Posts by tag: Kenny Roberts

Yamaha March 14, 2014 posted by

Super Clean 1985 Yamaha RZ350 in Florida

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Touted as a museum quality example of the breed, this 1985 Yamaha RZ350 has just over 16,000 miles and still sports the original exhaust and all plastics intact. From the number and quality of the pictures, this looks to be a fine ride indeed! If you’ve been watching RZs and see them float by in various states of tune with different modifications, here might be your chance to grab a stone stock example.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
WHEN ONLY THE VERY FINEST WILL DO.MUSEUM QUALITY,1985 YAMAHA RZ350.COMPLETELY STOCK.UNTOUCHED,UNRESTORED, UNMOLESTED!!! BONE STOCK ORIGINAL!!!!.THIS IS THE NICEST 1985 RZ350 I HAVE EVER SEEN.ALL ORIGINAL.NOT A DENT,DING ANYWHERE.ORIGINAL STOCK EXHAUST SYSTEM IS MINT,NO DENTS OR DINGS.STOCK FACTORY AIR BOX,FUEL TANK IS MINT INSIDE AND OUT WITH NOT A DENT OR DING.THE ORIGINAL PAINT IS BEAUTIFUL.SEAT IS PERFECT,THE BIKE RUNS AS NEW.EVERYTHING ON THIS BIKE WORKS AS IT SHOULD.THIS BIKE IS AS CLOSE TO JUST COMING OUT OF THE CRATE THAT YOU WILL FIND.LOOK VERY CLOSELY AT ALL 24 PICTURES PROVIDED.TRANSMISSION PERFECT,CLUTCH PERFECT,150LBS OF COMPRESSION ON BOTH CYLINDERS.YOU WILL NOT HAVE A CHANCE LIKE THIS AGAIN TO OWN A KENNY ROBERTS YELLOW AND BLACK IN THIS PRISTINE CONDITION.STARTS FIRST KICK.NEEDS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.NO DISSAPOINTMENTS HERE.

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RZ350s are a hot commodity these days, and these bikes always seem to be a fan favorite (you RSBFS readers and Facebookers know who you are). What’s not to like? It makes all the right noises and smells, has great graphics and parking lot appeal, and sports King Kenny’s sig right on the fairing. Check out LOTS of pictures here. Good Luck!

MI

Super Clean 1985 Yamaha RZ350 in Florida
Yamaha March 8, 2014 posted by

Another 30 Year Old: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

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Official poll: Who is starting to feel old? Can you imagine that this RZ350, the last officially imported street legal two stroke in the US, is pushing the big three-0? Does that make you want one any less? I didn’t think so.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

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This RZ looks to have had a busy life. The seller notes that it is on its 4th overbore. If you are an optimist, that spells more capacity! But then, two strokes have always been about the ease of top end servicing, and honing/re-boring is not an uncommon practice. Looks like this owner knew a bit about what he was doing, and there are some tasty mods to this ride.

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From the seller:
1984 yamaha Kenny Roberts special 21k miles… And still riding.. Fresh top end bore.. Pistons pins brgs etc.. Less than 100 miles!!!
Full spec 2 fiberglass fairing.nose has 4 small drill holes as seen in close up …RARE!! Factory SOLO seat cowl and original included..new clutch plates.. Motor on 4th over..new YAMAHA crankshaft+ clutch basket
On last re-build 7k ago.. Motor has full TOOMEY porting from the 90s … Shaved head .40 aftermarket chambers NEW and reeds.. Rebuilt
Carbs with toomey kit in them.. This bike is FAST!!! Idles smooth all day.. Rebuilt oil pump..braided brake lines, steering stabilizer ,fork brace
Rebuilt forks and tapered head brgs installed..I have owned this bike the last 22 year.. Exept a 4 year stint with my friend.. Now it’s back … It WAS on the track back in the day .. Never crashed there!!..fell over in lot once.. Needs only new tires… Ready to GO
Tank repainted and is truly FLAWLESS !! Seat perfect.. No tear…. Everthing works.. Goes and stops GREAT! ALL fluids fresh ..
Clear clear NJ title in hand .. bike in NC ……those funny red marks on a couple pics ..are on the camera.. NOT..the bike
Delivery to bike week daytona available for a $$
Original tool kit and POUCH with strap .. In place…
Starts on FIRST KICK!

Prices have been on the rise for a decent RZ350 – and this one definitely applies. Current bid is below $4,000 at time of writing, making this a potential bargain RZ. The Spec 2 fairing is a nice touch, Toomey mods are period correct, and overall this is what you might expect to find when it comes to a bike this age that has been truly enjoyed. This machine is now looking for its next home. Any room in your stable? Check out the details here.

MI

Another 30 Year Old: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha October 20, 2013 posted by

Even Kenny would approve: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

Previously sold at $10k, this one is back due to a non-paying bidder. Bid to win! Links updated. -dc

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Always a fan favorite, a clean RZ usually sells itself. Interest is always high and prices are definitely on the rise. This is a classic machine, a legal two stroke in the US, and continues to be a unique ride despite its age. This bike shows only 534 miles on the odometer, some rash from use over the years, and is looking for a new home.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Edition with 534 ORIGINAL miles !!!!

Look at the pictures closely and you will notice on the Fender, Tank, and Upper Front Fairing there are very minor blemishes other than that this thing is a crème puff head turner, Even Kenny would approve.

Ok boys here’s the deal…it was kept garaged all of its life and starts on Second Kick Cold. Ridden occasionally to keep fluids fresh. Brakes are a little sticky but nothing that cant be remedied by a little service, no leaks. Engine looks really good. Aftermarket Exhaust by AllSpeed Hyperformance I do not have the originals.

Check the pictures they speak for themselves for a 29 year old collectors bike.

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This looks to be a pretty honest bike. It has some blems (some considerably more than minor) but overall is what you would expect from a 30 year old used bike. So what’s the catch? How about an opening bid of $9,999?! We see perfect (or nearly so) RZs top this amount, but this auction is starting out on the high side – and is likely scaring bidders off. Is this a fishing expedition on the part of the seller? Possibly. Check it out here and let us know what you think. Good Luck!

MI

Even Kenny would approve: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha September 2, 2013 posted by

Legalized Smoking: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Edition in Utah

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1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

One of the more common – yet popular – bikes we post on this site is the Yamaha RZ350. Known as the last of the legal two strokes available in the USA – including in the smog-choked Repulic of California – the RZ has a rabid following. It is becoming a serious collector bike as well, and we are watching prices rise on moderately-used machinery, and sky-rocket on pristine and museum bikes.

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From the seller:
This RZ350 is the Kenny Roberts Edition with the yellow, black and white paint. The US banned two stroke street bikes after 1984 so this is one of the last legally imported two stroke bikes sold in the US. The bike is a great everyday rider. I had the top and bottom end rebuilt about 1500 miles ago so it runs great and is fast! New crank, and pistons. It has very nice dent-free aftermarket pipes, a fork stabilizer, and is ready to rip.

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There are some nice bits on this bike (Telefix fork brake, aftermarket expansion chambers), and some not so good bits (a fair bit of rust and remnants of Father Time). Still, it looks to be a workable example that is deserving of some love. This bike is being offered with a reasonable opening ask of $3,495 and a BIN of $4,600 for those who need their instant gratification right now. Click the link to check out all of the details on this legal little smoker. Good Luck!

MI

Legalized Smoking: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Edition in Utah
Yamaha August 13, 2013 posted by

In Time for Barber: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts

1984 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale

While not as spotless as the RZ350 we posted the other day, this is a a great looking example that has a bit of patina. The seller also notes that delivery to the Barber vintage festival can be arranged, which would be a great way to enjoy an already epic weekend!

dc

1984 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale on eBay

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from the seller:

Selling a fabulous 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts motorcycle. Many rebuilt and brand new parts on bike. These include:

– Rebuilt: crank shaft, front forks, front and back brake caliber, master cylinder

– Brand new: pistons, handle bars, grips, front and rear tire, chain, and battery

The RZ350 is missing a right side steering nick cover and the air box has been replaced with independent air filters. The cylinders have been bored and the bike has had a complete new tune up. The bike has some nicks and scratches as can be seen in the photographs.This 1984 Yamaha RZ350 looks great and runs perfect! Low cost shipping is available between Ohio and Leeds, Alabama for the Barber Vintage Festival October 11-13, 2013.

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In Time for Barber:  1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts
Yamaha June 14, 2013 posted by

LA Smog: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

When it comes to street legal two strokes in California, your modern day choices are pretty much limited to a 49cc scooter, or this bike: a Yamaha RZ350. The last of the factory two strokes imported into the US, the RZ was even legal in EPA happy California thanks to stock mufflers that contained catalytic converters.

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Worldwide, the RZ is better known as the RD350LC – and in reality the model is not that rare. In the US, however, these were special bikes that had a very limited run. Offered in two colors – the Kenny Roberts replica yellow/black that you see here as well as a white/red combo – these continue to be highly sought after by our readers.

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From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ350 “Kenny Roberts Special” in the very desirable yellow and black livery, 23,600 miles, with aftermarket exhaust made by “Factory Exhaust Products”, aftermarket steering damper made by “NHK”.

The engine starts right away and sounds very healthy, the acceleration is superb and the entire drivetrain feels the way it should do. This RZ350 runs extremely well, has no leaks, does not overheat or make any strange noises.

The transmission shifts like clockwork through all the gears.

There are a few paint chips on the left side of the tank and another one on the rear right corner of the tank (Note: paint chips, NOT dents).

This bike is part of a large auto/motorcycle collection and has been kept in a climate controlled garage all the time, reason for selling is to make room for other projects.

It has spent all it’s life in southern California and will be sold with the original CA. blue plate.

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RZs are interesting bikes. We tend to see them in waves – there will be a ton for sale at once, and then we will see very few for a spell. This particular one looks to be in good shape. It has more miles than many that come our way (nearly 24,000 on the clock), so the condition of the top end may be of concern. Fortunately parts and rebuild kits are readily available for this motor, as it is a mainstay of the Yamaha two-stroke lineup.

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This auction is on right now, and it is an interesting one indeed. Bidding has been moderate, with the current bid up to only $3,650 with reserve still in place. The BIN is a very reasonable $5k. If you are in California and want a two stroke, this is a legal, available option. Click the link to check out all of the pictures and details. Good luck!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale April 23, 2013 posted by

You like fun? ’85 RZ350 “King” Kenny Roberts Model

Location: Lowell, MA    Mileage: 19,400   Price: Auction

85 RZ350

85 RZ350

The Yamaha Kenny Roberts RZ350 is a special bike for a couple of reasons. One, it’s a U.S. imported two stroke street bike. Awesome. Two, it honors Kenny Roberts, one of the greatest American motorcycle racers of all time. So it has a lot going for it. And because of those two unique reasons, it’s also a rare and collectible bike. It only came to the States for two years, so there aren’t many still around.

Here’s the seller’s info-

I am selling my White and Red 1985 Yamaha RZ 350 RZ350N YPVS Kenny Roberts edition. The bike starts first kick, runs great and everything works. The bike has 19,400 miles on it. This is a cool bike; it is an oil injected 2 stroke two cylinder 350. This bike was only sold in the U.S. for 2 years, 1985 being the last year. I bought this bike from the second owner who was a collector and owned it for many years. He did not use it much.  

This bike is perfect for the 2-stroke enthusiast or someone looking for an everyday rider RZ. The bike has been modified with some cool goodies. Please read the entire ad before bidding.

ENGINE: The motor is in great shape and runs good. 140PSI of compression in each cylinder. The carburetors were just ultrasonically cleaned. The bike looks to have all of the stock jets in the carbs so it could probably use a tune to get the most out of it. I just changed the oil, sparkplugs and cleaned the K&N air filter with Y-boot. The battery is good and is kept on a battery tender when not in use. The bike has a Toomey racing exhaust system on it and it sounds amazing.  This bike really goes well and is a blast to ride.  

The oil injection is still hooked up so no premixing needed. The air actuated fuel petcock drips over time (like they all do) I have not replaced it but there is an added in-line on / off fuel switch to keep everything in order. Just have to remember to shut the gas off when not in use. The petcock would probably be fine with a rebuild. 

BODY:  The bike is in great shape and the paint is original. This bike is a rider. There are some scratches and a few dings in the fuel tank. The inside of the gas tank looks clean.  I pointed out defects in the pictures. The seat is in great shape. One small crack in the lower belly pan. Again it is not a museum piece but is still a very respectable rider. (Please examine all pictures).

CHASSIS:  The tires were replaced recently. The brakes and the suspension are all in good working order.

 The bike comes with a Hayes service manual and a few service receipts from the previous owner. I am also including a Classic Motorcycle Mechanic’s magazine with a great article on the RZ/Rd 350; these were called RD350LC’s in Europe. The Bike also comes with a tool kit.  

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I think I have gone through everything. Don’t miss out. Examine all pictures and ask any questions before bidding. I am an enthusiast with a great appreciation for the classics. If you are reading this I am sure that you are familiar with these old bikes. I have an RD 400 and there is no comparison.

The bike is sold with a NH registration (in my name) and bill of sale. New Hampshire does not issue titles for anything over 15 years old (non-title state). You will be able to obtain a title in any state with no problems.

 The bike is SOLD AS IS no warranty.

If you have negative or zero feedback you must email me before bidding or your bid will be cancelled. I have been burnt by new ebayers too many times in the past. Email me to show you are serious.

This Bike must be picked up from Lowell MA 01852. I would like it picked up within 2 weeks. I have no problems with meeting a shipper but the buyer must set that up. NO PAYPAL accepted. If shipping the bike you can send a check and the bike can be picked up after payment has cleared. Or payment can be made in cash upon pickup. 

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This bike isn’t some low mileage, collector machine. But that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. It has some cosmetic issues but the seller describes it as a bike that has been maintained and runs well. Collecting bikes like this may be fun, but I bet riding them is even better. This looks like a good candidate for something to ride but that I suspect will also maintain its value.

Here’s an opportunity to own an RZ350 and hopefully not break the bank. If you need to know more or are ready to pull the trigger, check this auction out!

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale March 16, 2013 posted by

New ’06 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE 50th Anniversary (#380/500)

Location: Laguna Niguel, California   Mileage: 0/1   Price: Auction- $18,500 BIN

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The custom Kenny Roberts paint that Yamaha released on this fine R1 and the R6 are killer paint jobs. I love them. There’s a guy who runs all over my town on one constantly and I always love the way the bike looks. What we have here though is something a little more special than just paint. Yamaha built 500 Limited Edition R1’s in ’06 and this is number 380. And these bikes came with an Ohlins suspension, Marchesini rims and a slipper clutch, to name some upgrades, making it extra special.

Here’s the seller’s description-

You are bidding on a VERY RARE

    2006 Yamaha YZF LE R1

     Limited Edition

1 of Only 500 for

  WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION. 

 This one is number 380.

This bike should not be confused with the look alike bikes offered at your Yamaha dealer.

     This bike is one of the 500 genuine motorcycles.

                   These are the 50th Anniversary Edition for Yamaha bikes.

They made only 500 numbered bikes for the WORLD with less than 1/2 in the USA, Very Rare.

Yamaha also makes a look alike bike with the yellow and black paint but NOT the factory racing parts listed below,

 and NOT numbered–this is NOT the look alike bike.

 

THIS IS THE REAL NUMBERED ORIGINAL BIKE

 

 Some FACTORY STANDARD UPGRADES include:

     True Ohlins Suspension units Front & Rear, custom developed by the same people who work on

     Yamaha’s MotoGP Racing mo6torcycle (World Champion Valentino Rossi’s, with 8 Grand Prix

     Championships to his name) to provide you with the ULTIMATE in handling.

     Low weight Marchesini forged alloy wheels that are nearly 1 pound lighter than a regular R1.

                                   A 5 valve per cylinder,

                                         12,500 RPM,

                                        183 Horsepower,

                                 Dual Overhead Highlift Cams,

                                 Revised intake with Ram-Air,

                                  Dual Valve Fuel Injection,

                       32-bit ECU (for instantaneous power delivery),

                                  998cc (1 Liter) 4 cylinder

                                     Lightweight Engine.

6 Speed transmission with Slipper clutch, for smoother, safer and faster downshifts,

 20mm longer swingarm, more rigid lower triple clamp, and more rigid frame makes this the BEST handling R1 ever.

                                       Gold drive chain.

                                          Lap timer.

                       Radial mount calipers and BREMBO radial pump

                       Front master cylinder with adjustable lever.

                        Amazing braking power and controlability.

                            Sticky and wide Pirelli tires.

  These are most of the differences between a regular R1 and this Real, numbered, limited edition (LE) R1.

THIS IS A NEW MOTORCYCLE WITH 0.1 MILES.

                                    0.1 Miles,

                                    ZERO MILES.

                                   NEVER RIDDEN

    This motorcycle has been parked with a cover in a heated classic car garage with two other

    motocycles and two classic cars.

               THIS MOTORCYCLE IS PERFECT

 This motorcycle has 0 miles and has never been ridden

  The pearl flake paint glitters widly in the sun that you just have to see in real life to believe.

              All original paperwork, brochures

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              Rare Yamaha Limited tool kit included.

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So these are limited run bikes, have a cool set of upgrades, and this one has 0/1 miles. So what’s not to like? Clearly this would be a great collector piece and breaking it out to put mileage on it now might seem like a bad idea to some. But it was also built to be ridden, so if that’s what you choose to do, hat’s off to you. How you enjoy this beauty would be entirely up to you.

if you’ve been looking for one, here’s your chance. To make your move, check the auction!

-RN