Historic racing motorcycle illustrations: 1971 Cheney Yamaha TD2B – Roadracing World Magazine


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Honda announced its retirement 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 drivers had tough decisions about what to drive in 1969. The governing body, the FIM, had also changed the rules, limiting the small classes to two cylinders and six speeds from 1970. This change helped Yamaha with its series to sell TD and TR racing bikes. Thus, for 1969, the multi-world champion Phil Read raced a TD2 (250cc) and a TR2 (350cc) mainly in England and at European meetings outside the championship as a privateer …

—Historical racing motorcycle illustrations: 1971 Cheney Yamaha TD2B, by Mick Ofield

For 1971, Eric Cheney of Cheney Motocross Executives was persuaded to build a road racing frame that was lighter than a TD2B frame, but allowing the use of a tank, saddle, exhaust and gas. ‘an original TD2B fairing. Read the history of the first private racing motorcycle to win the 250cc Grand Prix World Championship titleeverything is in the last issue of The world of road racing!

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