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Honda September 1, 2016 posted by

Good as New: 1986 Honda NS400R Rothmans Replica for Sale

1986 Honda NS400R R Side Front

Well... The Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition I had scheduled sold before I could post it, but I came across this very clean Honda NS400R that's once of the nicest example I've ever seen of the funky, V3 two-stroke sportbike. Experts can chime in regarding its originality, but it certainly looks stunning in shiny Rothmans replica paint and graphics. They were never officially imported to the US, but a number have found there way to the USA via Canada. This one is still in the care of our northern neighbors, but shouldn't prove too difficult for a motivated collector to smuggle over the border...

1986 Honda NS400R L Side

Meant to evoke Freddie Spencer's 500cc victories, the Honda was obviously lacking a bit in terms of displacement compared to rivals, but 72hp and extremely nimble handling meant it was closer to the bigger bikes in terms of performance than you'd expect. Interestingly, the V3 race bikes actually used the opposite configuration compared the road bikes, with two cylinders nearly vertical and the third projecting 90° forward. In either configuration, the engine was very compact. The bike also featured liquid-cooling that kept things remarkably civilized, while Honda's ATAC power-valve system made for a relatively flexible powerband. That was all backed by a six-speed gearbox along with anti-dive forks, modular wheels, and even radial tires, a real novelty at the time.

1986 Honda NS400R Tank

So why the 400cc displacement? Most likely, it was to skirt Japanese limits on engine size, since that was likely to be the bike's biggest market. Was it a wise choice? Well, the NS400R certainly a bit of a forgotten middleweight these days, lacking a bit of the 500cc v-four and square-four mystique of the RGs and RZs from Suzuki and Yamaha. The NS400R was pretty affordable for a long time, but prices have been drawn ever-upward by the expensive, nearly unobtainable two-stroke fours and the renewed interest in stroker sportbikes of the era in general. Luckily, these are also pretty nice bikes to ride: they've got increased midrange compared to the nimble but somewhat frantic 250cc sportbikes and the Honda NS400R was considered one of the best-handling bikes of the era.

1986 Honda NS400R R Side

From the original eBay listing: NS400R  Rothmans Edition for Sale

For sale, a beautifully restored 1986 Honda NSR400R Rothmans with only 5600 kms.  This is one of less than 450 NS400R’s originally imported to Canada and it is registered in Alberta.   The engine was dis-assembled and the crankshaft and top end of the engine were inspected.   New piston rings, seals and gaskets were installed.   Bodywork is original plastic and it has had a very nice paint job and clear coated replica decals.  Wheels were powder-coated gloss black.  The right mirror is cracked.

The power valve restrictors were machined out and the carburetors were bored by 1mm.  Jetting is perfect for 3500 ft elevation and gives the machine a fabulous 2-stroke hit from 7,000 to 10,000 rpm.   New battery, chain, front brake pads and air filter.  Tires are older, but still serviceable.  Silencers are lighter aftermarket units but come with the stock items.  Everything works exactly as delivered from the factory. The forks are from a 1990 CBR 600 which is a common period upgrade to larger stanchion bottoms, front axle and improved brakes.  Most of the original NSR parts are available (at extra cost).

Included in the sale are the following hard to find items; solo cowl, factory service manual and period magazine articles.  Selling with a current Canadian title and bill of sale.  The owner can assist in the export process and possibly transportation to a shipping depot in northern Montana.

1986 Honda NS400R R Fairing

These are really cool bikes with any of the period paint-schemes, but the Rothmans replica design looks especially evocative, and this restored example looks great, although the stingers are of a much more modern style. I love the details: check out that tiny little panel that folds down when the side-stand is extended. There are just 3,500 miles on this example and there are no takers yet at the $5,700.00 opening bid. There's plenty of time left on the auction, so hopefully this one will find an appreciative owner.

-tad

1986 Honda NS400R L Side Front

Good as New: 1986 Honda NS400R Rothmans Replica for Sale
Honda May 25, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda NSR400R for Sale

Update 6.1.2016: Sold in just one week! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

1986 Honda NS400R L Side Front

If Honda’s history of brilliant technical innovation has a downside, it’s that it sometimes posits answers to questions no one actually asked. Some recent missteps like their sophisticated but overweight and expensive VFR sport-tourer suggest that they’ve just recently lost their way. However, it’s definitely not the first time they created a bike that had seemed to have no real built-in audience, and bikes like today’s very sharp-looking 1986 NS400R show that this is really nothing new for Honda.

1986 Honda NS400R R Side

Meant to capitalize on Freddie Spencer’s wins on a 500cc machine and pitched against exotic race-reps from Suzuki and Yamaha, Honda introduced… a 400cc motorcycle, although it at least did feature something approximating the race machine’s unusual 90° V3 layout: a bit like a Ducati “L” twin, one cylinder is nearly vertical, while the other two jut forward. Race bikes actually featured the opposite: two up and one down. Carburetors are nestled in the center of the vee, and the overall dimensions are very compact, allowing the engine to be ideally positioned in the chassis.

1986 Honda NS400R Cockpit

Producing 72hp and backed by a six-speed gearbox, the 400 is far less manic than a typical 250cc sportbike of the era. Sure, the wild top-end rush is still there, but sheer displacement makes a difference and Honda’s ATAC “automatically-controlled torque amplification chambers” on the front two-cylinders help bulk up the midrange, so the overall experience is far more civilized. It’s probably not sanitized to the level of the RZ500, but the middleweight NS400R surprised period reviewers with its level of refinement. It gets even better once the road turns twisty: thanks to the light dry weight of 360lbs and equipped with sophisticated suspension components and a whole raft of 80s acronyms, the NS400R is often thought to be one of the best-handling motorcycles of the era.

1986 Honda NS400R Engine

Today’s Featured Listing looks impressively clean, with enough miles to indicate regular use, but few enough that it should appeal to collectors who’d like to occasionally ride it. Shots with the fairing removed show that it wasn’t just quickly hosed down and buffed up prior to being photographed: the bike has clearly been well cared-for.

From the seller: 1986 Honda NSR400R for Sale

For sale, an immaculate 1986 Honda NSR400R with 13,150 kms (7,900 miles) on clock.  This is one of less than 450 NS400R’s originally imported to Canada (although nobody seems to know the exact number for sure) and is registered in Alberta.  The bike is complete, with original parts and fasteners, and unmodified with zero corrosion of the frame, exhaust or gas tank.  The top end of the engine was inspected and piston rings were replaced while it was apart.  Bodywork is original plastic with a fresh coat of paint and clear coated replica decals.  Wheels are in perfect original condition and new Bridgestone BT021 tires were installed. The carburetors still have original factory jetting (rich!).   Everything works exactly as delivered from the factory and is ready for the new owner to enjoy.

Included in the sale are the following hard to find items; solo cowl and two-up cowl(seat and strap), factory rear stand, factory service manual and sales binder, and period magazine articles.  Spare ATAC valves are available at extra cost if the new owner wishes to have them de-restricted (i.e. bored out).  Selling with a current Canadian title/registration and bill of sale.  The owner can assist in the export process and possibly transportation to a shipping depot in Montana.

Price $7,500 USD

1986 Honda NS400R R Side Rear

Too small to compete with size-queens who will scoff at the sub-500cc displacement and too big to compete with bantamweight 250s, the NS400R didn’t sell very well and was gone from Honda’s lineup after just two years. Unlike the 500cc fours from Suzuki and Yamaha, these have languished largely forgotten by collectors and the NS400R currently occupies that weird motorcycle middleground: they’re not especially valuable as yet but they’re obviously very rare, with interesting specifications and clear links to Honda’s race bikes. Largely overlooked by more mainstream buyers, they represent a pretty good value for riders looking to get into weird 1980s exotica or collectors who want to complete their two-stroke or race-rep stable. I'd expect these are undervalued at the moment and the NSR should appeal to both riders and collectors: the larger displacement and powervalve arrangement should make for real-world performance while the 16”/17” wheel combo means relatively modern rubber can be fitted.

-tad

1986 Honda NS400R L Side

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda NSR400R for Sale
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...

-tad

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.

-Donn

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.

dc

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.

dc

1986 Honda NS400R for sale on eBay

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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.

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Ending Soon:  Titled 1986 Honda NS400R in Maryland