Classic Bikers Club announces winner of its Honda GB500 café racer win a bike competition at the 19th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show. And the lucky winner is...
Terry Gadd from Worcestershire, a bandsaw engineer, was the lucky winner for our Honda GB500TT café racer. Terry started on bikes as a teenager, then, like so many of us, got married and started a family, so swapped to the more sensible option of four wheels.
He's since rediscoverd bikes and currently has seven in his garage. He said he'll have to make room for the Honda, which will be regularly used, usually on ride-outs with his mates and younger brother Keith.
Terry saw the bike on the Classic Bikers Club website, played the video, viewed the gallery and and liked the look of it. He doesn't enter many competitions, so lady luck was shining down on him this time.
The bike was handed over in the Stafford County Showground Main Hall by our special guest of honour Kiwi track legend Graeme Crosby.
With well over 12,000 entries our win a Honda GB500TT café racer motorcycle competition was the most successful competition Classic Bikers Club has run. The competition was conceived a little over five months ago and the prize has been lovingly and professionally restored. It is not only as pretty as a picture, but rides as if just off the Honda production line, as endorsed by group editor at the time Steve Rose in a comparative road test against a BSA Gold Star DBD34 and Velocette Venom Clubman in a the June 2012 edition of Classic Bike Guide. The bike was built by Honda as homage to the classic British café racers of the sixties, the GB500 was based on their popular XBR500. With a sporty single cylinder engine in a twin shock absorber chassis, the GB500TT also had a bespoke tank and teeny race-style seat.
Steve said: Ridden in isolation the Honda is lovely. It has all the feel of a one-lung road burner. Gutsy power comes in a short, sharp rush and a slick gearbox lets you use it. The riding position is pretty authentic and the fairing keeps the wind off at speed. It also makes the Honda feel longer than it is and exaggerates the stretched out riding position, especially when you’re flat on the tank for those extra few mph.
I’d swear that the Brits were faster, but it’s not true. Definitely more gutsy and more torquey from their long stroke motors, but the Honda builds revs quickly and in a couple of impromptu drag races it was quickest.
Congratulations again to Terry Gadd, lucky prizewinner of the Honda GB500TT.
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