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Honda April 13, 2015 posted by

Seasoned Veteran: Ex-Randy Renfrow 1989 Honda RS250 for Sale

1989 Honda RS250 Renfrow R Front

This Honda RS250 is not a road bike. It was never a road bike. It’s not a streetbike stripped of lights or a “race replica”: it was never meant to be used anywhere but the track. An over-the-counter GP250 machine from Honda, it is powered by a slightly undersquare 249cc two stroke v-twin and weights about as much as the average professional football player.

You probably already knew that already.

1989 Honda RS250 Renfrow R Rear

But this particular RS250 was ridden by Randy Renfrow, and maybe you’re not as familiar with him. Randy is an inductee of the AMA’s Hall of Fame and was a real grassroots racer, someone who could be fast on just about anything, a tough guy whose career was cut short by a crash in 2002 while riding a Honda RS250 at Daytona. Previously, he’d made a name racing against Ferracci 851’s on a cobbled-together Honda that used a v-twin from flat-track bike, VFR750 forks, and a replica RS500 frame. Basically it was a shoestring effort, but the team’s grit and Randy’s sheer determination saw them through.

1989 Honda RS250 Renfrow Cockpit

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda RS250 for Sale

Ex-Randy Renfrow GP bike. Have some documentation from previous owner. Comes with spares: gearing, cylinder, gaskets, pistons, jets, needles… etc. Has programmable power valves to set RPM activation. Windscreen has a crack that was stitched up. Rear tire only has one race on it. Reason for selling is I am getting too old to be racing. I will deliver this in US or Canada.

Obviously, this is not some pristine example of the breed, but the scars are earned, not the result of being poorly treated. So is this bike worth more because of its provenance? Maybe to the right person: Randy was the kind of rider remembered and admired by racers. But hopefully the right buyer will emerge to buy this little smoker and thrash the living hell out of it on track. I’d imagine that’s what Randy would want.

-tad

1989 Honda RS250 Renfrow L Side

Seasoned Veteran: Ex-Randy Renfrow 1989 Honda RS250 for Sale
Yamaha January 26, 2015 posted by

Purity of Purpose: 1981 Yamaha TZ250H

1981 Yamaha TZ250 R Front Naked

The 1981 Yamaha TZ250 more than just an evolution of their 250 GP machine, it was a complete reworking that shared almost no parts with the older bike. It included an entirely new engine designed around features from the proven TZ500 that were intended to increase both power and reliability.

1981 Yamaha TZ250 L Side

Keep in mind: the TZ250 is no production-based entry-level racer, and running one is not for the faint of heart or mechanically inept. “Improved durability” is a relative term: the TZ250 will still need rebuilds every few hundred miles, making it a very expensive hobby or a labor of love, depending on your level of mechanical aptitude… But the feeling you’ll get from riding a genuine race bike, combined with the emotional and historical link with famous riders who got their start on a TZ makes the cost and effort worthwhile.

1981 Yamaha TZ250 Dash

Racing motorcycles embody such an interesting duality to me, the contrast between the simplistic, almost primitive bodywork wrapped around beautiful mechanical bits. The sand-cast cases look very exotic if you know what you’re looking at, and that dry clutch adds another touch of race-tech bling. And those dull grey wheels? Magnesium.

1981 Yamaha TZ250 R Engine

The completely new 180° water-cooled two-stroke parallel-twin featured a shorter stroke than the earlier machine, reducing piston-speed and improving durability. Carburetors were generally Mikuni, although this bike features a set of period-correct Lectrons in their place.

1981 Yamaha TZ250 R Rear Naked

From the original eBay listing: 1981 Yamaha TZ250H for Sale

This TZ250 is a very good and complete survivor and is in a fantastic condition for a 34 year old race bike with corresponding frame and engine/motor numbers. The bike was in storage since 1990 and was started once a month and driven around the block by previous owner to circulate fluids. The bike has a new aftermarket fairing and the seat is a “New old stock (very old)” seat. Tank (original) and front mudguard (original) are in white primer ready for paint. The fairing and seat are in white gel coat finish. Tank has a few imperfections, but will take very little work to get it perfect. The tank does not leak!   This bike is fitted with a set of very rare lightweight Magnesium race wheels. The original full fairing and seat are included in the sale. The screen on the bike fits the original fairing, but is not a perfect fit for the new Airtech fairing and will have to be replaced by buyer for a better fit.

The frame was chemically stripped of all old paint and re-painted, see pictures. The wheels were also chemically stripped and now are in un-painted magnesium finish.

The bike is fitted with a set of racing LECTRON carburetors. The LECTRON manual is included with the sale.

1981 Yamaha TZ250 L Engine

Bidding is very active and is currently north of $6,800, with just 24 hours left on the auction. It could use some graphics to decorate those bare fairings. With so many cool parts on it, not the least of which those magnesium wheels and the Lectron carbs, this needs to be decked out in some vintage racing Yamaha racing colors, with maybe some period sponsor logos, then flogged mercilessly on track…

-tad

1981 Yamaha TZ250 R Side

Purity of Purpose: 1981 Yamaha TZ250H
Honda July 1, 2010 posted by

Two 1994 Honda RS250’s From The Same Seller In West Virgina

These are two very nice looking Honda RS250’s in West Virgina!

Bike:  1994 Honda RS250

Price:  $5,000 USD

Location:  West Virgina

The seller states:

I have 2 Honda RS250 GP Race Motorcycles for sale. Both bikes are 1994 models with new tires fresh engines and ready to race. The Castrol Honda bike has many upgrades such as the carbon fiber airbox, after market race exhaust pipes, Brembo radial master cylinder, Ohlins shock, updated bodywork. The crank has approximately 300 miles on it, and the pistons have about 100 miles on them. The other bike is stock and in very nice original condition. The pistons have approximately 75 miles on them, and the crank has very low mileage as well. Everything is straight and in perfect working order, and there is no damage to the chassis of either bike. Both bikes have Dunlop slicks mounted, and they are as new condition. I have many spares to go with the bikes, such as gaskets, seals, reeds, clutch parts, cylinders, heads, levers and mounts, wheels, brakes, etc.

These bikes are priced at $5,000 each which includes spares and front & rear stands.  These RS250’s are very cool (I’d take the Castrol replica over the period scheme because I’m a boy racer…) and would be a nice addition to any garage–they aren’t terribly expensive either for what you get!  See these bikes on the WERA boards here.

AG

Track Bikes For Sale June 30, 2010 posted by

1989 Yamaha TZ250W Reverse Cylinder Project In Montreal, Canada

This is a very nice TZ250 reverse cylinder that has had all the major work done and just needs to be finished!

Bike:  1989 Yamaha TZ250W

Price:  $6,500 USD

Location:  Montreal, Canada

This TZ is a project that’s nearly complete.  The engine has been gone through with a new top end, fifty miles on the crank, a polished frame and swingarm, and a paint job that isn’t perfect but was painted with track work in mind.  The asking price for this bike is $6,500 USD.  This is the same seller that had the restored Honda RS250 ND5 that looked fantastic and can be seen here.  The restoration of this TZ can be seen on NATS here.  See the ad for this bike on WERA here.

AG

Sport Bikes For Sale April 18, 2010 posted by

1981 TZ250H Toronto Area

Located in Ajax, Ontario (20 minutes east of Toronto).

Here we have a “museum quality” 250 GP bike.  While these bikes are relatively easy to find in raced condition (read well-used and modified from original), original or restored bikes are a rare find.

 There is not a lot of info on this ad, but it sure looks great in the factory Yamaha colours.  These bikes are so small they would fit in your living room, bar, or rec room with ease!

The ’81 TZ250H’s were totally re-designed using the exhaust powervalve system used on the factory 500’s. This system was used in later Yamaha street bikes, namely the RZ350 and the RZ500.  Yamaha called it the YPVS or Yamaha Power Valve System.  The ’81 model came with new lighter frames, new crank cases, carbs and  a return to wire wheels just to mention a few changes.

When I think of these bikes, Randy Renfrow, John Cornwall, Fred Merkel, and Motorcyclist Magazine writer Nick Ienatsch (who covered his race antics in print) come to mind.

I love the look of these bikes and this one looks nice.  Buy a piece of history, take it out on track days, or just sit on it in the den and pretend your a GP star!

Gerry

Honda March 11, 2010 posted by

Freddie Spencer’s 1983 Honda NS500 & 1985 Honda NSR250

Talk about a once in a lifetime opportunity! Fast Freddie’s championship winning bikes are for sale!

As these bikes fall into the classic category of being 25+ years old, Gerry has them covered over at Classic Sport Bikes For Sale. Here’s a look:

Freddie Spencer Motorcycles for sale

Here at Classic Sport Bikes For Sale, we search the world for unique, rare, exotic or just plain cool classic sport bikes (25yrs and older) for your viewing pleasure.

Here we have ALL of the above!

Gran Prix bikes with real racing heritage usually end up in factory museums, large private museums, or gifted to the riders themselves for a job well done.

Championship winning GP bikes are in a league all of their own

Amazing. Amazing!

Thank to everyone who sent in emails for the heads up!

dc