Post Sale Update: This RT1 sold for $6,855 after 32 bids on eBay.
Yamaha earned themselves a lot of fans with the release of the 360cc RT1 enduro in 1970. The motorcycling public had high expectations after the smaller DT1/AT1 models, so the big brother was going to be just as good, right? Indeed it was. That’s why they are popular nearly 40 years later and why the current bidding on this first year example is already up to $5,600 with several days left to go.
The first year bikes were black with yellow pinstriping – the following year the yellow would become red. It was available as an enduro or as a motocrosser – the MX obviously dispensed with the street legal formalities and it had 6 more horsepower. Still, the 30 ponies on the enduro were plenty for the designed purpose. Yamaha’s Autolube system handled oiling of the two-stroke motor while fueling was handled by a Mikuni VM32.
This example (VIN: RT1-03023) is said to work perfectly and it’s in decent cosmetic shape, too. There don’t seem to be any flaws and the odometer shows just 1,025 miles. The sale includes some vintage magazines with road tests and ads, the original key, owner’s manual, and tool kit. Find this Yamaha RT1 for sale in Beverly Hills, California with bidding up to $5,600