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Yamaha XS750

produced:  1976-79

Total  150,000 (est.)

Claimed  64bhp @ 7,500rpm

Top speed:

Engine type: Three-cylinder in-line

(dry):  232kg (511lb)

then:  $2,240 (1976)

now:  $1,200-$2,000

Imagine 1976 and you’re hearing two new trying to determine which have more staying

One is the sweet exhaust note of the new Yamaha XS750; the other the guitar on The Ramones’ debut The band is a galaxy away the mainstream in a year when the Vocal Band will win the for Best New Artist, while the has the motorcycle press going

Certainly new and different, and most bound for success, declared World in August 1976.

29 years, though, and Blitzkrieg Bop is a while Yamaha’s triple has faded away.

Not fair, Rob van der Touw, who’s been XS750s for more than 20 and considers them works of

What makes it unique to me is the of the engine. It’s a very balanced machine. In fact, the bike is a statement of balance in ways.

Three’s company 

from the big-bike market by the when the Yamaha TX750 proved unreliable, Yamaha the challenge of producing a new bike was unique but not too radical for the mainstream

The solution was a package of technical and user-friendly touches designed to the XS750 one of the smoothest, most and appealing bikes of its day.

The was, from my standpoint, response to cover up for the first 750 made, says Jean an XS750-2D owner and motorcycle who has written extensively on the bike. the TX750 failed so miserably, had to come back with special.

The company did just that.

the dual overhead cam power didn’t blow anybody with its claimed 64bhp at critics generally contended the bike’s lack of muscle was than offset by such as triple disc brakes, turn signals and cast wheels that provided rigidity than wire

The bike was compared favorably far more expensive competitors, Cycle World calling it a BMW and rating it one of the world’s 10 best

The exhaust note alone is the price of admission, the magazine

Test of time

Yamaha power to 67bhp in 1977 and other alterations to increase but the bike’s reputation eventually a hit through a couple of long-term

Owners discovered that gear was prone to failure, as was the petcock. The latter shortcoming is the bike’s biggest flaw, as it can fuel to leak into the and dilute the oil so thoroughly that seizure can result.

But triple have found solutions to glitches and are quick to praise the durability and reliability. For them, problems are forgiven once the stirs to life with a that van der Touw describes as as distinctive as that of a Porsche 6.

The sound is something that a Harley rider can appreciate, van der said.

Falling star

The voice has grown quiet, thanks partly to competition in its own Van der Touw says Yamaha hasten the triple’s demise by a larger sport-touring bike, the Yamaha XS1100. in 1978.

the bigger bike came the smaller one didn’t get the attention it he says.

Also in ’78, the version started competing a factory custom model a teardrop tank and stepped

In 1980, the 750cc engine was in favor of an 850 that was produced in and 1981. The four-cylinder XJ750E in ’81, and Yamaha would release another three-cylinder, model.

It might have had a of glory when it was the fastest on the street, but it only lasted a of years, Aker says of the It was a trend-setting, technological breakthrough of a But when its day faded, so did its luster.

As the XS750 approaches its 30th though, Aker knows experience that it can still a crowd. He was at a charity ride when the bike’s signature drew the attention of the vice of a Harley-Davidson club.

He told me was one purty rice burner I Akers says.

Three-cylinder to the Yamaha XS750

1976 3C

— 80hp, 137mph

Yamaha XS 750


— Air-cooled


— Triple

In its day, the Laverda 3C was considered an monster.

Whether fairly or Laverda’s three-cylinder bike a reputation as an animal to be tamed, largely to its raw power but also its harsh ride.

None of should be interpreted as damning, the 3C was hailed as one of the world’s greatest rides.

While its engine was by at least one competitor, the Kawasaki Z1. of the  big production bikes from Japan could the sports-minded tuning of the 3C’s or the stiffness of its frame.

By ’76, the 3C had a little easier to manage to the addition of alloy wheels and front disc brakes replaced a massive drum.

But the triple had another reputation wasn’t quite so …. models were plagued by and electrical problems, and the Bosch continue to draw criticism to day.

Today they’re an classic, with good hard to find and trading for an average  of $7,500.

1976 GT750

— 70bhp,

— 750cc

— cooled

— Five-speed

Dual discs up front

The GT750 “Water Buffalo’’ was but a wallower when it was introduced to the public in 1972.

Created as an to the Honda CB750 and the ferocious H2. the three-cylinder Suzuki GT750 was for its radical design and abundance of torque, which gave the plenty of acceleration.

The bike had a look, with a smooth head (thanks to water four tailpipes and whoa-far-out-man such as Candy Lavendar and Blue Metallic.

Underneath the wrappings, though, the GT was but frivolous.

The water-jacket cooling had a four-stage operation that the flow of coolant when the was cold and phased in liquid as rose.

Still, Suzuki’s flagship without its faults. Some complained that the brakes — the drums on the early models — no match for the bike’s acceleration and (507 pounds dry). The triple’s fuel consumption left something to be desired, as low as 25mpg.

Produced for five the GT remains affordable. Presentable can be found for less than MC

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