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Honda January 23, 2012 posted by

What Smokes And Has Six Cylinders? Two 1986 Honda NS400R’s Of Course

What Smokes And Has Six Cylinders?  Two 1986 Honda NS400R's Of Course

Update 1.22.2012: These bikes are now available on eBay. Links updated. -dc

Here is a little something for those of you that like package deals. It isn't very often you find an NSR400 for sale so keep reading because the seller is offering two plus some spares. Let your mind run wild: one for the street, one for the track, restore one, part one. It's all up to you.

From the seller:

I picked up these bikes for my brother but he’s too deep in projects and too wed to big bore four strokes so I would like to sell them. I’m too big and not a rider and as neat as these are, I’m not putting one or both in my living room.

The original plan was to detail the nicer of the two, a '7' (out of 10, and maybe an '8' given its vintage) and upgrade the ‘5’ for use as a track bike. Both bikes start right up on the first kick or two.

The extra wheels allow for fitting a VFR 1000 17x3.5 on the rear in place of the stock 17x2.5. The original 17x2.5 rear goes to the front, replacing the narrow 16-inch unit. This allows fitting newer, bigger tires. There are enough parts to do this to both bikes.

The other upgrades are an NC30 rear shock, a spare set of carbs that can be bored out, and a set of CBR250RR forks, calipers and brackets, and CBR600 discs and a front spindle to suit. Lastly, there is an NSR 250 front fender to complete the package.

There is also a brand new set of tires for the stock wheels, a pit stand, and a cover - I think that's everything.

The bikes are in Maryland. Both bikes have Oregon titles. All the parts except a pair of wheels and the extra set of carbs are also in Maryland (those three items aren't pictured).

What were you doing in 1986?  Honda was rolling these two off the production line.  Both bikes have some mileage/km's on them (30,093 and 17,776 respectively) and your usual wear and tear.  Shoot the seller an email for the specific needs on the bikes.

Here are the spares included:

Carbs (above)
17inch Front and Rear Wheels (above)
Front 17inch Wheel
Rear Spokes (for 17inch Wheel)
Rear Hub (for 17inch Wheel)
Rear Bolts  (for 17inch Wheel)
Solo Cowl
Pair new CBR600FM Discs
CBR250RR Forks
Calipers & Brackets
Front Spindle
Front Mudguard
NC30 Rear Shock

The Honda sometimes get left out of big bore two stroke discussions but I think you can argue it is the rarest.  I've yet to see one in person.

If you are saying to yourself, "here is my winter restoration project", here is what you are aiming for.  If you're like me it would be the Rothmans Edition.  I think you are only a few stickers away.  You have to love the Japanese with their English slogans:  "Hello! Good Rider".

Freshen them up and you will be the envy of many.  Be sure to check below for all the close up pictures the seller supplied and the seller would be more than happy to answer your questions about the bikes.

IK

Honda November 2, 2011 posted by

1986 Honda NS400R Rothmans Replica For Sale!

Location: San Diego, CA

Miles: 28,862mi (46,179Km)

Price: $6,000 BIN

Are you a big Freddie Spencer fan? If so, this might be your opportunity to ride like Fast Freddie, or at least look like you can. Spencer brought GP titles to Honda with the NS500 and NSR500 and apparently was fast enough to win the 500cc and 250cc championship in 1985. To commemorate Freddie’s successes on the track, Honda released the V3 NS400R in famous
Rothman’s livery. Praised for its easiness to ride and handling prowess do to its short wheel-base, the NS400R is a sure fire way to carve up your favorite roads.

The particular NS400R up for auction here looks to be in very good condition for a 25 year-old bike. It has clocked about 29k miles, but doesn’t show signs of an abusive ownership. The seller does a good job of documenting some small scratches with photos as well. I do however notice that the "Rothmans Honda" decals on the lower fairing are non-existant. I would be curious to know why. Though, I have noticed some variation on Rothmans reps that lack certain logos.

From the seller:

1986 Honda NSR 400 , 3 cylinder, 2 stroke. Looks good, some scratches, strong runner. Orig Paint.  Milage converted from Km reading on speedo. Minor scratches on bike as shown in pictures. Still, pretty good shape for a 25 year old unrestored sport bike. Cali title in hand. Reg Expired 2007, but is on PNO , so no penalties.  Larger pictures can be e-mailed, direct if closer look for blemishes is desired. Bike always stored indoors , and run every couple of months to keep healthy. Have very large bike collection being thinned down to make more space. See pictures. Numerous pictures to show the good and the bad of it. Overall, a pretty well preserved bike. Videos on You Tube. 59 year old owner, former bike wrench and former shop owner. Every effort has been made to show condition of bike with pictures and video. Can e-mail better, larger pictures directly , on request. Bike in exc cond, though no warranty expressed or implied. Sold AS - IS.

There you have it. A good condition Honda NS400R for sale right here in the U.S. I don’t see any major flaws in the bike and the seller appears to be up front with the overall condition of the bike. The price is definitely right in the range of a bike in this condition as I have seen lower mileage examples in the $9k range. You can make it yours today buy taking a look at the auction here!

-JS

Honda September 20, 2011 posted by

V3 Smoker Across the Pond: 1986 Honda NS400R

Location: Kent, United Kingdom

Kilometers: 4,876

Price: 3,995 GBP

The year was 1983 and Freddie Spenser had just become the youngest 500cc champion ever. Fast forward a couple years, and Honda had released what it claimed to be a replica for the road of Spencer’s machine. Okay, it may be 100cc smaller than the original, and way more refined for the daily use. However it does share in common the compact V3 engine configuration that Honda used to take the title. This light weight (359lbs) and powerful little package had enough gusto to make 1000cc 4-strokes of the day sit up and take notice. Being praised all around in handling, steering, and braking, the NS400R sure was a force to be reckoned with.

The bike up for grabs here, unfortunately for those of us here in the U.S., is located in Kent UK. But, this NS400R has very low mileage with only 3,026miles (4,876 Kms) and looks to be in very good condition for a 25-year-old two-smoke. I does look like it has some flush mount turn signals, as all the stock photos I have seen indicate that the stock ones are black.

Info from the seller:

“Honda NS400R V3 2 Stroke Triple
Only 4876km amazingly clean time capsule bike
imported in October 2009
Fresh Battery and MOT when sold
1986 model
Genuine Workshop manual included
Sounds amazing
Rare in this conditon
(Not immaculate concours condition but very clean for age)”

The NS400R is definitely rarer than its RG500/RZ500 competition from back in the day. Couple that with the fact that it was never imported to the States, and you have a recipe for a bike that is difficult to come across. The price translates to about $6,300 USD, and seems reasonable compared to other examples we have seen on RSBFS. If you got to have the two-stroke classic and feel like shipping it to the U.S., then take a look at the for sale ad here!

-JS

Honda August 19, 2011 posted by

Hold on to your leg warmers: 1985 Honda NS400R

For Sale: 1985 Honda NS400R

We have seen a number of these rare birds on RSBFS (click here to search the RSBFS archives), but nowhere near the numbers of the twin cylinder Honda 250s or the 500cc RZ/Gamma set. You see, this NS400R is an odd bike in many ways, and that generally kept interest low - which is a real shame. In the end it was emissions, not interest, that kept the NS400R out of the United States. Still, with an odd-ball displacement (400cc vs 500cc), odd-ball configuration (V3), and lack of importation into the US, the NS400R is not the most loved of the two-stroke coveting set.

For those wanting to be different, the NS400R is a great place to start. With peaky two-stroke power (59 hp stock), mini-GP bodywork, sharp and responsive handling thanks to light weight (about 350 lbs), the NS400R might be everything you dream about in a canyon carver. Back in 1985 it sure was - except that it was missing a cylinder and about 100cc on the competition.

From the seller:
THIS I A VERY RARE GOOD RUNING NEW TUNE UP CARB CLEAN TIRES BATTERY BIKE RUNS GOOD 3 CYLINDER 400 CC FAST BIKE WE HAVE FLORDA TITLE READY TO RIDE SERIUS BUYERS ONLY

Given the relative rarity of these models, one has to wonder how this one got in such forlorn condition. What is left of the paintwork was intended to celebrate Freddie Spencer's championship livery (he won both the 250cc and 500cc classes that year) - this is a very sharp color scheme when found in original condition such as this one. Unfortunately this bike got a little beaten up along the way to the auction, and is not exactly in what we would call "pristine" condition. It certainly doesn't help that the seller has very little to say about the bike - except that it has a Florida title and has approximately 16,000 miles on it.

In a proper state of tune, the NS400R is a fantastic machine. It has some innovative engineering tricks such as the ATAC (auto-controlled torque amplification chambers) exhaust servo to boost low-end torque. Aerodynamically, the bike is very sound and complete, right down to the little fairing attached to the side stand. All in all, this is a very desireable model to own and ride.

This particular example is available at auction right now. There have been no bidders with a $4,000 opening, so if you act quickly you might get yourself a deal. For more info and pictures, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

Honda April 6, 2011 posted by

Let there be smoke! 1986 Honda NS400R

For Sale: 1986 Honda NS400R

Take a moment to ponder those lucky Canadians. Long recipients of bikes never considered for import into the US, the "neighbors to the north" continue to be the source of some great machinery. In this case, a rare '86 NS400R V-3 two stroke. Today's bike is a clean looking example of the breed, with stock pipes and recent service.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1986 Honda NS400R. Honda's biggest 2stroke street bike. The bike is take on Freddie Spencer's 1983 world championship winning NS500 triple. It is a 387cc V3. I have a clean title in hand.

The bike will need new tires. There are a few paint chips that have been touched up. The carbs were serviced by Rocket Cycle here in Toronto, ( NOT CHEAP ). The coolant was changed in October and the bike went into storage in November. I didn't ride the bike much this past summer only a handful of times, just to keep things moving. Its a fun little bike that does gets quite a bit of attention. It was a rare bike in 1986 because it was expensive when compared to what other bikes were being sold for. I believe they sold about 405 of these bikes in Canada. None were shipped to the US, but I did see one at the Barber Museum in October , when I was there for the RG gathering.

As there was a ban on tobacco ads back in the mid 80's, the Rothman's livery was not available in Canada. So the bike was only sold in the HRC scheme. It was a sweet looking bike back then and still looks good today. The comstar wheels really compliment the look of the bike.

The bike will be sold as seen. I will include the service manual which was hard enough for me to get. The infil part that sits behind the passenger seat will also be included, as will the chrome tie down hooks. They are not on the bike now because I don't like the look of chrome on this bike.

I bought this bike because I liked the look and mystique of this unusual bike, but now its time to move on. It was respectfully ridden and never abused.

Winning bidder must arrange there own shipping. I can deliver the bike up to 100 kms free of charge.

There is NO warranty implied, expessed or otherwise. It is a 25 year old USED bike. The bike is being sold as is. Pickup from my home is welcome. ASK ALL QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU BID.

The seller, who also has a Yamaha RZV500 (now sold) and Suzuki RG500 Gamma (not for sale), has offered a few videos of the NS400. Enjoy the popcorn sound of two strokes!

This video does not have the greatest sound, but it sure is nice to see these bikes out on the road - and it would be even better if those roads (and bikes) were in the US....

The starting bid for this Japanese-Canadian beauty is a cool $5,000 US. With 22,000 miles on the odometer, this is not a new, low miles bike. On the other hand, it has been ridden and appears in reasonable condition. I suspect the lack of a US title will impact the sale, but perhaps some savvy RSBFS reader can clue us in on how hard it is to import one of these beauties.

The auction is on now, and waiting for you to .

MI

Honda January 30, 2011 posted by

Collector or Rider – 1986 Honda NS400R

1986 Honda NS400R

Butler, PA

17,793 KM

Here we have a 1986 Honda NS400R – what a cool bike! As my colleague Mike indicated in his recent CBX post, Honda certainly did things their own way in the 80's. This bike illustrates that point as well as any: 3 cylinders, V configuration, 2 stroke and 400cc? Not exactly conventional, but that’s good news in my book. Sporting a 54.5” wheelbase and 70 HP, this bike has got to be a blast to ride.

The NS400R Page website contains great information, although this site has not been updated in a long time. This is recommended reading for any potential buyer as it contains common modifications, original schematics, photos and road test reports from the day.

The bike appears to be a really clean and largely an original model. This particular NS sports the Fast Freddie Spencer paint scheme – classic Honda all the way. More information straight from the seller:

ABSOLUTLEY OUTSTANDING ORGINAL CONDITION!!!!STILL HAS THE 1000K 1ST SERVICE REMINDER ON THE TACH,BOTH FACTORY STICKERS ON RIGHT UPPER INSIDE FARING STILL IN PLACE.PA TITLE IN HAND.NEEDS NOTHING!!!TIRES ARE OEM SIZE WITH NUBS STILL STICKING OUT,ALL FLUIDS ARE FRESH,INSIDE OF TANK IS EXCELLENT,BIKE IS SHOW ROOM OR COLLECTOR CONDITION WITHOUT A DOUBT.I HAVE OWNED THIS BIKE FOR MORE THAN TEN YEARS,RIDEN VERY LITTLE,JUST ENOUGH TO KEEP IT CORRECT,NO STARTING PROBLEMS,IN FACT NO PROBLEMS AT ALL.HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN HEATED GARAGE WITH WINDOWS SEALED SO NO LIGHT TO FADE PAINT.READING ON ODOMETER IS IN KILOMETERS SO MILAGE IS ABOUT10700.

The best part about this bike – a clear title! Luckily, we have a fair amount of NS400R's in the RSBFS archives, so you can do some comparative digging here. The bid has been climbing steadily since the listing was posted, and I expect a steady ascent to the end. Jump over to the auction to view the full listing, which includes the seller’s phone number should you have any questions.

BG

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