David Roper is the first and, until last year, the only American to win at the legendary Isle of Man TT. As Team Obsolete’s primary rider, the list of exotic machines he’s raced over the past three decades is longer than his beard. If he’s not racing, then he’s working on bikes to go racing on or, at the very least, talking about racing. I spent a morning at his Long Island home and, while he obligingly answered questions about ultra-exotic machines like Redman’s RC166 Honda and Pasolini’s 250/4 Benelli, he spoke of them all with a mild indifference. Unless, of course, he was talking about the Isle.
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