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Yamaha November 17, 2017 posted by

Made for Japan: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R

The Japanese home market for sport motorcycles is the stuff of dreams for those of us based in the US. Some of the best and most extreme examples of high-tech performance sadly never makes it out of the country of origin when it comes to the Big Four. Take the V4 two-stroke RZ500 from Yamaha. While the rest of the world made due with a steel framed version of this "GP bike for the street," the home market RZV came in 20 lbs underweight thanks to a new aluminum perimeter chassis. Because of the limited run (1600 units), RZV frames were all welded by hand. The RZV also featured adjustable front forks (preload available via the top of the trees), a fuel gauge (doubled as the temp gauge) and cleaner bodywork thanks to the deleted grab handles.

1984 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay

While the chassis and components of the RZV are all upsides, the fact that these bikes were made exclusively for the home market in Japan means that they are also restricted in power compared to made-for-export RZs. With some 64 horsepower on tap this is not exactly a tiddler, but a far cry from the 85-88 HP output of the exported model. Thankfully the restrictions are relatively simple to reverse: this engine is starved via inlet (carb jetting) and exhaust restrictor plates. From there, the sky is the limit as there are volumes of knowledge concerning performance improvements from the big, double-crank V-4.

From the seller:
THIS VERY RARE, U.S. TITLED, 1 OF ONLY 1600 BUILT, VERY LOW MILAGE, JAPANESE MODEL 1984 YAMAHA RZ 500R WITH THE ALUMINUM FRAME. IT HAS BEEN IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS FOR MANY YEARS. ORIGINALLY IMPORTED FROM JAPAN BY A PRIVATE COLLECTOR IN 2008.

AVAILABLE ONLY IN JAPAN WITH A LIMITED PRODUCTION OF JUST 1600 UNITS FOR THE JAPANESE RZV's, ALL OF WHICH SOLD IN WEEK OR SO. THE RZV IS 20 POUNDS LIGHTER THEN THE RZ THANKS TO THE HAND BUILT ALUMINUM FRAME AND THE LOSS OF THE HAND RAIL ON THE TAIL.

YAMAHA WOULD ONLY PRODUCE THE RZV's IN THERE #1 FACTORY IN JAPAN TO ENSURE THESE 1600 BIKES WERE BETTER THEN ANY RD/RZ THAT WENT TO NORTH AMERICA, ECT.

SO NOW HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN AN AMAZING 1984 YAMAHA RZV 500R WITH ONLY 3200 ORIGINAL DOCUMENTED MILES (5198 KM IT IS A JAPANESE MODEL) ALL ORIGINAL! NEVER ABUSED! NEVER MOLESTED! NEVER PAINTED! ONLY MAINTENANCE TYPE WORK PERFORMED, TIRES BRAKES BRAKE FRONT CALIPERS APEAR TO BE NOS ALONG WITH A FEW OTHER PARTS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT ON OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.

DURING THE VERY HARD AND LONG PROCESS TO OBTAIN A FLORIDA TITLE, I HAD THE IMPORT DOCUMENTS TRANSLATED AND CERTIFIED IN ORDER TO GET THE FLORIDA DMV AND A FEDERAL DOT CERTIFICATION ON THE ORIGINALITY OF THE BIKE, VIN, AND MILAGE. THEY DID THE CONVERSION FROM KM TO MILES FOR THE TITLE TO BE ISSUED.

THE BIKE IS IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION STILL HAVING THE ORIGINAL STICKER ON THE WIND SCREEN AND ONLY SHOWING A FEW SMALL BLEMISHES/PATINA ON THE ORIGINAL PAINT/FINISH. SHE STARTS ON THE FIRST KICK, IDLES AND REVS OUT BETTER THEN MY OTHER RZ's/RZV's.
ALL THE LIGHTS AND GUAGES WORK AS THEY SHOULD THE TIRES ARE NOT DRY ROTTED (BUT I WOULD'NT GO DRAG A KNEE WITH THEM). SHE IS READY FOR YOUR COLLECTION, MAN CAVE, OR PARK HER IN YOUR OFFICE OR LIVING ROOM.

AVAILABLE FROM MY PRIVATE COLLECTION ONLY BECAUSE I HAVE 2 AND I AM WILLING TO SHARE.

DONT MISS OUT TELL YOUR WIFE THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH THE RARE LIMITED HARD TO FIND CASSIC VINTAGE BIKES WILL ONLY GO UP IN VALUE EVERY YEAR!!!

The seller here has done some work for US-based buyers. The bike has apparently been titled in the US. The KM clocks have been retained, making riding a bit of a mathematical exercise for those of you who stick to speed limits (1 mph = 1.6 kph), but that is certainly not insurmountable. Of some concern are the originality and age of items like tires, fluids and engine seals. If this bike has not been ridden regularly (and the low mileage indicates it probably hasn't been), there is a very good chance that the crank seals have become cracked and brittle after some 33 years. This is not a deal killer - just a warning not to spend too much time at redline until a proper pressure test can be conducted. Otherwise, what you are looking at is a a very clean and pretty solid RZV, which is indeed a rare collectable. Pipes look a bit too glossy for my eye, but perhaps I am simply jaded and nitpicky....

This offering is both an eBay auction with an opening ask of $16,000 USD, and a Buy It Now for $19,000. Thus far there have been no bids on the auction side although there are about a dozen potential buyers watching this one. Check it out here if you lust after a clean RZ500 - and remember that this is the more rare aluminum frame RZV-R model - this one might be a good one to check out. Stock up on your castor oil supplies and let freedom ring-a-ding-ding. Good Luck!!

MI

Made for Japan: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R
Honda November 4, 2017 posted by

Size Doesn’t Matter: 1991 Honda RS125 for Sale

For some people, a race replica just isn’t enough. And if you want the real thing, a genuine racebike can be very pricey to run, and parts might be literally, not just figuratively, impossible to find. Sure, you can occasionally buy an NSR500V, but can you find parts to rebuild the engine? No, you cannot. Sometimes not at any price. But unlike the NSR500V or even the much more widely-produced RS250, Honda’s RS125 is an over-the-counter, full-on racebike that manages to be affordable, at least in the world of zero-percent-bodyfat racing machines.

Why are they so much less expensive? Well, they were always meant as entry-level racers, so costs were lower to begin with, and they made more of them. There are fewer parts involved as well, and those parts are less likely to be made of unobtanium. Ultimately, part of the reason the RS125 is so light is that there’s really not much there: the tiny, 124.4cc two-stroke single and six-speed gearbox are dwarfed by the aluminum frame that appears to be welded up from cast and extruded sections like a bit of industrial art. Hell, the engine is basically dwarfed by the airbox on later models. The whole thing is draped in raw, lightweight bodywork, and a primitive electrical system complete the package for an all-in dry weight of under 160lbs.

Basically, an RS125 weighs about 40lbs less than an average adult male. Which means that, if you’ve ever half-carried, half-dragged a drunk buddy into his apartment, you should have no problem whatsoever loading an RS125 into a van or truck, ramp or no ramp.

Keep in mind that, while the RS125 might spec out like some sort of dinky learner bike or a hopped-up moped, it’s serious stuff: that incredibly low weight and highly-strung engine producing 40hp mean the power-to-weight ratio on it is fairly shocking. The heritage is there as well, since both Loris Capirossi and Dani Pedrosa both won 125 championships on RS125s. From what I read, it’s so light it even crashes differently than larger machines: once they go down, they tend to skim along instead of tumbling, minimizing damage. Which is nice because whether you’re using this for track days or actual competition, you’re going to need to wring its goddamn neck, everywhere, all the time.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Honda RS125 for Sale

Honda RS125. Very nice very original bike in excellent condition. The bike was stored for many years so it has very low hours. Small but mighty she will hit 130mph and will lap a GSX-R1000 on a tight track. Most track bikes have a hard life but this one is in fantastic shape with no damage at all other than a scrape on the clutch cover and that is about it . All the brakes work well and the motor starts straight up and runs like a banshee. The motor picks up on the throttle so fast it’s frightening. I actually have a pair of RS125s and will be selling the other one after this one to save confusion. The  opportunity to buy a real factory race bike doesn’t come along often so make the most of it now. There is  obviously no tile with this bike as it’s a race bike. No title. 

I can ship all over the world at good rates.

So the downside is you need to pretty much be an wiry teenager or a waifish supermodel to ride an RS125 in the first place. The upside is that, if you are a wiry teenager or a waifish supermodel, or are just built like one, parts aren’t impossible to find. And many bikes come with huge spares collections, since actively raced two-stroke 125s tend to accumulate those things, and spare parts don’t make much sense to keep when you’re selling on the bike they fit. The Buy It Now price for this example is $5,999 although it doesn't indicate if any spares are included, or are even available.

-tad

Size Doesn’t Matter: 1991 Honda RS125 for Sale
Yamaha October 23, 2017 posted by

Historic Stroker: 1977 Yamaha TZ750 for Sale

Update 10.23.2017: We first saw this TZ750 for sale in March 2016 with a buy-it-now of $95k. It is now listed for $62k. Good luck to buyers and seller! Links updated. -dc

1977 Yamaha TZ750 R Side

It’s pretty much raining Yamaha TZ750s this week, with no less than three of these valuable and iconic racers available for sale, of the 600 or so that were built throughout production. It’s a bit older than the bikes we normally feature here on the site, but I think we can make an exception in this case. If you’re not familiar, the TZ750 was Yamaha’s two-stroke roadracing machine that was dominant in AMA racing during the 1970s.

1977 Yamaha TZ750 L Side Tank

Early bikes put out around 90hp but that jumped to 140 by the time 1977 had rolled around. That may not sound like much by today’s standards, but combined with the bike’s light 345lb weight and the primitive frame, suspension, and tire technology of the time, it was a true test of a rider’s skill to keep the beast pointed in a straight line, to say nothing of the curves…

1977 Yamaha TZ750 R Side Lower Fairing

The first bikes actually displaced 700cc and were reportedly built up from a pair of Yamaha’s racing 350s, a rumor borne out by the fact that some of the early TZ700s appear to have “347” stamped into the cases. But the later machines that debuted in 1975 shared no parts at all with the parallel twins. Apparently based around a bored-out 500cc Grand Prix engine, the TZ750 eventually moved from a twin-shock to a monoshock rear suspension for vastly improved handling. In any case, they were the bikes to beat throughout the 1970s, with both power and reliability. They just needed brave and skilled riders able to exploit them.

1977 Yamaha TZ750 R Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1977 Yamaha TZ750 for Sale

This is the 1977 Vesco/Romero/Busch Beer TZ750. Lots of history.

The engine cases in the bike now are an early spare. The original cases have just had a repair to the shift fork rod support boss and are ready to go back in the bike.

The original engine was also used as the rear engine in the Vesco land speed record streamliner.

Bike is sold as is and with Bill of Sale.

Some spares will also be included in the sale.

1977 Yamaha TZ750 L Side Engine

With a Buy It Now price of $95,000 I’d hope that “all the spares” would be included in the sale. Or that the seller would include a few more details regarding exactly what spares: when you’re trying to keep a forty year old racing machine running, every bit helps. That’s obviously a lot to pay for any motorcycle, but I’ve no doubt this thing is worth some serious cash, given its rarity and racing history.

-tad

1977 Yamaha TZ750 R Side Rear

Historic Stroker: 1977 Yamaha TZ750 for Sale
Yamaha August 25, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1994 Yamaha TZR250RS

When it comes to RSBFS, the most popular category for our readers seems to be the quarter-liter two stroke arena. The 250s make up the most often requested, clicked on, and likely purchased machines, and it's not hard to see why. For those who prefer a pure, unadulterated GP racer with handling that would embarrass a strip of velcro on a shag rug, enough power to be interesting (but not so much to be painful), braking that will give you 8 (or 9) cents of change back from your dime, and bodywork that screams purpose yet looks like art, not even the boys from Bologna or Rimini can touch a small-bore smoker. Popular world wide - from the home markets of Japan, throughout Europe and Canada - 250cc smokers made for great rides, affordable club racers, and a stepping stone to real GP bikes. In the US, they are coveted for all this PLUS the fact that none were ever officially imported into the US. That makes them rare with a capital "R." Put rare and drool-worthy together on the same ticket and you have today's 1994 Yamaha TZR250RS. The "RS" refers to Racing Sport - as if there would be any other sport worth considering....

1994 Yamaha TZR250RS for sale on eBay

The TZR250RS - also known as the 3XV model by Yamaha aficionados - consists of a 90 degree v-twin, fed with reed valve induction and twin Mikuni flatslide carbs. A close-ratio gearbox with a dry clutch and add triple disks all around showcases the intent of this machine. Featuring fully adjustable suspension front and rear, the RS model is a sub 280 lb (dry) smoking rocket that will corner with the best on the racetrack. Initially these RS models were home market bikes - which came with a restricted output of approximately 45 HP. Latter markets, including Australia, Western Europe and the UK enjoyed a higher-output machine. As with other smokers of the era, the TZR responds well to de-restriction (figure 30% gains) and traditional two-stroke performance mods. The TZR250 was available in many different configurations, which included a dizzying array of carburetors, ignition modules, exhaust power valves, transmissions and clutches. And as is the standard, each came with specific graphics and marketing nomenclature (250R, 250RS, 250RSP, 250SP and 250SPR).

From the seller:
Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a Beautifully rare Yamaha TZR250RS (3XVA) with only 2,581 kilometers (1,604 miles). This TZR is in very nice mechanical condition. New battery, new fluids and has newer tires on it. Bike runs like the day it was new. This TZR has great curb appeal and looks great. Left rear cowling has two cracks in it and is missing a tiny piece where the two rear cowlings join together. Rims have paint peeling from sitting in time and need to be powder coated. Upper cowling, lower front cowlings have no cracks, fuel tank has no dents. Bike had sat for a while when I found it. I bought it to restore as it would make a excellent candidate for restoration since its got super low miles on it, but never got around to it. It needs to be cleaned up, corrosion removed, new rear left cowling installed and it will look like a million bucks again. Bike is completely stock and all original. Fairings are 100% genuine Yamaha. Original windscreen comes with purchase.

This TZR comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. Bike will sell to highest bidder regardless of cost, loss or investment. This is an excellent chance to buy a Yamaha TZR250 RS on the cheap!

By the end of the 250cc two-stroke era, all the manufacturers had moved to a v-twin power; packaging and aerodynamics were the primary reasons, although longevity due to perfect primary balance was another positive factor for the vee motors (farewell, parallel twin). Yamaha definitely followed suit here, yet the result is far from another cookie-cutter "me too" 250 GP bike for the streets. The TZR lineup has a rabid following and stands out as some of the more rare variants of this popular class. You will look high and low for another TZR250RS, and - at least in the US - you will be looking for quite a while.

Today's example can be best summed up as very clean and a great starting point for either a rider or a sano-resto-neo-original build. This bike looks like an honest piece of kit, but is far from some of the museum pieces normally seen by this Utah collector (such as his awesome KR-1R). As the rooms of his man cave empty out to make room for new acquisitions, there appear to be plenty of fun items left; you should definitely check out some of his other auctions on eBay, including a cool Ninja 150RR. This TZR250RS is a meaty morsel - and RSBFS readers are serious two-stroke carnivores. Bidding has started slowly, and is only nearing the $3k mark with a few days remaining. Check it out here and start scheming on your plan to score this no reserve auction bike. Good luck!!

MI

Aprilia August 20, 2017 posted by

Thrilla From Aprilia: 1997 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Aprilia was late to the quarter-liter two-stroke party when they introduced their RS250 in 1995, but the bike stayed in production long after the NSR, TZR, and the RGV that donated its powerplant had gone the way of the dodo, with road bikes available until 2002 and "for off road use only examples" several years after that. There were two generations of the bike, with a restyle partway through the bike's production run in 1998. This particular example features the earlier bodywork and dash, which I personally very much prefer to the later, more "modern" style.

The bike used a very lightly modified version of Suzuki's RGV250 engine, so specifications are basically identical, although buyers don't have to worry about Japanese market horsepower restrictions, and should have somewhere in the neighborhood of 55hp, although more is possible at the cost of longevity... The bike also used Suzuki's six-speed transmission, although Aprilia used their own aluminum beam frame and banana swingarm that are much more sculptural than Suzuki's more industrial-looking components. Triple Brembo discs are almost overkill: they're the same kit found on bikes like Ducati's 916 and Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 that weighed significantly more than the little Aprilia's 300lbs...

Period reviews praise the bike's light weight and handling, although it was, like all the other 250s, pretty bare-bones and high-strung. Later bikes had a very trick-looking dash, but these earlier machines have the gauges clearly divided into the required tachometer and a speedo/idiot light cluster that could easily be removed when prepping the bike for race duty...

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Absolutely stunning RS250 in superb condition.  Frame is immaculate, bodywork in excellent condition with minor scratches and scuff marks.  Comes with two un-installed Michelin pilot tires. All consumables in super good condition (brakes, chain, sprockets).  12400 original kms, starts on the first kick hot or cold.  New plugs, clean air filter, oil changed, power valves degreased.  Ready to go!  For this week and this week ONLY, free crating, free shipping to continental North America, no paypal fees, export fees on me!  Serious inquiries only please, no low balls, no time wasters.

The Buy It Now price for this very nice RS250 is listed as $8,300 although I'm not sure if that's US or Canadian dollars, making this either a good deal or a great deal, considering the apparent condition. Obviously you'll have to handle importation issues, and registration could be tricky depending on where you live. Maybe just park it in your living room until it's 25 years old?

-tad

Thrilla From Aprilia: 1997 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Suzuki August 18, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Untapped Potential – Zero-Mile 1985 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

Update 8.24.2017: Dean has notified us that this bike is sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 8.18.2017: Price dropped $10k to $35,000 or BEST OFFER. -dc

Update 7.31.2017: Dean has contacted us to upgrade this post to a Featured Listing. Dean mentioned that he's working to help a deceased friend's family, and that he doesn't have much history on the bike other than a 1988-89 conversation where he mentioned the bike came through Canada, maybe from the UK? The family is open to offers near the asking price. -dc

I'm obviously a big fan of the phrase "squirreled away" but it's never really been more appropriate than here to describe a zero-mile 1985 Suzuki RG500Γ. A perennial favorite here at RSBFS, the Gamma pretty much embodies everything we love about bikes: it's rare, features exotic specifications, and has very real motorsports links. Sure, the RG500's exotic, two-stroke square four shares no actual parts with Suzukis Grand Prix machines, but neither was it used in any other bike in their lineup. Much like the Desmosedici, it was designed from scratch to resemble the racebike motor, but doesn't need rebuilds after every weekend ride...

So two crankshafts, four cylinders, a slick-shifting six-speed cassette gearbox, and sophisticated suspension that featured Suzuki’s Full Floater rear suspension, a system of linkages that applies equal pressure to both the top and bottom of the rear shock. A racing-style tachometer that doesn't have any numbers lower than 3,000 to help you keep tabs on a powerband that's dead below 6,000rpm and signs off past 8,500rpm in spiky, two-stoke style. All wrapped up in racy bodywork that is much smaller in person than you'd expect.

But as authentic as the style and specification may be, the hundred-ish horses and 350lb dry weight won't have you leaving many modern sportbikes in your wake. And once you introduce a set of serious corners, those skinny little wheels and tires won't leave you all that much grip to play with. However, fans of two-stroke performance won't likely argue any of that. It's the sound, the feel, and the general lightweight character of bikes like this that won them their admirers.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 for Sale

Purchased new in Canada, shipped to USA and put in storage. 0 Miles. Engine kicks over and 99% of bike looks beautifully new. Never had fuel in the gas tank. Never had the seat off before today. Tool kit is still folded and strapped in from the factory. Stored in dark, dry garage since 1985. Never seen sun before this year!

Inside of tank looks even more beautiful than the outside.

Note nibs still on tires. Note black rubber shipping band still on the headlight from Suzuki!

One mirror and mount are dinged from a storage incident.

Sold on bill of sale and transport is responsibility of buyer. I have shipped bikes previously and can be here for truck but nothing more.

Payment in cash or cashiers check my bank will accept and clear.

Bike is for sale locally. Also selling Honda NR750 : $145,000.

I have been on eBay since 1998. I have owned, ridden and raced motorcycles for 44 years. I have also worked in a motorcycle shop. I believe I am honestly describing the condition of this RG500. I currently own something like 20 bikes.

Considering its condition and $45,000 $35,000 asking price, you're not likely to head out to the garage on a Sunday morning, kick this RG500 over, listen to its crackling idle, then take it out for a spin. But I hope the new owner will at least give it pride of place in their living room or office, instead of storing it in a "dark, dry garage since 1985"! That just seems a sad fate for such a fêted machine. Considering what a comparably-sized sculpture might cost, this RG might actually make sense as decoration...

-tad

Featured Listing:  Untapped Potential – Zero-Mile 1985 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale