Yamaha 350 RD LC - Development of Yamaha RD350 LC
The 1970s were ending and though RD 350 was still a very popular bike, times were changing. Riders demanded higher performance sports looking bikes, while governments all round the world were tightening their regulations on emissions. As such Japanese motorcycle makers had to come up with new solutions and Yamaha RD LC Series was born.
The “Two Wheeled Rocketship” as one of the early magazine review writers called it, was first introduced on Paris bike show in 1979. This was a race bike people were waiting for! The 2-stroke twin cylinder RD350 was redesigned - the old fashioned air cooling system was replaced with liquid cooling (thus LC model), new carbs were fitted, new cylinders, new exhaust, engine steady bars and new reed valve all meant that the new Yamaha 350 RD LC was meeting both the customer desire for a racing bike as well as government regulations. To finish the package off, Yamaha added other tried and tested features like electronic ignition, mono-cross suspension and disc brakes on both wheels. The optional fairings were just a cherry on the cake.
The life of water cooled Yamaha 350 LC was short-lived though, innovations to cooling and exhaust system were just one step forward for Yamaha, a whole new system was in making and in 1983 the Yamaha Power Valve System opened a brand new chapter.
Yamaha RD350 LC Parts
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 350 LC spares on the market.
This section contains aftermarket reproduction parts for:
1980-82 Yamaha RD350LC
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