1985 Yamaha RZ500

SOLD FOR: $18,832

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on September 6, 2022

Winner: MikeFlynn60

Winning Bid: $17,600
Buyer Fee: $1,232
Total: $18,832

Description

Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 1985 Yamaha RZ500. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

When Yamaha debuted the RZ500 (known in some other markets as the RD500) in 1984, it was arguably the first production race replica. Built to emulate Kenny Roberts’ YZR500 factory racer, the RZ500 was the closest thing two-stroke enthusiasts had to a GP competitor for the road…as long as you didn’t live in the United States of America. Emissions rules put in place by the EPA prevented Yamaha from selling the RZ500 in the US, so the select few we get to enjoy had to be imported (typically from Canada).

Manufactured in November of 1984, this example is VIN: JYA52X00XFA004323. The owner got it four years ago in an estate sale.

Maintenance:
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us rebuild the forks, install a new battery, replace the spark plugs, rebuild the rear caliper, clean the front calipers, flush the front and rear brakes, flush the coolant, change the oil, install new Pirelli Angel GT tires, and install a new dash swap out the tachometer as the original tach was not functioning. The odometer shows 1,291 miles, true mileage is unknown.

8/31 Update: We apologize, however we had the description wrong. The correct information is: the original tachometer was not working so we purchased a used gauge cluster on eBay:

The used cluster.

Olly only swapped out the functioning tachometer, not the entire dash. The odometer shows 1,291 miles, however it’s our guess that it represents mileage after a previous restoration. True mileage is unknown.

Olly did the work, he notes that the brake pads are at 100% front/rear and that the battery, coolant, oil, lights, horn, and kill switch are OK. There’s also a manual fan switch which was tested and works.

Modifications:
At some point this bike was restored – it’s quite clean and the frame has been powdercoated black.

The front end is off a Yamaha FZR1000.

JL exhaust.

Brembo rear master cylinder.

Manual fan switch.

The oil injection system has been deleted – this bike runs on premix only.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:



It is missing the right side airbox cover.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Pirelli Angel GT tires with date codes of 4421 and 4821.

The sale includes five keys.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Yamaha is offered on a clean Illinois title. Have any RZ500 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1985

Make

Yamaha

Model

RZ500

Mileage

True Mileage Unknown

VIN

JYA52X00XFA004323

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

Illinois

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

Total Bids Placed: 36

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: MikeFlynn60

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
MikeFlynn60 September 6, 2022 1:03 pm $17,600 Auto
MWashington September 6, 2022 1:03 pm $17,500
MikeFlynn60 September 6, 2022 1:01 pm $17,100 Auto
Jamesbrawand September 6, 2022 1:01 pm $17,000
MikeFlynn60 September 6, 2022 1:00 pm $16,600 Auto
MWashington September 6, 2022 1:00 pm $16,500
MikeFlynn60 September 6, 2022 12:58 pm $16,100 Auto
MWashington September 6, 2022 12:58 pm $16,000
MikeFlynn60 September 6, 2022 12:57 pm $15,600 Auto
MWashington September 6, 2022 12:57 pm $15,500
MikeFlynn60 September 6, 2022 12:54 pm $15,100
Jamesbrawand September 6, 2022 4:27 am $15,000 Reserve
gabella September 6, 2022 4:27 am $10,000 Auto
gabella September 4, 2022 7:30 am $9,100 Auto
ducmoto September 4, 2022 7:30 am $9,000
gabella September 4, 2022 7:29 am $8,100 Auto
ducmoto September 4, 2022 7:29 am $8,000
gabella September 3, 2022 5:56 am $6,700
ducmoto September 3, 2022 5:56 am $6,600 Auto
ducmoto September 2, 2022 5:54 pm $6,310
Rok September 2, 2022 5:54 pm $6,210 Auto
Rok September 2, 2022 5:43 pm $6,100 Auto
dischulman September 2, 2022 5:43 pm $6,000
Rok September 2, 2022 4:15 pm $5,700 Auto
ducmoto September 2, 2022 4:15 pm $5,600
Rok August 31, 2022 12:54 pm $5,299 Auto
BIDRIDER August 31, 2022 12:54 pm $5,199
Rok August 31, 2022 9:17 am $5,099
Richny13 August 31, 2022 9:17 am $4,999 Auto
Richny13 August 30, 2022 7:45 pm $4,600
Cpcddcmwn August 30, 2022 7:45 pm $4,500 Auto
Cpcddcmwn August 30, 2022 5:06 pm $2,600
Andyswine August 30, 2022 5:06 pm $2,500 Auto
Andyswine August 30, 2022 4:18 pm $1,100
LoopyGoIrish August 30, 2022 4:18 pm $1,000 Auto
LoopyGoIrish August 30, 2022 12:09 pm $1
Auction started August 30, 2022 11:50 am
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