Unexpected Custom Ending Soon – 1986 Yamaha SDR200

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Post Sale Update: This SDR sold for $5,100 after 20 bids on eBay in San Jacinto, California…to reader Jim A!


Originally built just for the Japanese market, the SDR200 was a small cafe racer that predated the Ducati Monster with a trellis frame, naked styling, and the three-spoke wheels. It was only offered for one year, and a tiny amount of them found their way in to the grey market to be resold in Europe, Australia, and the US. Because they’re hard to find, I typically don’t see them with modifications, but this SDR has a few changes that make it stand out, for better or worse.

The SDR featured a two-stroke single cylinder engine with Yamaha’s YPVS technology. The 195cc engine was good for 34 horsepower, and the motorcycle had a 6-speed transmission. All of that came in a package that weighed just 253 pounds, enabling a claimed top speed of 99 miles per hour.

This example was imported from Japan three years ago, and it is currently titled in Arizona – you can transfer the title to any state but California. Modifications include the yellow Yamaha “speedblock” paint, rearsets that are set up for GP shift (reverse shift pattern), pod filter, steel braided brake lines, redone seat, and an unnamed aftermarket exhaust. From a recent maintenance standpoint, this SDR received new fluids and a spark plug. The battery has been removed and replaced with a capacitor setup, and the ignition key has been removed – just use the kill switch to turn the electrical system on or off. Other oddities/issues include a non-functioning tachometer and the installation of aftermarket gauges, so true mileage is unknown. The tires should be replaced before you take it on your first ride, and it’s being offered with no reserve so we’ll get to see what the market thinks it’s worth…

Find this SDR for sale in San Jacinto, California with bidding up to $4,600

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