Yamaha 1987 BW350 Big Wheel For Sale

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Stanwood, Michigan, United States
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Description Yamaha 1987 BW350 Big Wheel

Up for auction is one of those rare 1987 Yamaha Big Wheel 350's.  Since you're reading this, you already know that less than 1000 were brought to the U.S. and how they're coveted.  Mine is clearly been ridden and used.  It is NOT a restoration, showroom perfect machine that now goes for $3000-$4500.  It has many good features and some not so good ones and I'll give as much info as possible.

First of all it does run.  Fired it up daily this week and took it for several spins.  Electric start does work(thank God) and works well with the new battery I installed this week.  Shockingly the front headlight works, including the brights, tail light works but has a crack on the red lens.  Choke works correctly, all five gears work good, and brakes are good ( though probably could be adjusted for less slack in front.) Chain and sprockets still have quite a bit of life to them and winner will receive a free OEM set thrown in the deal.  Also bought the last few OEM rear sprockets available.  I bought a NEW gas tank from Yamaha and was told it was one of the last 3 in stock anywhere in the U.S.  The tank cost $350.00  That's most of the good..you can get on and ride today.

On the negative side, the chain guard is partially missing.  The seat is relatively good but does have rips on the rear corners of the seat.  Biggest issue is the tires are old and mostly worn.  Fine for trails or dirt roads but you'll probably want to replace.  If you ever read the reviews when this bike came out, you'll know these are not the best handling bikes...certainly not good on cement and they're not street legal.  Bike is known for being a beast, very gangling, and you need to be a strong rider to handle it.  Power of the 350cc is immense for this type of bike.  

Bike can be difficult to start sometimes...it's moody.  Very cold blooded..hates winter.  When I leave it in the sunshine on a warm day for an hour, it starts much easier.  Does have a kick starter with a decompression release for easier kick.  Can kick you back if you mistakenly give it gas when kicking.  Electric start is a God send and bike starts much better when battery is fully charged.  Having a battery tender is a must.  Big engine won't turn over well or start if battery is only half charged.  Occasionally float sticks and leaks gas when done riding.  I simply turn gas valve off. Most original decals are gone. I do have the matching white side cover for the side that doesn't show in one of the pictures.  Don't think these were original equipment as they look homemade.

Bike had carb cleaned and valves adjusted last fall.  It suffered from the infamous carb boot issue these bikes have.  Boot was sealed with some kind of rubber sealant to prevent air leak.  It's working well for now.  I know where you can obtain a replacement one and will give you the details.

Again, this bike does run and after warm up does run pretty decent.  But remember, this bike is almost 30 years old and has it's idiosyncrasies.  Hopefully you've owned one of these and know the bike well enough to manage the difficulties it sometimes presents.  They're a beast.  I'm probably being overly hard on the bike but I don't want anyone to think they're getting a brand new bike that runs flawless.  The bike runs but often needs continued maintenance and tinkering with to function well.

Bike is sold as is with no guarantees, warranties, expressed or implied, no refunds or returns.  Most likely you will be buying to continue restoration.  It's a great candidate for that.  Hopefully you're not buying it to beat it to death and destroy what remaining life it has.

Deposit via pay pal of $300 upon winning with balance in cash upon pickup.  If shipping, you must arrange and pay for it.  Payment in full must be made and cleared before bike leaves premises. Ask any questions through ask a question link.  

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