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Honda October 8, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R ( NC30 ) with spare Repsol fairings !

Sold for $8,600. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Since they were never offered stateside, the smaller V-4's have an undeniable cachet as well as sparkling performance and appearance.  The VFR400R looks for all the world like its 750cc brother and can just about keep up until a long straightaway.  On a no-reserve auction, this NC30 has been carefully refurbished and sports a spare set of bodywork and Ohio registration.

 

Though it uses a similar 399cc four-valve V-4 to previous generations, the NC30's used 180-degree crank timing, resulting in a "big-bang" sound and torquier power delivery.  The later VFR40oR's also moved the exhaust to the left side of the bike, showing off the 18-inch alloy rim with the single-sided swingarm on the opposite side.  Equipped to have aspirations, the NC30 had a 6-speed transmission, triple disk brakes and 41mm forks.  Though the factory color schemes generally revolved around racing red, the aftermarket has specialized in replica race liveries.

 

The California owner has gone over his NC30, and paid particular attention to the brakes, cooling system, and component corrosion, a common malady on gray-market machines.  He provides a comprehensive list in the eBay auction:

The bike is a 1992 NC30 Type 7 with Type 1 fairings.  She only has 6568 KM's on here which is about 4081 Miles.  The gauges are in km's so note from the pics you will see it reads 6568.
 
Here's what I've sorted out since I've owner her (I only put on 100 miles since purchased):
  • Subframe had some corrosion, pulled it off, had it sandblasted and put 4 coats of silver paint before reassembling.  Did the same with passenger pegs and assemblies.
  • Took off carbs, completely dismantled, cleaned them for the better part of a full day, cleaned out any grime, old gas residue etc.  Fixed the broken idle screw as well.
  • Installed new Factory quality carb boots as original ones were a bit dry and had small vacuum leaks.  Replaced most of the carb boot rings too as they were not ideal.
  • Flushed the cooling system twice before pulling apart and opted for brand new oversized, high flow aluminum radiators.  Original hoses were ok but seeing that the bike is 25 years old, I upgraded the hoses to high temp silicon as well.  And yes, I changed all of them including the one on the top of the motor that's difficult to get to.
  • I went ahead and installed new NGK spark plugs, fresh oil and a new oil filter.  Also went for a very nice quality (and a bit pricey) air filter to keep things clean.
  • Took the bike to about 90 on the freeway but brakes felt a little spongy despite having steel braided lines.  I flushed the fluid and noticed a tiny bit of fluid on caliper so I pulled them completely apart, changed all the seals, pulled the pistons and cleaned them up, sanded the calipers a bit to clean off the corrosion, put on a coat of primer and 3 coats of caliper paint.  Put on new brake pads as well.
  • Original chain was a bit rusty so I replaced the chain with a AFAM Grade 7, Super Heavy Duty Gold XS-Ring Chain.  While I was at it, installed a new hard anodized rear sprocket, a steel front sprocket (both stock gearing) and scrubbed the grime off.  The chain guide was a bit dry so I replaced that too.
  • Tank rubbers were dry and two were missing so I ordered all new ones from Japan and now the tank rests perfectly on the frame as it should.
  • I originally planned on keeping the OEM bodywork in storage and riding it with a new set of non original bodywork so you'll see in pics that I started to install it but then decided I wasn't going to keep the bike so rather then continuing to mod them to fit, I just packed them back up.  It's a BRAND new set of rothmans replica bodywork that includes the entire bike (not tank), new fender...literally every piece.  The replica bodywork is MUCH better than prior years, very vibrant in color, perfect stickers with a nice clear coat over the stickers.  They are still a pain to fit but I did most of it already and bought all the clips, spare signals so you don't need to switch them out and a whole slew of extra bolts and screws just in case I needed them.  Anyway, entire spare bodywork set will be included with bike.
  • The OEM tank colors do not match the Rothmans bodywork so I bought a spare tank that's also included.  As you can see in the pictures, it's in really great shape but has a small crease dent in the front.  It's in great shape other then that and would be an easy repair if you wanted to get it painted to match the back up bodywork.
  • Many of the bolts have been upgraded and changed out to replace some of the corroded ones.  You can see the pinch bolts, caliper bolts, many others in photos.  They added up $ wise too.
  • Bike will also include stock radiators (in fine shape), stock hoses if you want them and lots of spare parts I've gathered up. (extra pegs, an extra seat cover in black in case you don't like red, levers...etc)

 

The owner wanted the body to be as nice as the mechanicals, and purchased a Repsol replica fairing set.  Most of the way through fitment, he caught another project and decided to put this one up for sale with the original Honda fairings, and includes the Repsol as a spare including a fuel tank in factory paint.

 

October being the time for gutsy baseball, this NC30 is shown in various degrees of undress, and the auction is without reserve.  Someone will be riding this VFR400R home, as auctioneers used to say, and it is a great year.  Reviewed as the easiest of the 400cc group to ride fast, but a tad softly sprung, slightly under-braked, maybe a skwosh overweight.  The owner also has a work-around for California registration, which might make it do-able if that's a requirement.  Considering the low miles and new parts, this NC30 seems worth keeping a close eye on...

-donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R ( NC30 ) with spare Repsol fairings !
Bimota December 28, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2000 Bimota DB4 with Performance Kit

Update 12.28.2016: Now listed on eBay as well. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

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After dabbling with Japanese powertrains, Bimota formed a long-standing relationship with Ducati, and used the 904cc desmodue in several designs. The DB4 used an extraordinary alloy trellis frame to help keep the kg's off, updated the cams to add top end, and this DB4 has a carburetor / exhaust power kit.

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The oval-section alloy frame weighs just 5 kg., and has 43mm Paoli forks in front, with alloy swingarm and Ohlins monoshock out back.  Brembo supplies the brakes, 320mm fronts with 230mm rear.  The modern-looking bodywork provides an easy seat height and was supplied with or without lowers, this owner showing off the carbon clutch cover, which complements the carbon front and rear mudguards.

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This DB4 has been treated to a comprehensive performance upgrade including Moto Course exhaust, and Keihin carburetors, accomodated by an updated fuel tank.  From the Las Cruces, NM Craigslist posting -

It has the Moto-Point Performance Kit on it that consists of a handmade Corse Ti exhaust, Kei-Hin FCR Flat Slide Carbs, Air Filters, New Fuel Tank, Oil Cooler Lines, All Stainless Brake & Clutch Lines, and a few other little bits. All stock parts have been retained as you can see in the photos and come with the bike. I also installed a Ducati Corse Carbon open clutch cover and sprocket cover. It runs well and is a blast to ride, also sounds amazing!

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This original-owner machine has only 6,500 and change miles, and the tri-colore paint looks great.  Fairing lowers and take-off parts are included.

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The DB4 reviewed as a sharp-handling lightweight, needing just a few more ponies, and this owner has taken steps to provide them.  Very rare with only a few hundred total production, and just a handful in the U.S.  The owner asks $13,000 and can be reached via his Craigslist ad or on eBay.

-donn

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Featured Listing – 2000 Bimota DB4 with Performance Kit
Kawasaki October 26, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R-K

Update 11.2.2016: Sold in just one week. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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In the early 1990's Kawasaki and Team Muzzy found the handle to AMA Superbike racing and won championships with Doug Chandler and Scott Russell.  And while the Sunday wins sold a lot of ZX-7R's later in the week, Kawi also brought in a few hundred homolagation specials for AMA approval of "production" techniques with racier components.  The -K and -M variants are mostly hidden away, occasionally popping up tired and worn, but the 1992 -K presented here is very clean with low miles, and appears the real deal.

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Kawasaki's 749cc straight four used 39mm Keihin carburettors, and made 123 horsepower.  The stamped and welded aluminum frame weighs 9 lbs. less than the 1991 model, and lightness has been achieved in the 41mm front and Uni-Track rear suspensions as well.  The swingarm is fabricated similarly to the frame, and though the rear spring rate reviewed as too stiff, the adjustable remote-reservoir monoshock and slipper clutch almost made up for it.  The endurance fairing has fresh air intakes, and the rear seat frame is a light and easy to repair hybrid.

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Recently returned to running condition, this ZX-7R looks great for its nearly 25 years, and has under 5,000 miles.  Modifications are very limited and tastefully done - no green windshields or Supertrapp exhausts here.  Paintwork is almost too good to be true, and has drawn comment on a ZX-7R owners site as missing an access hole, but there was some cross-compatibility between -J and -K models.  Here's what the Arizona owner says in the eBay auction:

Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R 1992.  Rare in this condition.  Super clean with only 4890 miles on it.  Been in my collection, and thinning out some bikes.  This is a limited run for the ZX7 in 91 and 92 as this is a homologation R model for the U.S. market.  I believe we only received 1000 units for both years.

Plastics are OEM and as close to perfect as possible for a 25 year old bike. No rash. Stored correctly.  Just changed the oil and fluids.  Cleaned the Flat slides and new battery again.  Starts right up.  Some period correct modifications with a full Muzzy Exhaust system, steel braided brake lines, fender eliminator.  Airbox has a New UNI High Flow air-filter in it, pictured.  Plus I am including another new OEM Kawasaki Air-Filter.  Clean and clear AZ title.  I do have more pics than what I have on ebay so let me know if you need more.  

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The 1990's were some great years for superbikes that were maintainable and affordable, and Kawasaki achieved the right combination with the ZX-7R.  The -K's were a significant upcharge from the base model and were largely spared the perils of multiple owners and boulevard racing.  Performance with the bigger carbs, alloy fuel tank, and fully adjustable suspension was not to be denied.  The owner gamely presents his bike unfaired, and it appears undamaged, maintained, and without shade-tree modifications.  Quite rare as while up to 1,000 units may have been required for homolagation, most sources indicate that just low hundreds actually made to a U.S. showroom.  Bidding is active but there are still a few days to go.  

-donn

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Featured Listing – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R-K
Honda June 19, 2016 posted by

Less Being More – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

Honda set the superbike class on its ear in 1992 with the CBR900RR FireBlade, for all intents dropping liter performance into a mid-weight machine.  No longer would a 1000 cc bike have to be a GT weighing 500+ lbs., the CBR900RR was a sharp-handling supersport with a trim endurance fairing.  The low-mile RR on offer has been fawned over and looks museum-ready.

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1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

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Based on a stroked 750 engine, the 893 cc engine claims 122 hp, fed by 90's state of the art - four 38mm carburetors.  Developed by a special projects division, the aluminum-beam frame holds 45mm conventional forks and Pro-Link rear suspension.  Handling is helped by the choice of 16-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.  Honda addressed the issue of weight divided by horsepower in the CBR900RR, and made few compromises.  Brackets that could have been steel are aluminum, and castings that were aluminum became magnesium.  All said and done the RR weighed just a few pounds more than Honda's own 600, but ran the 1/4 in well under 11 seconds.

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Exhaustively pictured with and without bodywork, it's hard to even see where a wrench has touched this CBR.  Seems like the 4,300-odd miles might be an overstatement.  Battery out and fuel system drained, it's a display bike as the owner states in the eBay auction:

It does have low miles and the bike should tell that story and it did. The tank was clean, no rust or paintwork had been done and it started right up and ran and idled very well. Once home the bike was stripped down to frame and motor. The bike was in great shape underneath as well and was cleaned up, oil and filter changed, fuel and air filters changed, tank and carbs drained, battery removed and discarded then put into climate controlled storage. I have all the receipts of parts that were ordered and installed. All put into a binder for the new owner.

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Can't say what the reserve might be on a pristine classic like this, but the auction has a lot of bids and a few days yet to run.  Maybe you are starting or looking for the capstone to a collection, this CBR900RR appears to be able to meet any requirements...

-donn

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Less Being More – 1993 Honda CBR900RR
Honda April 15, 2015 posted by

Game Changer – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

1993 Honda CBR900RR on eBay

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It's hard to believe that's been over 20 years since Honda rocked the sportbike world with it's revolutionary 1993 CBR900RR.  I am fortunate enough to still have one in my garage and it still feels every bit as raw as the day it came out.  With it's ultra short wheelbase, 600 class dry weight and a respectable 120hp on tap (and that 16" front wheel) it commands your full attention all of the time.  While the competition from the other three manufacturers were busy via for top speed crowns on increasingly heavy open class bikes, Tadao Baba was going in the opposite direction with Honda.  Virtually all of the physical dimensions of the 900RR were in line with the 600s of the day and that more than made up for any lack of power compared to the other liter bikes.  The 900RR won every open class shootout that year and was named Bike of the Year in almost every magazine.

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While the 900RR sold well, it's tricky nature means that survivors are increasingly rare.  This one has a few minor beauty marks, but looks to be in good condition otherwise.  The eBay auction is already seeing a lot of action with a good number of viewers and bidders already participating.  You can check out the auction here: 1993 Honda CBR900RR on eBay or read a bit from the seller below

Hello I have a very nice 93 Honda cbr 900rr sport bike these bikes are becoming harder and harder to find the bike has 24205 miles and runs great just had it serviced it has k and n filters and a shorty pipe new red chain new rear tire and new battery the rest of the bike is all stock the front tire needs to be replaced soon it's has some scratches not bad and a small crack on front fairing very easy to fix to make it perfect

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Game Changer – 1993 Honda CBR900RR