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Yamaha Cafe Racers

1974 YAMAHA RD250A Cafe Racer

  • 1974  YAMAHA  RD250A  Cafe Racer
  • 1974  YAMAHA  RD250A  Cafe Racer
  • 1974  YAMAHA  RD250A  Cafe Racer
  • 1974  YAMAHA  RD250A  Cafe Racer
Price : USD600 (Auction)
Date : August 9, 2019
Condition : Used
Year : 1974
Model : RD250
Bike Type : Café Racer
Mileage : 8500
Engine Size : 250
VIN : 928
Shipping to : United States
Location : Kingman, Arizona, United States

I know this bike from day 1. My friend bought this bike brand new in ’74 when we were living in lake Havasu,az. He had it fixed up so nice with all the café stuff. He was a total perfectionist. My friend and I bought a Yamaha dealership in ’81 and he sold the bike in ’82. 30 years later I found the bike in a carport in hot and dry Dolan springs az. Its been kept out of the sun and rain but its endured 30 years of wind and dust. I’ll give you the “good list” first. Bike appears to have never even fallen over. The Vesco “rabid transit” fairing and Vesco “café royale” fairing have no damage and have the original gelcoat white finish. The upholstery is perfect and still supple. Windshield is not cracked or clouded. The “thermo flow” shocks have rust free shafts and are rebuildable. No rust on fork tubes.  The tank has a automotive quality paint job (no dents or gouges) and the inside is clean and rust free. The rims are aluminum and very true ( I think I remember my friend using a dial indicator to true them after he laced them up. ) and no ” screwdriver” scars.  And the both  rims are one size wider than stock. I pulled one head off and looked down the cyl. no issues. I pulled the pipes off and looked up the exhaust ports, no issues looked like a fresh bore with .75+ pistons. no carbon. There has not been any water in that engine. I think they parked it as a running bike and drained the carbs and tank. No battery acid damage on anything. Looks like these chambers were designed for the stock side stand because the left one  tucks in a couple of inches . My friend built the long kickstand for the pipes he had on it.Comes with two sidestands. OK the “other list. They put a RD350 motor in it. eng #351-205246. Intake manifolds are rotten, they are OEM items from  a ’76 YZ125 (537- Yamaha#) with 34mm carbs.  They converted the ign. to electronic and it looks like mice chewed the wires off the ign module. Might be repairable. No other wiring is chewed up. My friend converted it to car coils for a hotter spark when it had points ign. Comes with stock front fender, its not damaged exept for the chrome has been sanded. The common problem with the tiny screws coming loose on the gauges is fairly easy to remedy and the screws are there.Probabley a utube video on it. I have seen pictures of Don Vesco riding this bike. The lady who bought it in’82 would go to Willow springs race track on practice days. She met Don there and he took this bike around the track. She also owned a TZ750 that I bought from her and I have pictures of Vesco on that one.It was unique because it was street legal, with turn signals !!

 The main thing this bikes needs is an ign. system and intake manifolds AND a complete tear down and cleaning. I believe the bottom end and transmission and clutch are OK but I don’t know for sure. It does shift thru all 6 gears fine.  Front brake has no hydraulic pressure,fluid is gone.  Probably need the m. cyl  rebuilt, no biggie. This dude would be a major hit on bike night at the local pub. Comes with a clean Arizona title. Bike is sold “as is”  study the pics. I tried to describe it the best I could.

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