Martin wrote in this morning to inform me that his YR5 (featured previously on this site here an here) is currently up for auction on Ebay UK.
Here is his auction description:
Yamaha YR5 350cc 2-stroke twin also sometimes designated the R5
This is an original UK bike, it has some history to suggest that it was raced in the early 70s and then converted to road use. It has only had 3 owners. The 2nd owner died in 1980 after which his widow stored the bike until it was sold to a family friend in 1999, since then it has stood almost unused for 7 years until I bought it last year.
I recommisioned the bike from the ground up
Hagon rear Shocks
New screen & Nosecone,
Reground Fork Stanchions and seals
The frame has been powder coated
and many parts chromed.
It has been a great bike to ride and has always drawn crowds at places like Matlock Bath. But unfortunately I suffered a seized the engine when the right hand 2 stroke oil pipe came loose.
After searching all year I have managed to find some original NOS pistons, rings& gaskets from America and Japan and have had it rebored by PJ engineering (motorcycle engineering specialists of Wolverhampton).
So far it has been rebuilt and started, that’s it. It sounds ok and has not currently done any miles.
I realised this bike is too rare to use regularly. So I have bought myself an Aprilia 250 because I enjoyed the two stoke so much
This bike deserves a collector, or Yamaha Dealer as a show piece, it would be great to parade or show.
The bike is in a Phil Read replica colour scheme, It has original Mead speed sports fairing, race tank & seat. The wheels have been upgraded at some point to RD400 alloys.
The exhausts are 1970’s originals and are stamped into the metal “Codnor Light Fabrications” this is a Derbyshire company that we now know as Micron.
It is fitted with Piranha Electronic ignition and starts first or second kick every time.
Front brake is disc with braded hoses using a standard RD350 front calliper & disc, so parts are no problem
I have some correspondence that the last owner past on to me from Padgett’s of Batley, plus Classic Bike, Yamaha, and Len Manchester motorcycles. This seems to support the case that the bike was prepped for racing, as many where from new and then put on the road by the 2nd owner. This seems correct as the fairing tank seat exhausts etc are all period early 1970,s but the rear light is from an RD400 which was not made until 5 years into the 70,s
Also included are the original Yamaha workshop manual and several magazine articles from magazines of the time in the early seventies
This is probably the only surviving example of a Yamaha proddy racer put on the road in the uk. Grab a real pierce of nostalgia.
I am selling as I have 5 bikes and my daughter is about to turn 16. I need the space for her 1st bike!!!!
The bike is MOT,ed and Taxed to October. The tax is free as it is tax exempt! The bike is in immaculate condition and is ready to show
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