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Honda February 23, 2018 posted by

Very Clean, Very Sharp: 1991 Honda NSR250R MC21 for Sale

The flood of grey-market imports shows no sign of abating and prices, although they haven't been increasing at the same rate as they were, also show no signs of actually decreasing anytime soon. What's the appeal of little two-stroke sportbikes like this Honda NSR250R? Well, power may not be all that impressive on paper: just 45 claimed horses for the restricted versions available in the Japanese market, although they can be derestricted and easily tuned for more power, depending on your budget and willingness to get the thing rebuilt when it blows up...

But 50 or 60hp in a sub-300lb package means agility undreamed of by modern machines, and they're packed with all sorts of technology that was cutting edge at the time. And the peaky little powerplants require skill and involvement to use properly, and they make you work a bit for your speed. Sure, it's cool to run your favorite canyon road in one gear on a large-displacement four-stroke, but your left foot will never get bored riding one of these little things...

Even though these are now much more readily available here in the US, it can be tricky to find really nice examples. They aren't seen as particularly rare or exotic in their home market and were bought and used for their intended purpose: canyon and trackday hooning by aspiring racers emulating their GP heroes. They had cutting-edge technology, but were always relatively affordable, and 80s and 90s Japanese build quality meant that, even when well-maintained, they can get a little scruffy around the edges.

Many of these we've featured show signs of surface corrosion that often leads commenters to claim that the low miles must be a lie, but a bike stored outside, even under cover, in a salt-air environment leads to just that kind of deterioration, and many "original" bikes will need some cosmetic attention if you want their looks to match their mileage, now that these have graduated from "cheap thrasher" to "exotic, two-stroke collectible." Luckily, that doesn't seem to be the case here.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Honda NSR250R MC21 for Sale

1991 Honda NSR250R MC21 that is a blast to ride with all the intoxicating noises and smells you only get with a 2-stroke. 22,467 kms (13,960 miles). All original except for the front fender, re-painted OEM fuel tank and rear-view mirrors. A great running bike (see YouTube vid) and very well sorted cosmetically considering its age. The bike does has some scratches and touch-up spots here and there as one can expect for being 27 years old and having traveled half-way around the world. The frame is in excellent condition with little to no pitting or corrosion marks. Fuel tank is also in excellent condition with fresh paint and is rust free inside.

All fluids are fresh and fork seals were replace in Jan 2017. Tires are Conti Sport Attack 2s were also replaced in Jan 2017 and have only 1,500 miles on them. Battery is new as of Jan. 2017 and was on a Battery Tender when bike was not in use.

This NSR250R was imported legally and comes with a VIN matching Maryland State title and 3 keys.

Sold as-is and buyer is responsible for shipping or pickup. I will assist as much as I can if shipping is needed and can recommend a couple shippers I have worked with.

Please email with any questions before bidding. While I am certain the buyer will be happy I want to make sure all questions and concerns are dealt with before hand.

This NSR250R has managed to avoid that particular problem and, aside from some pretty minor wear, looks to be in excellent condition. A couple bits are, as the seller mentioned, repainted, but there's no shame in that on a bike nearly 30 years old. The seller includes a nice video of the bike being started and running, which is always nice. With a clean title, the $7,250 asking price seems pretty fair, but there are no takers as yet and there is very little time left on the auction.


Very Clean, Very Sharp: 1991 Honda NSR250R MC21 for Sale
Honda September 1, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NSR250 MC21

The Honda NSR250R is THE iconic grey-market two stroke. Featuring legendary Honda build quality and infused with the kind of technology only Honda could deliver, the MC21 variant features a 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin connected to a six-speed cassette-style gearbox (indicating the track intentions of the bike). Fueling - as with all successful two strokes (here's looking at you, Bimota) - was via carburetor, however Honda over-delivered on the technological advancement of the ignition system. Dubbed the PGM-III, the MC21 is able to modify the ignition curve and exhaust valving for each cylinder based on a number of parameters including throttle position, number of revs and which gear has been selected.

1990 Honda NSR250 MC21 for sale on eBay

On the chassis side an aluminum perimeter beam frame cradles the power train and tranny, while out back a trick, asymmetrical swing arm features a "gull arm" section on the right side to provide clearance for the expansion chamber. This was all copied from Luca Cadalora's race-winning NSR250 GP bike. The rear wheel was changed from a 18" to 17" (4.5" wide) for better rubber selection. Bodywork was mainly an evolution of the MC18, although small changes were made to accommodate the new machine. Colors were either red/white, blue/white or the striking red/black that we see here.

From the seller:
Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a very nice 1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 with only 5,545 kilometers (3445 miles). This NSR is in beautiful condition with only one crack in the left side fairing. There are scratches and handling marks throughout the bike from its ride thru life but No dents in the tank. The bodywork is in original condition and would make a great candidate for restoration since it has such low miles. Honda bodywork is 100% genuine with aftermarket windscreen. Engine is stock. Bike runs like the day it was new. Just serviced and comes with new battery and engine fluids. Selling cheap, everything must go!

This MC21 looks very good for the most part, and sports surprisingly low miles on the all KM clocks (a reminder that this is an import). There does seem to exist some light corrosion & pitting seen on home market imports; life in Japan for a motorcycle is not a pampered affair due to continual exposure to sea air and the elements. However this bike looks to be in better condition than many that come right off the boat. There is some fairing damage which might keep it out of a museum, but nothing that would preclude one from riding the heck out of this smoking rocket. Check out the pictures carefully - the seller has provided a large number of high-res images to ensure prospective buyers know what they are getting. It's also house-trained!

This bike is located in Utah; the the seller/locale is likely familiar for regular readers of RSBFS. Gary continues to thin out his impressive collection of rare, imported sport bikes, many which have been featured right here on these pages. Check out this 1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 here - this no reserve auction is underway and should not be missed if you are in the market for a rare Honda smoker. Don't forget to check out some of Gary's other auctions as well; not all of his rare bikes make it to RSBFS. Good luck, and thank you for smoking!


Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NSR250 MC21
Honda June 25, 2017 posted by

Ride or Restore: 1993 Honda NSR250R SP MC21 for Sale

Some motorcycle enthusiasts are looking for a perfect, time-capsule example of their favorite bikes. Me? I'm glad perfect examples are out there for collectors, but I want something I can ride and enjoy without being worried that a tip-over or low-side or just a few extra miles on the odometer will destroy the value of some pristine collectible. Today's Honda NSR250R SP is a little rough around the edges, with some scratches and scuffs, but it seems like an honest bike, and very solid mechanically.

The NSR250 featured Honda's familiar 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin with a six-speed "cassette" gearbox that allowed owners [or pit crews] to rapidly swap out gearsets to suit different race tracks. Obviously not all that useful on a road bike, but still pretty slick. The NSR may have sucked fuel through a set of carburetors, but it used a very sophisticated PGM-III system that controlled the bike's ignition based on throttle-position, revs, and gear selection.

This particular NSR250R is the desirable MC21 version of Honda's agile two-stroke, as indicated by the asymmetrical "gull-arm" aluminum swing arm that curves on the left-hand side to clear the exhaust's expansion chambers to maximize cornering clearance. The swingarm looks very trick, but helps make the MC21 a little bit heavier than the MC18 that preceded it. Dry weight is still under 300lbs, so even the bike's artificially-limited 45hp will move the bike out smartly, although I'd definitely check with the seller to see if the bike has been de-restricted, as anyone outside Japan will want the bike's full-power available.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda NSR250R SP MC21 for Sale

20,441 Miles (32,898 Kilometers) This is a Very Rare only 900 made Last Model MC21 SP. Mostly original and unrestored.  Perfect opportunity for a budget minded MC21 SP for restoration. All fluids are fresh.  Shifts and revs to redline perfectly.  Starts effortlessly every time. OEM Fairings have hairline scratches and cracks. upper fairing has a broken section near the mirrors and the lower fairing has a section cut out near the expansion chambers along with a couple dents on the fuel tank near the stay, included close up pictures featuring defects. The Red on the tail fairing doesn’t match each other exactly also. No respray or rattle can. Red Magtek wheels are in excellent condition. Otherwise straight from the factory.  Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title as a 1992 model MC21-1070*** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.”  Imported into the States through all legal channels. EPA and Declaration papers provided.

Bidding is up to $6,500 with about 24 hours left on the auction. If it stays in that neighborhood, it's on the low side for an MC21, but that's in keeping with the less-than-perfect condition. This example is obviously not perfect as described by the seller, but is claimed to be mechanically in good working order. If you're buying one of these and worried about sourcing parts, that may be a weight lifted. Even if you end up on a quest for a perfect set of original bodywork, you can at least ride your machine in the meantime, and this looks like it'd be pretty nice from ten feet, certainly a good place to begin for a restoration. Personally, I'm okay with replacement bodywork, as long as the frame and everything else are clean and straight. Get a decent set of Rothmans replica bodywork from the internet, spend the weekend fitting it, and then ride your little smoker with no fear of destroying a priceless, pristine collectible.


Ride or Restore: 1993 Honda NSR250R SP MC21 for Sale
Honda March 2, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NSR250R MC21

Update 3.4.2017: SOLD in 2 days! Contact us for a $59 Featured Listing if you'd like similar exposure from Rare SportBikes For Sale!

It's no secret that the staff of RSBFS believe that two strokes were a gift from the gods to enable mere mortals to perform acts of speed not otherwise possible. Pound for pound the two cycle engine puts out more HP than any other form of reciprocating, internal combustion format. With no overhead valves, these engines can be impossibly compact both in height as well as width. The packaging possibilities enable very tidy proportions and, when combined with the power and lack of heft can equate to stunning performance. Take this beautiful 1990 NSR250R as an example: a 250cc v-twin producing approximately 45 HP (restricted due to Japanese legislation), yet pushing only 290 lbs of bike. The most similar 4-stroke example - a Ninja 250R - develops 10-15 less HP, yet pushes a much heavier bike (by 15-20 pounds, dry). The victor in any form of performance measurement is obvious.

This particular NSR250R is a MC21 model. And while approximately 16,000 of these models were produced, NONE of them were officially imported into the United States. So what is an enterprising, knee dragging two-stroke enthusiast to do? Import one, of course. That sure sounds easy, but in reality can be a nightmare in terms of shipping arrangements, importation paperwork, and then dealing with the powers that be in order to properly register the bike for use on the road. The stories of those that have tried are too numerous to count; you see the bikes for sale with "no title" or similar nomenclature. To find a legally licensed NSR250R in the US - one with a title that you can *actually* ride on the street - now that is rare indeed.

From the seller:
1990 Honda NSR250R MC21. 12,407 Miles (19,968 Kilometers)

Bike is being sold from my personal collection. This is a very clean well cared for unmodified bike. Completely original and unrestored. Only change is Powder coated Fork Tubes with new fork seals January 2017. Bike needs nothing. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Continental Conti Sport Attack 2 Tires are brand new with Zero miles on them. OEM Fairings have some hairline scratches and touchup paint using only a fine brush, No respray or rattle can. Please see images. Otherwise straight from the factory. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. MC21-1013*** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.” Imported into the States through all legal channels. EPA and Declaration papers provided. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions. Price is 7500.00 USD.

This seller has provided a wealth of information about this bike, along with numerous, clear pictures. Look closely: you will see a very clean and well-cared for import. This is not the "just off the boat from Japan and full of corrosion" level of import, but rather a fully sorted and loved example from a rider's personal collection. If originality scores any points with you, check out the list of modifications: powder coated fork tubes and a bit of touch up paint. No stories of swapped out suspension, engine mods, chambers or otherwise. No flush-mounted signals with a rear fender delete kit added. No wires hanging where something has been removed, no holes where something is missing. This is the type of bike that RSBFS staff love to see - and our readers too.

The best part of this NSR250R? An asking price of only $7,500. Yes, we have seen them cheaper, but more often than not we see them go for more...especially bikes in this type of condition (go ahead and search). This is a very realistic price for what looks to be a great, original example of the NSR breed. With low miles, official paperwork and the ability to register and ride it in your state (not all states need apply - you know who you are.), this MC21 model is looking like a very good buy. Better act quickly - this one is going to be gone in a haze of blue smoke very soon!


Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NSR250R MC21
Honda November 5, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: Clean, Recently-Imported MC21 1990 Honda NSR250R


It's a good time to be a two-stroke enthusiast here in the USA. Bikes like today's Honda NSR250R that were long considered nearly unobtainable are being shipped over by enterprising individuals and companies, now that some of them are old enough to make that a viable option.


The NSR250R featured a 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin with a trick, six-speed cassette gearbox that made for rapid ratio changes trackside.This MC21 was a pretty serious ground-up redesign for the bike, compared to the previous MC18 version. That curved "gull-arm" swingarm is a distinctive feature, and was intended to allow the right-side expansion chamber to tuck in close and maximize cornering clearance. It was heavier than the older unit, but the advantages outweighed the increased heft. Dry weight was still a shade under 300lbs, so it's still a very light machine and 17" wheels at both ends make tire choice for modern riders a bit easier than the earlier 18" rear.


Fuel was delivered by carburetors, but the NSR250 used Honda's sophisticated PGM-III that used throttle-position, revs, and gear-selection to control ignition. Power was limited to 45 by Japanese legislation, but the bike can be de-restricted to free up some additional horses, as has been done  with today's bike.


From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda NSR250R for Sale

The Honda NSR250 stands at the pinnacle of two-stroke sport bike technology. Derived directly from Honda's legendary NSR500 racebike, the NSR250 is the purest example of a MotoGP bike for the street. And now is your chance to own this stunning example. Immaculate inside and out!

Fully restored by Moto2 Imports, this NSR250 "R" model has been stripped down to the frame and completely re-built by professional mechanics. The engine has been de-restricted for a 10+hp increase over stock (see dyno picture). All gaskets have been inspected and engine compression & leak down tests were performed with no issues. Carburetors cleaned, rebuilt and re-jetted. Fuel, oil and coolant systems drained, flushed, & refilled. New Yuasa battery, EBC brake pads, NGK spark plugs & RK chain. New high performance Dunlop Alpha 13 tires. All other mechanical & electrical systems checked and operating properly. High quality, ABS injection molded fairing. Tinted windscreen; clear windscreen also available.

This bike was purchased in Japan earlier this year and imported in full compliance with all US Customs, DOT & EPA laws. The bike was properly titled by the Washington, DC DMV with the correct frame VIN on the title. The buyer will receive copies of all international shipping, Customs, DOT/EPA, and DMV paperwork, as well as a copy of the original Japanese title. Buy it Now $8,499. We accept cash, credit card & PayPal.

Additional modifications, upgrades, & spare parts available upon customer request.


The seller also helpfully includes a brief video of bike on their dyno. The listing does specifically mention that the bike cannot be titled in California so, unless you "know a guy," plan to track the bike, or just want to display it, you'd should probably steer clear if you live there. The Buy It Now price is $8,499 which seems pretty on-the-money for a nice NSR250 these days, and this one has been gone through mechanically, de-restricted, and has had import paperwork taken care of. If you live in a state where this can be legally registered, this one is worth a look.



Featured Listing:  Clean, Recently-Imported MC21 1990 Honda NSR250R
Honda October 7, 2016 posted by

Tiny Terror: 1991 Honda NSR250R MC21 for Sale


With a dry weight of under 300lbs and a responsive engine that rewards the skilled rider, Honda's NSR250R MC21 is especially desirable here in the USA where two-stroke sportbikes died with the Yamaha RZ350 in the mid-1980s. They've cropped up pretty regularly recently, but are still difficult to find in good condition, as they were often ridden "enthusiastically" by their owners when new...


At a glance, the MC21 continues the overall style of the earlier MC18 built from '88-'89, but a closer look reveals that it was a nearly ground-up redesign of the earlier bike, and intended to keep pace with the rapid evolution of the class. The asymmetrical Gull Arm swingarm looks trick, and was intended to clear the bulging expansion chambers and allow maximum clearance for a bike that excelled at cornering. 17" wheels at the front and rear means modern day riders have decent choice of rubber.


Under the skin, the NSR250R was powered by a a 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin backed up with a six-speed cassette gearbox, and the pair of carburetors used Honda's electronic PGM-III to maximize performance although the bike was limited from the factory to 45hp, per Japanese government restrictions. As the seller mentions, the actual intended performance is easily found by de-restricting the bike.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Honda NSR250R MC21 for Sale

The best racer replica in its class! Even in Japan, It is hard to get this condition these days. Rare Japanese domestic model. NSR250 has not exported to any country officially. In 1988 Japanese government restrict power of 250cc motorcycle to 45HP. So Honda made this motorcycle to produce lower rpm torque than MC18 (previous model that I just sold last week). You can de-restrict MC21 easily, then it can output 65 to 70HP.
No title, bill of sale only. If you need title, additional $500 required. I do like this because in some states, it's easy to register and in California it is hard.
This is used 25 years old motorcycle, so please check photos carefully. No warranty, as is. No return. Full payment in 7 days. cash or wire preferred.
Selling local also, so I may quit auction anytime. local pick up preferred but I can help to ship if the buyer arranged. Like bring to Forward Air terminal or other tracking company's location in LA.
Bidding is up to just over $1,500 with a couple days left on the auction, but I expect this will end up somewhere well north of that: recent NSR250Rs have gone for between $6,500 and $8,500. The usual issues with titling and registration obviously apply here, but I'm sure there are plenty of enthusiasts out there that have the will and will find a way.
Tiny Terror: 1991 Honda NSR250R MC21 for Sale


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