In 1978, Kenny Roberts Snr. became the first American to win a 500cc Grand Prix Motorcycle World Championship. He is also a two time winner of the AMA Grand National Championship and one of only four riders in AMA history to win the AMA Grand Slam, representing Grand National wins at a mile, half mile, short-track, TT Steeplechase and road race events. Roberts is also the 1979 & 1980 500cc World Champion, having won three 500cc World Titles puts him in an elite field of riders to have achieved the same.
Considering all of Kenny’s accomplishments across the many forms of 2 wheel racing, he is easily regarded as one of the greatest ever.
These original 1982 Alpinestars boots were raced in by Kenny Roberts Snr during the 1982 500cc World Championship season. They have been obtained directly from Kenny’s personal collection where they were proudly on display since the end of the 1982 season. These have been well worn by Kenny with each boot nearly being worn down to the toes.
Each boot has been beautifully signed in gold paint pen and this magnificent pair is accompanied with a signing photo and detailed letter confirming their history. This truly represents a very rare opportunity to own a piece of racing history from racing royalty.
As confirmed by Kenny, the amount of worn rider gear that was supplied to riders & Kenny in his era of racing was extremely limited. In 1982 over the 7 races that Kenny competed in, he would wear the same set of leathers & boots over the course of many race weekends and had very few over the course of the season. With Dainese & Alpinestars keeping an allocation as well from their sponsored riders, there may not be another example in existence.