Yamaha XS650 History 1970-1983
Yamaha's first 4stroke motorcycle, All colors and models(USA).1970-1983
(More info Below)
1970 XS650-1 Candy Green Only 6586 produced wordwide
1971 XS650-1B Candy Orange ( called candy Orange but looks really Gold )
** rarest of the rare, there were 200 XS750cc built in July of 1971 as 1972
models,to qualify for AMA racing,identified by 743cc stamped on the
barrels** 1971 production was 18,283 units wordwide.
1972 XS650-2 Brilliant Red / white (non-us colors were orange/black)
1970/71 were kickstart only but 1972 got electric start and Disc Brake.
1973 TX650 Metallic Flake Blue ( non-us colors were Pearl Yellow Gold)
1973/74's have a TX prefix to match other bikes in yamaha's line, they went
back to XS in 1975.
1974 TX650-A Cinnamon Brown (looks really maroon) non-us had a Vegas Green.
Earlier models of the 650 had a compression release to aid starting, 1974
got a new stronger starter so the comp-release was eliminated.
1975 XS650-B Star Black ( non-us colors were Cardinal Red and Frost Silver)
1976 XS650-C French Blue ( non-us color was Brilliant Red or Candy Apple
The front brake caliper was moved behind the fork leg for better handling.
1977 XS-650D Maxi Maroon or Bountiful Blue
1978 XS650-E Star Black or Metallic Spruce Green. Last year for the
"Standard" in the US.
1978 XS650-SE Special 650 - Midnight Blue or Vintage Burgandy (1st year of
the Special 650 )
1979 XS650-SF BlackGold or Carmine Red
1979 XS650-Special II New Yamaha Black ( Special II's have wire wheels)
1980 XS650-Special II BlackGold
1980 XS650-SG New Yamaha Black or Cardinal Red
1981 XS650-Special II Indigo Blue or New Ruby Red
1981 XS650-SH Frost Silver or New Yamaha Black
1983 XS650-SK HERITAGE SPECIAL New Yamaha Black or New Ruby Red ( these
bikes are rare, all the pics I have show wire wheels so I don't know if
there was a cast wheel version. And I can't even find a pic of a red one so
they must be rare also)
Startup of a Missile...
After a 4 1/2 yr's rest on the porch and new set of pistons it is great to
hear the Rd 350 sound again :)
Not so good clip i think but it is what it is..
Yamaha 1975 RD350B
This Yamaha is a Canadian model purchased new in 1975. Exists in
essentially stock condition except for a worn autolube pump which was
removed 4 years ago. Now runs pre-mix at 35:1. This bike owns new Hagon
shocks on the rear and a braided Galfer brakeline up front. Otherwise, it
is just like it was purchased 34 years ago.
1970 Yamaha R5 350
347cc (21 ci) two stroke -
5 port (no reed valves) -
36 hp @ 7000 rpm, 28 ft/lbs @ 6500 rpm-
5 speed -
308 lbs.(net), 42/58 -
1/4 mile 13.8 sec -
103 mph top speed -
82.5 mpg @ 37 mph -
3.2 gal tank -
original price $739
What it's like to ride a '73 Yamaha RD350
Here's a quick loop on my RD. It's a blast to ride. I should be scooting
around on it quite a bit next spring.
My long term RD project is getting there. It's still gurggly and a bit
sloppy on the pilot circuit. Going to try a leaner pilot next.
The gauges, headlight, and headlight brakets were from
Rearsets: hard to find Moto Carreras
Clutch is an MSR perch and lever from a YZ250
Front brake MC is from an R6
Grips, bars and everything else from http://hvccycle.com/