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In Brazil


In 1985, Yamaha consolidates further its roots in Brazil, ushering in the Manaus Free Trade Zone, the Yamaha Motor Amazon, its second plant, further enhancing its ability to meet the domestic market. The change comes in good time, given the need to produce models of larger displacement, which required parts with higher technological value.

The RD350LC against model started to be produced in 1986.

 

Article in internal communication magazine @ YAMAHA Japan
YAMAHA NEWS N°9 1986
YAMAHA NEWS N°10 1986
YAMAHA NEWS N°4 1987

     
Salão Brazil '84
 
 
     
April '86: first test of RD350LC 1YH from Brazil with European style
With a front black wheel from blue RD350F2
With lateral panel from RZ350 (Canada or Australia)
     
August '86 pré-série RD350LC 1YH from Brazil with different brake disks from serial production
     
     

End of '86, YAMAHA MOTOR DA AMAZÔNA start to sold the RD350LC in Brazil. The RD 350 LC/R were built and sold in BRAZIL until '93 bringing the last evolutions of the 350 in the world: the twin headlight fairing model (completely closed like first HONDA CBR 600) which was launched in '91. Production stopped in '93 but the last models were sold in UK until '95.

The Brazilian 350 LC/R had a compression ratio of 5:1 (instead of 6:1) to match with the quality of fuel in Brazil which contains approximatively 20% of ethanol that is explain the low power of 55 HP. They didn't get the modification introduced in Europe with 1UA/1WT model so the kept the 31K cylinders + carburettors without power-jets.

This 55Hp power is with Brazilian fuel so in Europe it's close to 59HP but on '92 to '95 YAMAHA full line up of UK, the power and torque were never given ! On '92 full line up of Italy, YAMAHA claimed 59.1 HP @ 9000 RPM with 4.8 MKg @ 8500 RPM (like '83 to '85 31K engines) instead of the classic 63 HP & 5 MKg @ 9000 RPM !

 
'86
1YH
 Beginning of sale in Brazil with partial fairing and not perforated brake disks (RD350LC). Full fairing available as an option.
'88
1YH
 New model  with full fairing   (RD350R).
'89
1YH
 New model  with perforated brake disks   (RD350R).
'90
1YH
 New coloring (RD350R).
'91
4CD
 New models with new full fairing with twin head lamps (RD350R).
'92
4CD
 New coloring (RD350R).
'93
4CD
 End of sale...

 
'86 - 1YH
'88 - 1YH
'89 - 1YH
'89 - 1YH
'90 - 1YH
'91 - 4CD
'91 - 4CD
'92 - 4CD
'92 - 4CD
     
     

 

 
All brochures
       
All publicities

 

Agosto 1984

MOTOSHOW

Setembro 1986

DUAS RODAS 135

Março 1987

DUAS RODAS 141

Junho 1987

DUAS RODAS 145

Fevereiro 1988

DUAS RODAS 152

May 80

DUAS RODAS 171 

May 80

DUAS RODAS 189

June 82

DUAS RODAS 190

 

In Europe

The Brazilian RD350F went on sale in Spain & Italy in '88.

 

Since '88, in ITALY, in order to respect the quota of imported bike from Japan, YAMAHA Belgarda imported it motorcycles from Brazil: at the beginning the RD 350 F2 (2UA model with different colorings from Europe like against) and later the twin headlight RD 350 R.

Translation of the upper text:

"You have two ways to buy the best motorcycle. You buy here a Yamaha RD350 fully national or go to Europe and buy a Yamaha RD350 imported from Brazil"

This model was exported to Spain & Italy and YAMAHA motor da Amazonia is clearly proud of it !

 

Then the RD 350 R twin headlight were sold in UK from '92 to '95, in Spain,Italy & UK. The European models had Restricted exhaust (with restrictions washers in the exhaust downpipes) with different carb setting  on carburettors with power-jets. I read in WHAT BIKE MAGAZINE from January 95 : "Cynics say the restriction's there in the first place because the worn out seconhand tooling the brazilians use can't turn out engine parts with tight enough tolerances to produce peak power reliably ".

Look papers of an ITALIAN RD350F2 2UA and from a SPANISH RD350F2 2UA.

 

 

Note that "RD 350 R" means twin headlight model in Europe but it was a classic (apart the colorings) RD 350 F2 with single rectangular front light for '88 to '90 as we can see on this '88 Brazilian publicity.

 

All brochures in Europe

Spain '90
Spain '92
Extract from YAMAHA 
'92 UK FULL LINE UP
Extract from YAMAHA 
'92 Italian FULL LINE UP
     
Extract from YAMAHA 
'93 UK FULL LINE UP
Extract from YAMAHA 
'94 UK FULL LINE UP
Extract from YAMAHA 
'95 UK FULL LINE UP

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