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Honda July 3, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda Hawk GT for Sale

Update 7.11.2018: Seller reports that this bike has sold to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Looking very much like an attempt by Honda to out-Monster Ducati, today’s Featured Listing Honda Hawk GT in fact predated the Galluzzi-designed machine by several years. The Hawk was also known as the NT650 and Bros in other markets, and less often by its “RC31” model designation, perhaps because it was designed as a versatile streetbike instead of an exotic homologation special.

1989 Honda Hawk GT for sale on eBay

Nevertheless, the Hawk GT incorporated some unusual technology, specifically the distinctive single-sided Pro-Arm rear swingarm that gives it a clear visual link to the RC30 and NC30. The 647cc 52° v-twin engine was liquid-cooled and had three valves per cylinder, with a claimed output of 58hp, enough to push the 393lb dry machine to a top speed of 107mph.

Overseas, the bike was successful and variations survived into the late 1990s but it was not popular in the US and sold for just three years here: 1988-1991. So what went wrong? Well the bike handled well and was very versatile, but it wasn’t really fast and was generally expensive, considering the price of a CBR600 Hurricane was just a few hundred higher and was far more exciting to American buyers for whom motorcycles were more toys than a practical means of transportation.

Of course, the general quality, nimble handling, and solid engineering meant that, although quickly forgotten by most, the Hawk GT has become something of a cult bike. Commuter, budget race bike, weekend canyon scratcher: simple modifications can give the bike focus it didn't really have from the factory, and a Hawk can be all things for those of limited means, since prices have remained relatively low, in spite of the bike's relative rarity.

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From the seller: 1989 Honda Hawk GT for Sale

This 1989 Honda Hawk GT / NT650 is 100% stock and is an exceptionally clean example.  It currently 14,880 miles and was recently refreshed with a few OEM Honda parts including a new chain and sprocket, along with grips and bar ends.  The fork seals were just replaced as well, along with a new battery.  The chrome on the stock muffler is perfect.  The paint was professionally redone by Artistimo, saving the factory tank decals, and looks absolutely stunning.   The original tool kit and owners manual are included with the bike.  This bike starts, runs, and rides perfectly and needs nothing.  I took it on a nearly 400 mile ride two weeks ago.  There are some very minor chips/scuffs in the paint on the rims consistent with the age and mileage of the bike.  The pictures accurately reflect the condition.  Asking $3800.00. It’s located near Milwaukee, WI.

Interested parties can contact John by email: jmilotzky@gmail.com

This example falls into that sweet spot between quality and price: the miles may not be just-out-of-the-crate low but the bike appears to be in stellar, very original condition, and includes the original tool kit. The $4,000 asking price, while high for a Hawk GT, is very reasonable, considering the overall presentation and increasing values of these quirky cult machines. And unlike the 9 mile Honda CB-1 that we recently featured, this Hawk isn't such a time-capsule bike you'd be afraid to actually ride it, if you're looking for a fun, quirky, versatile, weekend roadster.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda Hawk GT for Sale
Featured Listing June 15, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing x 2 – 1989 and 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 !

Not one, but two of the most sought after middleweights have become available because of a slight shortage of garage space.  The 1990 ( white tank and nose ) was purchased from RSBFS sponsor Moto2 Imports and the 1989 ( red tank and nose ) found locally.  A tune-up for the '89 put things right, traded bodywork with the 1990, and both are for sale.

1989 and 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 For Sale

The NC30 was built from 1989-92 and was the latest of three VFR400R generations.  The lightweight and sweet handler was meant for the Japanese market and their progressive licensing laws, but acquired a following in the U.K., down under, and lately here in the U.S.  Always equipped with a carburetted V-4 good for 59 hp, the later NC30 had a 360-degree big bang crank, exhaust on the left to expose the single sided swingarm, and sharp RC30 styling.  Gear driven cams impart a vintage whine to the 14,500 rpm rev limit, and offset tire sizes ( 16-inch front / 18-inch rear ) insure agile handling.

Both bikes are super clean, the '89 having an aftermarket monoshock and exhaust, and '90 is nice shape - having been recently delivered from Moto2.  Both have new voltage regulators, and a lot of spares are available.  Comments and gallery for each bike follow below.

1989 NC30 ( Type III Color - red tank and nose ): Overall, she's in very good condition

- Installed new Electrex regulator/rectifier
- Replaced all floats, float valves, correct needles (previous too rich) and full set of LiteTek carb gaskets
- Fairing is still good condition from the other '90 NC30; but has a few hairline cracks in the usual places (willing to include new Type I aftermarket set)
- Viper exhaust (OEM included)
- Hagon rear shock (OEM included)
- It's time for sprockets and chain change; parts in hand, just haven't gotten around to replacing.

1990 NC30 ( Type I Color - white tank and nose ): Overall, she's in excellent condition and needs nothing.

- Recently installed new OEM Honda regulator/rectifier for reliability (properly soldered all terminals)

The NC30's fair power, almost full size and low ready-to-ride weight have made it the standard for small sports.  Reviews from the day praised the easy riding balance and top build quality.  The 1990's Moto2 pedigree is helpful since a thorough going over by Speedwerks is part of their service, and the RC30 lookalike livery will make them wonder - if only for a time.  The 1989 has recent maintenance, some nice mods and backup fairing, exhaust and monoshock.

The owner Ken has made a deal with his better half to get it down to one bike and has his eye on a follow-on model, the RVF.  Located near Washington, D.C. he offers delivery in DelMarVa, or will prepare the bikes for pickup.  Ken asks $16,000 for the pair and can be contacted - here -.

-donn

Featured Listing x 2 – 1989 and 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 !
Honda June 9, 2018 posted by

Once Smitten – 1990 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

If there was to be sportbike bubble, the grail-like Honda RC30 might be leading the way, prices rising as you watch, with collector auctions drumming up some truly outlandish numbers.  Still it is a venerable model which stood the WSBK universe on its head for a few years - lightweight, powerful, easy to ride, and just a few thousand exist.  This one has low miles, few modifications, outstanding condition, and a knowledgeable owner.

1990 Honda VFR-750R RC30 for sale on eBay

Bred and born for superbike racing, the RC30 has the goods, sometimes well hidden.  Titanium connecting rods and 360-degree crankshaft timing help make a torquey flexible 102 hp.  The single-sided swingarm is novel for the era, and quick-release front axle is also race-derived.  Rideability is enhanced by the factory slipper clutch, and the endurance racer fairing protects the monoposto up to its 149 mph top speed.

Careful enough that he raked the gravel in the photo shoot area, this might be a unique previous owner.  Evidently having owned a few RC30's over the years, this one was preserved and carefully modified with just a polished exhaust and matching 17-inch wheels from an RC45.  It certainly shows beautifully, even without the fairings, making the pictures a must-save for RC30 fans or owners.  From the eBay auction:

As you can see from the pics, the bike is in exceptional stock OEM condition and has no period performance modifications other than the wheels and exhaust noted above. The bike still wears its original paint, and it is in very nice condition for its age. As best I can tell, all of the original Honda warning stickers and decals are still in place and looking good. There are a few very minor nicks and scuffs here and there, but you have to examine the bike very closely to find them. The most notable are on the lower fairing chin (see pics) and a scuff on the right side of the original windshield (see pics). Some of what you see on the fairing chin is actually the clear plastic chip guard lifting around the edges and trapping a bit of dirt, but there are a couple of chips at the very nose of the “chin” (it is not cracked through anywhere to my knowledge). There are also a few areas around mounting points that show some minor stress cracking in the paint which is quite common for an RC30 with any mileage, but these are minor enough that I could not get them to show in the photos. The front of the lower forks also have some discoloration in a few spots which is also very common for these bikes (see pics). The above said, the overall appearance of the bike is excellent. 

 

The RC30's balance and powerband led it to a long career at the Isle of Man and under endurance racing privateers.  Reviews said it was light handling and Honda-easy to maintain.  Prices had been in the mid-twenties until recently, in varying levels of miles and restoration.  A couple of zero-miles examples have popped up this year, one selling at Bonham's for over $90K including commission.  Nothing like that here, but this is a great specimen that it wouldn't hurt to ride once in a while.  That is what it's all about, isn't it ?

-donn

Once Smitten – 1990 Honda VFR-750R / RC30
Honda June 4, 2018 posted by

Dorian Gray: 2005 Honda Interceptor in Silver

A lot of people consider the Honda RC30 and RC45 as the best Honda sportbikes to own but those are fully track oriented machines not really setup for daily use on the street.   Additionally much of the success of the RC bikes can be traced to the VFR V4 editions (and ironically much of the RC tech then found its way back into later Honda models such as the 800cc VFR).   Today's post is a 2005 VFR 800 in a beautiful monochromatic silver and with 12,000 miles which for a VFR is barely broken in.

2005 Honda VFR800 on ebay

When Honda introduced its V4 streetbike configuration in the early 1980's, the result wasn't what the company expected.  Honda engineers deeply believed that a V4 engine would produce nearly optimum power and torque but problems arose with the camshafts in the larger displacement/700cc models.  Given the new technology of the V4 system it probably shouldn't have been a surprise that there would be issues but what was surprising was the inability of Honda, a company that prided itself on its engineering ability, to find a quick resolution to the issue.   The VF700 received a mind-boggling 8 camshaft revisions in its first year alone and the VF series quickly earned a moniker of "chocolate camshaft - it melts in your hand!" with sales being drastically impacted in the following year.

Fortunately for Honda, the company was large enough that the issues with VF series wasn't a make or break proposition but they still had to decided whether to keep working on the V4 design or walk away from the concept.  The later option was actually the financially safer choice; its what Suzuki would do with TL series and what Bimota wish they could have done with the V-Due.  But for Honda's motorcycling division, the issue was more than just a financial decision; their reputation for engineering prowess was at stake.  Honda went back to the design board and the result was the 1986 VFR, a machine engineered to a detail that was unheard of previously.  Rumor has it that the VFR was so over engineered that Honda actually lost money on every one it sold but there is no arguing that the VFR restored the companies reputation as an engineering powerhouse with the VFR winning bike of the year in its first year.  Most impressively it kept winning its market segment year after year and was even anointed as "bike of the decade" for the 1990's by CycleWorld.  Despite changes in displacement and technology the VFR line is still going strong.

NOTE:  An excellent history of the VFR lineup and the changes in each edition can be found here.

This particular VFR800 looks to be in amazing shape, although the silver color combined with the direct sunlight could potentially mask some small paint imperfections.  On the plus side the seller indicates a recent refresh including rubber and misc items.  On the negative side some frame sliders seem to be in place in some pics so its unclear as to how the bike has actually been used.  Also the seller does not indicate if the optional ABS that was available with this model is included on the bike.  This is an important question because while the VFR came standard with a linked braking system (which worked very well indeed), the VFR has a wet weight of over 500 pounds so having ABS was a major upgrade.

Here is what the seller has to say

  • New tires Michelin Pilot Power 2CT
  • New spark plugs
  • New brake pads
  • New K&N air filter
  • Fresh battery
  • Fresh oil every season.
  • All stock, except license plate mount. It was removed by the previous owner.
  • I have panniers Givi Monokey V35 for extra $500. They are barely used.

Admit it, those exhausts are cool and look great with the silver color scheme.

So is this 12,000 mile VFR worth the current asking price of $3,500 USD (extra for the hard luggage)?   While this generation of VFR will probably never appreciate as a collectors bike, if your intent is to actually ride your bikes then that price seems like a great deal.    Also the VFR is a renowned touring machine so this offers an opportunity for both at a low price.  Personally I think this would make an excellent every day rider for someone who already has their track bike or for someone who wants to move into longer distance riding without moving into the everything-but-the-fridge-goldwing segment.

-Martin G/Dallaslavowner

Dorian Gray:  2005 Honda Interceptor in Silver
Honda June 1, 2018 posted by

Sharp Little Blade: 1991 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale

If you're into bikes that aren't obviously compensating for something, this little Honda CBR400RR offers big-bike looks and serious refinement in a more compact, less overwhelming package. The included photos are very nice, but the seller has included just three of them, so I'll keep this post short. In general, 400cc sportbikes from this period are grey market imports: while very popular overseas and in particular in their home market of Japan, there was little to no interest in a sportbike displacing less than 600cc here in the USA.

That's unfortunate, because this "Baby Blade," so called because its bigger sibling was called the "Fireblade" in other markets, was a pretty sophisticated machine. It was powered by a 399cc inline four with sixteen valves, gear-driven twin overhead cams that was suspended in a stiff aluminum frame. The 70hp available from de-restricted versions was put through a six-speed gearbox and overall there's plenty of fun to be had on a tight canyon road.

Americans actually could pick up the CBR's close relative in the relatively obscure CB-1 that used a detuned version of the CBR's engine but replaced the aluminum frame with one made of steel. Weight was similar as the CB didn't have a fairing, but it looks like Honda might have gambled correctly in not importing the CBR, since the CB-1 didn't sell very well.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale

1991 Honda CBR400RR NC29 aka Baby Blade

Classic smaller displacement sport bike popular in Japan/UK. Imported from Japan.
Starts and runs nicely all through rev range!

Recently carb tuned and de-restricted. Bike is in KM and I added a MPH overlay.

Makes a great small displacement track bike! 

New: 

  • Pirelli Rosso Corsa
  • Screen
  • Mirrors
  • Battery
  • Tank grip
  • Axle slider

Buy It Now price is $5,500 which is a pretty decent price although you'll obviously have to be careful to verify you can register it where you live. This one is in Texas and I'm assuming it's been road-registered there since the seller has gone to the trouble to add the MPH overlay to the speedometer.

-tad

Sharp Little Blade: 1991 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale
Featured Listing May 28, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Collector quality 1995 Honda RVF400!

There's nothing like comfort food and family on Memorial Day, and in that spirit, we present this 1995 Honda RVF400. These little grey-market rippers and their ilk have been our bread and butter, our comfort food, here at RSBFS and this glistening example is particularly tasty. It has quite clearly spent its life indoors under the watchful eyes of a caring collector, and the attention shows.

1995 Honda RVF400 for sale on eBay

Though the bike is registered for road use in Arizona, it has only seen 2,100 miles over its life. Unlike the vast majority of grey market imports we feature, this one was brought here nearly 20 years ago. In a nod to US standards, the speedometer has been treated to a MPH sticker overlay, though we'd rather use the stock gauges and do mental math.

The RVF400 was famed for truly being a miniaturized RC45, blessed with jewel-like build quality, flawless handling and the attention to detail Hondas of the era were famous for. Road tests from the time not that they're a little heavier than some of their competitors, but more than make up for it when the going gets twisty.

From the eBay listing:

I purchased this bike from a friend of mine who got it from another friend of ours, over the last 15 plus years it has only been stored on display in a climate controlled living room or office. It came over from Japan in the late 90's so it displays none of the typical corrosion or wear as many of the bikes that have lived in Japan and been exposed to the climate there.

I have looked over many years in the States and in Japan and have never seen another NC35 with these miles in this condition. I truly believe this is one of the finest anywhere in the world, let alone in the U.S. I am sure there is a zero mile one out there, ( I did not see one at the Collection Hall in Motegi! ) but I think you will be hard pressed to find another in this condition with these miles...and yes it is titled.

Last week after deciding to sell the bike I pulled the carbs and gave them a quick cleaning (bike was previously stored without fuel) and the bike starts, runs and idles exactly how it should. I have not ridden it as I do not want to put any miles on it. I pulled the lowers and photographed the bike so you can see exactly what you are getting.

The bike has brand new tires but they are several years old...so if you intend to actually ride it, new rubber and a change of all the fluids would be a good idea, but the bike was stored with fresh oil, coolant, brake fluid. Will come with a brand new battery installed and a small amount of Avgas in tank / carbs so will be turn key.

The bike is currently titled, plated and 2018 tags in Arizona with original 11 digit Japanese VIN.

Both original keys, original owners manual, and tool kit.

Passenger foot rests are not installed or shown in photos but I have them and they go with the bike!

100% stock, original, there is a MPH overlay on the speedo that could be removed. Everything works as it should, all lighting, electrical, etc....as it should, it is basically a NEW bike!!

Two small scratches in left lower as shown in photos, tiny bit of touch up on the H on right side lower, no rash, cracks, broken tabs. Inside of fuel tank is like new.

If you could step back in time to the 90's and buy a nearly new RVF400 that had been babied and only had a couple thousand miles on it, this is what it would look like. It is probably the nicest bike out of all in my collection, and over the years of buying NC30's 35's and NSR's I have never really seen a grey bike this nice and original. One's like this really no longer exist in Japan, and if they did they would bring well over $10k as decent ones at auction are already over $6000 and climbing now. The NSR prices are already out of sight.

There are a LOT of pictures here, please take a moment to check them all out but do not hesitate to contact me if you need me or have a question about a certain part of the bike!

I can ship most anywhere in the lower 48 for $499, if you are within 500 miles of So. Cal I think I can ship it for under $400 with Haul Bike, the best (safest) shipper I have used. You are also welcome to pick it up and inspect in person. Happy to assist with a shipper of your choice as well...and I would be willing to ship overseas, please contact for a quote to your nearest port.

Thanks to its condition and legality, the seller has set the reserve above $5,000. For a bike this rare and special, that shouldn't phase the dedicated collector.

Featured Listing: Collector quality 1995 Honda RVF400!