CIRCA 1988 YAMAHA RD350F2

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Yamaha’s RD350LC was an ab­so­lute sen­sa­tion when it was launched in 1980. Its gi­ant-killing per­for­mance and sharp styling have made the LC a clas­sic, but the later, power-valve equipped RD350LCII, RD350F and RD350N mod­els are ar­guably su­pe­rior on the road.

Pro­duc­tion of the faired F and un­faired N mod­els ran on un­til 1988, but Yamaha re­vived the model in 1992, with bikes be­ing built in their Brazil­ian fac­tory. Qual­ity was never quite the same, though, and it’s the Ja­panese-built bikes that are most in de­mand. An­other bike from the Wil­low­brook col­lec­tion, this 1988 model – never run or regis­tered – is one of the last few to be built in Japan and has recorded just five miles on it odome­ter (from be­ing pushed around dur­ing its 30 years of stor­age). Of­fered with­out any doc­u­men­ta­tion, but in vir­tu­ally as-new con­di­tion, the bike’s es­ti­mate is £9000-12,000.

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