3rd Dec 2009, 06:23

I am excited to have just bought a 1975 RD 250. It still has tags from 1981, was recently taken from long storage and the top end was rebuilt, engine tuned. Starts on a half kick... Wonderful puffs of smoke out of the stock exhaust. The 2 stroke "nudin-nudin".

All original and needs a ton of love, but I love my pocket rocket like it was new! White with all the original decals. A few dings and drips, but I am ready to get to work!

17th May 2010, 11:20

I too just came across a 75 RD 250 in some horse trading. One guy got it from another in an agreement with another bike purchase. The bike hasn't been registered since 1997 and there is no title. Checked it out with cops and it's not stolen, but they don't know who the previous owner is...

Took some work cleaning carbs and putting a battery in it, but my 12 year old son has done all the work to make this is very first motorcycle. Gonna ride some trails to learn how to ride a bike, but I think I'm gonna go ahead and get a bonded title on it for him, he'll be able to ride this to school each day. Good way to start him on a path of classic motorcycles too I think.

23rd Jul 2010, 09:38

Just bought a 75 RD250 in Great Falls, mt for 50 bucks. White with (very faded) red stripes. A lil rusty, missing a seat. Gonna replace the battery, spark plugs, and clean and rebuild the carbs. If there's no crap in the cylinders, I'm gonna see if she'll run after that. If I gotta rebuild the engine, I think I'll upgrade to the 350 top half.

It's my first bike and I'm excited about getting to work on it and fix it up. I just wanna get it running first, then I'll little by little, fully restore it. Anyone know anywhere to get a seat at a reasonable price?

21st Aug 2010, 15:45

I still have my 1975 RD350 (purple) that I have owned since around 1980. I also have my first 1976 RD400 (Red) and another '76 400 I picked up in AZ. Now I just picked up a REALLY clean 1975 RD250 (Yellow, not original paint). The only way I will EVER part with any of these is to help out another two stroke fanatic. I also have 2 CR500's and a CR250 I just can't get enough two strokes!!! If anyone wants to buy/sell/trade parts, has questions, or just wants to chat two strokes, lemme know. I'm in Arizona (not too far from Glamis!) DanRealtor@aol.com.

8th Sep 2010, 13:42

I just took my 75 RD250 out of my fathers garage after sitting for 17 years! I dropped it on both sides, damaging signal lights, pulled a wheelie and broke the chain adjuster, which knocked the rear wheel forward, dropping the chain and just parked it in 1993. Well I pulled it out, washed it, chrome still mint, cleaned the carbs, flushed as much rust as I could out of the fuel tank and jumped it - Guess what, it started. Now I'm in restoration mode! foolinwfire@yahoo.com is my e-mail if you have a speedometer cable, took it off years ago, now I knew to replace it. I'll post more info as I go.

Mike, New York.

1st Apr 2011, 17:37

I love my '75 RD350B. Dad used to take me for rides on it when I was a little kid. Now it's mine and is in great condition. I've got it running like a top. It's like an old family pet, and is very dear to me.

I also have a '79 XS1100 Special. Another great bike, but a totally different experience in handling among other things, hehe.

19th Oct 2013, 17:10


I was looking for help online in regards to my 1975 RD250 that I purchased last year. The carbs have been cleaned and it runs great, EXCEPT, when taking off. The RPMS need to be maintained between 6-7k in order for it to take off. Is this normal? The motorcycle mechanic that has worked on it said it is normal because it is a two stroke and it is an older motorcycle. I know a little about motorcycles, but not enough. This is actually my first motorcycle and it is everything I wanted. :) I am not sure if I am having a difficult time taking off because I am new to riding? It starts right up after the first kick and I can shift out of neutral to first, but once I start releasing the clutch, it dies unless the RPMs are maintained between 6-7k. :( I am trying to figure out if it needs any type of adjustment. I have ridden other motorcycles without an issue. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time!


7th Sep 2014, 12:21

Natali - that is not normal (unless you've got REALLY bad clutch control, which is unlikely). You should be able to start off from a stop at relatively low RPM (2.5k-3.5k) in first gear. Not sure what's wrong, but I'd be a little afraid to launch at 7k RPM in fear of doing a wheelie right off the line! Ha ha.

7th Sep 2014, 12:27

I didn't realize there were so many RD enthusiasts! (especially with '75 RD250s!). I'm hoping one of you not only sees this message (old thread), but may be able to help me track down a fuel tank for my '75 RD250. I am trying to make it as nice as possible using unrestored, original parts because it only has 525 original miles. The tank that is on it is actually in pretty amazing shape (inside is perfect) with the exception of a small dent where a stone came up on the highway and made a dent on the leading end and a rust stain blemish on the top in front of the fuel cap (right on the WHITE area... Ugh...) When it sat in a shed for 30+ years, something dripped on it that migrated into the paint. I've been looking to replace the tank with something as nice as I can find (cosmetically) without having to have paint work done and compromise the originality of the part.

Thoughts? Thank you & safe riding!


9th Sep 2014, 12:14

I think your low speed jets in the carbs are clogged for sure.

Very common.

21st Dec 2014, 21:55

I'm getting my RD250 out from the cobwebs as well. 3500 miles on it. Ran great 25 years ago when I took it for its last ride, put it in dad's garage. Tank cleaned and full, battery hot but no go. No spark is the first test. Any good websites for help. Anybody in the Saint Augustine, FL. area?

29th Dec 2014, 20:55

I purchased an RD 250 from a dealer friend who set it up for racing for me. I don't know what the dealer did to it, but from day one that bike would peg the speedo. I remember getting on the 405 and coming off the on ramp at 110 mph in 5th gear and flicking it to 6th. I loved the bike. It was way faster than a buddy's Honda 4 cyl 750cc. But, I was a bit reckless with it and had to sell it to stay alive.

1st May 2015, 22:14

I have just purchased a 76 RD250 from Germany which is in great condition and just needs fuel tank repainted and recommissioning after being stood for several years. Looking forward to its first start and renovation as it has been 35 years since I last rode an RD.

26th Aug 2016, 18:36

I have a 1976 RD 250 C, all original. It's a beautiful bike to hear and ride, cleaned up and polished. All I need is an oil pump on mix at present. Gonna fit performance pipes. She is black with white decals, twenty thousand miles, new pistons now fitted and all fluids done.

Tony STROKER ACE, Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland.