The 2020 Yamaha RD500 made an appearance at EICMA 2019… kind of.

OK it didn’t, but we can fantasize, right? With so much glorious new metal on display such as the Aprilia RS660, Ducati Streetfighter V4, Kawasaki Z H2, Bimota H2, Ducati Scrambler Desert X concept, new Fireblade, and Husqvarna 901 concept to name just a few, there was one bike that is very much close to our heart but is unlikely to ever see the light of day.

We’re talking of course, of the Yamaha RD500. Big 2-strokes have long since gone the way of the dodo but that doesn’t stop us from hankering after a return of these smokey, powerband-laden beasts. As Debbie Harry sang so well: “Dreaming is free”.

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