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Only one motorcycle made for adventure to north pole in 1987.

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Hello, I'd like to share this picture. One of my respectful friend Shinji Kazama rode to North pole by this machine.

Plate tag (in photo) says This bike is TW200 chassis with TY250R motor combination. TY250R motor has little advantage for torque in low range and easy start. Weight about 198 lb (90kg). teflon coated wire, cold resistance vinyl pipe for -58 degree environment.
Yamaha tried put all high technology stuff into this bike in these days.

I have interest about around swing arm and frame work. Production model is nothing like this.


hope you enjoy, thanks.



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So, it's a two stroke????? The TY is a two stroke trials bike. Very capable. Don't know a thing about the rest. What rear tire did they use? Front looks larger than 18 inch. TY front is 21 inch I think. Very interesting project. I like it.
 

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Well...I know the history on this bike, but if folks inquire about my TW, and the subject happens to come up...haha ;) I'm still telling them a TW was the first bike to make it to the North Pole!!! :p
 

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Interesting to see the actual bike, and the mods required to make the journey.

On the face of it, that’s only around 40% TW

Thanks for sharing …….
 

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Your friend used a great bike as the basis for his adventure. Congratulate him on a cool accomplishment.
 

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Thank you for all comments.

Yes, It is 2 stroke motor and 21 inch front wheel. So what we say maybe, TW and TY hybrid bike. But I can see frame work looks like neither one. Tire is looks me like production tire with studs. Very unique looking. I still say like littletommy as well.

Shinji Kazama made South pole by another motorcycle in 1992. I just hats off to his challenging spirit.

Bike is display on highway parking area in Japan. I hope to see real bike when I have chance to go next time.
 

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Thanks for posting!
I have long wished there was a lot more information about your friend out there. Even before I was into TW's I wanted to know more about this remarkable man.
Please tell your friend to write a book! (In English, preferably, though I suppose I would still buy it in Japanese...)
I KNOW he has a LOT of GREAT stoties to tell!!!!
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Shinji Kazama pushed the limits of the biker horizon. In 1987, he launched an assault on the North Pole, starting from Resolute (Canada) for a 2000 km trip in 44 days. The very low temperatures tormented the mechanic, distorting the metal, the cylinder, locking the suspensions and breaking the plastic parts, rendered as fragile as sugar sculptures. Shinji victoriously reached the northernmost point of the planet riding a modest Yamaha TW200 powered by a TY250 engine, two-stroke air-cooled (extensively-cooled…).



 

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Things I have heard or read:
Shinji Kazama supposedly never sought fame, was more interested in doing adventures than profiting from them. An admirable humble man.
Kazama-san's TY cooling fins were cut and/or ground off.
A similar attempt to reach the South Pole was unsuccessful.
He was an early Paris-to-Dakar regular competetor until sidelined by a race injury in the deserts of Africa.
 

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i would think he would have wanted a bigger tank for longer range, and to raise the front fender to avoid ice build up. ??

amazing adventure!
 

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Amazing guy and adventure.. people like this take us all forward and are what distinguishes us from other creatures that roam this chunk of rock. Men like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Cheers
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