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Same Owner from New:1975 Yamaha TA125 for Sale

 

1975 Yamaha TA125 L Side

The TA125 was Yamaha’s over-the-counter production roadracer built between 1971 and 1975. Prior to the TA, racers who rode Yamahas bought stock YAS1 or AS2’s and converted them to track specification using GYT factory race kits that included a comprehensive package of go-fast bits. But the finished bikes were ultimately limited by frames and suspension geometry designed for road use, and performance was not on par with class leaders.

1975 Yamaha TA125 Dash

The TA that followed wasn’t really a full racing bike like its bigger 250 and 350cc siblings, and was really a half-hearted effort: many parts were shared with the roadgoing AS3, making it a sort of “factory racing AS3” than a pure race bike, although this did make maintaining the TA125 a much less expensive proposition and the bikes were popular with privateers.

1975 Yamaha TA125 Rear wheel

This particular example is currently being offered for sale by the same family that has owned it from new. Like most bikes that have seen serious race track use, it’s not dead stock, having been upgraded during its racing career to remain competitive, although the upgrades are obviously period appropriate and designed to enhance racetrack performance.

1975 Yamaha TA125 Front Brake

From the original eBay listing: 1975 Yamaha TA125 for Sale

This motorcycle was one of two bought new by my father in 1977 from Twin-K Yamaha in Detroit Michigan. They were shipped to Venezuela where we lived. My brother raced it in the 1978 Venezuelan Grand Prix of the FIM World Championship qualifying 19th (first TA). I later rode it in AHRMA in the United States. I rebuilt/restored the bike about 10 years ago, rebuilt crank (new rods and bearings), new cases, pistons, rings, seals and rolled it into my dining room. It has a Fontana 4-leading shoe drum brake as was raced in the GP. The rims are not original, most everyone went with wider WM-3 rims to take advantage of the new Dunlops. It also has a box section swingarm and Koni shocks. I can’t remember who made the swingarm. The bike needs some odds and ends. Front brake lever and perch, plug cap, rear brake cable spring, shift link rod. Frame # 400-990258. When I did the motor I used a NOS set of cases I had. The matching number engine cases #AS3-990258, original front brake, and standard shocks will be provided. I have some fairings laying around.

1975 Yamaha TA125 L Side Engine

Interestingly, with just under two days left on the auction and a starting bid of $10,000 there are no nibbles as yet. While it may not have had a famous rider, it’s pretty cool that the entire history of the bike is known, and the guy selling it is the guy who raced it. But perhaps the price is a bit too rich? Or maybe they’re picking up on a “maybe I don’t really want to sell this bike” vibe from the seller? I know that it’d be hard to part with something like this if I’d put blood and sweat into competing on it…

Regardless, make an offer and maybe he’ll bite: this one is ready for display, or set it up for vintage racing.

-tad

1975 Yamaha TA125 Tail

Tiny Things In Tiny Packages: 1975 Yamaha TA125 for Sale

1975 Yamaha TA125 L Side

After Yamaha withdrew official support for the 125 class in the late 1960’s, serious racers were left in the lurch. If you wanted to go racing on a small Yamaha, you went out and bought a roadgoing YAS1 or an AS2. Then you purchased one of Yamaha’s GYT [“Genuine Yamaha Tuning”] kits that included carbs, heads, an upgraded clutch, exhausts with expansion-chambers, and a variety of sprockets to suit different tracks, installed it all, then took your modified streetbike to the track!

1975 Yamaha TA125 L Side Engine

Built from1971-1975 the Yamaha TA125 was a production roadracing machine for sale to the general public. Although it was clearly a track-only bike, Yamaha did not put the effort into this machine that they did with their larger 250 and 350 racing motorcycles, and quality of components and the overall package was somewhat lacking in comparison: although this may have been a pure racing machine, it shared many parts with the AS3 on which it was based, and performance suffered as a result.

1975 Yamaha TA125 Dash

But that shouldn’t really matter in this case. This one still features period tech-inspection stickers and is clearly a bike for collectors, not racers: it would require significant time and resources to make it track-worthy, and that custom-painted bodywork would be a shame to mess up. In addition, these weren’t really the best of the breed, and their street origins showed. Track-rats are better off sniffing around elsewhere.

1975 Yamaha TA125 R Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1975 Yamaha TA125 for Sale

I purchased three bikes from a fellow who was closing his machine shop several years ago. Three bikes were stored in the rafters of his shop on a pallet, if I wanted one I had to buy all three. I sold the Penton to a collector strait away as I wanted the TA 125’s. The bike I am now offering has not been restored, I cleaned it up and checked the timing, put some fresh pre-mix in the tank and started it up. We gave it a blast down the road and then put it up. I drained the tank and carbs and left the oil in the trans. So there you have it, an un restored roadracer with AFM tech inspection stickers still on it. You will no doubt note several modifications to the bike, they were done by the original owner back in the day. I have not modified any part of the bike, I respected the bike’s patina. You will note this is a no reserve auction, the bike is for sale. Have fun bidding on this rather rare bike.

A very cool motorcycle with tons of patina and vintage details, it’d be a shame to do anything to mess it up or change it in any way, although I think personally, I’d probably want to get it to run at least, just to ride up an down the street and hear its little buzzsaw snarl.

I just wish I had a lobby or an office where I could display something like this…

-tad

1975 Yamaha TA125 R Side