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Apr 30th 2016, 02:36 PM   #1
 Red Label Moto's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  all of them
1989 Yamaha TZR250



$4000

This is a JDM gray market import machine that a US serviceman (Navy) imported to WA State in the 90's. He owned it for nearly 20 years. This is the 3MA variant with the "reverse cylinder" engine. A 2-stroke parallel twin with the carbs in front and exhaust poking out the back. Whoa! How does it even work? Lol.

The odometer shows 35000 kilometers which is roughly 20k miles. The engine is believed to have never been opened up. It runs and rides "ok" but bear in mind this is no bike for casual types. It's fussy, loud, smoky, torqueless, irritating, etc. Basically a pain in the ass to own/operate.

You think your Ninja 250R with stock pipes and plugged pilot jets is cold blooded? I LAUGH at you! This GP wannabee/pretender takes "warming up" to new levels of pain/suffering and waiting. I'm not even kidding!

Cosmetically this bike is a mixed bag or shall we say a whole lot of "meh". It does not look as nice in person as in the pics. Scratches on both sides. Dirty and grimy in places. Missing the mirrors, winkers and a couple side panel scoop things. Various fasteners not home. The tank has a dent on the left side. However it clearly has never been in a major accident nor are there any signs of previous track use of any kind. It's been in the states most of its life so it doesn't have that Japan/Pacific Ocean "fuzzy" corrosion going on.

Legit WA State street title/plate/registration.

call/text 206 369 4879
































Edited by Red Label Moto on May 2nd 2016 at 12:44 PM Reason: moar pics
Jun 28th 2016, 04:46 PM   #2
FTW
 
  May 2016
  Tacoma

Does this run premix or oil injection?
Jun 29th 2016, 11:36 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

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Quote:
Originally Posted by FTW
Does this run premix or oil injection?
This model came with oil injection. Monstrous oil tank. System still hooked up and functioning including red idiot light on dash. It lights up and goes out every time you fire the bike to let you know it works.

Its designed to have the warning light come on when there is still plenty of oil to be on the safe side of things. Running with an empty oil tank would ruin your day right quick lol.




Jun 29th 2016, 11:56 AM   #4
 sunofnun's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  renton aka the dirty south

  Suprduke990 / Tiger800 / 625sumo / TE300 / 12wr450 / 03wr450 / wr250 / CB350 / XR100 / CRF50 / TTR50
What a super cool beater!!!!! Haha... Want.. and don't want at the same time.
Jun 30th 2016, 12:59 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

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Quote:
Originally Posted by sunofnun
What a super cool beater!!!!! Haha... Want.. and don't want at the same time.
lol. Yah as beater/rat bikes go one could certainly do worse than this. Over the last month I've been doing a lot of sorting/repairing and other sprucing. This bike will never be a mint showpiece without a complete nut/bolt restoration. However, as a reliable 27 year old 2-stroke jdm market GP-replica rider, it is now essentially ready to go. More to follow.
Jun 30th 2016, 01:09 PM   #6
 Red Label Moto's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  all of them
Finally opened the box of "extras" that every neglected special interest whacko machine seems to have. The box has some tasty bits! the box was dated 2000 as a special order from Japan.

A set of oem gaskets and seals to completely refresh the engine. All still in the packaging. oem factory parts microfiche catalog and factory repair manual.



A fairly complete selection of carb jets (in pairs).



The shifter and linkage that was on the bike was loose and sloppy. In the box was a minty used one with tight joints.



A right side scoop even in the correct body color for the missing one.



Left side still missing.


Edited by Red Label Moto on Jun 30th 2016 at 01:42 PM
Jun 30th 2016, 01:15 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  all of them
I've spent a fair amount of time sorting/cleaning/obsessing on the little guy. Replaced all the missing fasteners with appropriate (if not factory original) ones. Sorted out the mess of wiring under the seat so it does not burn on the pipes. Deleted all sorts of extra brackets and dorky stuff.

Installed rear turn signals from a Moto Guzzi. The bike already had a homemade (but decent) fender eliminator fabbed from aluminum sheet. I came up with a way to attach the 'guzzi sigs in a fairly sano way. All the wiring is proper with no mods to the factory harness.



Jun 30th 2016, 01:23 PM   #8
 Red Label Moto's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  all of them
Front signals are those lockhart cheopos. Meh. They look and work fine. Wiring as stock and tided up.

Also installed some 90's era Ducati SS mirrors I had lying around. The red sort of works. Someone painted these back in the day to match their 'duc since they always came black. Its funny because they are actually Vitaloni baby-turbo mirrors that you could buy at Shucks back in the day for $20 bones. I seem to remember them costing more at the 'duc store.

You can actually see behind you with these. The stock mirrors for this model I seem to remember looked great but with no actual rear view. The 'duc mirrors have such a long mounting base they actually did double duty by stiffening up the weak/cracked faring ears on this little pup.





Jun 30th 2016, 01:25 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  all of them
Brand new CBR600RR horn unit for the inop original. This one is slightly larger but fit perfectly in the stock location after a slight mod to the mounting bracket.

Jun 30th 2016, 01:30 PM   #10
 Red Label Moto's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  all of them
The swingarm is much less filthy now. I 86'd the chain guard and several brackets. I made the rear brake work. Got rid of the silly/rusty protective spring from the front portion of the rear brake hydraulic line. The whole thing looks so much better now.

And no, there is no chance for the brake line to make contact with the tire.







Jun 30th 2016, 01:37 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  all of them
I've ridden the bike a fair amount now. Seems to run better every time. Its still just a rashed up old '250 but the grins are there. Can't decide if its for sale any longer lol.



Oh yah I deleted the rear seat strap too.

Jun 30th 2016, 02:39 PM   #12
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

that swingarm is ultra-badassery. it seems like for more "modern" (90's) bikes they just flipped it over, with the bracing on top (except for the uber baddass ZRX1200R, which is one of the most baddass bikes evar). what a cool bike. I rode a 2-stroke back in the day, a 1979 RD400F Daytona, and so I know about the "fun" of that kind of motor. it's all about the noise - "rrrrriiiiiingngnng ding ding ding ding, rrrriiiiiingngngngn ding ding ding ding, raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! (shift) raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!...trail of blue smoke.
Jul 6th 2016, 12:29 PM   #13
 Tombraider2's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Arlington

Keep that toy or lets start the bidding. $999.00
Mar 3rd 2017, 06:55 PM   #14
 Willow's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Just saw this thread. Love that bike! What's the status on it now? Anymore work done to it? More pictures? Sold it?
Mar 3rd 2017, 07:22 PM   #15
 
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Gaaak!

Last licensed in 2007? Someone let this sit for 9 years?
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