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Honda December 8, 2022 posted by

Victor / Victoria – 1990 Honda VFR400 NC30

I’ll start with the obvious: Having owned this bike for over 18 years, the seller is hardly a flipper. And those 18 years of ownership also help the two-faced images you see in the photos. This particular NC30 has enjoyed many years of riding adventure, and is likely not destined for a museum. Rather, this is a plated and proven gray market steed that can be enjoyed by the next rider without fear of mileage, a new scratch or worse. It even includes an outfit change, allowing you to express yourself depending upon your mood. Best of all, the NC30 is a jewel of a bike to ride, and is very likely to continue to be a collector classic well into the next couple of decades.

1990 Honda VFR400 NC30 for sale on eBay

Looking very much like a baby RC30, the VFR400 offers a similar gear-driven cam V4, but of smaller displacement. The bodywork is very much RC30, right down to the endurance racing inspired twin headlights. The single-sided swing arm is another nod to the big daddy of collectibles, and helps establish the NC30 as a road-based scalpel in its own right. Expect about 60 horsepower right up where the tach reaches 13,000 RPM, pushing the 370-ish pound package along smartly.

From the seller:
This is a 1990 VFR400 NC30 with 15826km (9835mi) with clear Colorado title.
I have owned it for 18yrs.with regular use other than 2022.
It has always been maintained by me with regular oil changes, carb tuning and recent reshiming of all valve clearances.

More from the seller:
It currently has the original body work installed which has some cracks and repairs.
Included is a complete as new aftermarket ROTHMANS body set with fuel tank. This is pictured on the bike before replacing with original body work.
Rear wheel is 17″ from NC35 to facilitate more tire choices.
Original 18″ wheel is included along with original front wheel with mounted discs.
Recent fork seals, Avon tires, new battery.
Various spares included, carbs, manuals, sprockets, cables, air filter, etc.

The NC30 was made available in a variety of liveries and colors in different markets. This bike was apparently the black/red scheme when originally shipped, but the seller is offering a mounted set of Rothmans bodywork along with the sale, in addition to the stock bodywork & wheels. Mileage is stated at just under 10k, which isn’t bad for the length of ownership. Keep in mind that these were never federalized in the US, and thus the clocks are in kilometers. This looks to be a pretty neat rider, with zero bids on a $6,500 opening ask and a $9,500 Buy It Now option. Located in Colorado, you can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Victor / Victoria – 1990 Honda VFR400 NC30
Honda December 2, 2022 posted by

Track Day Thursday – 2000 Honda SuperHawk

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2000 Honda SuperHawk Track Bike Conversion

I’ll admit that writing about a small niche can sometimes become a bit difficult in the sense that there are only so many angles to approach some of thee bikes we come across. Every once in a while you will get something super unique and eye-catching which is not only great for us but also our audience. I think it’s fair to say this find checks those boxes. This 2000 SuperHawk that started as a stock bike has undergone quite the cosmetic and mechanical conversion in order to make into a track weapon. It’s hard for us to determine how sharp this knife is from where we sit but I think everyone at the track would be at the pitwall as you roll down the straight. Regardless of what other people think, we live in a world where one can identify as whoever they want so if a SuperHawk identifies as MotoGP bike, who are you to say no?

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Hard to say this things looks bad. The color scheme, stickers, and windscreen are all pretty damn cool. Some people who take this route try a bit too hard and completely over do it while trying to be different but I don’t think that’s the case here.

Does the tasteful approach to the cosmetic surgery cross over to the mechanical side? Let’s see what we can gather from seller’s mechanical mods

Chassis: Custom subframe & subframe brace, Penske rear shock, 04′ CBR1KRR front end, MotoGP brake and clutch master cylinder from 2000 MotoGP bike

Electrical – Coil on plug upgrade, battery relo

Powertrain – Custom 2-1 exhaust

That wasn’t an exhaustive list of the modifications but there are some other pretty cool things the seller has done. Definitely check out the listing for an exhaustive list. A positive here is that nothing seems to have been done to the motor and nothing is terminal outside of the custom subframe since the seller has retained the original parts. That being said, any time you buy a custom bike the quality of work is a concern but it looks like the seller hasn’t gone full Allen Millyard on us and has kept the technical complexity relatively low. I’ve successfully pasted on a front end before and if you watch me turn a wrench you might be tempted to grab the wrench and hit me with it.

Picture 5 of 7From the seller:

“…The bodywork fits so nicely, the upper and lower carefully matched right up to stock mounting points. The bike is 99% complete, just needs a minor bit of buttoning up and then taken to the track.

Also comes with a huge pile of stock parts, complete front end, alternate dual exhausts, lights, etc etc.
Title is clean, Florida title not yet reassigned to me. If you want it registerable in your state, please add $350 for paperwork fees. This 996cc v twin engine is perfect for the occasional track day warrior, and bike now qualifies for vintage series. Way cheaper for parts than a Ducati, RC51, or Aprilia, but same amazing torque band and rideability. “
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The Japanese have blessed us with a few two cylinder track bikes in the past; Think RC, TL, and SV. Furthermore the Italians have been doing it forever. The formula works. I think the question here is if the whole is really greater than the sum of it’s parts? Does adding a MotoGP master cylinder really mean anything? It’s certainly a conversation piece. As much as I would like to answer that for our audience, I’m broke. If only one of the readers would be so kind.

The listing has been up for two days with zero action and a starting bid of $3k. At the least check out the listing and let us know what you think in the comments about your experience with SuperHawks. Good luck!

Thanks for reading!

Norm

 

Track Day Thursday – 2000 Honda SuperHawk
Honda November 15, 2022 posted by

More Isn’t Always Better – 2000 Honda RC51 RVT1000R

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2000 Honda RC51 RVT1000R

For a long time, Ducati was the only one gracing the WSBK and AMA calendars and showrooms with two cylinder sport bikes. Aside from good sales numbers, the twins offered a much different appeal than their 4 cylinder counterparts. The torque and narrower frame that result from a v-twin configuration delivered a much different experience for riders. In 2000, Honda saw an opportunity to cash in and delivered today’s find, a Honda RC51 RVT1000R. Not only did they have success in the commercial market, but also on their first season running the bike in WSBK with Colin Edwards piloting. It is truly quite rare that a manufacturer can enter a new design and win their first season. Just look at Formula 1….

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In any automotive experience, the motor should be one of the most dominating parts of the experience. Usually that isn’t much of a problem with sport bikes as high revving 4 cylinders are rarely boring. However, the 2 cylinder is arguably the most intriguing sport bike experience. A hammer instead of a sewing needle if you will.

One of the aspects that make this hammer particularly interesting is the valve train. Unlike the Ducs of the era, the Honda employed a gear-driven valve train as opposed to belts. The whine from the cams combined with the thunderous two cylinder delivered a soundtrack that has built a cult following for the bike.

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The later SP2 model came with a host of upgrades that seemed like something you would get in a new generation as opposed to a model year update. New geometry, upgraded swing arm, fueling changes, etc were all tweaks that made it into production from the HRC program. That being said, the SP1 model was not a bad bike. It definitely had opportunities for refinement but one can say that about many modern bikes. At the end of the day, you had a WSBK/AMA-winning platform that is more unique than almost anything else that has been entered into a major championship.

From the seller:

“Up for bid is a very collectible well kept and maybe the most original 2000 Honda RC51 RVT1000R. Tires and brakes recently replaced by the previous owner. Serviced regularly and the best possible care, never dropped or laid down (lady ridden). Always garaged and started every other week. Mostly mountain rides on good weather. Not riding anymore (too fast for me). Fresh Motul oil and filter included as well as the original exhaust pipes and cowl/seat cover. SOLD AS IS/WHERE IS (NO WARRANTY). All funds have to clear my bank before the bike/title can be released to the new owner.”

Our example today seems to be rather clean for the age. Low mile and well taken care of examples still come up for sale today but are getting harder and harder to find. These never made it stateside in typical production numbers so spare parts may be tough to find and the aftermarket is thin. Fortunately the seller has already taken the first step and tacked on the Yosh pipe.

The listing seems to be getting decent traction with 5 days left. 21 bids up to $3,850 so there is some action. 2 RC51s sold in Q2/Q3 of this year on BAT for $7,500 so I’d guesstimate a landing in that area. Good luck!

Thanks for reading!

Norm

More Isn’t Always Better – 2000 Honda RC51 RVT1000R
Honda November 9, 2022 posted by

Recent Acquaintance – 1988 Honda CBR400RR / NC23

Evidently a new arrival from overseas, today’s NC23 looks nicely tended, appearing to have just one slip-and-fall in its past.

1988 Honda CBR400RR / NC23 for sale on eBay

The 399cc inline four has gear-driven cams and an early valve timing system, making the 59 hp sleepy below 9,000 rpm and a tiger the rest of the way to the 12,500 redline.  The other trademark printed on the fairing refers to the heavily triangulated swingarm, pre-dating the single-sided variety on the NC29.  The budget didn’t allow for multi-adjustable suspension, but it did review well, like the dual 275mm brakes.  Even though tire availability is better these days, the 17-inch front and 18-inch rear rubber might take some shopping.

With its dash indicating just about 13K miles, this CBR looks very good with bright finishes and just isolated  corrosion.  Rather new muffler.  Seems like the right hand scrapes could be corrected by a good painter, and if it runs well as claimed then maybe the four 26mm carbs won’t need cleaning.  “Best livery” and “never imported until now” are the only eyebrow raisers in the the eBay auction comments, the last item about documents indicating that the new owner will be shepherding it through customs and DMV –

Super low miles (odometer in KM)
Just imported JDM original in really nice shape.

Runs & rides beautifully. Looks incredible.
This is a very unique model and never imported to the USA until now.

Needs – touch up on right upper, mirror, and front fender. Prior owner did not properly repair scratches. Nothing else needed.

All import and clearance documents are provided.
Bill of Sale provided.

Since it brings riders to the brand, Honda’s 400cc home market is intensely competitive, and engineers jammed as much tech into this young person’s ride as the bottom line would allow.  The model had a nice run but was only ever a gray import here, few and far between.  Quite a few more hp are in the engine, just waiting for a competent shop to let them out.  Whether straight to the racetrack or a visit to RSBFS friends at Deftone Cycles for some restoration, this one looks like a great starting point whichever way it goes.

-donn

Recent Acquaintance – 1988 Honda CBR400RR / NC23
Featured Listing October 31, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing in Portugal – 1995 Honda NSR250 SP / MC28

Francisco has upgraded this post to a Featured Listing. Check out all three of his listings: Honda MC28 NSR250, Suzuki RGB500, and a Yoshimura Suzuki Tornado S-1! Thank you for supporting the site and good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Though a rarity on the road, smaller two-strokes are still a great track day solution, and the Honda MC28 is a great starting point.  A European builder started with a premium SP model, and went hurtling down the slippery slope from there !

1994 Honda NSR250 SP / MC28 ( Portugal ) for sale on eBay

Most elsewhere, the NSR250 had a long run and the MC28 was the last generation.  Tech and styling kept pace with racebike developments, though the powerplant was a fairly constant 249cc V-twin with a carbs and a legislated 45 hp.  Electronic PGM ignition and air controls kept exhaust as clean as could be and thwarted most tinkerers attempting to de-restrict.  All NSR250’s had a robust twin-beam alloy chassis, and the MC28 had the latest ELF-designed single-sided swingarm.  Big brakes reflected the track orientation rather than the light weight, and wheel sizes were both 17’s.

This MC28 looks wicked racey but so nicely finished and complete, it’s hard to believe it’s ever turned a lap.  Alloy pressings are polished and the race fairings fit well.  Premium components stick their logos out everywhere.  The PGM-IV hardware appears to be on the dash if not defeated, though information on the ignition system and a dyno sheet might be questions for the owner.  Notes from the eBay auction:

With only 4,375 miles or 7,000 km and year production 1995.
Originally a SP model, converted to a custom racing MC28.
Engine is 300cc, with VHM heads, Tyga 300cc cylinders, Wiseco pistons, HARC-Pro complete exhaust, modified carbs, Marchesini rims, Rear and front Ohlins suspension, big Brembo calipers, and a lot of Tyga parts. It has 2 keys.

Right up there with spending a Powerball jackpot, taking a newly commissioned lightweight racebike out is something many would like to try.  This owner has a couple of other excellent classics for sale, also at premium prices.  The builder wasn’t named in this auction, but the choice of donor bike, engine upgrade, and exotic parts look very professional indeed.  Will be interested to hear from the new owner if and when this NSR250SP sells.

-donn

Featured Listing in Portugal – 1995 Honda NSR250 SP / MC28
Honda October 24, 2022 posted by

Wrongfully Imprisoned: 2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

Honda knows how to build a motorcycle.  They have been doing it for decades, and the CBR line is the stuff of legend at this point.  Always renowned for excellent road manors and approachable performance, the CBR line has offered plenty of choices for buyers over the years.  What Honda does not always know how to do is market a new version of a new bike.  Case in point is the 2014 CBR1000RR SP.  If you are asking yourself what the SP version is, you are not alone.

In the same vain as an R Ducati, the SP was designed as a type of homologation version of the standard CBR1000RR.  Lighter wheels, more powerful brakes, Ohlins suspension, and a few other trick bits were added to the SP.  These parts really are  bargain at just $2700 over the standard bike.  Honda took great care in developing the bike.  The engines were hand blueprinted and make the better part of 180 horsepower.  Full production numbers were never officially released, but most rumors put the numbers in the mid hundreds for the world.

Today’s example has never been started or used.  It is perfectly preserved.  Seems like only yesterday this was a brand new offering from Honda, but in reality it is about to become a teenager.  Strange to think that something of this era is on the cusp of becoming collectable.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

The new limited-production SP isn’t an exotic like the RC30 or RC45, it’s special in its own right, with a hand-balanced engine, top-level Ohlins suspension, and Brembo brakes. It was the basis for Honda superbikes worldwide and this street bike is among the finest on the road. Everything about the SP’s is just a bit more refined feeling. This example has spent the last few years in The Throttlestop Motorcycle Museum after we uncrated it. It’s never been fuel up or started. It’s like the wrapper was just pulled off, it simple outstanding in every way. This is one of the best-looking modern Superbikes around and this special and limited production SP takes the cake.

This is an interesting listing for a few reasons beyond it being for an amazing motorcycle.  The market over the past couple of years has been insane to watch, and recently started making wild moves again.  Some bikes are still selling for huge money, and others have struggled to find new homes.  If there is one constant, it is change.  Zero mile examples of top tier specs have always been in demand.  These are often unlikely bikes to have been tucked away due to the fact they were incredible machines to ride and use.  While the SP is no doubt a great machine out on the road, the sales were a total flop.  Many bikes languished on dealer floors for years.  Partly due $16,999 MSRP and partly to do with the appallingly bad marketing by Honda.  Buyers simply did not know the bike existed when new.  Does all that translate to a 13 year old bike selling for more than MSRP when new?  Personally I think not as there are surely others out there to choose from.  Maybe it is less of an argument about paying too much, but rather buying too early.  As more and more people start to understand what a great bike there are, demand will finally rise and so will prices.

Wrongfully Imprisoned:  2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP
Honda October 13, 2022 posted by

Three for the Road – 1985 Honda NS400R

In the spate of GP racer replicas that littered the 1980s, perhaps none are as perplexing as the Honda NS400R. Patterned after the NS500 that Freddie Spencer rode into the history books (with a nod to the RS500 privateer machines), the NS400R shared the GP bike’s odd 3-cylinder arrangement. And while the NS400R was the biggest two stroke street bike in the Honda arsenal, it was seriously outgunned by both the Yamaha RZ/RZV500 and Suzuki RG500 Gamma. Still, the Honda brought some innovate touches to the party and should be considered for anyone interested in a GP replica from the era of the smokers.

1985 Honda NS400R for sale on eBay

Like the big Yamaha, the Honda NS400R arranges the cylinders in a 90 degree vee formation. But in the Honda’s case, there are two cylinders laying flat in the front of the motor, and the single rear cylinder sticks nearly straight up. This allowed Honda to centralize the mass of weight lower, and closer to the ideal location for weight balance. The lack of a 4th cylinder simplified packaging of the individual expansion chambers and triple flat slide carbs. This unusual powerplant was nestled into a boxed-section aluminum frame which optimized geometry for the GP-inspired 16″ front wheel. Dry weight was reported to be a relatively svelte 360-ish pounds, and with 71 HP extracted from the screaming three cylinders the Honda was perhaps the easiest of the big two strokes to handle.

From the seller:
1985 Honda NS400R in an original unrestored condition as it came from Japan starts and shift like it is a 2 strokes beast. All original including the windscreen which is a very hard to find an NS400R with original windscreen. The motorcycle still wears its original paint. It was not been dismantled nor been altered or tinkered with. I bought it from a motorcycle dealer in England who imported it from Japan. It was not cheap and easy to get it here and register it. I replaced the battery (Yuasa), chain (DID), the front tire (Bridgestone Battlax), grips and the handlebar weight with nos ones. It comes with a clear title Japanese and brochure. The bike is registered with clear Texas title in Hand and in my name. Checks/money orders have to clear before I release the motorcycle. Deposit is non refundable.

Area that needs attention:

Front upper and lower fairing
RPM needle sticks sometimes
Broken Left peg

Fun little Honda quirks abound on the NS400R. Front forks are air adjustable with anti-dive assist. Out back there is an aluminum swingarm acting on a Pro-link single shock with preload adjustment. The aerodynamic fairing covers the majority of the bike, and includes touches such as aero fairings on the forks AND the kickstand. Pretty cool!

The Honda NS400R is a real gem from back when the Japanese were trying all sorts of engine combinations to find success at both the showroom and the racetrack. Today these are hard to find in decent condition, and they always command a pretty steep price. Today’s bike is not perfect – as highlighted by the seller in pictures and text, but it is certainly presentable. There are some scuffs here and there which is to be expected from a used bike of this age. The solo-look seat cowl seems to be missing, and (to me) the front fender looks slightly different than the brochures for the red/white/blue models – but does look consistent to the Rothmans livery models. This might be due to variations in components for different geographies; experts on the model are welcome to chime in. The asking price for this one is, well, steep: $17,500 in Buy It Now format. You can check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Three for the Road – 1985 Honda NS400R
Honda October 13, 2022 posted by

Closer Look Needed: 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP2

For decades the CBR line from Honda has been offering incredible performance packaged into a useable platform.  Long have reviewers talked about comfort, solid street manors and how approachable the performance envelop is.  The SP name plate was first used for the 2014 model year.  This version had a number of upgrades over the standard CBR1000RR.  Lighter wheels, Brembo calipers and Ohlins suspension were among these changes.  Normally this kind of specification is reserved for uber expensive Italian offerings.  While not exactly a bargain basement offering, the Honda did represent a great value in the market when new.

The MSRP of $25,000 got you more than just the fancy suspension and brakes.  It got some really interesting little details like a titanium fuel tank, oversized valves and over a 30 pound weight reduction when compared to the pervious version.  Without getting extremely nerdy, the valves and details in the cylinder head were really special.  Honda when the extra mile with this homologation bike and designed a head that would work on the street, but would allow race teams to aggressively port and polish the head to extract maximum horsepower.  It is very cool to have such focus on race team changes on a street bike.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

If you know bikes, you know what this is. A unique SC77 Honda SP2 Fireblade. Only 500 ever made, out of which 100 was raced and no longer in circulation. Worldwide only 400 in existence. In the US we have 65 of these still in existence.

I have tastefully modified this bike with a KC2 Stage 3 Race tune with the quick throttle option. Calibrated for 190/55.

Racing Stacks, Yoshimura Alpha 1 Exhaust, ASV Levers, Piug windshield, Axle sliders and a bunch more mods. Too many name. ECU has a lifetime support and warranty.

There is no question that a closer look is needed before pulling the trigger to purchase the bike.  There is odd damage to one of the turn signals and a couple of worrying scratches.  Perhaps it is just a poor presentation of an amazing bike.  The SP2 was not something that was casually purchased when new.  These were not well marketed, offered in limited numbers and commanded a premium price over even the already pricy SP.  Many of these bikes have been used as intended and that should not in itself scare away buyers.

Closer Look Needed:  2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP2