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 Post subject: Mecum --- 3 mile RZ350
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:07 pm 
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https://www.mecum.com/lots/LV0118-315006/1985-yamaha-rz350/


Coming to auction at Mecum Las Vegas January 2018

Only 3 miles on it.

1985 California RZ350NC

Likely to have a reserve price around $20k to $25k I hear...


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:56 pm 
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Coming up for auction this Friday January 26th....


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:38 am 
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That's just stupidity, if those numbers are correct.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:03 pm 
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These were fun, hard ridden, reliable but disposable motorcycles. Cheap and for those on a thin fun budget. Bubble in hard assets supported by loosey goosey access to credit...


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By no means disposable. Crashed hard and still alive. Very simplistic and easy to fix. Tougher to tune for the masses, due to the fact that most who owned them didn't know how to ride them.
There are two dozen bikes I could list off that would be much more worthy of that kind of money (all two strokes). These bikes are so plentiful and parts are more readily available due to all the "upgraded" wheels, forks and swingers.
I understand that they are harder to find now, and that there is a heavy following. I get the fact that they are going up in price on the global market. BUT, seeing the stupidity of some of the pricing and rewarding an owner for not riding a bike? I just shake my head. Something that old and unused, total tear down and inspection with seal and gasket replacement...no, no, no...it won't be ridden anyway.

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evan_calgary wrote:
These were fun, hard ridden, reliable but disposable motorcycles. Cheap and for those on a thin fun budget. Bubble in hard assets supported by loosey goosey access to credit...

Nice pictures to see how an original machine should look. 25k, I do not think so.


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Can someone please post the results here when it sells? They can put whatever sky high reserve on it that they want. I want to see the "facts Jack" when it sells. Thanks. It is a really nice bike though.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:11 pm 
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It just sold for only $11,000!

So $12,100 total with buyer fees.


So kicking myself for not registering to bid.

Woulda been all over it.


Should have brought $15k+ all day.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:23 am 
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A F-ing steal @ 12 k!
Agreed 15k would gave been reasonable.
Mecum, from my observation is the wrong venue for bike's like the RZ, should have done a dedicated bike auction, shit he could have done that good on E Bay, likely better. I sold one 2 years ago, exact same bike but w 10 k on her and about a tired 6 on a scale of 10 for 7k. Mecum from my perspective, as other auctions seems to draw post middle aged frat boys.. desperate to flaunt what they think others care about .I dont watch the auctions anymore, it's kind of disgusting to me. The machines I appreciate, but many of the buyers...not so much. :smt009

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Bottom appears to have fallen out of Triumph market, Harley's were strong. There was a great price on a bimota 400 and a Laverda Formula. Price of the Z50/CT90's was surprisingly high. The small older Euro bikes were surprisingly strong. Saw a RZ500 cross the block for under $10K but likely priced properly as zero info was given, came with cycle world magazine and claimed as a TZ500 with lights (so not true).

Rory, by disposible, I meant the RZ was a cheap bike to start, ridden and bodged together until you could stretch out the last mile. The RZ cup is a great example of this.


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Thanks for the update. It is still a lot for a bike you cannot ride. It will show up at another auction later in the year I bet.


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There's no reasonable reason the bike cannot be ridden? With some basic maintenance...It's straightforward.

If one is buying such a bike for a static piece, then understandable..defiantly buying it to admire visually, not ride.

I'd sure like to have it, but I'd defiantly ride it, ☺️

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