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1973 – Yamaha RD250 & Yamaha RD350 were introduced to the market as a natural progression from Yamaha R5 350 and Yamaha DS7 250 – core of the motorcycle with air cooled engine remained the same, but performance was improved and most importantly Reed Valves were introduced; as Japanese motorcycle manufacturer were testing their grounds, other smaller RD versions were also introduced Yamaha RD50, Yamaha RD125, Yamaha RD200 etc.
1976 – Yamaha RD350 was replaced by Yamaha RD400 – New bigger engine required special engine mounts; disc brakes were now on both wheels and RD400 E was given cast alloy wheels. A new sleek and curvy design just finished the package
Yamaha RD Liquid Cooled
1983 –Yamaha Power Valve System = YPVS was introduced improving yet again performance and speed of the new Yamaha RD 350 YPVS
1985 – Choosing the look as well as the power of your bike was next on agenda for Yamaha, you could now pick whether you want a fully faired aerodynamic Yamaha RD350 YPVS F (F2) or a naked café racer style Yamaha RD 350 YPVS N (N2)
1984-86 – Yamaha RD500LC – Liquid cooled, YPVS, 4 cylinder two stroke Grand Prix replica was as close to a racing motorcycle as any commercial bike could get!
1986 – The end of Yamaha RD250 - customer preferences changed and the legislation in UK now limited learner drivers to 125cc; Yamaha also decided to move the production of Yamaha RD350 from Japan to Brazil to save costs, but it also meant less innovations and fewer new editions
1992-95 – Production continued in Brazil with Yamaha RD350R, but when imported to Europe, it was clearly obvious that Yamaha went step back rather than forward with this model and it was time to move on.
As Yamaha models evolved so did parts, some are still being used nowadays and are available from Yamaha dealers directly, some were made obsolete. We offer a quality reproductions of some of the most desired Yamaha RD Parts on the market. So whether you have a fully faired Yamaha RD race bike in your garage or working on restoration of a Yamaha RD cafe racer, check out our selection of parts!