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They don’t pay me enough to ride that thing.

February 27, 2012

Take it to the limit (1980)

Tuesday February 28th

Film starts at 9pm

Otto’s Shrunken head

538 E. 14th street (A & B)

As always, free popcorn, and $2 Vehicular Bingo for prizes!

When it was released in 1971, the seminal film “On Any Sunday” changed how motorcycle riders and the sport of motorcycle racing were viewed by the general public. Nine years later, Director Peter Starr’s “Take It To The Limit” sought to capture the challenge, excitement and beauty of motorcycle racing What Starr might not have known at the time was that he would be capturing some of the most historic events in racing.

One such moment is the 1975 Indianapolis mile where Kenny Roberts rode a flat tracker powered by a  TZ750 Yamaha engine. Yamaha, looking to regain the competitive edge now held by Harley Davidson’s XR70, chose the two-stroke, four-cylinder motor pulled from the road-racer that put Roberts on the podium at Laguna Seca that year. What resulted was the stuff of legends as Roberts manhandled the fire breathing monster of a bike from last place to first at the very last stretch of the 25-lap final. Roberts was quick to say:  ”They don’t pay me enough to ride that thing.”* Fortunatley for Kenny, The AMA quickly banned the bike from competition.

The Yamaha TZ750 dirt tracker

*I should note Kenny DID return to Indianapolis in 2009 and once again rode the TZ750 in an exhibition lap to the cheers of thousands of spectators.

The king returns to the Indy Mile

“Take It To The Limit” also features Mike Hailwood, considered to be the greatest motorcycle racer of all time, as he comes out of retirement to take the viewer for a ride around the Isle Of Man TT track. Other legends captured in the film are: Barry Sheene, Bruce Penhall, Roger DeCoster, Steve Baker, Debbie Evans, Russ Collins, AC Bakken, Gary Scott, Jay Springsteen, Mick Andrews, Rex Beauchamp and many others.

Rex Beauchamp – Michigan Mafia

When “Take It To The Limit” was first released in the cinema in 1980, it quickly became the icon movie of its time.  Peter Starr was a pioneer of on-bike and on-helmet cameras and the photography is excellent. Thirty years later, it remains a true classic that accurately portrays the sensation and drama of motorcycle racing.

I don’t want a pickle.

“One of my most gratifying achievements was securing the participation of some major music talent for what became a platinum soundtrack. At the time there had never been a documentary with a hit soundtrack, let alone one produced using the then-new Dolby stereo technology.”

– Peter Starr on filming “Take it to the limit”, and the soundtrack including Journey, Foreigner, The Eagles, and Arlo Guthrie. Read more HERE

– Greaser Mike

…You and the horse you rode in on



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