Monthly Archives: April 2014

Yamaha April 3, 2014 posted by

Double RZV Fun: 1985 Yamaha RZV500R in Ohio


It looks like the melting snow in much of the country is uncovering rare gems that are begging to be ridden. While the last RZV we posted probably didn’t have to live indoors due to the snow, today’s bike has low-ish miles, some thoughtful mods, and enough spares to put it back into OEM condition. It looks like it was owned by an enthusiast, was well cared for, and now needs a new home. The market is certainly speaking loudly on these models, and this one in particular: bidding is up to $11k with a few days still left on the docket. Move fast if you want to step into the big boy two stroke leagues – these aluminum frame RZV (Japan market) models are the rare among the rare in RZ speak!


1985 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay


From the seller:
This is a 1985 Yamaha RZV500R (1GE) late 85, I have all the original parts to put it back as O.E.
The front end is a 92 FZR 600 and the rear wheel is from a YZF600. 160 17 rear 110 17 front.
The tires are new Dunlop’s, exhaust is Jollymoto w/carbon fiber cans. The engine has about
1000 km on it, went through the motor just to check it out and all it needed was re-ringed and honed
resealed the complete motor. Put it on the dyno and it put out about 95 hp it will power wheelie in
1st gear and that’s with a 38 tooth rear sprocket. It has many NOS parts on it.


Lots of pictures, text and details – and this cool video. How can you not want a bike that looks and sounds as great as this? Bidders are lining up – are you one of them? Good Luck!


Double RZV Fun: 1985 Yamaha RZV500R in Ohio
Yamaha April 2, 2014 posted by

Restored and Extensively Upgraded: 1985 Yamaha RZV 500R in Caliornia

1985 Yamaha RZV 500R for sale in California

The RZV500 is one of the most popular bikes we post on RSBFS and this is one of the more unique examples I’ve seen. At a glance it is absolutely spotless and obvious that it was a labor of love. Look closer and you start to notice deviations from stock around and behind the bodywork. The swingarm caught my attention first, followed by the rims, the exhaust, and then to the dry clutch(!) And for the purist, the seller has most of the stock pieces as well, so you get to choose. There are no bids as of this writing but the opening bid is $20k. The seller states that this example could not be duplicated for less, which is probably true. Custom builds, even when this thorough, rarely recoup their investment however. But there are always exceptions and with spring fever in full swing you never know!


1985 Yamaha RZV 500R for sale on eBay


from the seller’s description:

Up for auction is my 1985 Yamaha RZV 500R. California Titled and Registered. This is the rarest version of the RZ, RD models. It was only sold to the home market in Japan. It is Yamaha’s first production aluminum frame motorcycle. This bike has only appx 10 miles ridden since a ground up restoration.

It is probably the best example you will find. 2 Stroke engine completely rebuilt with new bearings and seals, New 2nd overbore pistons and rings. Stock Yamaha colors with clear coated graphics. This bike is flawless. Has no scratches or dents. Every piece of rubber has been replaced. You can not buy an RZV in any condition and restore it to this level for less money than I’m asking. It was a labor of love restoring this and money was not an object. Includes Solo seat. The stock RZV was not worthy of it’s racing pedigree. It is based on the Moto GP YZR500 of the 80’s, stock performance is kinda weak so I upgraded the bike to how I think it should have been produced. There are several mods. They include cylinder ports cleaned and matched, compression and squish increased, Still a little conservative for reliability. Mikuni 28mm Flat Slide Carburetors with K&N Air Filters, Ducati 916 Dry Clutch Conversion,One off YZR500 Replica Exhaust, 520 Chain Conversion (Stock was 530) Brembo and Yoyodyne Hydraulic Clutch Conversion, Slave cylinder is hidden in stock engine cover and only the hydraulic line gives it away. Yamaha R6 Rear Wheel and Swing Arm Conversion with Dunlop SportMax Rear Tire. Mirrors are unique and made for the RZV only. Originals were cracked and in bad shape and proved impossible to find. So I made a mold and reproduced the mirrors in carbon fiber. Bulky rear fender and tailight eliminated. Tailight and lisence plate moved up between rear exhaust pipes mounted on a molded carbon fiber panel for a more open racey look. Smaller battery relocated under gas tank. If your a purist this bike also comes with all parts needed to return it back to box stock someday if you or your buyer wishes. I will assist in shipping, but shipping is your responsibility. A couple things to keep in mind. For me the throttle is too stiff with four cables going to four carburetors, and the clutch should disengage better although it is perfectly usable and both should be easy to improve. I’ve run out of time. Good Luck to both of us.

Restored and Extensively Upgraded:  1985 Yamaha RZV 500R in Caliornia

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