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Honda October 10, 2017 posted by

The Last and the Best? 1994 Honda NSR250R MC28 for Sale

Sometimes, the very final version of a car or motorcycle is a pale shadow of the original, as the years inevitably add pounds and dilute the purity of what made the original example so desirable. But the Honda NSR250R went out with a bang instead of a whimper, at the top of its game, and is considered by many to be the best of the series. The MC28 might have put on a couple pounds compared to the previous MC21, owing largely to that very cool ELF-designed Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm that was heavier than the double-sided aluminum units that preceded it, but the bike was packed with cutting-edge technology.

There were three versions of the MC28, the standard R version, the SE that came with a dry clutch, and the SP that included the dry clutch and a set of lightweight Magtek wheels. This example is the regular R, but all MC28s are pretty special and come standard with that Pro-Arm swingarm, a 90° liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin and a six-speed cassette gearbox for easy, track-side gearing changes.

The two small combustion chambers were still filled by carburetors, but the charge was ignited by what was probably the most sophisticated electronic control system available on a motorcycle at that time. The fourth iteration of Honda's electronic ignition was called, naturally, "PGM-IV." The system took in sensor input from the throttle position, gear-selection, and rpm to create three-dimensional ignition maps for each cylinder and adjust Honda's RC "Revolutionary Controlled" Valve for maximum power and response.

The biggest concern if you're looking at a NSR250 is whether or not it has been de-restricted: power for the Japanese-market 250s was limited to just 45hp, and it can be very difficult to unleash the bike's full potential without the HRC version of the ignition card that functions as the MC28's key. The seller doesn't mention whether or not this bike has already been de-restricted, but it's worth a quick email to the seller as this will affect the value and desirability, especially for anyone interested in riding this little machine in anger.

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Honda NSR250R MC28 for Sale

This is a 94 Honda NSR250 MC28 v-twin 2-stroke sportbike with credit card ignition and only 6000 kilometers (3600 miles). 

Clean North Carolina title with the correct 11 digit VIN. These are quite rare to find in the US as they were originally only sold in Japan, and this is the lowest mileage example I have ever seen here in the US. It is completely stock and all the controls are tight and smooth as you would expect on a low mileage bike. I bought this bike in 2011 after it had been removed from storage, fluids changed/replenished, new tires mounted, and new chain installed. I start it up several times a year and ride it occasionally but I doubt I have put over 200 miles on it since I have owned it. I recently put a new battery in it and disassembled the carbs to clean the bowls and jets out.  It starts and runs as it should.  I don't need to sell this bike but I have a lot of other toys and feel it is time to turn it over for someone else to enjoy if that person is out there. Tool kit is in place and I also have the passenger seat pad.  Rear stand and indoor cover is included.  Has one scuff on the right side of the tail section that has been touched up, and the rear of the right lower is discolored.  Other than that, very minor blemishes only.  Not really interested in any trades. 

Winning bidder must pick up bike in person in Charlotte, NC and pay in cash.  Title will be signed over at that time.  Willing to discuss shipping if you make all arrangements to have your carrier pick bike up at my house after all funds have cleared.

The Buy It Now price for this NSR250 is $10,000 which is reasonable for a nice, clean NSR250 with a US title. The MC28 included some of the most advanced technology ever available in the two-stroke 250cc class, and is thought of by many as being the best-looking of the breed, with the cool single-sided swingarm providing the visual flourish that seals the deal. Unfortunately, residents of states like California might be out of luck, as titling can prove impossible for a bikes less than 25 years old. Of course, if you "know a guy," or "know a guy that knows a guy" then you can probably make that happen but, if you're in a state where registering this might prove possible, it's a huge help that this bike comes with a clean US title. Otherwise, maybe just buy it and display it for a couple years before you try to register it. Certainly, the last of the Honda two-strokes will only going go up in value.

-tad

The Last and the Best? 1994 Honda NSR250R MC28 for Sale
Honda August 16, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1996 Honda NSR250R SE MC28

When it comes to competition - performance AND style - you simply cannot beat the 250cc two-stroke market. Designed both for capturing regional buyers where licensing regulations restrict capacity and to bolster the corporate image of the company related to GP racing, the quarter-liter smoker is one of the more focused sporting machines you are likely to find. All of the Big Four competed heavily in these 250 battles, and the result is an aging crop of razor-sharp racers that collectors lust after. Never officially imported into the United States, any of these grey-market interlopers are rare. Fewer are in clean, corrosion-free condition. And even fewer have a title for road use Stateside. This 1996 Honda NSR250R ticks all the right boxes. Read on!

Featured Listing: 1996 Honda NSR250R SE MC28

The Honda NSR250 series has proven to be one of the more popular models for importation. Part of this is due to age: the original 250 racer was born in 1985, while the street bike emerged in 1987 and therefore slides under the 25 year old rule for US imports. Unlike the Suzuki Gamma, Honda stuck with the same basic format throughout the model run; all NSRs are 90 degree vee twins. For the next decade or so, Honda continued to ramp the hyper-factor on what could only be referred to as a "racer with lights," finally closing the door on the model in the late 1990s due to ever-tightening emissions regulations, changes in racing classes, and improvements in four-stroke technology.

Today's Featured Listing is the vaunted MC28 variant of the NSR250R. This bike is still a bit newer than the 25 year rule, and therefore more rare to find imported and titled in the US. The MC28 is pretty trick by 1996 standards - check out the single-sided swingarm. While other manufacturers were implementing "banana" style arms to help the right-hand side pipe tuck up tighter for better cornering clearance, Honda did away with the right-side arm altogether, improving the tire changing experience and the style all in one fell swoop. The MC28 also introduced Honda's PGM-IV electronic ignition. This programmable ignition mapping system took input from the throttle position, gear-selection, and RPM to create specific ignition sequences for each cylinder. This system also took control of the exhaust valve, ensuring optimum settings for peak power. In short, the MC28 refined the two-stroke tuning experience and made it as simple as using a key card.

From the seller:
Up for sale is a rarely seen Honda NSR 250R SE Repsol edition MC28. This bike is the cream of the crop. There are only 9,102 kilometers (5,656 miles) on this beauty. This NSR is in mint condition with only a few nicks and handling marks. Bike passes for new condition. Comes equipped with very tasteful and expensive mods: Ethos Design full exhaust system with carbon fiber mufflers, Tyga rear sets, Tyga carbon fiber front fender, heel guards, air intake and carbon fiber dash surround. Engine is completely stock. Fairings 100% original OEM Honda. The upper cowling is fiberglass FRP made in Japan. Very nice finish and is prized in Japan for high quality. The rest of the fairings are genuine Honda OEM.

Bike is ultra clean and very well cared for. Tires are very fresh and the bike runs like the day it was new. Full service with carb tune just completed. This is the bike everybody wants in their collection. Bike needs nothing! No problems, no stories, no excuses. This Repsol comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. Comes with one key card.

This particular MC28 looks fantastic in the classic Mick Dohan Repsol livery. And to compliment an already great machine, this one appears to have quite a bit of the Tyga catalog thrown its way to boot! The Ethos full exhaust is icing on the cake. Unlike much of what we see imported out of Japan, this bike is a cherry rider that looks clean and collectable. This is a bike you can park in your man cave with pride, yet begs to be taken on a canyon-carving session on the weekend. The seller is an avid collector, is well known to RSBFS readers, and has garnered nothing but positive feedback according to readers who have become new owners of some of his bikes. Check it out here before it's too late. This one has had TONS of internet interest and will be going to a new home soon. If you lust for an NSR250R, this may be your best chance to realize that dream. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1996 Honda NSR250R SE MC28
Honda December 21, 2016 posted by

High-Tech Two-Stroke: 1996 Honda NSR250R MC28 for Sale

From the “jeez, if you’re going to post your bike for sale, couldn’t you at least wash it” files comes this Honda NSR250R MC28. Early NSRs have become relatively common on this site recently, with containers full of them coming over from Japan, now that they’ve become relatively easy to register in some parts of the US. But the MC28 version is still pretty rare here, as it isn’t yet 25 years old and is pretty much the ultimate development of the successful NSR formula. The MC28 features many trick parts, like the single-sided swingarm and Honda's PGM-IV electronic ignition that interpreted throttle position, gear-selection, and rpm to create three-dimensional ignition maps for each cylinder and to adjust their RC "Revolutionary Controlled" Valve for improved power and midrange response.

All that technology served a 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin backed up with a six-speed cassette gearbox. As has been discussed at length, these were restricted to 45hp in their home market and, depending on the model, it can be a real pain to release their full potential. Especially in the case of the MC28: that very cool PGM-IV ignition system uses swappable ignition maps stored on "smart cards" and, unless you can track down a nearly unobtainable HRC card with "race" maps, you're kind of stuck. Supposedly, work-arounds do exist for this issue, but be sure to consult with an expert and proceed at your own risk...

It may be hard to see under that layer of dust, but this is a pretty nice bike, a few superficial scratches aside. The seller indicates that quite a bit of work has gone into it.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Honda NSR250R MC28 for Sale

I won’t start by saying that is a GP replica and is a fast bike for a 250cc. If you are interested in the bike you know about it....

  • The bike has a complete engine rebuilt
  • all Honda parts
  • rebuilt complete crank (all the bearings)
  • all seals
  • all gaskets
  • clutch
  • tires
  • chain & sprockets
  • the rims are powder coated
  • all electrical working
  • PGM4 on the bike with one card

Fairings are OEM Honda not after market and they are in great shape no cracks at all

I have the bike for 3 years and I have done only 1500km on the engine. The bike is stored indoors all year and I start the bike every 5-6 weeks. I am just changing the fork seals this week (the one tube has a very small leak). The bike needs nothing just a rider to enjoy the ride. I have rebuilt the bike myself I have register and plate it here in Canada ON. The bike come complete from japan in boxes and I assembled it here. With the bike I have some parts that they come with it. 1 set of complete exhaust (you have the option Dog Fight or Ethos) The bike comes with stock.

1 set of front forks USD from a VFR400 NC35. You need to get the upper and lower fork clams and you install them on the bike. The bike comes with stock forks. As you see on some of the pics the forks and the exhaust I had them on the bike but the bike is complete stock now. The bike is located in Toronto Canada.

Bidding is up north of $6,000 with the Reserve Not Met, which is no surprise, considering what earlier NSRs go for these days. Even more so than usual, be sure you know what you're doing before you buy this if you plan to register it for road use. It's still a few years away from that magical 25-year mark, but maybe now's the time to scoop one up for your collection, with an eye to registering it down the road.

-tad

High-Tech Two-Stroke: 1996 Honda NSR250R MC28 for Sale
Honda September 18, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1995 Honda NSR 250R-SP MC28

Update 11.21.2016: The seller has contacted us and let us know this NSR has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Many two-stroke fans would've been thrilled to locate and federalize the last generation of a small-sports dynasty - an MC28-spec Honda NSR250R-SP.  But this Florida owner has re-imagined the NSR 250R with blueprinted engine, Yamaha upside-down front end, and full Tyga fairings.  The updates were part of a frame-off restoration, with most parts being re-finished or upgraded.  Though it appears destined for the track, the bike is titled in Tennessee and could be made road-ready.

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Built just 1994-96 and never available in the states, the 60 hp v-twin was a significant revision to the previous MC21 with ProArm single-sided rear, digital dash, and PGM IV electronically controlled ignition.  The aluminum box frame and dry clutch helped keep weight to 300 or so lbs.  The NSR250R reviewed as a razor-sharp handler which required a skilled rider to keep the momentum high, using the great brakes, on-off engine, wild available lean angles, and no engine braking.

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The build for this NSR reads like a catalog page from Tyga, a Thai-British manufacturer and tuner.  De-restricting the engine using PGM-IV requires a "racing" card and wiring harness, the owner has both, as well as modified airbox and lightened flywheel.  An expansion chamber and carbon-kevlar mufflers from Jha have been installed.  A more modern Yamaha front suspension has been installed, with 6-piston brakes.  The full Tyga bodywork has been tastefully painted and stickered so as not to compete with the sound of the dry clutch and 13,000 rpms.  Also included is a 300cc engine kit, a substantial power increase.

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The owner's list from the eBay auction:

Entire frame up engine and motorcycle restoration, powder coated Frame, Swingarm, & Magtek Wheels, bike come with matching Tennessee title, bike is street legal and can be registered for road use

1) PGM with HRC 030 card and I have stock card

2) New Crank and top end - with matched cylinders

3) Oil injection is blocked off and uses pre-mix only

4) Carbs are jetted

5) Hi flo reed stuffers, with carbon reeds

6) JHA 500V exhaust with carbon kevlar silencers

7) Lightened flywheel

8) Stock airbox with cutout section and aftermarket filter

9) De-restricted wiring harness

10) Lower cylinder head has been upgraded with an upper cylinder head conversion for better burn

11) TYGA GTP body work and custom paint job

12) TYGA new 300 kit sold with bike complete extra top end

13) Yamaha entire front end

14) New Dunlop Q3 tires front and rear

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No question, this is for a distinctive rider, on the lower end of the size and weight chart, but well experienced on the racetrack.  Beyond distinctive, the customized NSR 250R-SP racebike is a singular machine, especially considering its recently completed condition.  This bike/rider combination could lead to some epic days.  The asking price is $16,600 or best offer, and the owner can be reach at 954-809-8596

-donn

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Featured Listing – 1995 Honda NSR 250R-SP MC28
Honda March 25, 2016 posted by

Rothmans Race Rep: 1994 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale

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With only 1500 ever made, the 1994 Honda NSR250R SP is one of the most desirable and exotic two-stroke sportbikes of the 80s and 90s. It checks all the boxes: snarling two-stroke v-twin with a manic powerband? Carburetors matched to an exotic ignition system that used plastic cards to load different maps? Single-sided PROARM swingarm? Cassette-style six-speed gearbox? Dry weight under 300lbs? Check, check, check and check. The liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin in the NSR250R produced about 45hp stock, nothing to sneeze at considering the bike's weight. But de-restricted, these could pump out 60hp making them pretty formidable for riders who don't mind having to work a little bit.

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And to top it all off, this example has the very flattering and evocative Rothmans replica paint scheme. The premium tobacco manufacturer sponsored some of Honda's racing efforts in the 80s and 90s and although we all miss the innocent days of motorsports prior to heavy corporate sponsorship, it's hard to complain when those relationships result in machines that look this good.

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Certainly, many of the 250 two-stroke sport bikes from this era are valuable in the USA because of their forbidden fruit status. Overseas, they're well-loved but not especially valuable. They've been ridden hard and put away wet in many cases, used hard on road and track by young riders before they moved on to something bigger. But here in America, little 250 machines have traditionally been considered learner bikes, and the two-stroke market had dried up by the 90s anyway because of emissions concerns. These 250cc sport bikes offer up genuine performance and an involving nature that requires a rider skillfully exploit the limited powerband to make fast progress on road or track. In an era of stunning on-paper performance backed by an ever more sophisticated electronic safety net, many riders are happy to ride these scalpel-like machines that reward riding skill and offer up performance accessible to mere mortals.

Also, I'm pretty sure there's some sort of addictive quality inherent in two-stroke oil: fans of the breed never seem to shut up about that smoke and the smell...

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From the original eBay listing: 1994 Honda NSR250R SP Rothmans Replica for Sale

Authentic 1994 Rothmans NSR250R. Fully derestricted to accept HRC card on factory wiring,  has aftermarket HARC Pro exhaust, HRC jet kit has been installed and bike is properly jetted for my area, engine has excellent compression and was rebuilt by previous owner and has about 1800 km since rebuild, there are some chips and cracks on the fairings but plastics  are original and intact,  front rim is not Magtek, bike runs fantastic and everything works the way it should, has 17552 km or about 10906 miles,  will come with two stock key cards and one HRC P10 dry conditions only card, all fluids have been changed, clean California title with correct 11 digit VIN and engine # current registration 'till April 2017.

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Although there are some cracks in the plastics, it sounds like this NSR250R has been properly maintained, and the fact that it has been de-restricted and includes several different PGM-IV cards is a bonus. The California title? That almost makes the asking price palatable. Almost. I think the $9,000 asking price is a bit high for a bike in this condition: certainly, with perfect plastics you'd be looking at a bike that could easily command that price. But while the bodywork is complete, I think collectors will balk at the wear-and-tear and the non-original front wheel. Magnesium wheels have a reputation for being fragile, so I wonder if it simply failed, or was the bike involved in a crash of some kind? Track day riders and two-stroke fans looking for their next fix might not mind the middling cosmetic condition, but I'm expecting collectors and our readers to give this one a pass considering that Buy It Now price...

-tad

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Rothmans Race Rep: 1994 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale
Sport Bikes For Sale October 25, 2014 posted by

South African Smoker: 1996 Honda NSR 250 SE MC28

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The NSR250R was the road-legal version of Honda’s NSR250 race bike, and includes the requisite lighting, mirrors, and speedometer/warning lights generally required for use on the street. Detuned for road use, the 250 two-stroke v-twin produced about 45hp, but could easily be de-restricted for significantly improved power. With as much as 60hp pushing a sub 300lb, typically featherweight stroker sportbike, these are not learner bikes and pack razor’s-edge handling and power delivery no one weaned on sporty, small-displacement four-strokes is likely ready to handle, and include some very high-end features like that sexy single-sided swingarm and an aluminum beam frame.

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With a crackling, popping exhaust that sounds evil and crude at idle and just plain evil at full-chat, two-stroke sportbikes like this require commitment to access their relatively narrow band of performance, especially on the road, and their addictive high-strung manners make them favorites of budding racers and wannabe track heroes the world over, and their motorsports legacy makes them the favorite of race fans and collectors.

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Often, these show up on RSBFS in race-replica livery like the classic “Rothman’s” blue, white, red, and gold or the more familiar “Repsol” colors. This particular example is decked out in very period jagged and garish Honda paint that may make some feel nostalgic and others vaguely nauseous…

From the very sparse original eBay listing: 1996 Honda NSR 250SE MC28 for Sale in South Africa

Standard original condition. Collectors item.
Shipping can either be arranged by seller or buyer depending on the buyers preference. 

With three days left on the listing and no takers as yet at the $8,500 Buy-It-Now price, it might behoove the seller to include more information and some additional pictures if he/she decides to relist it. While this looks to be complete, it’s hard to tell from the description if it’s a runner or not. Depending on how this shakes out in terms of price, this might be a great, useable example of the breed

As it’s coming in from Cape Town, South Africa, make sure you check with local laws before bidding if you plan to register it for road use. Otherwise, put that road-equipment in a box in your garage and hit the track!

-tad

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South African Smoker: 1996 Honda NSR 250 SE MC28