’71 Yamaha CS3 200
Do you like purple? Do like small displacement 2 strokes? Do you love having fun on really tight twisty canyon roads? Do you love easily motoring by big bikes through a tight corner and giving them a little ‘see ya later’ wave as you pass them? If you answered yes to at least three out of four questions, I have found the bike for you.
I found a cool little 1971 Yamaha CS3 200 on ebay this morning that would be a blast to ride. These little bikes were overshadowed by the RD series that came out but the CS3 200 was still a super fun ride. I spent a lot of my motorcycling life on Honda CB,Cl and SL 350’s. These bikes all put out around 22 hp and would top out at around 80-90 mph. Guess what…so did this little Yamaha!? The little Yammie was lighter and quicker and maintenence was minimal. What more could you ask for.
This little bike is a perfect candidate for the cafe treatment don’t you think? A set of lower handlebars, a tire upgrade, some fresh oil and maybe new springs in the front end and, if the budget will allow, get rid of the spongy items they passed for shock absorbers at the time. Now, regarding this particular bike, I have a couple of questions. Number one, why was the motor rebuilt at only 2070 miles? had it been abused or just because it had sat around for decades? Number two, pretty steep opening price. Reality check here, this bike is worth maybe a grand but not a starting price of $1450. Not to disrepect the bike or the owner but just to put a dose of reality in here. I think this a very cool little bike that would be a lot of fun to ride everyday. Click on the pics below for more pictures and a bit more info.