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Featured Listing February 20, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

This 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica makes as much of a statement today as it did when it rolled out of Minato City 37 years ago. In ‘83, the bikes announced what those who followed AMA Superbike racing already knew: That Japanese bikes were about to take over road racing for good, with the help of a brave, skinny Californian kid named Eddie Lawson. Today, this bike’s impeccable, unrestored condition sets it apart.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR for sale one eBay

With Steady Eddie aboard, the KZ1000Rs stormed to the AMA Superbike title in 1981 and 1982, and the ‘83 ELR looked like it was an eyelash from the bike that did the deed.

The bikini fairing, boxy tank, deep-dished seat and ducktail rear cowl were lifted right from the 1982 GPz1100, but the unmistakable lime green and electric blue livery were all racebike. Gold wheels finished off the look, and a Kerker pipe and reservoir shocks meant it sounded fierce and handled its weight and power with aplomb. 

This one has fewer than 1,800 miles on the clock, and has had a minor refresh but is otherwise as it was purchased. The clutch is new, the carbs have been freshly cleaned and painted, and couple cosmetic pieces were swapped out for NOS parts. Otherwise, it’s all original. As a bonus, it will be supplied with a set of NOS bodywork, from the fenders to the tank.

From the eBay listing

1983 Kawasaki kz1000r Eddie Lawson superbike replica near perfect all original! Multiple award winning with all “NOS” body parts coming out of my private collection.

Multiple award winner just won 1st place best original Japanese bike. The judges from the pebble beach event were blown away at how perfect she was.

This bike underwent minor clean up/refresh at my shop globe motorcycles limited. I used a full set of “NOS” body work so very hard to find i only have 2 full sets left. I swaped out the engine side covers with “NOS” units and new OEM gaskets and seals.

I have had this bike for several years and it has been the elr that i ride. She looks and rides as good as she did back in 1983.

The engine:
Serial number kzt00je041780 the engine is the original that came with the bike. I get asked this question all the time, why are’nt the ELR engine numbers ever close or similar to the frame numbers? The engine numbers have a specific range they must fall into for 1982 and 1983 kz1000r’s. This is the engine that came with the bike when she was new and is in the correct serial number range for a late 1983 elr.

With only 1789 miles it the engine ran great when i got her but i opted for her to run a bit better since i wanted to ride her. I installed a new hd clutch, all new OEM seals, pushrod, and gaskets (its just what i do). The engine itself has never been painted so no paint whent where it does not belong. The engine side covers were replaced with “NOS” units, very hard to find.

The carburetors were completely disassembled ultrasonically cleaned, and painted just as the factory did, resembled and synchronized. I re-jetted them with #132 main jets and raised the jet neddle with one washer to aid in running better with the competition baffle.

The frame:

The frame and swing arm are all original paint and look better then any of the other original elr’s i have had.
The tires have been replace with Dunlop k400’s (k300’s are not available). The grips, levers, mirrors, , end caps are all “NOS”.
The seat is all original with no blemishes.

The Kerker KR exhaust is the original unit that i had re coated to the original kal*gard finish and installed with OEM copper gaskets. The Kerker side emblem, the hanger bracket/bushing assembly, and the large competition baffle are all NOS ($500). The fuel tank, petcock, fuel guage sender, fuel cap, side covers, front cowl, rear cowl, front fender, tail light, wind shield and rubber seal, emblems, and associated hardware are all “NOS over $7500 worth of unobtainium. A modest amount of NOS/OEM hardware was used.

Tell your wife this is a great investment that will only go up in value unlike her shoe and handbag collection :). So here is your chance to own the best example of 1 of the 750ish 1983 Kawasaki kz1000r Eddie Lawson superbike replica’s ever built for north America. It is as close to when it came out of the crate with the exception of the Dunlop k400 tires and a very small amount of patina on the wheels. I will refinish the wheels to exact OEM specs for the new caretaker at my cost if he or she prefers “NOS” looking wheels (a very expensive process). I will for sure cry when it sells but i am blessed to have a few more ELR’s.

I have owned more then 20 ELR ‘s in the 15 years and have the largest inventory of ELR parts so bid with confidence. This bike will not disappoint. Please feel free to contact me with any questions 954-816-0806 Bob. Please come see her first if you have any doubts. I have been riding, racing, fixing, restoring, and collecting special bikes since graduating from American motorcycle institute “AMI” in Daytona beach Florida.

This ELR belongs in a museum so don’t miss out. I restored and preserved more bikes then i can count and have satisfied owners around the world with giant smiles on there faces every time they look at what the bought. The last 2 ELR s i sold (a 1982 and a 1983) went to Japan. They both had NOS body parts on all original bikes with low miles and sold for $28,500 and $36,000 and just not a perfect as this one.

The original tool kit, owners manual, and 2 keys come with the bike. The first buyer to hit the buy from the 2 ELR’s i have for sale will get my autographed custom painted 1983 bell helmet. The second one will end up with a custom painted 1983ish bell helmet that we will have to send to Eddie and wait for him to sign it.

Lets keep e-bay a great place to do business and only bid if you are planning to buy it.

$1000 deposit and the balance within 3 business days in cash or bank wire. I can store the bike for a few months and help arrange shipping

With ELRs getting rarer by the day, and NOS bodywork essentially unobtanium, we imagine it would be impossible to find another one like this. It’s a collector’s dream and an absolute museum piece. 

Ducati February 20, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Ducati MHR 900 from the Edinger Collection 

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

David Edinger has blessed us recently with a raft bikes from his gorgeous collection, and this 1985 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica is literally a shining example of David’s impeccable taste. As he notes in the description that you will read below, this one is not the coveted Mille version, but the displacement matches Hailwood’s racer.

As pretty as it is, the 1985 Ducati 900 MHR is simply a 900SS with a sexy fairing and paintwork. With about 75 horsepower on tap and plenty of torque to go around, they make punchy, pleasant street bikes, but they certainly won’t set any point-to-point records.

In ‘84, the bike got a new frame, Marzocchi forks and redesigned engine cases to accommodate an electric starter. As well as marking Mike Hailwood’s 1978 Isle of Man TT win, the 1985 MHRs marked the last bevel-drive bikes and the last Ducatis to be built without Cagiva’s influence.

This 1985 MHR 900 has been treated to a fastidious restoration in the hands of Edinger, who is its third owner. It started life in Japan, before it emigrated to New Zealand. Edinger bought it several years ago and rode it for a while before it went under the knife.

From the seller:

This is a 1985 900 Mike Hailwood Replica. This was the transitional year with some 85 models being Mille’s. However true fans of Mike the Bike know he rode the 900. The bike I believe originally was purchased in Japan and then purchased by the second owner in New Zealand. The bike has ridden for one lap on the infamous Nurburgring in Germany and later rode around the Isle of Mann in 2007 for the TT Centenary. The bike has 55,203 KM’s or 34,301 miles and has new Metzler’s.
I shipped the bike from New Zealand to Indianapolis where after I rode the bike as received for several years. After moving to Austin, I tasked Revival Cycles to do a ground up restoration.
I have every receipt that came with the bike and a clear title.
There is small paint scratch on the left hand fairing showing in the picture. The paint job alone was $6,000. VIN # is 7A857001197906193

The bike is located in Texas
Asking price is $30,000
Edinger.david@gmail.com317-908-2573
David Edinger

The results of the restoration are mesmerizing. Although this isn’t the fastest or sweetest handling Ducati ever made, it’s certainly beautiful and rare, and is emblematic of a time when the brand’s future was far from certain, but its past accomplishments could not be disputed.

Featured Listing February 18, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

Kawasaki won the AMA Superbike championship in 1981 and again in 1982, thanks in part to a young rider known as Eddie Lawson. To celebrate the championship and build better brand awareness, Kawasaki built a lime green replica race rocket in 1982 commonly known as the Eddie Lawson Replica (ELR). The official name for the bike was the KZ1000R, which was based on the “J” model KZ1000. Kawasaki modified the top end with parts from the GPz1100 to create a hybrid 1 liter super bike good for 102 HP and 130+ MPH. Besides, it simply looked screaming fast even when on its side stand (no center stand included). Today’s ELR is a 1983 model – which, technically, was called the Superbike Replica since in that year Lawson jumped to 500cc GP racing under the Yamaha banner. But to fans, these models will always be ELR – missing only the number 21 on the number plates. And speaking of 21, this particular bike probably scores a 21 on a scale of 1-10 when it comes to condition. Originally owned (and raced) by Terry Vance from Vance & Hines Racing, this KZ1000R has been reborn as a perfect-as-you-can-get example of the breed, with no part passed over. Read on from the seller, and dive deep into this glorious restoration.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson replica museum quality concours d’ elegance award winning “OCD” restoration with all “NOS” body parts coming out of my private collection.

Multiple award winner just won “Best in class” in the Boca Raton concours d’ elegance for best restoration. The judges from the Pebble Beach event really thought it just came out of the crate! They were blown away at how perfect the restoration was.

This bike underwent a massive full nut and bolt “OCD” restoration at my shop Globe Motorcycles Limited. With over 500 man hours this was by far my most extensive restoration Gaston, Phil and myself have ever done. I used a full set of “Nos” body work so very hard to find I only have 2 full sets left. Digging in deep into my large inventory of “NOS” and spare ELR parts I use a massive amount of parts that are now impossible to find. There is over $15,000 worth of “NOS” parts on this bike.I will try to list them all but I am sure I will leave out so many that the new caretaker will see when he or she is staring at it for hours and hours.

The bike came to me from a collector that bought it from Terry Vance yes that Terry Vance. Terry had used it in late 1983 and into 1984 as his Kawasaki Pro Stocker winning the NMRA portion of the NHRA Winston World Finals (see the article in Cycle World 1983). Byron Hines was out to prove he could build any of the 4 Japanese brand engines into world class winners. After winning Terry used it as a display at the track but Suzuki was less then happy with that idea it ended up in the back of a shipping container for over 25 years. Missing many OEM parts and with the frame raked for drag racing (the original engine came with it as Byron built up a GPz1100 for the track) it was in need of some serious help. With only 1500 on the engine that was easy part of this project. I sent the frame to the best frame Dr. in the US GMD motorcycle frame shop outside Atlanta GA. Using the latest technology Kent brought the frame right back to OEM specs (not a fast or inexpensive process). Then the magic began.

More from the seller:
The engine:
Serial number kzt00je042085 the engine is believed to be the original that came with the bike. The ELR engine numbers are never close or similar to the frame numbers but have a specific range they fall into for 1982 and 1983. This is the engine that came with my purchase and is in the correct serial number range for an early 1983 ELR.

With only 1500 original miles it was disassembled inspected and reassembled with a new HD clutch and all new OEM seals and gaskets. The engine was painted with the correct low sheen while it was disassembled as the factory did so no paint whent where it does not belong. The engine side covers were refinished in the correct gloss black and the engraved covers highlighted with the correct gold paint.

The carburetors were completely disassembled ultrasonically cleaned, and painted just as the factory did, resembled and synchronized.

More from the seller:
The frame:
The frame and swing arm were sandblasted and treated for rust prevention primed and painted in the correct sheen using the best PPG products. All the bearings and seals replaced with OEM parts. All the cables replaced with OEM/NOS parts. The brake system was disassembled completely rebuilt with NOS/OEM parts boasting NOS/OEM front and rear rotors (can’t find them again $1400). The shocks were disassembled painted the correct gold and finished with original decals. The front forks were disassembled rebuilt with OEM parts and painted back to the original sheen and finished with the correct decal. The front and rear wheels were sand blasted primed and painted in the correct gold finish and the outer lip polished to the correct shine. The center spokes of the wheels still show the original small cuts from the machining when the wheel was manufactured (most restorers polish that away not good). NOS/OEM bearings/seals were installed(over 65 hrs just on restoring the wheels). The rear wheel hub/sprocket and chain assembly is NOS. Dunlop K400 series tires installed (K300’s not available). The grips, levers, mirrors, switches, end caps, foot pegs, turn signals, and all the hardware are NOS $$$$$. The seat cover and pading is NOS $$$$ it was the only NOS seat cover I have ever seen (priceless). The rear fender and chain guard are NOS. The Kerker KR exhaust, the side emblem, the hanger bracket assembly and the baffle are all NOS ($3000). The fuel tank, petcock, fuel gauge sender, fuel cap, side covers, front cowl, rear cowl, front fender, tail light, wind shield and rubber seal, emblems, and associated hardware are all “NOS” over $7000 worth of unobtainium. A ridiculous amount of NOS/OEM hardware was used, and the original hardware used was painstakingly individually prepped and re-stained in the correct dark green finish (not easy to do).

More from the seller:
Tell your wife this is a great investment that will only go up in value :). So here is the only chance you will probably ever have to own the best example of 1 of the 750ish 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson replica’s ever built for north america. It is like it came out of the crate with the exception of the Dunlop K400 tires. I will for sure cry when it sells but I blessed to have a few more ELRs they just wont be as perfect.

The original tool kit, owners manual, and 2 keys come with the bike. I have owned more then 20 ELRs in the 5 years and have the largest inventory of ELR parts so bid with confidence this bike will not disappoint. Please feel free to contact me with any questions 954-816-0806. Hit the Buy It Now and I will throw in my autographed custom painted 1983 Bell helmet.

The Kawasaki KZ1000R is a hot commodity in the market these days. And with the original bike nearing forty years of age, time, use and the lack of spares has taken its toll on the available pool. With lower volume and high demand, prices follow. Bikes that you remember “back in the day” that you could buy used for lunch money have suddenly jumped to stratospheric levels. ELR models definitely apply here, as even rough examples are selling strong. And restoring one is no picnic – for many original parts are no longer available. To rebuild a bike that has the history that this one does, to the level that this bike has been painstakingly recreated, would take time and resources beyond the imagination. Likely the best example of the rare breed known as the ELR we have ever seen on these pages (and we have seen some pretty good ones that now pale in comparison) this particular bike is available right now on eBay. Check out the auction here and be astounded by the workmanship. You might be shocked by the values as well, but perfection does not come easy or cheaply. Ding the Buy It Now bell and score a matching helmet complete with Steady Eddie’s gold signature. Destined for museum duty, this 1983 Kawasaki ELR reminds us of the high water mark of old school Superbikes. Good Luck!!

MI

Ducati February 18, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Ducati 750 F1B

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

The Ducati F1B is a very 1980s example of Ducati’s trademark trick — to take a race bike, stick lights on it, and see who bites. In most cases, the answer is damn near everyone, or at least everyone would, if the things were widely available. The 1986 Ducati F1B is a 76-horsepower race repilca that aped bikes Duc took to glory at Daytona, just before the takeover by Gagiva. By 1986, Cagiva had taken over, and the F1B, not to be confused with the F1A, had some cosmetic tweaks, the most obvious of which is a set of red wheels.

With its minimalist frame, gorgeous tubular swingarm and thin, simple bodywork, the F1B looks incredibly purposeful. Added to the no-frills chassis, the two jugs of the big air-cooled v-twin, fed by a pair of 36mm carbs, is on full display. While it’s not anywhere close to the power levels we have come to expect from repli-racers in 2020, there is no doubting that under most people, this thing will still feel ridiculously capable, and with no computers on board, incredibly communicative and alive.

Cosmetically, this one is very nice and original, with just a couple age marks on the seat cowl to keep it from near-perfection.

From the seller:

This is a special 1986 F1B 750, it was owned by one of the top Ducati trainers nationwide. He added an Ohlins rear shock. I added new tires, the profile is slightly taller than stock to get matching sticky street tires. The bikes runs good, carburetors are spot on. There is a bit of patina on the top of the rear seat cowling shown in the pictures. The white on the lower cowling is a different shade of white. I have a shop manual and every receipt that came with the bike and everyone since I bought it. The bike is a 34 year old Ducati Classic. The bikes has 27,165 mikes or 43,719 KM’s

I am asking $16,000 which is what I paid for it
David Edinger
Edinger.david@gmail.com317-908-2573
The bike is located in Texas

For a bike this cool and rare, $16,000 is a damn attractive ask. It’s also right in line with what these things tend to go for. With the groundhog predicting that we’re just about done with winter, it won’t be long before it’ll be time to enjoy this machine to the fullest.

Featured Listing February 18, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda VFR400 NC30

Correction: Price $12,750 U.S. -dc

It’s rare to find a sportbike that is both the smaller, less aggressive version of a more powerful bike, but can also stand on its own merits. In most cases, the smaller bike will get unfairly compared to its faster sibling, and always be seen as a compromise. With the 1990 Honda VFR400R, that was certainly not the case. Sure, its styling aped the legendary RC30 superbike, and it was never intended as an out and out racer the way the RC was, but the NC30 found an lovely niche as a fine-edged performance oriented mini rocket.

Where the bigger machine was prohibitively expensive for most people, and was easily capable of getting you into freedom-jeopardizing trouble, the NC was accessible, entertaining for multiple skill levels, and built to Honda’s legendary standards of quality. There’s a reason they’re valuable today. Think of a 400 made today that you can see enthusiasts drooling over in 30 years. I’ll wait.

This one resides in Vancouver, Canada, and wears Canadian collector plates. The photos here don’t do its condition justice, and it’s only covered 5,555 kilometers over its life. For those of us in the states, that is far fewer than 4,000 miles.

From the seller:

HONDA 1990 VFR 400 NC30, VERY RARE, MINT CONDITION WITH COLLECTOR PLATES!!!!

Summary
Often considered the baby brother to the RC30, the 400cc NC30 deservedly stands proud on its own right. The V-4 with ultra-precise gear driven cams delivers a powerful 60 horsepower soundtrack that is unique to this model – especially when the tach swings up toward the 14,500 RPM redline. This is partly thanks to the NC30s 360 degree crank, creating a “big bang” motor when compared to the NC21 or NC24 predecessors. With a race-bred twin spar aluminum frame, endurance-bred single sided swing arm, fourinto-one exhaust and adjustable suspension, the underpinnings of the VFR400R were anything but cheap. Drape the whole package in a glorious shape that is as iconic as any of the sport bikes we hold in high esteem (RC30, 851, 916, F4), throw in typical Honda build quality and reliability and you have the NC30 in a nutshell.

This particular bike was bought from the local Honda dealership (Vancouver Canada), it was one the bikes in his private collection. I bought this bike on an impulse and also as an investment plus I thought it would look really good (which it does) parked next to my 2009 VFR 800. This bike has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated as these pictures from a smartphone camera do not do justice. It currently has 5555 kms on it.

Price: $13,750 $12,750 US Dollars
Contact: Jeff – jeff@digitalsecurity.ca

These things have been a hot commodity for years now, but the market for grey-market Japanese collector bikes shows few signs of slowing down. These bikes will never sell for RC30 money, but their value will always punch above their horsepower class for the right collector.

Ducati February 17, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2007 Ducati ST3S

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

Offerings from the Edinger Collection continue, and today’s example is proof that David collected a wide range of Ducatis – from rare, low mileage queens to snarling R-spec racers to some of the most iconic models offered. And while many of these models are traditionally not ridden often or long distance, today’s Featured Listing was built to eat up the miles. Originally introduced in 1997, the Ducati ST models brought Italian flair to what was originally the domain of BMW: high speed sport touring. On paper, this was the ultimate marriage of great looks, great performance and all weather comfort. The L-twin had already proven itself potent on the racetrack and reliable on the street. A move from the repli-racer to powering a long-distance cruiser was obvious, and fit the well-heeled boy racer who grew up. It was, in short, a Ducati for responsible riders.

Featured Listing: 2007 Ducati ST3S for sale

The Ducati ST series was offered as the ST2, ST3 and ST4 – but not in that order. In fact, the ST3 and (highly desirable ST3S) was the last to be introduced, and in many ways encompasses everything that is great about the series. All the models were powered by a 916-derived liquid cooled L-twin (think of it as an extension of the 907 Paso), but varied greatly on capacity and head arrangement. The original ST2 offered 944cc with a two valve desmo head and was good for approximately 83 HP. The ST4 came next, originally powered by a 916cc mill with four valve desmoquattro heads and churned out 107 HP. The last of the ST4s adopted the 996 mill. The ST3 was the ultimate evolution of the line – a 3 valve desmoTre head 992cc lump that provided 102 HP at a lower RPM and offered reduced maintenance as well as the ability to meet ever more stringent US and European emissions.

From the seller:
This 2007 ST3S with 55,790 miles on it has great sport touring tires wearing Michelin Pilots, comes with the larger top case and back rest pad, both panniers have liners and reflective clear decals on the back. It’s has Ducati aftermarket slip on exhausts, and the chip. I have the stock exhaust in as new condition.Throttle Miester bar ends for adjusting the speed on the go. It has an RJ 45 connection and a mount for a passport radar detector, tinted windscreen & a spare clear one, carbon fiber key piece and tank protector. It also comes with the factory U shaped lock under the seat where the helmet cable and tool kit are stored. This is a one owner bike. It comes with a “French title” so you will have to get it registered. That is why I am only asking $2,000 for a bike worth between $3,500 & $4,500. I have every receipt, manual and 2 keys including the Red key. The “S” designation means this bike comes not only with ABS but with Ohlins suspension front and rear.there is a small crack shown in the right hand fairing, and a repair on the front of the lower chin fairing. The bike is located in Texas

Asking Price: $2,000
Contact: Edinger.david@gmail.com or 317-908-2573

Compared to the ST2 and ST4, the ST3 enjoyed a face-lifted fairing. This included a larger headlight, more prominent side marker / turn signals, improved aerodynamics and a twin-nostril airbox intake echoing that of the later Multistrada. Intended to replace both the ST2 and ST4, the ST3 was further enhanced as the ST3 “S” model which updated the suspension (Ohlins front and rear) and optional ABS. Publications of the day pointed to the 3-valve motor as being smoother and more refined than the desmoquattro ST4 it replaced, and lauded the big fairing’s ability to direct weather away from the rider. Moreover, when the super slab gave way to canyon roads, the big Ducati behaved more like a Ducati than a touring bike, inspiring confidence with well sorted suspension, big brakes and plenty of grunt.

Unlike many limited edition models, the ST3 is, in fact, a pretty limited offering. With only 1,000 so odd bikes sold through 2007 and 2008, the ST series was shuttered by Ducati as no longer profitable. Instead, they concentrated on high-volume models such as sport bikes and the Monster series. That means today a touring example of the vaunted Ducati super bike can be had for far less than the same year Ducati super bike. And in the case of this example you can slash that price by another 50% – because while the bike is located in the US it is still wearing tags from France. Go through the process to “import” this bike from Texas, and you have a performance touring bargain in the making. This one has 55k on the odometer, some desirable upgrades, and some evidence of wear (check out the pics). Interested? Reach out to David and strike a deal. Then get out there and ride in the comfort that only an ST model can provide. Good luck!

MI

Honda February 15, 2020 posted by

Honda Week Continues: 1988 Honda NSR250R for Sale

Oh god, I can only imagine the backlash in the comments as our unofficial Honda Week rolls on! Today, we’ve got a clean MC18 version of the NSR250R, Honda’s little two-stroke sportbike that took the fight to the Suzuki Gamma, Yamaha TZR, and Kawasaki KR-1. And like those bikes, it was a technological powerhouse, squeezing maximum power from the tiny engine. Introduced in 1987, these never officially made it to our shores, but are now old enough that they can be legally imported and registered in most states.

The original NSR250R MC16 was followed by the MC18 seen here in 1988. It was powered by a compact, lightweight, crankcase-inducted 249cc 90° v-twin that used Nikasil-plated cylinders for a slightly undersquare 54 x 54.5mm bore and stroke. An early version of Honda’s PGM electronic ignition and their electronic RC or “Revolutionary Controlled” powervalve gave a more flexible spread of power, and a six-speed cassette-style gearbox put power to the 18″ rear wheel that was matched to a 17″ front.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda NSR250R for Sale

For sale is a 1989 Honda NSR 250 two-stroke motorcycle with rare hard to find CA title and registration for street use. The bike was just serviced so it is in running condition with everything working, it has been owned by its last owner for over 18 years. It is in good shape for its age but it is not perfect. If you have any questions feel free to send me a email.

The odometer shows 17,590km, which means the bike has a little less than 11,000 miles on it. No problem if the bike has been properly maintained, and it has that all-important California title that should make a trip to the DMV somewhat less painful if you want to register it here… Probably. The MC18 is less desirable than the later MC21, let alone the MC28, but it’s still an NSR250R and should go for a good bit less: bidding is up to $3,856.00 with several days left on the auction.

-tad


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Honda February 14, 2020 posted by

Speak of the Devil: 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 for Sale

Speaking of the RC30… After the little-brother VFR400R we posted this week, we’ve now got the legendary Honda VFR750R here on RSBFS. The RC30 wasn’t especially light, or powerful, but it was beautifully made and was incredibly easy to ride, with intuitive handling. A true sportbike icon, it represents an unusual way to approach production racing.

Most of the time, homologation bikes are tweaked and upgraded versions of regular production machines. You take your basic sportbike platform, then add an adjustable steering head, or flat-slide carburetors, or titanium engine parts, or a different bore and stroke, then build enough examples incorporating those changes to qualify the resulting machine for whichever classes you intend to enter. Instead, Honda built a low-production superbike that was sold alongside its more conventional inline-four sportbikes like the CBR.

Honda’s belief in the the V4 has obviously been validated: the format is popular in MotoGP, and several modern hyperbikes use the format for all of the same reasons Honda felt it was a winning formula. A V4 is heavier and more complex than an inline four, since it has two cylinder heads and an additional set of camshafts. But the format contributes to mass-centralization and is much narrower than an inline four, which allows for better aerodynamics.

Honda’s V4 used a set of gears to drive the overhead cams, and a 360° crankshaft to improve rear-wheel traction. Build quality was incredibly high and, with the fairing removed, the RC30’s components are densely packed in between the thick aluminum frame spars. The V4 configuration is great for handling, but it also makes a bike generally complex and hard to work on. Perfect for a bike that was designed for homologation purposes.

I’m curious about the wheels on this bike: the seller mentions that it currently wears wheels from an RC45, which is an odd choice. The original RC30 wheels would be a 17″ front and an 18″ rear, which makes the fitment of modern sportbike tires problematic. The RC45 would have a 17″ rear, but went to a 16″ front. Again, making the fitment of modern sport tires difficult. An RC45 rear and an RC30 front would make the most sense to me, but the photos don’t clearly show what’s been done here.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 for Sale

If you are viewing this bike, you know exactly how influential the VFR750R/RC30 was to the motorcycle world.

  • With only 3,000 being produced, RC30’s with this mileage are extremely hard to find
  • 748cc V4 powerplant is pure bliss
  • Often referred to as a Homologation Special for HRC’s World Superbike Campaign
  • This bike is believed to have 4,754 unrestored original miles
  • The bike currently has RC45 wheels and a aftermarket exhaust
  • Factory Wheels, Exhaust, and Jetting goes along with the sale
  • Rear Stand is also included with the sale
  • This RC30 has spent the last 2 years in the Throttlestop Motorcycle Museum on Display
  • The bike runs and rides beautifully
  • Paint work is very nice, no dings or issues with the gas tank
  • Lower belly pan has normal wear, see pictures
  • All the hard to find pieces are on this bike and untouched

This was the pinnacle for Honda in the late 80’s/early 90’s and is extremely timeless. Here is your chance to own one of the most desirable Sport Bikes of this era!

Bidding is active, and up to $25,100 with several days left on the auction. This example isn’t perfect, but is low-mileage, unrestored, and looks very clean in the photos. And if the RC45 wheels aren’t to your liking, the original wheels and exhaust are included, so you can put it back to stock before you lock it up in your hermetically-sealed storage vault.

-tad


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