1985 Yamaha RZ500

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Yamaha’s RZ500 (also known as the RD500LC) was a two-stroke rocket that was kept out of America thanks to EPA regulations. Only built between ’84 and ’86, it’s now a desirable collector’s bike – and this one’s already been titled in the US.

This was sold as a road bike race rep of the Grand Prix racer YZR500. The 50 degree V-4 engine yielded over 80 horsepower through a 6-speed transmission. For more information, check out RZRD500.com.

This exampe was originally sold in Canada and then spent several years in storage at a dealership. The seller says he “rescued” it, stating that “the bike was completely disassembled and rebuilt in 2018. Motor was totally redone by Bill Wilson of Wilson Performance who specializes in these very unique engines. The bike was restored, but some original plating and finishes were retained, they’re only original once. There are a couple cracks in the bodywork, one by the mirror and one on the bellypan.

Find this RZ for sale near Plattsburgh, New York for $19,900 here on Craigslist.

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Bonus RZ action – have you seen the video Nathan and I created about a RZ500 and R1M?