Mr and Mrs Yamaha
Your LC vs YPVS article was spot on. My wife and I own one of each and the truth is the YPVS is a better bike in almost every way, however the LC is more exciting and engaging to ride, not to mention prettier.
Today, the problem with the YPVS is that it circumstantially looks like a modern sportsbike to those not in the know.
Oftentimes, when we’re out together, admirers will walk right past the YPVS to fawn over the LC. Then when they claim they owned or rode a YPVS, I point out my wife’s bike right beside the LC. Of course, this drives my wife nuts because nobody sees her beloved YPVS when the LC is around.
The ’83-’85 bikes were ugly compared to the LC. The F2 is prettier but more modern looking and so is too often overlooked today. Properly adjusted, the YPVS makes power delivery so smooth that it takes all the fun out of the powerband rush – and after all isn’t the ripping scream of a two-stroke on the pipe why we love these bikes? The LC is raw and flawed in comparison but that’s exactly what makes it so much fun to ride.
The LC’S paltry 47bhp, means it’s possible to tear through the gears, giggling all the way, without hardly breaking the national speed limit. Its typical ‘hinge-in-the-middle’ handling makes the ride more engaging and sometimes more terrifying. In comparison the YPVS will do everything asked of it whereas the LC requires a bit of respect.
These bikes are relatively plentiful and thankfully fairly inexpensive in Canada. UK readers would be shocked at how affordable these two were.
Peter Cronhelm, Canada
Canadian (and US) readers would be shocked how unaffordable they are here – JM
Mrs Cronhelm and her beloved Valve
Less than 200 of these left in the UK
His ’n’ hers nonmatching Yams