Suzuki presents Barry Sheene 40th anniversary display
Suzuki celebrated the 40th anniversary of Barry Sheene’s maiden world title by showcasing an extensive collection of Sheene memorabilia at this year’s Motorcycle Live, including his championship-winning bikes and FIM winners’ medals.
Seven of Sheene’s race bikes were be on display, including the two XR14s that took him to world championship glory in 1976 and 1977. Also forming part of the display was be the XR05, which used a Seeley chassis and TR500 engine, and the XR14 Sheene raced the season before his championship-winning years in ‘76 and ‘77.
The Heron Suzuki XR27 that Sheene was racing in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone when he made the famous gesture to rival Kenny Roberts in 1979 will feature, along with the XR35 and XR45 Sheene rode in 1983 and 1984.
Sheene’s two FIM world championship medals also made 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.
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