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Yamaha December 26, 2021 posted by

Supervivor – 2nd Owner 1985 Yamaha FZ750

Yamaha introduced their 5-valve engine for 1985, turning a sportbike corner with 103 claimed hp.  Super clean though un-restored, this FZ750 looks ready to ride in an outstanding number of high-res photos.

1985 Yamaha FZ750 for sale on eBay

Engineers from Iwata found an ideal solution to increasing intake flow and reducing valve mass and friction losses.  Smaller valves made the 10,500 rpm feasible, with accessories built behind the crankshaft to keep the engine as narrow as any four.  The head was angled forward at 45 degrees, making room for a set of 34mm Mikuni downdrafts under the tank.  Weight distribution was just about optimal and a 16-inch front wheel was employed to sharpen the handling.  Air-adjustable forks were an -80’s regular, and carried vented front disks.  A full fairing would’ve been racier, but the supersport garb allowed the engine easier access to cooling air.

Just two owners is unusual for a 36 year-old machine, and 8,868 miles is rather low.  But time marches on, and finishes show some patina in the close-ups.  Still it appears stock, complete and without an major mishaps.  Even the black chrome four-into two exhaust has somehow made it through.  Notes from the eBay auction:

The cosmetic condition of this machine is just as it looks in the photos. Every finish on the machine is original. No part of the bike has been re-painted or re-finished. There are a few imperfections here and there, mostly from the first owner’s long-term storage over the years, but it is a legitimate 8,800 original mile machine that runs like it’s brand new. It is not a trailer queen, and it’s not cosmetically perfect, but it’s a bike that’s perfect for taking out just about any time the weather allows and run it hard. The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting immediately. 

This Yamaha has had two owners during its life, the first owner and me. This bike has been part of my collection for a while and is now ridden on a regular basis. It runs and rides with absolutely no issues. 

Everything on this motorcycle is original, including the exhaust system, which was usually removed by now. The seat is also in original condition and is beautiful. 

The 750 runs and rides the way you expect a machine with this type of mileage to run. All of the mechanical components have been checked over to ensure they work properly including the clutch and brakes. The carbs were completely gone through this season and function perfectly, and there is a new battery installed. The Bridgestone Battlax tires currently installed have comparatively few miles on them, and have plenty of service life left, but they are not new, so if you plan on riding this machine hard, you might want to replace them.  There is absolutely nothing you will have to do to this motorcycle to ride and enjoy it this season. 

The FZ750 might not’ve been an unbridled success, but was up against GSXR competition and certainly proved the Genesis five valve concept.  As ever, Yamaha had the engineering chops but the style department stayed a little conservative.  Air forks were more sensitive to changes than many expected, though the forward riding position at least kept the rider in the loop.  Just a day into the auction, bidding is quite active and we’ll check back to see when someone clears the reserve.

-donn

 

Supervivor – 2nd Owner 1985 Yamaha FZ750
Yamaha November 23, 2021 posted by

Track Day Tuesday: 1985 Yamaha FZ750 AHRMA Vintage Roadracer

RSBFS is bringing back Track Day Tuesday for this great looking Fizzer 750! The staff cannot resist motorsport exploits, and with the conclusion of both MotoGP and WSBK seasons we are already jonesin’ for next season. But if participation rather than spectating is more your speed, let us regale you with a 1980s Genesis-powered, 5-valve wonder. If Yamaha is your brand – or if blue is your color – this could be your track bike!

1985 Yamaha FZ750 Racer for sale on eBay

While many a bike has been stripped of lights, bodywork and other non-essentials to produce a track-day steed, converting a street bike to a race-legal mount as blessed by a legitimate sanctioning body is a bit more difficult. Track days allow you to tape up lights rather than remove them. Track days are generally OK with a stock cooling arrangement (i.e. coolant). Ditto for stock fasteners and bodywork. Race organizations key into safety-related items that can not only be detrimental to the bike in question, but can go further into placing other competitors at risk. That means complete removal of all lights, as well as straight water in the radiator (most allow for additives such as Water Wetter, or similar). Both could cause follow on riders problems. So, too, is the requirement for a belly pan that can capture out that might leak out of the sump. All critical fasteners must be safety wired, including the oil drain plug and brake caliper fasteners. This all takes parts, work, and some know how to successfully implement.

From the seller:
1985 YAMAHA FZ750 VINTAGE ROADRACER , AHRMA AND WERA LEGAL . THE MOTOR IS BASICALLY STOCK , TUNED , MOTUL OIL , ENGINE ICE COOLANT , REJETTED CARBS WITH KN AIRFILTERS AND A SUDCO FULL RACE EXHAUST , PROGRAMMABLE CDI ,IGNITECH IGNITION, KOSO TEMP GAUGE . BRAIDED CLUTCH AND FRONT AND REAR BRAKE LINES , SUPERBIKE HANDLEBAR SETUP ,PRO GRIPS , CASE SLIDERS , POWDER COATED VALVE COVER , CLUTCH COVER , EXHAUST , WHEELS AND HANDLEBARS , FOX SHOCK , THUNDERACE SWINGARM AND FRONTEND . NEW 1 PIECE UPPER AND NEW BLUE PAINT , POR15 LINER IN THE TANK AND A NEW WINDSHIELD . FLUID RETENTION PAN . HEALTH FORCES SALE . AWESOME BIKE NEEDS A RIDER .

Today’s example starts with the magnificent FZ750 Genesis platform, which enjoyed a heyday on track back in the 1980s and early 1990s. It has been made ready for the track via the aforementioned mods, and the suspension has been upgraded with bits based on technology closer to the current century. The motor remains (what appears to be) fairly stock, which is great for track day longevity, meaning that you can enjoy all there is of the 5-valve motor without worry about it been too high strung or ready to come apart on the next blip of the throttle.

Pricing for race bikes has always been difficult. Certainly this is not a current-level Moto2 machine, but it is welcome in WERA and AHRMA events. Alternatively, this could be a purpose-built bike for track days and schools; it is focused on the track mission, and you don’t have to mess with your street bike and worry about potential damage. This bike looks to be in great condition, and by all counts appears to be set up for serious fun. But few things depreciate like last year’s race bike, and although the vintage series helps hold up the bottom of the market, this is still a bike from the 1980s. The seller is asking $3,700 as an opening bid, and I doubt you could convert a stock 1985 FZ750 to track ready condition like this for that amount. There are still several days left on this auction, so check out all of the details here, and then start planning your track days. Do you have a track-day specific bike in your stable? Let us know in the comments, and Good Luck!!

MI

Track Day Tuesday: 1985 Yamaha FZ750 AHRMA Vintage Roadracer
Yamaha October 29, 2021 posted by

Almost Pre-Sports – 1985 Yamaha FZ750 with 1,586 Miles !

Though big red dominated, Yamaha’s FZ750R / OU45 regularly appeared as the best of the rest in mid-eighties AMA Superbike.  Here’s a collector which has somehow escaped the suburban Dallas heat, and dodged a lifetime’s worth of garage elves.

1985 Yamaha FZ-750 for sale on eBay

Yamaha had reportedly toyed with as many as seven valves per cylinder, but settled on five for the Genesis engine.  Laid forward to straighten the path through the 34mm Mikuni’s, 105 hp was the result.  The four was wedged across a double cradle chassis, with right side up forks and a monocross rear.  270mm brakes are period correct but seem undersized for the mission, and the 16/18-inch wheel stagger would be seen as under and over-sized just a few years later.  Riding position was a pretty good tuck and helped the rider get behind the upper-only fairing.

The comments say the bike has been in the back of the garage for a generation, so this might be the original owner.  Condition is hard to believe with none of the usual bumps, bruises, or mods that might be expected.  A fork brace is visible and a Fox shock is hidden.  Otherwise it looks original right down to the tires.  Notes from the eBay auction:

This bike has been in a controlled environment for the past 35 years. The 80’s motorcycle market is getting hot and this is a perfect opportunity for a collector or lover to own an iconic bike. It runs and rides like a new bike with a couple of original 80’s upgrades remote adjustable rear Fox Shock and a fork brace. The miles are original, I was putting it in my collection but it needs to be ridden and because of my age and old racing injuries I can’t manage the low bars. The value will only increase as this is the only FZ 750 I have seen come on the market over the last 2 years. One sold in January of 2019 for $9,000 with 39,000 miles on it and needed attention. This bike is as good as the day it came off the ship.

Part of the design concept was the five smaller valves which didn’t require double valve springs, allowing higher revs and an easier life for the cams.  Yamaha stuck with the Genesis for several years, attesting to the idea’s success.  The conventional auction ( high reserve though ) reflects the almost super-stardom of these early superbikes.  It might take a re-list, but interest in an FZ in this condition will come.

-donn

 

Almost Pre-Sports – 1985 Yamaha FZ750 with 1,586 Miles !
Yamaha July 6, 2018 posted by

Genesis Device: 1988 Yamaha FZR1000 for Sale

Over in the comments sections of another post, we’ve been debating the relative merits and values of some of the priciest motorcycles, but it’s still possible to find something cool, collectible, and very competent if you’re on a limited budget. It’s not one of Yamaha’s fastest sportbikes, but this first-generation FZR1000 might be their most historically significant. At the moment, it’s also one of the most unappreciated machines of the modern era: if the GSX-R was the first sportbike of the modern age, it can be argued that the FZR1000 actually codified the formula.

The original version of the FZR1000 built from 1987 through 1988 seen here was powered by a 989cc version of Yamaha’s inline four. It did not feature their signature EXhaust Ultimate Power or “EXUP” valve in the exhaust system, but did use their “Genesis” heads with three intake and two exhaust valves. Five-valve technology proved more useful in theory than in practice, in spite of the fact that Yamaha stuck with it for a pretty long time. But, perhaps more importantly, the Genesis engine’s characteristic steeply forward-canted cylinder head allowed the airbox to be located under the fuel tank instead of between the rider’s knees.

However, the bike’s defining feature was the aluminum beam “Deltabox” frame, the first time one had been used in a big bike like this. The contemporary GSX-R used an aluminum frame, but the square-tube construction was more of a cradle-type that looked backward towards past designs, while Yamaha’s beefy Deltabox was a much more forward-thinking concept. The frame spars were positively massive for the time, but the thin-walls meant the structure was as light as it was strong, and while five-valve heads proved to be a bit of a fad, thick beam frames have stood the test of time.

Looking at the spec sheet, all you’d need to do is add a sixth gear to the box and you could be looking at something from just a few years ago: the aluminum beam frame, liquid cooling, under-tank airbox, and 17″ wheels all sound very modern. It’s obviously from a different generation and is both heavier and less powerful by far than current literbikes. But it was very much the complete package when new, and the five-speed gearbox speaks to the bike’s seemingly bottomless well of torque and flexible midrange, qualities shared with the GSX-R1100, a bike that also lacked a sixth cog.

Ideally, if you’re looking at an FZR1000 you’d probably want something just a little bit newer, as the thorough redesign for 1989 featured a slight bump in displacement and the addition of the EXUP valve, but this is the original, and looks very sophisticated in blue and white speedblock graphics.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Yamaha FZR1000 for Sale

Up for auction is my 1988 FZR1000.  It is titled in my name and is currently registered in  the state of California til October 2018.  It is a nice survivor.  It has various scratches and some cracks here and there but overall in very clean condition.  It has good tires, a new fuel pump, fuel filter, various fuel lines, carb cleaning and synchronization done Dec of last year, rebuilt fuel valves, battery new last year, new windshield, front brake master cylinder rebuilt and a couple other things I can’t remember  now.  It comes with a tank bag, some spare parts and a service manual. It handles, runs, starts, brakes fine….although maybe it could use another carb cleaning as it has been sitting.  Still you could ride it right now…..it has  good  power.

Some things it would need is a new headlight.  Choke doesn’t work but it still starts easy when cold. Return throttle cable not hooked on.  Fuel pump is controlled by a switch in the back  so you may want to hook up correctly…..and I’m sure a few other things I can’t remember right now.

If anyone is interested but not local…PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE ask questions and request photos of any area of the bike you would like.  I REALLY PREFER SOMEONE LOCAL WHO COULD COME BY AND KICK THE TIRES AND INSPECT IN PERSON but if not please ask all the questions you want before bidding.  Although this bike is clean and a survivor it has not been in a box the last 30 years ridden only 50 miles so keep that in mind.  It currently has 20950 miles. I may make a couple trips up the mountain before it’s gone so there may be a few more miles on it.

Here is a video of it running.  

I am selling because  with my back condition I cannot use it like I thought I could.  

If you have any questions please ask.  If you think I left something out please ask.  If you need better pictures please ask.  I want to be as honest and accurate as possible so please ask anything.  If the winning buyer comes to pick it up and dosent want to go through with the deal for any reason no worries…..I will cancel the transaction….no problem.  The previous owner named this bike Noah. I want to see this go to a good home.

The Yoshimura tri-oval exhaust obviously isn’t stock, and isn’t even trying to look period-correct, but I actually like it: stock exhausts of the era are often pretty heavy and very ugly. Overall, the bike has some usual chips and wear you’d expect on a bike this old, but it seems honest. And the seller includes a nice video of the bike starting and running, with some closeups. Slingshot Gixxers and other late 1980s sportbikes have been rising in value, but the Yamahas seem to have been lagging behind a bit, and while the later EXUP models will probably be a bit more desirable, this early machine is historically significant. And also pretty cool. There are several days left on the auction and no takers yet at the $2,150 opening bid. It may not be original, but this could be a hell of a do-it-all machine with style if you’re on a budget and looking for something out of the ordinary.

-tad

Genesis Device: 1988 Yamaha FZR1000 for Sale
Aprilia June 20, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: May 2013 Sales Report

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Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged a record 85 bikes in May and witnessed an all-time high of 29 of our picks getting sold. In fact our readers bought 23 bikes in May! Here is a review of 29 of the 85 posted, most having sold.

Lowest sale price: $1380
Highest sale price: $25099

Congratulations to May’s buyers and sellers!

dc

In no particular order, we start with this 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP with 2000 miles that sold for $3650:

Ducati 900 SS/SP


A highlight last month is this 1986 GSX-R 750 Limited Edition with less than 900 miles that sold for $22,400!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited


This 2001 Ducati 996SPS failed to sell after being bid to nearly $12k.

Ducati 996SPS


This very tidy but tiny Aprilia RS50 sold for a pint sized $2700 to one of our readers.

Aprilia RS50


This stock 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma sold for $12,400.

1985 Suzuki RG500


This heavily modified 1986 Suzuki RG500 in Lucky Strike livery failed to sell the first time at $10,500 but sold after one relist for $16,000!

1986 Suzuki RG500 Lucky Strike


This 1990 BMW K1 with just 4200 miles sold for $13450, McDonalds colors be damned!

BMW K1


This very clean 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 sold for $7000, even with 30k miles!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750


This 1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750 might have been the bargain of the month selling at just $2550.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750


This amazing low mileage and stunning 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $13100.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100


Someone scored on this 1986 Kawasaki ZX1000R Ninja that saw just 7400 miles. Sold for only $3750!

1986 Kawasaki ZX1000R


This 1991 Yamaha TZ 250 B racebike sold for $17500 but was relisted and sold again for $15500. Hopefully for good!


This well looked after 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 sold for $8200.

Moto Guzzi Daytona


This later 1997 Daytona 1100 with less than 7k miles failed to sell with bids reaching $9100.

Moto Guzzi Daytona 1100


Another great buy was this 1982 Honda CB 900F with 205 miles for only $6655. This won’t be depreciating any time soon.

1982 Honda CB900F


Here’s a nearly new 999R with less than 1k miles that failed to sell at $16100.

Ducati 999R


This restored 1988 Suzuki GSX-R sold for a mere $6100 to one of our readers.


This 1996 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike was no reserve and sold for $7500.

Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike


Here’s a Yamaha RZ500 that sold for a scant $6500.

Yamaha RZ500 RD500LC


This 1998 Yamaha R1 failed to sell at $8500 and has been relisted for $7500.

Yamaha YZF-R1 For Sale


This cool 1985 Yamaha FZ750 survivor sold for $3850.

1985 Yamaha FZ750


Here’s a 1987 Suzuki GSX-R50 that sold to one of the RSBFS superfans for $1380.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R50


This 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo is one of several we posted recently and it sold for $5451.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo


This 1994 Yamaha YZF-750R was also well bought at just $2200.

1994 Yamaha YZF-750R


This 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited sold for $12721.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited


A very striking 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE sold for $17000.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE


This spotless 1998 Aprilia RS250 set a new record selling for $9950.

1998 Aprilia RS250


This 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR failed to sell the first time at $8500 buy-it-now, but was relisted twice and sold for $6500.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR


The top seller this month was this 1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 Turbo for $25099.

1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 Turbo


This 1994 Bimota DB2 appears to have sold for good this time at $7400.

1994 Bimota DB2


The great pumpkin 1982 Laverda Jota sold for $20255!

1982 Laverda Jota


This 1993 Ducati Superlight failed to sell at $9499.

Ducati Superlight


This XN85 Turbo sold for just $4000.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo


While we were having a little fun with this CBR1000RR trike, it did find a new home for $9900.

CBR1000RR Trike


This 1985 RZ500 failed to sell when bid to $9100 while wearing a $11800 buy-it-now.

Yamaha RZ500

Yamaha May 28, 2013 posted by

1985 Yamaha FZ750 Genesis: One Owner, 14k Miles

1985 Yamaha FZ750 For Sale

This isn’t a museum piece but it is an honest survivor from the original owner. The revolutionary 5 valve per cylinder heads were cutting edge at the time and the technology was used in many future models like the FZR1000 and OW01. Having covered only 14k miles this example looks very complete and is reported as never dropped though has some patina as shown in the pictures. Current bid is just over $1500 reserve not met.

dc

1985 Yamaha FZ750 For Sale on eBay

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quote from seller:

Up for sale is my 1985 FZ750 that I purchased new at M&M Cycle in Kalamazoo, MI during July of 1985. This is the first year of the 5-valve Genesis engine for Yamaha. These are rare and most were used for roadracing in the late 80’s. This bike has never been crashed and the engine has never been taken apart. It is stock with the exception of the following adds: K&N Dynojet Kit and a Vance & Hines SS2R header. Also included is a cover, Factory Yamaha rear seat cowl and two Metzeler tires that were replaced less than 500 miles ago.

Overall the bike is in extremely nice condition, however the following imperfections exist: there is some checking (lines) on the tank primarily in the blue stripe area but some in the lower silver area also, small scratch (1/4′) on the front edge of front fender and the tank has a dent near the filler cap (see pics).

This FZ runs well and had a battery replacement last year. It has a very mean, throaty sound due to the individual K&N filters on each carb. In my opinion it is one of the best sounding inline 4s you will find.

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Yamaha March 11, 2013 posted by

It Survived The 80’s: 1988 Yamaha FZ750

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I can’t remember the last time one of these has passed over my executive sized desk here at RSBFS World HQ.  Not an SP, not an OW but just as rare.  I can remember witnessing a few fraternity house parking lot burn outs with the old FZ (shirtless of course).  Very few reached the hands of people who had the idea of a very long term relationship with the bike though.  It sounds like this one was spotted by the seller, given a little maintenance and put up for sale.

fz cockpit

I never get tired of seeing the ‘ordinary’ bikes that survive; especially unmolested.

fz front

Are you old enough to remember the days of ‘Pure Sports’, ‘Hyper Sports’, ‘Hurricanes’ and ‘Ninja’s’?

 

The story on the bike:

A rare opportunity to buy a VERY LOW MILEAGE FZ750 YAMAHA in original excellent condition.  Base for Yamaha’s production FZR superbike. Genesis 5 valve per/cylinder head engine delivers turbine smooth power to an agile frame and displays in my opinion one of the best production motorcycle paint schemes. Almost new condition with very bright paint and all decals. Stored inside an insulated and heated shop for more than 10 years.  Very fast and flickable. Just totally restored and ready to go go go! Own a legend! You don’t come across a bike in this condition often.  Reserve the right to sell locally.  Contact me for my best price right now! I am a certified motorcycle mechanic with 30 years experience.  Please watch my linked video for more information and I start up the beast too.  I only sell bike that I could sell to a close friend.  They are all gone through completely from wheel to wheel.  
 
    *  NEW PLUGS  
    *  NEW TIRES!  
    * NEW BATTERY  
    * NEW OIL AND FILTER    
    * WHEELS SAND BLASTED AND PRIMED AND PAINTED WITH EPOXY ANODIZED PAINT    
    *  ALL STOCK 
    * NEW FRONT BRAKE PADS
    * CARBURETORS COMPLETE DISSEMBLED, CLEANED- THEN SYNCHRONIZED TO FACTORY SPECS.
    * ALL BRAKE CALIPERS REBUILT
    * NEW AIR CLEANER
    * CLUTCH MASTER AND SLAVE CYLINDERS REBUILT
    * NEW ZERO SMOKED WINDSHIELD
    * NEW AIR CLEANER

 

 

fz carbs

That reminds me, I need a carb sync setup.  Looks pretty clean under the hood.

fz wheel

If you didn’t click on the video, the seller mentioned they sprayed the wheels in gold for stylistic reasons.  Originally they would have been white.

fz right rear

I always think these are the hardest types of bikes to value.  I think everyone gets a kick out of seeing a bike they might have enjoyed earlier in life but that doesn’t mean they are buyers now.  I guess it might hinge on how good a deal the seller got.   The auction is just starting out and sits at $1,000 with the reserve still on.  Hopefully the seller can make a little coin and the buyer can get a great ride down memory lane at a good price.

 

Here is the auction.

 

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale September 1, 2011 posted by

ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com Weekly Recap!

It’s been a busy week over at ClassicSportBikesForSale with a handful of awesome bikes posted and still up for auction. If you’re into the classics from the 50’s and 60’s, then get your checkbooks ready. I myself am eyeing the mid-80’s FZ750. There is even a well done Norton Commando café racer still up for auction that can be seen on CafeBikesForSale. Have a look and enjoy!

1986 Yamaha FZ750 up for auction at ClassicSportBikesForSale

1958 Harley Davidson KR RoadRacer For Sale

Super Clean 1968 BSA Thunderbolt up for auction!

Classic Italian: 1956 MV Agusta CS125

1972 Norton Commando Café Racer at CafeBikesForSale

-JS