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Yamaha December 17, 2022 posted by

Black in Back – 1998 Yamaha FZR600R with 2,713 miles !

Out behind the pallet jack, tires and batteries on charge, a certain dealership had an FZR600 hidden since the turn of the century.  Just a few pictures but what’s here looks good.  And black.

1998 Yamaha FZR600R for sale on eBay

Manufacturers in this segment bounce between advanced engineering and budget consciousness, and luckily the FZR had a recent chassis redesign and the four-valve engine was a bit of all right.  The Deltabox frame used the engine as a stressed member, giving the 99 hp something to push against.  17-inch alloys and 298 mm brakes walked a fine line between price and performance.  Fresh air delivery  to the airbox at the forward part of the tank is right under each handgrip.

Presented by a Fresno, CA dealer, this FZR might seem a peculiar choice to hide away.  But there will be original owners and others, looking for other than horsepower.  A new windscreen and tires are in order, and maybe better engine end covers can be sourced.  But more pictures or a live video walkaround should be requested.  Comment from the eBay auction –

Had this in the back of a dealership before I retired, Owned about 10 years, Miles are actual. Tires are original!! (will need to be changed). Just serviced, runs great, motor tight and crisp! Vance and Hines Carbon Fiber Exhaust. Bike is perfect, Except: Windshield a ‘lil dull, small dime size tear rear seat, quarter size chip upper fairing ( can’t see) and a good “airbrush” painter can repair with minimal cost. also left at mag cover (see pics), very small forward scratches around starter (motor cover), and fairing. For a collector, this bike is an excellent candidate to add to a collection.

The later FZR600’s have a strong fan base, have been occasional features on RSBFS, and gave Honda some competition in quality if not sales.  Very few have survived with so few miles, and this example’s flaws seem very correctable.  A little homework though, before making an offer.

-donn

 

Black in Back – 1998 Yamaha FZR600R with 2,713 miles !
Yamaha November 22, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Yamaha TZR-250RS with California reg !

Update 12.7.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Over its ten year lifespan, Yamaha’s TZR-250 went through lightning-quick development, starting as a parallel twin in 1986 and wresting the championship away from Honda in 1990 and 1993.  RSBFS fan Tom presents his totally rare 3XV8 with lots of recent maintenance and California tags.

1992 Yamaha TZR-250RS for sale on eBay

1991 and later TZR-250’s were V-twins, with reed valves, exhaust power valves, and un-restricted claimed 60 hp, more than 200 hp per liter!  39mm upside-down forks are almost overbuilt for the weight, as are the dual disk brakes.  The RS sported a light dry clutch, and all 3XV’s had 17-inch wheels.  The Deltabox frame is largely hidden by the full bodywork, with color block livery identifying it as an RS.

Tom has kept his TZR ready to go, with a recent engine overhaul, new clutch, Pirelli’s and fuel petcock.  Clocks indicate 12.5K miles approaching, but aside from a few fairing cracks, sure doesn’t look it.  Informative notes received at RSBFS –

Coming out for auction from my private collection of 2-stroke sport bikes is this 1992 Yamaha TZR250-RS. It is 1 of 1,000 limited edition RS’s produced that year. What makes it an RS in 1992 is the dry clutch. This TZR is California registered, plated and insured in my name as a 1992 Yamaha 250.
  • The engine was fully rebuilt by a Yamaha technician approx. 2,400 miles ago. New crank, pistons, power valves, bearings, seals, even the dry clutch was replaced. It runs as new, starts 2nd or 3rd kick cold, 1st kick when warm, idles nice, very good throttle response, strong mid-range and revs out nicely. 
  • New Pirelli Diablo Corsa tires approx. 300 miles ago
  • NOS petcock recently installed
  • Carbs were just balanced
  • New spark plugs, transmission oil and air filter
  • New Vesrah front brake pads, flushed and system bled. Front brakes are strong. 
Known issues are only bodywork related:
  • Small crack on right side of upper front fairing
  • Large crack of left mirror mount
  • Small crack on left middle fairing
  • Small piece missing on right mid-section fairing
  • Paint chips on right front of nose fairing
  • Large crack and small piece missing from right mid section
  • Windshield is starting to have spiderweb cracks
Included is a Yamaha OEM used but nice condition right mid-section fairing, and also left middle fairing. Also included is best available complete reproduction decal kit from Image Works in the UK. This TZR is ready to ride and enjoy, or install replacement bodywork, get the remaining cracks repaired, new paint, install decals and you will have a cosmetically and mechanically restored, Cali plated TZR250 RS!
 
Bid with confidence, 18-year eBay seller. Please check out my seller feedback. I will work with your shipper, and also I can hold the bike for 30 days for you after the auction is closed. Immediate $500 deposit required after auction ends, full amount within 3 business days. Thanks for looking!
Having never been imported by the factory, the TZR-250 will always be somebody’s baby, with the real excitement found as the rev counter passes 8,000 rpm.  Tom’s looks ready for a grand day out, or could be brought to the next level.  Either way the next owner will be toward the center of the next Bikes and Coffee event.
 
 
-donn
Featured Listing – 1992 Yamaha TZR-250RS with California reg !
Yamaha October 25, 2022 posted by

Track Bike Tuesday – 1996 Yamaha YZR500 OWJ1

It might be more likely to see a herd of unicorns than to spot this epic Yamaha on a racetrack, but it did run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer.  Offered by RSBFS friends over at Iconic Motorbikes, this ’96 team bike was owned by Kenny Roberts Sr. until a few years ago and ridden by his son in 1996.

1996 Yamaha YZR500 OWJ1 for sale at Iconic Motorbikes

Spanning multiple eras, Yamaha raced the YZR500 from 1973 to the end of the two-stroke rules in 2002.  Though Honda was mid-way through a six year romp in 1996, the YZR500 won a shy dozen championships – 1978-80 with KRSr aboard.  For ’96 the V4 returned to the square 54mm bore and stroke, with powder-forged pistons, ram air intakes, carbon brakes and reporting 180 hp.  The new chassis did away with the seat subframe, using a self-supporting carbon seat.

Under a collector’s care the bike was evidently re-furbished at RMD Motors, who reported suspension and engine work, and more in the Robb Report feature.  The 2022 Goodwood spectacular featured a parade of legendary machines and riders, with Senior taking the OWJ1 up the hill.  Iconic recently had the bodywork off to look after the water pump, and posted a video with some run-time – here -.

Roberts Jr. is on the windscreen, but the almost show-bike state says spare bike rather than race-after-race used.  Yamaha at least achieved ground for acquittal, with teammate Norifumi Abe winning the Suzuka round and three podiums beside.  Along with the condition, Team Roberts ownership, signatures and factory provenance will make this YZR a winner long term.  Still three days to run for this auction, check back – here – and see if the reserve is challenged.

-donn

Track Bike Tuesday – 1996 Yamaha YZR500 OWJ1
Yamaha October 22, 2022 posted by

Two-fer of Angry Bees: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 (times two!)

Today we have a bit of a choose your own adventure situation. Assuming you find the RZ350 a RSBFS-worthy ride, what we have today is two different – completely stock and original – examples. One bike is a west coaster, residing in sunny California. The other is an Easterner, braving the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois. From a collector perspective, both are 1985 models, both are in the red/white livery, and both have the desired catalytic converter exhaust pipes (well, collectors desire them, at least). Let’s dig into these two and see what adventure awaits!

1985 Yamaha RZ350 (California bike) for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ350 This motorcycle belongs in a collector’s collection or a museum! It has 2694 miles on it all original right down to the Yokohama tires that it rolled out of Kenny Robert’s Yamaha Modesto, CA. There is a good article with more pictures at Raresportbikesforsale.com February 25th 2022,

To be candid, this particular beauty has graced the pages of RSBFS before; in February of this year, in fact (https://raresportbikesforsale.com/inflation-1985-yamaha-rz350). I might have missed that, but the seller was kind enough to remind me in his text. Back then we were amazed at the originality of the bike, and it doesn’t look like much has changed. In February the ask was nearly $30k in Buy It Now format. This time around there is a proper auction, although the starting line ask will cost you $18,500 with reserve in place. You can check out this CA bike here.


1985 Yamaha RZ350 (Illinois bike) for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Super Original. Needed a carb clean , now runs like it’s new.
There are a few minor nicks you will see pointed out in the pictures but it is so clean and original I don’t want to touch it. I’ll leave anything that it needs for the new owner. Nuts and bolts are still bright and Original gold color never touched since factory.
California model with ,yes all the restricted stuff on it. But I can emphasize enough how Original it is.

This second bike is located in Chicago, Illinois. It looks a lot like the first, although it does have more miles (nearly 6k), a little bit of damage on the right side of the bike (fairing, tail section and pipe), and the funkiest little red handgrips I have ever seen. Beyond that, the cats are in place as the EPA intended, and even the air injection and evap appears to be stock. Wow. Seller notes the carbs were recently cleaned, so this one seems to be more of a rider than the bike located in California above. This is a Buy It Now format sale, with the seller asking only $18k. I say “only” as that is the purchase price, not the opening bid like the bike above. Check out all of the details on this Chicago bike here.


Well, there you have it. Two pretty stock examples of Yamaha’s finest, but up for auction at the same time with a similar close date – even though they are located across the country from each other. If you are in the market for an RZ to collect, these appear to have all the right pieces in place. Good Luck!!

MI

Two-fer of Angry Bees: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 (times two!)
Yamaha September 22, 2022 posted by

Smoother – 1994 Yamaha FZR1000

As the 80’s turned into the 90’s, Yamaha’s superbike had ceded some of the sportiest territory but evolved into a mile-eating GT. Today’s has a few choice additions and the original colors in very good shape.



1994 Yamaha FZR1000 for sale on eBay

Genesis and EXUP can’t be found on current Yamaha’s, but back in the day five valves helped the engine make 145 hp and exhaust plenum stretched the 79 ft.-lbs. of midrange torque so the bigger gears of a five-speed transmission could be used.  Long-awaited USD forks were fitted with 6-piston calipers, and one finger could haul down the 520 lbs. wet weight.  The Deltabox chassis angled around the four downdraft Mikuni’s, and the concept is still found on a new R1.  The 1,002 cc’s kept the FZR out of some racing formulas, but open class endurance racers did well.

At this age the list of owners could blow up the comments section, but this FZR presents very well, with a custom seat, Zero Gravity windscreen, and Power Commander to go with the D&D exhaust.  New expendables and tune-up are mentioned in the eBay auction –

In original condition with the exception of a four into one exhaust system. The bike has new tires front and rear and a new battery. The carbs have been cleaned and the bike is ready to ride. Condition is cosmetically an 8 out of 10.

The FZR name gave way to YZF for 1996, the Thunderace using much of the FZR tech but put on a strict diet.  The almost liquid power of the FZR has stayed legend, with short-shifting the norm, and 134 mph through the 1/4-mile traps.  This one is on a regular auction and has a reserve indicating the seller still loves the black with neon livery.  GLWA and looking forward to seeing where it ends.

-donn

Smoother – 1994 Yamaha FZR1000
Yamaha September 20, 2022 posted by

Thump Supporter – 1986 Yamaha SRX 600

From the cheaper seats – but no less fun – comes a bit of a unicorn in the UJM world, the Yamaha SRX 600. Emulating a British single by heritage, offering Japanese performance and technology by design, and providing impossible fun in a narrow and lightweight package, the SRX was gone before we knew it. It turns out the buying public wanted Ninjas and Interceptors during the sport bike arms race of the mid 1980s, not English throwback bikes. But the ensuing years have been kind to the design and philosophy behind the joy of riding a slower bike fast, and the ultra-narrow and nimble single cylinder 600cc thumper ensures a bucket full of torque with which to play. Today these are relatively rare machines, but do not command the premium we come to expect with collector bikes.

1986 Yamaha SRX 600 for sale on eBay

The inception of the SRX 600 dates back to the XT600 – the dual purpose do everything bike in Yamaha’s lineup. With 4 valves per cylinder to aid in breathing and air cooling to keep things simple and light, the thumper in the SRX was good for approximately 45 horsepower with a redline of 7,000 RPM. That is not a whole lotta get up and go, but the dry weight of the SRX was down in the 350 pound range, making the bike very agile and easy to ride. The SRX makes due with a lighter flywheel to make it more responsive, as well as something that most modern riders have never used, let alone seen on the street: a kick starter (as in the starting device, not the new product investment website). That’s right kiddies, this one lunger is so throwback that it only offers kick starting. Now, foot bumping a big single four stroke can be daunting, but Yamaha did include an automatic decompression device to make things a little easier. Still, when the seller notes that this bike can be difficult to start the lack of an electric starter only complicates matters a bit.

From the seller:
Nice low mile original bike except for supertrapp and air filter pods. Physically very nice for its age.

Needs tuning. A bitch to start but when it does fire up sounds incredible. Could be an altitude issue (I’m at 7000 feet) or simply timing or it doesn’t like the pod filters(I heard the best set up is stock). I recently acquired the bike and it sat for years. I bought a stock airbox since the original was cut and it’s included.

Fresh oil and filter, the tank is pristine inside, new petcock and fuel lines and rebuilt carb.
Brakes all work and have fresh fluid. Fork seals do not leak (yet!).

A nice example that just a needs a bit more tweaking and I just need the space for another bike that’s on its way plus I’m a bit of a big guy for this machine. Tires have plenty of tread but are old. Comes with original brochure and model kit. Clear title in my name located in Santa Fe NM USA

I can hold bike for upwards of 6 weeks while you arrange to ship or pick up. Great time of year to visit our beautiful destination city!

More from the seller:
To answer a few questions: battery is new. Not sure why starting is difficult but from my experience on past bikes it could be a carb setting, timing issue or valve adjust. When it runs it’s on the rich side occasionally backfired so could be that the pilot air is still dirty but I’m very thorough when I clean. The bike has the original owners manual. Physically you’d be hard pressed to find another in such good physical shape. I’m 57 and done kicking bikes, my knees are already messed up so I can’t keep trouble shooting. It may run better at your altitude. I’d put the original airbox back on as most seem to support that it runs best stock.

The 600cc version of the SRX was a one year only bike in the United States (it lasted until the end of the decade in Europe). The buying public wanted sport bikes, and this would be soundly beaten by any of the 500cc or 550cc offerings from that category in the day. These bikes are getting harder to find in decent condition, which makes it RSBFS worthy. The Supertrapp muffler is a decent performance mod, and likely helps the big single from sounding like yet another suburban lawnmower, however the cut airbox and question about jetting definitely exacerbates the kick start issue. The bidding is in the basement at the moment, with the high bid under the $1,500 mark. Depending upon where this ends, this could be a ton of fun (and actually do the ton – barely) for not much cash. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Thump Supporter – 1986 Yamaha SRX 600
Yamaha September 13, 2022 posted by

Clean and Original – 1986 Yamaha RZV500R

If the RZ350 earlier this week didn’t wake you from your four stroke stupor, then perhaps another 150cc and 2 cylinders of even more smoking goodness can rouse your interest. In today’s post you will find what looks to be a museum quality home market RZ500 – the aluminum framed, restricted output, ultra rare RZV500R.

1986 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay

Today’s bike looks like a museum piece or a time machine (without the flux capacitor, that is). The photography is exquisite, and it is a pleasure to view such a rare machine kept in this type of condition. Note that there are 7,000 KMs on the clock of this bad boy – which means that it accumulated approximately 4,500 miles to date. That is only 125 miles per year since birth. If we could all be so lucky!

From the seller:
1986 Yamaha RZV500R
Bike is in excellent condition with just only 4000 miles or 7000 km.
It still has the new frame protection stickers on each side.
100% original and untouched.
Bike is located in Lisbon – Portugal. Shipping can be arranged.

If you read the seller’s text, you will note that this beauty is NOT located in the States. That is not surprising, as not many RZV500R examples made it outside of the home market of Japan. This particular bike is located in sunny Portugal, which seems like it could be a perfect opportunity for that European riding vacation you always wanted to take. What could be better than tooling around the back roads of Portugal and Spain on such an amazing machine as this?? Keep in mind that if it is 100% original it will be restricted for home market use, so only about 65HP will be on tap. Still, I suspect most shoppers for this one will not plan to put too many miles on it for fear of damage; after all, it looks pretty near perfect in the pictures. Price is set for $25,000 USD with the seller open to offers. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!!

MI

Clean and Original – 1986 Yamaha RZV500R
Yamaha September 12, 2022 posted by

Re-Californication: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

The Yamaha RZ350 was the last of the federally imported two strokes into the EPA-heavy state of California. With precise oil injection, the Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) to maximize efficiency, and air-injection and catalytic converters in the exhaust stream, this was the cleanest factory smoker on the planet in 1984. Sadly this was not enough for California, and the bike lasted but a year in that market. The RZ350 still sneaked through emissions in other states however, before Yamaha pulled the two stroke plug in America one year later. Today’s example is a nicely refurbed bike in California that shows some miles and a whole lot of care. I’ll let the seller pick it up from here.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Yamaha RZ350L1984 Kenny Roberts Replica

The bike was purchased as non runner earlier this year. It had sat since last registration in 2016.
The bike ran when parked, but of course was parked for a reason!

Thousands have been spent to re-commision this lovely RZ. It starts first/second kick, pulls all the way to the red line and sounds as an RZ350 should. This will make a great rider, it does have some wear and tear which we have detailed. A good honest bike that just needs to be used and enjoyed. All the hard work as been done!, bid with confidence on this appreciating classic.

Clean CA title – currently registered.
15300 original miles.

More from the seller:
History: A considerable amount had been spent on the bike by the previous owner around 2015-2016 which, included engine work at RZ’s Unlimited of Glendale.

Work completed includes:
Crank Rebuild
New Crank Seals
New Pistons, rings
New water pump
Y Boot & K&N
Spec II pipes
Carb jetted to suit above
Telefix Fork Brace
Stainless Braided brake lines F&R
Penske – full adjustable rear shock with remote

An RZ350 owners manual is included along with a few old receipts, showing purchases of pipes, fork brace etc.

The RZ350 market remain a hot spot for bikes in clean condition. Prices are ever-so-surely climbing – especially for bikes in good or exceptional condition. This is not an NOS stock example, having been rebuilt and slightly hot-rodded with Spec II chambers and jetting. But in many ways THIS is the type of RZ you really want. Bikes that have been woken up by the cat delete and mild performance work are snappy and fun, being both lighter and more powerful than the museum correct examples. And with a relatively recent rebuild and some nice chassis add ons this RZ is ready to spread the popcorn sound of joy throughout the neighborhood and surrounding canyons. Nearly a week left at auction and the reserve has already been met, so don’t miss out! This bike is well presented and beautifully photographed. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Re-Californication: 1984 Yamaha RZ350