Posts by tag: NS400R

Honda September 14, 2015 posted by

Middleweight Two-Stroke: 1987 Honda NS400R for Sale

1987 Honda NS400R Faired

I have a contrary streak in me a mile wide and sometimes I like being different just to be different. I've owned Saabs and Alfa Romeos, both of which feature some really interesting design features that offer up alternatives to conventional thinking, although they don't always work as advertised... And to me, the Honda NS400R is a bit like that.

1987 Honda NS400R L Engine

A middleweight two-stroke with a liquid-cooled, 90° V3 that put 72hp through a six-speed transmission, one might reasonably ask, "Why a V3?" I'd assume it was marginally narrower than an inline triple for better aerodynamics: Honda isn't known for doing things "just because." But the truth is that I don't really care if it's actually better. I just want a two-stroke V3 motorcycle.

1987 Honda NS400R Dash

If you're looking for a typically wild, two-stroke ride, this might not actually be the droid you're looking for. Strangely, Honda did everything possible to un-stroke-ify the NS400R: water-jackets quieted the mechanical racket, and power-valves combined with bigger displacement to provide a modicum of midrange power.

1987 Honda NS400R L Rear

These were a bit of an odd duck when new: not as lightweight and visceral as the 250's, and certainly not as lethal as the big 500cc fours. But they were blessed with what some claimed was the best handling of the era, and if you're into weird engine configurations, I dare you to try and find another two-stroke V3 running around anywhere.

1987 Honda NS400R R Side

From the original eBay listing: 1987 Honda NS400R for Sale

1987 Honda NS400R, MC-19, 3 Cylinder, 2 stroke, 34,000 KM, Brand New Paint and Windshield, Runs Great, Clean Calif. Title and Registered. 

So there's a bit of a mystery here. Is that the same bike in the first photo? It looks a bit sharper and cleaner than the other pictures... And that front mudguard doesn't match. The seller claims that it "runs great" which is a good sign, considering these can be a bit of a pain to obtain parts for. But if it has "brand new paint" it might be a good idea to show some pictures of said paint. Or does it mean he has brand new paint in cans, not yet applied to the bike?

Questions like that don't appear to be discouraging potential buyers: bidding is up north of $3,000 with the Reserve Not Met. Fairing off, it looks pretty dusty and I'm wondering how much more this would sell for if they'd bothered to clean it off a bit before listing it...


1987 Honda NS400R R Rear

Middleweight Two-Stroke: 1987 Honda NS400R for Sale
Honda March 2, 2015 posted by

Honda NS400R 1986 Rothmans Livery

In celebration of Freddie Spencer's 1983 500cc championship (or was it the competing Suzuki RG50o and Yamaha RD500 ?), Honda developed a race inspired 400cc two-stroke triple.  The rare 90-degree ( center cylinder up, outside cylinders ahead ) was little wider than an upright twin, putting out a smooth but peaky 72 hp.  The '85-87 models were never imported to the U.S., federalized one at a time or relegated to the track.

20150301 ns500r right

20150301 ns500r left front

20150301 ns500r left rear

Quick handling thanks to a short wheelbase and double cradle aluminum frame, all six speeds are required to keep the engine in the 7,000-10,000 powerband, but deliver 130 mph in top.  Dual front and single rear discs bring the modular wheels back to the speed limit.  Front suspension is  air-assisted with anti-dive, and rear shock has a remote reservoir.

From the eBay auction:

This bike sat for over 10 years covered - prior to my purchase. 

The Carbs have been cleaned and balanced. It has fresh Non-Ethanol Premium Gas in it and it starts & runs perfectly.

The bike now starts on the 1st or 2nd kick when cold. Note in the You-Tube video that the bike is started cold with the choke on - after about 30-40 seconds the choke is able to be turned off and the bike idles idles at 1,200-1,300 RPMs.

20150301 ns500r left front tire

20150301 ns500r right tank

20150301 ns500r cockpit

20150301 ns500r centerline

After 8,385 miles, this example is most of the way through re-awakening from a long rest, new battery and carbs cleaned, still waiting on rebuild kits for the fuel tank petcock and rear brake master cylinder.  16-inch front and 17-inch rear tires will also be required.  A few different liveries were available, this in the red, white, and deep metallic blue with Rothmans stickers, was replaced before the bike was parked and appears to be in excellent shape.


Honda NS400R 1986 Rothmans Livery
Sport Bikes For Sale April 13, 2014 posted by

Weekend Auction Updates: OW01, RZ350, NS400R, MC21, 999R

Yamaha OW01 FZR750R for sale

The Automania OW01 is back on eBay. This one has been relisted twice since we first posted it and failed to sell with a high bid of $26,500 on the last auction. This time it wears a $28k buy-it-now, which is $2k less than the listing price on their website.

Yamaha RZ350 for sale

This RZ350 is one of our Featured Listings, which failed to sell in it's first auction with a high bid of $5800. The current bid is $5100 with about 5 days remaining.

Honda NS400R for sale

We first noticed this Honda NS400R on eBay in February and it's been relisted a few times but no takers at $6500 no reserve, which frankly surprises me. Here is the original post.

Honda NSR250 MC21 for sale

Speaking of surprises, this NSR250R MC21 we posted on Thursday has since had a buy-it-now added of $8500, which seems strong to me. Current high bid is $4100 with 3 days remaining.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale

Last but not least, this 2005 Ducati 999R was posted in our classifieds and is now on eBay for the same price of $17800.


Weekend Auction Updates:  OW01, RZ350, NS400R, MC21, 999R
Honda February 1, 2014 posted by

Ending Soon: Titled 1986 Honda NS400R in Maryland

Update 4.13.2014: This NS400R has been relisted a few times at $6500 with no reserve but still not takers. Links updated. -dc

1986 Honda NS400R for sale

Here's a Honda NS400R with an opening bid of $6500 and no reserve. It has minor faults but compared to the minters that we've seen in the last year, this one looks to be an affordable rider. Bid soon though, it ends in less than a day.


1986 Honda NS400R for sale on eBay


from the seller:

This particular bike is in the Rothman’s livery and is in very good shape, particularly for its vintage. The windscreen is cracked at the mounting point and there is a slight kink in the windshield mounting bracket. There is also a scratch on the bodywork where the pit stand rubbed the fairing because of improper packing and some on minor cracks at the fasteners. Some scratches on the backside of the mirrors.

The bike has 30K miles on it and it starts right up and runs strong. It received a thorough going over prior to my purchasing the bike. I don’t have a complete service history, but the bike runs better than its mileage would indicate so it’s either been very gently used or possibly rebuilt along the way. Titled and tagged in Oregon, the bike is currently in Maryland. The buyer is responsible for pick up/shipping. Also included are a cover, pit stand, solo seat cover (not pictured), a new set of stock tires (not mounted) and a complete, original workshop manual.



Ending Soon:  Titled 1986 Honda NS400R in Maryland
Honda December 15, 2013 posted by

1985 Honda NS400R Rothmans Edition

1985 Honda NS400R Rothmans For Sale

From the same seller as the RG500 we listed yesterday is this stunning Rothmans NS400R for sale. Also located in Ontario, this one appears just as nice as the the Suzuki. Unfortunately the listing has only 3 pictures and doesn't state if it's registered in the U.S. like the Gamma. The last NS400R we listed was pulled from eBay before the listing ended but the rumor mill indicates it sold for a hefty sum privately. I'll be curious to see where this one ends this close to the holidays.


1985 Honda NS400R for sale on eBay


from the seller:

Absolutely stunning very rare NS400R Honda

This is out of private collection and has the lowest production number we have ever seen

Perfect original paint and body work, no scratches on anything including the exhaust

Never raced or tracked has original tool kit and owner's manual

new tires and chain for the discerning collector


1985 Honda NS400R Rothmans Edition
Honda October 12, 2013 posted by

2 Stroke Classics: Honda NS400R (in France)

Probably not as desirable as Suzuki's RG500 4 cylinder or Yamaha's RD500, the NS400R is something in between an RD350 and RD500. In fact, it has a unique 3 cylinder configuration delivering about 70 hp. In the Rothmans colours as found here in France, it is a true classic Honda  of the mid 80s.

1986 Honda NS400R in France 


The bike is almost completely stock, and the owner will give you the original turn lights and rear seat cover as described below:

Honda NSR 400
Year: 1986
26,000 km
100% original
Give the seat cover and original turn lights
Second gear and segmentation is there 8000 kms


I guess this might mean that the piston segment were changed at 8000km and that the sprockets and chain were renewed (kind of early at 8000km, but I guess my French is simply not good enough, so  if you, the reader, are a French speaking please's the original text :-)

Honda 400 NSR
Année : 1986
26.000 kms
100 % origine
Donne avec le capot de selle et les clignotants d'origine
Pignon de deuxième et segmentation fait il y a 8000 kms


If you are curious about how such a bike would sound, check out the (unrelated) video form Italy below:

The starting price is set at 3500 EUR (about 4700 $) but be ready to offer more than that if you want to bring this bike home. the bike has just 26000km and seems in good shape form the few pictures available.

1986 Honda NS400R in France 


2 Stroke Classics: Honda NS400R (in France)