Posts by tag: Kenny Roberts

Sport Bikes For Sale October 29, 2010 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ350

1985 Yamaha RZ350

2-stroke mania continues here at RSBFS. Here is a rare RZ350 in red/white for your enjoyment. This example has seen some use, but looks to be in good condition for its age.

There is very little information regarding this gem in the ad, although the seller lists it as a California bike with 8,959 miles. The auction has the bike mistakenly labeled as an RC350 rather than an RZ350, so that might keep some people from finding it. But not us!

Offered in the US for only a short period of time, this is the second (and last) year of the RZ350. Earlier (1984) paint schemes had the yellow/black with Kenny Roberts’ signature, and the red/white without a signature. In 1985, Yamaha added Kenny’s sig to the red/white paint scheme as well.

This bike sports a set of Spec II expansion chambers. As the OEM exhaust system contained a complex (and heavy) set of catalytic converters to help the bike pass EPA emissions, aftermarket systems helped to shed 15+ lbs and offered substantial performance improvements.

Although not quite as fast as the 550 four strokes of the day, the little RZ built up a strong cult following and continues to be an affordable collectable that is fun to ride. Check out this one here!


Sport Bikes For Sale April 15, 2010 posted by

1985 RZ500 Hybrid Track/Street Bike In Florida

1985 RZ500 Hybrid  Track/Street Bike In Florida

Here is a rather interesting RZ500 hybrid looking for a new home.  It’s got a little of everything on it but it has one very important thing for us two stroke fanatics: a title.  That is a tasty custom swing arm sitting there and with a nice paint scheme that YZR replica bodywork would look great.  A lot has been done do this bike so I’ll let the seller explain:

Time to settle and cash out. 1985 RZ500. ZXR750 forks,Marchasini front 3.5 rim with brembo brakes and cast iron rotors,GSXR 5.5 rear rim withm modified cush drive in a Custom swing arm. Steel re-enforced frame @ main frame. Engine has fresh top end with 32mm flat slides,Bodywork is YZR500 fairing with air tech seat assembly. Fresh slicks on her, a full un opened 55 drum of MS109 VP fuel, and here is the rather cool part…With a few zues fastners and one bracket I made for the tail assembly its street legal,….OK so its a rather odd machine but its titled and has seen some street miles. Instrumentation consists of a tach and temp gauge.
I do not care if it sells but if you wish to have it it is available. I last ran it a bit over a year ago at Jennings and while it won both classes its was not what I expected and lost interest in my vintage conquest. Right now it is collecting dust in a conditioned space waiting to be gone over or loved on.
Paint is in decent condition and spares consist of sprockets and a spare set of YZR bodywork depending on interest.



The seller is asking $7500 and he sounds pretty firm on that.  In the two stroke market I consider a title worth somewhere between $1500 and $2000.  So factor that into your equation when you consider if the price is right.  Obviously the bike is currently set up for the track.  It would take a little work getting her ready for the street but the owner has done the hard part already with the title.  This bike is probably not for the collectors out there but is for the guy who wants to wring a two strokes neck every weekend.   Tear up that Sierra Club membership and come join us on the dark, or shall I say smokey, side.  The owner sums it all up perfectly with a saying under his avatar on the WERA forum:  “Valves are for toilets!”   The bike is listed for sale on the WERA two stroke forum.


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 November 21, 2009 posted by

2006 Yamaha R1 Limited Edition–Still in the crate

Again, I know R1s aren’t rare but, the LEs are and this one is still in the crate.  Located in Cedar Hills, Oregon is a 2006 Yamaha R1 Limited Edition in unused condition.  To quote the seller:

I have a 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition for sale. This is one of only 500 ever produced, and still in the original crate at my warehouse. It’s in pristine condition, has never turned a wheel except maybe after it rolled off the assembly line and into it’s shipping container.  This bike sold for $18,000 new, and I purchased it primarily as a collector’s item never intending to use it. A nice display piece for sure, but would be great for weekend rides, or track days for someone who wants one of the best all time sportbikes, unmatched for it’s speed, powerful engine and superb handling.  The bike is still in the crate, but I will be happy to assemble and service it for the new owner. I am a career Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki tech.  A factory service manual, owner’s manual, and Limited Edition R1 tool kit will be included with purchase.

The asking price is $12,995.  So, if you missed the Limited Editions around the first time or you’re a very serious collector, this might be the bike for you.  Sorry, no photos.  See the Craigslist ad here.


Yamaha July 20, 2009 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts

Located in Los Angeles, California is the rare color 1985 Yamaha RZ350, Kenny Roberts edition.  This bike has been well maintained and completely gone through.  This example claims to be completely stock except for the smoked windscreen, tires, and battery.  It sounds as if the majority of the rubber parts on this bike have been replaced only because of their age–which is a good thing.  The bodywork is completely original.  The seller states that the only defect is a small one on the tank decals.  This bike is California titled and registered.  Priced at $5,499, this bike is located at a dealer but not inflated in price just because of that fact.  See the Craigslist ad here.



Yamaha June 29, 2009 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ350

Located in Capitola, California is a Kenny Roberts replica 1985 Yamaha RZ350.  The RD/RZ350 line isn’t that hard to locate, nor is the Kenny Roberts edition, but what makes this example special is it’s claimed to be completely original and caries only 6,900 miles.  Seller claims stock air box, pipes, emissions equipment, both keys and a clean title.  The asking price of $5,500 reflects the condition.  If you’re looking for a special, original, RD/RZ make sure to check out this example.  See the Craigslist ad here.