A standard 1990 model Yamaha XTZ750 parallel twin with 42 000 miles on the clock.
This is a tall bike; I’m 187 cm tall (approximately 6′ 2″ in old money), and I struggled to move it around on uneven ground. You can buy jack up kits for these bikes, but the question has to be “why on earth would you want to?”
Fortunately you can buy lowering links too, which is just as well – I’ve changed from a 21- to an 18-inch front wheel, so I needed to get the back down to keep it all level. Dropping the back end reduces the seat height by about 6 cm, which is great improvement.
I’m not doing the Dakar Rally, so I don’t need masses of ground clearance. Will just have to keep an eye out for big rocks in the road…
List of Modifications:
1. Fit alloy wheels (ex TDM850 3VD) front & rear.
2. Modify swingarm to take TDM850 rear brake caliper.
3. Modify front forks to take larger TDM 850 spindle (17- vs 15 mm diameter).
4. Make up new front wheel spindle (courtesy Mudguts) & spacers.
5. Make caliper spacing brackets to fit XJ900 front brake calipers (TDM850 discs – turned so dish is inside to clear fork legs – are bigger diameter than original XTZ750 items).
6. Fit Acewell electronic speedo/rev counter (TDM850 front wheel too wide to accommodate mechanical speedo drive).
7. Build new dash panel from ABS & aluminium.
8. Make up oil pressure sender feed.
9. Fit oil pressure gauge to dash along with 2 x 12V power sockets.
10. Fit GPS mounting kit to handlebars.
11. Produce adjustable wind deflector for screen.
12. Custom new rear brake line.
13. Manufacture & fit pannier rack mounting system.
14. Upgrade chain & sprockets from 520 to 525.
15. Fit duplicate clutch & throttle cables, CDi unit, ignition coil and electrical relays for quick switchover in case of failure.
16. Fit HID headlight kit.
17. Fit heated handgrips.
18. Modify TDM850 rear hugger to fit swingarm.
19. Fit fusebox to separate electrical circuits.
20. Produce mounting bracket/fork brace to take front mudguard from RF600.
21. Fit FZS600 front master cylinder.