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Old 07-23-2009, 05:00 AM   #1
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Kenny Roberts to hot lap TZ-750 tracker at Indy Mile

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"After the race in 1975 I said they didn't pay me enough to ride that thing and this year will be no different." Kenny Roberts will ride the Indy Mile during August's Indianapolis Grand Prix aboard the infamous TZ-750-powered flat tracker that he famously rode to victory there in 1975.
Considered unrideable by anyone but Roberts in his prime, the bike is powered by the 125bhp, 750cc two-stroke out of the Yamaha TZ-750 road racer. Like all trackers, it has no front brake, but unlike other machines, it can reach speeds of 150mph on The Mile's straights. In fact, it was considered so dangerous, the AMA banned it from competition.

"You had to throw it sideways to get it slowed for the corners. There weren't a lot of riders who could throw it sideways at 150mph," said Roberts looking back on the 1975 race. It should be interesting to see how the former World Champion handles the bike at the ripe old age of 57.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 29.



listen to that thing at the end when he pops one

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Old 07-23-2009, 05:02 AM   #2
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My I hope they televise that!
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:32 AM   #5
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"Racing officials reacted to his win by banning his bike".... ha ha ha.
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"Racing officials reacted to his win by banning his bike".... ha ha ha.
If I remember correctly, wasn't some one from HD on the AMA board. When HD saw that their bikes could be beaten, they banned the TZ. But, I could be wrong.
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:56 AM   #7
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If I remember correctly, wasn't some one from HD on the AMA board. When HD saw that their bikes could be beaten, they banned the TZ. But, I could be wrong.
I think King Kenny was happy with that
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My I hope they televise that!
please someone record it if they do
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I think King Kenny was happy with that
From all I have read, that is correct. I just thought it was chitty for them to ban it.
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I saw the mile race in person a few years back in San Diego, it is incredible in person. I also saw Nicky Hayden runnin an 1/8 mile circle out there and he destroyed everyone and one by almost 2 whole laps over 2nd. I guess that was about 10 years ago though.
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couldn't they have given him a warm up lap
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