Field Find: 1968 Yamaha YR2C

Found sitting in a field since the 1970s, this Yamaha YR2C is back on the road after a complete restoration.

Yamaha Clutch Bolts

New stuff for old bikes: Replacement clutch bolts from HVC Cycle for Yamaha 2-stroke motorcycles.

Two-Stroke Scramble: 1968 Yamaha Big Bear

When Al Roller came across this 1968 Yamaha YDS-3C Big Bear, a model he’d always coveted, he tore it down to the frame and restored it to perfection.

Yamaha TR3 Racer

Originally raced by factory rider Keith Mashburn, this 1972 Yamaha TR3 has been lovingly restored.

1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special

Intended to commemorate Yamaha’s racing success, the Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special ended up as a monument to the 2-stroke motorcycles that defined an era.

Yamaha XV920 Virago Troubles

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein troubleshoots a Yamaha XV920 Virago’s starting issues after over-revving the engine.

Sold for $21,000!! 1979 Yamaha RD400F – Brand New and Still in its Crate!

If this bike rings a bell, it should. We first told you about this brand new, never uncrated 1979 Yamaha RD400F back in June 2010, when reader Scott Lees stumbled across it at Britt Motorsports in Wilmington, N.C. When Scott visited the dealership, the Yamaha was resting just inside the front door of the motorcycle dealership, pushed up against a wall and being used as a table to hold racing trophies. At the time, Scott was told it was not for sale at any price. Yet it turns out it did have a price; $21,000, to be exact.

1975 Yamaha RD350: Best Bang for the Buck

The Yamaha RD350 was THE Seventies poor boy racer. Fairly cheap, relatively easy to work on and fast through the twisties, the RD350 is still great fun today.

Allen Brotz's 1973 Yamaha Enduro Lineup

Allen Brotz displays his full line collection of 1973 Yamaha Enduro motorcycles in the Motorcycle Classics Ride and Show at the 2011 Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic.

Found on eBay: 1977 Yamaha XS750D

This week's eBay find is a very nice Yamaha XS750 triple that's been lovingly maintained through the years. With just more than 26,000 miles, this bike is as nice as they come and ready for spring and summer riding.  

Found on eBay: 1963 Yamaha YG-1

  This 1963 Yamaha YG-1 somehow escaped the fate of many small Japanese motorcycles, which seem to have been bought and worn out or wrecked many years ago. The bike still wears its orignial paint and the chrome seems to be in pretty good shape for being more than 45 years old.  

History of the Yamaha YM1

A look back at the ideas and innovations that led to the development of the Yamaha YM-1.

Greg Davis' 1965 Yamaha YM-1

Greg Davis' love for his 1965 Yamaha YM-1 was sparked by a ride on a classic British motorcycle, of all things.

Found on eBay: 1980 Yamaha SR500 racer

Have you been fighting an itch to get involved in vintage racing? Maybe you don't have the right bike for it, or you don't feel you have the mechanical skills to build a bike that would be both safe and competitive. Either way, this week's eBay find may be the solution to your problems. It's a 1980 Yamaha SR500 roadracer that is turn-key and ready to go vintage racing.  

The Yamaha TX500

The Yamaha TX500 was Yamaha’s first foray into midsize 4-stroke territory, and while initial impressions were highly favorable, the TX500 proved less than easy to live with, perhaps because it was a little too high-tech for its time.

Found on eBay: 1971 Yamaha XS1B

This week's eBay searching led us to a low mileage, surprisingly original 1971 Yamaha XS1B, a 654cc parallel twin with just 4,127 miles on it.

Found on eBay: 1970 Yamaha R5

Searching through eBay this week led us to a very cool find: a low-mile, original, unmolested Yamaha R5. Ready to ride and enjoy, this could be a great first classic for a new owner, or a fine addition to someone’s collection of Seventies Japanese metal.

Custom Yamaha XS650 Street Tracker

Harleys may still be the kings of the modern custom crowd, but few bikes satisfy the creative fantasies of classic custom motorcycle builders better than a Yamaha XS650 Street Tracker.

Found: 1979 Yamaha RD400F – Brand New and Still in its Crate!

If you thought the 11 brand new Norton Commandos we told you about unearthed in Belgium were cool, you need to check out this story. Instead of a cache of Nortons, Motorcycle Classics reader Scott Lees stumbled across a brand new, still in the never-opened crate 1979 Yamaha RD400F, the last year for this collectible 2-stroke classic.  

The Yamaha XS1100

Better late than never, Yamaha blew away the big bike competition with the fast and fabulous Yamaha XS1100.

Yamaha RD350

There’s no evidence supporting the idea that the “RD” in the Yamaha RD350 model designation stands for “Race Derived” — but race derived it certainly was.

Found on eBay: 1975 Yamaha XS650

Fall is here, winter is on the way, and depending on your climate, the time may be drawing near for pondering what you're going to work on all winter when it's often too cold to ride. Though it looks to be in fairly decent shape, this 1975 Yamaha XS650 looks like a perfect candidate for a little winter "freshening."

The Yamaha R5 350 Twin

In an era when small-bore engines were still fairly common, the Yamaha R5 350 Twin was in many respects the company's crown jewel.

Found on eBay: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

Do you need a zippy two-stroker for the garage? Are you going to Barber? The current owner of this 1984 Yamaha RZ350 is looking to find a new home for his bike, and he'd be happy to deliver it to you next weekend at the Barber Vintage Festival.

Yamaha XS750

Under the Radar: Yamaha's XS750 was the company's response to it's flawed TX750

Yamaha XS650

The Yamaha XS650 was praised for its reliability and criticized for its styling

Restoring a 1965 Yamaha YM1

Most bike nuts who grew up in the Sixties are fans of British, Italian or American iron. Not Greg Davis, who ended up restoring a 1965 Yamaha YM-1.  

Found on eBay: 1962 Yamaha YDS-R Factory Racer

And now for something you don't see every day: Yes, it's a 1962 Yamaha YDS-R factory race bike. We remember seeing this bike at the 2006 Legend of the Motorcycle show in Half Moon Bay, Calif., where it impressed us with it's amazing condition. It also impressed the judges there, winning a first place tropy, and now it could be yours.

The Yamaha YX600S Radian

The mid-1980s were challenging times for the motorcycle industry. Faced with a changing and constricting market, Yamaha, like every company, took a long look at its products and considered how it should adapt to a new reality. Along with the monster V-Max and the immortal FZ750, Yamaha introduced the Radian, a smaller, kinder, and yes, faster standard for the street.   

1985 Yamaha FZ750

Vintage motorcycle racing at Road Atlanta with Neale Bayly on a 1985 Yamaha FZ750 that has seen better days.

1964 Yamaha Trailmaster 80

When you think of a vintage small-bore Japanese motorcycle for running in-town errands or slinging mud on a weekend camping trip, the Yamaha Trailmaster 80, might be the bike for you.

The Yamaha TT500

Although the Yamaha TT500 was last imported into the U.S. in 1981, the lightweight, fun Yamaha single still has tons of fans.

Contact Patch

Wow, but Why? 197hp, 123 lb/ft torque and 1,679cc displacement! All wrapped in shiny black and much chrome, the 2009 version of Yamaha’s V-Max is now a reality. 

1984 Yamaha FJ1100

The 1984 Yamaha FJ1100 certainly caused a stir in its freshman year: “The best large displacement sport motorcycle of 1984, and maybe even the best in its class in the history of motorcycling,” said Rider magazine.

Found on eBay: 1978 Yamaha SR500

Yamaha's SR500 was a retro bike before being retro was popular. A throwback to the days of BSA Goldstars and other big street singles, the SR showed a whole new generation how great a big single can be both for running around town and snaking down tight backroads.

The 2009 V-Max: First Photo!

Our buddy Paul Crowe over at The Kneeslider (www.thekneeslider.com) has the info V-Max lovers have been waiting for: yes, finally, a photo of the new-for-2009 Yamaha V-Max! It's taken Yamaha quite a while to get to this point, but by our eyes, it was worth the wait!

1968 Yamaha DT-1

Prior to the release of the Yamaha DT-1, a reliable, reasonably powerful and inexpensive dirt bike simply didn’t exist.

Found on eBay: 1977 Yamaha RD400

This week's eBay searching put us in a two-stroke mood, and what better way to scratch that itch than a Yamaha RD400? This one looks like it has lead a pretty easy life, and it's been sympathetically restored and looks ready to ride.

The Yamaha TX750

Yamaha experimented with the parallel twin on the 1973 Yamaha TX750.

Yamaha V-Max

In 1985, the brand-new 1,198cc, 70-degree V4 monster Yamaha V-Max was an unapologetic two-wheeled hot-rod. It was the undisputed king of the boulevard, and the most American bike ever to come out of Japan. Virtually unchanged 22 years later, it still may be.

Yamaha SRX600

Best bets on tomorrow's classics: The Yamaha SRX600 got positive reviews but was ignored by American buyers

1980 Yamaha SR500

Durable and easy to maintain, the Yamaha SR500 became a cult favorite among classic motorcycle fans

1982 Yamaha XJ650 Seca

There are a few less-celebrated bikes from the Eighties that are still great bikes today, and Yamaha’s 650 Seca is one of them.