1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Edition
This is a lesson that you might learn when you buy a bike at an auction. Bike presented well and was listed as “restored”. Front Brake was completely non-functional, Engine smoked horribly out of LH pipe, YPVS system was non-functional and I could go on with a few more items, but suffice it to say that the engine is now rebuilt, brakes refurbished, electronics replaced etc, etc, etc. and is now in great riding shape. Whoever put this bike together for the “seller” obviously had little experience with these bikes as there were several rookie mistakes. The problem with the engine turned out to be that they had used silicone to attempt to seal the engine halves together and left a gap, which let the piston draw grab oil from the gearbox. Engine completely disassembled and rebuilt as the crank was beginning to come apart so that was repaired and welded so that it won’t happen again. All new bottom end bearings etc and the top end rebuilt as well. Carbs have new needles/jets etc and are tuned to the Spec II chambers. I found a very nice instrument bezel to replace the busted one and now have that installed. All electrics function and instrument plastic gears recently lubricated etc so it should be ready to ride for many miles. There are a few small imperfections in the paint, but overall, the bike presents very well, bright and shiny. I would rate this bike a solid 9 out of 10. Stock Pipes included as well if you want them.