Location: Acworth, New Hampshire
Price: Auction, currently $2,805 with a reserve
For all of you folks out there that secretly or openly lust after a two-stroke, here is a good answer for you. Don’t want to deal with getting a bike titled? And if you can’t, worried about getting your pride and joy confiscated by the two-stroke police? Well, then the Kenny Roberts RZ350 is a nice choice, as a rare two-stroke bike offered for street use in the US in the early ’80’s.
Although not imported into the US for very long, just three years, the reworked Yamaha was able to meet emissions standards and still provide a fun ride for two-stroke enthusiasts out there. It weighed 330 lbs, had disc brakes all around and you could take it home for $2,399. Back then.
Here’s what the seller has to say on this one-
I purchased this bike 4/09 with 11.230mi. 8/10 with 11.680mi. a new SPECII engine with a StageII upgrade was installed. This includes a new welded and balanced crankshaft, 64.5mm pistons, milled cylinder head, moderate porting, SPECII fiber reeds, 30mm Mikuni carbs.with a K&N 2 into intake, and SPECII classic expansion chambers. Additional work includes fork seals, upgraded steering stem bearings, #1 shift fork, EBC HD clutch, 16/40 sprockets, rear sprocket dampeners, and new tires. The fuel tank has been professionally repaired with the exception of the improper installation of the left fuel tank decal. This bike is in exceptional condition for its age.No rust. Mechanically flawless, though not aestetically perfect. The solo seat cowl has some minor cracks, the 2 up seat cowl is in excellent cond. The windshield has some cracking around the screws. Never raced and never down. The fuel system has never seen pump fuel. Any extra parts I have are also included. Thanks for looking and good luck.
And more photos for your consideration-
As the seller describes, this bike has seen some significant modification to the engine. In the auction there’s more detail on those mods in the Q and A. The bike also appears to have been very well maintained and cared for. The seller highlights some small cosmetic issues, specifically around the decal on the tank, small cracks around the windshield and seat cowl. You may want a little more detail on that, but it seems minor. Mileage is reasonable, especially with all of the engine work done.
All in all, this looks to be a cool ride that could satisfy your two-stroke desires. You could get on it and pretend your Kenny Roberts. If that works for you, go check this auction out.