turbocharged, inline 4 cyl
The Icon Sheene is a limited edition superbike which was developed
to commemorate the successful and popular British motorcycle
racer Barry Sheene.
Sheene died in 2003 after a battle with cancer, and this bike
- which was sanctioned by, and is signed by his wife - is the
way in which Icon, and the man behind the company, Andrew Morris
choose to pay their respects.
The Icon Sheene features an insanely powerful 1.4 litre, turbocharged,
inline 4-cylinder engine which was borrowed from Suzuki and
then worked over intensely. Output for this unit stands at 250
hp, and it develops 133 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel. Top
speed is a blistering 200 mph.
Other highlights of the Icon Sheene superbike include a custom
made tubular aluminium frame, and a unique swingarm which features
an integrated hugger. Race specification forks and an adjustable
rear shock complete the chassis package. The fuel tank is formed
from hand-beaten aluminium and each unit takes around a month
to fabricate! The bodywork is made up of hand-laid carbon fiber
panels which have hidden fasteners so as not to interrupt the
lines of the bike.
As far as tribute vehicles go the Icon Sheene is fairly genuine.
Many of his friends, family and the people who worked with Sheene
during his racing career have contributed to the project and
helped design and engineer the bike.
In explaining the bike, Icon's founder said of the project;
"...because Barry was so extraordinary, I knew my bike
had to be, too. So it's handmade. In Britain. It features extreme
levels of power and performance. And it's massively entertaining
to ride hard. And in creating it I've felt proud and humble
to work alongside many of the talented individuals and companies
who helped Barry to win two World Championships."
Only 52 examples of the bike are set to be built (Sheene died
at that age). Each bike is priced at an eye-watering £107,000