1972 Yamaha RD350 *SOLD*

LOCATIONSwanwick. Derbyshire DE55

1972 Yamaha RD350 *SOLD*

  • 50 miles ridden since engine rebuild
  • Original Paintwork
  • Fantastic collectors’ example
  • From a small private collection
  • US Model
  • This 1972 Yamaha RD350 sold for £3,900
  • Please scroll down the page to read a full description for this lot.

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  • 50 miles ridden since engine rebuild
  • Original Paintwork
  • Fantastic collectors’ example
  • From a small private collection
  • US Model

Well, what can be said about the Yamaha RD350 that has not already been said, not a lot but we’ll say it anyway.  Bursting onto the scene in 1973 it was quoted by Motorcycle Magazine; “The RD350 is in a class by itself. It will comfortably wax all bikes with equal displacement and will out-brake any machine in motorcycling. Keep the five-speed box in harmony with the power band and the Yamaha will climb mountains as fast as you can ride.”

Serious praise indeed, and no doubt pretty much how, those that witnessed its release, remember this ground-breaking machine.

Available from a small private collection, this RD350 has now come to market sadly due to illness.

Our vendor who purchased this bike from the importing dealer, the paperwork will be present with the bike, back in 2017 and advises that he is the only owner since its import.

Unfortunately, the import documents and a current V5 are the only documents supplied, not unusual for an imported bike.  Obviously MOT and Tax exempt but the RD350 starts and runs as it should and we feel should give confidence that it will pass an MOT should the new owner choose to apply for one.

The Bike

Our vendor shared that the bike was imported from a dry US state and since its import has been kept in his heated garage and has never been used in the rain.  Obviously, this has helped to make sure there are no signs of rust and kept what is believed to be, an extremely original bike in the condition we find it.  This originality also shows on the Brandy Red paintwork which is in fantastic condition for a fifty-year-old bike.  A keen eye will spot a small dent on the tank but that doesn’t detract from the bikes overall impressive condition.

The Yamaha RD350 is powered by an air-cooled, parallel twin, five-speed reed valve-equipped intake tract two-stroke engine. With 39hp the bike was a highly capable race developed -hence the RD moniker- machine that arguably set the market alight on its release.

Our lucky new owner will benefit from the fact that less than 50 miles ago this RD350 had its engine fully rebuilt with a crankshaft rebuild and the top end was rebored with new pistons & rings fitted by the two stroke tuning specialists, Fahron Engineering in Nottingham.  Why would you go anywhere else?  During the rebuild it was also fitted with new small end bearings and new clutch friction plates.

The rest of the bike matches the fantastic condition with only a couple of small dents to the left exhaust, it has been fitted with a UK spec tail light and bracket plus our vendor has fitted a new battery and rear tyre.

The bike really is a great example of this iconic model, starting first kick it is genuinely ready to enjoy or to tuck away in that envious collection.  We would choose the former but each to their own.  Check out the Image Gallery and make your own mind up, it really is a wonder how a fifty year old bike can look so good in it’s original condition.

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Vehicle Location: Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 – it’s the responsibility of the buyer to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
r******************k £3,900.00 2023-02-27 14:56:12
e*********************k £3,800.00 2023-02-27 13:02:32
r******************k £3,700.00 2023-02-26 14:23:29
e*********************k £3,600.00 2023-02-25 08:50:52
r******************k £3,500.00 2023-02-26 14:22:47
r******************k £3,200.00 2023-02-26 14:22:23
e*********************k £3,000.00 2023-02-09 08:52:08
b************7 £1,000.00 2023-02-08 21:12:58
s************e £750.00 2023-02-08 17:51:22
Start auction £750.00 08/02/2023 12:00 AM


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