Monday, June 12, 2017

Restoring Barry Sheene's 1976 Suzuki RG500

Here we have some very nice vids of the restoration of one of Barry Sheene's old RG500's the 1976 XR14 bike.
Part one
Part two

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Yamsel V4 500

This very special bike was built in 1974/75 by Geoff Sherwill and Lyell Williamson. Using 2 Yamaha TZ250 engines welded together and fitted into a 1971 Seeley frame. The original idea was conceived by Brian Thompson to create a wide angle V4, by using 2 Yamaha TR2 350 engines with carbs facing forward in the V. With limited budget and plenty ideas, Geoff and Lyell decided to build a R&D bike. Geoff undertook all the machine work and creating a jig/plate assembly, the case was welded together with both crank pinions driving direct to the clutch hub primary gear. This set up created extra long and angled inlet manifold tracts which wasn't ideal. To solve this problem Geoff was planning the inclusion of custom cast wide angle crankcases for the final engine. The first outings showed the engine to be reliable and only minor issues with cooling and ignition were evident. With Lyell riding the bike for 3 years and with ongoing modifications race results were several placings together with some top ten finishes. It was last raced in 1979.

Specificatons
Chassis: 1971 Seeley
Forks: Yamaha RD350
Yokes: By Geoff
Swing Arm: By Geoff, using yacht mast, no square or rectangle extrusion available back then
Wheels: By Peter Allen & Jack McDonald, cast at Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation
Tank: By a friend of Bill Horsman
Exhausts: By Lyell
Paint: By Border Signs 
For more pics see
Yamsel V4 500

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Yamaha F1 RD500

Here we have some nice information and pics about the Yamaha F1 RD500. Just as with the RG500 several people tried to make an F1 racer of the Yamaha RD500. The Yamaha never reached the success of the RG500.
For more pics see
Yamaha F1 RD500

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mark Philips and the F1 RG500

I found a great article on the Interweb about Mark Philips and the Suzuki F1 RG500 Gamma.
For more information see
Mark Philips and the F1 RG500

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Golinelli RG500

Updated my Golinelli RG500 photo set with some new pics. Diego Golinelli is the man behind the beautiful Aprilia RSW250 frames, he also made some trick frames for the Suzuki RG500 Gamma.
For more pics see
Golinelli RG500

Friday, March 10, 2017

RG500 sidecar racer part 2

Got some new pics of another RG500 sidecar racer. Thank you very much John!
For more pics see 
RG500 sidecars

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Paton 500, 1995

Here we have some very nice and detailled pics of the Paton 500 from 1995, this bike was ridden by Jean-Pierre Jeandat. (Photo's by TechGP)
For more pics see
Paton 500, 1995