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Honda May 9, 2017 posted by

Tiny Four: 1988 Honda CBR250R MC19 for Sale

"When it rains, it pours" seems to apply to cool motorcycles. Haven't seen a GSX-R750LE in a long time? Suddenly, four or five examples come up for sale. I'm not sure why: maybe it's that folks hoarding them with an eye towards eventual sale suddenly see a demand for them and want to get in on the action? Or maybe individuals who've stashed them away from new are all of a certain age and are looking to liquidate their collections as they get older and less able to ride? Whatever the reason, we've seen a number of small displacement, grey-market sportbikes like this Honda CBR250R MC19 come up for sale recently in excellent condition, so if you've a hankering for tiny fours, take a look!

250s have long been associated here in the USA with learner bikes and hypermiling commuters. Generally powered by economical twins and singles, they offer low cost and high reliability, with racy styling, garish graphics, and names that link them to bigger, more capable sportbikes. But in countries where engines with greater displacement are disproportionately expensive to purchase heavily taxed, or limited by licensing laws, small inline fours like this one wrote a fascinating, if short, chapter in motorcycling history.

At a glance, the specifications look like they could come from a typical race-replica: liquid-cooled inline four, six-speed gearbox, 337lb dry weight... Then you get to that displacement: 48.5mm x 33.8mm for just 249cc. The claimed 40 horsepower is shockingly respectable although the 18,000rpm redline speaks to how hard you'll have to work to access it. This example has a bit of wear around the edges, but nothing you wouldn't expect from a well cared-for, but nearly 30 year old motorcycle.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda CBR250R MC19 for Sale

For those of you that missed the Kawasaki ZXR250 sale, you get another chance for an exciting 250cc grey market Honda sport bike. This will be the last 18,000 RPM screaming 250cc inline four I will be selling. From the Honda room, comes a very special 1988 Honda CBR 250R MC19. This CBR has an inline four cylinder engine that revs to the moon and redlines at 18,000 RPM's. Its a blast to ride! This CBR is a one owner bike with only 310 kilometers (192 miles). Completely stock condition just like the day it rolled off the assembly line. Every fairing and component is 100% original stock Honda. Bike has never fallen over or been down. This CBR has a few scratches here and there from moving around the garage but shows like new. Bike is in very nice original condition and shows light patina throughout.   Bike has been serviced with new oil, coolant and filters have been serviced. Runs like the day it was new. Bike comes with Utah title in my company name and will be presented to the new owner.

With just 192 miles on the odometer, this one is certainly worthy of being put on display. Bidding is up to about $2,400 at the time of writing, with plenty of activity. The usual titling issues may apply if you're in a state with a strict DMV, so do your homework if you plan to do more than display this sweet little machine.

-tad

Tiny Four: 1988 Honda CBR250R MC19 for Sale
Honda May 5, 2017 posted by

Polished V4 – 1987 Honda VFR700F Interceptor

Honda took some lumps over the cam metallurgy on the early 1980's V4 engines, and re-introduced the engine in 1985 with gear-driven cams and impeccable quality control.  Almost a unicorn in its own right, the VFR700F was a de-stroked 750 staying out of a tariff scuffle.  This example has been refurbished to a level that will please the pickiest concours judge and make the rider happy on the way home.

1987 Honda VFR700F Interceptor for sale on eBay

Doubling down on the smooth and compact V4 engine, Honda did the heavy lifting that brought us the WSBK-winning RC30 and RC45, and transferred a great deal of the success to the carburetted 699 cc model.  The twin-spar frame is large section for the era, and the bike had adjustable Showa suspension, with Pro-Link rear.  Keeping with the times, there's a 16" front and 18" rear wheel, helping the slightly overweight bike turn in.  Very together Honda fairing design, and the angle of the frame is reflected in the seat console.

 

Seeming to have put the entire bike in a vibratory polisher, this VFR700F owner took things to a rare level, cosmetically and mechanically.  Keeping a basically stock look, the rear fender was cleaned up nicely.  Updates to the exhaust and front wheel size indicate a very knowledgeable owner.  Hard to believe it's an '87 with 22K miles.  The owner offers more high-res pictures - here - with comments and upgrades from the eBay auction:

Original bodywork restored and painted in matching original Pearl Crescent White, with black accents throughout the bike. Several desirable upgrades, 22,375 miles, mechanically and cosmetically inspected, cleaned, updated, replaced, repainted, repaired...anything needing attention was accomplished. This Interceptor is in excellent condition, no issues, no disappointments. The paint is new, the mechanics are correct, the tank is rust-free inside. The bike starts and runs perfectly hot or cold, runs straight and has a unique, modern vibe on a vintage bike.

- 17-inch front wheel from CBR600 (in place of OEM 16") with fresh Avon Road Rider
- Wheels finished in black (from original white) with white painted pinstripe
- Galfer stainless steel brake lines, front & rear
- OEM mufflers shortened 5 1/2 inches and painted black -- great sound, great look
- Carb jet kit
- Rear fender eliminator with original turn signal and seat lock mounts shaved from subframe
- LED rear turn signals
- Powdercoated engine covers in "Bronze Texture" -- clutch & alternator
- Seat recovered in marine grade vinyl
- Front fender reshaped for a lighter look
- NOS front turn signals mounted with shorter stalks to tuck the signals closer to the body
- Reproduction windscreen
- ODI hand grips
- New OEM fuel petcock
- Various rubber mounts, grommets, etc. replaced as needed
- Original owners manual
- Bike is completely cleaned and detailed

 

The quality and overall balance of the second generation V4's kept them on a lot of best bike lists through the late 1980's, though the 700 keeps a low profile.  Honda shortly returned to the inline four for their more sporting machines, but continued developing the V4 throughout the 90's.  With only a day to run, the bidding on this updated and beautified VFR is active but seems low.  There is still time to swoop in for this very rare Honda...

-donn

Polished V4 – 1987 Honda VFR700F Interceptor
Honda May 5, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR

Update 5.6.2017: Sold in just 4.5 hours! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

If you have a rare sportbike for sale, model years 1980ish to 2004ish, consider our Featured Listing service for $59. Email me to see to get started: dan@motoringblogs.com

This is not your usual diet of 40:1 premix. This grey-market 250cc Featured Listing is the ultra-rare, four stroke MC22. Never officially imported into the United States, this particular example has been properly papered and plated - making it a terrific way to add a stunning and unique machine to your collection. The seller is a RSBFS regular, and we have seen his bikes before; they are what they are claimed to be.

The CBR250 family follows a tried and true pattern of performance: an inline, four-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder and a redline that stops just short of six figures (ok, only 19,000 RPM) is cradled by just enough aluminum to form a stout, boxed perimeter frame. 17" wheels and better-than-basic suspension hold up the works, and race-bred bodywork and vented triple disks all around prove that this is no entry-level scooter. While originally a Japan-only model when introduced in the mid-1980s as the MC14. By the late 1980s with the MC19 edition Honda started importing outside of Japan, but kept the distribution limited largely to APJ (Asia, Pacific, Japan). Expect a stock bike to produce approximately 45 HP against a 315 pound dry weight.

From the seller:
1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22. 12,611 Miles (20,296 Kilometers) being sold from my personal collection. Only selling to make room for more projects. Imported into the United States from Australia. So it has a 17-digit VIN plate and lived its life in a very mild climate. This is a very clean well cared for bike. Everything works, as it should. Turn signals, brake lights, horn, High and low beam, radiator fan. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Continental Conti-Motion Tires are brand new with Zero miles on them. Also replaced the clutch friction plates and springs over the winter.

Fairings are aftermarket, not the flimsy ones offered by some but very high quality injection molded. Tank has been re-sprayed by 2 Brothers Painting. Absolutely flawless. Bike has VIN Matching State of Ohio Title. Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.

Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thank you for looking. Please email any questions. Price is $6200.00 USD. OBO.

On RSBFS we see a lot of grey bikes imported from Japan. While this is one possible route to source a rare motorcycle, bikes coming from other markets such as Australia are preferred. Australia has a much better climate for preserving machinery, and much more space in which to park and secure vehicles. As a result, Aussie imports are nearly always free of the corrosion and rash from tight confines that plague other imports.

The seller notes that the plastics are not stock OEM, and that the tank has been resprayed. That may be the case, but from the pictures I can see no fitment issues and everything looks clean, clean, clean. The seller also states the maintenance items completed, which is important as a bike nears voting age.

Check out the pics (and feel free to drool a little). This bike is available in the US, complete with a clean VIN and title. As usual, not all states need to apply - so best to check with the local powers that be to ensure this could be more than just a track-day bike for you (but oh, what a track day bike it could be!). Give Greg a holler if you are interested. We do not see these wonderful four strokers very often, so if you are in the market I suggest you act quickly. You are not likely going to find a cleaner MC22. Good Luck!

MI

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR
Honda May 1, 2017 posted by

Race-Kitted: 1985 Honda VF750F Interceptor with Full-Factory HRC Engine Kit for Sale

Honda has been a believer in the V4 engine configuration for a long time, and it really started with bikes like this VF750F that includes a genuine HRC racing engine kit! Introduced in 1982 and available in a variety of displacements, including 400cc and 500cc versions, it was really the VF750F that really defined the breed, as it was the displacement eligible for AMA competition. V4 engines are complex and expensive to produce, but make flexible power, are very compact, and make some of the best noises in the motorcycling world. Unfortunately, some early VF750's suffered from the notorious "chocolate camshafts" where cam lobes crumbled and caused engines to fail. This was swiftly corrected and didn't affect all models, but Honda's reputation took a hit. The upside that is the bikes that followed, particularly the VFR750, were so massively overbuilt and lovingly bolted together that they helped to cement Honda's V4 machine in the public's mind as the ultimate sports-touring motorcycle.

By now, that shouldn't be a problem for a bike like this one that has already had 18,000 miles roll under the wheels. And if problems do appear, you can just swap in that HRC engine kit! That kit replaces the stock bike's timing chains with a set of precise gears as you can see in the photo below, just like on last week's VF1000R.

Part of what makes the 90° V4 so charismatic is that it's no high-strung screamer like an inline four. The 748cc engine put a claimed 86hp through a five speed gearbox and could push the 487lb dry machine on to 134mph. At nearly 550lbs wet, the bike wasn't exactly light, but it was agile, powerful, and even a little bit practical: the traits off the later jack-of-all-trades VFR are present even in this early incarnation.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Honda VF750F with Full-Factory HRC Engine Kit for Sale

Very rare piece of race history with the HRC engine kit.  Build your own HRC Spencer replica!

Starting with a 1985 VF750F.  This bike has been with the original owner up to 2015.  Bought new and lovingly maintained over the past 32 years.  Now in my possession, I have recently installed a NOS period correct (1983) Supertrapp exhaust.  The bike has 30,000 KM, ( 18,000 miles).  it looks new with no blemishes or flaws.  It is in incredible condition and runs flawlessly.  It is a perfect platform to start your replica build.  I have the original bill of sale too.

The bonus piece and the reasons for the price is the full factory HRC engine kit included with the bike.  There is a full engine supplied to make this a Freddie Spencer HRC VF750R replica, (Freddie Spencer decals included).  Race fairing and rear cowl is included as well.  All that is needed to complete is the exhaust and radiator/oil cooler combo, (or just use the NOS supertrapp currently on).

Specific on engine:  1983 HRC NC5 VF750 Gear Driven Superbike engine. This is one of about 25 HRC Kit engines which were imported from HRC to American Honda's Race Team, some were used in house and others were sold to priveteers.  (*Carbs in picture not included in sale*).

 This engine will need to be assembled. The rods/piston's are not in the motor. Most parts will be suppiled for the rebuild as in new rings, new pistons, Titanum rods. The HRC manual will be supplied for information, set up, complete list of all kit parts and part numbers.

These kits were about $9500 new in 1983 and included Magnesium valve covers, clutch, ignition and oil pan in Mag. The HRC parts included in these race motors included the following, Gear Driven Cams, Close Ratio Trans, Titanuim Rods, Titanium Valves, HRC Ported Heads with byrilum seats, HRC Crankshaft, oil pump, Dry Clutch and ignition. *Carbs in picture not included in sale*.

I am not sure where you will ever get another opportunity like this.  Act fast, my email is already loading up with messages!

The seller is asking an eye-watering $13,900 for the package, which seems pretty shocking until you consider that engine. Maybe it's best to think of it as a Honda race engine with a spare bike included, since VF750Fs currently aren't especially valuable at the moment, although prices appear to be on the rise. That being said, from the few photos of the actual bike that are included, this appears to be an exceptionally clean, if not 100% original example of this significant machine.

-tad

Race-Kitted: 1985 Honda VF750F Interceptor with Full-Factory HRC Engine Kit for Sale
Honda April 30, 2017 posted by

One Sided Argument: 1993 Honda VFR400RR

Pop Quiz time! Say you live in the United States and want a voluptuous, import grey market bike that can't be easily found on our shores. Where do you go? Canada, of course! Just feast you eyes on this sexy NC30 - baby RC30 if you so care to call it - and wonder why these bikes couldn't be found on our side of the border. Today you might be able to find a few examples that have been imported after the fact, but the case can be made that you can do so yourself by looking up north.

With a single sided swingarm dominating the right hand side profile, there is no doubt that the NC30 is a handsome machine. But couple good looks with a turbine-smooth V-4 engine with a noise only straight-cut, gear-driven cams can make and wrap it in one of the best frames from Honda during this era and you have a sweet handling, eager steed that can take on bikes much larger in size. Cornering speed is your friend in the smaller leagues, and the NC30 delivers.

1993 Honda VFR400RR for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Super rare 1993 Honda VFR 400RR NC-30 Repsol, this is the last year made in perfect condition, never damaged, Please see pictures to answer your questions, I owned in UK and brought it here, New tires, brakes, braided lines, performance HRC Full exhaust, heated grips, Pazzo levers, chain, pinion sprocket all new, performance intake. Serious buyer please price in USD 14000km not miles. Shipping is extra and can arrange for it. Bike is selling no matter what even a min price.

This bike appears interesting in that it is indeed a rare model. Originally a UK import, this VFR400 has gone through a few updates over the years. The seller notes some performance mods, including braided steel lines, full exhaust, new levers and an upgraded intake. Looks like a rear fender delete has been performed. Not sure how I feel about the colored windscreen, but it does not appear stock to my eyes. While there are no pictures of the gauge cluster showing mileage, the seller indicates 14k in kilometers, which equates to about 8699 miles. The pictures overall are in small format and relatively low resolution, making any detail difficult to determine. Serious shoppers might want to ask more questions about detailed photographs.

This bike is being auctioned off in a no-reserve format. The opening ask is a cool $7,500 USD - which may be a fair price for the bike. Given the details we know and the lack of crisp photos, I think the ask is a bit too high to start. If everything checks out however, then no harm, no foul; time, as always, will tell all. There are other NC30s currently listed for less, so savvy buyers might want to compare and contrast. Check it out here, and good luck!

MI

One Sided Argument: 1993 Honda VFR400RR
Honda April 28, 2017 posted by

Overbuilt Race-Rep: 1985 Honda VF1000R for Sale

Values of Honda’s overbuilt homologation special VF1000R have been shockingly low up until very recently, but these red-white-and-blue beasts are starting to see a significant increase in price. They’re not lightweight or nimble at nearly 600lbs with a tank of fuel, but Honda’s build quality and engineering prowess are on display throughout the bike: the 998cc V4 used gear-driven cams in place of chains, Torque-Reactive Anti-Dive Control forks for better performance under braking, modular Comstar wheels and radial tires when radial tires were still rare and exotic, quick-release axles, adjustable bars, and even a vented rear brake... No, I don’t mean cross-drilled, the rear brake was vented.

The style of the bodywork reflected the VF1000R’s endurance-racing roots and features some interesting little quirks: you can see where Aprilia got some design ideas from those funky mesh side-panels. Two different headlight configurations were available, depending on year: the dual-headlight setup is generally considered more desirable, although they’re both tucked behind a single rectangular lens so they don’t look like you’d expect if you’re picturing something like an RC30. This example uses the single headlight that has a couple of additional vents around the sides and top to take up the space left by the bigger unit. Why two styles? Honda was worried the dual setup wouldn’t pass US regulations and created an alternative treatment, just in case.

All-in-all it was typical Honda overkill, which is fine unless it leads to a significant increase in weight which blunts performance significantly: the VF1000R certainly isn’t a slow bike, but it’s not all that fast either. Handling was a bit ponderous, but good set up can help quite a bit and the positive news for road-riders is that the available performance is pretty effortless, the fairings provide good wind protection, and the bike can cruise at its near 150mph top speed with ease.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Honda VF1000R for Sale

This was the superbike of the day in 1985. I looked long and hard to find one in really nice original condition as it is getting hard to find good ones. This one was always stored inside and I have in in a climate controlled facility. I don't think it has ever been laid over as it is basically scratch free EXCEPT for on both sides of the front fender there are scratches that I guess were caused by someone's poor quality tie downs. You can see the scratches in the pic's. It has new tires. It has he original pipes which is unbelievable in itself.

The seller is right that these are rare bikes, although nice ones do show up pretty regularly on eBay. They're the kind of bikes people bought and cherished from new, so thrashed examples seem more like the exception rather than the rule. Which is good, because finding replacement parts is pretty difficult and the aftermarket is basically nonexistent. So why didn’t these capture the public’s imagination in the way the later RC30 and RC45 did? Probably a combination of the aforementioned visual and physical bulk. But maybe it also had something to do with the V4’s negative perception at the time that resulted from a few of the early VF750’s chain-driven cam lobes de-lobing, sometimes referred to as the “Chocolate Camshaft” syndrome. That issue actually affected only a small group of the early V4 bikes with chain-driven cams, but Honda's reputation took a big hit and required the incredible high-quality of the VFR750 that followed to erase that black mark.

-tad