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1980 Yamaha RF350 LC with matching numbers. U.K. registered bike and a genuine 4LO model. This is a completely standard bike with the subtle addition of a Pro-Am style belly pan.

Arguably the most loved and inspirational Japanese bike of all. Yamaha's RD350LC went on sale for the first time over 40 years ago. And while the abilities of the 47bhp stroker twin are now the stuff of legend, the story of its creation and of the British influence on it is less well known.

In 1978 Yamaha was faced with a double dilemma, first, its RD250/400 was due for replacement, second, ever-tightening emissions regulations needed to be addressed. Yamaha came to a crucial conclusion, the successors to the aircooled RDs would be as sporty and innovative as possible. In simple terms, Yamaha wanted to 'build a TZ for the street'!

That TZ influence meant water-cooling and cantilever-type monoshock rear suspension were vital. Yamaha's first production liquid-cooled TZ was the 1973 TZ350A, while the monoshock debuted on the TZ250C in 1976. Water jacket aside, however, in reality the LC's new engine had more in common with the old RD than the TZ racers, with crankcases that were horizontally not vertically split and dimensions and packaging that meant RD barrels would have slotted straight on.

Even so, water-cooling enabled a significant step up in performance. Better temperature control allowed more consistent combustion, finer tolerances and thus optimum performance which, in raw bhp, meant a rise from the RD400's 44 to 47bhp, not bad as it was giving away 51cc. The LC's conservative state of tune would also later make it ripe for some tuning work by the likes of Stan Stephens and Terry Beckett, especially with some bolt-on 'spannies' from Allspeed or Micron.

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THE STEEL CITY CLASSICS DIFFERENCE: We source only top quality bikes and put them through a rigorous inspection process to ensure they leave us in tip top condition, giving you the peace of mind to buy with confidence Steel City Classics are able to arrange competitive finance packages too. Speak to us for a quote, we're sure you'll be pleasantly surprised with the re-payment options. Why take your money out of the bank? Steel City Classics also offer nationwide delivery on all our bikes. Simply call us for a quote on 0114 252 5400 and ask for Mark





White, 347 cc, 1980 V Reg, 45,258 miles, £9,499.00.

Yamaha Rd350 Lc

£9,499

About This Bike


1980 Yamaha RF350 LC with matching numbers. U.K. registered bike and a genuine 4LO model. This is a completely standard bike with the subtle addition of a Pro-Am style belly pan.

Arguably the most loved and inspirational Japanese bike of all. Yamaha's RD350LC went on sale for the first time over 40 years ago. And while the abilities of the 47bhp stroker twin are now the stuff of legend, the story of its creation and of the British influence on it is less well known.

In 1978 Yamaha was faced with a double dilemma, first, its RD250/400 was due for replacement, second, ever-tightening emissions regulations needed to be addressed. Yamaha came to a crucial conclusion, the successors to the aircooled RDs would be as sporty and innovative as possible. In simple terms, Yamaha wanted to 'build a TZ for the street'!

That TZ influence meant water-cooling and cantilever-type monoshock rear suspension were vital. Yamaha's first production liquid-cooled TZ was the 1973 TZ350A, while the monoshock debuted on the TZ250C in 1976. Water jacket aside, however, in reality the LC's new engine had more in common with the old RD than the TZ racers, with crankcases that were horizontally not vertically split and dimensions and packaging that meant RD barrels would have slotted straight on.

Even so, water-cooling enabled a significant step up in performance. Better temperature control allowed more consistent combustion, finer tolerances and thus optimum performance which, in raw bhp, meant a rise from the RD400's 44 to 47bhp, not bad as it was giving away 51cc. The LC's conservative state of tune would also later make it ripe for some tuning work by the likes of Stan Stephens and Terry Beckett, especially with some bolt-on 'spannies' from Allspeed or Micron.

CLASSIC BIKES WANTED 0114 252 5400


FINANCE & NATIONWIDE DELIVERY AVAILABLE


THE STEEL CITY CLASSICS DIFFERENCE: We source only top quality bikes and put them through a rigorous inspection process to ensure they leave us in tip top condition, giving you the peace of mind to buy with confidence Steel City Classics are able to arrange competitive finance packages too. Speak to us for a quote, we're sure you'll be pleasantly surprised with the re-payment options. Why take your money out of the bank? Steel City Classics also offer nationwide delivery on all our bikes. Simply call us for a quote on 0114 252 5400 and ask for Mark





White, 347 cc, 1980 V Reg, 45,258 miles, £9,499.00.