A UK matching numbers Yamaha RD250E in original Kenny Roberts Yellow.
Chrome mudguards front and rear, chrome side repeaters, twin adjustable mirrors, Capacitor Discharge Ignition CDI, speedometer, tachometer, turn signal switch, headlight switch, engine kill switch, neutral indicator, oil light, high beam light, horn, rear footrests, fuel valve with reserve, steering lock, helmet holder, lockable fuel cap.
Finished in the iconic Kenny Roberts Yellow, the paintwork with matching side faring is in superb order with the famous and correct Black Yamaha speed block motif proudly on display. The chrome work boasts a mirror finish and the rear exhaust silencers clearly show the correct Yamaha part numbers to each pipe with a few minor dings. The downpipes have been replaced with stainless items and the seat base is a fibreglass item with the correct owner’s manual cover, seat rubbers, hinges and seat catch. It also has a brand new seat sponge and cover. The high-tensile steel tubular double-cradle frame has been powder-coated with the frame number visible and matches the engine number. All functions, lights and controls operate perfectly and the speedometer mph is marked in lower-case mph with a soft back-lit green glow only fitted to the E Model type. A very special air-cooled sports machine.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 2-stroke torque induction twin cylinder engine has a 247cc displacement and produces 32bhp at 8000rpm. Featuring many advanced features at the time such as Yamahas Autolube system varying the delivery of pressurised oil linked to the throttle and precise ignition timing by utilising transistorised Capacitor Discharge Ignition, CDI. This system has been modernised using expensive components from the VAPE Company to improve running and starting. The engine has been aqua blasted to create the show appearance and has been fully rebuilt. It is only on the first rebore at 0.25 with photos to prove. The 6-speed transmission has perfectly selected ratios and a multi-plate clutch running in oil for feather light changes. Please note a running-in period of 500 miles is required.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This RD250 remains fitted with the stylish cast-alloy wheels with black detailing. These
rims are in fantastic condition with only mild aging visible on close scrutiny. Quality Avon RoadRider 100/90-18 rear and 90/90 -18 front tyres retain excellent tread. Hydraulic 267mm disc brakes front and rear with single piston callipers, braded hoses fitted front and rear and the original front master cylinder stop the bike effectively.
Registered new on the 15th February 1980 this RD250 Model E type left the factory destined for the UK in the desirable Kenny Roberts Yellow. The World Road Racing Champion synonymous with winning Grand Prix races for Yamaha. A rare matching numbers example discovered by Mr Mark Moore, Yamaha collector and restorer of the highest standing, his collection of bikes and passion for the marque are the envy of many and this example boasts all the hallmarks of a knowledgeable enthusiast. A memory stick containing photos tracking the restoration is included. This RD250 is an absolute must for the avid collector where inspection and trial will not disappoint. A rare opportunity for the avid classic motorcycle fan appreciative of the esteemed RD Series.
MOT August 2022, HPI Clear.