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Featured Listing August 21, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda VFR750F

Even legends have parents. They don’t often get lauded for their offspring’s exploits, but their influence is indelible, and without their genes, what would our heroes be? The 1986 Honda VFR750F is a minor legend in its own right, but its offspring — the Honda RC30 and RC45, are the beasts everyone remembers. But in 1986, Honda was hungry to catapult itself past the other Japanese marques in the sportbike arms race, and to cure its new V4s reputation for weak valve trains.

The VFR750F delivered. Under Fred Merkel, Wayne Rainey and Bubba Shobert, the bikes cleaned up in AMA. And under a crew from Cycle World that included Nick Ienatsch and a motley crew of racers and journalists, blew the ’86 Suzuki GSXR750’s 24-hour speed record out of the water by nearly 20 mph. Follow the link to that story at the end of this writeup. You won’t regret it. The red-white-and-blue beasts achieved the feat thanks to an improved 105-horsepower 750cc V4 that represented a 20-horsepower gain over the Magnas and fixed reliability questions. The bikes were also something like 40 pounds lighter than the previous model.

Coupled with a roadrace-worthy suspension and wide, sticky tires, the VFR had the goods to take it to Yamaha and Suzuki.

This 1986 Honda VFR750F is in impeccable, low-mile shape, with a long list of recent mods and maintenance to make it even tastier. It sports a Yoshimura exhaust and an RC30-style front fender, among other improvements. Seller Joe spent a long time on his description, so we’ll let him take it away:

1986 Honda VFR750F

Honda collector for over 30 years. My recent focus has been V4 bikes of the 80s/90s, including both RC30/RC45. This is my second 1986 VFR750F, which I purchased in 2016. I bought this bike because of its low mileage and overall survivor condition. Plus, I really wanted one with a pipe. The videos don’t do the sound of this Yosh pipe justice. The bike has 11,357 miles. As you can see from the title, I’ve put less than 100 miles on the bike while freshening up a few things. I have over 20 bikes and like to work on them, but I don’t ride them enough, so it’s time for someone else to enjoy it.Upgrades – all done within the last 18 months: New Honda fuel pump (specific to this bike and $200 for part alone); New fuel filter; New choke cable; New Yuasa AGM battery; New Honda grips; New Metzeler rear tire (Metzeler front matches but older – see code); New DID x-ring chain with rivet; re-zinc’d rear sprocket; Cut down front fender to match race bikes/RC30, and painted to match (includes uncut stock front fender); Valve adjustment and carbs disassembled and ultrasonic cleaned and sync’d (see video – work done by Joe Nelson of VFR Dreams); Fresh oil and filter; New brake fluid front and rear; New clutch master fluid; Known blemishes: 20-25 tank “pimples”appeared over this last winter. Odd, because always stored in a heated garage. Scrapes on left rear cowl/tail. A few very small scratches on windscreen. Hairline crack on LH fairing (3/4”). Normal cracking on mirror arm. Clear title in my name. Includes factory shop manual. I do not have factory owners manual. 2 keys, including original stamped key and a Honda duplicate. Multiple videos show carb sync, cold start, fast idle, fast idle warm up with two other of my bikes. Asking $4000. Contact Joe:joexray77@icloud.com

Cell 414-232-5077

Located in Milwaukee, WI 53207

Shipping is solely the buyer’s responsibility. I can assist with the shipper of your choice. I have used Haulbikes.com and JJ Bagwell Shipping.

VFR750F 24-hour world record recap: https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/hondas-1986-vfr750f-interceptor/

While later sport-touring RC36 VFRs don’t command the same coin (somehow) as the earlier bikes, VFRs are still a bargain compared to a slab-side Gixxer in similar shape. For such a jewel of a machine in such gorgeous condition, the $4,000 asking price is almost a no-brainer.

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda VFR750F
Featured Listing August 20, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo!

In 1982 Honda fired a technological missile, the implications which were heard and felt around the world. Overnight Honda had changed the game (again), offering the promise of liter power in a mid-sized package with the first full factory Turbo motorcycle. With futuristic styling, wild colors and TURBO emblems screaming mystical propulsion methods, the CX500 Turbo made a bold statement before the key was even turned. Once the bike fired up, there became an interesting dichotomy between the low boost tractability and comfort of the Dr. Jekyll side around town, and the wild Mr. Hyde nature of the bike on boost. In 1982 this was the most technically advanced motorcycle you could purchase, and despite the performance it was built with typical Honda quality and reliability.

Featured Listing: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo!

Starting with the rather pedestrian CX500 standard/cruiser power plant, Honda introduce forged pistons into the the Moto-Guzzi like transverse vee. Unlike most vee configurations, this one splayed 80 degrees rather than the usual 90. This engine already had liquid cooling and four valve heads (operated by pushrods), and was already at that time known for being overbuilt. The chassis was sturdy and equipped with shaft drive and monoshock rear suspension. It was an easy – if not overly inspired – choice to be the foundation for something much, much greater. The basic engine package was beefed up, Honda bumped the compression slightly, and then bolted on an IHI turbocharger built to Honda specifications. At it’s peak, the turbocharger pumps out 19 psi before the wastegate opens to slow the party down.

Simply bolting on a Turbo is not enough to engineer a working, reliable motorcycle. So Honda introduced digital (programmed) fuel injection – a world’s first for motorcycles. This system contained redundancy to protect the engine; fail safe circuits ensured fuel delivery while a separate ignition system protected the more highly stressed engine from potential meltdown. Rarely utilized or needed, these fail safe measures show the level of planning that Honda put into the CX500 Turbo. Management of these redundant systems was completely automatic, the rider being made aware of any potential failures via a comprehensive and well-laid out instrument panel. “Cockpit” might be a better description for the gauge cluster, as in addition to the usual tach, speedo, fuel and temp gauges there also exist a number of warning lights, a fuel system failure warning light, and of course a centrally located TURBO BOOST indicator.

From the seller:
In 1977 Honda began their Turbo powered motorcycle project…which would become the world’s 1st ever, from the ground up…purposeful built, turbocharged motorcycle and Honda’s 1st fuel injected bike. When finally released in 1982 it was described as “a technological tour de force”…”a milestone in motorcycle history”…”one of the most futuristic motorcycles of it’s time”…”one of the most influential motorcycles of the decade”. Now some 37 years later all that still rings true!

The project was a combined effort of Honda’s R&D folks, IHI Turbo America and Italian automotive stylist, Giovanni Michelotti, one of the most prolific & influential designers of the 20th century. Michelotti created the innovative and curvaceous fairing and body work.

Two years pre-production, in 1980… Honda in a bold and unprecedented move…put their CX500TC/Turbo on display at the Cologne International Motorcycle Show. This was probably no more than a “finger wag” at Yamaha…as the 2 giants, from the Land of the Rising Sun, were in a fierce battle for market supremacy. “Turbo Wars” soon followed.

Honda’s platform would be their tried and true…bullet-proof V-Twin / 4-Valve / CX500 motor. Every aspect of the bike was considered. Not only designing a motor that would be capable of handling the rigors of turbocharging but a frame to work with the stresses and a suspension to complement it all. Block castings were made thicker. A stronger crankshaft, connecting rods and clutch were employed. Honda’s first specific forged pistons were used. Larger end & main bearings installed. Over 200 new patents were created to build this motorcycle.

An improved futuristic liquid-cooled / digitally fuel injected motor…pushing those (up to) 82 ponies through a modern shaft drive to the rear wheel…with TRAC Anti-Dive forks up front and a Pro-Link rear suspension handling duties at the rear…twin piston brake calipers in place to haul it down…beautiful redesigned gold Comstar wheels fore & aft…a comprehensive dashboard…all that wrapped in a wind tunnel designed Michelotti fairing & body panels. A motorcycle with superb ergonomics & smoothness. A rolling piece of art!

More from the seller:
This example has been well cared for with only 16,904 miles. A fine example of this rare, 1 year only production, motorcycle at this price point. Three known owners…with the last 2 being in their late 60’s. Private collection offering. All pictures are recent and more are available as needed. I do have quite a number of pictures showing the cleanliness of the undercarriage.

A new stator & stator connector had been installed along with cam seals & water pump seals and all associated O-rings, seals & gaskets (previous owner). All this is called a “Triple Bypass”. An excellent factory spec re-spray of the body and motor was done also at that time. This bike shows quite well! Runs and shifts as it should. Turnkey bike w/no known issues.

> Matching Dunlop D404T tires are in excellent condition
> Battery was replaced and is excellent
> Seat was recovered to factory spec
> A “Visual Instruments Inc” voltmeter has been added
> Brakes are excellent
> Coolant flushed & replaced
> Castrol 4T/Full synthetic oil & WIX filter done @ 16,830 miles
> Rear shaft spline & ring gear correctly lubricated
> Stock tool kit & owner’s manual with bike
> Factory Shop Manual with bike
> Extra set of keys

Your chance to own a rare example of “Motorcycle History”! These rarely come up for sale. Be the only person w/one of these at your local cycle rally or cruise-in! Located near Binghamton NY


Asking Price: $6,750

Contact Joe: jshuta@hotmail.com or 607-343-9019 (9am to 9pm EST)
Live calls only, please – no text messages

Nestled between some truly interesting hardware in the Honda showroom – including the CB1100R, the GL1100 GoldWing, the CBX, the VF750 and the simple FT500 Ascot – the CX500T was competing for attention and customer wallet share. And it required a bigger share of the customer’s wallet than most of the bikes on the floor (MSRP $4,898). As a result, not many of these one year only models were sold. With sportish-touring bodywork, a wide seat and higher bars, the CX500T is a comfortable place to rack up the miles. Roll on torque – the real strong suit of the Honda Turbos – fits nicely into the highway cruiser persona. At 550+ pounds these were never destined to be racers, however they are fabulous riders and far more reliable than a 37 year old technological wonder has a right to be.

This bike looks to be absolutely gorgeous. With 16,000+ miles on the clock it has been ridden, but we all know that nothing deteriorates faster than a hangar queen. Regular use is positive for the mechanicals, the seals, the electrics and the turbo system. This one has the right number of miles to be carefully used, without being beaten up or at the end of its service life. History has proven that these Honda Turbo bikes have very few weaknesses – the key being the stator. The fact that this one has been changed is a real plus, as there are another estimated 20k-25k miles to be enjoyed before this should become a concern. Otherwise all of the pieces are here, and the general handling shows the care that went into the stewardship of this rare factory Turbo; it is not often that we see such a clean first-year example. Located in New York, this one is going for a very reasonable asking price. Give Joe a call (607-343-9019 – no texts please) or drop him an email and start the conversation. It only takes one experience on boost to know that Turbo ownership is worth everything that was promised. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo!
2Moto August 6, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2Moto 2M400R-SP

If you are thinking that you haven’t heard of the 2Moto 2M400R-SP, you are probably correct. But I’m sure you have heard of Yamaha’s wildly successful two-stroke, the TZR-250. And knowing RSBFS readers, you probably wished for something like that – but with more horsepower – for your street ride. I mean, imagine the wild hi-jinks you could pull off with that kind of hardware but twice the power. Well, wish no longer. Think of the 2M400R-SP as a top spec TZR, but with 400cc and 85 horsepower at the rear wheel. At 265 pounds, this hybrid weighs less than the 250 it is based off of, but is considerably more potent. At the end of the day this is less TZR-250, and more like what Yamaha could have done with the RZ350 had that lineup continued. We don’t often feature custom builds on these pages, but read on – because this one is worth it.

2Moto 2M400R-SP2004 for sale!

UK-based 2Moto is a bike builder that concentrates on just a few offerings. Most of their business is in the form of YZR500 and NSR500 GP500 replica race bikes. By tame comparison, the 2M400R is their street model – and what model it is! Start with 1990 TZR-250 chassis – this is the 3MA model offering, selected because it best fits the venerable parallel twin RZ motor. It is also widely known as precise and forgiving in terms of handling. Graft onto that a single-sided swing arm from the Honda RVF-400. The RZ style motor is a good choice as there is a solid foundation of knowledge and parts available; after all, these are the same basic engines utilized in off road quads. The power requirements of a quad screaming up a dune is quite a bit different than a racer / street bike, but by careful component selection, porting and assembly, a seriously stout smoker is born. Consider the dry clutch, the electric water pump and the clever custom carbon fiber sprocket cover that incorporates support for the gear selector shaft. Front forks are 600cc Supersport items, if that gives you any indication of the braking and cornering forces expected. Wrap that whole package in 125cc GP bodywork (yes, you heard that right – 125cc), and you end up with the spiritual successor to the RZ, and a phenomenal machine in its own right. This is a level of detail you would expect from larger firms such as Bimota, and the outcome is glorious.

From the seller:
Since the Aprilia RS-250, no new 2-stroke bikes have been built by any manufacturers. We thought it was about time to rectify that situation. And we like the RD-350 YPVS engine as there are lots of relatively inexpensive engine upgrade option courtesy of our American cousins who insist on racing some crazy Yamaha Banshee quads, some making in excess of 150 horsepower!

Having built plenty of specials over the years, we had a pretty good idea what would work. And, what doesn’t. The YPVS engine is fairly long, so most of the 250cc type V-twin chassis are too short, as we know from experience. In the end, the Yamaha TZR-250 3MA chassis fit the bill perfectly. Plus, the same chassis is used in the TZR-125 and the SZR-660, so availability is reasonable. And, we knew the engine would fit with only a few modifications to the chassis.

This highly desirable example of a modern 2-stroke sportsbike can be ridden on the street. A few of main specs are:
-400cc YPVS engine
-85 hp at the rear wheel
-120kg wet weight, no fuel
-K-Tech suspension
-The bike is titled as a TZR-250, 1990 model year and fully road legal in the UK.

Price: $12,500

Interested buyers should contact Felix Hirzel of Team 2Moto: info@2moto.co.uk
Website: http://www.2moto.co.uk

This custom build is not a simple one-off by someone in their backyard. This is a complete bike offered by a noted chassis and speed parts manufacturer. This is a repeatable process thanks to engineering, testing and experience. This is, as the ads say, professional grade. And if this 400cc doesn’t light your fire, perhaps you should check out their other offerings such as GP replicas of either the YZR500 or NSR500, race-ready Moto2 chassis, or a 250-sized GP racer stuffed full of Kawasaki 650cc twin power. Like Bimota, frame kits are on offer as well in the event you want to build your own. But what could be better than a professionally crafted, street-going two stroke like this 2M400R-SP? It is ready to go, no assembly required. Serious parties can send an inquiry directly to 2Moto’s Felix Hirzel, and talk numbers. Drool over the pictures on this one. Take your time. This bike has details you don’t want to miss. And if you miss riding a serious two stroke on the road, consult with your wife, consult with your banker, and consult with your local laws. Then make the call and make us all jealous. Good luck!!

MI

Featured Listing:  2Moto 2M400R-SP
Aprilia July 20, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2002 Aprilia RS250 Diablo Nero MK2

RSBFS friend Gary from Utah is back, and take a look at what he pulled out of his toy box this time: a titled and registered Aprilia RS250 Diablo Nero with low miles and lots of shine. In typical Gary fashion there are a lot of high-quality photographs to drool over, and although this bike looks great in his space, imaging what it might look like in your garage. Or man cave. Or living room. Dare to dream.

Featured Listing: 2002 Aprilia RS250 Diablo Nero MK2

The Diablo Nero in the name simply refers to the paint scheme – Black Devil in English. Although initially released in 1995, the RS250 went through a significant revision in 1998. These later bikes are referred to as Mark II machines, and sport updated bodywork (aerodynamic improvements), new adjustable Showa front forks, ride height adjustment at the rear, and wider wheels/tires. The basic chassis configuration and Suzuki-derived engine had previously proven their merit, and carry over unchanged. One of the biggest changes was the adoption of digital capabilities/instrumentation in the cockpit; the on-board computer no longer relied upon a speedometer cable, and an on-board lap timer was included. According to sources, Aprilia offered multiple different paint schemes on the Mark II series bikes, averaging about 2 per model year (including many race replica editions: Reggiani, Biaggi, Rossi, Melandri, Harada). By 2003 the party was officially over, although some European countries sold off ’03 bikes as ’04 models due to the date of registration.

From the seller:
This RS250 has 5,480 miles on it. Minty condition. No crack, no scratches no dents. Looks like a million bucks! Completely stock except for the upgraded adjustable rear sets. Two original keys, 17 digit vin number. Runs like new and will come with new fluids and carb service. Utah titled as a street bike for road use.

Price: $12,500 or best offer
Contact: rmurangemasters@aol.com (Gary)

Aprilia laid claim to producing the closest replica of a race bike for the street. And this was no joke; road going RS250s differed surprisingly little from the original racers, excepting concessions required for convenience and safety. These are very capable and very coveted motorcycles, good for 72+ HP in stock trim, and tipping the scales at a scandalous 300 and change pounds. These are potent rocket ships for those who A) can fit on board, and B) can keep the revs above 9 grand. Meet those minimum requirements and life will buzz by in a blur of madness.

This bike is made available by a collector who is well-known to RSBFS readers. We have lusted after his amazing collection of small and large bore homologation machines, and his penchant for storing them indoors, on the carpet, inside his house. We are told he is responsive to inquiries, and those who have purchased reported the bikes were in as-promised condition. Check out all of the photos here, and then try to convince yourself you don’t want a titled two stroke at the pinnacle of what the quarter-liter smokers had to offer. Once you’re done arguing with yourself, give Gary a holler and strike up a deal. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2002 Aprilia RS250 Diablo Nero MK2
Ducati July 18, 2019 posted by

Featured listing: 2000 Ducati 996

Dennis has 3 very low mileage bikes listed right now:

Thank you for supporting the site, Dennis, and good luck to buyers! -dc

The Ducati 996 is revered for its place in Ducati history as the final, fastest evolution of Massimo Tamburini’s masterpiece 916. Debuting in 1999, the 996 carried over the cylinders from the last 916 SPS, with a new crankshaft and bigger valves than the old 916. The result, in regular trim, was about 115 horsepower in a modified 916 chassis. The gunslit headlights, single-sided swingarm and high-tailed stance carried over, letting everyone know that this was a very special Ducati.

The suspension was fully-adjustable Showa stuff front and rear on the standard bike, which is what you see here. It got stronger brakes and lighter wheels than its predecessor, and for 2000 got a set of five-spoke Marchesini wheels.

This 996 has led the life any buyer would want to see: it was purchased new by a man in his 60s, ridden 280 miles and put away in a climate-controlled facility. Over its life it has had new batteries and been cared for, but is still on its scant original mileage. If you want to ride it — who wouldn’t — it’s certainly going to need a new set of tires to be safe.

Otherwise, the condition is as you would expect: flawless.

From the seller:

2000 Ducati 996 (PHX)
VIN: ZDM1SB5T4YB007857
Price: $9,000
Contact: dennisk11@me.com (Dennis)

I purchased this motorcycle in San Jose, CA, new in 2000 and rode it 280 miles and then parked it. I’m turning 80 years old in the next month and the time has come to find it a new, younger owner, hopefully someone that is a collector of motorcycles and that would appreciate the fact that it is 99.9% original (new batteries only and still on original tires), has been ridden 280 miles and has been in a climate-controlled environment from the very first day that it was bought and has had the best of care.

The bike is now located in Chandler, Arizona. The ask for this nicest-of-its-kind 996 is $9,000. Contact: dennisk11@me.com

Featured listing: 2000 Ducati 996
Honda July 18, 2019 posted by

Plated in the Golden State: 1995 Honda RVF400 NC35

The Honda NC35 is one of those sweetheart machines that should be in every garage. Reasonably rare in the US thanks to the lack of official importation, great looks thanks to the DNA shared with the RC45, great sound thanks to that marvelous V-4 with gear-driven cams, and fantastic handling thanks to the smaller size and lower weight when compared to the bigger bikes. Collect it. Ride it. Show it off. This is a bike that is capable of checking off many, many boxes. And with typical Honda build quality, this is a bike that will last for the ages.

1995 Honda RVF400 NC35 for sale on eBay

The light middleweight classes have always been grounds for serious competition outside of the US. It is true that we yanks have started to see a small bike resurgence of sorts, but even the evolution of the 400cc baby Ninja and the newer Yamaha R3 the current crop of small bikes feel entry-level when compared to the hardware in a NC35. Where are the multi cylinders (i.e. more than one or two)? Where is the single-sided swing arm? Where is the identity that makes one more attractive than the other? Stray away from the “me too” sameness of the current crop and you KNOW what this NC35 is when you see it. Well, you might. You would be forgiven for mistaking it for the bigger RC45, on which it is clearly based. Paint a R3 lime green and it instantly transforms into a Ninja. Dare to paint this NC35 lime green and it instantly transforms into a NC35 with a funny paint job (and lost valuation).

From the seller:
This bike has been registered in CA nearly 20 years, I have a clean and clear CA title in my name and it is currently non-op with DMV right now and NO back fee’s. Bike has original 11 digit VIN. 19,750 miles. If you take this out of state, good luck getting it reg’d in CA again.

Since this RVF has been in the states since the 90’s it does not suffer from the usual Japanese corrosion. I have owned this bike about 5 years but am clearing out most of bikes as I am planning a move at the end of this year.

This is a very nice original RVF that has not been tracked or raced, not beat up and former owner before I got it for over 10 years was a female! Bike has some small bodywork flaws and everything is pointed out in the photos. Please email me if you have ANY QUESTIONS or need MORE PICTURES!!!

More from the seller:
I have recently done a complete full service on the bike front to back.
Brand new Bridgestone tires.
Forks just rebuilt with oem Honda Seals and fluid
Fresh oil and filter
Fresh coolant and brake fluid
Brand new battery
Carbs cleaned

Bike starts, runs and rides as it should. I cleaned the carbs but did not rebuild them, starts and runs and idles well but the bike sat for sometime before I did this work. It is fine now, but from past experience the carbs might need new seals in the not too distant future…same with the petcock…not leaking now, but my experience with them is that they all seem to fail pretty regularly. Or I am just really unlucky with 30/35 carbs and petcocks!!

More from the seller:
I had the right side lower cowls repainted because of some scuffs and marks on them from previous owner. All other bodywork is original and OEM. The small rubber o-ring around the trunk lock is missing. There is a small chunk missing from the tail T piece, some discoloration on the left lower and some fogging in the headlight. Minor ding/depression on left front of tank. All other bodywork and cosmetics are really pretty nice considering the age and mileage.

Bike has a nice Two Brothers Slip on exhaust, braided brake lines front and rear, mechanically otherwise stock. The front blinkers are aftermarket and should be replaced as one has a short I believe and they obviously dont’ look correct on the bike…I will leave that up to the new owner.

With over 19,000 miles on the all-metric clocks, this particular NC35 is not new. But for many, a rider is the ultimate expression of bike collecting, and this one is definitely used to that. Condition is not perfect, but appears to be original for the most part. If the mishaps noted by the seller are it – and there are no mechanical demons lurking – this no reserve auction might be a good way to pick up a 400cc slice of nirvana. This auction is going on right now with several bids but the price has not yet crossed over $2k. I would expect that to climb very rapidly as the auction end nears, so perhaps you should add yourself to the list of watchers (there are a lot of them). We don’t see NC35s in the US all that often, and this one goes over and above by offering the vaunted California title, registration and license plate. That addition is usually worth about a grand for smokers – or anything with a less than 17-digit VIN or a lack of Federalization papers. Time will tell what this will run up to, but it offers some unique attributes that make it worth checking out. Good Luck!!

MI

Yamaha July 6, 2019 posted by

Kentucky Bourbon: 1985 Yamaha RZ500RN

How is this for international intrigue? Take a smoking two stroke iconic super bike built in Japan. Export said bike outside of the home market into Europe, the Pacific Rim or Canada. Later years on, that bike finds its way into the US and now lives in the state of Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and Buffalo Trace. OK – so maybe not mysterious, but the migratory path of this particular example of Yamaha’s last big street going two stroke is certainly circuitous, and part of its appeal. Since Yamaha never imported the RZ500 into the US (with riders desperate for the GP bike with lights), dreams and schemes ensued to liberate these models from our fortunate norther neighbors. Today’s example shows the fruits of those importation labors.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

Need we go deep on the RZ500 details? Although this crowd undoubtedly already knows, the RZ500 was a V-4, 500cc two stroke meant to invoke Yamaha’s legendary 500 GP machines ridden by the likes of Roberts and Rainey. History will show that these bikes were not quite as sharp as the silhouette would suggest, but it was still a very potent motorcycle for the day. Dichotomies exist throughout: While utilizing a GP-inspired 16″ front wheel to quicken steering inputs, the RZ500 makes due with a mild steel (not aluminum) frame and contained a passenger pillion. Hardly GP level stuff. Still, the twin-crank V-4 configuration made decent power (estimates put a stock bike in the 85+ HP range) and with Yamaha power valves in the exhaust ports the powerband was wider than the traditional, peaky two stroke. Weight was a seemingly portly 450+ pounds – “seemingly” only because of today’s standards. At the time, this was 10-15 pounds lighter than the Kawasaki GPz550, which was down more than 20 HP on the big RZ. That should give you some indication of how hot the RZ500 was in the day.

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ500R. This bike has 15730 original Kilometers and runs great. This bike has a Clear Ky Title in my name. This bike has been well taken care and was stored for a few years. This bike has never been Modified or worked on other than regular maintenance. It does have some corrosion-rust here and there The carbs and fuel system have been cleaned. The brakes have been serviced with new brake pads. This bike starts right up, idles and runs perfect. Transmission and clutch shift smoothly. All lights, Horn and signals work as they should. Inside of the gas tank is rust free. The tank has a couple marks on it. The Plastic is new aftermarket. (The OEM Plastic has some damage and is included in this auction). Please Ask Questions. I have plenty of pictures if need.

Today’s example is relatively mild on the scale of what we have seen. Mods are few, and this bike has apparently seen nothing in the way of hop ups; only usual maintenance items have been covered. Plastics are aftermarket, which makes this unrestored specimen appear to be much newer and cleaner than the rest of the bike. Some corrosion is evident – and not unremarkable for a bike of this age. The seller claims the bike starts and runs without issue, and has had some recommissioning by way of the required carb and fueling system cleaning – again, no surprises there given the rancid state of today’s gasoline formulation. Possible concerns include the reasons for the replacement bodywork (the seller indicates the original pieces will come with the bike), and the state of the (presumed original) internal engine seals after sitting for an extended period of time. Two strokes will develop air leaks (air gets sucked into the crankcase) as seals age, resulting in a lean running condition, increasing the temperature as well as the potential to seize. An air pressure test would be recommended prior to wringing the neck of this beautiful beast, as the condition is most detrimental at high RPM.

The market for RZs has been a bit all over the place lately. We have seen crazy asks in the $30k range for perfect examples, and bargains well below market value. This particular bike appears to be most original – which is a great foundation for a collector. However the step from 34 year old original motorcycle to a 34 year old restored motorcycle is a big one indeed. This particular bike is priced based on the original condition – with a $9,100 opening ask. We have seen much cleaner examples in the $12-15k area, but given the lack of bidding on this one thus far it would appear it may struggle to break the $10k barrier. It’s a runner – which is a plus – and you won’t have to undo somebody else’s mods to get to where you want to go with it, so as a resto project this might be the perfect start. There is still a long way to go on the auction so check it out here, and then let us know what you think. Good Luck!!

MI

Kentucky Bourbon: 1985 Yamaha RZ500RN
Featured Listing July 1, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha FZR1000

7.1.2019: Price reduced to $3,500 USD. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

For as plentiful as bikes like this 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 were in their day, it’s becoming increasingly rare to see them pop up on the local Craigslist, as time and the squiddly behavior they enable take their toll. But nice ones are still out there, and more often than not you’ll see them for sale here.

When the 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 dropped, it was one of a few bikes with mind-bending numbers that signalled the dawn of the superbike age. Honda had their VFRs, Suzuki their GSXRs and Yamaha had the FZR1000, which carried the most modern looks and eye-watering power numbers. By today’s standards, where the price of a nicely-equipped Civic will get you a 210-horsepower Aprilia RSV4, the FZR’s 135 horsepower doesn’t seem that crazy. But back in ’87, it might as well have been a Saturn IV rocket.

That grunt let the big FZR hit 60 in less than three seconds and run to a 160 mph top speed, which is fast by any standard, and far and away enough for any mortal.

This 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 is in beautiful condition, especially considering its age and the 46,000 miles on the odometer. There are age-associated blemishes here and there and a couple stress cracks, but it is otherwise flawless. The only deviations from stock are an aftermarket windscreen and a manual switch for the cooling fan.

From the seller:

Bike is extremely rare and in immaculate condition.

* Brand new tires and brakes front and rear, battery and fork seals all have less that 25 miles
* All fluids just changed
* Near perfect paint and bodywork – only a small stress crack around one of the fairing fasteners and a couple very small fairing scratches
* Unmolested, spotlessly clean and completely stock except for aftermarket windscreen and a hard-wired switch to operate cooling fan manually
* Solo seat is present
* 75,000 kms (46000 miles)
* Starts, runs and shifts perfectly and everything works as it should with the exception of the high/low beam switch which is a bit temperamental at times on low beam, but I always ride with high beam so it’s not an issue for me and should be an easy fix
* Bike is located in Vancouver, BC and is open to reasonable offers, as I’m not in a rush or need to sell it
* Buyer will be responsible for shipping, but will provide buyer assistance

Price $3,500 USD. Contact Ken by email: kennethemsley@gmail.com

For a rider or a collector, there is little to dislike about this one. With Yamaha’s reputation for durability, even the relatively high mileage should not be a concern. To chat with the seller, reach out to kennethemsley@gmail.com.

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