Posts by tag: parallel twin

Yamaha August 19, 2017 posted by

Barenaked Two Stroke: 1991 Yamaha R1Z

Looking like a modern take on the wildly popular RZ350 two stroke, the 1991 Yamaha R1-Z somehow never made it out of Japan. That's a shame, too, because the R1-Z sports a too-sexy-for-my-fairing steel trellis frame and the powerplant from the TZR250 race replica.

1991 Yamaha R1-Z for sale on eBay

Sneaking in under 300 pounds dry, the little smoker makes fantastic use of the 45 horsepower that was de rigeur among JDM quarter liters of the time. With as much time as TZRs spent on race tracks, waking an R1-Z up likely wouldn't be a challenge.

This R1-Z shows quite nicely, and comes with a clear Washington State title, so putting it on the road in your home state shouldn't be too much of a challenge. It does have marks in keeping with its age, and some pitting on the fuel filler cap, but the paint looks very nice. We are particularly fond of the "INDIVIDUAL SPORTS" graphic on the tank. Note the pillion seat.

From the listing:

INTRODUCTION:::

You are looking at a 1991 Yamaha R1Z. The Yamaha R1Z was legally imported from japan and now has a legal Washington State clear title. Yamaha r1z is a very rare unique blend of race inspired two stroke motor put into a open café inspired trellis frame. The R1Z was a bold move for Yamaha at the time and way ahead of the styling trend; the motor used in the R1Z is identical to the tzr250 parallel twin motors of the same time period so the R1Z is a very quick 250cc naked sport bike. This particular R1Z has very low 9300 miles (14,900 kilometers), and the bike is mostly all original and in good shape. But please feel free to read more about the specifics of this bike and see the pictures for detail. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. U.S. and International bidders are welcome to bid on this motorcycle but must arrange shipping themselves...

BODY:::

The body work is in great condition, all of the painted body work is near perfect with the exception of some very small rock chips on the front of the gas tank as can be seen in the pictures. The frame is in great shape with no major scratches or nicks and the motor is nice and clean. Overall the body is in very good condition for its age.

MECHANICAL:::

The bike runs and rides perfect, and it shifts smoothly through all 6 gears. The carburetor was recently cleaned and adjusted, and a full service tune-up was performed which included new, spark plugs, chain, air filter, brake pads, oil change, and brake fluid flush. All of the lighting and electrical components work as they should.

CONCLUSION:::

This is a great opportunity to buy a very rare nice and clean 1989 Yamaha R1Z. These bikes were never imported into the USA and very few were exported outside of Japan to any other countries so it is a very rare Yamaha model. If you need any additional pictures or have any additional questions please feel free to email us. Domestic & International buyers are welcome to bid but must arrange the shipping themselves. However we will be glad to assist with any loading of the motorcycle. We have helped with the shipping of motorcycles across the country and overseas for other customers in the past. Please feel free to bid as long as you make the shipping arrangements.

Bidding on this beast is just south of $2,200 with nine days left in the eBay auction. Does this stir your inner oil burner? Let us know in the comments below.

Barenaked Two Stroke: 1991 Yamaha R1Z
Yamaha August 17, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

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.

Contact Evan by email with your interest.

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
Suzuki August 15, 2017 posted by

Fierce Little Pup: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf for Sale

Looking very much like someone washed an RG500 in hot water, Suzuki's RG250Γ "Gamma" featured two fewer cylinders and half the displacement, but was still packed full of race-bred technology and performance. Built between 1983 and 1987, the quarter-liter Gamma was never officially imported to the USA, but some have found their way here over the years from Canada, and their age means that more are now finding their way here in shipping containers to feed starving hordes of US two-stroke enthusiasts.

Performance available belies the mere 247cc displaced by the liquid-cooled parallel twin, as the government-mandated 45hp had its midrange boosted by Suzuki's Automatic Exhaust Control power valve system, with even more available in markets outside Japan. Skilled pilots could exploit that limited power by working the six-speed gearbox to keep the engine in the meat of the narrow two-stroke powerband, and stopping power from the triple-disc DecaPiston four-piston brake setup was excellent. Anti-dive forks were probably more useful to the marketing team than to riders, but the bike did have excellent handling and a light weight of 286lbs dry, thanks in part to the aluminum frame, although grip from the skinny 80s tires will be limited if you're used to wide modern radials.

"Walter Wolf" may sound like the name of a James Bond villain, but in reality he was simply an eccentric businessman who made his fortune in the Canadian oil business and used that fortune to sponsor several Formula 1 racing teams in the late 1970s, followed by touring cars in the early 1980s, as rich folks are wont to do. The color scheme was an unusual choice, but I happen to think the dark blue-and-red race replica colors are the most flattering for the slab-sided Gammas, although the traditional white-and-blue obviously has many fans as well.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf Replica for Sale

Very original 1986 Suzuki RG250 Gamma Walter Wolf import that has not been running in a while.  I am a collector and imported it from Japan.  Appears to be an original Walter Wolf, not a clone. The only parts that seem not to be original are possibly the brake and or clutch levers and the clip-ons or handle bars.  Over all in good original condition for its age, minor dings, scratches, not running.  Turns over and feels like good compression. Will need going thru, tires, carb kit, brake work, battery, etc, my gut says that with battery, carb rebuild and fresh gas you will have a runner.  I do have both mirrors, one off now for easier storage.  Happy to send more photos and or video.  Prefer buyer to come see in person so they see what they need to see.  Seat has small cut and tank small dings.  Overall the body panels are in nice shape and someone put plastic sheet protection tape on areas to protect paint, etc. Clock reading 9130km. Florida title.  I can help arrange shipping, have worked with a few shippers recently.  All payment funds must be fully cleared before shipping. RZ TZR NSR RGV KR1 NSR250 RGV250 TZR250 Gamma.  Questions welcome.

Very original import that has not been running in a while. The only parts that seem not to be original are possibly the brake and or clutch levers and the clip-ons or handle bars. Appears to be an original Walter Wolf, not a clone. Over all in good original condition for its age, minor dings, scratches, not running. Turns over and feels like good compression. Will need going thru, tires, carb kit, brake work, etc, my gut says that with battery, carb rebuild and fresh gas you will have a runner. Happy to send more photos and or video. Prefer buyer to come see in person so they see what they need to see. Seat has small cut and tank small dings. Overall the body panels are in nice shape and someone put plastic sheet protection tape on areas to protect paint, etc. Clock reading 9130km. Florida title 

I believe some markets made do with stock Suzuki gauge faces, but the blue and red Walter Wolf items are a good indicator that this is the real thing. Obviously, this one will need some refurbishment, but nothing outside the ordinary for a bike of this age. The cosmetics aren't perfect, but the bike looks complete, and is claimed to be very original which counts for much among collectors. And if you're not into math, that kilometers reading on the odometer means the bike has just 5,673 miles on it. With a Buy It Now price of $4,750 the seller seems to be realistic about what this bike is worth, considering the worn cosmetics and non-running condition, so if you want an 80s two-stroke sportbike and your finances won't stretch to an RG500, this might scratch that itch.

-tad

Fierce Little Pup: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf 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
Laverda July 27, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1974 Laverda 750 SF2 for Sale

Today's Featured Listing Laverda 750 SF2 is definitely more of a classic sportbike, but it's definitely rare and such an icon we couldn't help but publish! For fans of the site who aren't really familiar with low-production Italian bikes of the 1970s, you could probably think of Laverda as "the Lamborghini of motorcycles," since they also got their start building farming machinery. Bikes were added to their repertoire to help supply the post World War II need for cheap transportation with early examples clocking in under 200cc. But Laverda knew that, in order to compete with rivals like Triumph and sell bikes in the USA, they would need to expand their range to include bigger, faster machines.

Their first big bike was a 650cc parallel-twin that was introduced in 1966 and then enlarged to 750cc’s in 1968. It was powerful, with 60hp and fast, with a tested speed of over 100mph, no slouch for a stock motorcycle of the era. It was also legendarily overbuilt with five main bearings in the twin-cylinder engine, and every part not designed and built in-house was chosen for quality. The "SF" in the name stands for "Super Freni" or "super braking," a reference to the huge twin leading-shoe drum brakes fitted to the original machines, although by 1974 the system had been updated to a pair of Brembo calipers and discs.

The Laverda SF wasn't light or nimble, but it was very stable and proved successful in endurance racing when kitted out in SFC or "Super Freni Competizione" form. As rare as they are, they're pretty reliable for vintage machines, relatively simple to work on, and parts are apparently available to keep them running.

From the Seller: 1974 Laverda SF2 750 for Sale

As seen on a recent cover of Classic Bike Guide. This Laverda was acquired in 2012 from the second owner (I believe) who did extensive restoration on the bike including a complete engine rebuild from renowned Laverda expert Scott Potter. This bike runs as good as it looks with no issues.The original Nippon Denso gauges were rebuilt and function perfectly. The original polished Borrani Wheels were laced and trued by Buchanan's, the rear shocks have been updated to Hagons, the front forks have been upgraded to Works Performance dual rate springs etc. The bike has been restored using either original NOS parts or correct reproduction parts mostly sourced from Columbia Car & Cycle in BC Canada. Even the two keys for the seat storage box are included.The bike is complete and ready to ride or show.

It is original with a few exceptions that I am aware of as noted: the Euro rear tail light; (the original large US tail light is included with the sale); the front brake rotors have been drilled; the original foot pegs have been replaced with modest rear sets; the horns work great but are not original. The pictures tell the rest of the story.  It has the original exhaust with the crossover pipe and it even has the rare "Conti" stamped exhaust brackets. This Laverda comes with the complete correct tool kit in the correct stamped Laverda tool bag. It also has a new battery. Included with the sale if the reserve is met are the optional  solo seat, a front and rear fender painted to match the bike, an optional left foot shifter kit, (I have not used this) Tommaselli Clip-Ons, and a considerable treasure trove of literature including 2 copies of Tim Parker's Laverda Twin and Triple Repair Guide (one original and one revised). Two period correct (if tattered sales brochures), a copy of Nolan Woodbury's extensively researched article on the Laverda SF/2 twins as it appeared in the November 2016 issue of Classic Bike Guide, a Laverda Spare Parts List for the SF2.  I will also include related vintage articles that I have collected on this Laverda model. They are from the 1974 issue of Cycle Guide with a cover story on the SF/2, the 2013 issue of Classic Bike Guide with a cover story on the SF/2, the January 1992 Bike Journal with a cover story on the SF/1and various other articles on the SF/2. Please note that this bike is a right foot shifter. 1974 was the last year for the right foot shift Laverda SF/2. This bike is being sold as is with no guaranty or warranty. The bike is currently registered and titled in California.  

A $1,000 deposit is due within 48 hours of purchase with the balance due in ten business days. The bike is available for inspection in the Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, CA area. Inspections can be arranged with advance notice. I can assist in helping the shipper of your choice. The bike can be stored indoors for up to 90 days as long as the bike is paid in full and insured by the buyer. I can also deliver the bike in an enclosed trailer (for a fee) if you are in the vicinity. I reserve the right to end the auction at any time as the bike is for sale locally.  

The days of reasonably-priced SFs are long gone and nice Laverda twins are not only hard to find, but command high prices when they do come up for sale. While the competition-oriented SFC sits at the very top of the Laverda twin hierarchy, the SF1 and SF2 are much more practical motorcycles, as the SFC is literally a race bike with lights and mirrors tacked on almost as an afterthought. This example is about as nice as you're ever likely to find, and it's even appropriately Laverda-orange. Bidding on the eBay listing is up to over $10,000 with several days left on the listing.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1974 Laverda 750 SF2 for Sale
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