History and Parts: Yamaha R5 - Yamaha R5B - Yamaha R5C

History and Parts: Yamaha R5 - Yamaha R5B - Yamaha R5C

Prior to 1970’s motorcycles were fairly expensive. Each model was innovative and parts were specific to each and every models. However as popularity of racing bikes and demand for their street versions grew, manufacturers were looking for ways to produce in bulk and save cost. Yamaha therefore started factory produced racers - modular motorcycles with interchangeable parts. The great example are the motorcycle classics - Yamaha DS7 R5


Yamaha R5 History & Specs

The Yamaha R5 was introduced to the market in 1970 - developed as a successor to the 1965 305cc YM1, 1967 350cc YR1, 1968 YR2 & 1969 YR3 / R3 models. It was a street bike designed around the race track success of Yamaha two stokes.


The R5 350 Yamaha motorcycle was a slightly larger sister of the DS7 250cc twin. It was lighter and slimmer than earlier Yamaha motorcycles and it had excellent handling and engine performance. The fact that it was modular meant, that Yamaha R5 350 parts were interchangeable with other models and thus cheaper to replace.


Yamaha R5 350 had air cooled 350cc twin two stroke engine with piston port controlled fuel injection. The horizontally split crankcase housed 5-speed gears and the front wheel as well as rear wheel were fitted with expandable drum brakes. It came in a range of bright colours as well.


1970 Yamaha R5 / YR5 - R5-000101 – 013649 - Metallic Purple/white

1971 Yamaha R5B - R5-015101 – 042209 - Mandarin Orange/white

1972 Yamaha R5C - R5-100101 – 130606 - Mandarin Orange/black


The popularity of the 350cc engine Yamaha R5 started the biggest era of Yamaha motorcycles, continuing 2-stroke program into air cooled reed valved RD350 R5 series and in 1980’s the water cooled RZ350 (USA) or RD350LC (Europe).


Yamaha R5 350 Parts

As motorcycles evolved so did their parts and factories had to adapt. Some parts are just not economical for Yamaha to produce anymore, so we have decided to stock some high quality reproductions for this classic Yamaha R5. If you can’t find a specific R5 part on our website to fit your Yamaha YR5 restoration project or you need a parts list, please email us.


Here are also some handy links:

Yamaha R5 350 Twin road test article at Motorcycle Classics

Few helpful links: Renovation Project of 1972 YamahaYR5 & 1970 Yamaha R5 Restoration Forum tips 

Inspirational 4 part video of 1972 Yamaha R5 350 Restoration 

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131-81231-20 DS7 R5 RD Lubricator Felt

Quality reproduction lubricator felt for ignition points for Yamaha motorcycles. COMPATIBL..

€2.80 Ex Tax: €2.80

146-27216-00 R5 DS7 RD Brake Pedal Spring

Quality reproduction brake pedal spring / rear brake spring / spring return for Yamaha motorcycles. ..

€5.70 Ex Tax: €5.70

214-21761-00 DS7 R5 AS3 Oil Tank Window

Quality reproduction oil tank glass / level gauge window for Yamaha motorcycles. COMPATIBLE MOD..

€12.50 Ex Tax: €12.50

278-11181-01 R5 RD350 Copper Cylinder Head Gasket

Reproduction copper cylinder head gasket for Yamaha motorcycles. Two are required per moto..

€9.50 Ex Tax: €9.50

278-13555-00 DS7 R5 Carburetor Joints

Quality reproduction joint between carburetor and cylinder / intake manifolds for Yamaha motorcycles..

€34.50 Ex Tax: €34.50

278-14453-00 R5 DS7 Carb to Air Cleaner Joint

Quality reproduction carburettor to air cleaner joint - intake rubber for Yamaha motorcycl..

€17.50 Ex Tax: €17.50

278-14456-00 R5 DS7 Spring Band

Quality reproduction spring band to for the carburettor to air cleaner joint for Yamaha motorcy..

€3.60 Ex Tax: €3.60

278-27414-00 (4pc) Front Footrest Damper Kit - R5, DS7, RD250 & RD350

This kit contains reproductions of 4 front footrest rubber dampers (278-27414-00) for motorcycles Ya..

€34.00 Ex Tax: €34.00

278-82590-40 R5 DS7 Wire Harness Assembly

Quality reproduction wire harness assembly / wiring loom for Yamaha motorcycles DS7 YDS7 and R5 YR5...

€99.50 Ex Tax: €99.50

278-83560-01 R5 DS7 Tachometer Cable

Quality reproduction tachometer cable for Yamaha motorcycles. It matches the original OEM cable and ..

€25.00 Ex Tax: €25.00

90385-12020 Handlebar Mounting Rubber - RD250 RD350 DS7 R5

Quality reproduction handle bar mounting rubber for Yamaha motorcycles. There are four required..

€3.95 Ex Tax: €3.95

93103-20046 Crank Oil Seal - DS7, R1, R2, R3, R5, TR2, TR3 & TZ Models

JAPANESE IMPORT original crank shaft oil seal 20-40-10 (168) for Yamaha motorcycles. COMPATIBLE..

€15.50 Ex Tax: €15.50

Fuel Tank Damper Kit - R5 DS7 RD250 RD350

This kit contains reproduction two rubber front dampers (3TB-24181-00) and two rear dampers (122-241..

€19.20 €16.30 Ex Tax: €16.30

122-24182-01 Fuel Tank Damper

Quality reproduction rubber damper for a fuel tank on Yamaha motorcycles. It fits into the fuel tank..

€5.40 Ex Tax: €5.40

122-82131-00 Battery Band

Quality reproduction rubber battery band / battery strap for Yamaha motorcycles. We offer both versi..

€6.90 Ex Tax: €6.90

126-13116-00 Oil Pump Mounting Gasket

Reproduction oil pump mounting gasket / pump case gasket from quality gasket paper for Yamaha m..

€2.00 Ex Tax: €2.00