Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Company XS 750

The Yamaha XS 750 and Yamaha XS 850 was a line of motorcycles produced by the Yamaha Motor Corporation from 1976 to 1981 for the worldwide motorcycle market. The last model year of manufacturing was 1981. Released in Japan in 1976 as the GX750 sporting wire wheels (as opposed to cast alloy in all other models) the XS750 became the name for the export model.

These bikes are usually referred to as "Triples" because they have 3 cylinders. The first 4 model years the bike displaced 750cc. This was increased to 850cc for the final 2 model years. There were various changes made to the model over the years.

Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Company
Also called triple
Parent company Yamaha
Successor XS850
Class 750cc
Engine 4 stroke 3 cylinder air cooled DOHC
Transmission 5 speed
Suspension Front: Telescopic fork
Rear: Swing arm
Brakes Front: dual disc
Rear: disc
Tires Front: 3.25H-19-4PR/1.8 Kg/cm (26 psi)
Rear: 4.00H-18-4PR/2.0 Kg/cm (28 psi)
Rake, Trail 27 deg / 114 mm (4.49 in)
Wheelbase 1,470 mm (57.9 in)
Dimensions L 2,160 mm (85.0 in)
W 965 mm (38.0 in)
H 1,185 mm (46.7 in)
Fuel capacity 17 liters (4.5 US gal)

Very few of these bikes seem to have been made and even fewer survived. The cast wheels were in an unpainted finish and the decals were in a distinctive stripe design on the tank and side panels. This bike had a 3-1 exhaust system, and Mikuni “Mark I” carburetors. The air box assembly was different from later years. The air filter could be changed by opening the seat. This model had triple contact breaker points making timing adjustment complex. Also featured was a separate regulator and rectifier. The seat has a short tail piece this year.

This bike received rave reviews in Cycle World, who called it a "Bargain BMW" and rated it one of their top 10 bikes in the world in 1976.

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