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Honda August 12, 2017 posted by

The OG: 1989 Honda CBR600F

Behold, the instigator. The first volley in the sport bike wars that consumed the 1990s, culminating in the insane, brightly-colored crotch rockets of the latter half of the decade and the early-aughts. Before there was fuel injection, USD forks, radial brakes and Power Commanders, there was the original CBR600.

1989 Honda CBR600F for sale on eBay

The bike hit the United States market like a Howitzer in 1987, carrying then-unheard of full fairings, a steel box-section perimeter frame and a 90-horse, 600cc inline four that had about 450 pounds to push around with a full tank of fuel. Next to the tube-frame behemoths of the early part of the '80s, these things were space ships.

Compared to any modern bike, it will feel like a Bronze Age ox cart, with traditional telescoping forks, tiny non-ABS brakes and throttle response that only four carburetors can deliver. But you cannot argue with the model's blue-chip pedigree, its importance, and the fact that 90 horses in 450 lbs makes a very fast ox cart.

This 1989 one is an honest, clean, low-mileage example that has obviously been very well looked after. The tires and chain look next to new and the sprocket looks very serviceable.

The bodywork and paint are impeccable compared to the usual fare on these bikes, which were made in vast numbers, and more often than not were thrashed. There is a belt buckle scratch on the back of the tank and some light pitting on cast aluminum parts, but that about does it for cosmetic issues. The bike has a very tasteful and period-looking Yoshimura can.

From the listing:

I bought this bike a few years back from an Upstate NY dealer. I thought I would use it...but I really haven't that much. I had the carbs cleaned by the local Honda dealer last year. Starts every time and no leaks. The tires are like new and has a yellow battery with tender leads. Runs like a champ and growls with the Yoshi pipe. Overall, I would consider it in very good to excellent condition...considering her age. Fun bike to ride and pretty rare. Time for me to say goodbye and make room.

Get a FIRM shipping quote before bidding. Nobody likes to come to LONG ISLAND.

With three days left, the bidding is at a quaint $1,500, and the bike is offered without reserve. It's not rare, or grey market, or crazy fast, but it is an important bike, and has just turned the corner to true classic status. It makes no excuses and will be an awesome addition to any garage.

The OG: 1989 Honda CBR600F
Honda August 10, 2017 posted by

In the Beginning: 1984 Honda NS250R MC11 for Sale

The mid-1980s were a transitional time for sportbikes, and some of these seminal machines are a bit less graceful than their descendants. Today's Honda NS250R MC11 certainly fits that description: it's nowhere near as sleek and purposeful as the later NSR250, but certainly much sportier than the earlier MVX250F that preceded it, with fully-faired style and that cool exhaust that exits through the tail. Unlike other small-displacement sportbikes of the era that generally used compact and economical parallel-twins, the NS250R was powered by a 90° v-twin with Nikasil-lined bores that made the class-limited 45hp at 9,500rpm.

The rest of the NS250R was high-tech as well, with TRAC “Torque-Reaction Anti-Dive Control” forks and the engine had Honda’s ATAC “Automatic Controlled Torque Amplification Chamber” to boost midrange by adjusting the volume of the front cylinder’s exhaust. The bike was very light at 317lbs dry, helped by liberal use of aluminum in the frame and swingarm, while modular Comstar wheels accepted tubeless tires, a relatively unusual feature for the period.

From the original eBay listing: 1984 Honda NS250R MC11 for Sale

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. Original Cowl. Switches and lights working. Some scratches and cracks but very clean. So look carefully all pictures and video. No Mirrors. Need to fix the tank under the decal.

Engine Number MC11E-1116589 15,197km (9,442 miles) Low miles

This motorcycle is 33years old. Sold as is. Sold as is with NO warranty NO refunds NO return. Buyer responsible for vehicle pick-up or shipping to your location. Item in Carson now. If anyone wants to come see the motorcycle. Please contact me.

Thank you.

The seller also includes a video of the bike starting [on the first kick] and running. It's not in perfect condition, with missing mirrors and other imperfections, but is complete and is claimed to have the original bodywork, even the funky flap on the sidestand. There is a "Moriwaki" sticker on the tank that is supposed to be covering some cosmetic issues but it appears there's not dent, just damaged paintwork. No takers yet at the $2,500 asking price, but these are pretty cool and definitely rare in the states. Although performance won't be on par with the later NSR250, it may be easier to register here in the US due to age.

-tad

In the Beginning: 1984 Honda NS250R MC11 for Sale
Honda August 9, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: No Reserve 1996 Honda RVF400 For Sale

Update 8.15.2017: eBay shows sold for $8,800. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This 1996 Honda RVF400R from featured seller Glenn is from the model's last year of production, and wears a distinctly '90s livery on fairings that are just slightly sharper than its predecessor, the VFR400R. The RVF also got upside-down forks and CBR900RR-aping foxeye headlights when it debuted in '94.

1996 Honda RVF400R for sale on eBay

Sold new only in Japan, the RVF was a wholly-updated machine that was praised at the time for sharp handling and flickability, a common thread among sports 400s. Aside from the updated forks, Honda changed frame geometry, the engine mounting position, added a slightly narrower single-sided swingarm and upgraded the new bike to a 17-inch rear wheel to aid turn-in, a change which will also make finding modern tires a non-issue.

Between the frame rails sat an engine with re-thought carburetors and new valve timing. As with every 400cc sportbike out there, the engine doesn't shine until it's really spinning, eventually spitting out just shy of 60 horses at 13,500 rpm.

The bike featured here looks clean enough to eat off of, but the seller notes a few spots of touch-up paint and a replacement decal or two. Mechanically, this RVF is pretty close to sorted, with freshly-cleaned carbs and fluids flushed. The chain and sprockets are tired, according to the seller, and the tires look OK, but are a few years old.

From the eBay listing:

One week Auction NO Reserv

e will sell to high bid. I do reserve the right to end auction early for local sale!

1996 Honda RVF400 NC35, the bike has a clean and clear Arizona title with current registration. It has original Japanese 11 digit VIN, so no California registration but ok elsewhere. Bike is currently located in So Cal, but can be available for pickup/delivery in Phoenix area if needed.

The NC35 is truly one of

the classic 90's Honda's. 360 degree crank, gear driven cams, V4, single sided swingarm. Only sold in Japan.

This is a nice lower mile stock example. I have a few NC35 and NC30 projects but when I bought this bike it was as it sits now. I only

just recently did a complete service on it, oil change, coolant flush and fill, fresh synthetic DOT4 front and rear brake fluid and completely tore the carbs down and did a thorough cleaning.

The bike has had some touch up paint work done in the past before I bought it and it looks good. Bodywork is OEM original Honda, most decals original some reproduction and repainted, some touch up paint work on engine and a few other bits, but overall looks nice, seats were recovered. Rear sets are factory, but pegs aftermarket. I have a new set of Tyga rearsets I will sell for a pretty good deal if new owner wants them! Please look at the photos closely, if you need

more, just email or call me.

Runs great, low miles, nice fueling and handles beautiful, great brakes. Everything works as it should, all lighting, switchgear etc etc. Tires are a few years old but decent, chain and sprocket should be replaced, other than that it just had a full service so really needs nothing.

There is a lot of info online about the NC30 and 35, parts are pretty easy to source and plentiful, great aftermarket options from Tyga and others. This bike will make a great rider, lots of fun at trackdays and is quite collectible, not many around, Honda made few of them compared to the NC30 and not a lot of nice survivors today. Don't miss this chance to get a nice titled NC35!!

Please email or call with any questions, please check out all the pictures and I will try to add a video of bike starting and running later this week!!

NO RESERVE!!

The bike is registered and tagged in Arizona, and the seller says the paperwork will transfer to anywhere except California. The bike is listed with no reserve, and bidding sits at $4,050 with five days left.

If you've always had the hots for an RC45 but you have a working stiff's budget, let this shining example of its baby brother scratch that itch!

Featured Listing: No Reserve 1996 Honda RVF400 For Sale
Honda August 3, 2017 posted by

Kentucky Commemorative – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition

Intended as a celebratory livery in honor of Nicky Hayden's 2006 Moto GP championship, the Repsol-stickered superbike is now a more somber reminder of how instantly things can change.  The second generation in-line four had a nice bump in torque and slightly quicker steering, but didn't give up the steady handling and great build quality.

2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition for sale on eBay

After retiring the RC51 and returning to an I-four for WSBK, Honda had more resources to throw at the CBR flagship, and all the more reason with a new championship.  The first-gen CBR1000RR was only a couple of years old, so incremental changes were in order - a touch more compression, slightly different valve porting, revised steering geometry, larger but thinner brake disks, and the result was a skwosh more powerful and a smidgen lighter, though still heavier than the competition.

This Fireblade's Florida caretaker has limited mileage to just over 6,000 and made several updates, looking excellent and undamaged.  From the eBay auction:

One of the few remaining of the only 300 produced for 2007.  Mint condition, one owner.  Power commander, Boz Bros. moto GP exhaust,  flush mount front turn signals, tail light/blinker combo, plate relocater, HID's, oem second seat cover and carbon fiber extras. Never seen rain and always sleeps under a cover!  This bike was produced after Nicky Hayden won the moto GP in 2006.  Unfortunately he has recently passed away after a biking accident in Italy.  I would hope to see the bike in the hands of a collector to honor Nicky's legacy. Thank you for looking.

Reviews of the CBR1000RR confirmed the solid feeling, and that the bike was composed at speed, almost deceptively fast.  Integration and testing by factory riders and engineers are the usual reason, leaving not much to chance.  After all, this sort of machine is generally found no more than ten feet from the showroom door.  A couple of this owner's mods might not be your taste, but all are easily reversed.  Hard to argue the overall condition, any more than the great championship team colors.  The MotoGP laurel on the tank is a small tribute to a hardworking and humble champion, who wore his dad's racing number 69, and was bicycling for fitness ( after a morning run ! ) in the middle of the WSBK season...

-donn

Kentucky Commemorative – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition
Honda July 28, 2017 posted by

Not-So-Basic Black – 1990 Honda NSR250R in South Africa

Most often seen in much racier livery, the 1990 Honda NSR250R / MC21 was a comprehensive update from the previous  MC18.  This South African example creates a subdued excitement in black with grey accents, and quite original with 3,800 miles it's a great candidate for re-location.

1990 Honda NSR250R ( South Africa ) for sale on eBay

 

The 249cc two-stroke twin ( and its 45 hp ) on board the NSR250R remained quite similar throughout the nine year life of the model. The electronic control unit controlling ignition, carburetion and reed valves was frequently updated, and PGM-III incorporates throttle and gear position sensors in the interest of widening the torque band.  The revisions for 1990 included a beefier chassis and curved "gull" swingarm, which allowed more room for expansion chambers near the footpegs.  Wheel sizes were matched at 17" and the rear was widened to 4-1/2 inches.

 

Coming out of Cape Town, this NSR250R has very low miles for its age and appears to have had careful garage mates.  Often gray market offerings have led a full life of junior licensees, and sometimes pictures only cloud the issue, but this one looks excellent.  Part of the ECU was tasked with restricting top speed and this has been worked around, as well as an aftermarket exhaust.  From the eBay auction:

Derestricted, jetted for sea level and fitted with full JHA expansions.The engine is in superb condition, starts first kick everytime even when cold.Low mileage combined with mind blowing performance makes this one not to be missed.The screen has some discolouration due to age. The tires were replaced recently as the original factory tires had plenty of tread but were cracked from being on the vehicle for 22 years. A complete service,including replacing brake pads and and two stroke oil has been done less than 500 Km ago.

 

The world has certainly gotten smaller and the owner's shipping estimate seems to make sense even from that far corner.  Perhaps an inspection by a local shop could be arranged, putting some condition questions to rest.  Still the number of tasks to legally bring this bike to your garage shouldn't be underestimated.  This excellent NSR250R might be worth the effort for the collector with the right-sized opening in his garage...

-donn

Not-So-Basic Black – 1990 Honda NSR250R in South Africa
Honda July 18, 2017 posted by

Big Red Muscle Bike: Very Clean 1995 Honda CB1000 for Sale

In the 1990s, Honda had a bit of a problem with their engineers building cool machines the company didn't seem to know how to sell: the Hawk GT, the CB1, and their retro-styled musclebike, the CB1000F known internally as "Project Big One." And big it is: those are 18" wheels front and rear, but they look like a set of modern 17" hoops fitted to a much smaller machine.

The big, 998cc four cylinder engine that motivated the beast was taken from the Hurricane, retuned for midrange punch and backed by a five-speed gearbox. Power was a respectable 97hp and the overall package weighed 542lbs dry.  It was a practical performer, but its lifespan was limited: the CB1000 was introduced in 1992 and sold until 1996, but the bike wasn't even available in the USA until 1994.

Period reviews were very positive and the physically imposing bike handled well, but the CB1000 proved to be a tough sell. Like the earlier Hawk GT, the Big One predated the naked and retro-style crazes that bikes like the Monster and Speed Triple either started or capitalized on, and was long gone by the time it might have been a hit. It didn't help that prices for the CB1000 were high: it was just $500 less than the higher-performance CBR1000, so you can guess which one most buyers chose. If you missed out on the Honda CB1000 the first time around, this very clean example in bright red might be just the ticket.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Honda CB1000F for Sale

1995 Honda CB1000F A.K.A. " THE BIG ONE" 

An Extremely Rare and Mint 100% Stock and Low Mileage Survivor in Pristine Condition. 97 Horsepower, Very FAST! Owned by a 70+ year old guy that babied this beauty, never seen rain, stored indoors 24x7!

New Tires Front and Rear, braided stainless brake lines, Full Service, tune-up and a pro detail just completed!

HERE IS A CHANCE TO OWN THE CLEANEST CB1000F IN THE COUNTY AT AN ABSOLUTE STEAL...

THE CB1000F IS SIMPLY A PHENOMENAL MOTORCYCLE

The video included by the seller features a bit too much generic hard rock music that masks all the good bike-y sounds, although it's a Honda so the stock exhaust is pretty muted anyway... These are generally pretty hard to find, although a couple have popped up recently. None were in this sort of collectible condition though. The seller is asking $4,750 for this particular CB1000 which is obviously on the high side, but you are unlikely find one nicer.

-tad

Big Red Muscle Bike: Very Clean 1995 Honda CB1000 for Sale