Posts by tag: FZR400

Bimota June 22, 2012 posted by

Wonder from Down Under: 1988 Bimota YB7

For Sale: 1988 Bimota YB7

I’m dragging on my nomex undies in preparation for this one. By all counts a very rare YB7 deserves a place in the pages of RSBFS – and a home in somebody’s heated garage. But the reality of hand built Italian motorcycles is that most of them are rare, and we have received some backlash for having posted waaay too many Bimotas as of late (is it safe to post a Bimota again?). It doesn’t help the North American readers when this one is located in Brisbane, Australia. It is certainly true that there are plenty of great bikes out there to drool over – most of them strokers and smokers – but I’m taking a risk that readers will still appreciate this 400, even if it does hail from Rimini.

The YB7 installed the engine and gearbox from a Yamaha FZR400 and wrapped the rest in aluminum and hand laid fiberglass. What was left was sprinkled with Brembo, Marzocchi and Ohlins, and then painted in the striking red/white/black/gold scheme similar to the rest of the family lineup: YB4 (750) and YB6 (1000).

From the seller:

I’m pretty sure that readers will not need to know much about the quality and relative rarity of a Bimota offering. Readers probably are equally familiar with the FZR400, with it’s jewel of a powerplant and 6-speed tranny. The smaller Yamahas are popular bikes on RSBFS, both for collections as well as track days. While I’m not sure that I would want to risk this YB7 for the track, I can only imagine that the Bimota reputation for performance would make it a joy to ride on a closed circuit.

This particular bike has 17,000 KM on the clock (that is about ten five for the non-metric set in the US). The asking price is AU $8,950 OBO. The exchange rate is not exactly helping US based buyers, as that works out to be slightly more than $9,100 USD. Still, we don’t see many of the “7” model on these pages, making this a great find. For more info and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. G’Day!


Sport Bikes For Sale May 22, 2012 posted by

1200cc bargain – THREE Yamaha FZR400 track bikes!

For sale: 3 Yamaha FZR400 track bikes

FZR400s are very popular bikes on RSBFS, and thanks to reader Shawn we can add these three track bikes to the roster. Now these are a little less stock than the pristine FZR400 we recently listed, but you can purchase all three of these together for less than the price of that one – plus you can ride the heck out of them without worrying about the mileage snobs giving you grief.

The little Fizzer is a natural tracker thanks to an outstanding aluminum delta box frame, light weight and a rev happy motor. While it won’t hang with the big boys down the straights, the razor-sharp handling and great braking ability help it make up ground around a roadcourse.

From the seller:
For sale 3 Yamaha FZR400’s. They all run and are if different state of repair and modifications. $3500 takes them all.

The black and silver one has the following done:
Marvic wheels, full exhaust, flat slide carbs, R6s forks, r6 brake assy, custom triple clamps, penske rear shock, YZF bodywork, rearsets, motor is stock.

The yellow one has the following:
17 in rear wheel and ohlins shock.

The last one is a bit banged up from but runs well but needs bodywork.

These bikes handle really well and are easy on tires and gas.

Perhaps you missed that hidden gem in the seller’s text: $3500 takes them all

The general concensus from the boards is:

1. These bikes are a major bargain

2. These are track only bikes, and not likely to become street legal very easily

3. If you are going in together with your buddies you want the silver one

For more information on this trio of screamers, click the link and head over to the California Bay Area Riders Forum (BARF). Sure looks like cheap fun to me!


Sport Bikes For Sale May 12, 2012 posted by

Collector Alert! 1989 Yamaha FZR400 with 815 Miles!

Location: The Dalles, OR

Miles: 815

Price: Currently $3,050 with Reserve in place

Update 5.12.2012: This listing was ended prematurely at $3850 and is back on eBay. Links updated. -dc

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, up for sale here is the cleanest and lowest mileage FZR400 I have ever come across. If there is a cleaner one out there, I will gladly eat my words. To me, the FZR400 is one of the coolest bikes that the U.S.has seen. Back in the day, these bikes had superior frames to the 600 of the same year and were renowned as a better handling bike. Considering that the 400cc sport bike market never really caught on in the States, these are rare for sure.

Let me just first thank the seller for listing this bike the proper way. A detailed description of the bike history, any imperfections, a ton of photos (see the photbucket page here), and even a video of the bike while running. It is hard to say much about the bike’s condition. The seller states that there are two very small chips in the paint as well as a rub mark on the tank. Also, the bike has a Yamaha factory shift kit installed by the dealer at the time of original sale and 2 fairing fasteners on the bottom of the fairing. He also notes that the tank on this bike was swapped from another FZR400 he owned at the time.

From the seller:

The FZR400 is one of the best handling bikes ever built, even compared to more recent bikes. Incredibly light, agile, and fast.
They were only imported to the US for 3 years, sold like lead balloons because they were priced higher than the FZR600.
Few people realized that the 400 cc class was the premier class in Japan, so the components were top notch, much better than those of the 600.
It was common to swap the 600 motor into the much better 400 frame to race them.

This bike has never been modified (two exceptions, see below). It has always been stored inside. It has never been in the rain. It has spent most of its life a an expensive decoration in a collector’s house. It has never been registered, so it will come with a bill of sale.
When I got it, it had 600 miles on it. I had the fluids changed, new tires put on. The tires still have the center nubs even.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this bike. Needs nothing. Nothing. Still needs breaking in!
The exceptions to never having been modified are that the original owner had the Yamaha Factory Shift Kit installed at the dealer when he purchased it, and I put 2 Dzus fasteners on the bottom fairing connectors. I have the original parts. This is my third FZR400 and I found that on my first one, the bottom fairing screw fell out and the fairing was damaged by wind, and on the second fzr I had, it was just a pain to get to those screws.

The only flaws I can find on the bike are 2 chips in the red paint, one on the left side of the front fairing, about 1/4 the size of a dime, and the other on the seat fairing behind the seat, much smaller than the front one. There is also a rub mark on the tank cover on the left, about where your knee rubs. Please see the pics, and especially the Photobucket pics which are higher resolution and more of them. For the sake of completeness… The tank cover is not the original, but is actually off my second FZR. I managed to knock a paint can onto the original tank cover (dented, not spilled), so I swapped it for the other bike’s nearly perfect one (that bike only had about 3k miles).

Even the insides of the fairing and inner swingarm are clean, and I didn’t clean them.

The bike will come with a ton of extra parts, some new, some used, a bunch of “no longer available” spares that I collected with the other two FZR’s I previously had.

See the auction here for the complete description and list of parts that will come with the bike

Let me just say that I love seeing bikes like this pop up for sale. A bike of this caliber is a true market-tester and I will be following the auction very closely to see where it ends up when bidding is done. I would suspect that the Reserve for the bike (plus all of the parts) is somewhere in the $5k+ range. If you are a collector or have been looking for the cleanest possible FZR400 around, now is your chance to own one. Would you ride it or have it as a pure collector? Jump over the the auction here and check it out!


Yamaha March 2, 2012 posted by

Another 400: 1990 Yamaha FZR400

For Sale: 1990 Yamaha FZR400Link:

Wow – another Fizzer 400. I’m beginning to wonder how rare these little bikes are given the number I’ve run across recently. Of course to be fair I *have* been looking for them lately, as I think one of these 400cc scalpels would make a great track day bike for my wife. Shhhh – don’t tell her I’m looking!

You can see some of the other recent 400cc machines we have posted HERE and HERE. This one is looking pretty good by most standards. It is not the pristine museum example that I would be afraid to track occasionally, but it is also not completely thrashed and modded like many of these we find. And let the pictures remind us that not all riding takes place in sunny Southern California with year ’round balmy weather!

From the seller:
Up for sale is a very rare, 2-owner 1990 FZR400. I have not seen another one on the road and very rarely see one up for auction. A little bit about the bike:

Runs great!! Fired it right up after a year of sitting in 29 degree weather!! From what I have read 1990 is a very hard-to-find year for these models

All original parts except for an aftermarket canister that was installed by previous owner. Deltabox frame. Always garage kept, oil and filter changed every riding season. Never raced. Light body damage but pretty good for an older bike (Pictures)

Very fast and fun at high rpm’s. One of the best handling motorcycles I have been on. Air filter and fluids changed this year.
All electric features work…never have had any issues.
Purchased from a dealer in SE Wisconsin who new previous owner. Really took care of it.

Clear, clean Wisconsin title in hand!

With nearly 20k on the clock, here is a FZR400 that has been ridden. With low mods (I don’t know much about Devil exhaust systems, though I had read somewhere that the parent company in France has declared bankrupcy?) and only minor damage this bike looks to be a survivor. No hooligan stuntahs here!

What really gets me is that this bike has had ZERO bids with a $2,800 opening ask. The BIN is a reasonable $3k. Neither of those are bargain basement numbers, but nor are they way out of line with the going rate for one of these bikes. Check out the auction, then contact the seller and make him an offer. This looks like a bike for which one of our readers can provide a good home. Good Luck!


Honda February 17, 2012 posted by

400cc Long Weekend! Honda NC30 & Yamaha FZR400

Welcome to the long weekend – RSBFS style! Since long weekends are all about projects, here are a pair of 400cc collectables in need of a little loving. While not the pristine fare that normally graces our pages, these two micro rockets deserve a good home if only to remind us that bigger is not always better!

For Sale: 1996 Honda NC30 VFR400R

Here is what we usually find in the 400cc class – a rare and undeniably cool bike, but one that has passed through a few hands and received its unfair share of modifications. While most of these mods will improve handling or performance, the hit on collectability cannot be denied. Still, the NC30 is one of the most popular bikes RSBFS readers hunt for, so flaws and all here is another one to drool over.

From the seller:

bike is dusty /dirty from storage, could use a good clening, but is in nice condition, ready to rip..

I have a Black CA. plated 93 HONDA NC30 VFR400R, approx 8,500 miles, Extremely rare trick bike which is a identical smaller copy of the famous RC30. This bike will out handle any new production bike and is famous for its reliability and bullet proof engine, this bike is trick, it looks like a 2005 or newer bike!

Note… no front turn signals included, rear turn signals and intregrated into the tail light assembly mirrors are not mounted, but a new pair of mirrors are included, we were running a CRG billet bar end mirror, which is no longer on the bike. includes stock gas cap- gas cap and ignition keys are the same.. Tyga endurace upper and lower with single headlight on the left, Tyga RCV211 tail and rear sub frame new 520 gold chain and renthal sprockets, HRC IGNITION UNIT, Ethoes race exhaust with freshly repacked/rebuilt can( fiber glass high temp mat, stainless steel screen around the core, and stainless steel wool, which cost over $100.00 in materials, a better than factory repack which should last forever, factory jet kit, SP2 calipers and billet adapters, TYGA TRICK REAR SETS, RVF400 17″ REAR WHEEL, steel braided front lines, new sintered ft pads, new pilot powers TIRES 120/160 CT2 APPROX 400 MILES, aftermarket Sachs shock, revalved ft forks, billet blue rear wheel collar, recent tune up, NEW SPARK plugs, oil change/FILTER, valve adjustment, All fluids replaced 7-1-11, Fresh clutch plates, steels and frictions…

*******The only bad- windshield is cracked.***
CA plated, current tags
oem body is been sold off years ago,
Extras included- the oem 2nd headlight and OEM rear subframe, stock black front calipers, new rear rotor(not installed), also two rear stands one a trick chrome LP stand, the other a stout home made unit, Very nice stock type fairing kits are available on ebay for $500.00 shipped with custom paint jobs..

tires 160/60/17, ft takes a 120/70/17 tire,

stock derestricted this bike puts out 60hp, with the pipe and jet kit I am guessing around 63-65 hp, Its a strong runner and surprisingly quick for a 400cc bike! you wont find another bike on the road like this! this is the only one like it! a real head turner! incredible sounding bike, 16 valve V4 400cc, it sounds nothing like the inline four, more like a inline 4 and 2 stroke combined sound.

*******sold as is******** in nice condition
this bike is ready to go , professionally tuned, no carb issues. battery tender pigtail installed, tender not included, engine fires right up.. engine on these should be choked until operating temp is reached, then its ready to go. no flat spots in the power band, fully adjustable suspension, this bike is bad ass… hate to see it leave..

This bike is available now, and has a BIN price of $4,500. This is not the first time we have seen this bike on eBay, but the good news is that the price is coming down with subsequent auctions. It is always hard to pull modification dollars out of a collectable bike; stock will always bring the highest price for the most part. This bike is priced a little high for the condition, but if you are intersted it wouldn’t hurt to contact the seller. Click the link to jump over and see!

For Sale: 1988 FZR 400

This is yet another variation on the 400cc theme. Instead of a hot-rodded streetbike, this particular example is a track day hero. If you are looking for that perfect balance between weight and performance for the track, this might be the right way to go for you. The FZR400 is well known and loved as a tracker, and this particular one might be priced right for the task!

From the seller:
Good running hard to find Race bike. Fully serviced and carbs just rebuilt. Aftermarket parts include: Front Fairing, sides and Tank cover are Brand new old stock Fiberglass. Motor Side covers are aftermarket extra thick for racing (have rash), Steering Damper, Fox aftermarket rear shock with air adjust, Aftermarket Bars, Forks have been worked over internally with adjustable tops, Modified High-exit pipe. Steel front brake lines. Carbs are fully jetted. Bike is wired throughout for track use. Unfortunately the rear seat is AWOL. Tires are in great shape. Operational Tach and aftermarket coolant display.. The harness is complete and uncut. Bike could be put back on the road if desired.

This particular bike is being offered for a BIN of $3,000 OBO. This is very realistic money for a great track bike, and also a fair price for something worth restoring. You don’t need to be reminded that it will cost many times the purchase price of the bike to bring it back to perfect, stock condition, but it is at least priced well for what it is. For more info and details on this little Fizzer, click the link and jump over to the auction.

Good luck to buyers and sellers and enjoy the weekend!


Sport Bikes For Sale January 8, 2012 posted by

Up for Grabs- Clean and Original ’89 Yamaha FZR400

Location: Dover, Delaware

Mileage: 10,624

Price: Auction, currently $2,629

Seller: Another fine offering from RSBFS sponsor, SpeedWerks!

We love bone stock bikes from the eighties. To have survived this long without being modified or dropped or just plain totaled is something to see. It’s even better for bikes that didn’t come to the US for all that many years, like this FZR400 (imported ’89-90). A great ride any way you look at it, this bike still wasn’t a big hit in the U.S., a country that likes its displacement. But for those in the know, the FZR400 was, and remains, a capable and fun bike.

Here’s the seller’s info on the bike-

This is a VERY rare find, an unmolested,never raced, lovingly cared for,garaged, 2 owner, bone stock Yamaha FZR400. 

How this one never made it to the track still bewilders us, we have built and raced these bikes since the late 80’s and have a vast amount of spares along with of wealth of info and support to go along with the purchase.

*Full history and All documentation comes with bike*, Purchased new in 1991 for $4300 by an older gent, he started a binder of info and service records that are pictured. Including the original invoice and setup sheet. He sold the bike in the early 2000 to a hot Asian Med. student in Md.

She used the bike to learn how to ride and commute to Med school in Baltimore. In learning how to ride it has fallen over and shows minor scratches on the air intake of the lower fairing. Not crashed or thrown down the road,,,IT FELL OVER. The mileage is accurate and low because she lived in the city close to school.

Now a famous (still hot) Doctor she has no time ride or risk messing up her pretty little surgeon hands.

So thats how we ended up with the bike. There are no stories here it’s all documented and 100%.

It had been sitting for a while so we took care of a Full Service and safety ck, inc. 

New Bridgestone tires,EBC brakes,EK chain,plugs,all fluids changed. Carbs were cleaned and rebuilt and a new battery installed. It runs as it should and needs nothing. Except a new owner.

Sold only to a good home! please no kids who are gonna try to put a 190 tire on the back or wack some flush mounts on it.

This is a collector quality piece and will make a great scoot for you or your significant other.

High Resolution images avail. at; (copy and go/ebay jacks any links)

please call or email with any questions 302-672-RACE  steve at speedwerks dot com.

East coast delivery avail. enclosed for .50 cent per mile round trip plus service chg and tolls.

And the pics-

This bike appears 100% stock and clean, remarkable for its age. The seller includes documentation with the bike, which is always a bonus to people like me. Mileage isn’t bad and if the bike has been well cared for, which seems to be the case, should be good for years to come. Significant maintenance has also been performed and the bike is described as ready to ride. The seller mentions the bike fell over and certainly no major damage is evident in the photos but you may want more detail on that.

The FZR400 is a great bike that should have got more love here in the U.S. This one has survived over the years and if you’ve been looking, this one deserves your consideration. So, go gather up your cash, then check this bike out!


Yamaha January 4, 2012 posted by

1990 Yamaha FZR400 in California!

For Sale: 1990 Yamaha FZR400

In deference to the far-away bikes I have posted recently, here is a little gem tucked up in the wine and avocado growing region of Southern California. The FZR400 has been a staff and fan favorite for a long time, including the racebike of choice for RSBFS contributor Doug (we miss him, but I called dibbs on his office!). With good power and razor-sharp handling, the lightweight FZR is also a great bike for the wife or significant other, and a reliable track day favorite.

This baby Yamaha has some miles under her belt! Thankfully, these bikes are known to be fairly bulletproof, and the seller has indicated that some major maintenance has been performed on this ride. The bike has also been upgraded/updated along the way, including some tasty suspension and braking enhancements that would suit a track day rider just fine!

From the seller:
1990 FZR400 ready to ride, lots of mods on this one. Top end was done less than a 1000 miles ago and this is one strong running 400. I have a stock 89 and this 90 is so much more high strung and peaky. Has a rear Penske shock,
updated front calipers, braided front lines and a radial master cylinder. Bridgestone Battlax BT090 tires. NRC left and right engine covers and 1990 FZR600 carbs and 520 chain conversion. Doesn’t have deltbox swing arm (has 88-89). I don’t need 2 FZR400’s so this or my wife’s 89 needs to go. Bikes is plated and titled in Ca, ready to go. This would make a great track bike or ride as is on the street.

From the seller:
This is a 49 state bike and just has the EXUP tail from a CA. bike. I will include the extra tail piece with the bike if it sells. The top end was just done before I bought the bike last summer and the owner was frustrated with a carb issue. All the valves and springs where changed and I have the old parts.The original carbs had bad diaphragms so I replaced the carbs with a clean set from a 90 FZR600. They are the same 32mm size but have flat slide diaphragms instead of round. I don’t know a lot about the FZR400’s but after riding one last year I bought the only 2 that where around at the time. I’m building a 72 Kawasaki H2 and a Honda CB900F cafe racer and just don’t have room in the garage.

The good, bad and ugly of this bike is really in the details. As a model line goes, the FZR400 lineage is all goodness – a great frame, strong motor, and ergonomics that suit riders of many sizes. This particular example has seem more mileage than most, and has been through a few owners and a few mods. These need not be deal killers, however, depending on your needs.

400cc bikes will always be peaky, and to extract the most from them will require the upper register of the tach. The pipe will exacerbate this to a degree, as will the flat slide carbs. It is not clear if jetting remained stock or was changed (the pipe likely necessitated a change), but most of these pieces point to more power at a higher RPM. Maybe not perfect for a new lady rider, but great for the track!

This bike is available now, and interest has been moderate. While not as unmolested as some that we have seen on the pages of RSBFS, this one still looks the part and has some decent upgrades as well. The current bid at time of this writing was just over $1,000 with reserve still in place. These FZRs have been $3k-$5k bikes lately, and I would place this one closer to the lower end of that range. Fair money for a great bike! To check out the auction, click the link and make the jump. And to prove the track worthiness of the little Fizzer, here is our very own Doug ripping it up in his glory days. Good Luck!


Sport Bikes For Sale December 13, 2011 posted by

Euro Racer: 1990 Yamaha FZR400 track bike

For Sale: 1990 Yamaha FZR400

It really must be getting close to Christmas – because what other time of year can you find a super rare “must have” model (FZR400) augmented with carbon fiber everything and custom “go fast” race parts ready to mop up at your local A-level group track day? Now if only my skill level was up to the performance potential of this little rocket. Sigh. At least my leathers would match!

Does anything look better in the sunlight than the weave of biaxial carbon fiber? Well, not to me, anyway. Set up in full race configuration, this FZR400 – already considered a gem in the handling department – looks ready to do battle with liter bikes and two strokes alike. Bring ’em on – this is one Fizzer that appears qualified to take on all comers!

From the seller:
FZR-400RR 3TJ Race Bike

This is a race European model that was imported in boxes, assembled and used only for a few select track days by one of our wealthy customers. Oringinal engine & chassis build was done by BDK in the U.K.

The bike was dyno’ed at 86 hp by Speedwerks in Dover, DE. The bike was never raced, nor damaged and has very low hours. All while being kept in a climate controlled garage.

This bike cost over £16,000 (~$24K US)) to build, including shipping and import to the US.

This is a bike for a serious competitor who wants to win his class. You won’t find many bikes that come close to it’s performance, lightness and speed.

Just recently the bike has been professionally serviced, which included:
A rront fork service & new OEM seals
Complete carburetor cleaning and blueprint
Radiator flush
Oil and filter change

Here is a partial list of mods:
BDK Carbon Fiber Fuel Tank
BDK Carbon Fiber Seat unit incorporating aluminum sub frame
BDK Carbon Fiber Ram-Air System
BDK Carbon Fiber Front mudguard
BDK Carbon Fiber Fairing
BDK Carbon Fiber Carburetor Bell mouths
BDK Race Wiring Loom
BDK Adjustable Ignition Rotor Assembly
BDK Tapered Header Exhaust System (Stainless)(Titanium Race Can)
BDK Race Radiator
BDK Aluminum Triple clamp
BDK Aluminum Suspension Tie Rods
BDK Aluminum Fairing stays
BDK Aluminum Front Fairing Bracket/Clock Mount
Dymag Carbon Fiber Wheels (also including stock wheels)
BDK Race Generator System
Thumb operated rear brake conversion (by BDK)
Regina Race Chain
Taper Steering Head race bearings
Mini Front Brake Fluid Reservoir
Plastic-coating/anodizing of chassis parts etc
Handlebar grips
Lightened and Dynamically Balanced Crankshaft
ARP Connecting rods
1mm over-size Pistons/Rings
Race Camshafts to BDK specs
Big Valve Conversion (by BDK)
New oil pump internals
Race Kit Valve Springs
BDK Race Carburetor kit and mods
Electric starter
Custom Penske racing shock

So what will it take to put you atop race-grade hardware for the holidays? Surprisingly, not as much as you might think. This particular carbon-ensconced sleigh ride is up for auction with a $12,500 BIN – and the seller is open to offers. Sure, that is quite a bit higher than the best FZR400s we have seen on this site, but they were OEM stockers and lacked the carbon, the Dymags and the 86 ponies that make this such a beast.

If nothing else, checking out this auction is a bit like indulging in wretched excess. There is some fantastic detail on this bike, and I sure wouldn’t mind it in my garage. Sometimes it is fun to see what others with money will do – and building a bike like this is apparently one of those things. It may not be a hybrid two stroker GP replica, but I think it is pretty cool. Check out the details, and then let us know what you think!