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Yamaha February 6, 2017 posted by

Restored Replica: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

If you live here in the US and have a hankering for a two-stroke sportbike the choices, assuming you don't want to monkey about with a grey-market import, are few and far between. 70's two-strokes were relatively light and nimble, but still limited by the suspension and frame technology of the time, and by the mid-1980s, they'd been legislated out of existence, leaving this Yamaha RZ350 to make a final stand against the inexorable tide of four-stroke motorcycles. With blacked-out engine and frame, that striking black and yellow "bumblebee" paint, bikini fairing, and the "Kenny Roberts" signature, the RZ350 represents the very last of the old guard before "sportbikes" were codified into the narrow, very focused form we see in today's motorcycles.

Produced for a very short period between 1984 and 1985, the RZ350 was a follow up to Yamaha's RD bikes. It was powered by a 347cc two-stroke parallel-twin that added liquid-cooling to the successful formula, along with the "Yamaha Power Valve System" or "YPVS." Powerband is typically two-stroke-y, even with the benefit of the YPVS power-valve, but the additional displacement helps some, compared to the all-or-nothing 250s. Weighing in at just 370 pounds or so with gas in the tank, it will still shake a leg on spirited backroad rides and can surprise modern machines, although tire choices for the skinny 18" wheels will limit ultimate grip...

The seller claims that the bike has been restored from top to bottom, including a full engine rebuild, and it also includes a full-fairing that appears to have been a popular period accessory, considering the number of RZ350s fitted with them that come up for sale.

From the original eBay listing: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Replica for Sale

Here is a beautiful restored 1984 RZ350 Kenny Roberts. The numbers are matching with a clear title in my name. This bike has a low production number of 223.  I have owned this bike for 6 years and have hardly rode it. It sat getting looks more than riding so its time to turn it loose. This bike has been completely restored. The engine has been professionally rebuilt from top to bottom. It runs and rides beautiful. There is less than 500 miles on this bike since it has been redone. As you can see it has a full fairing kit. The engine is stock with DG pipes and mild carb jetting. This bike is a real head turner where ever I have taken it. Probably the nicest RZ350 you will come across. Take a look at the pictures.

Bidding is very active on this one, and up to just over $7,000 with about 24 hours left on the auction. It's certainly possible to find an RZ350 for less but, unless you stumble across some pristine, low-mileage museum-piece that will probably need a full restoration if you plan to ride it regularly, you're unlikely to find one nicer. Well-reviewed when new and very popular now, the RZ350 neatly straddles the modern and classic eras, with clearly vintage sportbike style, light weight, and a liquid-cooled two-stroke punch. If you're looking for US-legal two-stroke performance, this is just about the only game in town, and this example looks to be one of the nicest around.

-tad

Restored Replica: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale
Yamaha January 31, 2017 posted by

Top of the Heap: 1996 Yamaha FZR400RR SP

Another "direct from Japan" offering available on ebay this week is a FZR400RR SP model. RSBFS has only seen one of these bikes come through our pages, way back in 2011, and I urge you to read Ian's excellent coverage on the model in question. The last bike we saw was a UK spec machine, while this one resides in its home country of Japan. What you need to know: When it comes to Yamaha 400cc machines, this was the top spec, ultra rare edition of the FZR set. Everything else is simply from the stone age.

1996 Yamaha FZR400RR SP for sale on eBay

The march of progress is inexorable; yesterday's breakthrough is tomorrow's antiquity. That is especially true in the cutting edge world of performance motorcycles. What was spectacular 21 years ago is still enchanting today, but not likely as mind-blowing as it was then. Still, starting with the basic Fizzer 400 - widely regarded as a handling gem even today - and going whole-hog "price is no object" mad in the R&D facility produced what was essentially a Fizzer on crack. Meant for the track, the RR SP model featured some tasty carbon, solo saddle, fully adjustable suspension, bigger binders, modified intake, flat slide carbs, special exhaust and more. Nothing was left on the R&D table when Yamaha called it done.

From the seller:
YAMAHA FZR400RR SP

VIN: HK31A-102176
Year: 1996
Mileage: 40,385km (Meter is changed to Aftermarket. Real mileage is unknown)
Condition: Running well. Body work has scratches, cracks and touch up paint.

MODIFY
Front fork,Triple clamp and Top bridge TZR250R 3XV of up side down forks
Carbs FCR32
Meter Aftermarket
Front brake caliper Brembo 40mm
Ignition coil UOTANI SP
Front wheel 17*3.00 Rear wheel 17*4.50
Winkers, Tail light LED

Shipping : We'll put it into the wooden crate and ship by surface.
We'll enclose Japanese original title, and also Sales Certificate and Bill of Sales issued by us in English. Shipping cost: The bid price includes shipping cost to overseas, and it's charged from our office in Japan to the nearest port to your address. We expect you'd pick it up at the port and arrange the land transport to your address by yourself. The other cost, such as the handling cost, duty fee, tax, etc. which will be charged in your country, they're not included there.

My research indicated that 1994 was the last of the 400s from Yamaha, yet this is listed as a 1996. Maybe one of our super-sharp readers can help fill that gap for us. Regardless, numbers are very low for the RR SP model, and limited to the few countries in which they were released (hint: the US was not one of them).

The seller is offering to crate the bike and ship it world wide, and will include some importation paperwork. The rest will be up to you, which may be difficult depending upon where you live. Those in the US should consider this carefully, as nothing is more tragic than purchasing a bike that cannot be used legally. However this would make for a very potent track-day weapon, so there is that angle to consider. Check it out here and remember: we may not see another one of these for another six years! Good luck!

MI

Top of the Heap: 1996 Yamaha FZR400RR SP
Yamaha January 30, 2017 posted by

Buy Direct: 1990 Yamaha FZR250R in Japan

Here on RSBFS we see quite a bit of commerce concerning bikes that have been imported from where they were originally sold to areas where they were not. The laws of supply and demand apply regardless of geography, regardless of DOT and regardless of EPA. But why wait for someone else to do the work for you (and pick up the potential profit)? What if you could reach out to a foreign region, pluck a tasty morsel of exotic goodness, and bring it back home yourself - such as this FZR250R ... Interested? Read on.

1990 Yamaha FZR250R for sale on eBay

In Japan, small bikes rule. This is partially due to the space limitations and density of the country, but more to do with training and cost of licensing. There is a steep increase in the price of a license as you go up in capacity, making larger bikes not viable for most riders. Thus, most manufacturers offer some serious hardware in the smaller classes. Take this FZR250R as an example: While only 250cc, it sports an in-line four cylinder liquid-cooled motor with 4-valves per pot. Redline is an insane 18,500 RPM, with max power in the 45 HP range. A Delta box perimeter frame gives all the pieces something to mount to, and braking duties are handled by triple disk. There are also some concessions to cost in the form of non-adjustable suspension (rear preload only).

From the seller:
Yamaha FZR250R 3LN3

VIN: 3LN-279194
Year: 1990
Mileage: 34,700km
Condition: Running very well. It has tiny scratches but looks very good condition.

Shipping : We'll put it into the wooden crate and ship by surface.
We'll enclose Japanese original title, and also Sales Certificate and Bill of Sales issued by us in English. Shipping cost: The bid price includes shipping cost to overseas, and it's charged from our office in Japan to the nearest port to your address. We expect you'd pick it up at the port and arrange the land transport to your address by yourself. The other cost, such as the handling cost, duty fee, tax, etc. which will be charged in your country, they're not included there.

The US has recently been blessed with an upsurge in the quarter-liter market. For decades we have suffered with bargain-basement Kawasaki Ninja 250 models as our sole sporting representation. While adequate as a beginner bike, the first few generations of this model were firmly grounded by price. Lately, however, we have seen that change. A war is going on in the sub-400cc categories, bringing technologically advanced hardware to what has previously been seen as the scooter set. With the Big Four now bringing new 250-300cc products into the US, this FZR250R may not seem quite so exotic - but in 1990 this was a major player that could contend with the two strokes of the time.

Located in Japan, this FZR250R is looking for a new home somewhere else in the world. It's not a perfect example, but overall it looks pretty clean. The seller will crate and ship to your nearest port, and it comes with a bill of sale and paperwork apparently recognized in the US. There is still the question of titling the bike in your state, but with the appropriate paperwork that should not be too different than titling any other used bike. Caveat: Not all states apply; Japanese home market bikes generally do not have a 17-digit VIN, making registration all but impossible in some locales (think California, as an example). Check it out here, look closely at the pictures, and - as always - ask questions. Buying direct from Japan is not quite the same as buying in person, but you're not likely to see one of these on Craigslist any time soon. Good Luck!

MI

Buy Direct: 1990 Yamaha FZR250R in Japan
Yamaha January 21, 2017 posted by

Potential: 1992 Vance & Hines Yamaha FZR 600

In 1992 Yamaha released a special edition of the FZR 600, celebrating their partnership with Vance & Hines in the AMA 600 Supersport class. Each of these bikes received a special paint job complete with Vance & Hines decals, a V&H exhaust system and an edition number. You are looking at bike #245 of this one year only offering.

1992 Yamaha Vance & Hines FZR for sale on eBay

There was really nothing special about the Vance & Hines Edition model aside from paintwork and exhaust. The FZR 600 frame, engine, tranny and suspension remained stock FZR pieces. The big draw was the livery and the "boy racer" graphics. Although these were limited editions - approximately 600 or so were ultimately created - there was not enough difference from a standard FZR 600 to really make a difference; prices tend to be only mildly elevated from clean examples of non-V&H models.

From the seller:
1992 Vance & Hines COLLECTIBLE SUPERSPORT REPLICA FZR600 #245
First 9 pictures are of bike with 21k, runs great well maintained. Never Dumped while moving but fell over twice, once on each side. Crack and dent in front rim (not Shown).

Many More Parts - Another complete V&H Frame and swingarm - rear shock and linkage - front fork set and triangle - front rim, rear rim - Cowl Cage - cowl air tubes - wind shield - wiring harnesses - set of mirrors, additional seat, rear plastic and tank plastic, and another tank, complete carb set, and manuals. Also there are 3 more tank covers not in photos, 2 of 3 are unnumbered. (replacement covers). Also I have poster of bike and from 1992, Vance n Hines letter with matching serial numbers to bike. Title comes with bike also.

Part of the problem with the V&H model is the fact that they are cosmetic creations. Vance & Hines livery on a standard FZR makes for a convincing replica of the real deal. In the description, this seller indicates he has documentation matching the serial number to this bike; that is a good start to ensure the originality of the machine. Unfortunately, it looks like this bike will need some work. It is claimed that the damage seen in the pictures is due to tip overs at standstill. However I'm not sure how the cracked/dented front wheel came into this, and/or if it was related to the damage. Either way, this is a collectable that has potential provided you are willing to take on the work.

It's hard to predict how these replica machines will appraise in the coming years. History would suggest that they may appreciate slightly ahead of the curve of a standard model FZR. But given the basic foundation and the sheer numbers produced, there is relatively little to show that this will grow significantly in value over time. Still, it is a cool bike and deserves to be saved. With an ask of $4500 OBO, this could be an affordable way to add some unique color to your stable. Check it out here, and let us know what you think!

MI

Potential: 1992 Vance & Hines Yamaha FZR 600
Yamaha January 20, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Zero-Mile 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

Update 1.30.2017: The seller has notified me that this sale is now final on this bike after receiving serious interest just a day after listing. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Are you looking for an '80s two-stroke to tear up the back roads in a cloud of blue smoke? Just move along: nothing to see here. Are you searching for a museum-quality Yamaha TZR250 2MA/1KT? Well we may just have what you're looking for with today's Featured Listing, a zero-mile example that may never have seen a tank of fuel in its life.

The very first TZR was a development of Yamaha's RD series of motorcycles, and it helped to define the rapidly-evolving class: lightweight aluminum beam frame, fully-faired bodywork, and a liquid-cooled two-stroke parallel-twin backed by a six-speed gearbox and a set of 17" wheels. Every bike in the quarter-liter class featured some sort of proprietary powervalve technology, and the TZR naturally used the Yamaha Power Valve System or "YPVS." Triple discs quickly became the class standard, although early TZRs like this one made do with just a single disc and caliper at the front. With a good set of pads, this should still pull you up quickly, considering the sub-300 lb dry weight.

First-generation TZRs and NSRs generally seem to command less money than their later counterparts and I'm not really sure exactly why. I'm assuming it's because early 250 two-strokes are nice, fun little sportbikes, while bikes like Honda's NSR250 MC28 from the end of the line pack cutting-edge tech and some trick parts... But as far as historical significance and style go, these early bikes have both in spades.

From the Seller: Zero-Mile 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

0 miles

Two stroke, not available in the United States, purchased in Canada. Extremely clean, near perfect condition. As far as I can tell, it's never had gas through the gas tank. New battery, original keys. Metric and US speedometer. A great addition to someone's collection.

The bike is located in Michigan to view and pick up. Not willing to ship but willing to assist with your shipper.

Price is $11,500.

As you can see from the photos, the seller even has the original service manual and a tool kit that obviously has seen minimal use. With zero miles on the odometer, it'd be a shame to put it on the road and wreck the pristine status, but if you're looking for an early TZR to complete your Yamaha sportbike collection, you're obviously very unlikely to find one in better cosmetic condition.

-tad

 

Featured Listing: Zero-Mile 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale
Yamaha January 18, 2017 posted by

Turn-Key Racer: 2011 Yamaha Moto3 Racebike for Sale

The recent Honda and Yamaha race bikes we've featured have been factory racing motorcycles with real pedigree, and are collectible exotics as well as functional tools for going fast. This little YZ250F-powered Yamaha racebike is a mutt, with a tuned dirtbike engine, custom frame, and RS125 plastics, but we all know that mutts can make the best pets!

With the move of all forms of prototype racing from two to four-stroke engines, the new Moto3 class replaced the entry-level 125cc Grand Prix series with four-stroke 250s like this one, while Moto2 bikes were powered by 600cc engines, and top-level MotoGP bikes ran 990cc or less, at least to begin with... "Stinkwheel" fans the world over were devastated, but racers quickly adapted to the new rules, as they always do.

This particular machine is obviously no garage queen, but looks clean and well put-together, with a very cool composite frame that looks like it might be made up of steel tubes and aluminum side-plates, a bit like a Bimota, along with plenty of go-fast goodies and RS125 bodywork. The listing includes plenty of detail and, if the seller is to be believed, the bike is very competitive in the AHRMA "Sound of Singles" class.

From the original eBay listing: 2011 Yamaha Moto3 Road Race Motorcycle for Sale

2016 AHRMA SOS3/Moto3 class National Championship winning bike.

2011/12 BMGP/2 chassis, subframe alloy fuel tank reinforced YZF swingarm by Framecrafters.net.

Powered by a highly modified 2005 Yamaha Yz250f engine. Big carb, dyna ignition, Webcam #9, Wossner hi-comp piston, newer head/valves, R/D under cut trans, Barnett billet clutch assembly, newer crank, custom exhaust.

Running gear; wheels, forks, brakes, controls, bodywork, etc. are 2002 Honda RS125.

MOTORCYCLE IS IN COMPLETE OPERABLE AND SAFE RUNNING CONDITION

Last raced October 2016 at the AHRMA-Barber Vintage Festival finishing 2nd both days to KTM factory pro racer Chris Filmore . January 2017- Complete detail/clean, oil change, heat cycle and general inspection performed. 

All history and service is documented and comes with the machine.

Spares that come with the machine:

  • Engine parts; gaskets, seals, etc
  • Crash parts; controls and bodywork, etc.
  • complete spare ignition
  • 2nd subframe (short)
  • 2nd set of Marchessini wheels (full rain)
  • tire warmers
  • front and rear paddock stand
  • gearing, chain, suspension springs
  • extra Brembo caliper and other brake parts
  • complete spares list provided on request

So it's not a collectible exotic fit for display in an office or living room, but it is a functional racebike that should be relatively easy to keep running: that YZF motor may not have the headbanging powerband of a tw0

Turn-Key Racer: 2011 Yamaha Moto3 Racebike for Sale