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Yamaha August 31, 2013 posted by

Nevada Gold Nugget: 1984 Yamaha RD500LC


Located in the far away town of Elko, Nevada, this two-stroke smoker is one of 3 possible variants of the RZ500 lineup. Most people are aware of the Japanese market RZV500 (with aluminum frame and lower spec motor) and the RZ500 (which was available in Australia, New Zealand and Canada), but did you know there was a third variant? The RD500LC is mechanically the same as an RZ500, sporting different graphics and shipping with different spec rubber – and was the Yamaha point product for Europe.

1984 Yamaha RD500LC for sale on eBay


I just love the RD500 paint scheme. Maybe it is the white wheels (these bikes generally sport gold, black or white wheels), or maybe it is because it is simply different than the standard RZ500 checkerboard livery. Whatever it is, I think it pops on this bike.


From the seller:
Rare 1984 Yamaha RD 500 Two Stroke.

This RD is in great running order. It starts first kick. The mid fairing on both sides have been “modified” with aluminum to hold them tight(see pictures- no idea why you would do that to a rare bike), and the lower fairing piece on the left side is wrinkled, with the paint peeled off, from gas sitting in it for a long period of time. The rest is very clean.

clean, clear Nevada title- no weird stuff


This RD500LC looks to be in somewhat typical, unrestored shape. The fairing work was looks as if it might have been to fix damage – either to prevent cracking of the fiberglass where it mounts up, or possibly indicating the bike had been down in the past. The front turn stalks have been swapped out for low profile units, but this could always be for cosmetic preference…. The bike does look very clean, but as always we at RSBFS recommend you do your homework on any prospective new rare bike purchase.


This RD is available via auction now, and sports a $12,000 BIN. The seller is open to offers, however, so there may be some wiggle room for those of you interested. We don’t see too many with the RD livery when it comes to the big Yamaha smokers, so this is a bit of a rarity. Check out all of the details here, and let us know your favorite: RD, RZ or RZV. Good Luck!


Nevada Gold Nugget:  1984 Yamaha RD500LC
Yamaha August 24, 2013 posted by

Smoke Break: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

Update 8.24.2013: Originally posted in June, this RZ500 is back after failing to meet reserve the first time at $7266. Links updated. -dc


It must be some sort of subliminal messaging, but I feel like smoking. I can’t tell you if my craving is for nicotine or castor, tar or octane. Some sort of speed is definitely in order, however. And I do believe that this particular RZ500 can fulfill all of my needs, cravings and vices in spades.



As has been oft recited on these pages, the RZ500 was released as a GP bike for the street. Never formally available in the US, most big RZs that have made their way to the States have come over from North of the border.



From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 500

All original except for paint. 27000 km,motor was fully rebuilt 5 years ago, Clear US title. Will not disappoint, cannot beat for the price.

A blast to ride. The original GP bike for the street. Runs excellent.


Although the striking livery is not stock, it does make the bike look like the period GP bike that it is. So if you can get near this thing without wanting to light up – or more importantly, without turning into a total hooligan in public – you might want to dig a little deeper. Current bidding is $6,000 with reserve still in place, but the auction is almost gone. Click the link to jump over the auction and check out all of the details on this one. Good luck and hurry!


Smoke Break: 1985 Yamaha RZ500
Yamaha August 21, 2013 posted by

Do you RZ? 1984 Yamaha RZV 500 in Canada


A perennial fan favorite, the RZ500 is one of those bucket list bikes. Never officially imported into the US (but widely avaiable north of the border), the big RZ was touted as a GP replica bike with headlight and turn signals. In truth the bike has often been depicted as a bit more pedestrian than that, although with 500cc of V-4, two stroke power there is much to recommend.

1984 Yamaha RZV 500


From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ500
All Original
Very low miles
Aluminum Frame
Never Raced
Never Dropped
Comes with brand new set of Japanese body work, tool kit

If you want an unmolested and original collectors item, this is the item for you

Reluctant Sale


There is something that jumps out of the seller’s text, and RZ afficianados will see it instantly. The words “aluminum frame” change the game here. RZs headed for North America and Europe had mild steel frames painted grey to approximate aluminum. Only the Japanese home market bikes – the RZV designation machines – had actual aluminum frames. The Japanese bikes also had de-rated powerplants, so the hot ticket is a Europe/North America spec engine and trans in a RZV chassis. Even so, an actual RZV is a rare bike amidst rare bikes. With an aluminum frame and the requisite RZV bodywork, this is an RZ you don’t see every day.


Besides the frame what else makes a RZV trick? The front fork is adjustable for air pressure as well as rebound, there are numerous additional aluminum bits such as brake lever, gear shift lever, clip ons, etc., and the bike came with stock braided brake lines instead of rubber. The report is that when compared to an exported RZ500, the RZV500 weighed in at close 30 lbs less! I’ll bet that shows up while riding.


This bike is available now in Ontario, Canada. Bidding has been moderate, but there is still a ways to go on the auction. The current price is a mere $8,200 with reserve still in place. We do not see the Japanese market RZV machines often, and this is a good opportunity to pick up what looks to be a nice bike. Click the link to jump over to the auction, and good luck with the bidding!


Do you RZ?  1984 Yamaha RZV 500 in Canada
Yamaha July 31, 2013 posted by

Who’s on your fender? 1984 Yamaha RZ350 with signatures


Up for grabs is one really awesome front fender signed by a number of famous racers and suitable for framing on any wall of your house, garage, man cave or hangar. That really cool fender is attached to a 1984 Yamaha RZ350 that unfortunately cannot live up to the promise of the signage up front. All in all it is a neat package, but if you have your hopes set on a museum RZ, best to look elsewhere. The real question is whether or not a sharpie on paint brings any more cash at auction.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay


We have seen very pristine examples of these classic RZs. This bike looks to be an honest 12k+ mile example, complete with weathered decals, some oxidation, a faded dash and the normal knocks and dings that seem to happen to bikes of this age. The seller notes a top-end rebuild and some interesting changes, but basic components remain intact (including the rare and heavy catalytic converters).


From the seller:
What’s up for bid is what I think is a very unique 1984 Yamaha RZ350 two-stroke street bike, Kenny Roberts Special. They only made these for two model years in the USA, 1984 and 1985.

But what sets this bike apart from the others is I took the from fender with me to the Laguna Seca MotoGP races in 2005, which was Yamaha’s 50th anniversary. Yamaha had on hand many of their most famous factory racers. I waited in line for 2 hours each day to get the following racers to sign this RZ350 front fender.

In no particular order:
1. Giacomo Agostini
2. Eddie Lawson
3. Wayne Rainey
4. Randy Mamola
5. Kel Carruthers
6. Steve Baker
7. Jamie James
8. Rich Oliver
9. Thomas Stevens
10. Doug Henry

The bike itself it very stock with only some upgrades to make it more reliable and to replace failed parts (Yamaha dealer installed):
1. Upgraded main fuse box to use automotive spade type fuses which has increased electrical reliability to perfection
2. New stator from RM Stator of Quebec, Canada
3. Rebuilt (3) calipers and added stainless steel lines coated with black plastic to look stock
4. New power valve and motor
5. New top end when I bought it with only 2k miles on the rebuild
6. Oil injection works perfectly and ONLY use Amsoil synthetic oils
7. Radiator and coolant recently flushed
8. Perfect Corbin seat (comfy)

Rides, handles and stops very well. Only 351 pounds with 50 HP. Gathers a crowd wherever it’s parked. Good conversation piece and very reliable.
Don’t miss out on this beauty…I think it won’t last long.


This auction confuses me a bit. This is not a museum quality bike, despite the fact that is has the rare, original pipes – there are too many non-standard changes and damage for that. This is also not a hot-rodded bike – we have seen nicely tricked out RZs that go for a good price due to sano paintwork, pipes and upgraded gear. The signed front fender is a neat bit, but it would still be neat off the bike. In the end, this is just an average RZ – a very desired and rare bike to be sure – but not a particularly special example of the genre.


This auction is on right now and bidders are slowly waking up. In the time it took to write this article, the bike went from zero bids at the $100 opening ask to over $2,000. The BIN is set at $5,975 – which is a bit high for an RZ in this condition, but not morbidly so. If you get lucky on this auction, perhaps you can snag an extra fender from your local salvage yard and hang the signed beauty on your wall as a conversation piece. Click here to check out the signed RZ350. Good luck!


Who’s on your fender?  1984 Yamaha RZ350 with signatures
Sport Bikes For Sale June 3, 2013 posted by

Monday Quickie: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

Just a little teaser for you Monday readers: This RZ500 has only a single picture and not much more by way of seller’s text. Given how rare these bikes are in the US, this just might be your chance to snag one.


From the seller:
1985 rz 500 in great condition. May need carb cleaning from sitting but starts right up as is. Pictures tell the tale. I will answer all questions and can email more pics and info.

This bike is located in East Hampton, Connecticut – a perfect venue for a great summer’s ride. Listed with a starting bid of $8,500, this bike has no bidders as of yet. Ask lots of questions (like where are the front turn stalks?), be sure and request more pictures (or better yet, see the bike in person), and then rocket through the CT landscape on this retro-GP two stroke from the 80s!


Yamaha May 21, 2013 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ500 in St. Louis


With the official start of Summer only days away, here is the perfect tool for enjoying the weather to come. Kickstart yourself a cloud of smoke, and ring-a-ding ding up your favorite canyon road. You will need surgery to wipe that smile off of your face.


the big RZs are fan favorites here on RSBFS, and it is not hard to see why. Never officially imported into the United States, these two stroke V-4s have a rabid following and great potential. Next to a 500cc Gamma, this is as close to a GP bike for the streets as you are likely to find.


From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ500
Old School 2 stroke GP for the street!Imported from Canada,aftermarket performance exhaust,professionally refinished paint.A fun bike to ride,the ultimate street legal 2 stroke.


As with all the bikes we seem to drool over, RZ500s are becomming increasingly more expensive as time goes by. This bike, repainted in good condition and with what appear to be 33,800 KMs on the clock, has a BIN price of $12,999. That is fair money for one of these monsters. The bidding has been moderate, with the auction up to $7,200 with reserve still in place – but a bargain may yet be available. Click the link to jump over to the auction and check out all of the pictures and specs!


Yamaha May 20, 2013 posted by

Need 100cc More? Get an RD 350 (in Germany)

This past week we posted a few rare 250cc 2 strokes, covering brands like Kawasaki, Honda and Yamaha. If your motorbike riding style is less track oriented, you might prefer to have a few more horses under the seat and a less sport focused searing position. You want a naked RD 350! With 60 Hp and an overall light package (you don’t even have a fairing on this one),  the power is enough to pull a wheelie here and there and have a great fun experience.


After all,  this is a strong all rounder smoker. Some say, that the smile factor of riding the 350 is even higher than the one on its bigger brother, the RD 500cc. That would be because the 350cc having cylinders with 175cc instead if 125cc, produces higher pressure, and therefore higher torque, at lower rpm. Also the sweet spot of the engine is broader as the twin is way less complex than the V4. Add the lack of bum heating tail exhaust pipes, and there we go…I also like the naked looks of the RD better the the faired versions. Lacking a refined “Deltabox” type of frame, it is both better to look at and more of street oriented tool.


The sample found in Germany (again…sorry for the US readers) was originally part of collection. Later it was purchased by the current owner who, due to lack of time, is now willing to part from it. The bike is a 1986 model year but was first registered in 1989. With 28.000 km on the clock, it is also 100% stock, including the turn lights and mirrors. While there are plenty of RDs around, sure there aren’t many like this.


How much does it cost ?

With just above 1000 European bucks, you can start to play. With 3 times that, it will be yours, now!

That is good value to me, what do you think ?

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P.S. ever wondered how that Yamaha Power Valve System looks like from the inside ? Have a look at this:

(this video has nothing to do with the fantastic RD above, it is only to show the YPVS in action)

Sport Bikes For Sale February 24, 2013 posted by

Dear Santa: One Owner 1985 Yamaha RZ 500

The RZ500 is one of the most popular bikes on RSBFS, and we love to bring you clean examples of the breed. This particular bike is being sold as a one owner Canadian import with 31,000 km on the clocks.

Update 2.23.2013: Previously listed in December of last year, this RZ500 was bid up to $9,599.99 with no sale (22 bids – showing good interest). Thanks for the heads up Jim. Links updated. -dc

This looks to be an honest specimen; not perfect by any means, but ridden and relatively well cared for. Modifications – if any – are not obvious, although given the mileage a top-end rebuild might be in order soon. Buyers tip: If you are not familiar with two strokes, please do not ask the seller if it smokes upon start up!

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 500 Red with white color scheme. 31,000 kilometers(about 19,500 miles) V-4 two stroke engine with YPVS. one owner bike purchased new in 1985 from the Candian Yamaha dealer.Brought into the USA and registered and titled in the same state since new. Totally original in very good condition with original paint on the tank. The bike shows well and runs very well, once I purchased it, I had all fluids changed, the bike has a new airfilter and battery.

The body work has some small scratches under the grab rail on the back, the body work around the area where the turn signals come out has a small amount cut out of it probably from the bike falling over at some point as the front brake lever is bent. I see no evidence the bike has gone down at speed and the tank is undented and original paint as is the rest of the body work. The first owner who I purchased the bike from was about 50 years old when he purchased it new so it was always owned by an adult, he used it for commuting which how the miles were put on the bike. The YPVS powers right up when you turn the key on and the bike runs out very nicely.

This is a chance to purchase a very rare and exciting motorcycle. The bike comes with the original factory shop manual, the original factory parts microfische, various jets, a copied parts manual. I have a receipt for a new clutch that installed in the past.

The bike is located in Northwestern Connecticut about 75 miles north of New York City

As if to prove that RSBFS is a bellweather to all things cool and desirable, the bidders have turned out for this auction. The current price is up to $8,100 with reserve still in place, and bidding has been moderate. The bike has been listed elsewhere on the internet for $12,500, so it will be interesting to see at what point the reserve comes off. To check it out and get your chance to bid on this one-owner beauty, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!