Posts by tag: TZR

Yamaha May 1, 2017 posted by

Grey Day: 1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA

It's a "when it rains it pours" type of situation with TZRs here on RSBFS. Given last week's 3MA model posting from a California location, here comes one from the other side of the US - Florida. Ironically, the seller claims that this one came from California a few years previous. In what small circles do rare bikes run!

1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA for sale on eBay

As staff writer Tad has captured in a previous post of this generation TZR: "The 3MA version of the TZR250 saw the head spun around 180° from what you might expect, with the carburetors at the front where they could gulp fresh air and the exhaust exiting out the rear. This helped solve some of the packaging issues involving the bulbous expansion chambers needed for two-stroke performance, keeping them tucked up inside the bodywork instead of having to route them under or around the engine." The net effect is not more power - that is unchanged from a conventional head setup - but rather the ability to keep all the bits tidy from front to back. Do not underestimate the difficulty in fitting expansion chambers neatly inside the bodywork. The 3MA was Yamaha's novel solution.

From the seller:
1989 Yamaha TZR250 Bought a few years ago from California. The bike dose not have a Title and is sold as is. It runs and rides. That said I have not ridden it in a few months. Its in good condition over all. Any questions or pictures just ask.

A no title two stroke is a roll of the dice in today's world. If you are a US resident, you may or may not have a shot at registering something like this. Being that this bike is based in Florida, I would have thought that was about the best chance you had to obtain a license plate. As always, do your homework with your local DMV constabulary *before* plunking down big dollars. Otherwise, this looks like it would make a pretty sweet track day bike. You do engage in track days, don't you??

That said, the opening ask for this one is $4,000 USD. The seller notes it has not been ridden in a few months, which means it likely has racked up few miles in the last year. That is a warning for engine seals and other goodies; smokers need to run in order to survive, and old engine seals are a quick trip to a seize and a high-side. Figure a mild refresh in your estimates to be on the safe side - until you know for sure. Only a few days left with no takers. Check it out here, and good luck!


Yamaha February 8, 2015 posted by

The next contestant: 1990 Yamaha TZR 250

NOTE:  Previously listed back in September of last year, this TZR 250 sold for $7,7700 out of Florida.  It is now being offered in California with a Buy-It-Now of $8,800.   Links Updated - Marty/Dallaslavowner


1990 Yamaha TZR 250SP for sale on ebay

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.

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 The last time this was posted I asked the question whether this would be a good "starter" 250?   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.  I had 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?

Here were 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.'

Based on the comments that were received at the time of the original posting, picking up this bike as a first 250cc seems like a bad idea.  General consesus was that someone like me who is new to the 250 cc experience would be better off with the Honda or the Aprilia.   Of course this means this little bike will be available to other types of buyers such as a collector or someone looking to relive their 250cc riding days.

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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.

- Marty/Dallaslavowner

The next contestant:  1990 Yamaha TZR 250
Yamaha November 2, 2014 posted by

Get it before it freezes: 1992 Yamaha TZR250RS in Minnesota


Let's face it: in many parts of the country, summer is long over. Unless you live in Phoenix or LA, you might have already winterized your ride. Fall probably doesn't offer too many fine riding days in several states, and winter is on the way. I view Minnesota in that group. Meaning no offense the the denizens of the 10,000 lakes variety, but that particular state will soon be one big block of ice. Therefore, if you are lusting after a TZR250RS, now is the time to act. Wait too long and this one might be locked in a glacier until spring thaw.


1992 Yamaha TZR250RS for sale on eBay


The TZR250RS - also known as the 3XV model in Yamaha parlance - consists of a 90 degree v-twin, fed with reed valve induction and twin Mikuni flatslide carbs. Throw in a close-ratio gearbox with a dry clutch, add triple disks all around, hold the beast up with decent, modern suspension and you are left with a sub 280 lb (dry) rocket that will corner with the best. As this example is a Japanese spec bike intended for the home market, expect a restricted output of approximately 45 HP. Performance increases between 30% and 50% are possible through de-restriction and classic two stroke mods and add-ons.


From the seller:
Bid to buy this legendary 1992 Yamaha TZR250RS!
Only made for 2 years, and only 500 produced each year
Japanese non-export RS model
Hand-ported flatside carbs, factory dry clutch, stock airbox, stock pipes
This is the closest 2-stroke to a true GP bike- like a TZ, but manageable for the street


The seller claims this to be a 8.5 out of 10 - however the detailed pictures do show evidence of a tip over. Both left and right bar ends show some rash, as do pegs, brake lever and possibly the tail section. None of that appears to be anything more than cosmetic, however. We do not see a lot of TZR250RS models in the US, so this is a bit of a rarity. I cannot confirm the exact numbers produced (perhaps TZR aficionados can help out), but we do not see these nearly as often as NSRs, RGs or RGVs. Check out the auction here (still below $3k at the time of this writing), and be sure and let us know what you think. Good Luck!


Get it before it freezes: 1992 Yamaha TZR250RS in Minnesota
Sport Bikes For Sale January 24, 2013 posted by

Best Looking 250? ’92 Yamaha TZR250 RS

Location: Boise, Idaho    Mileage: 3,971   Price: Auction

92 TZR250

92 TZR250

This might be the best looking 250 two stroke out there. And there are a ton of good looking 250's. Just search this site and you'll see. But this paint set up is just clean and beautiful. This bike is also clean and low mileage and original. That's a pretty solid combo right there. I would park it in my living room too.

Here's the seller's description-

1992 TZR250 RS, This bike is completly stock with all original body work. This bike is the crown jewel of my collection. It is very close to perfect and spends most of its time in my living room. I dont think there is any chance of finding a nicer one!No cracks in the plastic at any of the fasteners. In the pictures you will see the original protective stickers on the from fender to keep the brake lines from scratching the plastic. The rear footpegs were removed at some time and I do not have them. The bike does not leak a drop and is mechanically perfect. The bike runs perfectly and is jetted for 2,800'. Starts with one to two kicks. Please call with any questions. This is the rarest of all the two stroke 250's and I think the best looking.

And photos-

This is a low mileage bike that looks clean and original, except the rear foot pegs as noted by the seller. Otherwise this bike looks like a great example and is described as ready to ride. You'll get a powerful bike in a lightweight chassis. Not much not to love there.

So if you want cool, rare, awesome, beautiful, exotic and rare, this is your bike. If you have the money and the desire, you best make a play!


Sport Bikes For Sale November 15, 2012 posted by

Another TZR: 1987 YAMAHA TZR 250 in Michigan

For Sale: 1987 YAMAHA TZR 250 (2ME)

Hot on the heels of this Japanese TZR-250 comes another one from the wilds of Canada. This bike currently resides in Michigan, where it enjoys a title affording it street bike status. While not a SP model, it is still worthy of a look.

From the seller:
Selling my "FREE AND CLEAR MICHIGAN TITLE 1987 tzr-250" had it since 06/05/2000.. Well maintained! 26,276km (16,327mi) Engine is stock no mod's done other then it has a nice well built performance exhaust maybe (fIII) not sure? no name or numbers on exhaust.Also comes with a rare factory yamaha solo cover (1KT-W0771-00).

The steering stabilizer is adjustable very nice for a light bike.All stainless steel braided brake lines. Comes with 2 factory keys,service & parts manual's,& tool kit. as you observe the pic's the bike has some scratches.. I took pics as best as i could, Amazingly the fuel tank is dent and rust free no conditioners were applied. there is a small crease on the bottom left portion of tank does not affect anything it's covered up by the seat.

* 2008 1500mi ago installed fresh top end cleaned and adjusted the ypvs power valves accordingly. Always used AMSOIL INTERCEPTOR OIL!

* cleaned and adjusted carb's,installed new rubber bowl gaskets and needle valves, new air filter.

* newer gold chain comes with extra sprocket (rear).

* brake pads thick like new.

* new battery 2010.

* bridgestone bt96 front & rear wear 90% front 50-60% rear.

It is rare to see a pair of TZRs so close together, but such is the feast-or-famine existence in the rare sportbike world. This one looks pretty good for its age and mileage. It is not a museum piece by any means, and some of the modifications such as the fender chop are hard to reverse. This view really shows you what a small and narrow bike the TZR is - a far cry from today's 190 series rear rubber found on big bore bikes!

This little smoker is available now. The auction started out very low, and has reached $1,751 with moderate bidding. A reserve is in place, and I expect this one to climb above $3,500 before anything gets interesting. If you are looking for a 250 with a little zing, this TZR might just fit the bill. Click on the link for more pictures and auction details. Good Luck!


Sport Bikes For Sale August 28, 2012 posted by

Another Rare Smoker: 1990 Yamaha TZ-R 250

For Sale: 1990 Yamaha TZ-R 250

Here is another rare one that was pointed out to us by RSBFS reader and superfan Martin. We need to get this guy on our payroll as his tastes are just like ours!

The seller has seemingly transcribed the TZ-R 250 Wikipedia entry into his advert, so settle in and let the words of many people typing into an open source online encyclopedia lull you to enlightenment.

From the seller:
The Yamaha TZR250 is motorcycle manufactured and produced by the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha between 1986 and 1996.

Yamaha produced road going 2-stroke motorcycle, loosely based on the TZ250 Yamaha racing bike. Parallel-twin, reverse cylinder and finally V-twin variants were produced. It evolved as a natural replacement for the popular RD 250/350 LC series of the 1980's. It has Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) which raises and lowers the exhaust port depending on the rpm of the engine, the YPVS servo motor starts to open at about 6,000rpm. In standard form 50bhp is claimed at 10,000rpm. Although mid 40's is more realistic, and will not rev much above 9,500rpm in standard trim owing to the restrictive standard exhausts and ignition boxes

Still raced in the Yamaha Past Masters race series with the British racing club - BMCRC. Racing engines currently claiming circa 56bhp @ 11,000rpm. Racing pre-mix fuel ratios typically 1:30. Standard exhausts are difficult to improve on in terms of power and torque, but they are very heavy and impede ground clearance. Jolly Moto exhausts are popular replacements as they are lighter, produce similar performance, and allow better ground clearance.

In 1987 Mat Oxley was the first person to lap the Isle of Man TT course at over 100mph, riding this model. An F3 racing kit was produced for a few years which included ignition boxes, carbs and exhaust pipes, helping increase maximum revs, power and torque.

Production started in June 1986. At a cost of around $6,000 new on release it was seen as an expensive bike for a 250 cc, but given that places such as Japan and Australia had 250 licencing laws in place one can imagine the stir that something that could hassle 750's on a track caused. 2MA variant being the UK variant and the 1KT model being the domestic Japanese variant. Variations between these two models being minimal, i.e. wording on the brake master cylinder in English or Japanese. Lighting arrangements were also different, to comply with UK type approval regulations, particularly the indicators were mounted on stalks rather than faired into the bodywork.

Then came the reverse cylinder version 3MA, then the V-twins 3XV. The variants followed the configuration of motor of the racing TZ250 of the time. Manufacture of TZR250s stopped in 1996.

This TZ-R looks pretty good from the pictures. As all of these were imported, there is usually a pretty large number of people who put their hands on the bike before you did, and part of the fun is to understand and work through prior modifications. Mileage is listed as 24,000 KM and change (call it 15,000 miles for stateside usage), and there is no info as to how fresh that top end may be. The picture shows a CA plate with current tags, so there may indeed be some magic in this bike!

The current auction price is just over $4k in pretty moderate bidding, but still a ways off of the BIN number of $8,700. As far as quarter liter smokers go, this TZ-R is rarer than most, and looks pretty good. For more info and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. Thanks for pointing ths one out, Martin!