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Aprilia July 19, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: June 2013 Sales Report


Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged a record 60 bikes in June and readers purchased 14 bikes in total.

Lowest sale price: $2900
Highest sale price: $19800

Congratulations to June’s buyers and sellers!


Let’s get it started with this 1996 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 that had a buy-it-now of $3600 and sold after one relist for $2950.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

This Yamaha YZR500 replica build in the UK was first listed for about $22,600 but ended up selling for $20,500 after two relists.

Yamaha YZR500 replica

In Arizona this 2002 Aprilia RS250 MKII sold for a shade over $9k.

2002 Aprilia RS250

This red-headed Moto Guzzi V11 Rosso Corsa sold for a very reasonable $5500.

2003 Moto Guzzi Rosso Corsa

Here was a sharp 1997 Yamaha YZF750R that sold for a mere $3700.

1997 Yamaha YZF750R

Next is this 1987 Honda CBR600 Hurricane that sold for $3950.

1987 Honda CBR600 Hurricane

A cult favorite, this 1985 Yamaha RZ350 sold for just $5000.

1985 Yamaha RZ350

This 1982 Ducati 900 Supersport pulled in $17,100!

1982 Ducati 900SS

After being relisted once, this 1996 Bimota BB1 is going to sell for $5444.

1996 Bimota BB1

With one relist, this Yamaha FZR400 sold for $3450.

Yamaha FZR400

Combining items in a single auction almost never works, but in the case of this lot with a 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 and 1987 GSX-R50 sold for $13,100.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Here’s an ugly duckling that sold for just $2900.

1996 Yamaha FZR600

In the Pacific Northwest, this 1990 Honda NSR250R (MC21) sold for a mere $4825.

1990 Honda NSR250R

While not a Formula, this 1999 Laverda 750S sold for just $4550.

1999 Laverda 750S

And this nearly new 2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss sold for an astonishing $19,800!

2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss

At the other end of the spectrum, this 2001 Ducati 996 with just 1100 miles sold for $7500, which I think might be the best Ducati of the month.

2001 Ducati 996

Another 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100, and this one sold for $5400.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Month in Review:  June 2013 Sales Report
Yamaha June 15, 2013 posted by

Choose 1 out of 4: Yamaha RD 350 (Germany)

It seems as the RD350s are having a second life among enthusiats all aorund the world. The seller of this excellent sample found in Germany, actually has four of them. He mentions that highest bidder will get to choose which model he brings home from the 4.


The one pictured here would do for me.It is in beautiful conditions and with a BIN set at 2500 EUR, this is a no brainer, honestly! I mean, what are you waiting for. This is one of the most versatile and exciting 2 strokes ever made. It looks cool too. And that sound…mmmhh.


Spares are easy to find, it is a 2 stroke but it is not a race 2 strokes. You can comfortably cruise around and when you want to go a bit faster, just keep the needle on the right side pinned anywhere between 7000 and 8000 rpm. That is the sweet spot for an original 31k model. This bike won’t scare you for power, but the super light weight combined with those wishy-washy stock suspension, will make the ride an exciting experience.


I love it. It’s loud enough with the stock catalytic mufflers, fast enough, comfortable enough, rare enough, good looking enough, cheap enough, reliable enough (as long as you keep it stock), it is…everything enough ! it won’t even take much space in your garage, so don’t use that excuse.


This bike had recently new  increased volume cylinders and new pistons fitted. The handlebar doesn’t look original like a few other small bits, but what the heck, this bike is made to be ridden more than looked at.

And here’s a video of this actual bike, for you to appreciated the sharp sound indicating a healthy engine condition:

Just get active on the web and take the opportunity while they come at this price.

Yamaha RD 350 YPVS (31K) in Germany




Yamaha June 14, 2013 posted by

LA Smog: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

When it comes to street legal two strokes in California, your modern day choices are pretty much limited to a 49cc scooter, or this bike: a Yamaha RZ350. The last of the factory two strokes imported into the US, the RZ was even legal in EPA happy California thanks to stock mufflers that contained catalytic converters.


Worldwide, the RZ is better known as the RD350LC – and in reality the model is not that rare. In the US, however, these were special bikes that had a very limited run. Offered in two colors – the Kenny Roberts replica yellow/black that you see here as well as a white/red combo – these continue to be highly sought after by our readers.


From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ350 “Kenny Roberts Special” in the very desirable yellow and black livery, 23,600 miles, with aftermarket exhaust made by “Factory Exhaust Products”, aftermarket steering damper made by “NHK”.

The engine starts right away and sounds very healthy, the acceleration is superb and the entire drivetrain feels the way it should do. This RZ350 runs extremely well, has no leaks, does not overheat or make any strange noises.

The transmission shifts like clockwork through all the gears.

There are a few paint chips on the left side of the tank and another one on the rear right corner of the tank (Note: paint chips, NOT dents).

This bike is part of a large auto/motorcycle collection and has been kept in a climate controlled garage all the time, reason for selling is to make room for other projects.

It has spent all it’s life in southern California and will be sold with the original CA. blue plate.


RZs are interesting bikes. We tend to see them in waves – there will be a ton for sale at once, and then we will see very few for a spell. This particular one looks to be in good shape. It has more miles than many that come our way (nearly 24,000 on the clock), so the condition of the top end may be of concern. Fortunately parts and rebuild kits are readily available for this motor, as it is a mainstay of the Yamaha two-stroke lineup.


This auction is on right now, and it is an interesting one indeed. Bidding has been moderate, with the current bid up to only $3,650 with reserve still in place. The BIN is a very reasonable $5k. If you are in California and want a two stroke, this is a legal, available option. Click the link to check out all of the pictures and details. Good luck!


Sport Bikes For Sale April 23, 2013 posted by

You like fun? ’85 RZ350 “King” Kenny Roberts Model

Location: Lowell, MA    Mileage: 19,400   Price: Auction

85 RZ350

85 RZ350

The Yamaha Kenny Roberts RZ350 is a special bike for a couple of reasons. One, it’s a U.S. imported two stroke street bike. Awesome. Two, it honors Kenny Roberts, one of the greatest American motorcycle racers of all time. So it has a lot going for it. And because of those two unique reasons, it’s also a rare and collectible bike. It only came to the States for two years, so there aren’t many still around.

Here’s the seller’s info-

I am selling my White and Red 1985 Yamaha RZ 350 RZ350N YPVS Kenny Roberts edition. The bike starts first kick, runs great and everything works. The bike has 19,400 miles on it. This is a cool bike; it is an oil injected 2 stroke two cylinder 350. This bike was only sold in the U.S. for 2 years, 1985 being the last year. I bought this bike from the second owner who was a collector and owned it for many years. He did not use it much.  

This bike is perfect for the 2-stroke enthusiast or someone looking for an everyday rider RZ. The bike has been modified with some cool goodies. Please read the entire ad before bidding.

ENGINE: The motor is in great shape and runs good. 140PSI of compression in each cylinder. The carburetors were just ultrasonically cleaned. The bike looks to have all of the stock jets in the carbs so it could probably use a tune to get the most out of it. I just changed the oil, sparkplugs and cleaned the K&N air filter with Y-boot. The battery is good and is kept on a battery tender when not in use. The bike has a Toomey racing exhaust system on it and it sounds amazing.  This bike really goes well and is a blast to ride.  

The oil injection is still hooked up so no premixing needed. The air actuated fuel petcock drips over time (like they all do) I have not replaced it but there is an added in-line on / off fuel switch to keep everything in order. Just have to remember to shut the gas off when not in use. The petcock would probably be fine with a rebuild. 

BODY:  The bike is in great shape and the paint is original. This bike is a rider. There are some scratches and a few dings in the fuel tank. The inside of the gas tank looks clean.  I pointed out defects in the pictures. The seat is in great shape. One small crack in the lower belly pan. Again it is not a museum piece but is still a very respectable rider. (Please examine all pictures).

CHASSIS:  The tires were replaced recently. The brakes and the suspension are all in good working order.

 The bike comes with a Hayes service manual and a few service receipts from the previous owner. I am also including a Classic Motorcycle Mechanic’s magazine with a great article on the RZ/Rd 350; these were called RD350LC’s in Europe. The Bike also comes with a tool kit.  

V.I.N JYA48H004FA012580

I think I have gone through everything. Don’t miss out. Examine all pictures and ask any questions before bidding. I am an enthusiast with a great appreciation for the classics. If you are reading this I am sure that you are familiar with these old bikes. I have an RD 400 and there is no comparison.

The bike is sold with a NH registration (in my name) and bill of sale. New Hampshire does not issue titles for anything over 15 years old (non-title state). You will be able to obtain a title in any state with no problems.

 The bike is SOLD AS IS no warranty.

If you have negative or zero feedback you must email me before bidding or your bid will be cancelled. I have been burnt by new ebayers too many times in the past. Email me to show you are serious.

This Bike must be picked up from Lowell MA 01852. I would like it picked up within 2 weeks. I have no problems with meeting a shipper but the buyer must set that up. NO PAYPAL accepted. If shipping the bike you can send a check and the bike can be picked up after payment has cleared. Or payment can be made in cash upon pickup. 

And photos-

This bike isn’t some low mileage, collector machine. But that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. It has some cosmetic issues but the seller describes it as a bike that has been maintained and runs well. Collecting bikes like this may be fun, but I bet riding them is even better. This looks like a good candidate for something to ride but that I suspect will also maintain its value.

Here’s an opportunity to own an RZ350 and hopefully not break the bank. If you need to know more or are ready to pull the trigger, check this auction out!


Sport Bikes For Sale March 20, 2013 posted by

Clean ’86 Yamaha RZ350 – Canadian Version, Full Fairing

Location: Surrey, BC, Canada   Mileage: 13,500   Price: Auction

86 RZ350

86 RZ350

The Yamaha RZ350 came to U.S. shores for a short time as a rare two stroke street bike you could legally buy in the U.S. It was the Kenny Roberts edition in tribute to one of the greatest American motorcycle racers of all time. However, in the rest of the world (even Canada) you could buy these for years. It’s not a KR edition but still a killer bike.

From the seller-

1986 Yamaha RZ 350 Canadian Version. Clear title. Mint condition one of the cleanest and nicest ones you will find. Toomey pipes, Toomey air filter, Boysen reeds everything else stock and unmolested!

Runs fantastic, Selling because my M/C collecting days are over. Bike comes with another set of expansion chambers Factory Pipe Products,K&N filters,extra belly pan. There are a few other small parts also.

3 manuals including shop manuals.

And more pics-

This bike looks very clean and has upgraded pipes, which is a nice bonus. There are also a few extra parts that go with it, also a bonus. The seller reports that the bike runs well and has been part of a collection. Apparently for the seller the time for collecting has passed but that means your time could be starting.

The RZ 350 is a popular bike and for good reason. You get two stroke power and fun in a good looking, classic sportbike. If you’ve always wanted one, go check the auction and place your bid!


Honda March 4, 2013 posted by

Spring Fever Monday Mailbag [Pepsi RGV, FZR400, VFR750, RZ350]

Good morning and welcome to the first mailbag of March. I titled the post Spring Fever because the number of emails have gone up sharply as the weather starts to taunt us with almost nice weather. Everyone is beginning to shop for a new mount in the stable! Keep us posted with your finds and have a good week,


VFR750 For Sale

Adrian shoots us his great looking 1996 Honda VFR750 with just 16k miles. It’s on eBay and current winning bid is just $2225 with 5 days remaining. Nearly 50 bids so far! Great bike and price so far. Good luck to buyers and sellers.

fzr400 for sale

Donald shoots us his awesome 1988 Yamaha FZR400 that has just 4500 miles. For sale in Massachusetts for only $4500.

Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 For Sale Pepsi

Regular Chris G. spotted this sweet little 1989 RGV 250 VJ21 for $4000 CAD. It is set up for track but seller states he has the street parts too. Nice!

rz350 for sale

Chris sends us this 1984 Yamaha RZ 350 in Alabama for $4200.

BMW March 1, 2013 posted by

February 2013 Monthly Sales in Review

Hey guys,

Here are the latest sale values on bikes we posted on RSBFS last month, highest to lowest. This post might be more aptly titled how to score a survivor for under $3k. Congratulations to buyers and sellers!

Have a great weekend all,


1985 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Sold for $9950.

1985 Yamaha RZ500

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Sold for $9600.

1975 BMW R60/6 Polizei

1975 BMW R60/6 Polizei sold for $7500

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III sold for $7166

1992 Ducati 900SS White Frame

This 1992 Ducati 900SS sold to one of our readers for $7151!

2009 Aprilia RS125

2009 Aprilia RS125 sold for $5800

1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

1982 Suzuki Katana sold for $5600.

1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III

This 83 Guzzi LeMans III sold for $5149.

1965 Honda CB350F GP Replica

This 1965 Honda CB350F GP replica sold after a relist for $4975.

1995 Triumph Daytona Super III

1995 Triumph Daytona Super III sold for just $4200

1980 Yamaha TZ125 GP Racebike

1980 Yamaha TZ125 GP Racebike sold for $4000.

1994 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

1994 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for just $2950.

1971 Honda CB750

This modified 1971 Honda CB750 sold for just $2920.

1986 Yamaha SRX600

This 1986 Yamaha SRX600 sold for $2908.

1986 Honda VFR700

1986 Honda VFR700 sold for a mere $2900.

1990 Honda CBR600F

1990 Honda CBR600F sold for just $2325.

Sport Bikes For Sale February 3, 2013 posted by

Up in smoke: 1985 Yamaha RZ350


I was originally going to title this post “what are you smoking?” for one very good reason: The BIN on this bike is $10,450. Yes, you read that right. Nearly ten-five for a RZ350 seems a bit excessive on the face of it (not quite as excessive as the RZ with only 5 miles offered for $20k), but this seller has done a very good job laying out the details of the ride. And with the RZ market getting hotter by the day, perhaps the only thing being smoked here is castor oil – by the bike.



From the seller:
My long time customer has decided to sell his 2-stroke collection. He is a collector of museum quality bikes. He has ridden this bike less than 200 miles since he bought it in 2010. This bike rides like a dream with the upgrades it has. This is not your run of the mill RZ350 that is out there which quite often is in need of much neglected service. This on the other hand is an absolute pleasure to ride. It is like riding a brand new RZ350 only better because it has suspension now that works and it has a well tuned motor with expansion chambers.

Now is your chance to own a show quality RZ350. They simply are impossible to find in this condition outside of being in a crate. Speaking of crated RZ350’s, the last one sold for $18K on ebay in November of 2012. Obviously at that price it is for show only. I have all the details on that one if you want more information on that auction. This RZ350 on the other hand is ready to ride.

Trust me when I say I have seen a lot of RZ350’s. I have inspected every detail of this RZ350. For as long I’ve been in business I’ve only seen three other RZ350’s that even come close to being as immaculate as this bike is. Especially when you are talking about being for the most part all original. Bare in mind this is no ground up restoration but rather a flawless original which is way more difficult to find and nearly impossible to duplicate.

Attached is the information on the bike that I put together when It was originally sold three years ago. It’s virtually in the same condition as it was when I sold it to him except that he has added new tires, a battery and recently had the carburetors cleaned.

The bike has in excess of $4K in upgrades alone. The front forks, exhaust, rear shock and other improvements are listed below. I do have the invoice for all of the work and will send it to interested parties. All of the modifications are tastefully done and do not negatively affect the look. The bike looks like it rolled off the showroom floor the way it is. So you have a bike that has been vastly improved but done to look as if it was made this way by Yamaha.



More from the seller:
Bike History:
I know the original owner in Northern California who had it for 20 years with less than 2 miles. All he would do was start it occasionally and ride it up and down his street to keep it in good shape. It was covered and stored indoors all of the time. He finally sold it to a guy who wanted a NEW 84 red, white and blue paint scheme RZ350 but could not find one. Once he got the bike he bought the tank and every body panel except the front fender brand new in the 84 red, white and blue paint scheme. The wheels are powder coated black.

It looks so good with the black frame that I think Yamaha should have offered it this way for the USA market as they did indeed for other world markets. The bike is clean enough to show at any venue and win easily. It has never been crashed or dropped. I would say the bike is a solid 9.9. It starts up easily and runs fantastic. A RZ350 in this condition is next to impossible to find. It is truly a collectors dream bike considering how flawless it is and how well it rides with all of the upgrades.

Service History:

The front & rear brakes have been rebuilt and bleed using the stock lines and EBC brake pads.

Avon Super Venom tires size 120/80 and 100/90 installed.

Our High Performance Fork Upgrade including Race Tech Emulators and Eibach straight-rate springs was performed.

One of the last New Fox shocks ever made with ride height adjustment was installed.
The suspension is setup for a 200 – 240 pound rider weight.

All fuel and oil hoses have been replaced with OEM Yamaha parts.

The steering bearings have been upgraded with tapered bearings and the steering stops have been modified. They are now adjustable which prevents the handlebar controls from coming dangerously too close to the fuel tank. This is a very common problem with all RZ350s.

Famous John Lassak Chambers built from the original jig by Tommy Crawford and customized to fit the frame better. Notice the amount of space between the lower fairing and the pipes. This will help preserve the lower fairing and protect it from the heat normally associated with other chambers which come much closer to the fairing. This pair is one of the last he ever built. He is now retired from pipe building so these are quite collectable.


So we have a nicely updated, basically gorgeous RZ350. These were certainly not expensive in the day, but prices on these collectable two strokes is on the rise. What is interesting is that this was originally a black/yellow bike, and the previous owner spend considerable time and dollars to convert it to the red/white livery. While it does look good, I’m not sure most buyers would want to foot the bill for that. The rest of the modifications look to be worthwhile, unless you are looking for a stock bike to collect.


I’ll let the RSBFS readers decide if the upgrades on this bike make it worthy of the premium being asked. RZs are still common enough where any internet search will provide more than a few bikes, in various states of modifications and conditions. It is a given that a used bike in good condition will always bring in more money than a basket case – and this bike does look good. Check out all of the pictures and details here, and then let us know your thoughts. Is $10,450 the new asking price for a clean RZ350?