Yamaha Motobike

Discussion in 'Vintage BMX Bicycles' started by Monark52, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. #1 Posted Jun 14, 2010

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2007
    Messages:
    570
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    Cohoes, NY
    Can anyone tell me the approximate value on something like this? Its not what i`m interested in and i`ll probably auction it off soon. Thanks for any help.

    newbikes017-1.jpg

    newbikes018.gif

    newbikes019.gif
     
  2. #2 Posted Jun 17, 2010

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Messages:
    10,209
    Likes Received:
    3,788
    Location:
    The Land of Oz
    Wow. EBay is iffy for bikes because shipping and fees scare people away now. But, I think it is worth at least 50-100 bucks.
     
  3. #3 Posted Jul 11, 2010

    Look Ma, No Hands!

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2008
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Ryderwood, United States
    50-100 That sounds about right. but only because the bike you have is not a Yamaha Moto-bike. It looks similar to one but it is most likely a Ross or some other make.

    Here are a few pics of Yamaha to compare the frames. This is not a stock bike it has a few non Yamaha parts on it. (rims , tires, seat, fender, shocks) plus it is not a stock color. Yamaha's came in yellow and orange.

    Y9-1.jpg

    Y5-1.jpg

    Y6-1.jpg
     
    #3 odds&sods, Jul 11, 2010
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2010
  4. #4 Posted Jul 12, 2010

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2009
    Messages:
    2,915
    Likes Received:
    1,806
    Location:
    Waxhaw, N. Carolina
    Nice bike, Brian!
     
  5. #5 Posted Jul 12, 2010

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2007
    Messages:
    570
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    Cohoes, NY
    I don`t care one way or another but if that`s not a moto bike, then i`m
    Barack Hussein Obama!
    It`s 99.5% the same. It`s probably just a different year than yours. Correct me if i`m wrong.
     
  6. #6 Posted Jul 31, 2010

    Look Ma, No Hands!

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2008
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Ryderwood, United States
    Wow Mr. President! Welcome to this humble website. I had no Idea you were fond of old BMX bikes! Or should I just say "Yes you are wrong" 100% wrong in fact. Ok where do I start? The Yamaha Moto-bike was made for three years 1974 to 1976. They were as follows:

    1974 was the A model it came with a solo saddle three piece pin style cranks with rubber pedals and the lower body portion of the fork was painted to match the frame. The rear fender and chain guard were made of metal and chrome plated. The handlebars were chrome plated as well.

    Then in 1975 came the B model these came with a banana seat and the top shock mounting point on the frame was lengthened to provide an anchor point for the new seat brace. Other than the banana seat and its mounting provisions it was essentially the same as the A model. Except the handle bars and the chain guard were painted flat black instead of being chromed.

    And finally in 1976 came the C model. This last model had many more improvements mainly to save weight. The pin style three piece cranks were replaced by one piece cranks with an “American style” bottom bracket and rat trap pedals. The fender and chain guard were made of plastic. The lower body portion of the front forks were now made of aluminum instead of steel and not painted but left bare. The C models were also shod with a true BMX knobby tire instead of the older diamond tread “Tractor grip” tires like the A & B models.

    Now as far as your frame is concerned Mr. President though similar to a Yamaha Moto-Bike to the untrained eye, to the trained eye it is as clear as the rapidly graying hair on your nappy head that your bike is not a genuine Yamaha Moto-Bike.
    1. The fender hoop at the rear of the frame does not have the very distinctive “kick up” bend like a Moto-Bike All three model years came this way

    2. The brace/gusset that incorporates the top rear shock mounts is friggin’ huge and the wrong shape compared to the B & C models that came stock with a banana seat.

    3. The tubing size shape and overall configuration of the rear trailing arms construction is all wrong.

    4. The front fork is also incorrect as well. I’m willing to bet that if you measure from the center of one fork stanchion to the center of the other fork stanchion it will measure narrower than 5 ½ inches

    5. That wide flat brace welded to the front of the seat tube between the two smaller tubes running more or less parallel to the top tube is NOT found on all three model years of the Yamaha Moto-Bike.

    6. The serial number (located on the bottom bracket) on all model years of the Yamaha Moto-Bike start with J60 (That's jay six zero.) no matter what! I'm also willing to bet your bike does not.

    7. The down tube on your frame is not strait it has a curve to it. do I really need to continue?

    If you had your bike and a genuine Moto-Bike sitting side by side Mr. President the difference between the two would be plain to see. As plain as the flat nose on your face!!

    moto2-1.jpg
    By the way Mr. Obama except for the grips and tires the yellow example is all original unrestored and one of the first 1000 ever made.
    moto1-1.jpg
     
    #6 odds&sods, Jul 31, 2010
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
    nycet3 and pedal_junky like this.
  7. #7 Posted Aug 5, 2010

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2007
    Messages:
    570
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    Cohoes, NY
    Like i said, i don`t give a &#!^ either way. I was told it was a moto bike when i bought it.
    I sold it a few days later and that was the end of it.
    So they made a few minor changes and sold it as a Ross. Big deal. It still looks the same to me and probably anyone else that looks at it.
    Either way, nice bikes.
     
  8. #8 Posted Jan 26, 2011

    Guest

    thanks for the laughs. That was a good lesson to learn.
     
  9. #9 Posted Apr 2, 2011

    Guest

    Odds&soda, can you tell me the value of a real Yamaha Motobike? I believe i came across one today as you describe it, it would be the "C" version of the bike. It is in pretty rough shape, with nicks in the paint, but overall it seems very solid. I will try to post pics later tonight. Thanks for any help!
     
  10. #10 Posted Jul 3, 2011
    want to sell let me know??
     
  11. #11 Posted Jul 5, 2011

    Guest

    Serial Number

    I have a Moto-Bike with all original parts in pretty good shape. I was stolen last week and recovered. The thief had taken the wheels off and was getting ready to paint the frame! I need to get some quotes on putting it back together and I think I want to restore it. My dad bought it for me from a Yamaha shop back in the 70's but I am not sure of the year. Can I find this out from the serial number? J60038973
     
  12. #12 Posted Jul 14, 2011

    Guest

    Nice Bike Dude you sell for 70-150 bucks it's a good price..
     
  13. #13 Posted Jul 14, 2011
    if anyone has one of these for sale please let me know i am interested thanks
     
  14. #14 Posted Jul 23, 2011

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

    Joined:
    May 17, 2010
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    roadway

    looks like a roadway to me. there were a few companies inthe 70s making these. I had one made by raleigh when i was a kid. Incredibly hard to pedal. My neighbor had a stripped down yamaha..fast.
     

    Attached Files:

  15. #15 Posted Jul 31, 2011

    Guest

    i have a A Yamaha Motobike from when i was younger 1974

    May want to sell it
     
    captbob likes this.
  16. #16 Posted Aug 31, 2011

    Guest

    1974 yamaha bmx bicycle

    i have the yellow bmx yamaha moto bicycle i would like to know how much it is worth . If you can help please contact me @ dscottwilson@bellsouth.net
     
  17. #17 Posted Sep 23, 2011

    Look Ma, No Hands!

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2011
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Pekin ,IL.
    Nice Bikes

    I had the yellow one...while I was out in Colorado chasin Forest fires my dad tossed it to the curb......now knowing how rare they are really makes me sick. Oh well those 5 years made a man of me. Now tell me you know just as much about CW Racing Bikes and you will really be my hero Thanks Keith
     
  18. #18 Posted Dec 3, 2011

    Finally riding a big boys bike

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2011
    Messages:
    235
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    browerville mn
    does anyone have one for sale?

    Becauseon motorbicycleing, someone took a '75 silver fox and put a motr in it and I figured that if h could do it s could I. It would be a"dirt"bike
    I don't care about the conditon or brand
     
  19. #19 Posted Dec 4, 2011

    Look Ma, No Hands!

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2011
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    0
    I just sold one Ebay Oct-19-11 21:37 for US $293.00 It was in near mint with some NOS wheel set I put on it. I keep the Motor Mags off of it when I 1st got :cool: Also I gave it full over haul befor it up on bay :D
     
  20. #20 Posted Nov 16, 2016

    On Training Wheels

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2016
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    I will be restoring a C model Moto-Bike for a friend, this winter. I need parts for the forks, does anyone know which parts bin Yamaha raided for the Moto-Bike. Early 70's Yamaha JT-1 is what my friend thinks. Anyone??