duck graphic.
“We’re all incredibly excited to see this display pulled together at Motorcycle Live this year,” said Suzuki GB aftersales marketing coordinator Tim Davies. “It’s going to be really great way to celebrate the achievements of arguably Britain’s greatest world champion, and on such a key anniversary, too. Sheene is still a hero to many motorcyclists and we feel privileged to be able to put this feature together.”