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Yamaha November 12, 2018 posted by

Yellow jacket: Zero-mile 2006 Yamaha R1 LE

To celebrate its 50th anniversary. Yamaha busted out the paint booth and the option sheet to create a limited run of hopped-up versions of their R1 literbike. The 2006 Yamaha R1 LE delivered the perfect birthday present to the storied brand, showing that Japanese brands were indeed capable of and interested in building special versions of their already potent road weapons. Just 500 LEs came to the states, wearing the black and yellow livery that made Kenny Roberts and the bikes famous in the 1970s, and bedecked with Ohlins suspension front and rear and a set of gold featherweight Marchesini rims.

2006 Yamaha R1 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

Like a couple of the Ducatis we have posted recently, the owner of this R1 LE took its aspirations as a collector bike seriously and never rode it. At all. In its 12 years, it has racked up exactly zero miles. The only alteration from stock appears to be 500 cc GP World Champion Wayne Rainey's signature on the front numberplate. The seller offers very few details, but the pictures speak for themselves.

From the eBay listing:

New 2006 Yamaha R1 LE #428 of 500 sold by Yamaha. Always on display never ridden. It is New. Signed by Wayne Raney.

Please note we are an Ohio motorcycle dealer and are required to process the title into your name. We are also required to collect sales tax if you are an Ohio buyer and also buyers from AZ,CA,FL,IN,MA,MI and SC. Questions please call Al at 740-928-4454

The buy-it-now on this special, rare Yamaha is set at $17,500, sliding it in well below the price point for a similarly bedecked Italian machine. The R1 LEs may have flown under the radar, but to the right collector they are gold, and this one is a literal museum piece.

Yellow jacket: Zero-mile 2006 Yamaha R1 LE
Featured Listing November 7, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 2003 Yamaha FZ1 with just 661 Miles !

Yamaha sent their 2nd generation R1 across the hall to the Naked department, where they transformed it into an all-rounder, with a tune, handling, and ergoes for an afternoon around town.  This FZ1 has been customized back toward the edge with choice accessories and mods, but hardly even break-in miles.

2003 Yamaha FZ1 for sale on eBay

A showcase for the R1's 998cc 5-valve engine, the FZ1 put it all on display, but with a few changes to enhance the various roles.  Carburetors are slightly smaller at 37mm, and internal changes make 143 hp available, and stretch out the band in which the 78 ft.-lbs. of torque is available.  The steel cradle frame holds a more raked steering head and fully adjustable suspension front and rear.  A classic 4-into-1 exhaust escapes below the generously sized radiator, making its way to the off-side.  Dual-piston front brakes are right-sized at 298mm, and the expected pillion required a 268mm rear disk.

 

The owner has made some choice updates to this FZ, professionally done with a focus on black.  The pillion is history, thanks to the neat monoposto seat and cover.  Signals have been reduced to a manageable size and reflectors removed.  The exhaust is now a 4-1-2, recalling a smokier era.  Looking entirely new and unused, it might have never spent a night outdoors !  From the eBay auction:

The list is as follows: 

Lower smoked windscreen. 

Rizoma billet bar end mirrors.

Misc. pieces from side of bike and motor sent out for additional powder coat and anodize for complete Murdered out look.

Rear taillight conversion/ all amber blinkers/ side reflectors stream lined and tightened into the bike.

Frog Specialties rear tail cover, painted black to match the bike, cleans up the rear section behind the seat.

Devil twin carbon, stainless mufflers, sound is unreal.  

All work performed by the original dealer plus Ducati of Seattle. 

Rizoma plate frame.

Black anodized bar risers. Black bars.

 

Up against its more 1200-ish competition, the FZ1 reviewed sportier and more engaging, but still capable of a weekend trip with a good tank bag.  The massaged superbike engine required more shifting, but could take the upright rider  ( ducking behind the windscreen ) to 150 mph.  This example presents as a new bike, blacked out except for the always appropriate yellow and black livery.  The owner asks $7,800 and requests offers and can be reached here: sennaducati79@gmail.com

-donn

Featured Listing – 2003 Yamaha FZ1 with just 661 Miles !
Sport Bikes For Sale November 4, 2018 posted by

Buzzsaw: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 on eBay

The seller of this 1985 Yamaha RZ500 keeps the details light in his eBay posting, but the details he does share are certainly intriguing. The iconic GP replica sports a set of very nice aftermarket Lomas pipes, upgraded forks and wheels from a four-stroke Yamaha FJ, and a top-end rebuild. You cannot really say fairer than that when it comes to an aged two-stroke sport bike. The weird tire sizes and anti-dive forks have gone the way of the Dodo and any questions about maintenance have been answered.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

In '85, the Yamaha RZ500 was used to making light work of the big, heavy four-stroke superbikes that comprised its competition, and was riding the wave of Kenny Roberts's Grand Prix successes upon a similar-on-paper machine. It lost a few horsepower and a few kilograms to the Suzuki RG500, but the Yamaha was still no slouch, and was to go down as the more refined and rideable of the two machines. Where the Suzuki shrieked, the Yamaha would bellow.

From the eBay listing:

1985 rz500. Great driver quality bike. Could use some touchups but mechanically very nice. Lomas pipes. 20,000 miles on chassis. 1200 miles on new gaskets, seals, and top end. Have receipts. Has FJ forks and wheels. Oil injection has been removed but comes with bike along with the proper throttle cable. Email any questions. Can send pics of anything you'd like. rd500 2 stroke street legal.

As mentioned, the details are few, but the ones we get are important. The pictures show a beautiful example of a legendary machine, and one that will be just as easy to ride as it will be to collect.

Buzzsaw: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 on eBay
Yamaha October 31, 2018 posted by

Un-mothballed – 1988 Yamaha TZR250

Without being over-spec'ed or blingy, Yamaha's entry into the 249cc learner-sports class was right-sized, nicely put together, and handled straight out of the box.  This one has been on display and recently returned to the land of the living.

1988 Yamaha TZR250 for sale on eBay

 

Like the RD350 whose success it was trying to copy, the TZR250 used a parallel twin engine, the twin Mikuni carburetors ( with bores not much much bigger than your thumb ) making 50 hp.  The alloy DeltaBox frame is as close to overdone as anything got on the TZR, but chassis rigidity pays double in predictable handling.  The forks were not adjustable and the monoshock for preload only, but reviewers said they got it right.  Front brake was a single 320mm disk, but with a four piston caliper.  Front and rear tires were 17 inchers.

In surprising condition for its age, this TZR has run just 5,700 miles.  No comment about whether this is a gray market import, but there is the KMH speedometer.  The previous owner's cosmetic restoration is mentioned in the - video -  and here are some of the comments from the eBay auction:

RECENTLY -

New Battery & amp; Battery Tender Hookup - which can also be used to run Electric gear

New front and rear brake fluids flushed and replaced with Honda Pro DOT 4

Carbs were Digitally Synchronized

OEM Air filter checked -  is as if new

Perfect Mechanical and Cosmetic condition and needs nothing

Replaced the fork oil with 15W

New transmission oil

Oil Injection Tank filled up

Coolant flushed and replaced

New set of tires have 300 miles on them in 4 rides this last year

Yamaha went on to a reversed cylinder twin ( carbs in front, exhausts in back ) in 1989 and finally joined the crowd with a V-twin in 1991.  But the original can often be the best.  A bit pricey for a 250, the TZR languished for their last couple of years here.  This early and seemingly correct example will go far, but probably not outdoors...

-donn

 

Un-mothballed – 1988 Yamaha TZR250
Yamaha October 4, 2018 posted by

Historic Stroker: 1977 Yamaha TZ750 for Sale

Update 10.04.2018: Back on eBay for $60k or make offer. Too cool not repost 🙂 Links updated. -dc

Update 10.23.2017: We first saw this TZ750 for sale in March 2016 with a buy-it-now of $95k. It is now listed for $62k. Good luck to buyers and seller! Links updated. -dc

1977 Yamaha TZ750 R Side

It’s pretty much raining Yamaha TZ750s this week, with no less than three of these valuable and iconic racers available for sale, of the 600 or so that were built throughout production. It’s a bit older than the bikes we normally feature here on the site, but I think we can make an exception in this case. If you’re not familiar, the TZ750 was Yamaha’s two-stroke roadracing machine that was dominant in AMA racing during the 1970s.

1977 Yamaha TZ750 L Side Tank

Early bikes put out around 90hp but that jumped to 140 by the time 1977 had rolled around. That may not sound like much by today’s standards, but combined with the bike’s light 345lb weight and the primitive frame, suspension, and tire technology of the time, it was a true test of a rider’s skill to keep the beast pointed in a straight line, to say nothing of the curves…

1977 Yamaha TZ750 R Side Lower Fairing

The first bikes actually displaced 700cc and were reportedly built up from a pair of Yamaha’s racing 350s, a rumor borne out by the fact that some of the early TZ700s appear to have “347” stamped into the cases. But the later machines that debuted in 1975 shared no parts at all with the parallel twins. Apparently based around a bored-out 500cc Grand Prix engine, the TZ750 eventually moved from a twin-shock to a monoshock rear suspension for vastly improved handling. In any case, they were the bikes to beat throughout the 1970s, with both power and reliability. They just needed brave and skilled riders able to exploit them.

1977 Yamaha TZ750 R Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1977 Yamaha TZ750 for Sale

This is the 1977 Vesco/Romero/Busch Beer TZ750. Lots of history.

The engine cases in the bike now are an early spare. The original cases have just had a repair to the shift fork rod support boss and are ready to go back in the bike.

The original engine was also used as the rear engine in the Vesco land speed record streamliner.

Bike is sold as is and with Bill of Sale.

Some spares will also be included in the sale.

1977 Yamaha TZ750 L Side Engine

With a Buy It Now price of $95,000 I’d hope that “all the spares” would be included in the sale. Or that the seller would include a few more details regarding exactly what spares: when you’re trying to keep a forty year old racing machine running, every bit helps. That’s obviously a lot to pay for any motorcycle, but I’ve no doubt this thing is worth some serious cash, given its rarity and racing history.

-tad

1977 Yamaha TZ750 R Side Rear

Historic Stroker: 1977 Yamaha TZ750 for Sale
Yamaha September 29, 2018 posted by

Swimsuit Issue – 1977 Yamaha RD400

Mid-seventies the two-stroke era was winding down, most manufacturers were looking for ways to tie their new mid-size four strokes to their smoking forebears.  Yamaha stretched it out, keeping the RD-400 in the line-up until 1980.  For 1977 they offered cast wheels, all disk brakes and 14-second 1/4 miles.

1977 Yamaha RD400 for sale on eBay

In today's era of jamming a lot of complication into a small engine, Yamaha's air-cooled twin is a statement of simplicity - 44hp from 398cc without fuel injection, overhead valves, counterbalance shafts, etc.  It still requires a poke with the right leg to start, though at least oil injection is standard.  Light construction helped the RD make a quick getaway, the twin downtube frame, suspension and brakes are all right-sized for the mission and keep the fully-fueled weight well under 400 lbs.  Historically noisy, Yamaha did what they could with the generous mufflers and airbox to quiet things down.

Looking a few years old rather than its decades, this RD has been carefully stored, and recently returned to rideability.  This required rebuilds of the carburetors, oil injection pump, and brakes - refreshingly OEM parts are still available.  What wasn't required were cosmetics, which are excellent and original.  From the eBay auction:

This is a 1977 Yamaha RD400 VIN # 1A1304892    Verified by Libby's in New Haven, Conn.
In dry storage for 18 years.
Full disclosure right front fender is scratched. The front brake lever has been replaced.
The right muffler does not have any damage. 
The gas tank has a minor dent in the pin stripe. There is no rust or paint chipping.  
tank inside is perfect, no rusting no tank treatments . also new petcock valve OEM.
New chain and sprockets.
New front and rear brake calipers.
Rebuilt front brake master cylinder.
New rear brake master cylinder.
New tires.
New clutch cable.
Rebuilt carburetors
New TDR reed valves.
All new vent and fuel hoses.
New battery.
Rebuilt auto injection pump.
Too much to list. Original bodywork, pipes etc...
Starts 1st kick every time.

The RD400 was skinny all over - seat, tires, and powerband.  But a blast if you stayed in the envelope, as reviewers claimed if it wasn't lifting the front wheel in second gear, there was something wrong.  As the other big three were in transition to lumbering four strokes, it out-performed the competition and undercut them on price.  An unrestored bike of this age is unusual, as is this RD's alternate color, interesting as Yamaha later adopted blue for their race teams...

-donn

Swimsuit Issue – 1977 Yamaha RD400