Posts by tag: 249cc

Honda August 14, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – As New 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP !

Update 8.17.2017: We have been notified that this exceptional bike sold in just 48hrs! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Rarely can I sit for a 90-slide show, slowly fading between pictures. But our featured listing for today caught me doing just that, savoring each close-up of this museum-quality 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP.

 

Too recent to be imported to the U.S., the 249cc twin was intended for the home market, and the Sport Production variant for knowledgable fans of Moto GP and the marque.  The 249cc twin was made from 1984 to 1996, the final three years with PGM-IV electronic control of ignition and exhaust valve timing, and top speed regulation.  All MC28’s had 40 hp,  dual 276mm front brakes, 17-inch wheels and Pro-Arm rear.  The SP had fully adjustable suspension, dry clutch, and magnesium wheels.  And of course the Repsol livery in celebration of Mick Doohan’s championships.

 

The second owner has cared for if not curated this NSR, with just 1,900 miles, it looks better than showroom.  Since 2006 he’s ridden just a few miles, but arranged Califonia road registration, a great value for the next owner.  Click – here – for the Photobucket Gallery, and the seller has this  to say about the bike –

Much of the graphics are decals can become brittle or blemished over time, should they get scratched or scraped they can easily peel or become permanently marked.  The decades I have been an NSR enthusiast I can’t recall a time I even heard of an MC28 in this condition for any price, with California registration on top of that.  With 1000 Repsol MC28’s produced they were for the domestic Japanese market only, the majority spend their time exposed to the elements in Japan.

Seeking a serious collector who is specifically looking to add this model to his or her collection in an exclusive transaction.

 

1996 found Honda in the midst of a five-year romp in the Moto GP 500cc class, and had won the 250’s in 1991-92 with Luca Cadalora aboard.  A lot of the 250cc Grand Prix learning was transferred to the MC28, and while there was plenty of competition, the Honda reviewed as the best balanced and had better build quality.

 

Most often I lament that special bikes are left on the dais for only visual enjoyment, but in this case preservation seems the best course. 

-donn

Featured Listing – As New 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP !
Honda March 8, 2017 posted by

Carts and Horses – 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22

With the sporty styling of its better-endowed siblings, the CBR250RR was a new rider’s showroom dream in 1990’s Japan.  The sweet-handling lightweight was rarely exported from the island by the factory, which makes it a fine entrant to the rarity sweepstakes elsewhere.  Though many have come to us by way of a hard life down under, this gem is undamaged and boasts a Washington state title.

1990 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

The RR had the right numbers of everything, if just a bit smaller.  The 249cc inline four had four tiny Keihin carbs, alloy perimeter frame, twin front disks.  Gear driven cams deliver a quite healthy 45 hp with 350 lb. wet weight equaling almost unequaled responsiveness.  The full fairing had a pretty chiseled nose, great factory graphics, and a handy sandwich compartment under the pillion seat ( for which, ironically, there are no footpegs ).

Listed by a parts re-seller, this CBR shows just over 9,000 miles and looks better than 9/10ths.  A lot of glamour shots and this description in the eBay auction:

All of the body panels are original and in good condition, there are no major cracks or major nicks anywhere just some light scratches here and there. The wheels are also in excellent condition with perfect paint and no major chips anywhere. Even the windscreen is original and in great condition. Basically the motorcycle is a 9 out of 10 cosmetically.

Mechanically the bike runs and rides perfect. All of the electrical components work as they should; lights, blinkers, horn, speedo, tach, temp gauge, all work properly. The bike just had a full service tune up including new tires, mechanically everything was inspected and replaced if necessary, all fluids were flushed.

Though the factory was busy racing the two stroke RS250, the light four cylinder was a winning solution for the road, and re-affirming their faith in light sports, the factory commissioned a new CBR250 twin last fall.  The auction has a surprising number of bids, and while the bidding hasn’t gotten crazy give it time.  This CBR might be hard to catch in the twisties and harder yet at auction…

-donn

Carts and Horses – 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22
Aprilia January 3, 2017 posted by

Mark 1 – 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica #275 of 500

The fact that it’s offered by a SoCal preparation shop specializing in Suzuki might be a reminder that the Aprilia RS250 used the 249cc two-stroke twin from the RGV250.  As enhanced by Aprilia’s intake, top end, and exhaust, the RS250 had power that put 4-strokes with triple the displacement to shame.   This first-year race replica has low miles, excellent cosmetics except for one faux pas, and a newly rebuilt engine.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica #275 for sale on eBay

Commemorating Aprilia veteran Loris Reggiani but capitalizing on Max Biaggi’s string of MotoGP championships, the RS250 brought GP technology to the showroom floor with the sculpted aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and swingarm, and carbon fiber seat subframe.  Bigger-bike Marzocchi suspension and Brembo brakes alert you to the possible speeds.  The full fairing is sleek and completed by details like factory billet rearsets.

 

Another victim of too many bikes / too little time, this RS250 has under 6,000 miles and looks great except for the right seat fairing, which might be remedied with a decal kit.  Not sure it’s the best thing on a low mile machine, but the fresh engine rebuild will require break-in and tuning, as the owner states in the eBay auction:

But probably the BEST THING about this bike is that it just had a full rebuild – crank, carbs rebuilt, pistons (rgv) new seal kit. Easy said and done over the internet  but i have photo’s to prove.
The bike is supplied with full jollymoto pipes, but oem ones are included (seat,rear passenger brackets )
Owners books (both keys) and original loris poster with sales advertisement’s
Bike does start but will need to be run in and maybe slightly tuned once its run in.

 

The small print for the RS250 included a powerband that doesn’t begin until 8,000 rpm, so there might be a learning curve there.  Ready to ride at 350 lbs., handling is sharp and the brakes are world-class.  Aprilia’s meticulous fabrication make the RS250, especially in the race replica, an exciting find…

-donn

Mark 1 – 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica #275 of 500
Honda July 11, 2015 posted by

End of the Line: 1995 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale

1995 Honda NSR250R SP R SideLooking very 90’s in Honda’s traditional red, white, and blue (hey, wait a minute..) paint scheme, this Honda NSR250R SP will hopefully mollify the two-stroke fans who didn’t like the older NSR we posted up earlier this week.

1995 Honda NSR250R SP Tank

The MC28 was introduced in 1993 and was up about 10lbs over the previous MC21. It was an obvious evolution of that bike, but the Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm seen on Honda’s bikes of this era makes a bold styling statement, while the dry clutch adds a bit of rattle to go with the snarling and popping from the dinky little exhaust cans.

1995 Honda NSR250R SP Front and Rear

The little 90° 249cc two stroke v-twin made about 45hp stock but, suitably de-restricted, it could make significantly more and with a dry weight of just a shade over 300lbs, these are a far-cry from the small-displacement “sportbikes” many riders learned on. Designed to ape the look and feel of Honda’s 250GP bikes, these are very serious motorcycles that provide thrills on par with much larger motorcycles, while stressing brains over brawn.

1995 Honda NSR250R SP FrameAt the other end of the spectrum from the guys who reprint the entire specifications-sheet for the bike they’re trying to sell are folks like this, who keep it very, very brief.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale

Here is an investment opportunity not to be missed. Up for sale is a 1995 Honda NSR250 SP(R3S) one of only 900 produced worldwide. Don’t miss this opportunity to own one of the most desirable two strokes on the planet.

The bike is listed as being in Cape Town, South Africa at the moment, but the photos show signs on the walls that are clearly in Japanese. So I assume those were taken before the bike shipped? Is it actually in Cape Town? 1995 Honda NSR250R SP DashWhile meaningless spec sheets are definitely TMI, a bit of history for this particular machine is pretty key: you can clearly see the dash photo of Honda’s very slick PGM-IV “ignition card” that replaces a key on these bikes. The card contains a set of tuning parameters for the engine and should theoretically allow racers to tune their bikes for different tracks by simply swapping in new cards. But this also has the downside of making PGM-equipped bikes somewhat difficult to de-restrict, if it hasn’t been done already…

Regardless, wherever you plan to import this, do your homework if you plan to register it for road use.

-tad

1995 Honda NSR250R SP L Side

End of the Line: 1995 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale