Fun in a Quarter Liter package!
It has been sitting for nearly 30 years - brake master cylinder needs to be re-sealed. Oil pump has been disconnected. Some bulbs need to be replaced.
Will provide a detailed review once all of the work is done to bring this classic bike back to the shape it was in back in the 70's.
Held up well after being stored in a New England barn for nearly 30 years.
It starts first kick (No electric starter here). Runs well.
Planning to replace the tires, fork seals, and whatever else it will need.
These little two-stroke 250's weigh in at approximately 300lbs. They are rated at 30 hp, and top speed was listed in the 90's.
It's sibling, the RD 350, tops out at over 100mph and runs mid-14 second quarter miles.
I owned a new RD 350 back in the mid-70's, and wanted to pick up another one. I saw this little RD 250 with such low miles and just had to have it.
I love the white with red stripes paint scheme, as I also love the 350's orange with black.
Although the acceleration is quite good for
little bikes (even by today's standards, their handling is absolutely second to none.)
The RD 250 & 350 are simply the best handling bikes of their era, and of this era as well.
I also own a Yamaha XJ650, which is an absolute blast to ride. Smooth, comfortable & powerful.
I've never owned a Yamaha I didn't like.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2006