Unlike the MX and SC series of motocross bikes, the TY175 was a perennial favourite in the UK, especially for the beginners and those of a small (and lighter) disposition. I managed to come up with an excellent ruse for the purchase (it involved the bike insurance after the incident on the KTM I needed to get a pre-81 bike to keep my classic bike policy valid).
Seen the bike on ebay during the week, and it so happened to be located less than two miles from the house. After a quick bid before nipping out to see the mother-in-law (who’s broken her arm quite badly; there’s no justice given that my recent bike incident left me with only a sprained wrist), I came back to find myself the proud new owner. Always fancied one, especially during my Honda TL125 phase, as I though it could be a good comparison.
The bikes got matching frame and engine numbers, runs well, with only a slight hint on the usual Yamaha rattle. It’s got a Sammy Miller tank/seat unit, which given I’d just discovered the misfortune of ethanol in fuel and its effect on my Beta fibreglass tank , makes me slightly nervous.
The bike has good clearance (higher than than on my TL320 SWM), is short in wheelbase, has good tyres and a recent powder coat on the frame. The footrests are high, and perched above the bars you realise how small the bike is. With the current Beta problems, the question is, do I use the TY in the coming weekends Classic Experts trial ?
Just found a TY175 manual online at www.trialsport.com.au/TY175/ .