Please Prevent a Tragedy: the RX50

Robert Skipper /

I have a Yamaha RX50 that has been garage kept since 1984. It has 220 miles on it. The owner had removed the tank, which has a little bit of rust bubbling through the paint on top. Inside of the tank is very clean. There's a little but of rusting on the front rim, and it 'll need a new rear tire. Otherwise this bike is in really fine shape. The brake rotor doesn't even look like it was used. I've discovered it's "somewhat" rare, as only 2000 were produced. It was never sold in the US - only raffled off at Yamaha dealerships.

So here's the problem: I cafe bikes like Tom Brady wins championships - all the time.

I think this little gem needs to stay the way it is, and want to sell it to someone who appreciates it for what it is. Or it'd be perfect for teaching your kid how to ride. It's extremely light.

I've seen these go for as much as $1,500. I'd be happy to get $900 for it.

I'll give it a week or two, otherwise out comes the angle grinder and on goes the standard "cafe" kit: The Chinese seat, the Chinese tank, the clip ons and the fork gaiters, and maybe I'll finish it off by drilling out the rotor.

Of course it'll need 13 inch eBay air shocks to raise the rear and make the tank bottom horizontal, and I'd have to chop the frame to get the seat in the same line as the tank. All of the cutting...such a shame. Please help me save this cool little bike from my evil ways. (edited)

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Your aesthetic is misguided .. that’s not a cafe build!! Send the tank and seat back to dime city cycles .. build a matching rear wheel and bring the forks down.. loop the rear end and put a smaller seat on it.. and some low rise bars.. don’t forget to throw the fenders away and rip out all the wiring lol.. cafe racers suck!!!

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Put it on bring a trailer and get $10,000

If I was in Texas I’d do $900

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your seat is cafe color.

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barf

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Robert Skipper /

Wow. Apparently not everyone here gets sarcasm. I really don't want to do anything to this thing except find it a nice home. If I wanted to do something foolish with it I'd post on dotheton.com.

Rich, I travel around the country quite a bit. There are a few shooting competitions coming up in March - one near Nashville and another at Ft. Benning. If you're anywhere along the way (or even slightly off the beaten path) I might be able to get it

into my car with a few minutes of disassembly.

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punkrock randy /

Ugly as sin, but still, it could be cool. Definitely worth what he’s asking.👍🏼

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those were always so ugly

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campeona del mundo /

damn this dude knows what's up.

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ysr motor.

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> LSLB RXb Wrote:

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> ysr motor.

Also extremely similar to the GT80

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Jimmy Cincinnati /

You going to be anywhere near cincinnati ohio in the future?

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Is its current state the first or second picture?

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Jimmy Cincinnati /

Also, whats the title status on it? Clean and in your name?

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> Robert Skipper Wrote:

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> I have a Yamaha RX50 that has been garage kept since 1984. It has 220

> miles on it. The owner had removed the tank, which has a little bit of

> rust bubbling through the paint on top. Inside of the tank is very

> clean. There's a little but of rusting on the front rim, and it 'll need

> a new rear tire. Otherwise this bike is in really fine shape. The brake

> rotor doesn't even look like it was used. I've discovered it's

> "somewhat" rare, as only 2000 were produced. It was never sold in the US

> - only raffled off at Yamaha dealerships.

>

> So here's the problem: I cafe bikes like Tom Brady wins championships -

> all the time.

>

> I think this little gem needs to stay the way it is, and want to sell it

> to someone who appreciates it for what it is. Or it'd be perfect for

> teaching your kid how to ride. It's extremely light.

>

> I've seen these go for as much as $1,500. I'd be happy to get $900 for

> it.

>

> I'll give it a week or two, otherwise out comes the angle grinder and on

> goes the standard "cafe" kit: The Chinese seat, the Chinese tank, the

> clip ons and the fork gaiters, and maybe I'll finish it off by drilling

> out the rotor.

>

> Of course it'll need 13 inch eBay air shocks to raise the rear and make

> the tank bottom horizontal, and I'd have to chop the frame to get the

> seat in the same line as the tank. All of the cutting...such a shame.

> Please help me save this cool little bike from my evil ways.

^Don't be "that guy" :/

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Robert Skipper /

An update:

I do have someone coming to look at it tomorrow. (Thursday)

It's current state is original. The second photo is a goof which only required the removal of a few nuts and bolts to remove the grab rail and fender. No angle grinder was used in the making of this post.

There is no title, but for future reference if anyone doesn't know, here's a trick I learned from hondatwins.net: Vermont doesn't require a title to register a vehicle, nor do you or the vehicle have to reside in that state. Then you just transfer it over to your own state. Or in my case, since I currently own twelve bikes, just shuffle the license plates around. :)

Unfortunately I don't get up to Ohio much unless I'm driving the New York. I will, however, be in Alabama attending an Army course next week if anyone wants to meet at the Barber Museum and talk bikes.

Oh, and not ALL cafe bikes are ugly - just the ones I build. This was my first attempt in 1986 in West Berlin. It DID require the use of an angle grinder, however...

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We know about Vermont. :)

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Oof, the title bureaus around me have started giving me shit for Vermont. I've only ever done two prior to last year but I could not transfer the one for my DT50 this past year

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> Nick MBC Wrote:

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> Oof, the title bureaus around me have started giving me shit for

> Vermont. I've only ever done two prior to last year but I could not

> transfer the one for my DT50 this past year

Fuck them then, apparently they don’t want you to pay registration fees and road tax lol.

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> Daniel '' Wrote:

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> > Nick MBC Wrote:

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> > -------------------------------------------------------

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> > Oof, the title bureaus around me have started giving me shit for

>

> > Vermont. I've only ever done two prior to last year but I could not

>

> > transfer the one for my DT50 this past year

>

> Fuck them then, apparently they don’t want you to pay registration fees

> and road tax lol.

Yeah the last lady I talked to gave me such a hard time, probably cause I had 5 titles to do cause of covid. She literally made her and her co-workers stay 45 minutes after closing because she fought me tooth and nail on every title I had. Next time I go I'm just gonna say straight up, either I pay taxes to you or to Vermont. I don't care either way but Ohio employs these people so you'd think they'd want my title/registration lol

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Just picked this up, guy was a solid army vet. Thanks man!

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Robert Skipper /

I'm a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant, and I had a little trouble keeping up with Chudas when we started talking guns. Hella nice guy. And the bike is in perfect hands - I've seen pictures of his work.

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Terbo Speghetti /

> Robert Skipper Wrote:

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> I'm a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant, and I had a little trouble

> keeping up with Chudas when we started talking guns. Hella nice guy.

> And the bike is in perfect hands - I've seen pictures of his work.

Anything in the hands of a gun nut is not safe.

You people are a scourge on society

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^^Seriously ^^

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campeona del mundo /

guns don't kill people, the government does

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> campeona del mundo Wrote:

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> guns don't kill people, the government does

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Tweaker trash /

Cafe racing was cool when I was younger now I basically am putting cruising bars on all my bikes.

No more tucking

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