My Eighth Motorcycle - 1984 Yamaha RZ350



This is my eighth motorcycle, a 1984 (mostly) Yamaha RZ350. I bought it on Ebay in August, 2007 for $2500. I've been looking for an RZ for quite a while, and when this one came up I decided to go for it. It was located about 30 miles away and appeared to be in pretty good shape. I really wanted one in the original yellow/black Kenny Roberts paint scheme, but I realized that I might not see one in my area at a reasonable price so I went for it and was successful. After I got it home and had a chance to go through it I found that the seller had not been completely honest in his Ebay listing, but since he threw in a bunch of extra parts when I picked the bike up I didn't make an issue of it and give him negative feedback. A few of the issues:

I have to admit that I enjoy working on motorcycles at least as much as I enjoy riding them, so having issues like these is not that much of a problem for me. I have been making plans to fix all of the problems and get the bike in good shape for the 2008 riding season, and I will try to update this page as I fix/modify things.

August, 2008:  I have been working over the winter and the past few months and have made some improvements to the RZ. Here is a pic showing how it looks now (can you spot the differences?):

As you can see, I have made a few changes. I added some of the stock RZ stickers, and I stripped the black paint off of the front fork sliders. I have also done a lot of work on the brakes, rebuilding the calipers, replacing the rotors and the brake lines. I also replaced the front brake master cylinder with a new 14mm unit and it has made a significant improvement in the braking feel and performance. Here are a few more pics:

More Information:  If you want more information on the mods I've made you can check out my RZ Modifications Page, or you can click on the links below:

1. Front Brake Master Cylinder                        2. Brake Rotors

3. Ignition                                                    4. Jetting

5. Battery                                                     6. Fuse Box

7. Exhaust Pipes                                            8. Radiator Fan

Useful Files:

        RZ350L Parts List PDF                                    RZ350N Parts List PDF

        RZ350L Wiring Diagram PDF                           RZ350 Periodic Maintenance Manual

        RZ350 Charging System Manual                      1984 Cycle World Road Test

        RZ350 Service Manual (54MB)                         RZ350 Cable Routing Diagrams

        Toomey Exhaust/Intake kit Instructions


This page was last updated on December 09, 2013

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