Who could re­sist such a tempt­ing project? Paul Davies cer­tainly couldn’t...

Classic Bike (UK) - - CONTENTS - MARK HOLMES

Fresh from the postie

Af­ter a long search for an af­ford­able Yamaha RD to re­cap­ture my youth, I snapped up this gem on a well-known auc­tion site. It had been re-ad­ver­tised for £250 af­ter the orig­i­nal bid­der changed his mind (god knows why). His loss was my gain, so I put in a cheeky bid of £150 and the seller ac­cepted im­me­di­ately (ob­vi­ously un­aware of what he had).

I had a blue RD250C af­ter I passed my test in the early ’80s and it cost me £180, so it seems to me it’s a myth that prices have sky­rock­eted.

My query is: af­ter it flies through an MOT, I will be go­ing for a blast this week­end and was hop­ing you could ad­vise me on what brand of pol­ish I could use to make her gleam. Ide­ally I’m look­ing for some­thing that is an­tibac­te­rial and will pre­vent rust.


Af­ter an ex­haus­tive search, we’re afraid we’ve failed to iden­tify any prod­ucts that will sat­isfy your re­quire­ments, Paul. We do, how­ever, know of a rep­utable skip hire com­pany in your vicin­ity. Jok­ing aside, thanks for cheer­ing us up no end with your email – it made us laugh out loud. We ad­mire your brav­ery and look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing up­dates on the restora­tion as it hap­pens...

Look at this beauty. It even comes with a spare engine!

RIGHT: Across­the-frame engine and gear­box? In­ter­est­ing idea...

RIGHT: Surely the cur­rent engine in res­i­dence is just a kick away from an in­stant fire-up?

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