1985 Yamaha RD500LC


  • Sought after V4 two-stroke high performance motorcycle
  • Unused since 1990, but regularly started and run prior to disassembly
  • Fully stripped down and ready for restoration

The Appeal

Produced between 1984 and 1986, the Yamaha RD500LC was essentially a road-going version of the YZR500 upon which Kenny Roberts had enjoyed racing success during the early ‘80s.

The current owner, a collector and restorer of Yamaha motorcycles, has disassembled the bike in readiness for a full restoration and all parts are complete. However, due to a change in health, the Yamaha needs a new home.

The History and Paperwork

  • Unused on the road since 1990
  • 2 owners from new
  • Original handbook and full workshop manual
  • V5C present

The Condition

  • The frame has been stripped, revealing it to be in very good shape
  • Straight, clean and free from any structural corrosion
  • There is a little surface corrosion on the rear brake cylinder bracketry
  • Handlebars and switchgear present well, although require cosmetic restoration
  • Some damage to side panel paintwork
  • All fairings present and in good overall condition which are also original
  • The wheels are in excellent shape
  • New tyres

The Mechanics 

  • 499cc V4 two-stroke
  • Was regularly started by the vendor prior to disassembly
  • Stripped down with barrels removed
  • All parts removed have been neatly organised in containers and are all original
  • Mechanical components all appear to have been cleaned


The Yamaha RD500LC is an immensely capable, rare and sought after machine. Here we have the perfect opportunity to acquire one and finish the restoration that the current owner started.
One of the few things more satisfying than riding an RD500LC is riding one that you restored yourself.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1985
  • Make Yamaha
  • Model LC500
  • Colour White/Orange
  • Odometer 10,837 Miles
  • Engine size 499
  • Town Preston
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Lancashire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
41 bids
  • Sh•••• £15,250 19/10/22
  • De•••• £15,000 19/10/22
  • De•••• £14,750 19/10/22
  • Sh•••• £14,500 19/10/22
  • De•••• £14,250 19/10/22
  • Sh•••• £14,000 19/10/22
  • De•••• £13,750 19/10/22
  • Sh•••• £13,500 19/10/22
  • De•••• £13,250 19/10/22
  • Sh•••• £13,000 19/10/22

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