While Cal Crutchlow has finally broken Britain’s decades-long drought of wins in motorcycle racing’s premier class Barry Sheene is still the nation’s most recent and most beloved world champion. Now there’s a chance to own one of the Heron Suzukis he raced, as it’s up for sale on eBay.
This 1983 bike might have come towards the twilight of Sheene’s top-level riding days, and from one of his least-successful years, but it’s still a historic machine. Bazza could only manage 14th in the 1983 title race, with a best finish of 9th and only 9 championship points to his name.
Like any top-level GP bike, the current owner claims that the RGB500 Mk8 has a well-documented history. After its time with Sheene it was used in 1984 by Mick Grant, and then through the hands of several collectors.
While it’s running on modern Dymag 17in wheels and using recent Tokico four-pot brakes at the moment, the seller says the original 16in rims and two-piston calipers are included. There’s also a set of 1984 Mick Grant bodywork to go with the bike.
It’s the second time the bike has appeared on eBay. It was up last year for £150,000, so has had a whopping £30,000 price cut this time around. Does that make it a bargain? Given the popularity of Sheene and the intrinsic value of any famous GP bike, it doesn’t seem unrealistically priced.