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Honda June 7, 2017 posted by

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

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
Honda May 26, 2017 posted by

Battle of the 400s! Honda CBR400RR or Kawasaki ZXR400R

The collection from Utah keeps on giving! Up for grabs this week is your choice of either a CBR400RR or a ZXR400R; both are 1995 models, but winning the auction only allows you to choose one. So which of these two ultra-rare grey bikes do you choose? Read on before you decide!

From the seller:
These two 400's will be the last of the bikes I will be listing for sale. I've sold a lot of bikes and the honey hole is running dry.

This is a YOUR CHOICE auction. Up for your consideration is a 1995 Honda CBR400RR Fireblade with 22,014 kilometers (13,678 miles) or a 1995 Kawasaki Ninja ZXR400R with 25,254 kilometers (15,692 miles). High bidder will have their choice of bikes. You don't get both bikes, you only get to choose ONE for your high bid. Both bikes have scratches and scrapes throughout. The Fireblade has a Fat Daddy aftermarket muffler installed but also comes with its original stock OEM muffler included. Both bikes are in great condition and would make great candidates for restoration. Both bikes run perfectly like the day they were new. Both bikes will have new batteries, new fluids and filters serviced. Both bikes come with Utah state titles and are titled as motorcycles for street use. Fairings and components on both bikes are 100% OEM factory original. Both look very nice and have good curb appeal.


1995 Honda CBR400RR Fireblade



1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R Ninja



There has been some good feedback about this seller in the RSBFS comments section (see this post here) and we have definitely seen some amazing motorcycles. But how would you choose between one of these little rocket ships? Neither is exactly in concours condition, but that might just be the appeal. Both are riders, meaning that you could pick one, thrash on it until your face hurts from smiling so much, and then park it knowing that you did not just ruin some zero mile investment. You can check the auction out here. Activity has been moderate thus far, and the current bid for one of these beauties sits at $6k with a reserve still in place.

If you are looking to add a grey-market 400 to your collection, this is a great opportunity. This seller has liquidated a serious number of bikes, and this is the end of that line. It is rare to see a collection such as this thinned out in one fell swoop, but it is certainly exciting to watch! Act now for one of these housebroken machines; it may be some time before we see the likes of them again. Good Luck!!

MI

Battle of the 400s!  Honda CBR400RR or Kawasaki ZXR400R
Honda May 25, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – BOGO 1987 Honda NSR50’s

Our Utah collector obviously has a soft spot for the NSR50 as this his his second two-bike offering. This two-for-one pairs a stock NSR50 with a 80cc four stroke conversion. Both have some miles, and are complete, ready for an easy restoration.

Almost always available in lookalike paint schemes of the more senior machines, the NSR50 is diminutive but flies the Honda colors on pit lane.  Rugged build indicates Honda knew they would live a hard life with young riders and/or be irresistable to full-size adults.  Mini but wicked cool with perimeter chassis, alloy wheels and disk brakes.

The black machine has been upgraded to a Honda 80cc four stroke, note the large(er) diameter exhaust.

Not often an owner will boast scratches, scrapes, cracks, dents and dings throughout, but props for the honest assessment.

From the eBay auction:

Two NSR's for the price of one. Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE are TWO Honda NSR's. You get both bikes for one bid. Highest bidder wins both bikes. The RED NSR50 is completely stock with 6299 kilometers (3914 miles).

The BLACK NSR has a Honda APE 80cc four stroke engine professionally installed and odometer reads 8889 kilometers (5523 miles). Actual mileage on engine is less than 500 miles since it was installed. The black NSR also has upgraded front brakes and the upper has been painted.

Showroom novelty, pitbike or maybe for the kids, the NSR50 packs more than 49cc of fun into a tiny package.  The 80cc upgrade might tempt you to take it out on the road, but stick with minibike fun races in support of the privateers at your local track.  After restoration, they could be kept in the kitchen, hell maybe right up on the table !

-donn

Featured Listing – BOGO 1987 Honda NSR50’s
Honda May 13, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992 Honda NSR150 SP for Sale

Intended for the Asian market, I'm not sure I've ever seen an NSR150 SP for sale here in the USA before. As with the bigger NSR250, this was not a budget commuter, and included plenty of high-tech components to match the Repsol race-rep paint job. Obviously, style is key for a first bike that will likely be purchased by a younger rider attracted to the sleek lines and evocative Repsol colors, but that doesn't mean everyone wants plastic tires and budget components that they will quickly outgrow.

It certainly has big-bike technology to match the big-bike looks, and is festooned with typical acronyms and cool-sounding names: the PRO-ARM single-sided swingarm is featured prominently, and the bike also includes a six-speed gearbox, Nikasil coated cylinders, and RC valves to improve the little 149cc engine's flexibility, as well as HECS or "Honda Evolution Catalyzing System" to help it meet rising emission standards. And in typical two-stroke form, the little NSR150 SP makes a big claimed 39.5hp and 19 lb.ft of torque, although that seems pretty ambitious and I've not seen any independent articles that confirm this output.

The package weighed in at just 268lbs dry, so this thing should be a bit of a rocket if you're expecting mere scooter performance and handling. It's probably not the ideal bike if you've got typically... American proportions but, if you're of smaller stature, this might make a very cool ride and a great conversation-starter, even if if offers only modest performance.

From the Seller: 1992 Honda NSR150SP for Sale

Very RARE in the USA, seldom ever seen 1992 Honda NSR 150 SP Repsol edition. 150cc two stroke single cylinder liquid cooled engine. My money says this is the fastest way thru a tight corner on two wheels, lol. Only one owner with only 740 kilometers (460 miles). This bike is in as new condition. As I like to say, It was loved as a child, lol. 100% original OEM Honda factory stock condition. Bike has new oil, coolant and filters serviced. Runs like the day it was new. Utah state title in my company name will be presented to the buyer. Premium museum quality.

As with the seller's previous bikes, there are a few minor cosmetic imperfections visible on exposed metal surfaces, but the plastics appear to be in excellent condition and the bike is basically ready for its next collector-owner. This may not have the pedigree of an RC30 or even an NC30 but it certainly is rare and exotic!

-tad

 

Featured Listing: 1992 Honda NSR150 SP for Sale
Honda May 13, 2017 posted by

Decisions Decisions: Honda NSR80 or NSR50?

In many ways, sitting in the plush, corporate headquarters of RSBFS is a dream job; hours spent searching for the best rare sport bike classifieds every day. On the other hand, it is a bit like hell; staring all day at bikes I would like to own if only the garage were larger and the weekends longer. I won't even go into the prohibitive cost factor of many dream machines. But today I get to post what I would best describe as some of the coolest toys imaginable; toys that won't completely break the bank, drain the 401k, and place marital status at risk. Brought to us by the Utah collector who is thinning the herd, today's find is a choice between a 1995 Honda NSR80 or a 1992 NSR50. Which would you choose? Read on!


The NSR 50 is obviously the smaller of the two bikes, potentially eliminating it for some of our, um, uh, more "buff" readers. It is, however, the Mick Doohan Repsol commemorative model NSR50 - which makes it cool in its own right. Heck, anything with a Doohan sig is pretty sweet in my book - although I do find it odd that Honda chose to commemorate a 5-time 500cc Grand Prix champion with such a diminutive machine.... But that is another story. Powered by a 50cc liquid-cooled two stroke, the NSR50 won't set any records for acceleration or top speed, but there is definitely enough there to make it fun; figure about 7 or so horsepower and a top speed in the 50 mph range.

From the seller:
The Repsol NSR 50 has 14,113 kilometers (8,769 miles). Two tabs are broken on the bottom of the lower fairing where the two lower fairings come together. This is an easy fix with zip ties or fastening brackets or plates installed. There are scratches, dings and scrapes throughout but the bike has good curb appeal. Bike will be serviced with a new battery & new fluids (engine oil and coolant) Radiator looks surprisingly in excellent condition. Bike runs excellent like the day it was new. Bike appears to be completely stock OEM condition.

It surprises me that any of these bikes live to see past a year, as they were normally presents for kids with parents who loved them more than mine did, or purchased by the teenage set who more easily fold into the tiny cockpits. These bikes were also commonly raced in minibike road races held at karting tracks, representing a cost-effective way to exercise your racing muscle. A commemorative edition bike likely escaped the "my first little motorcycle" syndrome, but any small bike like this is an invitation to hoon; as such, abuse in this size class is rampant. This one seems to have escaped the majority of teenage angst, although it is far from perfect.


The flip side of today's coin is a 1995 Honda NSR80. A bigger machine in stature and capacity, the NSR80 suffers from the same maladies as the 50cc version; small size and (relatively) cheap price made it an excellent platforms for beginners, teens and aspiring racers. Like the NSR50, the 80cc model is a single cylinder two stroke with liquid cooling. There is more power available than the NSR50 (an estimated 12 HP!), and performance parts availability seems to be more geared to the 80cc variant - if that helps sway any decisions.

From the seller:
The NSR80 has 2,256 kilometers (1401 miles). It has several dents in the fuel tank. There are scratches, dings and scrapes throughout but the bike looks nice and has good curb appeal. Bike will be serviced with a new battery & new fluids (engine oil and coolant) Bike runs excellent like the day it was new. Bike appears to be completely stock OEM condition.

This bike looks a bit rougher than the Repsol edition bike. The tank scars indicate some possible low side activity. Again, given the predominant use of these bikes (kids, first time riders, minibike racing), I am amazed that they survive at all. So while this is certainly not in "put up on a shelf to let the world adore it" type of condition, if the mechanicals check out it could be a blast as a rider.


Here is the novel bit about this auction: Both bikes are in the auction, but the winning bidder only gets to choose one. We don't see either of these bikes very often, so this is definitely a feast over famine situation. Which would you choose and why? No fair calling out an NSR50R or some other bit of super-rare race bike, but comparisons to the YSR model lineup are welcome. Good luck!!

MI

Decisions Decisions: Honda NSR80 or NSR50?