Posts by tag: Four Stroke

Yamaha June 24, 2021 posted by

Little Fizz: 1986 Yamaha FZR 250

Bigger bore homologation machines may be where the money is at right now, but rare examples like this littlest of Fizzers is exactly what RSBFS is all about. Sure, you’ve heard about the FZR1000, not to mention the mighty OW01 – the FZR750RR – but some of the most unique bikes can be found at the lower end of the spectrum. And while Ninja 250s are a dime a dozen, the rest Big Four also dabbled with smaller four strokes which were much more performance based… and not imported to our shores. Which brings us to this very rare (in the US) 1986 Yamaha FZR250.

1986 Yamaha FZR 250 for sale on eBay

The FZR250 is an interesting mix of racing technology and basic transportation. It looks every bit the FZR400, right down to the dual headlamps. Reviewers reported that while some of the other four stroke 250 set appeared to be mini bikes, the FZR250 looks like an actual motorcycle. The Genesis-derived inline four is rev-happy, with the tach topping out at 18k. Max power of 45 ponies comes in down lower in the range – about 14,500 – but leaving enough headroom for the 112 MPH top speed. Aside from the gem of the motor, the hard bits are all a bit pedestrian: mild steel (not aluminum) frame and non-adjustable suspension. But the FZR250 is bigger and better than the sum of its parts – with a stronger midrange than the competition and unflappable handling (just like the FZR400), the smallest Fizz makes for some truly heroic cornering. All without the threat of losing your license.

From the seller:
Up for sale is a 1986 FZR250 VIN #2KR-210615. Clean & Clear title. Currently has 15,651 miles (25,188 KM) but that might climb slightly as I take it out a few times a week.

This bike is in great mechanical condition and not in need of any repairs. It starts right up and runs fantastic. Redlines at 17,000 RPM and makes 45 horsepower. It sounds like an F1 car. Very unique motorcycle that was never imported to the U.S. so they are quite rare here.

Recent work includes
Carb Clean
Fuel Pump
Oil
Battery

Quote from Motorcycle magazine
“The mere thought of initiating a turn on the FZR250 accomplishes the task, and the Yamaha’s scalpel-precise steering allows you to aim for any inch of tarmac in the turns. As you’d expect with the slightly longer stroke, the FZR starts its serious forward progress at the 13,000 mark, and signs off at 15,500 rpm, well short of its 17,000-rpm redline.”

Today’s rare example (qualification: rare in the US) comes to us from the great state of Massachusetts. It presents reasonably well, although the photos do show some wear and tear that we typically see plaguing smaller bikes. There is some corrosion which is common from outdoor usage in wetter climes – but nothing that is a deal killer. The blue tinted windscreen is not stock, but nicely rounds out the blue/white paintwork. Turn signals have been modified from stock, and it looks like a fender delete was performed at some point. The exhaust can is not stock, but should help improve the power (marginal) and sound (significant). This is a Buy It Now advert, with the seller asking $5,500. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Little Fizz: 1986 Yamaha FZR 250
Yamaha December 14, 2019 posted by

SRX and the Single Cylinder – 1987 Yamaha SRX250

Stateside fans would probably say Yamaha are generally at the forefront of technology and leading-edge fabrication, but bucking that trend was the little SRX250 and the SRX series in general.  The 250 wound up a single-year special for us, with an eye on fun and the bottom line, and that still might be case for this Ohio example.

1987 Yamaha SRX250 for sale on eBay

Yamaha introduced a line of four-stroke singles, with a 600, 400, and 250cc models, mostly for the domestic market.  A steel tubing frame loops smoothly around the upright air-cooled engine.  On the 250, a 22mm carburetor is on one side of the head, with seeming dual exhausts from the front.  The six-speed transmission is a relatively up-to-date concession to the 10,000 rpm required to make 32 hp.  A single front disk and rear drum suffice, along with 33mm forks and monoshock rear.  Tires are almost the same width but staggered diameters with 16-inch front and 18 rear.

With 10,700 around-town miles, it would be unfair to expect a creampuff and this SRX shows average wear.  The red frame and mostly white bodywork hasn’t aged badly, but could use a little sprucing up.  The wheels look very light and are in good shape.  Mechanically, there’s just not that much to go wrong.  From the eBay auction:

Rare 1987 Yamaha SRX 250.  These bikes were only made for one year.  Great collector bike but also a cool daily driver.  Runs great and right down the road.  It does idle a little ruff.  Just needs rode.  All the plastic is solid – no cracks.  Tank is in good shape it’s for age.  As you can see in pictures it’s not perfect.  No tears in seat.  All lights work.  Have a clear title.

Better suited to an occasional errand than a commute, the SRX250 could still make a massive pit bike or learner’s permit birthday gift.  The red and white livery echoes larger Yammers from the -80’s, though it wasn’t a long-term success here.  The sensible starting bid and what looks like an easy restoration might sway a fan of the brand.

-donn

SRX and the Single Cylinder – 1987 Yamaha SRX250
Yamaha June 2, 2018 posted by

Saved Not Spent – 1989 Yamaha FZR-400 with only 1,200 Miles !

The four stroke small-sports are definitely whipping up on the stock market this year, and this barely used 1989 will likely continue the trend.  It’s a cornering machine with 60 hp and ready-to-ride weight well under 400 lbs.  New repro bodywork to preserve the excellent factory set can only help.

1989 Yamaha FZR-400 for sale on eBay

The progressive-license wars had been going on for several years overseas, and all of the big four had four valve inline fours available with racey lookalike styling.  The Yamaha won the refinement award with the EXUP exhaust valve tailoring the torque curve, and build quality was just shy of the red benchmark.  Except for the fields with numbers, the specs read like its big brother OW-01 – Deltabox frame, Genesis top end, quad Mikunis, dual front disks, and staggered alloy wheels.

The owner’s not saying much about the history or whether this example is an import, but despite the nearly three decades it shows no corrosion and has Colorado paperwork.  Some 1989’s have updated seat console and fairing while this one has more details from a few years before, perhaps an aficionado could comment.  From the eBay auction:

Never raced.

This bike comes with two sets of plastics.

The plastics on the bike currently are Japanese racing repro’s.

The bike comes with the original plastics in fantastic condition.

In addition the bike comes with original manual, rear footpegs, back seat,
spare perfect condition radiator and hoses and a new red front fender.

The bike does not smoke or drip.

Tires are older and should probably be changed before serious riding.

There is a hairline crack in the original front fender not noticeable unless you look for it.

The original pipe has a couple of scratches that have been touched up but there are no
dents or damage of any kind.

Though the FZR-400 was imported for a few years, the displacement arms race and premium MSRP curtailed its long term success.  Riders with a track day habit or easy access to some twisty bits have re-discovered the segment, and the bikes can be maintained at home. This one looks too nice to track, but could certainly take in some turns on the way to a bike night…

-donn

Saved Not Spent – 1989 Yamaha FZR-400 with only 1,200 Miles !
Kawasaki January 8, 2018 posted by

Green and Clean: 1993 Kawasaki ZXR400R

Happy Monday RSBFS readers! The dreaded winter slowdown has yet to arrive – plenty of fantastic bikes continue to pop up despite the onslaught of weather across the US. If you are snowed in and looking for something to do, adding a rare bike to your collection from the comfort of your home might be an ideal winter activity. And if you need something to melt the snow, this hot ZXR400 might just be your ticket.

1993 Kawasaki ZXR400R for sale on eBay

Built for a time where the Big Four were concerned with the declination of the 250cc two stroke class, the 400s were intended to be the four stroke equivalent of a GP bike. Requisite top-shelf components are found throughout, including aluminum frame, upside down front forks (normal today, but race-worthy stuff in the 1990s), lots of suspension adjustability and big, 300mm brakes signaled the track intent of the small ZXR. On the power side, the rise of the small four stroke was based in RPM. Lots of RPM. With a redline north of 14,000 revolutions per minute, the liquid-cooled four cylinder with four-valves per offers up close to 60 horsepower (depending on the market). Packaged in a tidy, 350-ish pound serving size, the ZXR is a razor sharp missile…provided you are under 6 feet. Bigger riders may show a lot of knees and elbows, hardly comfortable and certainly not very aerodynamic.

From the seller:
Up for sale is a gorgeous 1993 Kawasaki ZXR400R “M” model in mint condition with only 5,045 kilometers (3,134 miles). Bike is completely stock except for steel braided brake lines. All fairings and components are 100% genuine factory Kawasaki. Brand new Dunlop Sportmax tires have been installed. Bike runs like the day it was new. Just serviced with New battery and fluids. This is a premium ZXR. Museum quality. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use.

A bit sharper than contemporary 400s – at the expense of overall usability – the little green screamer was a solid effort to supplant the quarter liter two strokers. The hype was real and the 300cc class today owes this bike a debt of gratitude. This ZXR400R looks great. This is a classic grey-market bike in classic Kawasaki livery. The passage of time is tough on performance benchmarks, but tips the scales when it comes to laws of supply and demand. This bike is being offered in a Buy It Now auction format for $10,800, with the seller open to offers. That is a premium price for a 400, but 25 years on it is getting harder and harder to find an unmolested example. Check this one out here, and join the large number of people watching what will happen. Good Luck!!

MI

Green and Clean:  1993 Kawasaki ZXR400R
Honda May 5, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR

Update 5.6.2017: Sold in just 4.5 hours! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

If you have a rare sportbike for sale, model years 1980ish to 2004ish, consider our Featured Listing service for $59. Email me to see to get started: dan@motoringblogs.com

This is not your usual diet of 40:1 premix. This grey-market 250cc Featured Listing is the ultra-rare, four stroke MC22. Never officially imported into the United States, this particular example has been properly papered and plated – making it a terrific way to add a stunning and unique machine to your collection. The seller is a RSBFS regular, and we have seen his bikes before; they are what they are claimed to be.

The CBR250 family follows a tried and true pattern of performance: an inline, four-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder and a redline that stops just short of six figures (ok, only 19,000 RPM) is cradled by just enough aluminum to form a stout, boxed perimeter frame. 17″ wheels and better-than-basic suspension hold up the works, and race-bred bodywork and vented triple disks all around prove that this is no entry-level scooter. While originally a Japan-only model when introduced in the mid-1980s as the MC14. By the late 1980s with the MC19 edition Honda started importing outside of Japan, but kept the distribution limited largely to APJ (Asia, Pacific, Japan). Expect a stock bike to produce approximately 45 HP against a 315 pound dry weight.

From the seller:
1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22. 12,611 Miles (20,296 Kilometers) being sold from my personal collection. Only selling to make room for more projects. Imported into the United States from Australia. So it has a 17-digit VIN plate and lived its life in a very mild climate. This is a very clean well cared for bike. Everything works, as it should. Turn signals, brake lights, horn, High and low beam, radiator fan. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Continental Conti-Motion Tires are brand new with Zero miles on them. Also replaced the clutch friction plates and springs over the winter.

Fairings are aftermarket, not the flimsy ones offered by some but very high quality injection molded. Tank has been re-sprayed by 2 Brothers Painting. Absolutely flawless. Bike has VIN Matching State of Ohio Title. Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.

Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thank you for looking. Please email any questions. Price is $6200.00 USD. OBO.

On RSBFS we see a lot of grey bikes imported from Japan. While this is one possible route to source a rare motorcycle, bikes coming from other markets such as Australia are preferred. Australia has a much better climate for preserving machinery, and much more space in which to park and secure vehicles. As a result, Aussie imports are nearly always free of the corrosion and rash from tight confines that plague other imports.

The seller notes that the plastics are not stock OEM, and that the tank has been resprayed. That may be the case, but from the pictures I can see no fitment issues and everything looks clean, clean, clean. The seller also states the maintenance items completed, which is important as a bike nears voting age.

Check out the pics (and feel free to drool a little). This bike is available in the US, complete with a clean VIN and title. As usual, not all states need to apply – so best to check with the local powers that be to ensure this could be more than just a track-day bike for you (but oh, what a track day bike it could be!). Give Greg a holler if you are interested. We do not see these wonderful four strokers very often, so if you are in the market I suggest you act quickly. You are not likely going to find a cleaner MC22. Good Luck!

MI

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR
Yamaha July 19, 2016 posted by

Hidden Away Handler – 1989 Yamaha FZR-400

Wheeled to the back of a collection after only 962 miles, this lightweight Yamaha four-stroke could easily be returned to riding status.  The only really sporting four-stroke 400 imported to the States, of the underwhelming total sales here, many were raced and subject to engine transplants.  Showing a serious mid-size buy-it-now, this is a bike any rider could enjoy, and a highly skilled rider could enjoy it immensely.

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1989 Yamaha FZR-400 for sale on eBay

201600719 1989 yamaha fzr400 right front

201600719 1989 yamaha fzr400 binnacle  201600719 1989 yamaha fzr400 left fairing

In stock trim, the almost pint-size 399 cc’s provide 60 hp, mostly between 8,000-14,000 rpm.  Below the power band it’s perfect around town.  Above 8,000 the over-engineered DeltaBox frame provides a stable platform with 41mm conventional forks and rear monoshock.  Brakes are dual front 298mm disks with 210mm rear.  Wheels are different sizes to aid handling, 18-inch rear following a 17-inch front.  Classic red-white paint grabs attention for the endurance-styled fairing.

201600719 1989 yamaha fzr400 left rear

201600719 1989 yamaha fzr400 right rear wheel  201600719 1989 yamaha fzr400 left tank

Presented by a serious collector, this FZR doesn’t look to have suffered the usual collateral damage from storage wars – from the eBay auction:

Absolutely MINT 1989 Yamaha FZR400. This may be the finest one in the US.

Premium motorcycle, premium price reflecting its condition and the extra swingarm. All original, no modifications. Never dropped, raced, crashed or otherwise damaged. It’s been sitting in an enclosed storage unit or my garage since I purchased it two years ago.
 
Comes with buffed 1990 FZR400 swingarm for the perfect combination of a virtually new FZR400 with the later Deltabox swingarm. 
 
One tiny rock chip in upper left headlight fairing. Front master cylinder sticks from lack of use. I’ve discounted the price by $200 to cover the minor repair. The carbs need cleaning.

201600719 1989 yamaha fzr400 right fairing

201600719 1989 yamaha fzr400 left front wheel  201600719 1989 yamaha fzr400 left seat

Imported only 1988-90, the premium-priced FZR-400 was a tough sell next to the new 600.  Continental riders had a choice of Kawasaki and Honda small sports, but beautiful engineering and build quality couldn’t protect the exchange rate and pre-EXUP power specs for long.  These long-past corporate missteps now ensure rarity, especially for a stock peach as displayed here.  Riding like a larger sportbike, the performance envelope of the FZR-400 is wider and more accessible to more riders.  Just a carb cleaning, new rubber, and tune-up stand in the way of this great ride, oh you’ll also have to get past ( over ? ) the display stand…

-donn

201600719 1989 yamaha fzr400 left front

Hidden Away Handler – 1989 Yamaha FZR-400
Honda December 16, 2012 posted by

Christmas Dreaming: 2004 Honda Dream 50R

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I’m not sure what I like most about this Christmas Dream: The very rare, very chic-vintage, very cool 50cc Honda racer, or the fact that it offers you the trip to Hawaii to check it out and pick it up. Mele Mele Kalikimaka everyone!

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From the seller:
OFFERED WITH VERY, VERY, LOW RESERVE. THIS RARE MOTORCYCLE WILL SELL !!! You are bidding on an unusual find here on Maui Hawaii, a vintage 2004 Honda Dream 50 factory reiisue of their 1962 racing motorcycle. It has been chosen for dispersal from a collection of the 5 oldest Honda motorcycles in the Hawaiian Islands. It has been on display in a private collection since 2004 and I have the manufactures MSO paperwork. As new condition with associated paper work included in the sale. Be the lucky winning bidder to own this superlative rarity.

This machine will be sold with a Notarized Bill of Sale, and any other paper work associated with this particular bike. This is a super rare and neat find . nice original condition over all , Brand New condition.

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The Honda Dream 50 was a retro-racer produced by Honda in the early 2000s. The goal was to evoke the feel of the Honda racing projects of the 60s – primarily the dominant CR110 – in a package that was easy to consume and relatively easy to ride. The result was a collector sensation, and it is likely that many more of these bikes were squirreled away without ever turning a wheel than those that actually were ridden in anger. The best part is this bike is the rare racing variant of the line, with no lights or electrics and just a lone tach to keep you honest.

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This bike is being sold as a zero mile example, and appears to have come from a Honda museum exibit. The seller will throw in a shipping crate for the bike at no charge, and has noted that shipping costs will run approximately $700 – $900 to the mainland. If you are looking for a Dream 50 racer, this may be your opportunity.

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It is no secret that I lust after little bikes like this. While I prefer my chicken chasers to run on pre-mix, this little four stroke looks the business and is purported to be a blast to ride on the track. This is the second time around for this bike as it failed to sell when last we saw it on eBay. The BIN is set at a pretty reasonable $4,650, and bidding has been completely scarce and stalled at $510 with reserve still in place. Click here to jump to the auction and check it out. Christmas in Hawaii sounds like the perfect way to spend the holiday season!

MI

Honda March 5, 2011 posted by

1994 Honda CBR900RR One Owner Bike With 5,985 Original Miles In Fantastic Condition

A one owner, less than 6k mile, iconic CBR900RR in California–sounds pretty good to me!

Bike: 1994 Honda CBR900RR

Miles: 5,985mi

Price: $4,000USD

Location: Concord, California

The seller uses all the good words to describe this bike:

THE BIKE ONE OWNER ALL ORIGINAL WITH LESS THAN 6,000 MILES ON IT. NEVER DOWN COSMETICALLY AND MECHANICALLY IS SUPERB. FOR ALL YOU HONDA LOVERS THIS IS A RARE FIND. THIS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE BIKE, THIS IS LIKE KEPT IN A TIME CAPSULE BIKE…

What are the negatives about this bike? Well, if you’re going to nit-pick, it’s not a ’93 and it’s not Red/White/Blue–that’s about it. Other than that, it looks pretty good, notice in the gauge cluster photo that the brake fluid looks pretty fresh, that’s a nice touch. Some fresh tires look to be in the bike’s future though.

Mostly anyone who is aware of sportbikes from the last twenty-years would describe the early CBR900RR’s as desirable, and this bike isn’t an exception in all of it’s purple and yellow glory. Lastly, the asking price of $4,000 isn’t outrageous for this bike at all (See the other CBR900RR’s we’ve posted here), make sure to take a trailer with you when you go to look at it. See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG