He’s both a bona-fide GP legend, and an adopted national treasure for most British bikers. And his 1988 Pepsi-sponsored RGV500 is one of the best paint jobs on a race bike – ever! So with 2018 marking 25 years since Revvin’ Kevin Schwantz lifted his 500GP title, and the Pepsi scheme celebrating its 30thanniversary, what more excuse would you need to pay homage?
Enter the Blade Motorcycles GSX-R1000 Pepsi GP Edition. A 2018 GSX-R1000, clad in lush Pepsi replica paint, complete with the Schwantz ‘34’ number emblazoned on the fairing and Kevin’s signature on the tank. It costs a very reasonable £13,999, with a production run limited to just 25 bikes, and if you buy before the end of April, they’ll throw in a free Yoshimura end can too. Smart.
The GSX-R1000 is, frankly, excellent – and second only to the £20k Ducati Panigale V4 in the litre class we say. Combined with this lush paintjob, and Yosh can, we’d love to have one of these in our garage (maybe in GSX-R1000R form though…) And while we're on the subject, why can't we have lovely paintjobs like these any more? Sort it out MotoGP megateams.
More info on the Schwantz replica bike here.