Posts by tag: Yamaha

Bimota June 19, 2019 posted by

10/10: 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci

This 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci is back on eBay after it didn’t sell a couple of months ago. We wrote about it then, but figured we’d take another crack at it now that it’s back. When the Dieci bowed, it represented the culmination of a 10-bike collaborative effort between the Rimini firm and Yamaha, a feat the Italians celebrated with a bike that was way more than the sum of its parts.

1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci for sale on eBay

By the early ‘90s, Bimota’s Japanese engine-bespoke chassis-classy suspension formula was well-established, and the Dieci employed it to textbook effect. The Yamaha FZR1000 engine was massaged by Bimota to knock on the door of 150 horsepower, and was cradled in a proprietary beam frame and suspended by fancy Marzocchi bits front and rear. It was slowed by 320mm front and 230mm rear discs. Dry weight was under 420 pounds.

Despite the terrifying numbers, the Dieci was known for being almost as comfortable and easy to live with as it was stupidly fast. For the pleasure, you had to be extremely well-heeled, as Bimota built just 225 over a three-year run and commanded the price of a nice car for the privilege.

This one sets itself apart as it has just 1.3 miles on the analog odometer, which likely means it has only been fired to move it around a parking lot. Past that, it has sat untouched in a collection. As you would expect, it is as close to flawless as a 28-year-old bike gets.

From the eBay listing:

Up for bid is a 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci – Rare 1 of only 224 made– Never Registered Zero Miles! This gorgeous Super-bike is part of a collection of fine motorcycles at Formula One Motor Sports in Oakdale New York.

Bimota’s are well known for their Italian style, class and over the top engineering. It has a one piece billet machined frame paired with a Yamaha FZR1000 motor,and seamless upper fairing it also comes with billet triple, classic style wheels!

The Bimota Dieci not offers Italian Style but you get the reliability of a Japanese Motorbike. Don’t miss out on a chance to bid on this museum quality bike it is a must have for any collector.

Also for sale 1948 Indian Chief, (2) 1942 WLA Army Bikes, 1987 XLCR, 1987 Moto Guzzi Lemans, Daytona Race Winner Ducati Bevel Head, 1995 Z1 Kawasaki, 1935 Royal Enfield, 1953 BSA-B33 and a brand new 1992 Harley Davidson Dyna Daytona Anniversary Edition 0 Miles,Ducati 851’s, F1’s, Troy Corsers (ferraci) winning 888 superbike, Superlites, Old Triumphs, Aprilla 1000’s + 50 Late model Harleys +200 Japanese Bikes, Scott Rusells 1992 Muzzy Super Bike (The one that won Daytona on 1992). Please come see it for yourself call Jack (917) 642-3152

The Buy-It-Now for this beast is set far below what even a ratty Honda RC30 commands these days, which is something of a steal, given how rare and special these bikes are.

10/10: 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci
Yamaha June 18, 2019 posted by

Two Picture Tuesday: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

Here is a beloved model smoker that was actually available to riders in all 50 States – for a brief period of time. The last of the true factory two strokes, the Yamaha RZ was 350 cubic centimeters of power-valved, parallel-twin goodness. Competing against the contemporary likes of the GPz550, GS550E and FJ600, the little RZ held its own as it buzzed its way into the hearts and minds of American youth. Today these 35 year old motorcycles are collector items, and highly sought after. Prices have been holding strong – if not climbing slowly – and time, butchers and accidents make the dwindling supply even more scarce. This advert has a fair amount of text but only two scant pics of this red/white beauty:

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1984 Yamaha RZ 350
14,780 miles
Single seat rear cowl
Rear shock replaced
New Bridgestones

Spec 2 Research & Engineering work –
Stage 1 Porting
Cylinder Bored and Honed Oversized (estimating almost 400cc now)
Open Chambers 1.5 over
Open Head Gasket for 1.5 over
Kick starter seal replaced with Yamaha OEM seal
Setup Auto-lube oil pump
Installed new 45,000 volt ignition coil
Precision machined Lighten Flywheel
Rebuild YPVS Power Valve to SPEC II tolerances, new seals and o-rings
Dynojet Research Re-jetting carburetor richer and new needles
Professionally tuned carburetor induction system
Top end kit H, R, B Water inlet
New OEM Stock Reed Manifolds with High performance Fiberglass Reeds and Cages
All fluids changed including brake master cylinders
Installed new small end rod precision needle bearing
New battery
New Kick starter Lever
New Exhaust Gaskets
New Spark Plug Caps and Spark Plugs
K&N Air filter with “Two in One
Canadian Expansion Chambers – mellow tone compared to Spec Il pipes, but very volumetrically efficient

This US-based chainsaw shows nearly 15,000 miles on the odometer, and has been the recipient of numerous modifications and maintenance. There does appear to be some rash on the right side can, but hard to tell if that was a parking issue or a serious off. Back in 1984 the RZ350 was good for about 40-ish HP and retailed for $2,399. Today, this hot-rodded RZ is good for significantly more HP, and the price hike is nearly commensurate: the Buy It Now price is $8,000, or best offer. This is, unfortunately, pretty much in line with pricing for these models lately. We have seen higher dollar amounts for more original / lower mileage examples, but as a whole these models are getting harder to find and more expensive when you do. Check it out here. Serious tire kickers will want to request additional photos and details (or better yet, see it in person). Good Luck!!

MI

Two Picture Tuesday: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Featured Listing June 5, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Yamaha RZ 350 in Canada

Update 6.5.2019: Price reduced to $8,000 USD. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

This 1988 Yamaha RZ350 is a gorgeous example of one of North America’s last-ever road-going two-stroke sport bikes. As the 1980s waned, environmental regulations had all but ruled the simple-but-effective machines off the roads on this continent, leaving the smoky mounts for European roads.

But what a swansong the RZ350 was. The parallel twin used the variable port height Yamaha Power Valve System that was developed over years in 500cc GP competition, which gave the normally peaky powerplant a respectable torque curve. The bikes still made prodigious power for their displacement and weight, and the two stroke was still a two stroke, which meant the machines were not to be trifled with.

In the United States, the RZ350s are best known without a fairing and with the bumblebee paintjob that adorned Kenny Roberts’ race bikes. This example wears a full fairing, and Yamaha’s equally cool red, white and blue block paint scheme.

From the seller:

1988 Yamaha RZ350 – Canadian bike – amazing survivor condition – never been down! The closest thing you can get to going back in time and buying a new 1988 RZ350 off the showroom floor.

Mileage: 8,223 miles (13,234 kilometers)

History – 2 owner bike prior to me – first owner – owned for 7 years – 2nd owner owned for 23 years – he rode the bike once the day he bought it and and carefully stored it after that (he has a big bike collection)

Factory Tool Kit and Original owners manual included

Service – The bike has been completely gone over by a motorcycle shop very familiar with 2 strokes.

Items addressed in $2K service in November 2018 include:

– new tires
– new battery
– carbs cleaned
– fork seals replaced
– coolant and brake fluid flush
– master cylinder serviced
– kick start oil seal replaced
– steering head bearing replaced
– full safety inspection completed

Imperfections – the tabs where the body work attaches under the seat have cracked – these are not visible from the outside – could be plastic welded back to be complete. There are two hairline stress cracks on the bike (shown in pics) – first is one side of the fairing – second is where one of the mirrors attach to the bike.

Paint condition – excellent – stunning to look at

Reason for selling: I had bought the bike as I had always wanted an RZ350 and was looking for something fun to ride for pleasure use. After buying it and having it serviced, I realized the bike is such a rare survivor that I don’t feel right risking riding it around town. It really should be in the hands of a serious collector or a museum. I have bought another “rider quality” RZ350 for my own personal use.

Factory Tool kit and Factory owners manual included

Price $9500 $8,000 US.

Importing a bike from Canada to the US is not a big issue – filling out the appropriate forms or using a broker is all you need to do. I can assist with shipping but all planning and costs are the buyers responsibility. I know an excellent transport company based in Canada that can deliver to the US and help with all the paperwork.

Bike is located in Toronto Canada – about 1.5 hours from the Buffalo, New York border

Mike Warner
riverworks2000-ab@yahoo.ca

Though the bike is in Canada, its age should make it eligible to be imported and registered fairly simply. With a recent service, it’s ready for a long riding season, though if you’re like the seller, it might be hard to stomach the idea of road hazards marring that beautiful paint.

Featured Listing: 1988 Yamaha RZ 350 in Canada
Featured Listing May 22, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha FZR1000

Update 5.22.2019: This minty FZR1000 is back on eBay with a starting bid of $5k and NO RESERVE! Parts are now available separately for purachse. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

This 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 is what we’re all about. It is, at this point, rare, it set the industry on its ear when it hit the streets, it’s the textbook diagram of a sportbike and we want it. Badly. We’d wager a fair penny that you do, too. When Yamaha unleashed these in 1987, they joined the growing ranks of bikes from the Japanese manufacturers that would come to define the segment. Suzuki had the GSXR, Honda had the Hurricanes and Yamaha had the FZR1000.

1987 Yamaha FZR1000 for sale on eBay

With five valves per cylinder, water cooling and an astronomical 135 horsepower, though, the Yamaha stood apart. Like the Honda CBR900RR did six years later, it combined a svelte frame with prodigious power and grip to incredible effect. They’d hit 60 in around three seconds and go on to a top end of about 160 mph. At the end of the 1980s, Cycle World dubbed them Bike of the Decade.

As you can see, this one has few flies on it. It’s a two-owner machine with under 5,000 miles on it and most of its original parts intact. The seat and windscreen are aftermarket, but the original seat is included in the sale. The paint appears to have few, if any, blemishes and the original fairings are in great shape. Tired of taking our word for it? Check out the seller’s detailed rundown in the eBay listing:

Bike comes with $1k in NOS + few used parts! Bid with confidence!!! Click for two video links to hear the bike run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Olpfe0GYss&t=23s

Click for additional photos of the bike and all parts that go with it.

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO9YuIdNxiIWcSczGr44Pf9F2LzNnljEOowgr0C-B8P99l9QqPv7U-xH5w5amQi6g?key=Y3R0TWVIMnVyb0lndXhFQXJmRUluZkhNd0Q2cl93

Up for sale is this rare, iconic 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 with 4,700 original 2-owner miles. This motorcycle is incredibly period-correct, sporting all its original plastics and paint, and even exhaust system! The only aftermarket/non-original components I have found are the smoked windscreen, windscreen fasteners and Corbin seat (bike comes with original black seat). When I purchased the bike in February 2018, it had been in a private collection as one of the cleanest, lowest-mile, first-year FZR1000 in the world. And from the photos and video hearing it run, it’s easy to see why!

The ’87 FZR1000 was truly groundbreaking motorcycle, with Cycle Guide naming it “The Fastest Streetbike in the World”, due to the bike’s legendary, bulletproof 20-value Genesis engine delivering massive amounts of power from the lowest RPMs to its 11,500 redline. Yamaha’s 998cc 20-valve inline four is one of the most reliable powerplants Yamaha ever assembled (valve adjustments every 26k!), with the engine just beginning to scream at 7,000 RPMs, force fed by factory ram-air induction plumbed through dual openings in the front of the fairing, adding to the bike’s power at speed.

One of the greatest characteristics of this particular FZR is its extreme light weight and maneuverability, making it a blast to handle around town or throttle and lean through the twistees. It’s ground-breaking Deltabox frame makes the bike an extremely rigid, solid and secure machine to ride. Unlike many modern sportbikes that require you to perch on top, this FZR is super comfortable and allow you to become one with the motorcycle with little effort.

The story:

I’m no stranger to these vintage Yamaha sportbikes, owning an ’85 FZ750 followed by an ’88 FZR1000 back in the day (30+ years ago) when these were new. And this particular ’87 FZR1000 is so much better balanced and more powerful than any FZR I’ve ever ridden.

I purchased this FZR a little more than a year ago when it had 4,300 original miles, when I signed the original title from the original owner (who purchased the bike new in 1988), transferring the FZR1000 into my name last year. At some point the original owner sold the bike to a collector, who had the bike in a private collection for several years without ever transferring the title. It was then sold to a motorcycle shop managed by a former Yamaha mechanic and FZR expert, who spent many hours and dollars on NOS parts refreshing the bike’s mechanical, braking and cooling systems prior to me purchasing the bike. And that’s when I came into the picture and snapped her up. Without a shadow of a doubt, after seeing and riding this FZR for the first time was love at first sight for me (and will, no doubt, be for you as well).

I spent the last year having a blast rounding up NOS parts, some super rare, for this motorcycle. Fast forward 12 months and 400 easy/careful miles later, and I’m now offering the bike and all the NOS parts up for sale for another person to fall in love with and ride, or better yet, to complete a collection with a highly original, beautiful low-mile bike that you’ll be set up to own and service for many years to come.

The ONLY reason I’m selling is another bike caught my eye and is now in the garage – and don’t have the room to keep three bikes. Plus, I don’t ride the FZR much as to not add too many miles to it. However, YOU sure could, as this FZR is a dream and better than you remember they were back in the day.

What you’re getting:

(Note: The RH hand grip / throttle end cap is not in place in the video; I didn’t realize it had come off and is now back on the bike. I took a few new pix the morning of 3/10 in the same spot in the driveway with the RH throttle end cap back in place.)

1987’s fastest streetbike in the world and the first of a nearly 10-year run of FZR100s; a bike with nearly the same powerplant and transmission as the ’97 YZF1000R “Thunderace” (which I also own!) and the predecessor to the infamous Yamaha R1 that debuted in 1998.
Starts flawlessly every time and reaches/maintains operating temperature as she should, pulling hard toward the 11,500 RPM redline from any RPM and in any gear. Smooth, constant/linear power delivery results in a bike that absolutely files from a dead stop and from any gear.
Idles and runs down the road like a sewing machine. And there are none of the lags, EXUP valve “chirping” or failures as with the later EXUP-valved FZR1000 models.
Fantastic bike in every way – looks, operating, riding. This machine feels like a new bike due to the low miles.
This bike is inspiring to ride, and is much better than you might expect for a 32-year-old sportbike.
Original plastics and paint (with zero evidence of the bike ever having been down)
All service is up to date; all fluids have been changed (brake, clutch, coolant); oil and filter
New front fork seals and fork oil
Front brake calipers freshened with new seals internally
Front master cylinder has been rebuilt with NOS parts
Clutch master cylinder has new NOS seals internally
New NOS Thermo Switch assembly (#3LN-82560-01) installed
New NOS temp gauge #2GH-83590-00 installed (used original gauge and packaging provided)
Clutch slave cylinder replaced with an NOS unit
New Yuasa sealed battery less than three months old
Main fuel petcock disassembled and refreshed with a new o-ring (solving a fuel drip)
Original exhaust
Bike passed Texas inspection two weeks ago (all lights, signals, horn work flawlessly)
No coolant, oil, fork, or brake fluid leaks
Needs nothing (zero issues with this bike (e.g., does not pop out of gear on hard acceleration, strong clutch lever and grip, does not use or drip oil, etc.)
New (less than 400 miles ridden) Michelin Sport Pilot 3 tires (120/70-17 front and 160/60-18 rear
Wheel bearings checked during tire install
Both cooling fans come up when bike reaches proper temperature; she does not overheat in the Texas summers
Super strong, confident brakes
Firm, sporty suspension feels as it should on uneven road surfaces, road imperfections, etc.
Has only been fed non-ethanol fuel for the past year + Sta-bill additive = zero carb. issues (I don’t run ethanol-blended fuel in either of my bikes)
Comes with a period-correct Corbin seat that matches the ’87-88 red/white/blue paint scheme (in addition to original black seat)
All original fasteners used on bike with the exception of the windscreen attaching hardware
Comes with $1000+ in spare parts (see list below) to allow you to run/maintain the bike for many years to come!
Two original ignition keys come with the bike
·

The flaws

Overall condition is very good for its age, but it is not absolutely perfect. The right fairing (next to the air scoop) has a crack from shipping to Dallas (as shown in the photos). Also, there is a crack in the edge of the RH cowl (next to the mirror). This the only actual damage on the machine and did not even happen while riding.
Some light scuffing and marring in the original plastic (as shown in photos). I bunched all pix of the scuffs/cracks in the google image link here: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO9YuIdNxiIWcSczGr44Pf9F2LzNnljEOowgr0C-B8P99l9QqPv7U-xH5w5amQi6g?key=Y3R0TWVIMnVyb0lndXhFQXJmRUluZkhNd0Q2cl93

Parts (new/NOS and used) that come with the bike:

(1) NOS emulsion tube (carburetor) #1AE-14141-90-00.
(8) emulsion tubes (Japanese made) 1AE-14141-90-00
(1) NOS FUEL COCK ASS’Y (under tank) # 2GH-24510-01
(1) used FUEL VALVE PETCOCK (main; LH side of bike)
(1) NOS Flasher (fuel pump) Relay #41R-83350-71-00
(6) NOS #36Y-13441-00 OEM oil filter elements
(5) NOS Yamaha O-RING Oil Pump, Cyl Head, Chain (oil filter bolt o-ring) #93210-16629
(4) NOS Plate Washer 90201-21608-00 (washer next to oil filter)
(2) NOS oil filter O-Ring #93210-87723-00
(1) NOS Rear Sprocket 47 tooth 2GH-25447-22-00
(1) NOS front sprocket 16 tooth #2GH-17460-00-00
(1) NOS DID Drive Chain DID532ZLV-110 X-Ring
(2) NOS sets of front brake pads 2GH-W0045-01
(1) NOS Radiator Hose [long hose under radiator to water pump] #2GH-12578-00-00 HOSE 3 + (1) used spare house
(1) NOS Radiator hose [short 90 degree hose under thermostat housing to top of radiator] #GH-12577-00 + (1) used spare house
(4) used radiator hoses (4 total radiator hose – upper (small) 2GH-12577-00-00, radiator hose out of thermostat (larger molded) 2GH-12576-00-00, lower hose 2GH-12579-00-00, lower hose 2GH-12578-00-00)
(2) used radiator hoses 2GH-12577-00 + 2GH-12576-00 [long hose out of the top of the thermostat housing to the cylinder pipe] and (1) thermostat housing, thermo switch and cap
(1) NOS Clutch lever #1AE-83912-00
(1) NOS Brake lever 36Y-83922-00
(1) NOS throttle cable 1 #2gh-26311-00-00
(1) NOS throttle cable 2 #2GH-26312-00-00 US
(2) OEM Assembly Manual FZR1000T/TC FZR750RT
(1) OEM FZR750/1000 Service Manual
(1) Owners Owner’s Manual 1987 Yamaha FZR1000T FZR1000 T
· Please review the photos and videos in the listing and hyperlinked within. Serious bidders may contact me at 214-289-sixtwo98 to answer any questions. I am offering this as a no-reserve auction, with all parts listed with the bike (over $1,000.00 worth). I’m selling this bike “as-is” with no refunds or warranty. However, in my honest opinion, this bikes needs nothing. A $250 non-refundable deposit is due via paypal within 24 hrs of the auction end. Winning bidder can pick up the bike in Dallas, Texas. If you need a transport company, I’d highly recommend www.keyboardmotorcycleshipping.com/ ($625 door to door across the U.S.- they are GREAT!) Good luck bidding and don’t let this one get away! It’s perhaps one of the nicest examples of an original, un-molested FZR1000 in the world.

The starting bid is roughly the price of a middling used Honda, so if you’re looking for a new mount for the 2019 season, look no further.

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha FZR1000
Yamaha May 5, 2019 posted by

M is for More: 2015 Yamaha R1M

As we speak, four-time World Superbike champ Jonathan Rea is throwing an unholy hissy fit over the spec of the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4R that Alvaro Bautista is using to convincingly pinch the crown that has become all but a foregone conclusion for him. The reason for the mud slinging is the big Ducati’s world-beating tech and eye-watering price tag. It’s not attainable for the average human, Rea argues, so it’s not exactly a fair fight.

2015 Yamaha R1M for sale on eBay

There may be some merit to that when you look at bikes such as this 2015 Yamaha R1M. When it broke cover as the tuning fork’s baddest offering in 2015, it carried a raft of tech and sexiness that was unheard of at its $21,000 pricepoint. Four years on, that cost has gone up a little, but the bike is no less astonishing now. It packs carbon fiber bodywork, a smartphone-controlled onboard computer (dial in suspension settings from your phone) and a 200-section rear tire. Not bad, considering it still goes for just over half of the R’s ask.

This 2015 Yamaha R1M has done just 4,000 miles and is in immaculate condition. It has a computer chip and a Graves can, but is otherwise stock. Fresh-looking Michelins have replaced the sticky original Bridgestones. There’s a lot of life left, but this bike for sure deserves a more aggressive set of meats.

From the eBay listing:

LIKE NEW!! -2015 YAMAHA R1-M
4377.8 ORIGINAL MILES WITH CHIP AND PIPE!
There’s really nothing else to say, the bike is super clean with receipts of the work done.
After payment we can assist your shipper loading or stop by, pick it up and ride away!
Don’t postpone joy, blow minds at the bike blessing or on the track next weekend!
BID WITH CONFIDENCE!

The reserve hasn’t been met at $13,800, which is still a deal for what this bike is. With the tasteful mods and just 4,000 miles under its belt, this might be the neatest way to get ahold of what is a truly mad street bike.

M is for More: 2015 Yamaha R1M
Featured Listing April 17, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha FZR1000

For as plentiful as bikes like this 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 were in their day, it’s becoming increasingly rare to see them pop up on the local Craigslist, as time and the squiddly behavior they enable take their toll. But nice ones are still out there, and more often than not you’ll see them for sale here.

When the 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 dropped, it was one of a few bikes with mind-bending numbers that signalled the dawn of the superbike age. Honda had their VFRs, Suzuki their GSXRs and Yamaha had the FZR1000, which carried the most modern looks and eye-watering power numbers. By today’s standards, where the price of a nicely-equipped Civic will get you a 210-horsepower Aprilia RSV4, the FZR’s 135 horsepower doesn’t seem that crazy. But back in ’87, it might as well have been a Saturn IV rocket.

That grunt let the big FZR hit 60 in less than three seconds and run to a 160 mph top speed, which is fast by any standard, and far and away enough for any mortal.

This 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 is in beautiful condition, especially considering its age and the 46,000 miles on the odometer. There are age-associated blemishes here and there and a couple stress cracks, but it is otherwise flawless. The only deviations from stock are an aftermarket windscreen and a manual switch for the cooling fan.

From the seller:

Bike is extremely rare and in immaculate condition.

* Brand new tires and brakes front and rear, battery and fork seals all have less that 25 miles
* All fluids just changed
* Near perfect paint and bodywork – only a small stress crack around one of the fairing fasteners and a couple very small fairing scratches
* Unmolested, spotlessly clean and completely stock except for aftermarket windscreen and a hard-wired switch to operate cooling fan manually
* Solo seat is present
* 75,000 kms (46000 miles)
* Starts, runs and shifts perfectly and everything works as it should with the exception of the high/low beam switch which is a bit temperamental at times on low beam, but I always ride with high beam so it’s not an issue for me and should be an easy fix
* Bike is located in Vancouver, BC and is open to reasonable offers, as I’m not in a rush or need to sell it
* Buyer will be responsible for shipping, but will provide buyer assistance

Price $3,900 USD. Contact Ken by email: kennethemsley@gmail.com

For a rider or a collector, there is little to dislike about this one. With Yamaha’s reputation for durability, even the relatively high mileage should not be a concern. To chat with the seller, reach out to kennethemsley@gmail.com.

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha FZR1000
Yamaha April 9, 2019 posted by

Small Bites: 1990 Yamaha FZR 400

Always a gem in original guise, the Yamaha FZR400 stands alone as the smaller-than-middleweight that was officially imported into the United States. Unlike the current crop of small-bore US bikes, these 400cc scoots were often reserved for European countries only; power-hungry America was not seen as a viable market by most manufacturers. This was partially borne out by the FZR400 – it was drastically out-sold by the FZR600 and FZR1000 here in the US. Because of that, the FZR400 is relatively rare. But more than just rare, the FZR400 is a fantastic performer…provided you bring reasonable expectations to the table. Today’s example is a 1990 model and looks great.

1990 Yamaha FZR 400 for sale on eBay

When compared to some of the other 400cc set (especially the Honda NC24/27/30 series), the FZR400 is often seen as less technologically advanced. The engine is somewhat conventional and resembles a slimmed down 600cc mill: a liquid cooled, inline four cylinder with four valves per cylinder and a brace of four CV carbs. But with a made-to-fit aluminum frame and (in the case of the later generation ’90 model) a larger aluminum box-section swing arm and larger brakes, the FZR400 is a made to order canyon carver right from the showroom floor.

From the seller:
1990 Yamaha FZR-400 ~ 100% original and unmolested, with only 5022 miles. This is straight out of Mr. Kitty’s personal collection. NEVER raced or modified. Only year in this color combination and Deltabox swingarm. New Pirellis front and rear, just did a head-to-toe service! Carbs, NGK plugs, air filter, anti-freeze flush, brake system flush, and oil change using Bel-Ray semi-synthetic. No rattle can or touch-up paint has ever touched this bike! This little Fizzer is not only rare but ready to ride! Clean Clear NY title ~ $6000

Shipping at buyers expense, NYS residents pay sales tax.

It looks like we have seen this bike before. Back in 2017 Aaron wrote this post on what looks to be this exact bike. It had about 10 fewer miles back then, and finds its way back on the open market with the same pictures. The seller’s eBay account has changed, so it is possible that the bike changed hands somewhere along the way. Either way, the bike looks fantastic in the pictures, and with the rare blue/black livery should really stand out in person. With a recent service and new tires, this is a low mileage Fizzer that is ready to shred. We KNOW that RSBFS readers love these machines – they are sweet handling, unique and tremendous fun! There appears to be some slight marks on the pipe, but nothing that looks like rash. Check it out here, and then jump back to the comment and share your thoughts on the “more common” of the 400cc sub-middleweights. Good Luck!!

MI

Small Bites:  1990 Yamaha FZR 400
Yamaha April 5, 2019 posted by

Punching above its weight: 1976 Yamaha RD400

The 1976 Yamaha RD400 came out screaming in 1976, a mag-wheeled exclamation point on Yamaha’s range of popular, fast-paced two strokes. To make sure the message landed, Yamaha re-tooled its factory to build the RD400’s parallel twin, which was more than just a rebored version of the RD350’s mill. A longer stroke necessitated new crankcases, which meant the factory needed new tooling. That was a gutsy move, as even then street two strokes had fully entered their sunset years.

1976 Yamaha RD400 for sale on eBay

The little beast knocked out 45-ish horsepower, and had a slightly flexy steel frame and a delicious tendency to pull the front wheel on acceleration. By most accounts, the single-disc front and rear brakes were terrifying, which made the 106 mph top end seem that much more astronomical.

This 1976 Yamaha RD400 has had a fairly recent restoration, which featured a rebuilt engine, new paint, new tires and tubes, new touch points and rebuilt carburetors. It’s ready to look and play the part this riding season. The reserve has not been met, but the seller says he is open to offers.

From the eBay listing:

This is a very clean matching #’s RD 400. Rebuilt engine , new tires & tubes. Fresh paint & decals.
Rebuilt carbs. New grips. Nice clear gauges. Good controls. Original mirrors. Aftermarket OEM style signals. Good chrome with slight patina. All stock with the exception of the seat & paint. Very clean rider for the summer.
Open to offers.

A $750.00 Non- Refundable Pay Pal deposit is due within 48 hours. Full payment via bank check or wire transfer due within 7 days and before you come to pick it up. Funds must clear before pick up. NO PAY PAL FOR THE BALANCE!!!! Pick up due with in 30 days. I have the necessary paperwork to transfer ownership. You must have 10 or more recent feedback. Bidders with less then 10 feed back will have to contact me before bidding or be canceled. If you are the winning bidder. Please plan on completing the transaction. Sold as is.

On first blush, the RD400 looks like just another soldier in the legion of UJMs that were spat out in the 1970s, but it carries some extra panache and a bunch of extra punch. Two strokes of its ilk are a slice of life from a time before strict emissions regulations, and a window into motorcycling’s truly wild years.

Punching above its weight: 1976 Yamaha RD400
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Factory Fresh: Zero-Mile 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci for Sale

One of the things I love about Italian bikes and cars is that, no matter what, they look like the vision of one person, not a committee. Sure, there may be the occasional stylistic misstep, but oddballs like the Alfa Romeo Milano and Bimota Mantra make a statement, and you can feel the passion in their creation, even if it’s sometimes misguided… Fortunately, the Bimota YB10 Dieci is one of the more timeless Bimota designs, and they obviously knew they had a good thing going, since the bodywork and frame seems to have changed very little between the YB4, YB6, YB7, YB8, and YB10.

The sleek envelope of the bodywork is the first thing you notice, but Bimotas are uncompromising sportbikes and have always been about the frame. Earlier bikes used trellis-style frames, but by the late 80s, they’d moved to lightweight aluminum beam-style designs as seen here, complete with beautiful machined details. This was the 10th Bimota that used a Yamaha engine, hence the name YB10, which has nothing to do with displacement. In this case, it was Yamaha’s smooth and powerful 1002cc five-valve Genesis engine and five-speed gearbox. The package was good for 145hp and 172mph, not world-beating in today’s terms, but still very, very fast. In 1991, this thing was the epitome of speed, and the embodiment of exotic.

Some readers have misunderstood my previous posts featuring Bimotas, thinking that my criticisms indicate a dislike of the brand. I’m a huge fan of Bimota, and Italian vehicles in general, but experience means I’m very familiar with their… peculiarities, their qualities both superlative and frustrating. Bikes like the YB10 embody everything I love and everything frustrating about Italian machines: they’re gorgeous, fast, and full of personality, with a few hand-built details that speak to their low-volume production and some elements of their construction that indicate the clear focus on performance above all else. If you’re looking for authentic race-bike details, they’re easy to find here, from the exquisitely machined frame and top yoke to lightweight bodywork made up of just a few pieces, all connected with quarter-turn fasteners… But it’s a fine line between “race bike” and “kit bike” and these can be frustrating for owners used to more refined machines.

These days, this limited-production, Italian dream machine can be had for relative peanuts, although this particular example calls for a few more of those peanuts, since it’s never actually been registered, or turned a wheel. Personally, I like my bikes to be usable as bikes, but collectors are strange creatures, and unused examples like this usually command premium dollars.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci for Sale

Up for bid is a 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci – Rare 1 of only 224 made– Never registered, zero miles! This gorgeous super-bike is part of a collection of fine motorcycles at Formula One Motor Sports in Oakdale New York.

Bimotas are well known for their Italian style, class and over the top engineering. It has a one piece billet machined frame paired with a Yamaha FZR1000 motor, and seamless upper fairing it also comes with billet triple, classic style wheels!

The Bimota Dieci not only offers Italian Style but you get the reliability of a Japanese Motorbike. Don’t miss out on a chance to bid on this museum quality bike it is a must have for any collector.

This may be a museum-quality bike, but the $21,000 the seller is asking is a museum-quality price. There are plenty of lovingly cared-for, low mileage Bimotas out there at literally half the price, so you’d really have to be one of those zero-mile obsessives to want to splash out for this one. “Plenty of” being relative, of course since, as the seller points out, just a little over 200 were made. But they do show up occasionally for sale and, to give you an idea of what they normally go for, the last one we featured had 12,000 miles and an $11,000 asking price.

-tad

 

 

Factory Fresh: Zero-Mile 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci for Sale