Posts by tag: 249cc

Honda October 13, 2019 posted by

Wild East – 1988 Honda CBR250R

During the 80’s heyday, Honda showed a graduated selection of displacements with two- or four-stroke engines in various configurations.  The early CBR250R was destined for an upscale beginner and came to the U.S. only via the grey market.  This 1988 four cylinder 250 looks good and its black/gold livery doesn’t stretch the truth with racey graphics.

1988 Honda CBR250R for sale on eBay

When introduced in 1986, the CBR250R was at the high end of sporty convention with alloy spar chassis, Pro-Link monoshock and big front disk brake.  The 1/4-liter inline was nicely oversquare, almost a requirement when pushing the 2-inch pistons to 18,000 rpm.  With gear-driven cams and 4-into-1 exhaust, no trouble putting together the legislated limit of 45 hp.  For 1988 there were twin headlights on the full fairing, and pillion accommodation for a JDM teen from thirty years back.

This NYC owner has several classic sportbikes at auction, none with hi-res photos however.  Showing just over 4,000 miles with no particular damage or corrosion.  Though it’s shown without plates, the owner states clear title and good running condition, and in the eBay auction can’t argue with pretty clean:

PRETTY CLEAN 1988 HONDA CBR 250  MC19 WITH ONLY 4,123 ORIGINAL MILES (6,636 KM).  THIS BIKE RUNS AND DRIVES GOOD.  EVERYTHING WORKS LIKE THEY SHOULD.  IN MY OPINION THE BIKE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION FOR A BIKE OF THIS AGE.  HOWEVER, THERE ARE IMPERFECTIONS DUE TO AGE.  GOT A BUY IT NOW PRICE OF $8,500 OR WILL CONSIDER THE NEAREST BEST OFFER.  GOT A CLEAN AND CLEAR TITLE IN HAND.

Different than fire-breathing superbikes or more powerful smokers, this early CBR still has rarity on its side plus the gem-like engine.  The dual headlight look is classic and this one might be a nice rolling resto as cosmetics are tuned up.  Not much to compare it to, but the buy-it-now might be a little rich for 249 cc’s – however the Make Offer button is lit.

-donn

Wild East – 1988 Honda CBR250R
Kawasaki September 23, 2019 posted by

Before Kris – 1988 Kawasaki KR-1

Kawasaki had a tiger by the tale in 1988, and for a season or two the KR-1 bested every RGV, TZR and NSR.  Coming out of a collection, this KR-1 looks to have missed the scrapes most 250cc two-strokes got caught up in.

1988 Kawasaki KR-1 for sale on eBay

Kawasaki’s 249cc two-stroke might have been furthest from a real race bike, as there wasn’t a factory presence in the 250 category.  Still the snappy parallel twin, with balance shaft, was eminently tuneable and the package very light.  The 55 hp produced by the Integrated Power Valve System worked beautifully with just 271 lbs. of dry weight.  The frame looked overbuilt but was a light alloy, and 41mm forks were up front with dual discs.  Out back there was the Uni-Trak monoshock and an 18-inch rear wheel.  Pillion accommodations put the lie to racey looking bodywork.

This Seattle owner has a few classic sportbike auctions going, and goes into detail about their KR-1:

Recently completely serviced and detailed with clear Washington state title. The KR-1 is considered to be the fastest and more lively two stroke 250 sports bike compared to all the other models in its class. The model was never imported in to the USA and is probably the rarest model in the 250cc two stroke sports bike category around the world. This particular Kawasaki KR-1 has just 8,298 miles, the bike is mostly all original and in exceptional preserved condition.

The body work is all original and is in very good condition, there are absolutely no cracks on any of the body panels but there are some minor nicks and scrapes. The wheels are perfect with no rock chips or scratches anywhere. The frame and engine have no major corrosion and are nice and clean. Overall cosmetically this bike is in very nice condition.

The bike runs and rides great, and shifts smoothly through all 6 gears. The carburetors were recently ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted, and a full service tune-up was performed which included new spark plugs, chain, air filter, brake pads, oil change, new tires, and fluids flushed. All of the lighting, switches, and electrical components work as they should.

These bikes were never imported into the USA, and very few were exported outside of Japan to any other countries so this is a very rare  Kawasaki model. 

Kawi and Suzuki traded the “fastest 250” back and forth a few times, with the KR-1S snatching it back before the factory decided to focus on their four stroke offerings.  Though Suzuki had staying power, the KR-1 stole the moment in the very late -80’s.  Early interest in the auction says the hammer might fall at a high price, but the new owner will have a sparkling and rare example.

-donn

Before Kris – 1988 Kawasaki KR-1
Featured Listing July 17, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda NSR250R SE / MC21 Super Nice !

At this point in the lives of small grey market two-strokes, buyers must often choose between clapped out originals or restorations with a lot of reproduction parts.  Long time friend of RSBFS  Moto2 Imports has recently found an all-original NSR250R in excellent shape with all the MC21 goodness.

1992 Honda NSR250R SE for sale on eBay

Honda built the NSR250R from 1987-96 and the 4th generation MC21 had the longest run from 1990-93.  Though horsepower was legislated at 45, carburetion and ignition control were improved along the way and the MC21 uses the card-based PGM-III system.  All the NSR250’s had a similar look with a single trapezoidal headlight, but underneath the bodywork the frames borrowed developments from Moto3, with the MC21 sporting air-adjustable forks and an assymetrical Pro-Link swingarm which allowed the right exhaust to pass underneath.  The Super Edition featured a dry clutch and close-ratio gearset.

Moto2 has built a following by searching out better examples, then tuning and making them ready rather than restoring.  This NSR250R must’ve had a careful adult rider, its 12,811 miles show no damage or significant wear.  Moto2 has this to say about the bike in their eBay auction:

Tired of seeing nothing but junky imports dressed up in cheap aftermarket fairings? This NSR is the real deal, the way the Honda engineers designed it to come off the factory line. Simply put, there are not many bikes of this condition and quality left on the planet.

1992 Super Edition model features upgraded fully-adjustable suspension, dry clutch & close-ratio gearbox

Original Honda bodywork & tank in 9+/10 condition – see all 24 HD pics. Video available upon request.

12,811 miles (20,627km); super clean chassis and peripheral components

Inspected and test ridden – starts/runs/shifts/stops as expected of a bike in this condition

Legally imported with EPA/DOT clearance for US street use.
We have imported dozens of NSRs from Japan over the years, but this ’92 SE is the nicest overall we’ve had come through our doors. The OEM bodywork and tank are in near mint condition, and the chassis is equally clean. Switchgear, rear sets, calipers and hardware look factory fresh, while the exhaust pipes are perfect. Bike has been inspected / test ridden and needs nothing. It starts easily, pulls hard, and shift/stops like it should. If you’ve been dreaming of a two-stroke street bike, but were waiting for the right one, wait no more. Pics posted here, video available on request, and we are happy to answer any questions about this amazing machine.

You can also check out Moto2’s website – here -.

Though the NSR250R is equipped for a pillion, it’s just not the steed for two-up or a long day.  But if the twisty bits are nearby, the instantaneous power and sub-300 lbs. weight are just the thing for maximum fun.  Never imported to the U.S., it’ll be an event to see another one.  Along with Moto2’s major service, the legendary Honda build combined with the fanatical care this example appears to have had, should make for a very happy new owner.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda NSR250R SE / MC21 Super Nice !
Yamaha May 14, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing -1988 Yamaha TDR250

Update: eBay shows sold at $7000. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Yamaha saw an opportunity in the late 1980’s to use their TZR250 two-stroke drivetrain and possibly show up on – ABC’s Wide World of Sports’ The Superbikers ( well, maybe just during a commercial break ).  A longtime friend of RSBFS, Moto2 Imports offers this recent import with just over 14,000 miles and U.S. title.

1988 Yamaha TDR250 for sale at Moto2 Imports

More of a supermoto than dual sport, Yamaha sought to transfer the 50 ponies and light weight of the TZR to a motard.  The parallel twin was tuned for better torque and a few less peak hp at 46, as well as painted silver.  Like on the TZR, timing is computer-controlled and uses 28mm flat-slide carbs and reed induction.  The hefty steel chassis could handle tarmac and jumps, and crossover exhaust stayed out of the way.  Air-charged front forks had 160mm travel, and the Monocross rear coped with 150mm.  Seeing far into rally bikes’ future, the Ultimate Dual had an integrated seat, tank and fairing with a high windshield.

Moto2 gives every import a thorough going over, but favors originality, selecting better candidates for import rather than doing more restoration.  It this case the TDR looks excellent with barely even a boot scuff, and Moto2 tests everything for proper operation.  Comments from correspondence and – their website –

Yamaha’s dual-sport adventure bike features a TZR250 derived two-stroke 250 engine specially tuned for the TDR. Bike has 14,000 miles (22,667km) and is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. New Dunlop tires. Will come with US title.  Asking $7,999

Excellent condition example. Engine is in good running condition with all lights, horn, blinkers working properly. Dunlop tires in nearly new condition. Weighing under 300lbs with 50hp on tap, Yamaha’s two-stroke dual sport 250 is a blast on and off road. Video available on request.

While a little off RSBFS’s beaten path, the TDR is a close relation to the racy TZR.  It pre-dates the European super motard craze, and would’ve been a hit here but for the twilight of two-stroke emissions.  A gem for a fan of the brand, or maybe just a wild pit bike, Moto2 requests offers on (844) 44-MOTO2 or via email – here –.

-donn

Featured Listing -1988 Yamaha TDR250
Honda May 4, 2019 posted by

Winter is Coming – 1988 Honda NSR250R

Almost never without a 250cc two-stroke, Honda kept updates coming at a good pace.  The MC18 was the 1988 revision ( after just one year of the MC16 ) and followed GP developments.  This South African example looks very good and shows just under 4,000 miles.

1988 Honda NSR250R ( South Africa ) for sale on eBay

The MC18 brought the PGM II card-controlled 32mm carburetors and 45 hp, serious for 249 cc’s.  The engine was mounted lower in the alloy twin spar chassis, with 41mm and revised swingarm.  Tires are a smidgen wider with six-spokes rims in 18″ rear and 17″ front stagger.  Not much external change, save the twin tail lights.

In the color saturated photos, this NSR looks very clean and complete, though not subject to a big restoration.  The owner has these comments in the eBay auction:

Partly restored
True 6,000km from new (4,000 miles)
All original including tool kit
Rides as well as it looks
Licensed and road tax up to date
Two-stroke heaven

1988 saw Honda in seven of the top ten 250cc MotoGP teams, with Spaniard Sito Pons taking the crown.  The MC18 was superseded after just two years, but the model continued until 1996.  Depending on your location, this NSR might be worth the expense of shipping and nuisance of importation.  Rather than a museum piece, this NSR could be enjoyed indoors and out.

-donn

Winter is Coming – 1988 Honda NSR250R
Yamaha March 31, 2019 posted by

Fall Clearance Sale – 1992 Yamaha TZR250R-SP

Pictured in a lush garden, this barely used TZR250R-SP is actually old enough to import without EPA scrutiny.  Up for sale at the end of summer in Cape Town means a close-up inspection might be a project, but this example is at least a great what if ? – conversation starter.

1992 Yamaha TZR250-SP for sale on eBay

TZR250 production started in 1986 with a parallel twin engine, and was upgraded to a V-twin when the model was re-designed for 1991.  Some sources says the -SP used a larger carburetor, and all models used Yamaha’s Power Valve System to stretch the torque band.  45 hp was mandated in Japan, but once released from its electronic bonds, the engine is capable of a reliable 60 hp.  It’s got a small copy of the DeltaBox alloy chassis, and an early adoption of upside-down forks.  A few different swingarms were used, this one the asymmetrical, allowing the rear exhaust to pass under the bike.

Good export histories from these years are hard to come by, but most TZR’s were for the JDM, with occasional exports around the Pacific.  Sport Production seems to be limited to 500 units.  No word on the history of this particular machine, but the mileage is seriously low and condition appears excellent.  Aftermarket exhaust and budget shipping are noted in the eBay auction:

Rare superb condition 1992 TZR250R-SP  (3XV-5).

One of only 500 produced.
Original factory body panels and paint. 
Low mileage 2554Km (1576 miles).
The buyer has a choice between the original exhaust silencers or the aftermarket Dog Fight R silencers which are depicted in the photos.
 
Worldwide shipping is available!
Shipping cost to any port of entry in:
North America : $950

Yamaha’s 1/4-liter machines are rarely seen, though the sunset of their emissions requirement has brought more recent imports of the later 3XV’s.  Never cheap, their quality and tech gave Big Red a run for their money.  The buyer will have to determine whether this example has been de-restricted, and if there are any long past secrets.  If yes and then no, this TZR will still be expensive but might be worth it.

-donn

Fall Clearance Sale – 1992 Yamaha TZR250R-SP
Aprilia November 23, 2018 posted by

When Black Friday Comes – 2002 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup

Almost always in black, Aprilia’s pint-size race machine had its own series in the early 2000’s.  With only 550 miles, this one has been spared too much track abuse and looks like a great way to start preparations for the 2019 club racing season.

2002 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup for sale on eBay

 

Aprilia developed the RS250 for 1995 model year and the 249cc race replica was immediately successful.  With Aprilia’s own intake and exhaust, the Suzuki-built engine returns 62 hp.  Built like a much larger machine, its pressed and welded twin-spar frame is all alloy, as is the banana swingarm.  40mm upside-down forks and 298mm front disks could cope with more than the reported 130 mph.  Sheared of all its lights, mirrors and accompanying electrics, weight is just 309 lbs. dry.

 

We’ve seen several RS250’s that were put on display from new, and this one is close with just a few tanks of gas in its past.  The owner comments on a few rubs and scratches, but the photos show very nice condition.  Some return-to-duty maintenance has been done, as listed in the eBay auction:

Very limited numbers of Cup Challenge Bikes were produced, and this is one of the lowest mileage examples offered for sale at this time
Cup Challenge Bikes come from Aprilia with 15 digit VIN’s, to prevent them from being licensed as a street legal vehicle (which have 17 digit VIN’s)
884 Original Kilometers on the Odometer (550 miles)
Beautiful Condition
Perfect bike to sit in your living room or man cave so you and your friends can stare at it like a piece of artwork
Bike has slight rubbings, scratches, and road debris indicative of being ridden for 550 miles.
Recently pulled out of long term storage
Carbs were recently gone through by a local 2 Stroke Mechanic to clean them out and to make them ready for some fresh race gas
I installed a new battery, added some race gas, checked the fluids, and the bike fired up on the 1st kick

 

Aprilia brought their single-make series stateside for a few years to gin up interest, and went on to provide sponsorship and contingency prizes as the series matured.  The two-stroke formula was waning however, and in a final comment on the strength of the 250’s, FIM changed Moto2 to a 600cc four-stroke class for 2010.  Maybe you’re thinking of a robust track season next year, and are way ahead on your holiday shopping ?  If so this RS250 looks ready and could make your holidays a lot brighter…

-donn

 

When Black Friday Comes – 2002 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup
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