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Yamaha D2-492-09-19
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Capacity : 750
Model : TX
Production : 1972 - 1974
Category : (R) Street Bike


TX750 ·1972

A new breed of twin

At the beginning of the Seventies, Honda was still market leader by a considerable margin, despite the astounding rise of Yamaha, whose very sporty 250 and 350cc twincylinder two-strokes seemed to be everywhere.

Two-Stroke, Four-Stroke or Rotary?

In 1970 Yamaha only had one four-stroke the XS650 twin-cylinder - in its catalogue. Anxious to join the exclusive coterie of companies making "big bangers" as a full member with an original turn of mind, Yamaha revealed the depth of its ambition and its uncertainty over which direction to take - by unveiling some quite remarkable prototypes. These included the 1971 GL750, a fuel-injected four-cylinder two-stroke with liquid cooling, and the rotary-engined RZ201 unveiled in 1972.

Supplanting the British Twins

But ultimately Yamaha chose to follow an entirely different path and in 1972 put its first large modern four-stroke, the TX750, on the market. Compared witt, the sporting Kawasaki 900 Z1 which went on sale in 1973, Yamaha had taken a very cautious route, with a twin-cylinder four-stroke grand tourer intended to pick up the torch dropped by the British vertical twins. There was one major difference: the inherent vibrations of a 360 degree parallel twin were eliminated by chain-driven balance shafts. It was a sound idea and it was widely accepted. Unfortunately, the TX suffered from a number of major problems: it broke easily and overheated too often.


Engine: air-cooled 743cc (80x74mm ) 360 degree parallel twin with balance shafts

Power Rating: 63hp @ 6500rpm

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: 2 Mikuni-Solex carburetors

Transmission: 5 speeds; chain

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swinging fork (rear)

Brakes: disk/drum

Wheels: (front) 19in; (rear) 18in

Weight: 485 lb

Maximum Speed: 121 mph


Elegantly rounded, this 1972 TX bas been fitted with an oil-cooler to improve its reliability.


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