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Honda September 25, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2004 Honda RVT-1000R RC51

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Honda developed the 1000cc v-twin RVT ( VTR in Europe ) -1000R RC51 in response to Ducati's domination of the first decade of WSBK.  The model brought Honda championships under Colin Edwards and our own Kentucky Kid, who won the AMA Superbike Championship in 2002.  This 2004 Nicky Hayden commemorative RC51 is a later model with factory and owner improvements.

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Honda updated the RC51 to SP2 specs in 2003, and shaved a few pounds while strengthening the swingarm and tightening up the steering angle.  Power increased to 136hp with the help of whopping 62mm throttle body injectors.  The massive twin-spar alloy frame was brushed for the model update, and received premium 43mm forks, fully adjustable as was the Pro-Link monoshock.  Brakes were 4-piston front calipers over 320mm rotors, with a 220mm disk at the rear.  Weight was under control if not super light, but 77 ft.-lbs. torque helped keep things moving.

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Showing only 6,375 miles, this RC51 has had extensive performance improvements, but looks uninjured.  Sato, Marzocchi, and Penske parts speak to exhaust and suspension tuning.  Flying Nicky's race number and helmet logo, the fairings look great.  The owner states in the eBay auction:

BIKE IS MINT AS SEEN IN PICTURES, The only flaws on motorcycle are left exhaust can has two tiny dings, left Sato peg on edge has small grind mark, exhaust and rear sets were bought used, other than these two listed flaws bike is mechanically and physically perfect, condition 9.9 out of 10, See pictures for details, always garage kept in climate control, paint still look new as seen in pictures 

SEE LIST OF RARE PARTS ON MOTORCYCLE
Sato bonzai slip on exhaust
Aluminum adjustable kick stand 
Yoyodyne slipper clutch
520 chain conversion 15/42 gearing 
Sato rear sets 
Penske rear shock
HID headlight 
Carbon fiber front and rear fenders & carbon fiber radiator scoops 
Power commander with quick shifter, custom dyno map
Marzocchi front end 50mm 
Machinsini forged magnesium powder coated white wheels 
Scotts dampener 
Brembo brake and clutch master 
Tokico radial mount brakes 
Braided brake lines 
Custom rme Robbie motto custom tripe trees/clip-ons 
Galfer rear wave rotor 
Brand new Q3 front & rear tires
Mods - pair delete, flapper delete, soft rev mod, 
Suspension tuned by GMD Computrac
Tinted screen
Fresh synthetic oil change Motul, Motul brake and clutch fluid

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Reviewed as willing homolagation special, the low-production SP2 was improved even as Honda transitioned to 4-cylinder competition machines.  For the weekend warrior, a torquey v-twin can generate a lot more grins than the latest high-revving four.  And likely this RC51 will see an occasional track day and not a full season, it's just too nice.  A lot of good mods, on an updated platform, and cared for, a good combination.  The owner asks $15,000 obo and can be reached at 954-809-8596.

-donn

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Honda September 24, 2016 posted by

In the Beginning: 1987 Honda NSR250R MC16 for Sale

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Although the very last MC28 version of the NSR250R is often considered the most desirable of the line today, with high-tech electronics, handling, and gorgeous good looks, obviously owes its existence and success to the original Honda NSR250R MC16. These are becoming a bit less the unicorns they've been here in the USA up until now, due to a number of enterprising folks bringing them over by the bucketload as they reach 25 years old and become easier to import, although they'll never be common sights here.

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And although it lacks some of the polish and sophistication of the later versions, the MC16 was still a very fast little motorcycle. Powered by an extremely compact, crankcase-induced v-twin while competitors were powered by parallel twins, it also featured Nikasil-plated cylinders and an electronic "Revolutionary Controlled" valves replaced Honda's earlier ATAC system and it was all backed by a six-speed cassette gearbox for quick gearing changes at the track.

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From the original eBay listing: 1987 Honda NSR250R MC16 for Sale

1987 Honda NSR250R MC16 - a real gem!

All original, 30 years young. 7410km (appx 4605 miles). Younger riders beware, do not let the displacement (cc) of this bike fool you. Essentially a GP replica, this twin-cylinder, two stroke, 250 cubic centimeter spitting cobra used to be THE bike on the track. Not only is it the preferred bike of Isle of Man TT riders (Bruce Anstey, IOM TT Classic 2016 champion), this Honda historic icon was notorious for eating over-zealous riders for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The NSR250R is beyond flickable, lightweight (275lbs dry), and is basically on par with a 90's 600cc sport bike. They are no joke, and they are awesome. This is one of the very, very few titled MC16's in America. Don't miss out.

Includes the original Honda key, tool kit, and owner's manual. I am also including the Honda Factory Service Repair Manual in ENGLISH for free!  Has every Honda step and spec, makes maintenance a breeze.

BIKE HAS BEEN REGISTERED BY ME AND HAS A CLEAN, BRAND NEW, WASHINGTON STATE US TITLE WITH MATCHING VIN - THE HARD WORK HAS BEEN DONE, LEGAL TO RIDE IN ALL 50 STATES, EVEN CALIFORNIA!

Please double check with your city and county regulations prior to bidding/buying!

All electronics function properly: neutral switch, speed sensor, lights, horn, etc. Brakes have been bled and pads are in good shape with plenty of stopping power. Fuel tank has been emptied and cleaned.

GENUINE OEM Honda fairings, not cheapy-China replicas. At 30 years old, they do show signs of aging with one minor hairline crack near the right side mirror/turn signal and some scuffing towards the front side, as well as some very minor cosmetic imperfections toward the undersides. No frame scratches or tank dents.

Goes through all 6 gears like a twin cylinder bat, straight outta Hell.

Carbs have been cleaned, spark plugs replaced. Sync'd to the best of my ability. No fork seal leaks. Bike has been clay-barred, hand waxed, and detailed. Bike will need new tires and a final tune-up/walkaround before hitting the road/track. DO NOT RIDE THIS WITHOUT GETTING NEW TIRES FIRST. I also recommend using nothing but ethanol-free high octane gasoline aka "rec-gas".

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The seller is looking for $6,000 for this one, and helpfully includes a pair of videos here and here so you can have some confidence that, even if navigating the DMV proves difficult with this grey-market beastie, at least you know it starts and runs well. It's not perfect, with some scratches and surface rust, but looks like a solid example, and currently features a WA state title.

-tad

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Honda September 23, 2016 posted by

Faired Bros – 1989 Honda NT650 GT

Designed by Toshiaki Kishi as Honda was casting about for a way to bring sporty motorcycling to the masses, the NT650 used a neat v-twin and single-sided swingarm, but stayed affordable.  Though its pricing vs. pizazz didn't lead to a long run here, it was more popular in Europe and Japan, where it had a 400 cc little brother ( the offshore Bros name is a brothers reference ).  The NT650 Hawk GT has a cult-like following now, and the bike presented here leads by example.

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1989 Honda NT650 GT for sale on eBay

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The very compact 647 cc twin uses three valve per cylinder to attain 56 hp, much more was possible when tuned.  In the day, carburettors were less expensive than fuel injection, and the NT650 uses twin 36mm flat slides.  A high-tech / economical mix, it uses an aluminum twin-spar frame holding 41mm conventional forks, and a 5-speed sends the power out to the Pro-Arm monoshock rear.  Single disk brakes, 316mm front and 247mm rear.

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Evidently owned by a serial Hawk fan, this example has a rare aftermarket fairing, and very low miles.  Not much in the way of mods beside the bodywork, and overall it appears excellent.  From the eBay auction:

Thanks for checking out my fantastic 1989 Honda Hawk GT NT650! Everywhere I go this bike turns heads
as it is unrecognizable to most, admired by the savvy and revered by the collectors. Not often seen but admired by all,
this 1989 NT 650 shows pride of ownership. Purchased from the estate of a meticulous collector, this low mile Hawk
looks as good as it did the day it rolled off the floor, only better with the tasteful upgrades made by its previous
owner. I have several of these and this is by far the nicest I have ever seen. Other than the fairing w/mirrors, exhaust and grips
this NT650 is original. I would give it a 8.5/9 of 10. I believe the paint is original but I do not know this bikes  full history.

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Reviewed in hindsight as before its time, the Hawk foreshadowed the standard / naked-sport revolution that followed a few years later.  Helped by the Erion brothers, the model has acquired a following in vintage racing circles, and great mods and parts are still available.  But hopefully this gem won't be subject of too many more updates.  With a recent re-list at a more realistic price, it's just about perfect the way it is...

-donn

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Honda September 22, 2016 posted by

Admit it, you want one: Honda Motocompo units (3) for sale on ebay.

motocompocombine3Let me begin this post by saying I expect some fans of this site may dispute whether a Honda Motocompo should ever appear on this site.  Some will probably even suggest I have  managed to place my head in the vicinity of my prostate.   But the typical qualifications for a RSBFS post are usually some combination of the following factors; technology, condition, numbers/years produced, location and/or historical significance and the Motocompo certainly meets as many of these conditions as a lot of other bikes we post here on RSBFS (ex: 3rd gen GSXR750, Kawasaki ZX6).  Obviously it isn't going to be fast, but damn it looks like a hell of a lot of fun.

Sold for only 3 years , the Honda Motocompo came with a "peppy" 50cc Honda motor but the real appeal of the bike was its folding design with the handlebars, pegs and seats folding into the body, leaving a unit able to fit into the trunks of small Honda/"city" automobiles.  I guess the idea was for places where traffic was incredibly bad (like Tokyo) you park your car at a train station or carpark and then ride this the rest of the way to office.

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Sales were actually pretty good with an estimated 53,000 being sold by the end of production in 1985.  However the Motocompo was never offically imported into the US so having 3 for sale at the same time on ebay us in the US is pretty unusal.

Note:  For a lot of people, the bike is best remembered for its marketing campaign that included advertisements featuring the 1980's band Madness, perhaps best remembered here in the states for the song "Our House".

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Here is the first one, located in Oklahoma of all places.

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Here is the second one, located near Los Angeles

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And here is the third one, located in southern california too.  This one has a link to lots of pictures embedded in the ebay post and there is even a video of the third bike running (embedded below).

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Okay, so now the question - what  is a bike that seems to exist to remind people of Scooter from the 1980's GoBots cartoon actually worth?   Well this is the first time we have put a Motocompo up on RSBFS and were never sold in the US so historical prices are a bit of a guess.  The only other info I found was an ebay listing from back in April of this year with what looks to be a successful bidding price of about $2,000 USD.   Note - it may be that one of these bikes is that bike again, being flipped by the previous buyer

The current bidding/Buy-It-Now prices for these three are all over the place, with the first and second both being offered with prices over $4500 but having Make Offer options.  The third is being sold as an auction with a price as of writing this post of around $1,500 USD...

Personally I think this bike looks like it would be a total hoot to have around the garage/workshop.  Yes I know the chances of it appreciating in value are about as high as Jen Aniston and Brad Pitt getting remarried but collectors are a funny bunch sometimes and you never really know what might pop in value down the road.   Also something like this might be a fun way to introduce a youngster to riding...or maybe cruise around campus...heck, it might even make a good joke to pull on a teenager who has been nagging their parents about owning a bike (Parents: "We bought you a bike!"  Child: "Wow, you guys are the coolest!"  Parents: "Here it is!"  Child: <crickets>).

-Marty/Dallaslavowner


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Honda September 21, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 2005 Honda RC51 for Sale with only 804 Miles!

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Like other forms of racing, World Superbike is designed around a set of rules intended to create a relatively level playing field and encourage a variety of manufacturers to participate. Knowing that simple displacement limits would result in a field full of Japanese four-cylinder machines, the WSBK rules allowed for v-twin motorcycles of up to 1,000cc and triples of up to 900cc, whereas fours could only be 750cc, meaning the bikes made approximately equal power. But in an era before electronic traction control, twins had a big advantage in torque and traction, meaning they could come out of corners harder, and Ducati’s 916 was dominant in the early years. Enter Honda’s RC51.

2005 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

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Many felt the rules for v-twins allowed Ducati an unfair advantage, and that this was done entirely to ensure their participation in the series. Whether or not that was true, Honda had gotten tired of struggling to make their RC45 competitive and switched to a v-twin engine for the VTR1000 SP-1, their follow up to the RC45. The bike was successful, although not as dominant as Honda might have hoped. But it really proved their point: given a level playing field, their bikes could go toe-to-toe with Ducati.

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As a roadbike, the original SP-1 had a few minor issues with handling. According to Dave Hancock, Honda’s factory test rider, the bike’s notorious understeer was a result of the bike being rushed into production. Introduced in 2002, the RVT1000 SP-2 featured simple changes that were made to banish the understeer, including tapered spacers to replace the flat ones used on the front wheel. These new spacers allowed some flex at lean and, along with other minor changes, made the bike handle the way fans had always expected it to handle. Power for the SP-2 was up slightly as well to 133hp, but the bike’s low-rpm fueling was never all that smooth, a result of huge throttle bodies that were great for making power at higher revs and wide-open throttle and not so great for puttering around town. Styling is obviously not quite as sleek as the Ducati 916 it was designed to beat, but the race version was ultimately successful, and that was really the point anyway.

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For sportbike fans, the SP-2 offers up sleek styling, Honda racing heritage, and big v-twin noise in a package that you can have serviced at your local dealer, a big plus in much of the US. And if that appeals to you, it will certainly be difficult to find a better example than today’s Featured Listing.

From the seller: 2005 Honda RC51 for Sale

Here we have the King of V-Twins… purebred Honda race history here…

2005 Honda RC51 VTR 1000, 804 miles, yes 804 miles, lived life inside climate controlled home.

Marchesini rims, Akrapovic full titanium 2-2 exhaust with carbon fiber cans, Scott steering damper, custom rearsets, custom dropouts, Power Commander, full stainless brake lines, new Dunlop tires installed one year ago… Much, much more.

All original parts boxed and included with sale (factory wheels, rearsets, etc.)

Serious inquiries only, this is quite possibly the lowest mileage RC51 in the world… for sure for sale.

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Many owners do like to draw the link between this and Honda's other famous homologation specials by stressing the “RC51” designation, but it’s important to remember that these have nowhere near the rarity or exotic specification of their forbears. Obviously, VTR1000 and RVT1000 are the roadgoing versions of the Honda racing twins, but they’re far more common and likely will never achieve the same level of collectability as the RC30 and RC45. That being said, they are very competent motorcycles and I expect that very clean examples will certainly appreciate in the future.

If you're planning to add one to your collection, the red-and-silver scheme may be more traditional, but this dark paint looks very sleek and flatters the bike’s somewhat bulky lines. The modifications seen on this example are functional, make use of high-quality components, and are easily reversible (the factory parts are even included) if you're looking for absolute originality. Plus this particular RC51 has traveled just 804 miles and has led a charmed indoor life.

-tad

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