My 350 was in mars bar colours originally but the next owner swapped over to white and blue by changing all the necessary parts, was probably a trade with a mate. So not a respray to give the game away, so still correct, guess he didn’t like the black.
Unfortunately the dvla no longer give you the history on the bike data protection if it did it it would tell you full owners history and colour
They no longer give full details but they will send you the colour information ....but you do have to write them an accompanying letter about a restoration project blah blah blah. Essentially you can get a redacted copy of the first registration document.
I managed to get all original owners details from DVLA for two LC's just before the GDPR rules came into force. I even got copies of the original dealer registration number request. Unfortunately, even with this information my 350 was shown as Yamaha Black, and my 250 as Yamaha White so even that could be an inconclusive answer with no mention of any other colour.
The black should be easy to figure as mars bar was only on 81 bikes, silver/red like your pic was 82. The vin will confirm which is which . White ....something only recently began to wonder about that as back in the day all 350s I saw were two stripe blue , 250s two stripe red...but seems there was a bit of mix n match...
Thanks for all the replies, the little bike is a Rd50m ,it doesn't have the original paint on it but they only came in 2 colours in the uk in that year,I think I actually remember this actual bike it was sold from a shop about a mile from where I live ,I had a red one and the one I have now I think was black,I can't remember seeing any others around at the time except for a fizzy/rd50 hybrid, I would have noticed any others about because I was obsessed with it back then. Going to try to get the info from the Dvla ,nothing to lose.
I know in current VIN numbers on cars the paint code number is hidden there
It may be a single digit or letter in a certain place in the sequence
Would it be the same for the bike I wonder
Xavier could probably advise
Dont think so Howard. Vin numbers on the cars Ive had certainly dont show paint codes, thats on the same plate tho:
Our bikes had very simple short code vins, not a lot of room for paint codes in there. There could have been number ranges that relate to colours, ie x hundred of each colour on the line as back then manufacturing often did colours like that, but these days multiple colours and models are on the same line and I dont know when that started at Yam.