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Honda April 1, 2022 posted by

Feature Listing- 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 For Sale!

Update 4.1.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

1990 Honda VFR 750R RC30 For Sale!

Location: Seattle, WA
Make: Honda
Model: VFR750R RC30
Mileage: 15,228
Price: $45,000
Contact: Dave at (206) 535-6812 or dave@SeattleUsedBikes.com

We always enjoy a solid homologation superbike and this one is no exception!
This one is being offered by our good friends at Seattle Used Bikes and comes with storied past.

Read on-

When the current owner, who is the third owner, first purchased it in January of 1999 with 13168 miles showing. We are told that it was eventually handed over to his friend, world famous Honda tuner Mike Velasco; who is a PNW resident. Mike went over it, jetted the carbs for the aftermarket (Tyga?) exhaust, performed a valve clearance check and other basics, there was no documentation provided but its clear it has been looked after.

Knowing Mike Velasco tuned this RC30 is something special and should help ease any concerns of prospective buyers. If you’re not familiar with Mike Velasco, I suggest you allow some time for quick web search. You’ll quickly find his name along side Pops Yoshimura, Two Brothers Racing, Freddie Spencer, Fred Merkel and Bubba Shobert.

It has had roughly 2000 miles added since purchase, it did sit for the last few years in controlled environment. We needed to give the carbs a light clean, replace various rubber bits inside, new OEM carb bowl o-rings and intake manifolds were all sourced. We then moved on to the fluids, fresh oil and Honda filter, flushed/refilled coolant along with all the hydraulics, we use all Motul products. We took our time and looked for any other items needing attention, the small details. Last, we installed a set of new Avon Spirit ST tires in the proper OEM size and gave it a professional detail.

All of the bodywork is in good condition, we did spot some damage on the right side on the seat section from stress, fairly common on the RC30. The foam inside the upper fairing panels is in good condition but like most of these, the belly pan sustained heat damage at some point and was repaired. We are told it was not uncommon to spot a slight variance in the red color from upper to lower but the white paint is not original. We are finishing up lining the common hot spots with moose racing heat shields to protect it. We did notice the aftermarket exhaust vs stock, is not touching anywhere inside the belly pan. We also spotted a dent in the radiator on the right side, no leaks or fitment issues, no information on what or when it happened, mount on the frame sustained no damage. We have a included pictures of the blemishes found, everything lined up right upon reassembly after servicing.



The original owner of this particular RC30 has made contact with SUB and offered a few stories along with some of his memories. My favorite? He used it as a “grocery getter”

Recently the original RC30 owner reached out to us! Check out the picture!! He is still an avid enthusiast and said he has always had his eye out for #236. While not in the cards to bring it back home he did share a few stories and more details along with some original photos. There were only a small handful of RC30’s sold here in the PNW when new, this one was purchased brand new from our friends at Everett Powersports as a 3 year old non current in 1993, We were told the dealer had just moved it off the sales floor into an upstairs storage area. They allowed a young kinda broke moto dreamer to sit up there and fall in love, he found a way. He had the joy of putting the around 10,000 or so miles on it over the next few years,.it was often used as a daily commuter and occasional grocery getter! It was parked the final year of ownership in his dining room before deciding to move on. During the years of ownership he kept it in virtually bone stock condition, taking proper care along the way following the Honda recommendations, he told us he truly “babied it”

This is a really nice RC30 that has been enjoyed and taken care of along the way. It presents very well and has been tuned by one of the great tuners of the homologation era.

Enjoy the video and make sure you click the link below for the “Under the Skin” photos.

Click here for extensive “Under the Skin” photos


Give Dave a call at (206) 535-6812 or reach out via email at dave@SeattleUsedBikes.com if you’d like more information on this amazing Honda VFR750R RC30.

Feature Listing- 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 For Sale!
Honda March 31, 2022 posted by

In the Power* Band – 2004 Honda CB50R Dream

The 1962 Grand Prix season had a new class – 50cc, and Honda built a bike to compete, the RC110/111.  It’s been the subject of more than one commemorative, the most recent being in 2004.  Like most we’ve seen, today CB50R has been used only for display, and though it’s built for racing, will likely continue to live behind the velvet ropes.

2004 Honda CB50R Dream for sale on eBay

Unlike a gazillion Honda Cubs, the 1962 racer and CB50R are double overhead cam four-stroke twins, with the 2004 boasting 7 hp.  The 18-inch wheels are sized for the 156 lb. curb weight, and six close-ratio gears help keep the kettle boiling above 10,000 rpm.  The suspension looks impossibly light but are adjustable Showa bits.  Never intended for the road, it lacks lights, air cleaner, odometer – there’s not even a typical electrical system or kickstarter !

This example looks more like it’s been stored rather than fawned over, even if it hasn’t been ridden, a detailing would do wonders.  Only 440 were made, and they were reportedly built by HRC, with an elevated MSRP.  Just a few notes in the eBay auction:

A Dream Come True!
2004 Honda CB50R “The Dream”
Like new condition having being put into a collection then used for display since new.
Motorcycle is not street legal and is sold with the original Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin

In 1960 when Honda scored their first Grand Prix victories, the GP season was just seven races, all in Europe.  They won the 125 and 250cc championships in 1961, with Mike Hailwood aboard the 250.  The year after they took the 350 and 250cc crowns, with Jim Redman riding.  Bunch of racing history after that – this CB50R is a testament to Honda’s commitment.

-donn

In the Power* Band – 2004 Honda CB50R Dream
Honda March 30, 2022 posted by

In the Cups – 1982 Honda CB900 F2 Bol d’Or

Held in France since 1922, the 24 hour Bol d’Or might be more popular on the other side of the pond. But even there Honda’s 900cc commemorative is quite rare, and hasn’t been seen on RSBFS in a few years.

1982 Honda CB900 F2 Bol d’Or ( Britain ) for sale on eBay UK

Right from the start, the CB900 F2 was a little different, with a longer stroke than bore and 32mm Keihin carburetors laying down 95 hp and a progressive torque curve.  Though its twin downtube chassis looks familiar, something about the suspension set-up just worked, and reviewers took notice.  280mm disks seem undersized these days, and the F2 has a larger rear brake to cope with the 533 lbs. wet weight.  A frame-mounted fairing with leg guards gave the rider a quiet spot to consider the 130 mph top speed.

Offered by a small dealer northeast of London, this Bol d’Or looks very good with stock cosmetics and just about 35K miles.  Maybe those headers could be re-chromed or polished up a bit, but the Motad stainless mufflers look great.  Might ask about recent maintenance, since there’s no mention in the eBay auction:

CLASSIC COLLECTIBLE BOL D’OR MODEL ONLY MADE IN LIMITED NUMBERS, TOTALLY ORIGINAL OTHER THAN A NEW MOTAD STAINLESS STEEL ORIGINAL STYLE EXHAUST SYSTEM, SPEEDO IS KM SHOWING 55,746 KM WHICH IS 34,638 IN MILES, BIKE RUNS AND RIDES GOOD, WILL COME WITH A NEW MOT, CAST IRON INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

Honda had won the 1976-79 Bols likely on CB750’s, since the CB900 was a recent and worthwhile update.  The CB900F was superceded by the CB1100F in 1984 but the winning “almost a liter” formula returned in 2002 with the CBR900RR engine.  Can’t argue with the investment potential these days, and under the fairing it’s still a CB900F which should be readily repairable.  This one has less miles and asks for less £ than our last Bol d’Or, but there’s shipping and import to consider.

-donn

In the Cups – 1982 Honda CB900 F2 Bol d’Or
Honda March 27, 2022 posted by

In Round Numbers – 2001 Honda RVT1000R / RC51

For the year 2000 Honda dialed in WSBK and AMA success and showroom clients were a clear beneficiary.  Today’s RC51 was wheeled to the back of a the warehouse with a hair over 2,000 miles and shows just a few marks for all the years on vaca.

2001 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 for sale on eBay

Honda started with a fairly clean sheet of paper but a couple of Superbike rulebooks handy, and chose an L-twin in part for its inherent primary balance.  The big 100mm bore allowed four good-sized valves, and 40mm intakes with 34mm exhausts are controlled by gear-driven cams.  The resulting sound was rather unusual for a Honda, as were the side-rads and skinny missile shape.  HRC had plenty of input on the alloy chassis, with fresh air piped in around the headstock and Showa adjustable suspension.  A new gearbox reviewed as very smooth shifting, and 320mm Nissin brakes as some of the best ever fitted.

Just scrape here and a ding there differentiate this RC51 from a museum piece, and of course the missing front signals and mirrors.  The streamlined under-tail might suit – or if not, there are mountains of the factory parts someplace.  Can’t go wrong with CA title or informative notes from the eBay auction –

Only 2,007 original miles! Clean CA title – you will be the fourth person on the title.  Bike has had some modifications and very little use – here are a few things you should know:  1. The bike starts up and runs great. Recent fluid service.  2. Tires are original – therefore are not safe to ride on any longer.  3. Missing side mirrors  4. Missing turn signals – I have brand new OEM Honda orange turns signals if you want them.  5. There are marks on some areas of the bike. I have included pictures where there are marks but I could not get everything.  6. This bike is VERY clean.  7. I have video of the bike starting up that I can send to you if you are interested.  8. There are no other OEM parts available with the bike.  9. The underseat area and license plate are aftermarket – I do not have the original.

The RC51 was an instant success on the racetrack, and actually won the World and AMA Superbikes in 2002.  But as Honda often does, they proved their point and shortly HRC saw a four-cylinder light at the end of the WSBK tunnel.  The RC51 was supported but there wasn’t a factory team in 2003, and the model left the showroom after 2006.  However the legacy and fan base are well established, and there’s certainly always room at the pumps for a really nice example.  20-large might be beyond the top of the SP1 range – but even without the Make Offer button, a conversation is waiting to be started.

-donn

In Round Numbers – 2001 Honda RVT1000R / RC51
Honda March 18, 2022 posted by

2001 Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk 996 For Sale!

2001 Honda VTR Super Hawk 996 For Sale on eBay!

Make: Honda
Model: Super Hawk 996
Mileage: 11,350
Location: Highwood, IL
Price: $7,950 BIN

Back in the day, when I had a great relationship with the local Honda dealer, I was afforded the opportunity to take one of these for the day and run it through the paces. I remember that day very well. The loaner was equipped with a set of Jardine’s which gave it a nice low rumble. The Super Hawk felt very narrow- almost smallish to the point of feeling like a NT650 Hawk.
Of course, having 996cc’s under you was a huge bonus compared to the NT650’s power.

When I returned it to the dealer, I was all smiles and the sales manager asked me what I thought about it. In typical Honda fashion- it did everything well, but nothing really jumped out at me other than it was fun to ride. It was narrow, felt light, had plenty of torque and the exhaust notes were intoxicating. Just like this one, the one I rode was covered in that super rare Honda red color 🙂

From the seller:

“2001 Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk 996 Sport Bike – There is NOT another Super Hawk in the entire country in this condition! EXTREMELY RARE FIND! 1000cc V-Twin BEAST – Original. In miraculous condition. Time to thin the herd – and I have two of these bikes. I’m selling this – keeping the other. The pictures don’t do this bike justice. COLLECTOR-GRADE. Carbs cleaned and jetted. Meticulously cared for and maintained throughout its life. Garage-kept and covered. PRIVATE SALE – one of a large, personal collection. RUNS LIKE A DREAM! The Super Hawks are very difficult to find – this one is unmatched and one of the finest true sport-touring bikes on the road. Reliable, quick and BEAUTIFUL. In 2001, Honda introduced – larger tank, upgraded front forks, black wheels, smaller indicators, new LCD dash and HISS. I’m located 12 miles North of O’Hare Intl. Airport. Fly in and ride home or have it shipped. Buy with confidence.”

Having been around the Rare Sport Bikes For Sale block a time or two, I always cringe a little when a seller says “There is NOT another (insert any motorcycle) in the entire country in this condition!” I assure you, someone, somewhere has one of these in the factory crate, squirreled away. Trust me Bro!

I’m not taking away from how nice this one is because it is a very nice example.

I don’t dare post it on here, but if you make the jump over to the auction site the seller has their number listed for easy Q&A.

Click here for more information.

Cheers!

Doug

2001 Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk 996 For Sale!
Honda March 14, 2022 posted by

You’re the One for Me, Fatty: 1985 Honda VF1000R

It always feels like the first thing to address anytime a VF1000R hits the market: It’s a porker. But once that elephant is addressed we can move on to all the other reasons we love them as enthusiasts: It’s a great looking full fairing model in classic Honda red/white/blue, singing gear driven cams, serious displacement, and a significant milestone in modern classic superbike history. What’s not to love really?!

1985 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

from the seller:

Fully restored collector quality Honda VF1000R with super low miles, no leaks, runs and looks like it is right off of the showroom floor. Large 1000cc V4 Motor with 4 overhead Gear Driven Cams.

The buy-it-now on this listing is $16,500. While I would’ve preferred more detail in not only the listing details, the Instagram ready images don’t provide much insight either. On the other hand, due diligence is always required when buying online and reaching out to the seller for more info would be a must.

dc

You’re the One for Me, Fatty: 1985 Honda VF1000R
Honda March 4, 2022 posted by

2004 Honda RC51 For Sale on eBay!

Location: Wooster, OH
Make: Honda
Model: RC51 SP 2
Engine Type: 2 cylinders
Exhaust: 2 Hi-Mount
Mileage: 2 6,149
Price: six 2 fiddy
Number of bikes list for sale in the auction: 2 (maybe)

#2 For Sale on eBay!

Runs excellent and been stored in a heated shop. Based upon research done and speaking with two Honda dealerships, this bike is very likely the 2nd bike produced for the North American market! Performance upgrades and parts- Honda Yoshimura High Mount Pipes and Power Commander.



Now that you’ve put your eyes on the full size and the Mini-Moto RC51 what are your thoughts? Oh! Did you notice my 2 themed intro? Just in case you skimmed over it- here are 2 tasty hi-mount exhaust pipes for your viewing pleasure.

Did you feel like Matt Mladin looking at that photo? Too much? 🙂

All jokes aside- those are some tasty looking hi-mounts!

The seller doesn’t say if the mini-moto and crue shirt are included, but one can only assume they are since they’re pictured.

Admittedly, this RC is well used when compared to some of the other recent RSBFS.com RC posts, but the other recent posts can’t lay claim to being the #2 RC51 produced in 2004. What’s that worth to ya? If you answered “nothing!” then perhaps you could throw on the Merlyn Plumlee (RIP) shirt, crack open a cold snack and watch your toddler act a fool on the mini-moto.

If this RC51 tickles your fancy and the mini-moto puts a gleam in your little ones eye make the jump and place your bid!

Check them out here!

Cheers!

Doug

2004 Honda RC51 For Sale on eBay!
Honda March 1, 2022 posted by

All The Torques: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

Straight out of Tron came an interesting offramp in the history of motorcycle performance development. The early 1980s were highlighted by many advances and technological achievements, but few were as glorious as the turbo. All four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers jumped on the boosted bandwagon, certain that this was the Next Big Thing. Marketing and graphics were all about the Turbo (or TURBO, or Turbo!, or even obruT in Suzuki’s case), with the race not necessarily being who could build the better or faster bike, but rather who could cram more Turbo badges on their vehicle. Honda, in their race to over-engineering everything, definitely won the battle of the badges. But this offramp turned out to be a mere cul-de-sac, and with a whoosh the Turbo era was over before most of the bikes were even sold.

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for sale on eBay

Of the era, the 1983 Honda CX650 was perhaps the most refined of the Turbo machines. The only bike to enjoy a 2nd generation, the 1983 model differed substantially from the previous year’s CX500, and was overall more rideable and predictable. But the CX650 highlighted much of what was wrong with this direction in boosted power; it was big, heavy, complex and frightfully expensive in comparison to normally aspirated machines of similar (or better) performance. And while the CX650 Turbo is still known as the roll-on-king – showcasing its ability to produce substantial power at lower RPMs for highway-friendly acceleration – the market has yet to appreciate what these bikes are all about. They are rare because they did not sell. They did not sell because they were odd, and the tradeoff in oddity did not equate to performance. Despite the rarity in numbers, these bikes fizzle on the collector side. Market value is part rarity (supply), and a large part irrational lust. The heart wants what the heart wants, and at the moment the buying hearts want RC30s, OW-01s, Gammas, RZs and early Ducati superbikes. But not Turbos.

From the seller:
WOW! NO RESERVE! Might consider an early strong offer for serious buyers (simply contac me), so this is your rare chance! Its the rarely seen for sale ever one year only 1983 Honda CX650 TURBO !. The holy grail here guys, not seen often for sale, known as arguably “the most collectable honda of all time”. Very nice cond, starts right up, everything works as it should, OEM mirrors included (see last pic) aprox 26K miles, always California. runs and rides amazing! Get it today,

I empathize with the seller here. Despite the hyperbole, the CX650 Turbo probably should be one of the holy grail bikes in terms of numbers. But numbers do not tell the whole story. And even though they *are* quite rare, we do see decent examples pop up for sale now and again. The market as a whole is moving upward, thanks to a combination of slowly emerging from the pandemic and emerging from winter. That means riding season is upon us, that that always drives the frenzy of bidding. But we do not often find such frenzy with this particular niche of bikes.

This particular CX650 looks to be in decent shape – but it is difficult to determine critical details with the low-res photography and video. By all counts the bike does look complete, which is a plus. Seller notes that the original OEM mirrors are included; it is possible they were changed out to allow the rider a view other than one’s own shoulders. Mileage is more than we usually expect to see, but these CX motors are robust, and the strengthening added to the bottom end means that these are not fragile, mechanical nightmares. The ask here is pretty big, somewhat commensurate with all of the rising market rates, but maybe too early to be this high for a Turbo? Can’t blame a seller for trying, but interested to see where this takes us for the model. Do you think the odd Turbo bikes will ever become valued for their rarity, or will these always lag the collector market? Check out all of the details here, and then jump to the comments and share your thought on Turbos. Good Luck!!

MI

All The Torques: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo