January 2023 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Chris Upton of Laguna Niguel with his 1981 Yamaha RD350LC

Make: Yamaha
Model: RD350LC
Year: 1981
Country of Origin: Japan
Engine: 350cc inline twin 2-Stroke
Transmission: 6 speed
Owner: Chris Upton
City: Laguna Niguel

1981 Yamaha RD350LC

Congratulations to Chris Upton of Laguna Niguel for winning Bike of the Month with his 1981 Yamaha RD350LC. Chris won a plaque provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Oh Canada!
This unique Yamaha RD350LC was never imported into the United States. It was sold in most other countries and this one came from Canada.

Chris and his wife Sarah have attended our meets for the past eight years. They have ridden a variety of vintage and modern bikes an until today usually ride newer bikes. He has owned this bike for a year, and he just finished the restoration last Thanksgiving.

It's a unique water cooled parallel twin 350cc two-stroke engine. Chris believes that he is the third US owner.

The beautiful paint job was done by Laguna Niguel Collision, not a motorcycle paint shop generally, but they did an awesome job.

The powder coating was done by Specialized Coatings, and the engine work was done by Boyko Racing. Visit for more information.

Thank you Chris for bringing your Yamaha out for all of us to see. See all the photos in our January Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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