Posts by tag: FZR400

Yamaha March 7, 2017 posted by

On the bubble? 1988 Yamaha FZR400

In the feast-or-famine world of eBay, we seem to be experiencing a bit of a glut from the Fizzer 400 quarter. We don't always see a ready supply of these bikes, but in the first part of 2017 we have witnessed a steady stream. That is the good news. A RSBFS fan favorite, there is much to recommend when it comes to this little 400cc machine. While HP is not impressive, this in-line four will rev to the moon, and with an aluminum delta-box twin-spar frame, adjustable suspension and a tidy riding position, cornering speeds usually surpass those of the bigger (heavier) bikes. What's not to love? Well, therein lies the bad news: prices are rising on these underrated sport bikes. If you have one now, hang on to it. If you are in the market for one, tread carefully (and prepare to spend some cash). Or wait to see if the bubble bursts.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

This FZR400 is claimed to be an original one-owner bike with fewer than 3,000 miles on it. The pics show a clean bike with no discernible rash. There seems to be a slight mark on the upper left corner of the fairin, but is easily forgiven on a bike of this age. Even the tops of the trees are free from the swinging key syndrome. The bodywork appears to be intact, and overall the bike is very clean and presents well. Given the difficulty of finding parts for these models, we recommend to purchase the best example you can find; the more complete the better. This looks like a complete bike, with some spares. Did I mention it is clean?

From the seller:
Up for your consideration is an original 1988 FZR400 Motorcycle with 2,609 original miles. Motorcycle has had one owner and stored in the garage since new. The auction includes owners and service manuals, spare keys and period performance parts that were never installed. The bike needs carb work to idle well.

I often wonder about additional performance parts included with the sale of a stock motorcycle. I wonder about exceptionally low miles in a cable-driven odometer world. The devil's advocate in me also wonders about the idle issues; is this simply a case of sitting unused too long, or is there something else lurking behind the scenes. Why are the tank cover mount grommets and screws missing/broken (or appear to be) - oversight or other? To be precise, this bike is not completely stock - the NRC case covers are clear aftermarket items. Again, the devil on my shoulder prods at me; is this preventative maintenance or evidence of a previous boo boo? There is nothing nefarious going on that I can tell from the advert, but if I had any Spidey sense it might be tingling, prompting me to either ask more questions or check the bike out in person.

Of course the devil that is poking at me sprang up from the asking price: $7,500. That would be a serious high-water mark for one of these models, and at that price I would expect perfection. We typically see FZR400s as $3,500 - $5,000 bikes, with exceptional examples fetching a bit more. You can't blame a seller for trying to get top dollar, and you can be sure I will be watching this one carefully, as it could be a price barometer for the type. If nothing else, we continue to see good examples of the FZR400 in the market - and that is something that should make all of us very happy. Check it out here and let us know what you think.


On the bubble? 1988 Yamaha FZR400
Yamaha February 25, 2017 posted by

Clean Machine: 1988 Yamaha FZR400

Aluminum perimeter chassis. Aluminum swingarm. Inline four-cylinder power plant. Four valves per cylinder. 14,000 RPM redline. Racing-inspired bodywork with dual headlights. Solo saddle cover to look like a monoposto. Triple disk brakes. Competent, adjustable suspension on both ends. The list of included technology reads like our favorite recipe. The only difference is in the calories: We're not talking about a middleweight 600 or open class liter bike here, but rather the smaller 400cc rocket from Yamaha.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

The FZR was not the only 400cc class participant, but in the US it was the only game in town. Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki all offered some version of a tweener, each in some way more potent than the FZR. Yet the smaller Fizzer (although not the smallest Fizzer by any means) holds a loyal following among riders, and is generally praised as THE BEST handling sport bike to come out of the 1980s - and maybe beyond. Targeting more advanced riders, the FZR was neither the cheapest form of transport available nor was it really a beginner's bike. Unfortunately in the US, sub-500cc motorcycles are generally lumped into "first timer" categories, and many were purchased (with good intentions) as exactly that. If the bike was not abused at the hands of a newbie rider, it had a good chance of being flogged in competition, or just generally thrashed hard on the street. Not many pristine FZRs exist today, and those that do command a price.

From the seller:
ONE OF THE FEW NICE UNMOLESTED RED/WHITE FZR 400'S OUT THERE. All original except Supertrapp pipe and alarm. Manual, seat cowl, cover, original rear fender/turn signals. RUNS EXCELLENT !!

EXCELLENT CONDITION FOR THE YEAR a few minor cracks in plastic. The lower fairings having been cracked up but the bike never actually having been laid down !!!

This FZR definitely looks clean and pretty well cared for. It is well known that most of these bikes have lived a hard life - many of them on the racetrack. This one seems to have escaped much of that, but is not without some scars. The damage to the plastics is unfortunate, as these pieces are no longer available from Yamaha. And given the way the fairing scoops stick out, the damage to these areas is common. The remedies are not easy, but should be cosmetic only; this bike could still be an outstanding rider. And speaking of the riding experience, if the carbs have been rejetted properly for the exhaust then this could be quite the screaming little Fizzer.

The non-stock add-ons (signals, pipe and alarm) detract from the collector value of this bike, but some of the stock pieces are included with the sale. We don't see too many FZR400s - even though they were legally imported into the US - as these were not high-volume bikes in the day. The asking price for this one is a bit steep as far as Fizzers go, with an opening ask of $5k USD and zero takers thus far. The price is in the ballpark for a well-loved example , but probably a bit on the high side for an opening bid. Check it out here, and be sure to share your experiences with the FZR400 in the Comments section.


Clean Machine: 1988 Yamaha FZR400
Yamaha December 21, 2016 posted by

Feelin Fizzy: 1989 Yamaha FZR400

A perennial fan favorite, the 400cc edition of the Yamaha FZR has often been lauded for its razor-sharp handling and overall balance. While generally best suited for riders of smaller stature, the smaller Fizzer filled the gap currently occupied by the modern crop of 300cc machines; small enough to be entry level, but with the DNA to carve some serious corners in the right hands.

1989 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

Powered by an in-line four cylinder that is happy to rev to a stratospheric 14k, the FZR400 is encased in an aluminum Deltabox perimeter frame with triple disks all around. Wrapped in full bodywork that evoked images of the bigger FZRs - including dual headlights - there was nothing small or cheap about the 400. And while the model run started in 1986 and ran through the mid 1990s, Yamaha only imported them into the US for a few years, and even fewer into California.

From the seller:
You are looking at my 1989 Yamaha FZR400 California EXUP model. I am the original owner and the bike is in amazing condition both cosmetically and mechanically. I have a complete file on the bike that includes the original receipt from when I bought the bike from Golden Gate Cycles in SF in July 1989. I spent over $4,000 this summer to have the bike mechanically reconditioned by Speed Motorcycles in Bronx, NY and it runs well. The only problem is a sticky front master brake cylinder. I had it rebuilt by Speed but it might need replacing. I'm selling the bike because I've lost interest - when I had it reconditioned this summer I thought I was going to get back into riding but it turns out that I'm just not that into it anymore. I never tracked this bike - I did put an aftermarket Kerker slip-on muffler on it and had it dyno tuned but I have the original exhaust.

This bike is very rare and I'd be very surprised if there are any out there in this condition and still owned by the original owner.

Today the FZR400 is hard to find in unmolested condition. So many of these bikes ended up on the racetrack (refer above to "razor-sharp handling"), that most of the available Fizzers have been thrashed. And rebuilding a FZR400 is not an exercise for the weak or impatient; parts are not exactly plentiful, and stock fairings are all but impossible to find. My recommendation: Find the cleanest, best example you can, and jump on it. Could this original owner bike be the one? Check it out here and see!


Feelin Fizzy: 1989 Yamaha FZR400
Yamaha August 5, 2016 posted by

Nearly New: Ultra Low-Mileage 1989 Yamaha FZR400 for Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR400 L Front

Smaller versions of big bikes are often built to a price. Even if they are serious sports machines, they can often lack some of the shiniest bells and whistles of the top-of-the range bikes. But not so the Yamaha FZR400. In fact, the 400 was actually considered to be a more sporting machine than the 600cc version. The larger bike obviously made more power, but had a heavier, less rigid steel frame, compared to the 400's aluminum part. In fact, it was pretty common to stuff the 600 into the 400 to create a lightweight, powerful back road tool. The FZR400s 399cc four-cylinder produced a claimed 64hp and weighed in at 410lbs with fluids, which is plenty of power to play with on the road. Especially the twisty ones where this bike excels.

1989 Yamaha FZR400 R Fairing

Considered a "middleweight sport bike" when new, the Yamaha FZR400 isn't all that exotic, but it is pretty rare, especially in this kind of condition. This isn't a bike to impress your non-riding friends and neighbors, but these have had quite the rabid following since their introduction. And unlike the other cult bikes of the era like the Hawk GT and CB1, this was a no-compromise sports machine.

1989 Yamaha FZR400 Dash

Obviously, the Buy it Now of $6,900 that the seller's asking is slightly shocking, given what nice, higher mileage examples are going for. But, with less than 1,000 miles on the odometer, it may literally be the nicest, lowest-mileage FZR400 in the US or maybe anywhere. So if you're a completest looking for the very best to fill a hole in your collection, perhaps that price makes sense.

1989 Yamaha FZR400 L Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Yamaha FZR400 for Sale

Absolutely MINT 1989 Yamaha FZR400. This may be the finest one in the US. Premium motorcycle, premium price reflecting its condition and the extra swingarm. All original, no modifications. Never dropped, raced, crashed or otherwise damaged. It's been sitting in an enclosed storage unit or my garage since I purchased it two years ago. One tiny rock chip in upper left headlight fairing. Front master cylinder sticks from lack of use. I've discounted the price by $200 to cover the minor repair. The carbs need cleaning.

Comes with buffed 1990 FZR400 swingarm for the perfect combination of a virtually new FZR400 with the later Deltabox swingarm.

Reason for selling? Health issues. I have 28 motorcycles and am paring down. The FZR is in Point Roberts, Washington. I can deliver the motorcycle to Blaine, Washington for pickup by you or motor freight. Clear Washington title, not just bill of sale.

1989 Yamaha FZR400 Rear Wheel

The problem is that the appeal of these is that they're nearly perfect rider's machines, designed to be thrashed within an inch of their lives all day, needing just oil and tire changes to keep them going. A bike like yesterday's RG500 race bike makes a certain amount of sense even if you have no plans to ride it, since it's value isn't just as a functional device. It has race history, exotic components, and would look positively amazing in someone's office. This little FZR is a great, inexpensive tool for Yamaha aficionados or back-road hooligans. But although this may be the very nicest FZR400 available on the planet, the price sort of defeats the purpose.


1989 Yamaha FZR400 Front

Nearly New: Ultra Low-Mileage 1989 Yamaha FZR400 for Sale
Yamaha June 29, 2016 posted by

A Little Fizzy: 1988 Yamaha FZR400 for Sale

1988 Yamaha FZR400 L Side

Obviously, there are “rare” motorcycles that don’t cost an arm and a leg to own and, although there are plenty of affordable Ducatis, Aprilias, and even Bimotas that appear on this site, not everyone wants to own an Italian exotic or lives near a shop that can work on their baby. So if cash is tight, you like Japanese reliability, and want something just a little bit different, a little bit cooler, a little bit nimbler, or just a little bit… littler, you can’t go wrong with a Yamaha FZR400.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 R Side Detail

We’re living in an age of accessible performance, but it’s largely the machines making that so by means of electronic trickery: without ABS, traction-control, yaw-sensors, titanium Finnegan rods, and synthetic headlight fluid, most of the 200hp literbike road-missiles would quickly kill their non-Alien riders, making “lifelong customer” a very brief state of being. But a move up from a 250 to a 400cc middleweight sportbike means a stepped improvement in power and performance and the opportunity to incrementally upsell buyers on progressively faster motorcycles. Bikes like the FZR400 are also popular among  folks who either understand the limitations of their modest skill and experienced riders who just enjoy wringing the neck of a motorcycle without tripling the speed limit.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 L Side Detail

The 399cc four-cylinder put out a claimed 64hp [more like 55 at the rear wheel] and the bike weighed 410lbs wet. Keep in mind that the FZR400 wasn't just an FZR600 with a smaller motor. There's a reason that people stick the 600's motor into the 400: the bike had a stiffer, lighter aluminum frame compared to the the bigger bike's steel unit, making "big block" FZR400s quite the hot ticket.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Yamaha FZR400 for Sale

Beautiful, great legendary handling sport bike.  Well maintained.  Low miles, Excellent condition. Has been in climate controlled sport bike collection and has not gotten many miles. Includes rare original stock exhaust. Please note bar end mirrors (can't find stock ones?) and please note small seat and frame cosmetic blemishes. Rare chance to own clean, stock collectible Yamaha Sport bike.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 R Side Detail2

Power-to-weight isn’t any better than a two-stroke 250, but refinement certainly is and, as we’ve discussed ad nauseam here or RSBFS, good quarter-liter sportbikes are pretty thin on the ground here in the USA anyway. Four-stroke 400s are pretty rare as well: all of the Japanese manufacturers’ sportbikes came in low-calorie versions, but the CBR400, GSX-R400, and ZXR400 were never officially imported here, making it a bit difficult to source them without potential DMV stress. If you’re looking at bikes in the 400cc class that were sold in the US new, you’re pretty much limited to the CB1 that used the CBR400’s motor, the 400 Bandit, and the FZR400. These days, it is possible to find the odd CBR400RR or ZXR400 here, but those are all grey-market imports and that can cause the odd DMV headache, so for maxiumum fun with minimum pain, the FZR400 is in a class by itself.

This example is very original except for the seller-mentioned mirrors, but that shouldn’t be too hard to rectify. The starting bid is just $3,500 with minimal interest so far, and that's a pretty insignificant amount of cash for such a fun motorcycle.


1988 Yamaha FZR400 R Side

A Little Fizzy: 1988 Yamaha FZR400 for Sale
Yamaha June 8, 2015 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR400 in San Francisco


Here's a sharp looking and stock FZR400W with recent maintenance. It has a couple cosmetic issues with a crack in the lower fairing and the upper fairing has been replaced but doesn't have the decals. However, the listing indicates another set of plastics is included and appears to be factory complete. Everything else looks very clean and unmolested. Current bid is about $2,650 and buy-it-now is displayed at $5,600.


1989 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay


from the seller's listing:

This is a RARE Find. 1989 FZR 400W. Previous two owners, Comes with original dealer prep documentation ( see pics) and some other historic documentation in a binder made by orignal owner.

Super Clean bike with all stock parts. Paint is beautiful, no dents in tank, all plastics excellent, with exception of one crack in lower left bottom underside fairing (see pic) -easily repairable location.

kBike Was only missing the side oval signal inserts. I found two on ebay that will go with bike. One is white, other is black- that can be painted white to match.

Also comes with BRAND NEW IN BOX (see pic) COMPLETE ABS Replacement body kit (just in case you drop her- but please try not to)

If you know these bikes, they are very rare to find stock, un raced, modified etc. Here is your chance if you are a collector or just need to have a nice clean stock one to your stable. Great handling bike, docile until it hits about 8k RPM to its 14k Redline.

New Bridgestone tires, EBC brakes, EK chain, plugs, all fluids changed, Carbs cleaned and re-built, new battery installed. Runs as it should and needs only a new owner to ride it. I have another FZR400 and FZR600 and 20 other bikes and Im just thinning the herd, I cant ride them all .

This bike handles like a dream in the twisties and you can easily embarrass your friend on their bigger, badder, newer bikes with this sweet piece of Yamaha history.



1989 Yamaha FZR400 in San Francisco