1972 Yamaha 250cc Racing Motorcycle Registration no. MUY 22K Frame no. R5 110457 Engine no. R5 110457
The mainstay of 250cc and 350cc racing at national and international level for many years, Yamaha's twin-cylinder two-stroke TD/TR twins well deserve the title of 'privateer's friend'. Nowadays, genuine examples are considered too precious - and valuable - to race in anger, so many competitors have resorted to replicas such as that offered here, which is based on a 350cc YR5 roadster. The machine was in road going trim when purchased by the vendor - a prominent member of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club - in 2005. Converted to racing specification in 2007, it features Fahron 250cc cylinders and pistons; 36mm Mikuni carburettors; Abcon exhausts; Lockheed front brake calliper; alloy wheel rims, Koni dampers; Scitsu tachometer; Bill Roberts tank and seat; and a Meadspeed fairing. The engine was built by Peter Thorne of ITV4's 'The Motorbike Show'. This machine has been raced and paraded by the owner at Aintree, Cadwell Park, Chimay in Belgium and Billown on the Isle of Man, and was last used at the VMCC's 'Festival of 1000 Bikes' at Mallory Park in 2011. It is ideally suited to British Historic Racing's new class for pre-1982 modified Japanese air-cooled road bikes, and has been exhibited on the Club's stand at Stafford as an example of what can be achieved within the class rules. A sure-fire competitive mount in the right hands, the machine is offered with a V5C registration document.