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Honda February 24, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Mysterious 1989 Honda NSR250

Update 3.6.2018: Sold for $6,450. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

How's this for an accidental purchase? The seller of this 1989 Honda NSR250R-SP was on the prowl for an OW-01 or an RC30 (must be nice ...) and ended up with this bike through an online shopping error. Not a bad haul, but also not what he was after. Compounding that, he wasn't able to contact the seller, and so he couldn't nail down the bike's history.

I'll leave the rest of his story to be told in his words, but all he knows about the bike is that it runs beautifully and will never see a California license plate. Buyers in other states might have some luck with the 11-digit VIN, but the Golden State is off the table.

The bike needs a rearset, the turn signals don't work, the brakes need freshening and it could use some cosmetic fettling, but would otherwise make a great rider. Though California plates are off the table, it carries a clean Arizona title.

From the eBay listing:

This auction is for a 1989 Honda NSR250R-SP. I'm going to start off by being a 100% honest and throwing myself under the bus. I bought this bike completely by accident at the recent Mecum motorcycle auction in Vegas. I know..what a bonehead move but in my defense, I was there to buy two other bikes for my collection and that went great! However, I had to leave the auction Vegas Friday but there were still a couple of other bikes I was interested in over the weekend so I signed in for online bidding from home...getting ready for the usual suspects to pop up (an RC30, an OW and a certain Ducati) but somehow, I pushed the wrong damn button and bought this one...it was actually quite funny but WAY WAY too easy to buy things online so be warned!

Anyway, with the above said, I know next to nothing about this bike. The thing is..it's impossible to register 11 digit vin bikes in CA and 2 strokes...even that much worse so if you're in CA, don't even think about it, you will NEVER get this registered so unless you want it for the track or to restore and collect...move on.

The bad thing about Mecum, you have no chance to talk to the seller so I don't know a thing about the bike nor it's history. The only bikes I will ever consider at auction are ones I'm going to restore or have next to zero or super low miles so again, please don't ask me about maint history or...I'm sorry to say I have no clue!

I will say this though. I took it for a 20 minute ride today and it runs excellent! It's exceptionally quick, started on the very first kick and the motor seems exceptionally tight and healthy. I know that's vague but no leaks, the typical smoke at throttle, barely any smoke at idle and it's powerband feels exactly as it should...exceptionally strong even with my 200 lb's on her.

The negatives on the ride, signals don't appear to be working, headlight does though. The brakes are stiff but an easy sort as you know...likely just some fresh pads and a fluid flush / bleed...I can do this for you if you like, really not a problem. Positives....it ran amazing and the dry clutch felt perfect, grabbing just right and not dragging or any odd feel. Clutch sounded great too 🙂

Here's the only info that came with the bike. "Offered with AZ title, Factory HRC Dry Clutch, Fully Adjustable Front and Rear Suspension, MagTek Magnesium Rims and Factory Terra Racing Colors. That's it...that's all I know!

I'm very aware I'm going to lose my tail on this purchase but that's ok as it was my error and it was an expensive lesson. I have it for sale locally too so don't wait until the last minute or it may be gone.

As far as my check of the bike...Right rear set is cracked, looks like it happened when it fell over at some point as the right exhaust can has some gravel marks on it...doesn't appear to be from a lay down as there is no rash anywhere that I see but the rearset is cracked and that's supposed to happen as it's pot metal and better to break then hurt the frame. Steering stops look perfect, there's no excessive corrosion, fork tubes appear straight and no pitting or heavy oxidization. Tank looks fine and clean internally with no rust. Rims are in good shape with some small marks but nothing looks superficial and not structural although X raying Mag wheels is always a good idea if you're up to it. There are ZERO leaks and I mean none so that's great. Plugs look new but tires feel dry and could likely use a swap. Clip ons, triple, gauges, swingarm, subframe, etc all appear great with no damage or rash or tweaks. Bodywork is ok...looks nice from far and belly is in remarkably good shape as is nose and tail section but there are quite a few broken little fingers that hold the sides to the nose and some spider cracking around the main bolt stay on the left side panel. They are 100% fixable and since the paint is ok..it's more just some plastic welding and such as the paint and stickers would be fine if I were to keep it as a rider or track day bike.

I'd consider limiting my loses and restoring it but I already have 3 bikes in pieces that are a priority so this one has to go. You're more then welcome to come see it, ride it or.... It's a perfect bike for someone looking for a project bike as the "bones" look great...In fact, I'd say it's better then an NC35 that I'm restoring!

No additional parts, clean AZ title as I said and for the record, I paid $7000 plus buyers premium of $840 for her. Oh...and 85 doc fees, 385 shipping.... Is what it is...my loss is your gain!

PS. Actual speedo reads 21415 Kms which is 13,306 miles.

Though the seller is prepared to sacrifice his derriere to move the bike, it has seen plenty of active bidding thus far, and has several days left in the auction. Values of these things are near what he paid, so we wouldn't be surprised to see most of the coin recouped.

Featured Listing: Mysterious 1989 Honda NSR250
Suzuki February 12, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Resto-mod Suzuki TL1000R

SOLD IN 24 HOURS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Suzuki TL-1000R was a bold but flawed stab at stealing big v-twin superbike dominance away from Ducati. The bike was a bit of a misfit, impressing neither road testers nor road racers, as it was overweight and fitted with a mystifying and dangerous radial damper rear suspension. Aside from a few privateers racing at the club level, the bike never achieved much on the track, and its street sales hurt as a result.

Superbike Universe aimed to solve that problem, taking on a used TL-1000R as a project and producing the bike you see here. It has been relieved of its butt-puckering rear suspension and given a traditional Penske clicker shock. The front end, heavy as stock, has been tossed in favor of a set of upside down forks off a 2009 Gixxer, which have been treated to custom internals. The brakes also got more than a once over, with stainless steel lines, Brembo Monoblocs and a radial master cylinder taking over duties.

From the seller:

Here is another result from the long brutal winters here in the Northeast. I started out with a stock TL1000R and set about stripping everything I could off of it to lighten it up. The super heavy front end was replaced with a 2009 GSXR1000 front fork with 25mil K-Tech internals. The brake set up is truly one finger amazing. I used a Accossatto Radial master cylinder, custom Core stainless lines and a set of Brembo Monoblack calipers from a 2014 GSXR1000. Those massive Brembo's clamp down on a set of 330mm PVM superbike rotors. Out back I ditched that crazy Suzuki rear suspension box/spring thing that didn't work and weighed about 30lbs. I replaced it entirely with a custom Penske triple clicker and a one-off billet Linderman linkage. Not only did I loose a ton of weight up high but the rear end works perfect now!. The bike rolls on a rare set of 5 spoke MARVIC magnesium wheels that allow for amazingly quick turn in. A very rare 2 in to 1 Yoshimura exhaust helps get rid of burn fuels and again a shit load of weight. All brackets for the rear sub frame and passenger accommodations were cut off and trimmed accordingly. A fiberglass single seat Sharkskin tail and a custom under tray tidy up the rear of the bike. In all I lost over 108lbs off the original bike. They say that the TL100OR weighed just 424lbs in the original bike specs but that is complete bullshit. It weighed 493lbs fully wet when I started this project. Now with it weighs a super light 384lbs fully wet and with three gallons of fuel. If you push this around you feel the super light weight. I had an awesome Lance Johnson Paint Worx Yoshimura paint scheme applied to the stock /aftermarket bodywork. It looks fantastic and rides great! Certainly one of a kind and is exactly the bike Suzuki could have ended up with if they continued development. Put this Superbike Universe special in your collection now for a fraction of the cost of development.

The real eye opener is the claimed weight loss: more than 100 pounds off the stock bike, via a combination of suspension, wheels, brakes and body work. The whole package, complete with a ton of one-off and rare parts, will set you back $7,500. If you have an affinity for odd ducks or under dogs, or just like the idea of a howling Japanese v-twin, this thing is your mount.

Featured Listing: Resto-mod Suzuki TL1000R
Honda February 9, 2018 posted by

Crown Jewel: Ex-Nicky Hayden Erion Racing 1999 Honda CBR900RR

Beyond the tragedy of losing a young life with so much unspent potential, the death of Nicky Hayden robbed from American motorcycling the last great talent to take a DIY mentality born on a dirt track to the world stage. The loss will resonate for years, as Hayden's influence touched every corner of the sport in the United States.

Nicky Hayden 1999 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

This is a chance to own a piece of Hayden's legend, an early brick in his road to the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. This is one of two 1999 Honda CBR900RRs Hayden campaigned for Erion Racing in the AMA's Formula Extreme category. We featured the other bike in the collection four years ago. In each case, the seller has offered direct confirmation that the bike is real from Kevin Erion.

From the eBay listing:

Erion Racing cbr 900rr ridden by Nicky Hayden in the 1999 AMA Formula Extreme series.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the bikes raced by the 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden. This is not a replica...Certification documentation provided by Kevin Erion.

No mention is made of the bike's running condition, though it looks to have been left mostly in as-ridden shape, minus sponsor decals. It still bears Hayden's iconic 69 number plate. It's crass to mention value given the circumstances, but if the bike is indeed the real thing, its pedigree is without question and its mystique is likely to grow.

Crown Jewel: Ex-Nicky Hayden Erion Racing 1999 Honda CBR900RR
Yamaha February 8, 2018 posted by

Grubby but Great: 1992 Yamaha TZR250

From our buddies at Deftone Cycles comes this 1992 Yamaha TZR250 Racing Sport, the dry clutch version of Yamaha's entry into the early '90s quarter-liter two stroke wars. This TZR presents a unique conundrum, as it reportedly runs like a top, but has cosmetically had it. Do you restore it? It certainly is rare enough to warrant the work. Do you ride it? That route would definitely provide the most instant gratification.

1992 Yamaha TZR250 for sale on eBay

If you do decide to ride it, you'll be on a sweet-handling variant of the two-stroke sportbike class, but power could leave you wanting. TZRs were restricted to 44 horsepower in the home market, and it apparently can take some doing to bring them to full chat. That said, Cycleworld recently gave the TZR high praise for its power delivery.

From the eBay listing:

Yamaha TZR250RS 3XV Racing Sport. Dry Clutch Model. NO RESERVE 9,734 Miles (15,666 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Mechanically Sorted. Cosmetically Challenged. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest Bike. Things to note: This vehicle is for one who wants a restoration project or just wants to ride without a care. Please see Images. Fuel tank is Rust Free. Factory red wheels are showing their age. Both lower fairings have broken by the lower V and have touchup paint. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. 3XV0886** “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.

Broken fairings notwithstanding, this TZR is firmly in new supersport price territory, par for the course for two-stroke imports. For the right buyer this will make a great summertime mount.

 

Grubby but Great: 1992 Yamaha TZR250
Yamaha February 1, 2018 posted by

Pre-R1: One-owner 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace

Before Yamaha dropped its lithe, world-beating R1 in 1998, it had already set the bar pretty high for itself with the YZF1000R Thunderace, which took home bike of the year honors in '97. Elsewhere around the globe, the YZF1000R was sold for seven years, stepping in as a blistering sport touring mount once the R1 came out.

In the U.S., the 1997 Yamaha YZF 1000R was a one-year only machine, bridging the gap between the FZR1000 and the R1. Never officially dubbed the Thunderace in this country, the name followed the American-market bikes, chiefly because it is the best motorcycle name of all time. Thunderace. Thunderace. The name alone is a trump card at any cruise-in parking lot peacock session.

"Oh, you bought the CBGSXR1000? Cool. I bought a Thunderace." Doesn't matter whose goes from zero to Mach Chicken the quickest anymore. Thunderace ... 

Sorry. Got a little sidetracked there. The Thunderace seen here has lived its whole life with one owner, and somehow has only covered 8,000 miles in that time. It has some aftermarket bolt-ons, but all the stock pieces are accounted for and will convey in the sale.

From the eBay listing:

I am the original owner of this 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace. There is not a single scratch on the machine, it was never raced, and it only has 8097 miles on it. It won bike of the year in 1997, which is why I bought it. The tires literally have about 100 miles on them. Currently, Heli Bar clips on's are installed, but the buyer can have the original handlebars also. I have my Corbin saddle on it now, but I have the original seat, and I still have the original exhaust pipe as well. This is an absolutely fantastic motorcycle, but I need to make room in the garage and buy a truck. My loss is your gain. You may come see it in the 18940 zip code or I can ride it or trailer it to you, as long as your distance is reasonable.

With just  a $4,200 buy-it-now price, the bar for entry into a really cool one-year-only sportbike is very, very low. Jump in while you can.

Pre-R1: One-owner 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace
Yamaha January 29, 2018 posted by

Nimble Welterweight: 1988 Yamaha FZR400

The Yamaha FZR400 has a fiercely devoted following as a track day and club racing darling, thanks to its unusual for the time aluminum Deltabox frame, screaming engine and lithe curb weight. You don't see too many on the streets in this country, where big-bore horsepower has always reigned supreme.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

That's a shame, because they're a fantastic option for a cheap and exciting weekend mount, with an easy-to-use chassis, reasonable ergonomics for such a small bike and legendary handling. They don't shine as every day rides, as the peaky engine really doesn't appreciate being lugged around in traffic, but when reserved for occasional blasts they're a riot.

The 1988 Yamaha FZR400 shown here is in great shape for a warm-season alternative to your regular steed. Its OEM plastics are long gone, replaced by decent-looking replicas, so there's no real incentive to baby this one. Throw it in the shed until the roads are warm and dry and go play.

From the eBay listing:

This is a 1988 Yamaha FZR400. The fairing is aftermaket except for the tank cover which is OEM, it also has OEM mirrors and turn signal covers which are getting very rare.. The bike runs and stops well. The carburetors need some work, the bike is cold blooded and requires time to warm up before it runs well so that will need sorting. The front calipers have been rebuilt and the motor has NRC case covers, Pro Tek aluminum clip ons also I installed a new battery last year.There is a small crack in the right front fairing and a small section of the clear coat is chipped on the tank cover, please refer to the pictures. This bike has been sitting for too long, I don't ride it and it needs to go to a good home. This is a 30 year old bike, it has its quirks but saying that the FZR400 is an excellent handling motorcycle and a blast to ride.

I am including a FactoryPro carburetor recalibration kit, ignition advancer, nickel plated stock replacement emulsion tubes and transmission detent kit, the roller has been installed but not the spring.Thats over $500 in spares.

The bike has attracted little bidding activity with a few days left in the auction and the opening bid set pretty close to what we would expect the bike to be worth. It does come with a pile of interesting spares and has seen very few miles, but north of $3,000 sounds like a lot for a 30-year-old 400.

Nimble Welterweight: 1988 Yamaha FZR400