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Yamaha December 5, 2018 posted by

Museum Quality: 1991 Yamaha TZR250 SP for Sale

Let’s get this out of the way up front: the seller is asking $16,000 for this bike, and that’s a big number for a Yamaha TZR250. But obviously, a thing is worth what someone will pay for it, and I’m not sure that the seller won’t get what they’re asking here, since prices have been increasing steadily on all two-strokes for the past few years. If you’re a collector for whom a couple grand one way or the other really doesn’t matter, and want the very best example for your collection, this TZR250 SP might just be what you’re looking for. Sure, $16k is a lot to pay right now for a TZR, but that might seem like a bargain in just a few years.

There are three generations of Yamaha’s two-stroke sportbike: the early parallel-twin 1KT/2MA, the reverse-cylinder 3MA, and the v-twin 3XV seen here. Personally, I love the style and general weirdness of the 3MA, especially that version of the gorgeous Deltabox frame, but the 3XV seems to be the most highly sought-after version of the bunch. There were a variety of different specification levels for the 3XV version, designated by the usual alpha-numeric gibberish: R, RS, RSP, SP, SPR. Wet and dry clutches were available, ignition and powervalves had different performance characteristics, and fairings were not always interchangeable between models. Ferreting out detail differences in these Japanese market bikes can be tricky, so experts are welcome to chime in in the comments.

The seller claims you can get 90hp from an unrestricted example which, from what I know, is theoretically possible, but at the expense of any pretense of durability. That’s pretty much race-spec, a smoky grenade you should ride with your left hand covering the clutch. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 60hp is more reasonable for a highly-tuned streetbike, and doesn’t really change the seller’s point at all, that an unrestricted bike would be much more powerful.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Yamaha TZR250 SP for Sale

This bike is fantastic. It has 1800km (1100 miles) it is a Japanese Domestic bike which I imported personally. There is no bond or restriction from Customs you can get it on the road virtually anywhere if you wanted to street ride it.  As you prolly know the SP bikes were about halfway between a standard TZR and a customer-racing 250. Restricted it’s 50hp and less than 300 lbs. It’s a weapon – even after 28yrs!! I have been told that derestricted with basic mods you can get 90HP from these which is just insane, of course. Thanks for looking!  

From the photos and description, this thing is just about perfect, in very original condition. And that’s maybe the only issue here: in stock, restricted form, the whole gang of quarter-liter two-strokes made a government-mandated 45hp. But it really depends on what you’re looking for: a wicked weekend ripper or a perfectly preserved museum piece. And I get the feeling that a dead-stock example is the way to gamble if you’re looking at investment potential.

-tad

Museum Quality: 1991 Yamaha TZR250 SP for Sale
Yamaha November 30, 2018 posted by

Buzz Buzz Buzz: 1984 Yamaha RZ 350

The last street-legal production two stroke sport bike officially imported into all 50 States of the US by a major manufacturer, the RZ350 holds a special place in the heart of motorcycle enthusiasts. It was Yamaha’s valiant move to bravely keep the two stroke spirit alive and kicking in the face of tightening emission and noise regulations. It was both a brilliant success and an ultimate failure; a short lived lifespan that stirred hearts as technology passed it by. Enthusiasts who reside outside of the US may wonder at the American fascination with this bike – after all it had been in-market outside of the US for years and would certainly not be considered rare. But unlike grey market imports, this was one model that we could truly call our own. And with bold Yamaha bumble bee graphics and American superstar Kenny Roberts signing the fairing of every one, this one was ours. The RZ350, for all its shortcomings, is a legend.

1984 Yamaha RZ 350 for sale on eBay

If you look at the bloodline, you can see the DNA that evokes the Yamaha RD models that came before. But designed as a modern approach to the “less is more” philosophy, the RZ added liquid cooling to the familiar parallel twin. The two-stroke powerband was (partially) tamed by the introduction of computer controlled power valves, varying the exhaust port height depending upon RPM and throttle settings. Oil injection was standard, eliminating messy mix ratio cups and associated refueling hassles. And there was a secret weapon: hidden in the smart looking exhaust pipes were a complex set of catalytic converters, just like you would find on your car. With the cats (and some air injection), the RZ could sneak into all 50 States of the Union, including the super-picky EPA stronghold of California. Sure, the cans were heavy, they were expensive to replace (i.e. crash damage) and they did not perform nearly as well as expansion chambers and stingers, but they made the bike possible in the US. They were also easily replaced, which is what most everybody did. Immediately.

The RZ350 was intended to compete with the current crop of middleweights; likes of the Kawasaki GPz550, the Suzuki GS550, or even Yamaha’s own Seca 550 and FJ600. In that space, the stock RZ was outgunned by the bigger four cylinder four strokes. But the little RZ had agility on its side, and once on the pipe could fare well. But it would never be a great all-’rounder, given the peaky nature of popcorn power. There were many aftermarket and tuner tricks to unleash the beast. Typical tricks of overbores, decking the head to increase compression, and porting were effective. The fact that the Banshee, a Yamaha ATV, utilized the same motor definitely helped with parts availability and knowledge base. But despite the potential, the little RZ was not to be long lived. After a scant two years (and only one in CA), the RZ was pulled from the dealer floors. The party was over, and the used party began. This is where we pick up the story on this bike.

From the seller:
Bought this bike in 2001. Have ridden this bike regularly for 17yrs. Always kept inside. Rebuilt engine because of mileage. I am over 60 yrs old AMI certified motorcycle mechanic for 41yrs. and ride like a grandpa and take care of my things the same way.

– Work Performance rear shock
– Engine Rebuilt 1500 miles ago
– .020 Pro-X pistons,windows cut to match intake
– TDR reeds
– stage 1 porting
– Toomey pipes
– stage 1 dyno jet kit w/2into 1 K&N air filter
– Wiseco Hot Rods crankshaft
– New clutch w/springs
– Full gasket and seal kit
– Race Tech front fork springs
– Chain and sprockets 1500 miles
– New seat cover and battery
– HID headlight
– Powder coated frame
– Bike Dynos out at 59.6 RWH on Dayton Dyno at my shop!
– Spec II Full race fairing
– Fuel tank has no rust, has small quarter size dent and touch up on right front side

Forty Thousand Miles. Let that sink in. Most RZs don’t get to that point, having been thrashed, abused, modified, seized and crashed. This particular bike has an amazing number of miles, but looks great. It is clearly no museum collector given the mods, but from a period correct standpoint – hell, from a fun to ride standpoint – this one piqued my interest. The .20 overbore either means the engine had been refreshed once before, or perhaps it was necessary to go that deep due to scratches in the bore. Regardless, that means for bigger pistons and more power. The K&N filter and Toomey pipes are perfect add ons, as is the full Spec II fairing. This bike has been stripped and rebuilt, as evidenced by the powder coated frame. But that just means you are potentially getting a nearly new bike out of the deal.

If you can get past the mileage (40k!) and the non-standard mods, what you are looking at is a great rider. This is a bike that deserves action rather than parking in a museum – although I must admit it looks pretty good. And with a long term owner and a capable wrench (just an assumption, but how many owners out there have their own dyno??), this bike could well be good enough to fill the two-stroke void in your stable. The best part is the price: compared to 90% of what we see on RSBFS, this chainsaw is a veritable bargain. The opening ask started at a reasonable $3k, and bids are flying fast and furious. The Buy It Now price is a mere $4,500, meaning that this bike will likely sell before the auction is over. Check it out here, but better be quick about it. It might already be gone. Good Luck!!

MI

Buzz Buzz Buzz: 1984 Yamaha RZ 350
Yamaha November 15, 2018 posted by

Signed by the King: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 RN

This 1985 Yamaha RZ500RN is a bread-and-butter bike for us here at RSBFS. It’s an old, rare, iconic Japanese sportbike in excellent shape topped off with a few unique touches to separate it from the rest of its thin herd. What’s not to like? It has covered fewer than 5,000 miles (just over 7,000 kilometers) in its 33 years, and sports a raft of recent, but period-correct, mods. Oh, yeah, and a front fender signed by 500cc Grand Prix World Champion Kenny Roberts.

1985 Yamaha RZ500RN for sale on eBay

In addition to a recent .030-over rebuild and those lovely JL pipes, the bike wears immaculate paint, and all the plastic, rubber and vinyl surfaces show evidence that the machine was stored indoors and extremely well looked after. Aside from the pipes, the mechanical rebuild featured a carb rejetting, which should work with the exhaust to wake the bike up from its corked stock specifications.

Despite their winning lineage, wild engines and potential for pace, these bikes weren’t bought at the same fever pitch as their four-stroke stablemates, so finding them these days, especially ones this nice, is a feat. Prices have been a little across the map, but none can be had for cheap.

From the eBay listing:

FROM MY PRIVATE COLLECTION A PRISTINE HARD TO FIND 1985 YAMAHA RZ 500RN WITH A CLEAR FLORIDA TITLE.

I HAVE OWNED SEVERAL RZ’S/RZV”s AND THIS IS THE ONE THAT I KEPT FOR MYSELF.

RUNNING OUT OF SPACE FORCES ME TO PART WITH AND SHARE THE ENJOYMENT OF A FEW OF MY PRIZED COLLECTABLES.

THIS PIECE OF YAMAHA HISTORY THAT (NOT SOLD/OFFERED IN THE UNITED STATES) FEATURES LOW MILAGE 7423 KILOMETERS/4612 MILES (MILAGE IS IN KILOMETERS) IN IMMACULATE, PRISTINE CONDITION MY RZ 500RN HAS WORLD CHAMPION KENNY ROBERTS SR AUTOGRAPH ON THE FRONT FENDER, A PERFECT NOS FUEL TANK (THE BEST PAINT THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN), AND THE REST OF THE PAINT IS MUSEUM QUALITY.

FITTED WITH A PERIOD CORRECT J L EXHAUST, THE ENGINE WAS GONE THRU A FEW YEARS/250K AGO, WIESCO .030 PISTONS, NEW BEARINGS, SEALS AND GASKETS, CARBS RE-JETTED AND JUST THOROUGHLY CLEANED AND SYNCHRONIZED, NEW TIRES, A NEW LITHIUM BATTERY, THE HARD TO FIND OWNERS MANUAL, THE SOLO SEAT WITH EXACT MATCHING PAINT (THEY NEVER MATCH), NOS ROTORS AND PADS, REBUILT MASTER CYLINDERS, NOS TAIL LENS, NOS REAR TURN SIGNALS, NOS MORRORS

THE AUTOGRAPHED HELMET IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION, BUT IS ALSO AVAILABLE. THE HELMET WAS SIGNED BY KENNY ROBERTS, EDDIE LAWSON, WAYNE RAINEY, JORGE LORENZO, ANDREA DOVISIOSO, BEN SPIES, AND ALVARO BAUTISTA, AND WES COOLEY. THE BEST IN THE WORLD. ALSO AVAILABLE ARE 2 NOS STILL IN THE BOX MID SECTION FAIRINGS.

THE BIKE LOOKS, RUNS, AND RIDES BETTER THEN NEW! THIS IS A MULTIPLE SHOW WINNER AND A VERY FUN BIKE TO RIDE.

I HAVE BEEN RIDING, RACING, COLLECTING AND RESTORING BIKES SINCE GRADUATING FROM AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE INSTITUTE IN DAYTONA BEACH IN 1980. I TAKE MUCH PRIDE IN THE FEW BIKES THAT I OFFER FOR SALE. ONLY THE BEST WILL DO IN MY MINI MUSUEM. SO BID WITH CONFIDENCE. THIS BIKE STARTS UP ON 1 KICK IDLES BETTER THEN WHEN NEW AND RUNS/RIDES LIKE A DREAM.

SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY PLEASE. $500 IMMEDIATE DEPOSIT THRU PAY PAL. THE BALANCE DUE WITHIN 3 DAYS CASH OR A WIRE TRANSFER. I CAN HOLD THE BIKE UP TO 30 DAYS IN MY SECURE CLIMATE CONTROLLED FACILITY. I CAN ALSO ASSIST IN SHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS. THE CLEAR TITLE WILL BE SENT VIA FED EX ALONG WITH THE KEYS AFTER FULL PAYMENT.

ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL OR TEXT 954-816-0806 BOB

HAPPY BIDDING:) BID HIGH SO YOU DON’T MISS OUT.

The buy-it-now for this machine is set pretty close to as high as you’ll see them listed, but it does come with touches that similar machines can’t offer, and is in really nice shape.

Signed by the King: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 RN
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
Yamaha November 7, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 2003 Yamaha FZ1 with just 661 Miles !

Update 2.19.2019: This bike has sold. -dc

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