Click here for a CycleVIN Report on this 1985 Yamaha RZ350. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
Only sold in the states from 84-85, these were the first bikes in the US to come equipped with catalytic converters and the first Yamaha street bike in the US to use a perimeter frame. The ’85 RZ was available in red/white and yellow/black.
Estimated production of these bikes was around 20,000 – accidents and time have worn down that number significantly. You’ll note the YPVS acronym on the engine: that stands for Yamaha Power Valve System, a computer-controlled valve that could adjust exhaust port timing. This enabled increased torque at low RPMs while maintaining horsepower higher up in the rev band.
For more on what made the RZ350 special, check out this profile on Cycle World – they “said our July 1984 cover bike rated a “perfect 10” on the fun scale.”
This example is VIN: JYA1EL003FA001410. The seller acquired it a month ago from a friend, he is letting it go to buy a new car.
During his ownership, the seller has covered 200 miles. The odometer shows 15,529 miles.
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us detail the bike and install a new battery. Olly did the work and notes that the speedometer needle jumps around and that the tachometer squeals and is inaccurate.
“Fresh top end and an oil change.” The seller states that there are no known mechanical issues and that it starts first kick.
Toomey Racing exhaust, bike was rejetted.
Currently located in Mission Viejo, California, this Yamaha is offered on a clean California title. The seller confirms that the registration is current.
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