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Yamaha August 28, 2021 posted by

Decisions Decisions Decisions: 3 different Yamaha RZ350s

In the topsy-turvy world of collecting, there are often times when very little that is interesting is actually available. Then there are times when everything is available at once. You just cannot predict what will become available and here at RSBFS we do what we can to bring you the best we can find. And just like earlier in the year when Ducati 851 models were springing up like weeds, there are other bikes that appear in numbers – such as today’s example of three different red/white RZ350s. Best known as the last officially imported two stroke into all 50 states of the US, the parallel twin successor to the late RD series offered liquid cooling and introduced the concept of an exhaust power valve. While none of these nearly 40 year old bikes will be first in line for an indoor parking spot at the Barber Museum, they still represent a desired milestone machine worth collecting. Let’s look at our contestants! In no particular order:


Bike #1 – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 – starting bid $6k

From the seller:
Beautiful 1984 Yamaha RZ350. Have not seen many of these around on here or locally.
Early build date of 1/1984.
Matching Engine and Frame numbers: 003191 (shown in photos).
7,750 original miles.
2-stroke, liquid cooled, very fun and unique sounding bikes.

Bike runs and drives as it should – carburetors recently cleaned, general maintenance performed.
Bike is mostly original, however it does have aftermarket pipes, air filters, rear directionals (oem appearance), mirrors.
The windshield does have a few minor scratches, and there is also a scratch near the fuel shutoff (see photo).
The tank had minor repair underneath as it had a small pinhole leak. The inside was sealed with Tank Kreem fuel tank liner.
The bike is not 100% perfect showroom condition, but it is close, and in overall great shape. The bike was in dry storage for 25 years.

Located in Maine, this particular RZ has traveled fewer than 8,000 miles according to the clocks. There is the usual form of usage and neglect apparent, although the seller has done a good job of cleaning up the bike. The photos show a bit of corrosion, and some of the expected mods – namely the replacement of the heavy and performance-robbing catalytic converter pipes in favor of proper expansion chambers. If done correctly in conjunction with airbox and jetting changes, this is the #1 performance mod to really wake up the RZ with no harm in longevity. For a museum collector this is a destructive mod that kills the value, but for a rider-quality example the rideability gain is a definite benefit. The seller claims it was in storage for 25 years, and no maintenance records are listed. Opening bid is $6,000 – which may sound like big money if you remember when you could snag a project bike for less than half of that, but those days are long gone my friend. The best part of this auction is that it has no reserve. Check out the details on this one here.


Bike #2 – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 – starting bid $5k

From the seller:
Running & Currently Registered, fires right up whenever I get a chance to use it. Sounds & shifts as it should.
– The motorcycle has 23,000 miles on it
– I bought this bike a few years ago planning on doing a cosmetic restoration. I’m no mechanic but the bike does not need anything major.
– The past owner had recently gone through the motor and it runs strong, has Factory Pipe Products aftermarket exhaust (Expansion Chambers) and is re-jetted for the exhaust system.
– The past owner also put on the current gas tank (dented a shown in pictures) because the original tank had rusted/leaked as so many RZ gas tanks did.
– I have some spare parts that I have collect that will go with the bike including a set of rear turn signals (current right rear is taped).
– Comes with a Yamaha Service Manual

Continuing our New England romp, this second RZ350 lives in Connecticut and has traveled a credible 23,000 miles. By the pictures one can conjure up a story of hard use, which is not uncommon with the model. Like the first bike, this one sports aftermarket exhaust chambers coupled with carb mods to maximize performance. Judging by the conditions shown in the photos, this is no museum bike. The tank tells a story of a bike being down – on both sides. The seller claims the tank was added later, which is plausible. Still, the non-stock side cover on the right speaks to potential damage replacement. The cylinder block is not painted, which could mean replacement or modification (i.e. bore and/or ported). With luck, the previous owner replaced crank seals during the rebuild process. A bit of a mystery, this RZ has a starting bid of $5k and no reserve. Check out all of the details here.


Bike #3 – 1985 Yamaha RZ350 – starting bid $7999

From the seller:
This 1985 Yamaha RZ350 is an original. The owner has had it for 1 year. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend rides.

This bike runs beautifully and has the smoothest shifting transmission I have ever seen on a Yamaha. Clutch is fairly new. Has some cosmetic defects but nothing major for an almost 40 year old bike. All gauges work as they should as well as instrument lights. Turn signals have been removed. Oil injection system works correctly. Bike maintains temperature as it should. You would be hard pressed to find a 1985 RZ350 bike that is mechanically better than this one.

Of the 3 bikes shown, this 1985 model is the most confusing. Early 1985 models had the red/white scheme that mimicked the black/yellow. There was a late 1985 California model that shared the earlier paint scheme and shipped with gold wheels, but all 1985 models had the Kenny Roberts signature on the fairing. Given the cosmetic condition of this one, it is likely that the fairing was replaced along the line (the tank shows evidence of a handlebar hit, scuffed cases, etc). The MRA marking on the cylinder block is another mystery – as best guess would indicate the Motorcycle Racing Association out of Colorado. But other than the exhaust tips, I don’t see any safety wire. I also don’t see a side stand. The stock pipes have been swapped out for expansion chambers, but I am not able to make out the brand. Showing 34,700 miles on the clocks, this looks to be a survivor with a hard past. Opening bid is $7,999. Check out all of the details here.


So which would you chose? Bachelor/Bachelorette #1, #2, or #3? The smart money says to get into the RZ game sooner rather than later, as the overall model series continues to gain in value with each passing year. And if you are looking for a pristine example, you already know these are not it. However a museum example will be asking more than double of this lot – which is a lot. Amidst this trio, I would first consider what my goals would be for the bike (i.e. realistically, a presentable rider). From there, I would look at each bike critically, searching for originality and completeness. If I was spending my dollars, I would put aside a few bucks as any of these three would require a leak-down test to check for compromised seals, as well as a contingent for general maintenance. But if I had to choose from those listed here, I’d likely chose them in order of presentation, even though Bike #2 is initially offered at a lower price. Simply put, Bachelor/Bachelorette #1 appears closest to stock, has the fewest miles and the least amount of overall damage. It will be interesting to follow these auctions to see where they end up. What are your thoughts? Is the RZ market one you might like to get into? Let us know in the comments!

MI

Decisions Decisions Decisions: 3 different Yamaha RZ350s
Yamaha April 9, 2021 posted by

Legend: 1985 Yamaha RZ 350

Every iconic bike tells a story. In the case of the RZ350 – the last of the factory imported two strokes into all 50 U.S. States – the story is one of evolution. The RZ (or RD350LC as it was called in other markets), was an evolutionary beast that began with the RD series of the early 1970s. But the RZ took the parallel twin two stroke concept much further, by adding liquid cooling and a trick exhaust port power valve to widen the power band (YPVS), not to mention the catalytic converters in the pipe trick. This particular bike has a story as well. And far from some adverts we see where the owner says (or knows) nothing about the bike in question, today’s seller has written a ton. I will let him pick up the story.

1985 Yamaha RZ 350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Step 1: The purchase
My desire for a top of the line RZ350 started years ago, but in early 2014 one came up for sale 800 miles from home. My wife and I jumped in my truck and arrived in Missoula MT to pouring rain and freezing temps. “perfect bike buying weather”. The seller was short on words, the bike was complete but the wheels were seized from sitting and the buyer all of a sudden “couldnt find the paperwork.” Are you kidding me? After we drove 3 states to come buy it? So i said I’m paying you 300 dollars under asking until you can find the title, long story short, he blocked me and I never heard from him.

More from the seller:
Step 2: Contract the builder
Reach out the best 2 stroke tuner/builder I know at the time. His name is Troy Gessner out of Bellingham, WA. If you’re ever curious, go look at 125GP records, his son John, had all of them. His dad is a 2 stroke genius and was a meticulous engineer type mechanic. Never cuts corners, never says “that should be ok”. While every other GP125 would have some sort of a mechanical or seizure, John and Troy went 2 years with 2 mechanicals, and both were electrical related, not catastrophic mechanicals. At any rate, I reach out and he says tell ya what… You get that RZ, and I’ll do a frame up, cases up build for you, at half what the shops would charge. Deal. He’s recently retired, and excited to work on a 2 stroke bigger than a 125GP Honda. We talk about the best route and without going into politics, WA state is real bugger on VIN/No title issues. So we result to buying a frame and title off of Ebay from AZ. Frame arrives to Bellingham, i take paperwork to DOL, we get title in my name, the DAY we recieve the proper title, clean title, Troy got to work. Please note, we are building a true Spec II Racing version of the RZ350. Spec II oem bodywork, Spec II windscreen, Spec II crankshaft rebuild and weld up, Spec II pipes. THIS IS A NON-MATCHING FRAME/ENGINE. Since this is a fun Spec II Yamaha version, the vin on the frame and the vin on the engine should absolutely not matter. It surely didnt to us. This is an aftermarket build with todays components and goodies almost everything upgraded to be better.

More from the seller:
Step 3: The build.
When I tell you that this was a nut and bolt restoration, I’m not saying it was “kinda taken down and slapped together with new top end and pistons” I”m talking every wear item, every nut bolt seal was ordered through Yamaha. We paid hundreds of dollars to have oem fasteners, nuts bolts springs, seals, all OEM. Here’s the short list. You will recieve with the bike, a build book. See final photo, its 1 page of your build book where Troy outlines every detail from every day he spent working/building the bike.
Entire bike disassembled down to nothing. Everything in the engine was in working order except the cylinder head showed some bad gas pre-detonation wear, so we waited for a month for a perfect OEM Cyl head to pop up on ebay.
Crankshaft sent to Spec II Racing to Gary for rebuild and welding.
After tearing everything down we realized after talking to the painter, the only way to get that specific decal kit to look right, is if its on the bike. Trevor Beckman at FlexiGlass in Vancouver Canada, needed the bike almost like it was going to be done. So the only way around this was to put the bike back together, without the engine and drive the entire bike to him across the border. Troy did just that. The Spec II edition decals were applied to the bike on top of the white paint but underneath the clearcoat, just like it should be. the paint/clear looks like a factory job. After paint was done, Troy went to pick it back up, and carefully disassemble it, and put the bodywork off to the side. Ducati red and bright white. Are those factory colors. Nope. Do they look correct, yup.

All holes in the frame were cleaned and die tapped. The frame recieved new head bearing races in the frame (and bearings upon reassembly)

More from the seller:
The internet says that the rear shock is “not repairable” Troy brought the rear shock to KFG Racing. You may have heard of them, they’re the #1 suspension shop on the westcoast. KFG drilled/tapped the shock, recharged it, and resprung for a 200lb rider. No more saggy bike with worn out 35 year old shock for a 140lb rider. Even better, when you buy the bike, if in 10 years it feels soft. KFG can service it again for you, like a current day sportbike shock. The front forks were torn down by Troy personally and rebuilt with new internals and oil. The calipers were nasty. He tore them down and rebuilt them with new parts and new brake pads. The wheels and calipers were in great shape. The bike only had 15k original miles.

When Troy reassembled the transmission, all the small washers, seals, springs, pins, bearings were replaced. Everything reassembled like a tech would in 1985. Shifts like a new bike.

Engine wise, the engine is stock. No crazy porting. No changes to compression. Troy says “we want this bike to last. We want it to run prime, and behave on the street.” So I agreed to that for sure. We decided to install VFORCE3 reed cages for some added mid-range power. Rebuilt oil and water pump. New bridgestone tires.

Things not restored: seat/seat cover, wheels, calipers, tachometer cluster, bar end mirrors kept.

Amsoil Dominator 2 stroke race oil injector used for break-in. Coolant topped off, Yamalube oil for trans. Bike runs like a dream, pulls hard, shifts hard, sounds great. Has a nice crackle to the pipes 🙂

More from the seller:
Lastly……Step 4: The negative. (small stuff!)
Ready for the bad news? (I told you. No surprises. Thats not how I sell)
Upon getting the bike back together, I went up to Troys house and he says well Darren the bike is back together go ride it. But we do have a ever so slight (a drip an hour) leak near the petcock. so we wipe the drip and go for a ride. Bike is great, I pay troy for his time, and i’m on my way home. I get home unload, go ride it again, I go for a 35ish mile ride, I’m as happy as a clam. All the electrical works, bike pulls, corners, shifts, and brakes, like a bike 20 years, 30 years newer! The gauge cluster still has a small chip out of the lower right side. very minor, see photo. I’m all smiles…. Until the next morning. I head out and the shop has a strong gas smell. I find a grapefruit sized puddle of fuel on the ground. I realize the tank leak is a bigger issue than I first realized. I touch the area up UNDER the bottom of the tank, if you know RZ350’s, they have a section of a half an inch that is LOWER than the petcock. A horrible design as all RZ owners know. I didnt catch it, Troy didnt catch it and VERY sadly, the painter/sander, did not catch it 🙁 Now we have fresh paint, fresh decals from australia, on a tank that needs some sort of a repair. I am no body guy, but i did what I could to try to fix it. i used an exacto knife on the fresh paint up under the tank maybe 1″? (i know, teeth gritting to read that) and I applied a thin line of JB weld. It was a temporary fix that worked for a few months, but it didnt fix it. I rode it 1 more time. I’ve had the bike entered in 2 motorcycle exhibition shows, and it one that gets the looks. And now the embarrassing part. A small dribble lead to the bike being parked and “i’ll deal with it later.” Its 2021. I opened Troy’s book to read off some of the meticulous notes, and it starts off with “15 May, 2014″….. I just shook my head. I have a family now, and I’ve decided to split ways with the bike. So you know the entire story. You’re getting the best of the best, frame up, engine up, suspension up type bike. You’re getting bodywork that is as rare as a white unicorn, a windscreen that is no longer in production, and pipes that are hard to find. BUT you will need to repair the slow leak gas tank. At this point you will need a new battery. The bike has approx 50 miles on it.

The long and short of it is that RZ350s are money these days. Non running junkers are going for what great riders were going for less than a decade ago. Today’s seller spent a lot of time (and money, undoubtedly) to build a very clean example of a neo-RZ – keeping to the original theme, but making some interesting and cool modifications. Clearly the Spec II parts and pieces approach works from a period-correct perspective. The pictures show a bike restored to a very high standard, but the tank leak is definitely unfortunate. So, too, is the damaged bezel given the overall condition of this machine. Which brings us to the asking price of $15k. That is big money, although a completely restored stocker might pull it off. The seller appears to be open to offers, so check out all of the details here and give it some thought. Good Luck!!

MI

Legend: 1985 Yamaha RZ 350
Yamaha December 23, 2020 posted by

Almost Famous: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

How much does star power help with motorsport sales? It helps if the figure connected with the sale is related to the vehicle in question. And in the case of the RZ350, the connection is very, very good. Sporting the signature of “King” Kenny Roberts, the RZ350 came emblazoned with the bumble bee livery that made Yamaha famous on the race track. As the last factory two stroke to be imported into all 50 US States, the RZ350 is held near and dear as a truly special bike from a bygone era.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

For those that have been living in a cave without AOL dial-up, let’s go over the basics: Take the spiritual heart of a RD350/RD400 – namely the two stroke parallel twin – and throw go-fast technology at it in the form of liquid cooling and a computer-adjustable exhaust port that enhances the typically peaky two-stroke power curve (YPVS). For those that like to breathe, the RZ came with an exhaust system that incorporated catalytic converters and air injection to prevent mosquito fogging the street/canyon/track with bllue smoke where these bikes played. The rest of the gear was fairly conventional, including a mild-steel frame, a single shock rear suspension system and triple disk brakes.

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 350 Kenny Robert’s edition. The most desirable year of the most desirable color combination Yamaha RZ 350. Very low original 6809 miles. Runs well, idles perfectly, fires up first kick. Stock oil injection system remains intact. Stock carbs, rejeted for the Toomy pipes and 2 into 1 K&N air filter. It is stock bore with new high performance pistons. I pulled the top end just to inspect and check everything, replaced the pistons because I had an extra set.

This bike came from The American Pickers in LeClaire, Iowa and was on of their shows. It was purchased locally by a motorcycle collector, and I purchased it from them. I have the bill of sale from Iowa.

The bike is in over all in decent rider quality condition, it has the normal nicks and dings as it is a 35 year old motorcycle. This bike would be a great candidate for an easy restoration or enjoy as is.

Like most RZs, this particular example has shed it’s restrictive, heavy catalytic converters in favor of some old-school expansion chambers. That is one way to really wake up an RZ. The air filter mod – in conjunction with the exhaust swap – requires changes to jetting, since the motor is now able to flow more air. Racers usually disabled the oil injection system in favor of mixing oil right into the gas (again, old-school), but street riders will appreciate the ability to fill up the tank without the use of a mix-rite cup.

This particular bike was apparently featured on the TV show “American Pickers.” I’m not really sure if that adds any value, but does prove that many people think the RZ is cool. Pictures show a bike in pretty good condition. This is not a meticulously spotless museum piece by any means, but nor is it a thrashed, crashed and trashed example asking for an outrageous price. With no reserve and a single bid at time of writing, this RZ is in the $6,500 zone – which is close to where you might expect. There are a significant number of folks watching on, though, so you might see some last minute activity on this auction. Check out all of the details here, stay safe and good luck!!

MI

Almost Famous: 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha January 10, 2020 posted by

Winter Blues: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

As many parts of the United States are deep in the throes of falling frozen water, riding is an activity that must wait for warmer weather and more favorable road conditions. There are locales, however, where riding can commence year ’round. The southern states on both coasts serve as a great example. And it is from one of those states where we find this immaculate 1984 Yamaha RZ350, ready to ride. If you are snowed in and looking for that winter project that might require TLC and lots of mechanical know-how, stop reading now. This particular bike looks to need nothing but high RPMs and silly grins. If that is your idea of a winter project, read on!

The RZ350 is well known as the last of the factory 50-state street legal two strokes. Known as the RD350LC in other geographies, the RZ was the continued evolution of the parallel twin RD lineup, but with a healthy dose of modern tech thrown in. Sure the chassis was mild steel and not aluminum, but that did not stop the RZ from sharp handling. Brakes were triple disks, rear suspension was of the new-fangled single shock design, the venerable twin was now liquid cooled for tighter tolerances and greater power, there was a computer controlled bridge attached to the exhaust port to spread the notoriously peaky powerband around some, and the exhaust pipes were fitted with catalytic converters to help the dirty two-stroke meet EPA emissions. In most ways it was a toned down version of itself, but the beast within was woken up easily with a few common two-stroke tricks. The party only lasted two years, but it remains a very memorable party indeed.

From the seller:
1984 YAMAHA RZ350. Bike has less than 500 miles on a total renovation. Stripped to frame, wheels, bodywork all painted. Original exhausts go with the bike. Brand new Original CDI Spare also goes with the bike. The bike does not need anything. I never ride it anymore to many other things going on. Clear title, the bike is in ORMOND BEACH FL.

I have a reasonable reserve for this bike in this condition. Please do not message with silly offers. The bike sits in my climate controlled building and is available to view anytime. Everything works as you would expect. The gas cap area has been treated with an epoxy to resist any gas overflow from affecting the paint in the silly recess around the gas cap. (yes I have overfilled it) Not much more I can say. If you are looking for an RZ that requires nothing but a rider then you know what you are looking at.

There is a fair bit of interest in this particular RZ, and the eBay auction has a good number of followers. Bidding history shows the relatively quick escalation from $2k to the current bid of $7,400 – but we can be pretty certain it won’t stop there. The seller indicated that there was a reasonable reserve set for the bike, and that is clearly the case; the reserve has already been met. Whatever happens from this point forward, this bike is going home with somebody. Check it out here and let us know if this isn’t the cleanest RZ you have seen in quite some time. It has some aftermarket expansion chambers (great for waking up the beast) and the seller will even throw in the original pipes with the deal – which is great for someone looking for an original collector. The RZ is a constantly sought-after machine, and we anticipate prices to continue to rise. If you are in the market, best jump in while prices remain somewhat sane. Good Luck!!

MI

Winter Blues: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha December 13, 2019 posted by

King Kenny’s steed: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

The Yamaha RZ350 lived a pretty short life on these shores, eventually leaving us in the face of EPA fleet emissions regulations and sales that paled in comparison to its bigger four-stroke stablemates. But, if you were serious about roadracing, or were a serious fan of the 500cc Grand Prix races of the time, the RZ was your mount. The little parallel twin leaves none of its inspirations to the imagination, wearing the signature of American 500cc ace Kenny Roberts front and center on its red, white and blue frame and bodywork.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

With just about 45 horsepower, none of which was available until about 6,000 RPM, the 375-pound RZ rewarded momentum and bravery over raw power and speed. Still, even with limited horsepower, the thing managed to click off a 13-second quarter mile at 100 mph in the hands of CycleWorld. That is musclecar shaming performance in a package that will turn with aplomb when you ask it to.

This 1985 Yamaha RZ350 has a few tasteful mods and has covered just under 12,000 miles in its 34 years. It is in very nice condition, with just a few scratches, dings and touch ups on the frame and body work.

From the eBay listing:

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts

NO RESERVE

11,983 Miles
Fox Shock
New Battery
Powder Coated wheels
New Fork seals and oil
Brakes completely gone through
New EBC rotors and yamaha pads
KN y-boot filter
Hard to find Stock pipes
Tank is clean and rust free inside
Great condition ready to ride
Few minor scuffs as seen in photos
Touch up on frame

Buyer pays shipping (I can assist with shipping) Local pickup in Sarasota, FL area

With no reserve, this thing will sell come hell or high water. With the best part of a week to go in the auction, we’ll be curious to see what this pretty little smoker fetches.

King Kenny’s steed: 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha September 10, 2019 posted by

Ringer: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

I know that the RSBFS reader loves a good two stroke. And what better to post than a well-kept Yamaha RZ350? The last of the true factory street bike smokers, the RZ was successfully imported into the US – and even California! – for a short while. And so while these are not grey bikes snuck across the border from elsewhere, they are legitimately rare and loved for what they are. And unlike a nearly $20k Gamma or RZ500, the 350 is something that mere mortals can afford, and live with on a daily basis.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

The reed-valve parallel twin that powers the RZ350 is a spiritual successor to the air cooled units on the earlier RD series. Bristling with 1980s technology such as liquid cooling and a power valve exhaust port, the RZ was built to be very robust. Capable of being reliably tuned to significant horsepower increases via compression, porting and bolt-on changes (with requisite carb jetting, of course), the RZ was something that could be enjoyed in stock form and could continue to grow. Today while RZ-specific tuner parts are not readily available (after all, this model has not been sold for many, many years), the aftermarket quad scene is still going strong and there is a lot of knowledge about these motors in that community.

From the seller:
Up for sale today is a very low mileage 1984 Yamaha RZ350. The bike is is very good condition and in excellent running order. It starts on first or second kick every time and everything operates as it should. There are 2 small dents on the left side of the tank about the size of a quarter and nickle respectively that someone touched up and the rest is normal wear in my estimation. The paint shows very well and the only no oem items on the bike are the mirrors,exhaust and air filter ( has a K&N on it now but I have the original airbox that goes with the bike.

The last several RZs that we saw pass through eBay showed strong bidding and a significant amount of action. That speaks to the popularity of these bikes. This is especially true for those that are in exceptional condition and include the rare – yet power robbing – original parts such as the catalytic converter exhaust pipes. This particular bike appears to be in good condition, and sports period-correct mods such as the airbox and expansion chambers. The seller notes some minor damage to the tank (not particularly well shown in the pics) and non-standard mirrors (the original RZ items are round). But with lower mileage and an overall clean appearance this could be a good buy if everything else checks out. The going rate for a great RZ these days tops the $10k mark, so set your barometers accordingly. This one sits just below $6k with only a few days to go. Check it out here, as we don’t often see these bikes hang around long at auction. If your’re itching for something to collect, something to ride, something to hot rod – or maybe all of the above – you’d be hard pressed to do better than a RZ350. These are still relatively affordable, and all the fun you remembered. Good Luck!!

MI

Ringer:  1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha August 24, 2019 posted by

Minty Fresh: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

The RZ350 is a special sort of machine in the annals of RSBFS. The last of the 50-state factory two strokes, the little parallel twin that could utilized liquid cooling, a computer controlled adjustable exhaust port (YPVS), and catalytic converters. Even with all of this tech it was short lived on US shores, and even shorter for California. And while the RZ350 was made in decent numbers for delivery around the world (including the RD350LC variants sent to Canada), these remain relatively hard to come by in the US today. If you do find one, it is often modified, beat up, and abusted. And pricey. Today’s find is as clean and example as you are likely to hope for – with all stock parts in place and mileage that is actually reasonable. But better bring your wallet to this gunfight; the bidding is hot and heavy with only a few days remaining. The seller has included a LOT of detail, and I will let him tell the story of this special bike.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is one of the best original Kenny Roberts version RZ350s left in the world. I have decided to sell my collection of mint, original classic bikes. All my bikes were regularly ridden locally when we lived in California, but at 62, and since moving to MN last fall, I decided it’s time to downsize. I sold my KZ1000 MkII, CBX, RD350, RD400, Z1B, T150V Trident and CB1100F, leaving only this bike and my early Z1 which is the only one I will keep. The RZ is the last to be sold because I have been waiting for the MN title to come back (now in hand).

This is a 1984 Yamaha RZ350L (model 48H). Serial number is 000173: this is the 73rd out of the 9900 RZ350s to have been produced in 1984 (the first 100 bikes of each model that Yamaha makes are reserved for press/production prototypes). It may well be the lowest serial number RZ still in existence. The US RZ350 was only produced in 84 and 85, before US legislation made it too difficult to meet environmental regulations.

More from the seller:
The odo is showing 69xx miles (I am riding it a little), and the bike looks and feels like it is genuine. It was previously owned by well known classic RD parts supplier HVC Cycle (Lincoln, NE). Then the previous owner bought it from HVC and owned it for about 6 years. I have owned the bike 3 years. I only buy bikes with excellent original paint on the bodywork and frame. They hold their value much better due to the rarity. The fairing wasn’t perfect enough for me, so I found a NOS fairing (in Alaska) and NOS decals (cost $1200). The tank is perfect inside. Only the barrels have been painted (the original paint always flakes off). The original 48H pipes have been ceramic coated and came out beautifully. The small emissions pipes on the headers (not now used) have been capped with high temp silicone caps. No marks or dings on the bodywork except for a pea sized, very shallow dent (paint not broken) at the neck of the tank that can’t be seen. A tiny mark next to the Yamaha decal on the front of the fairing (see pics)

More from the seller:
The only mods made are not readily visible: emissions pipework and canister removed (I dont have it). Airbox replaced with K and N filter and Y Boot for better breathing. Dynojet needle kit fitted. Main jets increased to 420 (240 is stock which shows how much the Y boot improves the breathing). The 48H features the same barrels (same porting) as the higher power Euro 31K version but the stock US airbox and jetting restricts the engine to 52bhp. This bike probably makes more than the 59BHP of the 31K model due to better breathing. Diaphragm fuel tap replaced with conventional type. Carbs have been ultrasonic cleaned and set up by me. New float valves and jets. Fueling is perfect with no flat spots or hesitation. Starts and idles perfectly. Plug color is great.

I fitted new plugs, gearbox oil and EBC brake pads. I checked the oil pump. Motobatt sealed battery. New brake fluid and fork oil. I was told that Racetech cartridge emulators have been fitted but I have not inspected to confirm, however the front end feels very good and not undersprung for my weight (200lb). Compared to an RD400, these feel like a much bigger and more solid bike. Bridgestone BT45 tires.

The rare single seat is fitted (these were an optional extra). Also included is the stock double seat tail (also original paint) and grab rail. Both tails use the same seat. Buyer pays for shipment of tail. Also included user handbook, Yamaha shop manual plus complete original toolkit.

Many hi res photos can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFQSxYk

Also you will see some of my other bikes (now sold) to give you an idea of the quality of bikes I have collected. Also see pics of the packaging that the NOS fairing came in (note original warning decal on screen).

More from the seller:
This bike truly looks and rides like a new bike. if you have been looking for an RZ350 for a collection, yet is still great to ride, this is it.

Clean title with current MN registration in my name. The bike is located just outside Minneapolis, MN. I can assist with loading if the buyer uses a shipper. I can keep the bike here for a month in my temperature controlled garage to help international buyers (two of the last four bikes I sold went to the UK). Bidders with less than 10 feedback please contact me before bidding, or the bid may be rejected.

On Aug-20-19 at 19:15:52 PDT, seller added the following information:
Note I have the Instavin report for this bike which shows it was originally sold in VA in 1984. The original owner sold it to Nebraska in 07 where HVC Cycle bought it and sold to previous owner in IL in 2012. I bought it in 2016. Serious bidders can get a copy from me at don_pottter at me.com

On Aug-21-19 at 07:40:04 PDT, seller added the following information:
A bidder had asked about the slight heat deformation on the lower cowl right side (the hi res pics I posted on Flickr allow you to zoom in on every part of the bike – please check them). I had forgotten about this since its not visible unless you look under the bike. When I bought the bike it had HVC pipes on it which are bigger diameter than stock pipes (HVC owned this bike). The cowl had gotten hot on one side. I put some aluminum foil to protect it. It has not gotten any worse because I replaced the pipes with stock which are much smaller. I took off the cowl and took pics, also of the underside while it was off – see the link to Flickr. As you can see its very clean under there. I also added a pic of the shop manual and the mint condition owners manual. I am 100% transparent with any issues. If you need more pics let me know.

With over 30 bids and over $9k, this bike has not yet reached reserve. When you think about it, $9k for a clean and original RZ is not much dosh. We have seen rattier and hacked up examples asking much, much more. I suspect that this one will spike near the end, but it all will come down to how high the reserve has been set. This seller has done a pretty good job of outlining the bike and how it came to be in this condition, including some of the restoration efforts necessary. Parts are getting harder and harder to find for these bikes, so if you are intent in owning a showroom example of the breed, you best start out with a complete one. This one fits the bill nicely. Drool over the many pictures, watch the video, and then check it out here. There is not a lot of time left, but plenty of action remaining – even if you’re just watching from the sidelines. Good Luck!!

MI

Minty Fresh: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
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