Yamaha saw an opportunity in the late 1980’s to use their TZR250 two-stroke drivetrain and possibly show up on – ABC’s Wide World of Sports’ The Superbikers – ( well, maybe just during a commercial break ). A longtime friend of RSBFS, Moto2 Imports offers this recent import with just over 14,000 miles and U.S. title.
More of a supermoto than dual sport, Yamaha sought to transfer the 50 ponies and light weight of the TZR to a motard. The parallel twin was tuned for better torque and a few less peak hp at 46, as well as painted silver. Like on the TZR, timing is computer-controlled and uses 28mm flat-slide carbs and reed induction. The hefty steel chassis could handle tarmac and jumps, and crossover exhaust stayed out of the way. Air-charged front forks had 160mm travel, and the Monocross rear coped with 150mm. Seeing far into rally bikes’ future, the Ultimate Dual had an integrated seat, tank and fairing with a high windshield.
Moto2 gives every import a thorough going over, but favors originality, selecting better candidates for import rather than doing more restoration. It this case the TDR looks excellent with barely even a boot scuff, and Moto2 tests everything for proper operation. Comments from correspondence and – their website –
Yamaha’s dual-sport adventure bike features a TZR250 derived two-stroke 250 engine specially tuned for the TDR. Bike has 14,000 miles (22,667km) and is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. New Dunlop tires. Will come with US title. Asking $7,999
Excellent condition example. Engine is in good running condition with all lights, horn, blinkers working properly. Dunlop tires in nearly new condition. Weighing under 300lbs with 50hp on tap, Yamaha’s two-stroke dual sport 250 is a blast on and off road. Video available on request.
While a little off RSBFS’s beaten path, the TDR is a close relation to the racy TZR. It pre-dates the European super motard craze, and would’ve been a hit here but for the twilight of two-stroke emissions. A gem for a fan of the brand, or maybe just a wild pit bike, Moto2 requests offers on (844) 44-MOTO2 or via email – here –.