Monthly Archives: February 2013

Yamaha February 5, 2013 posted by

Marlboro Man: 1985 Yamaha RZ500


Update 2.5.2013: After selling for $9k, this RZ500 is back on eBay after the buyer couldn’t put together the funding. Good luck to buyers and sellers. -dc

While good friend and co-worker Ian may not be stuck in the 1980s, I am happy to languish in that era for as long as magnificent two strokes such as this RZ500 are still available. Cue up the Miami Vice soundtrack and staple the Delorean poster to the wall; we’re going back in time to when bad-ass 500cc smokers roamed the streets (of countries other than the USA).


One of the best views in all of motorcycling. What’s up calling this beauty an antique???

The RZ500 was a bike commemorating Yamaha’s success in 500cc GP racing. Offering a half-liter of V-4 configured power, the overall package was visually striking, but not exactly cutting edge. The perimeter frame is mild steel (only the Japanese market had access to the RZV model, with aluminum frame). The front wheel is a GP-inspired 16″ unit, but that was more fad and fashion than performance. Power was good enough, but the decades that followed offered knowledge and tuning prowess that can really wake up the beast inside of the bike.


From the seller:
Up for auction is my prized 1985 RZ500. If you are reading this you probably know what this bike is and how rare it is to find one these days. Cosmetically the bike is in nice condition for its age, with only 18565 km (11603 miles) on the clock. All the lights, blinkers, horn, etc operate properly. The motor was recently (October 2012) treated to a complete rebuild by Lance Gamma, the premier and world-renowned RZ/RG tuner. The carbs were also completely rebuilt by Lance Gamma. All the proper specs and adjustments were dialed-in, and about 150 miles have been put on the bike since the rebuild. Starts on the first kick, idles smoothly, and runs and shifts perfectly. Surprisingly fast for a 500 when you get it up into the band, and combined with that great 2-stroke sound we all love, makes this bike a blast to ride! Other Lance Gamma treats added during the rebuild are his RZ-specific auxilliary cooling system upgrade that keeps everything running cool, and his supplemental fuel petcock upgrade. The bike is located in Montross, VA 22520, and prospective buyers can inspect it prior to the end of the auction.


I don’t need to tell you that the big RZs are hot property right now. This one looks very clean, and any time Lance breathes on a bike you know it will perform. Although there are reports that the front fairing is not a stock unit, the overall presentation is very clean and the seller is willing to provide additional photos for distant buyers, or open it up for an inspection for local buyers.


Definitely a good looking bike. Not sure I like the mini turn signal stalks.

This auction is nearing the end, and the current bid is only $8,500 with reserve still in place. There are a fair number of bidders involved thus far, and I suspect the frenzy will build as we get down to the final few hours. For your chance to check this one out, click the link and jump over to the auction. 2013 is turning into a banner year for two strokes – you might want to grab one before they all go away!


Suzuki February 4, 2013 posted by

GAG Bomber: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R50 (AKA GAG RB50)

gag left gag right

This will catch the eye of collectors of the smallest GSXR’s (or mopeds for that matter).  It is a ‘bomber’ version of the little GSXR aka GAG.  I don’t know if that is the official name but I’m running with it.  What inspired this paint?  My only guess is large amounts of saki.  The rarest (or ugliest) one though is the pink version.  I’ve only ever seen one for sale.


The ‘Amazing Machine’ also has a red and and white version not seen here.  Are there others?

gag front

This one is missing the big ‘GAG 50’ sticker for the lower right fairing.  Smoked screens were stock I believe.

gag left rear

The info on it from the seller:

Here is a Rare one also known as the rb50 and the gag50, These were never sold in the USA in street legal form, This one is one of 4 configurations offered to asia and europe. It is street legal, and an alternative to Honda’s NSR50 and Yamaha’s YSR. This one has been on display in someones home for the last 20 years speedo shows 1800 KM (about 1100 Miles) Bike is 100% complete except for red stripe on right side. starts first kick and runs great. It is quite the conversation piece and highly prized by collectors I can provide a bill of sale, I do not have a title bike was never registered in US please feel free to request more pictures and questions are welcomed

Bid here to finish of your GAG collection.


Sport Bikes For Sale February 4, 2013 posted by

Reworked The Right Way: 1992 Suzuki GSF400 Bandit

gsf right 2

I think for the most part we like em as close to stock as possible.  Every now and then though someone will tinker with something just enough that you pause and think to yourself, ” hmm, that is what that bike needed”.

I think we have such an example here.  It is a very tastefully upgraded/updated 1992 GSF400 Bandit.  For those scratching their heads, think slightly detuned GSXR400R engine in a naked bike package.  We Americans didn’t embrace them and they only lasted two years here.


gsf naked

It’s had a lot of loving attention paid to it, I’ll let the seller explain.

 Black powder coated frame, chrome powder coated swingarm, with lift mounts, $850.00 custom YSS rear shock, Reworked front forks with chromate finish, re-engineered brakes-front &rear, premium tires, custom brake lines, custom engineered rear cowl & seat, all new engine electrics including the ECU, coils, regulator, pick-up coil, and the list goes on and on.

gsf enginegsf cylinder 2

What’s been done to the engine you ask?

Complete engine over-haul – new pistons & rings, valves, bearings, trans bearing/shafts, new engine side covers, a complete carb rebuild & re-engineering/jetting, new head gaskets engineered by my shop & Cometic Gasket in Ohio, heads ported, all deck surfaces remachine


sf carbs

The rebuilt carbs.


gsf shock

gsf brake

The upgraded rear end and front brakes.  As a budget minded bike it originally had very basic suspension and brakes.


gsf right

What do you guys think?  Did the seller get it right?  I sure think so.  A little tweak here and there with great attention detail and I think you have a winner.  I just wonder about price.  The fact is, no matter how nice a 90’s era 400cc bike is, they don’t draw high dollars.  Even the last few sellers of the much more exotic NC30’s on Ebay had to lower their expectations.


Click here to take a swing at finding the reserve on this one.



Sport Bikes For Sale February 3, 2013 posted by

Up in smoke: 1985 Yamaha RZ350


I was originally going to title this post “what are you smoking?” for one very good reason: The BIN on this bike is $10,450. Yes, you read that right. Nearly ten-five for a RZ350 seems a bit excessive on the face of it (not quite as excessive as the RZ with only 5 miles offered for $20k), but this seller has done a very good job laying out the details of the ride. And with the RZ market getting hotter by the day, perhaps the only thing being smoked here is castor oil – by the bike.



From the seller:
My long time customer has decided to sell his 2-stroke collection. He is a collector of museum quality bikes. He has ridden this bike less than 200 miles since he bought it in 2010. This bike rides like a dream with the upgrades it has. This is not your run of the mill RZ350 that is out there which quite often is in need of much neglected service. This on the other hand is an absolute pleasure to ride. It is like riding a brand new RZ350 only better because it has suspension now that works and it has a well tuned motor with expansion chambers.

Now is your chance to own a show quality RZ350. They simply are impossible to find in this condition outside of being in a crate. Speaking of crated RZ350’s, the last one sold for $18K on ebay in November of 2012. Obviously at that price it is for show only. I have all the details on that one if you want more information on that auction. This RZ350 on the other hand is ready to ride.

Trust me when I say I have seen a lot of RZ350’s. I have inspected every detail of this RZ350. For as long I’ve been in business I’ve only seen three other RZ350’s that even come close to being as immaculate as this bike is. Especially when you are talking about being for the most part all original. Bare in mind this is no ground up restoration but rather a flawless original which is way more difficult to find and nearly impossible to duplicate.

Attached is the information on the bike that I put together when It was originally sold three years ago. It’s virtually in the same condition as it was when I sold it to him except that he has added new tires, a battery and recently had the carburetors cleaned.

The bike has in excess of $4K in upgrades alone. The front forks, exhaust, rear shock and other improvements are listed below. I do have the invoice for all of the work and will send it to interested parties. All of the modifications are tastefully done and do not negatively affect the look. The bike looks like it rolled off the showroom floor the way it is. So you have a bike that has been vastly improved but done to look as if it was made this way by Yamaha.



More from the seller:
Bike History:
I know the original owner in Northern California who had it for 20 years with less than 2 miles. All he would do was start it occasionally and ride it up and down his street to keep it in good shape. It was covered and stored indoors all of the time. He finally sold it to a guy who wanted a NEW 84 red, white and blue paint scheme RZ350 but could not find one. Once he got the bike he bought the tank and every body panel except the front fender brand new in the 84 red, white and blue paint scheme. The wheels are powder coated black.

It looks so good with the black frame that I think Yamaha should have offered it this way for the USA market as they did indeed for other world markets. The bike is clean enough to show at any venue and win easily. It has never been crashed or dropped. I would say the bike is a solid 9.9. It starts up easily and runs fantastic. A RZ350 in this condition is next to impossible to find. It is truly a collectors dream bike considering how flawless it is and how well it rides with all of the upgrades.

Service History:

The front & rear brakes have been rebuilt and bleed using the stock lines and EBC brake pads.

Avon Super Venom tires size 120/80 and 100/90 installed.

Our High Performance Fork Upgrade including Race Tech Emulators and Eibach straight-rate springs was performed.

One of the last New Fox shocks ever made with ride height adjustment was installed.
The suspension is setup for a 200 – 240 pound rider weight.

All fuel and oil hoses have been replaced with OEM Yamaha parts.

The steering bearings have been upgraded with tapered bearings and the steering stops have been modified. They are now adjustable which prevents the handlebar controls from coming dangerously too close to the fuel tank. This is a very common problem with all RZ350s.

Famous John Lassak Chambers built from the original jig by Tommy Crawford and customized to fit the frame better. Notice the amount of space between the lower fairing and the pipes. This will help preserve the lower fairing and protect it from the heat normally associated with other chambers which come much closer to the fairing. This pair is one of the last he ever built. He is now retired from pipe building so these are quite collectable.


So we have a nicely updated, basically gorgeous RZ350. These were certainly not expensive in the day, but prices on these collectable two strokes is on the rise. What is interesting is that this was originally a black/yellow bike, and the previous owner spend considerable time and dollars to convert it to the red/white livery. While it does look good, I’m not sure most buyers would want to foot the bill for that. The rest of the modifications look to be worthwhile, unless you are looking for a stock bike to collect.


I’ll let the RSBFS readers decide if the upgrades on this bike make it worthy of the premium being asked. RZs are still common enough where any internet search will provide more than a few bikes, in various states of modifications and conditions. It is a given that a used bike in good condition will always bring in more money than a basket case – and this bike does look good. Check out all of the pictures and details here, and then let us know your thoughts. Is $10,450 the new asking price for a clean RZ350?


Sport Bikes For Sale February 2, 2013 posted by

First Year! 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 For Sale

Bedford, NH – 16,921 miles – $2,725 with Reserve


Links fixed! -dc

Been looking for that classic Yamaha liter bike to fill an empty space in your garage? Then look no further than this first year FZR1000. Granted, Yamaha didn’t update the engine and introduce the EXUP system on the FZR until 1989, but this year is still no slouch. With 135hp, this bike can still go 0-60mph in around 3 seconds and hit a top speed of 160mph.


This example looks to be in nearly stock condition minus the Vance&Hines pipe, blue windscreen, and Corbin seat. Your butt will thank you later for the seat. Mileage is also very low for its age with under 17k on the clock. I also see no physical evidence of it ever being down, which is impressive as I am sure that a number of these were flung off the road back in the day.


From the seller:



The bids are rolling in and the auction is at $2,725 with the reserve in place and a few days left. This bike is truly a survivor and still looks good today. The bike is near stock with only a few era correct parts and in undamaged condition with low-ish miles. You can jump over to the auction here and place your bid today!


BMW February 1, 2013 posted by

Catching Up with Classic Sport Bikes For Sale [R60/6 Polizei, CB350F GP Replica, Commando Fastback, CB750, CBX, TZ125 & TR2 Projects, LeMans III, CB400F]

Here’s the latest from our sister site,

Have a great weekend everyone,


Let’s get things kicked off with this cool 1975 BMW R60/6 Polizei that sold for a shade over $7500.

1975 BMW R60/6 Polizei For Sale

Available right now is this Honda CB350F GP Replica, which is wearing an $8800 buy-it-now with 5 days remaining.

Honda CB350F GP Replica For Sale

This lovely 1969 Norton 750 Commando Fastback failed to sell with a starting bid of $8900 and a buy-it-now of $9900.

Norton Commando For Sale

This unusual yet very clean 1971 Honda CB750 sold for just $2920.

1971 Honda CB750 For Sale

This 1979 Honda CBX reached a high bid of $10200 but failed to sell.

1979 Honda CBX For Sale

These vintage two stroke projects, a TZ125 and a TR2 race bike, sold for $11,100!

This 1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III has a little time remaining with a current winning bid of $4999.

1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III For Sale

And finally a reader ride, this 1975 Honda CB400F is available in Los Angeles for $4700.

1975 Honda CB400F For Sale

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