No Reserve - 1973 Yamaha RD350

SOLD FOR: $3,550

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on November 15, 2022

Winner: SoCal250

Winning Bid: $3,300
Buyer Fee: $250
Total: $3,550

Description

Additional photos of this 1973 Yamaha RD350 are available here for your perusal.

Upon its release in 1973, the Yamaha RD350 was an instant classic. An evolution of the R5, it featured the reliable two-stroke reed-valve 350cc parallel twin, which was capable of consistently dusting bikes with 750cc engines. This bike, simply put, was an overachiever. In fact, A period Yamaha ad showed a sad looking rider at a bar with the phrase “Don’t feel bad. You’re not the first 750 rider to get blown off by a Yamaha 350.”

While most big bikes could eventually beat the Yamaha RD350 in a straight line, this bike had quite an advantage when it came to the corners. At the time, this was easily one of the best handling bikes you could buy – the bonus being that it was dirt cheap. In 1973, a RD350 sold for $839. A Kawasaki Z1 sold for $1,895. Wanted a Ducati 750SS? You’d have to spend over $3,000. The RD350 was quick, agile, and accessible to the average rider. Motorcycle Classics calls this the “Best Bang for the Buck.

Weighing about 350 pounds wet, this bike was capable of 14 second quarter miles. So you wouldn’t win many drag races, but this was a perennial champion when it came to amateur track racing. The RD350 also featured a trick Autolube system that ensured you’d keep the oil mixed in properly.

This example is VIN: 351114494, Engine #: 356119884. The seller originally purchased from a private party in Atlanta just over three years ago.

During his ownership, the seller has ridden the bike for less than 30 miles. The odometer shows 18,877 miles.

Maintenance:
Upon purchase, the seller immediately tore into the bike for a partial restoration. In addition to having the forks rebuilt with stronger springs from Sonic springs, he also had the engine rebuilt at AdvMotoTech in Glendale, California. Moreover, he had the tank lined at GTL, installed a clutch kit, and replaced the tires. He reports that the “carbs need fine-tuning after sitting.”

Modifications:
Stronger front fork springs.

Sissy bar.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:






Inside of the tank:

It is riding on IRC Grand High Speed tires with date codes of 3019 and 0320.

The sale includes one key.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Yamaha is offered on a clean Pennsylvania title. Have any RD350 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1973

Make

Yamaha

Model

RD350

Mileage

18,877

VIN

351114494

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

Pennsylvania

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

Total Bids Placed: 32

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: SoCal250

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
SoCal250 November 15, 2022 11:02 am $3,300
ShelbyPhoenix November 15, 2022 11:02 am $3,200 Auto
ShelbyPhoenix November 15, 2022 11:01 am $3,100
Gonzmeister66 November 15, 2022 11:01 am $3,000 Auto
Gonzmeister66 November 15, 2022 10:59 am $2,900 Auto
ShelbyPhoenix November 15, 2022 10:59 am $2,800
Gonzmeister66 November 15, 2022 10:59 am $2,600
ShelbyPhoenix November 15, 2022 10:59 am $2,500 Auto
ShelbyPhoenix November 15, 2022 10:52 am $2,200
jcolton November 15, 2022 10:43 am $2,100
ShelbyPhoenix November 15, 2022 10:43 am $2,000 Auto
ShelbyPhoenix November 15, 2022 9:56 am $1,900 Auto
jcolton November 15, 2022 9:56 am $1,800
ShelbyPhoenix November 15, 2022 8:15 am $1,700
1313david November 15, 2022 8:04 am $1,600
ShelbyPhoenix November 15, 2022 8:04 am $1,500 Auto
ShelbyPhoenix November 14, 2022 9:05 pm $1,400
mattman57 November 14, 2022 10:12 am $1,300
Kylipso911 November 13, 2022 2:52 pm $1,200
ATMS November 13, 2022 2:07 pm $1,100
Kylipso911 November 12, 2022 6:41 pm $1,000
RClarke November 12, 2022 6:32 pm $900
arunsunny1112 November 12, 2022 7:40 am $800
sdrcp November 11, 2022 9:36 pm $700
arunsunny1112 November 10, 2022 11:08 am $600
carllincoln56 November 10, 2022 10:26 am $500
arunsunny1112 November 10, 2022 10:26 am $401 Auto
arunsunny1112 November 9, 2022 8:05 pm $400
RClarke November 9, 2022 3:26 pm $300
carllincoln56 November 9, 2022 8:57 am $200
RClarke November 9, 2022 8:57 am $101 Auto
RClarke November 9, 2022 12:58 am $1 Reserve
Auction started November 8, 2022 9:10 am
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