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Kenny Roberts Motorcycle Collection Up For Sale
Motorcycling legend Kenny Roberts has commissioned RMD Motors to auction off some rare and exclusive motorcycles from his collection, presumably to make room for more. The Japan-based company is known the world over for its collection of rare and classic motorcycles for sale, many of which are retired grand prix machines fortunate enough to escape the fate of most decommissioned racebikes: the crusher.
Headlining the Roberts collection is the 2004 Proton KRV5 originally ridden by Kurtis Roberts, King Kenny’s youngest son. The five-cylinder grand prix machine never achieved much success on the world stage, but will easily make you the center of attention at your local trackday.
Next up is the 2002 Proton KR3, formally ridden by Nobuatsu Aoki. The four-stroke 990cc era of MotoGP began in 2002, but many teams, including Roberts’, simply couldn’t afford the development costs of switching and continued racing with the 500cc two-stroke. While the four-stroke machines dominated that year (especially the Honda of Valentino Rossi), the Proton KR3 represents the end of an era in two-stroke grand prix machines.
Other racebikes from the collection up for sale include the Modenas 500 V3, Kurtis Roberts’ 1999 Erion Racing Honda CBR900RR Formula Xtreme bike putting out over 200 hp at the wheel, and a 1994 Yamaha TZ125 the youngest Roberts rode in the Open Ducados Series in Spain, a breeding ground for up-and-coming stars in the sport.
What makes all of these historic machines even more desirable is the fact they’ve been well maintained and will be delivered to their new owner in running or near-running condition. Prices are not listed, so for more information about each of these classic racebikes, and to see the rest of the RMD collection, contact RMD Motors at www.rmdmotors.com.