Sorry bike is now sold

Just to stop the constant emails about whether this bike is for sale, I'd like Fizzie money for it which means offers in excess of 4.5K(GBP) otherwise it's not for sale. Let's be honest this bike is superior in every way to the said moped (bar fuel consumption) so if you want an extremely rare bike that will just about hit 90 mph with electric start & was the bike many Fizzie owners aspired to you know what to do.

1974 Yamaha RD200

The RD200 is a very rare beast these days, I've been after a good one for a number of years and almost gave up hope until this one finally turned up. They're rare, probably because the fizzie brigade and the likes would have thrashed & trashed them straight from the showroom floor.
The RD200 was originally known as the CS3, a 180cc parallel two stroke twin with modern accoutrements such as Autolube & electric starter. In 1972 the engine grew to 195cc the model name changed to the CS5E, it was sold with garish purple and white paintwork covering a new stylish bodywork. By 1974 the bike had another paint job (gold), various minor modifications but most importantly the addition of reed valves to the engine, one for each cylinder. The bike was now known as the RD200, the RD (short for race developed) tag was introduced for Yamaha's entire range of sportier two stroke models. The reed valves improved the low-end engine response, Yamaha called this technical advance Torque Induction.

This bike shown here is a real beauty, completely original and totally unmolested. The speedo reads a touch under 4,000 miles and if you could hear the crisp engine burble away you'd not dispute it. The bike starts on the button or via a quick prod of the kicker first time every time no matter how long its been left, which is not long to be honest. It rides as well as the day it left the factory with a surprisingly strong pull from very low revs, in fact the motor seems to have more low down grunt than my GT750, so for a change the hype about Torque Induction could well be true, those reed valve thingies actually do work. The five speed box is a delight, no false neutrals or missed gears even with ones left foot tapping frantically to keep the bike on the boil not that you'd need to as the engine has power throughout the rev range, the gears seem to be perfectly spaced for the engine characteristics. Apparently for the European market the RD had one more tooth on the rear sprocket, which gave even more of a zip and added to the wheelie factor at the expense of fuel economy and top speed. In its present form it can potter around town all day without the need to exceed 5000rpm, even using the bike to this sane level of usage trying to keep up with the London traffic is never a problem, once the engine exceeds this threshold all hell brakes loose, well almost, once the 5000rpm mark has past the bike really takes off, as if a turbo charger suddenly cuts in, the bike just revs all the way up and over 8000rpm where almost as instantly the power disappears just before the 9000 red line is met, to be honest the bike feels livelier than many 250's I could mention, it really is a very nippy bike. I remember back in the 70's one of my buddies riding behind me on one, he was never that far behind me no matter how much stick I gave the Honda 400/4. Even today this bike would be considered to be something a little special, its a real shame we'll never see the likes of these again and a shame that the two stroke has been killed off. Handling is I bit on the bouncy side, the rear shocks probably had their day 30 years ago but for the sake of originality they'll stay on the bike for the moment and hopefully I'll find a specialist who'll be able to rebuild them. The brakes are excellent especially the front TLS unit, none of that lag in the wet and I've yet to notice any fading if used constantly. Fuel consumption can be less than 50mpg - mind you that's if it's thrashed, but hey these Japanese sporty two strokes were never sold for their economy.

At the moment it's the favourite bike in my modest collection, my first choice for zipping down the road or going for a 40 mile run to Boxhill and back, and about as far as I'd go as the seat seems to be as hard as nails and its not long when the old arse starts to complain, a tourer this bike is not.




Read a test report from Bike Magazine circa 1974

RD200 Period advert

New photos showing refurbished seat




1970's RD200 Advert


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