Stateside fans would probably say Yamaha are generally at the forefront of technology and leading-edge fabrication, but bucking that trend was the little SRX250 and the SRX series in general. The 250 wound up a single-year special for us, with an eye on fun and the bottom line, and that still might be case for this Ohio example.
Yamaha introduced a line of four-stroke singles, with a 600, 400, and 250cc models, mostly for the domestic market. A steel tubing frame loops smoothly around the upright air-cooled engine. On the 250, a 22mm carburetor is on one side of the head, with seeming dual exhausts from the front. The six-speed transmission is a relatively up-to-date concession to the 10,000 rpm required to make 32 hp. A single front disk and rear drum suffice, along with 33mm forks and monoshock rear. Tires are almost the same width but staggered diameters with 16-inch front and 18 rear.
With 10,700 around-town miles, it would be unfair to expect a creampuff and this SRX shows average wear. The red frame and mostly white bodywork hasn’t aged badly, but could use a little sprucing up. The wheels look very light and are in good shape. Mechanically, there’s just not that much to go wrong. From the eBay auction:
Rare 1987 Yamaha SRX 250. These bikes were only made for one year. Great collector bike but also a cool daily driver. Runs great and right down the road. It does idle a little ruff. Just needs rode. All the plastic is solid – no cracks. Tank is in good shape it’s for age. As you can see in pictures it’s not perfect. No tears in seat. All lights work. Have a clear title.
Better suited to an occasional errand than a commute, the SRX250 could still make a massive pit bike or learner’s permit birthday gift. The red and white livery echoes larger Yammers from the -80’s, though it wasn’t a long-term success here. The sensible starting bid and what looks like an easy restoration might sway a fan of the brand.