Posts by tag: rz350

Yamaha May 2, 2015 posted by

Sensible Tribute – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Rainey

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Looking for all the world like Wayne Rainey's 1990 YZR500 GP bike, this sparkling tribute is a lot more streetable than an expert-only RZ500 race replica.  Based on a titled RZ350, this machine has been treated to a full race fairing from Air-tech Streamlining, as well as a comprehensive rebuild.  Appearing well-sorted and immaculately finished, this street legal race replica should be fun on the street or at the track.

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An AMA Hall of Fame inductee and fitting recipient for a fan's tribute, Wayne Rainey won the 500cc GP Championships in 1990 through 1992 with the Team Roberts.  His riding career was cut short by a series of accidents in 1993 leaving him a paraplegic, but he continued as a team manager and race organizer, and is still racing in a hand-controlled superkart.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

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With the YPVS electronically controlled exhaust port, the little 350 put out around 50hp and 32 ft-lbs. torque, the power curve less peaky.  An overall lightweight package at under 350 lbs., it has a six-speed transmission, adjustable suspension, and three 280mm disk brakes.  Some of the updates to this example include expansion chambers with carbon mufflers, steering damper, and braided brake lines.

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From the eBay auction:

84 RZ, airtech fairing, custom paint, Suzuki Katana gauges,(and they actually all work) Jim Lomas pipes. Braided lines, fork brace, teleflex clip ons, steering damper, stock rear shock and swing arm, front forks pretty freshly rebuilt with progressive springs.


Engine has about 2,000 miles on it. Hot rod crank, trued and welded. Wiseco pistons, cylinders bored one over, milled head. Ports are stock, has TDR reeds, new clutch. Properly jetted, has a newish CDI from RZs unlimited I think.

Bike is setup with no battery, lossless, starts on 1-3 kicks, oil injection is still in place. Very well sorted and a lot of fun to ride and look at. A lot of time and money has been spent on it. Chain and sprockets in great shape, rubber is good, overall a very nice midly custom RZ, it is clean, looks great and is ready to ride.

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Maybe a bit of a sheep in wolf's clothing, but the power delivery of a 350 two-stroke is like a more modern 600, and lighter weight makes it easier to straighten out the corners.  With its up-to-date maintenance and excellent cosmetics, this RZ350 looks ready to achieve lots of fun, the ultimate goal of any bike !

Can't really say it better than the owner:

Bikes like this make most people smile; even non motorcycle people. They make politicians, bureaucrats and other authoritarians cringe...so you know it's something Good. Honest. Righteous.

-donn

Sensible Tribute – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Rainey
Yamaha March 5, 2015 posted by

Never Been Smoked… Yamaha RZ350 with 10 miles

We just saw a very nice NS400R and now we have this immaculate RZ350 with just 10 miles on the clocks.  It wasn't a powerhouse, but Yamaha's claimed 55hp combined with a dry weight of just 305lbs made for a very engaging riding experience.  As long as you keep the revs and corner speed up, it was a backroads canyon carver that could leave bigger bikes in a cloud of blue smoke when the roads got twisty.

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 Mint Condition 1985 Yamaha RZ350 with just 10 miles!!

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This particular example is sure to cause the never ending ride it/display it debate to rage on.  It only has 10 miles on the clocks and appears flawless.  This is another case where the eBay description doesn't say much, because the pictures do all of the talking, but you can read the seller's input here:

RZ 350year 1985 2 stroke - Liquid Cooled, YPVS, TWINCompression 6.0 : 16 Speed TransmissionClassic White/Red Kenny Roberts ColoringI am not interested in any tradesPink Slip says 1985, but I am getting hit up that the tank is an 1984? it came out of the crate as is. thanks for an extra fee I can have you meet Kenny Roberts when you pick it up.

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Whether it's the low miles, the fantastic condition or the flashbacks to what was the first "fast" bike for a lot of riders, there is plenty of interest.  The bidding is fast and furious and is approaching $10,000 in the first 24 hours!

-Matt M.

Never Been Smoked… Yamaha RZ350 with 10 miles
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.

1985 Ducati 750 F1A for sale

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

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