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God of V4 Thunder- ’85 Yamaha RZ500


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Location: Caledonia, Wisconsin   Mileage: 4,521   Price: Auction

85 RZ500

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Do you like uber-rare two stroke 500’s? Of course you do. If you didn’t you wouldn’t be reading this post. Well, here’s a chance to own one of the coolest of the breed and one of the most popular bikes here on RSBFS. The Yamaha RZ500 was never brought for sale to the U.S. but thankfully brave men and women took matters into their own hands and brought them here anyway. It’s a two-stroke powerhouse that reflects a time of the greatest riders and bikes in the history of GP racing. Totally bad ass.

From the seller (why sell this bike? I don’t know)-

I am selling a 1985 RZ500 with 4,521 miles (7,276 k). The person I purchased it from had it stored in a basement for ten years so. When I got it I removed the carbs and clean them up.  I also installed a new gasket set. The tank was drained but was never coated so there is very little surface rust. The tires were new when he stored it but they are hard and will need to be changed.  I took very detailed pictures of the bike, so you will notice some minor rust in the pics and also some minor cracks in the fairings. I did not do anything cosmetically to the bike except clean it up. The bike runs great and everything works. It starts up on the first or second kick and is a thrill to say the least! It is not museum quality, but for a 1985 bike its in great shape with very little wear.

And pics-

This bike looks pretty stock and clean. The seller highlights some of the issues with the fairing and some rust spots that you’ll want to get full detail on. The paint still looks good on the plastics and there are no obvious major modifications that meet my eye. All in all a good looking ride that is reported by the seller to run well.

So here it is folks. These machines don’r run cheap and for a good reason. They are rare and they are special. Take this opportunity if you have the means. They aren’t building any more. To make a play, make the jump!



  • Personally, I would’ve gone with ‘King of Zing’ over ‘God of Thunder’ in this case 🙂

    Don’t let that discourage you from posting these excellent old 2-stroke beasties. Until Suter finally gets one of those 500 V4s together, this is as good as it gets.

  • its kind of close by and I’m bidding, but I don’t think I’ll be able to raise the big dough though 🙁

  • this is way better condition than the one that just sold last week for $9k+ with aftermarket fairings and other issues.
    The only problem I see with this that the seller doesn’t say anything about the paper work. Registered? Title? or BOS only? Did I miss that part? Anyone?

  • I gotta raise some fast dough! Anybody interested in a super nice loooaded Y&B RZ350 in the midwest?

  • threre is an one feedbacker bidder , bidding over and over again seems kind of weird. 🙁

  • I hope he doesn’t have someone he knows bidding the price up. I guess we’ll know if he says sale fell through and it gets relisted

  • gotta a guy offering him 15K, outta my league , for sure!

  • wow, wow, wow, wow…….


  • its no longer listed ,,, shoot! he must have got his money!

  • Jim,
    was there a Mystery Buyer? The link says.
    Feb 18, 201310:31:04 PST
    Bid history:
    0 bids

    The last time we looked at it it had 15 bids? and it was bidded up to $9500 area. Now Zero Bids with a starting at $1,000

  • looks like he sold it off line

  • I guess we’ll see how fast it comes back up for sale.


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