Another Fantastic Ride From Ted Guthrie. 1975 Can-Am 175 TNT

When I was a kid growing up in Canada I used to drool over this exact model. I didn’t know much about bikes at the time but I knew what I liked. The look, the lines and those awsome colors. not to mention the performance for the time. It might have been a real handful for a 12 year old šŸ™‚

Thanks to this fantastic find by Ted Guthrie (owner of the earlier posted Penton 6-day) I can see that my lust was not misplaced! What a great ride! And I think it’s great that you use it for it’s intended purpose instead of locking it away!

Thanks again Ted for sharing another great ride! If yo have more don’t hesitate to keep them coming!!

Ted Writes:

Thank you for running the pics of my Penton Six-Day. I very much appreciate your generous comments regarding the bike. Good thing the pictures aren’t any better or you would see all the flaws. Haha.
Thought you might also enjoy this ’75 Can-Am 175 TNT. I picked it up a couple of years ago. The bike came from an estate sale, sold by the family of the original owner.

It is all-original, runs perfectly, and came with title, toolkit, owners manual, and even some cans of original Can-Am branded two-stroke oil.
The weekend after I bought the bike, I rode it in a 75-mile, vintage enduro. The old “Canned-Ham” ran great, but the combination of totally blown-out shocks and too-stiff forks made it nearly impossible to keep it pointed straight down the trail.
Since then, I’ve cleaned the bike up some, and installed new stickers on the tank (to replace the original, screened-on graphics). Still to be installed are new sidepanel/numberplate stickers, along with repros of the “175 TNT” graphics on the sidepanels.
But, it looks and runs great, for a 34-year-old trailbike. Truly a survivor. I like to think the orginal owner would be pleased with where the bike ended up and how it is being cared for.
Ted Guthrie



  1. The bike looks great. I owned either a 1975 or 1976 model and sadly I can’t remember which year. The engine was strong and it could climb, however the brakes were weak after a creek crossing.

    Thanks again for the photos to jog my memory.

  2. hey i have one of those exact same bikes i am currently rebuilding the engine on it but my dad bought a 125 tnt when he was a kid in 1974 and my grandpa bought the 175 in 1975 and my dad gave me both bikes i fixed up his 125 which i ride all the time and once i fix up the 175 it will be pretty much a brand new with only 156 original miles on it. its nice to see that people still have Can-am’s

    my name is matt by the way age 16

  3. I had a 1974 version of this bike when I was 14. It kinda was a handful, as you speculated. LOL. Mine had a different speedometer than the one in your post (no trip meter), and oddly, it had a peg at 85 MPH. I broke the needle off on it.

    It was fast, but persnickety; the Bing carburetor was temperamental and the fancy Bosch blackbox ignition kept dying. I finally gave up on it and bought a Yamaha IT250. Was just about as fast as the TNT, but had better suspension and started every time.

    Just discovered your blog, and will surely spend many hours exploring.


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