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.
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!!