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Honda October 3, 2018 posted by

Never this clean: 1990 Honda Interceptor 250

This 1990 Honda Interceptor 250 might be the nicest example of its breed that we have ever seen, and it certainly takes the prize for nicest Interceptor 250 we've seen in the last couple years. Down to the paint on the engine, the bike appears to be spotless, and is a final-year example, which means it has a traditional front disc brake, as opposed to the weird inboard unit Honda tried in 1988 and 1989.

1990 Honda Interceptor 250 for sale on eBay

By any measure, the Honda Interceptor 250, also known as the VTR250, was an extremely odd beast. Aside from its styling, which can best be described as goofy, even for the 1980s, it was sold exclusively in the U.S. and Canada and sported some pretty high-tech touches for a beginner sportbike. Stacked against the Kawasaki Ninja 250, the Interceptor was a Cadillac, and easily outpaced the Kawi. The v-twin was rev-happy, and would spin all the way to 13,500, which made the tiny mill gruntier than its capacity let on. With its natural litheness, the littlest Interceptor cuts quite a dash on back roads.

From the eBay listing:

SUPER CLEAN
1990 250 INTERCEPTOR
LAST MODEL OF PRODUCTION
ONLY YEAR WITH FACTORY CENTERSTAND
LOW ORIGINAL MILES
NEARLY NEW CONDITION
RUNS AND DRIVES PERFECTLY
ALL SYSTEMS FUNCTION PROPERLY
ORIGINAL OWNERS HANDBOOK INCLUDED IN BUY IT NOW PURCHASE
MORE PICS AND RUNNING VIDEO ON REQUEST
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You won't be in any peril of keeping up with the likes of a Yamaha R3 on the Interceptor 250, but if you're OK with slowing down some, this bike would be a cool weekend option. With just a three-year life, they are very rare, but the $3,600 asking price is still upper echelon for these things.

Never this clean: 1990 Honda Interceptor 250
Honda September 26, 2017 posted by

Furious Flyweight: 1990 Honda CBR250RR

If this is not your first time on our site, you are by now familiar with our intense love of all things tiny and Japanese. You know the specs, you know the benefits of bikes that sacrifice all-out, underpants-ruining speed for balance and trick engineering. So I'll spare you. Instead, let's talk about the things beyond engineering that make these things so cool, the je ne sais quoi that surrounds these little jewels.

1990 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

Let's start with the fact that Honda took the time to make the 1990 CBR250RR something other than a thumper-powered scooter with a fairing, proving that not everything needs to be about horsepower and top speed, especially not on the street. In this country, the smaller option is never a platform for cool technology; it's always the thrown-together, plastic and pot metal option for cheapskates, wussies or those who don't know any better.

Nobody here would ever have shelled out new-bike money for a 60-horsepower crotch rocket when for the same or only slightly more money you could get a full-bore, 600-plus-cc JATO booster with a license plate. But the rest of the world understands that you maybe don't need all that juice in a street bike. Maybe, just maybe, there would be fewer sausage creatures to shovel off the roadside if bikes didn't need to be going Mach Chicken to be enjoyable.

Thanks to their tiered licensing systems, tighter, twistier roadways and astronomical gas prices, the Japanese home market got these little wonders, which rev to 20k RPM, pack gear-driven cams and make up their 250ccs over four teeny pistons. They have well thought-out brakes, suspension and chassis tech and high-quality fit and finish. Someone cared about how they came out, which you don't get in a $4,500 late-model CBR250.

This 1990 Honda CBR250RR is in excellent shape, and comes from a seller whose store is packed with myriad NOS OEM and high-quality aftermarket parts for all manner of cool old Japanese machines. The bike has one small crack in the fairing, and the tank has been repainted to match the plastics. It has covered 9,200 miles and sports a period aftermarket exhaust.

From the eBay listing:

INTRODUCTION:::

You are bidding on a 1990 Honda cbr250rr. The Honda cbr250rr is a very interesting motorcycle mechanically. It has a very small inline four cylinder gear driven cam motor, which is capable of reving up to 20,000 rpm, the amazing sound this bike produces through the rpm range is very addicting and fun. The cbr250rr model was never available in the USA, this particular bike was legally imported from Japan, and now comes with a clear legal Washington State title. This cbr250rr only has 14,920 kilometers (9270miles). But please feel free to read more about the specifics of this bike and look at the pictures for verification. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. U.S. and International bidders are welcome to bid on this motorcycle but must arrange shipping themselves...

CONDITION:::

All of the body panels and tank are in great condition, the body panels are nice quality after market panes, and the tank was professionally painted to match the body work perfectly. 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, with the exception of a small crack on the front fairing right by the mounting bolt which can be seen on one of the pictures but other than that the body work and paint is perfect. The bike also has a nice sounding aftermarket JMCA performance exhaust. 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, carburetors cleaned and adjusted new chain; mechanically everything was inspected and replaced if necessary, all fluids were flushed.

CONCLUSION:::

This is a great opportunity to buy a rare Honda cbr250rr. International buyers please keep in mind that there are some small variations in original parts in different countries; this Honda cbr250rr is a Japan market original specifications edition. If you need any additional pictures or have any additional questions please feel free to email us. Domestic & International buyers are welcome to bid but have to arrange the shipping themselves; however we will be glad to help with any loading of the motorcycle. We have assisted in shipping motorcycles overseas for other customers in the past. Please feel free to bid as long as you make the shipping arrangements.

With plenty of time left in the auction, the bidding is still below the seller's reserve.

Furious Flyweight: 1990 Honda CBR250RR
Yamaha August 11, 2017 posted by

Sponsored Listing: 1986 Yamaha FZR250

Update 9.27.2017: Price reduced to $4,200 buy-it-now. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Yet another Japanese micro rocket from our friends at Deftone Cycles, this quarter-liter 1986 Yamaha FZR250 represents the smallest offering in the FZR line, and was a grey-market import everywhere except Japan. Though it sits on tiny tires and rocks a single-disc front brake to match, do not make the mistake of under estimating this bike.

1986 Yamaha FZR250 on eBay

The inline-four spins its tiny pistons to a dizzying 18,000 rpm, pushing out a very impressive 45 horsepower along the way. Sure, that may not sound like much, but on a bike this light with tires that skinny, you will have your hands full. Save your momentum, learn to brake late and light, and see who you can surprise.

This FZR250 comes from the first year of the model's production run and looks like it is in pristine shape. There appears to be a small scratch on the left-side fairing, some crazing on the jet-black exhaust and a tiny tear on the pillion seat, but beyond that this thing shines.

It is all original save the windscreen and has covered less than 12,000 miles. From the seller:

1986 Yamaha FZR250 FZR 250. 11,052 Miles (17,787 Kilometers) 250cc four-cylinder that redlines at 17,000 rpm and manages 45hp. Very original OEM equipped bike. This particular bike is one from my personal collection. I purchased it here in the states from another importer. Since then I have given it a lot of love and attention. This JDM is a great entry-level bike that will give you no issues. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Fairings are OEM with original paint/decals. Winds screen is aftermarket. Small tear on corner of pillion seat. Upper front forks have some pitting, mainly between the tree?s so it Does not interfere with fork seals. Only selling because I am down sizing. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. VIN: 2KR140*** ?Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.? Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions.

Just over a day left on the listing, which is set at $4,600 Buy-It-Now, or best offer. Hurry before this one is gone!

Sponsored Listing: 1986 Yamaha FZR250
Bimota April 16, 2017 posted by

The Joy of SRX: 1987 Yamaha SRX250

Today we find a fun rare model that is - for once on RSBFS - totally affordable. The Yamaha SRX series included multiple displacements, although in the US we only received the XT-derived 250cc model and the XT-based 250cc machine. Home markets also included a 400cc variant. Based around a nimble, single cylinder air-cooled engine, the SRX models were extremely narrow and light, focusing on nimble handling and flick-ability rather than oodles of HP and straight line speed. The design was neo-British old school, and the overall package was unique and usable. Unfortunately for Yamaha, these were not great sellers, and the US models were limited to only a few editions over the 12-year global run. The 250 suffered the worst fate; a single year availability in the US over a 2-year model span. Then it was gone like it was never there at all....

1987 Yamaha SRX250 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Up for sale is my 1987 Yamaha SRX250. This bike is super rare and only imported the the US for one year. The motorcycle is super clean for being 30 years old. The bike is all stock and runs, drives, stops and idles very well. It has 10,708 miles. The bike is missing the side mirrors. The engine is 249cc with a 6 speed transmission. The engine shares many parts with the Yamaha XT250 enduro which was produced for many years. The tires will need replacing at some point. Inside of the fuel tank is pristine. The bike has a brand new battery. All controls work as they should, turn signals, horn, kill switch, ect....

I have yet to see another one on the road. The bike gets comments everywhere it goes. The bike is a blast to ride and has plenty of power.

The antithesis of the Ninja 250R and as far away from the Honda 250 Rebel as it could get, the SRX250 looked to have carved out its own niche. But the 1980s were not about small displacement bikes, and although attractive and utterly practical, the smallest SRX lost out to lack of interest. It was a practical bike that held the promise of a lot of fun (as much fun as 17 HP will get you), but small displacement and wild introductions of Hurricanes, Ninjas, Turbos and GSX-Rs ultimately buried that fun in a sea of noisy performance.

Today the SRX is a loved model (the 600 version much more so, since we are all capacity bigots). Honda has come closest to recreating the magic with the CBR250, and with a different era upon us is actually moving a fair number of units. The little CBR will never reach the rarity or novelty of the SRX250, but then again a marketing failure is an expensive way to create a future rare model. Check it out here. Sure it's more of a toy than a true canyon tool for many - but it's very rare, very cool, and very, very affordable. What's not to like?

MI

The Joy of SRX:  1987 Yamaha SRX250
Honda December 17, 2016 posted by

Quarter-Liter Screamer: 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22 for Sale

Small-displacement, entry-level sportbikes are a tough sell here in the USA. With an emphasis on big bikes, no licensing limitations, and lots of cheap used machines available, there's little incentive for new riders to pick up something like today's Honda CBR250RR. Which explains why they were never sold here in the first place, although examples have recently been finding their way over here, mixed in with the other, formerly unobtainable two-stroke exotica that often features on this site.

Produced between 1986 and 1996, the CBR250RR was intended mainly for the Japanese market, although some found their way to other countries as grey market imports, obviously in places where someone might spend the premium required for such a relatively sophisticated machine.

The spec sheet reads like a much bigger bike, with four tiny pistons and sixteen valves operated by gear-driven cams, with a six-speed gearbox putting 40hp to the rear wheel. The wet weight of 350lbs isn't quite as light as one of the better-known 250cc two-strokes, but you do get that sophisticated metallic shriek as the bike winds around to 19,000rpm and the bike has excellent handling.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR for Sale

The 1992 Honda CBR250RR MC22 is from a golden era of sportbikes. With a water cooled 4 valve per cylinder inline 4 with dual overhead gear driven cams that redlines at 19,000rpms. I cannot think of any modern small displacement bike that comes with an engineering feet such as these bikes. Honda was at the top of their game in this era. Not only does the bike rev to 19,000rpms  but it is the linear progression and feel when you're doing it that is truly unreal.  few bikes that share the sensation of riding this bike. I'm always amazed when I look down at the tach and see I have 10,000 more rpms before I hit redline. Haha. Weighing just above 300lbs and having 45hp it is actually lighter and has more power than a brand new CBR300. I have a few friends who claim they are only about 10 of these bikes in the states. I don't know if that's true but I only know of about 8 of them. Most in private collections. 

The bike in the auction was legally imported from Japan and is currently registered in my name. When I got this bike the fork tubes were pitted and the seals were shot. I purchased brand new fork tubes from GF Racing and the forks were completely rebuilt with all new seals and bushings. All the fluids were flushed and replaced.....brakes bled, oil and coolant changed and etc. New tires were installed and the carbs were cleaned. Brand new battery. Brand new chain and sprockets. 

The seller also includes a video of the bike being started and running. This particular CBR250RR looks to be very clean, with less than 4,000 miles on the odometer and just a few minor scuffs and bits of surface corrosion. The problem with the little CBR is one of value for the money: for all that sophistication and complexity, you're still looking at a 250cc four-stroke so power is predictably modest, even given the bike's light weight. Here in the US, it's a very sweet little novelty bike that's probably a lot of fun to thrash, with that stratospheric redline and cam-gear whine but, as asking prices have crept up, they make less and less sense. Obviously, not everyone agrees with me on this: bidding is very active on this bike, and up north of $6,000 with just about 24 hours left on the auction.

-tad

Quarter-Liter Screamer: 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22 for Sale
Aprilia June 1, 2016 posted by

The Usual Fantastic – Aprilia RS250 2003 Final Edition in Japan

Early 2000's the two-stroke open range was contracting, MotoGP rulemakers made the 500cc two-strokes obsolete, and the EU's transition from Euro2 to Euro3 basically cut allowed emissions in half.  Aprilia's successful line of small bikes, which had brought them 1990's championships in Moto1 and Moto2, were breaking camp.  The company produced a Final Edition of the RS250 in 2003 with special graphics and the bike's usual ( fantastic ) performance.

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Aprilia RS250 2003 Final Edition ( Japan ) for sale on eBay

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The RS250 is based on a carburetted Suzuki single of 249cc, and with Aprilia's own ECU, cylinders, and exhaust makes 55 hp.  The torque graph is a little peaky though, with most power available above 8,000 rpm.  Aprilia's twin spar frame is a work of art, the thin-walled stampings welded to magnesium alloy steering head and connector castings, supporting a similarly fabricated ( and beautiful ) banana swingarm.  Forks are 40mm Showa upside-down, dual-adjustable, and the Sachs monoshock is triple-adjustable.   Brakes are over-spec, twin 298mm discs in front with four-piston calipers, and 220mm rear.  Bodywork and appointments are sporty to the point of uncompromising, and if you're not busy trying to go fast, you'll find time to be uncomfortable.  The RS250 saves weight using only a kick-starter, but does give you a full-featured instrument panel.

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Coming out of what appears to be a Japanese dealer, this RS250 appears to be in nice shape, with only a few rubs on the rainbow stripes.  Coming up on 5,000 miles which is about half-life for the top end and probably ready for a power valve cleaning.  While the pictures aren't hi-res, they don't show evidence of damage or modification.  Interesting that the owner offers free shipping ( to a port ).  From the eBay listing:

Very rare 2 stroke motorcycles from Japan to the world!!
And Shipping cost is FREE!! (from our office to port near your place)

Aprilia RS250 Later model
VIN; ZD4LDA0003S104576
Year: 2003
Mileage: 8,020 km
Condition : Mint condition. It has tiny scratches on the body work.
Engine condition is very very well.

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Though 250cc two-strokes would remain legal in Moto2 until 2009 and brought Aprilia championships in 2006  and 2007, the bell had tolled for the road bike.  The ask seems high but these were very expensive when new, exquisitely built and lightning quick.  Though road registration would likely be a trial, this would make an outstanding track day machine...

-donn

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The Usual Fantastic – Aprilia RS250 2003 Final Edition in Japan