While Honda bowed out of the two-stroke war, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki went all-in.
In terms of ballsy, I would say Kawasaki won the war with the three cylinder H2 750 Mark IV. Suzuki even made two-stroke touring bike, the GT750.
But Yamaha did well with the R5, which was proceeded by the RD350, RD400 and RD400 Daytona.
These bikes were loud, unreliable hunks of riding fun.
I found this bike for sale in Maine.
It’s a 1972 Yamaha R5 that has been completely rebuilt from the frame up. It looks badass. If I had the cash, I would driving to Maine to check this out. If it’s as nice as it looks in the photos, I actually think the seller might not be asking enough for it.
I found this ’70 Yamaha R5 for sale on Craigslist in Richmond, Virginia.
The seller refers to it as a cafe race. It’s not. It could be, but it looks pretty stock to me. To be a cafe racer, I’d need to see something that looks like this.
Also, I don’t know where the seller gets $2,500. I could see $1,500, but I’m cheap.