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A lot of us started our 2-wheel hobby on a loud, smelly and smokey 2-stroke (I certainly did!). Too bad that youngsters here in Holland are more and more skipping this cool phase. Due to the fact that they can start with (car) driving lessons on the age of 16. It’s also not funny to get caught with a moped or scooter that runs faster than 45km/h.

I still remember that some guys “upgraded” their rides with 70cc or even 125cc cylinders. Those guys ruled the streets! So why not pic a small sized, 2-stroke bike and turn it into a café racer? That’s what Pedro Garbelini from Brazil thought, so built this Yamaha RD135 Café Racer. Dapper!

1 Yamaha RD135 Cafe Racer

2 Yamaha RD135 Cafe Racer

The Yamaha RD135 is a dull transportation machine built for (and in) Brazil. It’s 132cc engine produces a solid 18hp and revs up to 9000rpm. These guys take a stock version up to 185km/h. 3 Yamaha RD135 Cafe Racer

Pedro started his “career” on a RX80 and always felt a strong love for the English café racer culture, so when he founded this RD135 in a pretty bad shape, the idea for the Yamaha RD135 Café Racer was born. 4 Yamaha RD135 Cafe Racer

To add some modern details, Pedro bought a cool new instrument panel on eBay. 5 Yamaha RD135 Cafe Racer

6 Yamaha RD135 Cafe Racer

He decided to go “all black” on his machine. The only thing that escaped this vision is the beautiful diamond stitch leather seat, which is fitted on a custom built seat cowl. 7 Yamaha RD135 Cafe Racer

8 Yamaha RD135 Cafe Racer

To achieve the typical flat café racer look, a gas tank of a Yamaha RX125 was used, which fits like a glove on the RD135.

9 Yamaha RD135 Cafe Racer

Like this bike? It has a big brother: a beautiful RD350 Café Racer:

RD350 Cafe Racer


By Published On: February 13, 2016Categories: 2-Strokes, Cafe Racer0 Comments on Dapper 2-stroke: Yamaha RD135 Café RacerTags: 2 min readViews: 980

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About the Author: Ron Betist

Ron Betist grew up with motorcycles with a father heading the Amsterdam motorcycle police force. He has been riding (legally) for over 40 years and motorcycles are his true passion. With a life-long career in marketing and sales he has a huge international network. He joined as a contributor at BikeBrewers in 2017 to spread his word about bikes with the rest of the world.

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