It was the shed of a friend of mine TL (tyabblemons) and when I saw it the conversation went something like this
ME: Hey TL !
TL: Yeah ?
ME: What size bike is this under here ?
TL: Ummm I think it is a two fifty...
ME: Oh yeah, here it is it says two fifty on the side cover,its a Yamaha.
TL: Yeah a Yamaha
ME: Where did you get it ?
TL: I inherited it.
ME: Do you ride much ?
TL: No I've never actually ridden that one.
ME: Well if you ever decide to sell it let me know, I might be interested.
TL: If you want it you can have it....
ME: Okay, Ummm... I wonder if we can fit it on the trailer this time.. HEY MICK... can we fit this bike on trailer with the fish tank ?
(ED. Paraphrased due to memory leak)
We didn't get it on the trailer but I did get my brother sprocket2cog (S2C) to check it out and he said it looked like a Yamaha RD 250,Mick disagreed as he thought they had squarer tanks, and a sportier look rather then the cafe racer look, as it was when I got home and did the internet research thing it turned out S2C was right it is a Yamaha 1974 RD. Have a look at this site for some photos of a few 74 RD's. ( www.cyclechaos.com a wiki on motorcycles. )
I got to speaking to Mick (from my cartoon strip www.twistedsouls.com ) about the history of the bike and the story goes like something like this...
- Bike is brought brand new in 1974 by a gas engineer with love of motor vehicles.
- Bike is garaged sometime pre 1979 due to health of owner.
- The owner never rides again.
- Owners son inherits the bike.
- The bike is garaged again by son after a quick attempt to start it with no sucess.
- I buy bike of son (tyabblemons.)
- Originally manufactured and assumed brought circa 1974
- Garaged pre May 13 1979 (this is when the rego ran out)
- Assuming 12 month registration periods we can say first licensed May 1974
- Ridden at most 13 May 1974 to 13 May 1979 5 years
- I found it 20 Feb 2007
and a page with things I want or need to do to the bike before it hits the roadAll I can say to tyabblemons is "Thank you very much." It has really gone to a good home and once running will be my daily ride...
" YOU GOT TO RIDE IT,NOT HIDE IT"