Posts by tag: YPVS

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
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 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
Yamaha February 25, 2022 posted by

Inflation: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

The collector world is on a tear. After years of pandemic caution, the floodgates are open and trading has resumed with gusto. With that activity comes excitement, renewed interest in classic models, and the commensurate rise in pricing. Yes, values are going up; and that is not just conjecture. As Blair, Tootie, Jo and Natalie will tell you, it’s the facts of life. At the sharp end of the market shift is the RZ350. Always popular with readers and riders, the RZ350 highlights the post-pandemic collecting frenzy with $20k + auction results as proof. As a result, we are seeing more and more RZs on the market, with all sellers looking to ride the pricing wave.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Rather than regurgitate the same details and specs of the RZ, let’s highlight some model differences and what makes a collector bike a collector bike. We have seen a TON of lesser quality examples in the past, and even these are enjoying a pricing boost. But the $20k and above examples need to be clean, low mileage and *original* specimens. With the RZ350, the opening performance surgery to be done was to drop the heavy and restrictive catalytic converter mufflers and replace them with a lightweight set of performance expansion chambers. This required some upstream changes in the form of air filter and jetting. Often the oil pump was disengaged or completely removed, reducing parasitic mechanical drag and forcing the bike to run on pre-mix. Heads could be milled for greater compression, ports could be massaged, bores could be increased. All of this boosts HP, and all have a serious impact on long-term values for collectors.

From the seller:
This is my 1985 Yamaha RZ 350 that is unrestored and original right down to its Yokohama tires that it rolled out of the showroom on! Seriously a quality Museum motorcycle, It has 2694 miles on it and has not been ridden since 1987! Original unused tool kit in tail section, I have the two original keys one on a Kenny Roberts key fob from Modesto, CA. It also has a Kenny Roberts license plate frame! This RZ was purchased at Kenny Roberts Yamaha in Modesto, Ca.! I have the original manuals and a Brochure.. I have a clean California title in my name, It has been non-popped since 1990… Very Collectable and definitely a quality addition to someones Man cave….

Perhaps the most rare of the RZs are the California models. CA requires additional evaporative canisters and fuel tank plumbing to minimize the environmental impacts of any internal combustion petrol engine. (Say what you want about the complexity and power-robbing functionality – but Los Angeles air is noticeably cleaner since the California Air Resource Board mandates). The CA-required pieces are often the first to cast off the bike. That raises the stakes for a CA bike that claims to be 100% original. And THAT is what makes today’s bike so interesting. A very clean 1985 model, this CA bike looks to be complete as if from the showroom, including all CA emissions equipment and stock exhaust. And with just 2,694 miles on the clock, the seller claims the tires are original as well!

A great looking, original condition California bike, I expect this particular example to pique the interest of those looking for this model in preserved condition. The seller notes that this bike has been sitting since 1987, which is echoed by the overall condition. The obvious caveat for those who want to ride the rails off of this thing is that it may require some re-commissioning in the form of a leak-down test (for crank seal condition) and tires as a starter. But that is minor work that would surely be worthwhile for an RZ in this stunning condition. Pricing is directly in line with condition, along with the 2022 premium based on past auctions and high aspirations. If the near $30k Buy It Now ask seems too high, the seller is open to offers. Check out all the details here, and then let’s sit back and watch how far the market has moved upwards on clean and pristine RZs. Good Luck!!

MI

Inflation: 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha February 9, 2022 posted by

Back in Black… and Yellow: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

Since the world appears to be going crazy with collector prices on RZ350s these days, let’s take a look at another candidate to see what is available in the market right now. The emphasis being what is in the market right now, as in what the current market will bear. And that is the maddening world of collector bikes; it makes no difference that you couldn’t give away an RZ 10 or 15 years ago, or that you could scoop up a top condition bike for under $5k. Today the market on RZ350s is pretty strong, and sellers are expecting more of the same. Thus, for your perusal, a very clean and relatively low mileage example of a 1984 RZ350, mostly unmolested save for some aftermarket Allspeed chambers (which surprisingly appear similar to the stock cans in silhouette).

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is a NO Hidden Reserve Auction… highest bidder will Win!

For sale from my collection is one of my most prize possessions… a 1984 Kenny Roberts Edition RZ350L with 6,134 miles! Downsizing is my motivation and if this doesn’t sell, it won’t break my heart… I know I can’t replace it as these low mile bikes are gobbled up by collectors as one of their most prize possessions.

I purchased this bike out of state in Nov.2005. Even then, low mileage bikes were hard to find. The seller said it was stored and not ridden for almost 15 years and that it was then “refreshed” at a Yamaha Dealership with the request to make it “Run Like New” (as listed on the service order). The service bill was over $1,100 and included coolant system service, carbs, brakes, fluids and complete factory adjustments and lubrication. Some of the parts included 2 new Bridgestone Battlax BT45 tires, brake parts and pads for re-build, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, Carb parts, cables and oil.

More from the seller:
Since purchase, I barely rode the bike but it rode and ran fantastic. Incredible power, handling, braking and simply crisp. Pipe is not super loud and sounds really nice. That was a very busy time for me and it wasn’t long after that I removed the tank and prepped it for storage in my climate controlled garage along with my other bikes. I have not started or rode it in years so it will need to be gone through again should the buyer decide to ride it.

The bike is completely stock with exception of the Vintage Allspeed expansion chambers, New Bridgestone tires (at the time I purchased) and brake pads.

I hope the photos speak for themselves but I think the bike is in Excellent / Very good condition for a bike of this age. There are a couple of blemishes on the tank you can see in the photos but no major dents. The blemishes are just scratches and the previous owner used touch-up paint to repair. I believe you can take this to a professional and greatly improve the appearance. The one close-up photo is the worst spot with a small nick and is ever so slightly dented about 1/16” deep not quite the size of a dime. Underside of the tank is super nice & inside of the tank is also really nice. Just flash surface rust but it has been sealed and stored empty all these years. Overall paint on the Bike is also very nice with only minor imperfections you can see in the photos. Chin spoiler has no cracks and also really nice. I included a close-up of the front fork seal areas which look like new… no nicks or corrosion and I did not notice the seals leaking any fork oil. Brakes still seem to work fine and did not stick while I moved the bike but the fluid should be replaced again. Pipes still have the original paint and there is a shallow dent in the lower part of the pipe near the foot peg you can see in the photo (pic #9).

More from the seller:
I’ve tried to show as many photos as possible even with the tank & seat removed and underside. The seat by the way is in mint condition, soft and absolutely no cracks or tears. Chrome on the rear grab bar is smooth & great.

The bike comes with the original owner’s manual, original key and a copy of the service order the previous owner gave me. It still has the original Tool Kit. No battery as it was removed for storage and gave up the ghost long ago.

If the winning bidder is interested, I have an original vintage set of Toomey Pipes in near mint condition and a very nice Black / Yellow Corbin “Gunfighter ” Seat I will offer for purchase after the sale. I prefer to keep them both but will offer only if the Winning Bidder is interested.

The pictures show a very clean example of the RZ; used for 6,000 miles and change, but certainly does not appear abused. Corrosion and weathering is minimal, and while there is the noted mar on the tank, the rest of the bike looks to be much like it came from the showroom. This No Reserve auction has a starting price of $12,500 – which is actually pretty reasonable given the condition and market craziness. The last RZ we posted (here) has been bid up to just under $12k at time of writing, with a BIN of $18,500. This bike starts at $12,500 with no reserve, and $15k is very likely given recent pricing trends. You don’t have to love the bull market if you are a buyer, but what do you think of the bike? Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Back in Black… and Yellow: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha February 2, 2022 posted by

The Year That Was: 1985 Yamaha RZ 350

Really a bike that needs no introduction, the Yamaha RZ350 had a brief couple of year fling in the States until the EPA shut them down for good. Today’s clean looking 1985 model has been mistakenly listed as a 1984 – however unless you lived in California, the differences between the years were minor and largely cosmetic (for CA residents the years available were cut short as well). Let’s take a deeper dive!

1985 Yamaha RZ 350 for sale on eBay

When released in 1983, US riders were once again able to unleash the ring-a-ding, popcorn sounds of the ubiquitous Yamaha parallel twin. In stock form the RZ was decently potent, although it struggled to match the pace of the 550cc middleweights of the same era. Part of the struggle was due to the concessions made to noise and emissions. Most bikes were quickly modified by adding proper expansion chambers (adding performance and shedding serious weight). Once jetting was dialed for the upgraded pipes (usually accompanied by replacing the restrictive airbox with pods), the buzzy 350 was transformed into a hive of angry bees that could run ring-a-dings with four stroke stockers.

From the seller:
1984 1985 Yamaha RZ 350 Kenny Roberts addition, well taken care of Beautiful clean condition, much cleaner than most, stored in a clean controlled environment, adult driven its entire life, I have original exhaust if you would rather have it then the Toomey chambers that I just put on it last summer, I also I have the original seat or the solo Corbin seat whichever you would prefer, runs like new with rebuilt engine just to freshen things up, was not broke or blown up, no rusty gas tank issues, new tires, new chain and sprockets, this is a running bike with clean title in hand, located in Michigan, local Ann Arbor Michigan pick up or I can help with shipping at your cost rwarrs@msn.com for any questions you may have

When you consider the condition of this particular bike (including the near stock appearance), it is hard to fathom that it has nearly 22,000 miles on the odometer. Clearly someone cared about this little smoker. The seller notes an engine rebuild – which is an excellent idea for a 37 year old two stroke, and much less involved than a similar task on a four stroker. No details on exactly what was done, but one would imaging rings and seals for starters, and assuming that a refresh was all that was needed.

Like everything else in our modern life, the price for a decent RZ350 is getting more and more expensive. This particular example shows very well, and has been bid up over $9k very quickly. That is only half way to the Buy It Now number of $18,500, and there is a reserve still in place. Given the way this bike looks, it might just get there before this auction is over. Check out all of the details here, and then jump to the comments and share some RZ love. Unlikely to ever go through a major recession, the RZ350 will continue to climb at or above market provided that the condition is as excellent as this one seems to be. Good Luck!!

MI

The Year That Was: 1985 Yamaha RZ 350
Yamaha December 9, 2021 posted by

Angrier Bees: 1984 Yamaha RZ 350

The Yamaha RZ350 is just one of those bikes. It wasn’t particularly rare or super fast in the day (in stock form it struggled to compete with the 550s of the day). It wasn’t even super irresponsible for a two stroke, harboring lean burn technology, oil injection, an exhaust power valve to broaden the torque curve, air injection and – of course – the all important catalytic converters nestled in the exhaust pipes. This was the last street-going two stroke sport bike officially imported into all 50 of these United States, making it a milestone machine. The years have been very kind to the legend that is the RZ, and with excellent examples in short supply the values are reflected appropriately.

1984 Yamaha RZ 350 for sale on eBay

Known as the RD350LC in other markets, the RZ350 was pretty standard Yamaha two stroke fare; a liquid cooled parallel twin with reed valve induction and dual carbs. The YPVS allowed the exhaust port to raise and lower depending upon revs, boosting power in the lower end of the RPM range, where two strokes typically suffer the most. A single shock rear suspension, triple disk brakes and minimalist bodywork (including the cafe fairing) completed the tidy package. These were neat and unique when new, showed up in droves at local racetracks, and experienced a “dime a dozen” type of mentality with riders and collectors. They were used, abused, and used some more. Today, they are still relatively plentiful in hacked up condition. But finding a good one – a clean, well-loved example – is getting harder and harder to do. And prices are reflecting the rarity.

From the seller:
Up for auction is my beautiful 1984 Yamaha RZ 350 with matching frame and engine case serial numbers. The bike has 15,692 miles.

This bike has an interesting history. It was owned by Bobby J from Bobby J’s Yamaha in Albuquerque, NM. It is the oldest Yamaha dealer in the US. If you go on youtube, there are videos about Bobby J’s Yamaha and Bobby J himself.

I purchased it from one of his retired salesmen in around 2010. I kept it for a couple of months and then sold it to a friend of mine who I told that if you ever need to sell it then call me. A few years later he did so I purchased the bike back in 2013.

In the time that he owned it, the engine was rebuilt by Jason Perdue, the owner of SMR, in Santa Fe, NM. Jason has built many RZ 350s and Banshees. The engine has about 1200 miles since it was rebuilt. I don’t ride the bike very often, and I am working on selling a few bikes out of my collection as I have too many.

More from the seller:
The bike was tuned for sea level by Chuck “Supertune” Quenzler of Team Scream Racing in Clearwater Florida. He was impressed with the bike to say the least.

The bike has a 370 big bore kit. It has been ported by Jason at SMR, has V-Force reeds, stock carbs with a K&N filter, Toomey pipes, ATK fork brace, rebuilt front end with Progressive springs, rear Works remote reservoir shock, and good Avon roadrider tires. I believe that the radiator shroud is either Canadian or European since it does not have any holes for reflectors. I got it off of ebay because I liked the way it looked better than the stocker.

More from the seller:
It also includes the tool kit. I do not have the owner’s manual. I do have some stock pipes and the stock air box that will go with the bike.

The bike has always been garaged and well taken care of. The body is beautiful shape with no repairs. It has original paint with no dents or dings. No corrosion. No cracks in the plastic. The paint is beautiful as the photos show. Windscreen is original with the sticker still on it. Chin fairing is beautiful.

This is a beautiful RZ for your collection or your Sunday rider. No disappointments here.

The bike is ready to go. It has a clear Florida title in my name.

The seller has also included a video of the bike running here. Sure looks like fun to me!

This bike looks to be in great condition. Collectors may chagrin the mods, but the RZ responds to all the great wake up sauce as any other smoker. That means an overbore (or big bore kit), raising the compression ratio, porting, expansion chambers, etc. It looks like this beauty has had a few of those mods done to it, stoking the hive full of even angrier bees; it looks and sounds like it is ready to to poke the four stroke bear. And as a bonus, some of the stocker kit comes with! Lots of interest on this one, and you can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Angrier Bees: 1984 Yamaha RZ 350