YAMAHA RZ Review & Ratings

THE FIRST TIME… I remember the first time I saw an RZ. It was in a book I had when I was a kid. I can’t remember the name of the book but my stepmother bought it for me when I was around 10 or 11. It had an RG500 on the cover and a load of bikes in it with specifications and the RZ250 was in there, however, it was called the RD250 as it was a British publication. It was a 1985 FN model. I spent the next five years drooling over the bikes in that book, which also included an FZ750, my first four-stroke. I was a pretty good kid, always taught to be honest, but there was a Tamiya model of the 1985 RZ250FN in our local Kmart toy section.

I wanted it – so bad! I ended up picking the box up one afternoon after school and walking out with it! How I never got caught I will never know… It frightened me enough to never steal again! I made the model in my room and kept it hidden from mum, as she’d want to know where I got the money for it or where I got it! I was obsessed by RZs by then. I was around 12 or 13 I’d say…

WHAT MADE IT SPECIAL… The fairing, the pipes, the two-stroke sound I mainly imagined… the look. I was obsessed by 500 Grand Prix and a true Boy Racer in the makings.

WOULD YOU… I did. When I turned 16 I inherited some money from my pop Norm who had left some money for each of his many grandkids. Dad topped it up and we bought a blown-up 1985 RZ250FN from a bloke in Miranda, NSW. $1600.00 but it was rough.

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES… I’d love one now. I have a 1985 RZ125, a rare bike and would love a 250 to go with it. There are plenty around but they are mostly rough as guts. It’ll happen though… Has to be red and white and the 1985 model.

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