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Yamaha November 17, 2017 posted by

Made for Japan: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R

The Japanese home market for sport motorcycles is the stuff of dreams for those of us based in the US. Some of the best and most extreme examples of high-tech performance sadly never makes it out of the country of origin when it comes to the Big Four. Take the V4 two-stroke RZ500 from Yamaha. While the rest of the world made due with a steel framed version of this “GP bike for the street,” the home market RZV came in 20 lbs underweight thanks to a new aluminum perimeter chassis. Because of the limited run (1600 units), RZV frames were all welded by hand. The RZV also featured adjustable front forks (preload available via the top of the trees), a fuel gauge (doubled as the temp gauge) and cleaner bodywork thanks to the deleted grab handles.

1984 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay

While the chassis and components of the RZV are all upsides, the fact that these bikes were made exclusively for the home market in Japan means that they are also restricted in power compared to made-for-export RZs. With some 64 horsepower on tap this is not exactly a tiddler, but a far cry from the 85-88 HP output of the exported model. Thankfully the restrictions are relatively simple to reverse: this engine is starved via inlet (carb jetting) and exhaust restrictor plates. From there, the sky is the limit as there are volumes of knowledge concerning performance improvements from the big, double-crank V-4.

From the seller:
THIS VERY RARE, U.S. TITLED, 1 OF ONLY 1600 BUILT, VERY LOW MILAGE, JAPANESE MODEL 1984 YAMAHA RZ 500R WITH THE ALUMINUM FRAME. IT HAS BEEN IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS FOR MANY YEARS. ORIGINALLY IMPORTED FROM JAPAN BY A PRIVATE COLLECTOR IN 2008.

AVAILABLE ONLY IN JAPAN WITH A LIMITED PRODUCTION OF JUST 1600 UNITS FOR THE JAPANESE RZV’s, ALL OF WHICH SOLD IN WEEK OR SO. THE RZV IS 20 POUNDS LIGHTER THEN THE RZ THANKS TO THE HAND BUILT ALUMINUM FRAME AND THE LOSS OF THE HAND RAIL ON THE TAIL.

YAMAHA WOULD ONLY PRODUCE THE RZV’s IN THERE #1 FACTORY IN JAPAN TO ENSURE THESE 1600 BIKES WERE BETTER THEN ANY RD/RZ THAT WENT TO NORTH AMERICA, ECT.

SO NOW HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN AN AMAZING 1984 YAMAHA RZV 500R WITH ONLY 3200 ORIGINAL DOCUMENTED MILES (5198 KM IT IS A JAPANESE MODEL) ALL ORIGINAL! NEVER ABUSED! NEVER MOLESTED! NEVER PAINTED! ONLY MAINTENANCE TYPE WORK PERFORMED, TIRES BRAKES BRAKE FRONT CALIPERS APEAR TO BE NOS ALONG WITH A FEW OTHER PARTS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT ON OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.

DURING THE VERY HARD AND LONG PROCESS TO OBTAIN A FLORIDA TITLE, I HAD THE IMPORT DOCUMENTS TRANSLATED AND CERTIFIED IN ORDER TO GET THE FLORIDA DMV AND A FEDERAL DOT CERTIFICATION ON THE ORIGINALITY OF THE BIKE, VIN, AND MILAGE. THEY DID THE CONVERSION FROM KM TO MILES FOR THE TITLE TO BE ISSUED.

THE BIKE IS IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION STILL HAVING THE ORIGINAL STICKER ON THE WIND SCREEN AND ONLY SHOWING A FEW SMALL BLEMISHES/PATINA ON THE ORIGINAL PAINT/FINISH. SHE STARTS ON THE FIRST KICK, IDLES AND REVS OUT BETTER THEN MY OTHER RZ’s/RZV’s.
ALL THE LIGHTS AND GUAGES WORK AS THEY SHOULD THE TIRES ARE NOT DRY ROTTED (BUT I WOULD’NT GO DRAG A KNEE WITH THEM). SHE IS READY FOR YOUR COLLECTION, MAN CAVE, OR PARK HER IN YOUR OFFICE OR LIVING ROOM.

AVAILABLE FROM MY PRIVATE COLLECTION ONLY BECAUSE I HAVE 2 AND I AM WILLING TO SHARE.

DONT MISS OUT TELL YOUR WIFE THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH THE RARE LIMITED HARD TO FIND CASSIC VINTAGE BIKES WILL ONLY GO UP IN VALUE EVERY YEAR!!!

The seller here has done some work for US-based buyers. The bike has apparently been titled in the US. The KM clocks have been retained, making riding a bit of a mathematical exercise for those of you who stick to speed limits (1 mph = 1.6 kph), but that is certainly not insurmountable. Of some concern are the originality and age of items like tires, fluids and engine seals. If this bike has not been ridden regularly (and the low mileage indicates it probably hasn’t been), there is a very good chance that the crank seals have become cracked and brittle after some 33 years. This is not a deal killer – just a warning not to spend too much time at redline until a proper pressure test can be conducted. Otherwise, what you are looking at is a a very clean and pretty solid RZV, which is indeed a rare collectable. Pipes look a bit too glossy for my eye, but perhaps I am simply jaded and nitpicky….

This offering is both an eBay auction with an opening ask of $16,000 USD, and a Buy It Now for $19,000. Thus far there have been no bids on the auction side although there are about a dozen potential buyers watching this one. Check it out here if you lust after a clean RZ500 – and remember that this is the more rare aluminum frame RZV-R model – this one might be a good one to check out. Stock up on your castor oil supplies and let freedom ring-a-ding-ding. Good Luck!!

MI

Made for Japan: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R
Yamaha July 30, 2017 posted by

Bargain or Basket Case? 1985 Yamaha RZ500

** Not Actual Bike. For illustrative purpose only.

RSBFS is all about the rare machine in exceptional condition. This is NOT that kind of post. This is, shall we say, an experiment. As many of our readers exhibit extensive mechanical knowledge, how about a rare and desirable bike that requires a little bit of work? Put on your rose-colored “I can see the potential here…” glasses and dive into this 1985 Yamaha RZ500. Long a staple of US-based two-stroke desires, the big RZ is one of the more popular smokers in existence. With great examples capable of eclipsing $20k in today’s market, does sweat equity mitigate the price or is this just another pile of parts? Read on before you make your decision.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Project Bike for sale

Known as the RD500LC in some markets, the RZ500 was Yamaha’s repli-racer knockoff; having experienced tremendous success on the racetrack thanks to the exploits of Kenny Roberts and the PJ1-sponsored YZR500 GP machine, Yamaha hoped to parlay that into success on the showroom floor. Between 19854 and 1986, these 500cc, twin crank V-4 machines allowed street riders to exercise their inner Roberts or Lawson – everywhere but the US. Given the importance of the US market and the lack of EPA acceptance of anything as dirty as a two-stroke, the big RZ did not have a long model life span. Today it is considered rare and coveted by collectors. That is what makes this opportunity potentially (insert rose-colored glasses here) interesting.

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 500 in the works, I have most the parts (approx. 99.7%) including New Aftermarket Fairing kit with some new hardware (Tank cover not included). Windshield, Brakes, Tires, Chain/Sprocket, Wheel Bearings, Rims Powder Coated, Upgraded Hi Performance Ignition, Throttle Cables, Battery, Air filter, Gas Cap, Exhaust gaskets, Oil caps and plugs, Thermostat. Seat recovered. Some of these items have not been installed. Engine starts/runs but only been tested on cap full of fuel. Needs a bit more to assemble/finish YPVS needs setting up/repair. left handle bar cap missing, one mirror cracked. Need seat key/lock Fuel tank refinished in White Main photo of completed bike for reference only.

While the seller claims that the bike is mostly there, restoration experts would warn you that there can be a LOT missing in that final 0.3%. And that only refers to the parts list. Unless you have extensive experience assembling this model, have an original example that you can use as reference or are clairvoyant, you may find putting this puzzle together a bit more work than anticipated. And considering that this puzzle is good for speeds well over the ton, you had better ensure that the pieces are assembled correctly.

The general consensus is when collecting you should strive to find the best example of what you want; the cost of restoration usually exceeds the cost of what you could buy a better example for in the first place. Methinks this may be one of those cases, unless you are purchasing simply because you want a project. If you want a RZ500 to ride, my recommendation would be find one that is ready to be ridden. The seller is looking for $8,200 Canadian (works out to be $6,542 USD) or best offer. Cheap and interesting, or crazy and incomplete? Check it out here first, and then jump back and share your thoughts in the Comments section. Is this a project you would tackle? Good Luck!!

MI

Yamaha May 28, 2017 posted by

CA Fun: 1984 Yamaha RZV 500R

Today we have a bit of two stroke fun located in California. The Yamaha RZV model was built for the Japanese home market only. Notable changes came with the “Z” descriptor, including an all-aluminum frame and a “made to comply with Japanese regulations” restricted output engine. From a chassis and weight department, the RZV is the model you want. From a power perspective, you wanted the export-market RZ500. In stock configuration, the RZV is the more rare of the two bikes, given that it was not exported widely outside of Japan, but any of the big RZs could be considered reasonably rare in the United States (where we sadly received none).

1984 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1984 RZV 500R All Original!
For being 33 years old, this bike is in great condition!
All fluids have just been changed (Motor, Forks, Brake Lines, Radiator) at 5000 km. Brand New Tires!
Bike runs and drives perfect!
5192 kilometers on the dash = 3226 US Miles.
Bike was imported from Japan and sent to California in a shipping container years ago. I have no paperwork. Vin number is available upon request to verify status.

The seller notes fluid changes, but no mention of engine seals. These are the items that are both critical to proper engine function (and longevity) and the more costly items to replace due to the invasive nature of where they are placed. I would much rather ride an old smoker that has old fluids but new seals than the other way around. Thus, it would appear that while this bike has low miles and looks to be in great condition, some maintenance work will be necessary to avoid seizing due to an air leak condition.

This CA located bike is also missing something else that is critical; a title and plates. This may not be a big deal in some states (where a bill of sale will open the door to riding nirvana), but is a potentially huge issue in California where licensing regs are not so lax. CA plated bikes have a gold plating for a reason, and the lack of registration on this one does have some impact to value.

The good side, this bike looks to be in decent condition for the age. There exists the requisite corrosion that one would expect from a Japanese import; this is common to any bike that lives near the seaboard. The plastics look great (with a possible crack on the upper right side panel and a missing fastener which could spell a broken tab), as does the paint and seat. The stock pipes look a bit peppered (or possibly just dirty), but nothing extreme to my eye. Even the wheels look decent, and the bike comes shod with new tires.

The big RZs are the mainstay of the grey-market world here in the US. Values have been solid for the past several years, with truly excellent examples commanding the highest prices. Being all stock is a real plus for this bike; it can only be all-original once. The location might be a positive for some, but the lack of registration and title is definitely a minus. A CA plate could have added another $1-2k to the price tag. All in all, this appears to be a solid example of the RZV breed. The internet does not wholly agree at this time, however: Bidding is just over $6k with a few days to go, and the bike has not met reserve. The BIN is set for $14k – pretty high dollar for the model – so it is possible this seller will be holding out for a while. Check it out here, and then let us know which you would prefer: RZ or RZV? Good Luck!!

MI

CA Fun: 1984 Yamaha RZV 500R
Yamaha May 1, 2017 posted by

Grey Day: 1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA

It’s a “when it rains it pours” type of situation with TZRs here on RSBFS. Given last week’s 3MA model posting from a California location, here comes one from the other side of the US – Florida. Ironically, the seller claims that this one came from California a few years previous. In what small circles do rare bikes run!

1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA for sale on eBay

As staff writer Tad has captured in a previous post of this generation TZR: “The 3MA version of the TZR250 saw the head spun around 180° from what you might expect, with the carburetors at the front where they could gulp fresh air and the exhaust exiting out the rear. This helped solve some of the packaging issues involving the bulbous expansion chambers needed for two-stroke performance, keeping them tucked up inside the bodywork instead of having to route them under or around the engine.” The net effect is not more power – that is unchanged from a conventional head setup – but rather the ability to keep all the bits tidy from front to back. Do not underestimate the difficulty in fitting expansion chambers neatly inside the bodywork. The 3MA was Yamaha’s novel solution.

From the seller:
1989 Yamaha TZR250 Bought a few years ago from California. The bike dose not have a Title and is sold as is. It runs and rides. That said I have not ridden it in a few months. Its in good condition over all. Any questions or pictures just ask.

A no title two stroke is a roll of the dice in today’s world. If you are a US resident, you may or may not have a shot at registering something like this. Being that this bike is based in Florida, I would have thought that was about the best chance you had to obtain a license plate. As always, do your homework with your local DMV constabulary *before* plunking down big dollars. Otherwise, this looks like it would make a pretty sweet track day bike. You do engage in track days, don’t you??

That said, the opening ask for this one is $4,000 USD. The seller notes it has not been ridden in a few months, which means it likely has racked up few miles in the last year. That is a warning for engine seals and other goodies; smokers need to run in order to survive, and old engine seals are a quick trip to a seize and a high-side. Figure a mild refresh in your estimates to be on the safe side – until you know for sure. Only a few days left with no takers. Check it out here, and good luck!

MI

Yamaha November 23, 2016 posted by

11 Out of 10 – 1984 Yamaha RZ350

Evolving from the now-vintage RD350, Yamaha made a splash with the first perimeter frame for the RZ350, along with the YPVS power valve and rear monoshock.  Due to emissions concerns it was short-lived in the U.S., but this example is better than excellent.

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1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

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Yamaha’s 347cc parallel twin is water cooled and has oil metering, making its 50-plus hp at least less troublesome.  An early adopter of catalysts and vapor canisters, the RZ had a temperature warning light on the dash for the cats.  Emissions were also reduced by the YPVS ( Yamaha Power Valve System ) moveable exhaust port, and its rudimentary computer control extended the twin’s powerband.  Elsewhere the bike was well-equipped for the day, with 32mm conventional forks, preload-adjustable rear monoshock, and 267 mm disk brakes disks all around.  The flowing lines of the tank and seat fairing were complemented by the handlebar mounted bikini up front, available in red/white or Kenny Roberts yellow paint.

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Not often seen so original, this RZ350 comes out of Illinois with just under 7,000 miles.  Exhausts have been updated to expansion chambers and mufflers, but elsewhere it’s surprisingly unfettered, and the factory finishes around the bike are beautiful.  Most often seen with a dual seat, this one has the sporty monoposto.  From the eBay auction:

Up for sale is a 1984 Yamaha RZ350 K/R. This bike is in Museum quality condition. Paint on entire bike is original and in like new condition. This bike comes with the single seat option. All dual seat parts are included with this sale. Bike has Chamber exhaust from HVC cycle. Carbs have been jetted for exhaust and a Y boot with a K&N air filter attached. Look, at all the pictures and check out the video attached, lots of info can be had from this. If you are looking at this bike then I’m sure you aware of its heritage and the somewhat rareness of it. There are only 3 minor flaws, 1- the windscreen on the bike has a crack about 1 inch in length. There is a brand new NOS screen in a box that will go with the bike. It has never been installed. 2- The speedo is what I call sleepy. After the bike sits for some time the bike has to be ridden approx. a mile before the speedo will register. This has been this way since I’ve owned the bike. Always works so I’ve left it alone. 3- There is a super small ding in the tank in the very front right side than cant even be seen unless your really looking. Just want to be real honest.  I didn’t see it until I owned the bike for several years. I’ve owned the bike approx. 5 years and have never had a ounce of trouble with just regular maintenance.  The bike is being sold without a warranty and shipping is up to buyer. I can store the bike for a short time in a heated garage.

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Light weight was always the RZ’s unkept secret, fully fueled it was still under 400 lbs., allowing the limited horsepower, bargain suspension and diminutive brakes to work their magic.  Many of the model found their way to the track, or were modified for the street, but the RZ350 presented here has been spared most of that agony.  Likely to continue as an occasional rider or show bike, the original equipment and finishes make this Kenny Roberts edition very special…

-donn

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11 Out of 10 – 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha December 29, 2015 posted by

60th Anniversary Colors – 1985 Yamaha RZ-350 Kenny Roberts

Updated from the RD350 in 1983, the liquid-cooled RZ350 was a pint-sized powerhouse for the company, and though it wasn’t sold after 1986 in the U.S., it stayed another 10 years in other markets.  Yamaha has returned to the Kenny Roberts-era yellow and black for their anniversary this year, but you’ll need connections to get that signature on your new R1 or R6.

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1985 Yamaha RZ-350 for sale on eBay

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Putting a big fun factor in the small displacement end of the dealership, the RZ350 put 60hp under a 375 lb. motorcycle.  The two-stroke twin had oil injection and YPVS, Yamaha’s electrically variable exhaust port which helped stretch the power delivery somewhat.  Each muffler had a catalytic converter, and a temperature alarm to keep the cats under control.  The frame had four light tubes around the engine, a forerunner of the perimeter frame to come.  The lightweight theme continued with aluminum wheels same size front and rear.  Forks are conventional with rear monoshock, and brakes are dual front disks of 267mm with single rear.  The bodywork is beautifully designed, handlebar-mounted bikini with chin fairing trying to send some air over those pipes.  Side covers and seat fairing stretch the color scheme to the taillight.

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The RZ350 on offer looks great for its 30-plus years, with expansion chambers and Rizoma handlebars.  Bodywork appears undamaged and smaller plastic bits appear to be all there, must’ve been garaged a ways from the south Florida sun.  From the eBay auction:

WHEN ONLY THE FINEST WILL DO.  ABSOLUTELY STUNNING ORIGINAL 1985 YAMAHA RZ350 KENNY ROBERTS.  THIS ORIGINAL RZ350 IS AMAZING.  ORIGINAL PAINT.  NEW BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX TIRES FRONT AND REAR.  ONLY 17K ORIGINAL MILES.  STARTS FIRST KICK.  EVERY LIGHT, TURN SIGNALS, HORN WORK PERFECTLY.  THE ENGINE RUNS FLAWLESSLY.  TRANSMISSION IS SMOOTH SHIFTING.  SEAT IS PERFECT.  COMES WITH TOOMEY EXPANSION CHAMBERS.  ANY SPOTS OR MARKS YOU SEE IN THE PICTURES IS JUST REFLECTIONS, THERE ARE NO SPOTS OR MARKS.  TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT ALL 24 PICTURES.  THIS MAY WELL BE ONE OF THE NICEST RZ350 ANYWHERE.

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At least looking lighter than the fully faired F1 model that followed, the RZ350 reviewed as a sweet handler and despite the YPVS, a little sleepy below 5000 rpm, but then pulled nicely right to the 9500 rpm redline.  The peaky Yamahas were wrung out on the street and track, and it’s rare to see one in this kind of shape.  A bargain at more than double the 1985 MSRP, like you needed an excuse to go to Naples this time of year…

-donn

60th Anniversary Colors – 1985 Yamaha RZ-350 Kenny Roberts
Yamaha December 3, 2014 posted by

Hot Yellow Smoker: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

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When it comes to the RZ350, examples fall into three basic groups: Stone stock (the most rare), nicely modified models with tasty pipes and suspension, and rat bikes thrashed within an inch of their poor parallel twin lives and then tarted up for a quick sale (most common). While RZs are climbing in value overall, it is the stockers that have the most collectible value in the future. Lightly modified bikes are nice for riding, but stock will always be preferred in the collector domain.

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1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

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The first thing that jumped out at me was the stock appearance of the exhaust system. The original RZ had a very complex system integrated into the stock chambers which included air injection and a very compact catalytic converter. These pipes were heavy and did not offer the performance of true expansion chambers, but they did allow for the RZ to be 50 state certified – for a short while anyway. Also in attendance on this particular bike is the charcoal canister and a evaporative system (more smog related items, primarily for California). These are parts that usually “accidentally” fall off during pre-ride prep. The inclusion of these two items goes a long way to helping verify this as a stock – and therefore collectable – RZ. The finish on the pipes has more shine than I recall, but that is not necessarily an issue. Your mileage may vary.

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From the seller:
I have an excellent 1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale. It is a low mile bike in beautiful condition. The body work is mint with a deep shine. The frame, motor and chambers look good with only a couple rub marks on the frame like front the seat etch. This bike is part of a collection and is only ridden around the neighborhood a few times a year to keep it running well. It runs, rides and shifts like it should. No known mechanical issues or leaks. It appears to have all original equipment like stock chambers, oil injection, center stand and tool kit. I run the oil injection and pre-mix in the tank. It smokes a bit like that but mostly at startup. Once warm it’s minimal. Even with all the extra oil it never fouls plugs and always starts up. I am not an expert on originality so if something is important to you please ask. The only issues I know of are a clicking noise from the chain last time I rode it and the plastic around the ignition switch is missing. The chain I believe is from s sticky link from sitting. I sprayed a lot of lube to see if that fixes it.

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This appears to be a nearly 30 year old motorcycle in original condition. The odo shows just under 13,000 miles, so I would anticipate some usual wear from the years and the road. The seller comes across to me as a forthright individual, and even notes that a pre-purchase inspection is an option if you are local (the bike is located in Florida). The best part: this bike is priced at a very realistic $6k USD BIN. There is also an auction, with the current bid just crossing $3k with reserve in place. That is very fair money for an RZ. If you like ’em stock, you’d better put a watch on this one. Check it out, and then let us know what you think.

MI

Hot Yellow Smoker: 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha December 1, 2014 posted by

Do you speak Portuguese? 1986 Yamaha RD500LC

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Today we have a true multinational offering. Built in Japan and likely sold originally on the European continent or in the UK, this RD500LC was refurbished in Germany in 2012 and now resides in Portugal. The colors look stunning on this this retro smoker, which just goes to show that there is more than the familiar North American Red/White paintwork scheme. The seller does not share any specific information on this bike, but instead lists cookie-cutter specs lifted directly from Wikipedia. That is a mistake in my opinion, as potential buyers would want to know more about the history of this particular bike as anyone looking at the eBay advert would undoubtedly already know about the general make/model. Still, this is an interesting looking bike; clean and fairly well presented. This auction has only a couple of days left, with the current bid at a paltry $5,200 USD (with reserve still in place). Will this go for a low enough sum to make the shipping worthwhile? Check it out and let us know what you think!

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1986 Yamaha RD500LC for sale in Portugal

MI

Do you speak Portuguese?  1986 Yamaha RD500LC