Posts by Category: Honda

Honda November 4, 2008 posted by

1995 Honda RVF400 NC35 For Sale in San Diego

Nice timing stumbling on this bike as I posted a couple of NC30 VFR400's recently.  But the NC35 RVF400 is located in California and is titled and registered according to the listing.  Take a look at this 1995 Honda RVF400 for sale on Craigslist:

quote from seller's Craigslist listing:

1995 HONDA RVF400 NC35. SUPER RARE BIKE. CALIFORNIA TITLED - STREET LEGAL. 1 OF ONLY 5 KNOWN NC35'S TITLED IN CALIFORNIA. $7500.

The last NC35 I posted was listed for $7500 as well. Wish this ad had better pictures, but the seller goes on that interested parties should email him for pictures and more detail.

The Wikipedia entry for the NC35 is pretty good, so check it out for more model information. And here's a little video I found of an RVF400 going through the paces. Note the distinctive gear driven cam whine, which is very similar to Paul's VFR750:

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Honda November 2, 2008 posted by

Shopping Abroad for NC30 Honda VFR400’s

I shouldn't say shopping, I was actually just casually browsing my Google Alerts and a couple of sharp looking NC30 VFR400's came up on Craigslist. Unfortunately they're both overseas. But they're so good looking that I was curious to see what current exchange rates would equate to.

First up is this NC30 Honda VFR400 For Sale in County Durham, UK. Listed on Craigslist for £1795 (~$2900 today):

quote from seller's Craigslist posting:

Honda VFR400 NC30, excellent example of a classic, J-reg, low milage at 16500miles. Sounds amazing, starts first time.

The second VFR400 is located in Yokohama, Japan and is listed on Craigslist for ¥200,000 (~$2000!):

quote from seller's Craigslist listing:

Honda VFR 400 V4, 19 months shaken, new tyre, battery, excellent condition 14,000 km only. Regrettable sale due to baby. Also come with race pipe.

They both look pretty nice, but the black and red one is so sharp it'd by my pick; especially at two grand! How much do you think it would cost to ship a bike like this from Japan or the U.K.? Of course these wouldn't be legal for road use, but I've posted plenty of bikes on this blog that should fall into the same category and many feature titles and registration.

I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on value, cost of transportation, and if it'd be worth the trouble! Please join our conversation and leave a comment!

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Honda October 24, 2008 posted by

88 Honda NSR250 Rothmans: Another CA Titled 2 Stroker

This Rothmans replica isn't as cherry as the previous one I posted, but it sounds like a perfect track day bike or even immediate rider. Especially for the $3900 asking, and listed with a title!

1988 Honda NSR250 Rothmans Replica on Craigslist:

quote from seller's Craiglist ad:

88 rothmans nsr 250 ca street legal, about as rare as can be. 260lbs and 65hp 2 stroke v-twin. been in shed for 9 months. ran perfect when put in. mechanicaly perfect. extra pistons, jugs, gaskets for future upper end rebild. It does not need one. lots of extra parts. 3 complete carb set ups. body work has old age cracks. bike needs to have carbs cleaned. I just dont have the time anymore. fastest bike Ive ever had on the track.

I like the look of this bike so much more than the 89 TZR250 I posted yesterday; not to mention the description in this ad inspires in a way the TZR will never! It's honest, the picture is decent, and I'm sorry, but it's readable. And for $3900, sounds like a screaming deal in parts alone!

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Honda October 22, 2008 posted by

1996 Honda NSR250 MC28 Repsol Replica SP For Sale in Daytona

This particular example comes with a few caveats such as some light damage on the lower fairing, needs a new oil injection pump, and a price isn't listed with the sale.  But it does state that the mechanicals have been recently refreshed and it carries the all important title.  Even more interesting is how they obtained a title for this typically gray-market import:

HOWEVER, DUE TO A LOOP HOLE, WE HAVE A UNITED STATES TITLE FOR THIS ITEM. TITLED IN FLORIDA. SO, IN THE EVENT YOU FIND ANOTHER BIKE LIKE THIS, IT IS VERY UNLIKELY TO FIND ONE WITH A TITLE ISSUED IN THE UNITED STATES. THAT MAKES OUR EVEN MORE RARE!!

Q: WHERE DID WE GET IT?
Q: HOW DO WE HAVE A TITLE?
MY WIFE DOES AUCTIONS OF ALL TYPES. SHE HAPPENED ON AN AUCTION ONE DAY OF A WAREHOUSE. SHE BOUGHT THE WHOLE CONTENTS WITH SOME ITEMS SEEN AND SOME UNSEEN. BARRIED BY BOXES AND ALL KINDS OF STUFF WAS THIS MOTORCYCLE.

THE STATE OF FLORIDA HAS A PROCESS FOR STORAGE FACILITIES TO AQUIRE TITLES FOR ABANDONDED AND OR UNPAID VEHICALS TO GO FOR SALE AND BE SOLD.

IT REALLY IS A PROCESS AND NOT EASY TO DO. BUT IT IS DONE AND WE HAVE A TITLE FOR THE BIKE. THIS WAS THE LOOP HOLE THAT DID NOT ASK FOR PRIOR TITLES AND OR EPA STANDARDS THAT WOULD PREVENT TITLING.

This kind of detail is usually not provided on the web because it help state agencies to close such loopholes.

Anyway, back to the bike. If you've been on the lookout for a low miles bike in the Southeast, this could be your day. Check out this 1996 Honda NSR250 MC28 For Sale:

quote from seller's Craigslist ad:

1996 HONDA NSR250 NSR 250 REPSOL SP.
FACTORY RACE BIKE.
MC28
SINGLE SIDED SWING ARM - PRO ARM
TWIN CYLDER
TWO STROKE
OIL INJECTED
WATER COOLED
DISC BRAKES - EBC BRAKES
KICK START
DRY CLUTCH
PGMIV MEMORY IGNITION CARD (NO KEY) LOOKS LIKE A CREDIT CARD
DIGITAL SPEEDOMETER
ORIGINAL PLASTICS
10,938 KM OR ONLY 6,797 MILES!!

THIS IS AN ULTRA RARE EXOTIC MOTORCYCLE. FROM MY READING IT APPREARS THAT THIS IS ONE OF ONLY 1,000 MADE FOR THIS YEAR AND MODEL. I BELIVE IT IS 657, LAST NUMBERS IN THE JAPANESE VIN. NOT PRODUCED FOR US EMISSIONS AND NOT IMPORTED HERE FOR STREET USE. BIKES WERE SOLD MOSTLY IN JAPAN OR EUROPE. SO DUE TO US EPA STANDARDS YOU CAN NOT GET A TITLE FOR STREET USE.

Depending on price, this could make for a great track bike or fixer.

dc

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

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Honda October 14, 2008 posted by

Honda CBR900RR – 14 Good Looking Example For Sale Right Now!

In my last post I wondered aloud what the market was like for the CBR900RR, an iconic open class sportbike. After doing some real looking today, I have my answer: Act now while these are still widely available and cheap! Compared to most of the hardware I feature on this blog, there's nothing that can touch the value of this modern classic!

During my research, I quickly discovered that finding a clean Honda CBR900RR for sale wasn't as difficult as I expected. Some bikes have been more loved over the years than others though. With literally 50 or more examples available to choose from in less than an hour of shopping, I was able to narrow the field by looking for bikes under 20k miles, mostly original bodywork, no show or stunt bikes, tasteful and modest upgrade choices, and no rebuilt projects. This helped, but I still had 14 bikes that met the criteria!

The first group of 900RR's for sale are limited to the originals with dual headlamps, including model years 92-94. These were the bikes that captured my then 21 year old imagination and still look best to me. My pick of the litter is this 1993 CBR900RR on Craigslist Orange County:

The original black color scheme fits the character of this bike perfectly. At $5200 it's the most expensive one in this group, but I'd still call that a bargain considering the performance this bike promises. Here are 5 more that look really good, especially for the money:

In this second group, models from 95-99, the bike received some minor tweaks to the exterior, most notably the front facia and headlight display. The suspension also saw some revisions and is often retrofitted to earlier bikes. The standout, to me, in this group is this 9k mile 1999 CBR900RR for sale in Washington D.C.

It appears to be completely stock, and with that kind of mileage, it's practically as fresh a canvas as a brand new bike!

Here are a number of other standouts for sale from around the country, all with very reasonable mileage and offerings:

I want to give a big thanks to GPRacer2500 for his great comment on my original 900RR post. He gives a lot of insight with the past ownership of two 900RR's and gives some great advice on subtle differences and suggested upgrades. I was definitely inspired to spend some time looking after that read!

Have a 900RR for sale or have a story? Please leave a comment. Thanks!

Honda CBR900RR Resources on the Web:
Wikipedia entry for the 9xxRR family
Fireblades.org - The 900RR/Fireblade enthusiast forum on the web

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