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Yamaha June 2, 2017 posted by

Titled! 1991 Yamaha TZR250

The quarter-liter two stroke is the bread and butter of RSBFS. And while gray market bikes come in all shapes and sizes (including the ever-popular 400cc four stroke class and the 500cc smokers), the 250 is the volume leader. With svelte dimensions, racy accommodations and a surprising amount of power, the 250cc two stroke is - in some ways - the very essence of sport motorcycling. If you're looking for ground pounding torque, please look elsewhere. But if you are looking for handling, speed, GP bike sound and all-around rarity, the 250 class is hard to beat. Today's quarter-liter candy bar - a titled and plated Yamaha TZR250 - was pointed out to us by a reader and comes from a reputable dealer of imported exotica.

Titled 1991 Yamaha TZR250 for sale on eBay

Yamaha produced the TZR as a street-going replica of the TZ race bike starting in 1986. Over a 10 year period, the TZR morphed from a RD / RDLC replacement as a parallel twin to a reverse cylinder 3MA model, to this eventual V-twin configuration (3XV). Options and components vary greatly depending upon the variant of bike AND the locality from where it is sourced. Differences include: induction system, ignition system, power valve actuation and timing, clutch type, lighting and suspension adjustability. Power is estimated to be somewhere between 40-50 in most cases, and the dry weight of a TZR is a scant 275 lbs. This particular bike sports a conventional wet clutch and upside down forks, marking it as an R model (other variants include the RS, RSP, SP and RR).

From the seller:
1991 Yamaha TZR250 3XV

18,521 miles (29,820km)
"R" model with wet clutch and upside-down forks
All original bodywork in excellent condition (check all 24 hi-def pictures)
Engine has been fully checked including compression and leak down
Starts with one kick & runs perfectly; all controls, lights, etc. checked and operating properly
Super clean chassis and engine
Legally imported with full US Customs paperwork
DOT/EPA cleared for street legal use
Comes with US title with correct year, make, model & VIN

Bike has been fully inspected and serviced by partner Speedwerks including:
Engine fully inspected including compression and leak-down checks
Re-built carbs, NGK spark plugs, EBC brake pads
All fluid systems (fuel/oil/coolant) drained, flushed & refilled with new filters
All operating controls, switches, lights & indicators checked and working properly
Bridgestone Battlax BT-003 tires

Buy it Now: $8,999

Ask us any questions about this amazing machine. Moto2 Imports is a specialist importer of two-strokes and other Japanese sport bikes.

CALIFORNIA BUYERS: Due to California titling requirements, we currently only sell to CA buyers for track use or collection purposes. Contact Moto2 Imports for more details.

Three things jump out at me when I look at the overall advert. One: This bike is super clean and free from most of the dreaded corrosion and bodywork damage we tend to see on hastily-imported and flipped motorcycles. Two: Speedwerks, a noted repair and speed shop has performed maintenance updates and critical checks. This eases the worry about seals, air leaks, and the ubiquitous seizing that follows. Three: This puppy is titled and plated for street use. It's not often we see a clean, titled bike that is ready to ride like this one. As usual, Californians get the shaft (speaking as a native).

Of course quality has its price. In this case, a BIN of $8,999. While not outside of the pricing-spread realm, it does represent the higher end of the spectrum. The good news is that there is also an auction underway, and this one is still sitting in the basement at $2,550 with moderately heavy bidding and a reserve in place. Compared to many 250s we have come across, this one looks great and all signs seem to indicate it is a solid bike. Check it out here and understand why it was called out to us. Now if only we could do something about California laws related to imports and smokers..... Good Luck!!

MI

Yamaha June 1, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Yamaha FZR750RU for Sale in California!

Update 6.2.2017: Sold in just 12 hours! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a rare sportbike for sale, model years 1980ish to 2004ish, consider our Featured Listing service for $59. Email me to see to get started: dan@motoringblogs.com

When you think of Yamaha's homologation specials, you probably picture their extremely exotic OW01, but this very nice FZR750RU fulfilled a similar purpose: to homologate the 750cc FZR for racing, in this case the American AMA Superbike series. Spec is far lower than the OW01, but so are current prices and if you're looking to get into a collectible Yamaha, this would be a far more affordable proposition, and one you could actually ride.

The FZR750RU weighed in at around 460lbs dry, had the typical 17" front and 18" rear wheels of the era, used a close-ratio six-speed gearbox, and was powered by a 749cc version of Yamaha's five-valve "Genesis" inline four. Interestingly, the very limited-production RU was the only 750cc Yamaha imported during this era: there was no "normal" version, at least here in the USA. Of course, if you wanted a Yamaha sportbike during the late 1980s, you had plenty of other options to choose from: the light and nimble FZR400, the everyman steel-framed FZR600, even the big-bore FZR1000.

Five-valve engines are pretty rare and, although Volkswagen and Ferrari have dabbled in the technology, it was Yamaha's calling card for years. Typically, you're looking at three intake and two exhaust valves, and although complexity is increased, there are multiple theoretical benefits. The three smaller valves flow fuel and air more effectively and fill the cylinder faster than two larger valves that would fit into the same space, and the configuration creates a compact combustion chamber so the mixture can burn more efficiently. In addition, the smaller, lighter intake valves have less inertia and put less stress on the springs that close them.

This particular example of the FZR750RU looks very clean and well cared-for, with original parts, owner's manuals, and lots of quality photographs. It's especially nice that the seller includes several pictures of the bike without its bodywork, showing off the aluminum Deltabox frame and other bits that can accumulate grime and significant wear. What is the price for this bit of Yamaha history? The seller is asking $7,500 and can be contacted here: Bike is SOLD

It should also be noted that Jay has been an RSBFS regular for years, buying and selling nearly 10 bikes through the site in that time.

From the Seller: 1988 Yamaha FZR750RU for Sale

One owner 1988 Yamaha FZR750RU limited edition homologation motorcycle.  One of 200 imported into the US, only  4420 original miles, a rare bike that will continually rise in value.  The single owner took great care of this bike, it was a weekend rider for the for the first few years then it was parked and stored, last registered in 1995.  I have most of the original paperwork and documentation, including the original owners manual, service manual, warranty manual and I have the original title.  The owner is a retired engineer, he documented and cared for the bike as you would expect.  I have a stack of index cards filled with notes about the care and service of the bike. The factory service manual has signs of use and a few hand written notes. 

I have serviced the bike and ridden it about 50 miles.  The service included replacing all fluids (brake/clutch fluid, coolant, fuel and oil), ultrasonically cleaned and rebuilt carbs, drained and replaced the fuel.  I put a lot of time into cleaning the brake caliper pistons and seals.  I also replaced the rear brake pads, a few pieces of factory hardware and re-installed the stock screen.  The bike includes a few oil filters, a NOS set of tires, a aftermarket screen, a rear stand and some other small bits.  This bike is ready to ride except for the potentially original tires currently fitted.  Everything felt good when I rode it around but I haven't pushed it very hard. 

Targeted for the American market, the FZR750RU is not especially valuable yet and may never achieve the desirability of the OW01 but, with just 200 examples of the 1988 model built to exactly meet AMA minimum production numbers, it certainly has the potential to appreciate significantly, and it's a very handsome example of 80s sportbike style.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1988 Yamaha FZR750RU for Sale in California!
Yamaha May 28, 2017 posted by

CA Fun: 1984 Yamaha RZV 500R

Today we have a bit of two stroke fun located in California. The Yamaha RZV model was built for the Japanese home market only. Notable changes came with the "Z" descriptor, including an all-aluminum frame and a "made to comply with Japanese regulations" restricted output engine. From a chassis and weight department, the RZV is the model you want. From a power perspective, you wanted the export-market RZ500. In stock configuration, the RZV is the more rare of the two bikes, given that it was not exported widely outside of Japan, but any of the big RZs could be considered reasonably rare in the United States (where we sadly received none).

1984 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1984 RZV 500R All Original!
For being 33 years old, this bike is in great condition!
All fluids have just been changed (Motor, Forks, Brake Lines, Radiator) at 5000 km. Brand New Tires!
Bike runs and drives perfect!
5192 kilometers on the dash = 3226 US Miles.
Bike was imported from Japan and sent to California in a shipping container years ago. I have no paperwork. Vin number is available upon request to verify status.

The seller notes fluid changes, but no mention of engine seals. These are the items that are both critical to proper engine function (and longevity) and the more costly items to replace due to the invasive nature of where they are placed. I would much rather ride an old smoker that has old fluids but new seals than the other way around. Thus, it would appear that while this bike has low miles and looks to be in great condition, some maintenance work will be necessary to avoid seizing due to an air leak condition.

This CA located bike is also missing something else that is critical; a title and plates. This may not be a big deal in some states (where a bill of sale will open the door to riding nirvana), but is a potentially huge issue in California where licensing regs are not so lax. CA plated bikes have a gold plating for a reason, and the lack of registration on this one does have some impact to value.

The good side, this bike looks to be in decent condition for the age. There exists the requisite corrosion that one would expect from a Japanese import; this is common to any bike that lives near the seaboard. The plastics look great (with a possible crack on the upper right side panel and a missing fastener which could spell a broken tab), as does the paint and seat. The stock pipes look a bit peppered (or possibly just dirty), but nothing extreme to my eye. Even the wheels look decent, and the bike comes shod with new tires.

The big RZs are the mainstay of the grey-market world here in the US. Values have been solid for the past several years, with truly excellent examples commanding the highest prices. Being all stock is a real plus for this bike; it can only be all-original once. The location might be a positive for some, but the lack of registration and title is definitely a minus. A CA plate could have added another $1-2k to the price tag. All in all, this appears to be a solid example of the RZV breed. The internet does not wholly agree at this time, however: Bidding is just over $6k with a few days to go, and the bike has not met reserve. The BIN is set for $14k - pretty high dollar for the model - so it is possible this seller will be holding out for a while. Check it out here, and then let us know which you would prefer: RZ or RZV? Good Luck!!

MI

CA Fun: 1984 Yamaha RZV 500R
Yamaha May 23, 2017 posted by

Welterweight: 1989 Yamaha FZR400R

The 400cc class of bikes is a special one. In the 1980s and 1990s these sub-middleweights provided a rare mix of compact geometry, light weight and just enough horsepower (if there is such a thing). The resulting motorcycles were outstanding rider machines, race-worthy platforms and lusted after by world markets. The US was privy to but one such example: The Yamaha FZR400. Created in 1986 as the "1WG" series of bikes, the FZR400 ran through numerous changes through 1990. Today the little Fizzers are the most common of the 400cc set in the States, and in many ways the best for those who prefer riding to collecting. Parts, knowledge and upgrades are available more readily for the Yamaha, making it an easy 400cc choice. And the ride is nothing short of fantastic.

1989 Yamaha FZR400R for sale on eBay

Everything on the FZR400R is a big bike on Slim Fast. The motor is a Genesis derivative - right down to the extremely canted cylinders - but only 399cc instead of a 750 or 1100. The chassis - a slick aluminum Delta Box unit - looks like an OW01 was given the shrinky-dink treatment. Ditto the bodywork (with the cool, double headlights), cockpit (yes, redline starts at 14k) and other pieces of kit. The FZR400R is no dog; there are some proper numbers in this beast, including 60 HP and a scant 352 pound dry weight.

From the seller:
Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1989 Yamaha FZR400R with only 14,524 kilometers (9,025 miles).

This FZR has a crack in the windscreen, it had a crack in the lower left fairing and cracks in the mirror mounts that have been repaired, left side of the tank has been touched up and repaired, rear passenger seat is cracking and needs to be re upholstered, There is a small piece broken off of the tab on the underside of the fairing but still useable. The bike has scratches and scrapes throughout. Right side plastic liner piece is missing. Touch up paint here and there to hide the nicks and scratches. The bike has good curb appeal but the kid that probably owned it was on a budget so everything was repaired on the cheap by himself.

The good news is the bike is solid and only has 9,025 miles and under the plastic it looks clean. It runs like the day it was new. The lower fork tubes, radiator, exhaust headers, frame and swing arm are all clean and no damage. This bike would make an excellent candidate for restoration. A professional body guy could make this bike look perfect. Bike will come with new battery, fluids and filters. This FZR has a slip on muffler by O.V.E.R. but bike comes with stock OEM muffler also. All fairings are OEM Yamaha original.

Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street motorcycle for road use. Happy bidding.

The seller has done a good job outlining the pros and cons of this particular example. The bike looks great in the photos, but there are some blems on this young 28 year old. It is likely that prior ownership has brought with it some errant issues that will need to be remedied if you want to show. If you just want to go, it looks like it could be more cosmetic than actual damage; ride the wheels off and have fun. Send us a postcard when you finally wipe the smile off your face.

This bike is being offered by the Utah collector with a number of tasty bikes - this one complete with title and tags. The auction format is No Reserve, which is a nice way of saying that the highest bidder wins (even if it is a low bid). At the time of writing, this bid is sitting in very affordable territory at $2,000 USD. I would not expect this to hang out in sub $5k circles by the end of it all, but it will be interesting to see where it ends. Check it out here before it's gone. Good Luck!!

MI

Welterweight: 1989 Yamaha FZR400R
Yamaha May 22, 2017 posted by

Vintage Racer: 1970 Yamaha TR2 350 for Sale

Introduced in the late 1960s as an over-the-counter racebike, Yamaha's TR2 was based on the road-going R3, and was extremely popular among privateer racers of the period. At just 253lbs dry, the bike was lightweight and, with a nearly square 61mm x 59.6mm bore and stroke that worked out to 348cc, the little air-cooled, two-stroke parallel-twin put a claimed 55hp through a five-speed gearbox.

The huge drum brakes at both ends seen here were difficult to adjust correctly and are obviously not as effective as discs that would have likely been fitted to period racers as soon as they could get their hands on a set, but look very shiny!

From the original eBay listing: 1970 Yamaha TR2 350 for Sale

Restored to an excellent condition. Matching numbers. This very rare racebike have been completely overhauled with a lot of brand new parts as new cylinder barrels and pistons and an overhauled crankshaft, new Koni shock dampers, tires etc.

Transport can be arranged to most EU countries as I can deliver it by myself for actual costs for petrol and ferry tickets and, depending of distance, overnight costs at a cheap hotel. Transport outside Europe must be arranged by the buyer himself. I will make it ready for shipping with a crate and good wrapping.

Currently located in Sweden, this bike is in extremely nice condition, considering the age and the hard life most racebikes have endured, and appears ready to run or for display. Starting bid is $9,900 with no takers and very little time left on the auction, so move fast if you're living room needs redecorating!

-tad

Vintage Racer: 1970 Yamaha TR2 350 for Sale
Track Bikes For Sale May 20, 2017 posted by

Ripper: 2008 Yamaha R6 Graves Spec Racebike

Summer is here, and that means track days. For some, simply taping up the headlight, taillight and turn signals is enough for a "run what ya brung" session at their closest track. Others might want a dedicated track bike that dispenses with the tape prep and makes attending a course day easier. Finally there are those that require a track day missile; nothing short of being the fastest A group guy matters. It is to those A Group types that I speak with this one. Read on:

2008 Yamaha R6 Graves build for sale on eBay

From the seller:
2008 Yamaha R6 Race Bike with tons of upgrades and recently installed new race built motor with only 2 trackdays on it. Pictures are all recent and how the bike currently sits. This was a purpose-built head turning bike with all the engine and braking power to back it up. Over $20k just in parts, look at the list and add it up.

Price is - $12,000.00 Firm

Engine/Electronics:
2015 R6 SS Engine Build - Gary Dean (Formerly from Graves Motorsport) - $3000
2 Trackdays on new motor for break in, oil changed right after using Motul 300V
Graves Full Titanium WORKS Exhaust - $1500
Graves Velocity Stacks - $700
Graves Engine Covers - $350
Graves Block Off Plates - $50
Graves Progressive Throttle (1/4 turn) - $130
Flash Tune Race ECU Flash w/ Traction Control (Dual Settings) with switch - $1000
Power Commander Dyno Fuel Map downloaded to ECU (Custom Map)
Power Commander QuickShifter Thru ECU - $300
127.87 HP - 91 octane
131.44 HP - MR12

Body:
Sharskinz Race Body Work - $1100
SBK Paint 3 Color Matte Black w Gloss Fluorescent Yellow Paint Scheme - $1300
Graphics by DrippinWet - $100
Graves Race Seat Pad - $80

Wheels and Brakes:
Marchesini Forged Aluminum Rims w angled titanium valve stems - $2500
BRAKING SK Full Floating 310mm rotors - $550
Custom Made LIghtWeight Rear Brake Rotor - $250
Ceramic Wheel Bearings - $300
Custom Aluminum Wheel Spacers - $200
Galfer (Custom Tee Layout) Brake Lines - $300
Vesrah XXRJL Race Brake Pads - $160
Brembo RCS19 Front Brake Master Cylinder - $320
Rizomo Carbon Brake Guard - $250
CRG Clutch Pertch W Adjustable Lever - $260
PROTI Titanium Race Spec Kit F&R Brakes (pinch bolt, caliper bolt, f/r rotors and sprocket, cush drive) - $350

Drivetrain:
Superlite F/R 15T/46T sprockets - $150
DID ERV3 Gold Chain - $120
Graves Aluminum Chain Guard - $150
Custom CNC Aluminum Engine/Sprocket Case Saver - $300 (1 of 4 made)
Driven Axle Sliders - $150

Suspension and Controls:
Ohlins 30MM Kit Graves Spec - $1500
Ohlins Rear TTX Shock Graves Spec - $1000
Ohlins Steering Stabilizer - $600
Graves Rear Adjustable Suspension Link - $700
SATO Racing Rear Sets - $500
Driven Clip Ons (Custom Raw Aluminum Finish) with Gold Bar ends - $200
Driven Triple Tree (1 off design with raw aluminum finish “unobtanium”) - $300

This bike looks fantastic. The build is very sano, and I'm sure the performance is much more than a simple sum of the parts. And it is the sum of the parts that matters; you can't build this for what you might be able to buy it for. Nothing depreciates like last year's race bike, and the kings ransom spent on the upgrades to this machine are now but a princely sum. It likely will not appreciate. It will not get more rare or specialized; it will just get older. But if used as intended, what you have is a great bike for ripping off laps worthy of the top of the time sheets, while someone else spent the time, effort and money. That could be a good deal. I would love to see more pictures and more detail around how it all went together, but you can check it out here to see if I missed anything. Good luck!!

MI

Ripper: 2008 Yamaha R6 Graves Spec Racebike