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Yamaha August 19, 2022 posted by Dan

1985 Yamaha RZ500 in Toronto

Here’s a really clean Yamaha RZ500 with less than 10k miles! We always celebrate the RZ500 on RSBFS because it was of course never officially offered in the U.S. and really represents one of the most collectible two stroke models of the era. The engineering and packaging represents the best of the industry in 1985 and is head and shoulders above more pedestrian sportbikes of the year. 37 years later, it still provides an amazing and powerful riding experience. This example is in Canada and the seller has identified a shipping company that will assist with the paperwork to the U.S. Good luck to buyers and seller!

Happy Friday, -dc

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

From the seller:

Excellent Condition Turn Key 1985 Yamaha RZ500

8.5/9 out of 10 condition bike. Repaint / clear coat is in excellent condition.

Bike runs great – lots of power – sounds great – nothing beats two stroke smoke.

Two minor flaws – hairline crack (about 1 inch) at front fender and tiny chip touched up on white paint (both shown in pictures)

NOS stoneguard will go with the bike (not currently attached) – pictured

Mileage is 9,608 or 15,464 kilometers

Documented Rebuild of the motor by a two stroke specialist – minimal mileage since (stored in a collection and run periodically)

Aftermarket pipes – originals also come with the bike

Steering dampener added – other than that and the pipes the bike is stock.

Don’t buy a bike that needs work and wait – this is the one for your collection or reliving your hooligan youth!

1985 Yamaha RZ500 in Toronto
Suzuki August 9, 2022 posted by Dan

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma with Rick Lance upgrades

This RG500 is up for auction a second time after a failed listing that is described in the seller description. Unfortunately it’s unlikely you’ll be able to title the bike in California. The seller states it has a Florida title which should transfer in most states. Bidding is over $22k at this point and reserve is met. Good luck to buyers and seller in the remaining 5 days of the auction!

dc

1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

I brought the bike up to Rick Lance in 2015 and had him redo the suspension with his own shock and ride height adjustment link. The front forks were also rebuilt. It is setup for bigger guys over 200 lbs. Also, his clutch kit, his petcock kit, and his air filter kit were installed to replace the old ones.

It is in beautiful shape. It does have an aftermarket belly pan and an aftermarket upper fairing. Rick wasn’t sure who the manufacturer was but he said it was high quality. The stock pipes are in beautiful shape.

Rick commented that the bike rides incredibly well. In fact, he told me it was in his top 10 best riding Gammas. The motor has not been opened.

The current mileage equates to 13,021 miles. I have only ridden the bike 30-40 miles since Rick worked on it.

The bike has been sitting for a few years. The fuel was removed. It has been leaking a bit of 2 stroke oil. It needs the oil check valves replaced. There are a couple ways to do this. You can add check valves inline or replace the ball valves in the carbs. Both Lance Gamma and RG500 have them. I was going to bring it up to Rick and have him replace them, but unfortunately he passed away in 2019. His shop was bought out and now is in California, so it’s not easy for me anymore to bring the bike to have it worked on anymore.

I do have the stock air box. I have a repair manual. I do not have the old suspension parts that Rick took off.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma with Rick Lance upgrades
Moto Guzzi June 26, 2022 posted by Dan

Original Owner Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans

Advertised as original owner and garage kept for 44 years, this is a stunning MK1 Lemans — it looks restored but has somehow covered nearly 30k miles. While there are other iterations that came later with incremental improvements, the early MK1 with the round headlight is the best looking and archetypal for collectors.

1978 Moto Guzzi Lemans for sale on eBay

from the seller:

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans original one owner bike. Beautifully maintained and restored. Collector example.

Owner purchased bike new in November 1978 . Runs strong and has only 29,719 miles . Owner restored bike in the mid 1990’s .

Motorcycle has been garage kept for 44 years. Motorcycle has matching engine and frame numbers.

Motorcycle runs and idles great. Sounds fantastic especially when revved over 4k . Everything works. No electrical problems. Both front and rear brakes work great, has factory linked braking system.

Came from Moto Guzzi factory with velocity stacks on Del Orto pumper carbs . But owner has always ran the bike with K&N air filters fitted. Factory velocity stacks are included with bike.

Bike has the following upgrades, additions and modifications on it.

Alloy endurance timing gears

Bub Ent. Racing exhaust system

Rear Koni shocks (correct for time period)

Stainless steel brake hoses front and rear

VDO oil pressure gauge

Dyna III electronic ignition and 35kv Dyna coils

Telefix fork brace

Stainless steel oil lines

dc

Original Owner Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans
Suzuki June 17, 2022 posted by Dan

New Old Stock: 1989 Suzuki RG500 with 1 mile!

This has to represent one of the top 5 two strokes for any collector, and for those building a museum-like collection, this is about as good as it gets with just 1 “push” mile.

1989 Suzuki RG500 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

Museum Piece 1989 New Suzuki RG500 Gamma zero hour run time 2 push miles

This well documented RG500 Gamma was one of the last built. Its spent its entire life in England until 2021 when it was sold to a US collector and shipped to California. The bike has been feature in articles, forums and youtube over the years as it was on display in England. This bike is in mint condition and only shows the typical cracked tires as they are original and two scratches on the under belly fairing from loading. It comes with two factory keys, factory warranty card, registration card, suzuki owners card, application for English title and rear stand. The bike was originally offered by GS Motorcycles in Hillsborough County Down. This bike has been sold twice by Bonhams over the years at the International Classic Motorcycle Show. The ultimate for any two stroke 500cc collector.

Sold with a Bill of Sale and Cash only. I will not ship this, buyer must pick up. Please message me for viewing.

Northern California

This auction currently has about 6 days remaining and current bid is a tick over $65,000, reserve not met. Or skip the wait and just buy-it-now for $95,000! This will be a fun one to watch to conclusion. Happy Friday!

dc

New Old Stock:  1989 Suzuki RG500 with 1 mile!
Suzuki May 27, 2022 posted by Dan

1986 Suzuki RG500 with Lance Gamma Upgrades

The Suzuki RG500 needs no introduction on this website, especially when Lance Gamma has been involved in the updates. Rick Lance was the Jedi Knight of RG500 tuning and upgrades. A master of his craft.

This auction listing is currently bid to $16,100 and has a buy-it-now of $42,995. Somewhere in-between a buyer is going to score a straight up legend.

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1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale

from the seller:

If you are looking for a completely stock Suzuki RG500, look elsewhere! If you are looking for an RG that was built to be all that an RG can be, read on! I found this 1986 RG500 over a decade ago through Rick Lance of Lance Gamma fame. While Rick is no longer with us, he was the “GO TO GAMMA GUY” until his passing a few years ago. He had worked with the previous owner of this bike to help him build a bike with all the best parts and technology available for an RG at the time. The project started with an original stock Canadian import bike (Km speedometer) in good condition with approximately 11,000 miles on it. The bike was disassembled as required and all aspects of it built to the highest specifications for a super fun street racer.

The engine was gone through, cranks rebuilt and new stock bore pistons and rings installed. A new Dyson NOVA close ratio transmission along with their Nova straight cut primary gear set installed to address the well-known weaknesses of the stock RG transmission. In addition, a Lance Gamma clutch kit was installed to alleviate any clutch related issues. A shifter support was added as well to alleviate another well-known RG weakness. Carbs were rebuilt with a set of Lance Gamma float valves and Tripod air filters added to maximize fuel and air flow. Last, a set of TC expansion chambers added to handle exhaust duties.

To accommodate the TC chambers, a modified Lance Gamma battery/oil tank relocation kit was added along with a super lightweight Shorai lithium battery. And to make sure there were no overheating problems, an oversize aluminum radiator was added as well.

Handling was addressed next. Per Rick’s recommendation, stock wheels were exchanged for a set of freshly powder coated 17” GSX wheels front and rear with custom machined spacers. These wheels are wider than stock, convert the stock 16” front rim to 17” and allow a much larger selection of high performance tires to be used. Front brakes were upgraded with the addition of GSXR calipers, EBC discs, and Galfer steel braided brake lines. A new aluminum front fork brace was added as well. At the rear, an Ohlins shock with adjustable ride height adjuster was added along with another Galfer steel braided line.

Last, to deal with the cosmetic cracking issues that the stock plastic fairing, belly pan and seat cowl had, an Air Tech fairing and rear cowl was painted to match the paint scheme of the original paint tank. There are a few very minor touch ups on the right side of the front fairing nose where another bike from my collection fell into it, but they are minor at best (see pics). There are also a few very small stress cracks in the white paint on the rear cowl that even Air Tech wasn’t able to avoid with expansion chambers in such close proximity (again, see pics).

Mod Summary:

· Dyson Nova Close Ratio Transmission
· Dyson Nova Straight Cut Primary Gears
· Lance Gamma Clutch Kit
· Lance Gamma Float Valves
· Lance Gamma TriPod Air Filters
· TC Expansion Chambers
· Oversize Aluminum Radiator
· Lance Gamma Oil Tank/Battery Relocation Kit (modified)
· GSX 17” Powder Coated Wheels
· EBC Front Brake Discs
· GSXR Front Calipers
· Galfer Steel Braided Brake lines (F & R)
· Fork Brace
· Ohlins Adjustable Rear Shock
· Ride Height Adjuster
· Air Tech Fairing Painted in Original Paint Scheme w/Sticker Kit
· Zero Gravity Windscreen

The previous owner enjoyed the bike for a 1000 or so miles after it was built and then passed it on to me. I GREATLY enjoyed it for a several hundred more miles and promptly ruptured two discs in my lower back and haven’t ridden it in anger since! I finally “pickled” the bike about eight years ago, and it has been sitting in my indoor collection since. I have finally come to the realization that my age and health will prevent me from enjoying it as intended again so it is time to pass it on to the next caretaker. It is the third RG500 I have owned and by far the best and most fun one of the three!

I have just changed the transmission oil, refreshed the brake fluid in both front and rear brake systems and put in new coolant. I’ve included some pics of the bike with the body work off so you can see just how clean this bike is. I also included a pic of the plugs as they came out of the bike from the last time it was run and put into storage (1-2-3-4 R to L, jetting is spot on!).

I’ve since started and run the bike using a 30:1 premix to be sure all is well (I have not fully checked the automatic oiling system but it appeared to working correctly after start). Started on the fifth kick after eight years! Everything works as best I can tell, but I would suggest a thorough recommissioning to be sure all is in order. Oh, and new tires if you intend to ride it in anger as it is intended. The Metzler ME3’s that are on it are over a decade old now! The bike also comes with two original Suzuki keys, the original owner’s manual, an original Suzuki shop manual, a variety of mods information and documentation, and both an original parts micro-fiche and a hard copy print out of it. Last, I DO NOT have any of the original stock parts. What you see in the pics is what you get.

As an ex-AMA Pro Roadracer, this bike is as close as you are likely to get to the riding experience of the TZ250 and TZ700 I raced back in the day. It is a VERY NICE survivor and one which I’m sure I will regret selling, but age and medical issues say it’s got to go.

This is a very nice example, but it is a USED motorcycle that is almost 40 years old and it is NOT perfect. It is sold as is where is with NO warranty, NO guaranty or any other kind of ”–ty”. The motorcycle has a clear Arizona title in my name with no liens so no issues there. I am happy to arrange a pre-sale inspection if you care to see it before you bid.

1986 Suzuki RG500 with Lance Gamma Upgrades
Aprilia May 25, 2022 posted by Dan

RSBFS Featured Listing Summary

Here’s all the available Featured Listings from our readers in the last week of May 2022! -dc


Yamaha GTS1000 for sale

Mike has dropped the price of his GTS1000 listing to $6,750 CAD which is roughly $5,279 today.


Ducati 748 for sale

Michael’s 2002 Ducati 748 listing went live last week. He’s looking for an enthusiast to take over stewardship of this excellent and low mileage example.


BMW HP2 Sport for sale

Fred’s HP2 Sport is looking for a new home at a very reasonable $14,500. These are difficult to find and quickly becoming collectible.


Bimota SB6R

William is an RSBFS team member and his Bimota SB6R listing went live last week.


RSV4 Factory For sale

Dave lowered the price on his Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC to $11,000 last month!


Ducati Monster race bike for sale

Jonathon’s Monster 1100 Evo racebike is available for summer fun!


Ducati 848 for sale

Northwest European has this low mileage Ducati 848 available for just $8,950.

RSBFS Featured Listing Summary
Yamaha April 28, 2022 posted by Dan

Another Day, Another RZ350 For Sale

2022 has brought plenty of Yamaha RZ350’s to market. Today’s is a runner but needs some light cosmetic work. The good news is that the reserve appears met and current bid is a hair over $9k with 2 days remaining.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

The bike was bought several years ago to be restored. The frame was powder-coated, cylinders sent to Gary at Spec II to be bored and get new pistons and rings. New tires were bought but the bike needed cosmetic improvements. Other projects came along so the bike was put in a clean, safe storage location after draining fuel and removing the old battery.

I took it out of storage and put in a new battery. I left the tank and carbs dry and started the engine with starter fluid. It fired right up. Now I would like to sell the bike but if a reasonable offer is not made it will go back to storage. Note that the original exhaust pipes are included. Bike has a clear title.

Another Day, Another RZ350 For Sale
Honda April 23, 2022 posted by Dan

Not collectible yet – FZR600 and CBR600F3

They’re not limited editions, nor made in boutique factories, or even homologated for racing. But if you’re now in late 40’s or early 50’s, chances are you’ve owned or ridden one of these. And considering how old we were at the time, it may have even been your first taste of truly fast sportbike at a price that most riders could afford. While scores of these were manufactured, not many have survived in original shape as they were entry level sportbikes of their time, and they suffered with cheap modifications, road rash, and neglect. Except for these two:

1997 Yamaha FZR600 for sale on eBay $4,900

from the seller:

For sale is a very clean example of a 1997 Yamaha FZR-600. This bike is all original. No modifications.Low miles only 6055. The bike has been well cared for and it shows. This is a ready to ride and enjoy motorcycle. If you been looking for a 90’s era sport bike here is your chance.
purchased it from a Honda dealer in Wisconsin and later moved with it to Arizona. Hecommuted on it for many years. A few years ago he did a full garage restoration: fulldisassembly, powder coated the frame, fully rebuilt the engine, repainted tank and side covers,etc. He rode it very little since then. The current owner purchased it


1996 Honda CBR600F3 for sale on eBay $4,995


As I suggested, neither one of these are likely to catch a collectors eye, and as such, they’re rather affordable too. But they are very original and neither one has many miles considering they’re 25 years old. While they may appreciate in the future, for now you get a chance to relive your childhood for what is still a very attractive price point. Hell, get them both for under $10k!

dc

Not collectible yet – FZR600 and CBR600F3