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Show-Stopping RD500LC

Owner: Wolfgang Hromada, Vienna, Austria

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  • 500cc, V-4, 2-stroke
  • Engine tuning by ATR
  • 28mm MIKUNI Flatslides
  • Single pod filters, either UNIFILTER or K&N
  • Modified Jolly Moto GP-pipes, aluminum-coated
  • TZ250 carbon silencers
  • ZX7R radiator

  • Frame - stock steel frame braced, custom bolt-on subrame
  • APRILIA RS250 swingarm
  • OHLINS front end and rear shock
  • BREMBO Racing components from DUCATI 996R
  • Front 120/60-17 on 3.5x17" DUCATI 996 wheel
  • Rear 180/55-17 on 6.0x17" HONDA CBR900RR wheel
  • Stock tank with relocated carbon fuel cap
  • Carbon bodywork from 1991 YZR500, modified with dual headlight
  • Paint scheme and decals from 1991 Team MARLBORO YAMAHA (Wayne Rainey)
  • SPA Tacho with integrated digital speedometer
  • Stopwatch function for acceleration, etc., menu control by start button on RH switch
  • Analog RACETECH water temp
  • LED rear light by owner
  • Gel battery 1.8Ah
  • CDI, YPVS Servo and controller relocated, complete new wire harness

Many thanks for all who helped me with parts, advice and motivation! When I first visited the RZ/RD 500 website 3 or 4 years ago, I immediately fell in love with Yamaha's 500 and I bought 2 RD500s that same summer. One is now completely restored to mint stock condition, the other one is displayed here. I can now say that I have breathed new life into two almost dead RZ/RD 500s!

Have any questions on the production of this bike?
E-mail Wolfgang here.

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