I’m not old enough to remember these bikes circling the race tracks so I can’t paint a verbal picture of how awesome that might have been. I can however imagine it based on videos I’ve seen and the short list of these I’ve seen in person. When I think of rare, beautiful and fun, this bike is definitely one that comes to mind. The seller leaves a long and thorough description so I’ll stop blabbering here and you can read for yourself what’s up with this bike.
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.
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.
I have seen two of these in person and they rough, raw race ready machines. Keep in mind that if you are thinking of racing this you’ll want to make a complete check of all bolts inside and out. The seller mentions some bolts aren’t torqued. If you want to put this in your living room and sit on while watching the Isle of man TT invite me, that sounds fun. Just keep in mind I can be very convincing and we might end up taking turns ripping this Teazer down your street.