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Joey's famous bikes go on display at Classic TT

An exhibition of some of the definitive race bikes of Joey Dunlop’s career has opened on the Isle of Man as part of the Classic TT Races.

The Isle of Man Government’s Department of Economic Development Motorsport Team has assembled the free paddock display of 26 bikes as part of the celebrations for the legendary Irish rider’s career. The Ballymoney man won 26 TT Races in a 24 year Mountain Course career.

The bike collection, all of which have been loaned for the five-day exhibition by private collectors, spans Joey’s entire Isle of Man career and features the first bike that Joey raced at the TT – the TZ350 Yamsel Yamaha through to the last – the iconic Honda SP1.

Other TT winning bikes in the collection include Joey’s 1988 RS250R, the first 250 to achieve a sub 20 minute lap of the TT course, that represented his 12th and Honda’s 50th TT win, the RS500 that Joey won his 10th TT on in 1987 and his 1995 250 Honda, complete with the original Castrol body work.

Although Honda, the marque most closely associated with his career, dominates the collection of 26 machines, the display also features the RG500 Suzuki that he Joey rode in the 1978 TT Races, his 350 Aermacchi from his Manx Grand Prix Classic Race days, his 1980 500 Yamaha and the Yamaha Yamsel that he won his first Southern 100 on.

Today (Friday 22 August) also sees the paddock turning back the clock in an eighties-themed fancy dress experience and tomorrow there will be a parade lap featuring many of Joey Dunlop’s greatest rivals.

 

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