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Yamaha January 29, 2018 posted by

Nimble Welterweight: 1988 Yamaha FZR400

The Yamaha FZR400 has a fiercely devoted following as a track day and club racing darling, thanks to its unusual for the time aluminum Deltabox frame, screaming engine and lithe curb weight. You don't see too many on the streets in this country, where big-bore horsepower has always reigned supreme.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

That's a shame, because they're a fantastic option for a cheap and exciting weekend mount, with an easy-to-use chassis, reasonable ergonomics for such a small bike and legendary handling. They don't shine as every day rides, as the peaky engine really doesn't appreciate being lugged around in traffic, but when reserved for occasional blasts they're a riot.

The 1988 Yamaha FZR400 shown here is in great shape for a warm-season alternative to your regular steed. Its OEM plastics are long gone, replaced by decent-looking replicas, so there's no real incentive to baby this one. Throw it in the shed until the roads are warm and dry and go play.

From the eBay listing:

This is a 1988 Yamaha FZR400. The fairing is aftermaket except for the tank cover which is OEM, it also has OEM mirrors and turn signal covers which are getting very rare.. The bike runs and stops well. The carburetors need some work, the bike is cold blooded and requires time to warm up before it runs well so that will need sorting. The front calipers have been rebuilt and the motor has NRC case covers, Pro Tek aluminum clip ons also I installed a new battery last year.There is a small crack in the right front fairing and a small section of the clear coat is chipped on the tank cover, please refer to the pictures. This bike has been sitting for too long, I don't ride it and it needs to go to a good home. This is a 30 year old bike, it has its quirks but saying that the FZR400 is an excellent handling motorcycle and a blast to ride.

I am including a FactoryPro carburetor recalibration kit, ignition advancer, nickel plated stock replacement emulsion tubes and transmission detent kit, the roller has been installed but not the spring.Thats over $500 in spares.

The bike has attracted little bidding activity with a few days left in the auction and the opening bid set pretty close to what we would expect the bike to be worth. It does come with a pile of interesting spares and has seen very few miles, but north of $3,000 sounds like a lot for a 30-year-old 400.

Nimble Welterweight: 1988 Yamaha FZR400
Yamaha January 27, 2018 posted by

Race-Kitted: 1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 for Sale


"Homologation" refers to the process by which a manufacturer makes a particular machine eligible for production-based racing classes. In most cases, mass-produced motorcycles include significant compromises in terms of their materials, construction, components, and even geometry that seriously hinder their racetrack performance. You can't sell every machine with radically oversquare bore and stroke, titanium engine internals, magnesium engine cases, and adjustable steering-heads, or the average GSX-R1000 would cost as much as a decent car, and Suzuki wouldn't sell too many. So to get production bikes into a form more suitable for racing, manufacturers build a small run of tricked-out, "improved" versions that often include very exotic features or parts, and those "homologation specials" are produced in limited quantities and often sold at outrageous prices. The number required varies by racing series and year, but at the end of it all, you end up with something like this, the Yamaha FZR750R OW01.

Unlike Honda, who basically just created a whole new machine to meet the requirements with their trick RC30, the OW01 could easily be mistaken for a regular production FZR750 at a glance: the most important modifications are under the skin. The five-valve, 749cc engine included magnesium castings, titanium rods, twin-ring pistons, and flat-slide carburetors. The revised Genesis engine used much more radically oversquare dimensions, compared to the stock bike, and it's naturally more rev-happy as a result, although the expected EXUP valve does keep things reasonably streetable.

The OW01 also used an aluminum fuel tank with an endurance filler cap and a removable aluminum subframe to reduce weight carried up high, quick-release axle clamps, Öhlins suspension, and a set of 17" hoops at both ends, although the pièce de résistance was probably the hand-welded aluminum Deltabox frame, a bit of gorgeous industrial artistry. This example has been further sweetened with a raft of kit Yamaha Engineering Co racing parts, as listed in the seller's description.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 for Sale

For sale is a gorgeous, race kitted 1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW-01.  Potential buyers will already understand and appreciate the scarcity of homologation race bikes, so I'll spare you a long description of their rich history.

The story behind this particular OW-01 is that prior to taking delivery, the original owner instructed his dealership to order and install any additional factory race components that were available, which included:

  • Marchesini Wheels
  • Brembo Rotors
  • Brembo P34 Calipers
  • Ohlin Forks
  • YEC Racing Triple Clamp
  • YEC Racing Clipons
  • YEC Racing Rear Sprocket
  • YEC Racing Swingarm Kit
  • YEC Racing Caliper / Dogbone
  • YEC Racing Ram Air Tubes
  • Early YEC Racing Lower Radiator
  • Dry Clutch and Gearbox
  • Rare Magnesium Kit Alternator

This bike was ridden, but reportedly never raced.  Note: The Marchesini wheels do not drive the odometer, which currently reads 4/10ths.  The bike has a few minor scratches and nicks here and there, but is in wonderful condition overall.  It has been on display for a couple years, so a service will be in order if it is to be ridden.  Also, the original components that were replaced when the bike was kitted were not passed along.

While not as successful overall, compared to Honda's RC30, or as well-known these days, the OW01 is certainly one of the most desirable sportbikes of the era. This example was up previously on eBay but failed to sell, although bidding got as high as $26,500. The current starting bid is set at $31,000 with no takers as yet, so the seller may be aiming just a little too high on this, in spite of the exotic racing components: the YEC parts are valuable for sure, but the bike's lack of pure originality may keep the price lower than they're expecting


Race-Kitted: 1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 for Sale
Yamaha January 2, 2018 posted by

New Year’s Resolution: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R

Happy New Year RSBFS readers! And being the beginning of a new year, it is time to get serious. What does one resolve to do for 2018? How do you commit to better yourself or those around you? Might I humbly suggest that adding a two stroke to your collection might be the way? I know what you're thinking: In the current age of electric cars, recycling everything, peace on Earth and good will to all cannot possibly involve blue smoke. But I disagree. You see, saving a deserving example of a near-extinct species makes the world feel good. And by adopting a "lightly used" example of a motor vehicle, you are participating in a global recycling program; you are keeping something out of the landfill. That should all weigh in on the positive side. Plus with the smiles you bring by hooning a smoker on the pipe - not to mention how it will make you a better, happier person - the world at large will become a better place. Budgets be damned; you cannot put a price on the betterment of the world. Thus, I propose that one of the RSBFS faithful save this TZR pound puppy and flog it mercilessly for the good of the planet.

1992 Yamaha TZR250R for sale on eBay

Born from the two-stroke racing DNA of the legendary RD series, the Yamaha TZ series began life as a liquid cooled parallel twin. By the time this 3XV6 example rolled out of the factory in 1992, the parallel twin was ditched for two cylinders in a vee formation. This was the defacto engine configuration for all successful 250cc bikes of the era, as the narrow presentation of the vee allowed for greater aerodynamic possibilities (not to mention perfect primary balance). Throw in Yamaha's interpretation of the ideal aluminum frame design, a curved swing arm to allow the right side pipe to tuck up close for optimal cornering clearance, YPVS powered exhaust valve to broaden the power curve of the notoriously peaky two-stroke, and tight, flowing bodywork to optimize streamlining and you have the makings of a streetbike with track day credentials.

From the seller:
Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1992 Yamaha TZR250R 3XV6 with 17,677 kilometers (10,984 miles). Bike is in original unrestored condition. Bike looks beautiful and has tons of curb appeal but it has scratches, scrapes, a few small cracks, and touch up paint throughout the bodywork, from its original owner. Bike looks well cared for and was stored indoors. Lol, the owner just couldn’t keep the rubber side down. All fairings and components are 100% genuine Yamaha OEM. Bike is completely stock. This bike would be a great candidate for restoration since it’s all original and low mileage. This TZR is a great rider! Bike runs like the day it was new. Mechanically, this bike is solid. Full service just completed with new battery and new engine fluids. It’s ready to ride. Please text 801-358-6537 for more pictures and questions. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use.

This is a third gen model for the TZR series; the lineup would be discontinued by 1996. The R model would remain one of the lowliest configurations of this time - but that is like pointing out a Bugatti Veyron is a lower spec automobile thanks to the introduction of the Chiron. While it is lacking trick front fork adjusters and makes due with a wet clutch, the TZR250R is no dog and nobody's fool. Japanese home market spec bikes may have appeared to be racier and did indeed have some added features, but given that regional regulations limited power output for all 250s the R model is hardly missing the goods.

This particular TZR250R comes from well-known RSBFS supporter and collector Gary. His Utah collection has slowly been thinned during 2017, but there appear to be a few bikes left. This one did not meet the strict standards for a Featured Listing due to its "slightly-more-than-lightly" used condition, but ticks all the right boxes when it comes to making the grade on New Years resolutions. It still looks good AND comes in many dollars below a more minty example. Somebody please recycle this thing and save the world. You know you want to be a better person in 2018. Check it out here for more details, and then sit back and smile knowing that you are making the world a better place for all of us. Good Luck!!


New Year’s Resolution: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R
Yamaha December 29, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Yamaha FZR400

When it comes to imports, the 400cc welterweight class is the gem of the grey market set. With decent power at stratospheric redlines, these lighter, smaller sport bikes can run rings around middleweights (and even the big bikes) when the going gets tight. Sized for normal people, one need not be a practitioner of human origami in order to fit. Rare in the United States, yet more reliable than the buzzier two strokes that receive the lion's share of import press coverage, every stable should house at least one of these 400cc scalpels. And this Japanese home market 1WG model FZR400 in super rare blue might just be the one you need.

Unlike the rest of the Big Four, Yamaha actually imported the 400cc four stroke 1WG model into the US. US bikes began with 1988 the model year, although they were otherwise identical to the 1WG spec of the earlier Japanese models (the EXUP exhaust valve being a mandatory EPA fitment for CA bikes). US bikes showcased the red/white livery of Yamaha racing, and by the close of 1989 the party was pretty much over stateside. Often derided as the most common of the 400cc offerings, the FZR did offer real performance: Genesis DNA is evident in the engine configuration; liquid cooled cylinders tilted at an extreme angle to aid weight distribution, the four valve heads, four carbs with straight shots into the intake ports, and the four into one performance exhaust. On the chassis side, an aluminum "Delta Box" perimeter frame showcased the sporting intent of this model. If you didn't know better, you could easily mistake a naked FZR400 for a FZR600 or 1000. These are not starter bikes or toys - these are very capable road and track motorcycles that come by their reputation honestly.

From the seller:
1986 Yamaha FZR400 1WG.
Bike is minty. Rarer color. JDM bike. All fairings and components are 100% genuine
factory Yamaha. Bike is 100% stock. I have freshened it up a bit. I have replaced
the front master cylinder with new OEM. Engine covers (caps) have been replaced with
new OEM. New fuel petcock. New fork seals, new battery and new engine fluids. All
fairings, exhaust, and components not mentioned are original to the bike. No rust in
the tank. Runs and rides like new. Will install a new set of tires for the right
customer. Comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use.

Asking $6900
Email Gary for details:

This particular FZR is a Japanese home market model and comes to us from well known collector and RSBFS follower Gary. You have seen many bikes in his collection pass through these pages (he has what must be the most lusted-after living room furniture we have seen). Feedback from those who have conducted business with him has been positive - he is an avid rider and collector. That shows in the presentation and condition of the bikes offered. This specimen appears to be very, very clean. Mileage appears to be approximately 6,150, based off of the odometer reading on the KM clocks. Strike a deal and this blue beauty rides off into the sunset with a fresh set of rubber, ready to attack the canyons.

FZR400s are interesting from a collector perspective. In some ways the FZR is almost passe - another mass-produced sport bike from the Big Four. But by the numbers it tells a very different story. It used to be that the unloved FZR400 was a bargain basement bike, picked up for a song and thrashed wildly on the street and track. Those days of "nearly free" Fizzers are behind us. The word is out and the market has spoken. Even officially imported US bikes are rapidly rising in value; we have seen asks approaching $10k. Now it is optimistic to expect a 1WG to approach the same velocity of appreciation as, say, an RC30, but there is no doubt that we are seeing a rise in pricing for FZR400 models. Some use is evident, but this particular example looks to be in fantastic shape for a model going on 32 years young. This bike is undeniably rare in color and form for US buyers, and is looking for a new home at a reasonable $6,900. Shop around a bit - but if you are looking for the right FZR400 you will be hard pressed to find another like this. Interested buyers should contact Gary directly. Good Luck!!


Featured Listing: 1986 Yamaha FZR400
Yamaha December 23, 2017 posted by

Christmas Green: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

'Tis the season for seasons greetings, wish lists and good old fashioned commercialism. RSBFS tends to see a lot of great bikes in the week prior to Christmas, and this RZ500 is no exception. With clean plastics, upgraded suspension, a Rick Lance rebuild and an impressive list of updates, this particular RZ promises to be one of the better examples viewed this year - provided you are OK with what can best be called a resto-mod instead of a stone-stock specimen. The upgrades may be a downside for some, as it has been well established that collector machines have the greatest potential when 100% stock. For those that ride, however, some mild breathing spices up the sauce that makes these bikes so special. Intrigued? Read on!

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

Regular readers of RSBFS will already know the stats, specs and strengths of the RZ500. Still, a bike of this class deserves a quick, remedial refresh: 500cc of two stroke power, arranged in a V formation and sporting twin cranks (think of it as a siamesed pair of 250cc twins), reed valve induction, and individual tuned exhaust pipes for each of the four cylinders. On the chassis side, the RZ offers a mild-steel perimeter frame (aluminum look silver paint notwithstanding), a mono-shock rear suspension, adjustable front forks and the GP-requisite triple disk brakes. All of this is wrapped in sexy plastics with Yamaha racing stripe livery. Touted as a GP bike for the street when it was introduced, the big RZ is one of the prime imports that remain the lust of the American riding set.

From the seller:
1985 YAMAHA RZ500
Offering from my collection ( 2Stroke Passions) one of my best...
I am a true enthusiast and have been for over 50 years . I am not a soulless flipper ... All my motorcycles are stored in a climate controlled dehumidified facility and i ride them.

1985 RZ500 V4. 2stroke complete rebuild and upgraded to better then new . No stock ones problems. Less then 1000 miles since acquired 2012 (20,050 actual before Complete rebuild ). ***Notice I use the word rebuilt not restored I will not abuse or miss use that term . To me restored means to make as news and (original) as possible. This RZ has been made better then new , dependably usable . No expense spared ... Anyone that truly knows RZ500’s know that stock ones were a good place to start they have issues . This one doesn’t :). All proper maintenance and upkeep up to date... Rode last weekend for annual children’s toy ride , ran perfect... big smiles...

More from the seller:
This bike is of Canadian vintage and is Titled and registered here in the States (Arkansas). The motor is freshly rebuilt and performance tuned by the premiere RG/RZ 500 specialist, Lance Gamma (Rick Lance)). The motor is at factory first overbore and assembled with all correct and OEM stock Yamaha parts with modestly ported cylinders and milled heads new gaskets,seals,hoses,. The exhaust system is a beautiful set of Tommy Crawford chambers which are over 30 pounds lighter than stock and have a seamless power delivery with quiet tone. The shock is a premium Wilbers unit with adjustable ride height helping the bike to turn sharper along with a front end overhaul firming up the notoriously soft forks. EBC HH pads improve the braking performance and a Lance Gamma Supplemental Radiator helps even out temps front to rear and keep the motor cool. Manual Fan switch. Stock Petcock fix. Much more. No issues... If you are looking for a stock collector piece to keep your other mildly interesting bikes company, move along. There's nothing to see here. If however, you are wanting to discover for yourself what all the hoopla was about at the release of these bikes some 32 years ago (you remember, GP bikes for the street? What were they thinking??), this is one which will bring you up to speed, so to speak. It simply begs to be ridden. Runs great,wonderful machine. More pictures and Videos available ...

This seller appears to be a true enthusiast, and has built himself an awesome looking RZ. Employing the likes of Rick Lance ensures performance AND reliability, and the listed modifications enhance the overall function of this rare machine. This is very clearly a rider, despite the clean appearance and sano presentation. It's hard to find anything not to like about this one - that fact that it has been properly imported into the US and titled is even better. If I had to pick any nits, it is the lack of mileage information and/or pictures of the gauge cluster. The eBay listing notes zero miles, but that is obviously not the case. The rebuild/refurb does roll back the clock a bit, but it would be nice to know more of the history of the machine.

This is one of the better RZs we have seen this past year. As a result it should be no surprise it is also one of the most pricey RZs we have seen. This seller is looking for top dollar here. From a rider perspective, I can live with the $25k ask. From a collector perspective, this bike represents one fewer of the dwindling number of original RZ500s left in existence. And while that might raise the bar for the remaining stock examples, what does it mean long term for collecting a non-original specimen? I would imagine that there will be no lack of lust for the RZ500 in the future, and one that looks (and likely runs) like this one will continue to grow in value; great will always be worth more. Check this one out here - and note that the seller is open to offers. Good Luck!


Christmas Green: 1985 Yamaha RZ500
Yamaha December 22, 2017 posted by

Plain and Simple: 1987 Yamaha FZ600 for sale on eBay

The Yamaha FZ600 broke cover in 1986, right as the fully-faired sportbike wave seriously started to swell, and helped start the careers of myriad young racers and hobbyists. When it debuted, it was aimed squarely at the Honda CBR600F and the Kawasaki Ninja 600 and gave its competitors some serious worries at the racetrack.

1987 Yamaha FZ600 for sale on eBay

By 1988, though, the FZ600 had been replaced with the faster, more aggressive and more advanced FZR600, which took the brand to a new level of success and status. That left the FZ as an inexpensive, easily modified and user-friendly entry-level street bike and club racer. As such, they’re rare in nice, unmolested condition.

This 1987 Yamaha FZ600 is the exception to that rule, with just a couple cracks on the right side fairing to show for its 30 years. The seller says it has not been raced, which is a good sign, and the only real deviation from stock is a period-correct Yoshimura exhaust.

From the eBay listing:


The ad doesn’t mention maintenance or recent repairs, so it’s a good bet that the bike could use a good once-over, even with only 10,000 miles on the dial. The FZ600s likely will never command huge money, but they are fun, fast, simple and relatively easy to get parts for.

With a little fairing work, this one would make a nice addition to a vintage sportbike collection.

Plain and Simple: 1987 Yamaha FZ600 for sale on eBay