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Yamaha August 8, 2015 posted by

Tasteful Custom Stroker: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

1985 Yamaha RZ500 R Side Front

Well, last week’s seemingly ham-fisted resto-mod Gamma went over like a lead balloon, so let’s see how this one flies: a very bright and shiny Yamaha RZ500 fitted with some FZR bits!

1985 Yamaha RZ500 L Side RearJPG

Built from 1984 to 1986, the RZ500 was also known as the RD500LC in some markets. It was Yamaha’s entry into the Moto GP replica wars and a direct competitor of Suzuki’s equally wild RG500Γ Gamma, although most feel that the Gamma was ultimately the better bike. Due to emissions laws, the RZ500 was never officially imported to the USA, although some found there way here via Canada and, more recently, imported directly.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Cockpit

Like the Gamma, the RZ featured wild specifications: a liquid-cooled, 499cc two-stroke V4 with two cranks and 50° between cylinder banks. A pair of YPVS power valves and oil-injection. Even a balance shaft to quell vibration, and while this did improve the bike’s ability as a street ride, the real advantage of the balance shaft was that it allowed the frame and other bits to be lighter. That light weight philosophy extended to the materials used, and the engine cases were made of magnesium. You know how I know that? It’s got “MAGNESIUM” cast right there into the cases!

1985 Yamaha RZ500 L Side Engine

It isn’t mentioned in the description, so I’ll assume this bike has the standard steel frame. Japanese bikes actually had a desirable aluminum version of the frame that helped offset the detuned engine sold in that market. If you look, you can see the remote reservior for the rear suspension peeking out by the radiator: the rear shock was mounted Buell-style under the engine to make room for the rear pair of cylinders’ exhaust. The original bike featured anti-dive forks, although those have been lost in the transition to the FZR front end, a loss I’d expect is more than acceptible, considering the other benefits of the swap.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 R Side Chambers

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

For sale is my 1985 Yamaha RZ500, 4 Cylinder Liquid Cooled Two-Stroke, Custom Painted to Kenny Roberts Replica Graphics. When I found this bike 8 years ago, I had to have it. I was (and am) a big RZ350 fan and then my buddy explained to me that Yamaha made a 4 cylinder version that was never sold in the U.S.A. I did some research and watched over a few years then saw this bike. Several things immediately drew me to it which might you too but high on the list was the Kenny Roberts Paint Job. For me (a person who is by far more drawn to stock) I just can’t stop looking at this bike. Then add to it the complete rebuild and modifications made with high dollar parts, there was no decision to be made.

When I got it, my buddy convinced me to take a ride to the local Indy Ducati Dealer which was holding an open house event and motorcycle show. As we pulled up, two guys from the Factory Ducati Semi heard the sound and ran up to ask me if this was really an RZ500… that felt good. I won 1st place at that show in the “Other Class”. I felt a little embarrassed as there was such a crowd gathered around the bike that most had never seen before. The same happens time and time again when I find the time to take it out for a cruise or to the Indy Moto GP… it just commands your attention.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 R Side Tail

The listing is pretty comprehensive and includes much more detail, along with some additional photos, so pop over for a look. With a Buy It Now price of $14,950.00 and just two days left on the listing, the seller is looking for premium money. But it looks like a premium bike, with those gorgeous expansion chambers, clean bodywork, thoughtful improvements, and a 17″ wheel update that should make for improved handling. If you’re okay with the updates, this is one sharp machine.

As always with these customized machines, expert opinions are welcome in the comments!


1985 Yamaha RZ500 R Side

Tasteful Custom Stroker: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale
Yamaha May 2, 2015 posted by

Sensible Tribute – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Rainey

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Looking for all the world like Wayne Rainey’s 1990 YZR500 GP bike, this sparkling tribute is a lot more streetable than an expert-only RZ500 race replica.  Based on a titled RZ350, this machine has been treated to a full race fairing from Air-tech Streamlining, as well as a comprehensive rebuild.  Appearing well-sorted and immaculately finished, this street legal race replica should be fun on the street or at the track.

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An AMA Hall of Fame inductee and fitting recipient for a fan’s tribute, Wayne Rainey won the 500cc GP Championships in 1990 through 1992 with the Team Roberts.  His riding career was cut short by a series of accidents in 1993 leaving him a paraplegic, but he continued as a team manager and race organizer, and is still racing in a hand-controlled superkart.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

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With the YPVS electronically controlled exhaust port, the little 350 put out around 50hp and 32 ft-lbs. torque, the power curve less peaky.  An overall lightweight package at under 350 lbs., it has a six-speed transmission, adjustable suspension, and three 280mm disk brakes.  Some of the updates to this example include expansion chambers with carbon mufflers, steering damper, and braided brake lines.

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From the eBay auction:

84 RZ, airtech fairing, custom paint, Suzuki Katana gauges,(and they actually all work) Jim Lomas pipes. Braided lines, fork brace, teleflex clip ons, steering damper, stock rear shock and swing arm, front forks pretty freshly rebuilt with progressive springs.

Engine has about 2,000 miles on it. Hot rod crank, trued and welded. Wiseco pistons, cylinders bored one over, milled head. Ports are stock, has TDR reeds, new clutch. Properly jetted, has a newish CDI from RZs unlimited I think.

Bike is setup with no battery, lossless, starts on 1-3 kicks, oil injection is still in place. Very well sorted and a lot of fun to ride and look at. A lot of time and money has been spent on it. Chain and sprockets in great shape, rubber is good, overall a very nice midly custom RZ, it is clean, looks great and is ready to ride.

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Maybe a bit of a sheep in wolf’s clothing, but the power delivery of a 350 two-stroke is like a more modern 600, and lighter weight makes it easier to straighten out the corners.  With its up-to-date maintenance and excellent cosmetics, this RZ350 looks ready to achieve lots of fun, the ultimate goal of any bike !

Can’t really say it better than the owner:

Bikes like this make most people smile; even non motorcycle people. They make politicians, bureaucrats and other authoritarians cringe…so you know it’s something Good. Honest. Righteous.


Sensible Tribute – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Rainey
Yamaha April 9, 2015 posted by

V4 Victory – 1985 Yamaha RZV500R

After the late 1970’s domination of the 500cc Grands Prix by Yamaha and Kenny Roberts, and the ’80s comeback and 1984 championship with Eddie Lawson aboard, Yamaha introduced a racey 500cc two-stroke for the street.  Known variously as the RZ500 and the RD500LC, the bike was never available for U.S. dealers ( though many have found their way here ), this RZV500R being a Japan-only lightweight replica.

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1985 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay

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Deep in the fairing and DeltaBox frame is a V-4 500cc two-stroke, first ridden in the 1982 OW61 grand prix race bike.  Water-cooled and with Yamaha’s Power Valve System controlling the size of the exhaust port, it has the peaky 87hp of a much large engine.  Four side-draft Mikuni carbs turn into the top of the engine, with the front expansion chambers and mufflers sweeping back and the rears inside the seat cowling.  After kick-starting, the wet clutch from their 750cc bike transmits power to a tall first gear, leading to six closely spaced speeds.  Suspension is by Yamaha’s own forks and monoshock, and with three 2-piston brakes, which have vented disks.

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The hand-welded frame of the Japanese market replica is somewhat lighter than the rest-of-world RD’s, and the total package is some 20 lbs. lighter at a little over 400 lbs. wet.  Originally de-rated, this engine has been released with larger exhausts, and a comprehensive engine re-build.  As the eBay auction states:

The 500cc engine has some torque to get you going, but really comes alive in the 6-10k rpm range. The engine was completely rebuilt in 2008 by well-known RZV/RD/RZ engine specialist Wilson Performance of Lee’s Summit, MO at a cost of $4000. It has done very little mileage since. I have receipts for the work, which included Wilson’s “Blueprint” rebuild plus “Phase 1” performance tuning. To see what is included in the work, click here. In summary, the performance build included new RZV Performance cranks, new Wiseco pistons, port and gasket matching, plus a lot more. 

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The 19,000 miles attest to regular usage, and has been the recipient of some restoration, appearing to be in very good shape.  From the eBay auction:

The bike has 30,533km (just under 19k miles) on the clock. The paintwork is very nice, although there are a few nicks, scratches, and rock chips; all decals are cleared into the paint, the base of which is a pearlescent white. The bike is clean, but not show clean. The stock magnesium wheels were professionally refinished and the Dunlop Arrowmax tires are in very nice condition. The oil tank leaks some from the fill cap. The upright foam seat bolster has some worn spots around the edges (see pix). There’s some surface corrosion on some bolts here and there. I have tried to describe and photograph anything that really stood out on the bike condition-wise, but this is now a 30 year old motorcycle with some light wear and tear, so I cannot be held accountable for every single scratch, chip, crack or ding. A new Yuasa battery is included in the sale.

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With bids meeting the reserve with four days to run, this rare bike deserves a look.  It’s so close by to me I might try to inspect it myself…



V4 Victory – 1985 Yamaha RZV500R
Yamaha October 31, 2014 posted by

Bring on the smoke: 1984 Yamaha RD 500 LC in Utah


Perennial fan favorite, the RD500 LC (also known as the RZ500) is seen often on these pages. Not so often that you wouldn’t think they are rare, but RSBFS responds to what readers want to see, and you have told us that this ranks way up there on the top 10 bucket list of wanted motorcycles. This particular example looks pretty good, although it has seen its fair share of use. With nearly 17,000 miles on the clock, this bike is proof that two strokes can be more than garage queens; they can be riders too. Admittedly this one is not perfect – the bodywork leaves something to be desired and the new plastics on order may well be non-OEM NOS reproduction items. Hard to tell from the details. The pipes look pretty mean on the bike, although I would be a bit concerned with the lack of miles on the new pipes after the jetting change; there may be more work involved to get this one to a proper state of tune. All in all, this looks like a great bike for someone who wants to ride and be involved. The buy it now price is set at $13,900, but the seller is open to offers. Check out the pictures below, with more at the auction itself. Good Luck.


1984 Yamaha RD500 LC for sale on eBay


From the seller:
1984 Yamaha Rd 500 LC – Runs great starts in one or two kicks. Great power and Nice condition low miles. Stored in garage. Clean Utah title in my name. Has new JL Gp pipes stainless bodies and carbon fiber tips. 4 Carberators cleaned and re- jetted with over sized jets 200 main jets and 25 small jets. Less than a 4 miles on with new pipes and jets it was stack before. Comes with stock pipes. These were very heavy and I think had a catiletic converter but not sure. The new pipes are much lighter and it feels faster with the new pipes. This bike also has a new lithium light weight battery. I have ordered a new planstic kit for $1200 and it has not come yet and It does not come with it because I’m not sure if it will ever come. The original plastic is shown in the pictures. . It does have a couple small scratches on the bottom of the pipe.



Bring on the smoke: 1984 Yamaha RD 500 LC in Utah
Yamaha June 16, 2014 posted by

One Owner 1985 Yamaha RZ500 with 4400 Miles For Sale in New York

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale

Update 6.16.2014: First listed in late May, the seller has dropped his buy-it-now over $3,500 to $15,699. Thanks for the heads up Tony! -dc

If the RG500 that sold yesterday for $36,900 was too rich for you, maybe this tasty RZ500 is at nearly half the price. This one has 4,400 miles but looks very well preserved and is coming out of a collection. Preserved well enough that the things the seller points out are just to detail what isn’t 100% from the factory, like the original tires. Otherwise it sounds like it will need some reconditioning as it hasn’t been run in a while, but the seller sounds eager to work with a potential buyer.


1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay


from the seller:

1985 bike, remained 100% stock except SS brake lines and Metzeler tires. (personal preference), done at dealer pre-delivery. I rode it very rarely and it was last plated for road use in 1999. Since then it was stored at our family estate which while not explicitly “climate controlled” was an attached insulated full brick 2 story with mezzanine garage – and you can tell from the bike’s condition.


Here is the complete list of non-stock items and flaws I know about with this bike:

– The DOT3 fluid has seeped out of the brake reservoir and somewhat marred the black paint on the aluminum
– Does not have factory original Bridgestone tires or brake pads/hoses – replaced with Metzlers and Ferodos/Russell lines at pre-delivery
– Small scratch on “V4” sticker of cowl, RH side, visible from 3 feet, as missing “red”, white paint below it perfrect, not visible 10 feet
– Non stock chain, changed to gold DOD o-ring along the way to match wheels
– Original belly pan developed (and by developed, I mean, was broken during PDI) a crack. The crack got progressively worse, so I substituted the fiberglass reinforced belly pan from my 1984 rz500 when it was sold. This belly pan is 100% solid but does have a pro fiberglass reinforcement in the bottom

Otherwise, this is about as close as it gets to “time machine”.


One Owner 1985 Yamaha RZ500 with 4400 Miles For Sale in New York
Yamaha June 6, 2014 posted by

Got Wayne? 1985 Yamaha RZ500 in Florida


RSBFS is on a RZ500 roll these days, and here is another gorgeous V4 smoker. Unlike the stock bikes found last week, this particular example appears to be a well-built hot rod and sports the awesome Marlboro colors reminiscent of the glory days of Wayne Rainey. This bike has a lot of high-end pieces on it, and there is no doubt you could attract some attention on this machine. The seller has shared some good information, as well as several tasty pics. Read on and good luck!


1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
Up for GRABS!!! My RZ500 / YZR 500 rep Just fully rebuilt Rick Lance / Lance Gamma motor. Heads were decked and mild port work was done . 5 k worth of greatness inside that motor.. runs amazing !!! Chassis and fabrication done by Wyn Belorusky / Rooskie Heavy Industries . Paint and assembly done by Jim’s custom Refinishing, New jolly moto carbon silencers from Morgan Racing .. List of Goodies 04 R1 Forks and wheels , Ohlins rear shock , JMC Mega braced Swingarm . ZX7R radiator , custom ride height adjuster from Ron A . 28 mikuni flat slides , custom cables from Motion pro . GPS speedo . indy temp gauge . Many hand built parts Rear sets , kick stand , sub frame …. Spare parts as follows Frame , transmission , clutch assembly , kick starter , and other parts shown . As for riding this bike ? endless smiles will be yours and countless questions asked about what it is … Its a shame for it just to be sitting so I’m going to try to sell … Free and clear florida title with headlight and tail light ….. I’ve driven it around these parts for years and no problems but every state and city is different …

Got Wayne?  1985 Yamaha RZ500 in Florida
Yamaha May 31, 2014 posted by

Smoking Okie: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 in Oklahoma


Another day, another good looking RZ500. Life at RSBFS is good. This particular example is not as clean as the RZ500 in Canada posted earlier in the week, but it is still a freaking RZ500, and the fact that it is already titled in the United States makes it pretty freaking cool. Check out all of the pictures provided by the seller. This is truly an indoor/outdoor model as depicted, and shows much of the normal patina that nearly 30 years of use will bring on. The seller indicates that this bike has never been to a car wash (isn’t that a good thing??), but it looks like it could use a few minutes under the hose. Only 8,430 kilometers showing on the odometer – which works out to just over 5,000 miles by my math (the seller is claiming 5,600 miles) – and there is a garage tip over to blame for some of the damage indicated. These bikes are highly sought over and easy to nit-pick on …. but not easy to find. The old adage is to buy the best example you can afford. These bikes are getting more and more expensive, and this example has a BIN of $16k. The bidding is well below that with reserve still in place, so the final days of this auction could get interesting. Good Luck!


1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
Here is a two owner, 100% stock (except for tires) 5623 original miles (8435 KM’s.) ’85 RZ500. This bike has been a living room display for most all its life. Previous owner store in his business warehouse. It is started, warmed and ridden every two months. Let me state that this bike is dirty! It has never been to a car wash, only wiped down by hand. It has also never seen a wet road in it’s life.

Smoking Okie: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 in Oklahoma
Yamaha May 30, 2014 posted by

Borderline: Stock 1985 Yamaha RZ500 in Canada


RZ500 models from Yamaha are a continual RSBFS fan favorite, and here is an interesting one. Purported to be stock with the usual wear and tear, this one has 20k+ miles, with an engine rebuild fewer than 500 miles ago. The seller doesn’t state how comprehensive the rebuild was (top end only? rings? overbore?), but the bike appears to be in extremely clean condition for the age and mileage. The seller is pretty up front about some of the minor nits, and has a whole bag of exciting NOS spares and more that go along with the sale. The bike looks great and should be interesting to anyone lusting after the big RZ.


1985 Yamaha RZ500 sale on eBay


From the seller:
1985 RZ500. Canadian Model. All original. It’s been well taken care of and maintained over the years. Bike is in excellent condition both running and appearance. One small crack on middle left fairing, (which were brand new NOS). Otherwise very very tidy. 23,400 miles, (37,380 km). This bike has had an engine rebuild 400 miles ago. Recent new front tire, clutch, battery and fuel petcock. 400 trouble free and nostalgic miles. The bike was amazing to ride. Full set of brand new never used stainless JL expansion chambers to go with bike along with many NOS bits worth a lot of money, the most interesting of which is an amazing NOS fuel tank, (imagine how much that cost and how rare it is). Always stored in climate controlled environment, maintained no matter the cost.

Borderline: Stock 1985 Yamaha RZ500 in Canada