Posts by tag: RD400

Yamaha August 23, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

Update 8.28.2018: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Although two-stroke sportbike production continued well into the 1990s in much of the world, here in the US the Yamaha RZ350 was pretty much the end of the line. Blame stricter emissions laws and progressively bigger and faster four-strokes in a country with very liberal licensing laws and no taxes on bigger bikes. Today's Featured Listing RZ350 has classic black-and-yellow King Kenny Roberts graphics and aftermarket Spec II bodywork that gives it a more modern look, compared to the bikini-faired original.

The aftermarket full-fairing does more than provide style and wind-protection: it moves the mounting points from the bars to the frame to improve stability as well. The solo tail in particular looks like something from the later Yamaha sportbikes. It suits the bike, although the big 18" wheels and skinny tires give the bike's age away. The RZ really did bridge the gap between the old and the new, coming as it did between bikes like the old-school RD-series and the later, more modern FZRs.

The bike was sold in the US from 1984-1985 and followed Yamaha's famous RD-series, adding liquid-cooling and Yamaha's game-changing YPVS powervalve system to the mix. The 347cc parallel-twin made 52 claimed horses and weighed in at a svelte 370lbs wet, making it loads of fun on a winding road, although the two-stroke power delivery requires commitment to extract, since it peaks at 9,000rpm, redlines at 9,500, and is pretty much dead below 6,000.

This example is in excellent condition with very minor cosmetic flaws well-documented by the seller in the pics below. The bodywork is obviously not original, but the bike has been thoroughly maintained and thoughtfully updated.

From the Seller: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

1984 Yamaha RZ350 2 Stroke 

VIN # 00854

Engine # 00854

This low serial number RZ350 was purchased in Southern California two years ago. It has been garaged in the area since that time. It has the original engine and transmission plus many upgrades.

Just over 8000 miles on original engine.

Recently completed was a mechanical restoration and engine top-end rebuild by renowned RZ Oracle Cary, owner of RZ's Unlimited. I have all receipts for the work done which are available via email upon request.

The bike has just 200 miles since restoration and must be broken in. I have all instructions from RZ's unlimited for you to break in the engine. Rest easy knowing that your RZ was broken in properly.

Everything works on the bike and it starts up right away. 

The bike runs like a dream.  


This RZ has the Spec II full fairing, Spec II exhaust pipes, and one-piece seat/tail section, clip-ons and aftermarket rearsets.

Tail section was hand-painted by Gerod, owner of Valley Kustoms: that is not a decal.

There is a small quarter-sized dent in the right side of the tank as well as a few small touch-up paint spots. The right side pipes have 2 small dents / dings which are pictured. 

Great bike; ready to eat R1s all day long.

RZ's Unlimited Work invoices available on request for serious buyers only


Bike is located at Iconic Motorbikes. Please direct any inquiries there and stop by to check out the bike.

4161 Lincoln Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Prices seem to be all over the place for RZ350s a the moment, but decent examples are still pretty affordable. The aftermarket bodywork may turn off purists, but anyone looking for a very solid bike with some mild performance modifications should give it a careful look. This RZ350 is located in Los Angeles at Iconic Motorbikes and is the very definition of a practical classic: performance is good enough to keep up with modern bikes on the road, and parts are relatively easy to source if you want to use it regularly.


Featured Listing: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale
Yamaha October 30, 2014 posted by

NOS Continued: 1979 Yamaha RD 400 Daytona Special with 8 Miles!

Yamaha RD400 for sale with 8 miles

While the RD400 might be better suited to our sister site, they've graced the pages of RSBFS from time to time with positive reactions. This one is in California and is advertised with only 8.1 miles. Unfortunately the pictures are terrible but I suppose no one is buying this sight unseen anyway. But if you want an instant new-old-stock collectible, this should fit the bill.


1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special for sale on eBay


from the seller:

1979 Yamaha RD 400 Daytona Special. Motorcycle in immaculate condition. Original 8.1 miles. This beauty has never seen the California roads. Original dealer in Berkeley, Ca did not retail or registered. Motorcycle has been stored and preserved for the last 35 years. This is truly a motorcycle that has been in a time capsule for its entire life. Must see to appreciate. Condition on this motorcycle is one of a kind, an investment that is going to grow and can be passed down for generations.
We are looking for the right person that will give this gem a good home.


NOS Continued:  1979 Yamaha RD 400 Daytona Special with 8 Miles!
Yamaha January 26, 2014 posted by

1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special available in Puyallup, WA


1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special for sale

Today's Featured Listing is this RD400 Daytona Special. Reviews in it's day remarked that this 2 stroke was for hooligans and wheelie addicts. 1979 marked the end of the RD400 and the Daytona Special was Yamaha's way of celebrating their success at the fabled racetrack.


This is example has only 2039 original miles and is un-restored which adds a nice touch of patina that I find endearing, not to mention it wouldn't intimidate me to actually ride it rather than purely display.


Thanks for helping support the site with a Featured Listing and good luck with the sale Dave!


from the seller:

I have an un-restored Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special. It has once over Wiesco pistons in it because the previous owner botched its initial Break-In. The original air filter has been replaced with a foam element and the brakes rebuilt due to a long storage period. This bike has always been in my heated shop except for the rides. I have owned this bike since 1994. I have the original sales invoice from place of purchase. Except for a few nicks and scratches, this bike is immaculate. I am asking $6,900.00 for someone to take care of her. Please email me at with any questions. And yes, I have the original mirror.

1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special available in Puyallup, WA
Yamaha December 15, 2012 posted by

One Owner 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona with Less Than 2400 Miles

Yamaha Daytona Special RD400F For Sale

Ready to be refreshed and put back into service -- or on your mantle! Rick has emailed us this special piece and has done a great job describing and photographing it. With the "new in the crate" Daytona going for $21k recently, this looks like a bargain at $7k!

Yamaha Daytona Special RD400F.007

from the seller:

Yamaha RD400F Daytona. Special. Serial 2V0-003100. Purchased 5.26.79

I bought this RD400F new in 1979. It has less than 2400 miles and has been mothballed in my Burbank, CA, garage since 1984. The bike was properly stored. All the chrome was oiled. Gas tank drained and carbs run dry. I followed the storage instructions. Unpacked, cleaned, reoiled and wrapped every five years.

The bike was never raced or crashed. I always intended to put it back into service when I retire (next month). Now, I have Parkinson’s Disease, which is not a good combo for riding a Daytona Special. I also have a 17-year-old son who wants me to give it to him. A teenage son and a Daytona Special…..another bad combination.

This bike is very clean….a beauty inside and out. In 1979 Cycle Magazine described the RD400F as the kind of motorcycle Dennis the Menace would ride.

Documents: RD400F Owners Manual, RD400 C D Service Manual, RD 400F Supplementary Service Manual. 1979 Cycle Magazine which features the Daytona Special. Have current tags and clean pink slip.

Things that will need attention: Grommet (rubber donut) for holding left side-cover is missing. Brake lines do not maintain pressure. Carb butterflies seem stuck (unable to roll the throttle). Original tires. No battery.

Modifications: Bullet fairing. Exhaust baffles are shortened. You can hear this RD a block away, but it’s a beautiful sound.

For $7,000 it’s your show bike. Rick Meyer

Good luck with the sale Rick and be well!


Sport Bikes For Sale December 8, 2012 posted by

Smoke in the box? 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special still in crate!

When you were a kid and had a jack in the box (the toy, not the fast food product), were you ever disappointed that all the clown did was pop out of the box and stare back at you? Well here is the big kid equivalent of that toy, only it comes with blue smoke and ring-a-ding sound effects for a little extra cash.

Purported to be a brand new, sealed in the original shipping crate, zero mile example of the last US-imported RD model, this is certaily one for the collectors out there. The Daytona Special was the top end of the RD lineup, and even today these carry a premium. But new in a box? Money speaks, and these can only be new once.

From the seller:
New 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special still in sealed crate.
This bike is for sale locally also, we reserve the right to end auction at any time.
Clear title.
Uncovered pictures will be sent to the winning bidder.

If you have to have an RD and you have the cash to buy a new one, this just might be the way to go. Sure, it is a risky proposition to purchase sight unseen, but imagine the thrill of winning the auction and seeing what is under the box for the first time! I sure would love to know the history of this crate, how it came to end up here, and if it has ever been opened - but that info is not shared in the auction. Bidding has been brisk, and the auction is just under 10 grand with a few days to go. Click the link to jump over to the auction and check out the details. Good Luck!


Ducati November 12, 2012 posted by

Monday Mailbag! [Black 900SS, TZR250SP, RGV250, RZ500, HRC RS250R, VFR400]

Good morning guys,

Here is the latest batch of email submissions. Lots of good bikes on the market right now and if you spot one we've missed, just email us: I'm notoriously bad about returning email but do read everything that comes through. We appreciate your support! Have a good week,


Jimmie forwards us this 1985 Honda RS250R HRC Race Bike for sale on eBay. Current bid is $4600, reserve not met.

Ari forwards us his sweet looking 1993 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 available in New Zealand. Bidding ends on the 18th. Good luck with the sale!

Next a submission from "PSPhotog", this 1992 Yamaha TZR250SP is available on Tampa Craigslist for $9500.

Denny sends us this 1982 Ducati 900SS on Austin Craigslist for $22k.

"amore21" forwards us this 1977 Yamaha RD400 on LA Craigslist for $3500.

Andre sends us this 1985 Yamaha RZ500 available in Canada for $12500.

John is emailing us his 1993 Honda VFR400, which is available for just $4500 in Ohio!