Posts by tag: gear-driven cams

Honda September 7, 2017 posted by

Sponsored Listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR from Deftone Cycles

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

The 1990 Honda CBR250RR name doesn't carry the same room-quieting name recognition that some of its two-stroke and 400cc siblings do, but that is not for lack of trying.

1990 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

The little CBR is pure early Golden Age Honda: it packs an innovative, uncompromising design with top-shelf kit and fit and finish into a lithe, unintimidating package aimed at knee draggers and commuters alike. The bike garnered a particularly loyal fanbase in Australia, with plenty of gushing reviews and forums to sing its praises.

This particular CBR250RR comes to us from site sponsor Deftone Cycles, and is a squeaky-clean specimen that is ready and willing to show the next owner what the best part of 20,000 rpm feels like. It carries a clean Ohio street title and a set of OEM-look aftermarket fairings.

Deftone is selling the very clean original fairings with the bike, but switched them out for the aftermarket plastics for the sake of preservation and presentation. It appears that one of the original side panels could use a repair, but otherwise the set is more or less blemish-free.

From the eBay listing:

1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22 CBR 250RR. 20,228 Miles (32,555 Kilometers) Bike needs nothing. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Here at deftone cycles we pride ourselves with supplying original OEM equipped fairings, because of age it is getting harder and harder to find OEM fairings that meet the needs of our customers, so we are offering this CBR250RR with new aftermarket. The original OEM's are included in the sale. The fuel tank is of original paint and rust free. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. MC22-1008*** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.” Imported into the States through all legal channels. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions.

Power for the CBR250RR comes from an inline four with Honda's famous gear-driven cams, which not only reduce maintenance, but give the engine an evil whine unique to Honda sportbikes of the era. The mill is good for 45 horsepower, or about seven more than the modern CBR250RR Honda released in other markets last year, which relies on a 38 crank-horsepower thumper for motivation.

We'll take the '90 every day of the week. Ride to the office, hit the cafe or head to the canyons, and the little CBR will not blink. The starting bid for this bike is $5,200 with nearly a week to go in the auction.

Sponsored Listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR from Deftone Cycles
Bimota August 19, 2017 posted by

Spec-ial-ity – 2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica with Under 1,000 miles !

Even among specialty manufacturers like Bimota there are favorites, where performance and style have somehow met in a synchronicity better than other models.  The SB8K is one such example, the first bike produced after the company was resuscitated in the early 2000's.  The fresh design, techniques, and materials were spot-on and even resulted in a couple of WSBK race wins.

2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica for sale on eBay

Using the 996cc Suzuki TL-1000 mill, Bimota engineered their own and intakes and a moving fuel injector system which optimized the fuel delivery position relative to the throttle butterfly.  The resulting 143 hp had the big twin's wide torque band and was packaged in a lighter hybrid frame with aluminum beams and carbon fiber connectors.  The body and fuel tank were also carbon, finished to a level usually only seen on Bimota's billet aluminum components.  Oversize Öhlins forks are fully adjustable, as is the rear monoshock.  Radially mounted Brembo brakes, OZ wheels, and Termignoni exhaust complete the picture.

As you might expect from a bike with under 1,000 miles, things are stock and very clean.  Shouldn't be any maintenance issues with the hybrid chain and gear cam drive.  Likely the new owner could change the fluids and rubber and ride away.  From the eBay auction:

This bike has spent most of its life in living rooms, 866 miles. 

(kilometers shown in picture) Beautiful near perfect bike, built with a profusion of light alloys and carbon fibre.  Many parts meticulously machined from aluminum alloy.  The motor was taken from the Suzuki TL1000R and has been highly tuned by engineers to deliver more output and torque at all engine speeds.  The SB8K is the only production bike in the world to use Bimota's very own Radial Injection.  Some paint chipping by titanium panel chips on side fairings,(easily touched up) and some small scratches on lower fairing under bike, I assume from loading (not visible unless fairing is removed).  Runs perfect, pulls like a freight train.  Carbon fibre everything including parts of the frame, Has OZ Wheels, Ohlin struts and shocks, Brembo Monobloc calipers, 385 lbs. 134 horsepower!

The SB8K reviewed as a big machine, but sharp, with light weight and handling, and hard suspension.  Bimota's tune camouflages the Suzuki engine, and power delivery is linear.  The rarity and low miles will probably keep this Santamonica on display, but it could be pressed into service at any time.  Named for the Superbike World Championship track in Rimini, Italy ( and not the West Hollywood suburb ) the Santamonica was a great re-start for Bimota, and a great oughties exotic...

-donn

 

Spec-ial-ity – 2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica with Under 1,000 miles !
Honda August 16, 2017 posted by

Single-Sided Sportbike: 1987 Honda VFR400R NC24 for Sale

The later NC30 version of Honda’s VFR gets most of the attention, due to the fact that the style and specification so closely mimics the iconic RC30 at about half the cost, but this earlier VFR400R NC24 still makes for an appealing and attention-grabbing ride. The NC24 was sold in 1987 and 1988 and featured a 399cc V4 with gear-driven cams, although it had a more conventional 180° crank instead of the later bike’s 360° “big bang” firing order that helped give that later bike its distinctive character.

The 60hp produced by the V4 was modest but very flexible and the gear-driven cams added a characterful whine to go with the precise cam timing that prompted their inclusion. The VFR400R was light at around 350lbs dry and handling was predictably excellent. The bike's endurance-racing design brief is clearly reflected in that ELF-designed Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm, here secured by four nuts [hidden by a plastic cover] instead of the later NC30's genuine single nut.

Styling is fairly conventional, apart from that swingarm and high-mount exhaust. The bike has a single trapezoidal headlamp instead of twin round units found [for most markets at least] on the later NC/RC30's, making this earlier VFR a bit of a bargain, considering the engineering and heritage on display here. This one is a fairly recent import from Japan and comes with a Washington State title!

From the original eBay listing: 1987 Honda VFR400R NC24 for Sale

Directly import from Japan, BDS Auction.
Honda VFR400R
1987 year
First generation with: single rear Pro-Arm system.
Model NC24-10006460
9526km- approximately 6500 mile original!
Excellent condition , new battery, oil filter, spark plugs.
Has clear WA Title!!!
No Trade!
We are a licensed dealer and importer of Japanese vehicles.
Have been importing since 1996!

The seller also includes a video walk-around and startup of the bike. The little V4 seems to fire up pretty easily, once the cameraman remembers the choke, and the bike makes a nice, exotic whir. $5,900 seems reasonable for this bit of Honda history: everything works and, although there is some of the expected surface corrosion on a Japanese import, the bike looks very complete, with low miles and tons of cool engineering detail.

-tad

Single-Sided Sportbike: 1987 Honda VFR400R NC24 for Sale
Honda June 7, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R

Designed for racing, the Honda VFR400R was - in may ways - like its homologation big brother the RC30. Except in size. Based around the same format as the RC30, the NC30 brought all the goodness of the 750cc class scaled down to a mere 400cc. The smaller package included the same go-fast plan as the RC30 including the screaming V-4 motor with gear-driven cams, 6-speed close-ratio gearbox, the unique single-sided swingarm to facilitate tire changes and the dual-headlight racing bodywork that bore a strong Honda family resemblance (graphics included). All in all, the NC30 was the epitome of "smaller is better." With less mass and a lower center of gravity, the NC30 is a handling dream.

Here in the US, the problem with the 400cc class in general was rider expectation. Americans thrived on cubic inches, where there is no substitution for displacement. The middleweight class had grown from 500cc to 550cc and up to 600cc. Smaller bikes were just not interesting to American riders. With a tremendous supply of 600cc bikes, and easy access to liter machines the 400cc and below classes were considered fringe beginner bikes, and largely ignored. Pricing did not help, as the 400cc bikes were not significantly cheaper than the 600s. History tells us that this is a shame, given the interest these smaller bike draw today. Thankfully, with licensing regulations limiting smaller machines in other countries (especially Japan), the 400cc class thrived - which is why we can bring you this VFR400R Featured Listing.

From the seller:
1991 Honda VFR400R NC30
Small version of VFR750R RC30.
RVF replica.
Almost every year, Honda gave progress to VFR.
1987 Start selling VFR400R NC24.
in 1989 VFR became NC30 and has center nut for rear wheel.
30mm shorter wheelbase, skinny spark plugs, 17" front wheel.
Cross ratio transmission.
in 1990 adjustable rear suspension with reserve tank.
I bought this one because I couldn't afford when they were sold new.
Now I'm going to buy another 2stroke, so this one has to go.
Very light weight 164Kg=360lb

This bike is located in Torrance, California.
Price: $5,500
Contact:
motohikoo@gmail.com

This year has offered us a bumper crop of 400cc imported machinery. This is wonderful news as we engage in longer, warmer days, summertime riding and track days. Summer requires a special machine to enjoy, and there are few more enjoyable bikes on the planet than a VFR400R. Packed full of Honda technological goodness, reasonable performance (expect 59 HP or so), exceptional handling and a never-available-in-the-US type of rarity that many riders crave, this NC30 could be your ticket.

This 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 is available in Torrance, CA. It is an import from Japan that now lives stateside, and inquiries should be directed to the seller at motohikoo@gmail.com. This is a bike that you can collect AND ride, so don't miss out on some riding fun this summer. Grab yourself some import exotica and hoon away!

Featured Listing:  1991 Honda VFR400R
Honda March 8, 2017 posted by

Carts and Horses – 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22

With the sporty styling of its better-endowed siblings, the CBR250RR was a new rider's showroom dream in 1990's Japan.  The sweet-handling lightweight was rarely exported from the island by the factory, which makes it a fine entrant to the rarity sweepstakes elsewhere.  Though many have come to us by way of a hard life down under, this gem is undamaged and boasts a Washington state title.

1990 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

The RR had the right numbers of everything, if just a bit smaller.  The 249cc inline four had four tiny Keihin carbs, alloy perimeter frame, twin front disks.  Gear driven cams deliver a quite healthy 45 hp with 350 lb. wet weight equaling almost unequaled responsiveness.  The full fairing had a pretty chiseled nose, great factory graphics, and a handy sandwich compartment under the pillion seat ( for which, ironically, there are no footpegs ).

Listed by a parts re-seller, this CBR shows just over 9,000 miles and looks better than 9/10ths.  A lot of glamour shots and this description in the eBay auction:

All of the body panels are original and in good condition, there are no major cracks or major nicks anywhere just some light scratches here and there. The wheels are also in excellent condition with perfect paint and no major chips anywhere. Even the windscreen is original and in great condition. Basically the motorcycle is a 9 out of 10 cosmetically.

Mechanically the bike runs and rides perfect. All of the electrical components work as they should; lights, blinkers, horn, speedo, tach, temp gauge, all work properly. The bike just had a full service tune up including new tires, mechanically everything was inspected and replaced if necessary, all fluids were flushed.

Though the factory was busy racing the two stroke RS250, the light four cylinder was a winning solution for the road, and re-affirming their faith in light sports, the factory commissioned a new CBR250 twin last fall.  The auction has a surprising number of bids, and while the bidding hasn't gotten crazy give it time.  This CBR might be hard to catch in the twisties and harder yet at auction...

-donn

Carts and Horses – 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22
Honda January 5, 2017 posted by

Local Hero – 1986 Honda VFR750F

Responding to spate of valve train failures in the original Interceptors, Honda made a new design for the engine and chassis, and produced a more powerful, lighter, and Cycle World's best 600-800cc streetbike for 1986.  It was also the basis for the AMA superbike ridden to the championship by Fred Merkel.  Pretty sharp for 40K miles, this 30-something looks to have been well cared for.

1986 Honda VFR750F Interceptor for sale on eBay

Honda's new design was an early adopter of the aluminum twin spar, with similar aluminum swingarm.  Almost every internal engine part was lightened, the reliable gear-driven cams helping bring 104 hp from the V-four.  The VFR750F was lighter than its predecessor but still has air-assisted forks with anti-dive, bigger tires and good-sized brakes.  Patriotic paintwork accents the full fairing, camouflaging the staggered 16-inch front and 18-inch wheels.

Sparkling despite the high miles, this Interceptor comes out of Florida looking great.  Some wear is seen on the crinkle-painted engine cases, but mostly its immaculate and stock down to the mufflers and factory pillion cover.  The owner states in the eBay auction:

Not to be confused with the far more common VFR700 "tariff cheater" bike. The 750 was a limited production homlogation special for AMA road racing but also a fun and fast everyday rider.

It was the first aluminum framed sport bike, first production Honda with gear drive cams, it set an FIM world endurance speed record in 1986 and won the Daytona 200 in 1988.
This example is a local bike that has been owned by friends or family since new. It is in mechanically excellent condition with minor nicks and dings as seen in the photos.

Reviewed as a bike that handles, steers, and stops like something half its size, the VFR750F still had class leading power, and everyday rideability.  All that shaving in the engine bay has led to long-lived powerplants, but they hardly ever look young like this.  A few bids, but the tempting buy-it-now makes it a great way to start in the hobby...

-donn

Local Hero – 1986 Honda VFR750F