For the Die-Hard Yamaha Fans


16 replies to this topic
  • twenty34

Posted December 19, 2009 - 08:16 AM

#1

This is really cool to see. Kenny still has it and even VR was impressed.



  • Wes Woodin

Posted December 19, 2009 - 08:28 AM

#2

Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • ZMoney520

Posted December 19, 2009 - 08:57 AM

#3

Thanks for sharing! I was suppose to be there but broke my leg at Loretta Lynns and couldn't make it. That would have been awesome in person!

  • grayracer513

Posted December 19, 2009 - 10:18 AM

#4

I saw him ride that beast back in the day. He could be in 4th leaving turn 4 and still get across the finish line first. The TZ750 was one of the most powerful motorcycles I've ever seen to this day.

  • SPLATT

Posted December 19, 2009 - 11:30 AM

#5

That bike just sounds scary fast.

Steve

  • dvn

Posted December 19, 2009 - 11:39 AM

#6

This is really cool to see. Kenny still has it and even VR was impressed.


Absolutely awesome! Kenny was my favorite rider back then. :moon:

  • twenty34

Posted December 19, 2009 - 01:32 PM

#7

I didn't know they made a 750cc 2 stroke, but it was very cool to see KR getting the rear to slide again!

  • mediumfast

Posted December 19, 2009 - 02:15 PM

#8

cool. that thing sounded like a banshee on steroids . impressive.

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  • tek_01

Posted December 19, 2009 - 02:25 PM

#9

scary man, that sounded off its head!

  • grayracer513

Posted December 19, 2009 - 03:16 PM

#10

cool. that thing sounded like a banshee on steroids . impressive.

You're closer than you think. A Banshee is based closely on the TZ350 road race engine. The TZ700 was basically two TZ350's butted together and connected to the same trans. It was, frankly so unrideable that the TZ750, which was developed from it, was de-tuned considerably.

I rode a road race version of the TZ750 once, briefly, and the intensity of the power output of the engine is beyond description in any words that occur to me now. At a time in my life when I raced on mile tracks with an AMA pro license, the bike was literally frightening. And one hell of a rush.

  • brian389

Posted December 19, 2009 - 05:15 PM

#11

I was there at the Indy mile in '75, in the in-field, a couple hundred yards from the finish line, and I can tell you this brought back memories of one of the coolest experiences of my life. Kenny was, is, and always will be one of the baddest dudes to throw a leg over a motorcycle.

  • grayracer513

Posted December 20, 2009 - 08:51 AM

#12

The duels between Kenny Roberts and Gary Scott at Ascot when they were both pro novice class riders ('70?) were some of the closest, best racing ever seen anywhere.

  • mxmaddman

Posted December 20, 2009 - 10:48 AM

#13

You're closer than you think. A Banshee is based closely on the TZ350 road race engine. The TZ700 was basically two TZ350's butted together and connected to the same trans. It was, frankly so unrideable that the TZ750, which was developed from it, was de-tuned considerably.

I rode a road race version of the TZ750 once, briefly, and the intensity of the power output of the engine is beyond description in any words that occur to me now. At a time in my life when I raced on mile tracks with an AMA pro license, the bike was literally frightening. And one hell of a rush.


The 750 was a 4cyl correct?
Wasn't the banshee based off the RZ350 twin?

I know of someone who has a 4 cylinder 2 stroke Suzuki quad. I cant recall what the name of the bike was the motor came from though but it was a road bike engine as well.

Amazing video.

  • mike_dean

Posted December 20, 2009 - 11:55 AM

#14

We were at Indy this year for the Motogp and also watched the Mile, when he slid through that first turn everybody was standing, that bike still sounds great, but talk about having a hard time putting that power to the ground.

  • grayracer513

Posted December 20, 2009 - 04:40 PM

#15

The 750 was a 4cyl correct?
Wasn't the banshee based off the RZ350 twin?

I know of someone who has a 4 cylinder 2 stroke Suzuki quad. I cant recall what the name of the bike was the motor came from though but it was a road bike engine as well.

The RZ350 was based on the TZ350.

Suzuki made a water cooled 750 3 cylinder two-stroke, but not a 4 that I know of. They also had a prototype 750 twin, but dropped it pre-production partly because, in the words of someone from Suzuki, "It sounds like a drowning rhinoceros."

...talk about having a hard time putting that power to the ground.

Like target shooting with an 8 gauge.

  • husqy360

Posted December 20, 2009 - 06:40 PM

#16

thanks for sharing :moon:.

  • coreyl

Posted December 29, 2009 - 10:08 PM

#17

awesome





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