Yamaha TR3

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Intro[edit | edit source]

1972 Yamaha TR3
Yamaha TR3

The last 350cc aircooled production roadracer Yamaha ever produced, the R5 roadbike based TR3 was released in 1972. Changes to the bike including bore and stroke configuration, the engine now sported the 54mm stroke that was to be the mainstay of the TZ range for the next 8 years, a rise in compression ratio, well as a new crank and a 6 speed gearbox replacing the old 5 speed, though as for the TD3, provision to "block out" sixth gear was there. Like it's "little brother" it didn't live entirely up to expectations either, also suffering from detonation and seizures at regular intervals**. Peak horsepower rose by 2 to 58bhp.

The wheelbase of the TR3 increased by 15mm over the old TR2B while all other dimensions apart from overall length remained the same.

An interesting point: The some of the "works" TR3 engines from 1972 sported 6 transfer ports, like an F/G model 350. It took Yamaha 7 years to let us all in on the secret !!

The good news was the big news from Yamaha later that year, there was a major change on the way ... water-cooling !!

Racing success[edit | edit source]

This model enabled Yamaha to capture its first win at the Daytona 200. The winning TR3 was piloted by Don Emde. This started a streak of 13 consecutive wins at Daytona by Yamaha (1972 ~ 1984). This is a feat that will, more than likely, never be equaled.

1972[edit | edit source]

1972 Yamaha TR3 in White
1972 Yamaha TR3 in White
1972 Yamaha TR3 in White

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Yamaha TR3
Production 1973
Class Sport Bike
Air-cooled, Parallel twin cylinder
Bore / Stroke 63.8mm x 63.8mm
Top Speed 140 mph
Horsepower 35.94 HP (26.8 KW) @ 7000RPM
Torque 28.03 ft/lbs (38.0 Nm) @ 6500RPM
Transmission Final Drive: Chain
Brakes Front: Drum
Rear: Drum
Recommended Oil Yamalube 10w-40
Manuals Service Manual

The Yamaha TR3 was a Air-cooled, Parallel twin cylinder Sport Bike motorcycle produced by Yamaha in 1973. Max torque was 28.03 ft/lbs (38.0 Nm) @ 6500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 35.94 HP (26.8 KW) @ 7000 RPM.

Engine[edit | edit source]

A 63.8mm bore x 63.8mm stroke result in a displacement of just 347.0 cubic centimeters.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

Stopping was achieved via Drum in the front and a Drum in the rear.

1973 Yamaha TR3[edit | edit source]

1973 Yamaha TR3 1973 Yamaha TR3

These production race machines were raced by privateers at the club level and also by Yamaha at the national level. Carrying on the tradition of constructing production racers from street machines, the Yamaha TR3 was based on Yamaha’s R5 350cc twin of 1970.