When Yamaha launched the FZ750 in the latter half of the 1980s, they released a bike that was as cutting edge and risky as it was fast. Let’s start with the cutting edge part: A very narrow in-line four cylinder format was laid down at a radical angle to put more weight on the front tire. The alternator was moved above the 6-speed transmission. The cylinder head held an amazing 20 valves, or five valves per cylinder (three intake, two exhaust). Named Genesis, the motor made record levels of horsepower in the day (110 at over 10,000 RPM).
From the seller:
1986 Yamaha FZ750 in very nice original condition with just over 20k miles. The bike starts runs and rides very well and has been adult owned.
This spring the bike had a full tune-up including, spark plugs, fuel filter, air filter, oil & filter and carb sync. There is less than 200 miles on the Bridgestone BT45 tires and new brake pads front and rear.
Last fall the clutch master and slave cylinders were rebuilt and new fork seals installed.
Includes original front turn signals, tank bag pictured, original owner’s manual and factory service manual.
In 1986 Eddie Lawson won the Daytona 200 on a FZ750 at over 160 mph so it’s a fast bike for its day and still has plenty of power to run with modern bikes in the canyons while being comfortable enough for touring. The bike draws much attention and comments but it’s not getting ridden due to other commitments.
This has become a very rare bike and was the beginning of Yamaha’s race focused models.
The FZ was a revelation when it was released, and was an effective weapon on the racetrack. Testers of the day found it to be a bit high-strung, and more suited to the track than the street. Ironically, yesterday’s missle has become today’s sport touring bike – as evidenced by the current owner. Longevity is good on these models, and the design has held up well; this concept grew into the awesome 5-valve FZR1000 literbike.
While I agree with the seller that this bike won some races in its day, one has to wonder about the rarity and value of the bike. These were, after all, mass produced motorcycles from Japan. They are not limited in numbers, and there is no “special” FZ750 model that is worth more than the others. What is special is the bike itself – what it stood for then (and today) – and the fact that it is still a very capable sportbike.
This particular model is availalbe now via auction. From the pictures it appears to be very presentable, and the color-matched lowers are a nice addition. Prices are pretty low by collectable standards, making this a nice addition to any collection. With an opening ask of $2k, this is your chance to check out a milestone bike from Yamaha and have some riding fun while doing so. To learn more, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!
We’ve seen this before on CSBFS as well as RSBFS: The selling off of a collection instead of parting the bikes out individually. Often this is done with a rare and unique collection, or one with a theme. Reference Instant Collection or Instant Collection #2 from CSBFS contributor Brian to see previous posts on this type of activity.
Today’s collection is a little different. These are semi-rare Japanese sportbikes from the 1980s. The biggest draw from this collection is the fact that all the bikes appear to be in reasonable, rideable conditon.
First up is this 1983 Honda CB1100F. We just shared a post on the CB1100F model here on CSBFS, and you can click here to see the previous CB1100F post. This bike looks to be in decent condition, and sports an unknown aftermarket exhaust, some engine case savers, and sundry bits of gold painted/anodized additions. The airbox has also been elimitated via the use of pod filters. See the above referenced post for values on these bikes, but note that as these are mass produced Japanese motorcycles, only clean, stock examples will bring top dollar.
Following in chronological order is this 1984 Kawasaki GPZ Turbo. This might be the rarest bike in the collection considering the numbers produced. The Turbo also appears to be displaying an aftermarket exhaust system, but the rest of the bike appears stock. Modifications to the engine are difficult to spot in pictures, however, so the reader is always advised to ask lots of questions before proceeding. For more info on these Turbo bikes, check out this post on CSBFS or this post on RSBFS.
Next up: a 1984 Yamaha FJ600. Following on the heels of the FJ1100, the FJ6 was a sport motorcycle with an air cooled engine. This was the last of the air cooled Yamaha sport bikes, but still did reasonably well against the competition despite the technology gap. This bike appears to be in stock condition, right down to the exhaust.
The next bike is this second year Kawasaki NINJA 900. Originally thrust on an unsuspecting world in 1984, the Ninja revolutionized the sportbike community overnight. This is a 1985 model, and has a Vance-Hines pipe connected.
The baddest boy in the collection? This 1986 Suzuki GSXR 1100. While not a first year model, the GSXR rocked the sportbike world by offering liter-bike performance in a package not much larger than previous generation 750s. This appears to be a well-kept model, but again is modified with a Supertrapp exhaust and filter pods in place of the stock airbox.
This 1985 Yamaha FZ750 was another radical bike from the mid-’80s. With the Genesis 5-valve per cylinder engine laid down at a massive angle to try to get more weight on the front tire, the FZ750 was successful both in the showroom as well as on the racetrack (Superstar Eddie Lawson piloted one in the day). Like most of the other bikes in this collection, this FZ has an aftermarket exhaust – in this case a slip-on from Two Brothers Racing.
The 1986 Honda VFR 750 is a pretty sought after machine. Part of the reason for this is that Honda, after developing the VFR line for years, put this model on a hiatus. When the model was brought back into the Honda lineup, it had morphed into more of a sport tourer than sport bike. This VFR offers gear-driven cams (gotta love that sound!), but looks a little bit used from the scant photos. Note the grime/discoloration on the engine, stand and exhaust on the left, and possible damage to the cases on the right. Even after all these years, this is one great bike.
Finally, the most recent bike in the collection: a 1987 Kawasaki NINJA 750. The ’87 Ninja was, by this time, a well-sorted machine. It was also unremarkable in terms of performance, styling and collectability. That is not to damn the bike with no praise whatsoever, but it does seem to dissapear into the background when placed in a crowd such as this. The bike presents itself pretty well, although the stain on left side fairing lower is concerning. This is also the one bike in the collection that the seller noted needed mechanical work. The good news on this one is that it appears to be totally stock – making it a survivor.
From the seller:
I am listing a collection of 9 motorcycles that I have been accumulating for a few years. These bikes were bought and put into climate controlled storage. They are all in good shape.. not show room condition. Most will start and run with a battery and carb cleaning. Some will need a little more. The only bike needing to be repaired by mechanic is the Ninja 750 which needs a starter gear. Most have original paint. I have many parts also available. Mileage is between 7-45k. All have clean titles.
What is not clear to me is why sell off a collection in this manner? While some of the bikes are desirable, they are lost amidst the noise of the whole package. Is the goal to make more on one sale versus selling them off individually? Unfortunately, it is impossible to place a value on the individual bikes here due to the lack of pictures and information – who knows how many miles each bikes has, any modifications make, and if any of the stock OEM pieces come with the bikes? Note that there is also a YZ490 motocosser, not pictured here, included with the sale.
This auction is on now, with a starting bid of $14,500 (no takers at the time of this post) and a BIN of $16k. Considering the mx bike as a freebie, the BIN represents roughly $2k per sport bike. Clearly some of the bikes listed here are worth more than that, so this might not be a bad way to get yourself some great motorcycles at a good price.
For more information or to contact the seller with questions, I suggest you visit the auction:
Take a look and tell us what you think!
Subscribe via Email
Never miss an update with our subscription service. Your address will not be sold or spammed, and only our updates will be sent to you.