Trade Classic Bikes 70’s, 80’s 90’s – Yamaha RD 125 LC

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The new Yamaha RD125LC was first announced to the press in the winter of 1981/82, a new single cylinder, liquid cooled 250cc to 125cc / 12bhp restrictions in 1982/83. It was the successor to the Air-cooled RD125 twin, there was going to be a big new market for the 125cc machines.

The new 125LC was born, styling inherited from the latest RD250/350LC’s, Nose Fairing, Belly pan more sportier looking than the earlier RD125 air-cooled twins it replaces to keep pace with the current trends. Colours available were White or Candy Blue for early models; later colours motor. Introduced in June 1982.

The new UK learner laws were changing from introduced to the line up in 1984 was Red or Black or White with larger sportier Red Blue Decals.

Fuel consumption as tested by BIKE magazine in December 1982 was between 76-79 mpg

The Price in 1982 for a 125LC was just -820 but back then it was high price for a 125cc bike. Yamaha’s only main rival in the beginning was from Kawasaki with the liquid cooled AR125, the AR had the better mid range power with its reed and rotary disc induction system, whereas the RD had the edge on top end power and easier to tune. The RD was the bike to have.

Even though this 125 was restricted to 12 bhp and 75 mph with a micron or all speed (the pipes of choice at that time) it could see just over 100mph on the clock down a good hill. With a cantilever mono-shock swinging arm italic style wheels it adopted from its big brother the 250LC and a single cylinder water-cooled engine it really did look the biz. They just flew out the dealer’s shops.

( UK 1GM 12bhp restricted, 21BHP for Europe Japan with full working YPVS)

The mk2 was introduced in February 1985. Same styling as the mk1 but with major modifications, Available in White or Black, both had new red and more flasher decals and a red seat. Larger diameter forks and clip on style handle bars along with smaller 16 front/ 18rear new design wheels, these looking very similar to the RD 350 YPVS, then on the market and new sportier instrumentation being the instantly noticeable cosmetic changes.

Other changes include revised castor and trail angles also a fork brace fitted for more responsive steering with a different disk and an apposed piston brake calliper, this improved the overall stability, handling and braking. A thermostat was also fitted to the cylinder head, which the mk1 didn’t have and cosmetic changes to engine casing covers.

Unlucky for us in the UK, but the rest of the world that got the Mk2 was fitted with YPVS Micron styled exhaust but not in the UK. It would be nearly 2 years later before the YPVS model landed in the UK (to be known as the mk3 in the UK with different colour decals), and what a surprise for us brits, the power valve was locked shut not wired up to comply with the 12bhp learner limit.

End of the RD 125 LC

1987 marked the end of the RD125LC. It had ruled the roost right up until the introduction of the TZR125 in ’87, which had super bike looks of its day. Competition from main rivals Suzuki RG125 and Honda NS 125R meant that the TZR had to take over had to take over Yamaha’s no.1 125 flagships.

I also changed with the times in July1989 and bought a TZR125, which was later stolen that year. Up until 2004 I still owned an mk1 RD125LC.

Yamaha RD 125 LC
Yamaha RD 125 LC
Yamaha RD 125 LC
Yamaha RD 125 LC
Yamaha RD 125 LC
Yamaha RD 125 LC
Yamaha RD 125 LC
Yamaha RD 125 LC


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