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Yamaha August 11, 2017 posted by

Sponsored Listing: 1986 Yamaha FZR250

Update 9.27.2017: Price reduced to $4,200 buy-it-now. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Yet another Japanese micro rocket from our friends at Deftone Cycles, this quarter-liter 1986 Yamaha FZR250 represents the smallest offering in the FZR line, and was a grey-market import everywhere except Japan. Though it sits on tiny tires and rocks a single-disc front brake to match, do not make the mistake of under estimating this bike.

1986 Yamaha FZR250 on eBay

The inline-four spins its tiny pistons to a dizzying 18,000 rpm, pushing out a very impressive 45 horsepower along the way. Sure, that may not sound like much, but on a bike this light with tires that skinny, you will have your hands full. Save your momentum, learn to brake late and light, and see who you can surprise.

This FZR250 comes from the first year of the model’s production run and looks like it is in pristine shape. There appears to be a small scratch on the left-side fairing, some crazing on the jet-black exhaust and a tiny tear on the pillion seat, but beyond that this thing shines.

It is all original save the windscreen and has covered less than 12,000 miles. From the seller:

1986 Yamaha FZR250 FZR 250. 11,052 Miles (17,787 Kilometers) 250cc four-cylinder that redlines at 17,000 rpm and manages 45hp. Very original OEM equipped bike. This particular bike is one from my personal collection. I purchased it here in the states from another importer. Since then I have given it a lot of love and attention. This JDM is a great entry-level bike that will give you no issues. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Fairings are OEM with original paint/decals. Winds screen is aftermarket. Small tear on corner of pillion seat. Upper front forks have some pitting, mainly between the tree?s so it Does not interfere with fork seals. Only selling because I am down sizing. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. VIN: 2KR140*** ?Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.? Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions.

Just over a day left on the listing, which is set at $4,600 Buy-It-Now, or best offer. Hurry before this one is gone!

Sponsored Listing: 1986 Yamaha FZR250
Yamaha May 23, 2017 posted by

Welterweight: 1989 Yamaha FZR400R

The 400cc class of bikes is a special one. In the 1980s and 1990s these sub-middleweights provided a rare mix of compact geometry, light weight and just enough horsepower (if there is such a thing). The resulting motorcycles were outstanding rider machines, race-worthy platforms and lusted after by world markets. The US was privy to but one such example: The Yamaha FZR400. Created in 1986 as the “1WG” series of bikes, the FZR400 ran through numerous changes through 1990. Today the little Fizzers are the most common of the 400cc set in the States, and in many ways the best for those who prefer riding to collecting. Parts, knowledge and upgrades are available more readily for the Yamaha, making it an easy 400cc choice. And the ride is nothing short of fantastic.

1989 Yamaha FZR400R for sale on eBay

Everything on the FZR400R is a big bike on Slim Fast. The motor is a Genesis derivative – right down to the extremely canted cylinders – but only 399cc instead of a 750 or 1100. The chassis – a slick aluminum Delta Box unit – looks like an OW01 was given the shrinky-dink treatment. Ditto the bodywork (with the cool, double headlights), cockpit (yes, redline starts at 14k) and other pieces of kit. The FZR400R is no dog; there are some proper numbers in this beast, including 60 HP and a scant 352 pound dry weight.

From the seller:
Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1989 Yamaha FZR400R with only 14,524 kilometers (9,025 miles).

This FZR has a crack in the windscreen, it had a crack in the lower left fairing and cracks in the mirror mounts that have been repaired, left side of the tank has been touched up and repaired, rear passenger seat is cracking and needs to be re upholstered, There is a small piece broken off of the tab on the underside of the fairing but still useable. The bike has scratches and scrapes throughout. Right side plastic liner piece is missing. Touch up paint here and there to hide the nicks and scratches. The bike has good curb appeal but the kid that probably owned it was on a budget so everything was repaired on the cheap by himself.

The good news is the bike is solid and only has 9,025 miles and under the plastic it looks clean. It runs like the day it was new. The lower fork tubes, radiator, exhaust headers, frame and swing arm are all clean and no damage. This bike would make an excellent candidate for restoration. A professional body guy could make this bike look perfect. Bike will come with new battery, fluids and filters. This FZR has a slip on muffler by O.V.E.R. but bike comes with stock OEM muffler also. All fairings are OEM Yamaha original.

Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street motorcycle for road use. Happy bidding.

The seller has done a good job outlining the pros and cons of this particular example. The bike looks great in the photos, but there are some blems on this young 28 year old. It is likely that prior ownership has brought with it some errant issues that will need to be remedied if you want to show. If you just want to go, it looks like it could be more cosmetic than actual damage; ride the wheels off and have fun. Send us a postcard when you finally wipe the smile off your face.

This bike is being offered by the Utah collector with a number of tasty bikes – this one complete with title and tags. The auction format is No Reserve, which is a nice way of saying that the highest bidder wins (even if it is a low bid). At the time of writing, this bid is sitting in very affordable territory at $2,000 USD. I would not expect this to hang out in sub $5k circles by the end of it all, but it will be interesting to see where it ends. Check it out here before it’s gone. Good Luck!!

MI

Welterweight: 1989 Yamaha FZR400R
Yamaha February 25, 2017 posted by

Clean Machine: 1988 Yamaha FZR400

Aluminum perimeter chassis. Aluminum swingarm. Inline four-cylinder power plant. Four valves per cylinder. 14,000 RPM redline. Racing-inspired bodywork with dual headlights. Solo saddle cover to look like a monoposto. Triple disk brakes. Competent, adjustable suspension on both ends. The list of included technology reads like our favorite recipe. The only difference is in the calories: We’re not talking about a middleweight 600 or open class liter bike here, but rather the smaller 400cc rocket from Yamaha.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

The FZR was not the only 400cc class participant, but in the US it was the only game in town. Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki all offered some version of a tweener, each in some way more potent than the FZR. Yet the smaller Fizzer (although not the smallest Fizzer by any means) holds a loyal following among riders, and is generally praised as THE BEST handling sport bike to come out of the 1980s – and maybe beyond. Targeting more advanced riders, the FZR was neither the cheapest form of transport available nor was it really a beginner’s bike. Unfortunately in the US, sub-500cc motorcycles are generally lumped into “first timer” categories, and many were purchased (with good intentions) as exactly that. If the bike was not abused at the hands of a newbie rider, it had a good chance of being flogged in competition, or just generally thrashed hard on the street. Not many pristine FZRs exist today, and those that do command a price.

From the seller:
ONE OF THE FEW NICE UNMOLESTED RED/WHITE FZR 400’S OUT THERE. All original except Supertrapp pipe and alarm. Manual, seat cowl, cover, original rear fender/turn signals. RUNS EXCELLENT !!

EXCELLENT CONDITION FOR THE YEAR a few minor cracks in plastic. The lower fairings having been cracked up but the bike never actually having been laid down !!!

This FZR definitely looks clean and pretty well cared for. It is well known that most of these bikes have lived a hard life – many of them on the racetrack. This one seems to have escaped much of that, but is not without some scars. The damage to the plastics is unfortunate, as these pieces are no longer available from Yamaha. And given the way the fairing scoops stick out, the damage to these areas is common. The remedies are not easy, but should be cosmetic only; this bike could still be an outstanding rider. And speaking of the riding experience, if the carbs have been rejetted properly for the exhaust then this could be quite the screaming little Fizzer.

The non-stock add-ons (signals, pipe and alarm) detract from the collector value of this bike, but some of the stock pieces are included with the sale. We don’t see too many FZR400s – even though they were legally imported into the US – as these were not high-volume bikes in the day. The asking price for this one is a bit steep as far as Fizzers go, with an opening ask of $5k USD and zero takers thus far. The price is in the ballpark for a well-loved example , but probably a bit on the high side for an opening bid. Check it out here, and be sure to share your experiences with the FZR400 in the Comments section.

MI

Clean Machine: 1988 Yamaha FZR400
Yamaha December 21, 2016 posted by

Feelin Fizzy: 1989 Yamaha FZR400

A perennial fan favorite, the 400cc edition of the Yamaha FZR has often been lauded for its razor-sharp handling and overall balance. While generally best suited for riders of smaller stature, the smaller Fizzer filled the gap currently occupied by the modern crop of 300cc machines; small enough to be entry level, but with the DNA to carve some serious corners in the right hands.

1989 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

Powered by an in-line four cylinder that is happy to rev to a stratospheric 14k, the FZR400 is encased in an aluminum Deltabox perimeter frame with triple disks all around. Wrapped in full bodywork that evoked images of the bigger FZRs – including dual headlights – there was nothing small or cheap about the 400. And while the model run started in 1986 and ran through the mid 1990s, Yamaha only imported them into the US for a few years, and even fewer into California.

From the seller:
You are looking at my 1989 Yamaha FZR400 California EXUP model. I am the original owner and the bike is in amazing condition both cosmetically and mechanically. I have a complete file on the bike that includes the original receipt from when I bought the bike from Golden Gate Cycles in SF in July 1989. I spent over $4,000 this summer to have the bike mechanically reconditioned by Speed Motorcycles in Bronx, NY and it runs well. The only problem is a sticky front master brake cylinder. I had it rebuilt by Speed but it might need replacing. I’m selling the bike because I’ve lost interest – when I had it reconditioned this summer I thought I was going to get back into riding but it turns out that I’m just not that into it anymore. I never tracked this bike – I did put an aftermarket Kerker slip-on muffler on it and had it dyno tuned but I have the original exhaust.

This bike is very rare and I’d be very surprised if there are any out there in this condition and still owned by the original owner.

Today the FZR400 is hard to find in unmolested condition. So many of these bikes ended up on the racetrack (refer above to “razor-sharp handling”), that most of the available Fizzers have been thrashed. And rebuilding a FZR400 is not an exercise for the weak or impatient; parts are not exactly plentiful, and stock fairings are all but impossible to find. My recommendation: Find the cleanest, best example you can, and jump on it. Could this original owner bike be the one? Check it out here and see!

MI

Feelin Fizzy: 1989 Yamaha FZR400
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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Hidden Away Handler – 1989 Yamaha FZR-400
Yamaha February 25, 2016 posted by

One for street, one for track:
1989 & 1990 Yamaha FZR1000’s

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Back at the end of the 1980’s Yamaha was achieving success across its entire lineup of sportbikes with the FZR400, FZR750 (also known as the OW01) and at the top, the FZR1000.  The FZR1000 was ruling the litre class not due its having the most powerful engine or the best handling but by having the best overall balance.  How good was the FZR1000?  Let me put it this way; the FZR1000 was crowned “bike of the decade” by Cycle World and has been referenced as the most complete sportbike of its generation.

While the FZR did not have the most powerful engine of the late 1980’s litre bikes, it did have one significant advantage over its rivals; the EXUP system.  EXUP (Exhaust Ultimate Power value) was a system that adjusted the header opening based on RPM via an ECU-controlled valve.  EXUP helped to resolve one of the problems with late 1980’s litre bikes; narrow powerbands.  The system significantly widened/smoothed out the powerband which made the big Fizzer throttle response immediate no matter what the speed.  NOTE:  Similar setups were eventually launched by the competitors including Suzuki and Honda.

An excellent explanation of the EXUP system can be found via this link.

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Note:  This pic is not from either of the bikes in this auction

For this listing, the seller has two FZR 1000’s available via an estate sale, with both having had the same previous owner.

Here is the first one, a 1989 in the OEM white/red/blue that looks to be in excellent condition.

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1989 Yamaha FZR 1000 (street version) on ebay

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Condition for this one looks to be super clean but not completely OEM.  Aftermarket items I have noticed include different mirrors, flush mounted front turn signals, a supertrapp exhaust and the rear wheels have been upgraded to Performance Machine units.  Overall the bike looks to be immaculate and given the previous owners reputation for bike care, the bike seems to be in outstanding condition.

Here is what the seller has to say:

From the estate of aerospace engineer & club road racer David Molitor, known for the meticulous care of his street and racing bikes. This is Molitor’s street FZR1000.  

Showing less than 14,000 well-kept miles, it has just been treated to a ‘make-run’ consisting of a carb clean, new sparkplugs & fresh battery. Compression on all cylinders was 210-215 psi and the engine recorded 127.8 hp at the rear wheel on Jordan’s dyno-meter.

It has to be one of the cleanest, best-sorted FZR1000s around. Among the bike’s features are a 4-into-1 SuperTrapp exhaust system and a Yamaha OW factory race kit ignition module

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Here is the second one, a 1990 that is setup for the track.

1990 FZR 1000 setup for the track

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Condition for this one isn’t as nice as the street version, with some rust apparent on the steel brake rotors and the rear chain. As with all race bikes, condition is a bit a gamble and the pictures have the odometer obscured which is a concern. Also based on the pictures tires will need to be replaced.

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On the plus side, according to the seller the bike has covered less than an estimated 5000 miles and has a host of upgrades. Overall the bike seems to be in good condition for a 26 year old race bike.

Here is what the seller has to say:

Has just been treated to a ‘make-run’ at Jordan Engineering, consisting of a carb clean, new sparkplugs & fresh battery. Compression on all cylinders was 210-215 psi and the engine recorded an impressive 151 hp at the rear wheel on Jordan’s dynamometer (see pic attached to auction). Among the bike’s many features:

  • Carillo connecting rods
  • Upgraded 6-speed transmission
  • Keihin FCR41mm carburetors with individual K&N filters
  • Yoshimura exhaust system
  • Yoshimura throttle
  • Tecnomagnesio rims
  • Performance Machine four-piston front brake calipers
  • Performance Machine cast-iron rotors (spare stainless rotors included in sale)
  • Ohlins shock with remote reservoir
  • Attack Racing rearsets
  • Carbon-fiber front fender

Now we come to the big question (s):  What are these two big Fizzer’s worth?  Well first of all, the street version will likely cost more than the track version simply by the fact that it hasn’t been raced and there will be less worries about the engine condition.   Previous posts on RSBFS of the 1989 FZR1000 seem to show prices climbing in the last few years, with pristine and complete 1st year EXUP versions generating prices of about $6,000 USD.  Since this one isn’t completely OEM, I would expect the price to be a bit lower, perhaps around $4,500-$5,000 USD?

As for the race bike, thats a bit tougher to guess a price on.  The claimed low mileage and care of ownership evidenced by bike #1 are pluses but rust, tire condition and generally being a bike for trashing on the track go against it.  I think this one will go a bit less than bike #1, maybe $3,500-$4,000 USD.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

One for street, one for track: </br>1989 & 1990 Yamaha FZR1000’s
Yamaha January 4, 2016 posted by

Subdude – 1994 Yamaha FZR1000

Development of the FZR1000 had about reached its culmination in the early 1990’s, and development of the succeeding Thunderace had begun.  The flagship continued consuming road miles by the ton, as it had since 1987.  Offered as the alternate livery from the team-inspired white/red/blue, the subdued flashiness of the 1994 model hangs together in a 90’s kind of way, but the performance – 20-plus years old and a sub-11 second 1/4 mile – is ageless.

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1994 Yamaha FZR1000 for sale on eBay

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Using the stamped and heli-arced aluminum for the perimeter frame and swingarm, Yamaha engineers provided enough rigidity to contain the irresistable 145 hp and 79 ft-lbs torque.  Adjustable for preload at both ends, 43mm upside-down forks and monoshock rear.  Yamaha’s EXUP, a servo-controlled exhaust collector, provides a wider torque curve for the powerhouse.  Brakes are Porsche-like, 320mm dual disks in front with 6-piston calipers, and the rear of 267mm is commonly seen on the front of smaller bikes.  But we are talking triple-digit speeds and 1/4-ton weights.  Full fairing helps the rider hide from the gale, and sends ram-air down to the engine room.

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20160103 1994 yamaha fzr1000 right rear

Previous riders must’ve been very careful as there is barely a mark divulging the 20,000 miles, and it appears completely stock save the orange windshield.  Nothing about past owners or maintenance history, but here’s what’s in the eBay auction:

Pictures speak for themselves! All stock, NO modifications!
Adult owned and gently ridden.

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20160103 1994 yamaha fzr1000 right radiator

Reviewed as a heavyweight road weapon, it’s a stable high-speed platform, only real squawk being the lack of anti-dive up front.  No reason to zing the big motor with the amount of torque available, and it should be fine for another 20K miles.  With the fairing providing the feeling that the rider is glued to the bike which is glued to the road, they should go by quickly…

-donn

Subdude – 1994 Yamaha FZR1000
Yamaha October 29, 2015 posted by

Purely Sporty – 1989 Yamaha FZR-400

Applying technology from the bigger bikes in their line-up for the Japanese domestic market, the big four started a friendly competition among smaller bikes that spread back across the oceans where the big bikes ruled.  The Yamaha FZR-400 did well in roundups of the racey smaller bikes, lightweight but not twitchy, suspension compliant but in control, the EXUP-equipped 400 with a 14,000 rpm redline but wider torque band.

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1989 Yamaha FZR-400 for sale on eBay

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Introduced in 1986, the FZR-400 received the electric EXhaust Ultimate Power valve in late 1988, electrically changing the collector volume to enhance flow and stretch the midrange power.  The 16-valve inline four was good for 60 hp and 29 ft-lbs of torque, great numbers per liter.  Two aluminum DeltaBox girders support the engine, with 41mm  forks and aluminum swingarm with monoshock at the rear.  Brakes are oversized 298mm front and 210mm rear.  Endurance-racing styled full fairing has monoposto hard cover for the pillion seat.

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Looking nicely cared-for with its nearly 16,000 miles, this FZR boasts new chain, sprockets, tires, and battery.  Byline of the auction says the fairing are not perfect but the imperfections are not apparent.  Just a few modifications, low-profile front signals, and it looks like pillion footpegs have been excessed.  Period Yoshimura muffler.  From the eBay auction:

I have owned this bike for 15yrs and have ridden it very little,  It has always been garaged.  New parts: new tires,   Battalax 090 150x60x18 & S 20 110x70x71,  new Progressive fork springs with new seals.  I have changed to steel braids on front brakes, pads are at 50%.  Zero Gravity dark windscreen.  Chain and sprocket upgrade to 520. brand new battery.  Oil and filter and air filter serviced. changed coolant.  Yosh slip-on,EXUP model.

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The FZR-400 was beautifully executed, and buyers paid a 20% price premium over the competition.  That penalty has evaporated over time, but the Yamaha is still the class of the smaller sportbikes.  Sized to that almost any rider can get on, and performing so that experts and novices can appreciate it, the FZR-400 is a great starter or keeper.  This one appears to have been well loved and maintained.  The reserve has already been met with several bids and 5 days to go…

-donn

Purely Sporty – 1989 Yamaha FZR-400