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Buell October 6, 2018 posted by

Imminent Departure – 2009 Buell 1125CR

Buell's last model under the H-D umbrella was the 1125CR, a space-age café racer with a high-tech Austrian V-twin.  Despite the prominent scoops to cool the radiators, the 1125CR makes room for Buell's many innovations.  This two-owner example seems cared-for and maintained.

2009 Buell 1125CR for sale on eBay

With its up-to-date gear-driven double overhead cams and fuel injection, Buell's choice of Rotax-based power got them to the 150hp doorstep.  Water cooling also brought the engine under current noise regulations.  Buell fans will recognize the frame with 5-plus gallons of fuel tankage, zero-torsion-load front brake, mass-centralized underslung muffler, and maintenance-free belt drive.  High-end Showa suspension was specified, with fully adjustable 47mm forks and monoshock.  A vacuum-actuated slipper clutch helped keep things organized when downshifting.

 

No apparent damage on this Long Island native, with an on-the-low-side 13,500 miles.  An upgraded charging system is a mod with value, and the carbon headlight fairing adds some more visible interest.  Otherwise stock with recent battery and tires.  From the eBay auction:

Second owner and owned for the past 4 years, meticulously maintained, with tasteful aftermarket additions, garage kept its whole life. 135xx miles. Dunlop Q3's installed last fall with 500 miles on them. Have spare key and buyer is welcome to whatever parts/accessories I have specific for this bike including: Castrol 4T 20W-50 synthetic oil (6 qts?), oil filters, o-rings, washers, and anything else I find around.  Bike is in excellent used condition.

Aftermarket parts include:
- Ricks Motorsport Stator
- EBR Oiling Rotor
- Factory ECM with race map programmed
- Clubman handlebars
- HID low beam
- Fender eliminator
- New Deka battery this year
- Carbon fiber front cowl which adds an obvious 57whp

I have taken the bike on 250 mile trips to upstate NY and it has never missed a beat.  Any charging issues the 2009 1125's were known for are resolved with the installed stator and rotor.  I have receipts for the stator, rotor and new rotor nut purchase, I did the installation.   Passenger sets are not installed, but are included.  Only selling as I am getting a new bike and I have learned from past experience to keep the seat to arse ratio at 1:1.

 

Reviewers found the -CR's fuel injection much better than the introductory 1125R's, and despite its light weight and tight dimensions, handling with the top-shelf Showa dampers was composed.  The design might take a little getting used to, but not the performance.  A more modern V-twin was a change-up for Buell, but the experience no doubt helped EBR after Harley retired the Buell brand late in 2009.  A serious Buell statement, and the buy-it-now attempts to address long term concerns with Buell and EBR both retired...

-donn

 

Imminent Departure – 2009 Buell 1125CR
Honda October 1, 2018 posted by

Doppelganger: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30

In the world of collector motorcycles, few are as recognizable - or as valuable - as the vaunted Honda RC30. Built to dominate Superbike racing, the VFR750R RC30 was released as a homologation machine in limited numbers and continues to appreciate in value. Love the RC30 looks but not the price? What is a rider to do? RSBFS suggests you take a gander at the excellent VFR400R NC30 - the twin baby brother to the Superbike. Yes, you give up about 53% in displacement. But what you get is the same great looks in the sweetest handling middleweight ever built, and even bigger break on the collector price.

1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for sale on eBay

Like the bigger brother, the NC30 features a V-4 with gear driven cams. This arrangement produces the flat, hypnotic sound so characteristic to these models. Four valves per cylinder and a "big bang" firing order aid in providing a wider powerband, although the limited displacement only brings about 60 ponies to the party. But that party keeps going on and on - up to 14,500 RPM. And dry weight is a scant 362 lbs. There is a lot to love about having just a little bit less, and with the aluminum perimeter frame, the single sided swingarm, the adjustable suspension and the race track grade brakes, you are not giving up a lot.

From the seller:
You are looking at a 1989 Honda vfr400r - nc30. The Honda vrf400r was legally imported from Japan and now has a legal Washington State clear title. This vfr400r is the baby brother of the nc30 which was a 750cc model, the 400 is light nimble and the perfect machine for a tight race track or mountain roads. This particular vfr400r has very low 9646 miles (15,524 kilometers), and the bike is mostly all original and in exceptional preserved state.

More from the seller:
The body work is in perfect condition, there are absolutely no cracks on any of the body panels and there are absolutely no scratches anywhere on the body panels. Some of the body panels were touched up by a very good painter who only touched up the areas that needed it and preserved the original paint. The frame is in great shape with no major scratches or nicks and the motor is nice and clean. The wheels are perfect with no rock chips or scratches anywhere. Overall cosmetically this bike is perfect with the exception of the muffler which had a small weld repair around the heat shield areas, but other than that this bike has no cosmetic flaws.

More from the seller:
The bike runs and rides perfect, and it shifts smoothly through all 6 gears. The carburetor was recently ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted, and a full service tune-up was performed which included new, spark plugs, chain, air filter, EBC brake rotors, brake pads, oil change, and fluids flushed. All of the lighting, switches and electrical components work as they should.

More from the seller:
This is a great opportunity to buy a very rare near perfect condition 1989 Honda vfr400r. These bikes were never imported into the USA and very few were exported outside of Japan to any other countries so it is a very rare Honda model. If you need any additional pictures or have any additional questions please feel free to email us. Domestic & International buyers are welcome to bid but must arrange the shipping themselves. We will however be glad to assist with any loading of the motorcycle. We have helped with the shipping of motorcycles across the country and overseas for other customers in the past. Please feel free to bid as long as you make the shipping arrangements.

NC30s are all imported machines of the gray variety; Honda chose to not officially market them in the United States. And while the 400cc model was not limited in the same numbers as the RC30, finding a clean one that is properly registered is not an everyday occurrence. With damage free bodywork, great presentation and under 10,000 miles, this VFR400R NC30 might be just what you are looking for. Check out all of the details here, and look through the high-res pictures. With the current bid below $7k (and reserve still in place), this particular example has a lot of folks watching. The price is still under market, so you might want to get in line now. The NC30 is a fantastic sport bike in its own right, and these models hold value well. If you are sitting on the fence, this one might be your sign. Good Luck!!

MI

Doppelganger:  1989 Honda VFR400R NC30
Featured Listing September 19, 2018 posted by

Sponsored Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale

As the old saying goes, “It’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow.” That’s not to say it isn’t supremely fun to ride a fast bike fast, but let’s be honest here: most riders aren’t really capable of riding modern superbikes anywhere near their limit, even on a race track. And it also brings up the fact that today’s sportbikes are so fast, you can’t possibly access their full performance on the road without taking massive risks with your body and license. That’s not so much a problem with today’s Featured Listing, a Honda CBR400RR.

1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for sale on eBay

For most Americans, referencing the CBR400RR or “Baby Blade” just results in quizzical looks. But that’s no surprise, since the bike only recently became eligible for import here, and the CBR400 is still tricky to register if you have a strict DMV. Intended for the Japanese market, the bike has surprisingly sophisticated specifications for something with such a small engine.

It really is a miniature superbike: 399cc sixteen valve inline four with gear-driven cams and a six-speed gearbox. An aluminum beam frame, instead of the CBR600’s steel unit, with adjustable suspension front and rear. Power was 59hp stock, with another 10hp or so available with a bit of tuning and dry weight was a claimed 360lbs, so performance was pretty sprightly, in spite of the limited power. Interestingly, it was sold alongside the V4-engined VFR400R, so Honda had two different 400cc sportbikes available for sale at the same time.

This example is being offered up by our friends at Iconic Motorbikes in Marina Del Rey, California. I've seen it in person and, other than the surface corrosion visible on the fork legs and footpeg brackets, something common on Japanese imports and bikes exposed to the ocean air, it's complete and very sharp-looking.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale 

**NOT LEGAL FOR ROAD USE IN CA, TRACK ONLY!  OK FOR REGISTRATION IN MOST OTHER STATES**

Honda CBR400RR which is also known as an NC29.

These little 400's are very hard to find in the USA and even more rare on the road. The ones that you do find are typically REALLY rough or loaded with oxidation or aftermarket bodywork.

This little gem however only has less then 9,400 miles (15,063 km), all 100% stock and original and ready for a new owner.  She starts right up with a little bit of choke and has a smooth throttle curve thereafter. If you're looking for something that you'll likely never see pull up next to you on the road... this is your girl!

Quick note, notice the oxidation on the rearsets and fork legs.  Pretty much it's only major flaw but again, very common on Japanese imports and a super easy fix.  We have our own media blaster so we could essentially clean them up for the buyer if required but there's some shop time involved for pulling the forks and rearsets apart.  Either or 🙂

As the seller clearly indicates: if you live in California, don't even think about it, unless you are looking to build a small-displacement race bike, or just plan to display the bike. Bike currently has Arizona plates. Otherwise, this is one sweet little machine and would be plenty of fun on your local back road. The starting bid is $7,400 with no takers as yet, and a couple days left on the auction.

-tad

Sponsored Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale
Featured Listing August 15, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda CB-1

The Honda CB-1 is everything you have come to expect from Honda: exquisitely engineered, sublime build quality, wonderful ergos, reliability and performance. It also has a few things you might not have come to expect: it is missing bodywork (eek, it's naked!), it is missing weight, and it is missing displacement. All of this equates to rare fun at astounding RPMs.

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda CB-1

Known by many names - CB-1, NC27 and CB400F to name a few - the CB-1 began life as a Japanese home market bike. But unlike many rarities that were intended to stay on home soil, the CB-1 made a break for it and was actually imported by Honda into the US and Canada. Score for us! Also unlike many home market bikes, this one was bigger than a 250. Much bigger, in fact. A stomping 399cc in displacement, the CB-1 was good for about 55 HP. With a liquid cooled inline four cylinder and gear-driven DOHC actuating four valves per jug, the CB-1 was not your average middleweight. And speaking of weight, the CB-1 was no porker, either. At well under 400 lbs, this is a lithe, flickable fun machine that stirs the imagination without draining the pocketbook.

From the seller:
Hi everybody. Here it is! The 1989 Honda CB-1 The first truly naked sports bike that started it all.

It looks and runs like the day it left the showroom. Everything works as it should. You can just get on and ride. There are no scratches, dents, or dings. The paint is perfect! It has never even seen rain! This bike has been well taken care of with regular fluid changes and always filled with super.
New Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2 tires (400 miles ago)
Carbs were cleaned
New fork seals installed
If you have been looking for a mint CB-1 with low miles that runs perfect, this is the one!

All pics show condition of bike. There is a small imperfection on the filter box (as pictured). It comes with owner's manual and 2 sets of keys. It has a clean title.

More from the seller:
It has around 10,500 miles. It may have a few more miles before I sell it. It’s a great bike. You can either pick up in NJ or you can have it shipped. It is the buyer's responsibility to pay for and make shipping arrangements. I have used motorcycleshippers.com before and they did a pretty good job. Email me if you have any questions. I'm happy to help.

Listing price: $5999

Contact information: imjustjeff@icloud.com

The CB-1 party started in the US in 1989, but lasted only through 1990. A combination of factors resulted in poor sales, hence its withdrawal from the marketplace. The US was not quite ready for the small bike resurgence we are experiencing today, which is a shame. The CB-1 was missed by knowing riders, yet remains one of the mysterious enigmas in the collector world today. Rare and unique, sporty yet naked, fun but useful - the CB-1 is many things. It has aged well, and this particular example is a prime specimen. Pricing is right on the money for a pampered example. Serious tire kickers should give Jeff a shout. This is a bike that will hold interest through the fads and trends, and will remain what it is - a truly great motorcycle.

MI

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda CB-1
Honda August 13, 2018 posted by

One-Eyed: 1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor

Honda has always been like, well, Honda. Never content unless there was a more complicated engineering solution to an already solved problem, Honda obliterated norms and reached for new frontiers throughout the 1980s. This was clearly evident in today's bike, a beautiful VR1000R. You see, Honda already had the successful VF lineup in place, including the one liter VF1000F (alongside the 750 and 500 variants). But the "F" model was born and bred to be a streetbike (even though the 750 was transformed into a decent Superbike racer over time). Honda, being a racing company, wanted more than a mere streetbike and needed a platform to express ideas and homologate. Thus, the VF1000R was born.

1985 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

Straight off, the R model is far more striking, more racy, than the rather pedestrian F. The swooping bodywork gives it the look of a European endurance racer, which was strictly intentional. The bike retained the same block as the VF1000F, but valve actuation was converted to gear-drive instead of the F model's chain setup. Straight cut gears off the crank provide the trademark whine that these - and other Honda gear-driven valve train models - are so famous for. Hotter cams were fitted in re-worked heads that provided a higher compression ratio. In all, the completed the head work resulted in a slight bump in HP at the top end. It is true that gear-driven cams have an edge in precision and reliability for a race motor, but the weight, noise and complexity often outweigh the benefits. For the 9 extra ponies created, Honda added some 7 additional pounds to the engine alone.

Speaking of weight, Honda seemingly created the R bike by replacing adequate F model items with heavier pieces. Better front forks added stability - and weight. The cooling system needed to be altered to cope with the new fully-enclosed bodywork. Honda added a second radiator and two additional fans to cope with the heat - which also added weight. The exhaust system was modified to add a collector box and build up ground clearance; the additional pipes / ducting also added mass. While no single component was to blame for the 600+ lbs (wet) weight, you can see how all this added up. The net result was a striking motorcycle that stirred the visual senses. And while it was still a formidable weapon in the canyons, all of that weight (and much of it relatively high up) dulled the senses a bit. It wasn't all negative - thanks to that slippery bodywork the VF1000R briefly held the top speed title of fastest motorcycle in the world.

From the seller:
Pairing down my collection:

This is another of my collection lovingly restored. Many practically unobtainable pieces were installed on this bike to bring it back to like new condition. The fuel tank is brand new NOS! ( I have had amazing luck finding NOS tanks!). I also have a 1982 RM250 NOS tank if anyone is interested and 1984 VF750F NOS tank. The front panels were repainted to like new condition! The bike also has NOS side vents, (unobtainable!!), grips, right switch pod, all turn indicators and tank rubbers. Plus... NOS front forks, yes that is correct, new NOS forks. New petcock and new clutch. Hundreds of dollars worth of cooling system refurbishment. It has a brand new hagon rear shock. New brake and clutch levers plus the master cylinders were rebuilt. The bike is all original and runs perfectly. Again, the cost to restore this bike to its current condition is no where near the purchase price. This is a relative bargain at the opening bid. It can be stored as a museum piece or ridden reliably for fun. Your choice.

No warranty implied or given, (its is a 33 year old bike after all)
The bike is for sale locally so the auction could end at any time. It is a no reserve auction. The price is fair compared to what was spent on it. Good luck....

The VF1000R went through a few iterations, including the headlight configuration. Many will find the dual-headlight R model to be more desirable as it more properly mimics the euro-endurance look. Single headlamp bikes are US only models; managing a full technical program, numerous racing programs and rules AND satisfying the DOT regs were made simpler by this easy move. Dual lamps appeared in the 1986 model year, as US regulations relaxed slightly on this front. Hence, the 1985 model is only a one-eyed wonder. Still this is an awesome piece of kit, and yet another example of Honda flexing their engineering might. These bikes still make a statement today: they look fantastic, are reasonably comfortable, and are more reliable than most would expect. They are also a relative bargain. This particular bike has some nice restoration touches, and has an opening bid of $6500. No takers as of yet, but there is still time left on the auction. Check it out here, and good luck; not many bikes look this good well into their thirties. This is one that will continue to age well....and ride well.

MI

One-Eyed:  1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor
Honda July 26, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Museum Quality 1989 Honda CB-1 for Sale

Update: This bike has sold to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

I’ve always been a “slow bike [and car, for that matter] fast” kind of guy, mainly because I could never really afford the fast bikes I wanted, but also because I'm pretty sure I'd have gotten into trouble riding something powerful all the time. But some folks just prefer smaller-engined motorcycles: on the road especially, you can barely get a modern sportbike into third gear unless you’re on the freeway, and winding one to redline, even in second gear, is likely to land you in jail if you do it in or around civilization… But that’s never a problem with something like today’s pristine Featured Listing Honda CB-1.

The 400cc class came about because of regulations that heavily taxed and otherwise displacements over 400cc in some markets, not because everyone was clamoring for them. In Japan, the 400cc sportbike, and even 250cc four-stroke sportbike classes were hotly contested, with Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha all producing smaller, more sophisticated machines than we ever saw officially in the USA. But licensing and laws aside, there are also fans of smaller displacement bikes that have the experience and skill to handle a legitimate sportbike and don’t want to be stuck with one of the torquey, but fairly crude-feeling singles or parallel twins you normally find powering bikes in the class.

Enter the Honda CB-1. Powered by a slightly detuned version of the CBR400RR's engine, the 399cc inline-four had some serious mechanical specifications, including sixteen valves and gear-driven dual overhead cams. The result was 55hp and a 13,500rpm redline, plenty to motivate the 400lb machine and push it all the way to 118mph, assuming you were prepared to thrash the sewing-machine-smooth engine mercilessly.

The CB-1 was one of only a couple of 400cc, inline-four sportbikes that were ever available in the United States, and that sophisticated little screamer is the main appeal here, along with the simple, sporty styling that has aged very well. The CB-1 did lose the CBR's aluminum frame and made do with tubular steel unit instead, but saved weight by losing the fairing and the CBR's second front caliper and rotor. Smaller valves and different tuning meant slightly less outright power that the CBR, but lower gearing meant it was a better real-world bike as well.

Unfortunately, as polished as it was, the CB-1 didn't really sell very well here in the USA, where bigger is always better and 600cc supersports are considered "learner bikes." But its surprising sophistication had fans then and now, and has become a bit of a cult bike here in the States. But if you missed the boat the first time around and didn't get to buy one new from your local Honda dealer, here's your chance: this one has just 9 miles on the odometer and is amazingly clean.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda CB-1 for Sale

2nd Chance! up for sale is my brand new 1989 Honda CB1 never registered. This bike has been in climate-controlled storage its entire life.

Originally sold in California, I bought it out of a collection in Colorado about 3 years ago. The previous owner had removed all the fuel and prepped the bike for long term storage. The 9 miles on the bike were dealer prep miles.

Since I took delivery of this bike, it has gone through another extremely thorough and expensive prep process for long term storage. This was all documented and the work was lovingly done by the master tech at Marin Speed Shop here in Marin California. There is absolutely no fuel in the tank or in the carbs or fuel lines. The bike was started two years ago prior to storage to verify its condition. It had a perfect leak down and we used an auxiliary fuel tank because we did not want to put fuel in the bike's tank. The bike started and ran perfectly. Afterwords the carbs were disassembled and all fuel was removed and the carbs and tank were then misted with oil.

This is a museum-quality bike, it is as brand new as the day it was sold. Every aspect of this bike has been gone through and prepped for this long term storage. Everything on the bike is original, even the tires, so if you want to ride it then the tires should be replaced.

Please look closely at the pictures. I will be happy to take calls and answer any questions. I have all the paperwork - I mean everything. I have the bill of sale, title, certificate of origin, all original pamphlets, all keys, everything.

There is no reserve on the bike except that I have started the bidding at $6000.00. I have spent quite a bit more than this so I am hoping to get more but the bike needs to go because we need the space.

Best of luck and thanks for looking,

Please call for any question you may have 408 391 8975

Hans

Obviously, with basically just delivery miles, you'd likely need to go through the bike top-to-bottom before riding it. So perhaps the biggest question here is, "Does anyone really need a museum-quality Honda CB-1?" Well since the bike was originally a practical, affordable, and sophisticated do-it-all scoot, I doubt this will have the universal, drool-worthy appeal of something like an RC30, a bike that was sold in very limited numbers and had very exotic components. But somewhere, you just know there are a couple folks who've always loved this classy little machine or are looking to complete their extensive Honda collection. Regardless, it's obvious there is real interest in this bike: although nice, well-used CB-1s regularly change hands for around the $3,000 mark, bidding over at the eBay auction is already up north of $6,000 with several days left on the auction!

-tad

Featured Listing: Museum Quality 1989 Honda CB-1 for Sale




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