Look at what has appeared on ebay. And have a look at what is in the background of photo 3. Also his other listing is also interesting. Would like to have a look around his house!!http://www.ebay.com/...=US_motorcycles
Posted 02 January 2014 - 15:35
Posted 06 January 2014 - 23:17
A nervous first post as I may have it wrong.
Adding to the posting about the Ebay listing of the "claimed" first TZ700 made I think that the first TZ700 ever raced was raced by John Boote on the 6th January at the Gracefield Circuit in Lower Hutt New Zealand in the 1973/4 Marlboro Series.
What ever happened to that bike as it strikes me that a this would be a far more collectable bike than the first one made?
Another question is it the same bike that I think that the very readable Cycle Magazine (USA) featured an article about when John Boote transported a TZ700 to Canada in suit cases to race at Ontario Canada in 197?. Great article perhaps written by Gordon Jennings
Posted 06 January 2014 - 23:22
Don't know Grant, but sure one of the Aussie guys or Philippe will let us know?
Posted 07 January 2014 - 02:56
Ontario October 1975. Cycle article by Phil Schilling.
Yes, the same bike, Boote had converted it to a monoshock himself.
Edited by GD66, 07 January 2014 - 02:58.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:42
Oh, and John Boote did race at Ontario, but that's Ontario, California, not Canada ( and the article is about his visit to Laguna Seca anyway, not Ontario )
As to the claim of this ex-Asami machine in the original post being the "first ever TZ 700" , I am more than dubious....there were a number of factory prototypes tested and raced in Japan in 1973 ( dubbed OW19 IIRC ) , and this machine may well have a set of cranckases with the first production run number, if the owner says so.... but it's certainly not "original" , I've never seem an original TZ750A ( that's how they were called, even though the first run was only of 700cc capacity )with such lay-down rear shocks as on this pic.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 20:17
The crossover exhaust isn't standard either Philippe, the TZ750A came with all exhausts under slung, the crossover was a modification carried out by everyone within a few months but they didn't originally come from Yamaha like that.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 22:20
Not to mention the drilled discs, the Lectrons, the Morris mags...still a nice looking weapon, though...
Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:52
Interesting picture from ebay.
Back in 1975 my father carried out the same type of modification to my uncles (Jim Harvey) ex-Roberts TZ700 but I have never see any picture of the mod. Back then racing was more important than a camera and pictures. I do have a few photo's of the engine area which I will post later.
Posted 09 January 2014 - 12:06
We will take any pics you may have of Uncle Jim getting stuck into it on the Kirby G50 in the meantime if you like, Cam...
Posted 09 January 2014 - 21:00
Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:22
Great set of photos on that , the pink TZ reminds me of GP rider Guido Pacci, & nice to see a picture of Duncan Read who came up in a thread a few weeks a go.
Shall we have a thread just for TZ700/750 photos & details riders etc, or is there already one?
Posted 03 February 2014 - 21:49
As promised here are the only pictures I have of Jim Harvey's ex-Roberts TZ700A . All taken sometime in 1975.
Edited by Cammy3Norton, 03 February 2014 - 21:57.