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Honda April 11, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Honda CRF450 Super Single

It is a marriage most unusual. Take a long-travel motocross machine and give it a real hard look. What do you see? To some, it is far more than a dirt bike. Some see a lightweight chassis and a torquey motor. Some picture it with modified suspension bits to bring the overall height closer to ground level. The real forward thinkers see it with full road race bodywork, big brakes and slick tires. Can a dirt bike survive a marriage to go-fast-on-asphalt bits? It can indeed. What's more is it *thrives* on the changes. What used to be a mogul stomper becomes a bonafide corner-carving demon. With a little ingenuity and foresight, a new racing class is born. A class that epitomizes lower cost without sacrificing performance or fun. Enter the realm of the Super Single (aka Formula 450): A dirt bike-bred racer with all the right sights and sounds without bespoke race bike bills.

2006 Honda CRF450 Super Single Racer for sale

The F450 class was the brainchild of motorcycle hall of famer Gavin Trippe, aided by Troy Lee and Roland Sands. The goal was to create more opportunity for younger riders to enter into racing without the high financial hurdles of existing professional classes. It was claimed that a F450 - based on any eligible, existing 450cc motorcrosser - could be assembled for as little as $10,000. In time the actual figures crept up closer to the $15k mark, but even this was far below a competitive 600cc superstock class bike. By 2009 there were nearly 10 different manufacturers that had an offering in the 450cc motocross class - between the cost and bike availability it would seem that the Formula 450 class was a no-brainer. It was not to be quite so easy, however. While F450 classes did exist, the popularity of this route for younger riders was never truly established. Today these are race-worthy machines, outstanding track day mounts, and flat out fun.

From the seller:
All stock internals 2006 CRF450R Motor
Hinson Slipper clutch
Boyesen water pump
Suspension built and tuned by Race Tech (shortened, all race internals)
Custom Race Tech triple clamps
Custom fork boot to accept Brembo setup
Full Brembo brake setup front/back
Forged Marchesini wheels
Custom fully adjustable rear sets
Scott's steering dampener
Catalyst Racing bodywork
Handmade carbon fiber tank cover, lower fairing, and rear fender "mudguard"
FMF Apex Exhaust
Custom rear subframe
K&N Race air filter w/custom mounts
Many custom machined parts for retrofit
Weighs in at 230lb wet

This particular F450 is a bit of a superstar. You are looking at the AMA F450 champion from 2008, ridden by Tyler Odom. Since the seller acquired the machine, it went through only minor changes, and was engaged in track days. Aside from riding, this is a striking bike that surely belongs astride a billiards table in your man cave. With lots of carbon and what looks like tremendous adjustability from those trick rearsets, you'll be sitting pretty in no time at all. And when it comes to riding, you will be at the top of your class at the next track day. Perhaps you want to dip your toes into amateur racing? The Super Single class fits into many classes created by regional sanctioning bodies as well. Maintenance and longevity - the Achilles heel of any racer - are maximized via the use of largely stock componentry. This is a lot of bike for not much coin - especially when you compare it to a racing two-stroke machine or cash-hungry open classer.

RSBFS readers have told us that want to see more racers and sano track day bikes. This Featured Listing F450 fits that bill perfectly. With a rich history (the seller has included pictures and verification of the provenance of this machine), an uniqueness far greater than a stripped down R6 or ZX6, and the promise of many years of stock Honda reliability, this prepped and practiced CRF450-based road racer is just the ticket. This bike is selling via Craigslist, and we recommend you check out the advert for all of the details.

MI

Honda April 11, 2017 posted by

Hot Air: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

Imagine the scene in Honda dealerships back in 1982: Buck Rogers - your bike is ready. One can only imagine what the buying public thought of a futuristic, turbocharged rocket ship that offered liter-bike power in a 500cc format. Unfortunately, the reaction from the general public was not to immediately rip open their wallets and buy one. Complicated, heavy, expensive and more compromising than riders (and buyers) wanted, the Honda CX Turbo lineup survived only a few, short years before being closed down completely. Produced in very low numbers, these Turbos have half of the "supply/demand" equation on their side. Unfortunately, even fewer buyers seem to want these bikes today, making them an interesting investment conundrum. Relative scarcity does not automatically equate to "desired" - or valuable.

1982 Honda CX500 Turbo for sale on eBay

Public opinion be damned. These bikes are some of the finest produced by Honda during this era. These are cutting-edge bikes - including turbocharging, liquid cooling, computerized fuel injection - all during an era where the archaic, air-cooled GPz still hunted in the canyons. This was the promise of the future, delivered on a neon orange & pearlescent canvas, plenty of gold accents, yards of ABS plastic bodywork, and enough "TURBO" badges to make people think you went nuts with a J.C. Whitney catalog. It is different - very different. And that is both the glory as well as the failing of the Honda Turbo lineup. People want the same, only better. Honda delivered a sport touring bike (likely because it was impossible to package all of the tech in a sport bike sized machine) that was neither really sporty, nor really touring. It was an in-between bike that screamed loudly, but never really said anything that people wanted to hear. It was a monumental advancement, and an utter flop. And you will have to pry mine (a 650 model) out of my cold, dead hands.

From the seller:
Beautiful 8000 mile example of this cool turbocharged touring bike. I got his from the original owners estate sitting in the back of the garage. It had been sitting for years. I resurrected it and drove it several hundred miles and love it! but i'm a harley and triumph guy and although I like all bikes it really is not my type of bike. But more about the bike, it runs great and drives great has the original owners manual with the tire gauge and the only thing I did to get it going was replace the fuel pump and rebuild the petcock and it runs beautifully. All the gauges work great. It has a few scratches here and there but nothing too noticeable. Original paint!!

Today, everything said about the CX500 Turbo back in 1982 applies. It is big, heavy, complex and different. It's still expensive, although time has not been supportive of the overall value. Prices on these models appeared to peak around 2010. It's hard to believe that they will not still appreciate due to novelty and rarity, but one will likely need to another round of 1980s nostalgia to return before that happens.

This pretty (in the eyes of this beholder, at least) CX500 Turbo one is listed for $5,000 in a Buy It Now classified, with the seller open to offers. That is fair money for a 8,000 mile example of a rare bike, and far below the top dollar we have seen asked in the past. There is some damage noted to the hard to replace bodywork, so make sure you do your homework first. Check it out here, and then share your thoughts. Investment opportunity or just something different to own and ride around? Good Luck!!

MI

Hot Air: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo
Honda April 6, 2017 posted by

Obtainable: 1993 Honda CBR900RR

After a spate of Laverdas, Benellis and unobtainable Ducatis, this loved and used 900RR is a breath of fresh air. Here is a bike that begs to be ridden - and you CAN ride it because it is not a zero mile, museum quality garage queen. This is something mere mortals can own. And given that it is a first gen RR Honda, mere mortals *should* own one. At least once.

1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Created with the singular goal of mass centralization, the CBR900RR was essentially an upgraded CBR600 chassis stuffed with slightly less than a 1-liter powerplant. A true factory hot rod, this was literally the size of a middleweight - but punched in a much, much higher weight class than that. It may see a bit tame today in the eyes of 200 HP rockets from the Big Four and BMW, but in the early 1990s this was revolutionary. The CBR900RR was the poster child for the hyperbike. It was all about handling and speed, and the 900RR delivered. In time the line evolved to the 929RR and 954RR, but the bike that started the revolution was this one: the Honda 900RR.

From the seller:
This is a great example of a classic un-molested low miles fireblade.

Comes with a clear Nevada title in hand with keys ready to ride home today.

14k miles (if you aren't familiar with the 900rr they have legendary longevity when it comes to Japanese sportbikes look into it)

Also has original tool kit, original front turn signals, service manual, And also Original brake reservoir cover and matching tank cover (not shown in photos)

This is an absolutely iconic sport bike, and most consider this color scheme to be the most sought after of the bunch, It just has that look of the 90s. I won't toot its horn too much as I will assume most people know what it is.

The seller has included a video of the bike in question as well. You have been forewarned: jump to the 1:02 mark, or turn your speakers off. The canned music is truly horrible. Thankfully the video includes the bike running, which makes up for the first minute of torture:

This is a used bike that has some 14k on the odometer. Like most vehicles that are nearly 25 years old, this one has some minor aging issues. The seller notes the various items in the ad. The Two Brothers exhaust looks and sounds good. I'm not a big fan of the rear fender delete (or the saggy turn signals), but it looks like a pair of stock units are included in the sale; these look like the front stalks, so you might need to inquire about the rears. Other than that, this appears to be a pretty well-kept survivor.

The best part of all of it is that this is a no reserve auction. Somebody is going home with a new-to-them motorcycle by the end of it all. Bidding is currently in the $3k arena at time of writing, and there are several days remaining before the gavel comes down. Bidding has been relatively active, which shows that there is interest in both this model as well as this price range. Check it out here. We do not see all that many first gen 900RR models, and when it comes to valuation these are likely the first to serious appreciate. Share your thoughts in the Comments section, and Good Luck!!

MI

Obtainable: 1993 Honda CBR900RR
Honda April 3, 2017 posted by

Modified Monday: 1980 Honda CB750F Replica Racer

From the Pacific Northwest comes this throwback vintage racer replica that pushes all the right buttons. RSBFS normally shies away from customs or heavily modded machinery, but this particular CB750-based bike is an exception. The build quality and detail is evident in the photos. This is a proper build, lovingly and artistically faithful to the Superbike era of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The seller has provided some crisp photos as well as the interesting history behind the bike. In fact, I'm going to let him tell the whole story. Read on.

1980 Honda CB750 Hot Rod for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is a 1980's period piece built by the 1st owner decades ago. One day the November, 1979 Cycle World issue arrived in his Seattle area mailbox. On the cover was Kazuo Yoshima of Ontario Moto Tech ripping a wheelie on his fire breathing custom modded CB750F.

The man was smitten by the article. He saved his pennies and on 4/4/80 bought a new 1980 Honda CB750F. Over the course of the next decade, he built the closest thing to a street legal HRC factory Superbike that he could.

More from the seller:
In 1990, after 10 years obsessing over this machine, it spit spark plug #4 out of the cylinder head as it was being ridden on the highway. The bike was towed home. Owner #1 never rode it again.

He still loved and cherished it though. It sat on the centerstand in his garage and received monthly wipe downs and polish jobs over the next 2 decades of inactivity. In 2009 I bought the bike. That makes me owner #2.

More from the seller:
I immediately took it to see Walter Myers and George Dean who are local Seattle vintage Honda motorcycle gurus. At first it was thought the head would have to come off. However, they were able to repair the plug threads without doing that. The entire bike was gone through and made operable. A lot of time was spent on the carburetors, jetting and tuning.

A big service bill later, I had a period 80's toy that pulls 93.8 rwhp on a modern dyno. It runs and "fuels" better than it ever did way back then thanks to modern equipment and very capable tuning professionals.

5 years later (2014) I had Walter wake it up again. New tires, fluids, forks seals, a battery, etc. Since that wake-up call I've ridden the bike every once in a while to local events to keep the juices flowing.

More from the seller:
The paint and cosmetics are stunning. It looks like it was painted yesterday. Aki's in Seattle/Ballard (they painted it in the 80's) is still around. The actual painter is still there. Owner #1 was (and still is) a professional vehicle detailer at one of those wicked expensive places. The bike's appearance reflects the labor of love that he put into it over 29 years of ownership.

To summarize, in the 80's, the engine was sent to Ontario and punched out to 900cc. It has Keihin 31mm smoothbores. A Kerker pipe. A Cal-Fab swingarm. EPM Italian racing wheels. Hondaline rearset footpeg kit. Drilled and pinned swingarm bushings. Works Performance shocks. Trick/cool bits, nla parts and period touches everywhere.

A 1980 CB750F came with an 85mph speedometer as did every vehicle sold in the USA that model year. A different speedo unit from a 1979 CB750F that reads to 150mph was sourced and installed back then. The indicated mileage is 30k. The actual miles are conservatively estimated to be around 4000 and probably a fair bit less.

More from the seller:
This is a well sorted 1980's hotrod Honda. It has been brought back to life and preserved in its original form to the best of my ability. It isn't some unrideable bucking bronco. An enthusiast with an understanding and/or appreciation of vintage machinery can ride it around like a normal bike. It is an absolute hoot and looks/presents exactly like it did in the 80's. I will add that it sounds really cool.

Includes a large amount of spares, service manual, valve shim chest of drawers, both factory keys, build sheets/notes, dyno sheet, etc.

This is a wicked-cool looking bike - with a "don't mess with me" sort of muscular stance. This is everything a CB750 was NOT back in 1980, and still makes a powerful statement today. Pity that the noise this machine must make doesn't come through via photographs. I can just imagine the lumpy, raspy, angry burble at idle. Heck, I'd consider buying this one just for the soundtrack! This isn't setting eBay on fire at current, with the latest bid in at $1,775 and a reserve in place. Check it out here and let us know if our instincts are correct - does this type of build belong on RSBFS? Good Luck!!

MI

Modified Monday: 1980 Honda CB750F Replica Racer
Honda March 22, 2017 posted by

All You Really Need: 1990 Honda CB-1 for Sale

No one is arguing that we don't live in an era where "learner bikes" aren't very sophisticated machines, but no matter how impressive the electronics found on modern small-displacement bikes may be, and no matter stone-axe reliable the mechanicals are, there's something distinctly uninspiring about the weedy exhaust note of a single-cylinder KTM RC390. It's a great motorcycle in pretty much every way, especially considering the affordable price-point, but it definitely doesn't sound sexy. Something like this Honda CB-1 however, might appeal to both new and experienced motorcyclists, especially those a bit shorter in stature or riders who've realized the truth of the old axiom, "It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than it is to ride a fast bike slow."

There's no problem with a lack of sexy here, although that's probably because the CB-1 wasn't really designed as an entry-level motorcycle: the 399cc inline four that motivates the CB-1 was shared with the sportier CBR400 that never officially made it to the USA, although they do show up from time-to-time as grey market imports. As you would expect, this mini-sportbike powerplant is very sophisticated, and has four tiny cylinders, sixteen valves, and dual overhead cams operated by gears, instead of the expected timing chain. The little four made 55hp and could push the 400lb machine to a top speed of 118mph. The frame is a less-sophisticated tubular steel unit instead of the CBR's aluminum beam frame, valves are bit smaller, and the CB-1 has a single-disc front brake set up, but it is otherwise very similar in terms of performance, except in top speed. Of course the CB-1 was geared a bit shorter and actually felt quicker in real-world riding than its sportier sibling.

This example appears to be very clean, although the gauges could use a little help. A trip to eBay should eventually turn something up, or fit something cool and modern from Acewell or Motogadget. The carb service mentioned by the seller is a nice bonus, as that could be a headache for a new rider, or even for an experienced wrench.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda CB-1 for Sale

This is a fine specimen of a CB-1. It does not at all look its age. It's not museum quality, there are a few minor blemishes, but it is very close to perfect. The bike was just serviced: the carburetors were cleaned & synched and new tires were mounted. It runs perfectly, all the lights work, etc. It needs nothing but a new owner to enjoy the ridiculously smooth high-reving beauty.

The seller is asking just $3,100 for this particular bike, a bargain considering the performance and sophistication found here. There are near cult-like levels of devotion surrounding the somewhat forgotten Honda CB-1 and it's v-twin stablemate the Hawk GT, although that hasn't translated into increased values, as these are still very affordable bikes and offer performance, rarity, and relatively easy maintenance. Although handling is limited by the budget suspension, bolt-on upgrades from the era's CBR should sort that out easily and improve stopping as well with a second front brake disc and caliper. In an era of relatively simple and economical small-displacement machines, something like this offers up big-bike thrills in a very sophisticated, manageable package, with a low price tag, street cred, and good looks.

-tad

All You Really Need: 1990 Honda CB-1 for Sale
Honda March 18, 2017 posted by

Pinnacle – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Nicky Hayden Edition

Celebrating Nicky Hayden's 2006 Moto GP Championship, the Repsol-liveried CBR1000RR was also its own high point in liter-bike performance. This very clean example has just a few updates, and new rubber.

2007 Honda CBR1000RR Nicky Hayden Edition for sale on eBay

Coming out of the American flat track scene and making his way to an AMA championship in 2002, Nicky Hayden arrived at the big Moto GP show and rode for Honda 2003-08.  Hayden helped develop the RC211V, and many of the innovations made their way to the CBR1000RR.  The engine architecture was new, with the transmission countershaft more above than behind the main shaft, shortening the engine and allowing a more compact package.  A die-cast alloy frame was used, with an electronic steering damper, and the fuel tank was more centrally located behind the tank cover.  The long swingarm leads to a more stable feel despite the whopping 172 hp.  The fairing and seat console are busy aerodynamically and the complex Repsol graphics package keeps up.

  

Apparently babied by its Tennessee owner, this CBR has just a few scuffs, but Galfer brake lines, Corbin seat, and GPR exhaust.  Though not well pictured, the signal lights have been re-done in LED, and the license plate tucked away.  From the eBay auction:

Rare Nicky Hayden Edition Repsol in great condition. 3 minor scuffs on bike, included in pictures. Added Galfer front and rear brake lines, Corbin seat, G.P.R. exhaust, oem rear seat cowl (Repsol blue), integrated brake light with signals along with led flush mount front signals, led license plate mount (under seat), and new Michelin Pilot tires. Bike also comes with both original seats (excellent condition) along with all other parts that have been replaced with upgraded parts. Bike is clean and ready to go.

  

Making the most of his share of good luck, the Kentucky Kid reached the summit in the 2006 championship, and the bike has several #1 decals.  A local boy's signature under the Moto GP wreath makes this a rare and desirable machine, almost as much of an attraction as the high tech and exquisite production of the steady-handling superbike.  All the better with the succession of tough breaks that followed.  A singular team effort from the manufacturer, racing team, and rider made this a special year for the big CBR...

-donn

Pinnacle – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Nicky Hayden Edition