Historic Racebike Illustrations: 1971 Cheney Yamaha TD2B

Historic Racebike Illustrations: 1971 Cheney Yamaha TD2B

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       Honda announced its withdrawal from 50cc and 125cc Grand Prix road racing at the end of the 1966 season, and announced its complete retirement at the end of the 1967 racing season; Yamaha followed suit a year later. 

       Factory riders had tough decisions to make with regards to what they would ride in 1969. The governing body, FIM, had also changed the rules, restricting the smaller classes to two cylinders and six gears from 1970 onwards. This change helped Yamaha with its for-sale series of TD and TR racebikes. So, for 1969, multi-time World Champion Phil Read raced a TD2 (250cc) and a TR2 (350cc) mostly in England and at non-championship European meetings as a privateer…

—Historic Racebike Illustrations: 1971 Cheney Yamaha TD2B, by Mick Ofield

            For 1971, Eric Cheney of Cheney motocross frames was persuaded to build a road racing frame that was more than five pounds lighter than a TD2B frame, but allowed the use of a stock TD2B tank, seat, exhaust and fairing. Read the background on the first private racebike to win the 250cc Grand Prix World Championship titleit’s all in the latest issue of Roadracing World!


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