Mark's Motorcycling History

Yamaha TX500 1974

My first brand new motorcycle, a 1974 Yamaha TX500. Although after only 6 months of ownership it got a white paint job,

a fairing and Dunstall pipes. The TX is probably one of the worst motorcycles I've ever owned.

A sophisticated but sluggish 8 valve motor, brakes that didn't work in the wet and handling like a wet sponge.

Just like many Jap bikes of the period.

I had some really hairy moments on this pig and was lucky to survive 18 months ownership.

I had some really good trips on it though!