Kenny Roberts to hot lap TZ-750 tracker at Indy Mile

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Kenny_Roberts_TZ750.jpg“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.
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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.

  • http://twitter.com/greatistheworld will

    Brilliant footage.

  • joerch

    The TZ engine ist a twostroke…

  • mel mackinnon

    Roberts was great but Steve Baker and Bob work had the first one of these monsters and while the AMA didnt keep this thing legal for long after Kens famous “they dont pay….” comment Steve for sure was up to the task of riding his. Baker never got the recognition he deserved, probably because he rode for Yamaha Canada but he is an American, and a world class rider that could ride with Kenny anytime.