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Honda December 8, 2017 posted by

Veteran of Foreign Wars – 1988 Honda CBR250R

Our fans have recently been treated to a fairly steady stream of small-sports, most often nice and sometimes in mint shape.  But what if you could pick up a high-mileage rider and restore it on your terms ?  This former daily driver didn’t garner any bids last time out and is up again with a sensible reserve.

1988 Honda CBR250R for sale on eBay

 

Honda introduced the in-line four 250 in 1986, and the peppy mill revs to 18,000 rpm on its way to 40 hp.  Gear-driven cams provide a vintage whine, as well as low maintenance.  Updates for 1988 included dual headlights, single-disk front brake, and a revised fuel pump.  Despite its 350 lb. ready-to-ride weight, the CBR250R has relaxed middleweight ergonomics.

 

Almost certainly the victim of too many owners, this MC19 has no major damage, but wear, corrosion and rash in every quadrant.  Not extreme but fairly high miles, some new parts but needing much more.  From the eBay auction-

JDM 1988 Honda CBR250R with 33k kilometers (20,400 miles). New rear tire, windscreen, levers, rear brake pads, intake manifolds. Scratches, paint chips, small dents consistent with being 29 years old. See photos for details.

Yes! It has a clear California title in my name, ready to transfer to a lucky Honda fanatic. You aren't going to get many chances to own and experience one of Honda's most amazing little street bikes, so grab it while you can.

There are forums for these bikes, with a lot of available parts in Australia and Japan. Aftermarket bodywork kits are available from Hong Kong for less than $500 delivered in the US.  I bought new intake manifolds for less than $20 and a new windscreen for less than $25 delivered! The bike runs cool all the time and has no leaks anywhere.

 

Not being the best year or condition, it does appear complete and its Cali title might be its best feature.  Though it would be easy to blow the budget, it might be a feasible restoration if the new owner did most of the work and wasn’t a stickler for factory parts.  If you look back at my archives you know I’d rather review a mint oddball than a tired legend, but this CBR250R has great possibilities...

-donn

 

Veteran of Foreign Wars – 1988 Honda CBR250R
Honda December 1, 2017 posted by

Triple Time: 1986 Honda NS400R for Sale

Honda's two-stroke NS400R was ostensibly intended to capitalize on their Grand Prix racing efforts, but with less displacement and one fewer cylinder than rivals from Suzuki and Yamaha, it got lost in the shuffle at the time and suffered from a perceived lack of hairy-chestedness, compared to its 500cc competition.

So why did Honda go with a 400cc triple instead of a 500cc four, like Yamaha and Suzuki? Well in fact Yamaha and Suzuki did produce 400cc versions of their engines, in order to make these performance machines more appealing in their home market of Japan, where taxes and licensing laws made owning the 500cc version prohibitively expensive. So instead of building different versions of their repli-racer to suit the laws of different countries, Honda simply used the 400cc version for all markets.

The performance gap, especially between the NS400R and the RZ500 is actually pretty minimal, due to the Honda’s light weight: the liquid-cooled 387cc V3 produced a claimed 72hp and the bike weighed just 360lbs. A six-speed gearbox helped keep the two-stroke “on the pipe” and the bike featured sophisticated suspension at both ends, with TRAC anti-dive forks and a Pro-Link rear setup. Modular Comstar wheels were fitted with radial tires, a relative novelty at the time.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Honda NS400R for Sale

This bike has been meticulously restored from bottom to top as a shining example of the replica Honda put out in honour of the legend Fast Freddie Spencer! For the hard core era two stroke enthusiast and collector, this machine will not disappoint you!

I also have another 1986 NS400R that is in parts. Everything mechanically is there for restoration except some of the body fairings. I would not be fair to part this unit out as a result. I am prepared to sell both as a package or separately. 

Ask and I can send you the link to the Youtube video.

Period reviews praised the bike’s handling, and the overall package was surprisingly refined, considering the bike’s light weight and racy specification. I wonder if that didn't hurt the bike's reputation, although it should have been a bonus at the time. It's the same thing that let down the RZ500: in an effort to make a better road bike, Yamaha lost sight of why people were interested in a big-bore two-stroke in the first place, and the result was needlessly heavy and somewhat less exciting than Suzuki's Gamma. The NS400R doesn't have a weight problem, but it doesn't seem to have the RG500's wild reputation, either. They were relative bargains for a long time, but values have risen significantly over the past few years and this restored example is being offered for approximately $9,400 US. Note that this bike is currently in Canada, so keep that in mind before you hit the Buy It Now or Make Offer buttons.

-tad

Triple Time: 1986 Honda NS400R for Sale
Honda November 29, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Ex-Zarco 2012 MotoBi TSR6 Moto2 bike

After five seasons showing equal parts promise, poise, ruthlessness and speed in the Moto2 World Championship, Frenchman Johann Zarco moved up to MotoGP for 2017 and earned Rookie of the Year honors on his way to sixth overall in the championship. In a fitting tribute to that accolade, today's featured listing is the 600cc Moto2 machine upon which he took home Rookie of the Year in the intermediate class in 2012.

His remarkable 2017 season followed back-to-back championships in Moto2, and he brought with him to the 1,000cc class a loose-is-fast, cutthroat style common to Moto2 riders. His 2012 bike, like all Moto2 rides, is powered by a highly modified inline four based on the Honda CBR600 engine. It resides in a proprietary MotoBi frame, which are becoming scarcer as the team has since left the Moto2 World Championship stage.

The seller says he bought this bike directly from team JiR after the engine was refreshed and broken in on a dyno. It is reportedly in ready-to-race condition, though it has been on display since it was purchased. It wears Mobil oil livery from the 2012 LeMans round of the championship, and bears Zarco's signature on the tank cover. The seller says he can supply spare parts with the purchase on request.

From the seller:

2012 MotoBi TSR6 Moto2.
Former team JIR, ridden by Joahn Zarco in the 2012 Moto2 World Championship.
Frame number TSR-001
Engine number PR01E1000062A
This bike with Zarco ended at 10th place in the Championship and in the same year Zarco was awarded with the "Rookie of the year" prize.
The bike is in virtually "as new" conditions.
Engine has been overhauled by team JIR just before the delivery and has been breaked-in on the dyno.
Has received all the upgrades from the standard TSR6 and is presented in the Le Mans "Mobil 1" scheme as per French Grand Prix of 2012.
It is provided of standard HRC dash as per buyer's request.
The bike has been purchased by actual owner directly from team JIR and the same team provided full statement of rider/placement/results and has been kept on display since.
The bike is ready to be used.
Spare parts are available upon request.

Contact the seller:
Matteo Franchini
matte.franchini@gmail.com
Phone: +39 338 6621149
Price 67.000 euro

The frame is stamped with serial number 2012-001, and will come with a spate of documentation stating its authenticity. As Zarco's star continues to rise in the MotoGP World Championship, the bike's value is sure to increase. Particularly in the latter half of the 2017 season, Zarco found pace where the factory men could not, and very nearly won the final round in Valencia, four places ahead of nine-time champ and factory Yamaha man Valentino Rossi.

Featured Listing: Ex-Zarco 2012 MotoBi TSR6 Moto2 bike
Honda November 27, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1995 Honda RVF400R Restored by Speedwerks

Update 12.20.2017: Steve has updated us that this bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! He also mentions that he has an even nicer one that will be ready in early January, stay tuned! -dc

As profiled in the 1984 edition of Cycle World's occasional "Forbidden Fruit" column, the RVF400R / NC35 was a world-beating junior but accompanied the legendary RVF750R / RC45 only to the home market.  RSBFS sponsor Speedwerks has given this example a new lease on life.  The 399cc V-4 has been comprehensively freshened with new fluids and filters, seals and tires, chain and titanium exhaust.  With Ohio title, it's ready for a new rider.

The NC35 had several nice updates to the earlier VFR400R, mechanical in the 41mm upside-down forks, Pro-Arm rear monoshock, 17" wheels front and rear, and cosmetic in the cat-eye headlights.  61 hp is available at a lofty 12,500 rpm, the gear-driven cams whining their way to the beat of the "big bang" crank timing.  Build quality and reliability was above the rest of the junior market, though the price was a dry weight of just under 365 lbs.

Speedwerks has been restoring and preparing sportbikes for more than 20 years, and the results of their experience are apparent here.  Painted and plated parts are correctly colored and finished, rubber parts renewed, and the aftermarket fairings have factory livery.  After the carb rebuild and new exhaust, a tuning session on the dyno was done.  Here are Steve's notes from the build:

Honda RVF400RR NC35. 33K miles, Clean US title, Fully Serviced and dyno tuned, runs and rides as new.
Demon titanium exhaust. Mobil 1 synthetic with Hi-Flo filter, Antifreeze flushed/filled,
Steel braided brake lines, bled with Castrol fluid and fitted with new Ferodo pads.
EK chain, Carbs rebuilt and jetted, new fuel lines and filter, NGK ER9EH plugs.
New Bridgestones fitted, RS10 soft front, S20 dual rear. Fresh fork oil and seals.
Bodywork is aftermarket and shows well, the paint is very nice.
This RVF is a good reliable rider, ready for a good home. Personal delivery available.

Speedwerks is asking $8999, contact Steve by email (steve@speedwerks.com) or visit their Facebook page.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1995 Honda RVF400R Restored by Speedwerks
Honda November 23, 2017 posted by

Chickenhawk – 1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor with 1,147 miles !

This auction ended as the post was being edited, but the pictures of this super example are still available.  Happy Thanksgiving !

In a rare maneuver, Honda sent the dainty VTR250 Interceptor to the U.S. - only and first - in part to keep Kawasaki's 250cc plans in check.  From 1988-1990 it was only here, a lightweight and fun way to embarrass bigger bikes around town or in tight quarters.  The 249cc V-twin cranked 25 hp via 14,000 rpm, with an Interceptor fairing and kooky inboard disk brake.

1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor for sale on eBay

 

Specs for the early years can be hard to verify since the 2nd generation model was much improved, but the VTR250 did cage the V-twin in a light twin-beam frame, with conventional forks and Pro-Link rear.  The inboard front disk was a bit of a solution in search of a problem, but arguably better than the drum brake rear.  Integrated fairing looked the Interceptor part, though the usual white/teal/magenta livery with blue seat is a moment in time.

 

Still on its original tires, this VTR is a nice barn find.  From the eBay auction:

  • It is a one-owner, never abused, barely used example of these great little 250s which were introduced to compete with the Kawasaki Ninja 250s in production racing. It comes with the original tool kit and also the owner’s manual still in its vinyl “document bag”. The mileage is 1147 miles – all of them careful adult miles. It has never been to a track day or been raced and has never spent a night outside my attached, smoke free garage nor been ridden in the rain. The bike is very clean. The battery is only about a year old and is always on one of my battery minders.
  • Although all the lights, horn, etc. work fine, the turn signals are slow to begin working. I suspect the inside of the switch could use a cleaning although once they begin to work they work fine. I’m sure this would sort itself out if the bike was used regularly.
  • The bike is all original (except for the added fuel filter) which means the tires are as well. They look great – surprising for their age – and could be used to gently putter around now and then. But, if you intend to really RIDE the bike, you need to fit new rubber before then.

 

The second generation VTR250 was not sold in the U.S. and transformed into a naked Monster-esque lightweight, with trellis frame.  But the Interceptor bodywork has its appeal, and the largely maintenance-free drivetrain is easy on the budget.  With only 330 lbs. to push around, the smallish sport can be a joy everywhere but the wide-open road.  Not likely another example with this little wear will come up again soon...

-donn

Chickenhawk – 1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor with 1,147 miles !
Honda November 22, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Stunning 1987 Honda RC30!

Update 11.27.2017: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Our buddy Greg at Deftone Cycles has a near-constant stream of gorgeous grey-market bikes come through his doors every year, from fairly standard JDM imports in excellent condition to some real unobtanium pieces that you have to be fast to catch. It's no surprise, then, that this super-rare 1987 Honda VFR750R RC30 from Greg's personal stash is both rare as dog feathers and in excellent shape.

The bike really looks like it just rolled off the line, with almost no blemishes anywhere and a mirror shine on all of the bodywork despite having just under 15,000 miles on the clock. Greg says he bought it last December from the original Japanese owner.

First year bikes like this one were in such demand that they were distributed to customers through a lottery, so whoever owned this bike was serious about making sure she got just what she wanted. As we mentioned, that care has resulted in a bike that is spotless on every surface, down to the chain and sprocket. Being a Japanese-market bike, its power is restricted to "just" 75 horses, though a few fairly simple mods can unleash the full complement. It can be distinguished from Euro-market bikes by its tiny twin headlights; the European bikes had much bigger units installed.

In Greg's own words:

1987 Honda VFR750R RC30 JDM
Purchased in Japan from original owner.
Imported into united states December of 2016.
Vin matching State of Ohio Title.
23299KM
Being sold out of my Personal Collection.
This is the first year of production. when produced the first bikes were only available to buyers via a ballot system in Japan.
Asking 28k OBO.
Contact Greg
deftonecycles@gmail.com

Greg is asking $28,000 or best offer for this near-perfect, all-original example of an iconic Honda racebike. He can be reached at the email address above with questions or inquiries.

Featured Listing: Stunning 1987 Honda RC30!