A motorcycle that has become a legend of its time. Compact, agile and blisteringly fast - the RD350LC holds a big place in the heart of a legion of young bikers that rode them, or lusted after them, in their day.
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 RD350LC. Fast enough to get you into trouble. Safe enough to keep you out of it'.
Yamaha Corporation 1980
This example is a stunning and truly exceptional UK original. It was ridden for just 4,365 miles, in it’s first few years, before being laid up in a museum collection ever since. It remains completely standard and just as it left the factory and is surely the very best example of an RD350LC in existence.
It has never needed or undergone any restoration or remedial work whatsoever and it is truly spectacular to cast an eye over every single detail and marvel the bright and untouched condition wherever you look.
This is a remarkable and very special milestone Yamaha motorcycle.