Yamaha RZ500 with California Title!

For Sale: Yamaha RZ500 with California Title

From a sharp reader over on RSBFS (thanks Matt) comes this CA-based Craigslist advertisement for a Yamaha RZ500. Our readership shows a particular affinity for this model of smoker, and it’s not hard to see why. When originally released in 1984, the RZ500 (known as the RD500LC outside of Canada and Australia) was an instant hit. EPA regulations in the US prevented the bike from hitting our shores – but that did not stop a few enterprising folks from legally importing them from up North.

The motive power behind the big RZ is a twin crank 500cc V4 two stroke. Induction is via reed valves, and the Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) is present in the exhaust port to ensure the broadest power band possible. Expect a stock RZ to put out in the order of 85 HP in stock trim, and significantly more in modified form. The chassis is fairly conventional mild steel (except for the Japanese market RZV500R which sports an trick aluminum frame), although the RZ does have a 16 inch front wheel – which was GP-spec stuff back in the day.

From the seller:
COSMETICS: * Upper fairing in great shape w/ Zero gravity windscreen,
• Mid fairing and belly pan are brand new
• Gas tank in good shape w/ 3 pencil size chips
• Rear side panels are in good shape,
• Frame has been powder coated,
• Rims been repainted gold.

ENGINE: * Built by Rick Lance from www.lancegamma.com
• 1-GE CDI/ ignition
• 520 series o-ring chain,
• Petcock replaced,
• Uni-pod air filter,
• Replace fiber glass insulation for GP Carbon fiber Jolly motto pipes,

SUSPENSION/ BRAKES: * Rear RZV adjustable shocks,
• rebuilt fork & springs w/ seals
• rebuilt front and back calipers
• replace master cylinder w/ Nissin,
• Galfer steel brake lines.


Ask for $9000 o.b.o.
Kal @ 415 272 0957

Designed to evoke the Kenny Roberts and Eddie Lawson victories in Gran Prix racing, the RZ500 was a GP replica that really worked. They are highly sought after in today’s market, and continue to bring good money. This bike, found on a San Francisco area Craigslist, is a relative bargain at $9,000 – especially when you consider the California title (Golden State residents probably don’t have to be told how draconian the DMV can be on imported hardware), the recent work done, the Jolly Moto pipes and the Rick Lance powerplant (Rick is *very* well respected in smoker circles).

CL pictures are not the best, so as always, we recommend that you do your homework carefully and ask questions. If all turns out as advertised, this looks to be a pretty good deal on a pretty great bike. Good luck, and tell ’em you saw it on CSBFS!


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