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Honda April 26, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Honda NS400R

Update 4.28.2018: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Despite giving up 100cc to the competition, Honda's mid-'80s GP replica made waves when it was new for its build and ride quality, which proved hard to match for the 500cc offerings from Suzuki and Yamaha. Though the bigger bikes easily outpaced the Honda, Big Red's homage to Freddie Spencer made a pretty sweet street bike in its own right.

Loaded with mouthful acronyms, the bike was tech-heavy, featuring anti-dive forks and exhaust valves that aided the characteristic low-RPM torque woes. The bike put out 72 horsepower, which had a little under 400 pounds to push around, so its lack of performance was purely relative. There are still plenty of ways to scare yourself aboard an NS400.

This 1985 Honda NS400R recently was imported from Japan, and by the looks of things has been fairly well maintained and is fairly clean. The obvious caveat is that it does not have its lower fairings, which will be a dagger for serious collectors.

From the seller:

1985 Honda NS400R / NC19 – a street-legal 3-cylinder 2-stroke GP race-replica of Freddie Spencer’s GP winning NS500 – somewhat similar to the contemporary Suzuki RG500 Gamma (I have one as well) and Yamaha RZ500 – both of which I have had many over the years. What the NS400R gave up in power, it made up for with sweet handling.

Unmistakable sound, smell and performance of a two stroke road bike. Rare when new – this is a lot of history and performance for the money. Here is a quick walk-around – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17iRwpVf8TE

I do not have the original belly pan, but parts are available out of Yahoo Japan. Well priced for a collectible / rider and easy to enjoy at this price.

1985 Honda NS400R Specifications

Engine – liquid-cooled 3-cylinder 2-stroke
Capacity – 387cc
Bore/stroke – 57 x 50.6mm
Power – 72bhp @ 9500rpm
Torque – 37ft-lb @ 8500rpm
Carburetion – 3 x 26 mm Keihin flat slides
Transmission – 6-speed, wet clutch, chain final drive
Frame – Box section alloy
Suspension – 37mm telescopic forks TRAC anti dive. Pro-Link rear
Brakes – 256mm discs, 2-piston, floating-calipers. 220mm disc, 2-piston, floating-caliper
Wheels – 100/90 x 16, 110/90 x 17
Weight – 163kgs
Top speed – 135mph
Wheelbase – 1362mm
Fuel capacity – 19ltrs

If you're in Seattle, run by seller Sodo Moto and take a look at this rare and interesting machine. Asking price has been reduced from $8,500 to $6,750.

Featured Listing: 1985 Honda NS400R
Honda July 8, 2012 posted by

Thank You Great Britain: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP, 1987 Yamaha SDR200 And 1985 Honda NS400R Project

Thank You Great Britain:  1996 Suzuki RGV250SP, 1987 Yamaha SDR200 And 1985 Honda NS400R Project

 

After a week where I thoroughly enjoyed setting off high explosives in celebration of sending the Brits packing I have to throw a big "thank you" in the Queens direction.  We American's had taken the week off for the most part and there aren't a lot of for sale signs out there right now.  Enjoy these three from the UK.

 


 

First up is a nice stock (I'll get to the paint) and low mile VJ23.  The seller lists the mileage at a very low 4,500 miles.  If accurate, that is one of the lower mile 23's I've seen in a while.

 

 

I didn't call this one a Lucky Strike 23 (the seller does not either) because it looks like it is a respray.  The turn signal should not be white and  a clip on the front fender is white which makes it look like it has been sprayed.  The green in the Lucky Strike symbol seems to be a little off as well but that might just be the camera.  Even though it is a respray at least they got the proportions correct.  I can't tell you how many butchered Lucky Strike resprays I've seen.

 

 

I consider the paint a relatively minor aspect of the bike.  Paint can always be changed.  More important is the stock condition.  It looks like it hasn't been touched.  I'm even  noticing stock brakes lines and stock rear sprocket.  I'm going to assume it is still in restricted form.

 

 

See the center piece of the lower?  That should be black.  The mirrors have been painted as well.

 

 

I'd take a serious look at this one if you want a unmolested 23.

 

Here is the auction.

 


 

Now this looks like fun:  a 1987 Yamaha SDR200.  A single cylinder two stroke, wrapped in a great looking trellis frame.  They didn't last long as Yamaha only produced them for two years in the Japanese domestic market.

 

 

The chrome frame is OEM by the way.  You can see they skimped on the front disc with there only being one and probably with the usual basic suspension they would put on domestic market bikes.  I bet there are plenty of options though with that engine if you like to tinker.

 

 

I like it damn it!  It has that minimalist yet modern look that so many builders seem to be after now a days.  Plus it smokes!

 

 

Tiny!

From the auction:

Yamaha SDR 200 (1987) ,  I brought this bike a few months ago in a bit of a state and have spent hours for the last few months doing it up, anyone who knows anything about these SDR's will know how rare and sort after they are. The beauty of this sale is you get one complete perfectly fine bike PLUS a near complete bike in bits as spares! there is a spare frame, swing arm, sub frames, complete engine, very clean barrel as pictured, tail piece and a massive box full of components! like i said you wouldn't be far off building another complete bike from the spares! only selling due to needing the cash.


I have had the bike frame, engine cases, forks, etc polished, wheels powder coated, and rebuilt it up from a frame with new nuts and bolts etc to make it as good as possible, the only thing the bike requires to finnish it is a speedo cable, it runs perfectly and goes very well for a 200cc YPVS engine! all lights, indicators etc work as they should. no problems at all.  

 

 

There you go, almost a two for one deal.

The auction is here.

 


 

Even though these bikes are in the UK I thought this one might have some appeal to American buyers.  Even though this bike is over 25 years old, I know most American buyers aren't game to ship a two stroke to their home. With this one torn down it could easily be shipped  without fuss.

 

 

I wouldn't normally post a bike in pieces but read the story:

HONDA NS 400 RF FULL POWER UK MODEL,  1 OWNER FROM NEW,  25000 MILES,  FULL SERVICE HISTORY, USED FROM NEW ( 1985 ) TO 1990 ONLY THEN PARKED UP ,  IT REMAINED PARKED UP UNTIL 2010 WHEN THE OWNER DISMANTLED IT TO RENOVATE IT, HE HAD SOME PARTS  POWDER COATED READY FOR REBUILD BUT SADLY PASSED AWAY BEFORE HE COULD COMPLETE THE RENOVATION, I PURCHASED THIS BIKE FROM HIS RELATIVE,  I HAVE THE ORIGINAL REG DOCUMENT,  THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE RECEIPT,  SERVICE BOOK,OWNERS MANUAL,THE ONLY MOT FROM 1988,A MASS OF RECEIPTS FOR SERVICE AND PARTS INCLUDING A FULL ENGINE REBUILD IN 1988, ALL RECEIPTS ARE FROM THE SUPPLYING DEALER,  A METICULOUS RECORD OF EVERYTHING BOUGHT FOR THE BIKE DURING OWNERSHIP,  ALSO A RECORD OF MPG. ACHIEVED OVER THE FULL 25000 MILES,  I HAVE BOTH IGNITION KEYS, EVEN THE HONDA OWNERS CARD, A STACK OF MAGAZINES FROM WHEN HE PURCHASED THE BIKE, I EVEN HAVE TWO THIRDS OF A GALLON OF THE GENUINE SYNTHETIC HONDA 2 STROKE OIL FROM 1989,  THE BIKE IS COMPLETE EXCEPT FOR THE BRAKE DISCS WHICH I AM INFORMED THE OWNER DISCARDED AS THEY WERE UN - SERVICEABLE ( AVAILABLE ON EBAY NEW ),  THE ENGINE TURNS OVER FREELY,  IT ALSO HAS A COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE MANUAL AND PARTS MANUAL, THE BODYWORK IS IN LOVELY CONDITION AND IS AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS IN THE PICTURES, AS ARE THE END CANS,  THE SEAT IS LIKE NEW , TYRES ARE GOOD WITH NO CRACKS OR SIGNS OF PERISHING, IT HAS A FULL STAINLESS NUT AND BOLT KIT WITH IT, THIS IS A PROJECT THAT WILL NEED PARTS CLEANING/POLISHING AND A FULL REBUILD BUT WILL BE VERY REWARDING AS THESE NS 400'S UK MODELS ARE QUITE RARE NOW AND A ONE OWNER WITH THIS AMOUNT OF HISTORY AND PAPERWORK IS UNHEARD OF,  A GOOD INVESTMENT NOW AS THERE IS A LOT OF INTEREST IN THE BIG 2 STROKES NOW,  THIS IS A 3 CYLINDER V CONFIGURATION ENGINE, IT IS THE TRUE GP REPLICA OF THE DAY FROM THE FREDDIE SPENCER ERA

 

 

It sounds like a great project for anyone interested in a restoration.  Follow this link for a lot more photos.

 

 

Here is the auction.

 

Ian

 

 

Honda June 10, 2011 posted by

Rare Honda NS400 triple 2 stroke from down under..

 In its classic Rothmans Livery from Freddie Spencer era, these bikes are rare and this is special since it retains its full originality. Personally, it would not be a favorite over an RGV500 or RZ500, but it definitely brings back memories from the 80s for about half the price. This particular bike has been ridden as opposed to being a display piece that we come across occasionally.  So, for a true collector, this would not be the bike if mileage is of concern. However, for a 2 stroke enthusiast that wants to enjoy it on the streets, it is a great buy.

Pictures reveal that this bike has been cared for:

From the seller:

This is as close as most will come to owning a a real NSR500 MotoGP bike.  In 1983 Freddie Spencer, riding for Honda, became the youngest 500cc World Champion. In celebration, Honda released this NS400r road-going replica for a short 2 year run during 1985-1986.

This is an all original, mint condition, fantastic running example of this triple cylinder, two-stroke breed. All components operate as they should including electronics, fuel system, brake system, and engine/transmission. This bike features all of the almost impossible to find parts that adorn its chassis. This bike normally starts with one kick then roars to life. The engine has never been apart and is in stock trim from its aluminum frame, triple-cylinder engine, multi-piece composite wheels and swoopy glasswork, right down to its Rothmans decals. Bike comes with original toolkit as well. An absolute must have for any serious two stroke enthusiast.

Youtube video of the bike running:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrfDraJDjUg

Connection to MotoGP and 500s are distant although Honda may have released this road going replica in its 2st 3cyl model to commemorate it success in GP racing. If that is what you are looking for, the 2stroke V4s are the way to go - however they will not be in this price range. The price looks about OK given its originality and the miles [folks - this bike is from the 80s and its original paint looks amazing]

KS