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Honda August 5, 2021 posted by

Max Fun – 1992 Honda NSR250SE

From the sweet spot of a great 13-year model run, the NSR250SE is an epic lightweight – though only available here via the grey market.  Here’s a recent import with a great rider vibe.

1992 Honda NSR250SE for sale on eBay

Even though the NSR’s resembled the Moto2 machines, developments from the racing dept. were massaged by manufacturing engineers, and very few parts were shared.  Still, the basis was excellent, with the carbureted 249cc V-twin, alloy twin spar chassis, and MC21 developments like PGM-III engine controls and the asymmetrical swingarm.  The SE shared most of the rarer SP’s better components but saved yen with 17-inch Enkei wheels from the base model.

A little camera shy, this SE does look very good and sounds like it could be pressed into immediate service.  The owner does offer a cold-start video – here -.  The stainless exhaust is notable, and the windshield would seem like an easy R & R.  No word on any de-restriction, but worthwhile comments from the eBay auction:

Super Edition with 9,800 km on the clock. It has the adjustable suspension and the dry clutch, it might need clutch plates replaced soon if your planning to ride it a lot and or hard. Imported directly from Japan about 5 years ago and has a Florida title. Bike starts almost instantly even after sitting a bit, runs well. Everything works in terms of lights, horn, etc. It has a very nice Ethos exhaust system on it as seen in the pics. It has its wear and tear, scuffs, cracks, scratches, etc. from years in Japan, I repaired some areas on some of the fairing and touched up some areas decently, including the fairing mount and shifter linkage. It could be done better but I wanted to keep it original and I don’t mind minor blemishes. The windscreen seems to be original but has plenty of scratches. I put new tires on it when I got it but they were not top of the line, I knew it would spend most of its time sitting.

NSR250’s have been imported in all sorts of conditions and histories, since they were hot sellers domestically, and a low-mile creampuff is a rarity since production ended at the turn of the century.  But if the condition of this one checks out, and a reader on the lighter side wants a rider rather than a show bike, it might be worth the premium buy-it-now.

-donn

Max Fun – 1992 Honda NSR250SE
Honda June 15, 2021 posted by

Half a World Away – 1991 Honda NSR250R

A continent or two removed from the usual superbike competition, very lightweight two-strokes lessen the role of the right wrist in any performance riding.  Here’s a Honda MC21 ready for registration and rejuvenation.

1991 Honda NSR250R / MC21 for sale on eBay

The NSR250 went through four developments, with the MC21 being third.  All used the 249cc twin, just about square bore and stroke, legislated at 45hp in the home market, but closer to 60 ponies when de-restricted.  Though carburetted, the PGM-III underseat ECU controlled reed valves and ignition advance based on throttle and gear selector position.  Semi-adjustable forks and Pro-Link monoshock presumed a youthful touch on the seat, but triple disks were ready to haul you down from top speed.  Especially in replica livery, the light but full fairing channeled the RS250R racebike.

As presented, this NSR250R shows some 8,233 miles, but begs for more pictures and information.  The bodywork may be a replacement, but the red seat console seems to be an MC18 livery.  On a 1991 model the assymetrical swingarm would normally be seen, but this one is straight-legged.   The SP sticker might be just that, but might be worth pursuing.  Looks like a thorough going over will be required before and after bidding.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Early 90’s – complete bike – speedo shows 13.3k – imported from England a couple of years ago – went into my collection and been sitting ever since – I never rode it – bike is in good shape for age – but not perfect – no title – comes with import papers and bill of sale – if you know what your looking at – this is a rare bike that is getting harder to find.

Honda was in competition with the RGV250, TZR250, and KR1 for the home and limited export market, and the lead swapped around regularly.  Prices on restored or collector models justify interest in a semi-project like this, but it’s a slippery slope.  Add the importation/registration question to the list, though the racetrack is really the place for an NSR250R these days.  Unlike the road, nobody out there is on the phone.

-donn

 

Half a World Away – 1991 Honda NSR250R
Honda January 20, 2021 posted by

Fun Factor – 1990 Honda NSR250R

Short days turn thoughts to a light winter project that might actually be completed by riding season.  Re-commissioning a later NSR250R would have a substantial reward at the end of that rainbow.

1990 Honda NSR250R for sale on eBay

Honda packed a multitude of updates into the 1990 MC21, though the little V-twin was stuck with 45 hp, the PGM-III ignition also controlled the RC power valve.  The 1990 chassis was a much beefier extrusion, and the gull-arm’s asymmetry allowed an expansion chamber to scoot underneath.  A kick starter was still how you got going, but the new wheels were both 17’s.  The fairing had just a few additional vents and scoops,  while keeping the weight with half a tank just a hair over 300 lbs.  Factory expansion chambers mean you’d never spot one here without a kmh speedometer.

This Colorado example has been stored for a while, and amassed 28,111 kms or 17,467 miles.  Maybe a knowledgeable reader can chime in on the livery and RR-ness, since most of my references show the Repsol scheme to use a teal backround applied to later model SP’s.  Either way the paint does look sharp except for where the tank got bonked, and maybe the rear wheel was victim of a failed brake caliper.  The Washington tag leads me to believe this bike was on RSBFS back in 2013, in a sales compendium viewable – here –.   And just a note from the eBay auction:

1990 Honda NSR250RR with Repsol livery.

Winterized 5 years ago, has been sitting covered in a shop since.

The NSR250R made it easy for rest-of-world riders to have a ball without a second mortgage, and the PGM-III top speed regulator was easily defeated.  This one looks like a great project, new expendables plus a couple of things sent to the paint shop and the new owner will be ready for spring.  Bidding is active but there are a couple of days left to check it over and get in there !

-donn

 

Fun Factor – 1990 Honda NSR250R
Honda February 15, 2020 posted by

Honda Week Continues: 1988 Honda NSR250R for Sale

Oh god, I can only imagine the backlash in the comments as our unofficial Honda Week rolls on! Today, we’ve got a clean MC18 version of the NSR250R, Honda’s little two-stroke sportbike that took the fight to the Suzuki Gamma, Yamaha TZR, and Kawasaki KR-1. And like those bikes, it was a technological powerhouse, squeezing maximum power from the tiny engine. Introduced in 1987, these never officially made it to our shores, but are now old enough that they can be legally imported and registered in most states.

The original NSR250R MC16 was followed by the MC18 seen here in 1988. It was powered by a compact, lightweight, crankcase-inducted 249cc 90° v-twin that used Nikasil-plated cylinders for a slightly undersquare 54 x 54.5mm bore and stroke. An early version of Honda’s PGM electronic ignition and their electronic RC or “Revolutionary Controlled” powervalve gave a more flexible spread of power, and a six-speed cassette-style gearbox put power to the 18″ rear wheel that was matched to a 17″ front.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda NSR250R for Sale

For sale is a 1989 Honda NSR 250 two-stroke motorcycle with rare hard to find CA title and registration for street use. The bike was just serviced so it is in running condition with everything working, it has been owned by its last owner for over 18 years. It is in good shape for its age but it is not perfect. If you have any questions feel free to send me a email.

The odometer shows 17,590km, which means the bike has a little less than 11,000 miles on it. No problem if the bike has been properly maintained, and it has that all-important California title that should make a trip to the DMV somewhat less painful if you want to register it here… Probably. The MC18 is less desirable than the later MC21, let alone the MC28, but it’s still an NSR250R and should go for a good bit less: bidding is up to $3,856.00 with several days left on the auction.

-tad

Honda Week Continues: 1988 Honda NSR250R for Sale
Sport Bikes For Sale August 27, 2019 posted by

Summer 2019 Featured Listing Report

I’d like to start this post with a HUGE THANK YOU to all the RSBFS faithful — with your following and support I am proud to report that we have published a record number of Featured Listings in 2019! Last year we had 80 Featured Listings, and this year we’re already over 120 with 4 months to go!

Readers and buyers recognize that our 11 years online have built a reputable, loyal, and enthusiastic following that is stronger than ever. With nearly one million individual viewers annually, we have a focused and dedicated viewership that read the website routinely to see the best sport bikes on the market being offered by fellow enthusiasts.

RSBFS was originally a blog that directed readers to interesting classifieds found online. Today we’ve become a marketplace in our own right as readers wanted to ensure their bikes were listed on our site, sometimes exclusively, and sometimes in conjunction with a listing elsewhere like eBay or Craigslist. The response has been overwhelming positive and RSBFS is busier than ever!

When we don’t have a “Featured Listing” to post on the site for a particular day, we still comb the internet for interesting finds. But for readers that want to ensure their enthusiast or collector quality bike is in front of our audience, we ask for a Featured Listing to be considered. The listing fee is 1% of your asking price or reserve, up to $125 each.

Here are a couple of recent testimonials that I’m especially pleased to share since we’ve implemented the new listing fee:

Jim on the recent sale of his Yamaha RZ350:

Found a buyer in California for this – he found out about it from your website. I appreciate your help in selling this. This site put my bike in front of the audience/fellow enthusiasts that I wanted to reach.

And this review just came in from Ryan on the recent sale of his Ducati Monster S4R:

When I decided to sell the Monster, I didn’t want to simply sell through cycle trader or the local classifieds. Your site has been a pleasure to read over the years since I discovered it. I’m a fan of how each bike is showcased and I leave an article knowing more about the bike’s features, specifications, and history.

My buyers were shopping different models and the RSBFS article helped educate about model specifics, and she said that the 3rd party review of the bike from your site made my listing feel much more legitimate. I had no doubts personally about the condition and the maintenance history, but that’s difficult to convey to a buyer solely through an ad. After seeing the bike in person, and a short test ride the sale was a done deal. We definitely found the one right buyer for the bike and the rare sport bikes listing was well worth it.

I can always revisit your site to reminisce, and maybe get lost in some other rare motorcycles.

Thanks for your site, and it’s been a pleasure working with you.
-Ryan

I couldn’t be more proud of our community and the RSBFS contributors! Thank you all for your support and we look forward to helping you sell your collectible and enthusiast offerings this fall.

Sincerely,

Dan Crouch.

Check out all the current Featured Listings available on RSBFS:

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Summer 2019 Featured Listing Report
Honda June 13, 2019 posted by

Rothmans Replica: 1991 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale

Many Japanese bikes aren’t intentionally sexy, in the way that a Bimota or MV Agusta often is, and they often fall flat stylistically when they do try to put style ahead of function. Italian machines are almost gratuitously beautiful, full of details that don’t enhance the bike’s performance, they just make the parts more interesting to look at. But Honda’s two-stroke NSR250R SP isn’t that kind of bike. Introduced in 1988, the MC18 version of the bike was motivated by a liquid-cooled, two-stroke 90° v-twin with a cassette-style six-speed gearbox, with the SP or “Sport Production” version adding a dry clutch and Magtek magnesium wheels, along with fully-adjustable suspension.

At its heart, a motorcycle is lean and elegant, and should include nothing that doesn’t absolutely need to be there. That’s especially true for a lightweight machine like Honda’s NSR250R, where every extra ounce is an enemy of speed. Instead of swoopy fairings with exposed carbon fiber details like you’d see on something else, it just has simple, elegant bodywork to enclose the hard parts, channel air to the radiator, and improve the aerodynamics.

Instead of an Aprilia’s organic, sculptural frame, it’s just a pair of extruded aluminum beams with cast sections, light and strong. A cool “gull-arm” swingarm allowed clearance on the right-hand side for the exhaust and expansion chamber to tuck in close to the bike for improved cornering clearance. And all that elegant simplicity adds up to one of the best-looking bikes of the era. It just looks right.

Of course, the “elegant simplicity” goes right out the window with the Rothmans Replica. Subtle, it isn’t, but it works, and this is one of my favorite sportbikes of any period. Obviously, I’m not alone, and the NSR250R and Rothmans Replicas in particular are highly sought after, especially clean, low-mileage examples like this one.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Honda NSR250R SP Rothmans Replica for Sale

You are bidding on a 1991 NSR250 MC21 with the Rothmans Blue/White livery paint scheme. I purchased this motorcycle from Moto2 Imports in February of 2017 with 8,050 kilometers (5,002 miles) on the odometer. Moto2 Imports brought the NSR250 in from Japan and completely refurbished it. In the 27 months I have owned it I have only put 335 kilometers on the bike and all those miles were mainly for dialing in the correct jetting for my high-altitude riding in Colorado. The NSR250 is in perfect condition and has been stored in my heated garage along with all my other motorcycles. In addition, I installed a 3M clear bra on the upper and lower fairings. All the fluids are fresh and the battery is in great condition as it is hooked up to a trickle charger/conditioner that also desulphanates the battery. I have reluctantly come to the decision to sell my NSR250 for two main reasons, 1) My knees just can’t take the relatively cramped riding position, and 2) I have 4 other motorcycles competing for my limited riding time in the summer months and the NSR250 just won’t get ridden much and it is just doesn’t make sense to me to own a great motorcycle like the NSR250 if it is not going to be ridden as I am not one to just have a motorcycle to look pretty on stand in my garage.

Please note the NSR250 is titled in the state of Colorado and it is also currently registered in the city of Denver. It is the winning bidder’s responsibility to check with their local state, county and city of residence to ensure the NSR250 can be registered there. I will be glad to answer any questions or provide any additional photos if desired

The winning bidder is responsible for all shipping charges, but I will be glad to assist with the pick up on my end. I can recommend a couple of motorcycle transport companies I have had good service from in the past if desired.

This example is in very good condition, and has covered only 5,210 miles from new. As the seller mentions, you should check with local laws if you plan to register this for road use, as they vary pretty wildly from state-to-state. It’s good that the seller is selling because he isn’t interested in a display bike, as these machines were built to be ridden. But I think we can all agree that, if you did want a bike to adorn your garage or living room with some two-wheeled art, the Rothmans Replica would make a great candidate!

-tad

Rothmans Replica: 1991 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale
Honda January 6, 2019 posted by

Terra Racing Replica: 1989 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale

When you mention “race replicas” the phrase tends to conjure up images of lurid colors and graphics freed from any need for subtlety or adherence to an aesthetically-pleasing color palette. Or is that just me? Maybe just me. Anyway, as much as I personally don’t tend to be a huge fan of them, there are obviously exceptions: I love the Rothmans and Repsol designs, in spite of their unsubtle styles, and MV’s Reparto Corse graphics are pretty cool as well. Of course, the vivid colors and striking graphics obviously serve an important purpose: to help draw attention to what are essentially rolling billboards for the sponsors who pay big money to have their names and logos slapped on these speedy machines. This Honda NSR250R SP Terra Racing Replica is surprisingly subtle, however.

The NSR250R was Honda’s standard bearer in the two-stroke sportbike class that was hotly contested pretty much everywhere but the US, where vast distances, straight roads, emissions legislation, and licensing requirements [or lack thereof] meant that the class is virtually unknown to the mainstream biking community these days. The original MC16 version introduced in 1987 set the tone for the series, with a 90° v-twin, alloy twin-spar frame, RC powervalve, PGM electronic ignition, and giant-killing performance.

Of course, competition from Suzuki, Yamaha, and later Kawasaki were pretty killy as well, and the intense competition saw the bike quickly evolve into the MC18 in 1988 and the MC21 in late 1989, followed by the final MC28 that came along in 1993. This appears to be a late MC18 R6K, the middle-child version of the bike, since it lacks the larger headlight and distinctive “gull-arm” swingarm of the MC21, and the SP denotes the “Sport Production” version that came with a trick dry clutch and Magtek magnesium wheels, along with fully-adjustable suspension.

Power from the 249cc engine would have been rated at 45hp for Japanese-market bikes, but bikes intended for foreign markets and de-restricted versions can make much more. Even in restricted form, the NSR is pretty quick, with less than 320lbs wet to push around, although two-strokes require quite a bit of work to extract the available performance. If you’re interested, top speed is around 130mph, but that’s not the point of the bike. Find a tight racetrack or a set of canyon curves that would tie even a modern literbike in knots, make sure you eat a light breakfast to save a couple pounds, and spend a Sunday morning worshiping at the Temple of Lean.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda NSR250R SP Terra Racing Replica for Sale

Up for your consideration is a 1989 Honda NSR250 SP TERRA RACING. This bike is all original minus the full Jha exhaust system, and stainless steel brake lines. From the factory the bike is equipped with a HRC dry clutch, magnesium wheels, and a fully adjustable suspension. The bike sounds amazing and starts first kick every time. The bike  has been fully deregulated and runs absolutely great and is extremely quick despite the cc size. All fluids have recently been serviced as well as two new spark plugs.  Please view all images as this is a 30-year-old original bike with minor imperfections.The bike was legally imported into the United States and I do have a clean and clear Arizona title as well as a full set of aftermarket stock plastics still in the bubble wrap. I do encourage all bidders to please come and view the bike in person, or send someone on your behalf to inspect and view the bike. Please don’t hesitate to email for more information as well as pictures videos of the bike running if needed. 

Bidding is currently up to $5,900 with the reserve not met and very little time left on the auction. There are some minor chips in the decals and paint, and some aftermarket farkles like the steering damper, brake lines, and the front brake rotor buttons are obviously not original and are of questionable taste, but simple enough to change or remove. Although they are surprising, considering the claimed [and indicated] miles. Regardless, it is a clean-looking bike and worth a look if the reserve is set at a reasonable point.

-tad

Terra Racing Replica: 1989 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale
Honda October 8, 2018 posted by

Very Polished: 1988 Honda NSR250R SP Rothmans Replica for Sale

You are not looking at a Honda NSR250R Rothmans Replica. Sure, it’s shaped like an NSR250R, but if you look a bit closer you’ll notice something a bit… off. Someone’s gone a bit crazy with the metal polishing wheel and, in the process, created something that will surely inflame the comments section. Please try to be polite…

The stock NSR250R frame is welded up from cast and extruded sections, and the main spars are a bit shiny, compared to the cast bits, but they generally don’t have this bike’s mirror-like sheen. And the swingarm and fork lowers don’t generally look like they came from the JC Whitney parts catalog. In the 80s and 90s, polished frames were a bit of a thing, and plenty of Japanese sportbike owners added a personalized touch to their rides by adding a bit of bling. Bikers like shiny things… Unfortunately, collectors are a different breed, and tend to like their bikes very stock.

All NSR250s were powered by Honda’s liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin, and the lightweight Magtek wheels suggest this is a genuine SP, although I can’t see a dry clutch in the pics. Certainly a real SP or “Sport Production” Rothmans Replica would be at the high-end in terms of desirability for the NSR250, but all that polishing is going to be tough for many two-stroke fans to swallow.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans Replica for Sale

This Is a 2-stroke race replica v-twin made for the Japanese market and sold in Japan. It runs perfectly, doesn’t leak any fluids, and functions as it should. Starts on 1 or 2 kicks hot or cold. Oil injection works. Leakdown is excellent. All lights and gauges work. Speedo is in km and reads 36072. There is no horn. All fluids have been changed. All wear items,(brake pads, chain, sprockets, tires) are in excellent condition.

 It has been heavily optioned/modified with the following: 

  • JHA pipes
  • Real Balance rearsets 
  • Steel braided brake lines
  • NHK steering damper
  • HRC De-restrictor box 
  • Complete wiring, coils, PGM II ECU out of MC21 model
  • Curved larger radiator from MC21 model
  • Shorai lightweight battery
  • Carbon fiber clip-ons
  • Billet upper triple clamp
  • Front forks rebuilt with cartridge emulators

Buyer pays shipping, will help with crating and delivery to a local shipper for a reasonable fee.

The seller has a starting bid set to the tune of $9,000 and… I have a bad feeling he’s not going to get many takers: too many unanswered questions. While many purists may balk at all the bolt-on farkles, they don’t bother me. They’re not my taste either, but easy to change: you can either spend a bit of time tracking down factory, or at least period-correct bits. Or just some anodized black bits. But however solid the bike is mechanically, it’s going to take a particular buyer to overlook that frame, since you’re going to have to do some pretty serious work to get it looking stock.

-tad

Very Polished: 1988 Honda NSR250R SP Rothmans Replica for Sale

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