Posts by tag: RZ500

Yamaha December 15, 2017 posted by

Twin-crank V4 two-stroke: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

The Yamaha RZ500 promised GP-bike glory for the every man when it hit the scene in '84, with a quartet of exhaust pipes poking out at odd angles producing a biblical scream. By '85, Suzuki had rained on the parade a little with the RG500, which was lighter, more powerful and a few notches crazier, but the big Yamaha remained a sweet street bike, even if it wasn't king of the boy racer heap any more.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

This 1985 Yamaha RZ500 lives in Canada and was pulled from a private collection in the last couple years and given a full engine rebuild to cure the ills of long-term dormancy. In the course of the engine rebuild one of the two crankshafts was replaced after being ruined by a gummed up oil injection pump. Including an ultrasonic carb cleaning and all-new OEM gaskets and pistons, the rebuild supposedly totaled $10,000.

The seller says the bodywork is all original and in mint condition, but the stock seat cowl is missing and one exhaust header is dented.

From the eBay listing:

Here it is, the one you may have been waiting for.

This is not a dried out crusty “time capsule”. Although it was back in 2016 when it was pulled from a private collection. Of course it ran then, but everything was dried out and failing.

The bike under went a full refresh at 7200 klms in 2016 from a well established accredited Yamaha dealer engine was completely torn down to replace every seal and anything else that was needed. The 2 stroke specialist insisted that the bike was to be done correct and kept 100% factory original. Every part used is genuine Yamaha OEM.

Upon closer inspection there was some parts to be found worn including a crank due to a crusty old oil injection pump. So all of that was replaced, also along with all the obvious stuff like seals, gaskets, pistons, etc. Basically, everything was replaced with new YAMAHA OEM parts. Receipt for $10,000 included.

The engine is not modified in anyway it is in “as new” condition, as it left the factory in 1985. Needless to say the carbs are also completely ultrasonically rebuilt. Everything is new on this bike like tires hoses filters fasteners heat shields etc.

The body work is completely mint not a crack or blemish all gauges and indicators work flawlessly. There is no stories or excuses with this bike. Turn key first kick ride reliably across the country today.

Some things to note would be a blemish on an exhaust pipe and the rear seat cowl has yet to be found. As of now it won’t be included with the sale

This is not a backyard restoration this is the real deal. Study the pictures carefully what you see is what you will receive, and it’s beautiful.

A definite museum/collector quality bike that is 100% reliable, issue and leak free to ride and enjoy.

Included with sale is all documentation with the bike. Also a clean title, owners manual, the receipt in excess of $10,000 for the recent “refresh” and a recent appraisal letter from Yamaha stating its value.

Iam happy to assist in anyway I can with shipping and crating.

** DISCLAIMER **
* Although the bike is in pristine condition I will not be offering any kind of guarantee, warranties or returns of any sort.
* I will assist in export in every way possible but Iam not responsible for any unforeseen fees or complications
* The bike is currently insured and I take it out for short rides to keep the juices flowing to ensure it’s always in top condition so the klms may slightly raise.

Overall, this is a really clean, ready-to-ride example of a throw-back repliracer. As long as you can get it over the border from Canada and secure above-board paperwork, it will make a great bike night conversation piece and interesting canyon carver.

Yamaha December 13, 2017 posted by

Featured Lising: Big-bore V4 -1985 Yamaha RZ500

12.13.2017: Bob has decided to upgrade to a Featured Listing after we first posted this bike on November 30th. Links updated to latest auction. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

When Yamaha and Suzuki dropped their 500cc two-stroke race replicas in the middle of the 1980s, the bikes effectively stopped the oil-burning horsepower wars that had been raging since the 1970s. Each bike celebrated the success of its manufacturer's top Grand Prix rider, though the Suzuki was much hairier than the big Yamaha.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

The RZ500 is powered by a twin-crank, 50-degree V4 fed by four side mounted carburetors and oil injection. In its day, with the stock YPVS powervalve exhaust, it made close to 90 horsepower, a few shy of the Suzuki. Carrying a steel perimeter frame in most markets, it was north of 450 pounds dry.

This 1985 Yamaha RZ500 has new JL exhausts, a matching jet kit and was bored .030 over stock during a recent top end rebuild. The seller says it has covered just 100 kilometers since. Provided everything was done right, the bike should be good for a little over its stock 88 horsepower.

The bodywork and seat appear to be in excellent condition, and apparently are all original.

From the eBay listing:

THIS AMAZING YAMAHA RZ 500RN IS COMING OUT OF MY PRIVATE CLIMATE CONTROLLED COLLECTION.

THIS BIKE IS BLAST TO RIDE AND A REAL HEAD TURNER.

THE YAMAHA RZ 500 IS A MUST HAVE FOR EVERY COLLECTOR. DONT MISS OUT ON A SUPER NICE ONE.

THE BIKE HAS BEAUTIFUL PAINT AND DECALS NO SCRATCHES, DINGS, OR DENTS. THE BIKE IS MOSTLY ALL ORIGINAL. IT WENT THRU AN ENGINE TOP OVERHAUL SPARING NO EXPENSE JUST 100 KILOMETERS AGO (SPEEDO IS IN KILOMETERS) BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER.

THE BIKE IS A 9 OUT OF 10. IT STARTS UP IN JUST 1 KICK, IDLES AND RIDES BETTER THEN IT DID IN 1985.

RECENT UPGRADES AND MAINTENANCE INCLUDE.... SOLO SEAT COVER WITH PAD, JL STAINLESS EXHAUST CHAMBERS, CARBURETOR CLEANING/OVERHAUL AND REJETTED TO THE NEW PIPES, TIRES AND WHEEL BEARINGS, BRAKE OVERHAUL, WISCO .030 LARGER PISTON KIT WITH ALL YAMAHA GASKETS, LITHIUM BATTERY.

I CAN STORE THE BIKE FOR UP TO 60 DAYS IF NEEDED. I AM WILLING TO DELIVER TO THE SOUTH FLORIDA AREA OR COORDINATE WITH YOU SHIPPER (I RECOMMEND DAILY DIRECT/HAUL BIKES).

PLEASE ASK IF YOU NEED MORE PICS OR A VIDEO OF THE BIKE RUNNING OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS 954.816.0806

THIS BIKE IS A REAL HEAD TURNER AND SHOW WINNER. IT ALWAYS GETS TUNS OF ATTENTION.

OWN A PIECE OF HARD TO FIND YAMAHA HISTORY THAT WILL ONLY APPRECIATE WITH TIME.

DON'T MISS OUT THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE A RARE AWESOME RZ500.

ALSO INCLUDED WITH THE BIKE ARE 2 ORIGINAL TURN SIGNALS, 2 REAR FOOT PEGS, AN OWNERS MANUAL, AND THE BATTERY COVER.

ALSO AVAILABLE ARE A LEFT AND RIGHT NOS MID FAIRING PANELS

The $16,000 starting bid is pretty close to the market for these bikes, though it is a couple thousand dollars over the sale price for a similar bike we listed last month.

Featured Lising:  Big-bore V4 -1985 Yamaha RZ500
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
Yamaha October 19, 2017 posted by

Ready to Roll: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

Yamaha's two-stroke Grand Prix replica went by a few different names, depending on where it was sold: RD500LC in Europe, RZV500R for the Japanese market, and RZ500 in Canada and Australia. You'll note that nowhere do we mention which version we got here in the USA. The reason? We didn't: this wild, two-stroke four-cylinder was never officially imported during production that lasted from 1984 through 1986. I'd assume this particular RZ500 probably slipped across our northern border at some point, although it's always possible it was smuggled into the US in someone's luggage coming back from vacation in Australia...

Of course, as lightweight as a two-stroke can be, that's all relative: in 1984, a sportbike making 88hp and weighing 450lbs dry was considered pretty darn lean and mean. Of course, that was nearly 100lbs more than Suzuki's rival RG500, which also made a bit more power. But neither would impress today's riding public, weaned on 120hp 600cc supersports and 150+ hp 1000cc superbikes. But fans of two-stroke performance aren't necessarily interested in top speed or pure performance. They're into the character of that performance, in that particular two-stroke zing that pretty much requires constant use of the slick six-speed gearbox to make any sort of progress, accompanied by the two-stroke's trademark ring-a-ding and the smoky haze left in its wake.

The Yamaha was powered by the kind of oddball engine you just don't see enough of these days: a liquid-cooled 50° two-stroke V4 that featured twin cranks, a pair of YPVS power valves and lubrication handled by Yamaha’s Autolube oil-injection. 80s fashion meant a 16" wheel up front, along with anti-dive forks, and an 18" rear wheel. Two-stroke engines themselves are generally very compact, but the expansion chambers required for performance applications meant different packaging challenges, and led to the RZ500's underslung rear shock that cleared space for the rear cylinders' exhaust pipes.

The seller's description indicates that the bike is not completely stock, but anything other than a mothballed time capsule is likely to have had some wear-and-tear, and it seems like the current or previous owners have taken every opportunity to update or improve the bike when opportunities presented themselves.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

1985 YAMAHA RZ500 V4 Two Stroke
Excellent condition, Looks amazing and runs great
COMPLETE engine rebuild and Stage III porting by Wilson Performance about 6500 miles ago. Total cost $6,400.00     (documentation attached)
Wilson Performance Air Filter System (documentation attached)
Wilbers rear shock Series 640. Complete factory rebuild in Aug 2017 (documentation attached)
Jim Lomas polished stainless steel chambers
Mikuni 34mm round slide carbs (nicely jetted)|
New AVON AM26 Road Runner tires
New chain and sprockets with 520 chain conversion
DYNA Coils
New bodywork
Factory Yamaha Service manual included and the rear stand
Bodywork kit is from Australia and runs about $1100.00
EBC brake rotors front and rear

The Buy It Now price is listed at $15,000 on the nose, pretty much the going price for a nice RZ500 these days. From the description, this bike looks like it's in very nice condition and is ready to be ridden, with proper maintenance and mild performance updates that should increase power and rideability. With new bodywork and the non-stock exhaust, this might not appeal to the most dogmatic of purists out there but, for everyone else, it looks like a very nice example, and the recent engine work should hopefully put prospective buyers' minds at ease.

-tad

Ready to Roll: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale
Yamaha July 30, 2017 posted by

Bargain or Basket Case? 1985 Yamaha RZ500

** Not Actual Bike. For illustrative purpose only.

RSBFS is all about the rare machine in exceptional condition. This is NOT that kind of post. This is, shall we say, an experiment. As many of our readers exhibit extensive mechanical knowledge, how about a rare and desirable bike that requires a little bit of work? Put on your rose-colored "I can see the potential here..." glasses and dive into this 1985 Yamaha RZ500. Long a staple of US-based two-stroke desires, the big RZ is one of the more popular smokers in existence. With great examples capable of eclipsing $20k in today's market, does sweat equity mitigate the price or is this just another pile of parts? Read on before you make your decision.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Project Bike for sale

Known as the RD500LC in some markets, the RZ500 was Yamaha's repli-racer knockoff; having experienced tremendous success on the racetrack thanks to the exploits of Kenny Roberts and the PJ1-sponsored YZR500 GP machine, Yamaha hoped to parlay that into success on the showroom floor. Between 19854 and 1986, these 500cc, twin crank V-4 machines allowed street riders to exercise their inner Roberts or Lawson - everywhere but the US. Given the importance of the US market and the lack of EPA acceptance of anything as dirty as a two-stroke, the big RZ did not have a long model life span. Today it is considered rare and coveted by collectors. That is what makes this opportunity potentially (insert rose-colored glasses here) interesting.

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 500 in the works, I have most the parts (approx. 99.7%) including New Aftermarket Fairing kit with some new hardware (Tank cover not included). Windshield, Brakes, Tires, Chain/Sprocket, Wheel Bearings, Rims Powder Coated, Upgraded Hi Performance Ignition, Throttle Cables, Battery, Air filter, Gas Cap, Exhaust gaskets, Oil caps and plugs, Thermostat. Seat recovered. Some of these items have not been installed. Engine starts/runs but only been tested on cap full of fuel. Needs a bit more to assemble/finish YPVS needs setting up/repair. left handle bar cap missing, one mirror cracked. Need seat key/lock Fuel tank refinished in White Main photo of completed bike for reference only.

While the seller claims that the bike is mostly there, restoration experts would warn you that there can be a LOT missing in that final 0.3%. And that only refers to the parts list. Unless you have extensive experience assembling this model, have an original example that you can use as reference or are clairvoyant, you may find putting this puzzle together a bit more work than anticipated. And considering that this puzzle is good for speeds well over the ton, you had better ensure that the pieces are assembled correctly.

The general consensus is when collecting you should strive to find the best example of what you want; the cost of restoration usually exceeds the cost of what you could buy a better example for in the first place. Methinks this may be one of those cases, unless you are purchasing simply because you want a project. If you want a RZ500 to ride, my recommendation would be find one that is ready to be ridden. The seller is looking for $8,200 Canadian (works out to be $6,542 USD) or best offer. Cheap and interesting, or crazy and incomplete? Check it out here first, and then jump back and share your thoughts in the Comments section. Is this a project you would tackle? Good Luck!!

MI

Yamaha June 28, 2017 posted by

New York State of Mind: 1984 Yamaha RZ500

I will freely admit - having been born and bred in SoCal - that I have absolutely no idea what a New York state of mind might be. However I imagine it a series of dichotomies; hot and humid summers, cold and snowy winters, and the world's most crowded (and motorized unfriendly) city. That pretty much conjures up the images I have, intending NO offense intended to our East Coast denizens. However in my palm-tree infested world devoid of rain, I have a hard time thinking about how rare hardware survives. This bike does little to change my impression, although it may not be entirely fair to blame the locale.

1984 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

As I'm certain you have heard before, the RZ500 is the most populous of the rare, big two strokes. Encompassing a V-4, twin crank two stroke in a mild steel perimeter frame, the RZ was akin to a GP racer for the street. It was not the most hardcore of the bigger smokers (that honor falls to the Gamma), but it was both approachable and readily available; provided you lived somewhere other than the US. There are plenty of examples available, mostly coming from north of the US border; our two-stroke friend, Canada. Given the location of this bike, that is the most likely point of import.

From the seller:
Up for sale is a 1984 Yamaha RZ500 Motorcycle. Clear Title. Frame Number 47X-002434. I will get the engine number Soon and update the listing. Previous Owner had Bought the bike in 2007, He had put on new Tires, When though the Carburetors, changed the Kilometer Speedometer out for a MPH Gauge. Original reads 19,651. He had put a used MPH gauge on so mileage should be around 20,000. He had kept the original Kilo gauge, see picture, reads 34,454. The bike has a new battery. Fires right up and sounds great, no leaks or noises. Goes through the gears fine, clutch feels good. Inside of the gas tank was previously lined and is now starting to Bubble, so will need to be cleaned out. Front and rear brakes work as should. Headlight/ Taillight work. Has rear blinkers, Front blinkers are missing. It has a Jolly Moto exhaust system. Plastics have some cracks and slight repairs, but looks great! Expect normal wear and tear for a bike its age. Little to no rust. Would make a great Rider! Rare motorcycle, Clear Title/ Toolkit and cowl for seat. Please see all pictures before bidding. Bike is sold as is.

The seller shares some good information about the bike, but it seems unlikely that these words are the whole story. Not only has the speedo been changed out, but so too has the temp gauge. Were these items damaged in a crash (evidenced by the numerous scars on the bodywork), or was there another reason? Was overheating an issue? Where did all of the rust come from? Where are the front turn stalks? There are so many questions that I would want to ask on this one, not the least is why are all of the puke tubes hanging out in non-stock locations? The Jolly Moto pipes are a good score, but great pipes attached to some questions only really amplify the queries. Was the steering damper added after the fact? I could go on, but I'll stop here.

It should be no surprise to less geographically-challenged individuals than me that this bike is located near Syracuse, only a short doughnut's throw over the border to Canada. The swapped speedo makes sense from a federalization perspective, but the rest of the issues nag at me. Far from the near-perfect $20k smokers and exotica you tend to see on RSBFS (like this Kawasaki H2R or this ultra rare Kawasaki KR-1R), this RZ500 is a bit of a work in progress (as soon as the new buyer starts making progress). That could be a good thing if the price is right. The fly in the ointment here is that the opening ask is one buck short of ten grand. Yes, that is $10,000 USD. While a clean and well-sorted RZ500 can be a $15k machine (and $20k for a time capsule example), this one is far from that. Check it out here, and let us know what you think; does the DIY approach make any fiscal sense here, or is this one simply trying to ride the bubble? Good Luck!!

MI

New York State of Mind: 1984 Yamaha RZ500