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It Survived The 80’s: 1988 Yamaha FZ750

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fz left 2 fz right 2

I can’t remember the last time one of these has passed over my executive sized desk here at RSBFS World HQ.  Not an SP, not an OW but just as rare.  I can remember witnessing a few fraternity house parking lot burn outs with the old FZ (shirtless of course).  Very few reached the hands of people who had the idea of a very long term relationship with the bike though.  It sounds like this one was spotted by the seller, given a little maintenance and put up for sale.

fz cockpit

I never get tired of seeing the ‘ordinary’ bikes that survive; especially unmolested.

fz front

Are you old enough to remember the days of ‘Pure Sports’, ‘Hyper Sports’, ‘Hurricanes’ and ‘Ninja’s’?

 

The story on the bike:

A rare opportunity to buy a VERY LOW MILEAGE FZ750 YAMAHA in original excellent condition.  Base for Yamaha’s production FZR superbike. Genesis 5 valve per/cylinder head engine delivers turbine smooth power to an agile frame and displays in my opinion one of the best production motorcycle paint schemes. Almost new condition with very bright paint and all decals. Stored inside an insulated and heated shop for more than 10 years.  Very fast and flickable. Just totally restored and ready to go go go! Own a legend! You don’t come across a bike in this condition often.  Reserve the right to sell locally.  Contact me for my best price right now! I am a certified motorcycle mechanic with 30 years experience.  Please watch my linked video for more information and I start up the beast too.  I only sell bike that I could sell to a close friend.  They are all gone through completely from wheel to wheel.  
 
    *  NEW PLUGS  
    *  NEW TIRES!  
    * NEW BATTERY  
    * NEW OIL AND FILTER    
    * WHEELS SAND BLASTED AND PRIMED AND PAINTED WITH EPOXY ANODIZED PAINT    
    *  ALL STOCK 
    * NEW FRONT BRAKE PADS
    * CARBURETORS COMPLETE DISSEMBLED, CLEANED- THEN SYNCHRONIZED TO FACTORY SPECS.
    * ALL BRAKE CALIPERS REBUILT
    * NEW AIR CLEANER
    * CLUTCH MASTER AND SLAVE CYLINDERS REBUILT
    * NEW ZERO SMOKED WINDSHIELD
    * NEW AIR CLEANER

 

 

fz carbs

That reminds me, I need a carb sync setup.  Looks pretty clean under the hood.

fz wheel

If you didn’t click on the video, the seller mentioned they sprayed the wheels in gold for stylistic reasons.  Originally they would have been white.

fz right rear

I always think these are the hardest types of bikes to value.  I think everyone gets a kick out of seeing a bike they might have enjoyed earlier in life but that doesn’t mean they are buyers now.  I guess it might hinge on how good a deal the seller got.   The auction is just starting out and sits at $1,000 with the reserve still on.  Hopefully the seller can make a little coin and the buyer can get a great ride down memory lane at a good price.

 

Here is the auction.

 

4 Comments

  • If I HAD to have an example of an FZ750, it would only be the classic original silver (with red) 1985 version. Sadly, the paint and graphics scheme was horrid by 1988, and I couldn’t look at it knowing how beautiful the 1985 version still is.

  • Hmmm, you might have a point. I had to go look at a picture of a 85 and it is damn sharp.

  • Wrong, the silver and red is hideous. The white and red of the Genesis’s versions, with the red stripe starting wide from the front tire narrowing to the back under the seat, the red rims, that is sexy. I had one like that, just red and white with Pure Sport written on it, was great. I don’t like the silver. I have 2 1984 XJ900’s, both came in silver and red Yamaha colors, ugly, couldn’t stand it. They had to be painted, one R6 Blue and the other, Black and Gold and they look amazing. I have actually had people approach me and say nice bike now, never had that happen when they where silver and red.

  • I have a 1988 Yahama FZ 750 would like to sell its a screamer

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