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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:00 pm 
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OldTZracer wrote:
There was no media tour, just a single preproduction bike that did the rounds between Cycle Canada, Moto Journal etc. which was later crushed.

(I may have neglected to mention I worked at Yamaha Motor Canada from '81-'91...)

I should know who you are. PM me. I was racing TZ250s, RDs and RZ500s in the mid '80s and my buddy, Jeff Waite has been at Yamaha Motor Canada since 1985, I think.
Were you a pro racer? Did you know Clive, Chris Knowles, Steve Kiff, etc.?

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LC Cnd wrote:
Noted some discussion, on other Elsie websites, querying how many units their parictualar country/region received. Curious, I contacted Yamaha Canada and they were kind enough to respond promptly:

"Here is the info you requested. Interesting.

1981 RD350LC … RD350H … 1st year for this model … colour was white = 1,534 units

1982 RD350LC … RD350J … 2nd & final year … colour was black = 1,500 units … (the RD350LC was replaced by the 1983 RZ350)"

Not as many as I thought.


Hello LC Cnd,

I will add that to my site ! Could you ask them as well about following RZ350 models: 33E, 1AG, 1WV and 3FB ?

thank you

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:38 am 
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ehe Xaiver,

Vivre plusieurs années à Montréal - mon frère est né là et a été présenté à ma première Yamaha (650cc) à Ville D'Anjou. Je vais essayer de voir si mon contact RD est toujours chez Yamaha Canada pour l'information que vous avez demandée. Oh, merci pour votre site - sans aucun doute un travail d'amour. Combien de temps vous a-t-il fallu pour le produire? - Scott

(heh Xaiver. Live several years in Montreal - my brother was born there and was introduce to my 1st Yamaha (650cc) in Ville D'Anjou. I will try to see if my RD contact is still at Yamaha Canada for the info you requested. Oh, thank you for your site - no doubt a labour of love. How long did it take you to produce it?)


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:34 pm 
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Bonjour Scott,

merci pour le compliment. Je travaille sur mon site depuis l'an 2000 et je passe plusieurs heures par semaine sur internet à la recherche d'informations, photo, documents mais j'aime beaucoup ça !

Thanks for the compliment. I'm working on my website since 2000 and spend some hours per week on internet looking for information, pics, documents and I enjoy to do that !

merci - thank you

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Parlé à mon contact Steve et a appris qu'il est passé à la division maritime. Il a informé ses contacts ont tous pris leur retraite - désolé je ne pouvais pas aider plus loin.

Can any other Canuck answer Xavier's question?


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It would be interesting to know why some markets got different bikes or configuration . The 1980 RD400G was available in Canada and some other markets while the RD350LC was available in Europe and the 1983-84 RZ350 sold as 1985 in US.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:50 am 
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My LC is a 1981 and the number is between 1100 and 1200(don't want to say the exact number) which agrees with the 1500~
I have another frame, cant remember the number but I know its very low.
Anyone got an 81 with a number over 1534?

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I have two 1982 with numbers ending between 1590 and 1599 .


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:48 pm 
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My 81' is 00171*.
My 82' is 10028*.


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Hmmm. Is the 82 number a typo?

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Hi 2smoke,

The * represents the last digit. My 81' would be a late built in 1981 and the 82' an early one.
1981 numbers start at 000 101
1982 numbers start at 100 101


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:32 pm 
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So the claimed production numbers from Yamaha are definitely proved wrong.
They did seem low.

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evan_calgary wrote:
Think it is pretty standard to destroy the pre-production bikes as they may not be the exact same as the production run. They do occasionally come up but the story is usually they were 'saved' from the crusher is some shady sort of way...


More accurately they are Not certified, as in Cannot be sold .. period.
They Must be destroyed ...part of the import rules
Most all Journal/promotion bikes (fewer now that Magazines are basically Extinct) suffer this fate


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LC Cnd wrote:
Noted some discussion, on other Elsie websites, querying how many units their parictualar country/region received. Curious, I contacted Yamaha Canada and they were kind enough to respond promptly:

"Here is the info you requested. Interesting.

1981 RD350LC … RD350H … 1st year for this model … colour was white = 1,534 units

1982 RD350LC … RD350J … 2nd & final year … colour was black = 1,500 units … (the RD350LC was replaced by the 1983 RZ350)"

Not as many as I thought.

Sooo how does this Compare to the UK. Likely they bought a few more.
Hard to know tho given the adoration anything 'older' gets..
Those rascals cherish Ford Prefects for Gawds' sake.


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