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Honda August 8, 2013 posted by Jared

More Two-Stroke Heaven: 1996 Honda NSR250SE

Redondo Beach, CA – 8,935km – $9,500

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Here is a good one for all you two stroke fans out there! The Honda MC28 was the pinnacle of the NSR250’s as it was the last generation. It featured PGMIV technology as well as the Proarm swing arm as seen on other Honda models of the time. This is what 250 two-strokes are all about!

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The beauty of an MC28 comes in the best color scheme of the NSR (aside from GP livery) and looks to be one nearly stock and clean example. The seller doesn’t offer too much of a description on condition, but does provide a lot of photos to show the kind of quality it is in.

From the seller:

1996 Honda NSR 250 clean low miles fresh battery and fresh carb rebuild. Runs great registered in CA with current tags. Has one credit card key. All original body work. Low miles… 8935km that is very low!!!! Bike starts on the 1st kick and the oil mixer and everything is still in tact and working.

I have more pic if needed. The body is all original it is all stock and will need 2 new tires. Bike has current CA title I will not crate the bike just dont want to be responsible. Prefer local pick up. Payment to be made via cashiers check from a major bank pending verification.

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The seller is definitely seeking the upper range in terms of price for a clean MC28. We have seen clean ones go in the mid-$7k range to the mid $8k range. This one does have a clean CA Title, which can be worth its weight in gold for these two strokes. I would always advise to do your research with the paperwork. But if you are looking for a clean NSR250 and have some cash to play, I would suggest you check this one out and give it some consideration. Clean and unmolested NSR’s are going to get ever hard to find. Check out the eBay ad here and by it now!

-JS

More Two-Stroke Heaven: 1996 Honda NSR250SE
Sport Bikes For Sale July 10, 2013 posted by Jared

1993 Suzuki RGV250 (VJ22) with California Title!

Santa Rosa, CA – 9,653mi – $5,000 No Reserve

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Do you have an itch that only a two-stroke 250 can scratch? Looking for a solid project bike, or something to ride and enjoy without having to worry too much about scratching it? Then take a look at this Suzuki RGV and give it some serious thought. It seems as though most of these mid-sized smokers we see here are NSRs. So its nice to see a Suzuki pop up every now and then.

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This bike comes to us from California, and currently has a clean CA title and registration. Yes that’s right, I said “California Title and Registration”. That alone can be worth more than its weight in gold for the two-stroke world. It is however in “non-op” status. I don’t know exactly what that means, anyone out there have an insight?

From the seller:

Australian model. Purchased in October, 1993.

I am the original owner.

The bike has 15,569 km (9653 miles) on it.

Note the damage on the LH fairing, LH rear-view mirror and LH front turn signal. This is the result of a low-side, low-speed crash in turn one, at Laguna Seca, on a track day in 1999. There was no other damage to the bike (or me).

This bike was ahead of its time for a street machine. Check out the rear swing-arm design and the upside-down fork configuration. Hot stuff for 1993, and still state of the art.

This bike will out corner just about anything you can name except for another 250cc two-stroke. It weighs 350 pounds with a full gas tank. It simply goes where it is pointed.

The engine is still strong and solid. It starts and runs flawlessly. I have always treated it with care: thoroughly warming it up before putting it under full load or high revs, and carefully cooling it down after every ride. The engine has never had a piston seizure or any other issue or event. It has always been run on REDLINE racing two-stroke oil. The fuel tank is clean and rust free inside.

The brake system and cooling system have been flushed every other year and both still work perfectly.

All systems — including lights, turn signals, horn, side-stand ignition-interlock and rev-limiter — work perfectly.

The only thing on the bike that is not stock is a set of braided, stainless-steel brake lines.

The bike comes with the following extras:

Factory service manual and parts microfiche.

Spare battery (still dry, never activated).

Brand new fuel tank; exactly the same as the one on the bike.

Spare, slightly damaged LH fairing and rear frame cover.

Miscellaneous small bits and parts.

The bike has a clear California title and the registration is in Non-Op status.

Let’s start with the Pros; CA title and Registration, One-owner, and well taken care of in the mechanical department. For the Cons; obviously it need some fairing work and the tank has been scratched. This bike would be perfect for a track toy or for someone looking to restore it to its former glory. Bidding is up to $5k and the Reserve is off. I will be keeping a close eye on this one. You can check out the auction here and place your bid as well!

-JS

Honda July 10, 2013 posted by Jared

More Lightweight Fun: 1987 Honda VFR400R (NC24)

Moorhead, MN – 8,405mi – $4,000 w/Reserve

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We have seen a little run of lower displacement sport bikes including a CBR400RR. VFR400R, and an uber-rare CBR250RR. I for one am perfectly okay with that, because not only are these rare here in the US, they are also awesome bikes. Truth be told, not many of us can ride a new SuperSport to its full potential, especially when not on a race track. But a 400 with 60hp on tap? That might be another story. The beauty of a VFR400R here has apparently been blessed with a 2 year restoration and a fresh paint job that mimics a different generation. I would be curious as to what the full restoration process consisted of.

From the seller:

1987 Honda NC24, VFR400 yes, it’s the real deal. Shipped from Japan to Florida and titled in Florida, I transferred the title to me (MN) licensed and insured it after a restoration that took 2 1/2 years. We’ve put about 40 miles on since the restoration, currently it has 14,028 km on it.

The bike is a Japan-only model but we settled on a European NC30 paint scheme (I think) because it just looked better. I have not bothered to add up the receipts and am scared to do so, the carb kit cost over $400 and single bolts cost as much as $30 and all parts came from Europe. EVERYTHING was gone through, repaired, restored, or replaced except we did not crack open the motor.

How rare is it? Well, try to find one. I saw one on Rare Sportbikes For Sale .Com, 5 years ago, it sold for $5K without a title. This is your chance to own an RC30, only smaller, at a fraction of the price, Honda’s first single-sided swingarm.

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Clearly the seller is a fan of this website 😉 This looks like a tidy little bike an it’s probably a blast to ride. It sure looks the part with that awesome single-sided swing arm and white wheels. Mini RC30 anyone? You can check out the auction here and place your bid!

-JS

Kawasaki July 3, 2013 posted by Jared

Always Awesome: 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7

Jensen Beach, FL – 16,500mi – $3,900 w/Reserve

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To me, the Kawasaki ZX-7 embodies the complete essence of what makes 90’s sports bikes so awesome. With dual round headlights, bright (but not completely ridiculous) green/blue graphics, and pink/purple Ninja logo on the tank, it’s hard to argue the timeless good looks. Sure, the standard ZX-7 might not be as coveted as the homologated ZX-7R. The standard model is touted as being more street friendly without the flatside cards from the R model and it will also run you about 1/3 of the price.

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This bike is in as stock of condition as one could hope for. Not only this, but it is really clean and seemingly well maintained. I will let the seller take it away with the full description:

1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7

2nd. Owner and in MINT CONDITION

Very low miles ( 16,500 )

Never wrecked or dropped

Just did full service

New tires

New brakes

New oil

New plugs

New sprockets and chain

Tank cleaned

Carbs cleaned and tuned

New fork seals

ALL ORIGINAL MACHINE MINUS UPGRADED CAM AT FIRST SERVICE ( Have stock cam )

ALL PAPERS FROM ORIGINAL OWNER CLEAR TITLEOriginal grips

The only thing this bike needs is a new speedometer light… Very easy and cost effective fix… Just needs a bulb… Everything on the bike works MINT and she is a true classic as you can see from the pictures… EXTREMELY CLEAN !!!

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This is one of the cleanest and well maintained ZX-7’s I have seen in a while. I have seen these in semi-rough shape go for $2,700 and I have seen better condition one with mods go in the high $4k range. This bike has 16k miles, which isn’t crazy-low, but it is definitely below the average for the year. The only non-stock part seems to be an upgraded cam (stock included). I could easily see this bike going into $5k+ territory. Want a good looking, great condition bike that is surely to appreciate in value with the ever growing vintage sport bike market? Here is your chance, check out the auction here and place your bid!

-JS

Honda June 26, 2013 posted by Jared

Northwest Two-Stroke: Honda NSR250R (MC21)

Redmond, WA – 15,000mi – $3,650 No Reserve

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It should be no surprise that the NSR250 from Honda is a bike we love to feature here on RSBFS. These are grey-market import bikes because they were never officially sold here in the states. What can complicate things even further and affect the value is the fact that getting these things titled and registered can be tricky given the bikes previous registration history and the particular laws of the state you live in.

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This NSR250 is an MC21 model that has been re-faired in always-awesome Repsol livery. The Repsol body work wasn’t offered until later models, so this one obiously isn’t OEM. The bike doesn’t seem to be perfect by any means and the seller states that it has a recent electrical issue.

From the seller:

Selling my Honda NSR 250 PGM 3 due to moving overseas. Motorcycle is street legal and has license plates in the State of Washington.
Exterior condition is very good. Engine and mechanicals are very good as well. Seldom ridden, and well take care of.
IMPORTANT!
There is a problem with the electricals. Bike will start and run fine, but engine will cut off the moment you turn something electric on. For example, the headlight or turn signal. I do not know if it is as simple as a blown fuse, or something more severe like wiring issues. This is a recent problem, and I do not have the time to try and figure it out, as I mentioned that I am moving out of the United States. I have set the opening bid to reflect this. The bike is sold as-is, I have tried to be as clear as possible.

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To any haters out there who don’t want this bike because it is a “250”, you might want to move on. To those who want something different from the crowd this might be your ticket. With 45hp in restricted form, a light weight and performance oriented package, and screaming two-stroke engine that will surely turn heads, its hard to find anything not to love about these bikes. If this truly is a recent issue with the electronics, then I would be inclined to believe that the fix shouldn’t be too complicated (I have been wrong before). This would make a sweet summer project to someone looking for that. If I had the cash, I would totally buy it. There is No Reserve on the auction and only a couple days left, check it out here and place your bid today!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale June 25, 2013 posted by Jared

Clean & Low Mileage 1996 Yamaha FZR600

Oakwood, GA – 3,300mi – $2,100 No Reserve

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Yamaha fans, 90’s lovers, and people who just dig awesome stuff in general should check out this bike. Those who know the FZR600 know that it was a force to be reckoned with when came onto the scene, but after a few years it needed a revamp to keep pace with the other Japanese 600’s. This ’96 here represents the second golden age of the FZR’s lifespan before giving way to the R6.

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The bike up for grabs here really hasn’t seen many miles with only 3,300 on the clock, and boy does it show! This is probably the cleanest FZR600 I have seen and one of the lowest mileage examples. Sure, these weren’t produced in low numbers to designate it “rare” back in the day. Because of that, they were ridden to death, thrashed, and generally mistreated by a large number of their owners. That’s what makes this survivor special. This one even has the stock pipe and the warning stickers still on the tank.

From the seller:

1996 YAMAHA FZR600R MINT 3,000 ONE OWNER MILES!!!!!

RARE double round headlights.

Bike is fast, everything works as new, brand new tires front and rear.

Just had fluids changed and carbs serviced from sitting…… 100% great running!!!!

Spent $1,500 on the above to get her into 100% no excuses condition.

Original condition not restored….. Cosmetic 8.5/9 out of 10. Running 10/10.

Can be driven anywhere, CLEAR TITLE in hand, ready to ride or be a collectors piece.

A slight scuff or scratch here or there but nothing too noticeable. SEE PICS.

NO RUST OR OXIDATION. Georgia Bike all of its life and BABIED.

If you have been looking for a clean FZR600 with some always-loveable mid-90’s bright and colorful graphics, then I think you have found it here with this bike. There isn’t anything that I can really pick apart about this bike, it’s super clean and there are plenty of high quality photos. It sounds like it’s owner has given it the love it deserves. I could see this bike going for $4k easily. You can check out the auction here, but don’t delay as there is only a couple days left!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale June 19, 2013 posted by Jared

Low Mileage and Stock 1997 Yamaha YZF-750R

Manasquan, NJ – 4,124mi – $2,950 No Reserve

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The YZF750R arrived in early 1993 and was based on the OW01, however it shared no common parts with its famous older brother. Though not as rare and collectable (yet), the YZF750R proved itself to be a highly competent and user friendly bike on the street. Present on this model are six-speed gear box, dual 320mm discs up front with six-piston calipers, and Yamaha’s EXUP system allowing the bike to pull hard through the entire rev range.

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This one features some more subtle and less 90’s graphics than the earlier purple/yellow models. However, it still has some flash from the era with this red/black/white livery. This one also has very low miles with just over 4k on the clock. As I like to see bikes from this era, it is bone stock and even has the factory seat cowl. Some one didn’t feel the need to mod this one beyond recognition, and now it pays off.

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I actually think this one might be a 1996 model year, but I cant find a VIN decoder to confirm this. Anyone out there know for sure? Either way, this is one cool bike and I always enjoy seeing clean ones pop up for sale. Long gone are the days of 750cc sport bikes (except the GSX-R). This Yamaha was king of the hill in its class back in the day and benefitted from some solid years of Yamaha R&D. Now’s your chance to own this modern classic. I have seen these go from about $2,200 to $4,000+. I could see this one going for $4k+ as it is the lowest mileage one I have seen in a long time. You can check out the auction here and place your bid!

-JS

Honda June 17, 2013 posted by Jared

One-Owner Survivor: ’87 Honda CBR600 Hurricane

Bradley, IL – 8,149mi — $3,550 No Reserve

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Long before the days of bikes and cars only being identified by alphanumeric codes and acronyms, there was the CBR600 Hurricane. The name just makes it sound awesome, and it is kind of sad that U.S. doesn’t have the Fireblade name for our 1000RR. Only a couple years after its introduction, Honda dropped the stormy moniker in favor for some numbers and letters.

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Obviously, this bike isn’t going to compete with today’s 600 supersport class, but that isn’t how you should think about this bike. For the same price as a new 250cc from Honda you can have this inline-4 rocket. Also, if you wanted one of these so bad back in the day, but there weren’t enough lawns to mow to cover the cost, now is your chance.

From the seller:

NO RESERVE !!!!! 1987 Honda CBR 600 Hurricane.Only produced 2 yrs with the Hurricane script on the tank. I am the original owner of this bike . Always stored in inside, covered and meticulously maintained. Never raced or dropped and dusted, debugged ,and waxed after every ride. Has never been in the rain. The bike is completely stock with the exception of a few things that I will elaborate on. The F1 all-aluminum silencer is probably the first thing that will be noticed. I do not have the original silencer anymore. Tires have been changed only once since the removal of the stock rubber and Pirelli Sport Demons were installed which now have approx 500 miles on them. Photos will show the manufacturing cast tips on the tires to give you an idea of how new they really are.

The stock air filter has been replaced with a K & N product. Passenger footrests were removed shortly after the purchase of the bike to streamline the look in the rear. The original brackets that supported the foot rests were taken to a body shop and a friend of mine at the time did the work himself by cutting them off and smoothed all the roughness away and repainted both with a high gloss black finish. The end result is a look that turned out factory perfect. The front fairing has a small crack directly to the lower right of the headlight as you face the front of the bike. (See photo of headlight area) This crack is a factory defect and it was on the bike when it sat on the showroom floor. The seat is in perfect condition without a single flaw.

The tank has not a scratch or dent in it. All of the bodywork pieces have the original fasteners that secure it to the frame All bodywork and paint is ORIGINAL. Absolutly no scratches.No key fobs or other matter were attached to the starter key so as not to scratch the top clamp,If that will give you an indication on how picky i am.The actual mileage is 8149. Every gauge on the dash works perfectly including speedometer and tachometer. All lights work and switches too. There has never been any electrical issues. Brakes and calipers are in perfect working order . Last year I installed new float bowl gaskets; OEM float valves and an OEM petcock. Absolutely no oil or radiator leaks. Shocks and forks are original equipment and never an issue with either.

Also note; the plastic housing on the rear view mirrors has discolored slightly simply due to age and the inevitable breakdown in plastic properties through the years, which is, sadly, unavoidable.Not a showstopper but it still needs to be mentioned because the photos won’t be able to show the hue difference compared to the color of the fairing they’re attached to.The rear 42-tooth sprocket was replaced with a 44-tooth sprocket and I still have the original. Chain is original too.Original owners manual and Honda Service manual is also included with the bike and yes, all pieces in the tool kit are also intact. Swing arm stand included with the sale of the bike.

This one was featured on the site back in 2011 with a premium starting price. It didn’t sell back then, but it is going to sell now. This is probably the cleanest Hurricane 600 I have seen and being a one-owner bike, it is clear someone has loved this bike it’s entire life. I know a certain RSBFS author that is going to be pissed that this bike isn’t closer to his location… If you want to take home is super clean survivor, you can check out the auction here!

-JS