Up for sale on Craigslist in the SF Bay Area is a race-prepped 1977 Yamaha TT 500 in our favorite era of TT livery.
These bikes were sought-after wheelie machines when new, and were favored for their stump-pulling low-end torque.
This example has had a series of upgrades and modifications consistant with race-prep.
Seller states that the engine has been completely rebuilt with racing components. Seller lists 38mm carb, megacycle cam, ported head, racing springs, and a Wiseco high-compression piston among those upgrades.
Additionally, seller has added a Vernier cam sprocket and a 4-bolt oil pump.
Seller also states they’ve adjusted fork angle to 27 degrees, and fitted new Dunlop shoes more suited to dirt racing. In the rear, there’s a new Excel rim with heavy-duty spokes.
Assuming they did the build themselves, our fuzzy math puts they parts manifest around $1000, which is about how much above normal price their $2750 asking is.
Homebrew work is a real crap-shoot, though if you intend to race this bike, you’ll be pulling apart the engine a fair amount anyway. We’d have a look at the quality of the work, and the other bikes in the seller’s garage before making an offer here. If we did make an offer, it would be because the seller has already done 3/4 of what we wanted to do to this bike. If thats the case, an opening offer of $2000 isn’t unreasonable, if you can walk away closer to $2200.
Seller doesn’t list mileage, but claims clean title, in their name.
SF Bay Area