Aug 17, 2018

Barry Sheene’s 1983 Heron RGB500 For Sale

1983 Heron Suzuki RGB500 (1)
Barry Sheene's 1983 Suzuki RGB500 is for sale on eBay, but you'll need £150,000 to own it.

One of the bikes Barry Sheene rode in 500cc GPs is for sale on eBay.

You might need deep pockets and be on good terms with your bank manager though.

You’ll need £150,000 to buy the Heron Suzuki RGB500 Barry rode in the 1983 season.

The bike is currently in Cheshire, England, but the seller will ship the bike to you by air, sea or road freight (not by road to Australia I hope).

The RGB500 has a square four, 500cc two-stroke powerplant, disk-valve induction, full floater rear suspension and leading caliper, anti-dive front forks. It was amazing technology in its day.

This particular bike was the one Barry used in the 1983 season when he finished uncharacteristically 14th in the championship.

1983 Heron Suzuki RGB500The bike was then used by Mick Grant for 1984. He won the Macau GP and took second place at the North West 200 on the bike, and the Heron team sold it at the end of that year.

It’s had several owners and current owner Tony Salt bought it in 2005. Tony was involved with the bike back when Sheene was racing it in 1983 through his technical role with Michelin.

The bike is currently fitted with 17 inch wheels and four piston brake callipers, but the original wheels and brakes are being included in the sale.

It also comes with spare “Mick Grant” bodywork.

The bike is a piece of motorcycling history, and is listed as “used”, but it was only ridden on Sundays – right?