Posts by tag: TZ750

Bimota April 11, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: March 2013, 27 Bikes in Total

Here is the latest round up of bike sales or bikes that saw high bid activity. We're starting with Feb 25th and moving forward as they hadn't been reported on in the last Month in Review as they were still open at the time of publishing. Each picture is linked to eBay as they haven't been archived yet.

We blogged over 60 bikes in March and these are the ones we have sale values on. A great read for savvy buyers and sellers alike!

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Katana 1000 for sale

1982 Suzuki Katana 1000 Sold for $7000


Suzuki TL1000R For Sale

2002 Suzuki TL1000R Sold for just $4100


1987 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1987 Yamaha FZR750R Sold to one of our readers!


2008 Bimota DB5R For Sale

2008 Bimota DB5R Sold for $21500


2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Bike For Sale

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Sold for $8215


1996 Honda VFR750 For Sale

1996 Honda VFR750 Sold for just $3223


1985 Honda VF1000R For Sale

1985 Honda VF1000R Sold for just $4500


1974 Yamaha TZ750 For Sale

1974 Yamaha TZ750 Factory Racer Sold for $42500


Honda CBR600 F2 For Sale

1993 Honda CBR600 F2 Sold for just $2750


1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America For Sale

1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America sold for $10401


1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $4800


1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale


1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 For Sale

1990 FZR750R OW01 sold via Craigslist, owner reported bike as sold.


1988 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1988 Yamaha FZR750R sold for $5200


1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage For Sale

1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage sold for $10300


2001 Honda NSR150 SP For Sale

2001 Honda NSR150SP sold for $3550


1986 Honda RS250 For Sale

1986 Honda RS250 sold for $3750


1988 Ducati F1 750 For Sale

1988 Ducati F1 750 sold for $13700 to one of our readers


1989 Yamaha FZR1000 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 sold for $5500 to one of our readers


1993 Honda CBR900RR For Sale

1993 Honda CBR900RR sold for $5000


1991 Ducati 851 For Sale

1991 Ducati 851 sold for $8700 to one of our readers!


1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield For Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield had met reserve at $8500 but was pulled from eBay. The seller's website indicates it as available for $8950.


Ducati 999R For Sale

2006 Ducati 999R with 6 miles sold for $23000!




Honda NS400R For Sale

1986 Honda NS400R sold to one of our readers for $7500!


2000 Aprilia RS250 For Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 sold for $7200


1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale

1979 Suzuki GS1000S sold for just $5000


1983 Laverda RGS1000 For Sale

1983 Laverda RGS1000 sold for $8250

Yamaha March 5, 2013 posted by

Performance never gets old Part II: 1974 Yamaha TZ750 Factory Racer

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Back in July we brought you this great Yamaha racer from the same seller. Meticulously presented and one year newer, that bike sold for $28,000. Now we have a 1974 model that appears to be up to the same standard. Page through the pictures and start drooling.

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I'm not sure if this would be a living room sculpture or a track day scalpel. Both seem a bit extreme, but since there is zero chance of turning this into a functioning street bike (and after all, why would you want to?) those are your two options. I think it would do a mighty fine job at either.

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From the seller:
Amazingly nice 1974 (first year) Yamaha Factory TZ750A racer
In correct 700cc specification.
Correct Yamaha 4- down exhaust pipes – with NO cracks. NOT reproductions !
Excellent professional paint on OEM Yamaha factory aluminum tank.
(Tank and seat were painted by a superb painter, who is an avid
Yamaha vintage racer. He knows the proper colors and techniques)

You will be proud to display this bike in your living room. I displayed
the bike for years in my professional offices where my clients could admire it.

The engine has been gone through, and the mechanic replaced
anything necessary for proper running. After restoration,
everything was coated with protective grease to
prevent corrosion while on display.

Although the engine has not been started in over 30 years, just this
last month - February - I put oil in the transmission and spun
the engine over. Everything was free, and the engine made
proper sparks at the proper time.

Unusually for a factory racer this age, the bike has the original carburetors,
with the correct “409” designation stamped into the bodies from the factory.
The correct “tuning” parts are in the carbs. (see photo's)
So, with a little pre-mix and filling with the proper transmission fluid,
the bike should be ready to start and run.

EVERY time I look at this bike, I don’t want to sell it !

The bike will come with a reprint of the Owner’s manual, workshop manual,
parts manual and some “memorabilia” about the bike that I have saved
through the years. I will also include special instructions
on the “first start” of the bike, etc.

Engine number: 409-000176
Frame number: 409-000262(?)
(Hard to read through the powder-coating)

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The seller has done a great job outlining the condition of the bike, and followed that up with numerous pictures. Who doesn't think this a totally gorgeous piece of kit? And if an ex-GP bike was to be on your bucket list, from what era would you pick? Sure, the 80s and early 90s GP bikes were a bit more showy, but these mid-70s machines just ooze of class.

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Your chance to bid on this GP wonder is Right Now. This auction just began, and the bidding has been very hot and very heavy. Already up to $20,255 with reserve still in place, this beauty has a BIN of $42,500 (!). Jump in now while you still have a chance. You can find all the details and pictures by clicking on the link and jumping over to the auction. Good Luck!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale October 10, 2012 posted by

Morehead’s Ride: 1974 Yamaha TZ750A

For Sale: 1974 Yamaha TZ750A

Race bikes are in these days, as there is nothing quite like the fury and brutality of a historic and vintage guided missile. This TZ750 is a great example of the breed, complete with minor, yet significant history. These bikes are increasingly difficult to find in such pristine condition, although we have posted a few on RSBFS over the last few years.

Unlike felt-tipped pens applied to street bikes, ownership by a famous racer certainly improves the offering when it comes to used race bikes. In this case, the seller claims this was originally Steve Morehead's bike, and was ridden during practice sessions at Daytona and Talledega. While the "Findlay Flyer" is not particularly well known for his roadracing exploits, he was king of the privateers when it came to dirt track riding, posting 23 AMA National wins in his long and storied career.

From the seller:


1974 Yamaha TZ750A: Engine & Frame Number 409 - 000245.
HISTORY: The Yamaha was originally owned by Steve Morehead, the well known Ohio rider. It was raced in 1974 at Talledega and Daytona (practice only) and then acquired by Scot Erickson who also rode it in 1974 at Ontario Motor Speedway, California. In 1975 Scot rode it at Laguna Seca and in lesser races at later dates. He sold the bike to me in 1989 and it has been recently restored.

ORIGINALITY: Matching numbers are stamped on the engine and frame. Both the left and right cylinder barrels have "347cc 40900" cast on the rear. See early style piston with rearward inlet slots in picture 16. The wheel rims are stamped "Daido Japan 30 B 2.15 x 18 409F" & "Daido Japan 30 C 3.000 x 18 409R". Tires are Goodyear Motorcycle Road Racer 3.25-18 & 3.50-18.

The Yamaha was restored carefully following the TZ750 Parts List for authenticity and is original except for the following:

1) The rear of the frame has been modified for a "Laid Down" shock absorber installation. The footrest and rear brake lever mounts have been modified to suit. The shock absorbers are replacement Marzocchi 1 (N.2Kg/cm.cm.) The swing arm is unchanged.

2) The rear brake caliper mounting arm has been modified, as shown in picture 19.

3) Exhaust Pipes 1 & 2 and also 3 & 4 are each attached with small welded plates. See picture 13.

4) The fuel tank has been modified for "Quick Fill" and the installed petcock has (2) spigots.

5) The chain guard and rear fender are missing.

CONDITION: The Fairing, Fuel Tank, Seat, Front Fender, Frame and the black attaching parts have been professionally painted to the highest standard.

The seat was recently upholstered.

The Front and Rear Brake Master Cylinders have been serviced with new Cup & Master Cylinder Kits.

The right side rear wheel rim has a small crack and both tires are in poor condition.

The left side shock absorber spring has some scuff marks as shown in the last picture.

COMMENTS:

1) The mileage is unknown and the listed mileage is an approximation.

2) The cylinder bores were lubricated during storage.

3) I have never had the engine running.

4) Engine compression, gear selection and clutch operation are normal.

5) Engine coolant and hydraulic brake fluid are not installed.

6) A few "non-Yamaha" metric fasteners have been used.

7) The fasteners have not been correctly torqued and are not wire locked.

8) The Yamaha does not have a Title.

9) The Yamaha has been stored in temperature controlled conditions.

10) Please do not ask for a BUY IT NOW price. The Yamaha will run the duration of the auction.

This TZ750 really looks great in the pictures, and should do well at auction. Be warned that nicely restored vintage racers with some history do not come cheap; this bike is no exception. Bidding is just under the $20k mark with light action and reserve still in place. If past TZ750s in this condition are any indication, we should see a marked increase in price in the few days this auction has left. To check out all of the pictures and info, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!

MI

Yamaha July 27, 2012 posted by

Performance never gets old: 1975 Yamaha TZ700/750

For Sale: 1975 Yamaha TZ700 T750

Regardless of age, high-performance never goes out of style. And while this is a 37 year old comparative dinosaur next to many of the modern machines posted on RSBFS, it still looks fast and purposeful - and ready to rip your arms out of their sockets when it hits the pipe!

The TZ series were Yamaha customer race bikes, allowing privateers access to *almost* the same machinery as "factory sponsored" riders. The factory boys probably sat on the same base motorcycle as the privateers, but were often assisted by trick parts and the latest developmental gadgets. Still, many a professional rider turned laps on TZ machines, and their contribution to motorcycle roadracing cannot be denied. Unfortunately, very few of the racebikes survive in any period correct semblance and prices are rising fast on quality hardware.

From the seller:
YAMAHA TZ750 TZ 750 700 TZ700
Serial number 409-100118

Rare and hard to find Yamaha TZ750
The serial number indicates this TZ750 is an early 1975 model,
still with the 700cc top end.

The 1975 production began with serial number 409-100101,
indicating this bike was in the first 20 bikes produced that year.
Possibly meaning that the bike was originally assigned to a factory-supported
team in the USA, Asia or Europe.

Perhaps this bike was originally assigned to Steve Baker,
Johnny Cecotto, Gaicomo Agostini, Gene Romero, Kenny Roberts
or another factory supported rider.

Almost impossible to find with the original top end.
The 34mm Mikuni carbs are properly marked with the “409” designation,
indicating the carbs were made for the early TZ750, A, B or C

Tank equipped with a quick-fill option. The tank conversion workmanship looks to be
either factory or a VERY professional conversion.

Wire spoke wheels appear original.

Attractive paint on tank, seat and fairing.

The cases have no serial number, not unusual for a factory bike.

The providence of any racebike is often a murky affair. The seller insinuates that this bike might have been ridden by one of the greats, but that is not a documented fact. The point is that documented race history turbocharges the price on any collectable racebike. Still, this is an undeniably clean example of one of the classic GP machines of the day.

I can't decide if this super-sano example is a $34,500 find (as per the BIN) asked by the seller, or a $20k bike with a $15k detail job - I'm not sure the last meal I ate was served on a plate this clean! Two strokes are notorious for burping out schmutz on every possible surface - which is part of their charm - so to see this bike in such a restored state is really a nice treat. Other interested parties seem to agree, as spirited bidding has taken this bike over the $22k mark with reserve still in place. Do yourself a favor and check out the pics on this one: click here to jump over to the auction. Enjoy!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale May 23, 2012 posted by

Track Day Bravery: 1977 Yamaha TZ750 OW31

For Sale: 1977 Yamaha TZ750D OW31

I seem to be in a race bike mood these days. Maybe because the start of Summer is upon us, and I for one am looking forward to spending some of those sunny days at the track. Mind you my idea of a track day is on something a little more managable than this fire-breathing historic rocket ship, but for those of you with the skills, the next level of race track experience is beckoning.

This bike might look familiar to regular readers of RSBFS. You might recall this TZ500 in similar livery and listed by the same seller posted back in March (and still for sale at a pretty good reduction in price). Well today's TZ750 looks every bit as clean and cared for as the previous bike. Check out some of these pictures and see for yourself!

From the seller:
1977 YAMAHA TZ750 D MODEL OW31. THIS BIKE HAS HAD ONLY ONE OWNER SINCE 4/1978. IT USES A STOCK FRAME AND SWING ARM. IT DOES HAVE SOME PERIOD CORRECT MODIFICATIONS WHICH INCLUDE TOOMEY PIPES.36MM ELECTRON POWER JET CARBS,BOYSEN REED VALVES,LOCKHEED GRAND PRIX FRONT CALIPERS WITH DRILLED/SLOTTED ROTORS. ADDITIONALLY IT CURRENTLY HAS A 16 INCH DIAMETER FRONT RIM FOR FASTER TURN IN ON THE HIGH BANKS OF DAYTONA AND OTHER TRACKS.

THE BIKE HAS FACTORY PERIOD CORRECT REPLACEMENT CASES WITH 500 MILES ON REBUILD NO WELDING OR CRACKS

IT HAS BEEN ACTIVELY CAMPAIGNED BACK IN THE DAY AT DAYTONA, GROTTEN, BLACKHAWK, ROAD AMERICA, WENTZVILLE, MID OHIO, POCONO, LAUDON, LAGUNA SECA, ASPEN, LAJUNTA, HALLET, TEXAS WORLD SPEEDWAY, BRAINERD AND WAS WERA NATL CHAMPION IN 1980

THIS WOULD BE A GREAT BIKE TO ADD TO YOUR STABLE FOR RACE OR DISPLAY

These two-stroke GP bikes really represented the pinnacle of motorcycle road racing through the 1970s and 1980s, and finding a clean and loved racer from that era is becoming more and more difficult. What you see here is an opportunity that does not come through these pages often. If you have the space to display it or the, er, cajones to ride it - and you have the cash - then this is a "what are you waiting for?" kind of moment. For me, it is an opportunity to look, appreciate and drool just a little.

If I understand these two stroke engines correctly, the picture above is where the birds and other small mammals get sucked in by the 10,000 RPM whoosh of the intake. The picture below clearly shows where they come back out, but how do you determine which pipe they shoot out of?

All kidding aside, this is a beautifully preserved piece of racing history that can still be used and enjoyed (if that is the right term to use for riding it). This auction is on right now, and the BIN price is a lofty $49,999 or best offer. That is not a ton of money to pay for a bike of this quality, but it is certainly in rarefied air. Click on the link to check out all of the details, and then be sure and check back and share your thoughts. Do you want it, would you store it or would you ride it? Good Luck!

MI

Track Bikes For Sale April 9, 2012 posted by

Wow! Restored 1975 Yamaha TZ750

Wow!  Restored  1975 Yamaha TZ750

What else can you say but "Wow!"?  This bike simply speaks for itself and has some nice race history to add to its' allure.  With that in mind and the sellers good write up, I'm going to take a back seat and  let the seller and the pictures do the talking on this one.

From the auction:

This Historic TZ750 was built/modified as you see it back in the mid 1970's to be a top contender at Daytona, and was raced successfully in the 1976 & 1977 Daytona 200 by Cory Ruppelt. He finished in the money on this bike in 1976 being one of the few monoshocker 750's entered; only Factory works OW's and few privately modified bikes were monoshock equipped, as the Production 750's were only offered as twin-shock until 1977. Cory was one of the top pro-class privateers, with 5 Daytona 200's to his name, with a top finish of 14th in 1979.

 

 

C&J built 4 frames for Erv Kanemoto in the 70's; this is the 5th of 5 total TZ750 C&J road race frames constructed. C&J was one of the most highly regarded race winning builders, known for quality engineering and construction. Except for the Marvic magnesium wheels with Lockheed calipers, the Vesco fairing, and period USA Mack silencer chambers (still considered excellent upgrades), the rest of the bike is basically a 1975 TZ750B. The motor and monoshock service is recent, and the race compound Dunlops and RK racing chain are new; the Marvics were crack tested and refinished in 2010. The rest of this Kenny Roberts Replica including paint is "as-raced circa 1978" and still in exceptional condition for being 34 years old.As built by Ruppelt to his personal standards, this was one of the most competitive TZ750's of the era. This unique machine was raced until 1979, then hidden away in a private collection until being resurrected in 2009.

 

The engine cases are clean, with no cracks, repairs or damage from mechanical failure; race wear is present. The motor has approximately 100 miles since a full rebuild; the original chrome cylinders are still very nice! The frame has no cracks or repairs, and has the original finish. This is one of the best handling TZ750's outside of modern re-frames, and is a stable solid ride that could be put into "race ready" condition with a basic prep as it has been stored 3 years. The stock front master cylinder in need of a re-sleeve will be supplied at acquisition. Neither the frame nor engine have numbers.

You'll have to bring a little coin with you if are itchin for this piece of  TZ750 history.  Starting bid is a cool $32,500.  I don't claim to have my hand on the pulse of race bike sale prices but I'm going to guess this auction might have some legs. The TZ750 may be the most collectible of the TZ series.  All I know for sure is a 750cc two stroke scares me!

 

Tame the beast here.

 

Ian