Friday, April 17, 2009
1983 Yamaha RX50
This 1983 Yamaha RX50 is one of the smallest bikes that has passed through Barry's garage in the last few years, but it's also one of the most fun. With its 50cc engine and 5-speed gearbox, it's a great teaching machine, and Barry long ago lost count of how many people learned to ride on it. It was sold for a while but found its way back last year.
It's astoundingly reliable. Leave it parked all winter, and it starts with a single kick. Parts are plentiful as it shares the engine with the Yamaha YSR50. It's parked right now, as the gas tank finally rusted through at a seam, but it'll probably be back on the road before the summer is over... possibly in a very different form! Watch this site.