Friday, January 02, 2009

Barry Sheene tribute Suzuki GSX-R750


Motorcycle-USA's project GSX-R750 pays homage to Barry Sheene's 500cc GP racer of the late-1970s. And it looks just amazing...

From left: Chris Vermeulen's GSV-R MotoGP bike, which he used at the 2007 Australian grand prix, Vermeulen riding a 1970s Suzuki RG500, and Barry Sheene himself

What we have here is Motorcycle-USA’s Suzuki GSX-R750 project bike, which we think looks simply fabulous. The UK-based Stamford had done a similar looking bike last year, but it seems this is the first time this paint scheme has been done on a GSX-R in the US.

Back in 2007, Chris Vermeulen ran a Barry Sheene tribute paintjob on his GSV-R racebike at the Australian grand prix, and the M-USA project GSX-R, prepared by Grant Matsushima of MPT Racing, is a replica of that machine. As you’d expect, it’s loaded with aftermarket parts – handmade MPT exhaust system (with an optional KR Tuned end can), Brembo brakes with radial-mount monobloc callipers and radial master cylinder, Kevlar-coated steel-braided brake lines, Ohlins cartridge drop-in fork internals, TTX shock, shorter gearing and Dunlop 209 GP ‘A’ tyres.

The bike packs 150bhp at the rear wheel, the special blue-and-white paintjob has been done by Matt Polosky of Color Zone Designs, and in the next stage, M-USA say they plan to add lightweight wheels, traction control and other high-tech bits to their project GSX-R to make it go even harder and faster. Hmmm... way to go!

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Valentino Rossi's bike for the street...?
Yamaha RD500-based YZR500 replica...
The coolest ever racer-rep KTM RC8...
GSV-R replica GSX-R1000...
Team Nescafe Can replica Yamaha YZF750SP...
Kevin Schwantz replica Lucky Strike Suzuki GSX-R...
A bunch of race-rep Honda Fireblades...
Fonsi Nieto replica Suzuki GSX-R1000...

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