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Yamaha RD250 LC

Yamaha RD250 LCThe launch of the RD250LC saw the emergence of the quarter-litre water-cooled screamers and would put yamaha back at the top of the pile. In Jap land and the U.S it was known as the RZ as was the YPVS models that followed. The LC would play a major part at the home and in the jap market right up to the present day. At that time the Suzuki X7 having given the ageing A/C RD a good wuping something new was desperately needed by Yamaha. As a replacement for the ageing and heavy air-cooled RD series, which had been around since the dawn of time. The LC as it became known was the instant and unchallenged top dog. Best of all back then you could ride it on "L" plates. The new mono shock suspension and up dated TZ derived frame provided a stable ride with improved handling over the earlier A/C RD's. Witch shows how bad the old twin shock Rd's are cos we all know a standard LC an't no bed of roses to ride fast.

RD250 LC Info;

  • Introduced: May 1980 250lc & June 1980 350lc
  • Discontinued: May 1983 250lc & April 1983
  • Frame/engine nos: On extra info page
  • Colours: 1980 - white with 2tone blue & white with 2tone red. black with 2 tone red. 1981 - black or candy blue. 1982 - red
  • Bore and stroke: 54mm x 54mm 250lc & 64mm x 54mm 350lc
  • Capacity: 247cc 250lc & 347cc 350lc
  • Max power: 35BHP 250lc & 45BHP 350lc
  • Gears: 6
  • Wheels: 18-inch front and rear
  • Fuel capacity: 3.63 gallons
  • Performance: 100ish 250lc & 115ish 350lc
  • Weight: 3061bs 250lc & 3151bs 350lc
  • MPG: 40mpg 250lc and 35mpg 350lc . Hi 20's with race pipes on

With a change in the law bringing the engine limit down to 125cc for the learner market the sales of the 250 slowed to a dribble. However all was not lost. Once you had passed your test the 350LC was an option for you, with 45BHP a kick ass powerband at 6 grand 115 to 120 mph and a good wheele bike to boot this was the hooligans bike of choice in the 80's . The LC only rained supreme for 3 short years and was replaced by The LC2 YPVS in may 1980. {RIP LC} The powervale was born.

Well not quite, as we all know the LC has a massive cult following and is still going strong today. You can contact the LC club on 07000 52258 or mail us lc nutters at if you want to join up.

You can still race an LC with clubs up and down the country although you tend to be put in with other classes to make up the numbers but we are still out there and I can tell you still kicking ass of bikes much bigger newer and faster. It may just be type of rider that ride's the LC but whether it be on the road or on the track the old LC can still hold its own against the odds. The handling by today's standard has something to be desired but with a few mods to the forks and a longer shock at the back they can handle very well indeed. A lot of people theys days put deferent front and rear ends on their bikes to improve their looks handling and braking, some of theys you can see in the specials gallery. I like to see the old LC done up like this. There OK standard but give me a trick LC any day .

Its worth a mention that there are more standard LC's on the road today then there where 5 years a go or for that mater 10 years ago. The new trend to restore to standard. LC owners of today have moved from young 18 to 20 year olds lads out for a thrash to 30 to 40 year olds wanting the bike of their youth. Most have a big 4 in the stable as well and use the lc on the odd day out. Not all not by a long shot. I know loads of young hooligans thrashes but the general ownership has shifted a lot over the last several years.

Its hard to beleve its been over 2 decades since the lc first hit the streets and turned the fantasy of riding a race machine on the road a reality for many 2 stroke junkie's. You have to remember that the competishon of the time was clocking up top 80's to 90mph so the 250lc putting out a good 100mph in standard trim and being around 30 pounds lighter than most of its immediate competition was a real brake threw in 1980.

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