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Honda September 22, 2017 posted by

All the Fairing: Clean Tri-Color 1990 Honda CBR1000F

Honda's biggest CBR from the late '80s through the mid-'90s, the CBR1000F rather quickly got a reputation as a solid, if a bit boring, sport touring rig. Where its smaller stable mates made prodigious power in sprightly packages, the 600-pound 1000F was praised mostly for its long-distance ability and comfy riding position.

1990 Honda CBR1000F for sale on eBay

Though it gave up grunt to its competitors, it still pushed out more than 130 horses at the crank, and would shed a quarter mile in a hair over 11 seconds. Despite its weight and soft suspension, the big Honda did a surprisingly admirable job on twisty roads, as well. Those factors, and Honda's renowned bank-vault reliability, combined to give the Honda CBR1000F an insane decade-long shelf life with just minor changes along the way.

The 1990 CBR1000F you see here was built after the model's first refresh, which gave the bike slightly more power, slightly more weight and bigger tires to handle the increases. It is in excellent shape for its years, with just a few small scratches showing on the handsome red, white and blue fairings that cover almost the entire machine. This bike appears to come from the same Long Island, NY seller whose 1990 CBR600F we showcased last month.

From the eBay listing:

I've had this motorcycle about 7 years. I bought her with about 18,000 miles. Dealer maintained with new tires last year. The 998cc motor pulls strong at the low end with 110 HP and a top speed of 146 MPH. Pretty easy to get a speeding ticket as she's very comfortable at 95 MPH. Reliable, fast, nimble, comfortable, and draws a crowd. Fun in the twisties for a big bike.

I'd love to keep her but it's time to make room in the garage. I have 18 motorcycles.

The bike has some nicks and chips from driveway tipover and one at the local gas station...but overall in very good shape. Check out the photos and my EBAY rating. Low reserve and below book value. If you win it, you own it, and you won't be sorry.
Make sure you are aware of shipping costs before you bid. Nobody likes to come to LONG ISLAND

The seller clearly subscribes to the N+1 formula for bike ownership, as this one shares garage space with, ahem, 18 others. The auction has not yet met reserve with an already-active corps of bidders.

All the Fairing: Clean Tri-Color 1990 Honda CBR1000F
Honda September 21, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Mint 1990 Honda NSR 50

Ah, the 1990 Honda NSR50, the bike that made little wheels cool while your Grom-riding, Monster Energy-swilling, flat-billed hat-wearing, vape-sporting nephew was still in Pullups. These bikes never made it stateside as street bikes, but they were sold here until 2004 as entry-level road racers, and made unmodified Yamaha YSRs look even punier by comparison.

1990 Honda NSR50 for sale on eBay

The little 50cc two-stroke made 7.2 horsepower at 11,500 rpm, which was enough to get the 160-pound minibike to around 60 mph. To this day, they are the darlings of M1GP and other minibike classes across the country, and they still win and enjoy dealer network parts support.

Unlike the vast majority of its siblings, the NSR50 you see here is street legal, with a valid Utah title provided by Gary, a longtime friend and supporter of the site. As with most of his bikes, it lives inside on a carpet and is in more or less flawless condition. For a bike known for its racing prowess and its beginner-friendly attitude, that's an impressive feat.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1990 Honda NSR50 with only 590 kilometers. Bike is in excellent to mint condition with no dents or dings in the tank and no cracks in the fairings. Bike has a few scratches and handling marks throughout but it looks very clean. Bike has great curb appeal. Fairings are 100% genuine Honda OEM. Bike has an aftermarket exhaust and temperature gauge installed. Bike is liquid cooled. Motor is stock. Airbox and oil injector have been removed for performance. Pre-mix in the tank only. Bike runs like the day it was new. Much faster and more fun than a Yamaha YSR.

Bike comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a street bikes for road use. $500 deposit due immeadiatly after auctions end. Balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person. Please text 801-358-6537 for more photos or questions.

The guts of the engine in this bike are stock, but the airbox and oil injection have been removed to give it a little bit more oomph. That means you'll be mixing the gas yourself, but once we doubt this thing has any long road trips in its future, so that isn't likely to be a big constraint.

The auction has limited time left and lively bidding, so if you like 'em small, get cracking.

Featured Listing: Mint 1990 Honda NSR 50
Honda September 21, 2017 posted by

Rough but Ready: Low-mileage 1988 Honda CBR250R Hurricane

Before the world decided that 250cc engines were for dirtbikes, scooters and wheezy, cheaply-made beginner bikes, there was a real appetite for small-displacement machines that punched above their weight and could hold rider interest for longer than a few grocery runs.

1988 Honda CBR250R for sale on eBay

To be fair, over-engineered 250s never caught on very well in this country, where displacement and raw horespower have always ruled, but overseas there was real appreciation for less-is-more sportbikes. The 1988 Honda CBR250R Hurricane was such a bike.

With 40 horses available at somewhere well above 15,000 rpm, the little four pot made you work for your progress, while a single-disc front brake meant you could hold on to that momentum as long as your confidence held out. Later versions of the bike made more power and carried stronger brakes, but the set up here should be more than adequate for canyon carving.

The example here currently resides in site supporter "Gary's Utah collection", though it needs more cosmetic attention than much of his collection. The clearcoat on the tank is visibly peeling, and the frame, engine, triples and exhaust show minor pitting and corrosion. That said, the bodywork and paint show very nicely, and is dent, crack and break-free. The tires are next to new, and the bike will be loaded with fresh fluids before the new owner takes over.

From the eBay listing:

Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a beautiful 1988 Honda CBR250R MC19 with only 7939 kilometers (4933 miles). This little Hurricane has an inline four cylinder engine that revs to 18,000RPM's! It's a screamer! This bike would make an excellent candidate for restoration since it has low miles. This bike has huge potential! All this bike needs is to be cleaned up and it will look like a million bucks! The clear coat on the fuel tank is peeling. The bike has corrosion throughout from the elements but will clean up easily for the person that has the time to take it apart and clean it up. There are no cracks in the fairings, no broken tabs, no dents in the tank and no missing hardware. The stock windscreen doesnt have any cracks and looks very clear. It's in original unmolested condition. Fairings are 100% genuine original OEM Honda. Bike is completely stock and has great curb appeal. Bike appears to have never been layed down or fallen over. There is rust on the tachometer and temp gauge. I have another set of gauges that are very clean and will come with the bike. Bike runs excellent and will be serviced before delivery with new battery and new engine fluids. Only 420 miles on new IRC RX-20R tires. This bike is solid. I just don't have the time or the interest to restore it.

Bike comes with a Utah title and is titled as a street bike for road use. $500 deposit due after auctions end via PayPal. Balance due within 7 days by check, bank wire or cash in person. Please text 801-358-6537 for more photos or questions.

Happy bidding!

As with all Gary's bikes, it is titled for street use in Utah. The auction is no reserve, so highest bidder takes this ripper home.

Rough but Ready: Low-mileage 1988 Honda CBR250R Hurricane
Honda September 20, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Ex-Jim Granger 1990 Honda RC30

Update 9.20.2017: Now on eBay. Links added. -dc

Update 9.12.2017: Price reduced to $28,500. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Jim Granger is widely considered royalty among the cognoscenti in U.S Honda RC30 circles, having owned and tweaked a raft of the rare V4 beasts over the years. What you see here is a 1990 Honda RC30 that Jim owned for the better part of its life, adding go bits from the HRC parts bin along the way.

1990 Honda RC30 on eBay

We can't say for sure which one of Jim's RCs this is, but check out this forum post describing power figures for a brace of mild and wild RCs he built at some point:

Jim Granger's RC30: 123rwhp skimmed block, stock pistons, stock cams,
un-cut stock heads HRC spec porting, HRC exhaust, flatslides, HRC ignition

Jim Granger's 133rwhp RC30: Same as previous plus custom stainless valves
(std size), race spec valve job, 91 HRC cams, multiple
assemble/disassemble "clearancing" . Dyno fuel flow indicated 1 jet lean,
approximate 3 hp per operator.

Seller Jay told us this bike's engine has never been opened, so we wouldn't expect those numbers from it, but keep reading to see the tasty pieces it did pick up in Granger's stewardship.

The predecessor to the also-legendary RC45, RC30s found glory both in short-circuit superbike racing and on the longer, scarier road courses of England and Northern Ireland with names like Robert and Joey Dunlop aboard.

The grocery list of rare and unobtainable parts on this bike is very long, but includes HRC jet kit, radiators, rear shock, fork internals, wheels, a Moriwaki dry clutch setup and a one-off Yoshimura exhaust. The changes, though subtle, are wide-ranging and strategic, and will give the bike slightly more than the stock 118 horsepower and sharpen its responses on all fronts.

No internal modifications also mean the engine has never had to come apart for any reason, and in true Honda fashion, it has performed reliably with regular maintenance. It is also fully street legal, and retains the stock clipons, rearsets, turn signals and lights. It is decidedly not superbike-spec, and that makes it almost more desirable.

The seller says Jim owned and rode the bike for more than 20 years, adding about 10,000 road miles to the clock in that time. The mileage currently reads just over 21,000, but Jay says about half of those miles came from Granger adding mileage to the odo in order to register the bike in California.

In Jay's words:

Jim Granger's 1990 RC30

This was Jim's personal RC30 from 1991 till 2014 when I bought it. Jim is the US RC30 guru, no one can question his love or knowledge of these bikes. I've ridden it about 800 miles, 50 in the last week. Most of its time with me it was on display in my buddy's office or living room.

This girl has history, some of it I might get wrong, hopefully Jim will correct me. Jim bought it from someone in the southwest and had to add almost 10,000 miles to the odometer the register it in California. Then it spent it's time in his shop and in the mountains of So-Cal racking up another 10,000 or so miles, the current Odo reading is 21,537. When I bought her she had been "sleeping" for a few years in his shop, he woke her back up with fresh fluids, tires and anything else she needed. Recently I changed the oil and bled the brakes and clutch and replaced the battery, she is ready to ride.

She has a bunch of cool parts in this list, but I bet I missed a few:

HRC 17" Magnesium wheels
HRC full floating and vented front rotors with HRC calipers
HRC front axle
HRC fork internals with external adjusters
HRC Radiators and Temp gauge
HRC jet kit (I think)
Moriwaki DRY CLUTCH ) (imagine a Japanese refined Ducati dry clutch sound, F'ing musical)
HRC Aluminum bodied rear shock
HRC rear ride height adjuster
A one off Yoshimura full exhaust with a period carbon can
PFM iron rear rotor
HRC breather tank
Modified rear subframe
Braided lines
Aftermarket 520 chain and sprockets
A lot cool aluminum hardware here and there

She has a lot of the practical stock parts, like the stock rear sets, stock clip-ons and bar-ends, stock turn signals and lights. She is just as comfortable and easy to ride as the day she left the factory. Her motor is stock, has never been removed or apart and has never had any problems. A bunch of the cool parts came from Freddie Spencer's RC30 program like the wheels, clutch and suspension.

This girl has been meticulously cared for, she has never been crashed, never fallen off the stand or anything like that. But she does have a few blemishes, look carefully at the pictures, ask questions, I want to make sure you know what you are getting. I've taken over 30 pictures, the latest one after I rode her to work this morning (8/21/17). The upper hasn't been painted, but the pearl white is a bit off, maybe it was kept near the welder or got some extra sun. The bike has a few chips and marks but nothing besides the pearl white really worth highlighting. Take a look at how great the fork lowers look, she is in great shape. What you see is what you get, she doesn't include any other parts (except her factory rear stand), no tool kits or manuals.

Ask questions, ask for pictures, please understand what this bike is and what you are buying. Asking $30,000. Jay@boonehonda.com

If that email results in a bounce, use Jay@motorcycleleatherexchange.com

The $30,000 $28,500 asking price is a big number, to be sure, but RC30s are only getting rarer, and this one is in largely unmolested condition, and comes with the provenance of Jim Granger in its ownership history. For more pictures or to make an offer, contact Jay directly at the address above.

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Featured Listing: Ex-Jim Granger 1990 Honda RC30
Honda September 19, 2017 posted by

Classic 80s: 1983 Honda CB 1100F

For riders of a certain age, the CB1100F represents a significant moment in time. The last serious Honda sport bike to utilize air cooling, the CB1100F was part standard, part sport bike, and part sport touring machine. And while today each of those segments represents a different motorcycle, the CB1100F was the jack-of-all-trades bike to get them all done. It won AMA races. It beat Honda sales records. It did it all. And today, despite the fact that these were mass produced in a "stamp out as many as you can make while people are buyin' 'em" sort of way, 34 years later it is hard to find one that looks presentable, let alone in riding condition.

1983 Honda CB1100F Survivor for sale on eBay

The CB1100F owes it's roots to the CB900F. It's easy to tell them apart thanks to the bikini fairing on the bigger bike. But somehow the CB1100F was more than the mere sum of its parts - it was more than minor bodywork tweaks and a punch up above the liter mark. The CB1100F could hold its own against the big bikes of the day, yet had the requisite Honda quality of that time; here was a big sport bike that was reliable enough to commute on, comfortable enough to take for a weekend, and potent enough for Saturday morning rides in the canyons. This is a bike that stood out because it did everything well enough.

From the seller:
This is a reluctant sale of my 1983 Honda CB 1100F. A stunning collectable motorcycle that is going up in value. Most of the ones I have noticed have been modified or neglected. This has been garage kept all of it's life. I am the second owner. Title is clear in my name.

Color is a Maui Red and Pearl white. Carbs were recently done by Jack Wagner of Old School Carbs in San Jose, Ca. (Jay Leno uses hid service). He also rejetted with a Stage 1 Dynojet kit. The Tank is an OEM new tank I acquired that was still in the box. All the rest of the paint is excellent as well. New Avon Road Rider tires. The stock (junk) OEM starter clutch drive has been replace with a better unit. NEW Works performance shocks. The Black Chrome is in excellent condition throughout. This stock "Race Bred" version of the CB1100F was inspired by the likes of Superbike road racers like Freddie Spencer and Mike Baldwin. Think Laguna Seca, Seattle International Raceway, Sears Point, Willows!! How many summers do we have left?

16 valve smooth engine with 108 horse power. Fastest super bike in it's day and still surprises a few of the newer modern sport bikes. Over $2000 in receipts to make it turn key. Come with tool kit. Manual. Original Brochure. I have not seen a better version of the red and white CB1100F

When it comes to the massive production numbers of UJMs, there is relatively little value in collecting unless you can find a near-pristine example. Otherwise the cost to restore a ratty example back to new (or near new) condition can easily eclipse the value of the bike. Still, the prices for iconic machines from the 1980s are rising. The pretty CB1100F will continue to appreciate over time, but expect lower appreciation over a longer period of time than you would with a more popular and/or more rare model.

The seller has this listed in auction format with a Buy It Now. The opening ask for the auction is $4,900 with reserve in place. It is likely that the opening number will scare off many potential bidders. The BIN for this bike is a lofty $6,900. That is big money for a not very rare model, although as we have noted the condition does aide in the rarity consideration. Still, it is nice to see a preserved piece of history - especially when the model in question highlighted Honda's dominance of the period. Much would change in the following year, but for 1983 the Honda CB1100F was a key bike. Check it out here - and then be sure and jump back to the comments and share your thoughts on this beautiful F model. Did you have one? Good Luck!

MI

Honda September 12, 2017 posted by

Trophy Bike: 1986 Honda GB400

The cafe racer craze makes an appearance on a regular, cyclical basis. From the original cafe bikes "doing the ton" through sanctioned TT events such as the Isle of Man, the cafe racer evokes a rebel streak with a distinctly English flair. Sporting, brash, forward and yet somehow very basic, the cafe racer stirs your inner Mike Hailwood to life. And while authentic cafe racers are custom affairs, manufacturers such as Norton, Triumph, Royal Enfield, BSA and Vincent have all had a hand in producing models in this image. Honda, too, tried their hand at the cafe scene. The result was the "GB" series of Tourist Trophy-inspired bikes, including today's rare GB400.

Rare 1986 Honda GB400 for sale on eBay

The Honda GB was born from humble beginnings. Utilizing a necked-down XL600 thumper motor, the GB was made available in both 400cc and 500cc configurations. The stone-simple and reliable air-cooled single was augmented by a a solo seat (a dual-seat model was available), a TT-style fairing, and clip-on bars. Wire wheels and a requisite megaphone-style muffler gives it some element of English authenticity. Those sidecovers? Made of metal, just like back in the day. Technology intervened in the manner of electric start (a kickstarter is attached to be period correct) and a single disk brake up front. The rest is basic but effective. Like the SRX models from Yamaha, the GB was a throwback to the past, a nod to lightness and simplicity and a relative failure.

From the seller:
It took me forever to find one of these and due to something coming up I have to sell it. I'd planned to keep it for the rest of my life so this is truly a regretful sale.

I bought it with 5600km. It currently has less than 11,000km. I have meticulously looked after it. This is the work I've done to it:

Three oil and filter changes up to now. It is important to change the oil on these often.
New front and rear brakes
Cleaned carburetor
New Bridgestone Battlax BT45 tyres put on at 6000km - great tyres in the rain
Installed gold DID525 X-ring Chain and aftermarket rear sprocket at 6000km
the guy at the shop said the front sprocket was good enough to not need changing.
Aftermarket foot pegs (still have the original pegs that you can have)
Shaken valid until 2019 (only important if you are buying in Japan)

I also have an extra carburetor kit that can come with it if you ever need to clean the carb further down the line.

More from the seller:
I never use the electric start but it works fine. This is my daily driver, it kick starts every morning literally on the first kick, every time. Exceptionally reliable. It's really light, really forgiving, and fantastic for Japanese roads.

Never dropped, crashed or anything like that.

I think it had been sitting for a long time before I picked it up. There is some pitting on the engine block, handlebars and some faded paint behind the rocket cowl. Cosmetically I would say it is about 7/10.

Mechanically, it's a excellent. I don't know how to polish metal but I've always kept it clean. I have always parked it with a cover everyday and overnight. It also comes with the factory installed centre stand.

I have seen some online sell overseas for a lot more. These are rare and the value will only increase over time, especially ones like this with such low miles.

Available in Japan and export markets from 1985 - 1990 (and the US as a 500cc model in 1988-1990), the GB is a relatively rare machine. Sales were stronger in home markets and European pockets, but the US turned up its collective nose at this faux Brit bike. Today these are coveted machines for what they represent. This particular 400cc example was never seen in the US, and today resides in Japan where it was born. Check it out here if you are hankering for a reliable throwback - grab your pudding bowl and goggles and try for the ton. Good Luck!!

MI

Trophy Bike:  1986 Honda GB400