1982 Yamaha TZ500


  • Ex Graham Wood bike
  • Excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition
  • Specialist restoration and preparation
  • Rare and very collectable

The Appeal

The Yamaha TZ500 was developed to allow private teams and individuals to enter and compete in the GP500 series, weighing around 130 Kilos and powered by a two-stroke 4-cylinder engine producing around 115 bhp, these bikes were quick round a racetrack and are a great piece of Yamaha racing history.

Yamaha didn’t make that many of these bikes and they were pretty much ready to go racing straight out of the crate, achieving great track success.

This particular example is a J Series model, the last of the line and features the reversed outer cylinders which allowed the 4 exhausts to be re-routed giving greater ground clearance than the previous 2 models.

Restored by classic race bike specialist Paul Boulton around 10 years ago this bike is believed to have been one of two bikes originally prepared by Dennis Trollope and supplied to GP500 rider Graham Wood and it wears his number 18 with pride.

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The History and Paperwork

  • 1982 J Series model
  • Completely restored around 10 years ago
  • Totally stripped down and re-built
  • 150 photographs detailing comprehensive restoration
  • Dymag wheels upgrade

Fully stripped down to its bare frame and then completely re-built and painted in its original racing livery this rare TZ500 was in a private collection since its restoration until last year when the current owner took it on and has used it for the odd track parade and taken it for a few laps round Brands Hatch and Donington race tracks.

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The Condition

  • Excellent condition
  • Fabulous classic styling
  • Fully rebuilt cosmetically and mechanically
  • Ready to race or show

It’s a stunning looking machine that has seen little track use since its complete re-build and is a great all round example of Yamaha’s last production GP Racing bikes.

With the exception of the Dymag wheels, in place of the originally fitted spoke wheels, the bike has been re-built to maintain the originality of this legendary race machine and its original racing livery has been faithfully replicated to complete its period racing look.

Cosmetically it has a few small chips here and there on the easily removable painted bodywork but the tank is excellent as is the presentation of the rest of the bike, with everything looking in exceptionally fine condition.

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The Mechanics

  • Carburettors ultrasonically cleaned and completely re-built
  • Rebuilt suspension and brakes
  • New powervalve bushes and seals
  • New Avon tyres
  • New Chain
  • New clutch plates
  • Magnesium clutch perch
  • Magnesium throttle housing
  • Magnesium AP master cylinder
  • Runs and rides superbly                            

In great condition this TZ500 is ready to go historic racing having been continued to be fettled by the current owner fitting new powervalve bushes and seals, fully re-building the brakes, fitting new Dave Swarbrick OE spec alloy silencers, and a new chain and tyres.

The bike starts and runs as it should providing an exhilarating ride as you would expect from a 500cc race prepared motorcycle from Yamaha.

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A rare investment opportunity to own a beautifully restored and prepared iconic Yamaha TZ500 race bike that is ready to take racing or display at a show or as part of a collection.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1982
  • Make Yamaha
  • Model TZ500J
  • Colour Dennis Trollope Racing Livery
  • Odometer 0
  • Engine size 500
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Kent
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
9 bids from 7 bidders
  • ps.160a•••• £29,000 27/06/22
  • fondsec•••• £28,000 23/06/22
  • rtauchn•••• £20,000 20/06/22
  • [email protected]•••• £16,000 20/06/22
  • jimsibt•••• £15,000 20/06/22
  • [email protected]•••• £8,000 20/06/22
  • rtauchn•••• £7,500 20/06/22
  • Watersk•••• £5,000 20/06/22
  • Bikerdu•••• £2,400 20/06/22

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