It seems like it's been raining two-strokes recently, and this RZ500 should make Yamaha fans happy. Bikes seem to come in waves as their values wax and wane. Forgotten bikes suddenly find a collector's market, and all those folks who've had them from new suddenly unload them, or get too old to ride them in a bunch, and the market is glutted for a while. That seems to be what's been going on of late with the 80's two-strokes. Sometimes, it's almost impossible to find a nice RG500 or RZ500 for sale, but the past couple months it seems like they've been everywhere.
These liquid-cooled, two-stroke MotoGP inspired machines were the ultimate road-going motorcycles of the time. From the twin-crank, 50° V4 to the anti-dive front forks visible in the photos, these were high-spec, high-performance machines like nothing else on the road. Sure, a big Ducati might be just as fast over a given section of road, but the two-strokes were scalpels to the Ducati's hammer, and offered a very different experience.
This RZ seems to be a very decent example. Not completely original, but not resto-modded into something new and terrifying.
From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale
Frame has been powder coated.
Rims have been powder coated.
New tires, chain, brake pads.
Engine has been professionally tuned.
This beauty was a Grand Prix inspired 500. Light, powerful and stunning.
Willing to deliver as far as the Maine, USA border (Calais or Houlton).
I am also considering selling several other bikes in my collection - various vintage Yamaha's, to be listed at a later date.
Bidding is active on this one with several days left on the auction. It's currently sitting just north of $5,000 but this will obviously likely go much higher before the end. The bike is currently located in Canada, but a ride back down through Maine at this time of year might make for a very nice vacation...