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Chain and Sprocket Replacement on a 1972 Yamaha TX650 (Video)

By Richard Backus

Motorcycle Classics editors Richard Backus and Landon Hall replace the chain and sprockets on Hall's 1972 Yamaha TX650.

The Yamaha TX650 was a traditional 650 parallel twin with a twist: It was a mix of old-school (a 360-degree, 650cc parallel twin) wrapped in new-school technology. It looked similar to Triumph Bonnevilles, but featured new technology like CV carbs and overhead cams. Yamaha’s new-meets-old approach paid dividends, and the 650 twin rapidly gained favor with buyers. Although it wasn’t any more powerful than a contemporary Triumph Bonneville 650 buyers considered it a more modern, easier-riding machine.

More Motorcycle Repair from Motorcycle Classics

Randy’s Cycle Service: Yamaha TX650 Advice
The Yamaha TX500
Tech Corner: 1977 Yamaha XS650D

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Our motto at Motorcycle Classics is simple: ride ‘em, don’t hide ‘em. Our video archive or YouTube Channel show it’s more than a motto for us: It’s a lifestyle. From multiple project bikes and ride reviews to events coverage and museum tours, our videos explore the ins and outs of the classic motorcycle hobby.

The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!

Motorcycle Classics JulAug 16Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. Every issue  delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!

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