1967 Yamaha 246cc YDS3 Catalina Frame no. Y23-29987 Engine no. D9-29987

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Lot 192
1967 Yamaha 246cc YDS3 Catalina
Frame no. Y23-29987 Engine no. D9-29987

Sold for US$ 1,610 inc. premium
1967 Yamaha 246cc YDS3 Catalina
Frame no. Y23-29987
Engine no. D9-29987
'In 1963, Motorcycle Mechanics magazine greeted Yamaha's YDS-2 sporting twin with outright applause. The follow-up machine, cunningly called the YDS3, incorporated still more advances: the first sight of the Autolube system which provided lubrication via a gearbox-driven pump; redesigned cylinder heads, an extra plate in the wet clutch, bigger 24mm carbs, a stronger crankshaft and better seals. Yamaha used their racing experience to base the YD chassis around their tubular cradle frame which had performed so well for them on the Asama racers. It was a good match for the frisky, short-stroke, twin-carb, 27bhp engine.'
The over square 56mm x 50mm (bore x stroke) 246cc produced its maximum at 7500rpm and was made all the more usable by the five-speed gearbox with a very 'snick snick' shift. At the traffic light grand prix of the day it would run 16.6 seconds for a quarter mile and a quoted top speed of 82mph. Light weight and a good twin leading shoe front brake took care of the handling and stopping. Cycle World's test rider said 'Cornering speed is limited only by the lean angle at which things begin to drag.' The YDS3 wasn't built for the racetrack, however, and proved to be eminently practical for road riding. In fact, Cycle World found it hard to fault, with 'a comfortable riding position, a fine ride in addition to the fine handling, and a quality of finish and construction that is really remarkable.'
This YDS3 is something of a survivor with only 5,518 miles on the odometer. It is clearly used – the low mileage indicating just how much use – but the paint and chrome exhibit rich patina. A wonderful opportunity to acquire a now rare Yamaha two-stroke twin.

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1967 Yamaha 246cc YDS3 Catalina Frame no. Y23-29987 Engine no. D9-29987
1967 Yamaha 246cc YDS3 Catalina Frame no. Y23-29987 Engine no. D9-29987
1967 Yamaha 246cc YDS3 Catalina Frame no. Y23-29987 Engine no. D9-29987
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