1986YamahaRZ350

1986 Yamaha RZ350

Found on Craigslist in North Hollywood, CATotally 80sThe RZ350 was sold until 1985 in the US. This model was sold in Canada until 1990. It was part of Yamaha’s “RZ” series, which had its roots in Yamaha’s successful racing bikes. The RZ was the final evolution of the Yamaha RD series. Possibly the most popular…

Well Preserved and Original 1985 Yamaha RZ350

The RZ350 holds a special place in the history of RSBFS. It was the last of the 50-state factory two strokes, featuring advanced technology like liquid cooling, a computer-controlled adjustable exhaust port (YPVS), and catalytic converters. Despite these impressive features, its presence in the US was short-lived, especially in California. While the RZ350 was produced…

Re-Californication: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

The Yamaha RZ350 was the last of the federally imported two strokes into the EPA-heavy state of California. With precise oil injection, the Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) to maximize efficiency, and air-injection and catalytic converters in the exhaust stream, this was the cleanest factory smoker on the planet in 1984. Sadly this was not…

Good From Afar – 1984 Yamaha RZ350

Just a quickie post on a potentially interesting mystery bike for your weekend reading and researching. It is listed as a 1984 Yamaha RZ350, and these are always fun bikes to post about. The fan base is rabid, and these are getting more and more rare as time passes. In today’s case the mystery is…

The Same, But Different: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

In an earlier post, RSBFS Staff Writer Donn notes: Hardly a week goes by that a new RZ350 doesn’t pop up these days! I would like to take this opportunity to upgrade that statement considerably. Because today we have a double RZ350 Friday (take two – they’re small)! Forget Friday the 13th. This is Friday…