Yamaha RD250 LC metal wall sign
Two stroke | 247cc | Liquid-cooled twin | 6-speed | Elsie | 38bhp
Essential lowbrow art for your garage, lounge, hall or ... wherever
Specifications: Steel plate backing. 300mm x 400mm. Printed direct to recycled metal. Original Sump design.
Instructions for use:
1. Remove carefully from the packaging.
2. Inspect the sign and feel pleased that you bought it.
3. Find a suitable spot on a suitable wall or door.
4. Position the sign thoughtfully using strips of masking tape if necessary.
5. Carefully mount the sign with nails or screws taking utmost care not to damage any part of the design (Tip: Use fibre washers both in front and behind the sign if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).
6. Open a beer, light a fag, hug your partner or favourite pet.
7. Stand back and enjoy the sign and do this as often as time and convenience allows.
8. Drop us an email to let us know how satisfied you are.
9. Wipe the sign occasionally with a soft cloth (and wax it if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).
10. Tell your friends.
That's all that's required. The sign should still be fit for purpose long after you're gone, and we hope that's a long time into the future.
IT'S GOTTA BE RIGHT
We only sell signs that we
hang on our own walls. If you have a problem with anything you buy from Sump, tell us and we'll sort it out. Pronto.
No fuss. No arguments.
Launched in 1980, the 247cc RD250LC, was one of those rare and special motorcycles that wasn't simply right for its time, but actually helped define its time.
Ask an 80s Jap-lovin' motorcyclist where he or she was the first time they stumbled across an "Elsie", as this quarter-litre two-stroke was affectionately known, and they'll tell you without delay—including the time of day, the weather conditions, and possibly even the postcode.
Then ask them how it felt the first time they rode one in anger, and you can expect a huge smile, a wistful nod and an earful of fond memories.
The liquid-cooled, 54mm x 54mm twin cylinder RD250LC followed on from the air-cooled RD250 that was introduced in 1973 and stayed in production until 1979. And that bike was a pretty tough act to follow.
The Elsie, never a motorcycle that was backward about coming forward, arrived with a very healthy 35bhp on tap, twin Mikuni carburettors, a CDI ignition system, a 6-speed gearbox, a finger-light clutch, a Teflon bushed front fork, monoshock rear suspension, wicked looking cast wheels (then the rage), a 267mm front disc, a competent (if not startling) rear drum, and the bike enjoyed brand new styling cues from Yamaha (as opposed to warmed over curves and facets from last season's offering).
And there was more bait for potential buyers such as self-cancelling indicators, a halogen headlight, cranked clutch and brake levers and a tacho and speedo.
But arguably the final social proof was racer Barry Sheene, then at the top of his game, who was happy to stand behind the bike and give the Yam his seal of approval.
At just a tad over 300lbs (139kg), it didn't have all that much lard to haul around either, and unlike many rivals of the day (notably Kawasaki) it liked to be flicked around and ran rings around most of the competition.
The top speed was a very impressive 105mph (under favourable conditions). So was it any wonder that the British government, in 1981, introduced a new law restricting learner riders to 125cc?
However, you had to wind up an Elsie if you wanted it to bark, as opposed to whimper. But when it was on song, this 250cc projectile became something of a legend in its own lifetime.
Our metal wall sign is our homage to the LC and will look great on any garage or shed wall.
The size of this sign is a generous 300mm x 400mm, which is roughly the size of two A4 sheets of paper. The signs are printed direct to metal in the traditional way. The price is £14.99 plus P&P.
Will you like it when you see it? We think so. As with all our signs, if we didn't think they were good value, we wouldn't be flogging 'em.
We package these signs as well as we reasonably can, and we despatch as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours of ordering, and very rarely longer than 2-3 days if stock has run out and needs to be re-supplied).
Either way, we'll keep you posted. And if for any reason we can't supply your sign, we'll tell you without unnecessary delay and will refund your money in full.
And remember this if you will:
We don't sell anything that we don't hang in our own garages.
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