Yamaha RD350LC ‘Crazy Car­bon’ Cus­tom En­durance Racer

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We’ve seen count­less in­car­na­tions of the iconic Yamaha RD350 over the years – but none quite so drip­ping with car­bon fi­bre as this project.

This spe­cial Yamaha RD350LC is the re­sult of work put in by Span­ish owner Mike Navarro – whose pas­sion for RDs has been passed down from his fa­ther, who’s owned nu­mer­ous mod­els over the years.

There’s not much left of the orig­i­nal RD – aside from its frame. Its orig­i­nal en­gine has been re­stored, but has been pre­pared with spe­cial parts, in­clud­ing Wiseco pis­tons and a ma­chined alu­minium head. It also in­cludes a crank­shaft with re­in­forced cranks, as well as closed gear­box, clutch with cen­trifu­gal sys­tem and over­sized ra­di­a­tor. And to get enough air through, it in­cor­po­rates 28mm Stage6 R/T car­bu­ret­tors, Moto Tassi­nari V4Force car­bon sheet boxes and TPR ex­hausts.

It doesn’t end there though. There’s the Öh­lins fork and front brak­ing sys­tem from an Aprilia RSV1000, as well a swingarm from a 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6. There’s an Öh­lins monoshock, and a Brembo brak­ing set-up at the rear. The dash dis­plays the tem­per­a­ture of each cylin­der at all times. From a car­bon fi­bre per­spec­tive, the ‘Crazy Car­bon’ is equipped with BST rims, semi-shafts and a Ren­thal fin. What do you reckon? Is it the most spec­tac­u­lar RD350 you’ve ever seen?

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