Sheene fanatic buys GP bike

Published: 16 May 2007

MCN reader and huge Barry Sheene fan Andy Smith bought this 1976 Suzuki RG500 XR14 Heron works GP racer after seeing a story about Bonhams auctioning the bike in MCN.

The 45-year-old Norfolk rider chose to buy the bike rather than pay off his mortgage and it's now a stable-mate to his road-legal limited edition RG500 and a John Reynolds replica GSX-R750. Find out more about what made Smith invest in the bike, which had an auction estimate of £25,000 in MCN, May 16, 2007.

  • Smith's conervatory is a shrine to Sheene
  • Factory racer steering damper
  • The view Barry Sheene had in 1976
  • Sheene RG500, road-legal RG500 and Reynolds rep GSX-R750
  • The GP racer takes pride of place in the collection
  • Admiration for the bike, and Smith's determination
  • Twin shocks and race pipes
  • Who could resist making an offer on this ex-Sheene racer?