Wednesday, September 02, 2009

King Kenny rides the Yamaha TZ750. Again


Would you ride a two-stroke, 750cc, 125-horsepower dirt-tracker around the Indy Mile at 57 years of age? Flat-out, sideways, full throttle, no mercy. King Kenny would. He did. Some things never change...


Kenny Roberts, who won 500cc motorcycle GP racing world championships with Yamaha in 1978, 1979 and 1980, was back in action last weekend, during the USGP at Indianapolis. No, not aboard an old YZR500, but on something that’s probably a bit scarier. Roberts rode his old Yamaha TZ750 dirt-tracker, turning in a few fast laps at the Indy Mile AMA dirt track race on Saturday.

Roberts, who rode the ‘evil’ TZ750 to victory at the Indy Mile back in 1975, showed that at 57 years of age he still has what it takes to ride a 125bhp (and no front brakes, remember!) brute on a dirt track. And get this – he did not do a single practice lap. No, the man just turned up and went flat out on a bike that was (is?) considered almost impossible to ride. The Grandpa from hell? Damn right. Respect is due...


Here, take a look at what it takes to ride this thing...
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