This privateer TZ350 finished the 1973 200 behind World Champions Jarno Saarinen and Kel Carruthers on Yamaha factory team TZ350s in what was the first major race for Yamaha's new water cooled TZ family of GP series production racing bikes. The new TZ350s outpaced and/or outlasted both four and two-stroke machines of up to 750cc in that year's contest. Of course, privateer and factory TZs would go on to dominate the Daytona 200 for the next decade. Making 60hp at 9,500rpm and weighing about 250 pounds dry, TZ350s were giant-killers as soon as they landed in 1973 and continued Yamaha's Daytona podium domination from the prior year. The massive 260mm 4LS front brake was necessary to offset the high speeds and minimal engine braking delivered by the 347cc, liquid-cooled, two-stroke engine...but I digress. Any TZ350 is a special bike, but outside of a Yamaha works/team TZ350, the one on offer here must surely be among the most collectible in existence, taking into account the Stephen Wright restoration and Daytona 200 podium finish.This TZ350A has been in two private (climate controlled) collections since being found and restored by Stephen Wright in the early 1990s. In the interest of full disclosure, there is some minor shelf wear, the rubber band mount for the oil temp gauge is split, and the Goodyear racing slicks show some dry cracking on the sidewalls, as you would expect from age. That said, the bike remains very clean. The paint finish is excellent and the colors are sharp.The nice thing about the bike is that the 20+ years since the restoration have given the bike just the right amount of patina. Overall, this bike is stunning and beautiful; people gravitate to it.

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