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Honda November 18, 2018 posted by

Power Play: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

The 1980s represented a wild period for motorcycle manufacturers. Everyone was throwing technology at the performance problem, and all Big Four vendors went full speed down the Turbo road. Little did they know it would be a dead end street. But while it lasted, the glorious promise of liter-bike power in a mid-sized motorcycle ruled the day. The mighty technological giant know as Honda was both the first - and the last - reveler at the boosted party, and built what many consider the most complete factory Turbo bike offered. Enter today's rarity, the mighty 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo. Long since known as the roll-on king, the CX650T produced real-world, usable power in a whooshing rush that was unmatched by contemporaries. Offered for one scant year at a princely price, the 650 Turbo (just like the CX500 Turbo) failed to capture much wallet share of the riding public, and was discontinued. With it, the Turbo era was over.

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for sale on eBay

Externally the CX650T resembles a futuristic Silver Wing, and the apple didn't fall too far from that tree. Utilizing a slightly beefed up bottom end, the Turbo model makes due with many of the CX infrastructure elements - which should tell you how over built the CX lineup was in the first place. A single turbo blows through the four valve heads. Fueling is provided courtesy of computerized injection (hot and heavy stuff back then). Optimizing for torque rather than peak HP, the 650 is good for about 100 HP. But this is no drag racer. With shaft drive, air suspension, a heavy chassis, a beefy motor, nearly a of ton of electronics and the large fairing, the CX650 Turbo tips the scales significantly on the wrong side of 550 lbs. Honda wisely chose the "sport touring" theme with their Turbo bikes, partly due to necessity of packaging everything up.

From the seller:
17 mile cx650 turbo tiltle is in my name. This bike will need serviced..it does run and drive .i tested it and put 10 miles on it my self Oem stock tools ,air gauge ,owners manual,stock Oem tires with nubs
Front rear,only thing on this bike not Oem it the glove box cover,other then that .this bike is as it was sold new.

Turbo bikes are rare. With only 1,700 and change of the 650s ever made (and a reported mere 1,000 or 1,200 imported to the US), these beasts are not common. This particular bike sports only 17 miles... total! Low mile Turbo bikes are more the norm than the exception, but this is an extreme example. The only specimens that have fewer miles are those machines donated by Honda to technical schools for training and learning (those were never intended to be titled or ridden). But miles are not to be feared on a CX650 Turbo. These are robust motorcycles with few real issues. The key gremlins on the bike are electrical related. Stators are no longer available and the cause of many a charging system's demise. Removable connectors under the seat can get corroded, run hot under load and can burn out. Other than those items, regular use will keep items such as the turbo waste gate operational and happy.

Turbo bikes have always been expensive relative to their same brand, non-boosted counterparts. That is part of the reason why they are rare; they simply were too expensive for the level of performance offered. And while they have been slow to appreciate (financial turbo lag?) they have been slowly climbing in price. Top condition, low mileage bikes are on the sharp end of the field - as is to be expected with any collectible. The seller is looking for an opening ask of $8,900, which thus far has scared away bidders. Nearly nine grand is a big ask for a CX650 Turbo in today's market, especially as this is the opening ask of an auction. These are wonderful and unique bikes that deserve a good look if you are searching for a rider/collector machine. This one is priced a little high when compared to others we have seen, but is certainly not in absurd territory. Check it out here, and then jump back to the comments and share your Turbo stories. Turbos need love too! Good Luck.

MI

Power Play: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo
Featured Listing November 17, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2018 Honda NSF250R Moto 3 Race Bike For Sale

For many years, Grand Prix motorcycle racing was dominated by two-strokes: 125s, 250s, and the hairy 500s that carried the likes of Schwantz, Rainey, and Doohan to victory. But as the popularity of two-strokes waned on the road, the formula was changed to allow four-strokes to compete, and ultimately all Grand Prix motorcycle racing machines transitioned to four-stroke power. The entry-level class was dubbed "Moto3" once the formula switched from 125cc two-stroke to 250cc four-stroke power, and today's Honda NSF250R was designed to compete in this fiercely-contested category.

They might sound a bit agricultural, but two-strokes are perfect racing motors: light, extremely compact, and relatively simple. Four-strokes are generally larger and heavier for a given displacement or output, since they include things like "cams" and "valves" in the package. Honda had to work hard to approach the standards of lightness and elegant simplicity set by the outgoing RS125R, but the results speak for themselves.

Single-cylinder four-strokes are traditionally the format of dirt bikes and economical commuters, but Honda packed plenty of tech into the relatively tiny package for the NSF250R. The dual overhead cam engine features a reversed cylinder head with the intake at the front, and the unit is rotated backwards in the chassis to fit between the frame rails and maximize space for the airbox. A cassette-style gearbox helps for quick trackside gearing changes, and the bike's dry weight is an impressively svelte 180lbs, so the 48 claimed hp offers serious performance for aspiring GP stars.

From the Seller: 2018 Honda NSF250R for Sale

Up for your consideration is this Honda NSF250R four-stroke race motorcycle from HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) I personally ordered it from HRC last November. Production was August 2018. Brand New, Never started, No fluids. Imported thru all legal channels. Located Cleveland Ohio. Included is the Option Parts Package (PGM-FI SETTING TOOL, MODE SELECT SWITCH, PIT ROAD SPEED LIMIT SWITCH) Seat pad included (not pictured) $18,000 USD OBO. Suitable trades will be considered. Contact: Greg 440.214.0954 deftonecycles@gmail.com

This one is being offered by our friends over at Deftone Cycles for $18,000. A brand-new NSF250R probably doesn't present too much of an investment opportunity, at least short term. But it does offer an aspiring racer the perfect platform on which to hone their skills, a blank slate on which a rider can write the first chapter of their career.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2018 Honda NSF250R Moto 3 Race Bike For Sale
Honda November 17, 2018 posted by

Grey and Gold – 1988 Honda CBR400RR

For a few years in the late 1980's - early 90's, Honda had double coverage in the 400cc segment with two 4-cylinder 4-strokes, the V-4 VFR and the straight four CBR400RR.  Marketed somewhat differently, the CBR400RR really only made it to the western hemisphere as a grey import, where it has recently shined.  This one comes out of a collection and despite some miles, has been nicely prepared for a future life.

1988 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

Around mid-life for the 400cc model, the NC23 built on past successes and styling from its larger cc brothers.  The nicely oversquare 399cc four has gear driven cams, and a pre-ordained 59 hp are available.  Air-adjustable forks and dual 4-piston disk brakes are up front, with Honda's beefy Tri-Arm monoshock out back.  Tire sizes are staggered 17 and 18 inches, and exhaust goes 4-into-1.

This owner has brought several bikes forward recently, and has taken some flack for his optimistic assessments.  This CBR though, looks better than advertised with fresh cosmetics, and the long list of mechanical freshenings take some of the concern out of the mileage.  An in depth walk-around is available - here -.  From the eBay auction:

1-Entire new Stainless Steel Exhaust System back to the OEM Can with all new donuts & mounting hardware.

2-Installed new fuel petcock

3-Rebuilt BOTH Front Calipers and the Rear Caliper - Repainted Honda Gold

4-Installed new brake pads front & rear

5-Installed New Gold Chain and new sprockets

6-Rebuilt all 4 carbs using only Honda OEM parts

7-Carbs all Digitally Sync to perfection

8-Installed New Tapered Head Bearings both upper and Lower

9-Installed New OEM Air Filter

10-New Spark plugs

11-Valves adjusted (Shim under bucket) - see pics of valve train and condition of the cam shaft lobes.

The cam lobes show almost ZERO wear!!! Installed new OEM valve cover gasket

12-Installed New rubber cushions in the drive hub

13-Installed new radiator - water pump - thermostat - radiator cap and coolant hoses

14-Installed NEW Rear Shock - big upgrade over the stock one

15-Rebuilt Front forks - new seal - dust caps and used 15w fork oil

With its slightly higher CG and different frame geometry, the CBR didn't get the handling raves that the VFR did, but it's a couple of gallons lighter and lives for the twisty bits.  Owner-readers will be able to spot discrepancies, but no one can quibble about the sound of the cam train.  The owner has elected a no-reserve auction, which seems undervalued with two days to run.  Plan ahead for spring !

-donn

 

Honda November 14, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda NS400R for Sale

Update 11.15.2018: This bike has SOLD in less than a day! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Honda considered themselves to be a four-stroke company and had to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the two-stroke GP era. After the abject failure, at least in terms of race results, of their oval-pistoned NR500, Honda finally relented and applied their usual tenacity and innovation to the two-stroke NS500, and that machine provided the inspiration to today's Featured Listing, the road-going Honda NS400R.

Seen here in Freddie Spencer-inspired colors, the NS400R obviously differed from its Grand Prix sibling in terms of displacement. Why just 387cc, instead of something closer to the racing version's 498cc? Well Japan had regulations that led to much higher costs for 500cc machines that made them impractical for the vast majority of riders so, instead of creating two different versions of their bike for domestic and overseas sales, they created just one well-conceived and thoroughly-developed version.

The NS400R and its racing inspiration both had liquid-cooled, two-stroke V3 engines, but the roadbike reversed the racebike's asymmetrical cylinder layout, with two of the three cylinders projecting to the front and a single pointed up towards the underside of the tank, and the package produced 72hp in a very civilized package.

In addition to the unusual 90° V3 engine configuration, the NS400R used Honda's ATAC powervalve system and electronic ignition, a six-speed gearbox, TRAC anti-dive forks, a Pro-Link rear suspension, modular Comstar wheels, and radial tires, a relative novelty at the time. The entire package weighed in at around 400lbs wet and handling was considered to be the very best the era had to offer, although it's been unfairly overlooked for years.

From the Seller: 1986 Honda NS400R for Sale

Northern Beauty

Selling a 1986 Honda NS400R with 33,219 km. (20,641 miles). The bike has Ontario ownership (title), and there are no liens against it. The bike is located about 30 miles east of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was originally purchased at Esquire Honda in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in April, 1987. The current owner purchased the bike from the second owner in 2007 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In its history it has received new tires, steering head bearings, new steering head damper and one fork stabilizer.

The bike experienced a driveway tip over about three years ago, which caused a scrape to the left side fairing lower. It was professionally re-painted to match the original, and is not detectable. Only a small scuff mark appears on the left side lower cowl. There is a small dent on the right side exhaust canister, as shown in the photos. There is a scuff mark on the kick stand, which has the painted fairing attached, and the mirrors, while original, have faded in colour. There are several tiny stress cracks around the windshield fasteners and on the seat cowl fasteners, but they are very small, and not noticeable unless you’re looking very closely. Other than the aforementioned blemishes the bike is in excellent condition, and only needs a new owner.

It starts eagerly, and I’d be happy to send a startup video to show its running ability.

The owner can assist with shipping and, for a fee the bike can be taken to the U.S. border crossing at Niagara Falls/Buffalo (90 miles) or the Ivy Lea crossing in upstate New York (120 miles).

$5500. USD

Honda's decision to go with a 400cc model may have cost them sales at first: the NS400R made less power than the competing RG and RZ, but it weighed significantly less as well, so performance was roughly similar. But being a 400, there was a perceived lack of credibility and, for a while, prices on the used market reflected that, although values of the NS400R have been rising quickly over the past few years. But not this one: the seller is asking just $5,500USD, although it is in Canada. If you've been looking for a clean example but have been put off by the asking price for recent offerings, rent, borrow, or steal a van, make sure your passport is up to date, and hit the road. Because you won't find another example at anywhere near this price.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda NS400R for Sale
Honda November 14, 2018 posted by

All of the Revs: 1993 Honda CBR250RR on eBay

It's hard to describe what the 1993 Honda CBR250RR meant to the riding masses to audiences in this country, as riders here have never been required to buy starter bikes before moving on to more powerful machines. If you can get your license and qualify for financing in the United States, whatever race replica you want is all yours, sonny. Speed and consequences be damned, this is America. In Europe, Asia and Australia, there is no such laissez-faire attitude, and beginners were made to start on small-displacement machines, which bred a market for sophisticated mounts that young or starting riders could enjoy.

1993 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

The 1990-1996 Honda CBR250RR carried a jewel-like 250cc inline four, good for around 40 horsepower and a screaming 18,000 rpm redline. The chassis were hung with lovely bodywork and full-grown suspension, which mean the bikes ride and handle like the quality machines that they are. They might have been designed for people just starting out, but they bring something for everyone.

This 1993 Honda CBR250RR is being sold by our friends at Moto2 Imports in Delaware. As with the majority of their wares, this bike is clean as a whistle, carries a clean title, and has been serviced in preparation for sale.

From the eBay listing:

1993 Honda CBR250RR MC22
15,383 miles (24,767km)
Very good overall condition
US Title

Imported directly from Japan by Moto2 Imports, the original "RR" is not your ordinary small displacement sport bike. With an 18,000 RPM redline, this little screamer puts out 45 horsepower and weighs just 315lbs. Thats more power and less weight than a Yamaha R3, Kawasaki Ninja 300, or a KTM RC390.

This machine has been nicely upgraded with front wave rotors and a full Daishin Racing aftermarket exhaust system. Bike was just serviced with new battery, oil & coolant. Carbs were removed, inspected & cleaned. Brand new tires (110/70/17 F, 140/70/17 R). Sprocket/chain in nearly new condition. Brake pads are good. Chassis and engine are both very clean (see naked bike pics). Bodywork is aftermarket but is in good overall condition. Tank is OEM with 100% rust free interior.

Bike starts perfectly and runs/revs like it should. Lights, blinkers, horn and operating controls all working. Daishin exhaust gives it a nice, throaty growl. Comes with US title. See all 24 hi-def pics and three videos at the links below. More pics and video available on request.

Buy It Now for $7,500. Bike is located in Dover, DE and we can arrange shipping to anywhere in the US and Canada at additional cost. Please contact seller with any questions.

Walk Around

Cold Start

Revving

The buy-it-now is set at $7,500, which is in line with the cost of entry for most greymarket small-displacement bikes in this condition. The riding season is nearing its close, but this machine will make amazing garage art until the roads thaw in spring.

All of the Revs: 1993 Honda CBR250RR on eBay
Honda November 13, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Repsol-liveried Honda NSR150 SP

Little two-stroke rippers like this Honda NSR150 SP epitomize Honda's 1990s golden age, when the company saw fit to make even their entry-level machines look and feel special. Even on a 150cc starter bike, Honda went all-out, giving it an RC30-aping single-sided swingarm, and a GP-replica Repsol paintjob. You might not be going as quick as your older buddy's 250, but you were damn sure going places.

Honda NSR150 SP for sale on eBay

When compared to a modern CBR250, the NSR looks almost muscular. Depending on the country of origin, the RC-Valve two stroke in NSRs made somewhere around 30 horsepower, pushing them to close to 100 mph on the big end, depending which YouTube users you believe. Those numbers are plenty to bring the fight to an early 2010s CBR250, especially when you consider that the NSR150 SP clocks in under 300 pounds.

This one is stock, and in very close to mint condition. There is a crack in the front fender, and the rear was cut below the license plate, but that is more or less it for blemishes. It comes on with an Ohio street title.

From the eBay listing:

HONDA NSR150SP NSR SP REPSOL EDITION 5,384 Miles (8,666 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Mechanically Sorted. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest Bike. Very few scratches overall. Blemish to be aware of, front fender has hairline crack and rear fender has been cut below license plate. Please see Images. Fuel tank is Rust Free. Has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.” Imported into the States through all legal channels. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions.

If you're looking for a fun weekend ride, an interesting track toy, a conversation starter or a beginner bike that's got a little je ne sais quoi over the standard 250s, look no further.

Featured Listing: Repsol-liveried Honda NSR150 SP