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Honda June 10, 2017 posted by Mike

On the fence: 1990 Honda NSR250R SE

In the hardcore world of RSBFS, two strokes rule and four strokes drool (oil). The simple reason is power to weight: Take this 1990 NSR250R as an example: a 250cc v-twin producing approximately 45 HP in Japanese restricted configuration, has only only 290 lbs of bike to move. Similar four strokes have 10-15 less HP (even without home market restrictions) and are heavier by at least the same amount. An unrestricted 250cc smoker is a 60+ HP machine, tilting the numbers even more in favor of the two stroke. When it comes to ultimate performance, it is very hard to beat the sounds, smells and snot of a popcorn popper.

1990 Honda NSR250R SE MC21 for sale on eBay

The MC21 edition of the NSR was a considerable step forward for the NSR line. Featuring a 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin with a trick, six-speed cassette gearbox (making ratio changes possible without pulling the motor and gearbox), asymmetrical "gull-arm" swingarm for maximum cornering clearance (tucks the right side pipe up in tighter) and adjustable suspension, the MC21 is a proper sporting motorcycle. The dry clutch with its "race rattle" is another nod to the intentions of this NSR. An estimated 16,000 were produced for Japanese home markets and as exports to the Pacific Rim and Europe, but sadly America was never a recipient.

From the seller:
1990 HONDA NSR250R SE MC21 DRY CLUTCH
The bike is imported from Japan.
Not registered yet in the U.S.
This bike is sold without title. (NO TITLE)
We don't know how to get a titile. Please ask DMV
Start engine.
Aftermarket Cowl but Tank is original.
Not original color
Race Foot pegs.
Some scratches So look carefully all pictures and video.
Turn signals don't work.
This motorcycle is 27years ago .Sold as is.
24150km (15006mile)
Engine Number MC16E-1222422
Sold as is with NO warranty NO refunds NO return.

This is one of those listings that gives a RSBFS staff writer pause for thought. One one hand, this is a freaking MC21 edition of Honda's acclaimed NSR250 series. The fact that it is an import, reasonably rare in the US, a two stroke and undoubtedly a sport bike ticks most of the right boxes on our checklist. On the other hand, the lack of seller knowledge with regards to title (i.e. it currently sits in CA where you cannot get one for this bike) and the overall condition (i.e. not stock, less than pristine with unknown history) make for a bike to avoid posting. In the end the candor from the seller and the rattle of the dry clutch in the video won me over. It may not be perfect, but throw in some elbow grease and you may have a winner (provided you don't live in CA).

Which brings us to the bottom line: the opening ask for this auction is a fairly unrealistic $4,200. I think that the initial bid is high enough to scare most bidders away, even though it may be in the pricing ballpark. While the bike is rare, there are certainly other NSRs available. A really good MC21 can fetch $7,500 - $9,000 (just check out some of our past Featured Listings), but I think this one will end up in more conservative territory. Check it out here, and then be sure and jump to the Comments section to share your thoughts. Does this bike belong on RSBFS, or should Mike be lashed with a wet noodle soaked in castor oil for the post? Good Luck!!

MI

On the fence: 1990 Honda NSR250R SE
Sport Bikes For Sale June 9, 2017 posted by Mike

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Honda June 7, 2017 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R

Designed for racing, the Honda VFR400R was - in may ways - like its homologation big brother the RC30. Except in size. Based around the same format as the RC30, the NC30 brought all the goodness of the 750cc class scaled down to a mere 400cc. The smaller package included the same go-fast plan as the RC30 including the screaming V-4 motor with gear-driven cams, 6-speed close-ratio gearbox, the unique single-sided swingarm to facilitate tire changes and the dual-headlight racing bodywork that bore a strong Honda family resemblance (graphics included). All in all, the NC30 was the epitome of "smaller is better." With less mass and a lower center of gravity, the NC30 is a handling dream.

Here in the US, the problem with the 400cc class in general was rider expectation. Americans thrived on cubic inches, where there is no substitution for displacement. The middleweight class had grown from 500cc to 550cc and up to 600cc. Smaller bikes were just not interesting to American riders. With a tremendous supply of 600cc bikes, and easy access to liter machines the 400cc and below classes were considered fringe beginner bikes, and largely ignored. Pricing did not help, as the 400cc bikes were not significantly cheaper than the 600s. History tells us that this is a shame, given the interest these smaller bike draw today. Thankfully, with licensing regulations limiting smaller machines in other countries (especially Japan), the 400cc class thrived - which is why we can bring you this VFR400R Featured Listing.

From the seller:
1991 Honda VFR400R NC30
Small version of VFR750R RC30.
RVF replica.
Almost every year, Honda gave progress to VFR.
1987 Start selling VFR400R NC24.
in 1989 VFR became NC30 and has center nut for rear wheel.
30mm shorter wheelbase, skinny spark plugs, 17" front wheel.
Cross ratio transmission.
in 1990 adjustable rear suspension with reserve tank.
I bought this one because I couldn't afford when they were sold new.
Now I'm going to buy another 2stroke, so this one has to go.
Very light weight 164Kg=360lb

This bike is located in Torrance, California.
Price: $5,500
Contact:
motohikoo@gmail.com

This year has offered us a bumper crop of 400cc imported machinery. This is wonderful news as we engage in longer, warmer days, summertime riding and track days. Summer requires a special machine to enjoy, and there are few more enjoyable bikes on the planet than a VFR400R. Packed full of Honda technological goodness, reasonable performance (expect 59 HP or so), exceptional handling and a never-available-in-the-US type of rarity that many riders crave, this NC30 could be your ticket.

This 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 is available in Torrance, CA. It is an import from Japan that now lives stateside, and inquiries should be directed to the seller at motohikoo@gmail.com. This is a bike that you can collect AND ride, so don't miss out on some riding fun this summer. Grab yourself some import exotica and hoon away!

Featured Listing:  1991 Honda VFR400R
Honda June 7, 2017 posted by Mike

Repsol Tiddler: 2002 Honda NSR150SP

The Honda NSR150 SP is an interesting bike. A solid step above the sub-250cc scooters one might see in major Asian metro areas, the SP provides the bits and pieces to make this a steed worthy of the Repsol livery: single sided swingarm, perimeter aluminum frame, cast wheels, liquid cooling, power valve, and dual-piston front caliper. In other respects, it is similar to any "big" bike, with real rider amenities such as a full instrument cluster complete with speedo, tach, temp gauge and fuel level indicator. While not quite a feast, this NSR150SP brings us a total of TWO that we have seen here on RSBFS this year. Perhaps the famine is waning...

2002 Honda NSR150SP for sale on eBay

The NSR150 model line is a multi-country affair. Styled in Italy, but assembled in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan, all the early NSRs had engines supplied by Japan (single cylinder, reed valve induction two stroke). Later variants had engines assembled in the factory that produced the bike, with each country offering subtle differences. All are marketed as Honda, although in Taiwan the same bike is also marketed as a Kymco NSR, while remaining an exact twin of the Honda. Again, these were built for the massive Asian markets where small bikes dominate. The SP is a way to separate from the crowd of commuters and offer a true sport bike that can do more. The Repsol livery doesn't hurt if you're trying to stand out from the crowd.

From the seller:
Here is a very hard to find Honda NSR 150 SP Resol Edition. To the best of my knowledge the NSR 150 SP was produced basically unchanged from 1997 to 2002. The NSR 150 SP features a water cooled counter balanced 2 Stroke single cylinder engine producing horsepower in the mid 30s, backed by a 6 speed transmission. As you may notice the SP also features a single sided swingarm seldom found on a bike of this displacement. Freeway capabilities are absolutely no issue, 90 mph can be seen.

This bike is original unmolested with the exception of the Tyga rear sets and maybe the grips and bar end weights. As you will notice in the photos this bike is not perfect by any means. Its a great rider or with a some work it can be fully restored. Parts seem to be not difficult to find either from Tyga Performance or Ebay. Most of the bike is really nice, the powder coat on the wheels, frame and such are quite nice. The body work is the area in most need. There are several scraps, nicks broken tabs, small dent in tank. Decals are peeling.

More from the seller:
The running order of the bike is great. Starts right up first or second kick, hot or cold. All the lights, gauges etc. work as they should. Oil injection is intact and functioning properly. I just rode this bike the other day over 200 miles mostly on the highway with no issues.

Also included is a Service Manual, Parts Manual, Original Owners Manual and reprinted owners manual. All are in English with exception of the small owners manual.

I purchased this bike 5 years ago with 7820 KM on the clock from a fella in California who was the person that imported the bike. At the time it was imported it was issued a 17 digit VIN and California titled as a 2008. I assume that was the year it was imported. Once I purchased the bike I then titled it in Colorado my home state.

We have seen relatively few examples of NSR150SP models over the years - too few to gauge a true value. Way back in 2013 we saw one sell for $3,500, and another that had lower miles was listed for $4,500. Jump all the way up to this year for the next one, and we watched one sell out of the Utah Collection for $6,100. That is a big jump in time and in price, although the last bike was like new and had only 460 miles. Today's example has over 10k KM on the clock (just about 6,500 miles) and is not perfect - which makes it a perfect rider at the right price, especially with the title and plates. Currently bidding is just over $2k with reserve still in place. Check it out here. If you missed the Utah bike, here is another chance at a pretty rare model for the US. Good Luck!!

MI

Repsol Tiddler: 2002 Honda NSR150SP
Yamaha June 6, 2017 posted by Mike

Like a virgin: 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE with only 6 miles!

For many, the classic Yamaha race livery will always be the bumble bee yellow and black, an iconic combination forever immortalized by King Kenny Roberts. It is a color scheme that has adorned many models - from the TZs and RZ racers of the 1970s to the RDLC and RZ350 editions in the 1980s. It is bold, it makes a statement, and it is quintessential Yamaha. But is there more than just color here?

Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

This Limited Edition YZF-R1, built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company, takes a page out of the Ducati playbook: take a good machine, beef it up in minor ways, add a splash of graphics, limit the number of bikes released, and sell each at a premium. The LE model of the R1 is really no different. Take a standard 2006 R1 - itself a very good open class bike. Add upscale Ohlins suspension front and rear, with a trick height adjuster out back (10mm range of motion). Dress it up with some custom Marchesini wheels (pattered after Rossi's MoviStar racer), shod it with super-sticky rubber, and add a slipper clutch for that little bit extra performance. Drape it in race bike livery that really makes it stand out. Anodize everything else to match. Give it an onboard lap timer to really sell the racing theme. Assign each one a number plaque and sell it at a premium. In this case, a $18,000 MSRP.

From the seller:
2006 Yamaha 50th Anniversary R1 Limited Edition R1 LE being Sold by Original Owner/Collector purchased in April 2006

Six…Yes ONLY Six Delivery Miles!

Bone Stock Original

Bike No. 243 of Serialized Production limited to 500 Units imported to the US

Original MSRP of $18,000

More from the seller:
Sale of Bike comes complete with the following included:

BRAND NEW Complete with Tags Yamaha 50th Anniversary Vintage Leather Jacket – Size XL (Original Purchase Price of $769.95/One currently listed on eBay for $829.99)

BRAND NEW Complete with Tags Yamaha 50th Anniversary Vintage Pants – Size 36

BRAND NEW in Box Arai RX-7 Corsair Colin Edwards Laguna Seca 50th Anniversary Helmet – Size L (Original Purchase Price of $759.95)

[Above Only Worn for Photo as modeled by 16 year old son, who is not included in sale as per Mom!]

Two Original Keys on Yamaha 50th Anniversary Key Chain(s)

BRAND NEW Yamaha 50th Anniversary Vintage Gear Bag

Additional Owner’s Manual in Plastic (In addition to original Owner’s Manual under seat)

New Service Manual; Original 2006 Yamaha Sportbike Brochure; and Color Copy of MSO

Additional Gold Drive Chain sealed in Plastic

Original Born with Yuasa YTZ10S Battery plus New YTZ10S Battery purchased on 05.24.17

The trouble with the "limited edition" format is that it has never really worked for the Japanese - apart for ultra-exclusive homologation bikes. Under the covers, this is really just a tarted up R1, of which Yamaha sold by the tens of thousands. With the Limited Edition Anniversary bike, Yamaha restricted output to approximately 500 units in the United States, and about an equal amount spread across the rest of the world.

This particular R1-LE is about as clean a bike as you are likely to see and comes with that looks like a pile of extra stuff. With only 6 miles on the clock (supposedly delivery / dealer prep miles), you are looking at essentially a brand new bike. A brand new bike that is 11 years old, that is. Will this one appreciate in value over time? It is hard to tell with any bike, but a rise in value is not likely to occur in the near term. And if there is a rise in value, it will likely be due to the fact that the bike is still in "as new" condition more so than the fact that it is an Anniversary edition. Still, it is a very cool bike - and one that we should be thankful Yamaha created. Check it out here, and then jump over the Comments and share your thoughts: Worth more for the miles or the LE graphics? Good Luck!!

MI

Like a virgin: 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE with only 6 miles!
Sport Bikes For Sale June 5, 2017 posted by Mike

Utah Collection For Sale!

It's not often that we see a large collection of truly collectable bikes up for sale. But during the first half of 2017, one collector in Utah has been offering up some rare beasts at an incredible rate. Here is a look at what is (and was) available - with MORE TO COME!

Update June 17, 2017: Gary completes his collection sale with a KR-1R!

June 5, 2017: Final auction tally update. Congratulations to all the new owners!


1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22A

Status: SOLD for $7,100

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


1995 Honda CBR400RR or Kawasaki ZXR400R


Status: SOLD for $8,850
Looks like the winner chose the Kawi. The Honda is still available.

Read our post on these two bikes on RSBFS


1987 Honda NSR50 AND 1988 Honda NSR50


Status: SOLD for $3,050 (that is a two-fer deal!)

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


1989 Yamaha FZR400R


Status: SOLD for $4,300

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


1990 Kawasaki ZX750F Ninja


Status: Auction ENDED early

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


1988 Yamaha 400RR


Status: Auction ENDED with a high bid of $6,600

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


1990 Suzuki GSX-R400


Status: SOLD for $5,600

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike


Status: SOLD for $9,019

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


1992 Honda NSR150 SP


Status: SOLD for $6,100

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


Honda NSR80 or Honda NSR50

Status: SOLD for $4,450

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


1991 Honda VFR400R NC30

Status: SOLD for $9,200

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


1988 Honda CBR250R


Status: SOLD for $6,000

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


1994 Kawasaki ZXR250


Status: Auction ENDED early

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


1988 Yamaha FZR400


Status: Auction ENDED with the highest bid at $8,100

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


1989 Yamaha FZR750RR/OW-01

Status: SOLD for $23,100

Read our post on this bike on RSBFS


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