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Featured Listing August 3, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda Hawk NT650

It’s a shame the 1988 Honda Hawk NT650 didn’t see more than a three-year production run in this country, because they’re really incredible machines. Packing just a 60-horsepower 650cc v-twin, on paper they don’t make a big impression, but lift your eyes off the spec sheet and the little ripper might draw you up short. Designated RC31 from the factory, they claim the VFR lineage of the venerated RC30, RC45 and VFR750. That means they were bedecked with top-shelf parts from Honda, including a single-sided swingarm that outclasses their humble power figures.

With a torquey power delivery and a wet weight under 420 pounds, Hawks have gained a cult following as one of Honda’s hidden gems. Think Suzuki SV650 in its Sunday best. Speaking of the SV, the Hawk beat the Zook and the Massimo Tamburini-penned Ducati Monster to the market by a few years, which may have been its downfall. Who knows what might have passed had it launched just a little later.

This example is resplendent in Navy blue, and has clearly been babied over its life. Blemishes are limited to a cracked rear fairing; the rest of the machine presents really well. It has been treated to a rare Two Brothers exhaust system, tail tidy and some bar-end mirrors, but comes with most of the stock parts except exhaust.

From the seller:

This Hawk GT is in excellent condition for its age. Starts, runs, and rides great. Paint and bodywork are very good, except for a 1″ crack on one side of the seat cowl (pictured), and a 1.5″ scuff on the other side. The bike has never been down or dropped. Still has the original owner’s manual and tool kit. Currently the bike has an aftermarket tail tidy, turn signals, and bar end mirrors (removed stock parts also included). A full Two-Brothers exhaust is installed; sounds great. I’ve read this particular exhaust is no longer made and is sought-after.

I rebuilt the forks last winter using CBR 600F2 internals – great upgrade that also adds adjustable preload and compression damping. I also replaced the air filter (OEM Honda), spark plugs (NGK Iridium), and changed the brake fluid (Honda DOT4).

The tires have plenty of tread on them, although they are getting old – the rear tire has a 2003 date code (Dunlop Sportmax D208), front is 2013 (Dunlop Sportmax D207F).

The Hawk no longer has its center stand, but I will include a Pit Bull rear stand.

Thanks for looking and please let me know if you have any questions.

The seller can be contacted through the Cycle Trader listing. At $3,900, this little beast promises to leave a small enough dent in your bank account to leave enough to replace the aged tires. After that, you’re ready to welcome the fall riding season with open arms.

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda Hawk NT650
Featured Listing August 2, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1983 Honda CB1100R

Update 8.2.2020: Price lowered to $29,000. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Honda went endurance racing in the early 1980’s, to learn things there was really no other way to know, with long stretches of Wide Open Throttle for unlimited class machines.  RSBFS reader Par brought this homologation special home from Europe and has had it tuned to match the very nice cosmetics.

1983 Honda CB1100R for sale in Phoenix

Though it has passing similarities to the CB1100F and 900F, the CB1100R is engineered for long weekends at the track.  With 10:1 compression and upgraded cams, the 1100R would like premium or race gas to get to its rated 120hp.  The engine is rigidly mounted as a stressed part of the chassis, which helps handling but transmits more vibration to the rider.  The twin rear shocks and right-side-up forks denote the decade, both multi-adjustable.  Four piston calipers are fed by braided lines but the disks are more exotic, 296mm of cast stainless with internal venting.  Gold anodized Comstar wheels were wide for the day, at 2.5 and 3.0 inches.  Hand-laid carbon fiber was used for the fairings, and there is a theoretical pillion ( required for homologation ) under the tail fairing.

Par is a longtime fan of the CB1100R, and knows their strengths and foibles.  Surprisingly stock, right down to the black-finished muffler.  Along with its rarity and very good condition, the bombproof build and recent maintenance can give the new owner confidence in the ride.

Par’s comments on the CB1100R:

Very rare 1983 CB1100R for sale.  To my knowledge it’s the only one in the states.

I used to have one of these bikes that I bought new in 1983 and rode for several years and from that point on it has always been my favorite bike. I was over working in Europe last year and found this bike for sale and could not resist buying it. I was not disappointed, it still rides like a dream. The bike is not mint but in very good shape for a bike that is almost 40 years old. After I brought it back I had mechanics go through the bike very thoroughly and all I ended up having to do was having the valves adjusted properly, rebuilt/cleaned the carburetors and rebuilt the rear brake. It now runs and rides as new and is 100% stock. And has 92,400 kilometers on it.

Extremely Rare Classic Collectable.  Only 1500 full-powered CB1100R D series were built and none were imported into the U.S. The B and C series were only 100 hp.

The RD is painted in pearlescent red, white and blue. The engine covers are painted in gloss black, the gold covers received a much deeper color than the earlier models. The engine shares many parts with the CB1100F bike. The rear swing arm is made of rectangular steel painted silver.

“The ‘R’ bikes were produced in limited quantities from 1981 to 1983 to compete in factory endurance racing in Europe. They have been touted as “the ultimate peak of development for the DOHC, air-cooled, twin shock, across-the-frame four.” and dominated their racing class in 81, 82 & 83. To this day, they are considered comparable to many “modern” sport bikes. Only a few lucky people in the United States will be privileged to own a CB1100R-D as they were never officially made available for the U.S. market.”

Honda was very successful with these bikes in the famous Isle of Man TT races and they were piloted by legendary riders such as Wayne Gardner, “Rocket” Ron Haslam and Joey Dunlop.

Par asks $29,000 for his CB1000R and welcomes offers by email – here –.

Honda did well with the CB1100R, especially in Australian and New Zealand 6-hour events, the Bol D’Or and the Isle of Man.  The clock keeps ticking however, and Honda adopted their V-4 for 1984 and brought the VF1000R.  But even the homologation special wasn’t the “endurance racer for the road” that the CB1100R was, and 1981-83 models are a distinct moment in Honda history.  Par’s sorted example looks ready to bring that experience to the next owner.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1983 Honda CB1100R
Honda July 25, 2020 posted by

Entrée – 2002 Honda RC51 / RVT1000R

As the 20th century wound down, Honda needed a new tool to work on WSBK, and developed a fresh 90-degree V-twin, wrapped in a new aluminum twin-spar chassis.  This RC51 is a rider but looks very good with a conscientious maintenance history.

2002 Honda RC51 / RVT1000R for sale on eBay

Surprisingly close to the engine specs for Ducati’s 998 with 100mm bore and 63.6mm stroke, the Honda managed 136 hp in street trim, a skwoshe more than the 998.  Programmed fuel injection, two injectors per cylinder and gear-driven cams counted for a lot.  Fork and brake specs are identical to the 998, with multi-adjustable 43mm forks and 320mm disks grabbed by 4-piston calipers.  The RC51 exhausts make their way to the side of the swingarm, and weight is within a few pounds of the competition.

This mid-life owner has taken nice care in their ownership, though the RC51 isn’t without a past.  The Yoshimura mufflers look a lot lighter than stock, though the pipes are ready for another round of polishing.  From the eBay auction:

Very nice condition. All maintenance and service done, maint. log book included. I recently did the first valve clearance check and will include the valve shim kit I purchased for it. Engine is all stock and original except for the Yoshimura Exhaust. The “pair mod” and “intake air flapper” mod has been done, but I kept the original parts to put back to stock. The header is also stock and is in perfect shape. I have other original parts also including the like new original windscreen (Puig wind screen installed). Some other OEM decals and labels included. Has aftermarket undertail but has (what I think is) the original tail light included.

Also has aftermarket rear sets, Stainless Steel front and rear race brake lines (I have all original lines and hardware tagged and bagged) Newer brake pads (I kept part numbers and brand), newer Dunlop Q3’s. OEM Passenger seat pad included. Honda service manual, spare tail fairing in like new condition included. New chain and sprockets where installed as a matched set a few thousand miles ago. A few other parts included (see pictures). Flush mount LED turn signals. The non-oem stickers at the bottom of the fairing where added after a coat of wax so they can be easily removed (I’ll remove them for you if you prefer). New aftermarket adjustable levers.

A short cold start walk-around is shown – here -.

Honda won their first year with the RC51, Ducati replied, and Honda won again in 2002, both times with Colin Edwards aboard.  The benefit afforded twins of any brand lasted until the Jonathan Rea era began in 2015, and is awaiting its next resurgence.  If the reserve is set with the buy-it-now as reference, this might be a winning entry into the sportbike affliction.

-donn

Entrée – 2002 Honda RC51 / RVT1000R
Honda June 20, 2020 posted by

Cleaniac – 1996 Honda RVF400R / NC35

Honda’s lightweight RVF400R has had a bit of a resurgence here on RSBFS lately, suspension updates making it the ultimate small V-4.  Here’s a Houston edition that looks unfettered and super clean.

1996 Honda RBF400R for sale on eBay

Honda couldn’t do much to improve the 399cc’s power and stay within the law, and the chassis dimensions, remain the same as the VFR400R.  Still carburetted with four 30mm Keihin’s fed by the fresh air tubes from in front of the mirrors.  The tires got a little wider and are both 17’s, and forks are now upside down, with a hair less trail than the VFR.  Bodywork was modernized, with fox-eye headlights that were more Fireblade than RC45.

Just a little history on this RVF, though it evidently hasn’t been ridden on the road by the seller.  Very sharp for almost 11,000 miles and a quarter century.  From the eBay auction:

Excellent condition all stock original condition with few minor blemishes from normal use.  It have 17,520 Kilometers runs and shifts great with smooth and powerful V4 Honda race engine.  Those are rare superbikes and this bike was imported from Japan and I did not ride it much since it was part of my little Honda collection and it was never abused, red-lined, raced or tempered with.  I changed the battery (Yuasa) changed oil (fully synthetic) and new Honda filter.

Can’t take anything away from the current small-sport singles, some are even racier and lighter, but lack the symphony of gear-driven cams, 360-degree crank and 14,500 rpm redline.  No fairing mounted speakers required for these tunes, just a twist of the wrist.  Without the usual wear and dirt, the buy-it-now per pound is pretty high, but might be worth pursuing.

-donn

 

Cleaniac – 1996 Honda RVF400R / NC35
Honda June 17, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 2002 Honda RC51 / VTR1000 SP2

Update 7.06.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dcc

Honda’s reply to the WSBK rules change put Ducati on notice, at the very least. The RC51 was updated to SP2 spec in 2002, largely on revised chassis and suspension. RSBFS reader Mike’s RC51 is presented in alternate white livery (never offered in the U.S.) and looks very good.

2002 Honda RC51 / VTR1000 SP2

Honda did their homework on the RC51 and it was a winner right out of the box.  With 136 hp available, just evolutionary changes were made to intake and PGM-FI fuel injection systems, and the SP2 update focused on lightness and supple handling.  The frame, swingarm, dampers and wheels are all percentage points lighter, and re-designed for quicker turn-in but steadier acceleration.  Brakes feature 320mm disks with revised cylinders to increase system pressures by 10 percent.

From the seller:

2002 Honda RC51 VTR Japanese spec motorcycle directly imported from Japan with clean USA title.
7600 or best offer $6,000
Located in Orlando Florida
These are original fairings and paint

Mike’s VTR sports original fairings and just under 30K miles.  Very good considering, though he is up front about the bruises and scrapes.  Looks substantially as delivered to me, and Mike asks $7600 $6,000 or nearest offer.

Honda had the unusual fortune of winning the 2002 WSBK with Colin Edwards, and that year’s AMA Superbike under a certain Nicky Hayden.  Money inevitably moved toward other projects the next year, though Honda had made their point.  While Mike’s VTR is neither mile-less nor without a tipover, it is quite original, ROW livery, and priced realistically. 

-donn

Featured Listing – 2002 Honda RC51 / VTR1000 SP2
Honda June 11, 2020 posted by

Vee Four: 1995 Honda RVF400R NC35 for Sale

Modern 400s are generally geared towards new or budget-minded riders, but can still be very capable sportbikes: I spent a session or two recently chasing one around Buttonwillow, and it turns out a Ninja 400 can work up a surprising turn of speed. In spite of that, they’re still pretty basic machines, specification-wise. But a couple decades ago, bikes like the Honda RVF400R NC35 gave nothing away to the most exotic roadgoing machines, other than a few cubic centimeters of displacement…

A race-bred V4 engine with a “big-bang” 360° crank, gear-driven cams, a distinctive single-sided swingarm and a rear wheel held on by a single large nut… there were no compromises on the NC35, other than those slightly tacky plastic snorkels jutting out of the tank that feed fresh air to the airbox. The 399cc only put out a claimed 59hp and most of the power is produced up near 13,000rpm, but what is available at lower revs is pretty usable and the bike won’t feel as sluggish as the meager power might suggest.

This example isn’t a particularly museum-quality bike: the tail section doesn’t look original, the no-name exhaust isn’t stock, and those polished wheels definitely aren’t going to be to everyone’s taste. The carbon intake tubes do look much nicer than the plastic originals, but again: not original. All of that also means the $11,990 asking price might be a bit on the high side for a bike that’s more an interesting rider than a really collectible example of Honda’s baby V4 sportbike.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Honda RVF400R NC35 for Sale

In 1994, Honda introduced the RVF400, or NC35. Successor to the VFR400 (not confusing at all), the NC35 was two things: a mini-me of the legendary RC45 and one of the greatest 400s ever built. Just like its 750cc big brother, the NC35’s fit and finish was top-notch, and the model had all the trappings of a full-size superbike in a potent 400cc package.

Odometer is in kilometers (16,209 kms or 10,075 miles)

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The RVF400R is pretty uncommon here in the USA, but not impossible to find if you look around, or have the means to import one. If the seller is willing to negotiate on that price, it could be a pretty cool rolling restoration while you track down original bits from overseas, or a really fun project if you raid the Tyga parts catalog for bodywork and performance upgrades…

-tad

Vee Four: 1995 Honda RVF400R NC35 for Sale
Honda June 10, 2020 posted by

Dust Bunny – 1992 Honda VFR400R / NC30

Not born on a construction site, but this vintage VFR400R may have acquired permanent resident status.  Propose to this beauty and whisk her away to the country ( roads ) of your choice.

1992 Honda VFR400R / NC30

A staple in the domestic market, the 400 cc VFR got great attention from Honda and the model was produced from 1986-1993.  For the third generation NC30, a 360-degree crank was introduced, and the redline raised slightly to 14,500 rpm.  Unrestricted power is closer to 68 hp, more inkeeping with the Nissin brakes and staggered 16 and 18-inch wheels.  The alloy twin-spar chassis accepts the right-side-up forks and the race-derived single sided swingarm.  Twin headlights in the RC30 lookalike fairing fool many a fan until they’re close-in.

Looks like this owner has carved out a spot in a larger garage to work on his VFR, and while not without some miles, it looks very good.  Just a couple of comments accompany the eBay auction:

1992 Honda VFR400R NC30, 18,000km or 11,000 miles, new tires, new brake pads, new fork seals all original fairings, de-restricted. Vermont registration, can be registered in any state in USA 

Bike runs very well

The VFR400R wasn’t sold far and wide, but along with its track manners and geared cam soundtrack, has a loyal following.  The ask is up in superbike territory, but a V-4 400 is rare and getting more so.  This Honda red example looks worth pushing the Make Offer button, at least to start a conversation.

-donn

Dust Bunny – 1992 Honda VFR400R / NC30
Honda May 21, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – Zero-Mile 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition !

Update 5.30.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Each manufacturer and year can have but one flagship, and for Honda in 2005 it was the CBR1000RR Repsol.  RSBFS reader Don has been saving this first-year Repsol with great care for the next owner, and recently re-filled the consumables but hasn’t yet ridden a mile.

First Year 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition for sale

As Honda often has, they let the development team behind their RC211V Moto GP bike give a great deal of input on the CBR1000RR or FireBlade.  While the racer’s V5 would have put production costs into the stratosphere, a new inline four was presented with electronically controlled ram air and power valve, and eight fuel injectors helping develop 172 hp.  The alloy chassis was composed mostly of die-cast segments, with 43mm cartidge forks and Pro-Link monoshock on an extended swingarm to accommodate all those ponies.  An electronic steering damper provided lighter control feel at lower speeds, and more stability under warp drive.  Styling also took cues from the RC211V, an angular design with rads vented to the side and aerodynamic from the nose to the seat sub-frame.

Don sourced a perfect example for his collection, and has prepared it with new fluids and break-in oil for the next owner.  To say it is stock and as new really understates the impact of this time machine.  His comments:

This bike has zero miles and is just as it left the factory, following dealer prep. Over the past 15 years it has been stored in very controlled conditions because there is no evidence of oxidation or corrosion whatsoever.

Prior to first start up, I began by changing the oil (Shell Rotella T 10w40 for break-in) and filter. I also changed clutch and brake fluids (Amsoil DOT 4 racing fluid) and flushed and replaced the coolant. I removed both sets of injectors and cleaned them in an ultrasonic and then with a Motion Pro injector cleaner. All injector seals were replaced with new OEM parts. I installed a new AGM battery and started and heat cycled the engine several times. Engine is running perfectly. I have not ridden the bike.

The bike is now ready to keep, display or ride (still has its original tires however). This is a first year Repsol and will become the most collectable, just as the first year Fireblades already are. Although its now 15 years old, it looks like it was just uncrated. Original toolkit and user manual included.

Based in Minneapolis, Don asks $11,500 for his Repsol.  His walk-around video is below.

Repsol has been a great Honda sponsor and the RC211V had a dynastic run of Moto GP championships, under Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.  The CBR1000RR had to wait until 2007 for its WSBK championship, with James Toseland aboard – but in Hannspree’s white and green livery.  Nice to know Don’s CBR1000RR is ready to go, but I’m guessing a real collector will pick up a rider and preserve this virtually perfect example as a fitting bookend.

-donn

Featured Listing – Zero-Mile 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition !