Roads: Mick Grant’s Heron Suzuki XR69 to be auctioned


Mick Grant’s Suzuki XR69 Heron



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Road racing fans will have the opportunity to bid on Mick Grant North West’s Heron Suzuki XR69 200 later this month.

The original and vintage Suzuki XR69 motorcycle will be auctioned on June 20 and has a guide price of £ 95,000 to £ 110,000. Historians believe this example is one of three XR69s known to still exist and the actual machine that Grant won the North West 200 on in 1982.

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Grant received this bike as a gift from Suzuki when he retired from racing in 1985. The bike is exactly as he received it, wearing his Heron Suzuki Works racing colors and Mick’s number 10 racing medallion. .

Since receiving the XR69, Grant has demonstrated it at Spa and won a race on it in the South Africa Classic TT. The seven-time Isle of Man TT winner and sells it due to lack of use. More recently it has been a major attraction at the Motorcycle Museum on the Isle of Man.

Grant thinks there are only a handful of people who have cycled, including himself and Alan Cathcart. “This XR69 is still a nice machine and has been well maintained to keep me enjoying it on the track,” Grant said. “Every nut, bolt and washer is as it was in 1985, which means it’s very original. This is very rare for a racing bike that usually ends up evolving over time, losing its special parts and patina.

“It’s still as fresh as when I raced it. On this bike I had lap records and second places on the Isle of Man. I won the North West 200 there, set the lap record. at Donington Park and finished second in the Macau GP Lots of great memories but it’s time for someone else to take advantage.

This factory XR69 still wears its vintage and original Heron Suzuki livery, studded with stone chips and slight scuffs from its successful and documented track career. Unusually for a racing machine, it stays exactly as it ran in the last race and retains its dry clutch, rare triple barrel magnesium carburetors, hand-finished billet forks and twin spark plugs. .

The bike also retains all the logos of its original sponsors, including Team Heron Suzuki, Shell Oil, Champion, Dunlop and Sonic Intercoms.

Grant, who also had three Grand Prix wins in the mid-1970s, will provide a small cache of spare parts he collected for the machine and can sign the tanks and include a set of his leathers if the expected figure is of around £ 90,000. is accomplished.

the auction for Grant’s XR69 will debut June 20 and there will be no buyer fees to the winner.


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