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Featured Listing May 18, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha FZR400 in Arizona

This gorgeous little JDM ripper is an RSBFS alum, listed here in late 2017 by our buddy Gary out in Utah. Today, it makes a triumphant return, this time in Arizona and bearing its correct model year. Japanese market 1WG models are rare as hen’s teeth as it is, and this one ups the ante with its unobtanium blue bodywork  and stellar condition. Gary has always been a fastidious and particular collector, and the current seller clearly carried on that proud tradition.

The Yamaha FZR400 is a gem of a motorcycle in any guise, with a rev-happy water-cooled four banger pushing around a gorgeous aluminum frame. Club racers loved these things when they were new, and you can still catch them tearing up AHRMA grids today. As with any welterweight ripper, they require handfuls of throttle and reward bravery and momentum with millimeter-precise handling.

The bike appears to have been treated to new tires in the current owner’s care, and he has added just shy of 1,000 kilometers. It remains in incredible condition.

From the seller:

1987 Yamaha FZR 400 1WG , approx 10,399 KM or 6,461 Miles. I take it out at least once a week in AZ. Rare blue JDM bike, Very clean, Japanese tank sticker, Excellent running condition, Excellent overall condition, Everything works like new, New Tires, Previous owner’s recent refresh includes: replaced front master cylinder with new OEM, Engine covers (caps) replaced with new OEM, New fuel petcock, New fork seals, New battery and fluids. All fairings, exhaust, and components not mentioned are 100% factory Yamaha original parts. No rust in tank. No paint touch-ups. Very minor normal light wear. Some corrosion on top of motor. Clean AZ title. $7600

The bike is also listed here on Craigslist, where seller Chris’s contact info can be found. In these trying times, we can’t think of a more entertaining way to practice physical distancing.

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha FZR400 in Arizona
Yamaha December 18, 2019 posted by

Fantastic Four: 1988 Yamaha FZR400

In today’s world, the thought of a serious, small bore sport bike is, well, normal. With the Kawasaki 250/300/400 Ninja series, the Honda CBR250/300R, the Yamaha YZF-R3 and the KTM RC390, there is no shortage of sharp handling and lightweight quasi racers. However this was not always the case here in the United States, where anything sub-600cc was considered a budget starter bike for the masses; built more for a price point than an apex. We all know the benefits of lightness, drilled into our head by the likes of Colin Chapman and the astounding performance capabilities of the foreign 250cc two strokes. This of course lead straight into the build up of the grey market bikes that we all know and love, and the trend that started RSBFS. And somewhere in all of that, Yamaha introduced a vanguard motorcycle to our shores: the FZR400. The FZR400 was everything we said we wanted – perhaps not quite as sharp as some of the smokers, not quite as trick as the NC30, but very, very capable – and somehow buyers turned up their noses at it. Sales lagged from 1988 through 1990, and then the party was over. Today, these are recognized for what they are: a rare, and sweet handling machine deserving of attention. Prices are starting to reflect the new attitude.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

Unlike the more sophisticated Honda, Yamaha retained a standard inline four. However this was no entry-level machine, and contained technology and features that were improvements over its bigger brother, the FZR600. For while the 600 class bike made due with a steel frame, the 400cc had a full-blown deltabox chassis made of aluminum. That kept weight down – way down – with a claimed 346 lbs dry. With a blend of light weight and decent power (64 hp claimed – with a 14k redline), the FZR400 rider needed to make good use of the six-speed gearbox to keep with bigger bikes on the straights, but excelled in braking and cornering when compared to larger machines. It is no surprise that many, many FZR400s found their way onto the racetrack; these were weapons in the right environment.

From the seller:
1990 Yamaha FZR400 . Condition is Used.
This Bike was bought in an auction from a private colector and te reason to buy was to add tis bike to my private collection. Although because of another current projects i will pass and move forward with others .

These days the FZR400 is not a high dollar machine, but scarcity of parts and good options has helped elevate the pricing somewhat. This is especially true for exceptionally original machines. But even then, a FZR400 will put a smile on your face without breaking the bank. Today’s particular machine is a mixed bag, to be sure. There are a few inconsistencies in the advert, too few pictures, and the pictures that are there show a solid – but rough – project. The seller lists this as a 1988 model, but calls it a 1990 in the text. Decoding the VIN indicates it is a 1988 model. There is both some rash on the bike, as well as a few clean looking bits. The rear mudguard hasn’t been cut, and the pipe looks to be stock. The 12,000 some odd miles don’t appear excessive, making this a potentially good project bike. I’m sure that is what the seller originally had in mind.

So if you’re looking for something to do this winter, check out this FZR400. Zero bids thus far on a $3,000 opening ask AND a reserve in place. This is a higher starting price than most 400s in this condition, but depending on where the reserve is set this could still turn out well. If you’re of smaller stature you will be amazed what you can do on one of these amazing machines from the late 1980s. Research, ask questions, and let us know if you win. Good Luck!!

MI

Fantastic Four: 1988 Yamaha FZR400
Yamaha October 10, 2019 posted by

Cleaner than most: 1990 Yamaha FZR400

The Yamaha FZR400 is becoming a rare beast, as they were only sold here for three model years and were handily outsold by their bigger siblings. That’s a shame, because the little Yammy was really a higher-spec piece than its 600cc stablemate, with an aluminum chassis instead of the bigger bike’s much less graceful steel unit. Racers loved them for their accurate handling, minimal waistline and agility, so many never saw the road. For 1990, the FZR400 had a Deltabox swingarm and bigger brakes added to its bag of tricks, which meant it handled and stopped with arguably more aplomb than did the 600.

1990 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

That makes today’s immaculate 1990 Yamaha FZR400 a really cool piece of kit, as it has managed to escape the scourge of years, racetracks, squids and neglect. With the exception of a few scratches, it’s in gorgeous shape, and has covered just 12,876 miles. Its 400cc inline four has recently been awakened and refreshed after an extended dormant period, so mechanical condition shouldn’t be a worry. With a 14,000 RPM redline and about 60 horsepower on tap, the bikes need handfuls of throttle and momentum to stay on plane. But you know what they say about riding a slow bike fast …

From the eBay listing:

100% original 1990 Yamaha FZR400, low miles, original owner, clean title, NEVER DROPPED california bike non operation registration original title

400cc high revving 4 cylinder

ONLY 12874 miles

Has sat in the garage for many years and has recently been restored to proper running condition. carbs/battery/spark plugs valve adj. valve cover gasket/ brakes pads and master cylinders rebuild no rust on fuel/gas tank tires ok No problems, no leaks,never raced, all electronics work.i have a video i can text you from my cellphone.

All knew fluids, new brake piston seals, new radiator fluid engine ice. i have all the old parts for probe.

cosmetic: from 1 to 10 i personally believe solid #8 !!!!!30 years old bike!!!!!

some scratches on the upper/tail/side fairings!!! broken right side plastic upper fairing picture #14 the mechanic forgot to put the bolt nylon washer so it broke or crack the upper plastic fairing NO more broken plastics.

thanks.

For sale by its original owner, the bike is priced in the upper range of what we would expect a Fizzer to fetch. That said, they’re lovely bikes, and they will become increasingly difficult to find in this condition.

Cleaner than most: 1990 Yamaha FZR400
Yamaha April 9, 2019 posted by

Small Bites: 1990 Yamaha FZR 400

Always a gem in original guise, the Yamaha FZR400 stands alone as the smaller-than-middleweight that was officially imported into the United States. Unlike the current crop of small-bore US bikes, these 400cc scoots were often reserved for European countries only; power-hungry America was not seen as a viable market by most manufacturers. This was partially borne out by the FZR400 – it was drastically out-sold by the FZR600 and FZR1000 here in the US. Because of that, the FZR400 is relatively rare. But more than just rare, the FZR400 is a fantastic performer…provided you bring reasonable expectations to the table. Today’s example is a 1990 model and looks great.

1990 Yamaha FZR 400 for sale on eBay

When compared to some of the other 400cc set (especially the Honda NC24/27/30 series), the FZR400 is often seen as less technologically advanced. The engine is somewhat conventional and resembles a slimmed down 600cc mill: a liquid cooled, inline four cylinder with four valves per cylinder and a brace of four CV carbs. But with a made-to-fit aluminum frame and (in the case of the later generation ’90 model) a larger aluminum box-section swing arm and larger brakes, the FZR400 is a made to order canyon carver right from the showroom floor.

From the seller:
1990 Yamaha FZR-400 ~ 100% original and unmolested, with only 5022 miles. This is straight out of Mr. Kitty’s personal collection. NEVER raced or modified. Only year in this color combination and Deltabox swingarm. New Pirellis front and rear, just did a head-to-toe service! Carbs, NGK plugs, air filter, anti-freeze flush, brake system flush, and oil change using Bel-Ray semi-synthetic. No rattle can or touch-up paint has ever touched this bike! This little Fizzer is not only rare but ready to ride! Clean Clear NY title ~ $6000

Shipping at buyers expense, NYS residents pay sales tax.

It looks like we have seen this bike before. Back in 2017 Aaron wrote this post on what looks to be this exact bike. It had about 10 fewer miles back then, and finds its way back on the open market with the same pictures. The seller’s eBay account has changed, so it is possible that the bike changed hands somewhere along the way. Either way, the bike looks fantastic in the pictures, and with the rare blue/black livery should really stand out in person. With a recent service and new tires, this is a low mileage Fizzer that is ready to shred. We KNOW that RSBFS readers love these machines – they are sweet handling, unique and tremendous fun! There appears to be some slight marks on the pipe, but nothing that looks like rash. Check it out here, and then jump back to the comment and share your thoughts on the “more common” of the 400cc sub-middleweights. Good Luck!!

MI

Small Bites:  1990 Yamaha FZR 400
Yamaha February 26, 2019 posted by

Ferocious Fizzer: 1994 Yamaha FZR400RR SP in Utah

Update 2.25.2019: We last saw this bike listed by the same seller in November of 2017 for a buy-it-now of $10,500. It’s back on eBay and bidding is underway. Good luck to buyers and seller! Links updated. -dc

After a short quiet period, friend of the site Gary in Utah is back on eBay, somehow with yet more incredible grey-market machines on offer. Today’s offering is a lovely 1994 Yamaha FZR400RR SP, the gnarliest 400 Yamaha made in the ’90s, sharper, faster, lighter and angrier than the bog-standard FZR400R and FZR400RR.

1994 Yamaha FZR400RR SP for sale on eBay

These got license plates, but they were really best suited to track use, with carbon bits, solo saddles, fully adjustable suspension and a rack of flat slide carbs complemented by a better exhaust and a modified intake. There were faster 400s out there, but the Yamahas had a reputation for corner speed and handling accuracy that still draws wistful stares from Those Who Know.

Being from Gary’s collection, the bike you see here is surgically clean and in near-perfect condition, with all its legal rigamarole taken care of and a clean title. It has covered a handful over 6,000 miles, so it should be good to go for many more.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a very rare, seldom seen 1994 Yamaha FZR400RR-SP with only 10,224 kilometers (6,353 miles). Bike is in gorgeous condition with only a few light scratches, scrapes and handling marks from its ride thru life. Bike comes tastefully upgraded with Akrapovic slip on exhaust, steel braided brake lines, Coerce rear sets and aftermarket grips. Everything else is stock. Fairings are 100% genuine Yamaha factory. Bike runs like the day it was new. Comes with new battery and new engine fluids. $200 deposit due immeadiatly after sale thru PayPal. Remaining balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person. Please text 801-358-6537 for more pictures or with any questions. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use.

The Buy-It-Now for this 14,000-rpm mini beast is set at $10,500, which is big money for a little bike, but the SP’s rarity and reputation justify the outlay.

Ferocious Fizzer: 1994 Yamaha FZR400RR SP in Utah
Yamaha December 29, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Yamaha FZR400

When it comes to imports, the 400cc welterweight class is the gem of the grey market set. With decent power at stratospheric redlines, these lighter, smaller sport bikes can run rings around middleweights (and even the big bikes) when the going gets tight. Sized for normal people, one need not be a practitioner of human origami in order to fit. Rare in the United States, yet more reliable than the buzzier two strokes that receive the lion’s share of import press coverage, every stable should house at least one of these 400cc scalpels. And this Japanese home market 1WG model FZR400 in super rare blue might just be the one you need.

Unlike the rest of the Big Four, Yamaha actually imported the 400cc four stroke 1WG model into the US. US bikes began with 1988 the model year, although they were otherwise identical to the 1WG spec of the earlier Japanese models (the EXUP exhaust valve being a mandatory EPA fitment for CA bikes). US bikes showcased the red/white livery of Yamaha racing, and by the close of 1989 the party was pretty much over stateside. Often derided as the most common of the 400cc offerings, the FZR did offer real performance: Genesis DNA is evident in the engine configuration; liquid cooled cylinders tilted at an extreme angle to aid weight distribution, the four valve heads, four carbs with straight shots into the intake ports, and the four into one performance exhaust. On the chassis side, an aluminum “Delta Box” perimeter frame showcased the sporting intent of this model. If you didn’t know better, you could easily mistake a naked FZR400 for a FZR600 or 1000. These are not starter bikes or toys – these are very capable road and track motorcycles that come by their reputation honestly.

From the seller:
1986 Yamaha FZR400 1WG.
Bike is minty. Rarer color. JDM bike. All fairings and components are 100% genuine
factory Yamaha. Bike is 100% stock. I have freshened it up a bit. I have replaced
the front master cylinder with new OEM. Engine covers (caps) have been replaced with
new OEM. New fuel petcock. New fork seals, new battery and new engine fluids. All
fairings, exhaust, and components not mentioned are original to the bike. No rust in
the tank. Runs and rides like new. Will install a new set of tires for the right
customer. Comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use.

Asking $6900
Email Gary for details: rmurangemasters@aol.com

This particular FZR is a Japanese home market model and comes to us from well known collector and RSBFS follower Gary. You have seen many bikes in his collection pass through these pages (he has what must be the most lusted-after living room furniture we have seen). Feedback from those who have conducted business with him has been positive – he is an avid rider and collector. That shows in the presentation and condition of the bikes offered. This specimen appears to be very, very clean. Mileage appears to be approximately 6,150, based off of the odometer reading on the KM clocks. Strike a deal and this blue beauty rides off into the sunset with a fresh set of rubber, ready to attack the canyons.

FZR400s are interesting from a collector perspective. In some ways the FZR is almost passe – another mass-produced sport bike from the Big Four. But by the numbers it tells a very different story. It used to be that the unloved FZR400 was a bargain basement bike, picked up for a song and thrashed wildly on the street and track. Those days of “nearly free” Fizzers are behind us. The word is out and the market has spoken. Even officially imported US bikes are rapidly rising in value; we have seen asks approaching $10k. Now it is optimistic to expect a 1WG to approach the same velocity of appreciation as, say, an RC30, but there is no doubt that we are seeing a rise in pricing for FZR400 models. Some use is evident, but this particular example looks to be in fantastic shape for a model going on 32 years young. This bike is undeniably rare in color and form for US buyers, and is looking for a new home at a reasonable $6,900. Shop around a bit – but if you are looking for the right FZR400 you will be hard pressed to find another like this. Interested buyers should contact Gary directly. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1986 Yamaha FZR400
Kawasaki July 18, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale

Although bikes in the 400cc class are virtually unknown in the USA, they were big business elsewhere, with bikes like the Honda CBR400 and VFR400, Yamaha FZR400, and today’s Featured Listing Kawasaki ZXR400R competing in showrooms and race series for the hearts and hard-earned money of sportbike enthusiasts. Here in the US, it is 600s that are generally thought of as the lightweight, “beginner” sportbikes, and anything smaller than that is the domain of cheap and cheerful commuters and learner bikes.

Overseas, it was a different story: tiered licensing, heavy taxes, and high gas prices meant there was a great deal of interest in serious motorcycles with smaller displacement. Consider that for Yamaha, the FZR600 was the low-tech model of the range, with a steel beam frame in place of the aluminum Deltabox unit found in the FZR400, FZR750, and FZR1000.

With today’s 1000cc superbikes sporting sky-high redlines of more than 13,000 rpm and Yamaha’s R6 claiming 16,000 shrieking revs, it’s maybe hard to think of a bike with a 14,500 rpm redline as being “high-strung” but the 398cc inline four in the ZXR400R needs to be worked hard to make speedy progress, which is completely in keeping with the bike’s sporting mission. Produced between 1989 and 1999, there were basically two versions of the bike, the earlier “H” bikes and the later “L” version. The H bikes made 61hp while the L made a few more horses at a higher rpm, with a slight loss in torque. The H model weighed a bit less than the L at 350lbs dry and the bike had a top speed north of 140mph.

Today’s Featured Listing has fairly low miles and appears to be in excellent condition, aside from some minor cosmetic issues expected of a bike that’s been ridden. Best of all: it does have a valid title and is registered for road use!

From the Seller: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale

Up for sale is a VERY RARE 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R in collector quality condition with only 16,267 kilometers (10,107 miles). It has a few tiny rub marks and a couple of small scratches from its 10,000 mile journey thru life but overall its in MINT condition. After thorough inspection, I can tell that this bike has been loved and cherished over the years. It is in completely stock unmolested condition.  All fairings and components are 100% OEM factory Kawasaki. Brand new Bridgestone Battlax tires have been installed front and rear. Bike runs like the day it was new. This ZXR comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. I have set the purchase price at $10,500 because my last 1993 ZXR400R sold on Ebay for $10,450 in the “your choice” auction with the GSXR400RR. Serious buyers can contact me at 801-358-6537 for more pictures or any other questions you may have. $500 deposit thru PayPal due immediately after sale.

The seller is asking $10,500 for this fizzy little monster. Obviously, that’s not a whole lot of bang for your buck if you consider it in purely performance terms, and the ZXR400 isn’t quite as iconic as something like the NC30. But these are exceedingly rare here in the USA and if you’re a die hard Kawasaki lover or a fan of motorcycle exotica, this will probably fill a large [figuratively], green hole in your collection. If you notice any other bikes in the background, we have been told they are for sale as well.  Skip the line before they get listed publicly! Everything must go!

-tad

Featured Listing: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale
Yamaha May 18, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992 Yamaha FZR400RR 3TJ1 for Sale

We’ve spilled a lot of ink [pixels?] here on RSBFS about the Yamaha FZR400 so you’re probably thinking if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. But take a closer look at this little sportbike, especially the front: in place of the usual twin round lamps like you’d normally see on the FZR is a single, trapezoidal light that leaves the bike looking quite a bit like the two-stroke TZR. What we have here is a grey-market FZR400RR, a bike seldom seen outside its home market of Japan.

The RR was the slightly less extreme, less expensive, road-biased version of the very trick FZR400RR SP. It features a revised gearbox with a more street-oriented first gear compared to the SP, which means less clutch-slippage is required to get underway. It also has a dual seat on the off-chance your prospective passenger is proportioned like a 10 year old child, although it shares a committed riding position with its racy sibling. A 352lb dry weight and a lightweight aluminum frame mean confidence-inspiring handling and the RR has a 17″ wheel at each end so modern rubber can be fitted, although the rear is a skinny-ish 160.

399cc might not sound like all that much, but a claimed 66hp, combined with exemplary handling, means plenty of thrills and fun to be had chasing the 14,000 rpm redline. Plenty of bigger machines rev just as high these days, but the FZR really only makes power near redline, so you’ll need to keep the engine spinning to extract the available power. Or just find a nice FZR600 powerplant and slot that in: the FZR600 used a heavy steel frame and is generally much less desirable than the flyweight FZR400, but it’s pretty simple to fit the bigger, punchier motor into the nimbler aluminum-framed FZR400 to create a bit of a canyon-carving hot rod.

From the Seller: 1992 Yamaha FZR400RR 3TJ1 for Sale

Up for auction is one of the best handling motorcycles ever made from Yamaha. The 1992 Yamaha FZR400RR 3TJ1 with only 3663 kilometers (2276 miles). This bike is in almost perfect condition. Still has the factory warning labels. I can only find a few flaws (for the boys in the cheap seats) The ignition switch decal has been carelessly rubbed off from extra keys on the key chain vibrating while the bike was being ridden. A little bit of sun fade on the left handlebar control switches. A couple of tiny paint dots (touch up) on the right side of the tank that don’t show up in pictures but they are there. Original tires are soft but have cracks in them. This bike doesn’t need much to be turned into a museum quality addition to any collection.

The bike is 100% OEM original Yamaha fairings and components. Original brake pads, chain and sprockets, tires, exhaust and components. This is a very nice unmolested collector quality FZR. This is a premium bike. A Utah state title will be presented to the lucky winner. This FZR400RR has been titled as a street motorcycle for road use.

Bidding on the auction is up to $2,370.00 at this point, with a few days left on the auction. This particular bike comes from a seller that’s been unloading quite a few high-quality, quirky grey-market bikes in the past couple of weeks. This may not be the most valuable bike in his collection, but should be affordable and, like the other bikes that we’ve seen, is in very nice, if not absolutely perfect cosmetic condition: there is minor corrosion on some of the metal surfaces, but is generally very very sharp and the plastics look great considering the age. It also comes with a valid Utah title, which means you might just be able to ride it on the street if your local DMV is sympathetic.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1992 Yamaha FZR400RR 3TJ1 for Sale