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Honda March 17, 2017 posted by

The Big One: 1994 Honda CB1000 for Sale

We all love focused, hard-core sporting machines. It's right there in the website's name, so why else would you be here? But there comes a time when past injuries, the debilitating effects of aging, and old war wounds start to make the fully-committed, racer's-crouch position required impossible to maintain for the length of time it takes to get from your garage to the good riding roads. So what then? Load your sportbike into the back of a pickup truck to haul to the canyons? Throw in the towel and buy a Harley? Ride through the pain and get addicted to prescription opioids? Fear not! There's a middle ground option: buy yourself one of the brand new "super nakeds" from KTM or Aprilia. The V4 Tuono and Super Duke are great bikes, but very expensive so, if your money doesn't stretch to one of those impressive, do-everything machines, something like this Honda CB1000 might give you plenty of bang for not too many bucks.

Introduced in 1992 and built through 1996, the CB1000 wasn't actually sold here in the US until 1994. It used an updated version of the 1987 Hurricane's liquid-cooled inline four that displaced 998cc, produced a claimed 97hp, and was backed by a five-speed gearbox. The CB1000 was known as "Project Big One" behind the scenes at Honda while in development and was apparently actually called the "Big One" in Japan. Make no mistake, this is a pretty large  motorcycle: those are actually 18" wheels front and rear, and the old-tech package weighed in at 542 lbs dry.

The bike was well reviewed and handled much better than you'd expect, considering the weight and spindly, non-adjustable forks, but Honda's CB1000 was a bit before its time, a big naked before big nakeds were really popular. It's always been a bit of an oddity here: Honda basically priced themselves out of the American market, as there was only a $500 difference between the CB1000 and the CBR1000, a much faster, nimbler, and an all-around more high-performance motorcycle. For buyers here, style won out over practicality, and the CB1000 is a pretty rare sight on our roads, especially in such nice, well-maintained condition.

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Honda CB1000 for Sale

Very hard to find conditions like this CB1000, NEW synthetic oil and filter, front fork seals, seal protectors, rear tire, front and rear brake pads, carburetors cleaned, synced, K & N air filter, D & D muffler, Corbin leather seat, no rust, no dent, no scratch, no smoke, never down or crash, start right up, all day comfort with powerful 1000cc engine, no issue everything works. clear title, Honda legendary build quality, you would swear riding a brand new bike with that solid feel.You see it you will buy it, no test ride unless full payment in my hand, Spring time is here, hurry to take this rare and beautiful bike to go for a ride, it will put a smile your face, absolutely no disappointment here.

The seller also includes a short clip of the bike starting and running. Bidding is active, but still well under $3,000. Miles on this one are reasonable, considering how practical these are, and condition appears to be excellent. I'm not sure these have all that much collectible potential in the near future, but throw on a set of modern forks and this might be a great do-it-all sporty bike for a rider with limited funds, a willing spirit and flesh that's weak.

-tad

The Big One: 1994 Honda CB1000 for Sale
Honda March 9, 2017 posted by

The difficult 2nd album: 1994 Honda RC45/RVF750R

The Honda RVF750R/RC45 is always an interesting topic of discussion on RSBFS and with good reason. Part of Honda's technological onslaught of the 1990's (which included the RC30 and NR750), the RC45 was a true homolgation bike that came with lots of top level components including a 749cc V4 powerplant containing titanium rods and ceramic-lined cylinder walls, a new fuel injection system, and a track ready single-sided rear swingarm.   Add to this a ultra light weight achieved via a new aluminium twin-spar chassis and cast magnesium components and the result was something that, on paper at least, looked ready to compete at the highest level.

1994 Honda RC45 on eBay

But despite all of this techno goodness the RC45 didn't achieve the same level of track or sales success as doesn't seem to be as prized as its predecessor, the RC30.   Part of this was due to the breakthrough nature of the RC30, part was due to the competition on the track being much closer and part was due to what the RC45 was like to ride on the street.  The street version was tuned with a very tall 1st gear and only producing around 110/118 horses for the US/Euro version, which meant the RC45 didn't offer street riders a huge jump in performance from what other much cheaper 750 sportbikes were offering at the time.  Simply put, for a lot of non-track oriented buyers the RVF750R/RC45 performance didn't match the price.

Now this doesn't mean the RC45 wasn't a great sportbike- far from it.  While it may have been a bit of a let down on the street, things were quite different when it was taken to the track and tuned up.  In peak race form the bike was transformed to having nearly 190 bhp and was a capable enough machine to deliver championships over a span of years, including Miguel Duhamel's 1996 Daytona 200, John Kocinski's 1997 WSBK championship and Ben Bostrom's 1998 AMA Superbike Championship.

As for this particular RC45, it looks to be mostly OEM and the seller indicates that the parts which are not OEM are still with the bike.  Based on the pics provided the seller seems to be a big fan of 1990's sportbikes (although not their mirrors apparently) so there is a good chance this one has been taken care of properly.

Here is a summary of the info the seller gives in the ebay listing:

  • 2200 miles
  • Has a (Honda CBR) F3 front wheel, HRC carbon fiber front fender, HRC rear-sets.
  • Previous owner installed the Yoshimura bolt on muffler but have since found a brand new, in the box, stock muffler.  
  • Was going to remove the turn signals and trim the rear fender, so I bought an extra OEM rear fender to turn it back stock.
  • Will come with all the stock parts that were removed.
  • Bike still has its original tool kits, swing arm stand, and even the original helmet lock.
  • Documentation includes the service manual, parts manual, owners manual, pages from the Honda Red Book, a sales brochure, copies of the previous title and some Honda service updates.

So what is this pretty much pristine bit of homologation Honda technology worth?  Well current bid is up to about $30,000 USD with reserve not met.  That isn't surprising given the last one of these we saw on RSBFS hit $40,000 USD.  While that one was an ultra low mileage (<1000) example, I would still expect the reserve on this one to be in the mid $30,000 area if not higher.

From a collector standpoint, the major appreciation in value has probably already happened.  That isn't to say the value will go down, it just won't be jumping up dramatically.   I think this one will probably be best suited for someone who is similar to the current owner - a fan of mid 1990's homologation bikes.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

The difficult 2nd album:  1994 Honda RC45/RVF750R
Honda March 8, 2017 posted by

Carts and Horses – 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22

With the sporty styling of its better-endowed siblings, the CBR250RR was a new rider's showroom dream in 1990's Japan.  The sweet-handling lightweight was rarely exported from the island by the factory, which makes it a fine entrant to the rarity sweepstakes elsewhere.  Though many have come to us by way of a hard life down under, this gem is undamaged and boasts a Washington state title.

1990 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

The RR had the right numbers of everything, if just a bit smaller.  The 249cc inline four had four tiny Keihin carbs, alloy perimeter frame, twin front disks.  Gear driven cams deliver a quite healthy 45 hp with 350 lb. wet weight equaling almost unequaled responsiveness.  The full fairing had a pretty chiseled nose, great factory graphics, and a handy sandwich compartment under the pillion seat ( for which, ironically, there are no footpegs ).

Listed by a parts re-seller, this CBR shows just over 9,000 miles and looks better than 9/10ths.  A lot of glamour shots and this description in the eBay auction:

All of the body panels are original and in good condition, there are no major cracks or major nicks anywhere just some light scratches here and there. The wheels are also in excellent condition with perfect paint and no major chips anywhere. Even the windscreen is original and in great condition. Basically the motorcycle is a 9 out of 10 cosmetically.

Mechanically the bike runs and rides perfect. All of the electrical components work as they should; lights, blinkers, horn, speedo, tach, temp gauge, all work properly. The bike just had a full service tune up including new tires, mechanically everything was inspected and replaced if necessary, all fluids were flushed.

Though the factory was busy racing the two stroke RS250, the light four cylinder was a winning solution for the road, and re-affirming their faith in light sports, the factory commissioned a new CBR250 twin last fall.  The auction has a surprising number of bids, and while the bidding hasn't gotten crazy give it time.  This CBR might be hard to catch in the twisties and harder yet at auction...

-donn

Carts and Horses – 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22
Honda March 2, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NSR250R MC21

Update 3.4.2017: SOLD in 2 days! Contact us for a $59 Featured Listing if you'd like similar exposure from Rare SportBikes For Sale! dan@motoringblogs.com

It's no secret that the staff of RSBFS believe that two strokes were a gift from the gods to enable mere mortals to perform acts of speed not otherwise possible. Pound for pound the two cycle engine puts out more HP than any other form of reciprocating, internal combustion format. With no overhead valves, these engines can be impossibly compact both in height as well as width. The packaging possibilities enable very tidy proportions and, when combined with the power and lack of heft can equate to stunning performance. Take this beautiful 1990 NSR250R as an example: a 250cc v-twin producing approximately 45 HP (restricted due to Japanese legislation), yet pushing only 290 lbs of bike. The most similar 4-stroke example - a Ninja 250R - develops 10-15 less HP, yet pushes a much heavier bike (by 15-20 pounds, dry). The victor in any form of performance measurement is obvious.

This particular NSR250R is a MC21 model. And while approximately 16,000 of these models were produced, NONE of them were officially imported into the United States. So what is an enterprising, knee dragging two-stroke enthusiast to do? Import one, of course. That sure sounds easy, but in reality can be a nightmare in terms of shipping arrangements, importation paperwork, and then dealing with the powers that be in order to properly register the bike for use on the road. The stories of those that have tried are too numerous to count; you see the bikes for sale with "no title" or similar nomenclature. To find a legally licensed NSR250R in the US - one with a title that you can *actually* ride on the street - now that is rare indeed.

From the seller:
1990 Honda NSR250R MC21. 12,407 Miles (19,968 Kilometers)

Bike is being sold from my personal collection. This is a very clean well cared for unmodified bike. Completely original and unrestored. Only change is Powder coated Fork Tubes with new fork seals January 2017. Bike needs nothing. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Continental Conti Sport Attack 2 Tires are brand new with Zero miles on them. OEM Fairings have some hairline scratches and touchup paint using only a fine brush, No respray or rattle can. Please see images. Otherwise straight from the factory. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. MC21-1013*** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.” Imported into the States through all legal channels. EPA and Declaration papers provided. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions. Price is 7500.00 USD.

This seller has provided a wealth of information about this bike, along with numerous, clear pictures. Look closely: you will see a very clean and well-cared for import. This is not the "just off the boat from Japan and full of corrosion" level of import, but rather a fully sorted and loved example from a rider's personal collection. If originality scores any points with you, check out the list of modifications: powder coated fork tubes and a bit of touch up paint. No stories of swapped out suspension, engine mods, chambers or otherwise. No flush-mounted signals with a rear fender delete kit added. No wires hanging where something has been removed, no holes where something is missing. This is the type of bike that RSBFS staff love to see - and our readers too.

The best part of this NSR250R? An asking price of only $7,500. Yes, we have seen them cheaper, but more often than not we see them go for more...especially bikes in this type of condition (go ahead and search). This is a very realistic price for what looks to be a great, original example of the NSR breed. With low miles, official paperwork and the ability to register and ride it in your state (not all states need apply - you know who you are.), this MC21 model is looking like a very good buy. Better act quickly - this one is going to be gone in a haze of blue smoke very soon!

MI

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NSR250R MC21
Honda February 27, 2017 posted by

Rothmans Replica: 1991 Honda NSR250 SP for Sale

Racing fans naturally gravitate towards sportbikes that feature graphics and colors associated with their favorite racing teams. Since those designs are often chosen for their visibility over any concerns about taste, it's rare that a design stands out for being both striking and classic. It's a shame that some of the most memorable and iconic color schemes in racing history were those designed for tobacco products, but it's hard to argue with the good looks of today's Rothmans Replica Honda NSR250R.

This MC21 NSR250R was powered by Honda's familiar 90° liquid-cooled 249cc two-stroke v-twin with a six-speed "cassette" style gearbox that allowed for quick gearing changes at the track. Obviously not something that's all that useful on a roadbike, but still very trick and cool. The updated MC21 version of the NSR250 wasn't just a restyled MC18, it was an extensively redesigned machine. It used a distinctive gull-arm swingarm to allow the expansion chamber on the right side of the bike to tuck in close for maximum cornering clearance, while the carburetors were controlled by Honda's very sophisticated PGM-III system that used a three-dimensional map based on throttle-position, revs, and gear selection to adjust the RC valves and ignition timing for excellent flexibility compared to rivals.

Power output was bang-on the government-mandated 45hp, but that still gave the sub-300 pound [dry] machine plenty of pep and more is available with de-restriction. How much is available? Well, how much do you want to spend, and how long do you want it to last between rebuilds? This SP version added a dry clutch and an uprated rear shock to the mix for even more performance, exotic, rattling noises, and exclusivity: just 1,500 NSR250R SPs were sold during 1991, making this a rare machine in any market, let alone North America, and this one is in superlative shape.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Honda NSR250 SP for Sale

Immaculate 1991 Honda NSR250 SP w/ 5,000 miles from Moto2 Imports

Available only from Moto2 Imports, this fully restored 1991 NSR250 SP two-stroke is our nicest machine to date! Beyond a standard R model, this SP features fully-adjustable front and rear suspension, trick dry clutch, and a close-ratio gearbox. A complete service and safety check has been performed by our partner Speedwerks. The electronics have been de-restricted and the engine makes full power. All gaskets have been inspected and engine compression & leak down tests were performed with no issues. New tires, chain, battery, brake pads & spark plugs. Carburetors cleaned, rebuilt and re-jetted. Fuel, oil and coolant systems drained, flushed, & refilled. All other mechanical & electrical systems checked and operating properly. Fairing and tank were just resprayed and are of the highest quality - see Hi Res images. Expansion chambers have been ceramically coated and aluminum wheels freshly powdercoated (Magteks available). Bike starts/runs/operates flawlessly. Additional pics and video available upon request. You will not find a nicer NSR. With just 5,000 original miles, you can bid with confidence on this amazing machine.

All Moto2 bikes are legally imported and come with a clear US title with the proper 11 digit VIN (frame number and title match). Buyer will receive the US title, Bill of Sale, Customs and importation paperwork, and a copy of the original Japanese title. Feel free to ask any questions about this bike. Moto2 Imports provides post-sales support including spare parts for our bikes now and in the future. We sell and ship globally. Visit our website for more information.

The asking price of $9,299 seems very reasonable, considering the ever-upwards trend of prices for these grey-market two-strokes in general and the fact that is is both the coveted Rothmans Replica SP model and in exceptional condition. Sure, the paint isn't original but, considering the apparent quality of the work, that might not be a bad thing, and the bike has obviously been extensively reconditioned. If you've been waiting to add one of these to your collection, you won't find one nicer outside of a museum.

-tad

Rothmans Replica: 1991 Honda NSR250 SP for Sale
Honda February 22, 2017 posted by

Original Class Owner – 1989 Honda CBR600F

Honda dropped the pebble in 1987 that eventually became a tidal ( and supersport title ) wave, but the first-generation machines with their steel frames, four carbs, and streamlined bodies have been all but forgotten.  Here is a substantially stock example whose clean presentation belies its 28 years and 33,000 miles.

1989 Honda CBR600F for sale on eBay

 

Returning to an inline four after the V-4 Interceptors, the CBR600F claimed 85 hp from its 598 water cooled cc's.  The crankcase and cylinder bases are cast together in innovative manufacturing process, limiting crankshaft flex.  The twin beam frame also supported the steering head from the top of the engine, but very little of that could be seen under the all-covering soap bar.  Forks from Showa and Pro-Link rear were pre-load adjustable, and Nissin brakes were not oversized but rated excellent.

 

For the miles and condition, the CBR presented here would be expected to be restored or at least a re-paint.  Whether a very careful rider or long-past rehabilitation, the factory colors and equipment look great.  The Georgia owner says this in the eBay auction:

Up for auction is a beautiful unmolested first year production 1989 CBR600 in the rare Red, White, Blue color combination that is all original except the muffler. The original plastic and fairing is in incredible shape along with the factory white wheels. The white is a beautiful pearl that pops in the light. No fade or clear coat issues. No tears in the seat. No leaks in the engine and the under carriage is very clean and appears it has never been ridden in the rain. You would be hard pressed to find a cleaner CBR600 from this era. Bike has always been garaged and it's obvious with the condition of the paint. This collector's bike is the first year of the CBR and not the Hurricane. Just installed a new battery and bike fires right up every time. All lights and gauges work as they should. There is nothing wrong with this bike! I doubt you will find a cleaner CBR600 from this era in this condition.

 

Though the factory had the resources and riders to make its mark on AMA Superbike and Supersport, the cost savings afforded by the full fairing allowed privateers to take the CBR600F to the next level.  Great right out of the box, the bike excelled in classes where major updates were ruled out.  Alloy frames and adjustable everything would come to the CBR600F, but the initial years of production were a revolution in their own right.  This clean example deserves a closer look at least...

-donn

 

Original Class Owner – 1989 Honda CBR600F