1985 Yamaha RD 500LC

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  • Low mileage example
  • Impressive history file
  • Matching numbers example
  • Impressively original

The Appeal

The first of its kind, and to this day remains a breed of machine unlikely to ever be seen again with very few bed fellows to share garage space with. Even with a quarter century behind it, the RD 500 remains at the top of many peoples wish lists providing a riding experience that only few can match, even if it did have a third more weight and a fraction of the power from a real GP racer, it remained more than enough for public road use. In terms of character and styling, this may well be the closest you’ll get to riding the real deal without having to sell a kidney or two.
This example has been lovingly cared for at the hands of an enthusiast, covering just a mere 500-ish miles in his long ten-year ownership. Taken on short distance trips every year to ensure the bike remains in tip-top working condition and regularly MOT’d seeing that the bike gets whatever it requires, with all four carburetors removed, overhauled and synchronised just last October.

The History and Paperwork

  • UK supplied example
  • First registered on the 6th of April 1985
  • V5 present and correct in the current keepers name
  • Matching frame and engine numbers example
  • Owned by the current keeper for the last 10 years
  • 27 MOT certificates present with the motorbike indicate the bike was mostly used before 2003
  • Ample receipts and invoices for work carried out under the current and previous keepers 

The Condition

  • Presented in handsome original condition with black, red and silver livery
  • Standard trim with all fairings in lovely shape with only a few repaired cracks (very minor)
  • Screen in good condition with no cracks or heavy marring
  • Seat looks to be in great shape with only light signs of use as to be expected for its age 
  • Both wheels appear in good condition with black paintwork and no damage to be seen
  • Clock gauges all remain functional, showing the low mileage at 14,725 miles
  • All lights remain functional and are free from damage or fading
  • Hand grips show no signs of wear or degradation
  • Framework all looks to be exceptionally kept

The Mechanics 

  • 499cc liquid-cooled 4-cylinder 2-stroke engine reported to be in great health with a lively top end
  • Twin-crank 50-degree V4 configuration
  • 6-speed wet clutch manual transmission reported to remain in wonderful working order
  • Chain driven rear wheel
  • Claimed peak horsepower of 87hp @ 9500RPM
  • Twin 270mm disc brakes up front with 2-piston calipers
  • 270mm single disc on the rear with a 2-piston caliper
  • Goodridge brake hoses only on the front
  • Anti-dive front forks and rising rate monoshock rear
  • Recently serviced and synchronised 26mm Mikuni carburettors 
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This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1985
  • Make Yamaha
  • Model RD 500
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 14,725 Miles
  • Engine size 499
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Marlow
  • Location Buckinghamshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
10 bids from 8 bidders
  • ja•••• £10,750 30/04/24
  • Br•••• £10,500 30/04/24
  • ja•••• £10,250 30/04/24
  • ro•••• £10,000 30/04/24
  • 7_•••• £8,200 30/04/24
  • Ma•••• £8,000 30/04/24
  • M8•••• £7,800 30/04/24
  • 7_•••• £7,700 29/04/24
  • de•••• £7,500 25/04/24
  • pa•••• £5,000 25/04/24
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