Although government restrictions doomed the event last, Classic Suzuki Sunday is back on September 19 at the Super Sausage Café off A5 just north of Pottersbury, 60 miles northwest of London. The Super Sausage Café offers food that looks absolutely incredible—mmm, breakfast—and it is a motorcycle-friendly establishment.There have been successful Classic Suzuki Sunday events in the past. With the loss of the 2020 edition, it appears Suzuki and its fans will be going all out for 2021.Sure, just hanging out with other motorcyclists is a great time. However, Classic Suzuki Sunday will have an impressive collection of historic vintage Suzukis on hand.
Check out the two featured Katanas, for a start. The Katana endurance racer by Team Classic Suzuki that won the 2018 Oschersleben 4-Hour Endurance Race with John Reynolds and Pete Boast sharing the racing duties will be there. They are also bringing a new Project Katana based on the vintage endurance racer, and it’s a stunner.Suzuki GB will have a presence. The RGV250 that Noriyasu Numata rode to the 1997 Japanese championship will be there in its Rizla Suzuki livery. Also, Suzuki will have rebuilds of a GSX-R1100 and Bandit 600 from the company’s Apprenticeship Programme. Finally, a 1985 GSX-R750F restored in 2015 at Motorcycle Live to celebrate the model’s 30th anniversary will be there to gawk at.“We are so incredibly happy that we’re able to put this event on again,” enthused Suzuki Aftersales Marketing Co-Ordinator Tim Davies. “It’s not far from Suzuki HQ and feels something like a home event, and after the year we had in 2020, we’re really excited to get back to the Super Sausage Café and bring our vintage fleet along with us. As well as the bikes we’re bringing, however, we are always keen to see what other people bring to the event, from GSX-Rs to GTs and everything in between. Traditionally there has always been a fantastic turnout, and being an outdoor event, we’re hoping to see the bike park filled again this year.”Classic Suzuki Sunday also helps promote the Genuine Suzuki Vintage Parts Programme.Photography by Glen Coombs, Jason Critchell, et al
Hello everyone and welcome once again to the Ultimate Motorcycling podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
Actually—Ultimate Motorcycling is giving away five copies of the book—signed by Freddie himself—to the first five listeners who contact us with the correct answer to the question: How many national AMA championships did Freddie win, and which years were they?
Please email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact the winners and send you a signed copy of Feel. Those five winners will be announced on a future episode. Unfortunately for legal reasons this offer is ONLY open to US residents.
So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!