Friday, August 22, 2008

Video "Tour" of a 1972 R5 on YouTube

Neat video overview of a modified R5 on YouTube.


  1. How reliable are these bikes? I'm looking to pick one up from a shop for dirt cheap, but while I hear that the Yamaha RD350 sets the modern standards for reliability, there isn't anything on this one. I don't want one that I have to adjust every few days.

  2. Aiden -

    The R5 is the immediate precursor to the RD350, with the main differences being front brake (drum on R5, disc on RD), gears (5 for R5, 6 for RD) and induction (reed valves on R5, piston porting on RD). Otherwise we're talking identical.