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Featured Listing May 22, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: Low-mile, tastefully modified 2006 Yamaha R1 LE

Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the brand, the 2006 Yamaha R1 Limited Edition came dressed to kill, sporting a livery that hearkened back to the heady days of Kenny Roberts and wearing gold Marchesini wheels. Just 500 were built, and Yamaha rounded out the package with a stock slipper clutch and Ohlins suspension all around. With so few available and with those factory upgrades, it’s safe to say that the Yamaha R1 LE is a special bike even with a pile of miles on the clock.

But this one, which comes to us from the collection of our buddy Don Potter, is a nearly virgin example, with just over 2,600 miles on the clock. And, as if it wasn’t special enough, Don loaded it down with a long list of very tasteful modifications. As it sits, it is truly the ultimate expression of what the R1 was meant to be. In my opinion, the mid-aughts R1s are some of the finest looking models from the bike’s 20-year history, and the speedblock paintwork really makes it sing.

Yamaha made a wise decision adding better suspension and a slipper to the R1 LE, as the stock bike pushed out the best part of 180 horsepower at the crank and was capable of a terrifying 180 mph. This is not the realm of the new rider.

From the seller:

2006 Yamaha R1 LE

I bought this bike to make a collection of 2000’s sports bikes, searching over a year to find desirable low mileage/model/color combos. I also have a 2001 GSXR1000, zero mile CBR1000RR Repsol and a Ducati 1198R. Anyway I decided to retire and move back to the UK so I am selling my collection.

#221 of only 500 made, the R1 LE came with Ohlins suspension, Marchesini wheels and a slipper clutch. I wanted to it to make it look even more special, so I put over $4000 of mods (parts cost only) on it. The build list is as follows:

Akrapovic Carbon Slipons with Link Pipes (sound great, not loud)
Brembo M4 Calipers with Brembo Pads
Brembo 19 RCS Corsa Corta Master Cylinder
Spiegler Brake Lines
Race Style Rear Brake Reservoir
Factory Pro Superflare V Velocity Stacks (improved midrange)
PAIR Mod
Power Commander
K-Factory Rearsets (very trick)
GTYR Genuine OEM Rear Seat Cowl (very rare – I found a NOS one)
CRG Bar End Mirrors
CRG Clutch Lever
Carbon Hugger
Blaster-X Integrated Rear light
Graves Flushmount LED Signals
Greggs Plate Holder and Mirror Blockoffs

I also serviced the bike, changing oil (Amsoil synthetic 10w40) and filter, fitted a new OEM air filter and changed the coolant.

I found this bike at a small bike shop in OH. The shop owner also had a zero mile R1 LE. The bike is in mint condition with 2600 miles and never been tracked. Only flaw is a very small crack just under the headlight trim (see pic). The decals I added to the lower bodywork and forks can easily be removed. New Pirelli Supercorsa tires were fitted just before I bought it. Original toolkit included. I have only ridden the bike 15 miles but it rides perfectly.

A video walk around and startup can be seen here.

Clean title with current MN registration in my name. I am in Minneapolis. I can store the bike for some time and assist with loading if buyer uses a shipper. I have all the stock take off parts so the bike can be returned to stock, including original uncut rear mudguard with reflector.
Price is $14,500 with all mods and every stock part included, or $12,500 returned to stock and no modified parts included.

Contact Don with your interest: don_potter@me.com

Of all the R1s made, this model is sure to go down as one of the best of the bunch, and this one is perfectly set up to be enjoyed as well as housed in a collection.

 

Featured Listing: Low-mile, tastefully modified 2006 Yamaha R1 LE
Featured Listing May 18, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha FZR400 in Arizona

This gorgeous little JDM ripper is an RSBFS alum, listed here in late 2017 by our buddy Gary out in Utah. Today, it makes a triumphant return, this time in Arizona and bearing its correct model year. Japanese market 1WG models are rare as hen’s teeth as it is, and this one ups the ante with its unobtanium blue bodywork  and stellar condition. Gary has always been a fastidious and particular collector, and the current seller clearly carried on that proud tradition.

The Yamaha FZR400 is a gem of a motorcycle in any guise, with a rev-happy water-cooled four banger pushing around a gorgeous aluminum frame. Club racers loved these things when they were new, and you can still catch them tearing up AHRMA grids today. As with any welterweight ripper, they require handfuls of throttle and reward bravery and momentum with millimeter-precise handling.

The bike appears to have been treated to new tires in the current owner’s care, and he has added just shy of 1,000 kilometers. It remains in incredible condition.

From the seller:

1987 Yamaha FZR 400 1WG , approx 10,399 KM or 6,461 Miles. I take it out at least once a week in AZ. Rare blue JDM bike, Very clean, Japanese tank sticker, Excellent running condition, Excellent overall condition, Everything works like new, New Tires, Previous owner’s recent refresh includes: replaced front master cylinder with new OEM, Engine covers (caps) replaced with new OEM, New fuel petcock, New fork seals, New battery and fluids. All fairings, exhaust, and components not mentioned are 100% factory Yamaha original parts. No rust in tank. No paint touch-ups. Very minor normal light wear. Some corrosion on top of motor. Clean AZ title. $7600

The bike is also listed here on Craigslist, where seller Chris’s contact info can be found. In these trying times, we can’t think of a more entertaining way to practice physical distancing.

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha FZR400 in Arizona
Featured Listing May 13, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1996 Yamaha YZF600R for Sale

If you grew up reading about, riding, or lusting after 80s and 90s Japanese sportbikes, the good news is that these machines are finally getting their due from collectors. The bad news is that there aren’t many nice, low-mile examples out there anymore, and prices are no longer what they were. Luckily, today’s Featured Listing is probably one of the cleanest, low-mile Yamaha YZF600Rs left in existence. 

The YZF600R, also known as the “Thundercat” in some markets, was introduced in 1994. It was an evolution of the steel Deltabox-framed FZR600 and shared that bike’s overall shape until a redesign in 1996 brought the styling into line with the bigger YZF1000 “Thunderace.” It was more of an all-rounder than some of its period competition, but it was still considered a highly-competent sportbike, just one that was more suited to street use than other, more highly-strung options. Like Yamaha’s own R6 for example. The YZF was available in some markets until 2007, sold alongside the R6 as a more practical alternative to that very track-focused machine.

The YZF600R followed the typical format for the class at the time, with the aforementioned steel Deltabox frame that added weight, compared to aluminum versions, but kept costs under control. The complete package weighed in at 453lbs wet and the bike’s 87 rwhp could push the bike to more than 150mph. Adjustable suspension at both ends was on the soft side, but handling was good enough for the track when properly adjusted, and the package was good enough to win an AMA Supersport championship in 1996.

This is listed as a 1996 model, so I’m assuming it was produced before the changeover to the later styling that replaced the “cat-eye” design seen here for a single-headlight. All things considered, this is an extremely clean and original example, with less than 1,700 miles showing on the odometer. Note that there are a few cracks and minor blemishes to be found, but these are clearly documented in the huge gallery of images below.

From the Seller: 1996 Yamaha YZF600R for Sale


1996 Yamaha YZF600R Survivor

With only 1,700 original miles and a striking maroon and dark magenta cocktail color combination, this fox-eye YZF has been in storage since 1999. It was recently brought back to life by cleaning the carbs, scrubbing the bike from top to bottom, oiling the cylinders, flushing the brakes, changing the oil, installing a fresh AGM battery, replacing the ignition, installing a new fuel pump and repairing a few minor fairing cracks (likely from damage during storage). The bike is clean and ready to ride with a clear Minnesota title.

The bike is all original except for an aftermarket ignition switch and in-tank fuel pump. The tires (old but intact), exhaust, windscreen, rear seat cowl, owner’s manual and even the reflectors everyone tore off are on it. The plastics are nice, but not perfect, with a few minor cracks. The same thing applies to the overall condition of the bike. The bike shows no signs of ever having been down.

The YZF is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and can be picked up or shipped from there.

Over 100 pictures available.

Price: $4,500

Contact:
Dan
952-237-0214 (mobile)
dtinklenberg@gmail.com

The seller is asking $4,500 for this very classy, low-mile machine. You could probably find a cheaper YZF600R, but this is probably the nicest one you’re likely to find anytime soon. The only possible downside is that this example is slathered in very classy burgundy paint, not some lurid and evocative period race-replica scheme. Like Honda’s CBR600 F3, they made plenty of these, and they were never all that rare or valuable. But if you want to relive your youth in style, this one can’t really be beat. Just fit some fresh rubber and enjoy!

-tad

Featured Listing: 1996 Yamaha YZF600R for Sale
Yamaha May 1, 2020 posted by

Formation Flight – 1985 Yamaha RZ500 with 4,600 miles !

With a pair of 250cc engines driving a common output shaft providing two power strokes on every revolution, Yamaha’s RZ500 pushed nearly 200 hp per liter, even in street trim.  This sharp Michigan example has been in storage but was recently freshened up for riding season.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

The RZ’s engine is almost a cube, with four 26mm Mikuni carburetors looking out to the side-mounted airboxes from the valley of the 50-degree V.  Individual expansion chambers wend their way back, with the upper cylinders’ pipes tucked into the seat fairing.  88 hp was available at a wailing 9,500 rpm, with the torque band was stretched by the YPVS power valve system.  The chassis was steel tubing and the forks were right-side-up, though the monoshock was underneath the engine to make room for the exhausts.

With just over 4,600 miles, this RZ had to be in storage before the present owner.  Just some stress cracking on the chin scoop is apparent, with none of the usual garage rash and corrosion.  The seller waited seven years to re-commission it for the road, and has the following comments in the eBay auction:

New Battery
New Tires
New Chain
New Wheel Bearings
New Tapered steering head bearings
Changed transmission Oil
Cleaned float bowls on carbs
New Shut off valve for fuel
New front Brake Pads
Amsoil Dominator Synthetic injector oil
New fork seals, Race tech Springs, Gold valves, Modified damper rods (per Race Tech) 20 wt oil
With modifying damper rods the Anti Dive units are inactive (left them for stock appearance)
 
This is a very nice mostly all Original RZ, Starts first kick most every time hot or cold, shifts and clutches fine, pulls all the way to redline.
 
All lights work, horn, blinkers, brake light, gauge lights

The RZ500 waited more than 10 years to hit the streets after the YZR500 race machine’s 1973 introduction, but by then the U.S. and a good part of Europe had declared two-strokes unwelcome.  So every RZ500 seen will be a gray market import with limited history, and a KMH speedo with MPH sub-titles.  This one’s about as nice as they come without claims of a collection or museum, and the auction’s at $11K with five days to run.  With recent sales in the low $20’s, a lot of us will just be watching, at least to see where the reserve is set.

-donn

Formation Flight – 1985 Yamaha RZ500 with 4,600 miles !
Yamaha April 14, 2020 posted by

Purple Rain – 1994 Yamaha FZR600R with 8,479 Miles !

In the 1990’s as today, the middle-weight segment was ruled by the bottom line, each model having ups and downs depending on the year, and 1994 was a nice year for FZR600’s – with a lot of improvements from earlier R6’s.  This example has been tucked away with low miles and few apparent scuffles.

1994 Yamaha FZR600R for sale on eBay

Yamaha tailored the findings of its Superbike department to the budget, and the 598cc engine got four valves instead of five, and the chassis was crafted of steel stampings instead of aluminum.  Still the engine and chassis were new for ’94, slightly more oversquare with lighter cam train yielding 99 hp.  Yamaha’s own suspension and brakes weren’t fancy but the brakes are right-sized at 298mm with the neat smaller leading brake puck.  The trapezoidal headlight was retired and the nose got an endurance racer’s rugged good looks.

This FZR looks good though the seller notes new rubber and a carb cleaning might await the next owner.  Hopefully nothing scary under the tank bra, and the paint has been protected by an armada of stickers.  From the eBay auction:

Good for new riders, or the experienced and seasoned rider who wants a small and nimble machine. Very good plastics, good tires (old). Starts easy, brakes tight, corners well. Does not overheat. New Fuel Filter. Clear Title. Has a very slight hesitation from idle, so it probably needs to have the 4 carbs synced. It rides fine as it is if you plan to hwy ride it and commute. It may clean up as you run fresh fuel through the carbs or run a carb cleaner through it. Gears shift well and hold well. Air filter like new, and the airbox is still setup stock. This is a stock bike except for the slip-on muffler. Sounds nice. New Battery. Under 8500 miles!

Trying to make sense of the international phase-in of the FZR600R didn’t clear things up much for me, with the North American market keeping this nose and fairing ? – maybe a resident expert could weigh in.  More often seen on RSBFS in the Vance & Hines chartreuse and mauve race livery, this 90’s evening wear might be coming back into style.  Not ready for – or looking for a change from – the liter+ supersport, when sorted this FZR will offer pretty fashionable performance.

-donn

Purple Rain – 1994 Yamaha FZR600R with 8,479 Miles !
Featured Listing February 12, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special

Before race bikes had to have fairings, custom suspension, and forged rearsets, they looked a lot like streetbikes with number plates, and the 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona was among the best. Lighter by half than most of the 750cc and 1,000cc superbikes of the time, the RD could run inside outside and around just about any of its peers. Usually, that means you sacrifice something in acceleration or top speed, but the RD’s parallel-twin 400cc two-stroke mill damn near made up for that.

With ~43 horsepower to push around just 365 pounds, the little RDs were darlings on the street, too. Their modern equivalent is probably something like the Yamaha FZ07, practical, lithe, fast enough to scare you and still accessible enough for a commuter.

This 1979 RD400F Daytona is a beautiful example of the brand, in the classic red/white/gold livery. It’s not perfect, but it isn’t that far off. It’s easily nice enough to put on a stand in your basement and stare at, but I wouldn’t be scared to take it out for a few nice weekend rides, either.

From the seller:

Canadian model 1979 RD400 F Daytona Special sold for only 1 year.
Bike is all original stock.
Low 8100 Miles.
Starts, runs and rides amazing for a 40 year old bike, no issues.
Numbers matching. Low number #403
Matching locks for all 3 – tank, ignition, and seat.
Rust free gas tank, no liner, truly in great shape inside.
Bodywork and paint in very nice shape,
Side covers in great shape very clean no brakes.
All electrical working and no cuts or repairs to wiring loom.
All chrome in great shape including the forks are clean no pits or rust, and gas cap.
Has tool OEM kit.
Things to note the Canadian model received a different crank, electronic ignition, as well as separate carbs similar to the earlier model (that doesn’t have the goofy carb tops and rubber accordion boots that came with the mechanical synchronizing system. Other changes from US model is the exhaust pipes, and have larger diameter for the header and inlet to the exhaust cigar pipes. The Canadian exhaust system also don’t have the butterfly valve.
Huge list of work done including,
Full tune up,
Carburetors just meticulously overhauled.
All work done by red seal mechanic.
140 PSI compression left and right cylinders. Can’t get better than that!!
Many fresh 0km OEM parts.
New air filter.
New spark plugs.
New neutral switch seal.
New shift shaft seal.
New clutch push rod seal.
New seat cover.
New fuel tank rear mounting rubbers.
Petcock rebuilt with new parts.
New exhaust pipe rubber joint gasket.
New black rubber fuel lines.
Fresh Motul trans oil.
Rear brake caliper rebuilt
Fresh brake pads, front and rear.
Bike roles very freely when brakes release.
1 season old battery.
Low km chain and sprockets.
Low km tires.
Probably more just can’t think of it at the moment. many months of love, sweet and work has gone into freshening up this nice original Daytona Special
I would rate this bike as a solid 8.5 out of 10.
Small deficiencies;
1 handle bar mounting bolt is not a match.
Black paint on wheels is starting to fade. comes back nice and black with a little mag product and work.
Front brake is a bit spongy from 40 year old rubber line, looks great, no cracks or splits just flexes more than I like. Yes I’m that picky.
Small marks on fuel tank.
Headlight ears have the dreaded RD400 creases.
Scratches and small weld repair on right exhaust pipe near passenger peg.
Tail fairing underside around mounting bolts has a small piece missing, can not be seen from outside.

Asking price is $7,500 US
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Contact Eric: ericheemskerk31@hotmail.com or by phone 604 837 2967

This one is a Canadian model, which means it’s a little harder edged than the versions we got in the U.S. At $7,500, it’s not exactly a bargain basement collector’s piece, but it’s definitely one you should want to own.

Featured Listing: 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special
Yamaha January 10, 2020 posted by

Winter Blues: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

As many parts of the United States are deep in the throes of falling frozen water, riding is an activity that must wait for warmer weather and more favorable road conditions. There are locales, however, where riding can commence year ’round. The southern states on both coasts serve as a great example. And it is from one of those states where we find this immaculate 1984 Yamaha RZ350, ready to ride. If you are snowed in and looking for that winter project that might require TLC and lots of mechanical know-how, stop reading now. This particular bike looks to need nothing but high RPMs and silly grins. If that is your idea of a winter project, read on!

The RZ350 is well known as the last of the factory 50-state street legal two strokes. Known as the RD350LC in other geographies, the RZ was the continued evolution of the parallel twin RD lineup, but with a healthy dose of modern tech thrown in. Sure the chassis was mild steel and not aluminum, but that did not stop the RZ from sharp handling. Brakes were triple disks, rear suspension was of the new-fangled single shock design, the venerable twin was now liquid cooled for tighter tolerances and greater power, there was a computer controlled bridge attached to the exhaust port to spread the notoriously peaky powerband around some, and the exhaust pipes were fitted with catalytic converters to help the dirty two-stroke meet EPA emissions. In most ways it was a toned down version of itself, but the beast within was woken up easily with a few common two-stroke tricks. The party only lasted two years, but it remains a very memorable party indeed.

From the seller:
1984 YAMAHA RZ350. Bike has less than 500 miles on a total renovation. Stripped to frame, wheels, bodywork all painted. Original exhausts go with the bike. Brand new Original CDI Spare also goes with the bike. The bike does not need anything. I never ride it anymore to many other things going on. Clear title, the bike is in ORMOND BEACH FL.

I have a reasonable reserve for this bike in this condition. Please do not message with silly offers. The bike sits in my climate controlled building and is available to view anytime. Everything works as you would expect. The gas cap area has been treated with an epoxy to resist any gas overflow from affecting the paint in the silly recess around the gas cap. (yes I have overfilled it) Not much more I can say. If you are looking for an RZ that requires nothing but a rider then you know what you are looking at.

There is a fair bit of interest in this particular RZ, and the eBay auction has a good number of followers. Bidding history shows the relatively quick escalation from $2k to the current bid of $7,400 – but we can be pretty certain it won’t stop there. The seller indicated that there was a reasonable reserve set for the bike, and that is clearly the case; the reserve has already been met. Whatever happens from this point forward, this bike is going home with somebody. Check it out here and let us know if this isn’t the cleanest RZ you have seen in quite some time. It has some aftermarket expansion chambers (great for waking up the beast) and the seller will even throw in the original pipes with the deal – which is great for someone looking for an original collector. The RZ is a constantly sought-after machine, and we anticipate prices to continue to rise. If you are in the market, best jump in while prices remain somewhat sane. Good Luck!!

MI

Winter Blues: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha December 18, 2019 posted by

Fantastic Four: 1988 Yamaha FZR400

In today’s world, the thought of a serious, small bore sport bike is, well, normal. With the Kawasaki 250/300/400 Ninja series, the Honda CBR250/300R, the Yamaha YZF-R3 and the KTM RC390, there is no shortage of sharp handling and lightweight quasi racers. However this was not always the case here in the United States, where anything sub-600cc was considered a budget starter bike for the masses; built more for a price point than an apex. We all know the benefits of lightness, drilled into our head by the likes of Colin Chapman and the astounding performance capabilities of the foreign 250cc two strokes. This of course lead straight into the build up of the grey market bikes that we all know and love, and the trend that started RSBFS. And somewhere in all of that, Yamaha introduced a vanguard motorcycle to our shores: the FZR400. The FZR400 was everything we said we wanted – perhaps not quite as sharp as some of the smokers, not quite as trick as the NC30, but very, very capable – and somehow buyers turned up their noses at it. Sales lagged from 1988 through 1990, and then the party was over. Today, these are recognized for what they are: a rare, and sweet handling machine deserving of attention. Prices are starting to reflect the new attitude.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

Unlike the more sophisticated Honda, Yamaha retained a standard inline four. However this was no entry-level machine, and contained technology and features that were improvements over its bigger brother, the FZR600. For while the 600 class bike made due with a steel frame, the 400cc had a full-blown deltabox chassis made of aluminum. That kept weight down – way down – with a claimed 346 lbs dry. With a blend of light weight and decent power (64 hp claimed – with a 14k redline), the FZR400 rider needed to make good use of the six-speed gearbox to keep with bigger bikes on the straights, but excelled in braking and cornering when compared to larger machines. It is no surprise that many, many FZR400s found their way onto the racetrack; these were weapons in the right environment.

From the seller:
1990 Yamaha FZR400 . Condition is Used.
This Bike was bought in an auction from a private colector and te reason to buy was to add tis bike to my private collection. Although because of another current projects i will pass and move forward with others .

These days the FZR400 is not a high dollar machine, but scarcity of parts and good options has helped elevate the pricing somewhat. This is especially true for exceptionally original machines. But even then, a FZR400 will put a smile on your face without breaking the bank. Today’s particular machine is a mixed bag, to be sure. There are a few inconsistencies in the advert, too few pictures, and the pictures that are there show a solid – but rough – project. The seller lists this as a 1988 model, but calls it a 1990 in the text. Decoding the VIN indicates it is a 1988 model. There is both some rash on the bike, as well as a few clean looking bits. The rear mudguard hasn’t been cut, and the pipe looks to be stock. The 12,000 some odd miles don’t appear excessive, making this a potentially good project bike. I’m sure that is what the seller originally had in mind.

So if you’re looking for something to do this winter, check out this FZR400. Zero bids thus far on a $3,000 opening ask AND a reserve in place. This is a higher starting price than most 400s in this condition, but depending on where the reserve is set this could still turn out well. If you’re of smaller stature you will be amazed what you can do on one of these amazing machines from the late 1980s. Research, ask questions, and let us know if you win. Good Luck!!

MI

Fantastic Four: 1988 Yamaha FZR400