Yamaha introduced the YZ490 in 1982 as a successor to the YZ465, though reviews from the first few years suggested it was a great engine paired with underwhelming suspension, fueling, and quality control. Things were quickly rectified with dramatic revisions to the suspension in 1983 and the motor/frame in 1984. 1985 brought the last major redesign with much improved carburetion, strong wheels, a lighter frame, better clutch, and a livery change in the US from yellow/black to red/white to match what the Europeans were getting.
1987 brought some minor updates, including a redesigned head and 43mm Kayaba Travel Control Valve forks.
The metal parts show wear from riding. The seat and plastics look great with just a pair of small chips in the front number plate.
The sale includes several spare parts at the seller’s home that can be separately shipped to the auction winner.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please schedule an appointment for a viewing), this YZ490 is offered on a clean Idaho title. Have any YZ stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments below!
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Continental US: Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.
spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.