1974 RD250 or maybe TZ250

Until I started hanging out with the people over at RSBFS and now here at CSBFS, I thought that 2 strokes were for outboard motors and motocross. But with the education that I have received, I am starting to look for something that could kick out a little of blue smoke.

I found this  on eBay, and even with the limited pictures I thought this might be a nice bike.

The seller says:

VERY NICE RD 250. 1 KICK STARTER AND RUNS LIKE A SCARED RABBIT WHILE SIPPING GAS. OTHER THAN A DENT BY THE FRONT RIGHT SIDE, THE BIKE IS TIP TOP. GOOD LOOKING, GREAT RUNNER

The RD250 from the factory appears to have about 32hp at 8000rpm and with a 6 speed gearbox tops out at 101mph. Not bad for 250cc, and for a bid currently under $1000, this would be very responsible.

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But why settle for a road bike by Yamaha when I can be irresponsible with money I don’t have? Having read previous post at RSBRS, I knew that the TZ250 was offered during the same time as the RD. Falling under evil influences  (Mike and the TZ750 he listed), I started to dream, and found this 250cc for sale.

The seller states:

1974 Yamaha TZ250A that I bought from the original owner.  This bike is from the first TZ series and has been stored in clean, dry conditions since it was last raced.  It was raced at Daytona in 1975 by its previous owner.

It looks to be in complete but used condition. Another race bike that had been rolled off the trailer and put aside for some unknown reason. It shows no crash damage, just the wear and tear of racing.

Spares included

Piston & ring set, new, Crankshaft assembly, used, Fairing windscreen, new oem, and Owner’s manual in original packaging

So if you want to leave a comment on which one you would choose feel free, but I can guess that most people here are going to be irresponsible.

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2 Responses

  1. Steve Lang says:

    This was a novice class bike (Whte #’s on black background)

  2. Brian says:

    Could the TZ have scared the novice to put the bike away? Or were they unable to get it tuned right to be reliable?