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Yamaha March 26, 2018 posted by

Race ready: Deus-restored 1973 Yamaha TD3

As a road racing icon, the Yamaha TD series really needs no introduction. The internet is positively lousy with rhapsodic accounts of its achievements on a racetrack in the hands of big names and amateurs alike. Not just screamingly fast, the 250cc parallel twin TDs were reliable as the sunrise, which made them very hard for contemporary iron to top.

1973 Yamaha TD3 for sale on eBay

They’re still darlings of vintage racers, aided by simple air-cooled architecture and widely available parts. This 1973 Yamaha TD3 has been made race ready by Woolie’s Workshop, an arm of the Deus Ex Machina classic bike franchise. It has been updated with a front disc brake and an Ohlins steering damper to edge it closer to modern spec.

From the eBay listing:

Fresh from Deus’ Woolie’s Workshop

c.1973 Yamaha TD3 250cc Racing Motorcycle

The mainstay of 250cc and 350cc class racing at national and international level for many years, the twin-cylinder two-stroke Yamaha well deserved the title of ‘privateer’s friend’. The 250cc TD2 arrived in 1969, replacing the TD1C, and immediately proved capable of winning Grands Prix, privateer Kent Andersson triumphing in the German round at Hockenheim that year, one of Yamaha’s most significant classic victories. The giant leap forward from the TD1C had been achieved thanks to a comprehensive redesign that saw the porting and exhaust system updated, superior Mikuni carburettors adopted and the chassis, suspension and brakes greatly improved. Looking like a scaled down Norton Featherbed, the TD2’s chassis was a development of that used for the RD56 works racer. Kel Carruthers on the works Benelli ‘four’ denied Kent Anderson the 250cc World Championship in 1969 but the following year the TD2 came good when Rod Gould, riding a works machine entered by Yamaha Motor NV of Holland, took the title.

The TD3 was an evolutionary step forward in the long line of successful Yamaha air-cooled two-strokes, and as it happens it would also be the last in its line. Released by the Japanese marque in 1972, the TD3 benefitted from a horizontally split crankcase, which holds the 247cc internals, producing about 50bhp and a redline in excess of 10,000 revs, which can propel the diminutive little racer’s 230 pounds to blistering racing performance figures with incredible reliability.

Fresh from Deus Ex Machina’s “Woolie’s Workshop”, this 250cc Yamaha 2-Stroke screamer was built to be competitive. Like all the builds out of Woolie’s Workshop, it has that ‘final 5%”, which is always the most assiduously earned and separates the great bikes from the mere good ones. Every component was addressed, rebuilt, refinished and restored with Woolie’s exquisite attention to detail, including engine, gearbox, and all cycle parts. Upgrades include the Ohlins steering damper and disc front brake. Built to race, but with no track time since the build, this is a fantastic opportunity to own a custom purpose-built race bike to be a class winning AHRMA machine. Tuck in, hold on, and safety-wire your bum to the seat….

Sold on a Bill of Sale.

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The bike has been run but not raced since it was finished, so it is just waiting for a vintage racer to give it the neck wringing it so richly deserves.


Race ready: Deus-restored 1973 Yamaha TD3
Sport Bikes For Sale December 6, 2011 posted by

1972 Yamaha TD3

For Sale: 1971 Yamaha TD3

This classic Yamaha TD3 was the forerunner to the TZ series of two stroke race bikes. The TD was essentially an over the counter, customer racer. If you had the funds, you could purchase one of these and be relatively competitive as a privateer. While not uncommon in the 1970s, finding a dealer-supplied race bike today is an entirely different proposition; it still happens, but is very rare.

This gorgeous, vintage bike shows all the “go fast” parts that were considered trick back when the Beatles were still alive and together. This lightweight, double leading shoe drum brake is a great example of top level gear for racebikes circa early ’70s. Many great names rode and developed TD3 race bikes, and you can read Ian’s excellent post on a Don Vesco machine previously posted on RSBFS HERE.

From the seller:
Yamaha TD3 1972
Very Good Condition

Motor DS7
990 / 117 Motor and Frame
Matching Numbers
Bore mm / Stroke 54
CC 247
Compression 7.60
BHP 49
RPM 10.500
Ignition CDI
Timing 2
Mikuni Carburetor VM 345c
Prim Drive 3.22
Final Drive 34.16
Fuel LT 23
Oil 1500 cc
105 KG Dry Weight

Front Brake Lever Brand New
Not on Bike, Included
Other Parts Included

Bought from Fritz Augustin
Painted by DeAngelo
Assembled by Rob Vaeth

Never Raced Since Rebuild

The TD3 is a parallel twin, 250cc aircooled two stroke. This is stone-age technology for which much knowledge exists. Common RD series hop up tricks apply here (the RD being the Road model, the TD being the Track model), and parts are readily available. As such, these are popular bikes for restorations and collections – the end result is a quintessential looking 250 GP bike with classic lines. With nearly 50 HP in a 230-ish pound package, performance is more than adequate for anyone wishing to ride the machine in anger.

This auction is going on now, and while the bidding has been strong the price remains low: only $6,100 (with reserve not met) at the time of this writing. While lacking the racing history and name recognition of the Vesco machine (which was bid up to $10k without meeting reserve), this bike should certainly go for more than the current $6k bid. For more pictures (including very hi-res pics) and details, click on the link and check out the auction. Good luck!


Sport Bikes For Sale September 2, 2011 posted by

Go Fast History: Team Vesco 1972 Yamaha TD3

Go Fast History:  Team Vesco 1972 Yamaha TD3

You really can find anything on eBay.  What a neat little piece of motorcycle racing history.  I had always associated Don Vesco with going real fast across the salt flats and not around a race track.  He was at the track and was associated with some very recognizable names.  You might remember Kel Carruthers and Cal Rayburn.  Click here and see  Team Vesco is still alive and going fast:  real fast.

I’d like to say I could give you a good description of a TD3 but my nose would be growing for some time.  They were a little before my time so I was off to the internets for help.  Basically,  think TZ before there were TZ’s.  They were apparently Yamaha’s customer race bikes.  The TD3 was a 250cc parallel twin and produced roughly 49hp.

Simple, huh.  Here is fun fact:  the TD2 (the 3’s predecessor) sold for $1,800.

Pre powervalves: well pre lots of stuff actually.

Here is the skinny on the bike:

TEAM VESCO YAMAHA TD3 Road Racer, Engine Number: DS7 – 990164, Frame Number: TD3 – 990164.BACKGROUND:
I bought this Yamaha 30 years ago. It was painted in the familiar yellow and black “bumblebee” colors and the only identification was a “Cincinnati Custom Cycles” sticker. At the time, it had no other known history. Included with the bike was a steel drainpipe containing the hand written words, “Vesco Carruthers TD3”. I then called Don Vesco who assured me that the drainpipe was used by his team to hold their spare cables. He also identified the bike by engine/frame number as the machine which was ridden by Mike Devlin in 1972. The following history and machine details were originally given to me by Don Vesco and in recent years by Mike Devlin, the rider.

Don Vesco ran a team of Yamahas from 1970 onwards for many years, starting with TD2B models ridden by Kel Carruthers and occasionally, Cal Rayburn. He followed with TD3 and TR3 models ridden by Dave Smith, Pat Evans, Mike Devlin, Ron Pierce and others, before acquiring the later water cooled machines. This Yamaha was ridden exclusively by Mike Devlin in 1972 AMA National events, starting with Daytona.

Vesco Fiberglass Seat.
Modified Swing Arm and Bushings.
Koni Shock Absorbers.
Modified Clutch Cover.
Cut Out for Chain Drive Sprocket.
Fairing Straps to hold the fairing in place if the fairing supports break. (original worn parts are available)
Foot Rest Rubber Grips secured with cotter pins through the metal tube and rubber.

#11 & #12 Show the straps to hold the fairing if the supports break.
#15 Cut out for Chain Drive Sprocket.
#16 Modified Clutch Cover.
#17 Modified Swing Arm.
#18 Mike Devlin at Daytona in 1972 for the first race.
#19 Mike Devlin during the 1972 Daytona race.
#20 Compare this recent picture with picture #18.
#21 Compare this recent picture with picture #19
#22 Team Vesco drainpipe for storing cables.
#23 Engine Number.
#24 Frame Number before the frame was repainted.

This is not a 100% restoration. The rubber grips on the footrests, gear lever, brake lever and handlebars have purposely been left unrestored to give the Yamaha a “used racing” appearance. However, the seat, fuel tank, front fender, fairing, frame and all other black parts have been prepared and painted to the highest museum quality. The screen is new. The stickers have been very carefully recreated from period pictures to exactly replicate their color and location on the fairing and seat, as seen when the Yamaha was first raced at Daytona in 1972 using race number 31.

The listed mileage is an approximation.
The bike has been stored in temperature controlled conditions for 30 years.
The bike was purchased as a used racer, but I have never had the engine running.
The cylinder bores have been oiled during storage.
Engine compression, gear selection and brake operation are normal.
The bike is not suitable for immediate use because the tires (Michelin 3.25 H18 & 3.50 H18) are 30 years old and the fasteners have not been torqued to spec.
There is no title.


I can only imagine the shriek from those pipes.  Might be worth getting it running to just here the music.

That must make a decent rattle itself.

Wow, how about that double drum brake?  Even though I had my head in the sand when it came to this model it appears it is a  common bike to collect.  A quick search revealed  quite a few restorations going on and parts available.

If you’d like to do a little time traveling click here.

A pristine example from the grand prix wars:

TR2 and TD3 in Yamaha’s race museum.  Looks like  quite a place considering what I see in the background.