Yamaha RD Models & Yamaha RD Parts

You don’t have to be born in 1960’s to admire the look, the sound and the smell of a classic two stroke motorcycle such as Yamaha RD. Yamaha RD (“Race Developed”) were distant cousins of the very first twin cylinder two stroke model Yamaha YD-1, which 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 – Yamaha RD250 & Yamaha 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 engine remained the same, but performance was improved and most importantly Reed Valves were introduced; as Japanese motorcycle manufacturer were testing their grounds, other smaller RD versions were also introduced Yamaha RD50, Yamaha RD125Yamaha RD200 etc.

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

Yamaha RD Liquid Cooled

1980 – Liquid Cooling was introduced to Yamaha RD models, creating a whole range of new and powerful bikes: RD 80LC, RD 125LC, RD 250LCRD 350LC & RD 500LC etc.

1983 –Yamaha Power Valve System = YPVS was introduced improving yet again performance and speed of the new Yamaha RD 350 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)

1984-86 – Yamaha 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 Yamaha 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, but 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.

As Yamaha models evolved so did parts, some are still being used nowadays and are available from Yamaha dealers directly, some were made obsolete. We offer a quality reproductions of some of the most desired Yamaha 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 parts!