Yamaha TDR250

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In the beginning were the trail bikes, civilized off-road motorcycles that were as usable on the highway as in the rough. From that starting point, it was only a short step to the creation of multi-purpose machines with the power of sportbikes.

A Special Hybrid

It began with the creation of a wild racing formula. The machines were run over mixed courses that were half dirt trail/half blacktop. On the course, the best riders from three disciplines - motocross, enduro and speed events,confronted one another. For this type of event, very special hybrid motorcycles were evolved, taking their basic concept from motocross and their road equipment from clubman racing: wide-section tires, close fitting front mudguard, large diameter disk brakes and relatively short-travel suspension. Aggressive and endowed with diabolical handling, these racing machines quickly inspired modification kits for trail bikes.

Overdose of Caution

That was all it took to start a fashion and Yamaha, unveiled in 1987 the TDR. It was a novel experiment in combining all the traits of a dual-sport machine with a two-stroke. The idea was a good one but the Japanese factory was too cautious in limiting itself to a capacity of 250cc, trying to satisfy at the same time its domestic market for under 250cc machines and the strange requests coming from abroad. The TDR was widely applauded for its concept but failed to become a bestseller because of its engine, which lacked torque.


1990 Yamaha TDR250 in Blue
1990 Yamaha TDR250 in Blue
1990 Yamaha TDR250 in Blue
1990 Yamaha TDR250 in Blue

I don't believe this bike was offered in the US. However it was offered in Canada. The engine in this bike is a TZ250 engine rated at 50hp.

  • twin-cylinder 2 stroke