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Yamaha October 28, 2020 posted by

The Clean Side of Dirty: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

The legendary Yamaha RZ500 – the twin-crank, V-4, 500cc two stroke GP bike for the street – never officially came into the United States. By the late 1970s the EPA had their sooty little hands in, well, everything, and raucous power plants such as internal combustion two strokes were strictly off the list. Yamaha tried for a couple of years with the 500s baby brother, the RZ350, but ultimately shelved the clean air catalytic converter project. They didn’t even bother trying with the bad boy 500, and perhaps it was better that they didn’t. The RZ500 was a down and mean smoker, and never tried to apologize for that fact. It landed on the shores of North America and rolled on Canadian soil, but such was as close as it came for eager and lusting American riders. Thankfully many were unofficially imported into the US as used bikes, which brings us to this particular example.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

The seller of today’s bike has quite a bit to say, and I will let him pick up the tale from here:

From the seller:
Yamaha Other. 1985 Yamaha RZ500 2 stroke. Low miles. Speedo is in KM and bike has 5300 miles. I purchased this bike from the 2-stroke guru Rick Lance a few years ago before his passing. http://www.lancegamma.com He gave it a once over inspection and replaced the crank seals and gave it a tune up. Those who knew Rick can attest to his competence regarding two strokes and his integrity. He was aware of the history of this particular machine and stated he believed the engine had never been apart and was a great example of a stock, unmolested low mileage RZ500. I’ve seen numerous RZ500s over the years and have even raced them and this is one of the nicest, cleanest survivors. Upon receipt, I took it for a quick test ride to ensure everything was working properly. Lights, turn signals, horn, brake lights, etc. function as designed. The bike shifted through the gears and there were no mechanical issues. The bike even has the original tool kit and fuel tank service cable. The interior of the tank has no rust and the bike has new tires and battery. Because of the altitude of my location (4200 feet MSL),the bike did tend to bog and was in obvious need of a rejetting as it was running rich. After consulting with Rick, he said the bike had run clean at his altitude in North Carolina before shipping. Not having the time to work on it, I drained the float bowls and tank and put the machine into storage with the intent to rejet the carburetors and ride it in the future.

More from the seller:
Unfortunately due to work and personal commitments, I never did rejet and have decided to sell off several of my collector bikes. Not knowing where the machine would be shipped, I decided to leave the jetting for sea level instead of taking the time and effort to set it up for my altitude. Overall, this is a classic machine in great condition. It does not appear to have had any crash damage. Check out the YouTube link below of the bike running. It fires up on the first or second kick. Please feel free to ask any questions. When I sell on Ebay, I try to be as honest and forthcoming as possible. If you have a shipper, I’ll work with them on pickup or dropping the bike off at a location in the Salt Lake area. Please feel free to ask any questions. The bike has a clean Utah title. $500 non-refundable deposit required in 24 hours and full payment in 7 days. Bike is sold as is with no warranty although honestly, it’s in great shape and Rick Lance gave it a clean bill of health. The bike and title will not be released until payment clears. Thanks for looking.

If you doubt my earlier statement about “Ole Smokey” the 500cc two stroke, allow me to share the video created of this bike by the seller. I can practically smell the castor and revel in the sounds (and undoubtedly the lack of mosquitoes!).

This bike looks clean, clean, clean. The fact that it went through Lance Gamma’s shop is a real plus as few people knew and lived this era’s smokers like Lance. This bike has been wonderfully photographed, and shows its originality proudly. The miles are low, but I’m sure the riding smiles are off the charts! These big RZs are getting harder and harder to find in clean and original condition, and prices are definitely on the collector side of the fence these days. If you want one, the time to get in was yesterday – but better late than never. The current auction bid is up to $14k with reserve still in place. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

The Clean Side of Dirty: 1985 Yamaha RZ500
Aprilia October 16, 2020 posted by

Collector Alert – 1998 Aprilia RS250 with Zero Miles!

Twenty-plus years down the line, an unused RS250 has surfaced courtesy of EuroCycles Las Vegas.  What some collector or racer might give for a “new” RS250 might be challenged by this time machine.

1998 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

Aprilia introduced their road-going 250 a year after Max Biaggi won his first championship on their racer, though the street bike used a Suzuki V-twin engine.  For 1998 73 ponies were on tap, though a big twist of the wrist and active left foot were required to keep the engine at peak power.  Twin 34mm Mikuni carbs contribute smooth running and Aprilia’s own exhaust releases pent-up power.  The twin-spar chassis and swingarm are made of aluminum/magnesium alloy stampings, with cast connectors and a fairly conventional seat sub-frame.  The livery echoes Rossi’s rides from the era, though the similarity isn’t much thicker than the decal set.

Not much history in a never-ridden example sold on a bill of sale.  Plate and key fob are from a Parisian moto boutique.  Equipped for the road, some paperwork would await a new owner intending to ride.  EuroCycle’s comments from the eBay auction:

This is the grey-market RS250 that was street-legal, never sold in the US. Showroom Condition, sold on bill-of-sale. Serious Collectors only please.

The fairing decal states “Racing Department Technology” – which is true, though it might be a year or so before the Departo Corse’s ideas make it through production engineering.  Though this one doesn’t have livery commemorative of a championship or rider, it’s hard to stop looking at what the factory intended, especially a factory so close to the race circuit.

-donn

Collector Alert – 1998 Aprilia RS250 with Zero Miles!
Honda October 1, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda NS400R in Rothmans Livery !

10.4.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Francisco’s Portuguese collection had two NS400R’s, and the second is in the very collectible Rothmans race colors.  Totally stock with 14,609 miles, it’s still in very show-worthy condition.

1986 Honda NS400R ( Portugal ) in Rothmans Livery

Honda built the NSR500 for the GP circuit, but realized even their best showroom customers were merely mortal road riders, and especially for the home market, wanted a bike that could be licensed and insured.  The NS400R had a lot in common with the two-stroke triple, like downdraft carburetors, alloy chassis, and separate ATAC exhaust systems for the single and paired cylinders.  The closely spaced six-speed was tall to start off, but allowed 125 mph in top.  The short wheelbase turned out to be comfortable for full sized riders, and has an incongruous pillion ( this example under cover ).  The Rothmans tribute livery leaves room for the rest of the sponsorship decals as seen on Wayne Gardner’s GP machine.

Representing a Lisbon collector, Francisco has shown several classic sportbikes to RSBFS readers,  all very collectible and showing quite clean and original.  The Rothmans finishes and metals are much better than the almost 10K miles and 35 years would have you believe.  He has this to say about the NS400R in the eBay auction –

Honda NS400R / NSR400 Rothmans very good condition.

Year 1986 with 23,511 km.

Nothing to do.

Portuguese Documents.

Works very good. 

Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.

Francisco represents the collector and asks £10,500 for this classic superbike, about $13,565 today.
 
Reviews showed the NS400R to be capable of embarrassing bonafide superbikes in between straightaways, and sometimes most of the way down a short straight as well.  Similarly, this NS400R could be in a collection’s sweet spot, but still be available for a mental health day. 
-donn
Featured Listing – 1986 Honda NS400R in Rothmans Livery !
Yamaha September 30, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Yamaha RZV500R with just 4,100 miles !

10.4.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Many of Yamaha’s RZV-500R’s ( or RD500LC ) have been used, some might say, as intended – and look somewhat worn for it.  But this originally British collector example has traveled only 6,586 kilometers and is in tip-top shape.

1986 Yamaha RZV500R ( Portugal ) for sale on eBay

With many years of championship racing aboard the YZR500, the mid-80’s were now or never for a 500cc two-stroke race replica.  The double crank engine had similarities to the racer, but had a smoothing balance shaft and YPVS power valve set-up.  Power was nearly 200 hp per liter with 88 hp at 9,500 rpm.  The carburettors are side mounted and look past the square-tube steel frame toward the engine.  Conventional forks are air adjustable and carry 267 mm front disks.  The smaller 16-inch front wheel sharpens up turn in on the 436 lbs. ride.

Presented by a Portuguese collector, this RZV500R appears un-restored and basically as new.  Beside the bespoke GP exhaust, changes to the square four 500 would be unconscionable.  Right down to the tall tires, it’s as issued 35 years ago.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Yamaha RZV500R fully restored. Mint condition.

Matching Numbers. No needs any work. All working perfectly! 

Year 1989 with 6,586 km

Jim Lomas Full exhausts but original ones are included on this sale.

Used to be a UK bike but now has Portuguese documents.

Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.
Francisco represents the collector and asks £17,000 for this classic superbike, about $21,875 today.
 
He can be reached via cellular on 011 351 9 1652 4741 or via email – here -.

The RZV-500R reviewed as the “real” Kenny Roberts replica, with its small cockpit and off-or-on power train.  Francisco’s edition has the mileage of a one year-old machine, and the accompanying cosmetics. 

-donn

 

 

Featured Listing – 1986 Yamaha RZV500R with just 4,100 miles !
Bimota September 29, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2003 Bimota VDue

10.4.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The last gasp of the two stroke sportbike could have been something incredible; a jewel of a machine with impeccable balance and style and an unmatched power-to-weight ratio. And it almost was. When Bimota release the 500cc v-twin two stroke V Due in 1997, all the elements were there. Acres of carbon fiber, trick and expensive Paioli forks and a direct-injected 90-degree engine. But the first 150 or so bikes were nightmarishly unreliable, thanks to dodgy castings and a fueling system that never worked properly.

2003 Bimota VDue for sale on eBay

The result was the bikes leaked and seized more often than not, and when they did run the fueling and power delivery were untamed and unruly. The debacle ended up torpedoing Bimota as it existed then.

But in 2003 and 2004, a Bimota engineer bought the leftover bikes and fixed what plagued them, throwing a set of carburetors atop the v-twin, which saw in the neighborhood of 120 horsepower in a 320-pound bike. Thanks to emissions regs, the carbs meant the bike was a no-go for the street, but at least its riding potential could be realized.

This 2003 Bimota VDue has just over 330 kilometers on the clock, and according to the seller has lived inside as a display piece since the mid-aughties. The ad doesn’t go into the mechanical condition, but if the cosmetics are to be believed, this is a VDue you could actually get some seat time on.

From the eBay listing:

Bimota 500 VDUE

Year 2003 with 336 kilometers. Immaculate bike.

This bike has been inside an office for decoration over 14 years.

Number 067 from 180 unities made.

Bike is in Portugal with Italian Documents.

Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.

Transport to UK costs around £550 and will be Chas Mortimer Logistic Ltd collecting this bike.

Any doubt please call me +351916524741 or call Chas Mortimer Ltd to ask for my feedback.

The damage for this beautiful piece of Italian history is just over 35,0000 USD, and that’s before you get it here from Portugal. But, if you’re of a mind and the means, you’re unlikely to get a similar opportunity too many more times.

Featured Listing: 2003 Bimota VDue
Suzuki September 29, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf

10.4.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The world of motorcycle collecting is undeniably a global affair. One need only to look at today’s Featured Listing to know why: a rare Japanese sport bike made even more exclusive through the association with an Austrian-born Canadian businessman and F1 entrepreneur, collected and protected by a knowing individual in Portugal. Somehow that all makes perfect sense.

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf

Walter Wolf – a massive motorsports enthusiast – made his fortune in oil drilling, supplying drilling tools and supplies worldwide. Wolf parlayed that fortune into the circus of F1, propping up an early team with Frank William’s at the helm. For another tie-in to the two-wheeled realm, Wolf also purchased that remnants of Lord Hesketh’s F1 operation. When Frank toook key staff and created his own team under the Frank Williams Engineering banner, Wolf continued under the Wolf brand, winning a few races. Notable drivers included Keke Rosberg, Jody Scheckter, James Hunt and Bobby Rahal.

Wolf was also interested in motorcycle racing, sponsoring several teams including Japanese champion Masaru Mizutani. The Walter Wolf Edition RG500 celebrates a unique personality and branding through unique graphics, wheels, colors and “W” instrumentation. The recipe is pretty simple: start with a rare bike (the RG was made available for a scant 2 years), and run off a stand-out special edition in low numbers. Today the Walter Wolf edition RG500 is cherished by collectors in the know.

From the seller:
Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Edition unrestored.
Year 1985 with 26000km.
2 Original keys plus many original parts.
Portuguese Documents.
Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.
Transport to UK costs around £550 and will be Chas Mortimer Logistic Ltd collecting this bike.

Price: $19,000 GBP (approx $24,000 USD)
Details: eBay auction

Despite the rarity, there were several different variants of the WW Edition RG500 depending upon locale. Some markets received livery with red wheels and a matching red seat (North America). Others offered the WW bodywork and instruments but different wheels and seat. There was even a silver edition for Singapore, and an extremely limited model offering in Japan commemorating Masaru Mizutani.

Today’s Featured Listing is located in Portugal, although the seller has identified shipping options for the UK. US-based buyers might need to contact the seller for logistics to transport the bike to the States, but given the number of bikes in this seller’s collection I’m sure that should not be an issue. The bike has Portuguese paperwork, and looks to be one of the European models. Have questions? Reach out to Francisco for more details. If you want to stand out from the crowd – or simply pull away from it in a cloud a delicious blue smoke – a rare Walter Wolf Edition is just the ticket you need. Check out all of the details and Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf
Honda September 28, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda NS400R

10.4.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Part of a Portuguese collection, this excellent NS400R is a rare three cylinder two-stroke. In ready-to-display condition, its combination of peaky power and light weight seems too promising not to at least try.

1986 Honda NS400R ( Portugal ) for sale on eBay

Transferring concepts directly from Freddie Spencer’s GP bike, the 387cc engine has two forward cylinders with a middle vertical, providing a relatively smooth 72 hp.  The torque band is extended by Honda’s Automatic Torque Amplification Chamber system, which helps the engine breathe at lower rpm’s.  It has an early adoption of the alloy chassis, and anti-dive forks based on brake application.  More and better tires are now available for the NSR’s staggered 16 and 17-inch wheels, which are very light Comstar variants.  The livery is a great commemorative and just needs a big number 1 in the yellow panels.

Original right down to the exhausts, this NS400R presents beautifully and could be in the garage or the studio.  Francisco represents the collection and has these comments in the ebay.uk auction:

Very Good Condition. Nothing to do.
 
Year 1986 with 30,000 km
 
Portuguese Documents
 
Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.

The asking price for this NS400R is £10,000, about $12,750 today. 

Francisco requests offers through eBay or by email – here -.

Though they could’ve marketed a fire-breathing 500 smoker, Honda toned it down to the point where a mere mortal rider can have a ball on the NS400R, and leave most of their friends in an aromatic blue cloud.  Recent auctions have put NS400R prices in the range of four times the original MSRP, but rarely with this example’s cosmetics and very original presentation.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda NS400R
Honda September 9, 2020 posted by

Naked Ambition: 1983 Honda NS250F

Those of you familiar with the racy Honda NS250R – with it’s full flowing bodywork and GP-inspired good looks will see this and think it is missing something. And it is. This is the lesser brother of the R model, the NS250F. Think of it as a streaker version of the GP replica bike, willing to bare it all before the world. Of course the F model bares all with a steel twin-cradle frame, versus the aluminum job on the R model. In some markets the F received plain aluminum wheels (16 in the front, 17 in the rear), while the R model was upgraded to the bigger brother’s Comstar style wheels – but that did vary by locale (and racers preferred the plain aluminum wheels for track usage). That’s it mostly, from the outer wear to the innermost components. Slightly less expensive in the showroom with cheaper insurance bills due to less pieces to damage, the NS250F was really a secret two stroke weapon in the markets where it was imported. Sadly, like most of the two stroke set, that was not the United States.

1983 Honda NS250F for sale on eBay

The NS250 series was powered by a liquid cooled, 90 degree vee twin format. Expect nearly 45 HP off of the showroom floor, somewhere between the 9k and 10k marks on the tach. The Honda ATAC exhaust valve system was on both the R and F bikes, as was the anti-dive fork and triple disk brakes. A Pro-Link single shock with braced swing arm holds up the rear. With a dry weight in the 317 range, you can see the obvious fun available to you if you are of a size and stature to make that work for you. Here is a Honda promo shot to show you how it looked in the glossy brochures:

From the seller:
Beautiful Condition all original NS250F with only 14000 kms, garage kept , rarely used, only nice summer days, never raced or abused.

Beautiful condition of a rare sought after collector race bike from the 80’s which is street legal! Two strokes were banned in most of the western world but a few are still here and still surviving.

I have owned this for nearly 15 years, never raced it or abused it. Due to a recent knee injury I can’t sit on anymore and was hoping someone else would appreciate it’s timeless beauty and ridiculous power to weight ratio.

When I ride this bike I feel like a racer and every time I ride it I become a better rider. It actually teaches you what a motorcycle can do.

Today’s bike has seen some use (14k KM equates to about 8,700 miles), and appears to be missing the graphics on the side panels. The Honda promo shots also highlight a red seat to match the red accents, rather than the black one shown. It is also located in BC, Canada – right over the border. That might be an impediment to visually inspecting the bike during the days of COVID-19, but shipping is available across the border as many gray market smoker riders can attest to. As to the value, it is very difficult to determine due to the rarity of these smaller bikes in the States. Clearly the F model is the lower spec of the two, and therefore is not the most collectible 250 on the planet. However it is unique and rare in its own right. The seller is asking $8500 for this unicorn, but is open to offers. If you are bored by what’s out there, consider something very different – a Honda NS250F. Good luck and stay safe!!

MI