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Honda September 10, 2017 posted by

Road-ready Smoker: Custom-painted 1996 Honda NSR250R SE

This 1996 Honda NSR250R SE wears custom paint, and is ready to ride with new tires and engine fluids. It comes from the extensive Utah collection of Gary, a great friend of RSBFS. The '96 NSRs are a special breed, as the MC28 was the last in a storied line of v-twin two-strokes from Big Red.

1996 Honda NSR250R SE for sale on eBay

The final evolution of the NSR came with Honda's highly-advanced PGM-IV ignition box, which could be tuned using credit-card style chips containing different engine maps. The system also was designed to take inputs from throttle position , gear selection and RPM to build ignition maps that optimized mid-range power, a huge deal on a two-stroke.

The ignition module does have its drawbacks, chiefly that it makes the bike really hard to get beyond the JDM-mandated 45 horsepower limit. There are HRC ignition cards that will do the job, but they're difficult to find, to say the least.

Still, with under 400 pounds to push around and fully-adjustable suspension front and rear, the little rippers acquit themselves admirably, especially for bikes rapidly approaching antique status.

The bike here is in very solid rider condition, with OEM fairings that show very nicely, but do have their share of small blemishes. The seller notes a broken tab on one side and some small chips and scratches on the gas tank in particular.

From the eBay listing:

Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1996 Honda NSR250R MC28 with only 12,643 kilometers (7855 miles). Bike is in minty condition. It has been professionally custom painted by the previous owner. Has a broken tab on the left lower cowling, a few scratches throughout and some tiny chips in the fuel tank. Bike shows very well and hides its little flaws well. All fairings are genuine 100% Honda. Bike is all stock except for aftermarket windscreen, front brake rotors and brake lines. You've got to love these little MC28's with single sided swingarm and credit card ignitions. This SE has the upgraded fully adjustable suspension front and rear. Bike runs like the day it was new. Brand new Bridgestone Battlax tires installed. New battery and new engine fluids. This is the last of My MC28's so don't miss out!

Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. $500 deposit due immeadiatly after auctions end the PayPal. Balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person. Please text 801-358-6537 for more photos and with any questions.

This little beast is on a no-reserve listing, and has seen some active bidding with a little more than five days left in the auction. It's titled and registered in Utah, so transferring it legally to your home state shouldn't be a huge deal.

Road-ready Smoker: Custom-painted 1996 Honda NSR250R SE
Honda September 9, 2017 posted by

Tasty Import: 1991 Honda VFR400R

For those US-based collectors, enthusiasts and oglers of grey-market machinery, Canada is a mysterious and wondrous locale. The nearest point to the US that regularly receives imports reserved for Europe, Canada is often the gateway to the forbidden fruit that is unobtainable exotica for US residents. A perfect case and point is today's 1991 Honda VFR400R - the NC30 being a well-respected carver in the "smaller superbike" category.

1991 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

The NC30 is the third generation of Honda's 400cc V-4 sport bike (preceded by the NC21 and NC24). The sporting intent of this model is not merely cosmetic; the VFR400R closely resembles the mighty RC30 because it relies on much of the same technology. Powered by a 90 degree four banger with gear driven cams, the NC30 has a 360 crank with a "big bang" firing order; the sound of a VFR400R on full song is unmistakable. On the chassis side, a twin-spar aluminum frame and trick single-sided swing arm keeps all the important bits in line. The inverted 41mm front fork is adjustable (as was the rear shock). The exhaust canister is on the left side of the bike, which maximizes the aesthetics of the exposed wheel and simplified rear wheel changes.

From the seller:
You find it! a rare edition of the famous VFR 400 NC30 in mint condition.

Sell in person in cash only.

No shipping, buyer is responsible for pick up. (Located in Canada Montreal)

Tyga fearing, anodised peg, carbon fiber/ aluminum exhaust, brand new tire, 4 cylinder V4 59HP and run A1.

50034km not miles.

The seller does not seem to have a lot to say about this bike and offers only a few pictures. Clearly the plastics and paint are not stock - but the overall effect looks very good. There are more KMs on this bike than many we tend to see (approx 31,000 miles), but like most Hondas the VFR400R is near bulletproof. There are some nice additions, but more history and maintenance information would be welcome. This bike is located in Quebec, Canada and is looking for a new home. The opening ask is $4,399.99 USD with no takers as of yet. Check it out here, as there are only a few days left. Good Luck!!

MI

Tasty Import: 1991 Honda VFR400R
Honda September 7, 2017 posted by

Sponsored Listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR from Deftone Cycles

Update: Greg notes that this bike is sold! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The 1990 Honda CBR250RR name doesn't carry the same room-quieting name recognition that some of its two-stroke and 400cc siblings do, but that is not for lack of trying.

1990 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

The little CBR is pure early Golden Age Honda: it packs an innovative, uncompromising design with top-shelf kit and fit and finish into a lithe, unintimidating package aimed at knee draggers and commuters alike. The bike garnered a particularly loyal fanbase in Australia, with plenty of gushing reviews and forums to sing its praises.

This particular CBR250RR comes to us from site sponsor Deftone Cycles, and is a squeaky-clean specimen that is ready and willing to show the next owner what the best part of 20,000 rpm feels like. It carries a clean Ohio street title and a set of OEM-look aftermarket fairings.

Deftone is selling the very clean original fairings with the bike, but switched them out for the aftermarket plastics for the sake of preservation and presentation. It appears that one of the original side panels could use a repair, but otherwise the set is more or less blemish-free.

From the eBay listing:

1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22 CBR 250RR. 20,228 Miles (32,555 Kilometers) Bike needs nothing. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Here at deftone cycles we pride ourselves with supplying original OEM equipped fairings, because of age it is getting harder and harder to find OEM fairings that meet the needs of our customers, so we are offering this CBR250RR with new aftermarket. The original OEM's are included in the sale. The fuel tank is of original paint and rust free. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. MC22-1008*** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.” Imported into the States through all legal channels. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions.

Power for the CBR250RR comes from an inline four with Honda's famous gear-driven cams, which not only reduce maintenance, but give the engine an evil whine unique to Honda sportbikes of the era. The mill is good for 45 horsepower, or about seven more than the modern CBR250RR Honda released in other markets last year, which relies on a 38 crank-horsepower thumper for motivation.

We'll take the '90 every day of the week. Ride to the office, hit the cafe or head to the canyons, and the little CBR will not blink. The starting bid for this bike is $5,200 with nearly a week to go in the auction.

Sponsored Listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR from Deftone Cycles
Honda September 5, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1994 Honda CBR900RR from Gary in Utah

As our regular readers have likely figured out by now, Gary in Utah has an incredible collection of rare and fast Japanese iron, and it's all in perfect or close-to-perfect shape.

1994 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

The 1994 Honda CBR900RR you see here is no exception. The first year of the more modern-looking "foxeye" headlight design, this bike wears its years very well. It did not escape a garish only-from-the-90s magenta, purple and white paint scheme, but I have always been a sucker for the needlessly and unapologetically loud schemes that decade wrought. Bikes like this have lights and license plates, but they're not practical, and they needn't look too classy and buttoned down.

The bike has done 13,000 kilometers, or about 8,000 miles, and was not originally a U.S. market machine, as all the gauges are metric. The machine is largely stock, but does have a period Yoshimura carbon can and a matching header-back exhaust system.

As with all Gary's bikes, it has good tires, fresh fluids and is clean enough to eat off. There are a few blemishes and scratches, but no cracked fairings or dents.

From the eBay listing:

Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1994 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade with only 13,087 kilometers (8,131 miles). This bike is one of my favorites. It is in premium condition with only a few scratches, chips and handling marks throughout. The left middle cowling has a piece of fairing that has broken off the tip. No cracks in the fairings or dents in the tank. Fairings are 100% genuine Honda. Motor is stock. Bike has been tastefully upgraded with a Yoshimura carbon fiber muffler and full system header, steel braided brake lines and aftermarket windscreen. Factory original muffler and header included in sale (buyer to pay for shipping). New tires have less than 300 miles on them. Bike runs like the day it was new. Just serviced with new fluids and new battery. This bike rips! No disappointments with this one. Selling cheap! Everything must go! Not sure what its worth or where the market is on this one so I'm going to sell with NO RESERVE on this Honda Fireblade.

Bike comes with Utah State title and is titled as a motorcycle for road use. $500 deposit due immediately after auctions end thru PayPal. Balance due in 5 business days via Check, bank wire or cash in person. Please text 801-358-6537 for more photos or any questions.

Happy bidding!

The auction is no-reserve with a few days left. With this bike's condition and provenance, it's a sure-fire classic and definitely one to watch.

Featured Listing: 1994 Honda CBR900RR from Gary in Utah
Honda September 1, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NSR250 MC21

The Honda NSR250R is THE iconic grey-market two stroke. Featuring legendary Honda build quality and infused with the kind of technology only Honda could deliver, the MC21 variant features a 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin connected to a six-speed cassette-style gearbox (indicating the track intentions of the bike). Fueling - as with all successful two strokes (here's looking at you, Bimota) - was via carburetor, however Honda over-delivered on the technological advancement of the ignition system. Dubbed the PGM-III, the MC21 is able to modify the ignition curve and exhaust valving for each cylinder based on a number of parameters including throttle position, number of revs and which gear has been selected.

1990 Honda NSR250 MC21 for sale on eBay

On the chassis side an aluminum perimeter beam frame cradles the power train and tranny, while out back a trick, asymmetrical swing arm features a "gull arm" section on the right side to provide clearance for the expansion chamber. This was all copied from Luca Cadalora's race-winning NSR250 GP bike. The rear wheel was changed from a 18" to 17" (4.5" wide) for better rubber selection. Bodywork was mainly an evolution of the MC18, although small changes were made to accommodate the new machine. Colors were either red/white, blue/white or the striking red/black that we see here.

From the seller:
Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a very nice 1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 with only 5,545 kilometers (3445 miles). This NSR is in beautiful condition with only one crack in the left side fairing. There are scratches and handling marks throughout the bike from its ride thru life but No dents in the tank. The bodywork is in original condition and would make a great candidate for restoration since it has such low miles. Honda bodywork is 100% genuine with aftermarket windscreen. Engine is stock. Bike runs like the day it was new. Just serviced and comes with new battery and engine fluids. Selling cheap, everything must go!

This MC21 looks very good for the most part, and sports surprisingly low miles on the all KM clocks (a reminder that this is an import). There does seem to exist some light corrosion & pitting seen on home market imports; life in Japan for a motorcycle is not a pampered affair due to continual exposure to sea air and the elements. However this bike looks to be in better condition than many that come right off the boat. There is some fairing damage which might keep it out of a museum, but nothing that would preclude one from riding the heck out of this smoking rocket. Check out the pictures carefully - the seller has provided a large number of high-res images to ensure prospective buyers know what they are getting. It's also house-trained!

This bike is located in Utah; the the seller/locale is likely familiar for regular readers of RSBFS. Gary continues to thin out his impressive collection of rare, imported sport bikes, many which have been featured right here on these pages. Check out this 1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 here - this no reserve auction is underway and should not be missed if you are in the market for a rare Honda smoker. Don't forget to check out some of Gary's other auctions as well; not all of his rare bikes make it to RSBFS. Good luck, and thank you for smoking!

MI

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NSR250 MC21
Honda August 30, 2017 posted by

Show, Ride or Hide – 1984 Honda VF1000F

Following the introduction of the 750cc Interceptor in 1983, Honda upped the ante for 1984 and bored the V-4 out to 998cc.  With its chain-driven cams and silver painted steel frame, the VF1000F was more of a GT than superbike, but the best balanced and sportiest feeling of the FJ / GPZ / Jota / K100 group.

1984 Honda VF1000F for sale on eBay

The big Interceptor has four valves per cylinder and 122 hp is available.  With good torque of 66 ft.-lbs., only a 5-speed is required.  Triple 276mm disks seem a little light for the 550 lbs. fueled weight.  Period wheel sizes of 16" front and 17" rear help turn-in.  The supersport fairing breaks some of the wind for the rider but a review wished for more protection since the bike was capable of a ton and a half.

Evidently a two-owner bike, this VF1000F has 19,000 and change on the clock and looks very good.  Some puzzling roughness and re-paint of the left side alternator cover is detailed, but no other damage is apparent.  The owner says this in the eBay auction:

First year of production.  19K miles, runs, rides and handles like new.  The first owner was a nuclear engineer and did ALL the service and maintenance.  I purchased the bike 3 years ago and have put less than 1000 miles on it.  None to be found on eBay, just parts from wrecked bikes! Show it, ride it or hide it!  This bike will only go up in value! 

Not quite sure how prevalent the camshaft oil supply malady was on the VF1000F, but it did have a major effect on the 750cc bikes and they were built from similar castings.  In a rare event, the company addressed the issue by ending all the chain-driven cam V-4's ( except for the 400 and 500 which were a different design ) after 1984, in favor of gear-driven cams.  Still, many bikes are unaffected and run like, well, Hondas.  Ride reviews found the bike confidence-inspiring, stable and powerful.  Even for a fan the asking price for this VF1000F seems optimistic, but the make offer button is enabled...

-donn

Show, Ride or Hide – 1984 Honda VF1000F