We just acquired two motorcycles belonging to racing legend Kenny Roberts. The bikes are on temporary loan from the three-time 500cc Grand Prix champion. “I always wanted one of Kenny’s bikes,” says museum founder Robb Talbott. “Kenny and I started talking about it at a Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track day sponsored by actor Keanu Reeves. At the end of that day, I said, ‘I’d love one of your bikes!’ He said he’d work on it. We became friends.” With little warning, a pickup truck arrived in mid-June with these two amazing Yamahas: a dirt track bike from the mid-‘70s, and one of the two-stroke YZR500s that Roberts rode to his GP championships ('78-'80). Roberts’ GP career included 24 victories, 22 poles, and 44 podiums, and he was the first American to win a GP, in ’78. The roadracing bike you see here includes a water-cooled, four-cylinder engine and early monoshock suspension. Roberts was also Grand National champion in ’73 and ’74, when he scored 2,286 points, collecting points in all 23 races. The dirt track bike you see here has custom side cases, flatside carburetors, a nickel-plated monoshock frame, a striking side-mounted battery, and a vintage set of Goodyear tires. Come check these bikes out while they’re here! See more images on our Facebook page.