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Honda April 10, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1989 Honda VFR400R / NC30

Update 4.26.2018: Greg informed me that the eBay buyer fell through on this one after it was shown as sold for $9,300. However another buyer stepped up and this bike is SOLD. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Our friend Greg at Deftone Cycles has made a good name for himself choosing clean sportbikes for import and making them ready for riding season. This V-4 399cc mini-superbike is a great example.

Built from 1986 to 1992, the VFR400R used gear-driven cams and had four valves per cylinder, generating the kind of performance that has helped keep the grey market alive after all these years.  The NC30 is the third generation of three, with updates like the left-side exhaust, Pro-Arm monoshock with 18-inch rear wheel, and 360-degree crank timing.  The styling is so reverential to the 750cc RC30 that riders will find themselves fielding questions about the bigger bike.

Deftone realizes the appeal of an  un-restored sportbike, and chooses their candidates carefully.  This one has complete factory fairings, undamaged though there is a little patina here and there.  The front brake calipers appear to have been refreshed, not a bad thing for a rider.  All new fluids and tune-up are part of the commissioning.  There is a dent in the left heel heatshield, but overall very few distractions on this machine.  From the eBay auction:

Completely original and unrestored.  Mechanically Sorted.  All fluids are fresh.  Shifts and revs to redline perfectly.  Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest Bike. Very few scratches overall. Two blemishes to be aware of, Exhaust heat shield does have a dent. Fuel tank Dark Blue Stripe is showing some hairline cracks. This is very common with the Type 1’s original tanks. Dark blue stripe is a decal that over time has been known to deteriorate. Please see Images. Fuel tank is Rust Free. Has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title.

The VFR400R reviewed as a spot-on handler and was intended for the fan-base in progressive license markets.  It was offered intermittently in the Euro zone but often for more than competing 750's and 900's, insuring showroom failure.  But word got out, the legend grew, and there has been a steady demand for track-day machines and rare street-sports here and in the U.K.  The auction has just opened with a starting bid of $6,500, and you can send Greg questions via eBay's "contact seller" link or email - here -.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1989 Honda VFR400R / NC30
Honda April 2, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR

Update 4.9.2018: SOLD for $5,500! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Greg at Deftone Cycles is one of a few friends of the site who consistently manages to curate a stable of top-notch grey-market bikes. This 1990 Honda CBR400RR is no different, and is being offered at no reserve.

1990 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

The bike wears Honda's signature red-white-blue fairings, which have survived their 28 years and 9,000 miles with just a few blemishes. The biggest issue, a small crack in a lower fairing, was repaired before the bike was put on offer. Aside from some aluminum oxidation here and there, the unrestored machine is otherwise very clean.

From the eBay listing:

Honda CBR400RR NC29. *** NO RESERVE *** 9,352 Miles (15,052 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Sporting the rare White Red & Blue colors. Mechanically Sorted. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest Bike. Very few scratches overall. Lower right fairing is a small crack. I reinforced it with fiberglass as not to worry about it spreading. Windscreen has hairline crack near mirror, hardly noticeable. Please see Images. Fuel tank is Rust Free. Factory white wheels are excellent. Has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. NC29-1003** “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.

The CBR400RR managed to survive a kind of odd place in Honda's lineup, wedged between the truly insane, 20,000-RPM CBR250RR, the special-feeling, V4-powered VFR400R and the CBR600. Still, in the markets where it was available from new it sold in bushels, thanks to being license-friendly, faster than the 250, cheaper than the VFR and blessed with the poise and marvelous engine Honda made its name on.

This one is nice enough to end up in a collection or be used daily. We'd probably land somewhere in the middle, reserving the beast for weekend blasts and perhaps the occasional track day.

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR
Honda March 29, 2018 posted by

Reserve met: Pristine 1996 Honda CBR900RR

The Honda CBR900RR is a bucketlist bike for me. Everything about the machine speaks to me, from its status as a genre-definer to the styling and panache that come from being built when Honda was still an innovative powerhouse.

1995 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

The '90s were still heady times for Big Red, as the marque spat out mind blowing racing machines and sold facsimilies thereof to the general public. When the CBR900RR came along, it didn't betray the family tradition, bringing 600 supersport size and literbike power.

This 1996 Honda CBR900RR wears the iconic Erion Racing livery, celebrating the team's success aboard race-kitted versions. It still has its original Bridgestone tires on, and the torque marks on the rear axle show the tires have never been off. If you want one of these for your collection, this is your machine.

From the eBay listing:

I'll tell you right up front, It's a pretty good bet that this is the most original, lowest mileage CBR900RR in the US. Others may say it, but this IS THE REAL DEAL. It's in unbelievable condition on top of being graced with the highly desirable Erion Racing scheme of US Honda's 90's racing dynasty. It was a dream bike for me after having a 1995 new back in '95, and just months later wishing I had waited a few months after they released the Erion scheme with the larger motor of the '96.

Completely original and never molested! This is as close to the condition it left the factory in December 1995 as you may ever find in your life time. While others may glaze over their mileage, aftermarket exhausts or modifications, there will none of that. No tricks like professional studio type photos or 100+ hours of complete disassembly and detailing to make up for what it cant offer.

Having only 2,905 miles helps cut through the smoke and mirrors of elaborate photographic and detailing exercises. Zero incidents, no tip-overs, just an honest bike in unbelievable condition. No excuses...you WILL NOT find a nicer original bike than the one I am offering to you today.

You can know this bike has only seen 2,905 miles since it's still on it's original Bridgestone BT56 Battleaxe tires Honda installed in Japan when it was built in December 1995. Note the tire picture showing the 1995 date codes (9501 = first week of 1995) as well as it still having unbroken axle torque proof marks from when they were installed at the factory. While the tires are not something you would want to hit the road on, they go to the bikes authenticity so you can feel 100% confident this is a true survivor and the mileage is legitimate. If plan to collect and to store / display her, you are golden.

Other rarely seen items you may note in the photos of this gorgeous bike outside its obvious condition which speak to originality:

It's factory exhaust
Full fender with matching VIN decal
All warning decals.

Essentially you are looking at a time capsule from the mid 90's heyday of sportbikes when the CBR was king of hill. It turns heads today like it did over 20 years ago. I have been asked more than once if it's new from those unfamiliar with the 900rr's.

I'm the third owner and have had it for several years. All owners were older. Now that several years have past, health and age have changed, so I have to be honest that my original plan to have it forever is not realistic for my situation. As hard as it is, I hope someone else will enjoy the opportunity to get that dream CBR they've always wanted.

Disclaimers:
Please ask questions, and If you are local, feel free to set up a time to see her in person. It shows beautifully in the photos, though its nicer in person due to using a standard older camera. I hesitate to say mint as its so over used, but its pretty darn close. The only flaw I am aware of is a pinhead chip in in the small red decal on the front fairing and small scratch in the white 'o' decal that is part of the 'Honda' name on the bottom fairing. It comes with an original correct OEM Honda red upper decal should someone wanted to change it (few minutes). I did not in order to present it as authentically, but I bought it years ago just in case they ever stopped being available. The tank pad is a Honda original accessory applied by the dealer in 1996 at the request of the original buyer.

The bike may be offered locally, I reserve the right to terminate the auction for local sale.

 


The reserve has been met at $5,400, so this bike will sell. If the bidding stays anywhere near that price, this CBR will be a cheap, high-pedigree addition to someone's collection.

Reserve met: Pristine 1996 Honda CBR900RR
Honda March 24, 2018 posted by

Order of Magnitude – 1998 Honda CBR900RR

Honda developed their Fireblade with an eye on the ruler and the scale, keeping size and weight down so the 893cc engine could provide open-bike performance. Though often seen in white/blue/red or black/purple/yellow livery, the pearlescent yellow on this CBR has a less trendy but outstanding appeal.

1998 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Honda developed a new inline four for the CBR900RR, nearly as compact and weighing just thirteen pounds more than it's 599cc brother.  Engineers optimized mid-range torque for the new engine, resulting in 65 ft.-lbs. at 10,000 rpm and 122 hp available.  The 45mm Showa dual-adjustable forks and fully adjustable Showa/Pro-Link rear were judged overly taut for the real road, but this set has been professionally adjusted for a full size adult.  At 296mm the front disks aren't oversized, but with four-piston calipers they can get the job done.  The compact package turns sharper yet with 16-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.

Evidently having only three owners, this CBR looks way better than its 24,000 miles normally would.  Mods were all done recently, and mostly don't detract from the CBR's good looks, which would be easier to mess up with the monochrome paint.  Turn signal smoothing and tail-tidying are fairly personal, and the factory parts are included for the new owner.  From the eBay auction:

This bike has a few tasteful upgrades.  All of which I did myself.  When I purchased this bike, it was 100% bone stock OEM condition.  So I have all of the stock parts too that I will include in with the purchase as I have no use for them. Here is a list of the upgrades I did to it:

- Micron polished slip on exhaust ($350)
- Front & rear suspension re worked by Race Tech suspension ($1,200)
- Zero Gravity dark smoke tinted windscreen ($50)
- Pro Grip carbon fiber tank pad protector ($20)
- New Bridgestone Battlax tires w/ about 300 miles on them now ($300)
- Smoke tinted LED tail light w/ integrated turn signals ($45)
- Rear fender mud guard removed & license plate raised up
- LED license plate light
- Front LED turn signals hidden inside front grill inlays ($30)
- Black brake & clutch levers ($25)

The 893cc CBR was just the first generation, and for 1994 the transmission was updated to improve shifting.  The succeeding years brought three increased engine sizes and fuel injection, but kept the core principles of compactness, light weight and mass-centralization.  Project leader Tadao Baba was a factory worker and veteran test rider, but not a designer or engineer.  His vision gave the CBR900RR a multi-year head start when compared to rival open-class machines.  This updated survivor looks like it wasn't ridden hard or put away wet, and it'll be interesting to see where bidding goes...

-donn

Order of Magnitude – 1998 Honda CBR900RR
Honda March 20, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR 250RR MC22

Update 3.30.2018: Sold to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This little Texas Tornado (with a nod to Colin Edwards) embodies the spirit of what RSBFS is all about. A high-revving, razor-sharp handling, tasty morsel of forbidden exotica, this grey bike was successfully imported, plated and titled in the United States. At the highest level, this is a story with a happy ending. Because even now as the current owner places it for sale, it becomes available to all who ride - not just those with the means and skills to import. And this is one bike that you need to ride.

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR 250RR MC22 for sale in Texas!

As we learned from the two stroke lessons through the 1980s, Japanese home market restrictions placed a huge amount of emphasis on smaller classes. Long derided as beginner bikes in the cubic-inch hungry US, the Japanese cultivated a rich and amazingly technical cadre of sub 500cc machinery. Far from a beginner bike, this 250cc example sports a liquid-cooled, inline four cylinder powerplant with four valves per cylinder and a redline that extended into the 20,000 RPM range. Sophisticated suspension bolted to a light-but-stiff aluminum frame gives this 45 HP / 300 LB racer a fighting chance when facing down much larger competition.

From the seller:
I have an immaculate 1990 Honda CBR 250RR MC22, It is fully legal and was imported in full compliance with US laws. It is registered in my name with all paper work done and inspection through February 2019. Texas blue title in hand.

For those of you who don't know, this bike was never sold in the US. It is a 250CC inline 4 cylinder 4 stroke motorcycle that revs up to ~20,000 RPM. It is a 1990 model so there was no limiter. Do a quick YouTube search on what the bike sounds like to give you an idea.

More from the seller:
This bike is practically flawless. Runs perfectly and strong and was imported via a popular JDM Motorcycle importer based in the east coast where the bike was inspected head-to-toe. Along with a cosmetic restoration, the bike went through a full mechanical inspection including the engine and carburetors, clutch and transmission, front and rear suspension, brakes and cables, all lights and electrics, and the fuel, oil, & coolant systems.

More from the seller:
There are new fairings on the bike in perfect condition with no scratches, dents or blemishes. I have owned the bike for about 2 months and have never dropped it, but there are scratches on the engine case and exhaust can as the PO in Japan had a spill at low speeds. This damage is pretty insignificant considering the age of the bike and I still deemed it worthy to import here to the States. There is one LED out in the tachometer cluster (around 10k RPM) but you can still see your RPMs even at night from the other LEDs. I believe in full transparency when selling my vehicles and I am a motorcycle enthusiast through and through. This is the only issue (if you would even call it that) with the bike. In the sale I will include 1 extra Honda Key, an OEM Honda Regulator and cable ($150 not including shipping from Australia), and an OEM Honda air filter.

More from the seller:
Last but not least this bike was meant to be ridden. It would be great fun in and around the city, and even more fun on the track. Easily the most fun bike I've ever ridden in my life. It is a rider's bike. I put a lot of money into getting this bike here and getting it fully legal. That being said since I've done all the leg work and the bike is now turn-key, I believe my price is pretty fair, but I have room for a little negotiation.

Price: $6,000

What you are looking at is a bone fide rare import that is also a rider. It has been legally and correctly brought into the US, and is looking for its next home. Bigger riders may find the cockpit a bit cozy, and forward motion will be affected by the additional gravity (physics, after all, does impose limitations), but few riders could step off of this bike without a gigantic grin. If you are a rider that aches for an apex, are up to the challenge of dealing with tens of thousands of revs, and want to distance yourself from the cookie-cutter crowd, your mad motor scooter has arrived. Serious shoppers should drop Kenny a line at ksl.hoang@gmail.com. Good Luck!!

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR 250RR MC22
Honda March 12, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda VFR700F

Update 3.14.2018: SOLD in 2 Days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

VFR fans might remember this special 700F from last spring's write-up.  Over the past year just a few hundred miles and a new starter are of note. 

The VFR700F was an interim model which ducked under a tariff limit on engine size, making a huge difference in MSRP from the VFR750F.  Performance was comparable and the model received two updates even though it was only imported for two years.  This edition is a late 1986 F2, with the angular console inkeeping with the times.

The F2 was a significant re-design from the 1983 introduction, and the entire engine was new in response to the update to the cam lubrication problem.  The frame was now a twin-spar aluminum, adding a sixth speed, air-adjustable forks and revised Pro-Link monoshock.  Still it was 81 hp pushing just over 500 lbs. wet, though the racing team did wonders with theirs - Fred Merkel won the AMA Superbike 1984-86 and was the new WSBK champion 1988-89.

This particular VFR was a rescue but looks like a show dog these days.  Fairings were repaired by plastic welding but are factory original.  Nice touches like the bronze powder-coated engine cases and up-to-date black wheels compete with knowledgeable fan updates like the 17-inch front wheel and shortened and cored mufflers ( with correct jetting ).  A lightening trim to the front fender shows the restorer's expertise and sharp eye, and maybe a little nostalgia with the NOS tank emblem.  Check out the restoration blog - here - .

By now most VFR's have half-again or twice as many miles, as they are a rider's bike.  Most have never even heard about a restoration like this.  Renewed for another life, with its 2nd generation alloy chassis and stock paint and graphics, it could easily hold its own at a show or concours.  Owner Scott asks just $4,000.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda VFR700F