Post Sale Update: This RZ350 Kenny Roberts sold for $8,750 after 40 bids on eBay in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Only sold in the states from 84-85, these were the first bikes in the US to come equipped with catalytic converters and the first Yamaha street bike in the US to use a perimeter frame. They were also one of the last street-legal two-strokes available in this country. The ’85 RZ was available in red/white and yellow/black – either option came with Kenny Roberts’ signature on the front fairing.
Estimated production of these bikes was around 20,000 – accidents and time have worn down that number significantly. You’ll note the YPVS acronym on the engine: that stands for Yamaha Power Valve System, a computer-controlled valve that could adjust exhaust port timing. This enabled increased torque at low RPMs while maintaining horsepower higher up in the rev band. For more information on the RZ350, check out this profile on Cycle World.
This example (VIN: JYA48H00XFA010820) has 4,809 miles and it’s equipped with a Spec 2 exhaust/jet kit, K&N air filter, Race Tech fork emulators and stainless steel brake lines. The center stand and stock exhaust are included. The seller notes that it needs fork seals and there’s some surface rust. Everything is said to work.
Find this RZ for sale in Bowling Green, Ohio with bidding up to $6,000 and the reserve already met here on eBay.