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...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's my understanding that it was 700 cc's, not 750. Might possibly have been crafted from 2 350 motors, but my memory on that matter is dim.

motoliam said...

my friend put up a vid on youtube with xr's in the beginning and krsr towards the end

-motoliam

motoliam said...

whoops, youtube: indy mile kenny roberts tz750

Anonymous said...

TZ750 began as 700's as a result of an Irish (I think)mechanical engineer grafting 2 TZ350 motors together. By the end of their reign they had become proper
750's. The dirt trackers were fairly late in the engines history so probably used the 750.

Paul Manson said...

King Kenny. Say no more. What a Legend.

Anonymous said...

I asked Soup about the displacement and got this response:

TZ750s were all 700cc as per Kevin Cameron.

Anonymous said...

Bring Back Two Strokes. Get Rid of Traction Control. Bring back riders like King Kenny and King Wally. Bring back fumes. Bring back noise. Bring back balls. Bring back men.

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