1975 Yamaha RD 350 from United States of America
Look, I can look at the sky without moving my neck!!! RD 350
Everything!!! LOL, bought it seized and in the process of restoring it. Amazing bike. Bought it for $100 and I can say it's not as bad as I thought it would be. I am going to do the work so it's going to be fun!!
Growing up, I have always had a passion for two wheels!
A couple of times we were talking with an older crowd and they brought up the RD 350. They talked about it like it was the best bike ever made. They went ahead that their friend could drive them so fast that they would race against GSXR1100 and beat them straight.
Two strokes are amazing engines, and always smack a smile on your face when you turn your right hand. Overall, these are fun and well crafted bikes. Just simple, yet so amazing!!!
If you come across one and do not buy, you are missing out. They are a true gem.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th December, 2010
12th May 2019, 01:55
Mine was a '73, bought it new. Very nice handling bike, but a major problem I had was that the carbs would stick open when it was raining. Not fun when coming up behind someone on the highway and she won't throttle back... Big problem in NZ where it rains a lot! It turned out that the carb slides on the RD's were teflon-coated aluminum, and the fix was to replace them with the slides off the earlier R5 which were heavier brass; you just needed to modify the cut-away at the bottom of each slide to match the RD ones. That fixed the problem 100%.
Only other issue was fouling the plugs, which I probably could have avoided if I had used Castrol Super 2 Stroke instead of the cheaper Mobil Blue oil. I had the bike for a year before I moved up to a new CB750 in 1974.
I would love to get another RD if one came along in good shape.