Inspired by the success of the DT1 and AT1 a year earlier, Yamaha pulled out all the stops to release the beautiful black 360cc RT1 to the public in early 1970. Rumors had been circulating since the DT1’s release that an Open-classer was in the works, and the big Yamaha was almost everything the fans expected. The 360cc single produced 32bhp and the power went through a 5-speed ‘box. It came in two styles: a street equipped Enduro model and a stripped down motocrosser.
For 1970, the color scheme was black with yellow stripes, but that changed to a red stripe for the following year.
The 1971 Yamaha 360cc RT1 offered here hails from a discerning collection of early Yamaha off-roaders. The bike was purchased a couple of years ago from a private Floridian collector in the beautifully restored state you see it in today. Accompanying paperwork includes a substantial file of receipts for miscellaneous small parts totaling over $1500. Also included are two original keys.