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SmokinJoe’s Stroker Roundup: Two 1987 Yamaha TZR 250’s And A 1989 Kawasaki KR-1

SmokinJoe’s Stroker Roundup: Two 1987 Yamaha TZR 250’s And A 1989 Kawasaki KR-1


I guess I picked a bad day to take an extended gin and tonic lunch break.  I came back to the plush and dimly lit RSBFS offices to be greeted with an email about all the strokers RSBFS reader SmokinJoe439 had found.

I think most readers will be pleased that these are all Craigslist bikes.  One of our new years resolutions was to make an effort to add more CL bikes back to the RSBFS pages.  They never went away but we had been posting them more on our Facebook page.


SmokinJoes’ first find is a nice one: a clean and titled 1987 TZR250.   It has obviously had some loving owners during its’ life.  Remember these are pre-V twin days so that is an inline twin hiding under the bodywork.

And there is said twin.  As you can see it is also pre-double front disc as well.  It is hard to find a bike this old,  that is this clean and in stock condition.  Oh yeah, and California titled.

I sure like what I see.  If you need any more convincing here is what the seller had to say:

1987. 2MA. Stock. Very good condition. Only 11k miles. Runs very well and is surprisingly quiet. Sounds awesome when it comes on the pipe though. OEM plastics in good condition. Original red/white paint in good condition.
New tires. New carb internals. New intake manifold. Fresh coolant and oil change. Service Manual included.
The bad: Windscreen has 4″ crack but is in one piece. Gustaffson has replacement. Tach not working – comes in and out. Other minor blemishes due to bike is 24 years old.
California plates good thru April 2012. Clean title

Location: San Diego

Asking Price: $4,200

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Next up is a 1989 KR-1.  If you really want to stand out in the two stroke crowd this might be the  bike to have.  It is rare but it also claimed to be one of the strongest running 250 street bikes to come out of Japan.

Yep, another parallel twin.

There is no mention of a title in the ad.  I’m noticing some after market chambers and a lack of switch gear and turn signals;  possibly a track bike.  The asking price is not track bike like though.  It is actually in KR-1S or KR1-R territory:  $6,000.

Location:  Portland, OR

Asking Price: $6,000

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Que the potato jokes.  This 1987 TZR250 is located in Idaho.  What is vastly more interesting though is the lack of KM’s on this bike.  The odometer is showing under 4000 KM’s.

No title with this TZR but you do get four bags of Idaho’s finest.  That is accurate except for the part about the potatoes.

Location:  Idaho

Asking Price: $4,995

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Ian

4 Comments

  • As much as I would love to have any of the above bikes, the fact is on CL you don’t know for sure “who” you maybe sending your money too unless your a local buyer. Ebay maybe along way from perfect but at least you have some hints as to the character or integrity of the seller. That being said I can only hope something comes up closer to home…….but I do enjoy the eye candy

  • What can I say I bleed 2 cycle oil my good ridding bud got me hooked on 2 stroke street bikes with that very same style TZR 250 that is one fun bike!

  • Cool bike but for the price I’d go for a FZR600/750/1000 of the same time period for less. Of course they’re not two strokes. But I like something I could enjoy for longer drives and not just for the track.

  • […] TZR250 is still on Craigslist, but he’s dropped the price a bit to $3900. We previously listed this bike when spotted by SmokinJoe in […]

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