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1978' Yamaha XS750

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  • 1978 Yamaha XS750 in Surrey
Body: Adventure Touring

For sale, my lovely example of Yamaha's first 1970s superbike, the XS750. I acquired this one in a terrible state in 2012 and it since has been treated to a complete nut-and-bolt restoration from the ground up.

This particular bike is an XS750E, the second generation model sold the UK. It has a number of improvements over the early models, including better carbs, improved lubrication, 9000rpm rev limit (instead of 7500), electronic ignition and a higher compression ratio. It has a 3 cylinder DOHC engine which growls like only a triple can. It also has shaft drive, so no messing with chains is required.

The work I have done on the bike includes:

- Engine stripped and rebuilt with reground crank (by SEP Kegworth), new bearings, rings, oil seals and primary drive chain.
- Carbs stripped and ultrasonically cleaned / vapour blasted (by CC near Guildford). Rebuilt with new jets, needles and diaphragms.
- Paintwork by KAS Racepaint in Kettering.
- Frame stripped and powder coated.
- Forks hard chromed, new seals fitted, synthetic fork oil.
- Hagon replacement shocks.
- New steering head, wheel and swing arm bearings.
- New Motad 3-into-1 exhaust system with stainless headers.
- Vacuum fuel taps converted to manual for safety.
- Shaft drive stripped and rebuilt with new seals.
- Brake calipers professionally repainted, rebuilt with new seals and stainless pistons.
- Brake master cylinders repainted and rebuilt, new stainless hoses (in black to match the originals).
- Seat base powder coated, recovered by Leightons.

There are too many new parts to list, but pretty much everything has been either repainted, replated or replaced by NOS parts. I'm a long-term XS750 enthusiast and you can check out some of my work on the Yamaha Triples website here: - the carb and brake rebuild guides are from this actual bike.

This bike isn't a trailer queen or show bike, I have done almost 2,500 miles since the restoration and I have the MOT certificates to confirm. That means all the little post-restoration teething problems have been ironed out and there is nothing to do except ride and enjoy it (subject to the usual maintenance of course). It starts first time on the button (or kickstart if you fancy it) and it goes, stops and handles just as it would have done in 1978. It has just had an oil and filter change today so you are good to go for a while. There probably isn't a better example for sale in the UK at the moment.

I will be very sorry to see her go, but I like building bikes as much as riding them and I have to make room for more projects.

Current MOT expires 13/5/2018.

Test rides are welcome, under the usual rules - I will need to see a licence and proof of insurance, plus the asking price in cash. If you crash it, you own it.

Buyer needs to collect the vehicle with a suitable van or trailer, or ride it away.