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Yamaha TZ 350
Yamaha TZ 350

Where Legends Began.

Kel recalls the early days of the

by evan williams

The mighty TZ750 was one of the legendary race of the 1970s, winning races for a full decade — the Daytona 200, which it won times in a row.

The TZ700/750s’s win was Daytona in 1974 with Agostini — Ago to his pals at the helm. Ago came from the raced with Roberts and for a while, and was gone.

The TZ750’s win was at Pocono 1983 with Smrz bringing the aging home that day. Brauneck and Miles Baldwin it an all-Yamaha podium. The TZ was the dominant in AMA racing for years, but faced competiton at times from Suzuki and was replaced as the class in AMA F-1 racing by the Honda RS500.

But, while the coals hot.

The winning was not limited to factory riders, almost with enough cold cash could buy the TZ750 a Yamaha dealer. In total, sold nearly 600 of the machines, and more were constructed spares.

With all that one might think it was easy for It certainly didn’t begin way.

Although it initially 700cc, the machine was called the because it had been designed for the 750 class in Europe. The FIM had banned it the TZ ever turned a wheel, but the remained AMA-legal.

image by the guy name dean can’t TZ pilots Kenny Roberts (2) and Aksland try to control their 140 beasts during a mid-1970s AMA at Laguna Seca.

The spec sheet tells the the TZ700/750 was an in-line four with reed valve and a fragile dry clutch. Simply Yamaha’s design department two detuned 350 cc race engines and came up with a somewhat design that put out 90 horsepower. was more than enough to every race tire of the

The bore/… ratio was 64mm x

1969 250 world champ and Chaparral Suzuki crewchief, Kel recalls the introduction of the TZ700, way in 1973 when he tested the in Japan.

When I first it in Japan I was a little disappointed in it, Kel.

I was Yamaha’s number one rider at the and I went over there to it. So I flew over and got ready to the bike at a test track. said, ‘Kel-san, the bike is except for one small problem’. the problem was the thing used to shake it’s head at any over 160 miles per hour. tankslappers!

I mean it was scary.

rider went with me, and a couple of laps he came in and to ride it any more, recalled The Japanese said, ‘Kel-san, now your turn. You try’.

the young … I was, and Yamaha’s number one rider at the I went out and did some more

Kel’s knowledge of motorcycles later benefited Kenny and Eddie Lawson win World also helped tame the TZ. He Basically it was too short. We went to the factory that night, cut the swingarm, added a couple of and lengthened the wheelbase.

95% of the problem was gone right then we played with the a bit and got it pretty good.

Yamaha TZ 350

The TZ remained a dance partner to the unsuspecting however.

Everything on it was just too confides the 1969 world The first time we tested here, at Ontario, we had Kenny, Romero and Donnie Castro on the I can’t remember what lap Kenny was turning, but Castro and were like eight slower.

Basically, they ride the bike. It scared because it wouldn’t handle they wanted it.

I had just retired to run the race but I got on it to do about five laps to see the problem was. I was about a and a half off of Kenny’s times. I piddled around the corners and it wide open around the

They were fighting it all the way the track instead of letting it do its The bike was very flimsy it had these little-bitty baby tubes and chassis.

Carruthers the initial version could been even better. It as fast as it could have They were really in the way they built it.

After three or four races, we had twenty horsepower.

Then the chassis really to flex, laughed Kel.

And so the began.



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