Posts by tag: Yamaha

Yamaha May 18, 2022 posted by

Hive Mentality – 1984 Yamaha RZ350

With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner RZ350s are popping up like, well, weeds. Scare in quality and quantity, 2022 has brought out a spate of strong contenders; bikes that present as well as any we have seen. So too is today’s find, a 1984 bumble bee 350 out of Montana that looks fantastic.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Needing no introduction – but getting one anyway – the RZ350 was the last gasp of two-stroke street bike goodness in the early 1980s. Festooned with YVPS, oil injection, catalytic converters and EVAP canisters, the RZ was as close as EPA legal as could be with 1984 technology. Significantly choked by the emissions equipment (which was also very, very heavy), most RZs enjoyed a life on steroids – dropping the cats for a pair of expansion chambers, new fatter jets and improved upstream airflow. The RZ350 was an over achiever, running with the 550cc middleweights of the day, and were popular club racers to boot. Today, these are hard to find in many parts of the country, and harder still to find in original – or close to original – condition.

From the seller:
I am slimming down my collection, so its time for this time capsule to go. I purchased this 1984 RZ350 from the original owner in 2010. Its been in my garage ever since, in dry Montana, so there is very little corrosion. It has 3,714 original miles. I will also include the original exhaust pipes (photos coming soon). Overall, the bike is in very, very good condition for its age. Its not pristine, but very nice! The tires are old, so they are due for replacement and the brakes could probably be bled. There are a couple stickers on one of the fork tubes that can be removed.

More from the seller:
The original owner installed Spec II exhaust pipes. The airbox and intake are stock. It has steel braided brake lines on the front, and a Telefix fork brace.

There is no evidence of the bike ever being down. The seat is perfect. The gas tank has no dents and is very near perfect. It starts from cold on the first kick and idles perfectly.

I have a clean and clear Montana title.

The seller has also shared a cold start video on this bike:

RZs are worth real money these days. You can forget when you could pick up a beater for a grand or less; there is no value in lamenting the great one you sold for $2k. This is the ups and downs of the market, and while the RZ has had its unfair share of downs, it is currently on a credible upswing. The bidding on this very clean bike with period correct aftermarket add-ons (with original pipes available!) is well over $10k with a lot of interest. The reserve is still in place, so there is likely a lot more to play for. Only 3,700 miles on this time capsule, meaning that the winning bidder will have a lightly used rider that shows as well as any we’ve seen. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Hive Mentality – 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha May 13, 2022 posted by

The Same, But Different: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

In an earlier post, RSBFS Staff Writer Donn notes: Hardly a week goes by that a new RZ350 doesn’t pop up these days! I would like to take this opportunity to upgrade that statement considerably. Because today we have a double RZ350 Friday (take two – they’re small)! Forget Friday the 13th. This is Friday the RZ350th!

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

This particular RZ shows very differently than the 1985 model posted by Donn HERE. This RZ seems to have a bit less info, and a potentially greater number of unknowns. It is clear that it has experienced some modifications along the line, from Airtech bodywork to updated expansion chambers, bar end mirrors, a complete replacement top end (with YPVS delete), and what appears to be some minor rash on the right-hand side case. But it is a RZ after all – and remains very popular with readers and riders alike. There are pristine, museum-style offerings that go for big, big bucks, ridden and hot rodded bikes that go for elevated prices, and then there are the bottom feeder bikes that have been used up, abused often and offered at a ridiculous price. This particular example feels more like the middle tier – modded and used, but presentable – and is pretty close in pricing to the 1985 example posted by Donn earlier today.

From the seller:
This 1984 Yamaha RZ350 is an original. The owner has had it for 5+ years. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend rides.

Bike has had a small restoration. Frame and swing arm have been powder coated. All new seals in components forks, front brakes, front master cylinder, etc. Has Airtech full fairing kit. Does not have YPVS anymore currently has a banshee top end. I do not have any of the original parts. Thanks for looking.

The seller has included the following walk around video of this particular bike. I am not exactly sure why one of the foot pegs is zip tied up out of the way, but otherwise the video shows a clean – but modified – RZ350:

Regardless of condition, RZ350s are hot property. That value is increased as the weather turns to a point where riding is possible around the country, and we are all itching to grab our leathers and hoon. And while we always recommend collectors purchase the best example they can find/afford, the truth of the matter is the RZ will always be in demand; even questionable bikes are fetching absurd prices. We do not see that changing at all in the future, except the prices are likely to be even higher. These are fun machines that really wail, they strike a pose very well in parking lots for bike night or cars and coffee, and are reasonably reliable given the volatile nature of two strokes. You can check this one out here as a compare and contrast – this is a great time to be in the RZ market!!! Good Luck!

MI

The Same, But Different: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Honda May 12, 2022 posted by

Instant Collection: Five 400cc sport bikes from the 1990s

The 400cc sport bike set has been a hot topic on the pages of RSBFS, and were in fact part of the early focus of the site when it was entirely dedicated to finding grey market listings for sport bikes not originally imported into the United States. From those humble beginnings RSBFS grew to encompass the best of the rare and exotic, while continuing to harbor a soft spot for imports. Today’s collection of five members the 400cc club – one from each of the Big Four (plus a bonus Honda)- is definitely worth a look, even if some of the details are sparse and the bikes are located far, far away from US shores. The lineup:

Five 400cc sport bikes from the 1990s for sale on eBay

Honda VFR400R

Honda CBR400RR

Kawasaki ZXR400

Yamaha FZR 400SP

Suzuki GSX-R400SP

From the seller:
Collection of all the 90s 400cc sportbikes. All bikes are registered Hungarian bikes, with clean history. Will be sold with all necessary papers to register elswhere!

It is a one time opportunity to buy a collection like this!

These bikes are listed in a package deal on eBay in a Buy It Now (or best offer) format for $19,500 USD. Details are sparse, but as RSBFS writer and collector William notes: “The bikes are appealing, the package is interesting at that price point and the pictures are solid…a deal is always worth exploring.” You must admit that this flock looks great together. And given that the US shores has seen scant appearances of 400cc serious bikes between the 1980s Fizzer 400 and the more recent Ninja/CBR/R3/KTM offerings in 300-400cc sizes, these are undeniably rare in the US of A. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Instant Collection: Five 400cc sport bikes from the 1990s
Yamaha April 19, 2022 posted by

Southwestern Style: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R

The world of 500cc two strokes is pretty small. But within that world is an even more exclusive club of limited editions and unique models. On the Yamaha side, the RZ500 is cool. But the Japanese market restricted offering of the RZV500R borders on the unicorn. Never officially exported by Yamaha outside of Japan, the RZV500R is a sharper version of the base RZ500 found elsewhere. As such is it much more rare, very coveted, and a rider and collector dream machine in its own right.

1984 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay

As delivered, the Yamaha RZV500R was a bit of a conundrum. Utilizing an aluminum frame (as opposed to the RZ500’s mild steel version), the RZV tips the scales at an anorexic 20 lbs lighter than the rest of the world RZs. The RZV has a few other aluminum parts that help shed the weight (shift and brake levers, etc), but those are minor compared to the hand-welded frame. There is also a nifty feature that allows the water temp gauge to double as a fuel gauge at the push of a button. The remaining changes are home country specific, and include a red light on the dash that lights up when nearing the max speed limit in Japan (55 mph in US terms). Riders should be aware that this red light doubles as the oil tank reservoir level – if you’re not speeding and the light is on, better top up on the smoke juice. And then there’s the downside: as a Japanese only machine, the power output of the RZV500R is restricted to 64 HP (down from the reported 88-ish for export RZ500 models).

From the seller:
1984 Yamaha RZV500R
Stock
12000km
Parked and not started since 2011 – was not prepped for storage
Not perfect but very nice.
Includes full Jim Lomas carbon/carbon fiber, box never opened
Includes 2nd triple clamp set with 2nd set of forks, to replace upper triple clamp on bike (corroded)

Unverified story;
imported Japan-England-Canada-Michigan, some paperwork. Parked outdoors in Japan

Has Arizona title, can easily be registered in Arizona

With only 1,600 units produced, interest in this particular RZV500R is high. The seller notes it has been parked for a decade without being prepped, but no notes of whether it is running. The bike does come with some additional parts, including a set of Lomas pipes. These are one of the two key items necessary to de-restrict a RZV500R. Since this predates computer controlled electronic ignition, Japanese market restriction was accomplished via choking down the exhaust and running jetting that matched that flow pattern. Fitting the bike with a natty set of chambers will greatly wake up the beast within, as long as careful attention has been paid to the upstream jetting. Bam! One full horsepower (and then some) RZV500R made to order.

This bike looks like a true survivor, exhibiting some evidence of life in seaside Japan. But the corrosion doesn’t appear too severe in the pictures. There are some unknowns in terms of the engine – and crank seals would be a first priority – but that is all standard stuff for what amounts to a very rare and coveted model from a pretty golden age of two strokes. Check out all of the details here, and then check your bank account, your 401k, and your kid’s college fund. This Arizona-based beauty has climbed over $13k and will likely go quite a bit higher before all is said and done. Good Luck!!

MI

Southwestern Style: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R
Yamaha April 9, 2022 posted by

2012 Yamaha YZF R1 World GP 50th Anniversary Edition 0001/2000 For Sale!

2012 Yamaha YZF R1 World GP 50th Anniversary Edition 0001/2000 For Sale!

Make: Yamaha
Model: R1 60th Anniversary
Badge: 1 of 2000
Mileage: 12,342
Location: Villa Rica, Georgia
Price: $12,000 starting bid or $25,000 BIN

In the words of Reese Bobby “If you ain’t first- you’re last!” Yes indeed, here is your chance to pick up Numero Uno and make Reese proud.

Back in 2012, all the Yamaha R1 rage was cross plane cranks, 7 position traction control, restyled fairings, 6 piston calipers clamping down on 310mm brake rotors, better foot pegs, updated exhaust heat shields, celebrating their 50th year competing in Moto GP and a special red and pearl white livery to commemorate the occasion.
However, inquiring minds want to know- If Yamaha started racing MotoGP in 1961 and 50 years later is 2011 why did they wait until 2012 to celebrate 50 years on the retail side of things?



Excluding the first year color schemes and the R1M, I think this is the best looking design ever offered on an R1. I know, my opinion stinks so, put your flame throwers down, but can we can all agree there’s no better sound than a cross plane crank motor?

From the seller:
2012 Yamaha YZF R1. In excellent condition. Good tires good brakes. Bike fires right up and sounds amazing. I do have the stock pipes exhaust guards and levers. The bike has just received an oil change and it is ready to ride. Cash payment on pick up. This bike is the 2012 R1 Anniversary GP Edition #1 of 2000 made. Yes, this bike is the #1 and the first one made.
This bike makes a great fun way of transportation or would look great sitting inside a museum. Please serious inquiries only.

I think Jorge would agree that it was “a great fun way of transportation” aka: a great fun way of Haul’n Ass! 🙂

Number 1 looks to be in really nice condition with the exception of the lower right fairing. Even though the seller doesn’t mention it, the photos are showing some minor scratches on the stickers. Those look like run of the mill stickers and shouldn’t be too difficult to replace which would bring this collectable back to near perfect condition.

One last question- How often does an average enthusiast get to pick up 1/XXXX of anything? Not often is the answer your looking for.

Make the jump here to place your bid!

Please save of the whining about the BIN price- we all know and there’s no reason to point it out. 😉

Cheers!

Doug

2012 Yamaha YZF R1 World GP 50th Anniversary Edition 0001/2000 For Sale!
Featured Listing March 29, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1993 Yamaha GTS

Update 5.23.2022: Updated price is $6,750 CAD, which is $5,279 USD today. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Long time RSBFS reader Mike has rolled out a very interesting bike for today’s Featured Listing. Designed by Yamaha with considerable help from the Parker-RADD concept, the GTS was one of several attempts to improve upon motorcycle front suspension systems – a noble endeavor undertaken by the likes of Ner-A-Car (way back in 1918!), the aforementioned James Parker, multiple Bimota Tesi models throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Honda powered ELF racers, and even one-off builders such as Spanish legend Tony Foale and Dutch designer Nico Bakker. What they all hoped to achieve was to separate normal suspension movement from the forces of braking and weight transfer. The reality is that each of the innovative concepts had some downsides, and the telescopic fork remains the defacto front suspension design to this day.

Featured Listing: 1993 Yamaha GTS

The Yamaha GTS was a bit of an oddity; not only did it represent the only full-blown Big Four manufacturer departing from the telescopic fork, it wasn’t really a focused sport bike. For starters, this is a big motorcycle – figure over 600 pounds when full of water, oil and fuel. The powerplant is the venerable FZR1000 unit, which makes for outstanding sport-touring potential along with legendary reliability. Under way, the rider cannot even tell this bike doesn’t have forks, although braking stability is above par. Sadly, after only 2 short years Yamaha pulled the plug on the experiment. The GTS was just not what buyers wanted, regardless of how cool they were. What started as a deviation from the FJ1100 and FJ1200 turned into but a minor break; Yamaha reverted back to the established model with the introduction of the FJR1300. The RADD Parker dream in production was over. Today’s seller has a LOT to say about this fantastic example, and we’ll let him take it away from here:

From the seller:
For Sale: 1993 Yamaha GTS 1000 AE
Second multi-bike enthusiast Owner.
Reducing the collection size.

Updated Price: $6,750 CAD, which is $5,279 USD on 5.23.2022
Contact information: claerhoutmike@gmail.com

Bike presents at about 8.5 out of 10. Ready to ride anywhere. Mostly original with tasteful modifications for ease of use, maintenance and or reliability. Stored in a heated garage under a dust cover on a battery tender.
Purchased from original owner in 2008 with ~13,000kms (~8060 miles) on the clock. Currently has 36,340kms (22531 miles).

Never been down while moving on the road. Fell over once in the garage when moving. Small mark on the left fairing.

More from the seller:
Recent service including:

Fresh Oil and filter (changed every year or 4000kms)
Valve clearance check (all within spec)
Cleaned Air filters
Changed clutch and brake fluids (done every 2 years)
New spark plugs
New BattleAx BT023 sport touring tires (~500kms on them)

Extras/modifications since 2008 include
Stainless steel brake lines
Rebuilt ABS Pump
Brake bleeders on all caliper ports
Re-geared (smaller rear sprocket) to lower engine RPM at speed
Regina X-Ring Gold series chain
Polished rims with clear coating
New rear wheel bearings
Rebuilt and greased rear suspension linkage
Custom built seat fitted
Sport low windscreen
Rigid Ignite driving lights
LED headlight bulb
5 level heated grips
Givi V35 saddle bags with light kit fitted to a custom-made quick attach/detach rack

More from the seller:
Spare parts included in sale (Parts have been accumulated from spares inventories all over the world. They are NOT FROM THIS BIKE but will fit it if required. Most of these parts are ETREMELY rare:
Headlight assembly
Taillight assembly
Usable right side fairing
2 x damaged but repairable left side fairings
Damaged but repairable left and right belly fairings
Complete subframe and inner liner fender/battery box
2 top cowls with storage box – 1 damaged, 1 clean
Rear left and right-side panels in good condition. Some scratches.
Front wheel – not bent.
2 left and 1 right mirror – need minor repair and paint
Main dash cowl and inner upper mouldings
2 sets of upper fairing side access panels
Left and right passenger grab handles
Rear cowl top moulding
Front swingarm trim moulding
Various front signal light lenses, mounts, backing plates
2 ABS Pumps (need to be rebuilt)
Various mirror mount plates, spring clips, adjusters
1 new, never used stock seat, 1 used stock seat, and 1 Corbin saddle all in great condition.
Factory windshield
Factory service manual
Various media articles, publications from 1992-93 about the GTS

Today’s Featured Listing represents a well loved and well sorted example of a very rare breed. It also represents a bit of a bargain in the current world of crazy collector bike pricing, and includes a ton of spares and rare items. The Yamaha GTS remains alone as the only mass-produced example of an alternative front suspension design marketed by a major manufacturer. This is undeniably rare, and a sort of unicorn in its own right, even in the public never really warmed to the idea. If you are like minded and in the market for something unique yet usable, give Mike a shout. The bike is located in the Province of Alberta in Canada, with an *updated asking price of just $6,750 CAD. Thanks for supporting the site, Mike!

MI

Featured Listing – 1993 Yamaha GTS
Yamaha March 25, 2022 posted by

Quick Smoke Break: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

There seems to be a marked increase in available RZ350s as of late, a clear sign that Spring has officially sprung. Amongst the frenzy of activity with trading, selling and buying (not to mention how hot the collector market is these days), this is a quickie smoke break from the high dollar exotica and represents something that readers want to see and can likely afford. I will warn you that time is short and bidding strong on this one, but the price remains in the reasonable range and there is still a reserve at play.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

The 1985 Yamaha RZ350 differed only slightly from the 1984 model in the US. The biggest visual clue is that the Red/White bikes had King Kenny’s signature on the fairing; in the inaugural year this was only available on the bumblebee-colored models. Otherwise you are looking at the same liquid cooled, parallel twin with dual carbs, reed valve induction, oil injection and the novel YPVS computer controlled exhaust port.

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 350 from private collection excellent condition no issues runs great sorry do not have original pipes.

Today’s bike has seen some miles (but not many – only 5,000 on the clock!), and has the requisite performance upgrade of replacing the stock catalytic converter-equipped exhaust with proper expansion chambers. This is usually best accomplished with related jetting (and sometimes airbox) changes, but no background history if that was done. There is also no word on the type of expansion chambers fitted; perhaps our eagle-eyed readers can help out with that one. The bike looks undeniably clean, which is a real plus. I am somewhat perplexed by the lack of the black chrome finish on the left side of the engine, but not on the right. But this otherwise looks like something that could (and should) rattle to life in a cloud of smoke that brings smiles to all. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Quick Smoke Break: 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha March 17, 2022 posted by

Ring A Ding Dinger: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

In those dark morning hours (for those of us who “spring” the clocks forward) and in the wastelands of eBay before riding season hits and all sorts of exotica hit the auction block, there are days of, well, nothing. RSBFS staff look through hundreds of listings daily, and some days it is hard to find something worthy. Thus – in that light – a find such as this sano-clean 1984 RZ350 shines like a lighthouse beacon on a stormy night. Let’s check it out.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

While not a completely stock offering, this RZ is probably everything we would want in a rider. It looks to be in excellent shape cosmetically, has travelled enough miles to be a proper used bike (at 12,000+ miles there is no hangar queen here), and has the correct performance mods to wake up the two-pot beehive within. Those DG chambers look fantastic, and I can already hear (and see) the plumes of blue smoke shooting out of them as the little Yamaha hits the pipe. With proper jetting on the upstream side the 350 become far more potent than the modest displacement suggests.

From the seller:
1984 Yamaha RZ350
Excellent condition. Clean Title. Stored Indoors
This motorcycle is still very much in show worthy condition.
One would find it hard to believe this motorcycle is 38 years old.

Motorcycle has:
New battery
Brand new handle bars/grips
New tires (Michelin Pilot)
New chain & sprockets
Beautiful freshly powder coated wheels (white to match bike)
IntelAJet system added onto carburetors for easy fine tuning of carbs.
New pistons and rings, along with crank bearings and seals, 2 years ago.
(Bike tuned and jetted perfectly)
DG High Flow Pipes in excellent condition
( 2 ) keys
No rust on or in gas tank

More from the seller:
A few notes:
Everything works on bike
Bike has been stored in climate control since day 1
Paint & body panels are perfect, with no scratches- excluding 1 small ding (see details below)
Two small flaws:
Small chip in headlight but does not leak water (picture listed)
Small ding at lower portion of gas tank (picture listed)

Located in Georgia, this 1984 RZ350 looks to be a real peach (cue the rim shot!). These RZs are tremendously popular with readers, and the collector market is starting to see what it missed so many years ago. That means many of our readers who may remember when you could pick up a runner for $2k and a clean example like this for $5k will absolutely balk at the $12-15k range in which they now trade. Such is the march of time, the escalation of gas prices, and the high demand for a small (and dwindling) supply of these yesteryear throwbacks. There are many days to go, and this one sits at right around $5k with reserve in place – it should be fun to watch! Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Ring A Ding Dinger: 1984 Yamaha RZ350