Yamaha R5

1970 Yamaha R5

1970 Yamaha R5

The ’70s was the era of the big two-strokes, and the Yamaha R5 lead the charge.

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.

For Sale: 1972 Yamaha R5 (Gray, Maine) $3,500

1972 Yamaha R5

1972 Yamaha R5

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.

You can learn more about the Yamaha R5 here. The R5 is definitely on my wanted list.

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For Sale: 1971 Yamaha R5 (Waltham, Mass.) $2,200

1971 Yamaha R5

1971 Yamaha R5


I found this 1971 Yamaha R5 for sale in Waltham, Mass. It looks nice. The seller’s asking $2,200, that doesn’t sound crazy.

For Sale: 1970 Yamaha R5 (Richmond, Virginia) $2,500

1970 Yamaha R5

1970 Yamaha R5

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.

Yamaha RD350

Yamaha RD350

Also, I don’t know where the seller gets $2,500. I could see $1,500, but I’m cheap.

For Sale: 1972 Yamaha R5 (Rye, New Hampshire) $2,000

1972 Yamaha R5

1972 Yamaha R5

If I had $2,000 cash I would buy this bike. It would make an awesome cafe racer. So if you’re in the Rye, New Hampshire area and you’re looking for a bad ass bike, check it out.

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