1966 Yamaha Lady Yamaha U5E Newport

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Technical Features

Motorcycle Make

Yamaha

Model

Lady Yamaha U5E Newport

Year

1966

Mileage

13

Condition

Unrestored

Item Location

Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Modifications

none

This is a true collectors find.  A fantastically well preserved, original, unrestored 1966 Lady Yamaha.  This bike was Yamaha's attempt at creating a bike that appealed to the female market, though sales numbers proved it to be a failure.  The bike was a US only, special edition of the Newport U5E.  To the best of my knowledge the bike was only produced in "pink lady" form for two years.  

Features include:

  • 2-stroke 50cc engine
  • oil injection system
  • electric start
  • front basket
  • 3 speed semi-automatic transmission
  • 13.8 miles on the odometer
The condition of this bike is as if it was pulled from a time capsule, and it a way it was.  The original owner worked at a Yamaha shop in the mid-west where he purchased it, likely realizing it's future collectability.  The family moved to Oregon where the bike was placed in the home's dining room where it remained as a centerpiece/ conversation piece.  The bike shows slight evidence of having been bumped into and likely sat on by the children of the family but it didn't appear to have left the dining room since it's placement in the early 1970s.  There is a slight amount of surface rust on the chain guard and swing arm.  Otherwise the bike is in overall fantastic condition, miraculously so considering it's age.  The odometer reads 13.8 miles and I have absolutely no reason to believe this is incorrect.  The bike shows no signs of road wear anywhere.  It has original tires and every other part for that matter.  

When I acquired the bike it was likely the first time it had seen the light of day since it's placement in the dining room corner it occupied for the better part of 50 years.  The tank, petcock and carburetor had a small amount of caramelized fuel residue.  I cleaned the tank, rebuilt the carb and replaced the petcock.  Additionally I replaced the fuel lines as well as the battery and spark plug.  The bike starts and runs strong.  With an enormous amount of trepidation I "test rode" the bike and brought the mileage up from 10.4 miles when I purchased it to where in now resides at 13.8 miles.  

This is truly a unique bike in impossibly nice condition.  I've described this motorcycle to various long-time collectors, most of which had never heard of this model.  It would be best suited in a museum where enthusiasts can appreciate such a fantastic and unique part of motorcycle history.

Included with the bike is:
  • original owners manual
  • original oil level check stick
  • original on-bike tool kit
  • original shop manual
This bike has long since dropped out of the DMV system in Oregon.  The bike will be sold with a bill of sale only.  It is likely possible to retitle the bike though I have not pursued it.  Included with the bike is a letter I received from Yamaha USA stating the authenticity of this bike and verification of the model year.

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