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Old 12-20-2014, 07:40 AM   #1
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Yamaha R5C and RD350

I'm old enough that I bought a 1972 R5C new. Rode that bike 10,000 miles that year. I was 17 years old and went everywhere on it that summer.

Also bought a 1974 RD350 back in the day. Anyway...still ride and was thinking about getting a nice RD350 or R5C again. They seem pretty rare now.

I'd like a stock original bike but minor mods (depending on what they are) may be OK. So anyone here know of anything for sale?

I'm in southwest Indiana.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 12-20-2014, 03:11 PM   #2
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A stock R5 is a lovely thing!
One day I will finally get off my ass and get mine completed and then running.
Then RUNNING WELL!
Some 5 years of gathering correct replacement parts has come to an end.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:38 PM   #3
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Like you I had an R5 and an RD350 and I am probably about the same age too. Obviously both were terrific fun and so called giant slayers in the day. I felt bad racing a Z1 on a winding road because he was so far behind that I thought he may have crashed.

A few years ago I got to ride a sorted RD350 and it really didn't feel as good as it once did. What was once thought of as a smooth engine was now rather not so pleasant. The noise was a bit of a bother too. This year I helped restore a two stroke Yamaha Enduro and rode it a bit....Jeez, I guess I am now too old for two strokes! They now seem a bit savage to me. Of course your results may vary. So, if I had another R5 or RD I'd get an electronic ignition kit. The points on the early bikes only stayed sharply tuned for a 100 miles or so, (but were ok after that) And if the timing isn't spot on it's easy to hole a piston, at least in the RD.
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Old 12-24-2014, 07:47 PM   #4
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Stock bikes are hard to come by. I put an ad on Craigslist looking for one, and it worked! Took a little work to get it right, but I ended up with this:



It's a hoot to ride around town and I like having it in the garage.
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Old 12-25-2014, 06:42 AM   #5
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Good score! I'll have to try that method looking for a bike.
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Old 12-25-2014, 06:52 AM   #6
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I have an all original 73 RD350 with 3900 miles but alas it is too far away for you to purchase.
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