If this bike rings a bell, it should. We first told you about this brand new, never uncrated 1979 Yamaha RD400F back in June 2010, when reader Scott Lees stumbled across it at Britt Motorsports in Wilmington, N.C. When Scott visited the dealership, the Yamaha was resting just inside the front door of the motorcycle dealership, pushed up against a wall and being used as a table to hold racing trophies. At the time, Scott was told it was not for sale at any price. Yet it turns out it did have a price; $21,000, to be exact.
This week's eBay find is a very nice Yamaha XS750 triple that's been lovingly maintained through the years. With just more than 26,000 miles, this bike is as nice as they come and ready for spring and summer riding.
This 1963 Yamaha YG-1 somehow escaped the fate of many small Japanese motorcycles, which seem to have been bought and worn out or wrecked many years ago. The bike still wears its orignial paint and the chrome seems to be in pretty good shape for being more than 45 years old.
Have you been fighting an itch to get involved in vintage racing? Maybe you don't have the right bike for it, or you don't feel you have the mechanical skills to build a bike that would be both safe and competitive. Either way, this week's eBay find may be the solution to your problems. It's a 1980 Yamaha SR500 roadracer that is turn-key and ready to go vintage racing.
The Yamaha TX500 was Yamaha’s first foray into midsize 4-stroke territory, and while initial impressions were highly favorable, the TX500 proved less than easy to live with, perhaps because it was a little too high-tech for its time.
Searching through eBay this week led us to a very cool find: a low-mile, original, unmolested Yamaha R5. Ready to ride and enjoy, this could be a great first classic for a new owner, or a fine addition to someone’s collection of Seventies Japanese metal.
If you thought the 11 brand new Norton Commandos we told you about unearthed in Belgium were cool, you need to check out this story. Instead of a cache of Nortons, Motorcycle Classics reader Scott Lees stumbled across a brand new, still in the never-opened crate 1979 Yamaha RD400F, the last year for this collectible 2-stroke classic.
Fall is here, winter is on the way, and depending on your climate, the time may be drawing near for pondering what you're going to work on all winter when it's often too cold to ride. Though it looks to be in fairly decent shape, this 1975 Yamaha XS650 looks like a perfect candidate for a little winter "freshening."
Do you need a zippy two-stroker for the garage? Are you going to Barber? The current owner of this 1984 Yamaha RZ350 is looking to find a new home for his bike, and he'd be happy to deliver it to you next weekend at the Barber Vintage Festival.
And now for something you don't see every day: Yes, it's a 1962 Yamaha YDS-R factory race bike. We remember seeing this bike at the 2006 Legend of the Motorcycle show in Half Moon Bay, Calif., where it impressed us with it's amazing condition. It also impressed the judges there, winning a first place tropy, and now it could be yours.
The mid-1980s were challenging times for the motorcycle industry. Faced with a changing and constricting market, Yamaha, like every company, took a long look at its products and considered how it should adapt to a new reality. Along with the monster V-Max and the immortal FZ750, Yamaha introduced the Radian, a smaller, kinder, and yes, faster standard for the street.
The 1984 Yamaha FJ1100 certainly caused a stir in its freshman year: “The best large displacement sport motorcycle of 1984, and maybe even the best in its class in the history of motorcycling,” said Rider magazine.
Yamaha's SR500 was a retro bike before being retro was popular. A throwback to the days of BSA Goldstars and other big street singles, the SR showed a whole new generation how great a big single can be both for running around town and snaking down tight backroads.
Our buddy Paul Crowe over at The Kneeslider (www.thekneeslider.com) has the info V-Max lovers have been waiting for: yes, finally, a photo of the new-for-2009 Yamaha V-Max! It's taken Yamaha quite a while to get to this point, but by our eyes, it was worth the wait!
This week's eBay searching put us in a two-stroke mood, and what better way to scratch that itch than a Yamaha RD400? This one looks like it has lead a pretty easy life, and it's been sympathetically restored and looks ready to ride.
In 1985, the brand-new 1,198cc, 70-degree V4 monster Yamaha V-Max was an unapologetic two-wheeled hot-rod. It was the undisputed king of the boulevard, and the most American bike ever to come out of Japan. Virtually unchanged 22 years later, it still may be.