Maybe not superbikes in terms of mass but certainly superbikes in terms of capability. The LC Yamahas are milestone machines that took us out of the seventies and storming into a new era. They became known as giant killers for good reason.
Yamaha started producing the new liquid cooled two cylinder RD's from 1980 when many considered the two stroke to be dying. They actually started a fresh and successful era that continued to evolve for another decade and a half through many model variations beyond this first and purest form.
The LC's were light, fast and had good braking with rock solid handling that put them in an entirely different league to the performance machinery before them. These were the ingredients that earned them the giant killing reputation - and made them a whole lot of fun.
In comparison to the air cooled two strokes these liquid cooled evolutions had better temperature control and so suffered less spark plug failures and became more reliable in general. The lack of cooling fins and the addition of the coolant jacket made them produce less general mechanical racket as well.
They forged a huge worldwide following becoming a true motorcycle legend and an important machine that will remain notable through the rest of motorcycle history. The LC can be credited to starting the racing careers of Terry Rymer, Alan Carter, Rob McElnea and Niall Mackenzie who, along with James Whitham, have RD350LC's in their garages today.
This example is a very special one-owner from new bike in superb un-restored condition. Specification remains standard, including its rare 3 stripe Candy Blue colour option, and the original exhausts are still fitted and remarkably in excellent unpainted and un-dented condition.
It originated from Germany so has the all important 4LO engine and, as a late ’82 model, has the improved 4LO–01 carburettors and the factory engine tie rod improvement.
All the locks remain matching originals, including the offset lock fuel cap, and the spare key is present. The original bill of sale is still in the history file all paperwork, including the recent import paperwork, is in the same persons name authenticating it as having just one owner throughout its 34 year life. With 14,000 miles now under it's belt it was prudent for the engine to be refreshed as a preventative measure and to get tolerances crucial to perfomance and longevity back to factory spec. As such it has just received a full specialist engine build replacing seals, bearings and pistons etc so mechanically it is now as good as new again and the engine is crisp and punchy. While in the workshop the braking system was overhauled along with anything else that would beneft from expert attention.
An mph speedo face has also been fitted but the mileage reading of 23,696 is still in kilometres so equates to 14,724 miles. The parts used in the recommissioning program were original Yamaha new old stock.