Yamaha CS3 1972
This Yamaha CS3 from 1972 is showing 5,576 miles on the clock and is finished in Metallic Purple, one of two colours for the year and perhaps the most iconic for that period. It has been converted into a street racer style but could be converted back to standard.
We would favour leaving it as it is because this is what most of them were converted to. Due to their tremendous performance for their size, they were obvious candidates to have some fun with and this one has entered into the spirit of things with low bars and expansion chambers.
It needs some badges and the rear indicator lenses changed to orange ones. It should provide a lot of fun for someone!
The Yamaha CS3 was a 200cc parallel twin two-stroke from the very early 70’s and was produced for two years. In terms of the chronology it came after the CS2, a 180cc bike, and the CS5 which was 200cc but with an upgraded motor. All these bikes preceded the RD series which arrived in 1973 so this bike is the forerunner of the RD200.
The performance of the CS3 was out of all proportion to its size. It would routinely outperform 250 four stroke machines of the day and could give some larger bikes a run for their money. All this came from a 22 bhp motor in a very light bike. A twin-leading front brake drum as enough to ensure the bike would stop well too.
The bike came in a choice of Brigade Blue or Metallic Purple. They featured very modern developments for the day such as oil injection and an electric start. Around 5,000 CS3s were made and the majority were converted into racers. Any CS3 is now a rare bike.