Tagged: V4

1983 Honda VF750F Interceptor

The first time I remember seeing the Honda Interceptor was in my high school parking lot. More specifically the bicycle parking area. The owner had just committed to the Army and taken any money he had saved up, and bought the newest (at the time) fastest motorcycle he could get. Then rode around town with a t-shirt, jeans, Army surplus gloves, and no helmet. Not sure if he ever made his commitment to the Army. When I saw this 1983 Honda Interceptor on eBay, I saw jeans and a t-shirt, no helmet, riding a wheelie, (or the best at the time) out from between bicycles, into my high school parking lot.

 From the seller

Beautiful survivor VF750F all original. Excellent condition, I would give it somewhere between an 8 – 8.5 on a scale of 1-10 as far as cosmetic condition goes considering its age and I very picky when it comes to things like that. I have taken photos of any cosmetic blemishes I could find which are relatively minor. There is some discoloration and some light scratches on the exhaust pipes (more so on one side than the other) as well as around the instrument switches. There is a hairline crack in the tail piece. With those imperfections in mind, please also keep in mind that this bike has never been down or dropped. All of the bodywork is in excellent condition. The original paint on it is just beautiful. Very glossy with great luster. Please look at the photos carefully.

What you got back in 1983 was very special. With changes in AMA racing, you had to put a bike on the road that was similar enough to the one on the track to satisfy the sanctioning body. Oh and did it satisfy the buying public to. 86 water cooled horse power at 10,000 rpm from a 748cc V4 with DOHC and 4x30mm Kiehin carbs to get the rider and bike up to  138mph. Oh and  15mpg too. These performance numbers were helped by GP inspired fairing, controlled with a trendy at the time 16 inch front wheel and a single rear shock. These numbers were all generated without the 100rpm power band that the previous blue smoking superbikes limited you to.

More from the seller
As far as the mechanical condition of the bike goes I would give it close to a perfect 10. The carburetors have been rebuilt, cleaned, and synchronized by “old school carbs” of San Jose. The gel battery is new. All fluids, and I mean all fluids have been drained and replenished with fresh fluids. Brakes are fairly new as well. The gas tank has been professionally drained, cleaned and coated to prevent rust. 9,800 original miles. Runs better than new. Registered as non operational with the California DMV so no back fees. Clear California title.

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The Honda Interceptor wasn’t only the first modern super bike that I saw, it was the first modern super bike that many people saw. With its integrated fairing, hugely over square engine, developing power through the whole rpm range, the VF750F was something new. It was what everyone looked to imitate, and what  everyone wanted to ride. If you want the original, this 1983 Honda Interceptor is ready for you and your money to part ways. BB

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.

CLEAR CALIFORNIA TITLE W/ CURRENT REGISTRATION

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!

MI

Two Stroke Madness! 1984 Yamaha RZ500 in Australia

For Sale: 1984 Yamaha RZ500

Back in 1984, for the equivalent of approximately $3900 USD, you could walk into your local deal (as long as you were not in the US) and purchase the closest thing to a real GP bike: a Yamaha RZ500. Born as a no-excuses sportbike, the biggest RZ sported a 50-degree v4 configuration, reed-valve induction and liquid cooling. All told, these bikes produced approximately 80 horsepower – while pushing about 430 lbs of bike.

The chassis of the RZ was novel, if not spectacular. Created of mild steel (only the Japanese market RZV had an aluminum frame), the perimiter frame allowed for a compact and tidy package. The front end contained the latest GP-inspired fads: a 16″ front wheel and an anti-dive control (thankfully, neither of these items plague more modern machinery). The forks were sizeable in their day, but laughably small and willowy by today’s standards. And with the v4 and ancillary YPVS hardware, the radiator plus four expansion chambers all taking room inside the bike, the rear shock was relocated down to the bottom of the bike, working in compression.

From the seller:
YAMAHA RZ500 1984 (20 000kms)

THESE BIKES ARE GETTING VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND – ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND IN THIS CONDITION. THIS BIKE IS NOT NEW BUT ITS NOT FAR OFF.

THIS BIKE HAS BEEN RESTORED TO ITS CURRENT CONDITION. BIKE AND FRAME TOTALLY RESPRAYED AND HUNDREDS OF PARTS REPLACED WITH YAMAHA NOS STOCK. THE BIKE WAS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WHEN I PURCHASED IT BUT I WANTED IT IMMACULATE AND SO STARTED THE RESTO WITH MANY THOSANDS OF DOLLARS AND MANY MAN HOURS.

THE LEFT HAND BELLY PAN STRIPE DOES NOT QUITE MATCH (ABOUT 3MM OUT – yes i am that pedantic) SO IT IS BEING RESPRAYED TO MAKE IT PERFECT AND WILL BE DELIVERED THAT WAY TO ITS NEW OWNER.

Our readers over on RSBFS seem to love these bikes – and we are all too happy to find them and post them! For a few examples of previous postings, see HERE, or HERE, or HERE, or HERE. See what I mean. And that is not even all of them.

But what’s not to like? Limited numbers, great performance, outstanding curb appeal and the sort of cachet that only a race-bred two-stroke can offer you. Which is why these bikes can bring good money on the used market. Previous examples have generated significant interest, with some crossing the $10,000 USD mark. This particular bike, with its reasonable mileage (20k km, or about 12,000 miles) and great condition should push that range in the right auction conditions.

This bike is available now on eBay Australia. The current bid is only $5,100 AU (with no reserve), which if my currency calculator is correct works out to be a mere $5,300 USD; a real bargain.

For more pictures, details and your chance to own this beauty, click on the link and . Good luck!

MI