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Posts by tag: 400cc

Honda March 1, 2018 posted by

‘Mon Bros – 1988 Honda Bros 400 ( NT400 )

Along with more racey junior editions that were JDM only, Honda had a naked / standard in the 400 cc category.  The Bros ( known elsewhere as the NT or Hawk ) were designed as a V-twin team,  400 and 650 cc's.  Likely a grey market import to the U.K., this Bros 400 has landed in Tennessee and is looking to show its versatile brand of maneuverability to a new stateside owner.

1988 Honda Bros 400 ( NT400 ) for sale on eBay

Honda designed a 52-degree V-twin for the Bros's and it's similar to other water-coolers like the TransAlp.  In 389cc guise the three-valve arrangement results in 37 hp at a civilized 8,500 rpm.  It's coupled to a five-speed transmission, housed in an aluminum twin spar frame, and equipped with single disks and clip-on handlebars.  Right-side-up forks, single-sided swingarm and a stubby mass-centralizing muffler show the nature of compromise.

With km's adding up to about 12,000 miles, the little Bros looks complete and un-scarred, though the seat fairing seems darker that the rest of the forest green metalflake.  The bike still sports its British tag from a previous life the seller was able to sample in London.  From the eBay auction:

Here we have a very clean, extremely rare, and low mileage, 1988 Honda Bros 400. In the U.S. we recognize its clean lines as those of a Honda Hawk. Everywhere else in the world this model was called the Bros., and a 400cc model was available in addition to the 650. This is a very nice, fully stock, collectible motorcycle. It runs very well. I had the good fortune to cross London on this bike a few months ago on congested roads. It proved to be quite the traffic assassin. The small water-cooled twin produces generous mid range torque, allowing for quick work within tight spaces. The bike will be sold with a Tennessee registration, tag, and title.

Though reviews of the Bros cited the mushy suspension and bargain tires, the unexpected fun factor was such that the writers didn't want to give it up.  Easy riding position, quick handling, and pretty good torque all beat the admittedly low expectations.  With the rarity around here, it's a winning hack around or pit bike, or even a learner as it was intended.  Lots of bids on the no-reserve auction with three days to go, and the owner hints of more to come...

-donn

‘Mon Bros – 1988 Honda Bros 400 ( NT400 )
Honda November 27, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1995 Honda RVF400R Restored by Speedwerks

Update 12.20.2017: Steve has updated us that this bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! He also mentions that he has an even nicer one that will be ready in early January, stay tuned! -dc

As profiled in the 1984 edition of Cycle World's occasional "Forbidden Fruit" column, the RVF400R / NC35 was a world-beating junior but accompanied the legendary RVF750R / RC45 only to the home market.  RSBFS sponsor Speedwerks has given this example a new lease on life.  The 399cc V-4 has been comprehensively freshened with new fluids and filters, seals and tires, chain and titanium exhaust.  With Ohio title, it's ready for a new rider.

The NC35 had several nice updates to the earlier VFR400R, mechanical in the 41mm upside-down forks, Pro-Arm rear monoshock, 17" wheels front and rear, and cosmetic in the cat-eye headlights.  61 hp is available at a lofty 12,500 rpm, the gear-driven cams whining their way to the beat of the "big bang" crank timing.  Build quality and reliability was above the rest of the junior market, though the price was a dry weight of just under 365 lbs.

Speedwerks has been restoring and preparing sportbikes for more than 20 years, and the results of their experience are apparent here.  Painted and plated parts are correctly colored and finished, rubber parts renewed, and the aftermarket fairings have factory livery.  After the carb rebuild and new exhaust, a tuning session on the dyno was done.  Here are Steve's notes from the build:

Honda RVF400RR NC35. 33K miles, Clean US title, Fully Serviced and dyno tuned, runs and rides as new.
Demon titanium exhaust. Mobil 1 synthetic with Hi-Flo filter, Antifreeze flushed/filled,
Steel braided brake lines, bled with Castrol fluid and fitted with new Ferodo pads.
EK chain, Carbs rebuilt and jetted, new fuel lines and filter, NGK ER9EH plugs.
New Bridgestones fitted, RS10 soft front, S20 dual rear. Fresh fork oil and seals.
Bodywork is aftermarket and shows well, the paint is very nice.
This RVF is a good reliable rider, ready for a good home. Personal delivery available.

Speedwerks is asking $8999, contact Steve by email (steve@speedwerks.com) or visit their Facebook page.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1995 Honda RVF400R Restored by Speedwerks
Bimota August 6, 2017 posted by

Big In Japan – 1988 Bimota YB7

Seen on RSBFS back in May, this YB7 is still available, links updated to current auction. - donn

Bimotas have always had a fan base in Japan, and the YB7 was dreamed almost specifically for their progressive licensing laws.  Just 399cc and 352 lbs. dry, it's a rarity with only 321 made over 1987-88.  The engine was well-mannered thanks to EXUP, and smooth handling made for a very rideable welterweight.

1988 Bimota YB7 for sale on eBay

 

From Bimota's billet period, the YB7 has gorgeous metal work, the big twin beam frame joined with machined connectors.  The triple tree is another art piece, as are the adjusters on the aluminum swingarm.  The monoposto bodywork is shaped and painted to recall the superbike YB4, which took the TTF1 honors in 1987 under Virginio Ferrari and had a shot at the WSBK crown !  Matched with oversized Marzocchi forks, Öhlins monoshock, and Brembo brakes, the YB7 did more than look the part.

  

Presented by a regular RSBSF reader, this very rare Bimota YB7 has but 6,000 miles and looks all original and very good.  The tank cover / seat console is unmarked save a corner of the foam seat, and the lightweight lowers show only a few stress cracks.  Engine side covers take the most abuse and could be refinished or replaced easily.  From the eBay auction:

Very rare Bimota YB7, 400cc Yamaha motor, never sold in USA, Japan bike only, very light and loaded with high performance goodies, hand built in Italy, very collectible and hard to find in USA, mine comes with IL clean title, was imported years ago from UK.  Bike is in very good condition, very little miles and use, been sitting indoors show room for few years now, took her out, cleaned the carbs, new battery and oil, starts and runs like a dream. Everything is original, no mods or alterations, tires were replaced few years ago, look like new but are a little old, has few scratches and nicks from normal use, some spider web cracks in the clear coat just like any other Italian bike from that era, the side motor covers are losing their finish and paint peels off but nothing too dramatic, one big scratch in the right fairing, one small piece of the seat foam broken off, I am sure there are more imperfections but this was a very light body hand molded and was never perfect from the beginning. Öhlins rear shock,  fully adjustable fork, light Bimota wheels, full floating rotors. 

 

The YB7 reviewed as one Bimota that was pleasant to ride in traffic and on the racetrack.  The well-balanced engine and chassis made it a great novice machine as well as a fine F3.  Almost above the big four's fray because of premium construction and pricing, the YB7 benefitted from Yamaha's excellent driveline.  Having recently been freshened up to ride, this YB4 needs just a couple of cosmetic details addressed to look really special as well...

-donn

 

Big In Japan – 1988 Bimota YB7
Honda June 29, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30

Update: Greg notes that this bike is sold! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Like real estate, they're just not making any more V-four 399cc sportbikes, and every one that appears has some kind of history - used or abused, neglected or cared for.  This Ohio-registered NC30 looks nicely preserved and has survived 25 years with only a couple of plastic cracks and scuffs.

If you had your headphones in, you might mistake a passing VFR400R for its big brother 750.  The 9/10 scale fairings look every bit of the Honda flagship, but the smaller engine revs to 13,000 rpm, delivering 59 hp.  Upside-down forks were still for racier machines, so the VFR makes do with a conventional front end, with single-sided swingarm.  The dual front discs are 269mm in diameter, and period wheel sizes of 16" front with 18" rear put a nice edge on the handling.  The NC30 is toward the end of the VFR400R development, and has the best looking fairing of the line.

 

Offered by Ohio dealer and RSBFS sponsor Deftone Cycles, this NC30 has covered under 4,000 miles and has great factory graphics.  Clean and complete with a few rubs from its garage-mates, and the owner pictures the crack under the mirror mount.  Notes from the eBay auction:

3,979 Miles (6,405 Kilometers) What we have here is a Type 7 model with Type 1 Fairings. The fairings are factory Honda OEM. So you are getting the upgraded suspension that was offered on the type 7 with the look of the original type 1. Other than that it’s completely original and unrestored. More of a rider than for a collection. Bike needs nothing.  All fluids are fresh.  Shifts and revs to redline perfectly.  Starts effortlessly every time. Some of the mounting tabs are broken on the lower fairings, nothing that is visible from the outside. The upper fairing by the mirror has some cracks, the mirror hides most of the defect. Windscreen is aftermarket MRA. Awesome windscreen. The white on the top of the fuel tank has been re-sprayed with the Honda wings being replaced. Not perfectly done but very presentable. If I was keeping the bike I would be very happy with the paint. Included close up pictures featuring defects. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title.  NC30-1100*** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.”  Imported into the States through all legal channels. EPA and Declaration papers provided.

 

The owner's knowledge of the type variations outpaces my own, but the NC30 was offered for three years before being superseded by the Fireblade-styled RVF400R.  Competition in the home market and other progressive licensing countries was heated, and the NC30 reviewed as the best all around, with strong if not leading edge chassis, and standout Honda build quality.  The starting bid is set at $6,800, and you can ask questions of Greg through the eBay auction - here -...

-donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30
Ducati June 4, 2017 posted by

Pantah Cub – 1992 Ducati 400SS

Midway through Cagiva's management, Ducati addressed the junior rider markets, and developed SuperSports based on the 750SS, cylinders sized for 398cc.  The factory saw the folly of shipping them to regions without progressive licensing laws, so they never arrived stateside.  Performance didn't start a grey market-frenzy however, and a 400SS sighting is a singular experience.  Appearing complete and original, this junior Ducati might be a great collector.

1992 Ducati 400SS for sale on eBay

Mostly aimed at Japan and U.K. ( with Italy getting a 350SS ), the 400SS was almost all of the larger SS, with gold trellis frame, recent belt-driven desmosdromic valve train, upside-down forks, and 6-speed transmission.  The air-cooled two-valve engine is carburetted and claims 42 hp.  A skwosh larger than most 400's, the Ducati has more adult ergonomics and  a bit more weight than a scaled down junior.  Expenses were spared on the Marzocchi suspension, and most specifications show the 400SS having a  single front brake, but this one has been equipped with dual disks.

Though it's unclear whether this machine was ridden after being imported, it looks very good considering the 24,000 miles shown in the auction ( might be kms ? ).  Road title will have to be arranged, and some front turn signals sourced, but it has had recent valve maintenance.  Carburetion woes have been addressed with Keihin replacing the factory Mikuni's.  The owner says this in the eBay auction:

This bike was only sold in Japan in the early 1990's and was imported to the US some time later. This bike runs and rides good, is lightweight, and sounds amazing!! The bike has new grips, speedo cable, Keihin racing carbs, K&N filters, good tires, Termignoni carbon fiber exhaust. Had heads rebuilt and valves shimmed and new belts less then 1000 miles ago. There are some minor blemishes in the paint, nothing major, still runs and rides fine. I have the clear Japanese paperwork on the bike, no US title yet as it just became old enough to get one (25 years old). This is a great show piece, I doubt you will ever see another one in North America, even at rare bike shows. This is a great piece for any Ducati collector!

The engine and brake modifications indicate this may have been a fan's bike even before its boat ride, and may be a much better performer than a stock 400SS.  A winner if it runs as it should and registration can be arranged.  Rarity is off the scale and fun factor right up there.  A little freshening up of the cosmetics and you'll have an interesting page from Ducati history...

-donn

Pantah Cub – 1992 Ducati 400SS
Suzuki May 17, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1990 Suzuki GSX-R400

As the big four were skirmishing in the 400cc race-replica department, Suzuki's GSX-R400R was never the most popular.  But its rugged good looks, called dated back then, recall a dynamic era in sportbikes.

Like most of the 400-4 machines of the 80's and 90's, the GSX-R 400 was a junior rider's bike in the Japanese home market and other countries with progressive licensing, but an afterthought elsewhere.  Even with limited racing heritage, they are equipped and styled to thrill, with 59 hp, dual disk brakes, and full endurance fairings.  The resemblance to a GSX-R 750 was no accident, and improvements since the introduction in 1984 included a large-section alloy frame, four-piston front calipers, two piece radiator, and 4-into-1 exhaust.

This particular 400 has been someone's favorite with 12,000 miles and Utah registration, but more recently part of a collection, and carefully preserved.  Just a couple of minor corrections stand between it and the next concours.  From the eBay auction:

From the Suzuki room comes a very rare bike, A gorgeous 1990 Suzuki GSX-R400 with 19,458 kilometers (12,090 miles). Bike is in gorgeous condition with only a few issues. There is a dent in the right side of the fuel tank and the right front blinker mount is cracked and needs replaced. Scratches on both sides of the bike. This bike is a great candidate for restoration. Bike runs perfectly and will be serviced with new fluids and filters and a new battery installed for the lucky buyer. This GSX-R is 100% original. 100% OEM fairings and components. Bikes comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a street motorcycle for road use.

Offered by a Utah powersports dealer and collector, this factory original has recent maintenance, and the presence of street title is significant for a rider.  Road racing success was just over Suzuki's horizon in the late 1980's, and developments started to pay off with Kevin Schwantz aboard in the early 1990's.  Whether the buyer's intention is to ride or show ( maybe a bit of both ) this very rare Suzuki needs just a few things to excel at both.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1990 Suzuki GSX-R400




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