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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 !
Featured Listing October 1, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda NS400R in Rothmans Livery !

Francisco’s Portuguese collection had two NS400R’s, and the second is in the very collectible Rothmans race colors.  Totally stock with 14,609 miles, it’s still in very show-worthy condition.

1986 Honda NS400R ( Portugal ) in Rothmans Livery

Honda built the NSR500 for the GP circuit, but realized even their best showroom customers were merely mortal road riders, and especially for the home market, wanted a bike that could be licensed and insured.  The NS400R had a lot in common with the two-stroke triple, like downdraft carburetors, alloy chassis, and separate ATAC exhaust systems for the single and paired cylinders.  The closely spaced six-speed was tall to start off, but allowed 125 mph in top.  The short wheelbase turned out to be comfortable for full sized riders, and has an incongruous pillion ( this example under cover ).  The Rothmans tribute livery leaves room for the rest of the sponsorship decals as seen on Wayne Gardner’s GP machine.

Representing a Lisbon collector, Francisco has shown several classic sportbikes to RSBFS readers,  all very collectible and showing quite clean and original.  The Rothmans finishes and metals are much better than the almost 10K miles and 35 years would have you believe.  He has this to say about the NS400R in the eBay auction –

Honda NS400R / NSR400 Rothmans very good condition.

Year 1986 with 23,511 km.

Nothing to do.

Portuguese Documents.

Works very good. 

Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.

Francisco represents the collector and asks £10,500 for this classic superbike, about $13,565 today.
 
He can be reached via cellular on 011 351 9 1652 4741 or via email – here -.
 
 
Reviews showed the NS400R to be capable of embarrassing bonafide superbikes in between straightaways, and sometimes most of the way down a short straight as well.  Similarly, this NS400R could be in a collection’s sweet spot, but still be available for a mental health day.  Contact Francisco via cellular on 011 351 9 1652 4741 or via email – here -.
-donn
Featured Listing – 1986 Honda NS400R in Rothmans Livery !
Featured Listing September 28, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda NS400R

Part of a Portuguese collection, this excellent NS400R is a rare three cylinder two-stroke. In ready-to-display condition, its combination of peaky power and light weight seems too promising not to at least try.

1986 Honda NS400R ( Portugal ) for sale on eBay

Transferring concepts directly from Freddie Spencer’s GP bike, the 387cc engine has two forward cylinders with a middle vertical, providing a relatively smooth 72 hp.  The torque band is extended by Honda’s Automatic Torque Amplification Chamber system, which helps the engine breathe at lower rpm’s.  It has an early adoption of the alloy chassis, and anti-dive forks based on brake application.  More and better tires are now available for the NSR’s staggered 16 and 17-inch wheels, which are very light Comstar variants.  The livery is a great commemorative and just needs a big number 1 in the yellow panels.

Original right down to the exhausts, this NS400R presents beautifully and could be in the garage or the studio.  Francisco represents the collection and has these comments in the ebay.uk auction:

Very Good Condition. Nothing to do.
 
Year 1986 with 30,000 km
 
Portuguese Documents
 
Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.

The asking price for this NS400R is £10,000, about $12,750 today. 

Francisco requests offers through eBay or by email – here -.

Though they could’ve marketed a fire-breathing 500 smoker, Honda toned it down to the point where a mere mortal rider can have a ball on the NS400R, and leave most of their friends in an aromatic blue cloud.  Recent auctions have put NS400R prices in the range of four times the original MSRP, but rarely with this example’s cosmetics and very original presentation.

Francisco can also be contacted via cellular on 011 351 9 1652 4741.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda NS400R
Honda September 23, 2020 posted by

Non-Negotiable – 2001 Honda VTR1000 / RC51 – SP1

Looking to use Ducati’s own rule book, Honda introduced the V-twin RC51 and went superbike racing.  This excellent example shows very little wear for its 8,000 miles, and looks worth its not-insignificant asking price.

2001 Honda RC51 – SP1 for sale on eBay

Comparing to the 996S, the Honda’s engine is slightly more oversquare, and makes 136 hp at 9,500 rpm.  Up front, the central nostril supplies fresh air to the intakes.  Long gearing requires some clutch slipping down low, but the gear-change reviewed as sublime.  In contrast to the Ducati trellis, the RC51’s chassis has huge hollow spars and cast frame connectors, with a heavily fortified swingarm.  Components are excellent with Nissin brakes and adjustable Showa dampers.  Fairings are dominated by the radiator outlets, which attempt to send heat outside of the rider.

Rather low miles for the year and sparkling condition set this RC51 apart.  Where many have had lots of speed mods, just the Delkevic exhaust ( and accompanying Power Commander ) is found here.  Evidently fairings were swapped with a friend, making this a Nicky Hayden tribute but not exactly the special edition.  A photo of the tank with autograph would have been nice.  From the eBay auction:

Sold between in 2000 and 2006 in two different versions, the RC51 has gone down as one of the most legendary motorcycles to ever come out of Honda, well-deserving of the “RC” designation that’s graced other famous Hondas like the RC30, RC40, and RC45. It was Honda’s take on the V-Twin replica racer, beating Ducati at it’s own game with multiple World Superbike Championships and a AMA Championship.
RC51 enthusiasts will note that Honda did not offer the Nicky Hayden edition in 2001 – the previous owner of this machine liked this look so he ended up swapped out the fairings with a buddy that was going racing as he preferred this combination with the white number plates.
In addition to the updated fairings, this Honda has a tail tidy, RC51 stickers on the wheel rims, and a Delkevic exhaust.
It also has a POWER COMMANDER module and dark tint windscreen. The bike is flawless, and needs nothing but a good new home! I have clear Texas title in hand. I am NOT negotiable on the price, and you can see why by browsing the pictures. This bike is perfect, never raced, or layed down. I am a seasoned 54 year old rider, and have never abused this bike, and maintained it flawlessly. 

Honda traded WSBK championships with Ducati for a few years, then dispersed the factory team to other projects.  Colin Edwards was the rider for both WSBK crowns.  Kentucky Kid Nicky Hayden rode the RC51 to an AMA Superbike Championship in 2002 before beginning his MotoGP career with Honda.  Like so many of the RC series, the big twin has become the stuff of legend, but has the Honda attributes of great balance and around-town manners.  Seems like the ask isn’t way out of line for an interesting package with the later fairings and restrained mods.

-donn

Non-Negotiable – 2001 Honda VTR1000 / RC51 – SP1
Honda September 22, 2020 posted by

Some Assembly Required: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

If your budget doesn’t stretch to one of Honda’s famously rare and storied RC30s, you can find all of the exotic tech in a slightly smaller, much cheaper package with their VFR400R NC30. You get a V4 with a 360° crank and gear-driven cams, a sexy ELF-designed “ProArm” single-sided swingarm, and the twin-headlight, endurance-racing bodywork that is easily mistaken for the RC30 at a glance.

The NC30 is down on power, compared to the RC30, but it also weighs almost 100lbs less, and the 60hp on tap will move the 400lb machine along pretty smartly, with a wide spread of power. But the little V4’s real party trick was its incredibly agile and forgiving handling that made it the darling of the 400cc class both on the road and in racing.

Prices have increased in recent years, but you can still pick these up for very reasonable prices, considering how cool and exotic they are, with Honda reliability thrown into the bargain! This particular example looks solid and complete, but does need a bit of work as outlined in the original listing.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 with 12,909 km, approx 7,745 mi, as shown on clock’s photo. This was recently imported from Asia, and i took it as a trade on another bike, so I do not have too much history. Bike looks good for its year, but it was painted in its past life. Plastic looks good as can be seen in photos, not sure if original plastics, but some repairs can be seen on inner side. It has a Vermont transferable registration, most states accept this, but please check with your local DMV. Bike starts and runs using a temporary fuel source, as it looks like its not getting fuel through the petcock, which seems to be a typical issue with these diaphragm petcocks. Bike will come with a new petcock rebuild kit from UK.

I would say this is an easy project completion bike for somebody with repair ability, I have not ridden it, and it is 31 years old but the previous owner noted they did substantial work to the bike, but please expect to correct and fix other items not described. I have other previous projects, so I’m moving this one on.

Here’s what I was told the previous owner completed recently, which looks about correct.

New screen, brace and mirrors. New battery with tender connection. Full service, air and oil filters, new oil and plugs. New radiators, hoses, replacement fan and fluid. New ignition and gas cap/keys. New throttle and choke cables. Carbs were removed, cleaned and rebuilt with new carb kit from Japan, including boot rubbers. Refurbished rear brake caliper and new pads all around with new fluid.

What I visually see that need’s to be corrected or finished, but I have not disassembled, is as follows.

General wiring needs to be checked and reconnected, like front and rear flashers, kill switch, radiator fan wiring, as fan was from a different model, but spins with power added, and general wiring. As i said, it turns over, and starts with temp tank, so looks like only general wiring to lights, flashers , gauges and sensors, etc, need a going through. Rev counter needle is partially broken, as can been seen in photo. Rear tire has some age cracking. Front tire is newer, but loosing air over time, maybe issue with wheel rim and seal. Rear Exhaust canister has some wear marks, as can be seen in photos, missing springs to pipe. Rear seat unit is missing lock unit, but new spare lock is included, but seat is east to open, I can send a video.

Bike comes with Haynes Manual and some spares like cables, carb kit, etc.

This is a 31 year old bike, with only the above history known, but with some good finishing, would make a nice collectible piece. But again, its a 31 year old bike, so expect some additional work for a vintage bike like this, if you purchase.

For a guy to claims not to know much about the bike, the listing is pretty comprehensive, and includes a long list of work that’s been done, as well as work that will probably need to be done. All-in-all, it seems like a fairly presented project with a reasonable asking price: $6,550. That’s a fair bit below what a good, running NC30 is likely to cost, and most of the work seems to be, as the seller suggests, relatively straightforward.

-tad

Some Assembly Required: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Honda September 18, 2020 posted by

Come In For a Test Drive – 1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

A ( if not The ) classic superbike at this juncture, Honda’s RC30 has beauty and real-world capability.  This example is slightly under-documented but has collectible looks.

1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

The RC30 was designed and built for the Superbike World Championship, which it won with Fred Merkel aboard the two first years.  The version found at the showroom had 112 hp available, with just 400 or so pound to push.  Endurance racing aspirations dictated the single-sided swingarm and quick release front axle, and the era required staggered wheel sizes of 17 front and 18 rear.  The RC30 always seemed more than the sum of its parts, the alloy chassis and big-bang V-4 not quite accounting for its well-balanced presence.

Seller Eurocycle appears to be a new outfit, with locations in Sonoma, Reno, and Vegas.  No history is offered but the condition is excellent for its nearly 24K miles.  Finishes and tires look fresh.  Besides new and used bikes, Eurocycle’s website shows rentals ( no the RC30 wasn’t listed ) and some kind of club membership – maybe a knowledgeable reader could chime in.

Eminently collectible, an RC30 was reviewed as not hard to ride, and might be an inspiring occasional rider for a small stable.  More history or perhaps some catch-up maintenance might be expected before sending this V4 out on a mission.  The ask is a little shy of what might be expected for a nice example, but as with so many things this year, all bets are off.

-donn

Come In For a Test Drive – 1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30
Honda September 15, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1982 Honda CB450T with 1,682 Miles !

Update 11.04.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc


Accompanying bigger silver and blue Freddie Spencer replicas to the showroom, Honda’s 1982 CB450T had nice performance for a mid-size, and brilliant looks.  RSBFS fan Bill has been around concours winners for a while now, and presents his just-about-perfect CB450T.


1982 Honda CB450T Collector For Sale

Since the Dream days, Honda has always made room for a middle-weight somewhere in their line-up.  The CB450T might be the ultimate parallel twin, with CB900F styling – a 9,500 rpm redline, SOHC and three valves per cylinder pushing 43 hp.  As Honda would do, engineers put some neat stuff in, 9.1:1 compression and a 6-speed transmission, while bean counters stipulated the rear drum brake and emissions-compliant 30mm Keihin carburetors.  Stylists carried the day with the Comstar wheels and stripes that flowed from tank to the upturned seat spoiler, and just needs a number plate to channel the number 19 CB750F AMA Superbike.

Bill has been following RSBFS since the early days, and knows his way around perfect, having placed Honda bikes in the AMA museum and cars in two leading Honda collections.  He wandered through many CB450T’s before finding his example, several years ago now.  But best to let Bill describe:

MINT condition

One year only model. Honda made the CB400T for 1980 & 1981…but ONLY the CB450T [for 1982] got the extra 50cc and the Silver Freddie Spencer paint scheme, with the uber rare rear spoiler…like the bigger…and matching…CB750F and CB900F.

Last year for Honda SOHC

Honda made about 4,600 total production for US market, about 3,100 were made in the black paint with red and orange strips….only about 1,500 were in the Freddie Spencer Replica AMA Superbike race colors (Pleiades silver with 2 tone blue stripes).

Mine has: 1,682 orig miles from new, ALL fluids new with less than 25 miles including  brakes/ you can literally remove the brake pads and lick them…they are cleaner than your dinner plate, bike always kept in climate controlled, carpeted garage as seen in pics. No stories, no excuses, no rips, tears, no BS…it is FLAWLESS period. Even the chain is immaculate. Bike stays on battery tender 100% ready to go.

Bike has 1 mile on brand new tires..yes ONE (1)

I am second owner from new, I’ve owned since 2012, I am 60 years old, prior owner was 60 when I bought it from him.

Only mods to bike are PERIOD CORRECT K&N gloss black 1.5” lower handle bars and short stem black mirrors. YES, YES I have the original high bars and long stem chrome mirrors and they are ‘as new’ too.

Bill asks $4,500 is open to offers.

Freddie Spencer is certainly due a commemorative, having given the best part of his riding career to Honda.  Beside many AMA Superbike race wins, Spencer helped Honda develop the NR500, NS500, and NSR500, and took both the MotoGP 500cc and 250cc championships in 1985.  The ’82 CB450T is a single year special, partly a technology demonstrator for the SOHC drivetrain, and a great tribute in silver and blue.  Bill has a lot of expertise around the brand, and has curated his CB450T to museum level.

Bill has his CB450T in suburban D.C.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1982 Honda CB450T with 1,682 Miles !