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Yamaha December 26, 2021 posted by

Supervivor – 2nd Owner 1985 Yamaha FZ750

Yamaha introduced their 5-valve engine for 1985, turning a sportbike corner with 103 claimed hp.  Super clean though un-restored, this FZ750 looks ready to ride in an outstanding number of high-res photos.

1985 Yamaha FZ750 for sale on eBay

Engineers from Iwata found an ideal solution to increasing intake flow and reducing valve mass and friction losses.  Smaller valves made the 10,500 rpm feasible, with accessories built behind the crankshaft to keep the engine as narrow as any four.  The head was angled forward at 45 degrees, making room for a set of 34mm Mikuni downdrafts under the tank.  Weight distribution was just about optimal and a 16-inch front wheel was employed to sharpen the handling.  Air-adjustable forks were an -80’s regular, and carried vented front disks.  A full fairing would’ve been racier, but the supersport garb allowed the engine easier access to cooling air.

Just two owners is unusual for a 36 year-old machine, and 8,868 miles is rather low.  But time marches on, and finishes show some patina in the close-ups.  Still it appears stock, complete and without an major mishaps.  Even the black chrome four-into two exhaust has somehow made it through.  Notes from the eBay auction:

The cosmetic condition of this machine is just as it looks in the photos. Every finish on the machine is original. No part of the bike has been re-painted or re-finished. There are a few imperfections here and there, mostly from the first owner’s long-term storage over the years, but it is a legitimate 8,800 original mile machine that runs like it’s brand new. It is not a trailer queen, and it’s not cosmetically perfect, but it’s a bike that’s perfect for taking out just about any time the weather allows and run it hard. The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting immediately. 

This Yamaha has had two owners during its life, the first owner and me. This bike has been part of my collection for a while and is now ridden on a regular basis. It runs and rides with absolutely no issues. 

Everything on this motorcycle is original, including the exhaust system, which was usually removed by now. The seat is also in original condition and is beautiful. 

The 750 runs and rides the way you expect a machine with this type of mileage to run. All of the mechanical components have been checked over to ensure they work properly including the clutch and brakes. The carbs were completely gone through this season and function perfectly, and there is a new battery installed. The Bridgestone Battlax tires currently installed have comparatively few miles on them, and have plenty of service life left, but they are not new, so if you plan on riding this machine hard, you might want to replace them.  There is absolutely nothing you will have to do to this motorcycle to ride and enjoy it this season. 

The FZ750 might not’ve been an unbridled success, but was up against GSXR competition and certainly proved the Genesis five valve concept.  As ever, Yamaha had the engineering chops but the style department stayed a little conservative.  Air forks were more sensitive to changes than many expected, though the forward riding position at least kept the rider in the loop.  Just a day into the auction, bidding is quite active and we’ll check back to see when someone clears the reserve.

-donn

 

Supervivor – 2nd Owner 1985 Yamaha FZ750
Yamaha December 23, 2021 posted by

Push Play – 1987 Yamaha YSR50 with 708 Miles !

Update – Sold to a reader a few hours after posting on RSBFS, but still fun to look at…

Never going to be the only bike in the garage, but the YSR50 might just win the smiles-per-cc sweepstakes.  Today’s has somehow maintained all its DOT required equipment over the years, which seems to have protected the scale fairings like a force field.

1987 Yamaha YSR50 for sale on eBay

Overdone in a tongue-in-cheek way, the YSR50 had a disk brake up front and five-speed trans to go with its regulated 49 cc’s and 7 hp.  With its perimeter frame, full fairing and faux underseat exhaust ports, it’s as close to a YZR500 as some of us might ever get.

This YSR is a little bit of perfection, with not even the usual roll-around scuffs.  Seeming oversized turn signals and mirrors have warded off evil spirits, and a nice repaint doesn’t hurt either.  Not sure about the seller’s title reasoning, but at this age and engine size a bill of sale would likely suffice.  Comments from the eBay auction:

 
The YSR50 has been displayed in my collection for the last 12 years. I have decided to sell it. 
Bike is sold with a signed title but NOT IN MY NAME. Title is still in original owners name and I wanted it to stay that way. ONE OWNER. 33 Years
The reason the bike has ONLY 708 miles I believe is because the crank seal was bad on the stator side.
 
I brought to to my shop and took the entire bike back apart for cleaning. 
 
The top end looked great (Standard Bore). I resealed it back up with a new top end gasket set. I removed both side covers and put new crank seals and clutch plates in.
 
While apart I replaced the reeds, carb kit, fork seals and gaskets
 
Still has the hard to find original – Nut Pad and Tool Kit (looks new)
Starts with a couple kicks.  Handle bars are straight 
 
Seat , back and nut pad looks great
 
Rims / Tires look very good but are old with cracks. Could be originals
 
Plastics look great except one spot the size of a quarter where the upper fairing meets the lower fairing. where one of the screws hold it together(hard to see because large white washer covers it up)
 
Exhaust looks great 
 
Brakes rear work great – front is full of fluid but can’t get it to bleed
 
Tank is bright and shiny inside.
 
New air filter.  New Battery
 
New Windscreen from New Zealand – have old one but has a small crack
 
Calamari Rear fender.  Forks are perfect
 
Warning labels look good.  Decals look great
No leaks  – Gas tank and carb is empty and cleaned.
 
Have bike currently in my office and don’t want fumes.
 
All silver, and white parts repainted and clear coated.

A little late to get it under the tree unless you’re down near Dallas, but this looks to be a super example at just* a supersport  buy-in.  And judging from the group picture, might be the sharpest two-stroke in the collection.

-donn

Push Play – 1987 Yamaha YSR50 with 708 Miles !
Yamaha December 13, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1989 Yamaha FZR400R

Update 12.14.2021: Deposit received, sale pending! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Yamaha didn’t pursue the late 80’s race replica phenomenon, but ended up on the slippery slope anyway, with outstanding results.  Borrowing as fast as they could from the TT-F3 developments, the FZR-400R was a test-bed for how close a showroom machine wanted to get.  RSBFS reader Kevin offers his pristine FZR-400R with just 5,584 miles.

1989 Yamaha FZR400R for sale asking $9,000

As much as Yamaha wanted to design the perfect middleweight for the street, looking like the OW01 generated excitement and the alloy Deltabox chassis could walk the walk.  With the EXUP exhaust valve to lengthen the torque band, riders found the 12,500 rpm peak power setting more of a suggestion than a requirement to horse-whip the 4-valve 399cc four.  Offset tire diameters were a period solution to tighten handling, but the wider rims and then-new low profile radial tires were a game changer.  The chassis solidarity and grip were such that suspension setting could be more compliant.  Twin headlights, full fairings, and big number plates on the seat fairing made it easier to think your back road was on the Isle of Man.

Kevin’s FZR has rather low miles and none of the typical grey market corrosion, but was running many original parts until he caught the show bike up on its maintenance.  His notes –

Bike has 5,854 original miles, odometer is in Km so as the one picture shows 9,443 km. Bike is in absolutely awesome condition. I took a ton of pictures to show as many angles as possible. There are close ups of the few very minor imperfections. The bike was imported a few years ago by White Knuckle Motor Sports in Utah, they sold the bike to a collector in northern Virginia where this bike sat along with 27 other classic bikes that were all in impeccable condition, he had a clean clear Virginia title. When I went to the DMV in NJ they issued a new title in my name just like any other bike. So there should be no apprehension on the title front. Bike is original unrestored condition.
 
When I bought it the bike was sitting as a show piece with the tank drained and carbs drained. The carbs were slightly varnished from what is assumed a little gas left in them. Inside of the tank was flawless like new. I had the carbs professionally gone through by Sun Cycle in Manasquan, NJ. Frank there said he used to race these bikes. Jersey Shore Power Sports my local Yamaha dealer referred me to Sun Cycle. While the carbs were being done I also had a new fuel pump put in and filters, and new rectifier along with a new Yuasa battery from Yamaha dealer. The tires that were on the bike had like new tread but you could see they were old. I replaced both tires with new Bridgestone Battlax. The factory chain was like new but I wanted a gold chain so I ordered a DID gold X ring chain from England. I wanted to be able to drive the bike occasionally and just make the bike as nice as possible. The condition of the bike warranted it.
 
I did not plan to sell the bike as soon as I am. I recently just sold my VFR750 here on RSBFS. I am not a dealer and I do not flip bikes. I was really hot on getting a 2-stroke grey market bike RGV250 or NSR250 but they are about $15k for real nice original ones. I came across this bike and bought it. I’m 6’4″ – 240 lbs and a bit big for this bike. I just bought a new Ducati Streetfighter. I am available to answer any questions you might have. Please call me. So the bike runs awesome, idles perfect. One thing I love is, the bike is so light it handles ridiculously. It turns in to a corner just thinking about turning. Factory exhaust is still in its original black paint only showing small amount of surface rust (barely) by the collector. Exhaust is very quiet until you get around 8,000 rpm and it gets real aggressive sounding. Bad ass actually. The wheels are in very clean original condition but not perfect. I didn’t want to do anything to take away from the originality of the bike. Spark plugs changed as well. They were the original plugs from the factory. Pictures really don’t capture the condition. Frame and swing arm are flawless zero imperfections. Paint has like new gloss. Please feel free to call me anytime.
 
Kevin asks $9,000.
Yamaha thought beyond the accurate race replica idea, and toned the FZR’s handling down a tad, so it handled more like the larger 750, and bred confidence into every possible rider.  The factory’s strategy was to make the bike a bit easier to ride, let the suspension soak up real-world roads and keep the FZR more stable – willing the rider to add speed.  Kevin’s FZR-400R could continue to show or get out and go, depending on the new owner. 
-donn
Featured Listing – 1989 Yamaha FZR400R
Yamaha December 9, 2021 posted by

Angrier Bees: 1984 Yamaha RZ 350

The Yamaha RZ350 is just one of those bikes. It wasn’t particularly rare or super fast in the day (in stock form it struggled to compete with the 550s of the day). It wasn’t even super irresponsible for a two stroke, harboring lean burn technology, oil injection, an exhaust power valve to broaden the torque curve, air injection and – of course – the all important catalytic converters nestled in the exhaust pipes. This was the last street-going two stroke sport bike officially imported into all 50 of these United States, making it a milestone machine. The years have been very kind to the legend that is the RZ, and with excellent examples in short supply the values are reflected appropriately.

1984 Yamaha RZ 350 for sale on eBay

Known as the RD350LC in other markets, the RZ350 was pretty standard Yamaha two stroke fare; a liquid cooled parallel twin with reed valve induction and dual carbs. The YPVS allowed the exhaust port to raise and lower depending upon revs, boosting power in the lower end of the RPM range, where two strokes typically suffer the most. A single shock rear suspension, triple disk brakes and minimalist bodywork (including the cafe fairing) completed the tidy package. These were neat and unique when new, showed up in droves at local racetracks, and experienced a “dime a dozen” type of mentality with riders and collectors. They were used, abused, and used some more. Today, they are still relatively plentiful in hacked up condition. But finding a good one – a clean, well-loved example – is getting harder and harder to do. And prices are reflecting the rarity.

From the seller:
Up for auction is my beautiful 1984 Yamaha RZ 350 with matching frame and engine case serial numbers. The bike has 15,692 miles.

This bike has an interesting history. It was owned by Bobby J from Bobby J’s Yamaha in Albuquerque, NM. It is the oldest Yamaha dealer in the US. If you go on youtube, there are videos about Bobby J’s Yamaha and Bobby J himself.

I purchased it from one of his retired salesmen in around 2010. I kept it for a couple of months and then sold it to a friend of mine who I told that if you ever need to sell it then call me. A few years later he did so I purchased the bike back in 2013.

In the time that he owned it, the engine was rebuilt by Jason Perdue, the owner of SMR, in Santa Fe, NM. Jason has built many RZ 350s and Banshees. The engine has about 1200 miles since it was rebuilt. I don’t ride the bike very often, and I am working on selling a few bikes out of my collection as I have too many.

More from the seller:
The bike was tuned for sea level by Chuck “Supertune” Quenzler of Team Scream Racing in Clearwater Florida. He was impressed with the bike to say the least.

The bike has a 370 big bore kit. It has been ported by Jason at SMR, has V-Force reeds, stock carbs with a K&N filter, Toomey pipes, ATK fork brace, rebuilt front end with Progressive springs, rear Works remote reservoir shock, and good Avon roadrider tires. I believe that the radiator shroud is either Canadian or European since it does not have any holes for reflectors. I got it off of ebay because I liked the way it looked better than the stocker.

More from the seller:
It also includes the tool kit. I do not have the owner’s manual. I do have some stock pipes and the stock air box that will go with the bike.

The bike has always been garaged and well taken care of. The body is beautiful shape with no repairs. It has original paint with no dents or dings. No corrosion. No cracks in the plastic. The paint is beautiful as the photos show. Windscreen is original with the sticker still on it. Chin fairing is beautiful.

This is a beautiful RZ for your collection or your Sunday rider. No disappointments here.

The bike is ready to go. It has a clear Florida title in my name.

The seller has also included a video of the bike running here. Sure looks like fun to me!

This bike looks to be in great condition. Collectors may chagrin the mods, but the RZ responds to all the great wake up sauce as any other smoker. That means an overbore (or big bore kit), raising the compression ratio, porting, expansion chambers, etc. It looks like this beauty has had a few of those mods done to it, stoking the hive full of even angrier bees; it looks and sounds like it is ready to to poke the four stroke bear. And as a bonus, some of the stocker kit comes with! Lots of interest on this one, and you can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Angrier Bees: 1984 Yamaha RZ 350
Yamaha November 23, 2021 posted by

Track Day Tuesday: 1985 Yamaha FZ750 AHRMA Vintage Roadracer

RSBFS is bringing back Track Day Tuesday for this great looking Fizzer 750! The staff cannot resist motorsport exploits, and with the conclusion of both MotoGP and WSBK seasons we are already jonesin’ for next season. But if participation rather than spectating is more your speed, let us regale you with a 1980s Genesis-powered, 5-valve wonder. If Yamaha is your brand – or if blue is your color – this could be your track bike!

1985 Yamaha FZ750 Racer for sale on eBay

While many a bike has been stripped of lights, bodywork and other non-essentials to produce a track-day steed, converting a street bike to a race-legal mount as blessed by a legitimate sanctioning body is a bit more difficult. Track days allow you to tape up lights rather than remove them. Track days are generally OK with a stock cooling arrangement (i.e. coolant). Ditto for stock fasteners and bodywork. Race organizations key into safety-related items that can not only be detrimental to the bike in question, but can go further into placing other competitors at risk. That means complete removal of all lights, as well as straight water in the radiator (most allow for additives such as Water Wetter, or similar). Both could cause follow on riders problems. So, too, is the requirement for a belly pan that can capture out that might leak out of the sump. All critical fasteners must be safety wired, including the oil drain plug and brake caliper fasteners. This all takes parts, work, and some know how to successfully implement.

From the seller:
1985 YAMAHA FZ750 VINTAGE ROADRACER , AHRMA AND WERA LEGAL . THE MOTOR IS BASICALLY STOCK , TUNED , MOTUL OIL , ENGINE ICE COOLANT , REJETTED CARBS WITH KN AIRFILTERS AND A SUDCO FULL RACE EXHAUST , PROGRAMMABLE CDI ,IGNITECH IGNITION, KOSO TEMP GAUGE . BRAIDED CLUTCH AND FRONT AND REAR BRAKE LINES , SUPERBIKE HANDLEBAR SETUP ,PRO GRIPS , CASE SLIDERS , POWDER COATED VALVE COVER , CLUTCH COVER , EXHAUST , WHEELS AND HANDLEBARS , FOX SHOCK , THUNDERACE SWINGARM AND FRONTEND . NEW 1 PIECE UPPER AND NEW BLUE PAINT , POR15 LINER IN THE TANK AND A NEW WINDSHIELD . FLUID RETENTION PAN . HEALTH FORCES SALE . AWESOME BIKE NEEDS A RIDER .

Today’s example starts with the magnificent FZ750 Genesis platform, which enjoyed a heyday on track back in the 1980s and early 1990s. It has been made ready for the track via the aforementioned mods, and the suspension has been upgraded with bits based on technology closer to the current century. The motor remains (what appears to be) fairly stock, which is great for track day longevity, meaning that you can enjoy all there is of the 5-valve motor without worry about it been too high strung or ready to come apart on the next blip of the throttle.

Pricing for race bikes has always been difficult. Certainly this is not a current-level Moto2 machine, but it is welcome in WERA and AHRMA events. Alternatively, this could be a purpose-built bike for track days and schools; it is focused on the track mission, and you don’t have to mess with your street bike and worry about potential damage. This bike looks to be in great condition, and by all counts appears to be set up for serious fun. But few things depreciate like last year’s race bike, and although the vintage series helps hold up the bottom of the market, this is still a bike from the 1980s. The seller is asking $3,700 as an opening bid, and I doubt you could convert a stock 1985 FZ750 to track ready condition like this for that amount. There are still several days left on this auction, so check out all of the details here, and then start planning your track days. Do you have a track-day specific bike in your stable? Let us know in the comments, and Good Luck!!

MI

Track Day Tuesday: 1985 Yamaha FZ750 AHRMA Vintage Roadracer
Yamaha November 10, 2021 posted by

1998 Yamaha YZF 750R For Sale!

1998 YZF 750R For Sale on eBay!

This looks to be a very good example of Yamaha’s original YZF platform with good miles and period correct light modifications that includes Vance and Hines SSR exhaust, fender eliminator kit and LP flush mount front directional indicators.

Back in the day, these were fairly popular in my area and for good reason. They offered good power, good handling, a top speed of 165mph, racer boy looks and all of Yamaha’s exhausted R&D under the fairings.
I know these sit below the iconic R7 on collectors list, but I feel they are deserving of a place at the table.
Since 98′ was the last year for this platform, it would fall under the “Bookend” for reasons to have one in your collection. Unless you’re like myself and only collect pennies and pocket lint- at that point you’d have to flog it like it owed you money.

The seller does a great job of highlighting the strong and not so strong points of their machine-

From the seller:
1998 Yamaha YZF-R 750. Very clean near original condition.
-Rear fender deleted, aftermarket front turn signals, rear seat cowl and Vance & Hines exhaust.
-All original paint and plastics in very nice glossy condition.
-Bike has never been down or damaged.
-Tires are like new and just changed oil and new plugs.

-Does have a small dent in tank that could probably be pulled and a very small crack in the backrest seat cushion.

-2 owner bike

I’m thinking with 16k on the clock you could enjoy and collect it at the same time. I suspect if you chose to ride it, you’d have no issue hanging with your buddies newer DuHonKaw rRRrRR 2000cc

Check out this middleweight here!

Cheers!

dd

1998 Yamaha YZF 750R For Sale!
Yamaha November 2, 2021 posted by

Ready to Rumble – 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R

Update 11.2.2021: Last see in August of 2020 from the same seller, this one is back on eBay with a buy-it-now of $7,150. -dc

For a while in the 1990’s, sponsorship from Marlboro led Yamaha down a red-liveried path, and the torn paper graphics on this 1996 YZF-750R makes reference without saying it too loud.  It’s a low-mileage example with a recent major service, and looks smashing.

1996 Yamaha YZF-750R for sale on eBay

Yamaha took the successes of their late -80’s World Superbike mounts and ran them by production engineering, preserving as much of the good stuff while bringing the cost out of the stratosphere.  Kept was the forward canted inline Genesis, with the EXUP exhaust tuning system – in road trim worth 125hp.  The aluminum Deltabox chassis evolved with re-designed frame connectors.  New brakes were 320mm disks with 6-piston calipers.  The fox-eye headlights look a little less drop-dead serious than those on the OW-01, but the painted pillion cover passes for a single-seater under way.

The seller’s other auctions seem to indicate a dealer rather than motorcyclist owner, but either way, this YZF is in special shape for its age.  Hard to find fault with the presentation, except maybe to pine for an SP homologation special.  The last service call made everything ready for the new owner.  From the eBay auction:

Parts:
Float bowl gaskets             
Needle and seat                
Fuel line                            
Oil (semi/syn)                     
Battery                             
Rear brake caliper kit         
Rear pads                           
Front pads                        
Fork seals                          
Pirelli Rosso Tires              
 
Labor:
Service carbs                   
Oil change                          
Install tires                         
Fork seals                           
Rebuild rear caliper            
Front pads                         
Complete degrease/clean  
 
This bike is very special to me as you can see with all the investments made . 
A cleaner example for sale will be very difficult to find today .
The bike is ready to ride . 

The YZF750R sold better across the pond than here, but trailed the 916 and CBR900RR and gave way to the R1 in 1998.  The race version did well in endurance events where Yamaha’s quality shown.  This one is right on the edge of too nice to ride too much, but the classic mid-size package and recent maintenance call for at least an occasional back road afternoon.

-donn

Ready to Rumble – 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R
Yamaha October 29, 2021 posted by

Almost Pre-Sports – 1985 Yamaha FZ750 with 1,586 Miles !

Though big red dominated, Yamaha’s FZ750R / OU45 regularly appeared as the best of the rest in mid-eighties AMA Superbike.  Here’s a collector which has somehow escaped the suburban Dallas heat, and dodged a lifetime’s worth of garage elves.

1985 Yamaha FZ-750 for sale on eBay

Yamaha had reportedly toyed with as many as seven valves per cylinder, but settled on five for the Genesis engine.  Laid forward to straighten the path through the 34mm Mikuni’s, 105 hp was the result.  The four was wedged across a double cradle chassis, with right side up forks and a monocross rear.  270mm brakes are period correct but seem undersized for the mission, and the 16/18-inch wheel stagger would be seen as under and over-sized just a few years later.  Riding position was a pretty good tuck and helped the rider get behind the upper-only fairing.

The comments say the bike has been in the back of the garage for a generation, so this might be the original owner.  Condition is hard to believe with none of the usual bumps, bruises, or mods that might be expected.  A fork brace is visible and a Fox shock is hidden.  Otherwise it looks original right down to the tires.  Notes from the eBay auction:

This bike has been in a controlled environment for the past 35 years. The 80’s motorcycle market is getting hot and this is a perfect opportunity for a collector or lover to own an iconic bike. It runs and rides like a new bike with a couple of original 80’s upgrades remote adjustable rear Fox Shock and a fork brace. The miles are original, I was putting it in my collection but it needs to be ridden and because of my age and old racing injuries I can’t manage the low bars. The value will only increase as this is the only FZ 750 I have seen come on the market over the last 2 years. One sold in January of 2019 for $9,000 with 39,000 miles on it and needed attention. This bike is as good as the day it came off the ship.

Part of the design concept was the five smaller valves which didn’t require double valve springs, allowing higher revs and an easier life for the cams.  Yamaha stuck with the Genesis for several years, attesting to the idea’s success.  The conventional auction ( high reserve though ) reflects the almost super-stardom of these early superbikes.  It might take a re-list, but interest in an FZ in this condition will come.

-donn

 

Almost Pre-Sports – 1985 Yamaha FZ750 with 1,586 Miles !