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Honda July 23, 2018 posted by

SOLD: New 1990 Honda NSR250 Cabin edition

Update 7.24.2018: SOLD in 21 hours! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

RSBFS would like to thank SpeedWerks for being a long standing sponsor of the site. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

This 1990 Honda NSR250 in Cabin Tobacco racing livery is a 28-year-old new bike, having done just 75 miles. The seller, Speedwerks, have been good friends of the site, and grabbed this one up based on little more than a rumor, some bad photos and a prayer or two. They ended up shipping home an absolute winner, original down to the tires and protective film on the bodywork. The bike looks phenomenal in its rare livery, and the paintwork bears a couple marks from age, but the rest indicates it spent its time on display.

The bike does have some corrosion on various fasteners and metal parts, mostly on the left side of the bike. They take away little, and could probably be cleaned up with limited pain. Speedwerks is leaving that up to the buyer.

From the seller:

We discovered this bike in Japan. Advertised as a Cabin NSR250 SP that was essentially new, never registered and has covered only 75 miles. So we bought it, shipped it and it was exactly that: original down to the protective film on the fairing panels, bar code sticker and original Dunlop tires (I don't need to elaborate on how unsafe they probably are).

Radiator doesn't have a bug or bent fin in it. I would give it a solid 9 outta 10.

Unfortunately at one point on the island it was exposed to some elements. Mainly on one side of the chassis, it shows some small signs of corrosion and pitting. Some rust on exposed metal fittings. Really a shame but I guess garage space is at a premium in Tokyo.

We washed it, fully serviced it and fired her up. Everything works as it should, as if it was just uncrated.

Leave it as she is or put some tires on it be the happy first owner.

All Japanese paperwork included to convert to a US title, though unlikely in to register in California.

$12,000 obo.

Even with the pitting and sketchy tires, this thing is a winner for someone. I'd ride it. But I'm a heathen. Contact Speedwerks for more information or to make an offer.

- Aaron

SOLD: New 1990 Honda NSR250 Cabin edition
Honda July 20, 2018 posted by

Born Ready – 1992 Honda NR750 – RC40

A peculiar bespoke-priced showpiece from the leading volume manufacturer, the Honda RC40 met at the crossroads of rule-bending engine development, enterprise-level manufacturing skill, and large-team design and engineering.  Rarely seen on RSBFS or elsewhere, this example has evidently been enjoyed in Ireland.

1992 Honda NR750 - RC40 ( Ireland ) for sale on eBay

The NR750's engine was a brainstorm response to Moto GP's limit of four cylinders.  Honda wanted more valve area and lower rotating masses, and the V4's oblong pistons ( roughly the shape of the carbon detail on the key ) were their strategy.  With connecting rods, fuel injectors, and four valves at each end of the pistons - RPM, horsepower, and complexity took quantum leaps.  The RC40 was a technical showboat elsewhere as well, with the alloy twin beam chassis, then-new upside-down forks, trick single sided swingarm, and 8-4-2 underseat exhaust.  The fairing is identifiably FireBlade, but surprisingly trim and fabricated chiefly of carbon fiber.

Next time you see an NR750 it will likely have fewer miles than this one, but in the photos ( evidently from a show ) indicate excellent condition.  At least this example has not been relegated solely to the display stand.  From the eBay auction :

Honda NR 750 13k Miles 21 Kms bike is in beautiful original condition. This bike is chassis number 60/200 built. Just had a full service complete with all fluids and a new battery. 

The bike does have a small mark on the screen but it can be polished out.  Comes complete with orignal NR key, Honda stand, Honda toolkit and manuals. I’m happy to send individual photos or video of the bike to any potential buyer. I’m based in Ireland but I do have a purpose built crate for the NR and I can ship it worldwide.

The development of the oval piston engine actually began with a 500 cc race engine, capable of 130 hp at 20,000 rpm.  Unfortunately neither engine conformed to KISS principles and were too expensive and long in development.  Still it's a smashing middleweight and 90's techno-barge, not unlike the Porsche 959 or Ducati's Desmosedici.  Destined like them for the dimly-lit exhibit, and the auction house...

-donn

Born Ready – 1992 Honda NR750 – RC40
Honda July 18, 2018 posted by

Meeting Your Heroes: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

With values of the VFR750R RC30 through the roof, the VFR400R NC30 has become the affordable go-to for fans of Honda's V4 homologation specials. Styled like a 4/5 scale model of the RC30, the NC30's dual headlamps, aluminum beam frame, and Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm ape the bigger bike's look and function. Significantly the engine shares its V4 configuration, gear-driven cams, and 360° "big bang" crankshaft with the RC30.

The big bang firing order helps give the later Honda V4s their characteristic flat droning exhaust note and supposedly improves corner exit grip, compared to a more traditional 180° firing order that evenly spaces the combustion events. Even if you're not pushing the limits of traction, the big bang engines offer a very wide, forgiving powerband.

On paper, the Honda VFR400R doesn't seem like it'd impress a modern rider. Just 400cc? Are you joking? Well no. First of all, it has a dry weight of around 300lbs, so the 59 horses don't have very much mass to haul around, which is reflected in the bike's surprising 130mph top speed. Most importantly, the NC30 was designed to offer some of the best handling available at any price, and is still considered to be one of the all-time greats.

I was lucky enough to ride one of these recently and it was an absolute pleasure: famously agile handling meant the bike was intuitive, east to ride, and plenty of fun, even though I wasn't pushing its cornering limits. If you're slightly terrified trying to use anything approaching maximum revs on a modern sportbike, you'll be happy to know that the NC30 is both flexible at low rpm and happy to spin to its 14,500rpm limit. In fact chasing the redline was pretty much required, since I was working to keep up with a friend who was riding an MV Agusta F4R...

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

Up for auction is a beautiful 1989 Honda VFR400 model NC30. Hands down the most desirable color scheme. Gas tank is mint condition with zero rust inside the tank. The bike was legally imported into the United States. The bike has a clear Arizona US title with the proper 11 digit VIN number (title and frame number match). Bike starts right up runs perfect with no oil leaks. The bike is all original and is a true pleasure to ride pulling through all gears very hard. With a 14,000k rpm red line the bike will leave you with a smile on your face for days. Please view all the images as there are few scratches and scuff's throughout the bike. Also please keep in mind that this is all OEM factory Honda fairings and not the cheaper aftermarket stuff.The bike is all sock minus the stainless steel brake lines. All the electronics including horn, turn signals, high / low beam, and Killswitch all work as they should. This bike is being sold locally and I encourage all bidders to come down and view the bike in person or send a local mechanic on your behalf to view for you. Rare vintage Japanese bikes don't come up often and this is a beautiful example with no disappointment.

These days, it isn't too hard to find an NC30 for sale: the spike in RC30 prices and the fact that these have hit the 25 year mark has seen an influx of Japanese market bikes. So the trick isn't so much finding one for sale, it's finding a nice one for the right price. This one looks very clean and original, with the usual wear and tear you'd expect on a bike of this age that's actually been ridden often enough to accumulate the 27,000 miles indicated. The stock exhaust is a little quiet for my taste, but it does mean you can hear the cool whine from the gear-driven camshafts... There are still several days left on this auction and bidding is a bit slow so far, possibly owing to the mileage. But this is a Honda, and the fact that it isn't museum-quality just means you might get to ride and enjoy this cool little machine for

-tad

Meeting Your Heroes: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Honda July 9, 2018 posted by

1987 Honda NS400R available in Massachusetts

7.30.2018: The seller has contact us to notify that this bike has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Here's a great looking NS400R that is available in the Northeast. The seller notes that it is not all original but it represents well to my eyes. They don't surface too often in North America and are a bit overlooked compared to the 500cc 2 strokes of the same period. Check out our recent posts on NS400R's for comparison.

dc

1987 Honda NS400R for sale on eBay

from the seller:

Here we have is what by many is considered to be one of the Unicorns of the grey-market 2-stroke motorcycles, and a beautiful example of a 1987 NC19 NS400R. I have personally never seen one of these for sale in the US, and the ones I've seen over seas are bringing quite high prices so this is a rare opportunity to own one of these gems. This was Honda's street-legal offering in the big-bore 2-stroke market although not as aggressive or powerful as the Yamaha or Suzuki 500cc competition.

With the Yamahas and Suzukis are fetching close $20K for clean examples, this Honda is even more rare than the others for a bargain in comparison.

This one may not be for the ultra-discerning collector, as it is not 100% original but a gorgeous example, the previous owner did a nice restoration and paint, with very high quality fiberglass bodywork, in fact this bike was so well maintained, it started up right off the container without the need of a fuel system or carb-clean!

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-Fully serviced
-Mechanically all orignal, with 24K miles on the clock
-Compression test and coolant flush performed
-Stock expansion chambers with ZEP silencers
-24K miles and fresh paint
-Bodywork not original but of very good quality fiberglass with great paint

1987 Honda NS400R available in Massachusetts
Honda July 5, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 for Sale

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

After a couple decades building and racing their signature V4 machines, Honda finally decided to go with the flow and switched to a v-twin that could compete on a level playing field with Ducati. Their faith in the V4 as a package has ultimately been vindicated, as now Ducati is using a V4 for its roadgoing superbikes, and pretty much everybody is racing V4s in MotoGP. But for a couple years, the Honda RC51 showed the world that, all else being equal, they could go toe-to-toe with the v-twins from Bologna.

Well the new v-twin Hondas could compete with Ducati in terms of performance, at least. Style was another matter, and the VTR1000 SP1 and later RVT1000R SP2 seen here traded Tamburini's sensual shapes for altogether more practical lines and a digital dash with a bar-graph tachometer. Mechanically, the bike used an aluminum beam frame with side-mounted radiators that allowed the engine to be mounted further forward in the chassis to overcome the usual packaging issues associated with 90° v-twins, and a set of gears drove the dual overhead cams.

When introduced, the original SP1 was somewhat of a disappointment. Certainly the styling didn't help: it's sleek and purposeful, but not especially sexy, considering it was a follow up to the very trick-looking RC45. But more importantly, handling wasn't up to snuff, low-rpm fueling was pretty poor, and tank range was abysmal. The latter two issues are easy to overlook in a high-performance motorcycle, but the bike's understeer was a deal-breaker for many. Fortunately, the SP2 that followed in 2002 sorted out the handling with some suspension revisions, including a set of tapered spacers for the front wheel that improved feel when the bike was on its ear. Power was up slightly as well to a claimed 133hp, although the fueling was still an issue, a side-effect of the gaping throttle bodies designed for high-rpm power, not around-town driveability. If practicality is your bag, there's always the very nice and much cheaper SuperHawk... Although you'll still have to deal with limited range.

The style of the RC51 didn't really inspire lust in the way Italian machines did when the bike was new, but the clean design looks great these days. Today's Featured Listing is almost obsessively stock for a machine that's been used as intended and actually ridden, down to the rear license plate holder, huge signals, and ridiculously long hero blobs. Aside from the hero blobs, the signals and other original parts seem to suit the bike's chunky style, and the only thing I'd change personally is the stock exhaust: a big twin should sound big-twin-y and stock cans never really do them justice. I'd keep the original exhaust though, so I could return the bike to stock condition in case I wanted to sell it.

From the Seller: 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 for Sale

This 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 is 100% stock except for the addition of a Power Commander 3, and is unbelievably clean.  In 2002 the RC51 received a number of upgrades from the SP1.  This bike looks like it did on the showroom floor with all the OEM warning decals, reflectors, stock exhaust, and stock rear fender.  It has the complete stock tool kit and owners manual with it.  I recently replaced the windscreen, clutch slave, battery, and sprockets with Honda OEM parts.  It also has a new DID chain, and Dunlop Sportmax tires with less than 1000 miles on them.  This RC51 runs and rides perfectly and needs absolutely nothing but a new owner.  The fairings are clean and shiny!  The rear seat cowl/pillion cover was signed by Colin Edwards, who won the World Superbike Championship in 2002, the year this was built.  There is also an unsigned cover and the passenger pillion that go with the bike.  I had never seen an RC51 that was completely stock and in this condition, which is how this made it into my collection.  It has 22,500 miles, meaning it’s been properly exercised and maintained with only about 1400 miles per year since new.  The only single blemish is a minor crack at the mounting point under the left side upper cowl that’s been there for years, apparently common with these.  $5,900.00 or best offer. It’s located near Milwaukee, WI.

The seller's $5,900 asking price is pretty fair for an RC51, especially the improved SP2 version in this kind of mint and nearly stock condition. Obviously, the SP1 and SP2 are way too common to ever command the same sort of interest as the RC30 and RC45, but prices have hit their low point and appear to be on the way up. As always, originality counts for collectors and many RC51s have been modified and updated. If you're looking for a fast Honda with genuine racing heritage, you won't likely find one cleaner or more affordable.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 for Sale
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




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