Yamaha called the TDR250 the “Ultimate Dual“. Thanks to a a dual-sport frame with a retuned two-stroke motor from a TZR250 sportbike, I call it weird. Whatever you call it, the US did not have anything like it, because Yamaha never officially sold it here. With that said, a few were sold in Canada, and that’s where this example is being sold out of.
Consider that this nearly 30 year old bike makes 13 horsepower more than a new KLR, yet it weighs 92 pounds less! If that wasn’t good enough, check out this article on ADV Pulse for what else made the TDR special, including Yamaha’s assertion that the TDR’s engine was the first two-stroke motor to utilize both a CDI and an electronic advance system.
This example is VIN: JYA3NRN07KA000209 and it has 21,224 miles. The seller calls it a “solid 10 footer” that runs and rides well or could be used as the basis for a full restoration. Then again, anything could be used as the basis for a full restoration. It has some minor bodywork cracks, needs new grips/tires, and there’s some pitting on the chrome pipes.
Find this TDR250 for sale in East York, Ontario, Canada with bidding up to $4,900 and the reserve already met here on eBay.