Barry Sheene's son to ride tribute bike

Turbo-charged 250 bhp motorcycle honors two-time World Champion

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 03, 2010
Barry Sheene’s son will ride a 250 bhp motorcycle built as a tribute to the former Grand Prix World Champion.

Freddie Sheene, will ride the Icon Sheene motorcycle in a hill climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 2-4 in West Sussex, England.

The Icon Sheene is powered by an engine from a GSX1400, in memory of Sheene’s 1976 and 1977 500cc Grand Prix World Championships with Suzuki. Builder Andrew Morris of Icon Motorcycles added a Garrett turbocharger, Carrello con-rods, Wisecon pistons and a handcrafted aluminum oil cooling system. According to Icon Motorcycles, the Icon Sheene achieved 250 bhp at the rear wheel and 133 ft-lb. of torque with 0.4 bar of turbo.

Claiming 250 hp at the rear wheel, Icon Motorcycles calls the Icon Sheene the "world's first ultrabike".

Only 52 Icon Sheene motorcycles will be produced, matching Sheene’s age when he died of cancer in 2003. Each motorcycle is identified with a different playing card hand painted below the seat by Mike Fairholme who painted Sheene’s helmets. Sheene’s traditional #7 appears on the seat while a solid silver Sheene Duck logo and an engraved Barry Sheene signature appear on the yoke.