Yamaha RZV500R The 35 year quest...

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by busa1300, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    At a bit of a stand still till it gets above freezing....hopefully Tuesday it will be up to 40 degrees
    I need to use my outside water outlet to clean off the paint stripper and old paint....got a few passes done on the front, but still need to do the rear and fork lowers.
    As well as waiting on my cranks and cylinders to get back and the other parts I recently ordered....
    Sorry but not much else going on or to show at the moment....:cry


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  2. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Just ordered one of these to cover a bit of my tire and wheel today....said the earliest I'll get it is mid March...!!! :dunno
    It's for a TZ250/500, and I think it will look much more the part than the original FZR fender (which I do not have anyway)
    The RZV500R fender will not mount up with the FZR forks without damaging the fender, so I needed something that had the right look.

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  3. EricV

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    Man- I am in awe/envy. Great bike and great work!

    I also lusted- majorly- for one of these way back in the day. On that note I appreciate seeing those magazine covers- I can still recall them vividly.

    As close as I came to scratching the itch was buying a brand new RZ350- black/yellow version. Rode the hell out of it for several years and then sold it. And...so...like so many have said before me: man I wish I knew then what I know now- never should have sold that bike.

    Thanks for taking the time to share!
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  4. asti

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    I've been airborne on the back of one with my mate off the top of a hill one night way
    back when. Ya don't forget that stuff. They are fast.
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  5. asti

    asti Adventurer

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    Busa, you still got the water bottle ?
    Been reading your stuff on the sundial thread but haven't
    caught up for a while. Ive got a k model I've been fixing up since
    Adam was a boy. Your J was one of the best I've seen.
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  6. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    My 72 J model right after I brought it home and first got it running....
    Initially my wife (girlfriend at the time) asked why I bought a bike that had been literally sitting on a dirt floor in a barn for 15 years....it looked pretty ugly with a huge fairing...
    She changed her opinion after I got it cleaned up a bit ....turned into her favorite bike...even matched her toe nail polish

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    Basically 100% correct except for the seat.....J/K model seats in excellent condition are usually $500 at bare minimum....I only paid $800 for the bike when I drug it from the barn.
    I loved it, but after a couple years the crank seals started to concern me, and the pistons were starting to slap a little.
    I parked it for a few years, then decided I would rather sell it for cash to get my RZV, than try and pull the engine for a rebuild....

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    Guy from the UK was searching for exactly what I had while he was visiting family up in Michigan.
    He knew the values in the UK were considerably higher for these and bought it on site......eventually crating it up with a couple other bikes he bought.
    Now restored and living on the southern coastline in the UK....living a life it deserves now.

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  7. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Still have a 72 GT750 J model frame sitting, and an engine under the bench.....but it's a very long term street racer project....

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  8. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Still have my RZ350 I bought used back in 85.....been through a number of changes in it's life.
    But i moved it to the front of the line up and put it back on the road for it's 30th birthday several years back.

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    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    And...as far as the RZV goes....
    I was able the get 95% of the paint off the rear wheel today, so now I need another good day to soda blast the rest of the paint off before new paint goes on.
    And I got the lower steering head bearing off the triple (which is always a total bitch) and ready for new parts when they get here.
    Speaking of parts, my 320 rotors showed up this evening. Will get them cleaned up and get the gold paint off the centers this weekend.


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  10. EricV

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    You’re killing me man. :)

    Keep up the good work!
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  11. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    For your long term street racer water buffalo project file......

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  12. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    The GT750 I’m planning will have no fairing, and be more hardcore than a Dunstal....
    .....crossover pipe, and tail like a TR750, extra frame bracing and rearranging, and way more HP than normally considered streetable.
    The RZV will be like a daily rider, my RGV’s are for fun in curves....the GT will be just to scare myself to the edge of near insanity.
    (I’m hoping anyway...)
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  13. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Cylinders showed up today, so I finally got to put something back together instead of constantly pulling everything apart.
    Cranks should be showing up around Tuesday....!!! Then the real progress will start to show.

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    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Put the head bearings into place today, and got the forks ready to separate (draining the oil and loosened up the lower bolts to get them apart)....lazy Sunday....
    Oil in the forks looked original....good thing I bought new bushings, they will probably need them the way the oil looked.

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    Yikes, that oil looks like low-grade crude!
    A rebuild was definitely in order. The good news though, is that they weren't dry so the sliders will likely be Okay.
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  16. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Wheels are at work and ready to be painted....hopefully tomorrow.
    Got the rotors cleaned up, and decided to shine up the centers instead of painting them the grey I had in mind.
    And....
    Best of all, my cranks showed up...!!!
    Should finally make some good progress by the weekend I’m thinking.


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  17. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    Just found this thread, but I remember seeing a picture in another thread where I could see your 500 too.

    I had an RD500 that I picked up some time in the late 80's. I had someone do some work on the engine, but their reputation was better than what they could actually do. :bluduh When the engine seized again, I started collecting parts to do a more modernized version, using all OEM Yamaha parts (mostly YZF750Sp parts). Then the R1 came out, and the R6, and suddenly all my parts were another generation outdated.

    There is a guy here in town that has a LOT of Kawasaki triples and other 2 strokes. He learned I had the 500, and would occasionally ask if I wanted to sell. I took him up on the offer after a couple years, and he has had it totally redone.

    He has turned up a large stash of 500 parts that were previously owned by Wyn Belorusky. Wyn had an RZV that was featured in several magazines, and he accumulated lots of spares, and difficult to acquire stuff.
    He has recently picked up another 500, so he has several now. Definitely makes me wish I could have kept mine, and done exactly what he has done. :baldy

    This is the most recent one he picked up. It has one of several sets of carbon fiber bodywork with molds made off an YZR500 race bike.
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    This was my bike originally, at Barber last year before it was 100% completed.
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    Brakes and suspension are original, while the Marlboro one is all updated.
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  18. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    The modern parts I’m using to replace the original front end and rear wheel/brake....are very outdated. But that was the look I was wanting, ....keep it oldskool and still ride way better than original....but easy to take back to 100% if ever needed.
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  19. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Painted wheels today
    Last pic looks shiny, but will dry to a semi gloss.

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    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Also put cranks back into case, and attempted to get pistons in....
    .....attempted till the 3rd cylinder, and found out they gave me the wrong set of rings.
    Gave me 1.0 instead of .05 over....
    Not sure if I can just grind it down, or if it is a totally different ring, and I need to wait two weeks or more for new ones.... From Yambits.

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