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Old Yesterday, 02:00 PM   #1
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Is this a deal? RD350

It looks like it to me. Too bad I'm poor. One of you guys should buy this. It the second time I've seen it posted.
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Old Yesterday, 02:27 PM   #2
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Wow. Dial up the WayBack. That was my first motorcycle.

What a great first bike too. I learned a lot. It was designed to be ridden, and to be maintained for the most part by the owner.

Stonky good fun too. This one looks to be set up properly and it looks time appropo too.

No front disc. Not an RD, but it's grand dad, the R5.

Oh, the memories... I was 17 and a freshman at Appalachian State. I learned to ride there. It was 120 miles from my home in Brevard to Boone, NC all over mountain passes and through winding valleys. The roads were empty then too.

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Old Yesterday, 02:54 PM   #3
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It's a '72 R5C. One of which was my first bike. $832 out the door.

I have another one now, currently on it's way to my new home. A restoration project.

The buggers were fun!

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Old Yesterday, 03:08 PM   #4
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"All original"--if you don't count the expansion chamber exhaust and the pod filters, and good luck sourcing reasonably priced original equipment replacements in acceptable condition. Missing those parts to be all original, and the fact that it's an earlier R5 and not an RD, I'd say it's an "OK" price, but not exactly a great deal. I've seen a number of similarly modded RDs for sale locally in the $2K range.
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Old Yesterday, 03:10 PM   #5
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I've always like the looks of them and it kind of bums me out when I see stuff like this that I really don't have the time or means to mess with. I was kind of surprised to see it posted again. Maybe this is a good idea for a thread. Instead of "Craigslist dumbasses", we can post "craigslist deals".
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Old Yesterday, 07:38 PM   #6
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A friend of mine worked at one of the Atlanta Yamaha dealers back in 1972 and was able to buy one of the very limited edition factory homologation special R5C's with the six speed close ratio gearbox. If I remember correctly Yamaha had to make 200 of them to qualify for racing use. Steve special ordered one and it was an absolute revelation to ride. First gear was taller than the conventional 2nd speed on the standard 5-speed R5 but the ratios were spaced just right to maintain tremendous acceleration once you paddled it off the line. Merging onto I-85 at 100 mph in third gear with the howling expansion chambers was a religious experience.
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Old Today, 04:29 AM   #7
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I've never ridden an R5, but had an RD350. Some say that although the RD, with its reed valves, has better low end and tractability, the R5 is more of a wild ride. Not that it is faster, but it has a more pronounced hit when it comes on the pipe. God those bikes are fun. In stock trim they are light, and it's easy to lighten them up a good bit more. My RD was 290 with a tank of gas in it. The bike just disappears under you. ANd that sound is awesome. $1700 is a fair , but not great price. See if he'll take $1400
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