These three bikes are most certainly survivors amongst the majority that were either raced or ridden hard and put up wet. While not gray market bikes per say, they were very rare to begin with in the U.S. And their features made them much more desirable than the FZR600 due primarily to their aluminum (vs. steel in the 600) frame, slightly less powerful but highly entertaining 400cc motor, and less watered down suspension.
With less hassles than the other gray market 400's of it's era, they are certainly worth mentioning here. Many would even consider these entry level bikes, though I would keep one in the back even if I was #46 Valentino Rossi.
Here's three Yamaha FZR400 examples for sale right now and are 100% legal to own in the U.S. :
Have a 88 FZR400 in near mint condition. 18,337 original miles. Upgraded swing arm, front brakes, rear shock, Black powder coated wheels. Due for new tires. Incredible cosmetic condition.
36,592 miles. Excellent condition, owned since 1994. Never used as a race bike. All original with exceptions of Kevlar brake lines and Flanders front turn signals. DMV clear reg. paid till june 09.
August, 2007: Transmission main shaft bearings replaced. All tolerances checked, valves adjusted, carbs cleaned and sync’d. Ex up adjusted and lubed. New battery, rectifier and spark plugs installed. Original owner’s manual and tool kit.
Original turn signals, brake lines,
Here we have a fine example of the rare FZR400 (Do a google search on this bike and read the write-ups). This one unlike many others has never been raced or abused and has low miles. It was high rev and one of the best handling bikes ever produced and is already considered a collectors bike(don't believe me, read the write-ups). They were only imported for three years(1990 was the most desirable year), and were more expensive than the FZR600's It comes with the original owners manual and tool kit and a factory manual. It has a D&D performance header and exhaust system (i still have the factory exhaust) Note:the bike will have to be tuned properly for this exhaust ( If anyone has the name of a good tuner in O.C. please contact me) I have the title and bike is currently registered. If you know what this bike is about you will want to see this one.
88 model, 205XX
Up-grade incledes: Racetech springs, gold-valve emulators and a Fox rear. Steel braided lines with YZF brakes. A full Muzzy exhaust.
The bike has been well taken care of and blast to ride.
Thanks markj2k4 on VWVortex for the last one.
As a previous owner of an FZR600 I am always aroused when I see any FZR in the kind of condition these bikes are in, let alone the rare FZR400. If you want to skip the gray market hassles, these bikes should fit the bill very well indeed!
Update: This posting is pretty outdated. Check out some of these current listings on eBay for bikes and parts right now!