YAMAHA RD80LCII

(1982-1984)

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - The Best 80s Of The Eighties -

79cc liq­uid-cooled Reed-valve Two-stroke sin­gle 10bhp 89kg 60mph

The only thing the LCII shares with the orig­i­nal 80LC is its mo­tor. Ev­ery­thing else is lifted from the Mk1 125LC (con­fus­ingly, later mod­els fea­ture paint and graph­ics from the MKII 125). That sounds OK, but what it de­liv­ers is a heav­ier bike that’s less fun than both the first RD80LC and the 125LC.

It’s a mish-mash with no redeem­ing fea­tures, save the fact that you could al­ways use it as a spares mule for 125LC cy­cle parts. Un­less you’re Ger­man, there isn’t an up­side. Best avoided un­less dirt cheap, or you’ve got a spare 125 mo­tor and you’re not fussed about match­ing num­bers.

So what’s the point? There isn’t one.

For: looks great. Just don’t ride it Against: slow, not as good as the MK1 What you’ll pay: £700-£1200

“WHAT IT DE­LIV­ERS IS A HEAV­IER BIKE THAT’S LESS FUN THAN BOTH THE FIRST 80LC AND THE 125LC”

OK, we said best of the 80s, but not all of them were good

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