Don Vesco Prototype – 1974 Yamaha RD250/350

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Post Listing Update: This Vesco prototype did not meet reserve despite 27 bids up to $3,600 in Luttrell, Tennessee.


This Yamaha RD started as a 250, though it was “converted to RD350 specs” by none other than Don Vesco. Don used it as a development mule to create his “Cafe Royal” fairings.

The bodywork on this example (VIN: 352209745) has a serial number of “01” to reflect its prototype nature, but it’s not the only modification made to this Yamaha. Other upgrades include Morris mag wheels, S&W shocks, RD400 brakes with stainless steel brake lines, expansion chambers, clippons, rear sets, and more, all of which were installed by Don Vesco’s company (Don Vesco Products). Recently, the motor was rebuilt and a few new parts were installed – chain, sprockets, battery, and clutch. It was on display at the Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia for several years, and the seller will include plenty of documentation, including a 1984 letter on behalf of Matt Guzzetta. I’ve mentioned Matt’s name before – he was a partner of Vesco in the 70s and 80s, and he once crossed the United States on one tank of gas.

Find this Vesco-owned prototype for sale in Luttrell, Tennessee with bidding up to $2,550 and the reserve not yet met

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