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Honda July 20, 2018 posted by

Born Ready – 1992 Honda NR750 – RC40

A peculiar bespoke-priced showpiece from the leading volume manufacturer, the Honda RC40 met at the crossroads of rule-bending engine development, enterprise-level manufacturing skill, and large-team design and engineering.  Rarely seen on RSBFS or elsewhere, this example has evidently been enjoyed in Ireland.

1992 Honda NR750 - RC40 ( Ireland ) for sale on eBay

The NR750's engine was a brainstorm response to Moto GP's limit of four cylinders.  Honda wanted more valve area and lower rotating masses, and the V4's oblong pistons ( roughly the shape of the carbon detail on the key ) were their strategy.  With connecting rods, fuel injectors, and four valves at each end of the pistons - RPM, horsepower, and complexity took quantum leaps.  The RC40 was a technical showboat elsewhere as well, with the alloy twin beam chassis, then-new upside-down forks, trick single sided swingarm, and 8-4-2 underseat exhaust.  The fairing is identifiably FireBlade, but surprisingly trim and fabricated chiefly of carbon fiber.

Next time you see an NR750 it will likely have fewer miles than this one, but in the photos ( evidently from a show ) indicate excellent condition.  At least this example has not been relegated solely to the display stand.  From the eBay auction :

Honda NR 750 13k Miles 21 Kms bike is in beautiful original condition. This bike is chassis number 60/200 built. Just had a full service complete with all fluids and a new battery. 

The bike does have a small mark on the screen but it can be polished out.  Comes complete with orignal NR key, Honda stand, Honda toolkit and manuals. I’m happy to send individual photos or video of the bike to any potential buyer. I’m based in Ireland but I do have a purpose built crate for the NR and I can ship it worldwide.

The development of the oval piston engine actually began with a 500 cc race engine, capable of 130 hp at 20,000 rpm.  Unfortunately neither engine conformed to KISS principles and were too expensive and long in development.  Still it's a smashing middleweight and 90's techno-barge, not unlike the Porsche 959 or Ducati's Desmosedici.  Destined like them for the dimly-lit exhibit, and the auction house...


Born Ready – 1992 Honda NR750 – RC40
Honda November 28, 2015 posted by

Honda NR750 For Sale in Virginia

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As rare as the Honda NR750 is, if one was in the market to buy, there are usually a couple to choose from at any given time somewhere in the world. But I don't think I've ever seen one for sale in the U.S. And it's the second bike this week that was reportedly owned previously by Nicholas Cage. Sporting just under 2,500 miles, this NR750 is currently bidding at just over $50k with reserve not yet met and 5 days remaining.


Honda NR750 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

If you are looking at this motorycycle, you know what it is. Once owned by Nicholas Cage. New tires and just tuned. Ready to ride or show. Beautiful condition. Thinning the collection.

The Honda NR (New Racing) is a v-four motorcycle engine series started by Honda in 1979 with the 500cc NR500 Grand Prix racer that used oval pistons. This road going NR750 uses elliptical piston with curved long sides. The bike was originally sold in Austria and is the highest performance version of the NR750. These bikes are rarely for sale. Will not go cheap.

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Honda NR750 For Sale in Virginia
Honda October 3, 2014 posted by

Techno Wonder: 1994 Honda NR750


When it comes to making risky technology bets in the search of performance, Honda remains unparalleled in the world of engineering. Having offered every conceivable engine configuration possible over the years, Honda has always been about reaching further, exploiting rules where possible, and owning the competition. That is where the NR concept comes into the picture. The "NR" designation stands for "New Racing" as racing is what the NR concept was all about. Originally developed as a 500cc V4 four stroke to race against two stroke bikes in the top GP class, the NR500 oozed with innovation. These bikes are often referred to as the "oval piston" bikes. As any reciprocating engine is basically an air pump, Honda knew that for a four stroke to compete with GP two strokes it all came down to valve area. By creating an oval cylinder head, Honda engineers found they could stuff 8 valves into a single cylinder - greatly improving breathing potential. Unfortunately for the NR500 GP bike, Honda also created a monocoque body/chassis to reduce weight and improve aerodynamics. This structure, while innovative, made it difficult for race mechanics to service the still-under-development engine. Ultimately, the GP effort was abandoned, the NR500 having failed to win a race. Not even the considerable riding talents of a young Freddie Spencer could elevate the bike into a top 10 GP finish.


1994 Honda NR750 for sale on eBay


While the NR500 was a no-excuse GP bike, the 750 variant of the NR series targeted endurance racing. Purists will note that the 750 is known simply as "NR" rather than the more popular NR750 or 750 NR - but to each his own. The engine configuration remained as a V4, but the shape of the piston had changed considerably. Where the NR500 piston was a true oval, the 750 pistons were elliptical, having no straight sides. Estimates put power in the 125-130 HP range, with a redline of 15k. Some 300 copies of the street going NR were created for the well-funded members of polite society. At $50k, the NR was the most expensive production motorcycle at the time. But that didn't stop the press from making fun of it. Given the production schedule changes as Honda struggled to cure the oval piston's foibles, many considered the NR to stand for "Not Ready."


From the seller:
Serious enquiries only please, Part exchange possible, Delivery anywhere in the World for a fee, Comes with good cherished registration number relating to the bike which is ( A1 HON ) The bike has been serviced and maintain regardless of cost, Recently fitted with new tyres / Genuine Honda chain and sprockets / All Filters inc fuel filter / Plugs / Honda brake pads / Longlife Lithiam battery etc etc + The bike comes with all documentation in leather bound holder case / Handbook / Original Honda sales brochure / Other liturature / V5c registration documents / Honda Keys x 2 / Original unopened toolkit and Honda cable lock, Please no silly offers as i have priced the bike to sell at what we think is great value


With such a dearth of production, little hope of spares and rebuilds, and the instant collector status of this model, it is no surprise that few NRs grace the pages of RSBFS (although there have been a few). As you can imagine, prices are high. If you have to ask....better bring north of $100k USD to the table. That table, by the way, is in the UK (and translates to 65,000 GBP for those that conduct business in that currency). Check out the pictures, drool a little bit (or a lot), and then let us know your thoughts. Is the NR a "bucket list" bike for you, or is just an overpriced, overweight technology dinosaur from another era? We want to know!



Techno Wonder: 1994 Honda NR750
Honda June 10, 2012 posted by

Rarified Air: 1993 Honda NR750

Location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Miles: 2,485

Price: $94,463


When I was about 12 years old, I remember buying a Tamiya plastic kit of this very motorcycle. I'm not sure why I did so. I've always been more of a car enthusiast, as you can see from my features over at German Cars for Sale Blog and Classic Italian Cars for Sale. Something drew me to this bike though. It was only years later that I realized just how much of a landmark bike the Honda NR750 was. Never intended to race in competition, this was Honda's way of showcasing their latest two-wheel technology. The most obvious feature is the 747cc oval piston V4 engine. Seven sensors and a 16 bit computer controlled the PGM-FI injection. This technology did not come cheap; complex engineering and exotic materials combined to make this an almost $60,000 USD bike when new.

From the seller:

Fabulous Honda NR with only 4000km, two collector owners from new, time wrapped bike in as new condition and on the button. Only serious inquiries.

The engine really does it for me on this bike. It's such a novel idea when you think about it. Mirroring a bit of a V8 engine with its pistons glued together, the circumference is 30% less than comparable round pistons. This obviously reduces friction against the cylinder bores. For those interested in this impressive and very pricey machine, you can click over to the listing here on JamesList where it resides with a bunch of other tempting vehicles, two wheeled and four. I'm also curious, this being my first post on RSBFS, to see what you enthusiasts have to say about this beast.

To give you an idea of what the NR750 looks and sounds like in action, check out this high speed run from Motorcycle News:


Honda July 11, 2011 posted by

Across the Pond: Honda NR750, Suzuki GSX-R750 LE, Ex-WSB Yamaha OW01 For Sale!

First off, let me thank Neal who posted these awesome bikes on the RSBFS Facebook page. You sir, are the man! We have three awesome bikes up for grabs here, all of which are located in the UK. This may be pure unobtanium for us here in the U.S., but these are just too killer not to have a look at.

Check out this 1993 Honda NR750 up for auction in the UK! At roughly $386,000, this isn’t an inexpensive bike. But it’s an NR750!! Honda pulled out all of the stops when building these.

Here is another piece of history with this 1985 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for sale! Looks a little dusty in the photos, but I’m sure it would clean up nice and make an awesome addition to any collection! This dealer also as some more rare bikes for sale.

Next up is an EX-World Super Bike Yamaha OW01! The listing on this item has ended already, but I’m sure it will pop up again soon. This is another piece of racing history that would be fantastic to own.

Thanks again to all those who give us leads on some truly awesome bikes over at the
RSBFS Facebook page!


Honda March 4, 2011 posted by

The Holy Grail – 1993 Honda NR750 oval piston!

1993 Honda NR750 oval piston with 5000 miles in the UK - on sale for 222,000 pounds (approx. USD361,000)!!

I remember very clearly the day when I first read about this bike - it was 1992 (I think) and fresh off the college convenience store (at the corner of Union Street and University Avenue) bookshelf was a copy of Cycle World with a special feature on the endurance inspired NR750 with ground breaking oval pistons (i.e. like a can of spam).

Drooling over those twin seat unit integrated tail pipes, the single sided swingarm, the Testarossa  inspired "cheese grater" side louvers, the F1 style air scoops on the was any 2nd year mechanical engineering students' wet dream.  Especially if it's in the midst of exams and Eastern Canada snowy weather.

Sitting in my then pseudo-girlfriend's apartment, I told her that I MUST have this bike (and how many times have we heard that before?).  The price then was USD40,000 (see, I thought engineers made good money back then - oh how I have been fooled...).

Fast forward almost 20 years (has it been THAT long?) the bike is now selling for nine times the price, which makes the other NR750 that Alex listed a week ago seem like a bargain. It's a two-decade old design, yet the NR750 still looks gorgeous and fresh, although there are cues - the same ones that so mesmerized me back in 1992 - that dates it within the period where the Japanese try to inject "Italian styling" into their design by adding (sometimes) random air intakes and louvers (remember the Suzuki RF600?).  Although in general the end result simply screams of "trying too hard", the NR750 turned out quite nicely and is probably the best looking design of that era.

In any case, here it is:

( WOW ) This has got to be one of the Worlds most desirable Honda Classic Superbikes to own and this particular example is a must have for the serious bike fanatic or collector, ( IMMACULATE CONDITION ) This machine was produced by Honda to show Hondas fantastic engineering skills it has the famous V4 32 valve oval piston engine, Carbon Fibre Composite bodywork and titanium-tinted screen, The engine ticks over with the same V-four rumble as an RC30 or RC45, but open the NR up...different story. Four oval pistons deliver what the rider and then the throttle demands: a noise seeps from deep inside the bike like someone cutting a bass drum in half with a chainsaw but forget the noise riding it is even better the reach to the bars holds the body in a near perfect riding position - you dont hold onto the NR it holds you to leave the upper body totally free of tension and you get this dream like feeling, you can move to any position on the bike with no effort. Its sublime.

Searching our archives, it seems that this exact bike has been flogged on ebay UK for quite a few times before, and with a price tag like that, I'm not surprised that it didn't sell. Ian wrote a very detailed post on this bike before, so it makes for good reading no matter if you're going to Buy It Now or not. I know it's bad form to post the same bike over and over again, but the NR750 is such a special piece of modern day engineering art that I hope the bosses will let this one slide.

However, it's the seller who said it best:"it's sublime."  And that's pretty much what the oval pistoned Honda NR750 is for me.

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