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Sport Bikes For Sale August 2, 2011 posted by

Classic 2 stroke – RZ 350 Kenny Roberts Edition

When I was growing up the RD250LC and RD350LC were the bikes to have.  Of course in the US you called them RZ’s.  These bikes were water cooled 2 strokes that rarely remained standard and could be heard screaming about the roads in the UK.  This example we didn’t get as it was in celebration of Kenny Roberts, we were way more concerned about a Barry Sheene Suzuki!  When Yamaha introduced the YVPS powervalve system the bikes had a broader spread of power but were still ultimately 2 strokes that you ran in the power band trailing a faint blue smoke while waking the neighbours.

The seller doesn’t say too much:

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Edition
400 miles on NEW TOP END.
New Clutch, new Roller Chain, Tach is new factory, K-N air cleaner is new, Spec Chambers,new hand-stitched seat. Bridgestone Battlax tires. Has original manual and toolkit.
Mechanically New, Few cracks on plastic.
RUNS GREAT! Have owned for 12 years.
If you use the Buy Now option I will include stock pipes worth $300 each.No Free test rides.
Serious interest only.

The auction can be found here on eBay.

If you have always wanted a 2 stroke but the likes of a race 250 is too much then not sure you can go wrong with one of these which you can pick up for only a few grand.

Just in case you wanted to hear a little beauty like this:

AS

Sport Bikes For Sale June 3, 2011 posted by

All Hail the King: 1985 Yamaha RZ 350 Up for Auction

Location: Camarillo, CA
Mileage: 5,220
Price: $4,000 BIN

As I’m sure most of you do, when I think RZ 350, I think Kenny Roberts. The Yamaha RZ 350 Kenny Roberts Signature is a legendary bike associated with a legendary racer. Indulge me for a second while I drop a little history.   ‘King Kenny’ was a dominate racer in the 70’s and went on to win three Grand Prix titles (’78, ’79, ’80) on 500 cc two-strokes. He was the first American rider to win in Grand Prix road racing and in 2000 he was named a Grand Prix legend by the FIM. Kenny Roberts name is motorcycle racing and for me this bike represents an important part of that history. And although I have never ridden one, with roughly 52 ponies of two-stroke power and weighing in at 370lbs, I suspect it’s a blast.

This bike appears to be clean, with reasonable mileage and some solid modifications and maintenance. From the seller:

This is a clean 1985 RZ 350 with the Kenny Roberts red and white graphics scheme. All the paint is original to the bike as well as the graphics. There is a small dent in the tank on the right side where your leg would go, it was hit with something as someone was walking by. Has brand new braided brake line, brake pads, ceramic coated pipe, new speedo cable, and more. The front forks were rebuilt with Race Tech internals, new chain, sprockets, professionally jetted, the list keeps going. I have an invoice of all the new parts and when they were installed. Never ridden since installed. Starts up and runs great but would like to be used instead of sitting. This is a two stroke if you are not familiar with the model. One of the original sport bikes. Selling as the owner and title holder and had only two other owners. One owner had it for over 20 years. One you should come take a look at.

More photos:

Current bid is $1000 as of this writing with the BIN at $4000. The BIN price seems to be right in there for one of these bikes. If the sound of angry bees in a can is for you and you want to try to snag this piece of motorcycle history, !

RN

Sport Bikes For Sale January 8, 2011 posted by

Yellow and Black Attack: 1985 Yamaha RZ 350

For Sale: 1985 Yamaha RZ 350

RZ350s tend to be pretty popular here on RSBFS. Built in a limited 2-year model run, offered in only two color choices, and known as the last road-going two-stroke sportbike available in the US, the little RZ is an affordable classic that is a blast to ride.

Today’s RZ350 sports some significant modifications; if you are a collector looking for that 100 point authentic bike, please look elsewhere. For the rest of you looking for a ring-dinger to flog on the streets of your locale, read on!

If you looked at the first picture and couldn’t quite place what was wrong, this picture should help. The seller has replaced the stock RZ350 front end (with relatively wimpy tubes, narrow tires and 267 mm disks) with a complete unit out of an RG to provide a more stout platform on the front. The upside here is that modern, sticky sportbike rubber can now be used.

Out back, a similar transformation has occurred, once again allowing for wider rubber to be fitted to the bike and enhancing its cornering capabilities.

From the seller:
BEAUTIFUL 1985 YAMAHA RZ 350

RG FRONT FORKS, WHEELS, AND BRAKES!! POWDER COATED CBR600 REAR WHEEL WITH NEW TIRE BRAKE PADS AND ROTOR. NEW “O” RING 520 CHAIN AND SPROCKETS. NEW CLUTCH

NEW 35MM KEIHIN CARBS. CUSTOM EXPANSION CHAMBERS WITH “QUIET” SILENCERS.

RUNS STRONG (WHEELIE TIME!!)

OLD CLASSIC BIKE WITH MODERN BRAKES AND WHEELS

So what will it cost you to get onto a buzz-bomb and smoke out all of your neighbors? Fortunately, RZ350s are collectables at the lower end of the price scale. There has not been a lot of upward price mobility on these models, and clean examples will bring $3-5k. The mods on this bike detract from collector value, but since that value is not very high to start with, the mods probably will break even from an investment perspective. Undoubtedly, the mods help add to the hooligan factor, which is what this bike is all about. Here is a good shot of a stock RZ350. You might even recognize the guy sitting on the bike.

Bidding is going on now, with the auction at the $2k mark. The reserve has not yet been met, but I can’t see it being much above $2,500. To get into the action and get yourself a bumble bee that can sting,

MI

Suzuki November 29, 2009 posted by

1984 Yamaha RZ 350 with super low miles!!

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I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a cleaner, lower mileage RZ than this one. Even though this might not be the most desirable color for collectors it still deserves a look. The seller has offered several pictures for review and a phone number for anyone interested in more information. These were only imported for 2 years and were only available in two color schemes. I personally prefer the Red/White/Blue vs. the Kenny Roberts edition.

Here is the quote from the listing:

I have up for auction what might be considered one of the “Nicest” “Low Mile” RZ 350s in the country. I am the 2nd owner of the motorcycle. I purchaced this RZ roughly five years ago & still carry the “Original Title” and service manual. I only put maybe 80 miles on the bike when I decided to pull it in the house & park it near the pool table. This RZ runs outstanding, it has also never been rebuilt, everything functions perfectly. To find a 1984 Yamaha RZ 350 with under 1,400 original miles you might have to look in a museum. I’m sure this would make any RZ enthusiast or “Collector” quite satisfied.

From the looks of it I would have to agree with the seller in that this one is sure to please.

You can check out other RZ 350’s we’ve had posted on RSBFS here for price reference. This one has a reserve price, but at the time of this posting only had 1 bid of $499.00 on it.

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Yamaha October 22, 2022 posted by

Two-fer of Angry Bees: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 (times two!)

Today we have a bit of a choose your own adventure situation. Assuming you find the RZ350 a RSBFS-worthy ride, what we have today is two different – completely stock and original – examples. One bike is a west coaster, residing in sunny California. The other is an Easterner, braving the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois. From a collector perspective, both are 1985 models, both are in the red/white livery, and both have the desired catalytic converter exhaust pipes (well, collectors desire them, at least). Let’s dig into these two and see what adventure awaits!

1985 Yamaha RZ350 (California bike) for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ350 This motorcycle belongs in a collector’s collection or a museum! It has 2694 miles on it all original right down to the Yokohama tires that it rolled out of Kenny Robert’s Yamaha Modesto, CA. There is a good article with more pictures at Raresportbikesforsale.com February 25th 2022,

To be candid, this particular beauty has graced the pages of RSBFS before; in February of this year, in fact (https://raresportbikesforsale.com/inflation-1985-yamaha-rz350). I might have missed that, but the seller was kind enough to remind me in his text. Back then we were amazed at the originality of the bike, and it doesn’t look like much has changed. In February the ask was nearly $30k in Buy It Now format. This time around there is a proper auction, although the starting line ask will cost you $18,500 with reserve in place. You can check out this CA bike here.


1985 Yamaha RZ350 (Illinois bike) for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Super Original. Needed a carb clean , now runs like it’s new.
There are a few minor nicks you will see pointed out in the pictures but it is so clean and original I don’t want to touch it. I’ll leave anything that it needs for the new owner. Nuts and bolts are still bright and Original gold color never touched since factory.
California model with ,yes all the restricted stuff on it. But I can emphasize enough how Original it is.

This second bike is located in Chicago, Illinois. It looks a lot like the first, although it does have more miles (nearly 6k), a little bit of damage on the right side of the bike (fairing, tail section and pipe), and the funkiest little red handgrips I have ever seen. Beyond that, the cats are in place as the EPA intended, and even the air injection and evap appears to be stock. Wow. Seller notes the carbs were recently cleaned, so this one seems to be more of a rider than the bike located in California above. This is a Buy It Now format sale, with the seller asking only $18k. I say “only” as that is the purchase price, not the opening bid like the bike above. Check out all of the details on this Chicago bike here.


Well, there you have it. Two pretty stock examples of Yamaha’s finest, but up for auction at the same time with a similar close date – even though they are located across the country from each other. If you are in the market for an RZ to collect, these appear to have all the right pieces in place. Good Luck!!

MI

Two-fer of Angry Bees: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 (times two!)
Yamaha September 12, 2022 posted by

Re-Californication: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

The Yamaha RZ350 was the last of the federally imported two strokes into the EPA-heavy state of California. With precise oil injection, the Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) to maximize efficiency, and air-injection and catalytic converters in the exhaust stream, this was the cleanest factory smoker on the planet in 1984. Sadly this was not enough for California, and the bike lasted but a year in that market. The RZ350 still sneaked through emissions in other states however, before Yamaha pulled the two stroke plug in America one year later. Today’s example is a nicely refurbed bike in California that shows some miles and a whole lot of care. I’ll let the seller pick it up from here.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Yamaha RZ350L1984 Kenny Roberts Replica

The bike was purchased as non runner earlier this year. It had sat since last registration in 2016.
The bike ran when parked, but of course was parked for a reason!

Thousands have been spent to re-commision this lovely RZ. It starts first/second kick, pulls all the way to the red line and sounds as an RZ350 should. This will make a great rider, it does have some wear and tear which we have detailed. A good honest bike that just needs to be used and enjoyed. All the hard work as been done!, bid with confidence on this appreciating classic.

Clean CA title – currently registered.
15300 original miles.

More from the seller:
History: A considerable amount had been spent on the bike by the previous owner around 2015-2016 which, included engine work at RZ’s Unlimited of Glendale.

Work completed includes:
Crank Rebuild
New Crank Seals
New Pistons, rings
New water pump
Y Boot & K&N
Spec II pipes
Carb jetted to suit above
Telefix Fork Brace
Stainless Braided brake lines F&R
Penske – full adjustable rear shock with remote

An RZ350 owners manual is included along with a few old receipts, showing purchases of pipes, fork brace etc.

The RZ350 market remain a hot spot for bikes in clean condition. Prices are ever-so-surely climbing – especially for bikes in good or exceptional condition. This is not an NOS stock example, having been rebuilt and slightly hot-rodded with Spec II chambers and jetting. But in many ways THIS is the type of RZ you really want. Bikes that have been woken up by the cat delete and mild performance work are snappy and fun, being both lighter and more powerful than the museum correct examples. And with a relatively recent rebuild and some nice chassis add ons this RZ is ready to spread the popcorn sound of joy throughout the neighborhood and surrounding canyons. Nearly a week left at auction and the reserve has already been met, so don’t miss out! This bike is well presented and beautifully photographed. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Re-Californication: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha August 27, 2022 posted by

Good From Afar – 1984 Yamaha RZ350

Just a quickie post on a potentially interesting mystery bike for your weekend reading and researching. It is listed as a 1984 Yamaha RZ350, and these are always fun bikes to post about. The fan base is rabid, and these are getting more and more rare as time passes. In today’s case the mystery is less about what the bike might be, and more about the condition. There are only the 3 pictures, and scant info from the seller. Still, with a price in the basement for the model – and the potential for some real upside in terms of what is on (or in) the bike – there is a lot of interest in this one.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Runs great. Starts with one kick. Has sun fade. Gas tank is clean on inside but outside needs paint. Tires are old. Power wheelies in first and second gear.

Sure, it appears to be well used, if not a little beaten up. It also has a set of chambers, but no info on what else. There has been a lot of bidding thus far, and this one is definitely going to a new home at the end of the auction. You can check out all the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Good From Afar – 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha July 20, 2022 posted by

I Love the Smell of Castor Oil in the Morning: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

Another beautiful summer’s day, another beautiful Yamaha RZ350. Every year – like clockwork – when spring has sprung the RZs pop up out of hiding like dandelions. Few bikes are as coveted as the last of the factory, street going two-strokes, and pushing nearly 40 years on in the US these are getting harder to find in good, presentable condition. Sure, they exist – but patience is a key implement in the collector’s toolkit. The find we offer up today is clean and complete, with light modifications compared to some. If you are in the market for a rider, this is definitely something to check out.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

RSBFS has probably written a million words about the RZ350 over our tenure, and within the ultra-plush offices of the RSBFS building (once again open after the pandemic forced us all into remote work situations) discussions rage over oil ratios; debates over castor vs synthetics are common. Sufficed to say, the RZ350 – known as the RD350LC in other regions – was (for the US) a welcome return and a last gasp of the legendary RD lineup. Offering modern technology such as oil injection, Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) moveable exhaust port, evaporative canisters and catalytic converters in the exhaust system, the parallel twin RZ350 was very briefly a street legal motorcycle in all 50 states of the union. Couple that with the star power of Kenny Roberts (initially only the yellow/black bikes bore his sig, but the 2nd year offered them on the red/white as well), and the RZ brought dreams of GP riding to the masses.

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ350 KennyRobert. Top end job on it. Wiseco 2.5 MM over pistons, new rings, wrist pins,wrist pin bearings, circlips and gaskets. Power valves cleaned and new seals,Oil Pump Rebuild w/ new seals and gaskets, Performance exhaust, Fuel Petcock Valve Switch Assemblycleaned and new rebuilt. Bike is jetted highaltitude (also have standard jets) and runs great, starts easy and nooverheating problems.

Brakes completelyrebuilt front and rear, rebuilt Master cylinders, calipers, and new stainlesssteel brake lines. The oil injection pump cleaned and rebuilt, is hooked up andfunctions. Fuel petcock rebuilt with new diaphragm and seals. There is a singleK&N air filter with the two into one intake, there is a tool kit that isnot stock, just something I put together for the bike.

If you like the sound ofa two stroke on the pipe, you will love this bike, there’s nothing like it. Ifyou have any questions or would like more pics, let me know.

Fast forward to today, and many of the mass produced RZ350s have been trashed, hooned, raced, modded, and destroyed. As values on the bikes fell, they became disposable transportation for squids everywhere. Today these are legit rare motorcycles when found in decent condition. Common mods include all the usual two-stroke tricks: replacing the cat-equipped exhaust with proper expansion chambers, re-jetting and opening up the breathing, porting, milling the head for increased compression, etc. This bike has some mods which would preclude “all original” museum style seekers, but looks to be complete and a fun rider. It certainly looks to be in great condition from the pictures. Here is a video from the seller – we apologize but RSBFS can do nothing about the supplied video orientation.

This auction runs through the end of the weekend, has a nominal number of bids, and at time of writing is still well below the $10k mark. That is very much “in the ballpark” money currently, and it remains to be seen if this will turn into a bidding frenzy before it is all over. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

I Love the Smell of Castor Oil in the Morning: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

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