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Honda September 9, 2009 posted by

Honda 1988 RC 30 buy-it-now for $22,000

The RC's have always had a place in my "someday" bike catagory, but this one is out of reach as they all have been.  I love it when the factories put together something special and offer it to the public.  This // <![CDATA[
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Although this one isn't bone stock and perfect, it does offer low mileage.  If I were buying a bike of this caliber, for this kind of money, I would like to see it all stock and some documentation to go along with it.  However, this is still a really nice RC 30

This motorcycle is a 1988 originally delivered to Canada that now has a valid NY State title. It is a low mileage excellent example of the rare RC30 and if you are reading this, you know how rare and special this motorcycle is. It has been garage kept all of its life and looks the part. It has been stored most of the past decade and now runs and sounds wonderful. The RC30 race bikes came with 6" wide wheels and the rear wheel of this motorcycle has been upgraded to the factory HRC wheel. 

The owner states that the rear wheel is an HRC upgrade.  I zoomed in on the rim lip and there is a badge that says Marvic.  Marvic makes a great wheel that is used by a lot of top Moto GP and WSB teams, but to say this is an HRC upgrade.... I dont' know about that, you'll have to be the judge.  Nonetheless, this is a nice bike with very low miles.

Developed to show the world what Honda could do if cost was no object, the RC30 was originally offered in Europe in '88. By the time Honda brought it to America in '90, the bike had won two World Superbike titles under American Fred Merkel.

Did I mention the RC 30 bodywork is all hand laid fiberglass done at HRC!



Mark writes in to tell us the following about the RC 30 rear wheel swap

Dan, the rear wheel could conceivably be from the race kit for the bike.  The stock rim is 18" which was never a very useful size for racing purposes which were all 17" so swapping out the rear wheel is a popular mod.

Mark, Thanks for the information!


Honda September 8, 2009 posted by

1993 CBR 900RR Red, White and Blue $5200.00 buy-it-now!

I was eating lunch today browsing through some older post and conversations regarding the 900rr's.  And I remembered that I had one sitting in my "watch list" that I was wanting to post for everyone's viewing pleasure, so here it is. 


Low miles, tasteful upgrades such as Two Brothers exhaust, kevlar brake lines and a jet kit.  This one has brand new tires on it and looks to be in great shape.  Although this is not a rare bike, it is a super nice example of an older sportbike that has been taken care of.  I owned this very year and can say it was quite the wheelie monster as it had plenty of power to weight ratio.  The downside to the early 900rr's was the 16" front wheel.  If I recall, Honda did this to make it steer quicker, but it sort of back fired on them because it made the bike "twitchy" and unstable.  However, it was an easy fix, for most racers, to swap a 17" rim from an F2 and adjust the fork height.  One of the things I remember most about my 900rr was fixing the dual headlights so they "crossed" and made an "X" pattern.  We felt this helped us see further through a turn at night.  I don't recall if it worked or not, but it was a good topic of conversation at White Castle's on Saturday night.


Honda August 24, 2009 posted by

1993 Honda NSR250 MC21

Located in Tampa, Florida is a Chesterfield Replica 1993 Honda NSR250.  I'm not aware of an official Chesterfield replica from Honda--someone please correct me if I'm wrong--but it looks like a professionally done replica if it isn't from the factory and it doesn't look to be eBay plastics.  The bike looks to be in very good condition except for possibly being down on its right side, however, it could just be in the photo.  The seller doesn't state if it's titled, registered, or what kind of money he is looking for.  The seller does have a pretty extensive collection with some decent looking bikes.  See the Craigslit ad here.



Update: This post is pretty outdated. Check out these NSR's on eBay right now:

[AffomaticEbay]Honda NSR[/AffomaticEbay]
Honda August 17, 2009 posted by

Rapid Fire: V&H FZR1000, Low Miles FZR400, and Rare RG250

Doug forwarded all three of these bikes my way this weekend, and all are blogworthy! Check 'em out:

1990 Vance & Hines FZR1000 on FZRArchives ($4500, 11k miles):

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quote from listing:

1990 Vance & Hines FZR1000 -- Vance & Hines built this motorcycle for a Cycle World "Shootout" in September of 1990.

Magnesium 40mm Flatside carburetors
Wiseco pistons enlarged to 1040cc
Yamaha owo1 race kit camshafts
the head has been ported
Olhins rear shock
about 11,000 miles
located in Kansas City KS

with only 6k miles and $2850 buy-it-now:

1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

excerpts from the listing:

The Good
Only 5,993 miles. I believe we are the 3rd owners, and to the best of my knowledge, the mileage is correct. When we were riding it, it always started and ran well and never let us down. As of the last time we rode it, everything worked... all the lights, switches, brakes, clutch, etc... The tires are Metzlers that only have 2,000 to 3,000 miles on them. Cosmetically, it looks great with the exception of the small amount of fairing damage described in "The Bad" section below. It still sports its factory original body work, including the wind screen and the cool removable cowl that covers the passenger seat! Everyone who is serious about FZR400s knows that 1990 is the year to have. FZR400s were only imported to the USA from 1988 to 1990, and the 1990 model had significant upgrades over the prior years (such as the greatly improved swing arm, etc...). Plus, 1990 was the only year it was offered in the black & dark blue color scheme.

The Unknown
We have not ridden it in about 8 years. It is in the infamous "ran when parked" condition. During the past 8 years (and really... during the whole time we have owned it), it has always been kept in an indoor, heated and air conditioned storage space. It has no battery, but I can't think of any reason that it would not start and run with a new battery and a carb cleaning.

The Bad
The guy we bought it from was either the 1st or 2nd owner. He wanted to take it to a track day, so he safety wired it, took it to one track day, lowsided, and then sold us the bike. The lowside resulted in the loss of a chunk of the right side of the fairing. This is such a shame because the rest of the bodywork is original and looks great. He also scraped the right side engine cover.

in Canada ($4500, 9k miles):

quote from seller's eBay listing:

My Suzuki RG250 1987 in A1 plus condition.(Collection rg 250)
Mark: Suyuki , Model: RG250 , Year: 1987, 250 CC 2 strokes
Vin: JS1GJ21A5H2100037
Plate for the road, welcome to see the bike in Sherbrooke,QC, Canada

with 15 000 km (9000 miles)
This bike, when i bought it 2 years ago cost my $3900.00 and i put more than
$4000.00 to make it perfect. There is New Original Gas Tank and one side pannel.
There is a scratch on front fender back side.
Carburator, brake,tires,seat (front and back), mono seat, battery are new.
It start on first kick. Everything work perfectly.
I have all the invoice and evaluation price for this bike is more than $14000.00 is this condition.
Auction with no reserve.

These are all interesting in their own way, but that V&H FZR1000 seems like a steal to me -- even if the colors are hideous! Thanks for hooking us up with the links Doug!


Aprilia August 11, 2009 posted by

Two Very Nice Race/Track Bikes In California

First is a very nice 2006 Honda RS125 located in Morgan Hill, California.  This bike was purchased from Rising Sun Cycles in 2006.  Details as per the sellers listing:

Current configuration:

NEVER been down!
CNRacing '97 RS125 Motor installed, has 50 miles on both top/bottom.
VHM head with 9.8-10.8 inserts.
Leaded CDI, Non-PJ Carb, Leaded Jet kit.
MFactoryWest Silencer.
Short ratio 1st gear installed.
Extended subframe.
Tire warmers.
All setup notes.
Setup for 160LBs rider with gear.
Very, very fast.

Spares package includes:

2004-2009 Spares.
2006 Motor (approx 800mi on bottom/150 on top)
Full factory jet kit.
Power Jet Carb.
Factory PJ Carb-Cutout modules.
Carbon fiber airbox.
Clutch / Throttle cables.
Stock Silencer.
Exhaust pipe.

1995-1998 Spares
Extra Frame (1995-2009)
Extra transmission gear sets. (1998-2009)
Extra clutch packs (x2) (All years)
Extra levers (x2) (All years)
Extra subframe (x2) (All years)
Forks/Shock (1996-2004)
Cranks/Pistons (x4) (All years)
Cylinders (x3) (1995-1997)
Extra gas tank.
And more stuff I am probably forgetting.....

The ad states that there is enough spares to complete a second bike--less wheels and bodywork.  Bike is listed at $10,500.  If you fit on a RS125 and want to go racing, this would be the perfect way in.  See the thread on South Bay Riders Forum here.


The second bike is a 1998 Aprilia RS250 Aprilia Cup bike located in the bay area of California.  The bike has a clean title but isn't registered and has approximately 3000 miles.  The bike comes with a small spares package of sprockets, jets, and bodywork.  Price seems to be appropriate at $4,000.  See the ad on Bay Area Riders Forum here.



Honda August 6, 2009 posted by

1987 Honda NSR250 MC16 (2)

Located in Spokane, Washington is two 1987 Honda NSR250Rgs.  One bike is titled and registered in Washington, runs great and only has some minor paint defects with 18,000Km (11,184mi).  The other bike has a Japanese title and a rough body.  The plated bike is advertised at $3,000 and the untitled one is $1,750.  See the bikes on Craigslist here.