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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
Honda November 11, 2018 posted by

Stock, low-mile Supersport: 1996 Honda CBR600 F3

Our pals at Iconic Motorbikes have come through once again with a surgically clean example of a classic sportbike we children of the 1990s lusted after in the bedroom wall poster days. This one is in excellent-but-not-perfect shape, and is a one-owner machine with fewer than 10,000 miles on it. It shows some minor scrapes and a tiny crack from a tipover in the garage, but beyond that the bike is spotless. All the aluminum parts, rubber and soft surfaces look absolutely clean and very well looked-after. It has clearly spent is life indoors when it wasn't being enjoyed.

1996 Honda CBR 600 F3 for sale on eBay

The 1996 Honda CBR600 F3 is smack in the middle of Honda's 1990s golden age, and represents what at the time was a fine track weapon with enough manners to be accessible to most riders, especially in countries where tiered licensing isn't a thing. The aggressive, multi-colored graphics certainly file these bikes in a definite time period, but I have long defended their garish slashes and neon colors. Think of it like riding a pair of Air Jordans.

From the eBay listing:

This excellent example of a Honda F3 comes to us on consignment and we’re thrilled to have her. Only one owner since new and CA kept from the start. Currently on CA plates and with registration paid through June of 2019.

If you’re considering a 600, an F3 is a fine choice! Super reliable, great mileage and just cool as heck to look at!

This example is 100% stock just as you see in the pictures and has never been raced, tracked or beat up in any fashion. The owner ended up buying a new CBR1000RR and is limited on garage space, otherwise he would of kept it.

Only flaws on the bike are a small crack on bodywork under the right signal, a rub on the oem exhaust and some small marks on the right side lower from a very light fall in garage but it was caught so no broken tabs. Everything works as it should, comes with a tank bra for riding and not rubbing on the tank. Only 9212 miles!

Come pick her up while before she’s gone, this is one of the best paint schemes with a touch of neon and the vibrant red, black and white. If you’re looking to add some accessories, we can help you there as well as we have great pricing with all the aftermarket exhaust, etc suppliers.

Fly into LAX, only 15-20 minutes away and RIDE OUT!

Honda built F3s by the million, so this bike will never really be considered rare, but the majority of these machines were used and abused, so finding one this clean 22 years on is something of a feat. This bike is best purchased as a fun weekend ride, as opposed to a collector investment, but for the classic sportbike enthusiast, it is a must-have.

Stock, low-mile Supersport:  1996 Honda CBR600 F3
Honda November 6, 2018 posted by

Spitting Image – 1987 Honda NSR250R

Honda's early NSR-250's were nicely templated on the winning RS250R race machine, in race livery almost hard to tell apart.  This one went from road to private collection and has been made ready for the new owner's choice.

1987 Honda NSR250R for sale on eBay

Honda's MC16 used a 249cc V-twin, with cylinders slightly turned to ease intake and exhaust routing.  Exhaust port sizes are adjusted, and torque band extended, by Honda's RC Valve.  Almost any frame could cope with the legislated 45 hp, but Honda built a twin spar from alloy extrusions welded to cast connectors and headstock.  In-house suspension used air adjustable forks and Pro-link monoshock, with the straight swingarm that pre-dates the banana.

Evidently this collector is more than proverbially thinning the herd, and has auctioned several over the past few months.  Not a virgin with over 15K miles, but still looks excellent.  Beside one cracked corner on the right fairing and a couple of paint chips, it appears complete and original.  A lot of new wear parts were installed when the NSR was taken off the road, though we don't know when that was, cables and pads should be ok to sit.  Here is the list of freshenings that were done to make it ready for sale, from the eBay auction:

New Battery & amp; Battery Tender Hookup - which can also be used to run Electric gear

New front and rear brake fluids flushed and replaced with Honda Pro DOT 4

Carbs were Digitally Synchronized

New Spark Plugs Installed

Perfect Mechanical and Great Cosmetic condition and needs nothing

Replaced the fork oil with 15W

New transmission oil

Oil Injection Tank filled up

Coolant flushed and replaced

New set of tires have 250+/- miles on them in 3 rides this last summer

Honda continued with the NSR250R for another ten years, so the early model is less collectible, but also doesn't have the harder to defeat PGM ignition controller.  Not the lightest small sport, but Honda build quality took sales away from Yamaha, who had been ruling the two-stroke market.  Not exactly museum quality, this NSR looks like it could be a great rider.  Interest in the auction is high with 5 days to run...

-donn

Spitting Image – 1987 Honda NSR250R
Honda November 5, 2018 posted by

Small miles, big pistons: 2001 Honda RC-51

Somehow, whoever owned this 2001 Honda RC51 managed to keep it mostly off the road in its 18 years, showing remarkable restraint in the face of a bike that built a legend for itself under the likes of Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden and Joey Dunlop. Fast, reliable and uncompromising, the RC-51 took the fight to Ducati in the early aughts in a variety of superbike classes and at the Isle of Man.

2001 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

This is the SP-1 version of the RC51, meaning it has slightly shallower rake and trail, and is a few pounds heavier and a few horses less powerful than the later SP-2 version. It is by no means a slouch. You're still looking at a bike that is well under 500 pounds fully fueled that puts out more than a 130 horses at the crank. Beginners need not apply, to be sure.

The seller provides little description of the bike beyond the mileage, but the pictures say more than enough about its condition. It appears to come with a the original manual and toolkit, as well as a pillion pad and the original front turn signals. The bike looks like it has new, sticky Dunlop street and track tires, and is as clean as you'd expect for a bike with so few miles.

From the eBay listing:

Yes the listing is correct. 2,001 miles!!! Bike runs and shifts smooth. Brand new tires. I’m pretty sure if you’re looking at this bike I don’t have to tell you much about it, you know what you buying. This bike is 18 years old, it’s not perfect, has a very small scratch on the top of the tank.

If you have any questions at all me feel free to contact me.

With the passing of Dunlop and Hayden and Edwards' retirement, as well as myriad rule and convention changes in the class it once dominated, the bike is becoming a piece of history, even as it remains a potent performer by modern standards. Examples like this one will be the ones whose value goes up in years to come, but they haven't quite gotten to the blue-chip collector price point just yet.

Small miles, big pistons: 2001 Honda RC-51