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Honda June 17, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 2002 Honda RC51 / VTR1000 SP2

Update 7.06.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dcc

Honda’s reply to the WSBK rules change put Ducati on notice, at the very least. The RC51 was updated to SP2 spec in 2002, largely on revised chassis and suspension. RSBFS reader Mike’s RC51 is presented in alternate white livery (never offered in the U.S.) and looks very good.

2002 Honda RC51 / VTR1000 SP2

Honda did their homework on the RC51 and it was a winner right out of the box.  With 136 hp available, just evolutionary changes were made to intake and PGM-FI fuel injection systems, and the SP2 update focused on lightness and supple handling.  The frame, swingarm, dampers and wheels are all percentage points lighter, and re-designed for quicker turn-in but steadier acceleration.  Brakes feature 320mm disks with revised cylinders to increase system pressures by 10 percent.

From the seller:

2002 Honda RC51 VTR Japanese spec motorcycle directly imported from Japan with clean USA title.
7600 or best offer $6,000
Located in Orlando Florida
These are original fairings and paint

Mike’s VTR sports original fairings and just under 30K miles.  Very good considering, though he is up front about the bruises and scrapes.  Looks substantially as delivered to me, and Mike asks $7600 $6,000 or nearest offer.

Honda had the unusual fortune of winning the 2002 WSBK with Colin Edwards, and that year’s AMA Superbike under a certain Nicky Hayden.  Money inevitably moved toward other projects the next year, though Honda had made their point.  While Mike’s VTR is neither mile-less nor without a tipover, it is quite original, ROW livery, and priced realistically. 

-donn

Featured Listing – 2002 Honda RC51 / VTR1000 SP2
Honda June 11, 2020 posted by

Vee Four: 1995 Honda RVF400R NC35 for Sale

Modern 400s are generally geared towards new or budget-minded riders, but can still be very capable sportbikes: I spent a session or two recently chasing one around Buttonwillow, and it turns out a Ninja 400 can work up a surprising turn of speed. In spite of that, they’re still pretty basic machines, specification-wise. But a couple decades ago, bikes like the Honda RVF400R NC35 gave nothing away to the most exotic roadgoing machines, other than a few cubic centimeters of displacement…

A race-bred V4 engine with a “big-bang” 360° crank, gear-driven cams, a distinctive single-sided swingarm and a rear wheel held on by a single large nut… there were no compromises on the NC35, other than those slightly tacky plastic snorkels jutting out of the tank that feed fresh air to the airbox. The 399cc only put out a claimed 59hp and most of the power is produced up near 13,000rpm, but what is available at lower revs is pretty usable and the bike won’t feel as sluggish as the meager power might suggest.

This example isn’t a particularly museum-quality bike: the tail section doesn’t look original, the no-name exhaust isn’t stock, and those polished wheels definitely aren’t going to be to everyone’s taste. The carbon intake tubes do look much nicer than the plastic originals, but again: not original. All of that also means the $11,990 asking price might be a bit on the high side for a bike that’s more an interesting rider than a really collectible example of Honda’s baby V4 sportbike.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Honda RVF400R NC35 for Sale

In 1994, Honda introduced the RVF400, or NC35. Successor to the VFR400 (not confusing at all), the NC35 was two things: a mini-me of the legendary RC45 and one of the greatest 400s ever built. Just like its 750cc big brother, the NC35’s fit and finish was top-notch, and the model had all the trappings of a full-size superbike in a potent 400cc package.

Odometer is in kilometers (16,209 kms or 10,075 miles)

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The RVF400R is pretty uncommon here in the USA, but not impossible to find if you look around, or have the means to import one. If the seller is willing to negotiate on that price, it could be a pretty cool rolling restoration while you track down original bits from overseas, or a really fun project if you raid the Tyga parts catalog for bodywork and performance upgrades…

-tad

Vee Four: 1995 Honda RVF400R NC35 for Sale
Honda June 10, 2020 posted by

Dust Bunny – 1992 Honda VFR400R / NC30

Not born on a construction site, but this vintage VFR400R may have acquired permanent resident status.  Propose to this beauty and whisk her away to the country ( roads ) of your choice.

1992 Honda VFR400R / NC30

A staple in the domestic market, the 400 cc VFR got great attention from Honda and the model was produced from 1986-1993.  For the third generation NC30, a 360-degree crank was introduced, and the redline raised slightly to 14,500 rpm.  Unrestricted power is closer to 68 hp, more inkeeping with the Nissin brakes and staggered 16 and 18-inch wheels.  The alloy twin-spar chassis accepts the right-side-up forks and the race-derived single sided swingarm.  Twin headlights in the RC30 lookalike fairing fool many a fan until they’re close-in.

Looks like this owner has carved out a spot in a larger garage to work on his VFR, and while not without some miles, it looks very good.  Just a couple of comments accompany the eBay auction:

1992 Honda VFR400R NC30, 18,000km or 11,000 miles, new tires, new brake pads, new fork seals all original fairings, de-restricted. Vermont registration, can be registered in any state in USA 

Bike runs very well

The VFR400R wasn’t sold far and wide, but along with its track manners and geared cam soundtrack, has a loyal following.  The ask is up in superbike territory, but a V-4 400 is rare and getting more so.  This Honda red example looks worth pushing the Make Offer button, at least to start a conversation.

-donn

Dust Bunny – 1992 Honda VFR400R / NC30
Honda May 21, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – Zero-Mile 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition !

Update 5.30.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Each manufacturer and year can have but one flagship, and for Honda in 2005 it was the CBR1000RR Repsol.  RSBFS reader Don has been saving this first-year Repsol with great care for the next owner, and recently re-filled the consumables but hasn’t yet ridden a mile.

First Year 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition for sale

As Honda often has, they let the development team behind their RC211V Moto GP bike give a great deal of input on the CBR1000RR or FireBlade.  While the racer’s V5 would have put production costs into the stratosphere, a new inline four was presented with electronically controlled ram air and power valve, and eight fuel injectors helping develop 172 hp.  The alloy chassis was composed mostly of die-cast segments, with 43mm cartidge forks and Pro-Link monoshock on an extended swingarm to accommodate all those ponies.  An electronic steering damper provided lighter control feel at lower speeds, and more stability under warp drive.  Styling also took cues from the RC211V, an angular design with rads vented to the side and aerodynamic from the nose to the seat sub-frame.

Don sourced a perfect example for his collection, and has prepared it with new fluids and break-in oil for the next owner.  To say it is stock and as new really understates the impact of this time machine.  His comments:

This bike has zero miles and is just as it left the factory, following dealer prep. Over the past 15 years it has been stored in very controlled conditions because there is no evidence of oxidation or corrosion whatsoever.

Prior to first start up, I began by changing the oil (Shell Rotella T 10w40 for break-in) and filter. I also changed clutch and brake fluids (Amsoil DOT 4 racing fluid) and flushed and replaced the coolant. I removed both sets of injectors and cleaned them in an ultrasonic and then with a Motion Pro injector cleaner. All injector seals were replaced with new OEM parts. I installed a new AGM battery and started and heat cycled the engine several times. Engine is running perfectly. I have not ridden the bike.

The bike is now ready to keep, display or ride (still has its original tires however). This is a first year Repsol and will become the most collectable, just as the first year Fireblades already are. Although its now 15 years old, it looks like it was just uncrated. Original toolkit and user manual included.

Based in Minneapolis, Don asks $11,500 for his Repsol.  His walk-around video is below.

Repsol has been a great Honda sponsor and the RC211V had a dynastic run of Moto GP championships, under Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.  The CBR1000RR had to wait until 2007 for its WSBK championship, with James Toseland aboard – but in Hannspree’s white and green livery.  Nice to know Don’s CBR1000RR is ready to go, but I’m guessing a real collector will pick up a rider and preserve this virtually perfect example as a fitting bookend.

-donn

Featured Listing – Zero-Mile 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition !
Honda May 20, 2020 posted by

Fox Eye Lady – 1999 Honda RVF400R / NC35

In many ways a template of the Superbike RC45, the middleweight RVF400 ( NC35 ) had its own character and predatory facial expression.  This Wisconsin rider looks very good despite some prodigious miles.

1999 Honda RVF400R / NC35 for sale on eBay

Honda made a substantial update to the VFR400R, with a new chassis, inverted forks and 17-inch wheels front and rear.  Changes to the carburetors and valve timing could improve the torque curve but power was legislated to be 59 hp.  Air scoops and tracts over the handlebars deliver fresh if not ram air.  Forks and monoshock are adjustable for pre-load and rebound, and 269mm brakes are Nissin branded.  From down the block, the styling could fool you into an RC45 sighting.

Though it has seen 37K miles, this RVF shows nicely and has just a few wear marks to show for it.  Un-faired photos show the beauty to be more than skin deep.  From the eBay auction:

Clean and titled low-mileage 1999 Honda RVF400 (NC35). Registered and plated in Wisconsin. Clean title on hand. Some history on this bike: This bike is the little brother to the legendary RC45. The NC35 is a classic for collectors or exotic bike enthusiasts. As an evolution to the VFR400 (NC30), the NC35 comes with upside forks and 17” rear wheel for improved handling. Other unique features include a lightweight aluminum frame, and single-sided swing arm. Not to mention Honda’s V4 bullet-proof gear-driven engine with its distinctive rev whine. I purchased it from a private collector and have ridden it regularly. Bike starts right up and runs flawlessly. This bike has only seen non-ethanol fuel.

It is currently kept on battery tender and Pitbull front and rear stands. Cosmetically in great shape. OEM fairings show signs of age, but was very well maintained. The paint/decals throughout are still glossy. A couple of minor blemishes from prior ownership: tank has a small chip which was touched up. Details shown in ad photos. No other cracks or blemishes that I am aware of. Again, I rode this bike for many years. It is not in pristine show room condition. I’m happy to provide additional pictures if desired. Minor modifications I added to the bike – steel braided brake lines, CRG levers and a carbon fiber pipe (original canister available). Overall bike condition is very clean and well cared for; with some normal signs of wear for twenty-one year-old bike. It is a blast to ride and a conversation starter as many have never seen this bike.

The NC35 might’ve been considered a beginner’s bike here, but it was offered only in Japan and made its way around the globe in the gray market.  Lighter race riders have embraced its handling and build quality.  Unlike the racy singles being proffered today, the RVF400 has an exotic V-4 engine with a soundtrack provided by gear-driven cams.  While a collector could keeping shopping for less miles and patina, a rider might be happy it’s not perfect.

-donn

Fox Eye Lady – 1999 Honda RVF400R / NC35
Honda May 8, 2020 posted by

Unequivocal – 1990 Honda VFR750R / RC30

Having graduated from nascent collectible to crazy-to-ride museum piece, Honda’s pre-eminent VFR750R / RC30 continues to appear for auction with exotic car-level reserves.  This Michigan example appears in a collector’s warehouse and looks superb.

1990 Honda VFR750R / RC30 for sale on eBay

Sharing V-4 engine architecture with the roadgoing VFR750F, the -R was mostly different inside the cases and pushed 118 ponies.  Titanium connecting rods greatly reduced rotating mass and defined unobtanium.  Crank and cams were geared to provide a power pulse every 360 degrees, improving rideability at racing rpms.  The all alloy chassis and peeks out behind the fiberglass fairing, holding 41mm right-side-up forks and ELF’s single-sided swingarm.  Trailing throttle torque was tamed by the factory slipper clutch.  Single seat and five gallon alloy fuel tank had their focus on the race course.

Said to be hosted by only its second owner, this RC30 looks outstanding and reports 7,037 miles.  If the new owner elects to ride there will be time to go over any needed repairs and recent maintenance, but they aren’t discussed in the eBay auction:

  • One of the modern era’s few immediately collectible classics
  • The RC30 was created for one reason – to win the World Superbike Championship! 
  • The seller is the second owner of the bike
  • First owner was Nick Helyer who purchased it in Orlando, FL in 1990
  • Nick was a British gentleman that apparently did some WEC racing in the late 1970s, early 1980s
  • The bike notably includes the owner’s manual, tool kit and two keys

Success came early and often to the RC30, taking the two first Superbike World Championships under Fred Merkel, as well as Formula TT wins with Joey Dunlop and Carl Fogarty aboard.  Not to mention a handful of World Endurance Championship wins and AMA Superbike victories.  Though this is “merely” the streetable VFR750R, it would make a singular afternoon.  Hopefully the next custodian will be able to arrange it.

-donn

Unequivocal – 1990 Honda VFR750R / RC30
Honda May 4, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1988 Honda NSR250 / MC18 with CA Reg !

Two stroke 250’s have proved a bit of a niche market in bigger-is-better USA, but with a de-restricted 60 hp pushing 300 lbs. around, they are plenty quick.  RSBFS reader Simon’s example is pristine, nicely upgraded, and ready for a grand re-opening.

1988 Honda NSR250R / MC18 for sale

Since the 250cc formula was the penultimate MotoGP class until 2010, each competitive manufacturer had one in the showroom on Monday morning.  The 249cc L-twin was a popular solution, and Honda had one in their stable from 1984 to 1999.   The MC18 was the second NSR generation, with new 32mm carburetors and PGM-I electronics controlled ignition.  Similar to the race machines, the alloy chassis held the engine and the straight-leg swingarm was also alloy.  Triple-disk brakes are way up to the task and the angular fairing cuts through the air.

Simon’s NSR looks sharp in Honda red with lightly polished alloy frame, forks and muffs.  Except for the updated brakes it shows very factory, with 16,000 Km’s or around 10K miles.  Comments from the Santa Barbara Craigslist post:

Fully sorted and ready to ride. A few very minor mods to sharpen up the brakes, Galfer Wave brake rotors, steel braided lines with some aggressive pads. 16k KM. Recent carb clean, good tires, new plugs, new power valve controller and new lithium ion battery. Bike is de-restricted (of course). Starts easy, idles smooth and rips. Comes with some spares. Have clear title in my name and current CA reg.

Have factory service manual 
No rust in tank

Simon asks $8,000 for his NSR250R, and can be reached by email – here –.

Always a pleasure to review a machine with a caring owner, and this is certainly one.  The California registration is a nice selling point, no need to re-invent that wheel.  Looking ready to ride, Simon’s NSR should vacuum up the twistie bits.

-donn 

 

 

Featured Listing – 1988 Honda NSR250 / MC18 with CA Reg !
Honda April 22, 2020 posted by

Band of Horses – 1996 Honda RVF400R / NC35

Honda’s diminutive V4-400 has almost a cult following here, and it was never actually offered for sale anywhere but Japan.  This fine example looks to have just a fraction of km’s showing on the odometer.

1994 Honda RVF400R for sale on eBay

As the last in a long line of small V4’s, and had the commensurate goodies on board – in addition to 59 ponies, the gear-driven cams brought music to every twist of the throttle.  The alloy chassis had upside-down forks up front and 17-inch wheels at both ends.  Nissin brakes are right-sized at 269mm, with black calipers matching the black painted alloy wheels.  Graphics took their cues from the RC45, though the more modern fox eye headlamps were particular to the RVF.

Sounds like this RVF owner picked a nicer example and worked to keep it that way, a couple of stress cracks but find another lightweight sportbike from a past generation without them.  Kudos for using the ignition key without the house keys, and the red wheel reflectors look great day or night.  Comments from the eBay auction:

As for this bike. I purchased it from a private collector last summer, and have ridden it regularly for about 500 miles on short weekend rides. Bike was fully prepped and all fluids replaced prior to my ownership. Bike starts right up and all mechanicals function flawlessly. Currently ridden on non-ethanol fuel only, and kept on battery tender. Miles will go up marginally with the occasional warm up.

Cosmetically in great shape. No dings on tank, OEM fairings with no rash or touch up paint, no signs of bike ever been down, and very glossy paint/decals throughout. A couple of minor blemishes from prior ownership: tank extension has small scratch on upper right corner, minor stress crack on upper left cowl, and small stress cracks on lower side fairing and tabs (reinforced with plastic cement on inside). Details shown in ad photos and I’ll be glad to provide additional pictures or videos if desired. Minor modifications that came with bike: silver bar ends and steel braided brake lines. Reflective wheel tape added for night-time safety. Overall bike condition is very clean and well cared for; with some normal signs of wear for twenty-four year-old bike.

As a baby superbike, the RVF400R had a lot of differences with its big brother RC45, but shared the family build quality.  Pretty racy for the segment, the high MSRP warded off the bean counters and the really junior riders for which it was theoretically intended.  This one has been taken care of nicely and will reward the next owner with plenty of power for its low all-up weight.

-donn

Band of Horses – 1996 Honda RVF400R / NC35