1984 Yamaha RZV500R
Owner: Randy Wedge, USA Owned for: three weeks
What’s the story? Bought, uncrated, now searching for parts. Progress so far? After rebuilding my Suzuki RGV VJ23, and going through the entire process of bringing a bike in from Japan to the USA and making it legal, it was time for my dream bike. The RZV500R has been my dream since first reading of its existence in 1984, but as a Japan home market bike, I thought it would always be just a dream. I made several half-attempts at buying Canadian RZ500S, but I really wanted the aluminum frame JDM version. I made connections, found a bike for sale that appeared clean with low miles, and with a few very small pictures online, then committed my dollars. What’s next? I’ve yet to start work on it, as I am collecting parts for a complete rejuvenation. It’s got 9885 kilometers showing, but after almost 35 years of life in the garage and on the street, it needs a clean slate before I enjoy it.
Shortly to be reduced to the last fastener for a ground-up rebuild