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The Yamaha TZR250 was manufactured and sold from 1986 until 1995 in three main iterations exclusively for the Japanese market, never being officially sold in the United States. Born out of the RD250, the model evolved from the more modest parallel twin 250 two stroke of the 2MA and 3MA variants to the 90-degree v-twin 3XV version shown here.
In the early 90’s the Japanese manufacturers were in an arms race to create the most advanced 250cc repli-racers for license limited riders and track racers alike. These small quarter liter bikes were very different from the budget small cc bikes produced today to meet the needs of restricted license holders, they were brimming with the latest race bred technology and excellent build quality.
While restricted to 45 HP to meet the Japanese rules of the time, de-restriction and tuning could release a lot more power. The 3XV could even be further modified by using TZ250R race bike engine parts (such as cylinders) to increase power, unlike the Honda NSR250 that shared almost nothing in common with the RS250R race model. Many TZR’s therefore found their way into club racing and local track days proving to be very capable, even by today’s standards.
Yamaha also produced a limited run of SP (Sports Production) models which featured a dry clutch, adjustable suspension front/rear, and several improvements to allow for even more power when de-restricted: cylinders, heads, electrics, and exhaust. Production was limited to 500 units a year and it was the model to get. The SPR bikes (like the one being offered here) took things a step further with a triple YPVS, an addition that gave the engine two extra valves.
This example is VIN: 3XV112103. It came to Iconic as an import from Japan; prior history is not known.
The odometer shows 20,845 kilometers (12,952 miles).
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the battery, the transmission oil, the coolant, and the brake fluid and brake pads. We also cleaned and synced the carbs, serviced the chain, and replaced the grips and mufflers. Finally, we had Olly vapor blast the rearsets, the rear caliper bracket, as well as the front brake rotors.
Olly did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Tire Year – Front: 2019; Rear: 2019
Tire Life – Front/Rear: 100%
Tire Pressure – Front/Rear: 33PSI
Brake – Front: 95%; Rear: 100%
Hydraulic Fluid – Front/Rear: Ok, New
Transmission Oil – Level: Ok; Quality: Ok, New
2T Injection Oil – **BIKE SET UP FOR PREMIX**
Coolant – Level: Ok; Quality, Ok, New
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Turn Signals: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Test Ride: Good, bike operates as intended.
Braided steel brake lines.
It is riding on Michelin Pilot Street Radial tires with date codes of 2019 and 2519.
Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Yamaha is offered on a clean Oregon title. Have any TZR250 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!