Return of the Cafe Racers - Readers Rides: Yamaha RD350 Cafe Racer

Readers Rides: Yamaha RD350 Cafe Racer

In the two stroke scene the Yamaha RD350 is somewhat of a legend. Known best for it's cheeky ad campaigns featuring the headline "Don't feel bad. You're not the first 750 rider to get blown off by a Yamaha 350" they were quick, light and fun as hell to ride. This RD350 Cafe…

 


In the two stroke scene the Yamaha RD350 is somewhat of a legend. Known best for it’s cheeky ad campaigns featuring the headline “Don’t feel bad. You’re not the first 750 rider to get blown off by a Yamaha 350” they were quick, light and fun as hell to ride.


This RD350 Cafe Racer is one of several put together by Nate. It features a Benelli Mojave tank, Yamaha XS650 dual disc brakes, shaved heads, hydraulic clutch conversion and a meticulously built exhaust; each header pipe is made of 20 welded sections before connecting to the hand formed expansion chamber and finally the custom made silencer. This set up pushes the RD’s power up to over 40bhp which combined with the Cafe Racer weight loss program  means it’s even more of a threat to the big bike riders pride.

A Cafe seat with frenched in tail light, hidden battery and clip on bars finish off the Cafe Racer styling and that lovely golden orange paint makes it hard to miss out on the street (as would the noise emanating from those stainless pipes!). I want one!!
Previous
Next


Read more like this

Return of the Cafe Racers - NYC unrefined Bonneville

NYC unrefined Bonneville

Living in a big city can make it difficult for anyone wanting to customise their own bike. It was one of the main reasons we set up the Kustom Kommune communal motorcycle…

Continue Reading
Return of the Cafe Racers - Cafe Racers from our readers

Cafe Racers from our readers

For years now I’ve been receiving photos and stories from Return of the Cafe Racers readers showcasing their own custom motorcycle builds. As amazing as they all are the reality is I…

Continue Reading
Return of the Cafe Racers - Harris Bonneville T140 Cafe Racer

Harris Bonneville T140 Cafe Racer

When John Bloor purchased the Triumph Motorcycles Meriden factory site in 1983 he purchased the land, buildings and all the materials still on the production lines. When Triumph went in to receivership…

Continue Reading