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Yamaha June 2, 2018 posted by

Saved Not Spent – 1989 Yamaha FZR-400 with only 1,200 Miles !

The four stroke small-sports are definitely whipping up on the stock market this year, and this barely used 1989 will likely continue the trend.  It's a cornering machine with 60 hp and ready-to-ride weight well under 400 lbs.  New repro bodywork to preserve the excellent factory set can only help.

1989 Yamaha FZR-400 for sale on eBay

The progressive-license wars had been going on for several years overseas, and all of the big four had four valve inline fours available with racey lookalike styling.  The Yamaha won the refinement award with the EXUP exhaust valve tailoring the torque curve, and build quality was just shy of the red benchmark.  Except for the fields with numbers, the specs read like its big brother OW-01 - Deltabox frame, Genesis top end, quad Mikunis, dual front disks, and staggered alloy wheels.

The owner's not saying much about the history or whether this example is an import, but despite the nearly three decades it shows no corrosion and has Colorado paperwork.  Some 1989's have updated seat console and fairing while this one has more details from a few years before, perhaps an aficionado could comment.  From the eBay auction:

Never raced.

This bike comes with two sets of plastics.

The plastics on the bike currently are Japanese racing repro's.

The bike comes with the original plastics in fantastic condition.

In addition the bike comes with original manual, rear footpegs, back seat,
spare perfect condition radiator and hoses and a new red front fender.

The bike does not smoke or drip.

Tires are older and should probably be changed before serious riding.

There is a hairline crack in the original front fender not noticeable unless you look for it.

The original pipe has a couple of scratches that have been touched up but there are no
dents or damage of any kind.

Though the FZR-400 was imported for a few years, the displacement arms race and premium MSRP curtailed its long term success.  Riders with a track day habit or easy access to some twisty bits have re-discovered the segment, and the bikes can be maintained at home. This one looks too nice to track, but could certainly take in some turns on the way to a bike night...

-donn

Saved Not Spent – 1989 Yamaha FZR-400 with only 1,200 Miles !
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
Featured Listing March 6, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1990 Honda VFR400R / NC30 – Super Clean !

Update 4.16.2018: This bike is SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Long-time friend and regular around RSBFS, Greg at Deftone Cycles had some kind of luck with his last shipment of gray-market machines. This 1990 VFR400R has just about 14,000 km ( 8,500 miles ) but the condition is exceptional.  The third generation was certainly the charm for the petite Honda, as the NC30 variant had the widest torque band, least twitchy handling, and outstanding build quality.

1990 Honda VFR400 for sale on eBay

The NC30 was built for 4 years, an eternity in the fast-moving sportbike world.  Honda's well-tested 399cc V-4 generates the nice whir of gear-driven cams, as well as 59 hp.  The NC30 re-introduced the 360-degree crankshaft, where pairs of cylinders fire together for a torquier delivery.  The chassis was revised for the 1990 model year and reviewed as the strongest and most stable of the 400-four stroke group.  House suspension is adjustable for preload and rebound, and triple discs are appropriately sized at 269mm.  Styled like its 750cc sibling, the VFR400 shows off the single-sided swingarm with a 4-2-1 left side exhaust.

Requiring very little refurbishment, this monochromatic VFR is stock except for the exhaust and without most of the usual corrosion.  Greg has this to say about the bike :

100 percent stock. Except aftermarket Header and Silencer.
Condition: Excellent.
Right side lower fairing stress cracks.
Small hairline fracture upper left.
Mileage: 8,647 / 13,917 Km

Though shoot-outs from the day accused Honda of resting on their laurels, the easier-to-ride VFR400 may have been the best solution for its intended fledgling riders, if not aspiring racers.  The drivetrain is more tractable than the usual pint-size, and the package is surprisingly capable for a junior - skilled riders will find their rewards.  Deftone Cycles asks $7,500 for the pleasure and Greg can be reached - here -

-donn

Featured Listing – 1990 Honda VFR400R / NC30 – Super Clean !
Honda October 31, 2017 posted by

Box Cutter – 1990 Honda CBR400RR

Often overlooked since it wasn't the raciest gray-market selection, the CBR400RR was available in Canada where this one lives.  The NC29 or Baby 'Blade as it is sometimes known, was a lightweight solution with a free-revving gear-driven cammed four.  Despite limited information, it looks complete and ready for a light restoration.

1990 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

Meant mostly for their domestic market, the CBR400RR was pretty racey for 399cc, with 59 hp, alloy twin spar chassis, and RC30 lookalike fairing.  41mm Showa forks and 275mm brake disks were sized for the mission.  Four-piston calipers, fresh-air intake tubing, and swingarm shaped to allow the 4-into-1 exhaust to pass underneath really look the part.

With only four pictures and not much in the way of notes, this CBR is not set up to be creampuff, but it doesn't look like an accident victim either.  The owner says it ran last in 2014, which spells a cleaning for those 28mm flat slide carburetors.  Not seeing many mods but maybe some more familiar readers will corroborate.  Stateside registration will also have to be arranged.  For a running, driving CBR400RR ( though neither are claimed in the auction ) the ask is surprisingly low.

Reviewed as a dynamite bike for the better half while you're on your RC30, the 400RR is a bit snug, rather light, and does exactly what you tell it.  You might have to train yourself to wind the musical engine up to 14,000 rpm, and to use the precise steering to your advantage.  Also the maintenance fund will have to be replenished more like a larger machine.  If you can do these things, and you're a little on the lighter side, the rewards of the CBR400RR will be a rare and high performing junior.

-donn

Box Cutter – 1990 Honda CBR400RR
Honda October 8, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R ( NC30 ) with spare Repsol fairings !

Sold for $8,600. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Since they were never offered stateside, the smaller V-4's have an undeniable cachet as well as sparkling performance and appearance.  The VFR400R looks for all the world like its 750cc brother and can just about keep up until a long straightaway.  On a no-reserve auction, this NC30 has been carefully refurbished and sports a spare set of bodywork and Ohio registration.

 

Though it uses a similar 399cc four-valve V-4 to previous generations, the NC30's used 180-degree crank timing, resulting in a "big-bang" sound and torquier power delivery.  The later VFR40oR's also moved the exhaust to the left side of the bike, showing off the 18-inch alloy rim with the single-sided swingarm on the opposite side.  Equipped to have aspirations, the NC30 had a 6-speed transmission, triple disk brakes and 41mm forks.  Though the factory color schemes generally revolved around racing red, the aftermarket has specialized in replica race liveries.

 

The California owner has gone over his NC30, and paid particular attention to the brakes, cooling system, and component corrosion, a common malady on gray-market machines.  He provides a comprehensive list in the eBay auction:

The bike is a 1992 NC30 Type 7 with Type 1 fairings.  She only has 6568 KM's on here which is about 4081 Miles.  The gauges are in km's so note from the pics you will see it reads 6568.
 
Here's what I've sorted out since I've owner her (I only put on 100 miles since purchased):
  • Subframe had some corrosion, pulled it off, had it sandblasted and put 4 coats of silver paint before reassembling.  Did the same with passenger pegs and assemblies.
  • Took off carbs, completely dismantled, cleaned them for the better part of a full day, cleaned out any grime, old gas residue etc.  Fixed the broken idle screw as well.
  • Installed new Factory quality carb boots as original ones were a bit dry and had small vacuum leaks.  Replaced most of the carb boot rings too as they were not ideal.
  • Flushed the cooling system twice before pulling apart and opted for brand new oversized, high flow aluminum radiators.  Original hoses were ok but seeing that the bike is 25 years old, I upgraded the hoses to high temp silicon as well.  And yes, I changed all of them including the one on the top of the motor that's difficult to get to.
  • I went ahead and installed new NGK spark plugs, fresh oil and a new oil filter.  Also went for a very nice quality (and a bit pricey) air filter to keep things clean.
  • Took the bike to about 90 on the freeway but brakes felt a little spongy despite having steel braided lines.  I flushed the fluid and noticed a tiny bit of fluid on caliper so I pulled them completely apart, changed all the seals, pulled the pistons and cleaned them up, sanded the calipers a bit to clean off the corrosion, put on a coat of primer and 3 coats of caliper paint.  Put on new brake pads as well.
  • Original chain was a bit rusty so I replaced the chain with a AFAM Grade 7, Super Heavy Duty Gold XS-Ring Chain.  While I was at it, installed a new hard anodized rear sprocket, a steel front sprocket (both stock gearing) and scrubbed the grime off.  The chain guide was a bit dry so I replaced that too.
  • Tank rubbers were dry and two were missing so I ordered all new ones from Japan and now the tank rests perfectly on the frame as it should.
  • I originally planned on keeping the OEM bodywork in storage and riding it with a new set of non original bodywork so you'll see in pics that I started to install it but then decided I wasn't going to keep the bike so rather then continuing to mod them to fit, I just packed them back up.  It's a BRAND new set of rothmans replica bodywork that includes the entire bike (not tank), new fender...literally every piece.  The replica bodywork is MUCH better than prior years, very vibrant in color, perfect stickers with a nice clear coat over the stickers.  They are still a pain to fit but I did most of it already and bought all the clips, spare signals so you don't need to switch them out and a whole slew of extra bolts and screws just in case I needed them.  Anyway, entire spare bodywork set will be included with bike.
  • The OEM tank colors do not match the Rothmans bodywork so I bought a spare tank that's also included.  As you can see in the pictures, it's in really great shape but has a small crease dent in the front.  It's in great shape other then that and would be an easy repair if you wanted to get it painted to match the back up bodywork.
  • Many of the bolts have been upgraded and changed out to replace some of the corroded ones.  You can see the pinch bolts, caliper bolts, many others in photos.  They added up $ wise too.
  • Bike will also include stock radiators (in fine shape), stock hoses if you want them and lots of spare parts I've gathered up. (extra pegs, an extra seat cover in black in case you don't like red, levers...etc)

 

The owner wanted the body to be as nice as the mechanicals, and purchased a Repsol replica fairing set.  Most of the way through fitment, he caught another project and decided to put this one up for sale with the original Honda fairings, and includes the Repsol as a spare including a fuel tank in factory paint.

 

October being the time for gutsy baseball, this NC30 is shown in various degrees of undress, and the auction is without reserve.  Someone will be riding this VFR400R home, as auctioneers used to say, and it is a great year.  Reviewed as the easiest of the 400cc group to ride fast, but a tad softly sprung, slightly under-braked, maybe a skwosh overweight.  The owner also has a work-around for California registration, which might make it do-able if that's a requirement.  Considering the low miles and new parts, this NC30 seems worth keeping a close eye on...

-donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R ( NC30 ) with spare Repsol fairings !
Yamaha November 26, 2016 posted by

Black Friday – 1990 Yamaha FZR400

Junior welterweight-sized FZR 400's were made for markets with progressive licensing laws, and couldn't last in the U.S. displacement arms race.  Still, they are revered for their handling,  light weight and fun factor.  Many were fed into the racing mill, but this rare black version survived beautifully.

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1990 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

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Pushing nearly 60 horses out of the 399 cc inline four, the FZR400 had plenty of motivation, though it arrived at a tall 11,500 rpm.  While many larger sportbikes used steel frames, the 400's Deltabox was aluminum.  Front forks were right-sized at 41 mm, and the rear monoshock was only adjustable for preload.  Brakes are capable with twin 282mm front disks and 210mm rear.  Dual headlights dominate the front of the full fairing, and the smallish rider's seat is downstairs from a diminutive pillion.

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Appearing to be a one-rider bike with under 2,500 miles, this FZR appears unrestored though some freshening up has been done.  A few photos without fairing show this to be a very lightly used and clean example.  As the owner states in the eBay auction:

Impeccable as new condition, legendary Yamaha road racer. One owner 2478 original miles. I have in hand the original title,  bill of sale/invoice & all Yamaha documents. All stock, except for braided steel front brake lines, aftermarket fork springs, new tires & a new sealed gel battery. Carbs have a recent sync, head decarbonized & valve clearances checked. This bike runs as good as it looks. Starts & idles smoothly hot or cold. Great verbal history as well.

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The Japanese manufacturers have an extraordinarily competitive spirit, and innovations of the mid-1980's that had recently been on their GP bikes soon found their way to the showroom.  While the FZR400 never had quite the speed of the Honda or Kawasaki, there was a build quality and price advantage which translated into more racetrack time, where truth will out.  This FZR400 has been renewed mechanically and looks ready to help the next rider discover that truth again, but this time in a subdued paint scheme, instead of the usual red and white...

-donn

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Black Friday – 1990 Yamaha FZR400