Posts by tag: RD

Yamaha September 2, 2011 posted by

Northern Light: 1982 Yamaha RD350LC

For Sale: 1982 Yamaha RD350LC for sale

Forget the EPA. While you’re at it, skip the FDA, ATF, DOT and DMV too. What you are looking at my friends is an imported smoker par excellence. And while this might be a commonplace machine to our international readers, US-based droolers know better. For while Yamaha continued the RD line unabated until the late 1980s, US riders only had access to the 2 year model run of the RZ 350.

This bike is based on a RD350LC – the close equivalent to the US-based RZ. From there, many tasty two stroke go fast bits have been added, and I imagine many pounds of unnecessary weight removed. This bike looks very clean, and there are some nice touches that reek of care and time investment such as the safety wiring. The components look to be absolutely fantastic quality, and who wouldn’t want a set of those Spondon discs on their ride?? The very best part of all is that this bike is already registered in the US and plated in California. Aside from being the home of Hollywood and the ex-Governator, California is also one of the most difficult states in which to import a smoker. That right there is a value add!

From the seller:
RD350LC WATERCOOLED CALIFORNIA TITLED ,RARE IN THE STATES.

MANY RARE PARTS ON IT :

-361CC STAN KITTED,700-800MILES ON THE MOTOR

-PORTED

-AFTERMARKET CARBS

-TZ/RD AFTERMARKET PIPES

-MORRIS MAGNESUIM 18INCH

-SPONDON FRONT ROTORS

-LOCKHEED/AP FRONT CAPLIERS

-TZ TRIPLE CLAMPS AND STEERING DAMPER

-MARS BAR PAINTJOB ,COMPLETE SET OFF DECALS INCLUDING LOGO’S AS SPARE UK

-SPONDON SWINGARM TZ REAR DISC CONVERTED

-RARE GIULIOVA SEAT

-BREMBO REAR CAPLIER

DUE TO THE MORRIS RACE WHEELS THE SPEEDO DOESN’T WORK ,RUNS GREAT PREPARED BY MYSELF (FORMER 500/MOTOGP TECH)…i BROUGHT IT ONLY TWO MONTHS AGO FOR 5K AND THEN FIXED THE ITEMS THAT NEEDED ATTENTION.

SELLING IT ONLY BECAUSE I HAVE REAL SUPERBIKES THAT I CAN RIDE AND IT DOESN’T SCARE ME AS IT USE TO WHEN I WAS 18YRS WHEN THEY CAME OUT.BUY NOW IS 5500.00

You have to like the honesty of the seller on this one. Not only is he generous with the pictures and details on the upgrades, he is also very candid about pricing. To make things even better, his announced buy now price is very, very competitive with other RZ350s we have seen – before all of the upgrades were added in.

This bike is a possible steal in the making; The current bid at time of writing is only $3,999 with ZERO bids. One of you RSBFS readers better jump on this one quickly before I get myself into trouble (again)! Click the link, jump over to the auction, and enter smoker nirvana. Good luck, and make sure you tell ’em you found it on RSBFS!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale September 2, 2011 posted by

Go Fast History: Team Vesco 1972 Yamaha TD3

Go Fast History:  Team Vesco 1972 Yamaha TD3

You really can find anything on eBay.  What a neat little piece of motorcycle racing history.  I had always associated Don Vesco with going real fast across the salt flats and not around a race track.  He was at the track and was associated with some very recognizable names.  You might remember Kel Carruthers and Cal Rayburn.  Click here and see  Team Vesco is still alive and going fast:  real fast.

I’d like to say I could give you a good description of a TD3 but my nose would be growing for some time.  They were a little before my time so I was off to the internets for help.  Basically,  think TZ before there were TZ’s.  They were apparently Yamaha’s customer race bikes.  The TD3 was a 250cc parallel twin and produced roughly 49hp.

Simple, huh.  Here is fun fact:  the TD2 (the 3’s predecessor) sold for $1,800.

Pre powervalves: well pre lots of stuff actually.

Here is the skinny on the bike:

TEAM VESCO YAMAHA TD3 Road Racer, Engine Number: DS7 – 990164, Frame Number: TD3 – 990164.BACKGROUND:
I bought this Yamaha 30 years ago. It was painted in the familiar yellow and black “bumblebee” colors and the only identification was a “Cincinnati Custom Cycles” sticker. At the time, it had no other known history. Included with the bike was a steel drainpipe containing the hand written words, “Vesco Carruthers TD3”. I then called Don Vesco who assured me that the drainpipe was used by his team to hold their spare cables. He also identified the bike by engine/frame number as the machine which was ridden by Mike Devlin in 1972. The following history and machine details were originally given to me by Don Vesco and in recent years by Mike Devlin, the rider.

HISTORY:
Don Vesco ran a team of Yamahas from 1970 onwards for many years, starting with TD2B models ridden by Kel Carruthers and occasionally, Cal Rayburn. He followed with TD3 and TR3 models ridden by Dave Smith, Pat Evans, Mike Devlin, Ron Pierce and others, before acquiring the later water cooled machines. This Yamaha was ridden exclusively by Mike Devlin in 1972 AMA National events, starting with Daytona.

TEAM VESCO MODIFICATIONS:
Vesco Fiberglass Seat.
Modified Swing Arm and Bushings.
Koni Shock Absorbers.
Modified Clutch Cover.
Cut Out for Chain Drive Sprocket.
Fairing Straps to hold the fairing in place if the fairing supports break. (original worn parts are available)
Foot Rest Rubber Grips secured with cotter pins through the metal tube and rubber.

PICTURES:
#11 & #12 Show the straps to hold the fairing if the supports break.
#15 Cut out for Chain Drive Sprocket.
#16 Modified Clutch Cover.
#17 Modified Swing Arm.
#18 Mike Devlin at Daytona in 1972 for the first race.
#19 Mike Devlin during the 1972 Daytona race.
#20 Compare this recent picture with picture #18.
#21 Compare this recent picture with picture #19
#22 Team Vesco drainpipe for storing cables.
#23 Engine Number.
#24 Frame Number before the frame was repainted.

CONDITION:
This is not a 100% restoration. The rubber grips on the footrests, gear lever, brake lever and handlebars have purposely been left unrestored to give the Yamaha a “used racing” appearance. However, the seat, fuel tank, front fender, fairing, frame and all other black parts have been prepared and painted to the highest museum quality. The screen is new. The stickers have been very carefully recreated from period pictures to exactly replicate their color and location on the fairing and seat, as seen when the Yamaha was first raced at Daytona in 1972 using race number 31.

COMMENTS:
The listed mileage is an approximation.
The bike has been stored in temperature controlled conditions for 30 years.
The bike was purchased as a used racer, but I have never had the engine running.
The cylinder bores have been oiled during storage.
Engine compression, gear selection and brake operation are normal.
The bike is not suitable for immediate use because the tires (Michelin 3.25 H18 & 3.50 H18) are 30 years old and the fasteners have not been torqued to spec.
There is no title.

 

I can only imagine the shriek from those pipes.  Might be worth getting it running to just here the music.

That must make a decent rattle itself.

Wow, how about that double drum brake?  Even though I had my head in the sand when it came to this model it appears it is a  common bike to collect.  A quick search revealed  quite a few restorations going on and parts available.

If you’d like to do a little time traveling click here.

A pristine example from the grand prix wars:

TR2 and TD3 in Yamaha’s race museum.  Looks like  quite a place considering what I see in the background.

Ian

Quick Spot March 2, 2011 posted by

Canadian Classic – 1982 Yamaha RD 350LC

For Sale: 1982 Yamaha RD 350LC

If you are thinking that this is simply an RZ350 in funny colors, you must be a U.S.-based RSBFS reader. And you are both right and wrong. While Yamaha brought the two stroke fire back to America for only a few years, these bikes have thrived north of the border for much, much longer. And they were named after the bike the started it all – the Yamaha RD series, with the “LC” standing for “Liquid Cooling.”

Note the lack of fairing. While all RZ350s that came stateside had the small quarter fairing, other markets made this optional. The bike featured today has the fairing, adding to its value.

The seller is claiming only 3626 KM (approximately 2250 miles) on the bike, and has an extensive paragraph in the ad outlining the condition. Because of the low miles, optional fairing and great condition, the asking price is $7,000 Canadian – which equates to just over $6,800 U.S. dollars. This seems high for what we typically see for U.S.-based RZs, plus you will still need to pay for the importation and licensing (the bike is located in Toronto). If any of you gray-market gurus know if this is expensive or difficult, please drop us a comment! To view the ad, read all of the seller’s comments and view the pictures, click on the link.

MI

Yamaha March 29, 2010 posted by

(1985) Yamaha RZ500 In Arizona For $4,500

This RZ500 isn’t perfect but, it’s available at a very good price.  Located in Chandler, Arizona is a Yamaha RZ500 with 50,000km (31,000mi).  This bike is titled and registered in Arizona.  The bike does have higher mileage, starts and runs but, has some running issues.  The side fairing and some spares are also included in the price.  This bike is for someone who can do their own work and would like a big RZ at a very good price.  Don’t think this bike is perfect though as the seller states that it is far from it however, money talks and this one speaks quite well.  If you doubt that this is a good price, see what we have posted in the past here as we see a couple of these a month.  See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Update: This posting is pretty outdated. Check out some of these current listings on eBay for bikes and parts right now!

[AffomaticEbay]Yamaha RZ[/AffomaticEbay]

Yamaha March 10, 2010 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ500 With Modern Updates!

This RZ500 has some very nice modern updates!  Located in Boynton Beach, Florida is a 1985 Yamaha RZ500.  What’s better than dropping a two-stroke motor in a modern chassis?  Well, this seller found out that it can be very nice to use modern components while maintaining the look of a classic bike.  This RZ has been fitted with modern bits in the form of a 2009 R6 front end (Blue fender is still attached), R6 rear wheel, and Aprilia rear swing arm.  Other improvements include Hyperpro rear shock and Jim Lomas SS exhaust.  All the original parts are also included with the sale.  The bike also has new paint.  Not only does this bike look like a 500GP bike with that rear swing arm, I bet it rides beautifully too.  The seller states that more than $25,000 has gone into this bike and I don’t doubt that number if this work was done in a shop.  The asking price is $14,000; about where we’ve seen low mile, completely original, bikes priced.  This bike isn’t original but it is designed for an owner who will use their RZ on back roads more than at bike nights.  If you’d like to ride a modernized big two-stroke, see this RZ on Craigslist here.

AG

Update: This posting is pretty outdated. Check out some of these current listings on eBay for bikes and parts right now!

[AffomaticEbay]Yamaha RZ[/AffomaticEbay]

Yamaha March 8, 2010 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ500 In California!

We always love a RZ500 and here is another one in California.  Located in the San Fernando Valley of California is a 1985 Yamaha RZ500 with 24,000 miles.  The seller dosen’t say much about the bike other than that it is completely original–however, it does have aftermarket turn signals–having never been raced or dropped.  The seller states that it has been in storage for 10 years.  If it just came out of storage it is obviously going to need to be gone through.  The seller is very realistic, based on the mileage and that it was recently removed from storage, as he is asking a very decent $6,500.  If you have no problem cleaning carbs, possibly some surface corrosion, and dirt; this could be a very fun bike that you’d have no fear of loosing money on.  See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Yamaha February 25, 2010 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Located In Montana

A RZ500 in Montana that looks to be in very good condition!  Located in Missoula, Montana is a 1985 Yamaha Rz500.  This bike looks to be titled and registered.  The bike is said to have been restored in 2002 with the current owner then acquiring it in 2004.  The seller states this bike has 11,000 miles since rebuild so it may be–probably is–a high mileage bike.  The listing is sparse but as always if you’re looking for a RZ500…

Some tasty information about the RZ500:

This hot pipe dream came to life is pretty much a road-going replica of the factory Yamaha OW80 now leading the 500 road racing World Championship. Like the OW, the RZ has an aluminum chassis, a V-four, two-stroke, water-cooled, reed-valve engine, a sideloader gearbox, Power Valve cylinders, magnesium side cases, and, above all, the look of the $1000-a-pound missile which rolled so very carefully to European start grids. Pipes jutting from everywhere, aluminum mufflers, eye-trapping detail in the footpeg plates, alloy foot controls, streamlining in team paintwork.

The RZ500 is light and powerful 413 pounds dry and near 90 bhp. When the technology went in, the weight came out out of every part. Road racing over the last five years has been a hothouse of design competition, producing not only innovation but also attention to detail making earlier work look coarse. Engineers questioned every use of material in this machine. Fasteners are down-sized. Thinwall castings abound. Traditional parts have oozed into new forms just a bit lighter, easier to make accurately, and better in function. The result is a street motorcycle weighing only about 100 pounds more than its parent racer. See this forged aluminum kick-start lever folded shyly away behind the fairing? It weighs nothing in comparison to the steel part on the old RDs. And just as on the real racers, covers have the official “MAGNESIUM” cast into them for the skeptical.

Even if you cannot ride a motorcycle you should still own a RZ500 just to admire it’s beauty first-hand!  See this one on Craigslist here.

AG

Update: This posting is pretty outdated. Check out some of these current listings on eBay for bikes and parts right now!

[AffomaticEbay]Yamaha RZ[/AffomaticEbay]

Yamaha December 6, 2009 posted by

1974 Yamaha RD60

No, this isn’t the sportiest RD ever but I don’t doubt it’s a blast!  Located in Cincinnati, Ohio is a 1974 Yamaha RD60.  Quoting the seller:

RUNS WELL BUT NEEDS TUNED

-3,730 miles
-Good condition
-nice chrome on pipe, wheels, chain guard.
-brand new back tire/tube (obviously not on when pictures taken)
-tack/speedo work well
-lights work
– dent in top of tank
-“Yamaha” sticker gone off back faring
-N.O.S control/switch/handle

This one isn’t perfect but has more than enough potential.   Very few RD60s come up for sale (that I’ve seen) and this one seems fair at $600.  See this RD on Craigslist here.

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AG