1984 Yamaha RZV500R
This J-spec RZV is only a whisker away from being finished. Ninety per cent of the resto work has been done: full Stan Stephens engine rebuild, repainted bodywork and myriad NOS parts and rechromed/ plated fasteners. But why, when it’s so close, is the owner selling? We can only assume he’s run out of dosh. He says he’s already sunk £10K into it, and now he’s seeking to get his cash back. A rough 500 can go for £5000, but would you pay £14K for a bike that’s not finished? It’s several grand too much for us.
Gary says: That would be a lot of money for a complete bike so, despite what he’s spent on it, he can’t ask top money because it’s not even running yet. It’s nice, but I think he’s going to have to accept a hit on it. Plus collectors want the RD500 rather than the RZV.
£14K for an unfinished bike? Imagine what he’d want if it was complete