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M –38
New York, New York
United States


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Dec 4, 2006 at 7:58 pm
I owned a '72 DS7 the R5's little 250 brother back in '74-'75. Great Bike!

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1976 amf harley davidson SS250

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  • new project: 10 pts (draw)
  • R5: 10 pts (draw)
  • Total votes: 4
  • Ended: Sep 21, 2006

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1972 Yamaha R5C (R5)

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For Sale

1972 Yamaha R5C 350 Street

- 4,480 original miles
- weighs only 340 lbs wet
- found parked in a garage for 25 years
- purchased locally through eBay
- serviced by licensed HD-approved motorcycle mechanics
- color is metallic orange over gloss black
- no exterior rust, no dry rot, no cut wires, very little surface pitting
- matching frame/engine numbers
- original exhaust
- original keys
- all lights/signals/dials work
- about $1000 put into restoration

- 2 cylinder 350cc piston-ported air-cooled two-stroke engine
- Yamaha Autolube (separate gas and oil, no premix)
- kickstart
- 5 gear transmission
- twin Mikuni carburetors
- drum brakes front and rear
- 82.5mpg @ 37mph
- 1/4mi @ 13.8 seconds
- top speed ~100mph
- 80" long, 33" wide, 42" tall

What's been modified since I've owned it:
- Clubman handlebars replace stock bars
- ProGrip gel grips replace stock grips
- Raask drilled aluminum rearsets added
- reshaped kickstart lever (to clear rearsets)
- passenger pegs removed (to clear rearsets)
- sissybar removed
- NOS dental mirrors added to both sides
- passenger seat strap removed
- wear and tear parts have been replaced

Included with sale:
- all original parts that have been removed (handlebars, passenger pegs, driver pegs, seat strap, etc)
- many extra parts (Napoleon bar-end mirrors, period sissybar and pads, extra oil tank, extra sidecovers, etc)
- complete original toolkit in original case
- original R5 owner's manual
- period Yamaha factory shop manual
- Mikuni carb tuning guide
- several period performance tuning guides
- generic outdoor motorcycle cover
- brand new battery charger/maintainer
- binder full of paperwork and receipts, including eBay auction

- small dent on the gas tank which happened at some point in storage
- original tank badges are crazed but intact
- current battery is dead, have new battery waiting to be installed
- bike is in storage, so I have to make arrangements to show it

Price $3,000 Or Best Offer
Mileage 4,480 miles
Color Mandarin Orange

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Bought locally via eBay, from a gentleman who had accepted it as trade for contracting work, rode it a few times and stored it for 25 years in his garage. After only a little work on the carbs and a good cleaning she fired right up.

I've replaced only the stock bars with clubmans and new grips, taking off the sissybar that was fitted, replacing the front tire, and most recently installing vintage rear-sets and a NOS right-hand mirror. The original intent was to strip this bike down to it's bare essentials and make a cafe racer out of it... however, the bike was in such good condition, and R5s are not all that common (unlike the later RDs) that instead I've kept everything relatively stock with only a few vintage racy bits thrown in.

This thing is suprisingly fast for its size and age, lifting the front wheel in the first two gears and keeping up with bikes twice it's size. It's also extremely flickable and great fun around the city. It was the direct descendant of the Yamaha factory TR production racers. Dirty, loud, crazy quick and relatively affordable when new (and more so now!), it was, and still is, a giant-killer.

An in-depth weblog following it's restoration and modification (as well as motorcycle stuff in general) can be viewed here:


- 347cc aircooled piston-ported 2-stroke twin
- Autolube oil injection
- twin Mikuni carbs

- steering damper
- 5-speed transmission
- front and rear drum brakes

- 64x54 bore and stroke
- 36 HP @ 7000 rpm
- 28 ft/lbs @ 6500 rpm
- 352 pounds fully fueled

- top speed 100+ mph
- 0-60 in under 4s
- 14s 1/4 mile @ ~93 mph
- 86 mpg

(Almost everything is original, NOS or period-correct)


- Clubman handlebars
- ProGrip Superbike gel grips
- bar-end mirrors (now off)
- removed stock driver/passenger pegs and brackets
- Raask aluminum rearsets
- modified kickstart lever
- added NOS right-hand "dental" mirror to match left
- relocated stock turnsignals
- removed strap from seat

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My R5 was featured on Motortopia's Bikes homepage in August 2006: This really nice 1972 Yamaha R5C is owned by Motortopia member lotoole3. Be sure to check out his photo album,...

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