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Honda April 15, 2017 posted by

Old School Superbike: 1982 Honda CB900F for Sale

The modern "superbike" fits a very narrow design brief and, coincidentally, also refers to an actual racing class that includes big-bore sportbikes with full fairings and, typically a four-cylinder engine with an inline or V configuration. But the term was actually coined decades ago, and described big, naked four-cylinder machines with flat handlebars and relatively upright ergonomics like this Honda CB900F. Racing these machines was not for the faint of heart, as the bikes were fairly heavy for competition machines, and handling was merely "good," assuming you followed that with "for the time." Keep in mind this was during an era where engine performance far outstripped chassis development for bikes from major manufacturers, leaving outfits like Bimota with plenty of room for improvement.

The Honda CB900F certainly fits that description, with a long-stroke, air-cooled 901cc engine, a five-speed transmission, and a portly 570lb wet weight. By today's standards, it isn't nimble, and peak horsepower won't necessarily impress, but the big lump should put out plenty of torque for street riders, with plenty of style and comfort for long rides. The CB900F was only available for a couple of years before being replaced by the much-improved CB1100F.

From the original eBay listing: 1982 Honda CB900F for Sale

This is your chance to own a completely restored 1982 CB900F.

- New Paint
- Engine completely gone through
- Rare Japanese lidded tail/trunk with correct Japanese brake lens and blue Honda decal.
- Weigl Telefix front fork stabilizer from 1982.
- Complete Euro sport kit.
- Carburetor overhauled.
- 150 MPH CB750 Speedometer
- CBR600F3 Coils
- CB1100F rear shocks that were taken off a bike new and never used, they are perfect.
- Both brake master cylinders rebuilt new brake pads installed, all new piston seals.
- Frame, swing arm, and triple tree were professionally powdercoated.
- New modern style bearings
- New Clutch.
- Front forks professionally rebuilt and restored using all new seals and new Progressive springs.
- Ricks Motorsport Electrics ingitors, stator, and rectifier.

*Every part of this bike was touched professionally. If a part was removed it was either restored or replaced with an NOS or OEM Honda part.

If you are interested in pictures of the build process I would be happy to email a few. I will not ship this bike but will work with the buyer to help with arraigned domestic or international shipping. I will answer every question asked honestly and I am available by email.

From the listing, it appears that this bike has been enthusiast-owned and comes with a few tasty period performance and appearance accessories. Superbikes of the early 1980s haven't really begun to appreciate in the same way that similar machines from the 70s have, and some very nice examples have been available recently for very reasonable prices. This one is listed at a Buy It Now price of just $5,500 which seems very fair considering the apparent condition and the work that's gone into it. Every day rider, collectible, classic, bike night ride to show off: it's a bargain price for a bike that can do all that.

-tad

Old School Superbike: 1982 Honda CB900F for Sale
Honda April 14, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda NSR250R in Canada

What do you have when you locate a nice NSR250R MC18 in Canada? You have a cool smoker that is *almost* in the States. And while Quebec may seem very far away from your US-based locale, it is quicker and easier to bring a tasty bit of forbidden fruit down from Canada than to import one all the way from Japan or Australia. Think of Canada as the quick check-out lane in the grey market grocery store. (Note: Canada has much to recommend, and offers great value above and beyond grey market bike access). North of the US border you will find many fantastic creations never officially imported into America, all looking for a good home.

1989 Honda NSR250R for sale on eBay

Today's example is a MC18 variant of the NSR250R. The NSR is the bread and butter of the two stroke grey market world. With a 90 degree vee twin motor, aluminum frame, six speed gearbox, wet clutch (only the SP versions had the dry clutch) and full-race bodywork, the NSR was as close to Grands Prix racer as one could get for the street in the late 1980s. Today it remains one of the most coveted imports in the US, with clean, titled examples fetching bid dollars.

From the seller:
Rare, unique and totally OEM 1989 MC 18 with only 6000 km on the clock. We went to great lengths to save all fairings in order to preserve its originality. Pipes and all mechanical components stock and in really good working order/condition. Plugs changed, air filter cleaned and oiled. Wheels are freshly powder coated. Upper and lower cowlings have been restored and painted. The bike has some age related marks, scratches but no major bruises and no sign of track use of major accident. Brakes and rotors, chain, sprockets and tires are all within specs. The bike is corrosion free. This 250 CC V Twin two stroke is a blast and handles like few other machines. Comes with safety check is delivered in the province of Quebec, shipping available for all of North America.

6,000 KM equates to about 3,728 miles. That seems very low for the given year, but many of these bikes saw only occasional use. The seller notes that the plastics have been reconditioned, and the pictures show a clean and good looking example. No real info on maintenance, engine refresh/rebuild, etc., so again, do your homework. These models had a crank assembly that was not rebuildable - and Honda ran out of spares years ago. More knowledgeable RSBFS readers might be able to share info on replacement alternatives should the service life be a concern. Otherwise, this looks like a solid example of an early NSR250R.

This seller is familiar with shipping bikes over the border, so US buyers might have a bit of assistance there. Legally registering an imported smoker is difficult in many states, so plan first and then act. This bike is being offered for $8,199 or best offer - a tidy sum to be sure. However a quick troll of the RSBFS archives shows this to be a fair offer; most of the recent examples were looking for more, although they were already in the US (although not necessarily titled). Check it out here, and if you decide to hit the grey market import check-out line on this machine, be sure and visit the Comments section and let us know all about it. Good Luck!!

MI

Honda April 14, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R in Canada!

Hot on the heels of this Featured Listing VFR400R that sold in just 3 hours, we find a Canadian NC30 that is looking for a new home. Since these models have never been officially imported into the US as a federalized vehicle, we have to source them from somewhere else. Therefore, allow me to introduce you to our closest neighbor and economic partner, Canada! Home of ice hockey, maple syrup, and of course all the rare models that never quite make it to the US - such as today's fine 1991 VFR400R.

1991 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

As stated often in these pages, the VFR400R is the total package. It looks fantastic, like the baby brother of the RC30 (which it is). With dual headlamps, aluminum perimeter frame, sexy quasi-racer (biposto) bodywork, and single-sided swingarm, this bike simply has presence. But beauty runs deeper than some glossy livery. Thumb the starter and revel in the whine of Honda's immaculate V4 with gear-driven cams. There is simply no other sound in the world like it. And with a redline into the 14,000 range, the turbine power delivery belies the nearly 60 HP these bikes produce. In all, these are the real deal - using compact geometry and light weight to the ultimate advantage of speed.

From the seller:
1991 VFR 400 (NC 30) with 55000 km on the clock in very good condition. Bike is super clean and mechanically ready to hit the road. Chain, sprockets, rotor and pad thickness as well as tire wear all within specs and beyond. Well degreased, corrosion gone at 95%. Just done: powder coat on wheels, front fender, tank and upper cowl. Bodywork is chinese but has a nice snug fit and quality finish. The machine has a few age related marks but no battle scars or tell tale signs of severe crash. It has been thoroughly inspected. Valves clearance has been checked at 52000 km and were within specs. This bike is an absolute hoot to ride, super light and incredibly responsive, and the sound.....:-). Comes safetied if delivered in the province of Quebec. Can be shipped throughout North America.

Although the bike has 55000 km it runs like an absolute charm, this engine obviously has Honda's legendary reliability and is bullet-proof.

As an import, this NC30 is an all Kilometer deal. Clocks are in KMs, and there are 55 big ones racked up over the years. That equates to some 34,000 odd miles. Higher mileage compared to many VFRs that we see, but not a deal killer. For a high-strung, rev-happy motor, these V4s are surprisingly durable. Maintain them well, and they will keep on giving. The seller does indicate some work has been completed, which is a plus. The plastics are not original, but they look reasonable from the photos. Serious buyers might want to ask more questions and obtain additional details before completing a long-distance purchase, but that is nothing out of the ordinary in these situations.

The best part of this deal - for our US readers at least - is that the seller is familiar with shipping bikes over the border. That means less unknowns for the buyer if the bike is coming State side. Registration becomes the new issue in your chosen state, so do your homework ahead of time lest you be left with a really clean, really cool living room specimen with no plates (I wouldn't argue if this were my track day bike, but some collectors might be giving out some dirty looks). The seller is looking for $6,800 or best offer for this Quebec-based beauty. That is right in the ballpark for one of these models, if not a little high for the overall condition. If you missed our last NC30, you might want to move more quickly on this one. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R in Canada!
Honda April 13, 2017 posted by

On Track: 2000 Honda RS250R

Spring has sprung, and you all know what that means, right? Time to dust off those leathers, spoon some fresh rubber onto your favorite scoot, and hit the track. Nothing teaches you about riding consistently like a track day; think of it as your personal canyon road with no cops. And for those of you that long for an elevated track experience (or even to dip your toes into the racing world), you're going to want a better starting platform than the commuter you currently have. Enter this fantastic RS250R. Honda introduced the RS250R model to be a production race bike - sold to privateers specifically for Grand Prix racing events. This is no converted streetbike; this is a serious track scalpel that was the pinnacle of 250cc racing technology (excluding the factory works Hondas, that is).

2000 Honda RS250R Racer for sale on eBay

Honda introduced the RS250R way back in 1984, and it enjoyed a long run - the last model was released in 2009. Between those years there were several changes. The most notable was to the engine. The original 250cc two stroke motor was a 90 degree twin. The 90 degree vee angle makes a lot of sense from a design perspective given that it provides for perfect primary balance, but the wide angle vee is difficult to package. Thus, in 1993 Honda introduced an updated 250 that utilized a 73 degree motor. This update allowed for the motor to sit (slightly) further forward for better weight bias.

From the seller:
2000 Honda RS250 for sale. Last year for the single sided swing arm.

The bike is well developed and has "0" miles on a completely rebuilt engine (including the gearbox). It has more spares than you can possibly imagine (see Dropbox link), including a spare crank with 500 miles on it. GMD rebuilt front forks, Penske rear shock, new EBC front disks & pads, new chain, etc. In addition, the spares include a complete '96 engine with 600 miles including carbs/powervalve controller. Complete perfect swing arm with eccentric hub. The intake has been modified with a removable fiberglass snorkel, so that you can use the much nicer '01-'03 bodywork (which is perfect, btw). The spares also include new ChickenHawk tire warmers, front/rear stands, spare wheels, rains, brand new replated cylinders (done by Millenium..when their work was quality). The RS also comes with AIM GPS, Mychron(5) dash with EGT sensors and the engine also has detonation counters - you can easily tune the jetting using the det. counter or EGT temps. The engine also includes new VHM heads set up to run leaded (C12 or MR12 - used to be MR8 oxygenated fuel). The MR8/12 gives you a little more on the top end, but it's expensive. It also has brand new carbon fiber silencers on the pipes. You even get 2 Hiatco footpeg stands that came from Jason DiSalvo's RS250 from 2001. New (few years old) Bridgestone softs are on the wheels which are good for practice, but not necessarily for race.

More from the seller:

I wouldn't say that you're getting a better-than-new race bike (though it is), but it's very, very clean, completely sorted with spares that will last you a long, long time. The RS is located in upstate, NY, zip code 13740. It's also listed locally, so, this auction will be closed if there is an offline sale. There is no title for a race bike, but you will get a bill of sale.

There are plenty of upsides to a racer. Nothing short of a full factory ride will handle like what you see here. You will need to recalibrate your brain when it comes to braking markers, apexes, and corner entry speeds. You may also have to recalibrate your conception of bike prep, as racers tend to have shorter lifespans between rebuilds. Fortunately, this seller has amassed a phenomenal collection of spare parts, setup hardware (i.e. gearing and the like) and wearable items. What is on the block is far more than just a Grand Prix 250cc racer, but rather an entire package of bike and support gear. This is practically a race team; just add rider.

RS250Rs don't come our way all that often. If you have the bug (aka circuitous asphaltis rapidicus), you might want to check this one out. There are many more pics of spares and stuff linked off of the auction site, so head on over for all of the details. You might want to work on that brain recalibration while you're at it. Good Luck!!

MI

On Track: 2000 Honda RS250R
Honda April 12, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda VFR400R

Update 4.12.2017: Sale confirmed with seller. 3 hours from published to sold! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a rare sportbike for sale, model years 1980ish to 2004ish, consider our Featured Listing service for $59. Email me to see to get started: dan@motoringblogs.com

People often tend to think great visual design is the exclusive domain of the Italians. But that is not so, as witnessed by this beautiful VFR400R. This NC30 - along with its big brother, the RC30 - have flowing lines and a purposeful stance. Visually, these models are as striking as a 916 or F4. This is no accident, as the NC30 was patterned with endurance racing elements; what is there needs to be there, and little more. Not merely a design exercise, the NC30 stands out as a fantastic working machine; form follows function, and these bikes function as good as they look.

The NC30 follows all the right rules in motorcycle design. It is incredibly compact, despite an aluminum perimeter frame wrapped around the V-4 powerplant. The motor is a real gem, making noises that only Honda fours and gear-driven cams can make. If the soundtrack doesn't put a smile on your face, the power delivery and rev range on this 400cc turbine certainly will. The single sided swingarm is there to facilitate tire changes on the endurance racing model, but the aesthetics on the street version really make it stand out. So too, the twin headlamps really define the front of the bike and give another nod to it's racing heritage.

From the seller:
1989 VFR400R $6,500

I purchased this bike a few years ago and have enjoyed having it in my garage both as a project and as something unique to look at.

The list below details what I have done to recommission the bike. Oddly, I have never ridden it (the pleasure for me was spending time in my garage).

Included with the sale is the OEM body work, rear foot pegs, mirrors, front turn signals, and some other bits along with a shop manual.

Bike was brought to the US by a serviceman who was able to title it in NM. I bought it with that NM title and was able to transfer to AZ though I wouldn’t assume that your state will be as accommodating as mine.

What's been done:
New bodywork with new fasteners
Seats re-covered
Rims powder coated
New Shinko Podium tires front and rear
New fork seals and oil
New Galfer brake pads front and rear
New brake lines front and rear
Caliper seals replaced front and rear
Master cylinder rebuilt front and rear
New throttle, choke, clutch cables, (forgot to order a speedometer cable)
New stator, regulator / rectifier
Carburetors rebuilt with new o-rings, bowl gaskets, and intake boots
New radiators and hoses
Rebuilt water pump
New exhaust gaskets
Suspension linkage greased
New chain (never found a chain guard)

This appears to be a well-loved and oft drooled over VFR. The seller clearly took care of the machine and the list of new parts is impressive (check out the pile of receipts). Although I'd rather ride than wrench, I have a lot of respect for those that like to immerse themselves in a project such as this one. The win-win is a uber-clean, refurbed VFR without a whole lot of additional miles. This one shows approximately 18k (about 11,000 miles) on the KM clocks. As the VFR400R was never officially imported into the US, there was no need for Honda to federalize it (i.e. 17 digit VIN, speedo in MPH, US-specific emissions, etc). This may create issues for you when it comes time to register the bike, although this one has a history of US titles in both New Mexico (previous owner) and Arizona (current). If you live in a more restrictive state (i.e. CA), you may need to do more homework unless you "know a guy."

This Featured Listing 1989 Honda VFR400R is available directly from the seller. Contact Jason if you are serious about this striking grey market import. At $6,500 the price is very competitive - and given that these NC30 Hondas are pretty rare in the US, you might want to act quickly. Rare collector bikes in this condition do not hang around long. Give Jason a call and add one of Honda's finest models to your collection!

MI

Honda April 11, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Honda CRF450 Super Single

It is a marriage most unusual. Take a long-travel motocross machine and give it a real hard look. What do you see? To some, it is far more than a dirt bike. Some see a lightweight chassis and a torquey motor. Some picture it with modified suspension bits to bring the overall height closer to ground level. The real forward thinkers see it with full road race bodywork, big brakes and slick tires. Can a dirt bike survive a marriage to go-fast-on-asphalt bits? It can indeed. What's more is it *thrives* on the changes. What used to be a mogul stomper becomes a bonafide corner-carving demon. With a little ingenuity and foresight, a new racing class is born. A class that epitomizes lower cost without sacrificing performance or fun. Enter the realm of the Super Single (aka Formula 450): A dirt bike-bred racer with all the right sights and sounds without bespoke race bike bills.

2006 Honda CRF450 Super Single Racer for sale

The F450 class was the brainchild of motorcycle hall of famer Gavin Trippe, aided by Troy Lee and Roland Sands. The goal was to create more opportunity for younger riders to enter into racing without the high financial hurdles of existing professional classes. It was claimed that a F450 - based on any eligible, existing 450cc motorcrosser - could be assembled for as little as $10,000. In time the actual figures crept up closer to the $15k mark, but even this was far below a competitive 600cc superstock class bike. By 2009 there were nearly 10 different manufacturers that had an offering in the 450cc motocross class - between the cost and bike availability it would seem that the Formula 450 class was a no-brainer. It was not to be quite so easy, however. While F450 classes did exist, the popularity of this route for younger riders was never truly established. Today these are race-worthy machines, outstanding track day mounts, and flat out fun.

From the seller:
All stock internals 2006 CRF450R Motor
Hinson Slipper clutch
Boyesen water pump
Suspension built and tuned by Race Tech (shortened, all race internals)
Custom Race Tech triple clamps
Custom fork boot to accept Brembo setup
Full Brembo brake setup front/back
Forged Marchesini wheels
Custom fully adjustable rear sets
Scott's steering dampener
Catalyst Racing bodywork
Handmade carbon fiber tank cover, lower fairing, and rear fender "mudguard"
FMF Apex Exhaust
Custom rear subframe
K&N Race air filter w/custom mounts
Many custom machined parts for retrofit
Weighs in at 230lb wet

This particular F450 is a bit of a superstar. You are looking at the AMA F450 champion from 2008, ridden by Tyler Odom. Since the seller acquired the machine, it went through only minor changes, and was engaged in track days. Aside from riding, this is a striking bike that surely belongs astride a billiards table in your man cave. With lots of carbon and what looks like tremendous adjustability from those trick rearsets, you'll be sitting pretty in no time at all. And when it comes to riding, you will be at the top of your class at the next track day. Perhaps you want to dip your toes into amateur racing? The Super Single class fits into many classes created by regional sanctioning bodies as well. Maintenance and longevity - the Achilles heel of any racer - are maximized via the use of largely stock componentry. This is a lot of bike for not much coin - especially when you compare it to a racing two-stroke machine or cash-hungry open classer.

RSBFS readers have told us that want to see more racers and sano track day bikes. This Featured Listing F450 fits that bill perfectly. With a rich history (the seller has included pictures and verification of the provenance of this machine), an uniqueness far greater than a stripped down R6 or ZX6, and the promise of many years of stock Honda reliability, this prepped and practiced CRF450-based road racer is just the ticket. This bike is selling via Craigslist, and we recommend you check out the advert for all of the details.

MI