MODEL. XS750-E Triple (Highly original, Matching numbers)
MILEAGE. 22000 miles
– Recent oil/filter and spark plugs
– New Bridgestone Spitfire tyres
– MOTd September 2019
COLOUR. Carmine Red with Gold pin-striping and Black/Silver alloy/mag wheels
ENGINE SIZE. Air Cooled In-Line Triple Cylinder 747cc DOHC 2v 4 stroke 74 bhp @ 8400 rpm
CARBURATION. 3 x Mikuni BS34- ll Constant Velocity (CV)
TRANSMISSION. 5 speed manual – Shaft drive – Wet clutch
ELECTRICS. Electric start, Electronic ignition
TOP SPEED. 106mph
ACCELERATION. 12.8 s 1/4 mile
WEIGHT. 249 kg
Highly original Yamaha XS750-E Triple in Carmine Red with Gold pin-striping and Black/Silver alloy/mag wheels.
Recently imported from the warmer climes of the US, this is a 1978 ‘E’ model with matching frame and engine numbers 1J7-229xxx now UK registered on an ‘S’ suffix.
It remains true to it’s original specification, actually quite remarkably so. A period correct, and most desirable 3 into 1 exhaust system is fitted, and serves only to enhance the crisp note of the charismatic triple cylinder motor.
Close inspection of the bike reveals very clearly that it has had recent sympathetic fettling, and re-commissioning. As such it is totally fit and healthy, and runs and rides beautifully. Decently quick, good brakes, easy, surprisingly agile handling, and supremely comfortable, this is a fantastically useable classic motorcycle, with a wonderful sound track.
The ‘E’ variant was the best developed of the XS750 line, and significantly re-engineered over the previous C, D and D2 models, with revised camshafts, higher 9.5:1 compression (vs 8.5:1) more efficient airbox, jetting and breathing, electronic ignition, constant velocity (CV) triple carbs, and an increased rev limit ceiling of 9000 rpm (up from 7500) The net result was a further 10bhp, with the sweet sounding and musical motor developing a healthy 74bhp. Adjustable forks were also introduced, complimenting the increase in power.
With revised gearing, and more power across the entire rev range, the E was a great deal quicker and as a consequence was referred to by the contemporary press reports as ‘the fast one’.
It’s worth mentioning that the 2nd gear problem (going into neutral under load) which is often discussed with the earlier models did not apply to this version.
It was also the first of the breed to offer an oil level inspection window, as opposed to a dipstick, and so an E is very easily identifiable, over and above the frame number prefix of 1J7-2xxxxx.
Has recently had an oil and filter change, and new spark plugs, along with new Bridgestone Spitfire tyres. MOTd until September 2019
So there it is, a very useable classic in highly original condition and specification, but with none of the usual classic bike issues that can reduce pleasure of ownership. This bike will start on the button, each and every time, and can be relied upon implicitly. A lovely old girl !
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