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Suzuki to rebuild G-54 race bike at Motorcycle Live

Published: 09 November 2018

Suzuki will restore a G-54, the bike that spawned Barry Sheene’s World Championship-winning RG500, at Motorcycle Live between November 17 - 25.


The G-54 (‘G’ for Grand Prix only) was first conceived in 1973 and was designed and built under the watchful eyes of Makoto Hase and Makoto Suzuki, who had previously been tasked with TR250, TR500, and TR750 race bikes.

The bike will be rebuilt over the opening weekend of the show and started on Monday, November 19 before being stripped and rebuilt again the following weekend to be started on Sunday, November 25.

The restoration will be carried out by former Grand Prix technician, Nigel Everett who set up Racing Restorations in 1988, working with the likes of Sheene, Mick Grant, Kevin Schwantz, James Whitham, Roger Marshall, and John Reynolds.

Also present over both weekends will be legendary Suzuki technician Martyn Ogborne and former Grand Prix ace Paul Smart.

"I think this is the most excited we’ve been for our Motorcycle Live feature build," said Suzuki GB Aftersales Co-ordinator, Tim Davies about the G-54 project.

"It is probably one of the most important bikes from our history, so to not only be able to restore it using our Vintage Parts Programme but do so with the likes of Martyn Ogborne and Nigel Everett is really special."

Motorcycle Live 2018 takes place at The NEC, Birmingham, November 17 - 25, with advance tickets on sale August 1, priced at £19.50 per adult, £12 for senior citizens, £1 for 11-16 year-olds (children aged ten and under go free) and under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.