Posts by tag: FZR250

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 July 30, 2014 posted by

Small Things In Small Packages: 1986 Yamaha FZR250

Looking to get into sportbikes, but thinking maybe a used GSX-R1000 is a bit much? And maybe a Ninja 250 looks and sounds a bit too cheap, and is maybe a bit too common? Well this rare little gem of a Yamaha FZR250 might just be the ticket!

1986 Yamaha FZ250 L Side

Made between 1986-1988 with a shrieking 250cc four-cylinder that redlined at 17,000 rpm and managed to punch out 45hp, this may have been small-displacement, but it offered very real performance. Later models were designated the FZR250R and got Yamaha’s EXUP valve. These were originally intended for the Japanese market only, but some of these have managed to find their way overseas.

1986 Yamaha FZ250 Clocks

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Yamaha FZR250 for Sale

This is a very rare 86 FZR250, probably only a handful in the states, and fewer with a CA title. Cosmetically it is not perfect, but mechanically is very solid, it has had a very thorough going through and it carburates beautifully and runs like a sewing machine. Recent oil change and coolant, and last week just did fork seals and fresh brake fluid front and rear.

Please look at the pictures closely and email or call with any questions. This is a rare Japanese model not imported in the states.

Major flaws are a poor paint job, small rip in pax seat, slightly faded switchgear and it is sporting older rubber. All of these things are easily sorted! You can buy cheap Chinese painted kits or spend a little time and money and make it very nice. This is an incredibly rare grey bike that needs a new home, and it is a bit out of place in my Honda collection.

Very original, will be an easy clean up and restore or even ride as is. Please check out the pics closely and let me know if you need more or of any other part of the bike not pictured.

This bike is not in perfect condition, but should clean up nicely. It’s obviously been down on the left side at some point, but it looks like a decent new paint job on the fairings would get you close to where you’d want to be. The original listing does include some very clear, high-resolution images so you can get a good feel for what you’re getting into. And while you should always be careful with a grey-market bike, that CA title and registration goes a long way toward increasing buyer confidence concerning this machine.

1986 Yamaha FZ250 R Side Fairing

While 45hp may not sound like all that much, it’s also nothing to sneeze at and should allow for a rider to exploit all of the bike’s power with minimal fear of it biting back. It’s not a “starter bike” — it’s a bike to learn about serious cornering, one you can grow into with time and experience, not simply use as a stepping stone to bigger bikes.

And experienced riders could keep this thing pinned basically all the time. As the saying goes: “It’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast than it is to ride a fast bike slow…”

1986 Yamaha FZ250 Dash

It is truly a shame that in the US, a 600cc supersport bike is considered a “learner”. Sportbikes of any displacement are far from ideal bikes for beginners in the first place. Their tall silhouette allows for maximum lean on track, but makes it hard to put your feet down flat. They can be reasonably comfortable on the move, but you’re perched over the bars, feet tucked up under you, making them very awkward to maneuver at low speeds, and limited steering lock just makes things worse. And modern 600’s make well north of 100hp, power that no first-time rider should have access to, combined with handling far beyond what a new rider can exploit.

We’re breeding generations of motorcyclists who have had the crutch of speed to hide very limited riding skills. Having been to a few bike nights frequented by the sportbike crowd, I can safely say the skill level of the Cephalopoda inexperius or Common Road Squid found all over the United States is very, very low. If they’d learned on something like this Yamaha FZR250 instead of Hayabusas, that might not be the case


1986 Yamaha FZ250 L Side Rear

Small Things In Small Packages: 1986 Yamaha FZR250
Sport Bikes For Sale November 5, 2011 posted by

Import Chicken Chaser: 1988 Yamaha FZR 250

For Sale: 1988 Yamaha FZR 250

From an importer in Florida comes this neat FZR250. Ian wrote about a pristine example in his FZR250 post here, and some of the same comments apply. Unfortunately this particular bike is nowhere as well loved as Ian’s example. This is the dark reality of many imported bikes: these are commonplace in home countries such as Japan, and as such are not afforded the kind of treatment “rare” bikes might deserve.

From the seller:

So let’s look at what we have here. The basic package is the tidy FZR250, but the bike is not exactly in museum condition. With a little effort, it could look like Ian’s bike in the post linked above. But there could be a lot of unknowns lurking beneath this little beast.

The upside to the collector is the cost. The last showroom condition bike went for less than $5k – which is not a lot of change to be the only one on your block riding a quarter-liter FZR. This particular bike has an opening auction ask of $2,200 – which might be a bit on the high side given the condition and the unknown history. Click on the link for more pictures and (slightly) more information.

We on RSBFS want to bring you the very best bikes found on the ‘net. This one is perhaps not the best ever found – but all the bits are there and it is exceedingly rare and worthy of note. Good luck!


Sport Bikes For Sale October 18, 2011 posted by

Pure Sports: 1987 Yamaha FZR250

Pure Sports:  1987 Yamaha FZR250


Here we have another relic of the Japanese domestic market race replica wars:  a 1987 Yamaha FZR250.  It is interesting to me on a couple of levels.  One is obviously the rarity of such a bike in the United States.  We are not a bunch that is typically interested in the smaller cc bikes.  That leads me into what else is interesting about the little FZR:  value.  It is probably more rare than 80% percent of what graces the pages here but does it have much value in a country of big roads, big bodies and big egos?


There are some tiny pistons hiding somewhere under that bodywork.  The horsepower numbers won’t wow you but how about the technical wonder of a four cylinder, high revving, 250cc engine.  Fun to look at and think about but I’d imagine not so much fun to work on or find parts for.

If you live for all the technical bells and  whistles, you have to wait until 1989 for EXUP to appear on the 250.  The bike also became the FZR250R in 89.

It is quite clean and has low miles but here is the whole story:

I bought the bike in 2004 in California, where it was titled and registered as a 1979 model. I know nothing about its origin or how this came about. It is now titled and registered in Michigan, still as a 1979. As far as I know you could transfer the registration to any state in the U. S.


When I got the bike it ran well (only about 6000 miles on the odometer) but had been cosmetically modified quite badly. Lots of fake carbon fiber, crummy mirrors, etc. Plus, apparently a can of tire puncture sealant had exploded in the compartment under the seat and coated everything.  I disassembled the entire frame, plumbing and wiring, suspension, and wheels and cleaned, stripped, blasted and powder coated. The exhaust was blasted and high-heat powder coated. The brake master cylinders and calipers were rebuilt and the system filled with silicone brake fluid. The front forks were polished and new seals installed.


I repainted the front fender and mirrors but left the rest of the plastic alone because it is in decent shape and has dozens of (stock) decals that are not replaceable. The red/white/blue color and logo scheme is all original and was meant to look like an endurance racer of that period.  The paint is not perfect – there is light wear and chips at various places. But it is good enough to win local shows and admiring glances. There are two cracks in the lower left side of the fairing caused by a loading ramp problem. There is no evidence that this bike has ever been laid down or tipped over.


I did not do anything to the engine/trans except check it over and change the oil and filter and coolant. It runs great and shifts through all six gears with no issues. I did remove the previously silver-painted side cases and cam cover and powder coated them “near chrome”. They look much better that way and should be more durable. I disassembled and cleaned the carbs and replated parts of them as needed.


The bike is completely stock. Everything works properly  – lights, switches, instruments, horn, fan, fuel pump, petcock, helmet lock, gas cap lock, steering lock, seat locks, cables, mirrors, etc. It comes with two keys which fit all of the locks.  The Yuasa battery is new this year. The o-ring chain and sprockets are in excellent shape (almost new?). The Bridgestone Battlax rear tire is virtually new. The front Bridgestone Exedra has decent tread left, but appears to have been run at low pressure for a while – it shows uneven wear when inflated properly. I don’t notice it at speeds I’ve ridden (~90mph).


This bike is rare, fun, and in excellent condition. It is NOT a 100 point show bike. To be ridden, enjoyed, and shared with other riders who have usually never seen one of these anywhere in the U.S. The bike is available for anyone to see before the end of the auction. Send me a message through eBay if you have a question or would like to talk on the phone about buying the bike. By the way, the speedometer/odometer is metric (kilometers)


There is some bidding on the bike but the reserve has yet to be met.  What is the  average guy willing to pay for an older 250cc four stroke?  I’m guessing  not very much but someone with a collection of Yamaha’s might be willing for fork over a little more.  We have had some listed on RSBFS for as little as $2,000 but they were not in  the same condition as this bike though.  Get in on the action here.


They are get those those classic Yamaha lines later in life.

Here is a nice little page with specs on the FZR250’s.  I’ll take a 1990 or 1992!


Quick Spot September 22, 2010 posted by

1993 Yamaha FZR 250 Genisis

1993 Yamaha FZR 250 Genisis

Location: Hollywood, FL
Price: $2,000.00
Mileage: unknown

Sent in by Greg is this great little FZR 250. From what I remember we’ve only had 2, maybe 3 of these grace the pages of These are definitely rare in the states so you shouldn’t stumble across another one at your local bike night. Priced at a mere 2g’s this looks like a truck load of cheap fun! And yes, it is 4 cylinders 🙂






$2000 OBO

There is a phone number listed on the CL ad so if you’re interested you can make the jump here.

Just for the fun of it..

Looks like fun to me…



Yamaha October 27, 2009 posted by

1992 Yamaha FZR250R

Located in Palmdale, California is a titled and registered 1992 Yamaha FZR250.  This bike looks to be in decent condition, the seller doesn’t go into much detail about any issues the bike may have.  At $7,000 however, I would expect this bike to be absolutely perfect.  If this small displacement, inline four, strikes your fancy see it on Craigslist here.