Mick Grant’s Heron Suzuki XR69 TT bicycle up for auction

Lisa D. Small

YOU could be parking a incredibly special bike in your garage this month, as Mick Grant’s Heron Suzuki XR69 TT bike up for auction with Car & Basic.

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Painted in what is in all probability the most iconic racing motorcycle livery of all time, the beautiful XR69 was one of the bikes that aided with the resurgence of 4-stroke bike racing. As Japanese manufacturers now had swathes of reasonably priced four-cylinder, 4-stroke equipment on sale, motorbike builders like Pops Yoshimura were being eager to support switch them into globe-beating racing machines.

A seven-time TT winner, Grant competed in each individual TT from 1970 to 1984, campaigning this equipment in 1982, employing it also at the NW200 in the same 12 months. When he retired from aggressive racing in 1985, the XR69 was gifted to him in the correct spec and affliction it is in nowadays.

Talking about the sale of the equipment, Mick stated:

It’s continue to in good affliction over-all and wears all of its authentic sponsors’ logos such as Workforce Heron Suzuki, Shell Oil, Winner, Dunlop and Sonic Intercoms.

“My entire factory XR69 has been in my possession because I retired from racing in 1985. It is the correct specification as when I raced it. It was given to me by Suzuki. To the most effective of my awareness, there ended up only five or 6 of the unique bikes manufactured. For some motive my bike appears to be the very best specification of them all, it has a dry clutch, magnesium carburettors, billet forks and twin spark plugs.

“I only know of two other individuals that nonetheless exist, one is an ex-Roger Marshall bicycle with a collector in Eire, and the other is an early twin-shock XR developed for Graham Crosby.

“This device is in incredibly superior mechanical and operating issue. In the previous, I’ve demonstrated this device in South Africa and at Oliver’s Mount, Spa Francorchamps, Brand names Hatch, Mallory Park.”

The auction for this really unique device starts on June 20th at 17:00. The guidebook selling price is detailed at £95,000 – £110,000.

To test out the listing for by yourself head to: www.carandclassic.co.uk

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