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 Post subject: RZV500R 30th Anniversary Event
PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 3:18 pm 
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I received this announcement from the RZV500R Owners Club in Japan. Yet another celebration of our beloved V-4's 30th birthday :grin: :grin: :grin: Is there anyone from our forum that may be able to attend? Let us know!!

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Dear Mr. Tom

How are you? I hope you are well.

The time past, so YAMAHA RZV500R was celebrate the 30 anniversary from Japan
sales start.

The RZV500R Owners Club in Japan hold the RZV500R 30th Anniversary Event on
September 27th, at presentation rooms of YAMAHA COMMUNICATION PLAZA, nearby
Yamaha Motors Headquarters.

We want to share the excitement together with RZV500, RZ500 and RD500LC
fans.

///EventSchedule///
Place : YAMAHA COMMUNICATION PLAZA
YAMAHA COMMUNICATION PLAZA's website is here !
http://global.yamaha-motor.com/showroom/cp/
Time : 27 Sep.2014

Come on and join us ! We sincerely welcome your attendance !
If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you for your attention.

Best regards,
Yoshiaki Aoyama
RZV500R Owners Club


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:37 am 
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On Sept. 27th the RZV500R Owners Club in Japan held a 30th Anniversary gathering at Yamaha headquarters. I have finally gathered all the pics of the event and am posting them here. Below is the email sent to me about the event by club president Yoshiaki Aoyama.

I really dig some of those early development pics of the bike, especially the wooden/clay mockup. Cool stuff!! 8-)

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Dear Mr. Tom Fortune & RZ/RD500 Owners Group member!

The RZV500R 30th Anniversary Event was successful !!
Thank you for posting our events information to your site.

It was a fine day, and feeling was the highest.

Many 500 gathered, more than I've ever seen. If you were here, feeling will surely
rise like us.

We promise another celebration in ten years. Everybody of RZ/RD Owners Group,
we are waiting for your participation of next time!

If you visit Japan, please contact us. We welcome you as 500 LOVERS.

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< Event DATA>
Participant average age : 49 years old !!!
The number of 500 : 51 (In addition RZ-RR, 4)
The number of participants : 83

< The original design team (from left to right) >
Mr. Miyoshi Fukuda (riding experiment)
Mr. Masataka Takada (engine design)
Mr. Akitaka Suzuki (engine experiment)
Mr. Takayuki Okada (body experiment)

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Best regards,

Yoshiaki Aoyama
RZV500R Owners Club

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And here we have the intrepid photog, Mr. Yoshiaki Aoyama, head of the RZV500R club! :smt023

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Aoyama-san gives us an explanation of the last photo he calls: "3-hips"....

AUTO STAFF SUEHIRO made 14 replicas of YZR500. SUEHIRO is a famous
custom-made motorcycle shop in Japan. This is the complete model made using the
engine of RZV, and the frame of TZR250 (3MA), and is called TZR500V4. These
three is that!


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:smt038 :smt038 :smt038 :smt038 :smt038 :smt038


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Wow! nice job guy's :smt038

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:00 pm 
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Very nice, a lot of photos i have not seen before :cool:

Great job Yamaha Japan and the RZV500R Owners Club :grin:


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Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic! Thank you Tom. :prayer:


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nicely done ,
i like the blue decal one ,
i guess that wasn't an option in the end,
too much like the Suzuki.

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I like the blue one as well,did you notice they drilled holes in the black part of the left hand rear side panel?

They had a good turnout,never seen so many RZV`s in one place :shock:


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Incredible!
What a treat to see the old design pictures.
The clay model!
And the turnout at the anniversary.
Awesome!

:smt023 :smt023

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Magic!
I'd have loved to meet the engine designers, so many questions to ask!


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Does the Japan RZV500 club have a website we can cruise or is it too much language barrier?

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Not that I'm aware of, Colin. In his emails to me Yoshiaki has never included a link to any sort of "official" website for the club, but I am sending him an email today with a link to this post for him to share with his members, so I'll ask.

I also want to see if there's any possibility of getting our hands on a few of those 30th anniversary T-shirts I noticed a few of the guys wearing... :cool:


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Awesome pics, looks like a great time was had by all!

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Wow how cool , what beautiful pics, love the one of all the bikes lined up perfectly. Wish I / we all could have been there.
Every time I ride my 500 I feel honored and privileged not only to be able to ride it but then take it home and call it mine. wooooo hooooooo

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Spectacular. I wasn't far from there in July on a business trip but was was only free on the Sunday and the museum was closed. If I had been there when that was on I would have gone AWOL. Great pics of the design team cutting the cake, and the old wireframe CAD.
Any bets on how long it takes Steve Jackson to get a wooden engine?


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