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Old 08-13-2008, 06:23 AM   #1
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Barry Sheene and the great highside of 1975

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While running test laps aboard the Suzuki XR14 at Daytona, Barry Sheene had just reached 170mph on the embankment when his machine suffered a massive failure. The rear tire locked and the bike catapulted Sheene, turning him into a lump of shredded leathers and broken bones lying in the middle of the track. At the time, his career was assumed to be finished. Naturally, he went on the win the World Championship the following year.

Fortunately for us, a documentary crew was there to film not only the crash, but also Sheene's retelling of the event after he was freshly laid up in traction. Click through for some of the best storytelling ever.

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Old 08-13-2008, 07:02 AM   #2
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Hehe. Jody's just like me. Or I am just like Jody -- I found this stuff a year or so back and revisit it every so often. History is cool, and moto-history is even more cool.

Sheen was a man's man, a true hard man of racing. Some current racers have won more, but only a select few over the years could carry Sheene's jock strap. And to be fair, the Brit wasn't ever a favorite of mine - I'm just giving credit where credit is due. Sheene = party on Saturday, win on Sunday.
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:08 AM   #3
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Nice Find.... Some of my fondest memories are Barry and Pat Hennen tearing up the track.
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Hehe. Jody's just like me. Or I am just like Jody -- I found this stuff a year or so back and revisit it every so often. History is cool, and moto-history is even more cool.

Sheen was a man's man, a true hard man of racing. Some current racers have won more, but only a select few over the years could carry Sheene's jock strap. And to be fair, the Brit wasn't ever a favorite of mine - I'm just giving credit where credit is due. Sheene = party on Saturday, win on Sunday.
werd. those guys back then were tough as nails !
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:09 AM   #5
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werd. those guys back then were tough as nails !
yeah! He didnt even get knocked out or black out. Its amazing how lucid he account of the wreck was considering how violent it was. What a pro.
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IIRC, it was the rear tire's expansion that wasn't accounted for and when it fully heated and at speed, it hit the inner part of the swing arm and caused the lockup/ de-lamination.

Barry Sheene was one the pure talents likely to never be seen in comparable form again.
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no love at all between those two
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Silverstone 1979
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the infamous "wave"
no love at all between those two
just about myself with excitment watching this one
Nice find!
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Silverstone 1979
Sheene V Roberts V Hartog
the infamous "wave"
no love at all between those two
just about myself with excitment watching this one


Awesome find Grinchy
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werd. those guys back then were tough as nails !
Yeah and Nicky Hayden's not riding because he hurt his heal. Not his freakin ankle, his heal.
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Yeah and Nicky Hayden's not riding because he hurt his heal. Not his freakin ankle, his heal.
yep... sounds kinda weak in comparison to haga winning 2 world SBK races this year back to back with a broken collarbone and lorenzo races motoGP with broken ankles. but im sure he has his reasons.
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yep... sounds kinda weak in comparison to haga winning 2 world SBK races this year back to back with a broken collarbone and lorenzo races motoGP with broken ankles. but im sure he has his reasons.
Yeah I'm sure he does, but geeze he's going to go nowhere again this year at that rate.
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Yeah I'm sure he does, but geeze he's going to go nowhere again this year at that rate.
Agreed, I think the reason is that he a: already has a deal with a satellite Honda team or b: has a deal with another manufacturer.

Those are the only two reasons I can see him taking this action. He knows that he's Repsol's whipping boy, and at this point in the series, he's lucky to finish top 5 if he kills over the next several races.
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Agreed, I think the reason is that he a: already has a deal with a satellite Honda team or b: has a deal with another manufacturer.

Those are the only two reasons I can see him taking this action. He knows that he's Repsol's whipping boy, and at this point in the series, he's lucky to finish top 5 if he kills over the next several races.
I'm with you Tom, I'm sure there's more to it than we are getting to hear about
the fact that he was allowed by HRC to participate at the games at all smells kinda fishy.....
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You guys might like this,
Sheene's last ever race and Haslam (Ron) on the beautiful NS500 triple two stroke if I'm not mistaken

Ron was so underated
I've met him a few times and he's so down to earth and laid back it's hard to remember that he was once a front runner in the world 500cc championship
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pick out some of the stars in this one
and look at the technology on offer
Trans Atlantic races, UK V America,
these were huge events
Oh Randy, where did all that hair go??
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Ron was so underated
I've met him a few times and he's so down to earth and laid back it's hard to remember that he was once a front runner in the world 500cc championship
Substitute "Ron" for "Bubba Shobert" above and you've still got an accurate discription.

Wayne Gardener was another of my heroes- especially with the battles he had while riding for Rothman's Honda.
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