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This is my other twin. It gets me around a bit better than the 500T, although it doesn't have near as much personality.
 

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I like it!

what are the details on it? i know almost nothing about kaws other than my dad had a KZ400D
 

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That picture is actually several years old. I bought from a VJMC member from Florida and picked it up during VMD at Mid Ohio. Since that time, I've replaced the tank, tail, both side covers, seat, chain guard and one of the small frame covers with NOS parts. It's a nice big twin, but it won't set any land speed records as it has a pretty hefty counter balancer. I will say it's better balanced than my CB500T, but that's to be expected.

I'd like to get my hands on a Yamaha TX750/500 to round out my collection of unloved twins, but there's an extremely nice XS650 that's going to be for sale here. If I can figure out how to stealth it under the radar it's mine!
 

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Here's my Honda. The picture was taken at the first VJMC rally in Asheville. The bike still looks the same. One thing I think is really cool is the little emblem below the CB500T logo on the side cover. Usually I hate any type of dealer advertising on any of my vehicles and I usually make a point to tell the dealer. In this case, I made an exception. The bike was purchased at Penton Bros. Honda in Amherst, OH and there's a nice little emblem proclaiming that fact on each cover. Being a cycle fan, I consider the Penton family one of the first families of motorcycling and I like the fact that I have a little bit if that history on my bike. If you aren't familiar with the Penton family history, it's worth a few clicks to head over to the AMA Hall of Fame to read about them. There's three enshrined and any belong there on their own merit. When you consider that they're from the same family, it's pretty amazing.
 

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mack said:
This is my other twin. It gets me around a bit better than the 500T, although it doesn't have near as much personality.
Might not have as much personality, but seems to have a different personality all it's own. :cool: Very nice ride there Mack. ;)
 

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Mack, I have several TX750's you could probably get at least one complete runner out of......I also have most of one TX or early XS 500 you can have for free if you ever get to Virginia, assuming I don't scrap it out first....... PM if you want pics and/or further descriptions..... Steve
 

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Thanks for the offer, I'll keep it in mind. I sure like the TX750's looks. The XS650 is extremely nice and I would love to get my hands on it. The owner is well aware of what he has, so I'm probably going to have to pass. I also have a good friend that has a KZ900 sitting in the garage that I refer to as my bike. I think I'm wearing him down since he doesn't appreciate the older bikes like I do. I know it violates my 4 is 2 too many rule, but it is really a sharp bike.

I'm hoping to get some new pics of the Kaw posted in the next couple of days. I need to get some pics to JC Taylor for my insurance policy and time is running out.
 

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Thanks for the offer, I'll keep it in mind. I sure like the TX750's looks. The XS650 is extremely nice and I would love to get my hands on it. The owner is well aware of what he has, so I'm probably going to have to pass. I also have a good friend that has a KZ900 sitting in the garage that I refer to as my bike. I think I'm wearing him down since he doesn't appreciate the older bikes like I do. I know it violates my 4 is 2 too many rule, but it is really a sharp bike.

I'm hoping to get some new pics of the Kaw posted in the next couple of days. I need to get some pics to JC Taylor for my insurance policy and time is running out.
Simple, just pretend that the 900 is actually a bike with 2 450 engines in it! ;) BTW, I've always thought the 900 was a Tough Bike, from the time the Z1 was introduced. :cool:
 

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I'd like to get my hands on a Yamaha TX750/500 to round out my collection of unloved twins, but there's an extremely nice XS650 that's going to be for sale here. If I can figure out how to stealth it under the radar it's mine!
I just saw this TX in the Lansing, MI Craigslist and thought of this thread

http://lansing.craigslist.org/mcy/894161355.html

Those pipes are pretty interesting: a long arc from the header to the tip.
 

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mack said:
I'd like to get my hands on a Yamaha TX750/500 to round out my collection of unloved twins, but there's an extremely nice XS650 that's going to be for sale here. If I can figure out how to stealth it under the radar it's mine!
I just saw this TX in the Lansing, MI Craigslist and thought of this thread

http://lansing.craigslist.org/mcy/894161355.html

Those pipes are pretty interesting: a long arc from the header to the tip.

two stroke ...mmm
 

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two stroke ...mmm
That's what I thought too, but I looked it up here http://www.tobyfolwick.com/tx750/tx750spc.php

The TX is a SOHC 4-stoker.

I can promise you that there is no way that you could even "touch" a Yamaha 750 2 stroke bike for that price because the 750 2 stroke is a "Racing Bike" and Very HIGH Dollar and it's called a TZ750! ;)

Here is an example:

 

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Yep..BIG bucks!....In 1979 the "little" TZ (which was either a 250 or a 350 depending on which top end you had bolted-on) cost us $13,000.00 (dealer price) ....... The 750 was a bunch more.... I shudder to think how fast that 750 could go..... the TZ 350 would do 165+ MPH at Daytona...Not bad for basically a "hot-rodded"/water cooled RD 350... (in 1980)

Bill, I've never before seen a TZ750 set up for short track....AWESOME..... But can you imagine (even)the 350 in road race configuration (plus lights, of course) pulling up beside a 1000 cc "ninja" bike and trouncing it soundly? ...THAT could be fun!... :cool:
 

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Bill, I've never before seen a TZ750 set up for short track....AWESOME..... But can you imagine (even)the 350 in road race configuration (plus lights, of course) pulling up beside a 1000 cc "ninja" bike and trouncing it soundly? ...THAT could be fun!... :cool:
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Absolutely! :D :cool: Might not have told it here but, when I went to Japan in 67' while in the Air Force, I had hopes of getting a Yamaha TD-1, making it (barely) streetable, bringing it back and Kicking some butt in the States (on the street). Back then, things in Japan were about 1/2 the cost of what they were in the States. Then, I found out you had to buy them in the U.S. (same for Kawasaki, Suzuki and Honda) :( That was really a let down. Oh well, it was a cool idea though. Also the 125 Benly Super Sport was scarce AND pretty high back then, even in Japan! I always thought those were great looking and good runners also! ;)
 

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here's one of my other twins, also have a CL350 and a 87 H-D XLH 1100 looks like all the other H-D Sportsters maybe I'll put up a pic of it later, this is a 1974 TX650 (same as a XS, Yamaha changed model designation for two years 73 & 74 )
 

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After riding a KZ750 on bald tyre in the rain I found they had lots of 'personality' ( actually, it didn't try and kill me)
They are pretty top heavy though, its a tall bike.
Engine like the KZ400, runs 'backwards', supposedly helps prevent wheelies among other things (makes servicing 'interesting' first time you do one)
PJ
 
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