Yamaha RZ350 Reviews from Canada

1984 Yamaha RZ350

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 kilometres
Most recent distance26500 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha XT 350

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

Electrical short between the neutral and oil lights.

General Comments:

Very good 2-stroke acceleration.

Handles nice.

Cheap insurance (Low cc's)

Love it. It acts like it's a four stroke of double the cc's.

A little small in stance and overall size.

Not the best for carrying passengers.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2006

1983 Yamaha RZ350

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 4 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance27000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha RD350LC

Summary:

Awesome

Faults:

I have had absolutely no problems with this bike.

General Comments:

I rode the RZ as my main machine from 1983 'till 1994 when I bought a 600. It is a fantastic wheelie machine, and has always proved to be a thrill to ride. The RZ must be ridden aggressively, and thrives on full throttle treatment.

I added Toomey Pipes and Boysen 2 stage reeds as well as opening up the airbox. I did not touch the porting, but had excellent results with what was done. The bike pulls hard well past redline (up to approx. 11,500 RPM), and I found when in the mountains I could still get great performance at higher elevations by leaving it in 4th gear and reving the guts out of it. This bike really stands up well to outrageous abuse.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2005

28th Aug 2006, 16:44

You say it pulls well past redline (you say up to 11,500). That's good way to ruin the bike though, as the cranks are easily destroyed by being held at the redline (10,500) for a few seconds.

5th Nov 2006, 23:08

Like the man said "outrageous abuse, 10 years, 11.500 r.p.m.."

Must not hurt the crank too much if it's still going.

3rd Apr 2007, 16:07

Just to clarify my remarks re reving at 11,500 (written a couple of years ago). The revs are based upon the stock tach and I do not know how accurate it is.

Also the engine is very strong and I have had no crank trouble whatsoever. I think if you keep the engine under load, it is not nearly as hard on things as blowing a shift, then pounding it back into gear. That can really stress things. The early Rz's had a couple of false neutrals that could take you by surprise.

30th May 2008, 09:49

I have a Canadian 83 RZ350. Live in California, I have owned it for almost 20 years. There as yet have been no problems with the bike whatsoever, just had all the plastic and tank repainted in SF by Pete@underground color... great job. Still run it on castor; smells great, runs great.

1983 Yamaha RZ350

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 kilometres
Most recent distance41000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CMX250

Summary:

A very good bike if you're on a budget and good with your hands

Faults:

Carburetor problems.

Kick start broke.

General Comments:

Very peppy off the line, eats a ricer car for a light snack.

Fairly comfortable for a sport model bike.

Handles well.

Not too reliable though.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2005

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 3 reviews