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Honda April 6, 2011 posted by

Let there be smoke! 1986 Honda NS400R

For Sale: 1986 Honda NS400R

Take a moment to ponder those lucky Canadians. Long recipients of bikes never considered for import into the US, the “neighbors to the north” continue to be the source of some great machinery. In this case, a rare ’86 NS400R V-3 two stroke. Today’s bike is a clean looking example of the breed, with stock pipes and recent service.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1986 Honda NS400R. Honda’s biggest 2stroke street bike. The bike is take on Freddie Spencer’s 1983 world championship winning NS500 triple. It is a 387cc V3. I have a clean title in hand.

The bike will need new tires. There are a few paint chips that have been touched up. The carbs were serviced by Rocket Cycle here in Toronto, ( NOT CHEAP ). The coolant was changed in October and the bike went into storage in November. I didn’t ride the bike much this past summer only a handful of times, just to keep things moving. Its a fun little bike that does gets quite a bit of attention. It was a rare bike in 1986 because it was expensive when compared to what other bikes were being sold for. I believe they sold about 405 of these bikes in Canada. None were shipped to the US, but I did see one at the Barber Museum in October , when I was there for the RG gathering.

As there was a ban on tobacco ads back in the mid 80’s, the Rothman’s livery was not available in Canada. So the bike was only sold in the HRC scheme. It was a sweet looking bike back then and still looks good today. The comstar wheels really compliment the look of the bike.

The bike will be sold as seen. I will include the service manual which was hard enough for me to get. The infil part that sits behind the passenger seat will also be included, as will the chrome tie down hooks. They are not on the bike now because I don’t like the look of chrome on this bike.

I bought this bike because I liked the look and mystique of this unusual bike, but now its time to move on. It was respectfully ridden and never abused.

Winning bidder must arrange there own shipping. I can deliver the bike up to 100 kms free of charge.

There is NO warranty implied, expessed or otherwise. It is a 25 year old USED bike. The bike is being sold as is. Pickup from my home is welcome. ASK ALL QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU BID.

The seller, who also has a Yamaha RZV500 (now sold) and Suzuki RG500 Gamma (not for sale), has offered a few videos of the NS400. Enjoy the popcorn sound of two strokes!

This video does not have the greatest sound, but it sure is nice to see these bikes out on the road – and it would be even better if those roads (and bikes) were in the US….

The starting bid for this Japanese-Canadian beauty is a cool $5,000 US. With 22,000 miles on the odometer, this is not a new, low miles bike. On the other hand, it has been ridden and appears in reasonable condition. I suspect the lack of a US title will impact the sale, but perhaps some savvy RSBFS reader can clue us in on how hard it is to import one of these beauties.

The auction is on now, and waiting for you to .


Honda January 30, 2011 posted by

Collector or Rider – 1986 Honda NS400R

1986 Honda NS400R

Butler, PA

17,793 KM

Here we have a 1986 Honda NS400R – what a cool bike! As my colleague Mike indicated in his recent CBX post, Honda certainly did things their own way in the 80’s. This bike illustrates that point as well as any: 3 cylinders, V configuration, 2 stroke and 400cc? Not exactly conventional, but that’s good news in my book. Sporting a 54.5” wheelbase and 70 HP, this bike has got to be a blast to ride.

The NS400R Page website contains great information, although this site has not been updated in a long time. This is recommended reading for any potential buyer as it contains common modifications, original schematics, photos and road test reports from the day.

The bike appears to be a really clean and largely an original model. This particular NS sports the Fast Freddie Spencer paint scheme – classic Honda all the way. More information straight from the seller:


The best part about this bike – a clear title! Luckily, we have a fair amount of NS400R’s in the RSBFS archives, so you can do some comparative digging here. The bid has been climbing steadily since the listing was posted, and I expect a steady ascent to the end. Jump over to the auction to view the full listing, which includes the seller’s phone number should you have any questions.


Honda October 18, 2010 posted by

Red Rider Alert-Low Mile 1985 NS400R


One for the Honda boys has appeared on Ebay.  The old NS400R’s don’t appear all that often so take note if you’ve been hunting for one.  What sticks out about this bike is the fact that it only has 12,200 miles on it.  Not bad for something produced in 1985.  It is also dressed in the pretty Rothmans paint scheme.  The solo tail cover is a nice touch as well.  It definitely gives the bike a racier look.  My eyesight is bad enough and the seller is making me work with these tiny pictures.  I really can’t discern a whole bunch more about the bike from the photos.  It generally looks stock but more pictures are needed.

If you don’t have a NS400R owner in your circle of friends the internet becomes your friend.  One of the sites I visit for info on the big NS is  Best of all, the site has forum which I have found invaluable when owning a rare bike.

Not a whole lot in the picture department: 

Details, details:  

A NSR400 is a rare very limited edition commemorative street bike version of the NSR500. Freddy Spencer won several world championships in the early 1980s. Honda built this bike as a celebration of Spencer’s success.
The bike was way ahead of its time with an all aluminum frame, comstar wheels,power valves,nickel silicon
cylinders. Like Spencer’s race bike, it has a 3 cylinder water cooled engine
in a V shape configuration, 2 cylinders in the front, 1 in the rear . There are 
many other unique technical features to this bike. I Will explain upon
request .      

I am a 25 year fully certified Honda technician.  I spent the last
few months professionally restoring this bike. It should be a show bike but is
completely rideable and runs great.

I will be happy to send more pictures upon request.

I would definitely take him up on more pictures.  The bike is listed as a classified ad with a $9,500 price tag.  There is also the option of best offer.  That offering price is right in the range for some other big two strokes with titles and low miles.  Do the Honda’s command the same sort of price?  Can I get by with a “maybe”?  If this bike is bone stock and mint, I think it might, with its’ low miles.  I just don’t think there is as large pool of buyers for them compared to RG’s and RZ’s.  if you are one of those buyers waiting for a clean NS400R.


Honda August 31, 2010 posted by

Rare Honda NS400R-3 Cylinders-No Valves

Rare Honda NS400R-3 Cylinders-No Valves

The Honda NS400R;  probably the rarest of the big two strokes and also probably the least popular.  The big Honda just didn’t have the allure of the RG or RZ of the same time period.  I think Honda kind of shot itself in the foot by limiting the bike to 400cc’s where the RG and RZ where both a full 500cc for the export markets.  In general I think the NS400R suffered from the impression that  it was a little soft.  True or not I think that Honda didn’t quite make the bike as “racey” as the RG or RZ.  Honda haters claim Honda was never were really into building two strokes and eventually killed them by being the leader in switching to four stroke technology.   Damn you Honda! 

This particular bike is a clean but well used example.  It has just over 29,00 kms on the  clocks.  Not a problem for a well maintained bike but woth noting.  It also is sporting a nice set of Jolly Moto exhausts.  Check below to hear the different exhaust notes of a stock NS and an unplugged one.  The bike is located in Canada where they were legally imported.  It should have a Canadian title but you will have to work you magic here in the states.  The seller did list the VIN on the bike and it is a 17 digit VIN.  Just thought you might like to know. 

Not much in the way of details from the ad:

Extremely rare 2 stroke 3 cylinder Moto GP replica in original colors with Jolly Moto pipes (stock available). Looks, runs, and sounds great. Certified and just tuned up. ONLY 29,167 KM. Plus tax and license.

The good stuff:

The seller has the listing set as a classified ad.  He is asking approximately $6100 but he is also taking offers.   Make the man an offer and get another two stroke down here where they should have been years ago.  Be sure to swing by your local Honda dealership and belittle them for killing two strokes (I’m just having a little fun)!  


Wow, turn up your speakers and compare the sounds of these two clips.  Honda really plugged up the stock NS400R.

And how it should sound. I must say, it is a pretty bike in the old Rothmans colors.


Honda July 29, 2010 posted by

1986 Honda NS400R – Titled!

1986 Honda NS400R 3 cylinder 2 stroker

Make: Honda
Model: NS400R
Mileage: 15,000
Price: $2,550 did not sell asking price was 5,500

In the world of 2 strokes you have your milestone bikes, your cool bike, your fast bikes, your 4 cylinder 500’s, your 2 cylinder 250’s, BUT how about a 3 cylinder road going and titled NS400R?

RSBFS reader and all around good guy Terry has his NS400R up for grabs and it looks to be pretty darn nice. I can say that I have first hand experience in buying a bike from Terry as he sold his wonderful 7R to me this past May (Thanks bro!)

Here’s the NS400R:

Honda NS400R for sale

This is a nice ns400r rothmans. this bike just had a high end re-paint by one of the best shops in Arizona back to stock Rothmans colors. It is a japanese model with 25k kilometers or 15k miles. Runs great, no problems at all. It has a CLEAR New Mexico title. It is not perfect, i am sure it has been dropped at low speed some time in it’s life, but there is no damage from that at this point. It has a new rear tire, chain and sprockets. The front sprocket is one down from stock as it was way overgeared when I got it. The exhaust cans are not stock , I think they are JHL from Japan. The overall chassis could use some touching up of paint to make it show quality, like the fork lowers etc. The front fender has the little fairings that were on the japanese models as well, but I left them off because it looks cooler without them. They are newly painted as well. I left off the mirrors, but I have those too. Feel free to contact me with any questions or offers, I am starting at 5500.00 . I will need to get at least that for it.

And there you have it in the sellers own words. Believe me when I tell you that Terry knows motorcycles very well and is telling you what his NS400R is all about. If you have any questions about it you can jump over to the auction and he has his phone # listed there. I didn’t list here because I didn’t want him to receive 100,000 prank phone calls this month.

Just in case you’ve never heard a 3 cylinder 2 stroke- turn up the volume and hit the play button.



Honda June 16, 2010 posted by

1986 Honda NS400R (Untitled)

This is a genuine NS400R for sale somewhere in the U.S.!

Bike: 1986 Honda NS400R

Price: $7,500 USD

Location: Unknown

Mileage: 34,000km (21,126mi)

The seller states that while this bike does have 34k km on it, the bike had an entire engine rebuild and new crank at 32k km.  The bike has always been stored inside and starts on the first kick.  Unfortunately, the bike is untitled and leads to the best line from the seller’s ad “It has no title as I imported this one from the Netherlands so I can’t register it, but you can.”  Oh, OK!  The asking price of $7,500 isn’t bad at all for NS4ooR’s that we’ve seen but, this example also isn’t registered.

This bike, and color scheme, was released in 1985 to commemorate Freddie Spencer’s 1983 World Championship; Freddie also won the 500cc & 250cc championship in 1985–the only person to do this.  Just like the bike Freddie rode in 1983, this bike is a liquid-cooled, three cylinder, reed-valve, two-stroke in a V-3 configuration.  The V format makes the motor very compact–displacing about the same space as a parallel twin–and is housed in an aluminum box section frame.  The GP inspired setup results in a dry weight of 163kg (359lb).  The 59hp is spread out over the power band (as best a two stroke can do) through Honda’s AT AC (auto-controlled torque amplification chambers) exhaust power valves on the front, two, expansion chambers.

This was a pretty advanced bike in ’85 and is still pretty cool 24 years on, if you have some magical skills or don’t mind a $7,500 piece of furniture–it’s cheaper than that grand piano you probably can’t play–I would have a look at this very nice looking NS400R.  See the NS’s we’ve shown in the past here.  See this example on the WERA forum here.


Honda February 24, 2010 posted by

1986 Honda NS400R Rothmans Replica California Registered!

This is a 1986 NS400R Rothmans Replica that looks to be titled & Registered in California!  Located in Oak Hills, California is a 1986 Honda NS400R with California plates on it.  The seller doesn’t state directly that the bike is street registered but I’d assume it is from the photos and it also having 11,750 miles.  In 1986, NS400R’s were released in a Freddie Spencer, Rothmans, replica paint scheme.  This example looks to be in very good condition only missing the Rothmans decals on the sides.  NS400Rs feature a three-cylinder, two-stroke engine with ATAC in a V formation.  Two cylinders face forward and one on the back side of the V; this formula results in a respectable 59hp to the rear wheel.  With 59rwhp and weighing in at 415lbs wet, the NS400R was known to be one of the best handling bikes when it was released.  Now, this is where RSBFS comes in.  A bike that was renowned when released had to have people fighting to get one; however, the bike was never officially sold in the U.S., making it nigh impossible unless you had the means.  This a lucky example brought in by someone with the means!  The only imperfection with the bike, the seller mentions, is that the tach currently isn’t working–a necessity on a two-stroke.  The last NS400R we saw in the U.S. sold for $8,000 on eBay with eight bids.  The asking price for this one is a bit steeper at $10,500; but, as always, try to find another California registered example.  See the bike on Craigslist here.


Honda December 26, 2009 posted by

1984 Honda NS400R on ebay and in the USA!

Found this sweet little gem floating around on ebay today. I searched RSBFS archives and couldn’t find where we’ve ever posted one, so you could consider this UBER rare since a Rare Sport Bike site has never seen one 😉

I tried several different keywords on Google to dig up information about these bikes, but had little to no luck and the luck I did have was written in a language left to someone other than me. I did however, find a site that might give anyone interested in buying this an idea of where your bid needs to be in order to park this one in your garage.

A rare bike as stated by the owner:

Own a piece of Honda history! This bike is a 2-stroke with 3 cylinders. Extremely rare find in the United States! Comes with an IL street title. It’s in great condition (8 out of 10) with low miles (kilometers). This bike is being sold from the owner’s collection. Good luck bidding.

Since the seller didn’t give a whole lot of information I’ll do my best, but am definitely not an expert on these.

It only has 5,506 km or 3,400 miles on the clock and it appears to be in great shape. It has 3 cylinders, solo seat and Comstar wheels. It is located at the Des Plaines Honda dealership near Chicago, IL and is said to be part of the owners private collection.

I must admit I was frustrated that I couldn’t find much info on this bike so I turned to YouTube for some sights and sounds. So turn your volume up and listen to this bike at idle and a blip on the throttle. We’re so deprived on the cool ones…..

If that isn’t enough to get you going check out this video of a NSR400R full tilt on a dyno. Music to my ears…… Nothing better than the smell of 2 stroke in the morning 😉



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