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Yamaha RD350LC/YPVS
West, Phil (Percussionist)
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Publication Information:
Sparkford : Haynes, [2004]

Physical Description:
143 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
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TL448.Y3 W47 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The RD350LC/YPVS family of water-cooled, race-derived two-stroke 'screamers' has become a motorcycling icon of the 1980s. It was the first mass-production bike to use now commonplace monoshock rear suspension, and in racing it instantly became the production racer of choice. The LC marked the end of an era, as tightening emissions regulations ensured that it was the last of the middleweight, no-compromise performance two-strokes. This book describes the full developement, production and racing history of what soon became the dream bike for a generation of teenagers - nothing else came close.

Author Notes

Phil West is one of the UK's longest-established and most authoritative motorcycling journalists and authors. A former editor of Bike magazine, What Bike? and American Motorcycles, he also launched his own independent publishing company, which launched Biking Times magazine. As a freelance writer his work has been published by Northern Biker, the Evening Standard, Stuff magazine and many more. For the last decade he has been Executive Editor of Motorcycle News, the world's leading motorcycling newspaper. During all of this time he has ridden, tested and written about virtually every new bike of the last thirty years, including every variant of BMW GS.

Table of Contents

Niall Mackenzie
Forewordp. 6
Introductionp. 8
1 White mischiefp. 10
2 From tunes to tunersp. 18
3 Two strokes and two cylindersp. 24
4 'Build a TZ for the street'p. 40
5 But first, little brother...p. 48
6 'Hello 4LO'p. 54
7 Powervalves to the peoplep. 70
8 When one became twop. 94
9 Evolution, not revolutionp. 104
10 Owners and their storiesp. 112
11 Buying and owningp. 118
Appendix 1 Yamaha RD350LC/YPVS timelinep. 134
Appendix 2 Specifications of all modelsp. 135
Appendix 3 Which models were sold where, 1980-95p. 139
Appendix 4 LC sales in the UK and Francep. 141
Indexp. 142