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Yamaha August 11, 2017 posted by

Sponsored Listing: 1986 Yamaha FZR250

Update 9.27.2017: Price reduced to $4,200 buy-it-now. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Yet another Japanese micro rocket from our friends at Deftone Cycles, this quarter-liter 1986 Yamaha FZR250 represents the smallest offering in the FZR line, and was a grey-market import everywhere except Japan. Though it sits on tiny tires and rocks a single-disc front brake to match, do not make the mistake of under estimating this bike.

1986 Yamaha FZR250 on eBay

The inline-four spins its tiny pistons to a dizzying 18,000 rpm, pushing out a very impressive 45 horsepower along the way. Sure, that may not sound like much, but on a bike this light with tires that skinny, you will have your hands full. Save your momentum, learn to brake late and light, and see who you can surprise.

This FZR250 comes from the first year of the model's production run and looks like it is in pristine shape. There appears to be a small scratch on the left-side fairing, some crazing on the jet-black exhaust and a tiny tear on the pillion seat, but beyond that this thing shines.

It is all original save the windscreen and has covered less than 12,000 miles. From the seller:

1986 Yamaha FZR250 FZR 250. 11,052 Miles (17,787 Kilometers) 250cc four-cylinder that redlines at 17,000 rpm and manages 45hp. Very original OEM equipped bike. This particular bike is one from my personal collection. I purchased it here in the states from another importer. Since then I have given it a lot of love and attention. This JDM is a great entry-level bike that will give you no issues. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Fairings are OEM with original paint/decals. Winds screen is aftermarket. Small tear on corner of pillion seat. Upper front forks have some pitting, mainly between the tree?s so it Does not interfere with fork seals. Only selling because I am down sizing. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. VIN: 2KR140*** ?Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.? Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions.

Just over a day left on the listing, which is set at $4,600 Buy-It-Now, or best offer. Hurry before this one is gone!

Sponsored Listing: 1986 Yamaha FZR250
Yamaha August 7, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory BSB Superbike for Sale

While a Yamaha YZF-R1 might not seem quite as exotic as the race-prepped Ducati Superleggera we featured earlier this week at first glance, the specification for this genuine YZF-R1 Factory British Superbike will certainly catch your attention on closer inspection. It's even got a bit of celebrity history thrown in as an added bonus, as it was ridden by none other than former MotoGP rider John Hopkins!

Yamaha's R1 is probably most famous for its "cross-plane" crankshaft configuration that gives it a distinctive sound. Cross-plane cranks are common in car engines but weren't seen in inline four motorcycle engines prior to the R1. Yamaha's MotoGP development team found that V4-powered machines had better acceleration out of corners and built test engines with 90° cross-plane crank throws instead of the usual flat-plane set up. The results were conclusive, and Yamaha's subsequent MotoGP bikes have all used cross-plane cranks.

In a road bike, the advantage for Yamaha is mostly marketing: a bike with a cross-plane crank doesn't make any more power than one with a flat-plane crank, but that unmistakable exhaust note makes the R1 one of the best sounding roadbikes outside an Aprilia RSV4, a bike powered by an actual V4. Of course, this isn't a roadbike we're talking about in this case...

I try to avoid simple listicles in these posts, where the seller brags about all the bolt-on farkles [and their prices] included with the machine in question, but it seems very appropriate in this case! This package basically includes a fully-prepped, fully-developed superbike with a fresh engine and spares to keep it running.

From the Seller: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory Superbike for Sale

Yamaha YZF-R1 Machine - This bike was a factory Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike that competed in the British Superbike Series. The bike was raced by former factory MotoGP rider John Hopkins. It was purchased fully refreshed for the 2016 season directly from the team owner. Included with the sale is data from both Milwaukee Yamaha and Tommy Hill Motorsports. This is the closest thing to a current-spec World Superbike a mortal can expect to own. This bike can win races at any level and is covered in factory race parts that are pure unobtanium.

Motorcycle is 100% fresh and needs absolutely nothing. 

Since our acquisition, Motec M1 ECU has been upgraded to World Superbike specification, to enable full rider aids, auto blipping and auto-tuning. This includes the ability for sector by sector mapping and rider aids. We added an E-Lean 6-axis lean angle sensor for superior accuracy in rider aids. We added in a 39N 5 button pod, that controls traction control, engine braking, etc and has a factory-spec connector. Suspension has been updated to current factory spec and fully refreshed. We replaced the exhaust with a Yoshimura kit exhaust that performed better in the midrange. We also updated rearsets and hand controls to Evol Technology. We updated secondary case covers to 39N CNC units for superior protection and ground clearance. Lacomoto matte carbon frame and swingarm protectors have been added. Originals are available. 

This bike was less than a 10th of a second from winning the last 2 races it was in and holds multiple lap records. 

Bike specification: 

  • Brand new frame fitted, Brand new bearings fitted, New complete engine re-fresh only 3 hours on engine.
  • Factory Ohlins RSP40 Rear shock 
  • FGR 301 Fork with Factory Ohlins valving kit plus shims 
  • Factory Yamaha Swingarm Including adjusters and bolt adjuster. 
  • Full Official Yamaha factory racing 2D Loom with carbon fibre box kit
  • Motec ECU M173 (updated to M1 Superbike-spec)
  • MB Motorsports WSBK Oil Cooler and Radiator
  • Yamaha factory racing parts as follows:
  • Subframe - Billet Gilles
  • Carbon fibre rear subframe box
  • All carbon 2D Factory Data/Junction boxes (Front, Main, ECU, Side, Side 2.)
  • All 2D Yamaha racing wiring Loom
  • Fuel Mapping originally from Yamaha Factory included
  • YEC Kit cams latest spec, Factory Funnels for variable stacks
  • Head work, porting. YEC Pistons rings, YEC Valve springs, Rods
  • Factory Oil Pan Spacer for increased capacity
  • MWR Factory filter
  • Top and bottom yokes and stem Yamaha Racing 
  • Spindles all by Yamaha Racing
  • Front carbon fiber dash mount and factory air scoop
  • OZ Piega R Kit Wheels front and rear
  • Brembo Kit disks front and rear
  • 2D Speed sensors front and rear
  • 2D Suspension potentiometers front and rear
  • Hel quick release brake line kits worth hundreds of pounds
  • Race fuel tanks same as original Yamaha racing tanks - 20-22 litres max
  • Steering damper mounts Yamaha factory
  • Steering damper Ohlins
  • Renthal clutch lever
  • Brembo MotoGP front master cylinder
  • Titanium Bolts
  • Brembo EVO Monoblock Factory-Spec calipers
  • Factory carbon Yamaha Racing rear hugger
  • THM Link arms - Replica Factory ones.
  • AMB Transponder with mil-spec quick disconnect
  • And lots more! 

Bike same spec as WSBK apart from swingarm and clutch, and ECU - ECU spec is equally capable.

Spares included:

  • Domino Throttle cable sets
  • Tyre warmers + Controls
  • Spare sprockets + Sprocket carriers x3 
  • New Radiator Guards
  • Motec dash protector – Billet inc button - new
  • All paddock stands front/rear/peg/yoke/ chassis
  • Spare grips - new
  • Head cups – different angles/offsets – Blue - new
  • Offset stem spindle - new
  • Front spindle - new 
  • Full set of side panels, seat unit, belly pan, tank cover - new
  • Fuel tank cap
  • 2 NEW Speed sensors - new
  • THM Battery jump pack starter
  • Clutch Boss - new
  • Chassis Bolts - new
  • Tank Screw cap tool
  • YP Aliant battery spare
  • Front /rear wheel collars Black - new
  • Front carbon front fender mount brackets - new
  • Radiator bracket - new
  • Oil cooler bracket - new
  • Hose kit NEW
  • Aliante battery charger
  • THM Ride height tool
  • Spare captive nut for rear spindle - new
  • 3 Oil cooler take off unions - new
  • Tank grip pads - new
  • Rear swingarm adjuster – caliper mount - new

Price as described - $50,000

Additional spares available but not included include a brand new MB Motorsports Radiator/Oil Set, complete 2D boxes set, various sensors, spare carbon subframe box, spare factory Akrapovic headers, upper triple clamps and more. 

Price with all spares - $55,000

We are willing to discount for removal of the shock, exhaust or brakes. 

Please contact Freddy with your interest here: info@superbikeunlimited.com or call 828-676-2222

$55,000 is a pretty huge chunk of change for most of us to part with, but considering the parts and prep that have gone into it, that price seems, dare I say it: almost reasonable. Buy it and display it, buy it and track it, buy it and race it, or just buy it to drool all of the exotic, race-spec parts, this is a rare opportunity to own a genuine superbike with all of the trimmings. You could even swap the race-spec parts over to your street-legal R1 to create a terrifyingly trick backroad weapon...

-tad

Featured Listing: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory BSB Superbike for Sale
Yamaha August 5, 2017 posted by

Bike of the Decade: 1992 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP for Sale

The Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP was named "Bike of the Decade" [the 1980s] by Cycleworld magazine, meaning it faced down some very tough competition, including the Ducati 851, Suzuki RG500, and the original GSX-R750. What made it so special? Well servo-actuated exhaust valves are pretty ubiquitous these days, but the big FZR was the first four-stroke to feature one on its five-valve Genesis motor. Yamaha's EXUP or "Exhaust Ultimate Power" valve varied exhaust flow to maximize high rpm power and low rpm torque, two characteristics that were often considered mutually-exclusive.

The 145hp and 79 ft-lbs of torque from the 1002cc engine aren't big news today, but still make for a very fast bike, even considering the slightly porky 460lb dry weight: we're still talking about a bike with a legitimate 170mph top speed and a supremely flexible powerband. The basic engine and five-speed package was good enough that Bimota saw fit to slot it into their lightweight YB11, and bike that still has the performance to surprise folks weaned on much newer bikes. The rest of the package was equally well-developed, and this iteration featured Yamaha's Deltabox II frame, upside-down forks, and new styling that replaced the twin-lamp endurance-style fairing with a sleeker, single trapezoidal unit that found its way into a couple of Bimotas as well...

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP for Sale

Attention Collectors! Bike of the Decade... 1992 FZR 1000 EXUP Delta Box Genesis Great Condition / Survivor > Always stored indoors on carpet! extra Rare Corbin seat with back rest, plus original mint solo seat with fairing. Must see pictures. 8738 miles. Just serviced Clear Title / resides in living room / tank drained, carbs cleaned / clean unused oil, and new fluids, serious inquires, Seller reserves the right to end auction early for private or collector sale. Sold as is, wonderful bike.

The FZR1000 in red and white is a great looking example of a 90s superbike. It's not especially valuable as yet, but has the potential to appreciate as people snap up the few remaining pristine, low-mileage examples. The $7,500 the seller is asking is steep, but this looks like it's in very nice condition, with low miles so, if you're into Yamahas, this might be a great opportunity to add a nearly pristine example of this very functional sportbike to your collection.

-tad

Bike of the Decade: 1992 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP for Sale
Yamaha August 2, 2017 posted by

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: Arizona-Titled 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

You know, it gets harder and harder to come up with smoking-related titles for these two-stroke posts... We may no longer allow tobacco companies to advertise in racing, but it seems to be a natural fit, considering the dangers involved in both activities and especially in the case of smoky, environmentally-unfriendly two-stroke machines. It's also hard to argue that the tobacco companies didn't come up with some of the best-looking graphics and color combinations of all time: Rothmans, John Player, and Marlboro as seen on today's Yamaha TZR250.

A follow up to the very successful RD line, the TZR250 1KT was the very first generation of Yamaha's liquid-cooled parallel twin sports machine introduced in 1986, and was also referred to as the "2MA," depending on the market. It was definitely a big jump ahead in terms of performance compared to the RG250 and NS250R of the same period, and pretty much set the template for the class: aluminum beam frame, fully-enclosed bodywork, and a six-speed gearbox. Unlike other bikes in the class and even the later TZRs that used an 18" rear wheel, the 1KT had 17" wheels at both ends.

Of course no quarter-liter two-stroke would be complete without some form of powervalve, and the TZR came with Yamaha's YPVS or "Yamaha Power Valve System" that helped to boost midrange performance. The claimed 50hp from this model may be a bit optimistic, but the 282lb dry machine was certainly light and very nimble.

From the original eBay Listing: 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

1987 Yamaha TZR 250 1KT 2-stroke sport bike NO RESERVE, will sell to high bidder! Pure two-stroke spirit! Properly imported with correct DOT/EPA paperwork and legally registered, plated and titled in Arizona, can title in all states except CA. I reserve right to end auction for buy it now of $6,200 but I am starting bidding at $100 with NO RESERVE and bike will sell to high bidder.

This is a nice example of an early TZR. If you have been looking for an RZ350 or something similar check out the TZR250 1KT, feels somewhere in between a 125 and a 250 yet has around 50 HP, the very reliable parallel twin engine and awesome handling. I imported this bike in 2015 and it was a nice lower mile example but with some paint issues. I just had the entire bike repainted in a Wayne Rainey-esque Marlboro paint scheme and I think it came out pretty good. Stock colors were normal Yamaha red/white (see stock photos for reference).This bike will make a nice rider, it is not a showroom example however it is a low mile survivor with little corrosion, all original factory bodywork and new paint. Few of any 1KT TZR's survive in very good condition. Mechanically the bike is solid. 

I did a full service on it less than 20 miles ago. Fresh 50/50 coolant, Motorex Synthetic trans oil, fresh brake flush and fluid front and rear and synthetic DOT 4. Has Motul 710 synthetic two stroke oil and oil injection in place. If you plan to do any really spirited riding I would put fresh rubber on it. Wheels are original, I had planned to powdercoat them but they were borderline nice enough to keep factory original.

The bike is 100% stock save for a Daytona fork brace. Starts with 1 or 2 kicks every time. It runs very good, pulls clean to redline, rides straight, stops straight. It has signs of being dropped on the right in the past but no major damage, just rash which is till evident on clutch cover and brake master.  There is an unfortunate crack on the left ear of the upper which happened when I had the bodywork shipped back to me, but the upper stay and windscreen along with mirror keeps everything tight, solid and in place. There is some light corrosion on top nut, fork lowers, rotor etc but nothing terrible and teh frame is very nice...especially for being 30 years old. This is an overall nice example. 10,700 Km or roughly 6,650 original miles.

I have a set of Japanese Noguchi expansion chambers with silencers that will fit the bike (or the TDR I have listed) that I will sell for $550. I also have another set of 1KT stock exhaust that can go with the bike as well if wanted. Overall it is a really fun and good looking TZR that will draw a crowd wherever you ride it, please check out the pictures closely, contact me with any questions or if you need more photos OF ANY PART OF THE BIKE!

This example isn't perfect or original, but the seller is very up-front about that and the bike seems honestly represented. Bidding is up over $3,700 with a full week left on the auction. Values of 250cc sportbikes have been headed steadily upward over the past year, although TZRs have trailed the rest of the pack a bit, especially the 1KT. The seller's $6,200 Buy It Now price is right on the money for a good two-stroke, but it remains to be seen how the aftermarket paint will affect values of this particular bike.

-tad

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: Arizona-Titled 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale
Yamaha July 30, 2017 posted by

Bargain or Basket Case? 1985 Yamaha RZ500

** Not Actual Bike. For illustrative purpose only.

RSBFS is all about the rare machine in exceptional condition. This is NOT that kind of post. This is, shall we say, an experiment. As many of our readers exhibit extensive mechanical knowledge, how about a rare and desirable bike that requires a little bit of work? Put on your rose-colored "I can see the potential here..." glasses and dive into this 1985 Yamaha RZ500. Long a staple of US-based two-stroke desires, the big RZ is one of the more popular smokers in existence. With great examples capable of eclipsing $20k in today's market, does sweat equity mitigate the price or is this just another pile of parts? Read on before you make your decision.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Project Bike for sale

Known as the RD500LC in some markets, the RZ500 was Yamaha's repli-racer knockoff; having experienced tremendous success on the racetrack thanks to the exploits of Kenny Roberts and the PJ1-sponsored YZR500 GP machine, Yamaha hoped to parlay that into success on the showroom floor. Between 19854 and 1986, these 500cc, twin crank V-4 machines allowed street riders to exercise their inner Roberts or Lawson - everywhere but the US. Given the importance of the US market and the lack of EPA acceptance of anything as dirty as a two-stroke, the big RZ did not have a long model life span. Today it is considered rare and coveted by collectors. That is what makes this opportunity potentially (insert rose-colored glasses here) interesting.

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 500 in the works, I have most the parts (approx. 99.7%) including New Aftermarket Fairing kit with some new hardware (Tank cover not included). Windshield, Brakes, Tires, Chain/Sprocket, Wheel Bearings, Rims Powder Coated, Upgraded Hi Performance Ignition, Throttle Cables, Battery, Air filter, Gas Cap, Exhaust gaskets, Oil caps and plugs, Thermostat. Seat recovered. Some of these items have not been installed. Engine starts/runs but only been tested on cap full of fuel. Needs a bit more to assemble/finish YPVS needs setting up/repair. left handle bar cap missing, one mirror cracked. Need seat key/lock Fuel tank refinished in White Main photo of completed bike for reference only.

While the seller claims that the bike is mostly there, restoration experts would warn you that there can be a LOT missing in that final 0.3%. And that only refers to the parts list. Unless you have extensive experience assembling this model, have an original example that you can use as reference or are clairvoyant, you may find putting this puzzle together a bit more work than anticipated. And considering that this puzzle is good for speeds well over the ton, you had better ensure that the pieces are assembled correctly.

The general consensus is when collecting you should strive to find the best example of what you want; the cost of restoration usually exceeds the cost of what you could buy a better example for in the first place. Methinks this may be one of those cases, unless you are purchasing simply because you want a project. If you want a RZ500 to ride, my recommendation would be find one that is ready to be ridden. The seller is looking for $8,200 Canadian (works out to be $6,542 USD) or best offer. Cheap and interesting, or crazy and incomplete? Check it out here first, and then jump back and share your thoughts in the Comments section. Is this a project you would tackle? Good Luck!!

MI

Yamaha July 7, 2017 posted by

Two-Stroke Hooligan: Cali-Titled 1989 Yamaha TDR250 for Sale

This bike got me excited because Practical Sportbikes has been doing a project Yamaha TDR250 over the past few months, and up until I saw it, I had no idea the bike even existed. You say it's not a sportbike? I say if it's in Practical Sportbikes, it qualifies! So what exactly is a TDR250? Well basically it's the parallel-twin from the TZR250 in a supermoto-style machine, with different tuning to suit the bike's new mission.

Weight was right in line with the TZR at just a shade north of 300lbs dry, and the claimed 50hp is pretty close as well, helped by the same Yamaha Power Valve System. The supermoto set up means you'd probably lose out to a TZR on track, but the TDR would probably be faster just about everywhere else. Certainly, the riding position would be a damn sight more comfortable than the racer-crouch required for the TZR...

This particular example has obviously been enthusiast-owned, and the listing includes details of recent engine work, updates to the suspension, wheels and brakes, although he doesn't mention where he got that banana swingarm. It's not really necessary here with the undertail pipes but it does look pretty cool. Maybe it came from the RS250 that donated the rear wheel? This TDR is not perfectly original or in pristine cosmetic condition, so it won't be of much interest to anyone looking for a museum-quality collectible, but these really aren't all that valuable yet anyway in the rest of the world. The main thing driving the price for this one is likely the novelty and that very desirable California title.

 

From the original eBay listing: Cali-titled 1989 Yamaha TDR250 for Sale

Engine is parallel twin TDR250 (TZ250)case induction 2-stroke 50+ hp.6-speed

  • Low mile bottom end (under 5k mi) pressure tested, excellent condition.
  • New pistons, rings, clutch plates, petcock, YPVS bushings, gaskets.
  • RZ500 cylinder barrels-standard bore (newly run in, just over 50 miles presently on new hone).
  • Relocated YPVS actuator to center RZ500 position with stock housing/adjustment.
  • RZ500 kick start arm
  • TDR250 head tuned by Stan Stephens in the UK.
  • Standard exhaust with black chrome powder coated guards and custom spigot covers.
  • Pre-mix injector pump installed,adjusted and in good working order,but currently 40:1 Motul racing synthetic, premixed as a personal preference.Easy to mix in and good insurance.

Chassis

  • Aprilia RS250 road racer front and rear wheels and complete rear Brembo brake caliper/mount.
  • GSX-R K6"limited" UD forks with black nitrided sliders/anodized caps and tuned springs
  • Machined and heat powder coated K6 Radial front brake caliper.
  • Custom Goodridge steel braided brake lines front and rear.
  • New non O-Ring gold chain (less drag).
  • New front and rear sealed wheel bearings.
  • New Michelin Pilots
  • Vintage Pro -Taper bars
  • Brembo front master cylinder.
  • NC30 tail light and rear fascia.
  • Extensive powder costing.
  • New yellow stock seat cover with Yamaha labeling included.
  • 2 spare rear sprockets (1 aluminum,1 stock steel) included.
  • Full work shop manual (copy) with original sales brochure included.

Body is standard in good condition as shown, showing minor decal issues (pictured) and some repairs on interiors from an older repaint. Rider quality. Bicycle speedometer is only fairly accurate but legal. Turn signals aren't blinking. (I think the led fronts need bulb style) Finger actuation only for now! Suspension mods have stabilized high speed handling without sacrificing all important "flick ability".

Bikes cylinders are freshly broken in, first kick every time, running great and ever improving, very strong pull with improved head by Stan Stephens.Perfect stock jetting, no plug fouling ever and runs cool, never past just center of coolant gauge even when in powerbaband getting flogged, clutch plates and synthetic oil for perfect "butter"shifting with no slippage. Quiet stock exhaust allows you to rev it with out to much undesirable attention. NO DISAPPOINTMENTS!

Bike is for sale locally, so l reserve option to end at anytime BEFORE reserve is met. Super Rare and desirable model in the U.S.Very collectible and appreciating. Please ask any and all questions, answered ASAP! Japanese and Canadian market bikes, never imported to the states, a lot have ended up in the United Kingdom where new parts and spares are readily available.

Bidding is up north of $5,000 with just about 48 hours left on the auction. In one of its home markets, I doubt it'd ever make near what it looks like it will sell for here, but I bet two-stroke junkies are leaping at the opportunity to pick up this very funky little machine, especially in California where little smokers have a pretty rabid following and road-legal grey market bikes from this era are hard to come by.

-tad

Two-Stroke Hooligan: Cali-Titled 1989 Yamaha TDR250 for Sale