1985 Yamaha RZ500

SOLD FOR: $16,264

Seller accepted post-auction offer.

Sold on April 3, 2023

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Additional photos of this Yamaha RZ500 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).

This example is VIN: JYA52X000FA005027. The seller acquired it in 2015 from a private party in Hamilton, Ontario.

During his ownership, the seller has covered 300 miles. He states that this is the approximate mileage on the engine after the rebuild. The odometer shows 50,072 kilometers (31,113 miles).

The seller reports that “everything was restored to original condition. I kept all the bills. Any rubber part on the bike was replaced with Yamaha parts if they were available. Things still available from Yamaha were bought, eg, front brake master cylinder, chain case, chain, all wheel bearings and seals, flasher light, mirrors, too many to list.”

Per the seller: “Since it was raced it had the incorrect wheels, I got a set of original gold color wheels, also the expansion chambers were removed and replaced with original pipes. The tank was coated on the inside with special epoxy.”

Cosmetic Blemishes:

The seller notes that he “put all new decals on the bike” and that “some minor mistakes were made, which you can see in the pics.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Avon Roadrider tires with date codes of 3014 and 0417.

The sale includes four keys.

The sale also includes a service manual and a box of assorted spares.

Currently located in Goodwood, Ontario, Canada, this Yamaha is offered on a clean Ontario title.

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Goodwood, Ontario













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Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

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Total Bids Placed: 16

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: Tom Denne

After the auction ended, the seller accepted an offer of $16,264 including buyer fees.

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Tom Denne April 3, 2023 4:01 pm PDT $15,200
Fever22 April 3, 2023 3:56 pm PDT $15,100 Auto
Tom Denne April 3, 2023 3:56 pm PDT $15,000
Fever22 April 1, 2023 7:05 pm PDT $14,100
Tom Denne April 1, 2023 7:05 pm PDT $14,000 Auto
Tom Denne April 1, 2023 2:46 pm PDT $12,100
RexJump April 1, 2023 2:46 pm PDT $12,000 Auto
RexJump March 31, 2023 7:12 pm PDT $10,100
Tom Denne March 31, 2023 7:12 pm PDT $10,000 Auto
Tom Denne March 31, 2023 7:11 pm PDT $8,100 Auto
RexJump March 31, 2023 7:11 pm PDT $8,000
Tom Denne March 31, 2023 6:57 pm PDT $4,200 Auto
Jan Ringnalda March 31, 2023 6:57 pm PDT $4,100
Tom Denne March 31, 2023 4:03 pm PDT $3,433
Mudddshark2000 March 31, 2023 4:03 pm PDT $3,333 Auto
Mudddshark2000 March 31, 2023 3:21 pm PDT $1
Auction started March 31, 2023 7:15 am PDT
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