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Yamaha June 5, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Yamaha RZ 350 in Canada

Update 7.17.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This 1988 Yamaha RZ350 is a gorgeous example of one of North America’s last-ever road-going two-stroke sport bikes. As the 1980s waned, environmental regulations had all but ruled the simple-but-effective machines off the roads on this continent, leaving the smoky mounts for European roads.

But what a swansong the RZ350 was. The parallel twin used the variable port height Yamaha Power Valve System that was developed over years in 500cc GP competition, which gave the normally peaky powerplant a respectable torque curve. The bikes still made prodigious power for their displacement and weight, and the two stroke was still a two stroke, which meant the machines were not to be trifled with.

In the United States, the RZ350s are best known without a fairing and with the bumblebee paintjob that adorned Kenny Roberts’ race bikes. This example wears a full fairing, and Yamaha’s equally cool red, white and blue block paint scheme.

From the seller:

1988 Yamaha RZ350 – Canadian bike – amazing survivor condition – never been down! The closest thing you can get to going back in time and buying a new 1988 RZ350 off the showroom floor.

Mileage: 8,223 miles (13,234 kilometers)

History – 2 owner bike prior to me – first owner – owned for 7 years – 2nd owner owned for 23 years – he rode the bike once the day he bought it and and carefully stored it after that (he has a big bike collection)

Factory Tool Kit and Original owners manual included

Service – The bike has been completely gone over by a motorcycle shop very familiar with 2 strokes.

Items addressed in $2K service in November 2018 include:

– new tires
– new battery
– carbs cleaned
– fork seals replaced
– coolant and brake fluid flush
– master cylinder serviced
– kick start oil seal replaced
– steering head bearing replaced
– full safety inspection completed

Imperfections – the tabs where the body work attaches under the seat have cracked – these are not visible from the outside – could be plastic welded back to be complete. There are two hairline stress cracks on the bike (shown in pics) – first is one side of the fairing – second is where one of the mirrors attach to the bike.

Paint condition – excellent – stunning to look at

Reason for selling: I had bought the bike as I had always wanted an RZ350 and was looking for something fun to ride for pleasure use. After buying it and having it serviced, I realized the bike is such a rare survivor that I don’t feel right risking riding it around town. It really should be in the hands of a serious collector or a museum. I have bought another “rider quality” RZ350 for my own personal use.

Factory Tool kit and Factory owners manual included

Price $9500 $8,000 US.

Importing a bike from Canada to the US is not a big issue – filling out the appropriate forms or using a broker is all you need to do. I can assist with shipping but all planning and costs are the buyers responsibility. I know an excellent transport company based in Canada that can deliver to the US and help with all the paperwork.

Bike is located in Toronto Canada – about 1.5 hours from the Buffalo, New York border

Though the bike is in Canada, its age should make it eligible to be imported and registered fairly simply. With a recent service, it’s ready for a long riding season, though if you’re like the seller, it might be hard to stomach the idea of road hazards marring that beautiful paint.

Featured Listing: 1988 Yamaha RZ 350 in Canada
Yamaha November 30, 2018 posted by

Buzz Buzz Buzz: 1984 Yamaha RZ 350

The last street-legal production two stroke sport bike officially imported into all 50 States of the US by a major manufacturer, the RZ350 holds a special place in the heart of motorcycle enthusiasts. It was Yamaha’s valiant move to bravely keep the two stroke spirit alive and kicking in the face of tightening emission and noise regulations. It was both a brilliant success and an ultimate failure; a short lived lifespan that stirred hearts as technology passed it by. Enthusiasts who reside outside of the US may wonder at the American fascination with this bike – after all it had been in-market outside of the US for years and would certainly not be considered rare. But unlike grey market imports, this was one model that we could truly call our own. And with bold Yamaha bumble bee graphics and American superstar Kenny Roberts signing the fairing of every one, this one was ours. The RZ350, for all its shortcomings, is a legend.

1984 Yamaha RZ 350 for sale on eBay

If you look at the bloodline, you can see the DNA that evokes the Yamaha RD models that came before. But designed as a modern approach to the “less is more” philosophy, the RZ added liquid cooling to the familiar parallel twin. The two-stroke powerband was (partially) tamed by the introduction of computer controlled power valves, varying the exhaust port height depending upon RPM and throttle settings. Oil injection was standard, eliminating messy mix ratio cups and associated refueling hassles. And there was a secret weapon: hidden in the smart looking exhaust pipes were a complex set of catalytic converters, just like you would find on your car. With the cats (and some air injection), the RZ could sneak into all 50 States of the Union, including the super-picky EPA stronghold of California. Sure, the cans were heavy, they were expensive to replace (i.e. crash damage) and they did not perform nearly as well as expansion chambers and stingers, but they made the bike possible in the US. They were also easily replaced, which is what most everybody did. Immediately.

The RZ350 was intended to compete with the current crop of middleweights; likes of the Kawasaki GPz550, the Suzuki GS550, or even Yamaha’s own Seca 550 and FJ600. In that space, the stock RZ was outgunned by the bigger four cylinder four strokes. But the little RZ had agility on its side, and once on the pipe could fare well. But it would never be a great all-’rounder, given the peaky nature of popcorn power. There were many aftermarket and tuner tricks to unleash the beast. Typical tricks of overbores, decking the head to increase compression, and porting were effective. The fact that the Banshee, a Yamaha ATV, utilized the same motor definitely helped with parts availability and knowledge base. But despite the potential, the little RZ was not to be long lived. After a scant two years (and only one in CA), the RZ was pulled from the dealer floors. The party was over, and the used party began. This is where we pick up the story on this bike.

From the seller:
Bought this bike in 2001. Have ridden this bike regularly for 17yrs. Always kept inside. Rebuilt engine because of mileage. I am over 60 yrs old AMI certified motorcycle mechanic for 41yrs. and ride like a grandpa and take care of my things the same way.

– Work Performance rear shock
– Engine Rebuilt 1500 miles ago
– .020 Pro-X pistons,windows cut to match intake
– TDR reeds
– stage 1 porting
– Toomey pipes
– stage 1 dyno jet kit w/2into 1 K&N air filter
– Wiseco Hot Rods crankshaft
– New clutch w/springs
– Full gasket and seal kit
– Race Tech front fork springs
– Chain and sprockets 1500 miles
– New seat cover and battery
– HID headlight
– Powder coated frame
– Bike Dynos out at 59.6 RWH on Dayton Dyno at my shop!
– Spec II Full race fairing
– Fuel tank has no rust, has small quarter size dent and touch up on right front side

Forty Thousand Miles. Let that sink in. Most RZs don’t get to that point, having been thrashed, abused, modified, seized and crashed. This particular bike has an amazing number of miles, but looks great. It is clearly no museum collector given the mods, but from a period correct standpoint – hell, from a fun to ride standpoint – this one piqued my interest. The .20 overbore either means the engine had been refreshed once before, or perhaps it was necessary to go that deep due to scratches in the bore. Regardless, that means for bigger pistons and more power. The K&N filter and Toomey pipes are perfect add ons, as is the full Spec II fairing. This bike has been stripped and rebuilt, as evidenced by the powder coated frame. But that just means you are potentially getting a nearly new bike out of the deal.

If you can get past the mileage (40k!) and the non-standard mods, what you are looking at is a great rider. This is a bike that deserves action rather than parking in a museum – although I must admit it looks pretty good. And with a long term owner and a capable wrench (just an assumption, but how many owners out there have their own dyno??), this bike could well be good enough to fill the two-stroke void in your stable. The best part is the price: compared to 90% of what we see on RSBFS, this chainsaw is a veritable bargain. The opening ask started at a reasonable $3k, and bids are flying fast and furious. The Buy It Now price is a mere $4,500, meaning that this bike will likely sell before the auction is over. Check it out here, but better be quick about it. It might already be gone. Good Luck!!

MI

Buzz Buzz Buzz: 1984 Yamaha RZ 350
Yamaha July 12, 2014 posted by

1985 RZ 350 Kenny Roberts in California

I will admit that my first real exposure to SportBikes started in the late 1980’s with fast Freddy Spencer so I didn’t really get to appreciate what people like Kenny Robers did for motorcycling.   King Kenny, applying a dirt track racing style to 500cc racing circuit, became the First American World Champion, and to commemorate his success, Yamaha produced a Kenny Roberts edition RZ350 in 1984 with his signature on it.

These bike are always popular on RSBFS, not only due to their commemoration of King Kenny but also because they were one of the last street legal two stroke bikes brought into the USA. It is also important to recognize that the RZ350 had had some advanced technology for the times: the RZ350 was the first Yamaha street bike sold with a perimeter frame, was the first bike with a catalytic converter for California emissions, and introduced Yamaha’s variable exhaust power valve which helped balance torque and power.

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1985 Kenny Roberts RZ350 for sale on eBay

Based on the gold rims and the California location, this particular model appears to be a RZ350NC2, which was a California only bike.   Price seems to be quite a bit above recent sale prices but the seller lists a lot of recent work including the following

  • Stripped and professionally rebuilt by RZ’s Unlimited in Glendale California.
  • Body work was prepped painted and had the RZ’ unlimited graphics kit applied and a deep mirror like clear coat applied over it.
  • Engine was completely gone thru with only OEM parts installed, all internals were balanced and the crank was welded and trued.
  • Front fork has the upgraded internals to prevent brake dive and bottoming.
  • Brakes have the stainless braided Galfer lines  installed.
  • New pipes installed
  • A Fox rear shock with remote reservoir.
  • All the body grommets were replaced
  • A high output headlamp was installed
  • New hoses, all the fluids done
  • New clutch and basket.

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The seller has even indicated that he will install a new set of Avon Venom tires on it before delivery.

Price for the Kenny Robers RZ350 seems to be less than the opening price for this but as the seller says “if you want a perfect running unmolested RZ this is your bike you won’t be sorry.”

MG

1985 RZ 350 Kenny Roberts in California
Yamaha November 28, 2012 posted by

1983 Yamaha RZ 350 in California

For Sale: 1983 Yamaha RZ 350

Golden State residents rejoice! Here is a legal smoker available to you with no hassles from The Man, no fake paperwork and no frame swapped VIN numbers necessary. The Yamaha RZ350 was the last meaningful two stroke brought into the U.S. by a major manufacturer and registered as a street bike in all 50 states.

Powered by a 350cc parallel twin, the RZ was initially launched in bumble bee yellow/black colors with King Kenny Roberts signature on the fairing. This red/white model was also available – and by 1984 it also gained Kenny’s signature on the plastics.

From the seller:
Excellent Condition, All Stock, Runs Great, Title is Clear, Registered in California, Pics upon request Buyer to take care of all transportation. Cash only

There is not a lot to go on from what the seller has written, and there are only a few pictures availble. The bike is listed as an ’83, but the US only saw these as ’84 and ’85 models. Technically speaking, the bike is not all stock, as this one has expansion chambers in place of the stock, catalytic converter-equipped pipes (which reportedly weighed a ton). This is not a bad mod to make on these bikes, but it IS a modification. Beware if you are looking for an all original, perfectly stock example. Additionally – and maybe it is just me – but the livery on the fairing appears to be from one of the later model years.

Bidding is going on right now, with the opening ask set at $3,199 (with reserve in place), The BIN is set at $4,399, which is not out of line for a nice RZ, depending upon mods and condition. With only 11k miles on the clock, this could work out to be a good deal. For all the info and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. If anyone checks it out in person, please share your observation in the comments. Good Luck!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale September 4, 2011 posted by

Blue Smoke, Blue Fairing- Titled ’89 Yamaha RZ 350 YPVS

Location: Newport Beach, California
Mileage: 7,700 (approximate)
Price: Auction, $5,000 current bid SOLD for $7300

Even though the US didn’t see many of the cool two-strokes that the rest of the world got, there was at least the Yamaha RZ 350. Introduced to the US in 1984 (costing $2,399 new), the bike was worked over by Yamaha to make sure it could meet emission and noise issues in the US. Sadly it was pulled from the Yamaha lineup in 1986 and never returned.

So this good looking RZ is a Canadian import that features the two-stroke, Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) liquid cooled motor with 63 bhp at 9,000 rpm and 32 ft.lbs. of torque. It also sports full fairing, something you didn’t see on the US Kenny Roberts bikes.

Check out some more pics-

From the seller-

Time to thin down the blue smoke two stroke herd…up for sale is a fantastic example of an 1989 RZ 350 YPVS Liquid Cooled two stroke that will be sure to impress your friends on bike night! Mileage is in kilometers on the speedo so approx 7700 miles and counting as I still ride it around once a week.

If you are a vintage bike fan you know that it is very difficult to find an RZ 350 in near mint condition as most them have been raced, crashed and rebuilt several times already.

This model is a rare Elf racing Blue color full fairing model unlike the short fairing RZs that where sold in the States during 1984-85. Also, the bike has different instrumentation as well. It runs great and all lights and instrumentation work including brake lights. There are very little to no spider cracks on the fairing. The engine looks great as well protected from the full fairing from the elements over the years.

The bike has been in my collection for about 1 yr. I purchased it from a reputable vintage bike reseller who only deals in nice stuff. It was imported from Canada and now has a clear California title in my name which makes it even more rare. The Meztler tires have plenty of life and chain and sprocket are in good shape.

The brakes have been rebuilt and the bike was recently tuned by Mach1 two stroke shop in Costa Mesa, CA. It runs great and needs nothing but a new owner carry on the two stroke tradition.

Check out the recent youtube video taken a few weeks ago.  

Feel free to ask questions as I’m not a two stroke expert but I do believe this bike to be an original stock or near stock example. For sale as is with no warranty.

Also, I have a pair of Gibson Allspeed black expansion chambers in nice shape to wake up the full power of the RZ for an additional fee of $500. The bike is for sale locally so I reseve the right to end the auction early.

This bike look to be in good shape with mileage that isn’t too high. It’s also titled in California which is a bonus. The maintenance seems solid and there’s a link to video of the bike in the seller’s description. Current bid is $5,000 but the reserve has not been met. Hard to day where the price will settle, but it may be reasonable for this kind of bike. You won’t see one these cursing the streets everyday, so it will turn some heads.

If you want to try a two-stroke and love Yamaha’s and like to ride something that gets attention, take look at this auction!

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale August 2, 2011 posted by

Classic 2 stroke – RZ 350 Kenny Roberts Edition

When I was growing up the RD250LC and RD350LC were the bikes to have.  Of course in the US you called them RZ’s.  These bikes were water cooled 2 strokes that rarely remained standard and could be heard screaming about the roads in the UK.  This example we didn’t get as it was in celebration of Kenny Roberts, we were way more concerned about a Barry Sheene Suzuki!  When Yamaha introduced the YVPS powervalve system the bikes had a broader spread of power but were still ultimately 2 strokes that you ran in the power band trailing a faint blue smoke while waking the neighbours.

The seller doesn’t say too much:

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Edition
400 miles on NEW TOP END.
New Clutch, new Roller Chain, Tach is new factory, K-N air cleaner is new, Spec Chambers,new hand-stitched seat. Bridgestone Battlax tires. Has original manual and toolkit.
Mechanically New, Few cracks on plastic.
RUNS GREAT! Have owned for 12 years.
If you use the Buy Now option I will include stock pipes worth $300 each.No Free test rides.
Serious interest only.

The auction can be found here on eBay.

If you have always wanted a 2 stroke but the likes of a race 250 is too much then not sure you can go wrong with one of these which you can pick up for only a few grand.

Just in case you wanted to hear a little beauty like this:

AS

Sport Bikes For Sale June 3, 2011 posted by

All Hail the King: 1985 Yamaha RZ 350 Up for Auction

Location: Camarillo, CA
Mileage: 5,220
Price: $4,000 BIN

As I’m sure most of you do, when I think RZ 350, I think Kenny Roberts. The Yamaha RZ 350 Kenny Roberts Signature is a legendary bike associated with a legendary racer. Indulge me for a second while I drop a little history.   ‘King Kenny’ was a dominate racer in the 70’s and went on to win three Grand Prix titles (’78, ’79, ’80) on 500 cc two-strokes. He was the first American rider to win in Grand Prix road racing and in 2000 he was named a Grand Prix legend by the FIM. Kenny Roberts name is motorcycle racing and for me this bike represents an important part of that history. And although I have never ridden one, with roughly 52 ponies of two-stroke power and weighing in at 370lbs, I suspect it’s a blast.

This bike appears to be clean, with reasonable mileage and some solid modifications and maintenance. From the seller:

This is a clean 1985 RZ 350 with the Kenny Roberts red and white graphics scheme. All the paint is original to the bike as well as the graphics. There is a small dent in the tank on the right side where your leg would go, it was hit with something as someone was walking by. Has brand new braided brake line, brake pads, ceramic coated pipe, new speedo cable, and more. The front forks were rebuilt with Race Tech internals, new chain, sprockets, professionally jetted, the list keeps going. I have an invoice of all the new parts and when they were installed. Never ridden since installed. Starts up and runs great but would like to be used instead of sitting. This is a two stroke if you are not familiar with the model. One of the original sport bikes. Selling as the owner and title holder and had only two other owners. One owner had it for over 20 years. One you should come take a look at.

More photos:

Current bid is $1000 as of this writing with the BIN at $4000. The BIN price seems to be right in there for one of these bikes. If the sound of angry bees in a can is for you and you want to try to snag this piece of motorcycle history, !

RN

Sport Bikes For Sale January 8, 2011 posted by

Yellow and Black Attack: 1985 Yamaha RZ 350

For Sale: 1985 Yamaha RZ 350

RZ350s tend to be pretty popular here on RSBFS. Built in a limited 2-year model run, offered in only two color choices, and known as the last road-going two-stroke sportbike available in the US, the little RZ is an affordable classic that is a blast to ride.

Today’s RZ350 sports some significant modifications; if you are a collector looking for that 100 point authentic bike, please look elsewhere. For the rest of you looking for a ring-dinger to flog on the streets of your locale, read on!

If you looked at the first picture and couldn’t quite place what was wrong, this picture should help. The seller has replaced the stock RZ350 front end (with relatively wimpy tubes, narrow tires and 267 mm disks) with a complete unit out of an RG to provide a more stout platform on the front. The upside here is that modern, sticky sportbike rubber can now be used.

Out back, a similar transformation has occurred, once again allowing for wider rubber to be fitted to the bike and enhancing its cornering capabilities.

From the seller:
BEAUTIFUL 1985 YAMAHA RZ 350

RG FRONT FORKS, WHEELS, AND BRAKES!! POWDER COATED CBR600 REAR WHEEL WITH NEW TIRE BRAKE PADS AND ROTOR. NEW “O” RING 520 CHAIN AND SPROCKETS. NEW CLUTCH

NEW 35MM KEIHIN CARBS. CUSTOM EXPANSION CHAMBERS WITH “QUIET” SILENCERS.

RUNS STRONG (WHEELIE TIME!!)

OLD CLASSIC BIKE WITH MODERN BRAKES AND WHEELS

So what will it cost you to get onto a buzz-bomb and smoke out all of your neighbors? Fortunately, RZ350s are collectables at the lower end of the price scale. There has not been a lot of upward price mobility on these models, and clean examples will bring $3-5k. The mods on this bike detract from collector value, but since that value is not very high to start with, the mods probably will break even from an investment perspective. Undoubtedly, the mods help add to the hooligan factor, which is what this bike is all about. Here is a good shot of a stock RZ350. You might even recognize the guy sitting on the bike.

Bidding is going on now, with the auction at the $2k mark. The reserve has not yet been met, but I can’t see it being much above $2,500. To get into the action and get yourself a bumble bee that can sting,

MI

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