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1985 Yamaha RZ 500


1985 Yamaha RZ 500 Pictures
A six-speed gearbox allowed the rider to keep the peaky two-stroke within its narrow power range.
A six-speed gearbox allowed the rider to keep the peaky two-stroke within its narrow power range.

The 1985 Yamaha RZ 500 motorcycle featured a chassis formed from square-section aluminum-alloy tubing, allowing for superb stiffness and light weight.

The exhaust system's bulbous expansion chambers helped produce more power.
The exhaust system's bulbous expansion chambers helped produce more power.
An adjustable antidive mechanism on the forks was triggered by application of the front brakes.
An adjustable antidive mechanism on the forks was triggered by application of the front brakes.
The Yamaha RZ 500 loved to rev, as the 10,000-rpm redline attests. The speedometer is in kilometers per hour; the RZ 500 was never officially sold in the U.S.
The Yamaha RZ 500 loved to rev, as the 10,000-rpm redline attests. The speedometer is in kilometers per hour; the RZ 500 was never officially sold in the U.S.

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