Posts by tag: NSR400

Honda May 1, 2012 posted by

It’s Not What You Think: 1984 Honda VF500 Interceptor Spencer Replica

It's Not What You Think:  1984 Honda VF500 Interceptor Spencer Replica

 

I bet at first glance you thought that was an old NS/NSR of some sort.  For the most part we lust after close to stock two wheeled rarities here at RSBFS.  Generally the more you modify a bike the more it appeals to just you.  Every now and then though someone gets it right and I think we have an example here.  Would your first guess have been a 1984 VF500? Liar!  Yes, I know it isn't even a two stroke (like Spencers GP bikes) but excluding the chambers poking out it is a darn good replica.

 

As always, I wish there was more info:

1984 Honda vf 500 interceptor. Built as a tribute to Freddie Spencers gp racing bikes. Many custom and vintage parts, new tires, brake pads, ss braided brake and clutch lines, nissin brake and clutch master cylinders, tons of suspension mods. More pics can be seen at bradwsm flickr.Pictures with the number "1" in plate are the most recent, all pics are of the actual bike. This is not a show bike and it is titled and registered, so there are some scratches and imperfections

Be sure to check out his Flickr page.  It has more pictures of the bike and some of his other projects that look quite interesting.  It looks like he is working on a four stroke powered KR replica.

 

I'd love to see it without the bodywork.  Is that a NS400 swing arm?  It cracks me up how race like the little Interceptor looks: A+ in my book.  I've been a Honda hater for years but I love this thing.

 

 

He has an auction going and a BIN of $3,500.  Now of course the book value is way below that but that really doesn't sound like a bad price for a unique bike like this if the attention to detail on the build is good.

 

Check it out.

 

Ian

 

Honda October 18, 2010 posted by

Red Rider Alert-Low Mile 1985 NS400R

 

One for the Honda boys has appeared on Ebay.  The old NS400R's don't appear all that often so take note if you've been hunting for one.  What sticks out about this bike is the fact that it only has 12,200 miles on it.  Not bad for something produced in 1985.  It is also dressed in the pretty Rothmans paint scheme.  The solo tail cover is a nice touch as well.  It definitely gives the bike a racier look.  My eyesight is bad enough and the seller is making me work with these tiny pictures.  I really can't discern a whole bunch more about the bike from the photos.  It generally looks stock but more pictures are needed.

If you don't have a NS400R owner in your circle of friends the internet becomes your friend.  One of the sites I visit for info on the big NS is NS400R.co.uk.  Best of all, the site has forum which I have found invaluable when owning a rare bike.

Not a whole lot in the picture department: 

Details, details:  

A NSR400 is a rare very limited edition commemorative street bike version of the NSR500. Freddy Spencer won several world championships in the early 1980s. Honda built this bike as a celebration of Spencer's success.
The bike was way ahead of its time with an all aluminum frame, comstar wheels,power valves,nickel silicon
cylinders. Like Spencer's race bike, it has a 3 cylinder water cooled engine
in a V shape configuration, 2 cylinders in the front, 1 in the rear . There are 
many other unique technical features to this bike. I Will explain upon
request .      

I am a 25 year fully certified Honda technician.  I spent the last
few months professionally restoring this bike. It should be a show bike but is
completely rideable and runs great.

I will be happy to send more pictures upon request.

I would definitely take him up on more pictures.  The bike is listed as a classified ad with a $9,500 price tag.  There is also the option of best offer.  That offering price is right in the range for some other big two strokes with titles and low miles.  Do the Honda's command the same sort of price?  Can I get by with a "maybe"?  If this bike is bone stock and mint, I think it might, with its' low miles.  I just don't think there is as large pool of buyers for them compared to RG's and RZ's. 

if you are one of those buyers waiting for a clean NS400R.

IK

Honda August 31, 2010 posted by

Rare Honda NS400R-3 Cylinders-No Valves

Rare Honda NS400R-3 Cylinders-No Valves

The Honda NS400R;  probably the rarest of the big two strokes and also probably the least popular.  The big Honda just didn't have the allure of the RG or RZ of the same time period.  I think Honda kind of shot itself in the foot by limiting the bike to 400cc's where the RG and RZ where both a full 500cc for the export markets.  In general I think the NS400R suffered from the impression that  it was a little soft.  True or not I think that Honda didn't quite make the bike as "racey" as the RG or RZ.  Honda haters claim Honda was never were really into building two strokes and eventually killed them by being the leader in switching to four stroke technology.   Damn you Honda! 

This particular bike is a clean but well used example.  It has just over 29,00 kms on the  clocks.  Not a problem for a well maintained bike but woth noting.  It also is sporting a nice set of Jolly Moto exhausts.  Check below to hear the different exhaust notes of a stock NS and an unplugged one.  The bike is located in Canada where they were legally imported.  It should have a Canadian title but you will have to work you magic here in the states.  The seller did list the VIN on the bike and it is a 17 digit VIN.  Just thought you might like to know. 

Not much in the way of details from the ad:

Extremely rare 2 stroke 3 cylinder Moto GP replica in original colors with Jolly Moto pipes (stock available). Looks, runs, and sounds great. Certified and just tuned up. ONLY 29,167 KM. Plus tax and license.

The good stuff:

The seller has the listing set as a classified ad.  He is asking approximately $6100 but he is also taking offers.   Make the man an offer and get another two stroke down here where they should have been years ago.  Be sure to swing by your local Honda dealership and belittle them for killing two strokes (I'm just having a little fun)!  

 

Wow, turn up your speakers and compare the sounds of these two clips.  Honda really plugged up the stock NS400R.

And how it should sound. I must say, it is a pretty bike in the old Rothmans colors.

IK