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Yamaha September 24, 2021 posted by

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 For Sale!

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 For Sale on eBay!

Yup, it’s 1998 and I’m itching to “upgrade” my F3 because, you know, I “need” a bigger bike. I have a choice to make- ZX-9R or R1? Sport Rider magazines, Kent Kunitsugu, says the ZX-9R is the first sub 10 second 1/4 mile production motorcycle. Woo Hoo! screamed the Kawasaki fan boy.
Yup, you guessed it, I succumbed to the BIGGER, BETTER, FASTER marketing machine and purchased the ZX-9R :sadface: #Merica


The YZF-R1 burst on to the scene with a massive HP to weight ratio, good looks and razor sharp handling. Yamaha engineers also gave it enough pointy styling to be relevant 23 years down the road – which might be more impressive than the 150hp under the hood . . . er . . . gas tank.

Let’s have a peek at what could have been mine . . .

Looking back, I think I would have been happier with the R1 and seeing this one brings back all of those missed “what if” memories. I still think the red and white 98′ R1’s are one of my favorite looking bikes of all time only being eclipsed by the R7.

Seeing a (basically) all stock 1998 R1 in great condition has this one tugging at me. Thank goodness my old rickety ass can’t handle the sport bike riding position anymore or I’d have to pinch open my old skool squeeze change holder and buy the wife a new pair of shoes for this one.

From the seller
1998 Yamaha R1 – Used

Rare and highly desirable red and white color combination
-17,598 Miles
-Lockhart Phillips tinted windscreen.
-Aftermarket tail tidy.
-Michelin Pilot Power tires that have 98% tread left.
-Almost unnoticeable ding in the right top rear of the gas tank
-Small scratch on right side of tank below the word “Yamaha”.
-Small chip in paint on the right lower side of the gas tank.
-Small chip in the top center of the gas tank.
-Rear passenger seat has been recovered and front corners are sewn.

-This gorgeous 1998 Yamaha R1 runs and rides fantastic and is perfect for any collection.

Okay, I have a confession: I had no idea having your corners of your passenger seat “sewn” was a thing and worth mentioning in a for sale ad. Anyone else? Beuller? Beuller? Beuller?

Moving on from my lesson of the day- The seller has supplied some very nice photos for your review and a start up/throttle blip video for your viewing pleasure.

There you have it! A pristine, stock 1998 Yamaha R1 in the most sought after color scheme. The seller has it at $8750 BIN over on the auction site. I don’t think that is too bad all things considered.

Let us know where you stand on these.

Cheers!

dd

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 For Sale!
Yamaha September 11, 2021 posted by

California Dreaming: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

Today’s find is a rare and wonderful thing. Not only is it a fantastic Yamaha RZ350 in classic racing colors, it also appears to be completely stock and original. And this is the funny bit here – in that this is perhaps the rarest of the RZ350s, given that this is an original California model. When released this would have been the heaviest and potentially most choked up model due to the additional EVAP canisters and extra-stringent emissions rules. But today the stock bits that made the RZ350 C.A.R.B. compliant in California are all but unobtainable – making this bike such a rare example of originality.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

The tech used to make the RZ350 50-state legal was substantial, but rather well known in automotive circles. Since we all know (and love) the blue smoke that emanates from a two-stroke, it should come as no surprise that the smoke is unburned hydrocarbons from the oil mixed in the gas. The oil is necessary to lube the bottom end, as two strokes do not have a crankcase full of oil. Additionally, two strokes have very dirty exhaust gas as some of the intake charge goes right out the exhaust port at the best of times. The smoky exhaust is evidence of greenhouse gas and particulate matter that are two major causes of pollution – which, in LA at least, caused a horrible brown haze that blanketed the valley and persisted throughout the year. By introducing catalytic converters into the heavy exhaust pipes, Yamaha sought to burn off some of the excess fuel ejected by the cylinders. The converters required an additional air bleed to aid in burning, which is some of the additional exhaust tubing (and reason why expansion chambers are the #1 performance mod made to these bikes). In California there is the added fun of the evaporative canister, which aims to capture any escaping fuel vapors. This is why CA bikes have a veritable spaghetti bowl of rubber tubing out of the tank. This was a lot of work for Yamaha, and the complexity meant that CA was a one year only bike.

From the seller:
Here is your chance to own one of the cleanest, unrestored Yamaha RZ 350s out there.

The Good:
– Darn near showroom new
– 11,000 miles, but you would believe me if I said 3,000 miles
– Body work (9.5/10)
– Has never been repainted
– Frame paint is close to mint
– Never been dropped
– Bolt plating looks factory new
– Forks look new
– Wheels look new
– Stock pipes are mint, no scrapes or scratches
– No rust in the gas tank
– All original decals, even on the gas tank and gas cap
– California RZ so it has the extra smog canister
– Motor has never been out of the bike
– Comes with its original tool kit
– Still has the rubber headlight gasket
– On original top end
– Runs fantastically

More from the seller:
The Bad:
– Bit of wear on the handlebars from tie downs and the key on the ring
– A little paint coming off the right hand brake caliper and brake master
– Rubber piece that goes around the fairing is kind of dry and needs some glue

The Neutral:
– The owner before me had cleared the side covers, front fender, and fairing years ago because he wanted it to match the tank better

More from the seller:
Please look at the pictures to see how clean this bike really is. I included a photo with the fairing swung down so you can see how clean it is underneath. I know there are cheaper RZs out there, but they aren’t as clean or original as this one.

So there you have it. What was likely the least desirable RZ when new due to the additional emissions equipment has turned into a time capsule and an ultra rare offering today. This bike looks far, far better than a 36 year old motorcycle should, especially when you consider some of the more, um, well-used examples seen on these pages recently. The price reflects the condition and originality, with an auction already above $8k (reserve not met) and a Buy It Now of $16,500. It will be interesting to see how high the bidding goes on this California special. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

California Dreaming:  1985 Yamaha RZ350
Featured Listing September 10, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: All Original 1990 Yamaha TZR 250 SP

Location: Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Mileage: 17,540km/10,898m
Price: $16,000
Contact: gregory.zydyk@gmail.com

Straight out of a private collection is this amazing 1990 TZR 250 3MA. 1 of 500 produced solely for the JDM in it’s original state. No paint work, OEM body panels, original windscreen, original turn signals and ready to roll (see video below).

In 1990 Yamaha threw every available option at the TZR SP. It came from the factory with upside down forks, braced swing arm, the latest YPVS offering and a dry clutch. It is very close to the full on race version TZR 250W. If you’re not familiar with Yamaha’s reverse cylinder design- the carburetors face the front wheel and the exhaust exits on the rear of the cylinder which is why Yamaha designed a true under tail exit exhaust for the ultimate Racer Boy look!

The seller has gone above and beyond the call of duty to accurately describe their machine with hi-res photos. Please take your time- browse through them all and enjoy how well this 3MA has been preserved. I did some research today and poured over the RSBFS.com archives where I could only find 1 other 1990 3MA ever listed on our site. So, based on our 14 year history- you are looking at a truly rare machine.



I hope you enjoyed that video as much as I did. There’s nothing quite like a 2 stroke buzzing down the road at 10k rpm and hearing the rattle of the dry clutch when slowing down- especially when you can do it without worry. That’s right, this TZR 250 is titled, tagged and completely legal under the 25 year old rule. This is a no hassle 2-stroke purchase.

Is this the one you’ve been waiting for? Will you ride it or put it on display?

If you’re interested- please contact Greg at gregory.zydyk@gmail.com

dd

Featured Listing:  All Original 1990 Yamaha TZR 250 SP
Aprilia September 5, 2021 posted by

Sunday Search Results feat: Suzuki’s, Yamaha’s, Aprilia and Honda’s

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for sale on CL

I have owned it for several years and it starts, runs, idles, rides and stops well.
It wears the uncommon Union Jack livery and it is good cosmetic and mechanical shape. It is largely original with the following minor exceptions, VH pipe, filter pods, windshield, bar ends and fuel tank breather hose. It does not leak oil or anything else.

500#’s of 1986 in your face!
130hp, 5 speeds and 18″ shoes at both ends of this period correct GSX-R 1100. You don’t see these floating around too often- This one averaged 800 miles per year and wears 35 pretty darn well.

 
 



1986 VFR 700 with spares For Sale on CL

Comes with original wheels, box of new parts (previous owner went into a Honda shop that was closing and bought out their vfr inventory of parts)

This VFR has only covered 24,000 miles or 685 miles per year over it’s life and it presents very well. Honda’s Red, White and Blue paint has always been my favorite VFR offering. This one won’t last long priced at $4,500.

 
 


1995 Yamaha FZR600 with only 4,950 miles for sale on CL!

A perfect OEM 1994 Yamaha FZR600 for sale. BONE STOCK! No pipes, no carb kit, nothing aftermarket. The condition of this bike is almost perfect.

I know some of you won’t believe me when I say this, but . . . This one is a bit LOUD even for me! There’s no denying it’s in great shape, all original and super low miles for a 26 year old machine. I’m not sure on the $5,250 price tag though- What are your thoughts?

 
 


2014 Aprilia RSVR RF #143 of 200 for sale on CL

#143 came stock wtih Ohilns, Brembo, traction and wheelie control to help keep this 200hp rocket under control. This one is priced at $15,995 and has covered 3,300 miles. I’m down with this one- #ApeNation

 
 


1995 Yamaha GTS1000 with only 6,000 miles!

Super low miles on this GTS! These were heavily marketed as long distance sport touring machines, but apparently, this one didn’t get the message. There’s no price listed in the ad which leads me to believe it must be really cheap :rolleyes: If you call on this one please let us know the price.

 
 


1989 Honda GB500 Cafe Racer for sale on CL

First year of the highly collectible Honda GB500. This beautiful and rare bike was purchased from the original owner and has 5000 original miles on it.

I know- “Another Cafe Racer!”
I thought it was pretty cool and I have the keys to my posts 🙂

 
 



2002 Suzuki GSX-R 600 Telefonica Repli Racer for sale on CL

This is a very rare bike, and the only downside I found to owning one of these is that it did tend to draw way too much attention whenever and wherever I parked it, so I always covered it!

Buyer beware! 🙂

 
 



1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for sale on CL

1986 Suzuki RG-500 “Gamma” 4 cylinder 500cc two stroke!! Street legal MOTO GP/GP 500 style bike from the 2 stroke good old days!! They only made thees bikes for 2 years 86-87 and they were NEVER imported to the US, only brought in through the gray market!! So having one here on the west cost that is legally registered here in Washington is quite RARE!! (fashioned after Barry Sheene’s GP-500 bike from the early to mid 80’s) Legally registered in the state of Washington, (now with collector plate) and was registered in Oregon. I am the second owner of this bike, it was imported from South Africa from the original owner, a South African gentlemen that now lives in Oregon. BONE STOCK with just less than 19,500 kilometers on the speed-o (12,116) Miles. This is a insane 250 lbs HTFO-Rocket!! That I just can’t seem to open up in my area of Wa. (to meany cops) So my baby just sits in a heated garage/shop. Bike has ALWAYS been in a garage, and never used in bad weather!! My loss your gain First $35,000 gets it…..!!

Why it is that whenever you blog about a rare bike it seems like 5 more pop out of nowhere? Case and point- Last weeks B-O-B’s had a low mileage RG in it and this one popped up this week. Just as the seller states- these were never imported to the states, but as any long time viewer knows, there are a few of them floating around. This one looks to be in great shape!

Cheers!

dd

Sunday Search Results feat: Suzuki’s, Yamaha’s, Aprilia and Honda’s
Yamaha September 5, 2021 posted by

1987 Yamaha YSR50 For Sale!

1987 Yamaha YSR50 For Sale on eBay!

I know, I know . . . To some of you these aren’t sport bikes and should never grace our lovely pages, but to the majority of you- YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE! You may be asking yourself “How does dd know this?” Well, let me just say this isn’t my first RSBFS Rodeo and I have access to those pesky behind the scenes numbers.

Let’s check it out- shall we?

1987 ysr50 fully restored all fresh powder coating on frame new paint and stickers. Fresh top end on motor dual springs up front new swing arm bushings bike is in perfect condition and needs nothing bike has been sitting in my house after it was restored has zero miles on it since it was done clean Vermont registration in my name ready to transfer

The seller says it has a clean bill of health and is ready for a new home. I’ve zoomed (put your right foot) in and zoomed (pull your right foot) out and back (put your right foot) in and looked (all about) and the only thing that I see is the frame powder coating is too dark/grey compared to the stock silver (I had this same issue on a FZR400 rusty rear sub-frame). I do like that the seller replaced all of the stickers during the rebuild- Nice touch!

Sans the mirrors, I think it’s a tidy resto and based on the bidding activity the YSR club thinks so too. At the time of writing, there are 11 bids and if there was a reserve it has been cleared so, this one will sell.


 

Well? What do you all think of this one? Granted, it’s not a $15,000, zero mile time machine, but it’s purty darn nice.

Check out this YSR here-

Cheers!

dd

1987 Yamaha YSR50 For Sale!
Yamaha August 28, 2021 posted by

Decisions Decisions Decisions: 3 different Yamaha RZ350s

In the topsy-turvy world of collecting, there are often times when very little that is interesting is actually available. Then there are times when everything is available at once. You just cannot predict what will become available and here at RSBFS we do what we can to bring you the best we can find. And just like earlier in the year when Ducati 851 models were springing up like weeds, there are other bikes that appear in numbers – such as today’s example of three different red/white RZ350s. Best known as the last officially imported two stroke into all 50 states of the US, the parallel twin successor to the late RD series offered liquid cooling and introduced the concept of an exhaust power valve. While none of these nearly 40 year old bikes will be first in line for an indoor parking spot at the Barber Museum, they still represent a desired milestone machine worth collecting. Let’s look at our contestants! In no particular order:


Bike #1 – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 – starting bid $6k

From the seller:
Beautiful 1984 Yamaha RZ350. Have not seen many of these around on here or locally.
Early build date of 1/1984.
Matching Engine and Frame numbers: 003191 (shown in photos).
7,750 original miles.
2-stroke, liquid cooled, very fun and unique sounding bikes.

Bike runs and drives as it should – carburetors recently cleaned, general maintenance performed.
Bike is mostly original, however it does have aftermarket pipes, air filters, rear directionals (oem appearance), mirrors.
The windshield does have a few minor scratches, and there is also a scratch near the fuel shutoff (see photo).
The tank had minor repair underneath as it had a small pinhole leak. The inside was sealed with Tank Kreem fuel tank liner.
The bike is not 100% perfect showroom condition, but it is close, and in overall great shape. The bike was in dry storage for 25 years.

Located in Maine, this particular RZ has traveled fewer than 8,000 miles according to the clocks. There is the usual form of usage and neglect apparent, although the seller has done a good job of cleaning up the bike. The photos show a bit of corrosion, and some of the expected mods – namely the replacement of the heavy and performance-robbing catalytic converter pipes in favor of proper expansion chambers. If done correctly in conjunction with airbox and jetting changes, this is the #1 performance mod to really wake up the RZ with no harm in longevity. For a museum collector this is a destructive mod that kills the value, but for a rider-quality example the rideability gain is a definite benefit. The seller claims it was in storage for 25 years, and no maintenance records are listed. Opening bid is $6,000 – which may sound like big money if you remember when you could snag a project bike for less than half of that, but those days are long gone my friend. The best part of this auction is that it has no reserve. Check out the details on this one here.


Bike #2 – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 – starting bid $5k

From the seller:
Running & Currently Registered, fires right up whenever I get a chance to use it. Sounds & shifts as it should.
– The motorcycle has 23,000 miles on it
– I bought this bike a few years ago planning on doing a cosmetic restoration. I’m no mechanic but the bike does not need anything major.
– The past owner had recently gone through the motor and it runs strong, has Factory Pipe Products aftermarket exhaust (Expansion Chambers) and is re-jetted for the exhaust system.
– The past owner also put on the current gas tank (dented a shown in pictures) because the original tank had rusted/leaked as so many RZ gas tanks did.
– I have some spare parts that I have collect that will go with the bike including a set of rear turn signals (current right rear is taped).
– Comes with a Yamaha Service Manual

Continuing our New England romp, this second RZ350 lives in Connecticut and has traveled a credible 23,000 miles. By the pictures one can conjure up a story of hard use, which is not uncommon with the model. Like the first bike, this one sports aftermarket exhaust chambers coupled with carb mods to maximize performance. Judging by the conditions shown in the photos, this is no museum bike. The tank tells a story of a bike being down – on both sides. The seller claims the tank was added later, which is plausible. Still, the non-stock side cover on the right speaks to potential damage replacement. The cylinder block is not painted, which could mean replacement or modification (i.e. bore and/or ported). With luck, the previous owner replaced crank seals during the rebuild process. A bit of a mystery, this RZ has a starting bid of $5k and no reserve. Check out all of the details here.


Bike #3 – 1985 Yamaha RZ350 – starting bid $7999

From the seller:
This 1985 Yamaha RZ350 is an original. The owner has had it for 1 year. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend rides.

This bike runs beautifully and has the smoothest shifting transmission I have ever seen on a Yamaha. Clutch is fairly new. Has some cosmetic defects but nothing major for an almost 40 year old bike. All gauges work as they should as well as instrument lights. Turn signals have been removed. Oil injection system works correctly. Bike maintains temperature as it should. You would be hard pressed to find a 1985 RZ350 bike that is mechanically better than this one.

Of the 3 bikes shown, this 1985 model is the most confusing. Early 1985 models had the red/white scheme that mimicked the black/yellow. There was a late 1985 California model that shared the earlier paint scheme and shipped with gold wheels, but all 1985 models had the Kenny Roberts signature on the fairing. Given the cosmetic condition of this one, it is likely that the fairing was replaced along the line (the tank shows evidence of a handlebar hit, scuffed cases, etc). The MRA marking on the cylinder block is another mystery – as best guess would indicate the Motorcycle Racing Association out of Colorado. But other than the exhaust tips, I don’t see any safety wire. I also don’t see a side stand. The stock pipes have been swapped out for expansion chambers, but I am not able to make out the brand. Showing 34,700 miles on the clocks, this looks to be a survivor with a hard past. Opening bid is $7,999. Check out all of the details here.


So which would you chose? Bachelor/Bachelorette #1, #2, or #3? The smart money says to get into the RZ game sooner rather than later, as the overall model series continues to gain in value with each passing year. And if you are looking for a pristine example, you already know these are not it. However a museum example will be asking more than double of this lot – which is a lot. Amidst this trio, I would first consider what my goals would be for the bike (i.e. realistically, a presentable rider). From there, I would look at each bike critically, searching for originality and completeness. If I was spending my dollars, I would put aside a few bucks as any of these three would require a leak-down test to check for compromised seals, as well as a contingent for general maintenance. But if I had to choose from those listed here, I’d likely chose them in order of presentation, even though Bike #2 is initially offered at a lower price. Simply put, Bachelor/Bachelorette #1 appears closest to stock, has the fewest miles and the least amount of overall damage. It will be interesting to follow these auctions to see where they end up. What are your thoughts? Is the RZ market one you might like to get into? Let us know in the comments!

MI

Decisions Decisions Decisions: 3 different Yamaha RZ350s
Yamaha August 25, 2021 posted by

1994 Yamaha TZR250 SPR 3XV For Sale!

1995 Yamaha TZR250 SPR 3XV For Sale on eBay!

The TZR250 SPR was the culmination of all things before it. The SPR’s have braced black frames, triple 32mm power valves (to skirt the regulations of the day) that consisted of both guillotine and cotton reel designs. The beauty of this design was even though Yamaha downsized the the valves from 36mm to 32mm they were still able to keep the horsepower at 40. That’s not a lot of HP by today’s 4 strokes power output, but it was plenty for Yamaha to eventually win the Suzuka 4 hour endurance race with the SPR.

Here’s what the eBay listing has to say.

Absolutely fantastic example of the last of the 2stroke 250cc Yamaha super sport bikes! Incredibly rare bike that was never sold in the US market during production. Powered by the proven single-axis crank 90-degree V-twin engine that adopted “Triple YPVS” for finely tuned exhaust control, a new type of carburetor (during the 90’s) and a cassette-type wide-ratio transmission. This bike has been on display in a high-end collection for about a year and a half and is ready for a new owner. The bike has recently been started and run for the first time since it was imported

Here are some key features of this bike:

-Fantastic visual condition for a bike that is nearly 30 years old
-Starts easily, and runs great
-Clean PA title! Very rare for this bike to have a US title.
-Fuel tank is spotless
-All lights and horn work properly
-New battery
-Temp gauge or sensor may need to be addressed as the needle did not move during my test ride.
-Only 9513 KM = 5911 Miles
-Tons of tread left on the Rosso II tires
-Minor scuffs on each fairing, small paint repair on edge of front fender and one paint blemish on frame near swingarm pivot

I don’t disagree with the sellers evaluation and description of their machine. I would like to point out that all of my research, friends and GoDuckYou translator tells me SPR’s weren’t produced until 1995. Not that it matters, because it really is a non-issue since SPR’s were never brought stateside. I am very pleased to see it’s titled and ready to roll, but should you pull the trigger on this one I recommend you tread lightly! Parts for these are scarce to non-existent.

I also wanted to mention that I think it’s worth every penny of the asking price because these are rare as rocking horse poop and this example is finer than frogs hair.

Check out Pure2StrokeSpirit.net for all things TZR

Cheers!

dd

Check out this Ultra Rare TZR here!

1994 Yamaha TZR250 SPR 3XV For Sale!
Honda August 18, 2021 posted by

Whacky Wednesday Mixed Bag-O-Bikes!

Last night, I was kicking it and lounging around, sipping on a cold snack with some time to kill. The normal hot-bed of rare sport bike supply was a little slow so, I stretched my short legs and ventured out on the dark world wide web in search of some tasty eye candy for all our highly regarded followers. I have to admit, I didn’t have high expectations, but my dung luck would prove me wrong once again.

Grab your favorite sudsy beverage and feast your eyes on the gems I found.

1988 Honda Hawk NT650

Cool bikes! Narrow v-twin, low on power, but high on the cool factor with the single sided swing-arm. Bonus points if you can find a Two Brothers Kit 😉

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1991 Honda NSR250

Super small machines! This is said to have less than 200 miles since a complete rebuild. Ask plenty of questions! Bonus- It has a Vermont plate! (fist pump)

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1987 Suzuki RB50 Mini GSX-R!

My boy Mike E Mike is gonna love this one! I think it’s cool and smooth as a fresh jar of Skippy.

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1986 Yamaha SRX600- MINT!

Release the white Pigeons! MINT MINT MINT with only 861 miles! These were only imported for 1 year. Super rare and sought after. Don’t let it get away.

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1993 Yamaha GTS1000

Miles are high, but these were cutting edge back in the day and still draw a crowd to this day.

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1981 Honda CBX 6 cylinder BEAST!

I have no words for this one . . . Okay, maybe “STUNNING!”

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1990 Suzuki RGV250 Gamma

Meh, it’s needs some work to be complete, but RGV’s don’t come around often. Thoughts on this one?

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1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750 “Big Body”

Good miles and Team Colors. I always liked these and this one seems to be in pretty good shape.

There you have it! Did you finish your sudsy drink or make it through 2? I consumed 1 1/2 while searching the dark web for these.

Drop a comment below and let us know if you like these kind of posts or if you’ rather not see them. Also, feel free to let us know if you pick one of these up.

Cheers!

dd