Ken Sedgely’s Suzuki 124cc ISDT 1965

This Motorcycle appeared in an Auction of Collector’s Motorcycles by Bonhams Auction House at the Stafford Show Ground, 19th October 2008 and and was given an estimated value of  £1,400 – 1,800

The below details have been copied from the Bonhams online catalogue entry which can be seen at this page.

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1965 Suzuki 124cc S10 ISDT Model 
Registration no. [EOB 831C]
Engine no. S10 32947
The machine offered here is one three Suzuki motorcycles supplied via the UK importer of the day – Associated Motor Cycles – to selected members of Britain’s ISDT team in 1965. It is an S10, a 124cc single-cylinder two-stroke with disc valve induction and – unusually for a single – twin exhaust pipes. Built in unit with a four-speed gearbox, the S10 engine went into a spine-type frame complemented by a conventional set of cycle parts. The model was a new introduction for 1964. The machines intended for the ISDT team were prepared in the James competitions department, the most obvious departure from standard being the reshaping of the silencers, which were canted upwards towards the rear to improve cornering clearance. This particular machine was ridden by Ken Sedgely in the ’65 event, which was held in the Isle of Man. No one who took part in that year’s ISDT is ever likely to forget it, as weather conditions were atrocious, even by Manx standards, the Island being lashed by the tail end of hurricane Betsy for almost the entire six days. Only 82 of the 299 starters made the finish, which makes Sedgely’s survival into day four – his was the last of the three Suzukis running – seem all the more creditable. Original and unrestored, the machine still bears Sedgely’s competitor number – ‘52’ – as painted on the seals by the scrutineers. There are no documents with this Lot.
Estimate:
£1,400 – 1,800
US$ 2,200 – 2,800
€1,800 – 2,300
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