A sought-after collectors bike in the US, the Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts probably needs no introduction. 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.
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. This bike is particularly desired in the United States as it was specifically marketed as a limited edition in the states. While this bike has no track time, many of its brethren are used in vintage races (there are even RZ350 specific races all over the country).
This specific Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts is completely stock and even includes the catalytic converters, which plenty of people tore off. It has just 8,600 miles and comes with plenty of new parts, including a NOS fuel tank.
Find this Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts for sale here on Craigslist in Clinton, Iowa for $6,599.