1975 Yamaha RD350: Best Bang for the Buck

The Yamaha RD350 was THE Seventies poor boy racer. Fairly cheap, relatively easy to work on and fast through the twisties, the RD350 is still great fun today.

Yamaha RD350 Right View
As a result of Yamaha’s “Torque Induction” system — along with a crankshaft supported by large ball bearings, with roller bearings at the bottom and needle bearings at the top of the connecting rods and a 6-speed transmission — the RD pulled well from 4,500rpm to 6,500rpm, made 39 horsepower, and topped out just shy of 100mph.
Photo by Nick Cedar