Recently I have begun looking for a 90's two stroke repli-racer to add to my little collection but as a latecomer to the two-stroke repli-racer scene, I am still coming up to speed on all the variants that were offered. As of right now the the top contenders are an Aprilia 250, a Yamaha TZR, a Suzuki RGV or possibly a Kawasaki KR-1s.
This is a 1990 Yamaha TZR250SP and according to the seller, the 1990 model year TZR250 is from the 3MA generation of TZRs which were unique with their reverse cylinder design/carburetors in the front and exhausts out of the rear of the cylinders. This is also the much rarer Sport Production version of the 3MA, which included USD forks and a dry clutch along with some other changes from the standard version.
So now the question is whether a TZR250 is the right bike for an introduction for two-stroke experience? The standard TZR250 has a general reputation of being one of the easiest 1990's 250 to "get the best from". Chassis, brakes and power are all supposedly well balanced which will allow a rider to focus on the upcoming road.
Here are some of the quotes from reviewers of the TZR 250;
- 'it's the perfect mix of race technology and practical useability.'
- 'I really don't think you can fault it - you can slam it into corners with the brakes full on and it'll still go round, with the only protest coming from the tyres'
- 'More friendly than the others'
- 'Starts first time, the mirrors are useable and the seat is comfortable up to the first tank refill'
- easy to clean, good pillion seat, luggage can be carried, lasts for ages.
- 'Bought by sensible people.'
I have also read that two of the main TZR competitors have some odd handling issues; the Suzuki RGV has a reputation for head shake under mid corner braking and the Kawasaki KR-1S is supposed to have weird front wheel feedback so the TZR seems like a good option. Then again, this is the SP version so perhaps this a bit more temperamental?
Overall this particular TZr250SP certainly looks to be in good condition and I think the bodywork is the best looking year for the TZR that I have seen. The seller has posted a good number of hi-res pictures and it looks very clean, although some cosmetic defects are mentioned in the advert and I think I see some marks on the riders left mirror stalk.
Since this is a grey/gray market import, there is no KBB info on prices available. But given the condition and the fact that the seller says it has a clean Florida title this one seems like a good candidate for my collection.
So once again, I would like to see some comments on whether this one should be something I should consider as my first foray into the world of two stroke ownership?