For decades, Kawasaki ruled the 250cc ‘sport’bike market – though Honda has recently taken a chunk of the market with their CBR250R. Honda also challenged the little Ninja in the 80s with the VTR250, though it did not have much commercial success. For one year in the States, even Big Blue threw their hat into the ring with the Yamaha SRX 250.
Powered by 250cc single-cylinder 4 stroke engine, the SRX pushed out 17 horsepower and was able to rev up to 9,000 rpm. The styling is definitely 80s, but it’s quite appropriate in this situation. Note the position of the seat release lock and the fact that it has a fuel gauge! Fancy stuff for a 25 year old 250cc. Unfortunately, bodywork is hard to find for these – such a limited sales run means that Yamaha never made parts availability a priority. In addition, because they were beginner bikes, many were trashed or neglected. Want more information? Check out someone’s fan page for the Yamaha SRX250, one of the very few out there.
This specific Yamaha SRX 250 (VIN: JYA2NV006HA000528) has just 8,465 miles, and is in ‘original, unmolested condition.’ You might note the Kerker muffler, but it turns out that it’s just a Kerker plate glued on to the OEM pipe. The only issues seem to be cosmetic – the tank is dented, and as you’d expect from a 28 year old bike, there are some scratches and scuffs. But if you’re looking for a small rare sportbike, it doesn’t get much rarer than this – especially for the price.
Find this Yamaha SRX 250 for sale in Neenah, Wisconsin with an opening bid of $1,295 and a BIN of $1,995