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Honda July 6, 2009 posted by

1986 Honda NS400R

Located in Guelph, Ontario Canada is a very clean looking 1986 Honda NS400R with 33,000km’s (20,505mi).  NS400Rs are very rare and this one looks to be in outstanding, original condition–however, it is missing a rear cover in the photos.  Unfortunately for readers in the US, this bike is located in Canada and might be difficult to import and register.  These bikes have 59hp (some report the export models to have 72hp) from a three cylinder and only weigh in at 163kg (359lbs).  Price is not listed.  Thanks to Chris G. for the heads up.  If you’re in Canada or have the ability to import this bike, see the Kijiji ad here.

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Yamaha July 18, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R for Sale

Update 7.30.2018: Ted has updated us that this bike is sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Yamaha threw their hat into the Grand Prix race replica ring with the… Well what this bike was called depended on where the thing was being sold. In Canada and Australia, it was an RZ500, which fits since it was like a bigger, faster RZ350. In Europe, it was the RD500LC, which also makes plenty of sense considering the RD series’ history, but with added Liquid Cooling! And in Japan, it was the RZV500R as seen in today’s Featured Listing, which sounds the most exotic to me.

And like Honda’s NS400R and Suzuki’s RG500, the RZ/RD/RZV was powered by a racing-inspired, two-stroke multi that was shared with no other bike in Yamaha’s lineup. That made the bikes very exclusive, but not really cost-effective to produce. But really, what other sort of motorcycle would you power with a liquid-cooled 50° two-stroke V4 that featured twin cranks and a balance shaft displacing nearly 500cc? The rest of the package was likewise geared towards sportbike domination: a six-speed gearbox, a pair of YPVS power valves, Autolube oil-injection system, an underslung rear shock that was very exotic at the time, anti-dive forks, and 16” front and 18” wheels shod with typically skinny period tires.

Unfortunately, in spite of the racy looks and the inclusion of magnesium parts, the RZ500 still weighed in at a period-appropriate 450lbs dry. The problem was that rival Suzuki’s RG500 weighed significantly less while making more power than the RZ’s 88 claimed ponies. The RZ was designed from the start to be a civilized race-replica, but at the time the RG stole Yamaha’s thunder with their much wilder ride.

But today, neither bike would be considered particularly fast on a racetrack and the appeal is a combination of nostalgia and the singularly exciting character of a big two-stroke, something the RZ still has in abundance and at a lower cost than an equivalent RG.  The RG has always been “the one to have,” and steadily increasing values mean it’s been priced out of reach for many fans. But although RZ prices have climbed to keep pace with the general increase of all 80s two-stroke sportbikes, they still lag behind the Gamma, making them the affordable choice.

This example is the Japanese-market RZV500R and featured an aluminum frame instead of the steel units on the other versions. Unfortunately, the aluminum frame wasn’t something added to enhance performance, it was to offset the damage done by home market regulations that limited output to 64hp. Luckily, this example has supposedly been de-restricted and features a very sharp set of custom spannies that look far more upswept than the stock parts and should liberate more of the famous two-stroke crackle, along with FZR wheels, brakes, and front forks to match.

From the seller: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R for Sale

VIN#: 51X002446

Entering the world of RZ500’s has introduced me to several collectors who have shared some of their incredible knowledge of the Yamaha model. RZ500’s were built by Yamaha in model years 1984 and 1985. They were never sold new in the US and any that are currently here were brought in as Grey Market Vehicles. Yamaha Canada imported the RZ500 model which was also sold in Australia. The United Kingdom model was named the RD500 and came with a different color scheme than the RZ.

All of these models had steel frames and were delivered in what was considered unrestricted versions with higher horsepower than the domestic Japanese version of the motorcycle. The Japanese bikes with restricted horse power had smaller carburetors and exhaust systems to that end. In an attempt to balance the lost of power, the Japanese bikes were equipped with aluminum frames which were considerably lighter, but again, only for Japanese domestic consumption. That model of the RZ was called the RZV500, is model of bike being offered here. Our bike has the aluminum frame, different mirrors and decals identifying it as the RZV, the most desirable version of the bike if unrestricted. In this case that has been done with a set of Tommy Crawford Expansion Chamber Exhausts. The pipes are said to work well, are rare to find and are no longer made. A perfect storm so to speak.

This bike has been modified additionally with what we assume are a period FZR Front Forks and a set of matching wheels. There is also an Ohlin’s rear Shock Absorber in the back.

The owner of the bike was a huge enthusiast of Road Race bikes and at the time was doing some club racing. Being in the Service, when it was time to be stationed at another post, the Service took care of moving his personal property including his motorcycles. As per regulations, vehicles that were transported with personal property were to have all of their fuel removed, which was done with a tag hanging from the handle bar noting this. Unfortunately, medical issues evolved that prevented the bike from being recommissioned and it been in this state for over ten years. Sadly for the owner, he never was able to ride again and his family is selling the bike as part of his estate.

Collectors with an interest in the bikes have warned us about trying to start the bike without a serious inspection and reconditioning. Crank seals, carburetors and possibly other work may be needed and we are not in a position or capable of any of it. The bike, in running order, would most likely bring over $20,000 and is now priced accordingly to accommodate the possible needed work. It has an Oregon clear and clean title of ownership.

So this should pretty much be the highest-performing version of the RZ: the lighter aluminum frame combined with the full-power engine. More power, less weight, what’s not to like? That is, once the bike is reconditioned, of course… The Seller is asking $15,295 $12,000 for this one and, if you’re handy with the wrenches and love to tune two-strokes, or have deep pockets and Lance Gamma’s number on speed dial, this could be a good opportunity to pick up a clean RZV with more modern running gear that just needs some mechanical attention.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R for Sale
Sales Report March 4, 2018 posted by

Sales Summary – December 2017

The final month of the calendar year brought with it weather for some parts of the country, but that did not freeze up the supply of great bikes. Whether you are a collector or simply interested in values, let’s take a look back at December 2017 and see what sold and for how much. Links to the original post on RSBFS included.


SOLD Bikes


2001 Bimota V-Due Evoluzione Corsa – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1996 Buell S1 Lightning – SOLD for $7,000


1998 Ducati 900SS FE – SOLD for $9,995


1986 Honda VF1000R – SOLD as a Featured Listing for $5,000!


1980 Kawasaki Z1R – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1999 Suzuki Hayabusa – SOLD for $5,700!


1993 Yamaha TZR250RS – SOLD for $8,301!


Unsold Bikes


2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R – No sale with bids up to $3,716


1988 Bimota YB4 Race Bike – No sale with bids up to $6,455


1992 Bimota Tesi 1D – No sale at $65,000


1995 Bimota SB6 – No sale at $24,900


2009 Bimota DB7 – No sale at $26,000


Ex-Anthony Gobert Bimota SB8K – Listed as no sale with bids up to $20,100


2007 BMW K1200R Sport – No sale at $12,999


1978 NCR-Ducati 900SS – No sale at $39,000


2000 Ducati 996S – Listing ended early


2006 Ducati PS1000 LE – No sale at $13,490


1986 Honda NS400R – listed ended early


1988 Honda CBR250R – Zero bids at $3,995 opening ask


1992 Honda VFR400R – No sale at $9,500


1992 Honda VFR400R NC30 – No sale with bids up to $6,599


1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R – No sale with bids up to $14,000


2011 KTM RC8R – No sale at $10,900


Suzuki Carbon Katana Resto-Mod – No sale with bids up to $18,500


Prototype 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 – No sale at $120,000


1991 Suzuki RGV250 – Listing ended early


1993 Suzuki GSXR400 – Listing ended early


1995 Suzuki RGV250 – listing ended early


2003 Triumph Speed Four – No sale with bids up to $1,175


1985 Yamaha RZ500 – No sale at $25,000


1985 Yamaha RZ500 – No sale with bids up to $15,200


1985 Yamaha RZ500 – No sale with bids up to $13,300


1987 Yamaha FZ600 – No sale with bids up to $3,150


1993 Yamaha GTS1000 – Zero bids with a $6,000 opening ask


2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE – No sale at $18,600

Sales Report February 12, 2018 posted by

Sales Summary – October 2017

The Fall of 2017 was as strong as the summer months with some great rare bikes and some interesting bargains. Whether you are a collector or simply interested in values, let’s take a look back at October 2017 and see what sold and for how much. Links to the original post on RSBFS included.


SOLD Bikes


2000 Bimota SB8R – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1991 Ducati 851 – SOLD for $6,600


1980 Ducati 900 SS – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


2002 Ducati 748S – SOLD for $7,500


1979 Honda CBX – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1990 Honda CBR400RR – SOLD for $3,500


1992 Honda VFR400R NC30 – SOLD as a Featured Listing for $8,600!


1978 Kawasaki Z1R – SOLD for $17,766


1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Gamma – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1989 Suzuki RGV250Γ – SOLD for $5,750


1997 Suzuki TL1000S – SOLD for $3,000


1988 Yamaha FZR400 – SOLD for $5,500


1989 Yamaha FZR750R / OW01 – SOLD for $23,000


1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines – SOLD for $1,600

Unsold Bikes


1992 Bimota YB8 – listing ended early by seller


2006 BMW K1200S – No sale at $9,000


2007 Buell XB12 Super TT – No sale at $6,250


1982 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica – No sale at $30,000


1995 Ducati 900SS/SP – No sale at $5,990


2006 Ducati Paul Smart – No sale and no bids at $24,000


2008 Ducati 1098 R#154 – No sale at $25,000


2008 Ducati 1098 R #212 – No sale at $30,000


2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera – No sale at $45,890


1985 Honda VF1000R – No sale with bids up to $3,250


1986 Honda NS400R – No sale at $5,800


1989 Honda GB500 TT – No sale at $6,500


1990 Honda VFR400R – No sale at $12,500


1992 Honda NC30 – No sale at $7,500


1994 Honda NSR250R MC28 – No sale; listing ended early by seller


2002 Honda CBR1100XX – No sale at $4,500


2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 – No sale at $8,700


1989 Kawasaki ZXR250A – No sale at US $5,000


1955 Moto Guzzi 8C – No sale at $56,100


2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport – No sale and zero bids with a $4,800 opening ask


2000 MV Agusta 750 F4 Oro – No sale with bids up to $21,800


1974 Norton Commando Fastback – No sale at $16,500


1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley – No sale (buyer dropped out and bike was relisted)


New 1985 Suzuki RG500 – No sale at $68k AUD (which is roughly $52k USD)


1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited – No sale at $20,000


1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 – No sale with zero bids and a $6,300 opening ask


1995 Triumph Speed Triple – No sale with bids up to $1,575

1977 Yamaha TZ750 R Side
1977 Yamaha TZ750 – No sale with bids up to $42,200


1985 Yamaha RZ500 – No sale with bids up to $13,533


1990 Yamaha FZR400 – No sale at $5,900


1993 Yamaha GTS1000A – no sale with listing ended early by seller

Sales Report January 22, 2018 posted by

Sales Summary – August 2017

The summer of 2017 was a good one when it came to the supply of bikes. Whether you are a collector or simply interested in values, let’s take a look back at August 2017 and see what sold and for how much. Links to the original post on RSBFS included.


SOLD Bikes


1993/1994 Bimota DB2 – SOLD as a Featured Listing after a price drop to Price drop to $9,000!


2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica – SOLD for $13,000


1986 Ducati 400 F3 – SOLD for $5,299


2001 Ducati MH900e – SOLD for $19,572


2014 Ducati Superleggera in WSBK Spec – SOLD at a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)

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1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 AMA Superbike – SOLD as a Featured Listing for $55,500!


1973 Bimota HB1 350 – SOLD for $4,549


1989 Honda CBR600F – SOLD for $2,150


1996 Honda NSR 250 SP – SOLD as a Featured Listing in just 48 hours! (pricing data not available)


1996 Honda RVF400 – SOLD as a Featured Listing for $8,800!


1982 Kawasaki GPz1100 – SOLD for $5,800


1984 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo – SOLD for $13,900


1997 Kawasaki ZX-7R – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1983 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza – Sold for $4,000


Zero-Mile 1985 Suzuki RG500Γ – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 – SOLD for $5,150


1987 Yamaha TZR250 – SOLD for $4,450



1987 Yamaha TZR250 – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1991 Yamaha R1Z – SOLD for $6,101


1994 Yamaha YZF 750 R – SOLD for $3,500


Yamaha FZR400RR 3TJ – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory BSB Superbike – SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)

Unsold Bikes


1997 Aprilia RS250 – No sale at $8,300


1988 Bimota YB7 – No sale


1993 Bimota YB10 Dieci – No sale at $8,900


1999 Bimota DB4 – No sale as eBay listing ended early


2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio – Listed as No Sale at $30,000 with listing ended early


2003 Derbi GPR-r 80cc – No sale at $2,000 opening ask


1984 Ducati MHR Mille – No sale with bids up to $16,205


1988 Ducati Paso 750 – eBay listing ended early


1995 Ducati 916 – No sale at $18,590 (although the seller indicated to RSBFS that it eventually sold to a collector)


1997 Ducati 916 Strada – No sale with bids up to $4,900


1998 Ducati 916 – No sale with bids up to $5,000


2010 Ducati 848 Nicky Hayden Edition – No sale at $6,200


Two 1982 Honda MB5s – No sale at $3,535


1984 Honda NS250R MC11 – No sale and zero bids at $2,500 opening ask


1984 Honda VF1000F – No sale at $8,000


1986 Honda NS400R – No sale with bids up to $10,438


1987 Honda NSR250R – eBay listing ended early


1987 Honda VFR400R NC24 – No sale at $5,900


2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition – No sale; listing ended early


1989 Kawasaki ZXR400H1 – No sale with bids up to $4,050


2016 Kawasaki H2 – No sale at $18,900


1986 Moto Morini 350 K2 – No sale with bids up to $3,555


Ex-Doug Polen Suzuki GSX-R750 – No sale at $4,950


1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf – No sale at $4,750


1997 Suzuki RGV250 – eBay listing ended early


1998 Suzuki TL 1000R – No sale at $6,900


1986 Yamaha FZR250 – No sale at $4,200


1988 Yamaha YSR 50 – No sale and zero bids at $2,800


1992 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP – No sale at $7,500


1994 Yamaha TZR250RS – No sale at $6,056


1997 Yamaha YZF1000 – No sale with bids up to $2,025


1998 Yamaha R1 – No sale at $6,900


2006 Yamaha MT-01 – No sale at $12,000

Suzuki October 13, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Gamma for Sale

Update 10.27.2017: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Like Ducati’s MotoGP inspired Desmosedici, the square four in the Suzuki RG500Γ “Gamma” in today’s Featured Listing wasn’t actually a detuned version of the race bike’s engine. Race bikes engines are built for power, not longevity, and simply “de-tuning” is probably not going be enough to make one work in a road bike. So in both cases, the engines shared the configuration and general specifications with their MotoGP racebike counterparts, but few or no actual parts. Which almost makes them cooler in my mind: in both cases, the one-off engines were built to be installed in a very limited run of exotic motorcycles, with no intention that they be mass-produced or turn much of a profit. These engines and bikes exist seemingly only for a very small group of enthusiasts, and there’s something inherently cool about that. Also, I love using the Greek alphabet typing up these posts.

The “configuration and general specifications” we’re talking about in this case refers to the two-stroke, twin-crank, disc-valve square four that displaced 498cc. Four very compact Mikuni flat-slides fed fuel and air into the engine, and the gearbox was a quick-change cassette six-speed. Of course it featured a power valve system, in this case Suzuki’s AEC or Automatic Exhaust Control that helped smooth out the two-stroke’s abrupt powerband. The result? The Gamma put just a bit less than 100hp worth of stinky, heavy exhaust smoke out of its four tiny stinger exhaust pipes.

The rest of the bike was more familiar, with an aluminum frame not all that different from the GSX-R, with hydraulic anti-dive forks in the front and Suzuki’s “Full-Floater” system out back. Skinny period 16″ front and 17″ rear wheels mean terrifyingly skinny tires that look like they’d be more at home on a beach-cruiser bicycle today, but were par for the course in 1986. With 340lbs worth of dry weight to push around and less than 100 horses to do it with, performance seems like it would be unimpressive. But it’s the very nature of that spiky power delivery, the all-or-nothing acceleration that requires constant use of the gearbox to make fast progress, the challenge that seems to get two-stroke fans excited.

Unless you’re “of a certain age” or younger and a bit of a bike nerd, the appeal of the whole two-stroke thing may fly over your head. They’re smoky, buzzy, and generally pretty high-maintenance. They also have famously narrow and fairly abrupt powerbands, making them challenging to ride quickly. But even though they do require more regular maintenance than a four-stroke motorcycle, the upside is that they’re relatively simple to work on, lacking traditional intake valves, and therefore cams, cam chains, cam belts, pushrods, or any of the other bits typically associated with “normal” motorcycles.

This particular bike is claimed to have seen the attention of the famous Rick Lance during its refresh and appears to be in extremely nice condition, ready to become the showcase of the next owner’s collection and hopefully be the talk of every motorcycle gathering when the new owner takes it out for a spin and stretches its legs.

 

From the Seller: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for Sale

Located in Greater Chicagoland Area 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

This 1986 RG500 Gamma with 17,769 km (approximately 11,041 miles) is in near mint original condition.  It comes out of the famous BAC car and motorcycle collection. It was extremely well cared for by the previous owner and the current owner.  BAC has owned this bike for almost ten years.  The current owner searched for almost two years to find the best one that could be found.  After purchasing the bike, he had Mike the Chicagoland expert on Gammas along with Rick Lance, a Gamma guru, to supply necessary technical information to bring this bike back to its original factory condition and near mint condition.  The bike runs just as you would expect an original factory bike to run.  And looks exactly like an original factory bike would look after only a few thousand miles were put on it.

Over the years many of these bikes have either been raced into the ground or had the engines pulled out to put in a smaller bike leaving the close to mint original bikes very few and far between.  The current elderly owner has collected cars and motorcycles and says that these Gammas have a long way to go in terms of appreciation and wants to be sure that the next owner is going to preserve the intrinsic and cosmetic value as he has invested so much time, energy and money to bring this bike to its highest level.

Mike the master Gamma mechanic and Rick spent two long years getting this bike and all its necessary parts together to make this bike one of the finest original Gamma’s that exists.

Great bike for those who want only the finest and priced accordingly.

Asking price is $18,500 negotiable.

Other two-stroke GP replicas of the period compromised: the RD500LC famously added a balance shaft to make the bike more civilized, while Honda’s NS400R went with a smaller displacement to help home-market sales. Both offered a much more refined experience, and both have a far less rabid cult following than the RG500 as a result. Prices have been steadily rising, although the RD and NS have increased in value as well, perhaps simply because RGs have been nearly unobtainable for a while now. If you’ve been looking for an RG and have the cash to spend, this one is worth a look.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Gamma for Sale
Yamaha August 17, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

Update 9.29.2017: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Today’s Featured Listing Yamaha TZR250 comes to us from our neighbors to the north in Canada. This 1KT/2MA/2ME was the very first iteration of Yamaha’s little sportbike, and helped to define the 250cc class. If you’re not familiar, these little quarter-liter sportbikes were packed with big-bike technology. In the US market, a 250 was an economical commuter, a learner bike, or a dirt bike. But overseas,  tiered licensing and heavy taxes on larger displacements meant many young and enthusiastic riders were simply unable to buy “big” bikes. You know, like a 600cc supersport… So the class that included the NSR, RGV, KR, and today’s TZR have all the development and even better handling than many of their bigger-engined counterparts.

The TZR was the follow up to Yamaha’s RD line of two-stroke sporting motorcycles, but added liquid-cooling to the 250cc parallel twin and an extra gear in the gearbox for a total of six speeds. Yamaha’s YPVS power valve added midrange to help plump up the compact engine’s claimed 50hp. The beam frame was made from lightweight aluminum and 17″ wheels were fitted at both ends meant impressive handling. A single disc brake up front may seem low-tech for a sportbike, but the bike stops just fine with this set up, considering the 282lb dry weight and I’m sure things would be improved with some modern compound pads.

From the Seller: 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

1987 Yamaha TZR250 2ME Canadian Bike.

One of very few originally from the Canadian Market. Very clean and well running bike. Motor rebuilt less than a thousand KMs ago along with fresh paint and powder coated wheels. Alberta registered 2017. Bike is well sorted and in excellent condition. Does not suffer from corrosion issues seen on Japanese imports. Will continue to be ridden. This came to me as a mostly complete motorcycle that appeared well cared for and is NOT a parts bin special.

The TZR is essentially a 2/3 size RZ350 with a proper modern aluminum spar frame. It handles incredibly well and is a ton of fun to ride. Light, nimble and quick. The most fun motorcycle I have ridden which includes RZs, RDs, Kawasaki Triples and NS400Rs.

Completed around 35,000km:

-New paint and reproduction decals (clear coated decals)
-Powder coated rims (more modern white compared to original red)
-Tires in good shape
-Rebuilt motor
-JDM taillights
-Aftermarket pipes with Aprilia RS250 carbon silencers
-Sintered front brake pads and stainless brake line
-Stock oil pump running as it should
-Everything works and rides better than new
-Runs excellent, pulls to 10k
-Ti rear sprocket nuts
-Rare solo cowl. All fairings OEM plastic (not Chinese)

Motor
-Replacement cases (original 2ME cases had hole in bottom case due to piston failure, cases are repairable and are included in sale)
-Cylinder barrels on stock bore
-New pistons/rings

-Crank rebuilt, new bearings and rod

-New seals/gaskets throughout (inc. power valves and crank) and bearings inspected or replaced
-Uprated (F3) clutch springs and new plates

Comes with:
-Original engine cases
-Stock radiator (currently running RZ350 radiator, no mods to frame or other)
-Stock tail lights

-Stock pipes in great shape
-clip on riser spacer (currently removed)
-Original brake pads and brake line (running braided with sintered pads)

This is well sorted and rare Canadian TZR250. This is not an import from Japan on the UK.

THE BIKE COMES WITH STOCK PIPES INSTALLED AND DOES NOT COME WITH THE AFTERMARKET PIPES ON THE MOTORCYCLE.

For anyone out of the city or province, I have 60 pictures I can send over for more details. Happy to take a video if requested.

Willing to help with shipping within reason.

This bike is currently in Calgary, Alberta and the seller claims that it is an original Canadian-market bike, not a grey-market Japanese import. Asking price is $5,200 USD, which is a very nice price, considering how desirable these small displacement two-strokes are at the moment. Miles are on the high side, but the motor has been recently rebuilt, and the bike appears to otherwise have been well-maintained. Assuming it’s been carefully stored, that should mean less of the surface corrosion and general fading that seems to be common on examples that have been recently imported from Japan. The paint isn’t completely original, but OEM plastics were used and, unless you’re a stickler for a perfectly-preserved, factory-fresh collectible, I’d bet you’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer example to actually ride in North America.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale
Yamaha December 9, 2016 posted by

Titled in AZ: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

The two-stroke race-replicas like this Yamaha RZ500 represent a brief, very exciting time in motorcycling. The 1980s were a difficult time for bikes as well as cars: technology was leaping forward while emissions legislation stifled performance at the same time it attempted to save the planet. Eventually, manufacturers would find ways to work within or around these laws and increase performance to the point where today’s 190hp literbikes, with incredibly sophisticated engine management software, ABS, and traction control, are useable by mere mortals without fear that they’ll die the first time the throttle is wound to the stop. But the RZ500, Suzuki’s RG500 and, to a lesser extent, Honda’s NS400R were pretty wild for their time. They weren’t the fastest bikes on the road, but they combined light weight and decent power in a package that rewarded skilled riders.

The RZ500, also known as the RD500LC in some markets, was motivated by a liquid-cooled 50° two-stroke V4 that featured twin cranks, with midrange torque boosted by a pair of YPVS power valves and lubrication handled by Yamaha’s Autolube oil-injection. Some engine parts were cast from magnesium for lightness and are clearly labeled “MAGNESIUM” for maximum bragging rights. A balance shaft smoothed out vibrations, which had the intended effect of allowing the frame and other parts to be lighter, as they weren’t required to withstand as much vibration, while simultaneously making the bike smoother and more civilized, a feature that ended up backfiring on Yamaha a bit…

The claimed 88hp was transferred to the 18″ rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox with a wet clutch, while the front end featured anti-dive forks and a 16” wheel. Packaging all four expansion chambers into a compact sportbike meant some unusual choices were made and the rear shock was mounted horizontally under the engine to clear up some space for the upper cylinders’ expansion chambers, as well as the battery. The Japanese-market version of the bike, the RZV500R used an aluminum frame in place of the steel part to save weight and offset that bike’s reduced 64hp and, if you’re not concerned about that bike’s generally lower value, might make for a serious hot-rod when de-restricted…

The bike was never officially available for purchase in the USA, but many found there way here via grey-market import from our northern neighbors in Canada. Compared to Suzuki’s RG500, the RZ500’s most direct competitor, it was heavier, a bit less powerful, and noticeably more “civilized.” It’s still a 500cc two-stroke though, and power, although aided by the displacement and the YPVS, still has a pretty pronounced two-stroke powerband and that distinctive stroker sound. These have been generally less desirable than Suzuki’s race-replica, but interest in this forgotten class has seen a steady increase in values.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

A one-owner bike; I’m the original owner. Km: 14,678 ­­­Mileage: 9,120. Purchased November 15, 1986 from Year Round Yamaha in Calgary Alberta. Located in Glendale, AZ.

Details

This RZ500 is an original, completely stock example with no modifications whatsoever.  Full documentation including original Bill of Sale, all receipts, and complete maintenance and repair logs since new. Legally imported to the USA from Canada in June 1997. All import documents included. Clean Arizona title.

Includes

Both original keys, original owners manual, original tool bag and complete original tools, Yamaha Service Manual (Canadian Version), more than 100 OEM spare parts including many hard to find spares. Comes with magazines featuring the RZ500 from the period and a TAMIYA RZV500R model kit.

Condition

Very nice original condition, unmolested, unmodified, and extremely well looked after bike. There is nothing missing and all fasteners are correct OEM. The paint and metal work are excellent. There is a fairing crack in the lower left side fairing. This is covered by the belly faring and can’t be seen; however this should be repaired at some point. The bike is currently licensed and insured in Arizona and runs as it did when new.

Repair History

The bike has had two “garage accidents” resulting in a dented gas tank and a cracked upper fairing. The gas tank dent was professionally pounded out and repaired without any body filler. The fairing was plastic welded. Both the fairing and gas tank were expertly painted by Art Line Painting in Toronto. The bike also had a 3 MPH tip over resulting in scratches to the left fairing. This panel was also touched up by Art Line Painting in Toronto. The paint repairs are excellent and completely match the OEM paint. See photos or ask for specific photos and I’ll provide them. The motor has been repaired twice; once in 1994 (6,672 KM) to replace a crankshaft bearing and once in 2002 (10,656 Km) to replace a crankshaft seal. In both instances, no short cuts were taken; all seals, o-rings and gaskets were replaced in addition to the failed part.  

While the mishaps the seller describes are unfortunate, they’re to be expected when talking about a bike that’s 30 years old, and the repairs indicate the kind of attention that’s been lavished on the bike to keep it in top shape. From the photos, it appears to be in excellent, if not perfect cosmetic shape and, as the seller indicates, been kept in original condition. The bike’s titled status is a bonus if you’re looking to use it on the road, but would also make a pretty nice collector.

-tad

Titled in AZ: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

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