Grand Prix racing motorcycle Yamaha RD56

Yamaha RD and Yamaha RD Models

You don’t have to be born in 1960’s to admire the look, the sound and the smell of a classic Yamaha RD two stroke motorcycle.

The “Race Developed” or "Race Derived" motorcycles were distant cousins of the very first twin cylinder two stroke model Yamaha YD-1. YD-1 was introduced in 1957, but the real inspiration for the whole famous RD series (ranging from 50cc to 500cc) were two Grand Prix racing motorcycle legends, the Yamaha RD48 and the Yamaha RD56.

Yamaha RD aircooled

1973 RD250 & RD350 were introduced to the market as a natural progression from Yamaha R5 350 and Yamaha DS7 250. Core of the motorcycle with air cooled parallel twin two stroke engine remained the same, but performance was improved and most importantly Reed Valves were introduced. As Japanese motorcycle manufacturers were testing the market, other smaller engine versions were also introduced RD50, RD60, RD125, RD200 etc.

1976 – RD350 was replaced by Yamaha RD400 – New bigger engine required special engine mounts; original drum brakes were replaced by disc brakes on front and rear wheels and RD400E was given cast alloy wheels. A new sleek and curvy design just finished the package.

Liquid cooled RD Yamaha bike

1980 Water Cooling was introduced to RD Yamaha bikes, creating a whole range of new and powerful bikes: RD75LC, RD80LC, RD125LC, RD250LC, RD350LC & RD500LC etc.

1983 Yamaha Power Valve System = YPVS was introduced improving yet again performance and speed of the new Yamaha RD350 YPVS

1985 – Choosing the look as well as the power of your bike was next on agenda for Yamaha. You could now pick whether you want a fully faired aerodynamic Yamaha RD350 YPVS F (F2) or a naked café racer style Yamaha RD 350 YPVS N (N2)

1984-86Yamaha RD500LC – Liquid cooled, YPVS, 4 cylinder two stroke Grand Prix replica was as close to a racing motorcycle as any commercial bike could get!

1986 – The end of RD250 - customer preferences changed and the legislation in UK now limited learner drivers to 125cc. Yamaha also decided to move the production of Yamaha RD350 from Japan to Brazil to save costs, but it also meant less innovations and fewer new editions

1992-95 – Production continued in Brazil with Yamaha RD350R. However when imported to Europe, it was clearly obvious that Yamaha went step back rather than forward with this model and it was time to move on.

The RD series became legendary, all models were well made, durable, easily maintained and modified and they had great fuel economy.

Yamaha RD parts

As Yamaha RD series bikes evolved so did parts, some are still being used nowadays and are available from Yamaha dealers directly, some were no longer economical to produce.

We offer a quality reproductions as well as OEM originals of some of the most desired RD parts on the market. So whether you have a fully faired Yamaha RD race bike in your garage or working on restoration of a Yamaha RD cafe racer, check out our selection of vintage Yamaha RD parts!