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Buzzy Little Bee: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

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This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 R Front

Yamaha made a name for itself in the US building giant-killing two-stroke parallel twins that powered the RD and later RZ models like this 1985 RZ350. The 347cc engine reatured liquid-cooling and made over 40hp stock, with plenty more available with careful tuning. While Honda largely focused on their heavy, but very sophisticated two and four-cylinder CB motorcycles, Yamaha’s whippy little two-strokes terrorized backroads and race tracks all over American and Europe, creating a cult following that persists to this day.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 L Side

Two-strokes have never lacked top-end power, but their light-switch power delivery left something to be desired for street riders and, in th 1980’s Acronym Wars, the “power valve” was born. Yamaha’s version was, of course, known as the YPVS that used a computer to adjust the exhaust ports. The “Yamaha Power Valve System” plumped up the midrange of the raspy little two-stroke, meaning you could have your cake and eat it, too. Assuming you didn’t mind a little blue smoke in your eyes…
1985 Yamaha RZ350 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

The 1985 Kenny Roberts Edition RZ350LC offered here is one of the quite rare leftover models with revised graphics that somewhat resembled the 1983 UK versions, but with gold rims and the Kenny Roberts signature, originally sold as an RZ350NC2 in California only from late 1985-6. It has been owned from new by only two enthusiasts and has been very tastefully modified with an original 1985 full fairing and Corbin Gunfighter single seat. Mechanically, the hugely desirable Pro-Design Cool Head was installed for increased cooling, and a Toomey exhaust.

The bike runs exceptionally well. It starts easily, idles well and has great power delivery. It shifts through all gears perfectly with a good clutch. Suspension feels taut and the brakes work very well, front and rear. Cosmetically the bike is in good condition with the usual scuffs of a bike with 17,000 miles, that is 32 years old.

The bike comes with a clean, clear California title and a substantial box of spare parts, including stock fairing, original exhaust pipes, turn signals, etc.

These are not bikes for the inexperienced or faint-hearted, with huge wheelie-popping performance on tap when the revs rise.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Pipe

This particular RZ350 features a very stylish full-fairing that I’ve seen on several bikes for sale recently. I’m not sure if it was a factory option or not but, painted to match, makes for a very nice machine with light weight and bike-bike style. Parts availability to keep an RZ running should be no problem, but the included spare parts is just icing on the cake.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Engine

 

A price of $6,900 means you’re looking at the higher-end in terms of pricing for these, but it looks like you’re getting a well cared-for, thoughtfully-improved, and very practical classic for your money.

-tad

1985 Yamaha RZ350 L Rear

10 Comments

  • Worth $5K to me.

  • The front fairing is aftermarket fiberglass, not an original Yamaha full front as the seller claims. The difference is obvious.

    • …And if JR cared to read you can see it COMES with the stock front fairing as well.

      Nice bike, expensive IMO. And yes, the full fairing was stock starting in 85 on CDN bikes.

  • Looks like an excellent example. A little pricey but it has some of the best upgrades available.

  • Evan…. maybe you should learn to read. The ads says “It has been owned from new by only two enthusiasts and has been very tastefully modified with an original 1985 full fairing.” Clearly that is not an original full fairing.

  • Lockhart Phillips Fairing?

  • Fairing sucks, but if it comes with the stocker, meh, maybe, BUT, the head swap has me bugged. The fairing is a Telefix I believe,, and they do suck. The stock Canadian rz350, or Japanese rz350rr would be the ONLY full fairing I would graft on this model.

  • This is a $5k max RZ350, and that’s being generous. Too many “improvements”.

  • canadian dollar needs to tank again or USD needs to get stronger so the exchange rate is more favorable, as is its a bit over priced

  • And to clarify, the “cool head” does absolute NADA as far as cooling off anything, except the balance in your checking account… Now porting/big carbs/chambers/trenching/oxy fuel/ increased periodic maint., ring lands will get hammered, plug electrodes will wear, and if you failed to properly balance the crank, you will buy a high H.P. time bomb. But if it blows your skirt up, Hell yeah!

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