Make or Break? RD250LC
‘Cor, I used to have one of those!’
If I had a pint for every time someone said that to me since picking up this Yamaha, I’d be face down in a loo by now. Nostalgia, it’s what drives the classic scene, be it toys, cars or motorcycles. I had a few LC’s come my way last year, and at the time I did consider hanging onto one for old times’ sake. Then I let capitalism take its course and they all found new owners. I then got the urge to find one and the search began.
‘Where do you find a 40-year-old Stroker these days?’
eBay! Trawling the adverts can get addictive, reading them can be fun. Some sellers write reams of words, others simply let the pictures do the talking. After nosing online for a few weeks, I saw this bike. It ticked lots of my self-imposed boxes, the biggest being the colour. Other than the candy blue scheme, this is by far my favourite, the Mars Bar! I got the seller’s number and dialled him up, it’s good to talk and so much easier than endless eBay message exchanges. After a quick natter I was sold, a deposit was sent electronically and a courier sent to collect my RD250LC.
‘What, you bought a 1980 bike without looking at it?’
If you ask the right questions, you get all the info you need, so I was more than satisfied that the bike would meet my expectations. I was not disappointed when the courier swung the doors to his van open at my kerbside and was very happy with my purchase. This was a few months ago now, and since then my attention is now on tucking something else away in my garage in the space where the LC currently resides.
‘Sell it to me, what’s so cool about this bike?’
The biggest attraction is the fact it is still sporting its matching frame and engine numbers, a major plus to the value. Also, it is a genuine UK bike, which was another one of my boxes that this bike originally ticked. I was not overly fussed if it wasn’t, but it makes selling a bit easier. The bike is fitted with new chrome Allspeed exhausts and comes with a perfect set of freshly restored standard pipes. I was tempted to punt these on, but now I’m pleased I resisted my natural instinct to recoup some funds.
The bike was restored a few years back by a well-known player in the Jap classic world. The receipts that came with the V5 back this up. I have the original mirrors too but took them off to make storage easier in the garage. Overall, it is one rather nice example of an early V reg RD250LC.
‘How much is it?’
The asking price is £7,995 with both sets of exhausts. More than happy to discuss a deal though. Try me.
Article provided by Scottie Redmond