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Featured Listing September 19, 2018 posted by

Sponsored Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale

As the old saying goes, “It’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow.” That’s not to say it isn’t supremely fun to ride a fast bike fast, but let’s be honest here: most riders aren’t really capable of riding modern superbikes anywhere near their limit, even on a race track. And it also brings up the fact that today’s sportbikes are so fast, you can’t possibly access their full performance on the road without taking massive risks with your body and license. That’s not so much a problem with today’s Featured Listing, a Honda CBR400RR.

1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for sale on eBay

For most Americans, referencing the CBR400RR or “Baby Blade” just results in quizzical looks. But that’s no surprise, since the bike only recently became eligible for import here, and the CBR400 is still tricky to register if you have a strict DMV. Intended for the Japanese market, the bike has surprisingly sophisticated specifications for something with such a small engine.

It really is a miniature superbike: 399cc sixteen valve inline four with gear-driven cams and a six-speed gearbox. An aluminum beam frame, instead of the CBR600’s steel unit, with adjustable suspension front and rear. Power was 59hp stock, with another 10hp or so available with a bit of tuning and dry weight was a claimed 360lbs, so performance was pretty sprightly, in spite of the limited power. Interestingly, it was sold alongside the V4-engined VFR400R, so Honda had two different 400cc sportbikes available for sale at the same time.

This example is being offered up by our friends at Iconic Motorbikes in Marina Del Rey, California. I've seen it in person and, other than the surface corrosion visible on the fork legs and footpeg brackets, something common on Japanese imports and bikes exposed to the ocean air, it's complete and very sharp-looking.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale 

**NOT LEGAL FOR ROAD USE IN CA, TRACK ONLY!  OK FOR REGISTRATION IN MOST OTHER STATES**

Honda CBR400RR which is also known as an NC29.

These little 400's are very hard to find in the USA and even more rare on the road. The ones that you do find are typically REALLY rough or loaded with oxidation or aftermarket bodywork.

This little gem however only has less then 9,400 miles (15,063 km), all 100% stock and original and ready for a new owner.  She starts right up with a little bit of choke and has a smooth throttle curve thereafter. If you're looking for something that you'll likely never see pull up next to you on the road... this is your girl!

Quick note, notice the oxidation on the rearsets and fork legs.  Pretty much it's only major flaw but again, very common on Japanese imports and a super easy fix.  We have our own media blaster so we could essentially clean them up for the buyer if required but there's some shop time involved for pulling the forks and rearsets apart.  Either or 🙂

As the seller clearly indicates: if you live in California, don't even think about it, unless you are looking to build a small-displacement race bike, or just plan to display the bike. Bike currently has Arizona plates. Otherwise, this is one sweet little machine and would be plenty of fun on your local back road. The starting bid is $7,400 with no takers as yet, and a couple days left on the auction.

-tad

Sponsored Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale
Honda September 18, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Honda RC51 for Sale

Update 9.20.2018: SOLD IN 2 DAYS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! Contact me if you have a Rare SportBike for sale in excellent condition that needs similar exposure! -dc

The RC30 and RC45 that preceded today's Featured Listing Honda RC51 were pure homologation specials, built in very limited quantities and designed primarily as the basis for Honda's production-based racing efforts. The RC51 represented a pretty big change for Honda in terms of philosophy, and was produced in much larger numbers, making it a great way for Honda fans to get a piece of their racing heritage for less money, especially on the used market.

2006 Honda RC51 for Sale on eBay

Those previous bikes embodied Honda's belief in the virtues of the V4 powerplant, but World Superbike rules gave a significant displacement advantage to v-twins that helped them dominate the series during the mid-to-late 1990s. The RC45 had its own flaws and was never as successful as the stunning RC30, but Honda felt that the rules were biased and a shift to a v-twin platform was really the only way to compete against Ducati. Basically the RC51 was Honda proving a point: that, on a level playing field, they could beat Ducati at their own v-twin game.

The original SP1 version of the bike that was introduced in 2000 had some teething problems: the low-rpm fueling was poor, tank range was very limited, and the bike had significant understeer, something that was addressed when the SP2 was released in 2002 with frame updates and tweaks to the front end. Most importantly, the bike was a winner on track right out of the gate, and took the WSB title in 2000 and again in 2002.

Transverse v-twins are generally very skinny, but the RC51's side-mounted radiators give the bike some visual bulk Ducatis lack and helped solve one of the problems the Bolognese bikes faced: a 90° twin is a very long design and if you want an appropriate length swingarm for optimal traction, you end up with no space to fit a radiator. The side-mounted parts look trick, but I do wonder how well an RC51 crashes...

Personally, I think the RC51 is a little bit too nondescript and functional-looking in the more common silver, red, and black graphics, but the darker color scheme seen here on this SP2 looks very sleek and sinister and it should be a great bike on road or track, since it includes the updates to the handling mentioned above. You're still stuck with some snatchy low-rev throttle response, a result of the gaping throttle bodies designed for max power at high revs, and the small fuel tank, but that seems a pretty small price to pay. How small? The seller is asking $10,000 for this clean, low-mile example.

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Honda RC51 for Sale

2006 Honda RC51 (MINT)

12,000 miles, show room condition OZ wheels, Brembo brakes, Galfer wave rotors, Akrapovic full titanium carbon fiber exhaust, Power Commander USB, Gilles rear sets, carbon tank protector, rear carbon tire hugger Magical Racing, Ohlins rear shock, Race Tech internals forks, Pro Tech suspension adjusters, Pazo shorty levers, and so much more 

Honda's largely deserved reputation for reliability and build quality means many RC51s rack up pretty high mileage, so the 12,000 miles seen here are relatively low, and the bike comes with some tasteful extras. Up until recently, the RC51 has, along with the Suzuki TL-R, languished in the sportbike bargain basement: actual racing success aside, it wasn't quite the Ducati-killer Honda hoped for and that seems to have kept prices relatively low. Of course it couldn't last: the bike may only have two cylinders, but this is a genuine piece of HRC history that looks great in this darker color scheme.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2006 Honda RC51 for Sale
Honda September 15, 2018 posted by

Smokin’ in the boys room: 1998 Honda CBR600 Smokin’ Joe’s

The Honda CBR600 is a legendary motorcycle. Introduced as the Hurricane in some markets, the CBR600 was Honda's answer to the middleweight sport bike conundrum. Long celebrated as a "do anything" type of motorcycle, the CBR600 was a mainstay in the showroom, in satisfied owners' garages and in the winner's circle of racetracks around the country. It is the racing connection that brings us this, uh, special livery. It is easy to look at this 20-something and make Prince jokes, deriding it as a Purple Rain homage. But you see children, way back in the stone age motorcycle racing was sponsored by something other than energy drinks. Alcohol and tobacco were the deep pockets that funded many a racing exploit, and this Smokin' Joe's replica celebrates Honda's success in AMA.

1998 Honda CBR600 Smokin' Joe's Replica for sale on eBay

Joe Camel - the cartoon spokes-animal mascot for Camel cigarettes (owned by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company - who also owns the Lucky Strike brand) - was the basis for the Smokin' Joe's racing livery. This "smooth character" festooned both the race team as well as this replica model. This is usually the area in the post where we say how this Special Edition bike is different than the standard model that you could buy for less dosh from any dealer in the country. But really, Joe Camel stickers and the purple paint scheme is all that there is to this particular model. The rest is pure, stone stock, Honda CBR600F3. That is not a bad thing, as this is a very well regarded model that lived in glory though 2006. The name made a resurgence in 2011 - and continues to this day - however these models are considered the same line in name only.

From the seller:
1998 Smokin Joes - CBR-600 SE - Race Replica

Purchased from original owner - I acquired the bike 12+ years ago - The Owner was an Helicopter Mechanic.

Mechanically And Cosmetically this bike is a 10.0 Out Of 10. Excellent condition for a 21 year old ICON in the Motor Cycle World. I want to place this bike with the one serious collector who understands what it is and appreciates it's excellent condition.

I've posted as many HD pictures as ebay allows.

If you're a serious buyer and need pictures of something else - you can ask.

It has been perfectly mothballed & stored in my museum over last 12+ years.

This Motorcycle is titled in Oregon. Totally stock other then a little tail clean up - The bike comes with ALL The OEM Tail Parts Removed For The Tail Clean-up. If the winning buyer wants them you'll need to work out with your shipper having them come with Bike in a box when shipped - OR - I can package them up for you but you'll need to cover the shipping costs.

The SJ model is a unique addition to the CBR600 lineup. This is a two year only motorcycle, but unlike other limited editions this was not a contiguous offering; it was only available in 1996 and 1998. Available in North America and Australia, there were a reported 500 units of the 1996 bike, and 1,500 examples of the 1998 model imported. Those numbers qualify this bike as rare, although many will point out that these are really just "kit" bikes; new fairings and stickers result in yet another SJ replica. As a result, there are more than a few faked Joe Camel Hondas floating around. This does not appear to be the case in this instance, however all SJ bikes can be verified through the VIN sequence. As always, RSBFS recommends interested buyers to do the requisite homework.

Values for Joe Camel scooters have not exactly skyrocketed. Today the whole concept of an animated mascot hawking addictive cancer sticks seems distasteful, at best. With most alcohol and tobacco advertising banned from motor sports, this replica represents a different era and a very different palette. Sporting fewer than 2,500 miles and claimed to be a museum-quality example (although the Micron pipe looks oddly out of place on a Yosh-sponsored bike) the opening ask for this particular bike is a strong $5,995 (no reserve!). For those who are willing to forego the auction and must have it right now, the BIN stands at $7,750. Those are big numbers for a relatively standard CBR600 that failed to generate any serious collector value. This bike is clean enough to be worth a look (check it out here), although the auction has had no action as of yet. Is the Smokin' Joe's Racing replica a legit RSBFS model, or just the work of a colorblind paint sprayer? Jump to the comments and let us know. Good Luck!!

MI

Honda August 22, 2018 posted by

The Original: 1993 Honda CBR900RR for Sale

If you’re not really familiar with the significance of the first-generation Honda CBR900RR, it’s easy to dismiss it as being “just another 90s sportbike.” At the time, it wasn’t even all that high-tech, and could even be considered a bit of a step backwards: it used a controversial 16” front wheel and old-school right-way-up forks, and the motor was long-stroke and rich with torque, instead of a high-rpm screamer.

But there was a method to the madness. Project Leader Tadao Baba, often known by the honorific “Baba-san” wasn’t an engineer. He didn’t attend college or technical school. He was one of Honda’s test riders, with a background in racing and was the perfect choice to head up this new streetbike project that stressed subjective feel over any sort of racing aspirations, although it did occasionally compete, notably in the Formula Extreme series here in the US.

Racing homologation was covered by the V4 RC30 and RC45s, so the new CBR750RR was free to step outside 750cc class limitations and go big. To keep the package compact and light, stroke was increased and the resulting engine displaced 893cc. Of course, that was far less than other “open class” machines of the time and the bike naturally made less power. But the new “Fireblade” had an important trick up its sleeve: radically light weight.

Everything on the bike was designed to keep weight as low as possible. The “low-tech” conventional fork? Lighter than an equivalent upside-down fork, apparently. The result was a bike that weighed 453lbs wet, just a few pounds more than Honda’s own CBR600 and over 100lbs less than the ’93 GSX-R1100… It really was the very first bike to pack big bike power into a 600cc chassis and it set the tone of sportbike development, until the introduction of the Yamaha R1 that took the lessons taught by the CBR900RR but brought actual 1000cc displacement to the party and made the smaller-engined Honda obsolete.

The 16" front wheel that was apparently chosen to speed up steering and save weight is a bit of an issue here: handling was always considered pretty twitchy on the early bikes and the odd size makes it hard to fit modern rubber to a bike that definitely has the power and handling to exploit it. Other than that, the CBR is a typical Honda product: it's reliable, incredibly well-built, and now a modern classic.

Unfortunately, it's pretty hard to find nice once, since as is typical, Japanese reliability means they've been thrashed and crashed and generally neglected by now, unless enthusiast-owned and cherished. This one isn't completely perfect, but is one of the nicest you're likely to find.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda CBR900RR for Sale

You are looking at a 1993 Honda CBR900RR - SC28 Fireblade. The 1993 CBR900RR is the first year of production of the CBR900.  At the time this was one of the lightest weight bikes in the superbike class. This particular CBR900 has 18400 miles, and the bike is mostly all original with the exception of the Yoshimura exhaust.  The bike is in great running condition. Please feel free to read more about the specifics of this bike and see the pictures for details. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. U.S. and International bidders are welcome to bid on this motorcycle but must arrange shipping themselves...

BODY:::

The body work is in good condition overall, but the right fairing does have damage under the right turn signal as can be seen in one of the photos. The tank has a slight bulge on the right side which can also be seen in one of the up close photos. The frame has some dent damage on the upper right side. The motor is in good looking condition with no corrosion.  The wheels are in good shape with no major scratches. Overall cosmetically this bike is in good condition with some blemishes on the body work and frame.

MECHANICAL:::

The bike runs and rides perfect, and it shifts smoothly through all 6 gears. The carburetor was recently ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted, and a full service tune-up was performed which included new, spark plugs, chain, air filter, brake pads, an oil change, and fluids flushed. All of the lighting, switches and electrical components work as they should.

CONCLUSION:::

This is a great opportunity to buy a very condition ride ready 1993 Honda CBR900RR. This bike is not museum quality but would make a great clean looking rider to enjoy out on the streets. If you need any additional pictures or have any additional questions please feel free to email us. Domestic & International buyers are welcome to bid but must arrange the shipping themselves. However we will be glad to assist with any loading of the motorcycle.  We have helped with the shipping of motorcycles across the country and overseas for other customers in the past. Please feel free to bid as long as you make the shipping arrangements.

The seller mentions the "frame damage" but that doesn't really look like anything to be concerned about, unless you're searching for an absolutely perfect example. And purists might be disappointed, but I love the period-correct Yosh exhaust. Basically, the seller sums it up pretty well: the bike isn't museum-quality, but a very nice bike to ride and enjoy. Bidding is up over $2,000 and there is a ton of time left on the auction, so it looks like there's plenty of interest in the bike.

-tad

The Original: 1993 Honda CBR900RR for Sale
Featured Listing August 15, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda CB-1

The Honda CB-1 is everything you have come to expect from Honda: exquisitely engineered, sublime build quality, wonderful ergos, reliability and performance. It also has a few things you might not have come to expect: it is missing bodywork (eek, it's naked!), it is missing weight, and it is missing displacement. All of this equates to rare fun at astounding RPMs.

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda CB-1

Known by many names - CB-1, NC27 and CB400F to name a few - the CB-1 began life as a Japanese home market bike. But unlike many rarities that were intended to stay on home soil, the CB-1 made a break for it and was actually imported by Honda into the US and Canada. Score for us! Also unlike many home market bikes, this one was bigger than a 250. Much bigger, in fact. A stomping 399cc in displacement, the CB-1 was good for about 55 HP. With a liquid cooled inline four cylinder and gear-driven DOHC actuating four valves per jug, the CB-1 was not your average middleweight. And speaking of weight, the CB-1 was no porker, either. At well under 400 lbs, this is a lithe, flickable fun machine that stirs the imagination without draining the pocketbook.

From the seller:
Hi everybody. Here it is! The 1989 Honda CB-1 The first truly naked sports bike that started it all.

It looks and runs like the day it left the showroom. Everything works as it should. You can just get on and ride. There are no scratches, dents, or dings. The paint is perfect! It has never even seen rain! This bike has been well taken care of with regular fluid changes and always filled with super.
New Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2 tires (400 miles ago)
Carbs were cleaned
New fork seals installed
If you have been looking for a mint CB-1 with low miles that runs perfect, this is the one!

All pics show condition of bike. There is a small imperfection on the filter box (as pictured). It comes with owner's manual and 2 sets of keys. It has a clean title.

More from the seller:
It has around 10,500 miles. It may have a few more miles before I sell it. It’s a great bike. You can either pick up in NJ or you can have it shipped. It is the buyer's responsibility to pay for and make shipping arrangements. I have used motorcycleshippers.com before and they did a pretty good job. Email me if you have any questions. I'm happy to help.

Listing price: $5999

Contact information: imjustjeff@icloud.com

The CB-1 party started in the US in 1989, but lasted only through 1990. A combination of factors resulted in poor sales, hence its withdrawal from the marketplace. The US was not quite ready for the small bike resurgence we are experiencing today, which is a shame. The CB-1 was missed by knowing riders, yet remains one of the mysterious enigmas in the collector world today. Rare and unique, sporty yet naked, fun but useful - the CB-1 is many things. It has aged well, and this particular example is a prime specimen. Pricing is right on the money for a pampered example. Serious tire kickers should give Jeff a shout. This is a bike that will hold interest through the fads and trends, and will remain what it is - a truly great motorcycle.

MI

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda CB-1
Honda August 13, 2018 posted by

One-Eyed: 1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor

Honda has always been like, well, Honda. Never content unless there was a more complicated engineering solution to an already solved problem, Honda obliterated norms and reached for new frontiers throughout the 1980s. This was clearly evident in today's bike, a beautiful VR1000R. You see, Honda already had the successful VF lineup in place, including the one liter VF1000F (alongside the 750 and 500 variants). But the "F" model was born and bred to be a streetbike (even though the 750 was transformed into a decent Superbike racer over time). Honda, being a racing company, wanted more than a mere streetbike and needed a platform to express ideas and homologate. Thus, the VF1000R was born.

1985 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

Straight off, the R model is far more striking, more racy, than the rather pedestrian F. The swooping bodywork gives it the look of a European endurance racer, which was strictly intentional. The bike retained the same block as the VF1000F, but valve actuation was converted to gear-drive instead of the F model's chain setup. Straight cut gears off the crank provide the trademark whine that these - and other Honda gear-driven valve train models - are so famous for. Hotter cams were fitted in re-worked heads that provided a higher compression ratio. In all, the completed the head work resulted in a slight bump in HP at the top end. It is true that gear-driven cams have an edge in precision and reliability for a race motor, but the weight, noise and complexity often outweigh the benefits. For the 9 extra ponies created, Honda added some 7 additional pounds to the engine alone.

Speaking of weight, Honda seemingly created the R bike by replacing adequate F model items with heavier pieces. Better front forks added stability - and weight. The cooling system needed to be altered to cope with the new fully-enclosed bodywork. Honda added a second radiator and two additional fans to cope with the heat - which also added weight. The exhaust system was modified to add a collector box and build up ground clearance; the additional pipes / ducting also added mass. While no single component was to blame for the 600+ lbs (wet) weight, you can see how all this added up. The net result was a striking motorcycle that stirred the visual senses. And while it was still a formidable weapon in the canyons, all of that weight (and much of it relatively high up) dulled the senses a bit. It wasn't all negative - thanks to that slippery bodywork the VF1000R briefly held the top speed title of fastest motorcycle in the world.

From the seller:
Pairing down my collection:

This is another of my collection lovingly restored. Many practically unobtainable pieces were installed on this bike to bring it back to like new condition. The fuel tank is brand new NOS! ( I have had amazing luck finding NOS tanks!). I also have a 1982 RM250 NOS tank if anyone is interested and 1984 VF750F NOS tank. The front panels were repainted to like new condition! The bike also has NOS side vents, (unobtainable!!), grips, right switch pod, all turn indicators and tank rubbers. Plus... NOS front forks, yes that is correct, new NOS forks. New petcock and new clutch. Hundreds of dollars worth of cooling system refurbishment. It has a brand new hagon rear shock. New brake and clutch levers plus the master cylinders were rebuilt. The bike is all original and runs perfectly. Again, the cost to restore this bike to its current condition is no where near the purchase price. This is a relative bargain at the opening bid. It can be stored as a museum piece or ridden reliably for fun. Your choice.

No warranty implied or given, (its is a 33 year old bike after all)
The bike is for sale locally so the auction could end at any time. It is a no reserve auction. The price is fair compared to what was spent on it. Good luck....

The VF1000R went through a few iterations, including the headlight configuration. Many will find the dual-headlight R model to be more desirable as it more properly mimics the euro-endurance look. Single headlamp bikes are US only models; managing a full technical program, numerous racing programs and rules AND satisfying the DOT regs were made simpler by this easy move. Dual lamps appeared in the 1986 model year, as US regulations relaxed slightly on this front. Hence, the 1985 model is only a one-eyed wonder. Still this is an awesome piece of kit, and yet another example of Honda flexing their engineering might. These bikes still make a statement today: they look fantastic, are reasonably comfortable, and are more reliable than most would expect. They are also a relative bargain. This particular bike has some nice restoration touches, and has an opening bid of $6500. No takers as of yet, but there is still time left on the auction. Check it out here, and good luck; not many bikes look this good well into their thirties. This is one that will continue to age well....and ride well.

MI

One-Eyed:  1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor




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