Sunday, July 01, 2007

Kevin Schwantz: No.34, we miss you!

Kevin Schwantz at the 2007 Dutch TT at Assen

We can't see him in action anymore, but the smile hasn't changed... :-)

The legendary Kevin Schwantz (500cc world champ in 1993) was in attendance at the Dutch TT yesterday. We saw some pictures of his at Assen and suddenly realized that even though he’s not been racing for so many years now, we still miss him!

Our no.1 500cc GP racebike ever - the 1989 Pepsi Suzuki RGV500

The bike with the No.34 plate was always the one to watch out for!

The Stoner vs Capirossi battle at Assen reminded us of the epic races in the late-1980s and early-1990s, when Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey used to go head to head like crazed bulldogs. Throw in Eddie Lawson, Wayne Gardner, and Mick Doohan into the mix and you had some truly spectacular races. We wouldn’t say that MotoGP races today are any less interesting, but we grew up watching races in those days, so the 1980s/1990s will always be special for us.

The year 1989 saw some epic battles between Rainey and Schwantz

Even today, Schwantz hasn't slowed down. Here he and Mamola go head to head on a pair of Rizla Suzuki GP bikes...

For those readers who also have fond memories Schwantz, his antics and his absolutely glorious Pepsi Suzuki RGV500, we’ve posted these pics and video for you. Enjoy! And remember, Schwantz may come to MotoGP next year as a team manager with Suzuki… :-)

Here's the various helmets Kevin wore over the years. The one in the bottom right hand corner is our no.1 favourite!

Possibly the most watched Rainey vs Schwantz clip on the Internet... :-)

And here's a slightly longer Kevin Schwantz video. Those were the days...

More Kevin Schwantz:
Schwantz talks about the Suzuki GSX-R series
An interview with Kevin Schwantz
Go-faster tips from No.34!
Schwantz's biggest rivals: Wayne Gardner and Wayne Rainey

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