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Yamaha August 17, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

Update 9.29.2017: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Today's Featured Listing Yamaha TZR250 comes to us from our neighbors to the north in Canada. This 1KT/2MA/2ME was the very first iteration of Yamaha's little sportbike, and helped to define the 250cc class. If you're not familiar, these little quarter-liter sportbikes were packed with big-bike technology. In the US market, a 250 was an economical commuter, a learner bike, or a dirt bike. But overseas,  tiered licensing and heavy taxes on larger displacements meant many young and enthusiastic riders were simply unable to buy "big" bikes. You know, like a 600cc supersport... So the class that included the NSR, RGV, KR, and today's TZR have all the development and even better handling than many of their bigger-engined counterparts.

The TZR was the follow up to Yamaha's RD line of two-stroke sporting motorcycles, but added liquid-cooling to the 250cc parallel twin and an extra gear in the gearbox for a total of six speeds. Yamaha's YPVS power valve added midrange to help plump up the compact engine's claimed 50hp. The beam frame was made from lightweight aluminum and 17" wheels were fitted at both ends meant impressive handling. A single disc brake up front may seem low-tech for a sportbike, but the bike stops just fine with this set up, considering the 282lb dry weight and I'm sure things would be improved with some modern compound pads.

From the Seller: 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

1987 Yamaha TZR250 2ME Canadian Bike.

One of very few originally from the Canadian Market. Very clean and well running bike. Motor rebuilt less than a thousand KMs ago along with fresh paint and powder coated wheels. Alberta registered 2017. Bike is well sorted and in excellent condition. Does not suffer from corrosion issues seen on Japanese imports. Will continue to be ridden. This came to me as a mostly complete motorcycle that appeared well cared for and is NOT a parts bin special.

The TZR is essentially a 2/3 size RZ350 with a proper modern aluminum spar frame. It handles incredibly well and is a ton of fun to ride. Light, nimble and quick. The most fun motorcycle I have ridden which includes RZs, RDs, Kawasaki Triples and NS400Rs.

Completed around 35,000km:

-New paint and reproduction decals (clear coated decals)
-Powder coated rims (more modern white compared to original red)
-Tires in good shape
-Rebuilt motor
-JDM taillights
-Aftermarket pipes with Aprilia RS250 carbon silencers
-Sintered front brake pads and stainless brake line
-Stock oil pump running as it should
-Everything works and rides better than new
-Runs excellent, pulls to 10k
-Ti rear sprocket nuts
-Rare solo cowl. All fairings OEM plastic (not Chinese)

Motor
-Replacement cases (original 2ME cases had hole in bottom case due to piston failure, cases are repairable and are included in sale)
-Cylinder barrels on stock bore
-New pistons/rings

-Crank rebuilt, new bearings and rod

-New seals/gaskets throughout (inc. power valves and crank) and bearings inspected or replaced
-Uprated (F3) clutch springs and new plates

Comes with:
-Original engine cases
-Stock radiator (currently running RZ350 radiator, no mods to frame or other)
-Stock tail lights

-Stock pipes in great shape
-clip on riser spacer (currently removed)
-Original brake pads and brake line (running braided with sintered pads)

This is well sorted and rare Canadian TZR250. This is not an import from Japan on the UK.

THE BIKE COMES WITH STOCK PIPES INSTALLED AND DOES NOT COME WITH THE AFTERMARKET PIPES ON THE MOTORCYCLE.

For anyone out of the city or province, I have 60 pictures I can send over for more details. Happy to take a video if requested.

Willing to help with shipping within reason.

This bike is currently in Calgary, Alberta and the seller claims that it is an original Canadian-market bike, not a grey-market Japanese import. Asking price is $5,200 USD, which is a very nice price, considering how desirable these small displacement two-strokes are at the moment. Miles are on the high side, but the motor has been recently rebuilt, and the bike appears to otherwise have been well-maintained. Assuming it's been carefully stored, that should mean less of the surface corrosion and general fading that seems to be common on examples that have been recently imported from Japan. The paint isn't completely original, but OEM plastics were used and, unless you're a stickler for a perfectly-preserved, factory-fresh collectible, I'd bet you'd be hard-pressed to find a nicer example to actually ride in North America.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale
Yamaha March 5, 2017 posted by

Japanese Spec: 1986 Yamaha TZR250

After a brief interlude, welcome back to the meat and potatoes of RSBFS programming; a tasty two stroke import. This particular TZR250 is actually a pre-import - in that it is currently still located in Japan. The seller outlines the documentation and services they will provide with the sale below. Given that we have seen legally licensed imports for sale on these very pages (such as this Featured Listing), one would have to wonder if it is worth the effort to go through the trouble of importing rather than waiting for the right bike to come along stateside. Depending upon your state of residence and your willingness to do paperwork and play with the local DMV, this could be a good way to get that rare smoker that you want (but can't find here).

1986 Yamaha TZR250 for sale on eBay

The TZR250 is a parallel twin, first introduced in 1986. There was a Japanese home market model (1KT) and a European model (2MA), the latter which differed primarily by road-going legalities such as headlight size, turn signal placement, etc. However the 2MA variant does have both a lower compression ration and more HP (50 vs 45), given that Japanese market bikes were restricted in output. The seller claims that this is a 1KT bike that has been upgrade to 2XT status, but it is not clear what exactly that entails. In the course of some research, I have seen 2MA (Euro) bikes listed as 2MA/2XT, so it could be as simple as regional updates. If you are in the know when it comes to TZRs, please chime in via the Comments Section. Your knowledge is always welcome.

From the seller:
Rare 2 stroke bike from Japan!!

YAMAHA TZR250 1KT

VIN: 1KT-012896
Year: 1986
Mileage:  15,132 km
Condition: Good condition and running very well. It is 2XT convert bike but VIN is 1KT model. Front brake cariper is Brembo 40mm. Body work has some scratches and tiny cracks. But still looks good.

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.

This bike shows all the hallmarks of a home market survivor: some corrosion is evident thanks to the proximity of the ocean air, there are bodywork nicks, scrapes and cracks no doubt obtained in close-quarter parking situations, and some road rash reminiscent of some youthful squidliness (don't ask me how I know what that looks like). Otherwise it appears to be a solid survivor. The bike has 15k on the odometer, but being a Japanese spec machine that is in kilometers. The mileage equivalent would be approximately 9,400 miles. Be aware that bikes imported from Japan do not have a 17 digit VIN, which may be a problem come registration time.

The price of entry for this 250 is only $3,800 USD. The seller will also entertain offers. That price includes the cost to crate and ship the bike to your home port. That is not a lot of coin, but then again, you have to take the risk, do the legwork, and get (potentially) buried in red tape or paperwork. Any of the RSBFS faithful have experience in these matters? If so, let us know if it was a dream, a nightmare or something in between. Check out this TZR250 here, and then check back into the Comments Section and share your thoughts and knowledge. And smoke on!

MI

Japanese Spec: 1986 Yamaha TZR250
Yamaha August 15, 2016 posted by

East Coast Smoker: 1986 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

1986 Yamaha TZR250 R Side Front

Introduced in 1986, the Yamaha TZR250 was the follow up to their RD family of sportbikes. Yamaha's first go at a quarter-liter TZR had middling success: it wasn’t especially competitive next to more focused rivals from Kawasaki and Suzuki on track, but it was a far better roadbike. The TZR followed the standard two-fiddy two-stroke formula of the period, with a lightweight aluminum frame and fully-faired bodywork surrounding a 249cc liquid-cooled parallel twin, and midrange courtesy of Yamaha’s YPVS power valve. They claimed 50hp from the motor, which made the 282lb dry machine capable of a top speed north of 120mph.

1986 Yamaha TZR250 L Fairing

17” wheels could be found at both ends, although tire sizes fall somewhere near bicycle width in the front and front tire at the rear… The single disc brake up front was adequate and pretty standard for lightweight sportbikes of the period, although twin front discs quickly became the norm for the 250cc class. Apparently a "blue spot" caliper from an R1 or R6 will bolt directly onto the stock front forks if you feel you need a bit more stopping power, a little restomod touch, or a splash of color.

1986 Yamaha TZR250 R Side

The first TZRs were known as the 2MA or 1KT bikes, depending on the market in which they were sold. Later, the parallel twin saw its head reversed in an effort to improve cornering clearance in the 3MA, before Yamaha switched to a v-twin for the final, 3XV version.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

86 TZR250, 9362 Kilometers.
Imported from Japan one year ago.
Super rare. Runs well.
Will ship at your expense.

Well that's not exactly a ton of information, almost an eBay haiku, but at least the seller includes a number of nice pictures. Even with the recent influx of grey-market two-strokes, the Yamaha TZR is pretty rare, although at that $6,000 Buy It Now price seems on the high side. They’re claimed to be relatively easy to maintain which is appealing, considering parts will have to ship from overseas most likely.

Interestingly, this particular little smoker is hiding in New Jersey. See: some good things do come from Jersey! Besides me of course: I grew up there. Actually, I’ve never really understood all the hate heaped on Jersey. It’s like people fly into Newark International Airport and decide that the whole place must just be more of the same. Or they get their information from uppity New York residents… Anyway, the state may be best known for its Jersey Shore bro-culture and really good tomatoes, but it is most definitely not known for having a permissive DMV, so I’m wondering about the status of this TZR. Is it registered and titled? The listing doesn’t say. Maybe that's why it's being sold after only a year? Considering that these early 2MA bikes are supposed to be most at home on the road, it’d be a shame if this was for collectors and track-riders only.

-tad

1986 Yamaha TZR250 L Side

East Coast Smoker: 1986 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale
Yamaha April 24, 2014 posted by

1987 Yamaha TZR250, 4600 Miles, Reserve Met!

1987 Yamaha TZR250 for sale

While these early TZR's aren't as coveted as the early 90's ones, they can provide a lot of smoke for the buck. This one has the classic Yamaha colors, less than 5,000 miles, and the current bid of $2650 is reserve met. That's a lot of fun for less than $3k! To be totally honest, it looks amazing clean in the photos as well, especially at this price. 3 days remain on this one and I'll be curious to see how good a deal it is at the end.

dc

1987 Yamaha TZR250 for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

1987 Yamaha TZR250. In excellent condition. Everything works, horn, lights, signals. Shifts great. Runs great. No known issues. No warranty implied or expressed. Tires have at least 80% tread left. Very low miles with only 4,582. Speedometer is in kilometers. Clear title in hand. Paint is in very good condition and shows well for its age. These vintage classic motorcycles will always go up in value in this condition.

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1987 Yamaha TZR250, 4600 Miles, Reserve Met!
Sport Bikes For Sale June 13, 2011 posted by

Late 80’s Stroker Gem: 1987 Yamaha TZR250

Late 80's Stroker Gem: 1987 Yamaha TZR250

Oh my, 1987 was when the race replica wars just started to heat up. For a scant few years the Japanese manufactures would win buyers with small cc bikes that featured trickle down GP technology that shined on the track. You can see the wave building in this TZR. The stout aluminum frame is there, as is the power valved twin cylinder engine. Upside down forks, dry clutches, braced swing arms and double discs were waiting in the wings.

This TZR is a great example and rare even among TZR's. I sure don't see many of these early model TZR's compared to the later reverse cylinder models and even later 3XV's. Making it even better is the condition (excellent), the mileage (low) and the title status (you are good to go!). It appears mostly stock as well with only a set of chambers being the obvious add on.

Here are the details from the seller:

A nearly mint condition 1987 TZR-250 with a clear USA title, these bikes were the latest in the RD-RZ lineage, and were some of the BEST bikes ever designed by Yamaha.

Superior handling, incredible acceleration, (eats most 750's!) and beauty to boot!
This machine was held in a private collection, by some one very knowledgeable about Yamaha racers, and as such was the crown of the collection. It has spent the last 10 years in the living room of the collector! Was running beautifully (SO smooth!) but battery is dead now.

Here is your opportunity to have one of the most beautiful, most fun to ride motorcycles of all time. Looks like it came out of the crate yesterday as you can see from the fotos. This is about the closest you can get to riding a 250GP bike on the road!
Included are hand build racing expansion chambers that broadened and amplify the incredible powerband, and give it a sound, second to none! (Stock pipes are available for an addition cost.)
Two-Strokes........ahhhhh!
Don't wait..... these just do NOT exist anymore, especially in THIS condition!

There were only a few imported to the US.

THIS IS IT, .............THIS is your chance!

The seller is quite excited and should be since he has such a nice bike. As most sellers do the truth may be stretched a bit. I can take nothing away from the condition of the bike but time did march on and these older TZR's are not the closet thing to a GP bike for the street. The only reason I bring that up is that is what the potential buyer will have to keep this mind when deciding what kind of bike he wants. Does he want an absolutely beautiful and titled early model TZR for that price ($5,500 BIN) or does he want a later model (with a bit more tech) for close to that price in rougher condition and possibly not titled? I think you would come across bikes in quite varying conditions in that $5,500 to $6,000 price range.

I don't think this bike will have much trouble finding a new home. It has it all and I'm sure someone out there would love to relive the race replica craze on it. You can bid or buy it here.

Ian

Sport Bikes For Sale April 23, 2010 posted by

Yamaha TZR250 1KT With Low Miles In California

This is a very nice, original, looking TZR250 with less than 1,000 miles on it!  Located in Orange County, California is a Yamaha TZR250.  The seller doesn't state much other than that the bike "1kt low miles almsot perfect condition(sic)".  The seller does include "1KT" which indicates that this is the Japanese domestic version and not the U.K. market bike (2MA).  The bike does look to be in very good condition and completely original as per what the seller is claiming.  The seller makes no mention of a title or registration but, with the asking price of $6,500; I would imagine it is titled/registered.

These early TZR250s are 249cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin,  tw0-strokes producing 50hp driving around 308lbs!  This is the beginning of the TZR line that was very expensive for a 250 of the time but was race bred from Yamaha's TZ experience.  If you're a collector looking to fill out your Yamaha or two-stroke collection, I wouldn't hesitate to have a look at this one!  See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG