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Yamaha August 28, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1994 Yamaha FZR600R for Sale

Update 10.3.2018: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Introduced in 1989 today’s Featured Listing Yamaha FZR600R slotted neatly into an entire range of four-cylinder sportbikes, bracketed by the FZR400 and the FZR750, with the FZR1000 at the top of the range. But you might be surprised to learn that the smaller FZR400 is actually a bit more sophisticated than the FZR600, and had an aluminum frame instead of the steel “Deltabox” frame used on the 600. So what’s going on here?

1994 Yamaha FZR600R for Sale on Craigslist

Well the 600 class was originally more of a big deal here in the US than it was elsewhere: in Japan, the 400cc class filled the “supersport” niche, and all the major players had smaller versions of their popular sportbikes, hence the 600’s relatively late arrival on the scene, compared to the 400 that was introduced in 1986. There was a GSX-R, a VFR, and a ZXR to give the FZR400 a run for its money. And they obviously all had 750cc sportbikes as well to scratch that “superbike” itch. But the US market was always very lucrative, and 600s were popular in the UK as well.

The FZR600 otherwise featured Yamaha’s typical tech, including their EXUP exhaust valve and steeply canted Genesis engine block designed to lower the center of gravity. Unlike the 750 and 1000cc Yamahas, the 600 used a four-valve head, and the later R version seen here had a claimed 98hp. Constant evolution meant that, by 1994, the bike had four-piston brakes, revised frame geometry, and the swingarm was wider, although it retained the 18″ rear wheel. Sure, the revised frame was still made from steel, instead of the lighter, more trick aluminum units Deltabox units. But the Honda CBR600, the FZR’s direct competitor, used a steel frame as well, and that bike was considered an incredibly competent all-rounder!

This example is also featured over on Craigslist: 1994 Yamaha FZR600R for Sale

Are you ready for this nostalgic collectors dream?

This 1994 FZR600R is one of the classic bikes from the beginning of Sportbikes. The 1994 FZR600R was more radical, lighter and faster than previous years with new looks. The second generation of middleclass SuperSport was clearly targeted towards the feeling of track and competition. Many parts were derived from the YZF 750R, being the base for Yamaha superbike racing. The classic Yamaha dual headlights captures the nostalgic feeling of early 90’s Sport Bikes.

With new chassis and completely new engine for 1994, a shorter stroke and increased power (96hp /11500rpm) the FZR 600 R qualified again for least compromise SuperSport in its class.

I purchased this FZR from the wife of a motorcycle collector in New Jersey who had sadly passed away leaving this bike and many others in storage for many years. I went through the bike from top to bottom and performed the following to get this collectors dream back on the road. New chain, battery, master cylinders, Bridgestone BT090 tires, fork seals and had the carburetors rebuilt and tuned by legendary Brad Matteis holder of 50+ national racing records with #2 National Championships in the IDBA.

This bike has only 4,386 original miles and was a garage queen for most of her life. If you have ever ridden an early 90’s FZR you know how much fun these are to ride especially through the twisties on a sun day. This is the closest thing you will find to showroom condition. There are very few minor nicks or scratches from it being put into storage but the bike will come with a set of right side OEM full decals should you ever need them. All of the plastics are original to the bike which has never been laid down or even dropped in a parking lot. You can see in the pictures all original warning decals on the swing-arm, windscreen etc. are all still there from new and in great condition.

You must see this bike in person to appreciate this bike for what she is. Please feel free to call, text or email with any questions or comments. I do not need any help selling the bike, I am in no rush to sell her so please do not waste my time or yours with low ball offers.

Thank you…

Certainly, if you’re looking for an affordable classic sportbike, you could probably find an FZR600 for less than the $4,250 the seller is asking. But most you’ll find have been… well-used, to put it mildly: they’ve been pretty cheap for a long time and are likely to have been thoroughly trashed by now, so finding one as low-mileage and immaculate as this one could prove to be pretty difficult. The later R model seen here did feature some revisions to the aging platform that helped to keep it competitive, including a lighter, redesigned frame and revised tuning to the engine, so it’s not your run-of-the-mill FZR, a bike that was already considered one of the best 600s of the era.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1994 Yamaha FZR600R for Sale
Ducati August 26, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss Limited Edition #106/500

Troy Bayliss won the Superbike World Championship for Ducati three times between 2001 and 2008, on three different generations of desmoquattro superbike.  Ducati saluted his career with a great special edition -R in 2009, with his race number and Aussie flag livery.  Fittingly for a homologation special, number 106 of 500 has been improved for track use, but turned under 1,000 miles.

2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss Limited Edition #106/500

An major update for 2009 was the use of the testastretta “Evoluzione” engine, with a majority of titanium internals making 180 hp and 99 ft.-lbs. torque right off the showroom floor.  The archetypal trellis frame has been beefed up for the occasion, and components are the best that Öhlins, Brembo, and Marchesini had to offer.  Hidden in the carbon fairing are traction control with eight settings, and a data storage and analysis module.

Always intended for the track, the owner Chris has made a few choice mods but fewer miles.  Recent heavy maintenance was done on time not miles, either way ready for a new rider.  Kyle Racing suspension upgrades are advertised as more linear for the monoshock and adjustable for the triple-trees.  Most take-off parts and limited edition swag are included, and an aftermarket set of track bodywork could be negotiated.  Chris’s description:

Basics: 983 mi, single owner purchased from Ducati Winchester. #106/500. Waiting on paper title from DMV. Major service was done last year (belts/fluids/etc) and has 25mi since. New Supercorsa front and rear installed at that time.

Mods:
-Dan Kyle triples, rear linkage, and revalved shock w/spring rated for 185# if i remember correctly
-Vortex rearsets
-Clutch cover is aftermarket but I don’t remember who made it
-Race exhaust and ecu have always been on the bike
-1/4 turn throttle installed

Stock parts included:
-rearsets
-DDA module but no associated CD or manual
-standard exhaust and ecu
-clutch cover
-Bayliss LE plaque and bike cover
-rear shock w/linkage and triples

Bad:
-nick and small scratches on tank in seat area
-tank has expanded slightly, making contact with the factory steering stabilizer
-belly pan has 1/4″ crack on brake side

Though all 1098’s are better suited for the track than the road, #106 with Chris’s set-up might be even more so.  Most 1098’s have low mileage, and -R’s even less, but despite a nick here and there, this example’s condition is remarkable.  The 1098R is a high plateau in the superbike landscape, the Bayliss commemorative a peak, and this particular LE a great combination of more and less – power to weight, mods to originality, collectibility to miles.  Chris asks $24,500 and can be reached by email – here –.

Featured Listing – 2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss Limited Edition #106/500
Yamaha August 23, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

Update 8.28.2018: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Although two-stroke sportbike production continued well into the 1990s in much of the world, here in the US the Yamaha RZ350 was pretty much the end of the line. Blame stricter emissions laws and progressively bigger and faster four-strokes in a country with very liberal licensing laws and no taxes on bigger bikes. Today’s Featured Listing RZ350 has classic black-and-yellow King Kenny Roberts graphics and aftermarket Spec II bodywork that gives it a more modern look, compared to the bikini-faired original.

The aftermarket full-fairing does more than provide style and wind-protection: it moves the mounting points from the bars to the frame to improve stability as well. The solo tail in particular looks like something from the later Yamaha sportbikes. It suits the bike, although the big 18″ wheels and skinny tires give the bike’s age away. The RZ really did bridge the gap between the old and the new, coming as it did between bikes like the old-school RD-series and the later, more modern FZRs.

The bike was sold in the US from 1984-1985 and followed Yamaha’s famous RD-series, adding liquid-cooling and Yamaha’s game-changing YPVS powervalve system to the mix. The 347cc parallel-twin made 52 claimed horses and weighed in at a svelte 370lbs wet, making it loads of fun on a winding road, although the two-stroke power delivery requires commitment to extract, since it peaks at 9,000rpm, redlines at 9,500, and is pretty much dead below 6,000.

This example is in excellent condition with very minor cosmetic flaws well-documented by the seller in the pics below. The bodywork is obviously not original, but the bike has been thoroughly maintained and thoughtfully updated.

From the Seller: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

1984 Yamaha RZ350 2 Stroke 

VIN # 00854

Engine # 00854

This low serial number RZ350 was purchased in Southern California two years ago. It has been garaged in the area since that time. It has the original engine and transmission plus many upgrades.

Just over 8000 miles on original engine.

Recently completed was a mechanical restoration and engine top-end rebuild by renowned RZ Oracle Cary, owner of RZ’s Unlimited. I have all receipts for the work done which are available via email upon request.

The bike has just 200 miles since restoration and must be broken in. I have all instructions from RZ’s unlimited for you to break in the engine. Rest easy knowing that your RZ was broken in properly.

Everything works on the bike and it starts up right away. 

The bike runs like a dream.  

Videos:

This RZ has the Spec II full fairing, Spec II exhaust pipes, and one-piece seat/tail section, clip-ons and aftermarket rearsets.

Tail section was hand-painted by Gerod, owner of Valley Kustoms: that is not a decal.

There is a small quarter-sized dent in the right side of the tank as well as a few small touch-up paint spots. The right side pipes have 2 small dents / dings which are pictured. 

Great bike; ready to eat R1s all day long.

RZ’s Unlimited Work invoices available on request for serious buyers only

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Bike is located at Iconic Motorbikes. Please direct any inquiries there and stop by to check out the bike.

4161 Lincoln Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
424.228.4148

Iconicmotorbikes.com

Prices seem to be all over the place for RZ350s a the moment, but decent examples are still pretty affordable. The aftermarket bodywork may turn off purists, but anyone looking for a very solid bike with some mild performance modifications should give it a careful look. This RZ350 is located in Los Angeles at Iconic Motorbikes and is the very definition of a practical classic: performance is good enough to keep up with modern bikes on the road, and parts are relatively easy to source if you want to use it regularly.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale
magni August 17, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1998 Magni Australia

Named in honor of their importer-turned-racer down under, the Australia was Magni’s signature homologation special.  Using Moto Guzzi’s quattrovalvole 992cc twin, the Australia is off the sporty and rarity charts.  This example is just out of a long restoration and looks like a new machine.

1998 Magni Australia for sale on eBay

In road trim with Weber-Marelli fuel injection, Guzzi’s liter makes 104 well-mannered hp, and a healthy 65 ft.-lbs. torque.  Magni’s own downtube frame has oil tankage in the backbone and massive Paioli forks.  Shaft drive is accomodated by the company’s Parallelogrammo monoshock, which reduces extension under power.  Sporting intentions are confirmed by the thin foam seat and full fairing.  Weight is an acceptable 450 lbs. dry helped by carbon fiber mudguards.

Located in Illinois, this example has undergone a comprehensive rebuild, and is still awaiting its first fluids since completion.  Great to start with a special machine when embarking on a journey like this, and the Australia qualifies.  The single overhead cam V-twin hasn’t been opened but should be far from needing anything.  Warren has this to say in the eBay auction:

On offer is a 1998 Magni Australia, 1000cc Moto Guzzi Daytona RS powerplant in Magni Parallelogrammo frame. I have recently completed a four year recommission/rebuild of the machine with many new parts including recent tires and battery, coils, all cables (fast idle, throttle, clutch, speedometer), NOS injectors and bodies, new Bosch fuel pump, injectors, and rubber boots, throttle potentiometer, main fuel valve, vacuum tank sender, all oil and breather lines, fuel lines, temperature sensors, cam position sensor. New rear brake carrier and rotor, new brake pads and HEL stainless lines, calipers rebuilt with Brembo kits, new buttons in front discs. All fluids fresh, bike has run on bench test, tank is flushed and dry, brakes have not been filled and bled since rebuild. All stainless steel pipes, muffler and crossover, fairing brackets are freshly polished, all fasteners have been replaced with European made stainless fasteners, unpolished.

Recommissioning used all Wurth supplies, torque specifications to manufacturer standards. All paint on bodywork and frame is original, lower belly pan professionally repainted due to stone chips, there have been no modifications to the machine that I can verify since it was constructed. VIN number is shown, engine number is KL011565. All takeoff parts and fasteners will be furnished with the machine if the purchaser desires. Odometer has been replaced with white faced metric instrument showing 1 kilometer. Original shows 10,183 miles, appears to be original.

Arturo Magni prepared Count Agusta’s racing motorcycles ( for the likes of Surtees, Hailwood, and Agostini ) until the company quit racing in the mid-seventies, then he and his sons formed their own company.  Magni sampled different powerplants until 1985 when a lasting relationship with Moto Guzzi was formed.  The Australia reviewed as having a foot in two worlds – sharp handling but stable with the V-twin’s low CG, the maintenance-free shaft drive hardly noticeable with the parallelogram swingarm, the Daytona RS engine powerful and torquey.  A “new” ’98 by many measures, it should give the new owner many hours of enjoyment, even if the gas, oil, and brake fluid never go in.  Bidding is active but hasn’t met the reserve yet.  Questions can be sent to Warren via the eBay auction.

-donn

 

Featured Listing – 1998 Magni Australia
Ducati August 11, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

After the relative failure of the 999 series of superbikes, Ducati needed a win, badly, and they got one with the 1098. The design was much more conservative than the Terblanche-penned 999, but it shared stylistic elements with the 916 and had a recognizable “face.” But for serious riders, the changes under the skin were more important, and today’s Featured Listing 1098R is one of the rawest ways to experience Ducati’s two-cylinder fury.

It’s not that the Panigale that followed the 1098 and 1198 wasn’t even lighter, more aggressive, and more powerful. It obviously was. But the 1098 and especially the 1098R came at the tail end of the era of the truly analog sportbike. In fact, the 1098R is significant in that it represents an actual bridge between the pure, undiluted sportbikes and the proliferation of multi-level traction control, anti-wheelie systems, cornering ABS, and ride-by-wire.

Many of Ducati’s pre-Pani superbikes have power outputs that seem… tame. The famously beastly SPS? Just 124hp. Of course, those earlier bikes were still deceptively fast, and had huge torque figures and fat midranges, compared to inline fours. But by the time of the 1098R, you were still seeing a peak of nearly 190hp and 99ft-lbs of torque with the included race ECU and exhaust. That’s a terrifying prospect in a bike that has only the most primitive form of electronic traction control.

And the R was a landmark bike in that it was the first roadbike to include a traction control system designed to allow the rider go faster, to help the rider tame the nearly race-bike levels of performance for both increased safety and better lap times. The DTC was deactivated on the bike as delivered, but installation of the included race ECU and Termignoni exhaust switched it on. Not that anyone would do that on the road, of course… The Testastretta Evoluzione v-twin fitted to the 1098R had the usual raft of titanium engine parts to save weight and help the bike spin up quicker, and the 1198.4cc was at the very limit for WSBK homologation purposes. A factory slipper clutch and the Öhlins TTX36 twin-tube shock helped keep things under control at the rear of the bike, and top-spec Öhlins forks and Brembo brakes did the same up front.

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

Race ECU and full Termignoni exhaust. No modifications. Always garaged. Not ridden in rain. Super clean. Maintenance up to date. Tires have plenty of tread left. Selling this and a couple others to make room for older bikes. I bought this 1098R from original owner/collector in 2012 when it had 1062 miles. Just relisted. Lower reserve. Lower Buy it Now price. Clear title in hand.

I believe all of the 1098Rs shipped with the Race ECU and Termi exhaust, but they weren’t installed because, [cough, cough] they were “intended for offroad use only” and weren’t anywhere near legal. Having heard one of these up close, I’d say it’s pretty clear they didn’t even bother trying to make the Termignoni exhaust meet noise standards… Anyway, mileage is low on this one, and the Buy It Now price of $17,700 is right in the ball park, if not a teeny bit on the low-side.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale
Honda July 26, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Museum Quality 1989 Honda CB-1 for Sale

Update: This bike has sold to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

I’ve always been a “slow bike [and car, for that matter] fast” kind of guy, mainly because I could never really afford the fast bikes I wanted, but also because I’m pretty sure I’d have gotten into trouble riding something powerful all the time. But some folks just prefer smaller-engined motorcycles: on the road especially, you can barely get a modern sportbike into third gear unless you’re on the freeway, and winding one to redline, even in second gear, is likely to land you in jail if you do it in or around civilization… But that’s never a problem with something like today’s pristine Featured Listing Honda CB-1.

The 400cc class came about because of regulations that heavily taxed and otherwise displacements over 400cc in some markets, not because everyone was clamoring for them. In Japan, the 400cc sportbike, and even 250cc four-stroke sportbike classes were hotly contested, with Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha all producing smaller, more sophisticated machines than we ever saw officially in the USA. But licensing and laws aside, there are also fans of smaller displacement bikes that have the experience and skill to handle a legitimate sportbike and don’t want to be stuck with one of the torquey, but fairly crude-feeling singles or parallel twins you normally find powering bikes in the class.

Enter the Honda CB-1. Powered by a slightly detuned version of the CBR400RR’s engine, the 399cc inline-four had some serious mechanical specifications, including sixteen valves and gear-driven dual overhead cams. The result was 55hp and a 13,500rpm redline, plenty to motivate the 400lb machine and push it all the way to 118mph, assuming you were prepared to thrash the sewing-machine-smooth engine mercilessly.

The CB-1 was one of only a couple of 400cc, inline-four sportbikes that were ever available in the United States, and that sophisticated little screamer is the main appeal here, along with the simple, sporty styling that has aged very well. The CB-1 did lose the CBR’s aluminum frame and made do with tubular steel unit instead, but saved weight by losing the fairing and the CBR’s second front caliper and rotor. Smaller valves and different tuning meant slightly less outright power that the CBR, but lower gearing meant it was a better real-world bike as well.

Unfortunately, as polished as it was, the CB-1 didn’t really sell very well here in the USA, where bigger is always better and 600cc supersports are considered “learner bikes.” But its surprising sophistication had fans then and now, and has become a bit of a cult bike here in the States. But if you missed the boat the first time around and didn’t get to buy one new from your local Honda dealer, here’s your chance: this one has just 9 miles on the odometer and is amazingly clean.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda CB-1 for Sale

2nd Chance! up for sale is my brand new 1989 Honda CB1 never registered. This bike has been in climate-controlled storage its entire life.

Originally sold in California, I bought it out of a collection in Colorado about 3 years ago. The previous owner had removed all the fuel and prepped the bike for long term storage. The 9 miles on the bike were dealer prep miles.

Since I took delivery of this bike, it has gone through another extremely thorough and expensive prep process for long term storage. This was all documented and the work was lovingly done by the master tech at Marin Speed Shop here in Marin California. There is absolutely no fuel in the tank or in the carbs or fuel lines. The bike was started two years ago prior to storage to verify its condition. It had a perfect leak down and we used an auxiliary fuel tank because we did not want to put fuel in the bike’s tank. The bike started and ran perfectly. Afterwords the carbs were disassembled and all fuel was removed and the carbs and tank were then misted with oil.

This is a museum-quality bike, it is as brand new as the day it was sold. Every aspect of this bike has been gone through and prepped for this long term storage. Everything on the bike is original, even the tires, so if you want to ride it then the tires should be replaced.

Please look closely at the pictures. I will be happy to take calls and answer any questions. I have all the paperwork – I mean everything. I have the bill of sale, title, certificate of origin, all original pamphlets, all keys, everything.

There is no reserve on the bike except that I have started the bidding at $6000.00. I have spent quite a bit more than this so I am hoping to get more but the bike needs to go because we need the space.

Best of luck and thanks for looking,

Please call for any question you may have 408 391 8975

Hans

Obviously, with basically just delivery miles, you’d likely need to go through the bike top-to-bottom before riding it. So perhaps the biggest question here is, “Does anyone really need a museum-quality Honda CB-1?” Well since the bike was originally a practical, affordable, and sophisticated do-it-all scoot, I doubt this will have the universal, drool-worthy appeal of something like an RC30, a bike that was sold in very limited numbers and had very exotic components. But somewhere, you just know there are a couple folks who’ve always loved this classy little machine or are looking to complete their extensive Honda collection. Regardless, it’s obvious there is real interest in this bike: although nice, well-used CB-1s regularly change hands for around the $3,000 mark, bidding over at the eBay auction is already up north of $6,000 with several days left on the auction!

-tad

Featured Listing: Museum Quality 1989 Honda CB-1 for Sale
Moto Guzzi July 25, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale

Considering just how few Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin 1100s there are running around anywhere, let alone North America, I’ll forgive the “WTF” face your computer or phone’s built-in camera is secretly recording because of an undetected malware infection. You’re looking at what is functionally a Moto Guzzi sportbike, the company’s pushrod, two-valve twin and shaft-drive and dropped into a lightweight, better-handling package. Long associated with a slightly stodgy, “Italian BMW” image, Moto Guzzi got a kick in the pants in the 1980s when dentist and weekend warrior Dr John Wittner decided to base his racebike on Le Mans IV and reminded the world that the venerable Italian company had racing in its DNA, although the production bikes like the Daytona and Sport 1100 inspired by his efforts were still banking on their character, not their raw performance, to sell them.

Giuseppe Ghezzi and Bruno Saturno, two halves of the Ghezzi-Brian team, decided to follow Dr John’s muse and build highly-spec’ed, boutique sportbikes and even racers around Moto Guzzi’s characterful, but relatively antiquated powertrain. It’s a shame their MGS-01 didn’t see anything like mass production, but you can still pick up a legitimate Moto Guzzi sportbike like this Supertwin that could be considered a test bed for the ideas later used on the MGS-01 that was also Ghezzi’s brainchild.

Based on their successful racebike, the Supertwin 1100 took its name from the Italian Supertwins series, where it won 9 out of 32 races in the 1996 season. The main performance increase came from a significant reduction in weight: overall, the Supertwin tipped the scales at 427lbs dry, 55lbs less than the unfaired V11 Sport. Handling and braking were upgraded with an adjustable Paioli 41mm fork and a Bitubo shock out back, with distinctive perimeter disc brakes mount to the rim of the front wheel, instead of the hub, to further reduce weight and more evenly distribute braking forces. The concept never really took off for mass-produced motorcycles, excepting the ever-contrarian Buell, but they work well in practice.

The Supertwin makes do with the earlier five-speed box which is a shame as the torquey engine doesn’t really need a sixth cog, but the newer unit shifts much more smoothly. Luckily, the boutique nature of the Supertwin allows for a lightened flywheel that helps minimize the usual Guzzi torque reaction: the longitudinal crankshaft, flywheel, and shaft drive all conspire to give anything powered by a Guzzi twin its characteristic torque reaction that makes handling slightly asymmetrical, but you really do get used to it pretty quickly.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale

Rare opportunity to own a little known piece of Italian motorcycle history. Believed to be only 5 examples in the US, one of which can be seen at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama. Selling for a friend who has owned it for almost 10 years and is now thinning out his collection. For any questions, or if you’d like the owner to contact you directly, please reply through the listing.

Bike is in good original condition and ready to ride

Shorai lithium battery 

Recently re-surfaced front brake rotors

Known to have been down at low speed on left side and at a stand-still on right side

Left rear cowling has been cracked and re-enforced from underneath 

Various scuffs and scratches from normal use

Note: Odometer reading is in kilometers. Actual “mileage” calculates to around 10,600

Clear South Carolina title

Located near downtown Greenville, 29601

The seller also includes a nice video of the bike starting and running. These were pretty expensive when new: $15,000 in 2001 dollars, and the wild colors and abbreviated, curving bodywork suggest that Britten’s racebikes were an inspiration for the styling. It’s not cosmetically perfect, but miles are still pretty low and the bike is ready to run, and minor issues shouldn’t detract from the riding experience: reviews were very positive and the striking looks should get plenty of attention!

-tad

Featured Listing: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale
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

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