208 miles displayed on the odometer
c.1963 Yamaha 246cc YDS2
Frame no. Y14 14326
Engine no. D6-14326
The YD2's arrival in 1959 marked an important development for Yamaha's 250 twin, which now featured an entirely new engine, with crankshaft mounted clutch. At the same time, Yamaha's engineers began work on a sports version. Designated 'YDS1', this stylish newcomer featured a tubular cradle frame modelled on that of the successful Asama racers and a short-stroke (56x50mm) version of the YD2 engine equipped with twin carburettors. There were five speeds in the gearbox for the first time on a production motorcycle. Introduced in 1962, the YDS2 represented an evolution of the YDS1 rather than an entirely new model. It was one of the first Yamahas to be widely exported and received a rapturous reception in the UK where Motorcycle Mechanics magazine hailed it as 'one of the best in the world'. With a top speed of 80mph and capable of 66 miles per gallon, the refined YDS2 had the measure of all the contemporary UK-built 250s. Stylish and fast, it was an enormous success, helping to establish Yamaha's reputation for offering more performance for the money than any of its rivals. A 'must have' for the serious collector of early Japanese motorcycles, this highly original, matching-numbers YDS2 displays a total of only 208 miles on the odometer, though this cannot be verified. Even so, it is a superb basis for a full restoration, being mostly complete apart from missing side panels, while we are advised that the engine turns freely. There are no documents with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed. This vehicle, having completed less than 6,000kms, may be deemed to fall in the NMT category under NOVA if the vehicle is registered in the UK. Please visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/nova/ for further information.
- As this vehicle qualifies as a New Means of Transport, VAT at the current rate will be payable by the buyer to HMRC.