Posts by tag: Kenny Roberts

Yamaha January 8, 2013 posted by

Good to be King: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

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Located in Tennessee is this RZ350 survivor in bumble bee livery. Sporting 9,100 miles and some aftermarket pipes (SPEC II perhaps?), this would make for a rockin’ ride for the New Year. Check out some of the classic smokers in the background; looks like our seller is a real two stroke fan!

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RZ350s are very popular with our readers. Known as the last officially imported factory two stroke in the US, the RZs paid homage to the RD 250/350/400 lineage that came before it, as well as celebrated the racing success enjoyed with both “King” Kenny Roberts and “Steady” Eddie Lawson.

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From the seller:
If your looking at this bike, you probably already know what it is. For a 350 it is one fast bike and a limited production bike. Blast to drive. This is a very very clean bike. It is a turn key and go bike. Also have the owner manual.

PS there are several scratches on the bike is thirty years old -Also have a decal set .

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These bikes are not only popular on RSBFS, they are popular on eBay as well. Several bidders have already jumped into the action, and the current price is $2,425 with reserve still in place. As always, the reserve number will be the key to this one selling, but by all accounts interest is there. For more info and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!

MI

Yamaha November 28, 2012 posted by

1983 Yamaha RZ 350 in California

For Sale: 1983 Yamaha RZ 350

Golden State residents rejoice! Here is a legal smoker available to you with no hassles from The Man, no fake paperwork and no frame swapped VIN numbers necessary. The Yamaha RZ350 was the last meaningful two stroke brought into the U.S. by a major manufacturer and registered as a street bike in all 50 states.

Powered by a 350cc parallel twin, the RZ was initially launched in bumble bee yellow/black colors with King Kenny Roberts signature on the fairing. This red/white model was also available – and by 1984 it also gained Kenny’s signature on the plastics.

From the seller:
Excellent Condition, All Stock, Runs Great, Title is Clear, Registered in California, Pics upon request Buyer to take care of all transportation. Cash only

There is not a lot to go on from what the seller has written, and there are only a few pictures availble. The bike is listed as an ’83, but the US only saw these as ’84 and ’85 models. Technically speaking, the bike is not all stock, as this one has expansion chambers in place of the stock, catalytic converter-equipped pipes (which reportedly weighed a ton). This is not a bad mod to make on these bikes, but it IS a modification. Beware if you are looking for an all original, perfectly stock example. Additionally – and maybe it is just me – but the livery on the fairing appears to be from one of the later model years.

Bidding is going on right now, with the opening ask set at $3,199 (with reserve in place), The BIN is set at $4,399, which is not out of line for a nice RZ, depending upon mods and condition. With only 11k miles on the clock, this could work out to be a good deal. For all the info and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. If anyone checks it out in person, please share your observation in the comments. Good Luck!

MI

Aprilia October 23, 2012 posted by

October Mega Mailbag! [RC8, RS250, RZ350, VFR400R Rothmans, ZX7R, ZX7, 89 CBR600, VFR400]

Hey guys! It’s been a while to say the least since we last published a post with your submissions. My apologies if your listing has expired or we didn’t get to reply in time — there’s just been too much to do every weekend since forever!

Thanks as always for your emails and thank you for reading!

dc

First up Chris shoot us his 2009 KTM RC8 that has a couple days left on eBay. Buy-it-now is $11k.


Here’s a great looking 1995 Kawasaki ZX-7 for just $4000 in Indiana on eBay.


Brit has emailed to let us know his Aprilia RS250 is available in Nashville for $6500 and with tags.


Peter has emailed us this very yellow Kenny Roberts tribute bike for sale on eBay. Very well written description. Good luck with the sale!


Adam sends us this stunning and original VFR400R Rothmans that has been in storage for 20 years. Check it out on Boston Craigslist for $13995.


John has email us his 2002 Kawasaki ZX7R that is available in Austin for $5400 with just 3500 miles. Good luck with the sale!


Peter spotted this very original looking 1989 Honda CBR600 on Cycletrader.com for $3k.


Chris forwarded us this spot in Canada for a 1992 Honda VFR400 for just $4200.

Yamaha October 21, 2012 posted by

RSBFS Fan Favorite: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts

We always see a huge response on the RZ350’s and here is the latest on eBay for you to consider. This one is located in Florida and the current bid hasn’t reached reserve at $4301, though a buy-it-now is shown at $5500. This bike doesn’t have any major blemishes I can see in the pictures and the owner describes the bike as near show quality with nearly 12k miles. Place your bid here!

dc

Sport Bikes For Sale August 31, 2012 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts with Five Factory Miles!

Update 8.31.2012: As the season winds down, the price drops again to $19,800. Links updated. Thanks Mike, -dc

Update 7.23.2012: Last seen in May, this bike is back on eBay with a lower buy-it-now of $22,800. Links updated. -dc

Location: Pompano Beach, Florida

Mileage: 5 factory miles

Price: $26,800 BIN

We throw out collector alerts and call bikes museum pieces here at RSBFS on a fairly regular basis. And that’s because we post up some killer bikes. Not everyone agrees with our assessments of course, but that’s part of the fun. Well, here we have a collector/museum piece if there ever was one. The seller describes it as maybe the only brand new Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts left in the world. That may or may not be true, but it’s possible. And that my friends is a big deal.

This looks like the real deal. A bike that was bought by some crazy Kenny Roberts/Yamaha enthusiast and brought home immediately for living room display. There are certainly a few bikes I would like to have done that with (NSR, TZR, RGV, 851, the list goes on) and apparently that’s what happened to this one.

Here’s the sellers words-

1985 Yamaha RZ350 KENNY ROBERTS RZ 350

CARSFROMFLORIDA a unique internet dealer in Florida specializing only in clean, certified Florida driven vehicles is proud to offer to the world this BRAND NEW – NEVER USED 1985 YAMAHA RZ350 KENNY ROBERTS EDITION SPORT BIKE!!!

– PROBABLY THE LAST ONE IN THE WORLD IN BRAND NEW CONDITION

– MUSEUM OR COLLECTOR

– LIVING ROOM KEPT

– HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE

– FANTASTIC INVESTMENT

– ALL BOOKS

– THIS IS A MUST SEE!

***1985 YAMAHA RZ350 KENNY ROBERTS EDITION***

THIS IS YOUR ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A KENNY ROBERTS EDITION THAT IS LIKE NO OTHER IN THE WORLD!!!

***ONLY 5 FACTORY DRIVEN MILES ON THIS RZ350***

THIS INCREDIBLE MACHINE WAS PURCHASED NEW FROM THE DEALERSHIP AND WENT DIRECTLY TO THE OWNERS LIVING ROOM, WHERE IT HAS BEEN KEPT, CARESSED AND LOVED FOR OVER 25 YEARS!!!

CARSFROMFLORIDA is just simply proud, to introduce a simply amazing, RZ350 Kenny Roberts Edition Sport Bike that is just simply…A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Look at the pictures of this pristine machine and you can almost feel the wind at your back! Built to turn and burn, the major components are tucked in and high, allowing the RZ to be leaned over quite far before anything scrapes the asphalt. You have never experienced anything like this ever…we promise.

Presented to the world in an incredible like new condition, with complete books, this highly collectible RZ350 signed Kenny Roberts Sport Bike could also be one of the best performing assets in your portfolio!

And more pics for you to scrutinize-

So now you’ve seen the photos, read the description and contemplated the only 5 factory miles on this bike. A stunning example by all accounts. So let’s talk about the elephant in the room (or post) as it were.

The seller is asking $26,800 for this bike.

That’s a lot of cash for most folks (even rich folks, I think). So is this bike worth it? If it was proven beyond any doubt to be the last brand new RZ350KR on earth would it be worth it?

I don’t know. I’m just bringing you the bike. If you wish to play in this world and have the means, jump over to the auction and make your play.

-RN

Bimota August 25, 2012 posted by

Mailbag, Weekend Edition [SB8R, RZ350 Project, RS125 Track Bike, Nico Bakker, CB1000F, FZR400

Here are the best from this week’s mailbag. Thanks for all your emails and enjoy the weekend!

dc

Dan starts us off with this Bimota SB8R for sale in Los Angeles. Just under 1000 miles and current accepted bid is $8525. What are the chances this is pulled just before the end of the auction…


Greg passes along this very cool 1980 Yamaha TZ350 Nico Bakker! Available in Florida for $16k.


Jason sends us this Yamaha RZ350 project he spotted in Minneapolis for $1600.


Anthony spotted this Honda RS 125 track bike for just $3k in Pennsylvania.


While I’m a big fan of these I’d normally pass for RSBFS. But it’s so clean and lovingly photographed! Just 12k miles and just $3500 for this Honda CB1000F in Colorado. Thanks Tom!


Here’s a great looking FZR400 for sale in the Hudson Valley for $4500.

Yamaha July 27, 2012 posted by

Performance never gets old: 1975 Yamaha TZ700/750

For Sale: 1975 Yamaha TZ700 T750

Regardless of age, high-performance never goes out of style. And while this is a 37 year old comparative dinosaur next to many of the modern machines posted on RSBFS, it still looks fast and purposeful – and ready to rip your arms out of their sockets when it hits the pipe!

The TZ series were Yamaha customer race bikes, allowing privateers access to *almost* the same machinery as “factory sponsored” riders. The factory boys probably sat on the same base motorcycle as the privateers, but were often assisted by trick parts and the latest developmental gadgets. Still, many a professional rider turned laps on TZ machines, and their contribution to motorcycle roadracing cannot be denied. Unfortunately, very few of the racebikes survive in any period correct semblance and prices are rising fast on quality hardware.

From the seller:
YAMAHA TZ750 TZ 750 700 TZ700
Serial number 409-100118

Rare and hard to find Yamaha TZ750
The serial number indicates this TZ750 is an early 1975 model,
still with the 700cc top end.

The 1975 production began with serial number 409-100101,
indicating this bike was in the first 20 bikes produced that year.
Possibly meaning that the bike was originally assigned to a factory-supported
team in the USA, Asia or Europe.

Perhaps this bike was originally assigned to Steve Baker,
Johnny Cecotto, Gaicomo Agostini, Gene Romero, Kenny Roberts
or another factory supported rider.

Almost impossible to find with the original top end.
The 34mm Mikuni carbs are properly marked with the “409” designation,
indicating the carbs were made for the early TZ750, A, B or C

Tank equipped with a quick-fill option. The tank conversion workmanship looks to be
either factory or a VERY professional conversion.

Wire spoke wheels appear original.

Attractive paint on tank, seat and fairing.

The cases have no serial number, not unusual for a factory bike.

The providence of any racebike is often a murky affair. The seller insinuates that this bike might have been ridden by one of the greats, but that is not a documented fact. The point is that documented race history turbocharges the price on any collectable racebike. Still, this is an undeniably clean example of one of the classic GP machines of the day.

I can’t decide if this super-sano example is a $34,500 find (as per the BIN) asked by the seller, or a $20k bike with a $15k detail job – I’m not sure the last meal I ate was served on a plate this clean! Two strokes are notorious for burping out schmutz on every possible surface – which is part of their charm – so to see this bike in such a restored state is really a nice treat. Other interested parties seem to agree, as spirited bidding has taken this bike over the $22k mark with reserve still in place. Do yourself a favor and check out the pics on this one: click here to jump over to the auction. Enjoy!

MI

Yamaha June 21, 2012 posted by

Rolling Stock: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

For Sale: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

Update 6.20.2012: Back on eBay and it looks like for the last time as it’s now no reserve. Thanks for the heads up Jared! Links updated. -dc

Update 3.8.2012: Mileage is now stated as 9300 miles and buy-it-now dropped to $15k. -dc

Hot on the heels of Ian’s post on a modified RZ500 comes this beautiful survivor. How many stone stock RZ500s do you find in the States? Those who have looked will tell you – not many. Perhaps it is because so few RZ500s made it to the US in the first place (Yamaha never officially imported it, so all are grey market bikes), or maybe, as Ian stated previously, RZs tend to be on the receiving end of heavy modifications. Any way you slice it, a stocker from ’85 is definitely a rare find.

This particular bike looks good in the pictures, has the stock chambers, retains the dinky 16″ front wheel (inspired by GP technology of the day) bolted up to 37mm forks (equally dinky by today’s standards), and offers the solo seat cover (a passenger pillion is hidden beneath). All the reflectors are in place, and the turn signals have not been cut down or otherwise modified. From afar, this looks to be a showroom RZ500.

From the seller:
This is a 1985 all original Yamaha RZ500. has a Canadian title and is in South Florida. Not a big problem to title in States as it is considered an antique. Is in great shape with low miles. A real classic eye catcher.

So the BIG question is what is a 1985 RZ500 sporting 30,035 miles on the clock worth? Values on these bikes have been all over the place, but mostly on the up. We have seen lower mileage examples offered at $20k, but no real evidence of them selling at that level. This particular bike is being offered with a starting bid of $9,500, and a BIN set at $18,000.

This bike just hit the market, and interest has been relatively low at the time of this writing (zero bids). The opening ask is not out of line with the bike’s value, but perhaps bidders have been scared off by the BIN? For more info and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. This is a good looking example of a rare breed. Good luck!

MI