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Honda November 10, 2021 posted by

Turbo City Madman: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

Relisted with a whopping price drop from $18k opening ask in May down to $12k, this low miles school bike is reflecting the reality of the Turbo market. Links updated. -MI

This is a bike that really shouldn’t need any introduction to the pages of RSBFS. After all, being the self-proclaimed RSBFS turbo nerd I *know* that I’ve posted more than a few. Why? Because they are awesome in a mega-flawed sort of way that drives you to either love or hate them. And despite their totally unloved status when new, they have recently encountered a bit of a resurgence in interest – and price. Today’s 27 mile example is the poster child for the movement, although it also represents an interesting counter-point to the whole factory Turbo saga.

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for sale on eBay

Honda was the fist to bring a turbocharged motorcycle to market as a full factory supported effort with the 1982 CX500TC (technically the Kawasaki Z1-R TC was first atmospherically enhanced motorbike, but that was not factory). That particular bike bristled with new technology that only Honda engineering could bring to the fore, including a sophisticated computerized fuel injection system to manage the complicated intake situation and ensure engine longevity. The CX650 Turbo built on that foundation by increasing displacement and compression ratio to help improve the off-boost rideability. This also greatly improved the transition from off-boost to boost (although you’ll never miss that event) and help minimize the dreaded turbo lag. In all, the CX650 was the most polished of the factory turbo entries, being the only boosted bike to benefit from a second generation of development. Sadly, that was not enough to overcome the price, the stigma, the weight and the stigma. By 1985 the turbo era was well and truly over, save for oddball collectors and enthusiasts (ahem).

From the seller:
Up for sale is a 1983 Honda CX650T motorcycle – Only 27 miles.
This was a school motorcycle – sticker shown in pictures. Because it was a school motorcycle there was never a title issued. Registration and a Bill of Sale will be the only documents provided.

We picked it up years ago – always garaged. A nice clean motorcycle. Please note some cosmetic damage to the fairing, fender, etc. I tried to take several pictures to show any imperfections. Also, I did replace the rear cowl, which is a repaint. The original cowl has a broken tab that is unseen. I am willing to include this with the sale of the motorcycle.

More from the seller:
The following has been done on the motorcycle…
The brake system has been cleaned/flushed
The master cylinder and the rear master cylinder have been cleaned and rebuilt
The fuel injection has been cleaned and checked
New plugs
New pump propeller
Oil Change
New after market fuel pump (original is still available if desired)
New windscreen

The motorcycle starts and runs. Here is a link to the youtube video – https://youtu.be/MTjRL9s4bkk

I am not a videographer…lol so I apologize in advance and hope no one gets dizzy. My intention was to show how nice the motorcycle sounds.

Not to mince words, the turbo motorcycle era was an utter commercial failure. Each of the Big Four played with the devil of boost, and every one of them was an atrocious and abysmal return on the considerable investment required. Suzuki used their experience to develop the original air/oil cooled GSX-R, Kawasaki used the opportunity to elevate the GPz to the top of the 1/4 mile time sheets, Yamaha phoned in an low-buck entry branded as a Seca, and Honda dumped a significant portion of their inventory on “technical schools” in an attempt to recoup their investment and train the next generation on Big Red products.

Todays example of the CX650 Turbo – a one year only model for 1983 – is one of those previously dreaded “school” bikes. These were examples meant to train future mechanics on the complex systems of the modern motorcycle, and were never intended for consumer consumption (check out the sticker on the tank). While each had a VIN number, none were released with a title, and each of these bikes were written off as crushed, destroyed or otherwise parted out. Very recently we have started to see an influx of these school bikes as more rare than the average CX650 Turbo, which may indeed be true. It is still early days to determine the impact this may have on the collector, as Turbos are still not really considered collector bikes (yet). However the price curve is on the rise and we have seen some high water marks eclipsed in the last year or so. This one has an opening bid of a relatively high $18k, so it will be interesting to see how the market responds. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Turbo City Madman: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo
Honda November 8, 2021 posted by

1993 Honda CBR900RR in Black

Here’s a modified first year Honda CBR900RR on eBay with a buy-it-now of $10k that is listed with 22k miles. Most notable, the frame, swingarm and wheels have been polished and also includes aftermarket exhaust, signals, windscreen, etc… These were popular modifications at the time and don’t look at all out of place here. The seller notes the fairings are OEM and they look blem free.

1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

from the seller:

I am offering for sale another motorcycle from my collection. 1993 Honda cbr900rr.runs and rides amazing. Good solid motorcycle OEM BODYWORK Re painted in original colors no cracks. New tires

$10k is a strong asking price as most collectors have shown a preference for all OEM condition. But as I said, the polished frame is period correct and considering the best examples are now seen in the high teens, this could represent good value for an owner looking to ride a bike they may have modified like this on their own in the early 90’s.

dc

1993 Honda CBR900RR in Black
Honda November 6, 2021 posted by

2004 Honda RC51 with less than 6k miles!

It’s been an interesting year for 2004 RC51 Nicky Hayden sales. This 322 mile example closed at over $18k and didn’t have a title. This one is currently at $13,600 reserve met with 12 hours to go. I’m excited to see where it ends!

2004 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition with very low all original miles. This motorcycle is about 99% stock with the only modifications being the front turn signals, the grips, braided stainless brake lines, frame sliders and the tires. Other than that this bike is completely stock (included the very rare OEM undertail that is impossible to find). The motorcycle has a clean title in my name.

Please note that there are two areas on this bike that has a small amount of damage that occurred during transportation by the previous owner. A little bit of paint has been scratched off on the right hand side of the nose cowling and the left hand side of the tail section. The damage is very minimal and the bike has never been laid down. Other than that this bike is extremely clean and in excellent condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me directly.

PS – I prefer to do a local pickup, but will consider helping out with shipping as long as the buyer handles all of the logistics. I’m located in Woodstock GA.

This auction ends oddly just before 8am pacific time on a Sunday, so if you’re getting this email early on the east coast, act quickly!

Here are a couple more notable 2004 RC51 posts from this year.

dc

2004 Honda RC51 with less than 6k miles!
Honda November 4, 2021 posted by

1988 Honda Hurricane 1000 For Sale with only 5,172 miles!

1988 Honda Hurricane 1000 For Sale on eBay!

Rock you like a Hurricane, “I’m on to you” by Hurricane, Cat 5 Hurricane or Honda Hurricane? Since you’re on this page, I’m guessing you’re more of the Honda Hurricane type person.

In 1988 the Honda Hurricane wasn’t overly sophisticated in any form except the fully encompassing fairing. Underneath it was a fairly slim double overhead cam, 4 valve per cylinder, water cooled power plant that could propel the big Hurricane to 155 mph. There were rumors of some folks pushing it to 160 mph, but I still raise my eyebrow to those numbers.

The fairings were a direct lift from Ducati’s Paso line and Honda caught some flack for it back in the day, but Honda being Honda, they rolled with it, brushed it off and looked the other way.

Honda used steel frames on the Hurricanes, which would give some insight as to why it tipped the scales at a biscuit over 550 pounds. Besides the fairing being able to slice through the wind at 155 mph it also made the Hurricane look cutting edge and fast while sitting still.

This particular machine looks to be in near perfect shape as it still holds a showroom shine (it also holds some pretty good company in the garage!). Having only covered 5,172 miles in the last 33 years this has to be one of the lowest mileage Hurricane examples in existence!(?)

From the original owner and seller
1988 Honda CBR 1000. I am the original owner. Very low mileage. Just serviced, rebuilt carbs, new fuel pump and fuel on/off valve. Always garaged. I have the original exhaust as well as a like new spare tank. The spare tank has a small mark on it and Honda replaced it in 1988. Bike runs great, better then new. Bike has a Vance & Hines exhaust as well as a dyna jet kit. This bike has been very well cared for and serviced it’s entire life. You will not find a nicer 1988 CBR 1000 Honda Hurricane.

This is one of the few times I’m going to agree with the sellers statement. This is a beautiful example and very deserving of being put on display.
At the time of writing the bid was up to $2,550 with the reserve firmly in place. I suspect this will need to be north of $5,000 to remove the reserve, but I’ve been wrong many times before and in today’s market who knows!

If you’re missing an 88′ Honda Hurricane in your collection- look no further!

Make the jump here and let us know if it really is that shiny in person.

Good luck!

Cheers,

dd

1988 Honda Hurricane 1000 For Sale with only 5,172 miles!
Honda October 28, 2021 posted by

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

Update 10.28.2021: Previously posted September 2020, this RC30 is back on eBay with a buy-it-now of $48,995. Links updated. -dc

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 October 22, 2021 posted by

Honda’s Ducati Fighter: 2004 RC51 SP2 Nicky Hayden with 322 Miles!

The Honda RC51 should need no introduction.  Even the most causal superbike fan has heard the story of the RC51 duking it out with the best that Ducati had on offer.  The racing was amazing, the stories were incredible and the road going versions were a beautiful thing to experience.  The RC30 and RC45 before it are super sought after collectables and now is the time for the RC51 to shine.  133hp V-Twin will still put a smile on your face today.

Today’s example is one of the last years of production, and one of the more desirable editions.  The livery was to honor the success Nicky Hayden had on track with the superbike racing Hondas.  Not only is it hard to find a clean example of an RC51 today, it is even harder to find bike with low miles.  It is not uncommon to find an RC51 on the market with over 30k miles on the clock.  That really is a testament to the quality of the bikes.  With only 322 miles this bike will be sure to be placed in a collection and not ridden much, if at all.

No signs of use, damage or issues can be seen in the pictures.  Refreshing to see fairings without holes cut for sliders, or colored levers installed.  Only departure from stock is the addition of a Staintune exhaust that is sure to be music to one’s ears.  Seller states that the original exhaust is included.  While the bike was never titled, it is said to come with the original MSO and while the listing claims that might be an issue for the new owner.  After a quick bit of research, there should be no issues at the DMV, but maybe some funny looks.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Up for grabs is this pristine RC51 with 322 original miles. Bike has always been stored in climate-controlled garage. This is about as perfect condition as you can find. This RC51 is pretty much flawless. The prior owner put the Staintune Exhaust. It also comes with the original exhaust, original owner’s manual, and tool kit. The bike was part of an estate. The prior owner never titled the bike. It still has the original MCO signed over to the prior owner. So, getting the bike titled could be an issue. I started to file for a bonded title but all of our local offices were closed. I’m going to offer the bike here on eBay to the highest bidder. The bike will be sold with a bill of sale only along with the MCO. There is a $150.00 deposit due if you win the auction. The balance can be paid in cash, “check 14 days to clear” or wire the funds. Third party payments like PayPal can be accepted however buyer is responsible for all third party fees from these type of companies. The Motorcycle is located in El Paso, Texas 79932 If you have any more questions or want more photos just let me know. Thank you.

As of posting the opening bid of $5,000 has been made, but as expected the reserve had is not met.  Price for clean low mileage RC51s have been rocketing to the moon over the last year.  They might even be a better buy then your favorite cryptocurrency.  For years these bikes were massively undervalued so it should come as no surprise to anyone that the market needed to adjust.  A bike that offers a link to HRC, completes a lineage of other amazing RC products as well as offering a fantastic connection to a historic era of superbike racing should be on everyone’s radar.  What makes these even one step better is that the package comes wrapped with Honda reliability and general usability.

 

Honda’s Ducati Fighter:  2004 RC51 SP2 Nicky Hayden with 322 Miles!
Honda October 17, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Honda VFR750F!

Update 10.17.2021: SOLD IN ONE DAY to an RSBFS Reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Seller testimonial:

Hey Dan just wanted to let you know I got a bunch of guys (legitimate) called today 1st day on your site. Receiving a deposit shortly. People all over the country. I had somewhat little response on cycletrader for the week it’s been on there. Kudos! I’m relatively new to raresprtbikesforsale so I wasn’t sure how it would go but clearly you have a lot of followers. And you wrote the article up real nice too which helps. Thanks again.

If you have a bike for sale that would benefit from this kind of exposure, contact us for a Featured Listing. -dc

The Honda VFR750F is an icon. Through 10+ years of constant production, evolution and improvement, the VFR gained notoriety for doing everything well. This is not a bike that just ticks one of the “most” buckets; it is not the cheapest, it is not the lightest, it is not the most powerful, it is not the most race-like, it is not the fastest. But for those that actually prefer to ride, the VFR has been a constant companion offering good looks, great performance and legendary reliability. From the clean sheet beginnings way back in 1986, the VFR steadily improved to what can only be considered as close to motorcycling perfection as possible.

Featured Listing – 1997 Honda VFR750F

The VF line was born around the V-4 engine configuration. And while the earliest of the VFs utilized a timing chain to invoke the 4 valves per cylinder, the evolution quickly moved to uber-reliable gear driven cams such as are found on the RC30 and RC45 racers. The same goes for the race-bred single-sided swingarm, as well as the aluminum, twin-spar frame. And if you cannot see a profile resemblance to the famous NR750 perhaps you need to check your pulse. But the VFR is not a racer – it has all of the DNA necessary to become so, but it knows its place in the world as an incredibly capable all-rounder. Devoid of the “character” flaws of other exotics that require the rider to make concessions, the VFR can commute, canyon carve, rip it up at a track day, and take you to points far and away as a sport tourer. I challenge you to name any other platform that has this breadth of capability.

From the seller:
Mint condition, close to museum quality, vfr 750. Brand new Dunlop tires. 18,250 miles. Oil changed 3 months ago with amsoil full synthetic 10/40. Oil has about 800/1k miles on it as do the tires. Bone stock not a single thing modified. Only things not original are tires, battery and gold chain. Bike starts up instantly, choke works perfectly. The bike idles perfect. Runs strong as new. It’s apparent to me by the condition of the bike that it was well maintained in every way since new. Turn key bike that needs nothing. I ride the bike casually on nice days, miles may increase a little. Bike comes with a cover. Stored in my garage and not ever driven in bad weather. Please call if interested 856-405-7830. I’m not answering emails. The towel under the center stand is there to protect my new garage floor from being scraped. The bike has no leaks at all.

Asking Price: $5,500

For just a touch over 8 grand the 1997 you could walk into a showroom and ride out on what is arguably the best motorcycle of all time (don’t take my word for it – check out how often the Interceptor has shown up on annual “best of” lists). But given its less rare status as a mass-marketed UJM, the market has yet to come back around to equalizing value for money. That makes the last era of the VFR750F – such as today’s Featured Listing – an outright bargain in the used bike market. This is really the pinnacle of Honda engineering and quality, at a price well below that of comparable bikes. With the capabilities of more modern bikes without the confusing and annoying electronic gadgetry, this is as pure as riding can get.

Today’s 1997 Honda VFR750F Featured Listing is a pristine example of the breed. Obviously well cared for, this bike has traveled fewer than 800 miles per year on average. And it looks the part. Check out how clean this bike appears, despite the 24 years that have passed since it first sat in a showroom. Stone stock the way Honda intended, the plastics look flawless. There is no corrosion on the wheels, the forks, or the brake/clutch master cylinder reservoirs (common areas to show weather-induced flaws). No fender hack here, no Pep Boys shorty turn signals, no superfluous stickers, no color-tinted windscreen, no flashy loud pipe – nothing that the engineers and assembly line personnel at Honda did not fit to the bike. That is clearly worth the price of admission, as finding these models in this sort of condition is not easy. If you are looking for a neo classic – a bike that will age gracefully, ride comfortably and last forever, make a deal. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1997 Honda VFR750F!
Honda October 13, 2021 posted by

1989 Honda Hawk NT650 w/ only 3,280 miles For Sale!

1989 Honda Hawk NT650 For Sale on eBay!

Yea, yea, I get it-
“It doesn’t have fairings”
“It’s only got 56hp!”
“It’s old AF!”

Pick yer panties out of your butt, sit down and read on . . .

These little bikes could and did! Check out the finishing order in the photo below from WERA D-Superbike Expert circa 2000-

That’s right- 10 years after they were introduced they were still Kick’n Ass on the track. Now, keep in mind, D-Super Bike consisted of FZR400’s, SV650’s, Aprilia RS250 and MZ 660’s so, the little bike that could WAS and was taking names along the way.

They did it with torque, low weight and a 5 speed. Wait . . a 5 speed? Yup, a 5 speed transmission. We all love FZR400’s and we get all giddy over the last of the 2 stroke RS250’s, but the proof is in the pudding so, don’t turn your nose up at my little buddy.

Let’s check it out-

I’m pretty sure you can flip that and make it 1 up and 4 down; removing the need for trick aftermarket rear sets. #RacerBoy Anyone confirm?
 

Ducati say what? Elf says “You’re welcome!”

From the seller:
Like new 1989 Honda Hawk GT. Originally sold in upstate New York, the second owner bought it in Sept. 1993 with 1,920 miles. The second owner sold it to me in April 2018 with 2,700 miles. I haven’t ridden it much, mostly enjoy looking at it in the garage. When I do ride it, it runs as smooth as butter, hard to believe twin carburetors can have that crisp throttle response you would expect only with fuel injection. The engine itself obviously benefits from counter rotating balancers, it’s electric motor smooth. Power is strong, it loves to rev, geared to be turning 4,000 rpm at 60 mph.
Tires have a manufacture date Nov. 2013. In preparation for sale, the oil and filter were changed, new brake pads installed front and rear, and a new air filter installed.

During my ownership, the color was changed from red to blue. Blue was only offered in 1988. The fuel tank and seat cowl were replaced with factory blue tank and cowl from a donor vehicle. The front fender was painted to match. Seat cowl has all tabs and brackets intact.

Engine starts and runs easily, battery was on a tender most of its life and holds a charge. Fuel tank is clean with minimal rust, gasoline is fresh.

Now that we’re clear on what was . . . How about what could be? With a little imagination, desire and a few Benjamin Franklin’s- this is what could be!

Or maybe . . . you could slap on some soft saddle bags, a tank bag and simply enjoy the little NT647 for what it is- a well thought out Honda.

Check out this NT650 here!

Cheers!

dd

1989 Honda Hawk NT650 w/ only 3,280 miles For Sale!