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Old 12-22-2017, 06:27 AM   #1
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Oh my, a 1984 RZV500 for sale

If I only had some (liquid) assets...

Just saw this on ADVrider...

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Up for sale is 1984 Yamaha RZV500R, Relatively new, Bike have been stored almost all these year.

The mirrors, manuals… are still sealed in the factory bag
The bike run great, I am only selling it due to Health Issue.

Asking for $13,300
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What a great classic 2 stroke at a fairly reasonable price.

sidebar: Didn't post in "for sale" as it's not mine and not sure if the rules permit that.
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Old 12-22-2017, 06:31 AM   #2
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OOh, that's the one with the aluminum frame....
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Old 12-22-2017, 06:46 AM   #3
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Not so sure these 30+ year old bikes are worth the oohs & ahhs.
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Old 12-22-2017, 06:53 AM   #4
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Not so sure these 30+ year old bikes are worth the oohs & ahhs.
a 2 stroke 500cc V4? I guess you've never heard one.
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Old 12-22-2017, 07:13 AM   #5
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Budman has the Suzi Gamma version. It was a square four; two cranks.
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Old 12-22-2017, 07:37 AM   #6
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Old 12-22-2017, 07:50 AM   #7
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In 1975 the legendary Giacomo Agostini and his then-unconventional "gill-valved," water-cooled Yamaha YZR500 two-stroke dethroned the mighty MV-Agusta Gran Prix juggernaut, ending MV's unprecedented 17-year win streak. Several years later Kenny Roberts gave the marque three consecutive GP titles, and fans around the world dreamt of what riding a 500cc Yamaha racebike would be like.

Skip forward to 1984, and Yamaha brought the dream one step closer to reality when they introduced the 500cc V-Four RZ500.

Inspired by the YZR500 factory racer ridden by Roberts during the 1983 GP season, the twin-crank V4 was the closest thing to a Gran Prix bike (with lights) that you could get your hands on. From it's GP-style full fairing to the water-cooled, four-cylinder two-stroke engine nestled in a perimeter-style box section frame, the RZ500 was a dream-come-true for race enthusiasts world wide, and naturally, it became a highly lusted-after machine ...

... the GP fantasy lives deep within all of us who enjoy sporting motorcycles. To be Eddie Lawson, Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey. To be dicing on the world's most famous circuits with a Grand Prix two-stroke. The RZ500 gives you that feel. A lot of the OW-70's racetrack personality was built into this bike. To experience the excitement, sweeping through curve after curve, the front wheel getting light as you dial on the throttle, hearing - and feeling - that wailing two-stroke exhaust note rising, and the bike still accelerating...

... well written RZ article by Tom Fortune
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:06 AM   #8
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I saw one at Laguna years ago where they put the RD500 motor into a FZR1000 frame. Had the Siamese pipes and everything. Now THAT was bad ass...

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Will there be issues registering that bike in California, since it's a grey market bike? Those were not sold in the USA.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:15 AM   #10
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Budman had the Suzi Gamma version. It was a square four; two cranks.

Fixed...

There were a couple of those and a couple of the RZ racing in the AFM in the 80's. It was a blast to race.
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Budman had the Suzi Gamma version. It was a square four; two cranks.
The RZ500 engine has two cranks as well. The Yamaha had the two cranks on the same level with the front two cylinders tilted forward and the rear two tilted back. The Suzuki looked like two stacked twins with the front cylinders higher than the rear.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:33 AM   #12
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I saw one at Laguna years ago where they put the RD500 motor into a FZR1000 frame. Had the Siamese pipes and everything. Now THAT was bad ass...

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... here’s another one:

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... finally got to see this sweet bike in real life ...

... turns out to have been built by BARFer kpke (Ken) from
a Canada-spec '85 RZ 500 ... City Bike did a write up:

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Yep. We did a li'l story about Ken and his bike(s), which you can read on page 9 of CityBike April 2016 issue (PDF).
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:46 AM   #13
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If you have never been to a Moto GP in the 2 stroke era, you missed out. Wow, it was incredible.

That bike was a dream when I was 21 years old. I lusted after that bike and still to this day would love to have one nestled in my front room like a big decoration.
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Old 12-22-2017, 09:04 AM   #14
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Regarding two cranks: I'm not aware of any gasoline 2 stroke V engines that're single crank. Given that they typically use the crankcase as a means of forced induction, I'm not sure how that would work.
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... RZ 500 ...

... have to admit
I don’t have a clear
understanding of how two-stroke
engines are carbureted ...
disks? reeds?
crankcase forced induction?


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