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Never this clean: 1990 Honda Interceptor 250

This 1990 Honda Interceptor 250 might be the nicest example of its breed that we have ever seen, and it certainly takes the prize for nicest Interceptor 250 we've seen in the last couple years. Down to the paint on the engine, the bike appears to be spotless, and is a final-year example, which means it has a traditional front disc brake, as opposed to the weird inboard unit Honda tried in 1988 and 1989.

1990 Honda Interceptor 250 for sale on eBay

By any measure, the Honda Interceptor 250, also known as the VTR250, was an extremely odd beast. Aside from its styling, which can best be described as goofy, even for the 1980s, it was sold exclusively in the U.S. and Canada and sported some pretty high-tech touches for a beginner sportbike. Stacked against the Kawasaki Ninja 250, the Interceptor was a Cadillac, and easily outpaced the Kawi. The v-twin was rev-happy, and would spin all the way to 13,500, which made the tiny mill gruntier than its capacity let on. With its natural litheness, the littlest Interceptor cuts quite a dash on back roads.

From the eBay listing:

SUPER CLEAN
1990 250 INTERCEPTOR
LAST MODEL OF PRODUCTION
ONLY YEAR WITH FACTORY CENTERSTAND
LOW ORIGINAL MILES
NEARLY NEW CONDITION
RUNS AND DRIVES PERFECTLY
ALL SYSTEMS FUNCTION PROPERLY
ORIGINAL OWNERS HANDBOOK INCLUDED IN BUY IT NOW PURCHASE
MORE PICS AND RUNNING VIDEO ON REQUEST
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You won't be in any peril of keeping up with the likes of a Yamaha R3 on the Interceptor 250, but if you're OK with slowing down some, this bike would be a cool weekend option. With just a three-year life, they are very rare, but the $3,600 asking price is still upper echelon for these things.

4 Comments

  • This is the bike that I love and hate to the same extent. It’s such an awesome beginner bike. There are many great beginner bikes out there, but I really think this is still the best beginner bike, so I love it for that. I hate it because this is also one of the most boring bikes that I’ve ever ridden. It just sucks all the romance out of two-wheel motoring. Still, the lamest motorcycle is 1000 times more fun than 99% of 4-wheel automobiles, so I used to recommend this bike to beginners a lot back in the days. Say, the predecessor of this machine, older VTs, they are actually much more characterful. They weren’t sold in the States though, I don’t think.

  • I need the upper fairing (shelter) fairing parts for mine. Chucked it down the road at a track day two years ago. Parts are impossible to find. It was not the best choice to crash at a track day. I couldn’t help myself the bike is fun.

    It is also tiny. I’m only 6’ but i slide way back in the seat. Still with the resurgence of beginner bikes I’ surprised Honda didn’t bring over the vtr monster version from the other side of the pacific. The engine may be almost 35 years old but it sure seems competitive with the single cylinder cbr.

    It is on the sewing machine side of the fun scale but these certainly function very well. Definitely an RSBFS but wish the crashable bits weren’t so R.

  • Michael: you should check out Airtech. They make track bodywork for this bike: http://www.airtech-streamlining.com/hondaz/VTR250198890.htm
    I have no affiliation with Airtech other than being a customer.

    I used to race one of these in the AFM, and it’s a wonderful handling bike, but heavier and way less power than the Ninja 250 (so I must object with Aaron on that point). With significant engine work, yes, it could beat a Ninja 250, but that involved importing cams from the Japanese version and doing significant head work.

  • These bikes were the first 90° V-twins Honda produced. Around 40hp, but a nice torque spread (for a 250) compared to other offerings of the day.
    I had a japan-only cousin- the ’88 VT250F as a first bike and by the time I sold it it had 73,000 miles on the odometer, which gives some indication of how well-built they were.
    In saying that, $3600 is extremely optimistic from the seller!

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