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Honda April 14, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda NSR250R in Canada

What do you have when you locate a nice NSR250R MC18 in Canada? You have a cool smoker that is *almost* in the States. And while Quebec may seem very far away from your US-based locale, it is quicker and easier to bring a tasty bit of forbidden fruit down from Canada than to import one all the way from Japan or Australia. Think of Canada as the quick check-out lane in the grey market grocery store. (Note: Canada has much to recommend, and offers great value above and beyond grey market bike access). North of the US border you will find many fantastic creations never officially imported into America, all looking for a good home.

1989 Honda NSR250R for sale on eBay

Today's example is a MC18 variant of the NSR250R. The NSR is the bread and butter of the two stroke grey market world. With a 90 degree vee twin motor, aluminum frame, six speed gearbox, wet clutch (only the SP versions had the dry clutch) and full-race bodywork, the NSR was as close to Grands Prix racer as one could get for the street in the late 1980s. Today it remains one of the most coveted imports in the US, with clean, titled examples fetching bid dollars.

From the seller:
Rare, unique and totally OEM 1989 MC 18 with only 6000 km on the clock. We went to great lengths to save all fairings in order to preserve its originality. Pipes and all mechanical components stock and in really good working order/condition. Plugs changed, air filter cleaned and oiled. Wheels are freshly powder coated. Upper and lower cowlings have been restored and painted. The bike has some age related marks, scratches but no major bruises and no sign of track use of major accident. Brakes and rotors, chain, sprockets and tires are all within specs. The bike is corrosion free. This 250 CC V Twin two stroke is a blast and handles like few other machines. Comes with safety check is delivered in the province of Quebec, shipping available for all of North America.

6,000 KM equates to about 3,728 miles. That seems very low for the given year, but many of these bikes saw only occasional use. The seller notes that the plastics have been reconditioned, and the pictures show a clean and good looking example. No real info on maintenance, engine refresh/rebuild, etc., so again, do your homework. These models had a crank assembly that was not rebuildable - and Honda ran out of spares years ago. More knowledgeable RSBFS readers might be able to share info on replacement alternatives should the service life be a concern. Otherwise, this looks like a solid example of an early NSR250R.

This seller is familiar with shipping bikes over the border, so US buyers might have a bit of assistance there. Legally registering an imported smoker is difficult in many states, so plan first and then act. This bike is being offered for $8,199 or best offer - a tidy sum to be sure. However a quick troll of the RSBFS archives shows this to be a fair offer; most of the recent examples were looking for more, although they were already in the US (although not necessarily titled). Check it out here, and if you decide to hit the grey market import check-out line on this machine, be sure and visit the Comments section and let us know all about it. Good Luck!!

MI

Honda April 14, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R in Canada!

Hot on the heels of this Featured Listing VFR400R that sold in just 3 hours, we find a Canadian NC30 that is looking for a new home. Since these models have never been officially imported into the US as a federalized vehicle, we have to source them from somewhere else. Therefore, allow me to introduce you to our closest neighbor and economic partner, Canada! Home of ice hockey, maple syrup, and of course all the rare models that never quite make it to the US - such as today's fine 1991 VFR400R.

1991 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

As stated often in these pages, the VFR400R is the total package. It looks fantastic, like the baby brother of the RC30 (which it is). With dual headlamps, aluminum perimeter frame, sexy quasi-racer (biposto) bodywork, and single-sided swingarm, this bike simply has presence. But beauty runs deeper than some glossy livery. Thumb the starter and revel in the whine of Honda's immaculate V4 with gear-driven cams. There is simply no other sound in the world like it. And with a redline into the 14,000 range, the turbine power delivery belies the nearly 60 HP these bikes produce. In all, these are the real deal - using compact geometry and light weight to the ultimate advantage of speed.

From the seller:
1991 VFR 400 (NC 30) with 55000 km on the clock in very good condition. Bike is super clean and mechanically ready to hit the road. Chain, sprockets, rotor and pad thickness as well as tire wear all within specs and beyond. Well degreased, corrosion gone at 95%. Just done: powder coat on wheels, front fender, tank and upper cowl. Bodywork is chinese but has a nice snug fit and quality finish. The machine has a few age related marks but no battle scars or tell tale signs of severe crash. It has been thoroughly inspected. Valves clearance has been checked at 52000 km and were within specs. This bike is an absolute hoot to ride, super light and incredibly responsive, and the sound.....:-). Comes safetied if delivered in the province of Quebec. Can be shipped throughout North America.

Although the bike has 55000 km it runs like an absolute charm, this engine obviously has Honda's legendary reliability and is bullet-proof.

As an import, this NC30 is an all Kilometer deal. Clocks are in KMs, and there are 55 big ones racked up over the years. That equates to some 34,000 odd miles. Higher mileage compared to many VFRs that we see, but not a deal killer. For a high-strung, rev-happy motor, these V4s are surprisingly durable. Maintain them well, and they will keep on giving. The seller does indicate some work has been completed, which is a plus. The plastics are not original, but they look reasonable from the photos. Serious buyers might want to ask more questions and obtain additional details before completing a long-distance purchase, but that is nothing out of the ordinary in these situations.

The best part of this deal - for our US readers at least - is that the seller is familiar with shipping bikes over the border. That means less unknowns for the buyer if the bike is coming State side. Registration becomes the new issue in your chosen state, so do your homework ahead of time lest you be left with a really clean, really cool living room specimen with no plates (I wouldn't argue if this were my track day bike, but some collectors might be giving out some dirty looks). The seller is looking for $6,800 or best offer for this Quebec-based beauty. That is right in the ballpark for one of these models, if not a little high for the overall condition. If you missed our last NC30, you might want to move more quickly on this one. Good Luck!!

MI

BMW April 14, 2017 posted by

Pugilist: 2003 BMW Boxer Cup

I know there are some RSBFS faithful out there that refuse to believe a BMW can be sporty OR rare. I beg to differ. As such, I offer you this 2003 Boxer Cup machine, created by BMW to capitalize on what was essentially a one-make Battle Of The Twins series. As #172 in a 200-bike limited production, it is justifiably rare - even if this is really an upscale version of the R1100S model. As for the sporting equation, I rely on the likes of Reg Pridmore, Randy Mamola, and Kevin Schwantz to comment; all have been competitors on BMW twins. Sure, at age 77 Reg could probably beat all of us on track even if he were riding a motorized skateboard, but each of these professional riders has shown the possible performance attainable from the bikes out of Bavaria.

2003 BMW Boxer Cup for sale on eBay

With carbon fiber fender and mudguard, a full belly pan, carbon valve covers with cylinder head pucks, twin under-seat exhaust, Ohlins suspension on both ends and a special setup that raises the rear of the bike to aid in cornering clearance, the Replika machine is as sporty as you could get in the BMW world during this time. Evoking the 5 year racing series was a marketing coup for BMW, and with model-specific graphics (including Mamola's replicated signature on the fairing) this BMW promises to be something different.

From the seller:
Thank you for viewing my favorite moto: 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika
This rare bike is amazing to ride! Comfortable, smooth, fast, and people love the timeless design. If you have made it this far into my listing, then I don't need to write 10 pages explaining the Boxer Cup racing series and the limited production of very rare commemorative Bimmers that were sold around the world. Specifically, this moto is a great example of a well-preserved and maintained R1100S BCR that has always been adult ridden, never dropped or even leaned on, garage-kept, and will always be a fan favorite to every type of rider.

More from the seller:
I purchased this from a private owner in spring of 2016, had it enclosed shipped from Florida, and loved every second of riding it. Sadly, I am moving and need to downsize for the time being. The spark plugs, all fluids, and tires were replaced at 7,300 miles (shortly before I purchased it). This bike is nearly spotless: I'd rate the condition of it around a 9.3/10 with only stress cracks on the windscreen, a few very minor scratches on the gas tank, seat cover, and a few chips on the lower front of the bellypan. I have pampered this moto for 3,000 miles, and most of them are highway from weekend adventures. The rear tire is starting to show a little wear, but should easily perform for another 2,500-3,000 miles before replacing.

Sure, it was not until the S1000RR and piles of money that BMW finally met the competition head on in World Super Bike - but the Boxer Cup paved the way. This example is very, very clean. Miles are certainly low for what we all know to be a dead reliable lump of a motor, and unlike some of the high-strung Italian supermodels you can ride this one through some pretty decently sized service intervals. It's everything you would expect from a BMW twin, with a little extra cachet, performance and exclusivity. Check it out here for all of the details and some great photos. Then jump back into the comments section and share your thoughts on the Boxer Cup - genuinely good race series, or mad marketing ploy von Deutschland?

MI


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Honda April 13, 2017 posted by

On Track: 2000 Honda RS250R

Spring has sprung, and you all know what that means, right? Time to dust off those leathers, spoon some fresh rubber onto your favorite scoot, and hit the track. Nothing teaches you about riding consistently like a track day; think of it as your personal canyon road with no cops. And for those of you that long for an elevated track experience (or even to dip your toes into the racing world), you're going to want a better starting platform than the commuter you currently have. Enter this fantastic RS250R. Honda introduced the RS250R model to be a production race bike - sold to privateers specifically for Grand Prix racing events. This is no converted streetbike; this is a serious track scalpel that was the pinnacle of 250cc racing technology (excluding the factory works Hondas, that is).

2000 Honda RS250R Racer for sale on eBay

Honda introduced the RS250R way back in 1984, and it enjoyed a long run - the last model was released in 2009. Between those years there were several changes. The most notable was to the engine. The original 250cc two stroke motor was a 90 degree twin. The 90 degree vee angle makes a lot of sense from a design perspective given that it provides for perfect primary balance, but the wide angle vee is difficult to package. Thus, in 1993 Honda introduced an updated 250 that utilized a 73 degree motor. This update allowed for the motor to sit (slightly) further forward for better weight bias.

From the seller:
2000 Honda RS250 for sale. Last year for the single sided swing arm.

The bike is well developed and has "0" miles on a completely rebuilt engine (including the gearbox). It has more spares than you can possibly imagine (see Dropbox link), including a spare crank with 500 miles on it. GMD rebuilt front forks, Penske rear shock, new EBC front disks & pads, new chain, etc. In addition, the spares include a complete '96 engine with 600 miles including carbs/powervalve controller. Complete perfect swing arm with eccentric hub. The intake has been modified with a removable fiberglass snorkel, so that you can use the much nicer '01-'03 bodywork (which is perfect, btw). The spares also include new ChickenHawk tire warmers, front/rear stands, spare wheels, rains, brand new replated cylinders (done by Millenium..when their work was quality). The RS also comes with AIM GPS, Mychron(5) dash with EGT sensors and the engine also has detonation counters - you can easily tune the jetting using the det. counter or EGT temps. The engine also includes new VHM heads set up to run leaded (C12 or MR12 - used to be MR8 oxygenated fuel). The MR8/12 gives you a little more on the top end, but it's expensive. It also has brand new carbon fiber silencers on the pipes. You even get 2 Hiatco footpeg stands that came from Jason DiSalvo's RS250 from 2001. New (few years old) Bridgestone softs are on the wheels which are good for practice, but not necessarily for race.

More from the seller:

I wouldn't say that you're getting a better-than-new race bike (though it is), but it's very, very clean, completely sorted with spares that will last you a long, long time. The RS is located in upstate, NY, zip code 13740. It's also listed locally, so, this auction will be closed if there is an offline sale. There is no title for a race bike, but you will get a bill of sale.

There are plenty of upsides to a racer. Nothing short of a full factory ride will handle like what you see here. You will need to recalibrate your brain when it comes to braking markers, apexes, and corner entry speeds. You may also have to recalibrate your conception of bike prep, as racers tend to have shorter lifespans between rebuilds. Fortunately, this seller has amassed a phenomenal collection of spare parts, setup hardware (i.e. gearing and the like) and wearable items. What is on the block is far more than just a Grand Prix 250cc racer, but rather an entire package of bike and support gear. This is practically a race team; just add rider.

RS250Rs don't come our way all that often. If you have the bug (aka circuitous asphaltis rapidicus), you might want to check this one out. There are many more pics of spares and stuff linked off of the auction site, so head on over for all of the details. You might want to work on that brain recalibration while you're at it. Good Luck!!

MI


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Sport Bikes For Sale April 12, 2017 posted by

What We’re Watching – April 12, 2017

Welcome to What We're Watching. This feature highlights some of the auctions we are following - especially those that are about to close. Handy if you're curious about where values are going, or just want to snipe in at the last minute to score a deal!


1985 Yamaha RZ500 with California title!

This is the ONLY bike we're watching mid week here at RSBFS - but it's real, it's rare, and it's definitely a sport bike; a low mileage, well-loved, California titled, twin-crank, 500cc V-4 two stroke GP replica from the mad men at Yamaha. The RZ500 remains one of the most popular bikes on the site, and this one is showing a LOT of interest on eBay. Bidding is currently below $13k, and below reserve. How high will this one go? Will someone end-run and buy it outside of the auction? Only 24 hours until we find out. Check it out here to follow the action. This one is going to be worth it!


If you like what you see, move quickly. Every auction listed above will closed by tomorrow - at the latest. Don't forget to sign up for our free email service, and never miss a great deal on a rare bike again. Good luck and happy sniping!

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