Posts by tag: Japanese

Suzuki January 2, 2010 posted by

1989 Suzuki VT250K Wolf VJ21A

Located in Ontario, Canada is a 1989 Suzuki VT250.  According to the seller:

Japan home market v-twin 2 stroke. This is the naked version of the RGV250.

I haven’t seen one of these before, which doesn’t mean it’s automatically rare but I don’t doubt it is.  Seller states it has 17,000km, the carbs were just gone through, and a new battery.  This is a 282lb, 45hp, Two Stroke.  See it on North American Two Strokes here.


Kawasaki January 1, 2010 posted by

1991 Kawasaki ZX7R K1 Ninja

Located in Winter Haven, Florida is a 1991 Kawasaki ZX7R.  This example has 7,900 original miles, is a one owner bike, and has a clean title.  Information about the K1 & K2:

The race version had the same frame as the J models, but it sported 39mm Keihin Flatslide carburettors, full power engine, close ratio gearbox, alloy tank, fully adjustable suspension front and rear, single seat and was 5kg lighter than the J models.  121BHP & 190kg dry.

The asking price of $6,500 seems a bit high compared to a very similar K1 we’ve posted previously–but the other one did seem to be a steal at $4k. See this one on Craigslist here.


Aprilia December 30, 2009 posted by

Private Collection in New Jersey

I haven’t see this website before but, Motorcycles For Sale Classic, is apparently a broker for a collection of motorcycles out of New Jersey.  It looks to have been recently updated but has some obvious errors–make sure to contact the seller by phone to confirm anything on their site.  Anyhow, these are some of the bikes that are still available that I found interesting:

  • 1977 MV Agusta 850SS with 1,791 original miles.
  • 1977 Ducati 900SS with 2,500 original miles.
  • 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition with 2,358 original miles (Vance & Hines exhaust fitted).
  • 1985 Suzuki RG500 with 385 original miles.
  • Yamaha TZR250 with 22,245 miles.
  • 1984 Yamaha RD500 with 31,600 miles.
  • A second Yamaha RD500 with less miles.
  • Aprilia RS250 with 610 original miles.
  • 1995 Cagiva Mito.

These aren’t all the bikes listed on the site–and more appear in the background of photos–but again, I would caution anyone against acting too quickly.  The website listed features errors and older dates but, I haven’t seen these photos featured anywhere else and they all look to be correct and from the same location.  Titles and registration isn’t mentioned and only a few bikes have asking prices.  Regardless, take a look at the site as it may be an undiscovered mine!


Yamaha December 27, 2009 posted by

1978 Yamaha TZ250E

Located in Menlo Park, California is a completely original 1978 Yamaha TZ250 with less than five miles.  To quote the seller:

1978 Yamaha TZ 250, less than 5 break in miles if that .
This example has never even broken in. Garaged since new, will need new rubber & seals. Campagnolo 5-spoke alloys, fairing & duck-tail seat. Minor dings & scratches from sitting for so long, you will not find another one in nicer or newer condition.

Some information about 1978 TZ250s from Motor Bike Search Engine:

Introduced in 1978, the ‘E’ version of Yamaha’s all-conquering TZ250 production racer featured a new chassis frame. Retaining the same ‘monoshock’ rear suspension layout (complete with adjustable pre-load and compression damping) as its forebears, it relocated the famous twin-cylinder, two-stroke water-cooled engine some 20mm further forward. Mounted on special alloy plates, this remarkable unit boasted Hitachi’s automatically advancing / retarding CDI ignition system and Mikuni VM34SC carburetors. Reputed to develop 53bhp @ 10,500rpm, it was mated to a six-speed gearbox and reined in by front / rear disc brakes. A stepping stone in the careers of such riding greats as Kenny Roberts and Tom Herron etc, the TZ250’s influence reverberates to this day.

The asking price is firmly set at $7,500.  It would be nice to see this time machine cleaned up and on display–it would take some serious work to get it back to racing condition.  See this fantastic barn-find on Craigslist here.


Yamaha December 22, 2009 posted by

1990 Yamaha TZ250 Reverse Cylinder on ebay

Is there anything that looks faster sitting still than a TZ250? I actually stumbled across this bike while looking for the RZ350 and thought to myself “This one deserves a spot as well.”

Auction info:

1990 Yamaha TZ250A original Yamaha USA import. Bike is in very good condition comes with a few spares see pics. The engine case numbers match the frame number. There are no dents in the frame all parts in good condition. Bike comes with a Ohlins rear shock and the original rear shock. TZ250A are getting very hard to find these days. If you are looking for one of these bikes don’t miss your chance. This bike is listed on our website for sale so I reserve the right to end the auction at any time. Will ship worldwide buyers pays for crate and all other costs.

If you take into consideration, that this bike has been exposed to a race environment it’s entire life the condition of it is simply amazing! All numbers match, the frame doesn’t have any dents and the swingarm looks clean as well. It looks like it’s ready to go racing. However, it has a $7,600.00 bid and looks like it will sell. So if your serious about vintage TZ’s this one might be for you.


Honda December 16, 2009 posted by

2002 RC51 with 1 mile on the clock

You read correctly, 1 mile on a 2002 RC51. This fine piece of Nicky Hayden history is . Yes, I know this is not a Nicky Hayden replica, but it is the year in which he won the AMA Super Bike Title on the RC51.


So why is this being listed on Well, it falls under the “Survivor” category for

The owner says:

Well how about a………………BRAND NEW MOTORCYCLE , A 2002 Honda RC51 RVT 1000cc 6-speed Red & Silver Metallic that is. So now this is it, this is your last chance to own a BRAND NEW RC-51 V-Twin liquid cooled Super Bike. This year model has the improved PGM-FI, (fuel injection system),suspension and swing arm, same as 2006 model. This bike is brand new, out of the crate, from the dealer to my garage. Not a mark, not a scratch, or even been sat on, no disappointments. Only 1 MILE from factory. Bike comes with owners manual, tool kit and a new oil filter. The battery is brand new, and the bike has been run periodically. This is a unmolested motorcycle, so why would you buy used and abused when you can have a BRAND NEW BIKE? I lost interest so my loss your gain. Serious Offers Considered

Honda no longer makes the RC51 so if you have a Honda Collection or simply have a thing for Japanese V-twins you definitely should give this one a look. It’s like stepping back in time to 2002. I had the opportunity to ride a 2002 demo model and was impressed by the linear power it produced. As a matter of fact, at the time I sold one of my FZR400’s and was going to buy a RC51, but then life happened and those plans fell through and I lost my FZR in the process 🙁

Click here to view some of the past RSBFS RC51 we’ve posted.



Yamaha December 14, 2009 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ500 with only 1,139 miles!!!!

Yet another 2 stroke for you to enjoy. This one is located in Derry, PA and is all original and clean as a whistle!


Story behind the super low miles as told by the seller:

I added this beauty to my collection a few years ago and now sadly it is time for it to go to a new owner. It is a really clean, low mileage (1833.0 Km which is just 1138.0 mile since new) 1985 Yamaha RZ500 V4 liquid cooled two stroke. I have all of the original import documentation from the original owner who imported it new from Canada. I have the customs forms, sales receipt, export declaration the warranty card and assembly manual. The bike has a valid PA title that is in my name. I would ride it occasionally and it runs perfect.

The engine has never been apart and is cosmetically very nice. The front fairing and gas tank have been painted as has the seat cowling. There are some flaws that I took pictures of that include a crack where the left mirror exits the fairing. A minor dent an the lower left pipe that looks like it came that way. The paint appears to be OE on the pipe. A crack on the seat cowling an couple of chips. One on the front fender another on the left side cover in the back and one near the grab handle.

The guy I got it from said he new the Dr. that bought it new. They were in a small town and I was told that the bike was ridden very little and was put away after the mans son knocked it over in the driveway. He said that they remover the upper cowl to repair it but never did. And that’s how he got it. He repainted the parts and then sold it to me. My inspection of the bike seemed to confirm the story and I had no reservations buying the bike.

I have the only receipt that he had and that was for the purchase of the seat cowling from the dealer in Canada.

Study the photos and you can see how clean the bike is. It should be in a museum.

Whenever I see one of these come up for sale visions of me doing power wheelies pops in my head. I guess I’ve watched too many videos of guys showing off the power of these big 2 strokes. I’ve checked our archives and I couldn’t find a lower mileage RZ500 that’s ever been posted by us and I can only expect the sale price, if met, will reflect it. This one does have it’s share of flaws, but considering it is almost an antique at 24 years old one should expect some dings over the years. This one did hail from Canada and the owner states that it is registered with the state of Pennsylvania. So if you have several thousand burning a hole in your pocket and like 500cc 2 strokes this might be for you. There are more pictures available via the ebay link at the top of this post.


Honda December 13, 2009 posted by

1991 Honda NSR250 MC21

I must say I am surprised to see so many 2 strokes for sale as of late. I think this makes three that I’ve posted with-in the last week and that’s not to mention the others from Alex that he put up this week.

On to the good stuff- 91 MC21 with a mere 13,944 or 8,648 on the clock, which is way low for a bike of this year. As many of you may recognize this is not a factory color scheme, but is in fact a set of Chinese aftermarket bodywork. However, the seller states that he does have the original set that came with the bike, but discloses that it has some scrapes and scratches. He also states that the fit and finish on the aftermarket set is pretty good and was installed with no modification needed. I will say that is surprising to me!

Listing quote:

1991 nsr250 that was all original when I got it right down to the tires. I replaced the OEM plastic with Hong Kong plastic. Believe it or not it all fit very well with no modifications. I powder coated the rims and put new Pirelli tires, chain and sprockets, and brake pads and had the bike serviced with all new fluids and spark plugs. There is 150pound in each cylinder and the bike starts rite up and idles and runs great. I will include the original plastic with the sale and have included a pic of it on the bike. It has some blemishes so I went with the repsol look. It has the original Japan title. It is not registered in the USA but the VIN is present. Everything works on the bike all lights injection system and even the horn.

Sounds like this could be a nice one considering everything works and is un-modified. I’m not a huge fan of aftermarket parts on rare sport bikes, but this one doesn’t strike me too far off base. The “low mileage and all original” more than make up for the Hong Kong addition. So if this sounds like your cup of Tea, click the ebay link above and have a look at the rest of the pictures. The seller has his phone number listed for those who are interested.