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SUZUKI RG 500 - THE RACING MYTH 1974-1980 This is a complete and definitive monograph about a legendary racing motorbike, that set alight all the MotoGP race tracks from 1974 until 1980. It's the story that starts with its earliest designs, passing through double World Championship of Barry Sheene.
Each year is illustrated in detail with original, old photos of the RG 500, RGA 500 and RGB 500 in action.
-Foreword by the 7 times World Champion PHIL READ.
-Exclusive interviews with champions FERRARI, LUCCHINELLI, ROSSI, UNCINI.
-38 author’s original drawings between best motorcycles of that period and schemes
-Exclusive photos of IMOLA CLASSIC RACING TEAM collection.
-Technical analisys, with photos and drawings, of engines, frames and aerodynamics
-Technical data of every versions.
-All racing results of Moto GP 500 from '74 till '80.
-Data sheets of the key Suzuki riders of that period.
-Annual data sheets with all the riders who raced on a RG 500 from '74 till '83.

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Gallery

Here some samples of five chapters

About the Author

Massimo Cuffiani was born in Imola - Italy. He has started to work as a designer and graphic designer since 1994. Luckily and mainly for Motorcycles.
Until 2000 he worked for CAGIVA GROUP (Cagiva, Ducati, MV Agusta, Husqvarna), then until 2003 in ITALJET and Italjet Racing, from 2003 until now in ENGINES ENGINEERING ( Malaguti Racing, Loncin Racing, Lambretta Racing, Mahindra Racing).

The author in action with a RG 500 MK IV - 1979 (fairing from a RGB)

The complete Imola Classic Racing Team

The author

RG 500 friends

Book Features

262
Pages
165
Color Photos
46
Black & White Photos
38
Original Drawings

Testimonial

Yes, the Suzuki RG certainly has a glorious history – maybe even a soul. And it is fascinating to retrace its footsteps on the pages of this book from its beginnings up until 1980, the final year before the arrival of the Gamma version, which Marco Lucchinelli and Franco Uncini rode to win the world title in 1981 and 1982 respectively. The history of the RG is really seductive and one which has cast its spell over Massimo Cuffiani. Even though his day job is not to write books but to develop the styling of motorcycles that go into production, as the RG played a big part in his childhood, he has written this book as a declaration of his love for this bike and the entire world it represents. He has gone beyond any craftsman in his commitment, and passion, and in the meticulous attention paid to the technicalities, history, and detail. Cuffiani has truly put his entire soul into - or perhaps had it stolen by - the RG.

Dario Ballardini

Motosprint - Italy
...il libro di Cuffiani narra tutto questo (la storia della RG 500 ndr.) e analizza con estrema cura e ampia documentazione l'evoluzione di questa prodigiosa moto...la descrizione delle diverse versioni è arricchita da splendide foto e da bellissimi disegni eseguiti dallo stesso autore del volume. Interessantissima la parte squisitamente tecnica, in cui il percorso evolutivo della RG 500 è raccontato con la descrizione testuale e fotografica delle modifiche al motore e al telaio, ma anche con preziosi disegni tecnici, schemi e tabelle. L'autore propone poi 4 coinvolgenti interviste a Graziano Rossi, Virginio Ferrari, Marco Lucchinelli e Franco Uncini e in chiusura i risultati delle gare e la lista dei piloti iscritti al Motomondiale con la Suzuki RG 500 dal 1974 al 1983, specificando nei dettagli la versione, i punti ottenuti in campionato e addirittura i numeri di gara.

Luigi Rivola

Motosprint - Italy
E' uscito un bel libro su una delle moto che ha fatto la storia dei GP in 500, la Suzuki RG. Lo ha scritto Massimo Cuffiani, che in realtà lavora sviluppando lo styling di moto che andranno in produzione: prima per il gruppo Cagiva, poi in Italjet, oggi in Engines Engineering. Imolese, designer e grafico, ha sempre avuto una gran passione per la moto, si può dire che sia cresciuto a piadina e corse di moto dalla 200 Miglia in avanti. “Quattro anni di lavoro - ci ha detto l’autore - da che è sbocciato l’amore per la RG 500”. ...Cuffiani racconta la famosa due tempi, quattro cilindri in quadrato, fin dall’esordio del 1974. La prima vittoria è dell’anno dopo. Per ogni stagione ci sono belle fotografie, le descrizioni tecniche dell’evoluzione, le interviste ai piloti e ai tecnici che le hanno sviluppate. La tecnica è descritta fino ai dettagli, attraverso le varie edizioni dei motori, dei telai, dell’aerodinamica; e per ogni pilota che con la RG è salito sul podio mondiale c’è una scheda completa: da Lansivuori ad Hartog, poi Sheene, Hennen, Middelburg, Mamola. In chiusura, belle le interviste inedite ai quattro piloti italiani che con la Suzuki RG 500 sono diventati grandi: Marco Lucchinelli, Franco Uncini, Virginio Ferrari, Graziano Rossi. Aneddoti, ricordi, gioie e amarezze.

Nico Cereghini

Moto.it
• Steve- UK: Great book, we’ll worth the read. • Franco Uncini – Italy: Suzuki RG500, the beautiful book by Massimo • Tom-USA: The book is great, worth the money at twice the price. Got my English lang copy yesterday, excellent, worth having, quality books cost some $$$. Even in paperback. Get yourself a copy • Johan- Holland: For me the book worth every penny…Great book, must have for every 2 stroke bike racing fan. • Randy-USA: It’s meticulously organized and filled with many MANY photos and illustrations of the bikes, from top, side, back, fairings on and off, anecdotes and stories by the racers, etc. It’s nice and big, with large-ish type, so old farts can actually make out the words. For a price of a meal out with the missus? Just get yourself a copy! • John-USA: I had to have it it’s very well put together. • Colin-UK: Legend! • LV Motor St.- USA: Fabulous. • Diego- Italy: I was one of the first to get it! Great and beautiful book! It’s well done, with a lot of photos and interviews. Recommended to everyone. • Dirk- Holland: Great book! A great job about this beautiful bike.

BUYERS REVIEWS

Non solo nostalgia e malinconia, ma anche tanta passione per il motociclismo di ieri e di oggi nella serata organizzata giovedì 22 febbraio, dedicata alla Suzuki RG 500 e al libro di 260 pagine "Suzuki RG 500 Il mito nelle corse 1974-1980" a lei interamente riservate dall'imolese Massimo Cuffiani, designer e grafico nella vita di tutti i giorni, e ora anche autore fuori dagli schemi, ma perfettamente addentro alla moto dei suoi sogni. Con la quale ha saputo entrare in simbiosi tale da tracciarne un profilo straordinariamente ricco di foto, disegni tecnici, documentazioni originali, testimonianze di alcuni dei piloti più famosi che l'hanno guidata, tabelle, schemi, numeri e dati storici. Dalle origini all'evoluzione che l'hanno portata a diventare la moto più utilizzata dai team privati...

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