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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 June 13, 2017 posted by

Big Bike Spec in a Small Package: 1990 Honda CB-1 for Sale

Performance motorcycles have gotten so powerful and fast that they're only even rideable by normal humans because of sophisticated electronics. If 99% of riders need traction-control just to keep their 190hp superbike on the road, couldn't it be argued that they're too powerful? ABS and all the other safety systems are amazing, but should be there just in case the rider gets it wrong, not to keep the rampant power under control. Are riders of these bikes actually having more fun? Maybe, but doesn't something like today's Honda CB-1 make much more sense for most riders?

Plus, if you do get dusted on a canyon road, you can always blame the machinery: "Hey look, this is a 400cc motorcycle! What do you expect?" If you're on a new BMW S1000RR, you really have no excuse for being slow, other than self-control and sanity. The 1990 Honda CB1 doesn't have that same problem, however, with good handling and modest power. The displacement screams "learner bike" but the specifications argue otherwise:

399cc liquid-cooled inline four, sixteen valves actuated by gear-driven overhead cams. Six speed gearbox. The combo was slightly detuned from the CBR400 for street duty, but it put out a respectable 55hp and could push the machine to 118mph, certainly plenty for the street and even a bit of freeway cruising. It lacked the CBR400's twin-disc brakes up front and uses a steel unit instead of the CBR's aluminum beam frame, but the engine is still used as a stressed member, increasing rigidity and keeping weight reasonably low.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda CB-1 for Sale

Overseas they have a tiered licensing system.  50cc, 125cc, 250cc, 400cc, 750cc, and above.  Most young men cannot afford above 400cc, so the 400cc market is full of hot rod bikes.  This is one such bike.  Water cooled DOHC 4 valves per cylinder, direct gear actuation of the cams, no cam chain, six speed transmission, red line at 13,500 rpm, power kicks in at 9000.  Top speed is over 100 mph.  The effect of the photography makes the paint look like it is robin's egg blue, but it doe not look like that in person.  The blue paint is a nice metallic finish.  Accessory windshield is quickly removable.  Heated grips have been added.  Accessory adjustable handlebars also.  All stock otherwise.  Very clean, except for some pollen on the gauges in the photo.  Was my wife's bike but she does not ride it enough to justify keeping it.

There are no takers yet at the $1,900 starting bid and there are just over 24 hours left on the auction. It looks like it's in good shape, although that windscreen needs to go. Like the Hawk 650GT, the CB-1 has developed quite a cult following and with very good reason: unlike the CBR400, the CB-1 was officially imported, but few were sold and they're hard to find now, although they still don't sell for all that much.  It's the Goldilocks of motorcycles: not too big, not too small. And the price is just right.

-tad

Big Bike Spec in a Small Package: 1990 Honda CB-1 for Sale
Honda March 22, 2017 posted by

All You Really Need: 1990 Honda CB-1 for Sale

No one is arguing that we don't live in an era where "learner bikes" aren't very sophisticated machines, but no matter how impressive the electronics found on modern small-displacement bikes may be, and no matter stone-axe reliable the mechanicals are, there's something distinctly uninspiring about the weedy exhaust note of a single-cylinder KTM RC390. It's a great motorcycle in pretty much every way, especially considering the affordable price-point, but it definitely doesn't sound sexy. Something like this Honda CB-1 however, might appeal to both new and experienced motorcyclists, especially those a bit shorter in stature or riders who've realized the truth of the old axiom, "It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than it is to ride a fast bike slow."

There's no problem with a lack of sexy here, although that's probably because the CB-1 wasn't really designed as an entry-level motorcycle: the 399cc inline four that motivates the CB-1 was shared with the sportier CBR400 that never officially made it to the USA, although they do show up from time-to-time as grey market imports. As you would expect, this mini-sportbike powerplant is very sophisticated, and has four tiny cylinders, sixteen valves, and dual overhead cams operated by gears, instead of the expected timing chain. The little four made 55hp and could push the 400lb machine to a top speed of 118mph. The frame is a less-sophisticated tubular steel unit instead of the CBR's aluminum beam frame, valves are bit smaller, and the CB-1 has a single-disc front brake set up, but it is otherwise very similar in terms of performance, except in top speed. Of course the CB-1 was geared a bit shorter and actually felt quicker in real-world riding than its sportier sibling.

This example appears to be very clean, although the gauges could use a little help. A trip to eBay should eventually turn something up, or fit something cool and modern from Acewell or Motogadget. The carb service mentioned by the seller is a nice bonus, as that could be a headache for a new rider, or even for an experienced wrench.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda CB-1 for Sale

This is a fine specimen of a CB-1. It does not at all look its age. It's not museum quality, there are a few minor blemishes, but it is very close to perfect. The bike was just serviced: the carburetors were cleaned & synched and new tires were mounted. It runs perfectly, all the lights work, etc. It needs nothing but a new owner to enjoy the ridiculously smooth high-reving beauty.

The seller is asking just $3,100 for this particular bike, a bargain considering the performance and sophistication found here. There are near cult-like levels of devotion surrounding the somewhat forgotten Honda CB-1 and it's v-twin stablemate the Hawk GT, although that hasn't translated into increased values, as these are still very affordable bikes and offer performance, rarity, and relatively easy maintenance. Although handling is limited by the budget suspension, bolt-on upgrades from the era's CBR should sort that out easily and improve stopping as well with a second front brake disc and caliper. In an era of relatively simple and economical small-displacement machines, something like this offers up big-bike thrills in a very sophisticated, manageable package, with a low price tag, street cred, and good looks.

-tad

All You Really Need: 1990 Honda CB-1 for Sale
Honda August 1, 2015 posted by

My First Sportbike: 1990 Honda CB-1 For Sale

1990 Honda CB1 L Side

The Honda CBR400RR we featured last week was never officially imported to the USA, but its naked stablemate the CB-1 was, although in pretty limited numbers and for just two years: 1989 and 1990. It was a strange choice for Honda to make in the land of extremes, where we only seem to like motorcycles as toys from one end of the spectrum or the other: fat, lazy cruisers or uncomfortable, highly-strung sportbikes.

1990 Honda CB1 R Side Engine

But although these did not sell very well at the time, the CB-1, along with the Suzuki Bandit 400 and Honda 650 Hawk, have developed quite a cult following: they're inexpensive, extremely well-built, reliable, and easy to modify into serious little road-burners. Just find yourself a nice CBR600 front end to swap on and go strafe some twisties!

1990 Honda CB1 R Side Engine2

Most small-displacement motorcycles available in America have been very cheap and nasty economy machines geared towards new riders. But many experienced bikers want a sophisticated machine that offers thrills without the fuel consumption or 160mph top speed associated with bigger bikes.

1990 Honda CB1 Clocks

The engine in the CB was almost identical to the sportier RR: valves were smaller, the compression was lower, but gearing was revised so that the bike actually felt quicker around town. The sewing-machine four displaced just 399cc and produced 55hp and could push the 400lb bike to 118mph. More significantly, the CB had much more basic suspension, a single front brake, and used a different frame compared to the racier RR, with tubular steel replacing the aluminum beam construction, although weight was kept within reason by using the engine as a stressed member.

1990 Honda CB1 L Side Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda CB-1 for Sale

Not too many sold in the US making it quite a rare sight these days.  I'm the second owner. It is a sweet little bike with nimble handling, low weight and a rev-happy (redline is 13,500rpm) engine. 

Easy to handle by a newbie but good enough for an experienced rider, comfortable.

The bike is in excellent original condition. Paint is shiny and deep. No scratches or dents. Tank is like brand new with an exception of two tiny chips(and I mean - really tiny, see pictures).

The bike has never been down. 

1990 Honda CB1 L Side Rear

With just 2,500 miles on the clock, this thing is practically new, and it's one of the nicest I've ever seen for sale. It's priced on the higher end of the CB-1 spectrum, but still very reasonable at $3,999. Yeah, you can find them for $2,500 but with bikes in this price range, the cash needed to fix them up can very quickly eat into the savings.

A great choice for new and experienced riders looking for a collectible modern classic that will get lots of thumbs up at bike nights and provide thrills on back roads.

-tad

1990 Honda CB1 R Side

My First Sportbike: 1990 Honda CB-1 For Sale
Honda May 4, 2014 posted by

1989 Honda CB1 NC27 with 1400 Miles

1989 Honda CB1 For Sale

Lets get the not so good news out of the way first -- it's been down but repaired. It was reportedly in a slow speed accident and very little evidence of the crash is left. What remains is a very low mileage bike that didn't sell in great numbers in this country. But those in the know realize that 400's are great fun and easy to approach. The CB1 weighs just under 400lbs and packs a respectable 55hp. With just 1,457 miles, most of those ponies should still be in the stable as well. As Mike pointed out in his recent FZR400 post, the price point is one of the best parts of these under-appreciated little bikes. This one has a buy-it-now of $4k. I'm halfway tempted myself to be honest!

dc

1989 Honda CB1 for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

Up for auction is a 1989 CB1 CB400F NC27. This is a low mile (1,439) bike that was originally owned by a Honda Dealership owner. The owner sold it when it was tipped over at low speed pulling away from a stop sign. The right engine crankcase cover, exhaust and rear blinker had road rash which has all been replaced. The engine crankcase cover was replaced with a very nice professionally repainted used part. The exhaust is a New Old Stock replacement as well as the blinker. During the gasket removal process on the crankcase cover some gasket removal spray got on the engine and took of some silver paint in small spots which can be seen in the photos. The bike has been serviced with new fluids and a battery. Everything else is original on the bike including the tires. It starts, runs and shifts through the gears excellent. There are no dents or scratches in the paint and the seat is very nice.

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1989 Honda CB1 NC27 with 1400 Miles
Honda July 14, 2013 posted by

Extremely Clean 1990 Honda CB-1 with 1647 Original Miles

Update 7.18.2013: The seller has informed us that both of his bikes sold in 48 hours after being listed on our site. Congratulations to buyers and seller! If you have a bike that is as special as these that needs selling, check out our Feature Listing option.

This Monday begins with one of two Feature Listings from Miles in Florida, and they're both gems. Up first is his 1990 Honda CB-1 NC27.

1990 Honda CB-1 For Sale

from the seller:

1990 Honda CB-1, two-owner bike, mint condition, 1,647 miles. Water-cooled, double-overhead chain-driven cam, 13,500 rpm redline sportbike. This example has no dings, scratches, corrosion on engine or forks, and is as pristine as they come. Asking $4,800/offers, in North Florida.

CB-1 restored 2

In other markets this bike was known as the CB400F as it was intended to be a spiritual successor to that legendary 70's sportbike. Even though it had a great list of features including a re-tuned CBR400RR motor, a 370lb dry weight, and tubular frame, the North American market didn't take to it and favored the larger CBR models. As a result these great bikes went largely unnoticed except for the dedicated following that still appreciate this bike that is equally at home on morning commutes as they are on the back way home Friday afternoons.

CB-1 restored 3

It's hard to imagine there's a nicer one available anywhere right now and that leaves just one last question: Are you going to display it or ride it? In an adult rider's hands it would be a great everyday bike that you could reasonably keep looking this sharp for a very long time.

dc

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