Posts by tag: rz350

Yamaha December 3, 2014 posted by

Hot Yellow Smoker: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

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When it comes to the RZ350, examples fall into three basic groups: Stone stock (the most rare), nicely modified models with tasty pipes and suspension, and rat bikes thrashed within an inch of their poor parallel twin lives and then tarted up for a quick sale (most common). While RZs are climbing in value overall, it is the stockers that have the most collectible value in the future. Lightly modified bikes are nice for riding, but stock will always be preferred in the collector domain.

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1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

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The first thing that jumped out at me was the stock appearance of the exhaust system. The original RZ had a very complex system integrated into the stock chambers which included air injection and a very compact catalytic converter. These pipes were heavy and did not offer the performance of true expansion chambers, but they did allow for the RZ to be 50 state certified - for a short while anyway. Also in attendance on this particular bike is the charcoal canister and a evaporative system (more smog related items, primarily for California). These are parts that usually "accidentally" fall off during pre-ride prep. The inclusion of these two items goes a long way to helping verify this as a stock - and therefore collectable - RZ. The finish on the pipes has more shine than I recall, but that is not necessarily an issue. Your mileage may vary.

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From the seller:
I have an excellent 1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale. It is a low mile bike in beautiful condition. The body work is mint with a deep shine. The frame, motor and chambers look good with only a couple rub marks on the frame like front the seat etch. This bike is part of a collection and is only ridden around the neighborhood a few times a year to keep it running well. It runs, rides and shifts like it should. No known mechanical issues or leaks. It appears to have all original equipment like stock chambers, oil injection, center stand and tool kit. I run the oil injection and pre-mix in the tank. It smokes a bit like that but mostly at startup. Once warm it's minimal. Even with all the extra oil it never fouls plugs and always starts up. I am not an expert on originality so if something is important to you please ask. The only issues I know of are a clicking noise from the chain last time I rode it and the plastic around the ignition switch is missing. The chain I believe is from s sticky link from sitting. I sprayed a lot of lube to see if that fixes it.

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This appears to be a nearly 30 year old motorcycle in original condition. The odo shows just under 13,000 miles, so I would anticipate some usual wear from the years and the road. The seller comes across to me as a forthright individual, and even notes that a pre-purchase inspection is an option if you are local (the bike is located in Florida). The best part: this bike is priced at a very realistic $6k USD BIN. There is also an auction, with the current bid just crossing $3k with reserve in place. That is very fair money for an RZ. If you like 'em stock, you'd better put a watch on this one. Check it out, and then let us know what you think.

MI

Hot Yellow Smoker: 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha November 5, 2014 posted by

This one is a 10! 1985 Yamaha RZ350

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The last of the factory two strokes to be imported into the United States (and even California!), the RZ350 continues to be a fan favorite despite the relative lack of rarity. A decent RZ can be found pretty much any day of the week in the US or just across the border in Canada. The trick is finding one worth the effort; many RZs have been thrashed within an inch of their screaming two stroke lives and then hung out to dry. Today's RZ is a little different. If you want original, this one looks like it. If you want clean and not abused, this just could be your bike. If you want low miles, this one has but TEN. Claimed to have been in a private collection, this "new" RZ is located in California and looking for a new home. To my eye it needs some vitamin D courtesy of the warm California sunshine, and plenty of exercise. A regular regiment up Malibu canyon could work. Any takers?

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1985 Yamaha RZ350 with 10 miles on eBay!

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From the seller:
One of a kind. Just came out of a private collection. Has never been in the sun for more than 20 minutes. Pristine collectors bike. Not going into tons of detail. Google brand new RZ350 and that is what you get.

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I definitely hear this bike whispering my name (somewhat hoarsely, as it has not had a voice in a long, long time). Unfortunately I am not feeling a lot of love from the seller. For such an unbelievable offering (nearly brand new RZ350, not restored or resto-modded) this bike deserves some great, high resolution pictures and LOTS more information. Yes, we all know about (and love!) the venerable RZ, but this feels like a half-hearted attempt. I do not fault a fortunate (or savvy) individual who is looking to score 15 large US greenbacks off of this opportunity - after all, there are nearly none of these bikes left in this type of condition - but as a lover of the breed this bike deserves better billing. At least the model year was corrected (was listed as 1987).

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I'm sure there is someone out there with the desire and the means to own this bike...I can only hope that if it sells it will get to run free on American highways once again. The world needs a little more ring-a-ding-ding; especially California. And using the stock exhausts with cats in the pipes you can even feel good about the noxious fumes. Take that, Prius pilot! Check out the scant details here, and let us know what you think. Would you ride it?

MI

This one is a 10!  1985 Yamaha RZ350
Ducati September 10, 2014 posted by

Craigslist Gems: 10 Mile Yamaha RZ350 and 350 Mile Ducati 750 F1A

First up is this submission from regular reader and frequent commentor "SixthGear" in this 1985 Yamaha RZ350 that reportedly has 10 miles. It's listed in San Francisco for $13,500.

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The second bike was emailed to me by several readers for consideration. We've actually seen this one before in this post but I agree that this 350 mile Ducati 750 F1A is worth noting again. It's listed in New York for a little less than $30k.

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Thanks to everyone for their submissions!

dc

Craigslist Gems:  10 Mile Yamaha RZ350 and 350 Mile Ducati 750 F1A
Yamaha July 12, 2014 posted by

1985 RZ 350 Kenny Roberts in California

I will admit that my first real exposure to SportBikes started in the late 1980's with fast Freddy Spencer so I didn't really get to appreciate what people like Kenny Robers did for motorcycling.   King Kenny, applying a dirt track racing style to 500cc racing circuit, became the First American World Champion, and to commemorate his success, Yamaha produced a Kenny Roberts edition RZ350 in 1984 with his signature on it.

These bike are always popular on RSBFS, not only due to their commemoration of King Kenny but also because they were one of the last street legal two stroke bikes brought into the USA. It is also important to recognize that the RZ350 had had some advanced technology for the times: the RZ350 was the first Yamaha street bike sold with a perimeter frame, was the first bike with a catalytic converter for California emissions, and introduced Yamaha's variable exhaust power valve which helped balance torque and power.

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1985 Kenny Roberts RZ350 for sale on eBay

Based on the gold rims and the California location, this particular model appears to be a RZ350NC2, which was a California only bike.   Price seems to be quite a bit above recent sale prices but the seller lists a lot of recent work including the following

  • Stripped and professionally rebuilt by RZ's Unlimited in Glendale California.
  • Body work was prepped painted and had the RZ' unlimited graphics kit applied and a deep mirror like clear coat applied over it.
  • Engine was completely gone thru with only OEM parts installed, all internals were balanced and the crank was welded and trued.
  • Front fork has the upgraded internals to prevent brake dive and bottoming.
  • Brakes have the stainless braided Galfer lines  installed.
  • New pipes installed
  • A Fox rear shock with remote reservoir.
  • All the body grommets were replaced
  • A high output headlamp was installed
  • New hoses, all the fluids done
  • New clutch and basket.

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The seller has even indicated that he will install a new set of Avon Venom tires on it before delivery.

Price for the Kenny Robers RZ350 seems to be less than the opening price for this but as the seller says "if you want a perfect running unmolested RZ this is your bike you won't be sorry."

MG

1985 RZ 350 Kenny Roberts in California
Sport Bikes For Sale April 13, 2014 posted by

Weekend Auction Updates: OW01, RZ350, NS400R, MC21, 999R

Yamaha OW01 FZR750R for sale

The Automania OW01 is back on eBay. This one has been relisted twice since we first posted it and failed to sell with a high bid of $26,500 on the last auction. This time it wears a $28k buy-it-now, which is $2k less than the listing price on their website.


Yamaha RZ350 for sale

This RZ350 is one of our Featured Listings, which failed to sell in it's first auction with a high bid of $5800. The current bid is $5100 with about 5 days remaining.


Honda NS400R for sale

We first noticed this Honda NS400R on eBay in February and it's been relisted a few times but no takers at $6500 no reserve, which frankly surprises me. Here is the original post.


Honda NSR250 MC21 for sale

Speaking of surprises, this NSR250R MC21 we posted on Thursday has since had a buy-it-now added of $8500, which seems strong to me. Current high bid is $4100 with 3 days remaining.


2005 Ducati 999R for sale

Last but not least, this 2005 Ducati 999R was posted in our classifieds and is now on eBay for the same price of $17800.

dc

Weekend Auction Updates:  OW01, RZ350, NS400R, MC21, 999R
Yamaha March 14, 2014 posted by

Super Clean 1985 Yamaha RZ350 in Florida

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Touted as a museum quality example of the breed, this 1985 Yamaha RZ350 has just over 16,000 miles and still sports the original exhaust and all plastics intact. From the number and quality of the pictures, this looks to be a fine ride indeed! If you've been watching RZs and see them float by in various states of tune with different modifications, here might be your chance to grab a stone stock example.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
WHEN ONLY THE VERY FINEST WILL DO.MUSEUM QUALITY,1985 YAMAHA RZ350.COMPLETELY STOCK.UNTOUCHED,UNRESTORED, UNMOLESTED!!! BONE STOCK ORIGINAL!!!!.THIS IS THE NICEST 1985 RZ350 I HAVE EVER SEEN.ALL ORIGINAL.NOT A DENT,DING ANYWHERE.ORIGINAL STOCK EXHAUST SYSTEM IS MINT,NO DENTS OR DINGS.STOCK FACTORY AIR BOX,FUEL TANK IS MINT INSIDE AND OUT WITH NOT A DENT OR DING.THE ORIGINAL PAINT IS BEAUTIFUL.SEAT IS PERFECT,THE BIKE RUNS AS NEW.EVERYTHING ON THIS BIKE WORKS AS IT SHOULD.THIS BIKE IS AS CLOSE TO JUST COMING OUT OF THE CRATE THAT YOU WILL FIND.LOOK VERY CLOSELY AT ALL 24 PICTURES PROVIDED.TRANSMISSION PERFECT,CLUTCH PERFECT,150LBS OF COMPRESSION ON BOTH CYLINDERS.YOU WILL NOT HAVE A CHANCE LIKE THIS AGAIN TO OWN A KENNY ROBERTS YELLOW AND BLACK IN THIS PRISTINE CONDITION.STARTS FIRST KICK.NEEDS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.NO DISSAPOINTMENTS HERE.

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RZ350s are a hot commodity these days, and these bikes always seem to be a fan favorite (you RSBFS readers and Facebookers know who you are). What's not to like? It makes all the right noises and smells, has great graphics and parking lot appeal, and sports King Kenny's sig right on the fairing. Check out LOTS of pictures here. Good Luck!

MI

Super Clean 1985 Yamaha RZ350 in Florida