1976 Yamaha TZ750 TZ PEM
Year of manufacture1976
- Soheil Ayari's motorbike
- High quality restoration
- Clear history and interesting track record
- 1st place in 750 FIM at Nogaro with Christian Estrosi
The Yamaha 750 TZ was widely distributed and contributed significantly to the Formula 750's success in the second half of the 1970s. This specific motorcycle is the machine that crowned Christian Estrosi as French Champion in 750 at the end of the 1976 season. At 20 years old, the young native of Nice was part of this generation of hyper-talented French riders. Like many privately-owned Yamaha bikes, this 750 TZ is equipped with a special frame prepared by Edouard Morena. This Golf-Juan made chassis had the uniqueness of having a carbon monoshock fitted on the right side and was 12 kg lighter than the standard version. At that time, two PEM chassis were manufactured for Christian Estrosi and Philippe Coulon, the latter being his Swiss teammate who bore the Elf colours in the Morena team. This highly well-prepared and developed TZ 750 PEM was reliable and fast (the TZ 750 could almost reach 300 km/h). Christian Estrosi shot to prominence during the French round of the 750 World Championship held at Nogaro. Achieving best qualifying times, as well as winning both heats in front of some of the best in the world (Giacomo Agostini, Gary Nixon, Pat Hennen, Barry Sheene and the rest of the French riders), "Estro" had made the most of the PEM chassis on the Gersois track, renowned for its bumpy surface.
This Yamaha 750 TZ PEM was heavily modified during the 1976/1977 winter (magnesium rims, Brembo brakes, thinner and more aerodynamic fairing, new fork and new De Carbon shock absorber, etc.) This machine participated in the 1977, 1978 and 1979 seasons and was entrusted to Gérard Choukroun for the Moto Journal 200, a richly endowed event taking place at the Paul Ricard circuit.
Owned by Soheil Ayari (the only driver to have participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both cars and motorcycles!), this 750 TZ with PEM frame was fully restored… by the owner himself. After meeting Edouard Morena, Soheil Ayari emphasises that this machine, presented in its most advanced configuration (1979), is brand new and ready to hit the track for race gatherings alongside champions such as Giacomo Agostini, Christian Sarron, Steve Baker, etc…!
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