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Seeley - 005cont. The frame was made from 1 1/8" Renolds 531 tubing, bronze welded and had a long 55 ½" wheelbase. Sheene said it was the best handling bike he had ridden and won the British championship on it. Retail versions of the frame (a full rolling chassis) were soon made available for £350. A new road motor cost £250 and could be tuned as much as the owner could afford. Competitive 500cc GP racing was suddenly affordable! This is Barry's actual bike restored to circa 1973 specifications. Photographed in the UK. 2016. Team Classic Suzuki collection.Aug 19, 2017
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Seeley - 001Suzuki withdrew from GP competition in 1967 but returned in a limited way with the introduction of the XR05, which was based on the 500 Cobra/Titan road bike. This modified motor was fitted into a "featherbed" inspired frame and was first raced at Daytona in 1968, with Ron Grant placing 4th & Mitsuo Itoh 9th. Output was 63.5hp. It wasn't until 1971 that the XR05 was officially entered in the World Championship, with riders Keith Turner, Rob Bron & Jack Findlay finishing in 2nd, 3rd & 5th places respectively. Findlay's victory in the Ulster GP was Suzuki's first in the 500cc class. It was also the first 500cc class win by a 2-stroke. Despite this success the bike's handling left a lot to be desired and famed chassis builder Colin Seeley was commissioned by Suzuki Team Manager Rex White to construct a frame to house the TR500 motor - with a certain Barry Sheene to be the rider. cont.Aug 19, 2017
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