Produced in 1972, its was the first 750 cc sold by Yamaha. In that period, among sports four-stroke road bikes, engines with several cylinders were common. This model on the other hand represents an original two-cylinder parallel SOHC with rocker arms, which offer the same torque and thrust sensations typical of large two-cylinder engines. The lean line makes it agile and easy to handle. Its avant-garde features include an anti-vibration structure, the first to be mounted on a motorcycle, a dry casing lubrication system, double brake discs with opposed pistons and the first aluminium frame ever mounted on a road bike.