: Thought I would let you know about my exploits on my Gus Kuhn Suzuki. I finally got the bike ready to ride and was entered for the Brooklands 100 year centenary event on 20 May 2008. My first ride on the bike was out of the paddock area and up test hill. After two rides up the hill (which it did with ease) we went onto the Mercedes test track which was a good shake down.
6 May 2008 - the bike was tested on the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch. The bike ran great but test was hampered by a faulty new front tyre.
1 June 2008 - next trip was to Cadwell Park for the Classic Bike magazine Burn-Up event which was on the mountain circuit. The drive up on the Saturday was glorious sunshine but on waking up it was chucking it down with rain. It was still a good day as it dried up later and bike ran well.
15 June 2008 - had an invite to show the bike at Sammy Miller's museum and was ridden around forecourt. A good day
Now for the big event - SPA FRANCORCHAMPS in Belgium in July 4, 5, 6. I've been looking forward to this. I went with some friends who had bikes. We rented a big formula one pit and our bikes were on display.
On the first night a German gentleman called Horst said he also had a Gus Kuhn Suzuki which he had brought to the event. After viewing I worked out this was the bike built first for the 1978 season, which confirms mine is the second bike built for 1979 season. It was great to see the bike as I had been told it was suspected it was written off. It has been upgraded and modified over the years and looks very impressive. It went well on the circuit.
Friday morning we are ready for a ride around this legendary track and it wasn't disappointing. I can see why it has its reputation - what a track!
Saturday and Sunday again the bike performed well and never let me down. I had a quick chat with Chas Mortimer.
Gary Hillier, 7 July 2008