Posts by tag: Repsol

Honda November 13, 2017 posted by

Little bike, big fun: 2002 Honda NSR 150 SP

It has often been said that riding a slow bike fast is far more enjoyable than riding a fast bike slowly. Most of the hyper-super-mega cycles listed on these pages can exceed national speed limits in seconds - and first gear. But with a smaller bike, you need to work much harder to maximize your forward progress. Think of honing your gear selection skills rather than simply relying upon big waves of torque; sharpening your corner entry with speed rather than sitting back and cruising. Ride it correctly and bikes such as this 2002 Honda NSR150 SP can fly - but the rider becomes a much bigger piece of the overall equation.

2002 Honda NSR150 SP for sale on eBay

Outside of the US the remainder of the civilized world revolves around small motorcycles and scooters. These smaller modes of transport work well in the tight confinements of smaller European and Asian cities, and are generally affordable and thrifty on fuel (which can be very expensive in many areas of the world). However not all smaller bikes need be boring, commuter-minded devices. Honda - being a motorsports driven company - offers sport models of smaller displacement machines to build brand awareness and introduce younger riders to their sport bike lineup. The NSR150 SP is just such a model. With sporty accents and livery reflecting Honda's key partner in motorsports - Repsol - the NSR150 SP offers riders the look of a bigger bike, and a sharper riding experience than other smaller scooters. Just check out the vented brakes and that sweet single-sided swing arm.

From the seller:
Want to be like 6 X Gp Champion Marc Marquez and ride a Respol GP Bike? Now is your chance to own an as new factory Respol Honda NSR 150 SP. I brought this bike into the USA brand new back in 2002 and has been in my private collection of motorcycles since then. This NSR is in perfect condition with No flaws. Bike is 100% original with the exception of a Tyga pipe and solo tail section. I do have the original tail section and rear seat that will be included with the sale of the motorcycle. Current Mileage is 888 Kilometers which translates to about 555 miles. This motorcycle deserves to be placed in a private collection of someone who will care for it as much as I have. Very few of these ever become available if your a Repsol and MotoGP fan this is a must have.

This enterprising seller has listed this bike hot on the heels of Marc Marquez's triumphant 4th MotoGP championship, secured in Valencia over the weekend. And while this 150cc mini-motorcycle is hardly a MotoGP machine (or even Moto3), it does proudly wave the Repsol-Honda colors. The seller notes a solo tail section (can you imagine riding/commuting two-up on this bike?), and the Tyga exhaust is a common bolt on modification. Like most smaller motorcycles, mileage is low (under 600 miles claimed). Overall condition looks quite good. This is a reasonably rare motorcycle in the US, given that it was never officially imported. No sign of a plate or a title, however, so that might need to be sorted by potential buyers. Check it out here if you are interested in a great little knock-around sport bike to add to your stable. Good Luck!!

MI

Honda September 23, 2017 posted by

Exceptional – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol with 285 Miles !

After Nicky Hayden's see-saw MotoGP championship in 2006, Honda's occasional race livery special edition for '07 was a lock.  The 2006-07 model was the second generation of the CBR1000RR, with many updates and lighter weight than the 2004-05 model.  This example has been carefully stored with the factory's break-in oil still in the crankcase and no doubt Hamamatsu air in the OE tires.

2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Replica for sale on eBay

The second-gen Fireblade had a new head with double intake valve springs, revised ports, and 12.2:1 compression, a slight increase.  Minor decreases in steering head rake and front axle trail were part of a sharper-handling new chassis.  Brake disks are 10mm larger but thinner and lighter as a result.  Thinner radiators and some magnesium covers helped bring a 17 lbs weight reduction overall.  Evolutionary changes to the fairing don't mess with the original wicked-good looks.

It's hard to differentiate the CBR on offer from a brand-new machine - there is no damage or corrosion, barely any dust or dirt, and almost no miles.  The owner's comments from the eBay auction:

Authenticity can be a concern when limited editions come to market, especially in a very catchy and often dubbed graphics package.  Along with the plant code in the VIN, the silver frame, blue metallic seat fairing, a low serial number is one way to know.  My overnight research indicates that this bike's 00113 has a better chance of being the real thing, though hopefully a knowledgeable reader will chime in with the total production.  Either way, the buy-it-now is not insane money for a pre-nannie 170 hp commemorative, basically new to boot.  For a fan of the late Kentucky Kid, it's a winning tribute...

-donn

Exceptional – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol with 285 Miles !
Honda June 7, 2017 posted by

Repsol Tiddler: 2002 Honda NSR150SP

The Honda NSR150 SP is an interesting bike. A solid step above the sub-250cc scooters one might see in major Asian metro areas, the SP provides the bits and pieces to make this a steed worthy of the Repsol livery: single sided swingarm, perimeter aluminum frame, cast wheels, liquid cooling, power valve, and dual-piston front caliper. In other respects, it is similar to any "big" bike, with real rider amenities such as a full instrument cluster complete with speedo, tach, temp gauge and fuel level indicator. While not quite a feast, this NSR150SP brings us a total of TWO that we have seen here on RSBFS this year. Perhaps the famine is waning...

2002 Honda NSR150SP for sale on eBay

The NSR150 model line is a multi-country affair. Styled in Italy, but assembled in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan, all the early NSRs had engines supplied by Japan (single cylinder, reed valve induction two stroke). Later variants had engines assembled in the factory that produced the bike, with each country offering subtle differences. All are marketed as Honda, although in Taiwan the same bike is also marketed as a Kymco NSR, while remaining an exact twin of the Honda. Again, these were built for the massive Asian markets where small bikes dominate. The SP is a way to separate from the crowd of commuters and offer a true sport bike that can do more. The Repsol livery doesn't hurt if you're trying to stand out from the crowd.

From the seller:
Here is a very hard to find Honda NSR 150 SP Resol Edition. To the best of my knowledge the NSR 150 SP was produced basically unchanged from 1997 to 2002. The NSR 150 SP features a water cooled counter balanced 2 Stroke single cylinder engine producing horsepower in the mid 30s, backed by a 6 speed transmission. As you may notice the SP also features a single sided swingarm seldom found on a bike of this displacement. Freeway capabilities are absolutely no issue, 90 mph can be seen.

This bike is original unmolested with the exception of the Tyga rear sets and maybe the grips and bar end weights. As you will notice in the photos this bike is not perfect by any means. Its a great rider or with a some work it can be fully restored. Parts seem to be not difficult to find either from Tyga Performance or Ebay. Most of the bike is really nice, the powder coat on the wheels, frame and such are quite nice. The body work is the area in most need. There are several scraps, nicks broken tabs, small dent in tank. Decals are peeling.

More from the seller:
The running order of the bike is great. Starts right up first or second kick, hot or cold. All the lights, gauges etc. work as they should. Oil injection is intact and functioning properly. I just rode this bike the other day over 200 miles mostly on the highway with no issues.

Also included is a Service Manual, Parts Manual, Original Owners Manual and reprinted owners manual. All are in English with exception of the small owners manual.

I purchased this bike 5 years ago with 7820 KM on the clock from a fella in California who was the person that imported the bike. At the time it was imported it was issued a 17 digit VIN and California titled as a 2008. I assume that was the year it was imported. Once I purchased the bike I then titled it in Colorado my home state.

We have seen relatively few examples of NSR150SP models over the years - too few to gauge a true value. Way back in 2013 we saw one sell for $3,500, and another that had lower miles was listed for $4,500. Jump all the way up to this year for the next one, and we watched one sell out of the Utah Collection for $6,100. That is a big jump in time and in price, although the last bike was like new and had only 460 miles. Today's example has over 10k KM on the clock (just about 6,500 miles) and is not perfect - which makes it a perfect rider at the right price, especially with the title and plates. Currently bidding is just over $2k with reserve still in place. Check it out here. If you missed the Utah bike, here is another chance at a pretty rare model for the US. Good Luck!!

MI

Repsol Tiddler: 2002 Honda NSR150SP
Honda May 13, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992 Honda NSR150 SP for Sale

Intended for the Asian market, I'm not sure I've ever seen an NSR150 SP for sale here in the USA before. As with the bigger NSR250, this was not a budget commuter, and included plenty of high-tech components to match the Repsol race-rep paint job. Obviously, style is key for a first bike that will likely be purchased by a younger rider attracted to the sleek lines and evocative Repsol colors, but that doesn't mean everyone wants plastic tires and budget components that they will quickly outgrow.

It certainly has big-bike technology to match the big-bike looks, and is festooned with typical acronyms and cool-sounding names: the PRO-ARM single-sided swingarm is featured prominently, and the bike also includes a six-speed gearbox, Nikasil coated cylinders, and RC valves to improve the little 149cc engine's flexibility, as well as HECS or "Honda Evolution Catalyzing System" to help it meet rising emission standards. And in typical two-stroke form, the little NSR150 SP makes a big claimed 39.5hp and 19 lb.ft of torque, although that seems pretty ambitious and I've not seen any independent articles that confirm this output.

The package weighed in at just 268lbs dry, so this thing should be a bit of a rocket if you're expecting mere scooter performance and handling. It's probably not the ideal bike if you've got typically... American proportions but, if you're of smaller stature, this might make a very cool ride and a great conversation-starter, even if if offers only modest performance.

From the Seller: 1992 Honda NSR150SP for Sale

Very RARE in the USA, seldom ever seen 1992 Honda NSR 150 SP Repsol edition. 150cc two stroke single cylinder liquid cooled engine. My money says this is the fastest way thru a tight corner on two wheels, lol. Only one owner with only 740 kilometers (460 miles). This bike is in as new condition. As I like to say, It was loved as a child, lol. 100% original OEM Honda factory stock condition. Bike has new oil, coolant and filters serviced. Runs like the day it was new. Utah state title in my company name will be presented to the buyer. Premium museum quality.

As with the seller's previous bikes, there are a few minor cosmetic imperfections visible on exposed metal surfaces, but the plastics appear to be in excellent condition and the bike is basically ready for its next collector-owner. This may not have the pedigree of an RC30 or even an NC30 but it certainly is rare and exotic!

-tad

 

Featured Listing: 1992 Honda NSR150 SP for Sale
Honda May 13, 2017 posted by

Decisions Decisions: Honda NSR80 or NSR50?

In many ways, sitting in the plush, corporate headquarters of RSBFS is a dream job; hours spent searching for the best rare sport bike classifieds every day. On the other hand, it is a bit like hell; staring all day at bikes I would like to own if only the garage were larger and the weekends longer. I won't even go into the prohibitive cost factor of many dream machines. But today I get to post what I would best describe as some of the coolest toys imaginable; toys that won't completely break the bank, drain the 401k, and place marital status at risk. Brought to us by the Utah collector who is thinning the herd, today's find is a choice between a 1995 Honda NSR80 or a 1992 NSR50. Which would you choose? Read on!


The NSR 50 is obviously the smaller of the two bikes, potentially eliminating it for some of our, um, uh, more "buff" readers. It is, however, the Mick Doohan Repsol commemorative model NSR50 - which makes it cool in its own right. Heck, anything with a Doohan sig is pretty sweet in my book - although I do find it odd that Honda chose to commemorate a 5-time 500cc Grand Prix champion with such a diminutive machine.... But that is another story. Powered by a 50cc liquid-cooled two stroke, the NSR50 won't set any records for acceleration or top speed, but there is definitely enough there to make it fun; figure about 7 or so horsepower and a top speed in the 50 mph range.

From the seller:
The Repsol NSR 50 has 14,113 kilometers (8,769 miles). Two tabs are broken on the bottom of the lower fairing where the two lower fairings come together. This is an easy fix with zip ties or fastening brackets or plates installed. There are scratches, dings and scrapes throughout but the bike has good curb appeal. Bike will be serviced with a new battery & new fluids (engine oil and coolant) Radiator looks surprisingly in excellent condition. Bike runs excellent like the day it was new. Bike appears to be completely stock OEM condition.

It surprises me that any of these bikes live to see past a year, as they were normally presents for kids with parents who loved them more than mine did, or purchased by the teenage set who more easily fold into the tiny cockpits. These bikes were also commonly raced in minibike road races held at karting tracks, representing a cost-effective way to exercise your racing muscle. A commemorative edition bike likely escaped the "my first little motorcycle" syndrome, but any small bike like this is an invitation to hoon; as such, abuse in this size class is rampant. This one seems to have escaped the majority of teenage angst, although it is far from perfect.


The flip side of today's coin is a 1995 Honda NSR80. A bigger machine in stature and capacity, the NSR80 suffers from the same maladies as the 50cc version; small size and (relatively) cheap price made it an excellent platforms for beginners, teens and aspiring racers. Like the NSR50, the 80cc model is a single cylinder two stroke with liquid cooling. There is more power available than the NSR50 (an estimated 12 HP!), and performance parts availability seems to be more geared to the 80cc variant - if that helps sway any decisions.

From the seller:
The NSR80 has 2,256 kilometers (1401 miles). It has several dents in the fuel tank. There are scratches, dings and scrapes throughout but the bike looks nice and has good curb appeal. Bike will be serviced with a new battery & new fluids (engine oil and coolant) Bike runs excellent like the day it was new. Bike appears to be completely stock OEM condition.

This bike looks a bit rougher than the Repsol edition bike. The tank scars indicate some possible low side activity. Again, given the predominant use of these bikes (kids, first time riders, minibike racing), I am amazed that they survive at all. So while this is certainly not in "put up on a shelf to let the world adore it" type of condition, if the mechanicals check out it could be a blast as a rider.


Here is the novel bit about this auction: Both bikes are in the auction, but the winning bidder only gets to choose one. We don't see either of these bikes very often, so this is definitely a feast over famine situation. Which would you choose and why? No fair calling out an NSR50R or some other bit of super-rare race bike, but comparisons to the YSR model lineup are welcome. Good luck!!

MI

Decisions Decisions: Honda NSR80 or NSR50?
Honda July 28, 2015 posted by

Paging Dr. House – 1991 Honda CBR400RR

More appropriately sized for Hugh Laurie than the 954RR he rode in the show, the CBR400RR is a Japan-only model which occasionally finds itself in North America via the grey market.  Name-dropping back to the CB400F Supersport ( well, for riders of a certain age ) the diminutive 400RR is updated in every way and revs to 14,500, making 60 hp available at 12,500 rpm.

20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr left front

1991 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr right rear

Closely related to the CBR900RR of the same vintage, the 400 also has an extruded aluminum beam frame enclosing the 399cc inline four.  Similarly, it has a reinforced aluminum swingarm, the chassis easily coping with the power available.  A smooth wet clutch sends power to the 6-speed transmission.  A steady and nimble handler, the preload-adjustable forks complement the rear shock adjustable for preload and compression.  Suitably-sized triple-disk brakes ( 275mm front / 220mm rear ) can handle the slowing.

20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr left tank  20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr binnacle

20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr left front wheel  20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr right detail

With just over 6,000 miles, this 400RR has had only two caretakers.  The current owner re-bodied the bike in Repsol, but includes the factory fairing.  Updated muffler looks great, and CRG shorty levers are a known quantity.  Describing it in the eBay auction:

Bike runs strong and fast, extremely fun to ride. Everything works and is in great shape for a 24 year old bike. A few things to note:

  • I replaced the stock exhaust can with a ‘Fuel Exhaust’ (carbon, oval), sounds great.
  • I installed CRG ‘Roll-A-Click’ clutch and brake levers, “shorties”.
  • I swapped out the OEM bodywork with ‘Repsol’ plastic. Tank has been painted to match. I will include the OEM bodywork with the successful bid (black/silver/teal scheme).  
  • I have all of the Japanese paperwork from the original owner, including the shipping manifest from Japan to the US.
  • The bike only has 6,337 miles on the clock (10,200KM).

This bike is very rare in the US. It has been meticulously cared for; always garaged, covered and properly maintained.

20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr right rear above

Recent maintenance included carburetor service, which can be a bugbear on older creampuffs.  Maybe you know a new rider or a collector on the smaller end of the scale...

-donn

Paging Dr. House – 1991 Honda CBR400RR