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Yamaha January 2, 2018 posted by

New Year’s Resolution: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R

Happy New Year RSBFS readers! And being the beginning of a new year, it is time to get serious. What does one resolve to do for 2018? How do you commit to better yourself or those around you? Might I humbly suggest that adding a two stroke to your collection might be the way? I know what you’re thinking: In the current age of electric cars, recycling everything, peace on Earth and good will to all cannot possibly involve blue smoke. But I disagree. You see, saving a deserving example of a near-extinct species makes the world feel good. And by adopting a “lightly used” example of a motor vehicle, you are participating in a global recycling program; you are keeping something out of the landfill. That should all weigh in on the positive side. Plus with the smiles you bring by hooning a smoker on the pipe – not to mention how it will make you a better, happier person – the world at large will become a better place. Budgets be damned; you cannot put a price on the betterment of the world. Thus, I propose that one of the RSBFS faithful save this TZR pound puppy and flog it mercilessly for the good of the planet.

1992 Yamaha TZR250R for sale on eBay

Born from the two-stroke racing DNA of the legendary RD series, the Yamaha TZ series began life as a liquid cooled parallel twin. By the time this 3XV6 example rolled out of the factory in 1992, the parallel twin was ditched for two cylinders in a vee formation. This was the defacto engine configuration for all successful 250cc bikes of the era, as the narrow presentation of the vee allowed for greater aerodynamic possibilities (not to mention perfect primary balance). Throw in Yamaha’s interpretation of the ideal aluminum frame design, a curved swing arm to allow the right side pipe to tuck up close for optimal cornering clearance, YPVS powered exhaust valve to broaden the power curve of the notoriously peaky two-stroke, and tight, flowing bodywork to optimize streamlining and you have the makings of a streetbike with track day credentials.

From the seller:
Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1992 Yamaha TZR250R 3XV6 with 17,677 kilometers (10,984 miles). Bike is in original unrestored condition. Bike looks beautiful and has tons of curb appeal but it has scratches, scrapes, a few small cracks, and touch up paint throughout the bodywork, from its original owner. Bike looks well cared for and was stored indoors. Lol, the owner just couldn’t keep the rubber side down. All fairings and components are 100% genuine Yamaha OEM. Bike is completely stock. This bike would be a great candidate for restoration since it’s all original and low mileage. This TZR is a great rider! Bike runs like the day it was new. Mechanically, this bike is solid. Full service just completed with new battery and new engine fluids. It’s ready to ride. Please text 801-358-6537 for more pictures and questions. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use.

This is a third gen model for the TZR series; the lineup would be discontinued by 1996. The R model would remain one of the lowliest configurations of this time – but that is like pointing out a Bugatti Veyron is a lower spec automobile thanks to the introduction of the Chiron. While it is lacking trick front fork adjusters and makes due with a wet clutch, the TZR250R is no dog and nobody’s fool. Japanese home market spec bikes may have appeared to be racier and did indeed have some added features, but given that regional regulations limited power output for all 250s the R model is hardly missing the goods.

This particular TZR250R comes from well-known RSBFS supporter and collector Gary. His Utah collection has slowly been thinned during 2017, but there appear to be a few bikes left. This one did not meet the strict standards for a Featured Listing due to its “slightly-more-than-lightly” used condition, but ticks all the right boxes when it comes to making the grade on New Years resolutions. It still looks good AND comes in many dollars below a more minty example. Somebody please recycle this thing and save the world. You know you want to be a better person in 2018. Check it out here for more details, and then sit back and smile knowing that you are making the world a better place for all of us. Good Luck!!


New Year’s Resolution: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R
Yamaha May 18, 2016 posted by

Contraband: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R for Sale

1992 Yamaha TZR250R R Side Front

Today’s Yamaha TZR250R hails all the way from South Africa, although that shouldn’t surprise fans here in the US. The USA tragically never officially received any of these 250cc two-strokes that battled it out like tiny, raspy versions of the bikes that endlessly battled for sales in the 600cc and 750cc classes. Frames were trick, mass-centralization and  weight-reduction were buzzwords of the day, and the bikes were festooned with so many acronyms you barely needed any racy speed-block or tiger-stripe graphics: YPVS, PGM, SAPC…

1992 Yamaha TZR250R L Side Front

The quarter-liter sportbikes from Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki all started out with parallel-twin engines, but eventually moved to compact v-twins. Yamaha held out longer than most, even trying out an unusual “reversed-head” configuration that had the carburetors in front, allowing the exhaust a straight-shot out the back and freeing up space for expansion chambers without limiting cornering clearance. But by 1991, the TZR was using a 56mm x 50.7mm 90° v-twin that gave 249.7cc and the complete package weighed in at a claimed 278lbs dry.

1992 Yamaha TZR250R Dash

Some found their way to the US from our strangely tolerant northern neighbors while others entered the USA via other means… Sneaking over borders to the steal the jobs of hard-working supersport motorcycles. Registering them here can prove difficult, depending on your local laws and just how much you contributed to your local politician’s reelection campaign. But some collectors aren’t worried about that as they plan to display their bikes, or use them on-track.

1992 Yamaha TZR250R R Side

The seller doesn’t include much information about this particular example, with most of the listing just a copy/paste job from some print publication or other, most of which would be well-known by anyone actually considering a purchase. Shipping costs are listed however, which does help those of us working on a budget for our fantasy garages…

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R for Sale

Visually, the TZR is a spitting image of John Kocinski’s 1990 world-championship-winning works Yamaha YZR250, save for its lights, turn signals, passenger perch and lack of sponsorship decals. In actual ancestry, the TZR is a close relative of Yamaha’s TZ250D production racer, the two sharing the same crankcases, bore and stroke, displacement and 12,000-rpm redline.

Bloom provided us with a 1991 TZR to sample at Laguna Seca Raceway. Unfortunately, the only one he had available at the time was a Japanese-spec model limited by that country’s strict home-market regulations to a claimed 45 horsepower-about one-third less than on non-restricted versions. But despite its reduced power output, it still impressed us with its overall performance.

For one thing, the engine possesses a surprisingly wide powerband, attributable to its computer-controlled engine-management system. An eight-bit microcomputer controls the advance curve of the electronic ignition, the actuation of the exhaust pow-ervalve, and the fuel mixture provided by the flat-slide 26mm Mikunis.

Braking is outstanding. The TZR’s 39mm inverted fork is fitted with four-piston calipers pinching a pair of floating discs. Even under repeated abuse around Laguna’s 11-turn circuit, the brakes consistently provided excellent feel and were resistant to fade.

Though our riding time on the Yamaha was limited, both fellow Associate Editor Don Canet and 1 came away with a strong appreciation for the TZR’s phenomenal handling. No, the TZR250R will not break any speed records or set blazing quarter-mile times; but when it comes down to consuming corners, nothing currently in any manufacturer’s U.S. lineup even comes close.

Matthew Miles 1992

Packing and shipping can be arranged by either buyer or seller depending on the buyer’s preference.
Worldwide shipping available at affordable rates.
Shipping cost to the U.S. would be approximately $1480.
Thanks for taking the time to view my listing.

1992 Yamaha TZR250R R Side Rear

With 10,000 miles on the odometer, there are no takers yet at the $4,700 opening bid. This example appears to be in excellent condition, a good sign since many were ridden hard and put away wet in their youth: all of the 250 two-strokes were serious machines, but they were starter sportbikes and often owned by less-than-caring riders who thrashed and crashed them accordingly. The seller has posted up a few bikes in the past, but has been adding much better photographs to their listings of late, making them a little more appealing for our purposes, which generally involves either drooling or the frustrated gnashing of teeth.


1992 Yamaha TZR250R L Side

Contraband: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R for Sale
Classic Sport Bikes For Sale December 10, 2011 posted by and RSBFS Facebook Weekly Update!

It’s been a busy week here at RSBFS! We have seen some awesome 500cc two-stokes as well as some other classics that haven’t shown up in a while. In case you missed what showed up on ClassicSportBikesForSale, here is you chance to get up to speed. Also, check out some of the cool rides showing up on the RSBFS Facebook page. Enjoy!

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T ForSale

1951 Moto Guzzi Albatros also on CSBFS

1974 Laverda SF-2 on ClassicSportBikesForSale

1991 Yamaha TZR250R in the Pacific Northwest

1992 Kawasaki KR-1S in the UK

2002 MV Agusta F4 750 ORO


Kawasaki July 21, 2011 posted by

RSBFS Reader’s Rides For Sale!

Give me a minute to show you some bikes that are owned by some die hard RSBFS readers and are currently up for sale! Up first we have a 1991 Yamaha TZR250R 3XV located just up the road from me in Portland, OR for $5,500. Check out the for sale ad here!

We also have a 1996 Kawasaki ZX7RR N1 for sale in Canada. The seller is asking $7,500 which i think is a fair price. I haven’t seen too many clean ZX7RRs pop up for sale in the last couple months. So if you have been looking to get one of these, then take a look at the for sale ad here!

Thanks again to all you reader’s out there for the heads up on some killer bikes for sale!


Quick Spot October 13, 2010 posted by

1991 YAMAHA TZR 250 R- Titled!

1991 Yamaha TZR 250R

Location: Cornelius,Oregon
Mileage: 9908
Price: $5,000 OBO

So any discerning Yamaha two stroke fan will quickly spot that this one isn’t sporting it’s original digs. So what! It has a title, low miles and some recent maintenance to boot.

From the CL ad:

carbs recently rebuilt, cables replaced,new air filters,new ypvs servo ,oil injected,aftermarket pipes,new silencers,runs excellent, bike is in excellent condition,current tags,low miles, extra parts,9908 original miles,serious buyers only,have shop and parts manuals

Sounds pretty darn promising and considering the down low price of 5k or best offer, I like this one!

Make the jump to the CL ad here