Thursday, December 6, 2018

Rob Bron

Rob Bron was in 1971 the first Dutchman to gain a podium place in the 500cc class, during the TT in Assen he finished as second behind Giacomo Agostini. He would finish third in the World Championship that year behind Agostini and New Zealander Keith Turner. Agostini was the only one in those days who raced with factory material (MV Agusta). The others, including Bron, raced on  production racers. He was racing a Suzuki TR500 under the flag of Dutch Suzuki importer Nimag. Bron is since 1971 the best-classed Dutch racer in the 500cc class. Wil Hartog, Boet van Dulmen and "Jumping" Jack Middelburg did not equal this.
He is still the holder of the maximum speed record at Daytona, in 1978 he topped a lap at 342 kph. He ended his career in 1985. From that time he started a motorcycle shop and racing service. His nickname was "Rough Robbie".
Rob Bron died in 2009 at the age of 64.
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Rob Bron

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Suzuki RG500 prototype, the G-54

Barry Sheene behind the first RG500 that was made the G-54, this bike was the precursor of  the XR14. The bike wil be rebuild at Motorcycle Live which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC 17-25 November.
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Suzuki to rebuild first RG500

Friday, November 9, 2018

Pernod 250 - 1985

This bike’s frame was designed in 1985 by the Frenchman Alain Chevallier, at that time famous for his revolutionary bikes. Only one example produced! The frame was built with a steel frame (25 CD4 S) and titan. The engine is a rare bi-cylinder 250 cc with rotary distribution and magnesium carter, developed by the French engineer Jean Bidalot. This Pernod Chevallier participated at the 1985 season with Jean François Baldé. It was restored in 2007 and participated at the Varano Motor Show in Italy in June 2007, as in former times, driven by Jean François Baldé personally.
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Pernod 250 - 1985

This bike was sold by
Classic Motorbike Collection   

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ciba Geigy Suzuki V4

In 1986 the Suzuki factory stopped racing with the square four bikes and made a V4, the XR71. Team Heron was commissioned to make a frame. Nigel leaper was asked to built a new carbon fibre composite chassis for the XR71 engine, but it was never tested. The project was stillborn - even though comparison with the Suzuki alloy factory frame, by then standard for GP racers, showed that the carbon fibre frame was 1.3 kg lighter, as well as substantially stiffer. The weight with all the magnesium inserts was 8.3 kg, with a carbon composite swing arm - on a Heron design for the first time - scaling a further 6 kg. Though one of the 3 chassis found its way to Japan, the word came down from high, thanks but no thanks.
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Ciba Geigy V4

Monday, September 24, 2018

Suzuki RGB500 MK9 X3

A 1984 Suzuki RGB500 MK9 Factory/Production prototype designated "X3". One of only five Factory prototypes produced in this last year of RGB500 production and developement. (Just 25 production Mk9's made in the same year.) It has a fully rebuilt MK9 engine with many new parts. Specific X3 marked, magnesium Mikuni carbs. An oversized Factory radiator. A "one-off" Factory fuel tank. Electronically powered tacho. 17" Campag front wheel, 18" rear wheel. New Avon tyres. Fully overhauled original front calipers and new discs. Has an aluminium Factory frame (number X3-RGB500), swingarm and yokes.
There were 3 base models of Suzuki RG500 production bikes through the years. The MK1 till 6 based on the XR14, the RGB500 MK7 and 8 based on the XR22 and the last versions the MK9 and 10 based on the XR45, equipped with exhaust valves and alloy frames.
In 1985 Suzuki opted to stop producing complete RGB500's, instead supplying Padgett's of Batley with up rated, magnesium cased, stepped RGB500 engines and their associated power valves and expansion chambers. Padgett's would then supply complete machines using a steel frame built by Harris Performance and based on the Suzuki Mk7/8 frame. A total of twelve engines were supplied to the Yorkshire based company with machines being built between 1985 and 1988.
One of the last bikes an MK14 was ridden by Darren Dixon, a Padgett's sponsored rider to victory in the 1988 British F1 Championship.
Not only Harris made frames for the RGB500 engine also Spondon, VRP and Nico Bakker did, they even made Delta Box frames in the last years.
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Suzuki RGB500 MK9 X3

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Superkarts

Dea superkart engine
Seen at the Gamma Racing Days 2018 at the TT circuit Assen. As a two stroke fan the superkarts are amazing! Take a look at the pictures of the engines, great two stroke technology with more horsepower than the last 250 GP bikes.
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Superkarts 
Want to know how they sound see
VM250   
And race
Superkart Assen

Friday, August 10, 2018

Riemanoc

Riemanoc Suzuki TR500
This time I made a photoset of some very rare race bikes, made in Holland. These bikes were designed by Frans van Manen, Ton Riemersma the man who also was the sponsor of Wil Hartog was the financer of this project. These bikes all had an alloy monocoque frame, the name is a combination of Riemersma and monocoque.
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Riemanoc