Kenny Roberts

  • Daytona Dilemma: Roberts Vs Sheene

    Daytona Dilemma: Roberts Vs Sheene

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    Roberts and Sheene first raced against each other at Daytona in 1974 – and over the next decade they went head-to-head more than 100 times. VJMC’s Steve Cooper looks back… Despite eventually winning the 1982 Daytona event for the 11th time, the triumph was bittersweet for Yamaha. Kenny Roberts supposedly was the favourite on the OW60…

  • VIDEO: Valentino Rossi rides La Panoramica on a CUSTOM Yamaha XJR1300.

    VIDEO: Valentino Rossi rides La Panoramica on a CUSTOM Yamaha XJR1300.

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    It’s not very often we get to see Valentino Rossi out on the open road – but the Doctor released a short film of him riding his custom Yamaha XJR1300 on La Panoramica late last year and we thought you should see it. Speaking about the stretch of Tarmac near his hometown of Tavulia, Rossi…

  • Got a Yamaha R3? Fancy turning it into THIS?

    Got a Yamaha R3? Fancy turning it into THIS?

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    Check out this new fairing kit for the brilliant roadbike that turns the popular small Yam into something that looks like Kenny Robert’s legendary YZR500 GP machine. The Rocket kit is being sold by Californian company GG Retrofitz and costs $1,198 for the Race (track) version and $998 for the Street (road) set-up. Fitting the…

  • Yamaha’s XSR155 gets the CUSTOM treatment. Turn the mini-XSR into a Scrambler, Café Racer or Tracker.

    Yamaha’s XSR155 gets the CUSTOM treatment. Turn the mini-XSR into a Scrambler, Café Racer or Tracker.

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    Following on from the official reveal of Yamaha’s XSR155 in India, the Japanese factory has unveiled three custom versions of its small-capacity neo-retro machine. As part of the launch event, Yamaha showed off 12 optional parts and accessories for its XSR155 – with the help of a custom Scrambler, Café Racer and Tracker. And we…

  • MotoGP: It’s Silverstone this weekend and here’s a bucketload of stats about it.

    MotoGP: It’s Silverstone this weekend and here’s a bucketload of stats about it.

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    This is the tenth year that Silverstone has hosted a Grand Prix event since the motorcycle world championship series returned to the circuit in 2010 after a gap of 23 years. The first Grand Prix event held at Silverstone in 1977 was also the first motorcycle Grand Prix to be held on the British mainland.…

  • VIDEO: Watch Alex Lowes getting to grips with the Yamaha factory 8-Hour R1. New Roberts-inspired helmet design for the Brit, too.

    VIDEO: Watch Alex Lowes getting to grips with the Yamaha factory 8-Hour R1. New Roberts-inspired helmet design for the Brit, too.

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    Here’s the official video from the factory ahead of the Suzuka 8-hour race which runs on Sunday, July 28. Things to take away from this; firstly there’s the uber-cool Tech 21 Shiseido colours and logos on the 2019 R1motorcycle which ape this bike (below), the iconic 1985 FZR750 OW74 and, secondly, Alex Lowes’ Kenny Roberts-esque…

  • NEW GEAR: Alpinestars LIMITED EDITION Kenny Roberts Sr. Supertech R boots.

    NEW GEAR: Alpinestars LIMITED EDITION Kenny Roberts Sr. Supertech R boots.

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    Celebrating this weekend’s racing at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas – Alpinestars has honoured American motorcycling history, unveiling a set of boots which pay tribute to three-time consecutive 500cc Grand Prix World Champion Kenny Roberts Sr. There’s no denying Roberts Sr. is a racing legend. He was the first American to win…

  • VIDEO: Film producer unearths RARE Barry Sheene interview from 1982.

    VIDEO: Film producer unearths RARE Barry Sheene interview from 1982.

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    A film producer has just released a largely unseen interview with Barry Sheene from 1982 – and it includes some fantastic quotes from the British racing legend, including him remembering a time he had to steal diesel from a construction site in Munich to get to a Grand Prix in Austria in 1971. It’s well…

  • Nicky Hayden inducted into the 2018 AMA motorcycle Hall of Fame

    Nicky Hayden inducted into the 2018 AMA motorcycle Hall of Fame

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    The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inducted six new members over the weekend at the 2018 American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The 2018 inductees are four-time AMA National Enduro Champion Terry Cunningham, stunt rider Gary Davis, flat track and road racing tuner Skip Eaken, MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, flat track…

  • Fenati’s not the first. Or the last. Dangerous MotoGP moves through history.

    Fenati’s not the first. Or the last. Dangerous MotoGP moves through history.

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    Romano Fenati isn’t the first rider to lose his cool while racing. That’s no excuse – but throughout the history of MotoGP, some of the greatest names in motorcycling have made some irresponsible and erratic decisions that have put other riders at risk. Here are some of the most famous incidents…   Freddie Spencer vs…

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