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Yamaha August 28, 2021 posted by

Decisions Decisions Decisions: 3 different Yamaha RZ350s

In the topsy-turvy world of collecting, there are often times when very little that is interesting is actually available. Then there are times when everything is available at once. You just cannot predict what will become available and here at RSBFS we do what we can to bring you the best we can find. And just like earlier in the year when Ducati 851 models were springing up like weeds, there are other bikes that appear in numbers – such as today’s example of three different red/white RZ350s. Best known as the last officially imported two stroke into all 50 states of the US, the parallel twin successor to the late RD series offered liquid cooling and introduced the concept of an exhaust power valve. While none of these nearly 40 year old bikes will be first in line for an indoor parking spot at the Barber Museum, they still represent a desired milestone machine worth collecting. Let’s look at our contestants! In no particular order:


Bike #1 – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 – starting bid $6k

From the seller:
Beautiful 1984 Yamaha RZ350. Have not seen many of these around on here or locally.
Early build date of 1/1984.
Matching Engine and Frame numbers: 003191 (shown in photos).
7,750 original miles.
2-stroke, liquid cooled, very fun and unique sounding bikes.

Bike runs and drives as it should – carburetors recently cleaned, general maintenance performed.
Bike is mostly original, however it does have aftermarket pipes, air filters, rear directionals (oem appearance), mirrors.
The windshield does have a few minor scratches, and there is also a scratch near the fuel shutoff (see photo).
The tank had minor repair underneath as it had a small pinhole leak. The inside was sealed with Tank Kreem fuel tank liner.
The bike is not 100% perfect showroom condition, but it is close, and in overall great shape. The bike was in dry storage for 25 years.

Located in Maine, this particular RZ has traveled fewer than 8,000 miles according to the clocks. There is the usual form of usage and neglect apparent, although the seller has done a good job of cleaning up the bike. The photos show a bit of corrosion, and some of the expected mods – namely the replacement of the heavy and performance-robbing catalytic converter pipes in favor of proper expansion chambers. If done correctly in conjunction with airbox and jetting changes, this is the #1 performance mod to really wake up the RZ with no harm in longevity. For a museum collector this is a destructive mod that kills the value, but for a rider-quality example the rideability gain is a definite benefit. The seller claims it was in storage for 25 years, and no maintenance records are listed. Opening bid is $6,000 – which may sound like big money if you remember when you could snag a project bike for less than half of that, but those days are long gone my friend. The best part of this auction is that it has no reserve. Check out the details on this one here.


Bike #2 – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 – starting bid $5k

From the seller:
Running & Currently Registered, fires right up whenever I get a chance to use it. Sounds & shifts as it should.
– The motorcycle has 23,000 miles on it
– I bought this bike a few years ago planning on doing a cosmetic restoration. I’m no mechanic but the bike does not need anything major.
– The past owner had recently gone through the motor and it runs strong, has Factory Pipe Products aftermarket exhaust (Expansion Chambers) and is re-jetted for the exhaust system.
– The past owner also put on the current gas tank (dented a shown in pictures) because the original tank had rusted/leaked as so many RZ gas tanks did.
– I have some spare parts that I have collect that will go with the bike including a set of rear turn signals (current right rear is taped).
– Comes with a Yamaha Service Manual

Continuing our New England romp, this second RZ350 lives in Connecticut and has traveled a credible 23,000 miles. By the pictures one can conjure up a story of hard use, which is not uncommon with the model. Like the first bike, this one sports aftermarket exhaust chambers coupled with carb mods to maximize performance. Judging by the conditions shown in the photos, this is no museum bike. The tank tells a story of a bike being down – on both sides. The seller claims the tank was added later, which is plausible. Still, the non-stock side cover on the right speaks to potential damage replacement. The cylinder block is not painted, which could mean replacement or modification (i.e. bore and/or ported). With luck, the previous owner replaced crank seals during the rebuild process. A bit of a mystery, this RZ has a starting bid of $5k and no reserve. Check out all of the details here.


Bike #3 – 1985 Yamaha RZ350 – starting bid $7999

From the seller:
This 1985 Yamaha RZ350 is an original. The owner has had it for 1 year. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend rides.

This bike runs beautifully and has the smoothest shifting transmission I have ever seen on a Yamaha. Clutch is fairly new. Has some cosmetic defects but nothing major for an almost 40 year old bike. All gauges work as they should as well as instrument lights. Turn signals have been removed. Oil injection system works correctly. Bike maintains temperature as it should. You would be hard pressed to find a 1985 RZ350 bike that is mechanically better than this one.

Of the 3 bikes shown, this 1985 model is the most confusing. Early 1985 models had the red/white scheme that mimicked the black/yellow. There was a late 1985 California model that shared the earlier paint scheme and shipped with gold wheels, but all 1985 models had the Kenny Roberts signature on the fairing. Given the cosmetic condition of this one, it is likely that the fairing was replaced along the line (the tank shows evidence of a handlebar hit, scuffed cases, etc). The MRA marking on the cylinder block is another mystery – as best guess would indicate the Motorcycle Racing Association out of Colorado. But other than the exhaust tips, I don’t see any safety wire. I also don’t see a side stand. The stock pipes have been swapped out for expansion chambers, but I am not able to make out the brand. Showing 34,700 miles on the clocks, this looks to be a survivor with a hard past. Opening bid is $7,999. Check out all of the details here.


So which would you chose? Bachelor/Bachelorette #1, #2, or #3? The smart money says to get into the RZ game sooner rather than later, as the overall model series continues to gain in value with each passing year. And if you are looking for a pristine example, you already know these are not it. However a museum example will be asking more than double of this lot – which is a lot. Amidst this trio, I would first consider what my goals would be for the bike (i.e. realistically, a presentable rider). From there, I would look at each bike critically, searching for originality and completeness. If I was spending my dollars, I would put aside a few bucks as any of these three would require a leak-down test to check for compromised seals, as well as a contingent for general maintenance. But if I had to choose from those listed here, I’d likely chose them in order of presentation, even though Bike #2 is initially offered at a lower price. Simply put, Bachelor/Bachelorette #1 appears closest to stock, has the fewest miles and the least amount of overall damage. It will be interesting to follow these auctions to see where they end up. What are your thoughts? Is the RZ market one you might like to get into? Let us know in the comments!

MI

Decisions Decisions Decisions: 3 different Yamaha RZ350s
Yamaha August 25, 2021 posted by

1994 Yamaha TZR250 SPR 3XV For Sale!

1995 Yamaha TZR250 SPR 3XV For Sale on eBay!

The TZR250 SPR was the culmination of all things before it. The SPR’s have braced black frames, triple 32mm power valves (to skirt the regulations of the day) that consisted of both guillotine and cotton reel designs. The beauty of this design was even though Yamaha downsized the the valves from 36mm to 32mm they were still able to keep the horsepower at 40. That’s not a lot of HP by today’s 4 strokes power output, but it was plenty for Yamaha to eventually win the Suzuka 4 hour endurance race with the SPR.

Here’s what the eBay listing has to say.

Absolutely fantastic example of the last of the 2stroke 250cc Yamaha super sport bikes! Incredibly rare bike that was never sold in the US market during production. Powered by the proven single-axis crank 90-degree V-twin engine that adopted “Triple YPVS” for finely tuned exhaust control, a new type of carburetor (during the 90’s) and a cassette-type wide-ratio transmission. This bike has been on display in a high-end collection for about a year and a half and is ready for a new owner. The bike has recently been started and run for the first time since it was imported

Here are some key features of this bike:

-Fantastic visual condition for a bike that is nearly 30 years old
-Starts easily, and runs great
-Clean PA title! Very rare for this bike to have a US title.
-Fuel tank is spotless
-All lights and horn work properly
-New battery
-Temp gauge or sensor may need to be addressed as the needle did not move during my test ride.
-Only 9513 KM = 5911 Miles
-Tons of tread left on the Rosso II tires
-Minor scuffs on each fairing, small paint repair on edge of front fender and one paint blemish on frame near swingarm pivot

I don’t disagree with the sellers evaluation and description of their machine. I would like to point out that all of my research, friends and GoDuckYou translator tells me SPR’s weren’t produced until 1995. Not that it matters, because it really is a non-issue since SPR’s were never brought stateside. I am very pleased to see it’s titled and ready to roll, but should you pull the trigger on this one I recommend you tread lightly! Parts for these are scarce to non-existent.

I also wanted to mention that I think it’s worth every penny of the asking price because these are rare as rocking horse poop and this example is finer than frogs hair.

Check out Pure2StrokeSpirit.net for all things TZR

Cheers!

dd

Check out this Ultra Rare TZR here!

1994 Yamaha TZR250 SPR 3XV For Sale!
Honda August 18, 2021 posted by

Whacky Wednesday Mixed Bag-O-Bikes!

Last night, I was kicking it and lounging around, sipping on a cold snack with some time to kill. The normal hot-bed of rare sport bike supply was a little slow so, I stretched my short legs and ventured out on the dark world wide web in search of some tasty eye candy for all our highly regarded followers. I have to admit, I didn’t have high expectations, but my dung luck would prove me wrong once again.

Grab your favorite sudsy beverage and feast your eyes on the gems I found.

1988 Honda Hawk NT650

Cool bikes! Narrow v-twin, low on power, but high on the cool factor with the single sided swing-arm. Bonus points if you can find a Two Brothers Kit 😉

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1991 Honda NSR250

Super small machines! This is said to have less than 200 miles since a complete rebuild. Ask plenty of questions! Bonus- It has a Vermont plate! (fist pump)

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1987 Suzuki RB50 Mini GSX-R!

My boy Mike E Mike is gonna love this one! I think it’s cool and smooth as a fresh jar of Skippy.

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1986 Yamaha SRX600- MINT!

Release the white Pigeons! MINT MINT MINT with only 861 miles! These were only imported for 1 year. Super rare and sought after. Don’t let it get away.

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1993 Yamaha GTS1000

Miles are high, but these were cutting edge back in the day and still draw a crowd to this day.

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1981 Honda CBX 6 cylinder BEAST!

I have no words for this one . . . Okay, maybe “STUNNING!”

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1990 Suzuki RGV250 Gamma

Meh, it’s needs some work to be complete, but RGV’s don’t come around often. Thoughts on this one?

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1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750 “Big Body”

Good miles and Team Colors. I always liked these and this one seems to be in pretty good shape.

There you have it! Did you finish your sudsy drink or make it through 2? I consumed 1 1/2 while searching the dark web for these.

Drop a comment below and let us know if you like these kind of posts or if you’ rather not see them. Also, feel free to let us know if you pick one of these up.

Cheers!

dd

Yamaha August 4, 2021 posted by

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary LE #2

2006 Yamaha R1 “50th Anniversary” For Sale on eBay

Some of you will recognize this 50th R1 LE because it’s been on the site before under the disguise of slightly different photos.

You’ve also seen countless other LE R1’s over the years and can view those here, here,here, here and here. So, I’m not going to bore you with regurgitated specs (Ohlins, Marchesini Wheels, 3 more horsepower, numbered top triple, snazzy paint etc.) because you can probably recite the R1 LE’s specs blind folded and with one hand tied behind your back.

I want to cordially discuss where this one sits in history and where it will be in 5 years when it’s 20 years old.

I’ll start- I hit my motorcycling stride in the 80’s and 90’s being spoon fed GSX-RR’s, ZX7RR’s, RC30’s, OW-01’s and RC45’s. These things were sick, trick and unobtainable to the masses unless you had some serious connection and serious front pocket change. These were all quickly and easily distinguishable by their solo seats. Perhaps I’m a little biased, but (other than the Italian brands) there was a bit of a Japanese lull after the turn of the century. There was a little spark from Kawasaki in 2003 when they launched the ZX6-RR, another spark from Honda with the CBR SP and I will happily admit I’m DOWN like a CLOWN with Kawasaki’s ZX-10RR. I’m sure I’m missing a few, but I’m also sure you all will quickly point them out 😉

The 50th R1 LE had a MSRP of $18,000. This one is now listed at $25,000 and is still as new as it was in 2006. I’m always excited to see these NOS machines turn up because it gives buyers the chance to pick up what may have been your grail machine in 2006. I have no doubt these hold a special place in a select few riders hearts. My end all be all bike is a 7RR-N1. Yes, I know it’s a finicky pig and way under {insert whatever you want here} by today’s standards, but I just love them and I’ve yet to own one. 🙁

From the seller:

2006 Yamaha R1 anniversary Limited edition. It has been professionally “mothballed” in order to store it without damaging the bike. It has never been ridden and has 0 miles on it. This is #2 of 500 made and #1 is in the Yamaha museum. Included with this bike is everything that came with the bike along with a special tool kit only made for this bike.

Key Features:

-The R1 LE is a special, limited-edition version of our awe-inspiring liter-bike-packed with premium components in addition to the standard tremendous firepower of the R1.
-Ohlins suspension units front and rear, custom-developed for the R1 LE by the same people who work on the YZR-M1 Moto GP bike, provide the ultimate ride and handling.
-Custom, YZR-M1-style forged aluminum Marchesini wheels designed specifically for the LE add style while removing nearly a pound of un-sprung weight.
-Back torque-limiting slipper clutch greatly aids downshifting from speed, helping the rider exploit all the R1 LE’s tremendous braking power.

Bottom line for me- I like these and think they will leave their mark and will become a staple in the next generation of sport bike collectors.
If you want to discuss this model (not the seller) with your peers, please do so in an adult manner. All comments will be moderated!

Check out #2 here

Cheers!

dd

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary LE #2
Yamaha August 1, 2021 posted by

1997 Yamaha FZR 600 w/ only 5979 miles!

1997 Yamaha FZR 600 For Sale on eBay

I do love a good round dual headlight FZR and this one does not disappoint! Okay, I’m not personally super fond of the yellow wheels, but that’s not why we’re here.

For me, this was an odd time for Yamaha as they were offering two 600’s with no clear cut race model. Now, before you all start throwing rotten tomatoes at me, I know Suzuki offered two 600’s, but theirs was a no brainer. The GSX-R was razor sharp and the Kan-O-Tuna was a little (okay, a lot) less focused than the Gixxer. Yamaha on the other hand, had the FZR that was really long in the teeth with undersized tires, spindly suspenders attached to steel frame and swing-arm and the YZF was . . . well, it was just an odd, upright pudgy thing with no real focus. As you probably know, it would take Yamaha 2 more years to really get serious about racing again with the YZF-R6 in 99′

This sweet little FZR ticks all of the boxes for me-
-All stock and original
-Clean
-Garage kept
-Low Mileage
-From the 90’s 🙂

Notes from the seller:

A Rare classic!
These bikes are getting very hard to find in their original condition – unmutilated, unmodified, etc… with low miles.

Comes with original color-matching rear seat cover / racing cowl

Condition: It is not perfect, as it is 25 yrs old, but aside from a few small scuffs & scratches(see pics), it is overall easily 9/10. Although some of the scuffs are hard to see, I tried getting the light angle just right so they would show up as best as possible in the pics.

One of my favorite FZR600 memories is hearing the Genesis pinned and screaming at 11,500 . . . as it passed by me on my 400 🙁

I think I may petition upper management to change RareSportBikesForSale.com to DougsWalkDownMemoryLane.com. Speaking of upper management- If I’m not mistaken, our fearless leaders first bike was a FZR 600. Dan?

Check this one out here

dd

1997 Yamaha FZR 600 w/ only 5979 miles!
Yamaha June 24, 2021 posted by

Little Fizz: 1986 Yamaha FZR 250

Bigger bore homologation machines may be where the money is at right now, but rare examples like this littlest of Fizzers is exactly what RSBFS is all about. Sure, you’ve heard about the FZR1000, not to mention the mighty OW01 – the FZR750RR – but some of the most unique bikes can be found at the lower end of the spectrum. And while Ninja 250s are a dime a dozen, the rest Big Four also dabbled with smaller four strokes which were much more performance based… and not imported to our shores. Which brings us to this very rare (in the US) 1986 Yamaha FZR250.

1986 Yamaha FZR 250 for sale on eBay

The FZR250 is an interesting mix of racing technology and basic transportation. It looks every bit the FZR400, right down to the dual headlamps. Reviewers reported that while some of the other four stroke 250 set appeared to be mini bikes, the FZR250 looks like an actual motorcycle. The Genesis-derived inline four is rev-happy, with the tach topping out at 18k. Max power of 45 ponies comes in down lower in the range – about 14,500 – but leaving enough headroom for the 112 MPH top speed. Aside from the gem of the motor, the hard bits are all a bit pedestrian: mild steel (not aluminum) frame and non-adjustable suspension. But the FZR250 is bigger and better than the sum of its parts – with a stronger midrange than the competition and unflappable handling (just like the FZR400), the smallest Fizz makes for some truly heroic cornering. All without the threat of losing your license.

From the seller:
Up for sale is a 1986 FZR250 VIN #2KR-210615. Clean & Clear title. Currently has 15,651 miles (25,188 KM) but that might climb slightly as I take it out a few times a week.

This bike is in great mechanical condition and not in need of any repairs. It starts right up and runs fantastic. Redlines at 17,000 RPM and makes 45 horsepower. It sounds like an F1 car. Very unique motorcycle that was never imported to the U.S. so they are quite rare here.

Recent work includes
Carb Clean
Fuel Pump
Oil
Battery

Quote from Motorcycle magazine
“The mere thought of initiating a turn on the FZR250 accomplishes the task, and the Yamaha’s scalpel-precise steering allows you to aim for any inch of tarmac in the turns. As you’d expect with the slightly longer stroke, the FZR starts its serious forward progress at the 13,000 mark, and signs off at 15,500 rpm, well short of its 17,000-rpm redline.”

Today’s rare example (qualification: rare in the US) comes to us from the great state of Massachusetts. It presents reasonably well, although the photos do show some wear and tear that we typically see plaguing smaller bikes. There is some corrosion which is common from outdoor usage in wetter climes – but nothing that is a deal killer. The blue tinted windscreen is not stock, but nicely rounds out the blue/white paintwork. Turn signals have been modified from stock, and it looks like a fender delete was performed at some point. The exhaust can is not stock, but should help improve the power (marginal) and sound (significant). This is a Buy It Now advert, with the seller asking $5,500. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Little Fizz: 1986 Yamaha FZR 250
Yamaha May 27, 2021 posted by

Get Your GP On: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

Hot on the heels of the big Gamma we posted earlier this week, it only seemed fair to post the other 500cc competition – the Yamaha RZ500. Seeming more readily available than the Gamma, the RZ500 is another of the GP replica two strokes that were never officially imported into the United States. Today these smokers bring big bucks when presented in decent condition, and it’s easy to see why: Rare, fast and very exclusive, the Yamaha RZ500 was the closest you could come to channeling your inner Roberts, Lawson or Rainey on the street. And who didn’t want to do that?? Today, 35+ years removed, the world of ever-tightening emission and noise restrictions make these screaming banshees icons of a past era, never to be seen again. But today’s example shows that these icons can live on in the used bike market.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

Unlike Suzuki’s square four arrangement, Yamaha lined up their GP replica in a 50 degree, V-4 formation. Both brands utilized a twin crank setup – more out of two-stroke necessity than anything else. That meant that this is actually two twin-cylinder engines powering the bike, rather than one bigger four banger. Power from the two engines is harnessed and consolidated in the clutch & gearbox areas, making the whole thing seamless to the rider. The rest is pure two stroke wizardry, with reed valves, exhaust power valves and four individual tuned-length pipes for maximum HP (approaching 90 HP when new and stock). The chassis is a rather pedestrian mild steel affair. The Japanese home market offered a power-restricted version with alloy frame – the RZV – which shaved about 20 pounds off the total dry weight – but those are even more rare than the rest of the world model we see here. The swing arm for both models is aluminum. As per the fad of the times, the front hoop is a mere 16″ to reduce the gyroscopic effect and speed up transitions.

From the seller:
Also known as the Race-Developed 500cc Liquid-Cooled motorcycle or RD500LC, the RZ500 was produced in limited numbers from 1984-85 as a road legal production version of the YZR500 2-stroke V-4 Grand Prix factory racer. This rarely seen replica racer was not sold in the United States, and the1985 RZ500 stands as one of the most collectible road-going motorcycles of its era.

Very rare V4
Light and powerful
2 stroke Sports Bike
Liquid cooled, 6 speed
High performance with speed of 148 mph
499 cc
Odometer: 26604 km (16530 miles)

Bike is all stock and original, with the exception of the upgraded exhaust system (stock exhaust system will be included with the bike purchase). Original paint; see picture for a few minor flaws.

Bike is in excellent running condition with everything working.

Given the rarity of these bikes in the US and considering the short life span they had in market when new (model years spanned 1984 – 1986), it should be no surprise that prices on these big smokers are wafting up like the blue smoke they create. Still, these are a pretty good bet for long-term value appreciation since they are popular, approachable, and in limited supply. I don’t see any of those factors changing in the foreseeable future, although the availability of spares might become an issue at some point.

Today’s bike looks pretty good for an older girl (even with low-res photos). There are some unfortunate nicks and cracks in the plastics, but everything appears to be in place. The JL exhaust out of the UK is a nice addition, and the seller notes that the stock pipes come with. Definitely a bonus for the collector. The red handgrips look to be aftermarket, but the rest comes across as an honest example of the breed. With 16,530 miles on the clock this is not a garage queen, so somebody please buy it and get out there and ride! Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Get Your GP On: 1985 Yamaha RZ500
Yamaha May 12, 2021 posted by

CA Interloper: 1991 Yamaha TZR250

In the wilds of Northern California lurks a menacing, gray market two stroke. Titled in Vermont, wearing some interesting new bodywork that appears to be the basis for the black/red Lucky Strike livery and looking as if it has enjoyed the trip to get to this place in its life, the bike shows some mods and some wear – both to be expected given the time since new. The TZR250 has gone through a wide range of engine configurations during the model run, initially released in 1986 as a rather conventional parallel twin. The parallel twin arrangement was retained for the next evolution, however the cylinders were reversed to allow for better packaging for racing. It was not until 1991 that Yamaha created the 90 degree v-twin seen here.

1991 Yamaha TZR250 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is the best of the TZR’s, the 3XV. The V twin model for the narrowest possible motor and weight distribution, it is basically a race bike for the street. It starts after a few kicks cold, a couple when warm and runs great when in the rpm’s just like any two stroke. New body kit looks great (what looks like scratches/blemishes is the reflection of a car parked next to it).

More from the seller:
Has oil injection, so no need to mix 2 stroke oil in gas.

9723 KM on odometer (6040 miles)

Your chance to own a piece of Yamaha 2 stroke history that you can ride!

Things to note: Body kit is new. Battery is new. Temperature gauge does not work. Has LED headlight and heated grips. Gas tank has a dent on the top, it looks like a bar of some sort fell on it. You will not want to stop riding it. This is what the RZ350 should have been.

The TZR250 came not only in a variety of engine configurations, but also a variety of sporting configurations – R, RS,RSR,SP, and SPR are all part of the alphabet soup that denoted states of power and components. It is unclear exactly what we are looking at here, and without a VIN listed there is no lookup possible. The seller notes heated handgrips (wasn’t familiar with that as an option), and that the temp gauge is inop; the latter is pretty important to the care and feeding of a high-strung two stroke. That being said, this is indeed a rare smoker in the United States, much less the restrictive State of California. Prospective buyers should note that while the bike is in CA, it is not CA plated, meaning there may be difficulty if attempting to register it in the Golden State. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

CA Interloper: 1991 Yamaha TZR250