Posts by tag: Kenny Roberts

Sport Bikes For Sale June 7, 2011 posted by

Go big or go home: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

For Sale: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

OK two stroke fans, I have two words for you: California Title. Excited yet? Called out to us by sharp-eyed reader Ian, these bikes usually belong over on sister site CSBFS – but seeing how we need some great hardware to fight the influx of Ducatis posted here recently, I’m quite happy to show it off on RSBFS. Besides, The big RZ has lots of company on this site, as it continues to be a very popular model coveted and searched out by readers (check out some of the previous RZ500 listings by clicking on this RSBFS search link).

This has got to be one of the best pics in all of motorcycling: With the color-matched solo seat cover over the upper two of the four exhaust pipes and just a hint of license plate cleavage poking out from below, this just says “ready for business!”

From the seller:
You are bidding on a beautiful 1985 Yamaha RZ500 with only 27500 Km’s (17087 Miles), it is not show/display quality but as you can see from the pictures it is a stunning daily rider, it is in standard configuration (not tuned) and has the original exhaust pipes, auto lube and air box, the bike has been fitted with longer lower suspension arms to raise the back of the bike up by 1” to give it a more modern look, (the original arms will be included).

When I bought the bike the tank and fairings had been re-painted in original Yamaha white but had no graphics, so I decided to replace all of the graphics with high quality hand cut vinyl and as you can see it looks amazing.

No expense has been spared on the up keep and maintenance of this RZ500 and it starts and runs like new, it has never had any issues with water, fuel or oil leaks and the gear box does not use a single drop of oil.

The RZ has new Bridgestone BT45 tires, zero gravity windscreen and Gorilla alarm and as you can see from the pictures many of the parts have been powder coated, the wheels are flat black and all of the other parts have been powder coated satin black

With 17,087 miles showing on the odometer (that’s 27,500 kilometers for the metric set), this bike is in rare condition indeed. The apparently unmolested engine, intake and exhaust speak to a well-cared for machine that was not abused mercilessly. The repaint is striking – although questions on the reasons behind the repaint are probably in order. As always, we recommend asking lots of questions and requesting lots of pictures and information before committing hard cash on a bike unseen.

Thankfully, the seller has been quite forthright in what is not perfect on the bike:

From the seller:
Small piece of plastic missing from behind the front right turn signal
Fairing cut around the right side engine cover
Could use some paint touch-up on the engine (if you’re a perfectionist)
Crack on under side of belly pan (can only be seen from underneath belly pan)

All in all, this is not a bad list considering we are talking about a rare, gray-market import bike that is 26+ years old! And perhaps you missed another key aspect – this bike has a coveted CA title and plates (which may not mean much to the inhabitants of the other 49 states – or our foreign and overseas RSBFS readers – but is a BIG DEAL where bikes like these are coveted yet not able to be titled by mere mortals).

So how much for a rare beauty like this one? The current bid at auction is only $6,800, with reserve still in place. Bidding has been spirited, and the bike is showing a lot of interest. These are $9k+ bikes when found titled and rideable condition, so there is still plenty of opportunity to get in on the action. To check out all of the pictures, read more from the seller and possibly even bid on this great machine, . Good luck to the bidders, and thanks again Ian for pointing this one out!


Sport Bikes For Sale June 3, 2011 posted by

All Hail the King: 1985 Yamaha RZ 350 Up for Auction

Location: Camarillo, CA
Mileage: 5,220
Price: $4,000 BIN

As I’m sure most of you do, when I think RZ 350, I think Kenny Roberts. The Yamaha RZ 350 Kenny Roberts Signature is a legendary bike associated with a legendary racer. Indulge me for a second while I drop a little history.   ‘King Kenny’ was a dominate racer in the 70’s and went on to win three Grand Prix titles (’78, ’79, ’80) on 500 cc two-strokes. He was the first American rider to win in Grand Prix road racing and in 2000 he was named a Grand Prix legend by the FIM. Kenny Roberts name is motorcycle racing and for me this bike represents an important part of that history. And although I have never ridden one, with roughly 52 ponies of two-stroke power and weighing in at 370lbs, I suspect it’s a blast.

This bike appears to be clean, with reasonable mileage and some solid modifications and maintenance. From the seller:

This is a clean 1985 RZ 350 with the Kenny Roberts red and white graphics scheme. All the paint is original to the bike as well as the graphics. There is a small dent in the tank on the right side where your leg would go, it was hit with something as someone was walking by. Has brand new braided brake line, brake pads, ceramic coated pipe, new speedo cable, and more. The front forks were rebuilt with Race Tech internals, new chain, sprockets, professionally jetted, the list keeps going. I have an invoice of all the new parts and when they were installed. Never ridden since installed. Starts up and runs great but would like to be used instead of sitting. This is a two stroke if you are not familiar with the model. One of the original sport bikes. Selling as the owner and title holder and had only two other owners. One owner had it for over 20 years. One you should come take a look at.

More photos:

Current bid is $1000 as of this writing with the BIN at $4000. The BIN price seems to be right in there for one of these bikes. If the sound of angry bees in a can is for you and you want to try to snag this piece of motorcycle history, !


Sport Bikes For Sale May 25, 2011 posted by

1994 Yamaha TZ250 Kenny Roberts Racing

1994 Yamaha TZ250 King Kenny Roberts stable

Location: Santa Ana, California
Mileage: It’s a racer 🙂
Price: $10,000 will do it

Que the AC/DC and crank up Back in Black because is back baby! We’re as amp’d about it as anyone and the IT guy better be apologizing to everyone- and quick! I personally think we should give him a good old southern ass kik’n for holding us down so long. Who wants to help?

Have your Angus cranked up yet? Mines on 11, but I can still hear and smell the cotton candy fumes of hi-octane and synthetic 2T burning from a full on GP bike. Yep, that’s right my friends- the closet 99% of us will ever get to being a true GP racer boy is to buy an ex GP racer and now is your chance!

SCHWING! Pretty spiffy eh? Read on for the 411

1994 Yamaha TZ250 located in California. This bike belongs to Kenny Roberts and was raced by Jimmy Filice in the 1996 European 250cc Championships. Bike has Ohlins Forks and Brembo Brakes. The cylinders and pipes are Bud Aksland. This bike is in very good condition and fast. Sold with no spares, comes with what you see in the pictures.

Hmmm, comes with what you see in the pictures eh? Maybe KR will throw in a track lesson for the lucky buyer 🙂

I poked around on some of the two stroke forums and the main question seems to be “wonder what’s in the motor?” I’m curious as well and would like to see the Dyno sheet for this machine.

Track day machine? Office art? Conversation piece? What would you do with a gem like this? Hit me back and tell us what you’d do with a full on GP machine.



Sport Bikes For Sale March 17, 2011 posted by

Another of Kenny’s rides: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

For Sale: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 in MINT condition!

It’s hard for me to pass up an RZ350; classic lines, last of the factory two strokes, King Kenny’s signature… Lately, though, we have seen a lot of high-mileage, ratted out examples pass through eBay. Seems that more and more folks are cashing in on the rising values of these collectible buzz bombs from the 1980’s.

This bike is different. Stone stock (including the hard to come by exhaust system which contains catalytic converters) with low miles, this is about as clean as one can hope to get in a used bike. If only more used bikes for sale looked like this one…

From the seller:

Offered here is my Kenny Roberts commemorative Yamaha RZ350 sports bike. I purchased this classic years ago and could not pass it up since it is such a rare find for a one owner, completely unmolested original bike with under 3,000 miles. The original owner only drove it for a few years and then stored it. He said it has never been down and that he changed the transmission oil every 1000 miles. The bike is totally stock and has not been performance modified in any way… still has the original Dunlop tires, brake pads, exhaust, etc. The only part I replaced was the original air filter which fell apart in my hand – a new foam 2 stage UNI filter was installed. This bike still has all of the original decals and stampings to my knowledge and the carb idle jets are still factory capped! The little details still are in tact… like part number tags, warning / cleaning decals, rubber brake bleeder caps, no lead fuel, catalyst, etc. This bike has a rubber seal that fits over the headlight behind the fairing which I have never seen from my exposure to these bikes.

Other than the tiny Snap-On sticker on the tank, this bike looks amazingly factory. It still has the typical mediocre toolkit, all of the EPA labels and reflectors, and stock tires (you may want to consider swapping those out before riding in anger). So what price for a showroom-fresh RZ350? Typically we see these bikes go for $3,500 on the low end, and above $7,500 on the upper end – but few are in this exemplary condition. This particular auction is popular: the current bid is up to $9,100 and in a few days somebody is going to ride off in a haze of wonderful blue smoke. The price may seem high, but it is the bidding – not some artificial BIN number – that is driving it there.

The seller has included a lot more pictures and text than we have room for here. Take a look – you won’t be disappointed that you did. For all the information, to do some drooling of your own, or to bid on this two stroke time machine click on the link and . Good luck!


Quick Spot March 9, 2011 posted by

Really clean Yamaha RZ350 in Los Angeles

For Sale: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Replica

With bikes like this up for grabs, Los Angeles is truly the City of Angels. This great looking RZ was spotted by a sharp RSBFS reader – and we jumped at the chance to post it. We come across many hot rodded bikes in our quest to post the best of the best, but few offer the complete package that this RZ represents.

From the seller:
1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Replica Excellent condition, This bike gives you a huge premagrin as you go down the street.
I’m finally selling my very loved RZ350. This is one of the cleaner RZ’s out there period.
The top end was rebuilt 1,500 miles ago. The crank was rebuilt by the guy I bought it from.
This bike is fast, very fast. 65 RWHP. Stage 3 Porting and rebuild done by Steve Turner (MBSteve), He’s a So Cal 2-Stroke tuning legend.

Here’s a list of mods done to the bike,
Stage 3 Porting, 34mm Mikuni Flatside carburetors, Billet aluminum intake manifolds,
Spec-2 expansion chambers, with M-Factory West Carbon Fiber Silencers by TZ-MIke,
New CDI rebuilt by RZ’s Unlimited, Tarozzi Rear sets,
Penske Rear Racing shock-ajustable, Progressive front springs, Telefix fork brace
Spec-2 Telefix, Full Faring, Spec-2 Telefix Rear Tail section with custom seat,
Custom made cluster mount (doesn’t move when you turn the handle bars)
Custom triple clamp, CRG Mirror (not on the bike) Steering Stabilizer, Custom Steel braided brake lines front & rear………just to name a few

Many spares are included. I have all the OEM bodywork (except the upper faring) which is in excellent condition, Lower bikini, Tail section, Seat, Left & Right side panels.
1985 RZ350 cdi, quick throttle, stock carbs & much more
The bike is plated and registered.

Please email me at

From the pics on Craigslist, the bike appears to have approximately 20,000 miles on it. The seller is asking for $5,500 which is a bit high for an RZ, but potentially justifiable given the condition and modifications. I think this is one great looking bike. To check out the complete add and all the pictures, jump over to Craigslist here.


Sport Bikes For Sale February 15, 2011 posted by

Smoke ’em if you got ’em: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

For Sale: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Edition

For those of you looking for fun on the cheap, here is a nice ’84 RZ350 in classic Kenny Roberts colors. These little bikes are lightweight, offer nimble handling, have decent power, and make all the right noises. Unleash your inner hooligan and cover your tracks with a fog bank of blue smoke!

The RZ350 offered the Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS), which automatically controlled the height of the exhaust port – greatly improving the powerband of this two stroke.

From the seller:
1984 Yellow Kenny Roberts RZ350
Genuine Yamaha fairing 31K all rubber mounted
Toomey Pipes
Toomey air cleaner
Solo seat tail piece
New fuel and oil hoses
Fresh coolant
Less than a thousand miles on new Bridgestone Battlax
Matching engine and frame numbers
Runs great, very fun bike
No dents and just a few minor blemishes
Yellow plated bolts
Clip on handle bars

This has been a great little bike, and I hate to even sell her after all the detailing I have done. It’s time for me to move on my new Sportster. Lower chin cowl has a few small cracks but I think all of them do that have original plastic. That’s is why I have rubber mounted all fairing fasteners. As you can see from the photos this is one clean bike.

This particular bike has quite a few miles (42,000) and a few mods, including the Toomey pipes, a welded crank, clip-ons replacing the original bars, and more. The price for modded RZ’s has not really risen in the past year, and this could prove to be a barrel full of fun at a bargain to some lucky bidder.

The auction is currently at the $2,000 mark with reserve not yet met. I can’t imagine the reserve set much higher than $2,500 on this bike, and it should sell in the $3k-$5k range. For more information or to pick yourself up a fun little gem, click the link and . Good Luck, and may you never kick that smoking habit!


Sport Bikes For Sale January 26, 2011 posted by

What is the EPA? 1984 Yamaha RZ350

For Sale: 1984 Yamaha rz350 RZ 350

The RSBFS staff seem to love these little bikes, judging by the number we have found and posted over the years. Some have been well kept and loved, others hot-rodded and modified within an inch of their lives, including porting, pipes, new suspension, and more. Today’s bike is surprisingly stock; it is claimed all original, and still has the original exhaust (which contain catalytic converters to try to clean up the RZ’s notoriously dirty two-stroke output) and original front tire (!).

From the seller:
1984 Yamaha RZ 350 Kenny Roberts. Own a piece of motorcycle history. This is the first year the rz was offered in the U.S. The last of the street legal two stroke’s in america. This bike is in very good original condition. A very low mileage bike. Only 4061 original miles. It doesn’t get much better than this. I have a clear title and original owners manual. Bike runs great and still has the original front tire still on it!

With just over 4,000 miles on the clock, this little RZ is a real survivor. Performance is adequate in stock form, although keep in mind that we are only talking about 350cc here. Tires would be at the top of my list, along with a case of two-stroke oil and a permanent grin. With light weight and nimble handling, hooligan sound and just a wisp of blue smoke, here is a collectable machine that is begging to be ridden.

The auction is currently at the $4,000 mark, which is low dollar for a complete and original RZ. There is no reserve, so some lucky bidder is going home with the bike! To get more info, see more pics and get in on the action, click on the link and

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale January 26, 2011 posted by

How Brave Are You? 1974 Yamaha TZ750

How Brave Are You?  1974 Yamaha TZ750

 Well big fella, are you really brave enough to ride this beast?  A 750cc two stroke, in that frame, with those wheels?  Not on my to do list my friends.  I honestly can’t fathom what an untamed 750cc two stroke from the 70’s is like to ride.

This picture says it all.  Expansion chambers running amuck.  The sound must be something else.  I would think this thing would want to twist the frame into a pretzel when it comes on the pipe.

Part of a 10 bke GP collection for sale?  This guy’s email is going to fill up fast.

Part of 10 GP bike collection for sale. This is a 74 TZ700 updated to a 77 spec. bike. Frame work done in 76 by Wasco. The engine is all fresh. bottom end done by Scott Clough Racing. Top end is original 140 hp Don Vesco cyl`s. Piston assy`s from Ferry Brower.
This is a ground up re-build and nothing has been over looked. It is track ready or for your display. The bike has not been run.
Bike is sold as is and ships to the US lower 48 states only…Known ridder history. Included in the sale are $6600. in new and used spare parts. You can E-mail me for further information and pictures @

Just like it  came from the factory.  I do not know the seller but I’ve seen some of his previous projects up for auction and the bikes just look gorgeous.  I’ve done some restoration projects and when I see stuff like this  I realize I’m just a amateur.

Now be honest, would your heart not be racing knowing you were about to ride this thing around a track?  Here is a great read from Motorcyclist Magazine about racing one at Daytona.  Here is some more history on it from  They made this fun comparison:

the 1974 TZ700 and the 2000 R7 Superbike

  TZ700 R7
Wheelbase 56.28″ 56″ 
Weight 345 lbs 356 lbs 
Front Tire  3.25 x 18 3.5 x 17
Rear Tire 3.5 x 18 6 x 17
Horsepower 145 173


   The buy it now price for some Yamaha race history is $45,000 and the seller has added the it is a matching numbers bike.  Be sure to check out the auction because he has also listed all the spares included.  If you have the nads and the wallet .