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Suzuki RG 500 motorcycle ridden by Mike Hailwood in 1979

Date made: 1979

Maker: Suzuki motors

Description: This Suzuki RG 500 motorcycle was ridden to victory by Mike Hailwood in the 1979 Senior Tourist Trophy (TT) race.

The machine is painted in Hailwood's racing colours of red, white and gold. The gear change is on the left hand side, as Hailwood had damaged his right foot racing cars.

Mike Hailwood is still regarded as Britain's greatest ever motorcycle racer. He returned to the TT in 1978 after an 11 year absence, and single-handedly re-invigorated the event. In 1979 he returned for his farewell TT. Only Suzuki had the confidence to supply a machine for him to ride, and he scored his 14th and final TT win in the Senior.

Materials: fibreglass, rubber, steel

Object name: motorcycle

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: L22219

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