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Yamaha RD350LC 'most popular motorcycle of the 1980s'

The Yamaha RD350LC is the motorcycling community’s favourite bike of the 1980s. Over 300 biking enthusiasts voted for the machine in an online poll conducted ahead of the Isle of Man Classic TT 2014.

Respondents were presented with a shortlist of 22 definitive motorcycles from this golden era, which were meticulously selected by two industry experts – Bike Social’s, Marc Potter and Classic Motorcycle Mechanics’ editor Bertie Simmonds.

The Yamaha RD350LC – widely regarded as the bike that was responsible for the rebirth of the two-stroke – rolled off the production line for the first time in June 1980. The Race Developed Liquid Cooled (RDLC) machine managed to establish a truly global fanbase up until production was ceased in 1995, and it’s unsurprising that it secured 19% of the poll’s votes.

In second place, 13% of respondents voted for the Honda RC30 (VFR750R), while the Suzuki RG500 was third with 9% of the vote.Other popular choices were ‘the original Ninja’ – Kawasaki’s GPz900 – the German-inspired Suzuki Katana 1100; and the Suzuki GSX-R750, which is still being produced today and is set to celebrate its 30th birthday in March 2015.

The online poll was conceived by motorcycle insurer Bennetts in collaboration with Classic Motorcycle Mechanics magazine.


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