Posts by tag: Unrestored

Kawasaki January 31, 2016 posted by

Candidate – 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R

Back in the pre-interstate days of family car-trips, New England was peppered with small museums devoted to cars, trains, airplanes, trolleys, and occasionally motorcycles.  One such museum just east of Hartford, Conn. has an almost pre-historic Ninja up for sale, and while it's not running, it looks substantially original and might be a good choice for restoration.

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1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R for sale on eBay

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Updated in 1985 from the GPz-550, the Ninja 600R ( known as the GPz-600R in some markets ) employed a 16-valve head and had 75 ponies on tap.  Engineers at Kawasaki also re-oriented the alternator to slim the engine, and employed their first perimeter frame, though in steel tubing.  Suspension was air-assisted both ends, 37mm front forks with anti-dive and monoshock rear.  Triple disc brakes were good for the day, and 16-inch wheels helped handling.  The full fairing was primarily plastic which helped keep the weight under 400 lbs.

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Listed by a long-time repair and restoration shop also housing a museum, the bike looks complete but ready for some TLC.  Thankfully no major surgery has been done, just low-profile front turn signals, SuperTrapp mufflers, and tinted windscreen.  From the eBay auction:

·        Turn Signals Work
·         Starter Works engine turns over and has compression
·         Needs New Coil Pack
·         Rated for 12.7 Second Quarter Mile Time at 125mph
·         Slip-On SuperTrapp Exhausts installed
·         Tinted Wind Shield installed

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Evidently needing ignition help ( which might lead to a carburetor cleaning ) this Ninja might be a nice bargain.  With some fresh fluids, seals and brake pads, this Ninja could return to the road and display the performance and handling which launched a dynasty.  Or if those classic good looks strike you, a full restoration and back to the gallery or bike show...

-donn

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Candidate – 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R
Yamaha September 1, 2015 posted by

So Fresh and So Clean: Unrestored 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Unrestored R Side Front

Yamaha's RZ500 was known in some markets as the RD500LC, but by any name, it was one of the weirdest and wildest sports machines ever built. The twin-crank, liquid-cooled two-stroke V4 featured a set of torque-boosting YPVS powervalves and standard Autolube oil-injection so riders could worry less about premix and more about handling what was one of the most heart-attack serious bikes of the period.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Unrestored Lower L Fairing

A six-speed gearbox put power to the 18" rear wheel that had its motions damped by a rear shock mounted under the engine, Buell-style, because the rear expansion chambers needed somewhere to live.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Unrestored R Side

Forks of course used an anti-dive system that seemed to be required equipment for virtually every 1980's Japanese sportbike to help keep the front wheel in contact with the road.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Unrestored Clocks

Although power-to-weight ratio meant the bike was For Professionals Only, the RZ was surprisingly civilized: the engine used a balance shaft that was intended to reduce vibration and allow the frame and brackets to be more lightly constructed, saving weight, but also had the side-effect of making the RZ smoother than Suzuki's RG500. Unfortunately "civilized" sort of defeated the purpose of the whole exercise, and performance nuts generally prefer the wilder RG.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Unrestored Rear Wheel

The seller claims that this is "probably one of the nicest you'll find," and from photos it certainly looks that way. Head on over to the original listing for additional photos and plenty of close-up shots.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

Selling my 1985 Yamaha RZ500. I am the first registered owner. This bike was purchased new by JO-CO Motors Yamaha in Overland Park Kansas for one of there employees. They had to pick it up in Canada since the RZ500 wasn't sold in the US. He put 4,450 miles on it before he parked it in 1988. I bought it from him in 2009. He had never titled it. I went thought the necessary steps to get a clean MO. title in my name. So I am the first registered owner. He told me the motor would have to be torn down and inspected sense it hasn't been started in 21 years. The upper crank bearing sits dry and could seize from not being oiled. I contacted Bill at Wilson Performance an expert with RZ500 and he said the same thing. I took the motor to him on 11/09/2010 and he did a top to bottom rebuild. There was nothing wrong with the motor other than the upper crank bearing. I have receipts for all the work he did. He finished the motor on 8/18/2011. Bill was very helpful getting it dialed in. It start's on the first kick and run's perfect.

Now on to the bike:

It's probably one of the nicest 500 you'll find. This bike is "unrestored". Nothing has been refinished or repainted. There is no rust in or on the tank. Even the tires are original. It shows 7566 KM which is 4698 miles. I have the original exhaust, Manuals and spare parts. It has a rare steering dampener and the fox shock on the rear end. 

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Unrestored Lower R Fairing

Having just seen one for the first time in the flesh over the weekend, I was surprised how small they are. The styling is pretty bulbous when seen in photos, but it's all very compact and purposeful when viewed in person. And while the Yammie may have lost out when directly compared to the Suzuki RG500 in terms of outright peformance, these are still extremely collectible and have very dedicated fans. More refined, but still pretty raucous when compared to modern four-stroke fours, the RZ offers up plenty of performance and thrills for fans of 1980's hardware.

If you're a Yamaha fan, or a vintage racebike fan, you should head on over to ClassicSportBikesforSale.com and check out the TZ750 currently listed there.

-tad

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Unrestored L Side

So Fresh and So Clean: Unrestored 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale
Yamaha September 27, 2009 posted by

1978 Yamaha RD400

Located in Spokane, Washington is a fantastic, original, 1978 Yamaha RD400 race bike.  This bike is in the same condition that it was last raced in 1981, and looks very good with no obvious damage and only slight patina.  This bike comes with an extensive period memorabilia collection, some of which this bike appears in.  The bike is priced fairly at $5,500; but the seller is accepting offers.  This is a quote of the entire ad to give you a history of this bike and what is included with it:

This is a 1978 Yamaha RD400 that was purchased out of Escondito California brand new and built into a race bike that competed in the Southern Californias ARRA and AFM race series from 1978 - 1981 then stored correct......... and it sits now just as it came off the race track in 1981. Most these bikes were either junk or got molested for parts which makes a bike like this, a complete unrestored full race bike with the paper history it has pretty rare! I bought this bike from the original owner/racer who kept the bike in great shape and also had a ton of paperwork on it. The motor had a fresh build with only one race on it then was pickled, it pulls very hard!!!! Bike is ready for the track, just needs to be unstored and new tires put on because it still has the old slicks on it from '81

Original ownership certificate, owners manual and warranty guide from escondito yamaha

Mods
TZ full race bodywork, electronics, wheel set, Tony Smith built motor with handmade matched expansion chambers, custom big reed blocks, lectron carbs, specialized aluminum swingarm, mulholland rear shocks, re worked front forks with air, ack rearsets, tapered head bearings, adjustable steering damper, clip ons, steel braided brake lines, fully safety wired

Receipts
TZ cdi mag assembly, black box, full race bodywork, Tony smith motor mods and handcrafted expansion chambers, westach cylinder head temp gauge, mulholland shocks, lectron carbs

Racing stuff
A signed letter from Keith Code with the envelope dated 5-12-78 explaining what his riding school (now known as california superbike shcools) consists of and what he hopes to teach you, an original copy of his instrucional riding/race manual dated 11/76 which according to his website is before his school even opened, they are claiming 30 year anniversary this year ('09) and well before the famous twist of the wrist series. Also have an old California superbike school brochure with Eddie Lawson on it

AFM (American Federation of Motorcyclist) competition racing license ('79), number assaignment card, 4 race programs ('78-'79) race schedule ('78 ), 3 competition rulebooks ('78-'79)
ARRA (American Road Racing Association) 12 newletters (78-81), standing regulations, 10 race programs, 1981 race schedule and a points standing sheet from '79 which show Cooley, Lawson and Oliver

Brochures
ack rearsets, westach cht gauges, mulholland shocks, lectron carbs, goodyear slick tire band, 2 Tom Hayner racer supply cataloges (78-79), specialists 2 performance cataloge

Other
20+ cycle news from ('79-'83) and I believe this bike/racer is listed in reults in 1 or 2 of em, I have to go through and check for sure though, old motorcycle sport book by bob greene, cycle mag feturing the rd400 from 11/77, official program from the champion spark plug 200 at laguna 6/83, Kimberleys Grang Prix bike team guide #1 which talks about yamaha gp racing from '82-'85 including Roberts, Lawson and even Graziano Rossi who is Valentino Rossi's father

Bike also has bunch of jetting lectron needles, extra head gaskets,rear sprockets, plugs, chain pieces, master link and tool, # plates and other stuff needed for a day at the track all from that era.
The Windscreen is broken but I have a new in the box from gustafson racing. The guy said one of the Toomey brothers pushed him into the grass back in the day and he dropped it, also has a small dent on the left side of the tank.
I'm probably also forgetting some stuff, any questions just ask

If you're in the market for a vintage racer or classic piece of art, this bike should be considered!  See the bike on the Pacific Northwest Riders Forum here.

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