MotoGP » NEW! King Kenny's YZR500 return at Laguna Seca

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Skiwi-1 - Unregistered

September 18, 2011 12:59 AM

'Would love to see what a modern day racer could do on one of these bikes'

I think you would find that most of them could adapt to the 500's as at the end of the day the guys are all racers out there. However, the current generation with perhaps only a few exceptions, have been bred on much less volatile machinery. 500 2-strokes, especially the earlier models, had scary power delivery, tyres and suspension - all day, every day no matter what. Modern 2 wheeled rolling computers we know as current MotoGP bikes have taken that 'living on a precipice or knife edge' back in such a way that could make some of our modern riders squeal if required to live the life of their predecessors.


September 17, 2011 10:53 PM

Wow,that bike still looks and sounds impressive and Kenny still looks good on it.God i miss the 500cc 2-stroke bikes ! Those were real race bikes.I can't believe Kenny is nearly 60yrs old.To think i saw him race in 1981,82 and 83 suddenly makes me feel my age,though in my defense i was only 12 yrs old in 1983 !! Happy days and i remember them like they were yesterday.Remembering Kenny wheelie over the finish line at the British GP at Silverstone in 83 will live with me forever.Awesome rider.

JOHN - Unregistered

September 17, 2011 5:17 PM

Took a while to show this! Also I was surprised to see the bike without slicks (tyres). A very nice 'demo lap' from 'King Kenny'!! Those days are sadly gone.......

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