YAMAHA RD 500 LCDennis Noyes Tribute Classic 80s Motorbikes

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Yamaha RD 500 LC


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Close your eyes and yourself at the controls of Kenny Yamaha 500 in sixth gear an open throttle on the Jarama away, a roar of a purebred; and now breaking for the final straight. power brakes but with a feel, you downshift, fifth, third and you enter, still on the final stretch passing the vertex, rising and opening the for the exit, rear wheel at the of its grip, and the front lifts up!

And you the front tire up in a long until you shift into just at the entrance of the fast And you finish up first and outstanding.

You the hero of the film.

Pleasant But now Yamaha offers you the opportunity to with you eyes open. aren’t putting you on the track or in the stands, but they are putting you on a that turn you into the of “your” movie. The Yamaha RD 500 LC, a so exotic, so “real” that the idea of making a bike this seemed impossible the first rumors began to fly a “Roberts Replica” in Japan.

with the marketing of the RD 500 LC, Yamaha has its impossible mission. And by a … Jaime and I have been to test it in Germany.

“We a Little surprise for you,” Briel of Motorrad Reisen told me. I had arrived in Germany to a production bike that the were about to introduce in the market, but I had to change the test when they showed me the surprise,”. a Yamaha RD 500 LC, the only one in and of the half dozen that at that moment in Europe. And important still, this bike was broken in, carburized, for a real test.

Two years ago Nutting, editor in chief of the Which Bike? from learned about the RD 500 LC Prototype a trip to Japan, but instead of publishing mere rumors, did something more spectacular. In the lab for Which Bike? they a Protar scale model of the Roberts Yamaha to make a street RD 500 and shot a photo that fooled more one person.

According to John it was a spy photo of the during exclusive tests in Yamaha didn’t think the was funny, because the details accurate. a two … V4 50 degrees, reed valves and exhaust six gears and a maximum speed of 230 k /h. Yamaha firmly denied the of such project, and Which recognized that it was a photo of a model.

But the idea of ​​a Roberts didn’t seem so far-fetched that the latest version of the RD 350 LC was undergoing factory tests important improvements and a smoother of power thanks to the use of exhaust But, did Yamaha dare to go the current by launching a two … at the height of an era of four … displacement engines?

No other would have dared, but did, and we must recognize the brand of the tuning fork, this superb creation, has me to say that I no longer hate two bikes. All my life, maybe I was riding in England during the ten years or so of the British industry, I had an aversion to the noise, odor and concept of a two-… engine.

In I was taught to refer to two-… always as bloody two strokes like damn two strokes as bleeding, is a slight British referring to the blood of the Virgin and as a rider of an Aermacchi 350 4T, I spent years fighting always in against the Yamaha 350 air-cooled just like when I in Spain 13 years ago with my 24 hours against the Montesa, and TSS bikes of men like the late Navarrete, Ricardo Tormo, Calafat, Miguel Angel Ivan Alcazar, etc.

And my friends at the time, I remember two of very seriously asked me why I buy a TSS, but I told both Alguersuari and Andrés Pérez Never, ever. As if they had me to commit treason.

To each lunatic, his own madnessmine has four-… motorcycles, the Norton, the or the Aermacchi.

However, after a of kilometers at the controls of the DR, I had to recognize this time Yamaha had a miracle. a 2 … with kick, power, but also finesse, smoothness and if there is no low range at least there is at good power at middle And with a German price of 11,000 DM (632,800 pesetas) to a price of nearly 20,000 pesetas.) for the Honda VF 1000 R. The RD 500 LC to be the most affordable super bike, and because of this in Europe. From the first the bike is gorgeous, compact and finished, and even on the second, it a Grand Prix motorcycle, as if had placed turning signals and a on an Eddie Lawson 500.

the controls, the feeling is of having onto a world championship but with the instrument board of a bike. It has a kick start, that I really like on a sporty bike like the Hailwood Replica, for example. with a difference.

With the red and Ducati you must have well and you have to give it a kick to hear the roar of the exhausts. With the Yamaha you have to stand up on the lever and down with all the strength you

The DR is started with a kick and slow, and the roar of the four sharp and beautiful race. inside the sound standards, but a sound that makes you beat, you’re sitting on the of Kenny Roberts, semi-high and footrests and delayed, a huge tank and red, and when you gas the bike accelerates with Yamaha!

With the Yamaha you have to stand up on the pedal and down with all the strength you The DR is started with a soft and kick, and the roar of the four and beautiful racing tailpipes. under the sound limit, but a sound that will your heart beat, sitting on the site of Kenny semi-high handlebars and footrests are high and farther back, a red and white fuel tank, and you give the bike gas it accelerates a roar of. Yamaha!

You crouch down over the tank, and each time you through the low gears you feel as if the wheel is barely touching the

And when it comes to the curves, you that this Yamaha is unimaginably agile with a dry of less than 200 kg and a wheelbase of 1.380 cm. Brakes so good it’s hard to believe you can fill them so quickly. And anti-dive system that preserving the geometry during on fast curves, keeping the from bottoming out during the abrupt stops.

Even the rear wheel is in the air!.

A long straight run after a gear curve. (I’m on the of Cologne, a sunny day in spring) and no in sight. Clutchless shifting at 10,000 rpm. The front lifts up in third and stays up for 50 meters. and that roar.

the sound that accompanies the Prix film I’m I have a Spencer right me. fourth, 10,000 rpm a slope, and the is light in front and shimmies a bit at 200 but you don’t have to cut back, is a racing bike, racing reactions, and it gives you the confidence of a bike. Already in sixth, the road does not seem as or as narrow as at first sight.

I see where before everything straight. but I want to reach the rpm in 6th, and the Yamaha continues to The maximum power of 88 hp comes at rpm, and changing to sixth at rpm without clutch and almost cutting, the motor only about 800 rpm and at 9,200 rpm, 700 rpm the maximum torque (6.8 mkp at rpm) acceleration remains up to 10,000 rpm. I straighten up to the force of the wind at about 235 on the gauge that are actually 223 km/h, and even at full in sixth gear the brakes are so that I would say that the deceleration is even more than its acceleration.

I put myself now in the position of the reader and But of what use is a bike like Can you tour on it? Can you ride down the with it? And above all, how fuel does it consume?

it’s hard to imagine bike equipped with a set of bags with a passenger and a bag on the tank, but as an everyday bike, in the city, it is easy to handle, manageable. As long as you are careful you give it gas above 7500

Yamaha RD 500 LC

If we take a look at the results of the RD 500 LC bench test, we see that up to rpm the bike behaves like a touring bike, but between rpm and 8000 rpm there is an increase in the of 21 hp, an increase in power of almost 40 hp. you get to 7000 rpm it is important to have clear ideas about you want to go. In water, the next I found that at 7,000 rpm low and gears, the bike fishtailed away. Here are the statistics for the test:

The fuel consumption is not I would say that the consumption is for a high performance sports In South Africa, in a race of bikes won by Yamaha against like the Kawasaki Ninja, the FJ 1100 and the Honda VF 1000 R (on a winding circuit) the winning RD was one of the that consumed the least of fuel.

In our test, and with driving, the average was 7.5 liters per but this included a few hours of driving in the mountains.

Jaime, who the 500 of Marc Fontan, got off it impressed. The is that Yamaha has managed to a street bike the feel, the (without the decibels) and the flavor of a Prix motorcycle without it a dangerous and impossible to ride

If Yamaha-Semsa decides to make units of the Yamaha RD 500 LC available for select teams in Formula-1 we of the fat bikes have many with them, especially on such as Lugo and Albacete. on the slippery asphalt urban of Albacete, the RD should be driven very, very delicate

However, that way we fall the trap of considering the RD as if it were a relationship.

It’s not. The 88 hp and 223 are not brilliant performances. There are with almost 40 hp more, capable of almost 40 km/h. but with the handicap of about 50 more in running order.

A FJ 1100, a Kawasaki Ninja or a VF 1000 R leave behind the RD on a and are not difficult to handle on curves, but course changes, with with sequences of linked the DR rider will not lose the that he is wearing inside, the 120/125 hp superbike riders always have a serious on their faces. If not frightened! And is the beauty of the Yamaha.

It lets you it, provided you remember the kick is waiting for you between 7000 rpm and rpm. A bike that at seemed, on paper, like 500 cc. two-… 90 hp loose on the streets. it at heart perhaps the bike is most secure and easy to quickly in the mountains of the new generation of superbikes.

I will remain a fan of my four … bikes of personal tastes, habits, but after trying the Yamaha RD 500 LC never say bloody two-…

They look like of a racing bike. Here in the we have the technical solutions of Yamaha. Yamaha reed rotary valve pioneers at the of Read and Ivy. they faithful to classical intake but operated exhaust valves. in V at 50 degrees and water cooling.

The is a semi-closed ratio, especially the two gears. The first is long, up to 90 and this requires you to make the work to shift out well, hurting the commercially significant figure for the 400 meter test.

The section frame is steel and inspired by the Yamaha Grand frame and with some to the concept of the Kobas in U in 1983. The suspension also comes in from the Grand Prix a progressive system with mounted under the engine. a place to avoid prejudicing the of gravity and also the shock is exposed to air.

I’m surprised a little by the 18 rear wheel, considering Yamaha already has a 16 inch wheel on the 1100 FJ, but what is is that Yamaha has been The shorter wheelbase, 16 inch wheel, quick geometry and low of gravity make the RD 500 LC the most fun bike I’ve ever in the mountains.

Thanks to Yamaha, for the excellent RD 350 LC bikes and now for the fantastic RD 500 LC, the motorcycle, an endangered species and to disappear from the streets, is and appears to have a future in our times of expensive fuel and legislation. Due to the success of the RD 350 LC, the other brands have returned to seriously on the two-… street bike, and there is a selection of amazing 250 cc two … bikes, and Yamaha is already marketing the RD 500 LC, we that Suzuki is working the Gamma 500 based on the great Champion bike from the age of Luchinelli and Uncini, while is talk of a V-3 Spencer Replica. if the other brands return to the engine, it is because Yamaha has stayed true to its principles, and this amazing Yamaha RD 500 LC have achieved the impossible. have made a civilized sports bike at midrange with strong push being brutal kick) acceptable fuel consumption, but excessively watering down its essence of two … sports

And if I have not gone into details it is because at the moment Yamaha has no intention of marketing the RD 500 LC in What a pity.

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