Kenny Roberts' TZ750, Roger DeCoster's RN380 at AMA Legends & Champions Weekend
October 17, 2011
1975 Yamaha TZ750
The awe-inspiring 1975 Yamaha TZ750
dirt-tracker ridden by flat-track and roadracing champion Kenny
Roberts, and the championship-winning Suzuki RN380 piloted by motocross
legend Roger DeCoster are just two of the prominent racing motorcycles
that will be on display during the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend
at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 18-20.
one-of-a-kind machines ridden by these iconic Hal of Famers will be
displayed alongside Roberts' world-conquering 1980 Yamaha OW48 grand
prix roadracer and DeCoster's own 1965 CZ 360 motocrosser, like the one
he rode in the Belgium national motocross races.
This is just a
sampling of the historic motorcycles, from both the track and the
street, that will be on display at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction
Ceremony, presented by KTM, on Nov. 18 and at the Motorcycle Hall of
Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours d'Elegance bike show on Nov. 19.
DeCoster and Roberts, who both will be in attendance, will be honored
as Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends during the Motorcycle Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, for the Class of 2011. The
incoming class includes industry leader Fred Fox, motocross promoter Stu
Peters, roadracing champion Doug Polen, early motorcycling pioneer
Norbert Schickel and noted magazine editor Phil Schilling.
"Roberts and DeCoster are true legends, and to be able to see and hear
them at the same public event is an almost unimaginable treat for anyone
interested in motorcycling," said Tom White, Motorcycle Hall of Fame
board member and owner of The Early Years of Motocross Museum in Villa
Park, Calif. "And when you consider that they will be with some of their
truly historic race bikes, it's mind-boggling."
The 1975 TZ750
dirt-tracker is the bike that caused "King" Kenny Roberts to declare:
"They don't pay me enough to ride that thing." It featured a TZ750
two-stroke, four-cylinder roadrace motor that pumped out 125 horsepower
-- 50 more than Roberts' usual dirt-tracker.
Roberts raced it
for the first time at the 1975 Indianapolis Mile, where he had trouble
controlling the brute power. Despite that, he closed on the leading trio
of Harley-Davidson riders on the last lap of the main event and then,
in the final feet of the race, he blew past them for the win. Roberts
never used the bike for a main event again.
In 1978, Roberts
went roadracing in Europe and won the premier 500cc Grand Prix class
three years in a row -- 1978-1980. On display will be the Yamaha OW48 he
raced in 1980, which features an engine derived from the same inline
four-cylinder two-stroke that had carried him to his first two titles.
But the frame, painted black to avoid attention, was made of
square-section aluminum tubing -- a first for Yamaha.
tallied win after win aboard his Suzuki 380 in the Trans-AMA Motocross
Championship Series. In fact, DeCoster won the series four years in a
row -- 1974 to 1977.
The other DeCoster bike on display, a 1965
CZ 360, changed the motocross world. This was a production-based racer
sold to the public and campaigned in modified form in the championship
by the factory works team. 1965 was the last year when a four-stroke won
the 500cc World Motocross Championship. The following three years, CZ
won the class with various versions of its light, powerful, 360cc
The AMA Legend & Champions Weekend features the
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, on Nov.
18; the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Concours d'Elegance bike
show on Nov. 19, featuring some of the country's most impressive
original and restored classic motorcycles; and the AMA Racing
Championship Awards Banquet on Nov. 20, where AMA Racing amateur
champions of all ages will be recognized for their 2011 accomplishments.
Tickets for the AMA Legends & Champions weekend are now available through this online registration form: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vw9ldxbab&oeidk=a07e3rn4juk2e3f80c1. Tickets may be ordered over the phone by calling (800) 262-5646.
The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend also includes the final round
of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross National Championship Series on Saturday
evening, Nov. 19. EnduroCross tickets are available at www.orleansarena.com/event-calendar/endurocross or by phone at (702) 284-7777 or (888) 234-2334.
The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend will be held at the Las Vegas
Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa-a world-class spa, hotel and casino,
featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly
attractions. The facility's expansive ballrooms provide a stunning
backdrop for the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, which is certain
to be memorable for the 2011 inductees, champions, families, friends and
fans. Room reservations are available now at a special group rate by
calling (866) 767-7773 and referencing group AMA or AMERICANMOTO. Online
room reservations are available at RedRockLasVegas.com. For online reservations, use the promo code RCIMOTR.
More information about the Motorcycle Hall of Fame can be found at MotorcycleMuseum.org.