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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 December 18, 2016 posted by

Not Quite Stock: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

We generally try to post relatively stock, good-condition bikes here on CSBFS but, every once in a while, we like to throw you guys a curve ball, and this highly-modified Yamaha RZ500 certainly qualifies as that. At a glance, there's little left of the original, two-stroke GP-replica bike but the changes should make the bike handle like a much more modern machine. This one might generate some controversy and we want to hear from you, but keep the comments polite please!

The seller appears to be going for a 90's YZR500 look for the bike, but he doesn't indicate exactly where he sourced the bodywork. It seems like it retains the original RZ500 frame, but suspension front and rear has been updated to more modern spec, with the front using parts from a Yamaha R1. He mentions that the two-stroke V4 engine is by Rick Lance, which is a good thing as he's a well-known name in the two-stroke tuning community. Unfortunately, he doesn't really describe exactly what's gone into it. Interestingly, you can see that the bike does feature a headlight tucked back in the fairing and it is claimed to be titled and street-legal!

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

Up for GRABS... My sweet 2 stroke! I'm done with bikes, I need a new plane. Wyn Belousky built and Rick Lance powered rocket ship. List of goodies as follows: Öhlins rear shock, R1 front forks with Öhlins internals, JMC custom mega braced swing arm, 28 mm Mikuni flat slides, brand new Jolly Moto carbon silencers on Jolly Moto GP pipes, ginormous ZX7-R radiator. Handles like my R6 just much lighter and then there's the 2 stroke hit, lol! It's a shame just to leave in my garage somebody needs to ride the hell outta this thing. Merry Xmas happy bidding. Oh! And I have a bunch of xtra parts to go with it, street legal clear and clean Florida title.

There are no takers yet at the $17,000 starting bid, and this is the second time the bike's been up for auction. The asking price might be out of line, but I think the bigger problem is that the description is pretty vague: with something drastically customized, a list of the cool upgraded parts isn't going to be enough. A video of the bike in action, and pics of the bike with the fairing off might help as well. For the most part, it looks pretty professionally put together, but those primitive tabs mounting the fairing to the frame cast a bit of doubt... It's obviously a pretty cool machine, but not worth much to collector-types since it's so far from original and, without more information on this one-of-a-kind build, folks are obviously going to be pretty hesitant to drop the kind of cash the seller is asking.

-tad

Not Quite Stock: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale
Yamaha December 9, 2016 posted by

Titled in AZ: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

The two-stroke race-replicas like this Yamaha RZ500 represent a brief, very exciting time in motorcycling. The 1980s were a difficult time for bikes as well as cars: technology was leaping forward while emissions legislation stifled performance at the same time it attempted to save the planet. Eventually, manufacturers would find ways to work within or around these laws and increase performance to the point where today's 190hp literbikes, with incredibly sophisticated engine management software, ABS, and traction control, are useable by mere mortals without fear that they'll die the first time the throttle is wound to the stop. But the RZ500, Suzuki's RG500 and, to a lesser extent, Honda's NS400R were pretty wild for their time. They weren't the fastest bikes on the road, but they combined light weight and decent power in a package that rewarded skilled riders.

The RZ500, also known as the RD500LC in some markets, was motivated by a liquid-cooled 50° two-stroke V4 that featured twin cranks, with midrange torque boosted by a pair of YPVS power valves and lubrication handled by Yamaha’s Autolube oil-injection. Some engine parts were cast from magnesium for lightness and are clearly labeled "MAGNESIUM" for maximum bragging rights. A balance shaft smoothed out vibrations, which had the intended effect of allowing the frame and other parts to be lighter, as they weren't required to withstand as much vibration, while simultaneously making the bike smoother and more civilized, a feature that ended up backfiring on Yamaha a bit...

The claimed 88hp was transferred to the 18" rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox with a wet clutch, while the front end featured anti-dive forks and a 16” wheel. Packaging all four expansion chambers into a compact sportbike meant some unusual choices were made and the rear shock was mounted horizontally under the engine to clear up some space for the upper cylinders’ expansion chambers, as well as the battery. The Japanese-market version of the bike, the RZV500R used an aluminum frame in place of the steel part to save weight and offset that bike's reduced 64hp and, if you're not concerned about that bike's generally lower value, might make for a serious hot-rod when de-restricted...

The bike was never officially available for purchase in the USA, but many found there way here via grey-market import from our northern neighbors in Canada. Compared to Suzuki's RG500, the RZ500's most direct competitor, it was heavier, a bit less powerful, and noticeably more "civilized." It's still a 500cc two-stroke though, and power, although aided by the displacement and the YPVS, still has a pretty pronounced two-stroke powerband and that distinctive stroker sound. These have been generally less desirable than Suzuki's race-replica, but interest in this forgotten class has seen a steady increase in values.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

A one-owner bike; I’m the original owner. Km: 14,678 ­­­Mileage: 9,120. Purchased November 15, 1986 from Year Round Yamaha in Calgary Alberta. Located in Glendale, AZ.

Details

This RZ500 is an original, completely stock example with no modifications whatsoever.  Full documentation including original Bill of Sale, all receipts, and complete maintenance and repair logs since new. Legally imported to the USA from Canada in June 1997. All import documents included. Clean Arizona title.

Includes

Both original keys, original owners manual, original tool bag and complete original tools, Yamaha Service Manual (Canadian Version), more than 100 OEM spare parts including many hard to find spares. Comes with magazines featuring the RZ500 from the period and a TAMIYA RZV500R model kit.

Condition

Very nice original condition, unmolested, unmodified, and extremely well looked after bike. There is nothing missing and all fasteners are correct OEM. The paint and metal work are excellent. There is a fairing crack in the lower left side fairing. This is covered by the belly faring and can’t be seen; however this should be repaired at some point. The bike is currently licensed and insured in Arizona and runs as it did when new.

Repair History

The bike has had two “garage accidents” resulting in a dented gas tank and a cracked upper fairing. The gas tank dent was professionally pounded out and repaired without any body filler. The fairing was plastic welded. Both the fairing and gas tank were expertly painted by Art Line Painting in Toronto. The bike also had a 3 MPH tip over resulting in scratches to the left fairing. This panel was also touched up by Art Line Painting in Toronto. The paint repairs are excellent and completely match the OEM paint. See photos or ask for specific photos and I’ll provide them. The motor has been repaired twice; once in 1994 (6,672 KM) to replace a crankshaft bearing and once in 2002 (10,656 Km) to replace a crankshaft seal. In both instances, no short cuts were taken; all seals, o-rings and gaskets were replaced in addition to the failed part.  

While the mishaps the seller describes are unfortunate, they're to be expected when talking about a bike that's 30 years old, and the repairs indicate the kind of attention that's been lavished on the bike to keep it in top shape. From the photos, it appears to be in excellent, if not perfect cosmetic shape and, as the seller indicates, been kept in original condition. The bike's titled status is a bonus if you're looking to use it on the road, but would also make a pretty nice collector.

-tad

Titled in AZ: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale
Yamaha August 22, 2016 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZV500 available in Wisconsin

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Here's a great looking, unrestored, Japanese market RZV500. The biggest difference between the RZ500 and RZV500 is the aluminum frame and even smaller production numbers compared to the ROW models. Mileage is a mere 7,400 and with 5 days remaining on the auction, the current bid is a little over $10k, reserve not met.

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1985 Yamaha RZV500 for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

If your looking at this ad then you already know what you want so I'm not going to list all the technical stuff for this bike you can look that up online. I have had this RZV500 for 12 years. I ride it about a 100 miles a year and put it away. It runs and rides great. Starts easy I have done nothing with the motor since I bought it just changed oil and tires that's about it. I did add the Lomas pipes and changed jetting the pipes are mild steel.The stock pipes will be included.

I am not an RZ Geek just someone who likes to ride 2 stroke on the road so I might not be able to answer all technical questions but I will try. As far as the condition it does have some cracking in the body work some mild oxidation in areas. About everything you could expect for an unrestored 31 year old bike. The one thing I did notice on my last ride is the directional will go on but not flash that is something I have not looked in too. Other than that everything functions as it should.If you need more photos of something specific I will be happy to provide them.


From the Q&A at the bottom of the listing:

Q: What's the difference between a RZ500 & a RZV 500 ? Thank you.

A: Hello, There are several differences some subtle and some not so subtle. here is a list of some differences. RZV500R (51X) Made exclusively in Japan Tachometer mounted red warning light that activates at the equivalent of 55mph. Hand-produced lightweight aluminium frame, fuel tank contents gauge activated by a rhs mounted function switch (uses water temp gauge to show fuel tank contents available), front suspension pre-load adjustable from dial on top of forks legs. Self cancelling indicators deleted. Production run limited to 1600 units only (all sold in the first week of release allegedly) The claimed dry weight of the RZ is 438 lbs. The claimed dry weight of the RZV is 418 lbs. I hope this answer's your question. Thanks for asking. Todd

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1985 Yamaha RZV500 available in Wisconsin
Yamaha April 9, 2015 posted by

V4 Victory – 1985 Yamaha RZV500R

After the late 1970's domination of the 500cc Grands Prix by Yamaha and Kenny Roberts, and the '80s comeback and 1984 championship with Eddie Lawson aboard, Yamaha introduced a racey 500cc two-stroke for the street.  Known variously as the RZ500 and the RD500LC, the bike was never available for U.S. dealers ( though many have found their way here ), this RZV500R being a Japan-only lightweight replica.

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1985 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay

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Deep in the fairing and DeltaBox frame is a V-4 500cc two-stroke, first ridden in the 1982 OW61 grand prix race bike.  Water-cooled and with Yamaha's Power Valve System controlling the size of the exhaust port, it has the peaky 87hp of a much large engine.  Four side-draft Mikuni carbs turn into the top of the engine, with the front expansion chambers and mufflers sweeping back and the rears inside the seat cowling.  After kick-starting, the wet clutch from their 750cc bike transmits power to a tall first gear, leading to six closely spaced speeds.  Suspension is by Yamaha's own forks and monoshock, and with three 2-piston brakes, which have vented disks.

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The hand-welded frame of the Japanese market replica is somewhat lighter than the rest-of-world RD's, and the total package is some 20 lbs. lighter at a little over 400 lbs. wet.  Originally de-rated, this engine has been released with larger exhausts, and a comprehensive engine re-build.  As the eBay auction states:

The 500cc engine has some torque to get you going, but really comes alive in the 6-10k rpm range. The engine was completely rebuilt in 2008 by well-known RZV/RD/RZ engine specialist Wilson Performance of Lee’s Summit, MO at a cost of $4000. It has done very little mileage since. I have receipts for the work, which included Wilson’s “Blueprint” rebuild plus “Phase 1” performance tuning. To see what is included in the work, click here. In summary, the performance build included new RZV Performance cranks, new Wiseco pistons, port and gasket matching, plus a lot more. 

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The 19,000 miles attest to regular usage, and has been the recipient of some restoration, appearing to be in very good shape.  From the eBay auction:

The bike has 30,533km (just under 19k miles) on the clock. The paintwork is very nice, although there are a few nicks, scratches, and rock chips; all decals are cleared into the paint, the base of which is a pearlescent white. The bike is clean, but not show clean. The stock magnesium wheels were professionally refinished and the Dunlop Arrowmax tires are in very nice condition. The oil tank leaks some from the fill cap. The upright foam seat bolster has some worn spots around the edges (see pix). There’s some surface corrosion on some bolts here and there. I have tried to describe and photograph anything that really stood out on the bike condition-wise, but this is now a 30 year old motorcycle with some light wear and tear, so I cannot be held accountable for every single scratch, chip, crack or ding. A new Yuasa battery is included in the sale.

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With bids meeting the reserve with four days to run, this rare bike deserves a look.  It's so close by to me I might try to inspect it myself...

-donn

 

V4 Victory – 1985 Yamaha RZV500R
Yamaha February 16, 2014 posted by

A Very Tidy 1985 Yamaha RZV500 available in California

1985 Yamaha RZV500 for sale

RZ500's are one of the most popular bikes sought after by our readers, but the RZV500 is even more rare in the states. The most notable difference is the use of an aluminum frame vs. a painted steel frame that reportedly saves nearly 30lbs. Other differences include a front fork that is adjustable for air pressure as well as rebound, there are numerous additional aluminum bits such as brake lever, gear shift lever, clip ons, etc., and the bike came with stock braided brake lines instead of rubber.

1985 Yamaha RZV500 for sale on eBay

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This example has some minor blems but nothing I'd consider a deal breaker; rather with some patina I'd be more inclined to actually ride it as intended!

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from the seller:

This is the rarer Japanese RZ500R version. Not a RZ500 (steel frame) version. The R version was made in much smaller numbers for the Japan market only. This bike is California registered and the registration is good till June 2014.

Very soon after buying the bike an unforeseen medical incident occurred and I'm no longer able to ride and therefore I have to sell my dream bike.

The bike has new tires which came with it which a friend of mine helped me to install. I did buy a new battery even though the original would start the bike it appeared to have some bad cells. The battery cover is included and is in also in very good condition.

A friend of mine put Motul oil in the engine for me even though the oil that was in the bike looked clean. The chain and rear sprocket appear to be new or have very little wear.

There were some other spares besides the tires that came with it which I have included in the pictures. These are the stock rear shock, the anti dive steel braided lines that connect the calipers to the forks, front lower fairing screen guard, stock rear sets and the stock tool tray.

The bike does have some really nice chambers that were probably made in Japan but none of my friends in Japan can find out who made them.

The bike has 7,207.4 miles on it. There are a few scratches and chips that I have tried to point out in the pictures. The upper right side fairing above the right blinker on the blue and white stripe you can see the crack which looks like it must have leaned up against something causing it to crack. There is a small scratch on the right side of the gas tank.

On the rear seat there is a very small scratch on the red part just next to the rear seat pad which also has some very small wear spots.

On the right upper pipe cover there is a small paint chip and scratch on the sticker but does not appear to be deep just on the sticker. New stickers are available.

There are some small what appear to be stress cracks on the lower fairing which I have also tried to show in the pictures.I think from some of the other bikes I've seen over time this bike is in very good condition considering it's age. This bike was well taken care of. There are no signs of oxidation at all.

The rear shock is an Ohlins unit with a remote reservoir.

The R version also has as I had previously mentioned with the spare parts the adjustable upper forks that only come on the R aluminum frame model.

The bike starts usually on the 2nd kick and that was with the old battery.

A Very Tidy 1985 Yamaha RZV500 available in California