The Yamaha TZ series of grand prix race bikes are legendary machines, and the TZ350 was a force to be reckoned with during the 1970s. This particular TZ350 has led a rough life, still showing the scars and marks of having been entered in a variety of international competitions, including the Macau Grand Prix at one point, as noted by the scrutineering sticker still affixed to the bike. It’s dirty, it’s dusty, and it has definitely seen better days. But it’s also being sold with no reserve, meaning somebody will certainly be walking away with it at the end of the day. Hopefully whoever nabs it plans on bringing it back to safe riding condition, because the sound of two-strokes buzzing around racetracks is becoming harder to find these days.

1978 Yamaha TZ350

  • allworld

    Time is money.

  • Randy Darino

    maybe they can recall my 2011 tiger 1050’s headlights.

    • Camping101

      Or my 2001 Bonneville rear wheel for broken spokes.

  • Michael Mccormick

    What the hell? Loose bolts? Shame on the management. Fire the fools who thought the problem would go away. Certainly it would be cheaper to tighten the bolts and keep the owners safe than paying the fine. I have owned 4 Triumphs in the past 10 years and I am very disappointed with this attitude

    • denchung

      The issue was more the lack of sufficient loctite threadlocker to prevent the bolts from coming loose from vibration, wear, etc…, so it wasn’t just a matter of wrenching them in tighter. Still, a 15-month delay compared to recalls in other markets is far too slow.

  • VForce

    Wow. I get super pissed when my wife pays the CC bill late and i get hit with even a $100 late fee. I couldn’t imagine having to stroke a check to the good ol’ NHTSA for basically poor management.

    If I was John/ Nick Bloor and Co … heads would roll on this one. Not only is it expensive but embarrassing. Triumph is selling a premium brand. If they can’t handle some loose bolts it really makes you wonder how concerned they are about the more serious issues…

    • Camping101

      I’m willing to bet heads have already rolled over this affair and will continue to do so. How a modern day vehicle manufacturer can operate without a Compliance Officer is a mystery to me. How they can wait 30-60 days beyond a mandated deadline to file a response is another disturbing mystery. And perhaps the biggest problem is how the Engineering Department allowed the affected bikes to make it into production without some type of thread locking device.

      While I remain a huge fan of Triumph Motorcycles and support them, I haven’t been impressed with their willingness to step up to the plate when something they build is faulty…

      • cg

        Unfortunately this ship may run aground.. no heads will roll since the CEO responsible is long gone, some underlings are still there. How well they can recover is unknown.. they seem to already operate on the slimmest of margins.

  • Ducati Kid


    Lazy DEALERS!

    Retail outlets are the final TRIUMPH related entity to lay hands on their product.

    So who’s to blame customers complaining then America’s NHTSA fining Hinckley?

    Thread Locker?

    Suggests none found within irresponsible TRIUMPH dealer Parts or Service Departments!

    • denchung

      I’m not sure how you can blame the dealers for this when the same recall was conducted in multiple markets.

      Recalls happen to all manufacturers and usually aren’t a big deal if they are handled in a timely manner and nobody gets hurt. It’s the responsibility of the manufacturer (or local importer/subsidiary) to correct the problem and keep track of the work done in a timely manner. That didn’t happen here.

      In this case, from Triumph’s own filings to NHTSA, Hinckley found out about a potential problem on April 30, 2013 and told Triumph North America about the issue on June 4 that year. Triumph issued recalls in Canada the following week but the US recall wasn’t started until September the following year.

      Triumph North America operates both the US and Canadian operations so the big question is why did the Canadian side act quickly on the recall but it took 15 months before it happened in the US?

      • Ducati Kid


        Ever heard of Manufacturer ‘Service Bulletins’ issued to DEALERS these many decades?

        Let’s follow the customer money?

        A DEALER receives it then pays the respective manufacturer.

        Having a past KAWASAKI dealer association I can attest to the prompt (two weeks, typically shorter) response regarding ‘Service Bulletin’ alerts.

        Before I would be forced to inform NHTSA of a problem, or it’s persistence, local retailers who received then sold associated products would correct troubled ware or NOT return as an authorized representative.

        FACT: Japanese manufacturers have done it this way for decades!

        Termed – RESPONSIBILITY!

        • denchung

          I’m still not clear on what that has to do with this situation. In this case, the manufacturer identified a problem that required recall and alerted its international subsidiaries and importers who then are supposed to report their local government agencies. That’s where the problem was in this case. Dealers don’t factor into this process until later.

          • Ducati Kid


            DEALERS are THE critical component!

            As a motorcycle ‘wrench’ for far too many years – DEALER mechanics typically observe MOST product troubles long before manufacturer admittance.

            Proof – a KX-250 racer physically overheated one Sunday with our dealership receiving TELEX notification (Ignition Timing marks cast incorrectly) the following day.

            An example of ‘Observation-Engineering’ at DEALER level!

            This occurring before customers find out the ‘hard way’ no matter what manufacturer, importer or exporter deem appropriate and when observed.

            Attentive DEALERS can prevent legal action or fines imposed!

            DEALERS represent the ‘Eyes and Ears’ for manufacturer and customers no matter Country or Government intervention!

          • denchung

            I’m not saying dealers aren’t important. But what you’re talking about is identifying the problem and alerting the manufacturer. In this story, the manufacturer was already aware of the problem but took too long to act on it. The only thing the NHTSA fine has to do with any sort of dealer action is Triumph not properly reporting how many recall services its dealers had completed, and that only contributes to a small portion of the overall fine.

          • Ducati Kid


            Sad when you apologize for Dealer and Customer supporting commentary!

            Ultimately NHTSA is fining this manufacturer for not complying with recall reporting criteria – a paper chase!

            Reality Check?

            Little matter a customer could be injured or worse attempting to steer an effected motorcycle.

            Thread Locker anyone …

          • Bonnie Girl

            It’s the steering bolts……dealers don’t take those off as they’re supposed to have Thread Locker on them….REALITY CHECK IS RIGHT!!

        • Bonnie Girl

          Sure let’s follow the customer money…..the dealer pays the manufacturer and then the customer pays the dealer….so who are you saying is the client???? How can a dealer look at a bolt and assume there’s no loctite on it???? Triumph has had a history of quick recalls and dealers are always ready to do what is necessary to ensure everyone is safe, but dealers need to know there’s a problem. Are you a Triumph dealer? Do you have personal information that dealer’s were in possession of a manufacturer service bulletin and just to let you know recalls are issued shortly before they’re sent to a client, if no recall was ever sent then don’t be so sure the dealer’s were given one, you’re full of uninformed opinions!!

          • Ducati Kid


            What ‘ideal’ World do you live in?

            1) Manufacturers have traditionally been the LAST to be paid, termed ‘Floor planning’ within retail industry!

            2) Factually (per Kawasaki Motors Corporation association) product recalls are handled promptly and in a timely manner.
            This not dependent solely upon ‘snail mail’ Service Bulletin paperwork but immediate Electronic means for decades.

            3) TRIUMPH’S laments concern Triumph Motorcycle America (Atlanta, Georgia) and their handling of U.S. Government mandates regarding specific product Recalls.

            Suggest you contact T.M.A. regarding handling of U.S. Government issues.

            Who’s uninformed?

  • ____

    Safety is a duty.

  • cg

    Remember this happened under the watch of USA CEO Greg Heichelbech notorious for poor dealer treatment and heavily criticized for channel stuffing bikes on dealers so the growth ledger looks great but the sales floor was hurting… nevermind the “flooring program” they had all dealers get on. His two koolaid compatriots Sheahan and Carleo are running it now. This guy was named “Executive of the Year” in 2014 by Powersports Business… he came from Harley and if his goal was to destroy Triumph’s presence in the USA what better subterfuge than to use lack of Regulatory Compliance and thumbing your nose at NHTSA. There are plenty of power and control zealots in gov’t that want to tell everyone what’s good for them. Heichelbech must’ve poked the wrong person at NHTSA. It will be interesting to see how the mismanagement at Triumph USA will recover and move forward… maybe another total purge of personnel like when Heichelbech assumed control. Compliance Officer? They never heard of it!!! I dare say the fools are in control.

  • spiff

    1 and 2 are good choices, but 7 and 10 should be higher on the list. 7 and 10 should be 2 and 3.

  • Timatheo Hubear

    Cool list. I did a similar article for Revzilla two days ago. I actually had that BSA sidecar racer on my list but I had to narrow mine down to five which was tough seeing as I had to pick from around 1000. Here’s mine

    • TroySiahaan

      Wow, it was hard enough to narrow this down to 10, let alone five. So many cool motorcycles up for grabs. Bravo for being able to narrow down to five. Definitely some good picks on your list!


    Thank goodness these bikes are being preserved.

  • Ah, yes, the Honda OBRUT

  • schizuki

    IIRC, Harley purchased that military bike design from a British company called Armstrong.

  • FriendofaFriend

    would you get a discount if the Harley-Davidson MT500s was dropped?