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Yamaha September 12, 2022 posted by

Re-Californication: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

The Yamaha RZ350 was the last of the federally imported two strokes into the EPA-heavy state of California. With precise oil injection, the Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) to maximize efficiency, and air-injection and catalytic converters in the exhaust stream, this was the cleanest factory smoker on the planet in 1984. Sadly this was not enough for California, and the bike lasted but a year in that market. The RZ350 still sneaked through emissions in other states however, before Yamaha pulled the two stroke plug in America one year later. Today’s example is a nicely refurbed bike in California that shows some miles and a whole lot of care. I’ll let the seller pick it up from here.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Yamaha RZ350L1984 Kenny Roberts Replica

The bike was purchased as non runner earlier this year. It had sat since last registration in 2016.
The bike ran when parked, but of course was parked for a reason!

Thousands have been spent to re-commision this lovely RZ. It starts first/second kick, pulls all the way to the red line and sounds as an RZ350 should. This will make a great rider, it does have some wear and tear which we have detailed. A good honest bike that just needs to be used and enjoyed. All the hard work as been done!, bid with confidence on this appreciating classic.

Clean CA title – currently registered.
15300 original miles.

More from the seller:
History: A considerable amount had been spent on the bike by the previous owner around 2015-2016 which, included engine work at RZ’s Unlimited of Glendale.

Work completed includes:
Crank Rebuild
New Crank Seals
New Pistons, rings
New water pump
Y Boot & K&N
Spec II pipes
Carb jetted to suit above
Telefix Fork Brace
Stainless Braided brake lines F&R
Penske – full adjustable rear shock with remote

An RZ350 owners manual is included along with a few old receipts, showing purchases of pipes, fork brace etc.

The RZ350 market remain a hot spot for bikes in clean condition. Prices are ever-so-surely climbing – especially for bikes in good or exceptional condition. This is not an NOS stock example, having been rebuilt and slightly hot-rodded with Spec II chambers and jetting. But in many ways THIS is the type of RZ you really want. Bikes that have been woken up by the cat delete and mild performance work are snappy and fun, being both lighter and more powerful than the museum correct examples. And with a relatively recent rebuild and some nice chassis add ons this RZ is ready to spread the popcorn sound of joy throughout the neighborhood and surrounding canyons. Nearly a week left at auction and the reserve has already been met, so don’t miss out! This bike is well presented and beautifully photographed. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Re-Californication: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha August 27, 2022 posted by

Good From Afar – 1984 Yamaha RZ350

Just a quickie post on a potentially interesting mystery bike for your weekend reading and researching. It is listed as a 1984 Yamaha RZ350, and these are always fun bikes to post about. The fan base is rabid, and these are getting more and more rare as time passes. In today’s case the mystery is less about what the bike might be, and more about the condition. There are only the 3 pictures, and scant info from the seller. Still, with a price in the basement for the model – and the potential for some real upside in terms of what is on (or in) the bike – there is a lot of interest in this one.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Runs great. Starts with one kick. Has sun fade. Gas tank is clean on inside but outside needs paint. Tires are old. Power wheelies in first and second gear.

Sure, it appears to be well used, if not a little beaten up. It also has a set of chambers, but no info on what else. There has been a lot of bidding thus far, and this one is definitely going to a new home at the end of the auction. You can check out all the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Good From Afar – 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha May 13, 2022 posted by

The Same, But Different: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

In an earlier post, RSBFS Staff Writer Donn notes: Hardly a week goes by that a new RZ350 doesn’t pop up these days! I would like to take this opportunity to upgrade that statement considerably. Because today we have a double RZ350 Friday (take two – they’re small)! Forget Friday the 13th. This is Friday the RZ350th!

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

This particular RZ shows very differently than the 1985 model posted by Donn HERE. This RZ seems to have a bit less info, and a potentially greater number of unknowns. It is clear that it has experienced some modifications along the line, from Airtech bodywork to updated expansion chambers, bar end mirrors, a complete replacement top end (with YPVS delete), and what appears to be some minor rash on the right-hand side case. But it is a RZ after all – and remains very popular with readers and riders alike. There are pristine, museum-style offerings that go for big, big bucks, ridden and hot rodded bikes that go for elevated prices, and then there are the bottom feeder bikes that have been used up, abused often and offered at a ridiculous price. This particular example feels more like the middle tier – modded and used, but presentable – and is pretty close in pricing to the 1985 example posted by Donn earlier today.

From the seller:
This 1984 Yamaha RZ350 is an original. The owner has had it for 5+ years. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend rides.

Bike has had a small restoration. Frame and swing arm have been powder coated. All new seals in components forks, front brakes, front master cylinder, etc. Has Airtech full fairing kit. Does not have YPVS anymore currently has a banshee top end. I do not have any of the original parts. Thanks for looking.

The seller has included the following walk around video of this particular bike. I am not exactly sure why one of the foot pegs is zip tied up out of the way, but otherwise the video shows a clean – but modified – RZ350:

Regardless of condition, RZ350s are hot property. That value is increased as the weather turns to a point where riding is possible around the country, and we are all itching to grab our leathers and hoon. And while we always recommend collectors purchase the best example they can find/afford, the truth of the matter is the RZ will always be in demand; even questionable bikes are fetching absurd prices. We do not see that changing at all in the future, except the prices are likely to be even higher. These are fun machines that really wail, they strike a pose very well in parking lots for bike night or cars and coffee, and are reasonably reliable given the volatile nature of two strokes. You can check this one out here as a compare and contrast – this is a great time to be in the RZ market!!! Good Luck!

MI

The Same, But Different: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha April 28, 2022 posted by

Another Day, Another RZ350 For Sale

2022 has brought plenty of Yamaha RZ350’s to market. Today’s is a runner but needs some light cosmetic work. The good news is that the reserve appears met and current bid is a hair over $9k with 2 days remaining.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

The bike was bought several years ago to be restored. The frame was powder-coated, cylinders sent to Gary at Spec II to be bored and get new pistons and rings. New tires were bought but the bike needed cosmetic improvements. Other projects came along so the bike was put in a clean, safe storage location after draining fuel and removing the old battery.

I took it out of storage and put in a new battery. I left the tank and carbs dry and started the engine with starter fluid. It fired right up. Now I would like to sell the bike but if a reasonable offer is not made it will go back to storage. Note that the original exhaust pipes are included. Bike has a clear title.

Another Day, Another RZ350 For Sale
Yamaha March 25, 2022 posted by

Quick Smoke Break: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

There seems to be a marked increase in available RZ350s as of late, a clear sign that Spring has officially sprung. Amongst the frenzy of activity with trading, selling and buying (not to mention how hot the collector market is these days), this is a quickie smoke break from the high dollar exotica and represents something that readers want to see and can likely afford. I will warn you that time is short and bidding strong on this one, but the price remains in the reasonable range and there is still a reserve at play.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

The 1985 Yamaha RZ350 differed only slightly from the 1984 model in the US. The biggest visual clue is that the Red/White bikes had King Kenny’s signature on the fairing; in the inaugural year this was only available on the bumblebee-colored models. Otherwise you are looking at the same liquid cooled, parallel twin with dual carbs, reed valve induction, oil injection and the novel YPVS computer controlled exhaust port.

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 350 from private collection excellent condition no issues runs great sorry do not have original pipes.

Today’s bike has seen some miles (but not many – only 5,000 on the clock!), and has the requisite performance upgrade of replacing the stock catalytic converter-equipped exhaust with proper expansion chambers. This is usually best accomplished with related jetting (and sometimes airbox) changes, but no background history if that was done. There is also no word on the type of expansion chambers fitted; perhaps our eagle-eyed readers can help out with that one. The bike looks undeniably clean, which is a real plus. I am somewhat perplexed by the lack of the black chrome finish on the left side of the engine, but not on the right. But this otherwise looks like something that could (and should) rattle to life in a cloud of smoke that brings smiles to all. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Quick Smoke Break: 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha March 17, 2022 posted by

Ring A Ding Dinger: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

In those dark morning hours (for those of us who “spring” the clocks forward) and in the wastelands of eBay before riding season hits and all sorts of exotica hit the auction block, there are days of, well, nothing. RSBFS staff look through hundreds of listings daily, and some days it is hard to find something worthy. Thus – in that light – a find such as this sano-clean 1984 RZ350 shines like a lighthouse beacon on a stormy night. Let’s check it out.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

While not a completely stock offering, this RZ is probably everything we would want in a rider. It looks to be in excellent shape cosmetically, has travelled enough miles to be a proper used bike (at 12,000+ miles there is no hangar queen here), and has the correct performance mods to wake up the two-pot beehive within. Those DG chambers look fantastic, and I can already hear (and see) the plumes of blue smoke shooting out of them as the little Yamaha hits the pipe. With proper jetting on the upstream side the 350 become far more potent than the modest displacement suggests.

From the seller:
1984 Yamaha RZ350
Excellent condition. Clean Title. Stored Indoors
This motorcycle is still very much in show worthy condition.
One would find it hard to believe this motorcycle is 38 years old.

Motorcycle has:
New battery
Brand new handle bars/grips
New tires (Michelin Pilot)
New chain & sprockets
Beautiful freshly powder coated wheels (white to match bike)
IntelAJet system added onto carburetors for easy fine tuning of carbs.
New pistons and rings, along with crank bearings and seals, 2 years ago.
(Bike tuned and jetted perfectly)
DG High Flow Pipes in excellent condition
( 2 ) keys
No rust on or in gas tank

More from the seller:
A few notes:
Everything works on bike
Bike has been stored in climate control since day 1
Paint & body panels are perfect, with no scratches- excluding 1 small ding (see details below)
Two small flaws:
Small chip in headlight but does not leak water (picture listed)
Small ding at lower portion of gas tank (picture listed)

Located in Georgia, this 1984 RZ350 looks to be a real peach (cue the rim shot!). These RZs are tremendously popular with readers, and the collector market is starting to see what it missed so many years ago. That means many of our readers who may remember when you could pick up a runner for $2k and a clean example like this for $5k will absolutely balk at the $12-15k range in which they now trade. Such is the march of time, the escalation of gas prices, and the high demand for a small (and dwindling) supply of these yesteryear throwbacks. There are many days to go, and this one sits at right around $5k with reserve in place – it should be fun to watch! Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Ring A Ding Dinger: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha March 8, 2022 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale on eBay!

1985 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale on eBay!

Make: Yamaha
Model: RZ350
Year: 1985
Mileage: 19,957
Price: $12,499 Bidding has been brisk so, don’t delay!

Sing it with me-

“On the radio was Springsteen, Madonna, way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie, and music still on MTV
His two kids in high school, they tell him that he’s uncool
‘Cause he’s still preoccupied with 19, 19, 1985”

Pretty fitting since our RSBFS world revolves around “What was missed and could have been” or in this case- a 1985 Yamaha RZ350.

We’ve seen several of these pop-up over the last few weeks. Everything from super low mileage, low mileage, red and white to yellow and black. No matter where we go- RZ350’s always draw a crowd and for a (obvious) good reason- That intoxicating castor oil drifting through the air . . . Whoops! That’s my fantasy!

Because of the classic styling and great color combos, RZ’s are always sure to please and this one is on target. I personally prefer the red and white version over the “Angry Bees” yellow and black version. No real reason- I just like the it better. I’ve scoured the photos several times and all I can report are a few chips on the sharp edge around the bikini headlight fairing. The motor looks like it could use a good scrubbing, but certainly nothing to scoff at on a 37 year old machine with almost 20,000 miles.


From the listing
I have for sale this Yamaha rz 350 Kenny Roberts. I bought it from the original owner’s family after his death.
The bike is in pristine condition, never been abused, kept in climate control environment since i bought it.
It starts right away and runs very good.
I got it with a set of Tommey racing exhaust chambers but I have the original set of exhaust that will go with the bike.

*Toomey

Interested? Make the jump here and place your bid!

Cheers!

Doug

1985 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale on eBay!
Yamaha February 25, 2022 posted by

Inflation: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

The collector world is on a tear. After years of pandemic caution, the floodgates are open and trading has resumed with gusto. With that activity comes excitement, renewed interest in classic models, and the commensurate rise in pricing. Yes, values are going up; and that is not just conjecture. As Blair, Tootie, Jo and Natalie will tell you, it’s the facts of life. At the sharp end of the market shift is the RZ350. Always popular with readers and riders, the RZ350 highlights the post-pandemic collecting frenzy with $20k + auction results as proof. As a result, we are seeing more and more RZs on the market, with all sellers looking to ride the pricing wave.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Rather than regurgitate the same details and specs of the RZ, let’s highlight some model differences and what makes a collector bike a collector bike. We have seen a TON of lesser quality examples in the past, and even these are enjoying a pricing boost. But the $20k and above examples need to be clean, low mileage and *original* specimens. With the RZ350, the opening performance surgery to be done was to drop the heavy and restrictive catalytic converter mufflers and replace them with a lightweight set of performance expansion chambers. This required some upstream changes in the form of air filter and jetting. Often the oil pump was disengaged or completely removed, reducing parasitic mechanical drag and forcing the bike to run on pre-mix. Heads could be milled for greater compression, ports could be massaged, bores could be increased. All of this boosts HP, and all have a serious impact on long-term values for collectors.

From the seller:
This is my 1985 Yamaha RZ 350 that is unrestored and original right down to its Yokohama tires that it rolled out of the showroom on! Seriously a quality Museum motorcycle, It has 2694 miles on it and has not been ridden since 1987! Original unused tool kit in tail section, I have the two original keys one on a Kenny Roberts key fob from Modesto, CA. It also has a Kenny Roberts license plate frame! This RZ was purchased at Kenny Roberts Yamaha in Modesto, Ca.! I have the original manuals and a Brochure.. I have a clean California title in my name, It has been non-popped since 1990… Very Collectable and definitely a quality addition to someones Man cave….

Perhaps the most rare of the RZs are the California models. CA requires additional evaporative canisters and fuel tank plumbing to minimize the environmental impacts of any internal combustion petrol engine. (Say what you want about the complexity and power-robbing functionality – but Los Angeles air is noticeably cleaner since the California Air Resource Board mandates). The CA-required pieces are often the first to cast off the bike. That raises the stakes for a CA bike that claims to be 100% original. And THAT is what makes today’s bike so interesting. A very clean 1985 model, this CA bike looks to be complete as if from the showroom, including all CA emissions equipment and stock exhaust. And with just 2,694 miles on the clock, the seller claims the tires are original as well!

A great looking, original condition California bike, I expect this particular example to pique the interest of those looking for this model in preserved condition. The seller notes that this bike has been sitting since 1987, which is echoed by the overall condition. The obvious caveat for those who want to ride the rails off of this thing is that it may require some re-commissioning in the form of a leak-down test (for crank seal condition) and tires as a starter. But that is minor work that would surely be worthwhile for an RZ in this stunning condition. Pricing is directly in line with condition, along with the 2022 premium based on past auctions and high aspirations. If the near $30k Buy It Now ask seems too high, the seller is open to offers. Check out all the details here, and then let’s sit back and watch how far the market has moved upwards on clean and pristine RZs. Good Luck!!

MI

Inflation: 1985 Yamaha RZ350