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Honda January 7, 2021 posted by

More Polishing Hours than Miles – 1979 Honda CBX

Showing just 3,784 miles, this CBX show bike’s condition is hard to believe.  The third and present owner rode it once or twice but found being a museum docent on every ride was a reminder that this CBX is just too nice.

1979 Honda CBX for sale on eBay

Already a world sales leader, Honda wanted to demonstrate their engineering chops, and found a venue in the double overhead-cam inline six.  Even the small 64.5 mm bores made for a wide package, and provided 105 hp at 9,000 rpm.  Honda kept the center of gravity low, disguising the mass of package.  Period UJM features like air-adjustable forks and the 19-inch front wheel are featured, and there’s a nod to the 600 lbs. riding weight in the 296mm rear brake disk – larger than the 276mm fronts.  The six-into-two exhaust needed its own bottle of chrome polish.

The Florida owner tells most of his CBX’s history, which is surprisingly short.  The level of polish is way over the top, but very little about the CBX isn’t.  For all the dirty flat black Comstar wheels out there, these laboratory examples are a beacon of hope.  From the looks of the tank, the fuel was drained for most of the display years.  The seat fairing looks original but the owner says no, and it’s hard to argue with someone who puts a rag down under the centerstand in the eBay auction:

Three owner bike.  Brief history 1st owner, from Oklahoma, purchased new and  kept the bike in his house until 2002 and bike was sold to a collector in Ohio, 2nd owner never rode the bike and sold to me in 2020.  The CBX was refreshed by the 2nd owner and stored in a climate controlled building with his collection of vintage motorcycles.

Refresh of the CBX was done by a shop in Georgia that performed the following – new tires, chain and sprockets, fork oil and seals replaced, original exhaust chromed to show quality, complete tune up, coils, spark plug wires, carbs rebuilt, wheels and side cases polished and new paint job.  2nd owner likes his bikes “over restored”.   $,$$$ were spent and the bike was placed back in the collection. I purchased last year and just recently decided to start and ride the CBX–after changing all fluids, adding a fuel filter, bike was started and taken to a local shop to check/synch the carbs.  Bike ran great with all 105 horses on tap it was a pure joy to ride – rode 65 miles.  It has been painstakingly taken care of for 41 years and should continue to be.  Not many in this condition left.  Living in Florida, I wanted a nice UJM bike to ride during the winter months – this bike is too rare and collectable.  Took 45 minutes just to get gas as many people wanted to see and talk about it – do not see these driving around in this condition.
All lights – head, tail, turn signals, dash lights, horn function as new.  Tach, speedo and volt gauges are original – not restored.  The tach started to have a whining noise so it was disconnected.   Inside of tank looks new and is not coated.  The bike appears to have all its original parts except for the tail section.  Original tool kit and owners manual are like new.  Original shop manual along with many magazine articles and Honda brochures included with the sale.

 

Honda’s six was more successful than either the earlier Benelli or later Kawasaki, but still only survived four model years.  But during that time, it served as a dealer showpiece, occasional endurance racer, and collector’s icon.  This one has less miles but might be less original than some.  The eye-watering starting bid might be offset by the show-ready appearance, at least for some buyers.

-donn

More Polishing Hours than Miles – 1979 Honda CBX
Honda November 30, 2020 posted by

TLDNR – 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol With Just 2,144 Miles !

The kind of previous owner you want, this Repsol superbike owner rode so sparingly the owner’s manual and tires weren’t really a requirement.  With new fluids and tires, the first tank of fuel for the new owner will be a quick read.

2005 Honda CBR1000RR for sale on eBay

Though indeed an inline four, the 1000RR had little in common with the previous 954RR.  The very oversquare cylinders used nutless connecting rods, dual-stage fuel injection, and developed 173 hp.  Design engineers wanted to shorten the engine bay and put the crankshaft, main shaft and countershaft in a triangular arrangement.  That and tilting the cylinder head up a bit left room for a longer, more stable swingarm.  Honda’s Electronic Steering Damper took speed into account, and radially mounted front brakes provided the least disturbance under braking.  The Repsol colors are sponsored by a multinational peteroleum company and the race team, based in Belgium, has had a lot of champions over its 30-odd years, but Nicky Hayden was on the team from 2003-08 and took the MotoGP honors in 2006.

Pictured at the original owner’s toy shop, this CBR might not have strayed very far from home.  OEM tires are still on there, but nary a scratch to be seen.  Comments from the owner’s crowded garage ( and eBay auction ) –

One of the nicest if not the nicest original 2005 CBR Repsol out there. 1 owner completely original even the tires. It’s number 51 of 1500 made.  Just serviced and always kept on a battery tender. There isn’t a scratch on the motorcycle! It has 2,144 miles. It comes with original bill of sale, 2 keys and manuals never opened.

Though the CBR1000RR’s engine was its own animal, the chassis borrowed a lot from the HRC race machines.  ECU programs and suspension adjustability accommodated a wide variety of riding styles, and of course the build quality just honed the legend.  Reviews said the RR was the easiest of its contemporaries to ride quickly, rock solid mid-corner, and the forward engine reduced wheelie concerns at the exit.  This example looks quite collectible and great for an occasional sunny day !

-donn

 

 

TLDNR – 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol With Just 2,144 Miles !
Honda November 11, 2020 posted by

Dig Out Your Legwarmers: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Personal home computers. Digital displays. The Space Shuttle. Princess Diana. The Falklands. Epcot Center. The early 1980s were a time of excess, and of Turbos. For this was the era of the factory turbocharged motorcycles, and leading the charge was the 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo. For certain the concept of boosting intake manifold pressure was not a new invention – both driven superchargers and exhaust gas turbochargers had been around since relatively early days of motor design. But use in a street-bound motorcycle, as built from the factory, was a brand new thing. Purists will point out the Kawasaki Z1R TC, but that was an aftermarket mod. The CX500T was the real deal, soup to nuts. And what a deal it was!

1982 Honda CX500 Turbo for sale on eBay

Honda already had the beefy CX (think liquid cooled Guzzi) design laying around, and thought it would be a great platform to accept forced induction. There was some work to allow the bottom end to accept larger bearings, but with liquid cooling and robust components the CX platform was nearly turbo ready. What it was missing was a suitable fueling mechanism. For that problem, Honda assembled a brain trust to develop a computerized fuel injection system that would provide power and control while allowing for a safely margin under load.

From the seller:
1982 Honda CX500 turbo. Extremely low miles. Excellent condition. Runs and drives as it should
Photos tell it all. Any questions welcome.

To compliment the cutting edge technology that went into the CX500T, Honda designers went overboard with a Buck Rogers theme and color palate. The bike screams TURBO! from no less than eight locations, including the backwards “OBRUT” badge on the front of the fairing (to make it obvious in a driver’s rear view mirror). At 570-ish pounds the Turbo was not a sport bike, but alongside the big six-cylinder CBX the CX500T looked positively svelte. Decent wind protection made for a torquey and fun sport tourer, and roll-on power was never really a problem.

Although cutting edge in design and tech, the Honda CX500T was a failure in the showroom. It was too complicated, too heavy, too expensive and too different to appeal to the mass buyer. Rideability was also noted as an issue, with low-to-no power off boost and a knife edge when all the power became available. It was an important milestone and a major technology credit to Honda, but it was not what the buying public lusted after. Today’s machine does have low miles for the year, and looks to be complete. Sadly it has suffered from at least one tip-over if not two (remember, these are heavy!), and replacement parts and plastics are not readily available. Check out all of the details here, and then decide whether boost is for you. Stay safe, and good luck!!

MI

Dig Out Your Legwarmers: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo
Honda November 4, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1983 Honda CB1100R

Update 11.4.2020: Price lowered to $27,000. 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.

Registered in Arizona.


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 $27,000 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 October 21, 2020 posted by

Steam Train – 1990 Honda CBR1000F

Over on the GT end of the spectrum, Honda’s all-growed-up CBR looked and weighed like adult rider material, and had power to match.  This suburban Portland example is a lot of bike for the buy-it-now.

1990 Honda CBR1000F for sale on eBay

Everything about the 1000F is at the big end of the range – quite oversquare, the bores are 77mm across, fed by four 38mm Keihin carbs.  Power is superbike strong but more torquey at 132 hp and 77 ft.-lbs.  Brakes are ’90-sized at 296mm, but have Honda’s thoughtful take on linked braking, where the lever and pedal each operate both front and rear brakes, splitting the caliper pucks proportionally.  Creature comforts got raves, with the big seat, windscreen and full fairing make reeling off the miles a ( lack of ) breeze. 

Sounds like the owner also has an interest in a used bike parts outfit, and recently put all new fluids and rubber on this Honda.  Miles aren’t much at 8,462, but once you park a bike time picks up speed.  Apparently victim to a zero-speed character builder or two, this 1000F still looks very good and quite original.  Refinishing faux pas like the generator cover and clutch fluid spill should make a nice difference.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The condition is excellent. The bike has 8,462 miles on it. We just put new tires on it. Changed the engine oil and filter with Honda oil and a Honda filter. Changed the coolant with Honda coolant. Changed all of the brake fluid and clutch fluid. New battery. Cleaned the carburetors. New air filter. This bike is ready for the road. There is a couple of scuffs in the paint as seen in photos. There is one crack in the left side fairing seen in the photos. The seat has a small tear or rub spot as seen in photos. The bike is 100% stock with no modifications done. I am including the original invoice from when the bike was bought new in 1990. I am the second owner of the bike. I bought this from the original owner.

The owner also posted a 10-minute video for which offers some nice close-ups – here -.

Though it’s not a fire-breathing track machine, the CBR1000F still has the superbike pedigree and engineering to build up speed quickly.  Then the all-encompassing body makes a quiet, still, almost separate world for the rider.  This example is an advertisement for inside storage, with new looking finishes except where fate tripped up the previous owner.  Though an admitted flipper, the seller has recommissioned the big CBR properly, and left the Make Offer button lit.

-donn

Steam Train – 1990 Honda CBR1000F
Honda October 18, 2020 posted by

Rim Shot – 1989 Honda CBR250R

This mini-FireBlade has been a grey-market import twice, but still has just over 9,000 miles and looks very good.  Tipping the scales at 350 lbs. with half a tank of fuel, its 40hp are plenty to have a ball.

1989 Honda CBR250R for sale on eBay

Made since 1986, the four-cylinder had bores of around 2 inches and peak power was at 14,500 rpm.  The twin spars of the frame and swingarm were aluminum alloy, and single muffler and front disk kept the mass down.  Home-market rules stipulated the horsepower limitation, but the little CBR handled with abandon.  Set up for a pillion, but probably not two 90th-percentile adults.

This third owner is Chicago-based, and says it’s a long-term relationship.  It looks quite stock, with the natural exception of the rear fender-ectomy.  No particular damage, but corrosion never sleeps and is evident on many fasteners, maybe due to its western Pacific origins.  The flickering livery is pretty unusual and striking in red metallic.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The cosmetic condition of this machine is just as it looks in the photos. The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting immediately.

This bike has been part of my collection for many years, is actually ridden once in a while, and is a LOT of fun to ride. It runs and rides with absolutely no issues. And the 4 valve, 4-stroke, dual overhead cam engine revs up to 19,000 rpm, so you can imagine how much fun it is when it’s really wound up. I am the third owner from new. It was originally imported from Japan into Australia, then to the U.S. in the late 2000’s. It has a clear, valid title, so there will be no issues plating it in any state.  

 Everything on this motorcycle is original. Every one of the finishes are totally original, as is the seat. As you can see from the photos in the photo section, the machine has had absolutely no restoration performed to any part of it. The condition is exactly what it looks like in the photos. I looked at a quite a few of these bikes before I finally bought this one, and I’ve never seen a better original one before or since.

 The Honda runs and rides the way you expect a machine with this type of mileage to run. All of the mechanical components have been checked over to ensure they work properly including the clutch and brakes. 

 Oil has been recently changed, a new battery was installed, and the carbs completely gone through this season. Everything works. There is absolutely nothing you will have to do to this motorcycle to ride and enjoy it for the rest of this season and many more to come.  

The CBR250R not only had to compete against other domestic manufacturers, but in-house competition from the NSR250R, and wasn’t exported until 1996, then just to Oceana.  Yearly changes were incremental until 1990, when a new chassis was introduced.  Hopefully the reserve will leave a stainless fastener allowance for this rider, and bidding is active just one day in.  The next owner will have a rarity in the U.S., and in quite nice original shape.

-donn

Rim Shot – 1989 Honda CBR250R
Honda October 14, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Honda RC51

Update 10.20.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The incredible Honda RVT1000R – perhaps better known by its more popular moniker, the RC51 – was a motorcycle built out of need. The need was not in the showroom, but on the racetrack. WSBK rules changed in 1998, allowing twins to have a capacity advantage over the currently dominant 750cc fours. This opened the door for a decade of Ducati dominance; their v-twins were allowed to be 999cc, giving them a distinct advantage. Deciding that they could play the game just as well, Honda threw their engineering might at the problem and the RC51 was born. A winner on the racetrack, the RC51 remains a significant platform that bred a tamed racer for the street.

Featured Listing: 2000 Honda RC51

Exploiting the rules to the maximum helped to finalize the design: a 999cc 90 degree v-twin was the order of the day. Honda included DOCH heads with four valves per cylinder and fed by computerized fuel injection. Power was a stout 133 for the street bike. This was then dropped into an all new twin spar aluminum alloy frame, complete with a heavily braced swingarm; rigidity was the order of the day. The high mounted pipes provided better ground clearance. The swoopy, aerodynamic bodywork enabled the use of side-mounted radiators – a nifty trick to encourage and use the airflow around the bike as efficiently as possible. On paper, on the racetrack, and in the showroom the RC51 was a winner.

From the seller:
2000 Honda RC51 RVT 1000 SP1
17,350 miles
Upgrades include:
-Sato Racing rear sets
-Goodridge stainless steel braided brake lines
-Ohlins rear shock with remote adjustment
-Morse clip ons
-ASV adjustable levers brake and clutch
-Scotts steering dampner
-New Dunlop Sportmax tires
-New DID chain
Service/ maintenence work done by T-mac cycles in North Carolina

Mufflers are original stock Honda, as well as the Ecu. There is a scuff on the upper fairing (left side)scratch on rear. This motorcycle funs flawlessly and pulls hard.

Asking price: $5,000
Contact Mike for more details

Given that this bike was designed to go racing, Honda must have been pleased with the outcome: the RC51 won the World Superbike championship in both 2000 and 2002 piloted by Colin Edwards, and the 2002 AMA Championship with the Kentucky Kid, Nicky Hayden. Eventually WSBK rules changed to even out the displacement regardless of number of cylinders, and Honda replaced the RC51 with a Fireblade-based effort, although they also scaled back factory involvement in the intervening years. All told, this is the bike that out-Ducati-ed the factory Ducati racers, and even today it represents a a unique take on the v-twin sport bike scene.

Today’s Featured Listing is a 2000 model RC51 (i.e. RVT1000R SP1). It has seen a fair number of miles (gotta love that legendary Honda reliability), and is sporting some tasty upgrades. The Sata rear sets offer superior adjustability, as does the gold-standard Ohlins rear shock. The cockpit has been upgraded as well, with beautiful Morse clip ons, an added steering dampener, and adjustable levers. This bike has been used, and the seller points out that the fairing does have some scratches. But if anything, that should encourage a new prospective owner that this is a rider – a willing partner for the canyon tango – without fear of riding that zero mile garage queen. And did I mention it is cheap? We rarely see a bike this clean offered up at this price, which is all the better considering the weeks of great riding weather still ahead of us this year. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2000 Honda RC51
Honda October 4, 2020 posted by

Well Enough Alone – 2005 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 SP2 with 5,181 miles !

Hard for a sport rider to keep any factory’s stock set-up, but the 2005 Honda RC51 SP2 might be a good candidate.  This seriously black stocker from Mass. has all the SP2 goodness and none of the typical farkles.

2005 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 SP2 for sale on eBay

After two successful years with the initial RC51, a weight loss regimen was introduced for 2002, as well as making the chassis more rigid and increasing the throttle body size to 62mm.  Tweaks to steering head angle and monoshock linkage vied to add quickness to the bike’s stability.  Hoping to keep the wheelbase compact, Honda went with side-mounted radiators to suck heat from the 136 hp engine room, and added dual fans to the SP2 to help out.  A taller windscreen was designed with Colin Edwards’ input and cut a more generous hole in the oncoming air.

This RC51 has been preserved in a Boston suburb, and beside the unusual all black, it’s even missing the routine tail tidy and light(er) weight slip-ons.  Can’t quite see what the reflection at the back of the rider’s seat is all about though, doesn’t seem like a removed pad is likely.  Gear-driven cams only require fresh oil, no belt service to get you riding, but checking the date code on the tires might be a thought.   The owner has this to say in the eBay auction:

Bike is in excellent/showroom condition, no dents or scratches. Bike has a new battery and has recently been serviced. There are NO modifications to the engine, exhaust or suspension. Bike is in ORIGINAL condition. Bike is stored indoors and has not been registered since 2015. I do start it and take it up the street a few times a year though. You won’t find a cleaner all original RC51 out there. It is a hard to find color combination as well.

The SP2 has a lot of lessons learned campaigning the SP1 to a championship, and is the one to own unless you want a first-year model or Nicky Hayden livery from 2004.  Most sources indicate production of only a few thousand each year, which will make this RC51 an eventual collectible.  And there’s a winding road of modifications if you prefer, but for pete’s sake if the original parts look this good put them in storage !

-donn

 

 

Well Enough Alone – 2005  Honda RVT1000R / RC51 SP2 with 5,181 miles !