Posts by tag: RZV500R

Yamaha November 19, 2014 posted by

Smokes-Branded Smoker:1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

1985 Yamaha Marlboro RZ500 L Side

A wild race-replica from the era of two-stroke Moto GP machines, Yamaha’s RZ500/RD500LC was a direct competitor to Suzuki’s RG500 Gamma. Never officially imported to the US because of emissions laws, many have found their way south across the Canadian border.

1985 Yamaha Marlboro RZ500 Tank

The bike was powered by a liquid-cooled 50° two-stroke V4 with twin cranks. Midrange torque was boosted by a pair of Yamaha’s YPVS power valves and lubrication was handled by Yamaha’s suggestively-named Autolube oil-injection. Interestingly, the engine featured a balance shaft to smooth out vibrations. This not only improved comfort for street riders, it also allowed the frame and other parts to be built lighter, since they didn’t have to endure as much shaking. Engine cases were magnesium, as you can tell by the fact that “MAGNESIUM” is cast into them.

1985 Yamaha Marlboro RZ500 Dash

A six speed box with a conventional wet clutch put 88hp to the 18” rear wheel. In most markets, the frame was steel, although Japan’s home-market RZV500R featured an aluminum version, with lighter weight offset by a detuned engine that produced 64hp. The rear shock was mounted horizontally under engine, clearing space for upper cylinders’ expansion chambers and the battery. The front end featured anti-dive and a 16” wheel.

1985 Yamaha Marlboro RZ500 Front Brakes

From the original eBay listing: 1985 RZ500 for Sale

Clean WI Title – Original Owner

Engine is stock with less than 100 miles since it was freshened up with NOS parts July 2013 18,650kms on the odometer @11,500 miles

Besides the standard bore original parts engine rebuild the bike was gone through in late 2013 with new parts everywhere else they were needed, wheel bearings, cables, brake calipers rebuilt, new brake pads, forks rebuilt w/ stiffer springs, oil pump & hoses replaced, new battery, new tires, etc. Starts, runs and rides great.

Non-original items listed: 
Brembo full floating front rotors – very rare (originally for FZ750)
Stainless brake hoses
Fiberglass solo tail section & seat
Rearsets have no provisions for passenger footrests
Samco coolant hoses & clamps
Shorai sealed battery
New O-ring chain & sprockets
Platinum Pearl white & Marlboro Racing red custom paint with UV stable clear coating. Stickers are on top of the paint.

1985 Yamaha Marlboro RZ500 Front

So, not completely bone-stock, but the upgrades are appropriate and should improve the functionality. I can personally vouch for the Shorai battery: I stuck one in my Ducati and the light weight and difference on starting compared to stock are pretty amazing. Although the Marlboro paint scheme might not be to everyone’s taste, I like it better than the factory style…

(puts on flame-proof suit)

There are 4 days left on this auction, with bidding up to $8,100 at the time of writing, so we'll see just how that vivid paint affects the price for this one!


1985 Yamaha Marlboro RZ500 R Side

Smokes-Branded Smoker:1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale
Yamaha June 1, 2014 posted by

California Gold Rush: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R


This beautiful RZV500R tops off a trifecta of RZ500 goodness this week. Unlike the previous two examples which were offered up as stock examples, this bike has been carefully worked over in a way that makes grown men weak in the knees. Starting with a Japanese spec RZV aluminum chassis, this RZ has been de-restricted and lightly breathed on. The seller claims to have most (if not all) of the OEM pieces if stock is your goal - but that would be so far besides the point here it would border on criminal activity. This RZ is meant to be ridden. And the sound out of those chambers? Pure heaven. Just check out the video.

1984 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay


From the seller:
or Sale is RZV-500R 51X Model
This is the Aluminum Japanese version of the RZ500. Not the Canadian Steel Framed RZ500 so the RZV is worth considerably more. Have Title and registration is current.
Most of the bike is OEM and can be put back to OEM condition. I have included many detailed pictures of the bike and a video. It has Lomas Stainless Steel Pipes, K&N air filter and Canadian carbs as the Japanese version was restricted. I have the stock factory pipes as well which is included as the other miscellaneous parts but that will be shipped separately at an additional cost as you cannot ship any parts with the bike when you use a carrier.

Also included is the factory tool set that goes under the seat.
Many parts have been replaced. The parts are NOS (new old stock). Back seat rest cushion, Seat reupholstered, new petcock, tail light, headlight rubber ring and many other misc parts. Upper and lower cowl have been recently repainted by as well as the gas tank. The carbs have recently been serviced and new pilot jets installed by



The seller claims a clean title and current registration - which is worth gold if it is indeed registered in California . Also included is a cool matching helmet, OEM parts and a stand (separate shipping and handling). This example is one very, very striking RZ, and represents the more rare RZV-R spec with aluminum frame. If this model is on your bucket list, your bucket may have just arrived. Check it out here. Good luck!!

California Gold Rush:  1984 Yamaha RZV500R
Yamaha April 3, 2014 posted by

Double RZV Fun: 1985 Yamaha RZV500R in Ohio


It looks like the melting snow in much of the country is uncovering rare gems that are begging to be ridden. While the last RZV we posted probably didn't have to live indoors due to the snow, today's bike has low-ish miles, some thoughtful mods, and enough spares to put it back into OEM condition. It looks like it was owned by an enthusiast, was well cared for, and now needs a new home. The market is certainly speaking loudly on these models, and this one in particular: bidding is up to $11k with a few days still left on the docket. Move fast if you want to step into the big boy two stroke leagues - these aluminum frame RZV (Japan market) models are the rare among the rare in RZ speak!


1985 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay


From the seller:
This is a 1985 Yamaha RZV500R (1GE) late 85, I have all the original parts to put it back as O.E.
The front end is a 92 FZR 600 and the rear wheel is from a YZF600. 160 17 rear 110 17 front.
The tires are new Dunlop’s, exhaust is Jollymoto w/carbon fiber cans. The engine has about
1000 km on it, went through the motor just to check it out and all it needed was re-ringed and honed
resealed the complete motor. Put it on the dyno and it put out about 95 hp it will power wheelie in
1st gear and that's with a 38 tooth rear sprocket. It has many NOS parts on it.


Lots of pictures, text and details - and this cool video. How can you not want a bike that looks and sounds as great as this? Bidders are lining up - are you one of them? Good Luck!


Double RZV Fun: 1985 Yamaha RZV500R in Ohio
Yamaha April 2, 2014 posted by

Restored and Extensively Upgraded: 1985 Yamaha RZV 500R in Caliornia

1985 Yamaha RZV 500R for sale in California

The RZV500 is one of the most popular bikes we post on RSBFS and this is one of the more unique examples I've seen. At a glance it is absolutely spotless and obvious that it was a labor of love. Look closer and you start to notice deviations from stock around and behind the bodywork. The swingarm caught my attention first, followed by the rims, the exhaust, and then to the dry clutch(!) And for the purist, the seller has most of the stock pieces as well, so you get to choose. There are no bids as of this writing but the opening bid is $20k. The seller states that this example could not be duplicated for less, which is probably true. Custom builds, even when this thorough, rarely recoup their investment however. But there are always exceptions and with spring fever in full swing you never know!


1985 Yamaha RZV 500R for sale on eBay


from the seller's description:

Up for auction is my 1985 Yamaha RZV 500R. California Titled and Registered. This is the rarest version of the RZ, RD models. It was only sold to the home market in Japan. It is Yamaha's first production aluminum frame motorcycle. This bike has only appx 10 miles ridden since a ground up restoration.

It is probably the best example you will find. 2 Stroke engine completely rebuilt with new bearings and seals, New 2nd overbore pistons and rings. Stock Yamaha colors with clear coated graphics. This bike is flawless. Has no scratches or dents. Every piece of rubber has been replaced. You can not buy an RZV in any condition and restore it to this level for less money than I'm asking. It was a labor of love restoring this and money was not an object. Includes Solo seat. The stock RZV was not worthy of it's racing pedigree. It is based on the Moto GP YZR500 of the 80's, stock performance is kinda weak so I upgraded the bike to how I think it should have been produced. There are several mods. They include cylinder ports cleaned and matched, compression and squish increased, Still a little conservative for reliability. Mikuni 28mm Flat Slide Carburetors with K&N Air Filters, Ducati 916 Dry Clutch Conversion,One off YZR500 Replica Exhaust, 520 Chain Conversion (Stock was 530) Brembo and Yoyodyne Hydraulic Clutch Conversion, Slave cylinder is hidden in stock engine cover and only the hydraulic line gives it away. Yamaha R6 Rear Wheel and Swing Arm Conversion with Dunlop SportMax Rear Tire. Mirrors are unique and made for the RZV only. Originals were cracked and in bad shape and proved impossible to find. So I made a mold and reproduced the mirrors in carbon fiber. Bulky rear fender and tailight eliminated. Tailight and lisence plate moved up between rear exhaust pipes mounted on a molded carbon fiber panel for a more open racey look. Smaller battery relocated under gas tank. If your a purist this bike also comes with all parts needed to return it back to box stock someday if you or your buyer wishes. I will assist in shipping, but shipping is your responsibility. A couple things to keep in mind. For me the throttle is too stiff with four cables going to four carburetors, and the clutch should disengage better although it is perfectly usable and both should be easy to improve. I've run out of time. Good Luck to both of us.

Restored and Extensively Upgraded:  1985 Yamaha RZV 500R in Caliornia
Yamaha September 25, 2013 posted by

Sacrificed For A Sink: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

rz right

We've all been there, the motorcycle is the first thing she thinks needs to be sold when there is a project that needs funding.  Unfortunately, we sometimes have to deal in reality and bite the bullet like this seller.

rz left

I hope the kitchen looks nice because this is a sharp looking RZ.

The depressing story:

I hope the kitchen looks nice because this is a sharp looking RZ.

you are bidding on a 1985 yamaha rz500. it is somewhat rare in the U.S. it is a 500cc v4 two stroke. if you are looking at this ad, you already know this. i am selling my pride and joy because the wife wants a new kitchen and doesn’t want to take out a loan. if you are married you understand. i bought this bike in 1986 from a midwestern dealer who had brought it into the country and had it on display it the dealership window. it had 300 km on it when i bought it and it now has aprox 8800 km. it spends the winter(oct-may) in my den. i have done a few upgrades over the years. i grafted on a complete R1 brake system with adapter by nigil kimber. i installed jim lomas titanium/carbon exhaust with an ivans jet kit, a race tail with custom subframe and of course a custom paint job(i always like the JPS paint scheme). it has new bt14 tires in the correct 16/18 tire sizes. all removed parts are included plus some spares i accumilated over the years( see pictures). please do not ask to buy individual parts. it has a clean florida title. the only configuration change is the bike now has an LSL superbike bar kit(i’m old). if the winning bidder wants it returned to clipons, i will do this , no problem. i really don’t want to sell this as i know i will never be able to replace it but swmbo is REALLY in charge. as this is a 28 year old motorcycle, there is no warrenty implied or otherwise. shipping is on the winning bidder. vehicle will not be released untill funds clear my bank. you will not be disappointed. happy bidding

rz close

A closer look at the custom paint.  She's got a 17 digit VIN with 52X in it.  I believe that would make it an Australian model originally.

rs right rear

With only a few days remaining on the auction, the price is hovering around $7,500.  It's going to have go higher than that to make the Mrs. happy roaming the isles of Home Depot.

Check out the auction here.


Sacrificed For A Sink:  1985 Yamaha RZ500
Yamaha August 21, 2013 posted by

Do you RZ? 1984 Yamaha RZV 500 in Canada


A perennial fan favorite, the RZ500 is one of those bucket list bikes. Never officially imported into the US (but widely avaiable north of the border), the big RZ was touted as a GP replica bike with headlight and turn signals. In truth the bike has often been depicted as a bit more pedestrian than that, although with 500cc of V-4, two stroke power there is much to recommend.

1984 Yamaha RZV 500


From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ500
All Original
Very low miles
Aluminum Frame
Never Raced
Never Dropped
Comes with brand new set of Japanese body work, tool kit

If you want an unmolested and original collectors item, this is the item for you

Reluctant Sale


There is something that jumps out of the seller's text, and RZ afficianados will see it instantly. The words "aluminum frame" change the game here. RZs headed for North America and Europe had mild steel frames painted grey to approximate aluminum. Only the Japanese home market bikes - the RZV designation machines - had actual aluminum frames. The Japanese bikes also had de-rated powerplants, so the hot ticket is a Europe/North America spec engine and trans in a RZV chassis. Even so, an actual RZV is a rare bike amidst rare bikes. With an aluminum frame and the requisite RZV bodywork, this is an RZ you don't see every day.


Besides the frame what else makes a RZV trick? The front fork 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. The report is that when compared to an exported RZ500, the RZV500 weighed in at close 30 lbs less! I'll bet that shows up while riding.


This bike is available now in Ontario, Canada. Bidding has been moderate, but there is still a ways to go on the auction. The current price is a mere $8,200 with reserve still in place. We do not see the Japanese market RZV machines often, and this is a good opportunity to pick up what looks to be a nice bike. Click the link to jump over to the auction, and good luck with the bidding!


Do you RZ?  1984 Yamaha RZV 500 in Canada