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post #1 of 23 Old 01-09-2016, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
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RD350 nostalgia, will the R3 revive the thrill?

Is anyone here old enough to remember/ride the Yamaha RD 350/400 series of bikes? I'm pining for the nostalgia and thrill of a simple, fast, light, fun sport bike and the looks of the blue R3 and the parallel twin engine sure has me enamored. I'm a big proponent for the return to smaller affordable bikes here in the US.

I've owned dozens and dozens of bikes over the years. My latest project is the Rally Raid CB500X Adventure (a bunch of vids on YouTube-blancolirio), and am looking for a next project. I think it would be fun to mod up the R3 re Gregg Spears components and do some videos on the process.

So, would an R-3 revive the thrill of an RD350 from years gone by? What say ye old timers? lol

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Is anyone here old enough to remember/ride the Yamaha RD 350/400 series of bikes?

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I'm sad to say.....yes!
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I had an RD250, not the 350, but is was fun, fast (for the time), and exciting. I did love 2-strokes. Doing some comparisons using old issues of Cycle World the R3 is both faster (top end) and quicker (acceleration) than the RD350 (yes the 350). Surprising since the R3 is a 4-stroke and the RD350 a 2-stroke, and has more displacement. Technology has improved! If my memory serves me right about the RD, my R3 handles a lot better. One disappointing fact in the comparison is that the RD350 was lighter.

I think the R3 exceeds the standards set by the RD350. I really enjoy riding the R3.

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Is anyone here old enough to remember/ride the Yamaha RD 350/400 series of bikes? I'm pining for the nostalgia and thrill of a simple, fast, light, fun sport bike and the looks of the blue R3 and the parallel twin engine sure has me enamored. I'm a big proponent for the return to smaller affordable bikes here in the US.

I've owned dozens and dozens of bikes over the years. My latest project is the Rally Raid CB500X Adventure (a bunch of vids on YouTube-blancolirio), and am looking for a next project. I think it would be fun to mod up the R3 re Gregg Spears components and do some videos on the process.

So, would an R-3 revive the thrill of an RD350 from years gone by? What say ye old timers? lol

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Juan,

I'm just finishing up my version of the Rally Raid CB500X. Makes for a really nice, relatively light weight adventure bike. Photos soon....
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I'm sad to say.....yes!
I rode a few friend's RD's back in the 70's and I actually owned an RZ350 back in the mid-80s. Should never have sold it. It's one of the most fun bikes I've ever ridden.
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Is anyone here old enough to remember/ride the Yamaha RD 350/400 series of bikes? I'm pining for the nostalgia and thrill of a simple, fast, light, fun sport bike and the looks of the blue R3 and the parallel twin engine sure has me enamored. I'm a big proponent for the return to smaller affordable bikes here in the US.

I've owned dozens and dozens of bikes over the years. My latest project is the Rally Raid CB500X Adventure (a bunch of vids on YouTube-blancolirio), and am looking for a next project. I think it would be fun to mod up the R3 re Gregg Spears components and do some videos on the process.

So, would an R-3 revive the thrill of an RD350 from years gone by? What say ye old timers? lol

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I'm not old enough, but still older and not a young pup. My deceased brother (R.I.P. Perry) was 9 years older than me. In the late eighties when I was a kid, he had a Yamaha RD400 I believe. I think it was a 2-stroke. I remember that it was white and loud, and like crazy fast. Maybe it was an RD350, but I think I remember it being an RD400.

That's how I got started riding. My brother gave me rides on the back of his Suzuki RM125, RD400 and GSXR750. I remember being almost freaked out being on the back of the RD400. That's when I started saving for a dirt bike and started riding.

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I'm sad to say.....yes!
Yes, indeed. I just dropped down from a CBR600RR to the R3, and just love it. Not only is it very practical as an everyday bike and for commuting, but its just a **** joy to ride especially in the twisties.
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RDLC was out a couple yrs before I got my license,
but still have my RZ500 which was my first roadie.
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OK! well this sounds very promising....
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RDLC was out a couple yrs before I got my license,
but still have my RZ500 which was my first roadie.


RZ500 NICE. Don't see many in the US, but I was able to ride one once.


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