CMMreade rGraham Zimmatorefindsa1975 Suzukirotary
beingsold by none other thanSammy Miller and restores it
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interwas coming andIneededaproject:
in the past,acouple of Triumphs,aNorton
Commando,GT Suzis(125, 185, 250) so what next?
Eventually,Ispott ed atiny ad inaclassicbike
mag fora1975 SuzukiRE5 Mthat had been sitting
in agarage for35years.Iknewnothing about RE5s
other than thefact thatthey’v ebeentoutedasthe
worst motorbikeevermade and thatSuzuk inearly
went to the wall because of them. Cl earlywith no
logic in the decisionIhad to have it...
It wasanon-runner (a bad thing), butitw as a
completebike(agoodthing.) Best of all,itwas
being sold by thegreat Sammy MillerofT he Sammy
Miller Museum fame! He wanted £3500 for it, so I
saddledupthe TDM850andheaded south to take a
gander.I’d always wanted to meet this legend of a
man andcheckout his museum, so thiswasgoing
to be an interesting trip.
Sammy isan enigma: he’s86, but looks60,and
is still brimming with energy and vitality and I
realisedIwasn’t goingtobehaggling the price
down!Ihad agreat timelooking atthemuseum’s
collection (andbikes yet to findroom), but that’s
anotherstory.Sammy agreed to the RE5 delivered to
me as part oftheprice.
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- Oxidisation was
complete is the best
we can say.
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