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Honda November 13, 2017 posted by

Little bike, big fun: 2002 Honda NSR 150 SP

It has often been said that riding a slow bike fast is far more enjoyable than riding a fast bike slowly. Most of the hyper-super-mega cycles listed on these pages can exceed national speed limits in seconds - and first gear. But with a smaller bike, you need to work much harder to maximize your forward progress. Think of honing your gear selection skills rather than simply relying upon big waves of torque; sharpening your corner entry with speed rather than sitting back and cruising. Ride it correctly and bikes such as this 2002 Honda NSR150 SP can fly - but the rider becomes a much bigger piece of the overall equation.

2002 Honda NSR150 SP for sale on eBay

Outside of the US the remainder of the civilized world revolves around small motorcycles and scooters. These smaller modes of transport work well in the tight confinements of smaller European and Asian cities, and are generally affordable and thrifty on fuel (which can be very expensive in many areas of the world). However not all smaller bikes need be boring, commuter-minded devices. Honda - being a motorsports driven company - offers sport models of smaller displacement machines to build brand awareness and introduce younger riders to their sport bike lineup. The NSR150 SP is just such a model. With sporty accents and livery reflecting Honda's key partner in motorsports - Repsol - the NSR150 SP offers riders the look of a bigger bike, and a sharper riding experience than other smaller scooters. Just check out the vented brakes and that sweet single-sided swing arm.

From the seller:
Want to be like 6 X Gp Champion Marc Marquez and ride a Respol GP Bike? Now is your chance to own an as new factory Respol Honda NSR 150 SP. I brought this bike into the USA brand new back in 2002 and has been in my private collection of motorcycles since then. This NSR is in perfect condition with No flaws. Bike is 100% original with the exception of a Tyga pipe and solo tail section. I do have the original tail section and rear seat that will be included with the sale of the motorcycle. Current Mileage is 888 Kilometers which translates to about 555 miles. This motorcycle deserves to be placed in a private collection of someone who will care for it as much as I have. Very few of these ever become available if your a Repsol and MotoGP fan this is a must have.

This enterprising seller has listed this bike hot on the heels of Marc Marquez's triumphant 4th MotoGP championship, secured in Valencia over the weekend. And while this 150cc mini-motorcycle is hardly a MotoGP machine (or even Moto3), it does proudly wave the Repsol-Honda colors. The seller notes a solo tail section (can you imagine riding/commuting two-up on this bike?), and the Tyga exhaust is a common bolt on modification. Like most smaller motorcycles, mileage is low (under 600 miles claimed). Overall condition looks quite good. This is a reasonably rare motorcycle in the US, given that it was never officially imported. No sign of a plate or a title, however, so that might need to be sorted by potential buyers. Check it out here if you are interested in a great little knock-around sport bike to add to your stable. Good Luck!!

MI

Honda November 11, 2017 posted by

Ready to Race: 1998 Honda RS250R for Sale

Unlike Honda’s NSR250R, the RS250R was Honda’s over-the-counter race bike intended for privateer teams. Of course, if you were a factory outfit, you could get your hands on something like the NSR250 or RS250RW, which honestly gets a bit confusing. Especially the fact that the NSR250 and NSR250R are completely different bikes, and the one with the extra R is the street version...

I think I got that all correct. Experts can feel free to excoriate me in the comments.

Regardless, the RS250R is most definitely a track-only machine, a singularly-focused Grand Prix device with zero-percent body fat. It was powered by a liquid-cooled, two-stroke v-twin with a bore of 54mm and a slightly longer stroke of 54.5mm. Up until 1993 Honda used a 90° v-angle, although this was changed in 1993 to a more compact 75° configuration.

I’d expect that, given the displacement and rev range involved, improved packaging trumped any increase in vibrations that might have resulted from the narrower angle between the cylinders. The later engine should be shorter front to back, which would allow it to be pushed further forward in the frame for better weight distribution and a longer swingarm. These were capable of over 90hp, depending on tuning, and weigh a stunning 223lbs dry.

Honestly, I think I’d much prefer the bike with some sort of race-replica paint job, maybe Rothmans or Repsol. But this solid red color is as “accurate” as any, since the RS250R came from the factory with unpainted bodywork, ready for whichever race team bought them to festoon with sponsor stickers, garish graphics, and team logos.

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Honda RS250R for Sale

1998 RS250R NX5 Completely Restored With 100's of Parts

This bike was a bucket list item (thanks to an old racing buddy) to be crossed off after turning some laps around the U.S., but now has to be cancelled because of injury and new career. It breaks my heart to sell it, but it has been sitting for a year (everything drained and stored indoors). This bike was Jeff Leggits (owner of Mach1 Motorsports) 98 RS250R and was COMPLETELY RESTORED!!! by maybe the best GP 2 stroke tuner/mechanic  in the U.S. Roland Cushway. Engine cylinders and carbs all done by Roland. Every bolt/part was taken off, cleaned, inspected, and either put back or replaced new. The engine is completely rebuilt... new clutch, pistons, seals, bearings, etc. The bike was then fired up and drained for storage. Small scuff on the swing arm (pictured) and small ding in the tank (easily repaired)

IF I HAD MY WISH, THE BIKE WOULD GO TO A COLLECTOR... that's what kind of condition it's in.

The list of new and used parts in so extensive I'm not going to list them all....I will document all the big items. I will ship any where in the world, but you will have to arrange it all. I won't crate the bike, so keep that in mind when searching for shipping.

THERE IS WAY TOO MANY PARTS TO ITEMIZE (hundreds of new and used parts) SO I HAVE TO DO IT BY PICTURES...THERE ARE NO DUPLICATE ITEMS SHOT.

3 sets of pipes 2 of unknown origin 1 new stock set which is on bike (1 set is German and the other English)
2 new cylinders
2 new piston and 2 new pistons installed
Used crank in great condition
Crank in bike has two races on it (Roland said check after entire season)
Full A kit transmission gear set
4 new VHM head inserts
VHM head tool
VHM Power valve tool
Swedetech leak down
Broken in clutches (3)
New chains
New coils
New wiring harness
New battle rear sets
Tons of brake pads and levers
Stock and Penske rear shock (Penske on bike)
Used cylinder and 2 heads
Manual and setup notes (I will make a copy of the setup book because it has to go back to original owner)
2 sets of repairable body work
Spare tank with repairable dent

Bidding is very active on this little two-stroke race machine, but only up to around $8,000 right now. If you plan to do more than just display this bit of high-speed industrial art, that spares list is pretty key, and is actually one of the most appealing thing about this listing. Two-stroke race bikes require constant attention, and spares aren't always easy to come by for a ten-year-old, limited production Honda racebike. The original listing includes plenty of additional photos of what bits are included, and it looks like there's enough to keep this running for a long time to come.

-tad

Ready to Race: 1998 Honda RS250R for Sale
Honda November 9, 2017 posted by

White Tornado – 1986 Honda VFR700F

From sunny Nevada comes this color-matched V-4 sportbike. Not unmarked but nicely neatened up, this 700 might be an economical path to the sportbike hobby.

1986 Honda VFR700F for sale on eBay

Honda went down an unusual path in the early 1980's developing a mid-size V-4 for road and race use.  After some cam reliability issues, the bikes were re-introduced with gear driven cams and other changes which bulletproofed the engines.  In the square-tube cradle, the 699cc four generates 81 hp up at 10,000 rpm, quietly with water cooling.  Showa dampers front and rear. the forks incorporating Honda's TRAC anti-dive.  Staggered tire sizes are 16" front and 18" rear, to help quicken handling.

 

From the looks of the clutch cover, this VFR700 had a close shave at some point, but survived.  The sunbelt gold and pearl white have been preserved and touched up as necessary.  Gray solo seat and re-covered white pillion somehow look better than the factory black vinyl.  From the eBay auction:

It's a 2 owner bike, super clean and very well looked after.
28000 original miles, seat has been recovered in silver and white and looks good.
Everything works on the bike, I have the original blinkers and licence plate holder, nothing has been cut.
Just put new tire and brake pads on the back, 
Battery is new.
Needs new grips and front tire soon.
Super fun bike to ride, handles great, sounds awesome.
This bike was way ahead of its time, would suit collector. Very hard to find in this condition.
Real head turner, people can't believe its 31 years old.

 

To re-affirm their engineering leadership, Honda over-engineered and built the second generation of V-4's, and though hefty, they run like the Energizer bunny. Smooth power and steady handling, the VFR700F was an early combatant in the tariff wars, and kept the VFR dynasty alive through the mid-eighties.  Looking for a great starter, or maybe hack-around bike ?  Even in the desert southwest the riding season's drawing to a close, and this one's liable to go for a low price...

-donn

White Tornado – 1986 Honda VFR700F
Honda November 5, 2017 posted by

“carro Babbo Natale”: 1989 Honda VFR750 RC30 with less than 3 miles in Italy

1989 Honda RC30 with less than 3 miles in Italy

Previous RSBFS posts have waxed eloquently about the RC30, about how its perhaps THE most collectible bike available insofar as modern machinery goes.  1500 units were produced each year over its two year production run and the well healed buyer was able to purchase what was truly a race bike with lights.  The RC30  came with components such as titanium and magnesium cast components, slipper clutches, a first gear designed for track starts up to 80 mph and a single-sided swingarm, etc, items never before made available on a bike available to the general buyer.

A good review of the RC30 by visordown.com can be read here but he story of how the RC30 originated is that Mr S Honda decided to show the world what Honda could do when it went all out.  The mandate he gave the engineers was simple; win on the track....and woo boy did they deliver.  The RC30 dominated in a way that hadn't been seen since the days of Agostini on the MV Agusta, with 15 of the 25 finishers in the top F1 class being on the new Honda in 1990.  The bike quickly became a legend, significantly burnished Honda's reputation and is often referred to as the progenitor machine for much of Honda's future F1/MotoGP success.

Given the mileage on this bike there isn't really too much to add for this post regarding maintenance or servicing.  There is pretty much no info from the seller other than a standard blurb about this being basically a new bike that has never been off the rear stand (although it had to be for these pics to be taken in what appears to be a parking garage).  Hopefully fluids were removed before being parked and I would expect a thorough going through would be required before firing it up including possible the fork seals? Also new rubber in case the new buyer intended to actually ride it (I know, I know...stop laughing).

Now let's turn to the question of price.  The Buy-It-Now price of 58,000GBP seems a bit outlandish at first, especially given it is more than double of a similar 8000 mile version also currently for sale on ebay.   But  there is a segment of the collecting community who crave the zero miles/so-called "crate bikes" which this bike seems to be targeted for (either that or an early investor in Bitcoin).  But even so my personal opinion is that this one is worth no more than a max 30% over the price of the "run in" versions we typically see here at RSBFS, especially given that its unlikely to ever be more than an object d'art.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

 

Note - this bike also seems to be listed on ebay uk from a dealer but given they have 0 feedback, I would assume the location is actually Italy.

“carro Babbo Natale”:  1989 Honda VFR750 RC30 with less than 3 miles in Italy
Honda November 4, 2017 posted by

Size Doesn’t Matter: 1991 Honda RS125 for Sale

For some people, a race replica just isn’t enough. And if you want the real thing, a genuine racebike can be very pricey to run, and parts might be literally, not just figuratively, impossible to find. Sure, you can occasionally buy an NSR500V, but can you find parts to rebuild the engine? No, you cannot. Sometimes not at any price. But unlike the NSR500V or even the much more widely-produced RS250, Honda’s RS125 is an over-the-counter, full-on racebike that manages to be affordable, at least in the world of zero-percent-bodyfat racing machines.

Why are they so much less expensive? Well, they were always meant as entry-level racers, so costs were lower to begin with, and they made more of them. There are fewer parts involved as well, and those parts are less likely to be made of unobtanium. Ultimately, part of the reason the RS125 is so light is that there’s really not much there: the tiny, 124.4cc two-stroke single and six-speed gearbox are dwarfed by the aluminum frame that appears to be welded up from cast and extruded sections like a bit of industrial art. Hell, the engine is basically dwarfed by the airbox on later models. The whole thing is draped in raw, lightweight bodywork, and a primitive electrical system complete the package for an all-in dry weight of under 160lbs.

Basically, an RS125 weighs about 40lbs less than an average adult male. Which means that, if you’ve ever half-carried, half-dragged a drunk buddy into his apartment, you should have no problem whatsoever loading an RS125 into a van or truck, ramp or no ramp.

Keep in mind that, while the RS125 might spec out like some sort of dinky learner bike or a hopped-up moped, it’s serious stuff: that incredibly low weight and highly-strung engine producing 40hp mean the power-to-weight ratio on it is fairly shocking. The heritage is there as well, since both Loris Capirossi and Dani Pedrosa both won 125 championships on RS125s. From what I've read, it’s so light it even crashes differently than larger machines: once they go down, they tend to skim along instead of tumbling, minimizing damage. Which is nice because whether you’re using this for track days or actual competition, you’re going to need to wring its goddamn neck, everywhere, all the time.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Honda RS125 for Sale

Honda RS125. Very nice very original bike in excellent condition. The bike was stored for many years so it has very low hours. Small but mighty she will hit 130mph and will lap a GSX-R1000 on a tight track. Most track bikes have a hard life but this one is in fantastic shape with no damage at all other than a scrape on the clutch cover and that is about it . All the brakes work well and the motor starts straight up and runs like a banshee. The motor picks up on the throttle so fast it’s frightening. I actually have a pair of RS125s and will be selling the other one after this one to save confusion. The  opportunity to buy a real factory race bike doesn’t come along often so make the most of it now. There is  obviously no tile with this bike as it’s a race bike. No title. 

I can ship all over the world at good rates.

So the downside is you need to pretty much be an wiry teenager or a waifish supermodel to ride an RS125 in the first place. The upside is that, if you are a wiry teenager or a waifish supermodel, or are just built like one, parts aren’t impossible to find. And many bikes come with huge spares collections, since actively raced two-stroke 125s tend to accumulate those things, and spare parts don’t make much sense to keep when you’re selling on the bike they fit. The Buy It Now price for this example is $5,999 although it doesn't indicate if any spares are included, or are even available.

-tad

Size Doesn’t Matter: 1991 Honda RS125 for Sale
Honda October 31, 2017 posted by

Box Cutter – 1990 Honda CBR400RR

Often overlooked since it wasn't the raciest gray-market selection, the CBR400RR was available in Canada where this one lives.  The NC29 or Baby 'Blade as it is sometimes known, was a lightweight solution with a free-revving gear-driven cammed four.  Despite limited information, it looks complete and ready for a light restoration.

1990 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

Meant mostly for their domestic market, the CBR400RR was pretty racey for 399cc, with 59 hp, alloy twin spar chassis, and RC30 lookalike fairing.  41mm Showa forks and 275mm brake disks were sized for the mission.  Four-piston calipers, fresh-air intake tubing, and swingarm shaped to allow the 4-into-1 exhaust to pass underneath really look the part.

With only four pictures and not much in the way of notes, this CBR is not set up to be creampuff, but it doesn't look like an accident victim either.  The owner says it ran last in 2014, which spells a cleaning for those 28mm flat slide carburetors.  Not seeing many mods but maybe some more familiar readers will corroborate.  Stateside registration will also have to be arranged.  For a running, driving CBR400RR ( though neither are claimed in the auction ) the ask is surprisingly low.

Reviewed as a dynamite bike for the better half while you're on your RC30, the 400RR is a bit snug, rather light, and does exactly what you tell it.  You might have to train yourself to wind the musical engine up to 14,000 rpm, and to use the precise steering to your advantage.  Also the maintenance fund will have to be replenished more like a larger machine.  If you can do these things, and you're a little on the lighter side, the rewards of the CBR400RR will be a rare and high performing junior.

-donn

Box Cutter – 1990 Honda CBR400RR