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Honda May 3, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1981 Honda CB900F2B Bol d’Or for Sale

By the early 1980s, inline four engines went from being exotic and relatively rare to being widely available, even ubiquitous, at least among the Japanese manufacturers. Inline fours have more moving parts and that adds weight and complexity, big no-nos for motorcycles that historically relied on simplicity to keep weight down and minimize parts that could fail. But Honda’s original CB750 forever shattered that paradigm and started the superbike arms race that led to the Honda CB900F2B Bol d’Or seen here.

If you’re not familiar with the Bol d’Or, it’s a 24-hour endurance race held in France. The name translates to “golden bowl,” and Honda was obviously trying to add a bit of a sporty image by associating it with endurance racing. The CB900F2B is a bit of an odd duck, in that it lives in between the classic and modern sportbike eras, as I’m arbitrarily defining them anyway. Early 1980s bikes in general were the last hurrah for dual-shock frames and air-cooled engines, right before the stylistic and performance upheaval heralded by machines like the Suzuki GSX-R750 that set the template for sportbikes moving forward.

Built between 79-83, the CB900 was an improvement over the earlier four-valve, air-cooled DOHC CB750F, with an updgraded frame, larger diameter air forks, and triple disc brakes with dual-piston calipers up front. The updated inline four used an “undersquare” 64.5 x 69mm bore and stroke that gave 95hp, enough the push the 530lb wet machine to a claimed 135mph, although period tests saw 125-130. All of that is pretty underwhelming by today’s standards, but the bike was known for excellent handling at the time and it was enough to go head-to-head against bikes with more displacement and the long-stroke engine’s torque gave it a muscular midrange.

The F2B or Bol d’Or version of the bike had an even shorter run than the regular CB900F, and was made between 1981 and 1982. With its angular, multi-piece fairing, I get the feeling it was really a way to pump a bit of new life into an old model, since it’s basically the CB900F with some extra plastic. But the old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies here, and reviews of the bike at the time were very positive.

Call me a pedant [just make sure you look it up before you do], but I’m way more comfortable buying a car or motorcycle from a seller who can at the very least spell the name correctly, and the seller of this rare Bol d’Or even gets the lowercase “d” and apostrophe correct, so we’re off on the right foot!

From the Seller: 1981 Honda CB900F2B Bol d’Or for Sale

45,454 mi – $6999.00


Check out this rare 80’s Honda Supersport This was a Europe and Australian market only model referred to as a Bol d’Or model. This one originated out of England, its original owner brought it here to Seattle when he relocated in early 80’s. The current owner purchased it in February 1986 with about 17K miles on it. It has a good paper trail of services performed over the past 30 years along with the $2100 work order we just completed bring it out of a 10 year hibernation.

The bike is not perfect but it is in very good condition and running order for a 38 year old machine. The current owner told us that when he purchased it there was a round 2 inch dent on the top of the tank, it bugged the heck out of him, something must of been dropped on the top by original owner. He decided to have a local restoration center do the repair and also clean up the tail piece from previous boot scuffs. In our eye it looks like the white stripe angle is a bit out of alignment with the fairing stripes. We understand that for some this may be a deal breaker, so we have not priced it as if it was a 9 or a 10 collectible Honda.

Here is what we took care of to prepare for sale

  • Replaced tires and valve stems
  • Replaced fork and dust seals with OEM parts
  • Rebuilt carburetors, properly cleaned all OEM jets and internals, replaced all rubber bits.
  • Rebuilt front & rear brake master cylinder, new cup and lid on front and full system flush
  • Checked compression (145 across the board), inspected valve clearance, replaced valve cover gasket and rubber bolt cushions
  • Completed minor service to take care of the basics

This is from a Honda enthusiast website which also verifies this bikes credentials

Honda CB 900 F2B

  • Period: February ’81 – February ’82
  • Engine number: SC01E-2206870 – 2225154
  • Frame number: SC01-4000342 – 4011049
  • Power: 95 PK/70 kW
  • http://www.hondaboldor.nl/cb900f2b/

Here is some more information on this model we found:

For many, however, the CB900F was the perfect ‘Universal Japanese Motorcycle’ (UJM), the ubiquitous, Japanese, across-the-frame four. Although blighted by the perennial Honda cam chain problem, these were steady, undistinguished motorcycles that improved gradually every year. Updates for 1980 saw needle roller swingarm bearings and an air-assisted front fork. Further improvements for the 1981 CB900FB (pictured here) included a larger-diameter fork (37mm) and dual-piston brake calipers from the racing CB1100R.

Among the other 31 improvements for ’81 were a stronger cam chain tensioner and different valves. Also available was the CB900F2B with a 16-piece, three-quarter fairing and leg shields, housing a clock and voltmeter. Although the CB900F lasted until 1983, by then it had been overtaken by the CB1100F. Where the CB900F excelled was as an everyday riding machine. Motorcycles were less specialized in the early 1980s and the Bol d’Or was forgiving, working well as a high-speed sportster, yet delivering the goods in the city or as a tourer.

The suspension and riding position provided a perfect compromise between sports riding and comfort. Factor in exceptional finish and reliability, all for around three grand, and you can see why the Bol d’Or was a success. It may have been bland but, as a representative of the era of the universal motorcycle, the Bol d’Or was one of the best.

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1980s superbikes have long been extremely affordable, but that’s not the case so much anymore, as you can see from the $6,999.00 asking price for this CB900F2B. But that makes sense, since the original CB750s haven’t been cheap for years, and now these later 80s icons are starting to appreciate. This Bol d’Or is certainly one of the rarest, and I was unfamiliar with the model before this one popped up. Miles aren’t particularly low, but this appears to be in excellent condition, and the seller seems very knowledgeable as well, which always a good sign! Classy and reliable, with real-world performance and comfort, this would make an excellent practical classic.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1981 Honda CB900F2B Bol d’Or for Sale
Honda January 28, 2017 posted by

Endurance: 1979 Honda CB900F DHOLDA Edition

Among the modifiers, tuners and hot rodders of the motorcycle world, the lines can be drawn between the majors and the minors. The majors contain those that made the jump beyond tuner – be it kit producer or full-fledged manufacturer. I’m thinking the likes of Rickman, Bimota, Spondon, Harris, NCR and the like. The minors are full of extremely talented – but smaller scale output – organizations that often specialize in one type of make or model or focus on racing classes. Think Kalex & Speedup (concentrating around Moto2 racing), or any of the individuals that started careers improving race bikes (e.g. Tony Foale). This group also includes boutique builders such as Lance Gamma (who, incidentally offer services beyond RGs) and Nico Bakker (who is capable of designing/building anything). This list is potentially endless, and I’m sure readers can rattle off a dozen potentials. One such entry that must be included in this group is the D’Hollander family out of Belgium.

1979 DHOLDA Honda CB900 for sale on eBay

Focusing on Honda specifically for racing – and specializing in Endurance events – D’Hollander combined his own name with that of Honda to create the DHOLDA brand. While the beginnings were small (the grandfather originally made bicycle frames, before moving to mopeds), DHOLDA can be credited for winning at least one major Endurance event every year throughout the 1970s. We are not talking club-level racing either: 24 hours of Francorchamps (Spa), 24 hours of Barcelona, 1000 km at Mugello, and of course, the Bol D’Or. Into the 1980s and beyond, DHOLDA migrated into SuperBike, SuperSport, SuperMotard, as well as stock classes (i.e. 600), always with Honda. Alongside the business of racing DHOLDA created a business catered to street riders with go-fast parts and tuning services. It is from that side of the DHOLDA organization that this wonderful period CB emerged.

From the seller:
Welcome to a great opportunity. This is a very rare DHOLDA CB900F European Spec CB900F tuned by famous DHOLDA of Belgium race tuner Jean D’Hollander. Please feel free to google “DHOLDA Honda”. This bike is Honda Racing History heritage, not sure if ever actually used in competition. I believe it is one of a handful of tuned bikes much like AMG is for Mercedes. The bike engine has been bored to 1000cc and the head has been reworked as is the custom exhaust and carbs. I have been in touch with Mike D’Hollander who is Jeans son and now runs the famous tuning company along with his sister. He indicated that his father, before he passed away in 1995 was big on building these king of incredible bikes. I have the emails and willing to forward them to you. The history of the bike as far as I know is it came to the USA in 1980-81 from Europe. It has all European gauges (look at speedo KPH) so it shows 13219 kilometers which is just over 8,000 miles. This is very low mileage! It sat in an air conditioned warehouse until recently. I have gone through the bike and cleaned most of the grime and dust off it and got it looking pretty decent.

More from the seller:
Everything works on this bike. The tank is coated and clean. The carbs could probably use a cleaning but work fine. The engine is a high compression, all four cylinders about 200psi(very nice) and it burns no oil,no smoke at all. Engine is tight and has no leaks at all, not a drop of oil. It revs like the devil, with plenty of power. I estimate over 100hp, maybe 110-120hp. It has a custom fairing-fiberglass and Euro headlight with switches for parking,head lights and high beam, each position controlled by rider. The brakes are good but tires are probably 30 years old with tread but should be replaced. I rebuild the rear brake master cylinder with fresh fluid both front/rear brakes and new oil/filter. Hope I didn’t miss anything but please ASK QUESTIONS! 718-551-4451. I would like whomever gets this bike to be able to appreciate the provenance and history. Maybe it belongs in a Museum but I am a regular guy who loves to find these kind of rare bikes and passes them on to the right person that has the ability to display and store them. Currently I have a clear Florida title.

It is not exactly clear what tuner services and modifications were bestowed upon this bike. It wears the Endurance-style fairing made popular during the era, replete with dual headlights necessary to light corners through the long nights of 24-hour races. It also sports a significant bump in capacity with a big-bore kit and who knows what other engine wizardry DHOLDA was capable of during this time. Any way you look at it, this bike looks serious; dated, perhaps, but serious.

DHOLDA is not only still around, as an organization DHOLDA is thriving with both racing and street tuning sides of the business. As long as it’s a Honda, they have solutions that can improve your ride or race. And if the old-school Endurance stance is your look, check out this very cool DHOLDA Honda CB. The BIN price is $11,900, with the auction near $5k with reserve still in place. As always, let us know what you think!

MI

Endurance: 1979 Honda CB900F DHOLDA Edition
Honda January 26, 2017 posted by

The Next Big Thing? 1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport for Sale

Everybody sits around bemoaning the bikes they coulda-woulda-shoulda bought (or shouldn’t have sold) before they dramatically increased in value. So here’s your chance, if you missed out on dirt-cheap Slabbies or for-peanuts VF1000Rs or a price-of-a-cup-of-coffee Ducati 900SS, here’s a nice clean Honda CB900F Super Sport with what is claimed to be a factory option fairing. This bike is from the very last generation of superbikes before the GSX-R and its ilk transformed the motorcycling landscape. It’s big and relatively heavy, a hot-rod UJM with an air-cooled inline four, roomy ergonomics, and a twin-shock rear end. The bike was only available for a couple years here in the USA, before being replaced in 1983 by the CB1100F.

Powered by an undersquare 901cc inline four that produced 95 claimed horses and was backed by a five-speed gearbox, the 570lb (wet) CB900F isn’t a particularly fast bike by today’s standards, but it was a good handler and very well-received at the time. The styling is very much of the era, with little ducktail flip a the back and very 1970s graphics. Overall, it looks a bit like a Ducati Darmah if you squint just a little. They straddle that era between classic and modern sportbikes and may be heavy and slow by today’s standards, but also pretty useable real-world motorcycles.

Most examples of the CB900F are big, burly nakeds, but this one has what is claimed to be a factory option fairing that gives the bike a bit of an endurance-racer look and should make it a great mile-eater in the event your local bike gathering spot isn’t so local…

From the original eBay listing: 1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport for Sale

SPECIFIC DETAILS:  This BEAUTIFUL bike is a very nice survivor.  The condition is ORIGINAL except where noted. I am the SECOND OWNER.  The original owner had Honda install the Sport Fairing and the Continental (European) kit.  This kit included the Super Bike handlebars and the rear set of foot controls.  I have the original handlebars and foot controls.  The exhaust is a 4 INTO 1 Yoshimura.  I have the original exhaust which is in good condition.  I recently invested over $3,000.00 on the KEIHIN CR31 Carbs, K&N Filters, Dyna 6000 Ignition system and coils, OHLIN rear shocks and Progressive springs.  I have not installed the Progressive springs.  The brake pads were recently replaced.  The tires are in good (fairly new) condition.  I have all of the original parts to this bike (carbs, shocks, ignition, etc.)  I have the factory Honda service manual.  I also have the factory Honda protection cover. (All of the original items that I have noted above are included in this auction).

This bike is a little cold blooded, but once it’s warmed up, it runs strong.  If the bike sits for more than three or four weeks, the battery will need a charge.  Not sure if it is something with the battery or something else.  This bike does have the Honda clock and AMP gauge.

The fairing has a small crack by the left mirror.  The right side lower fairing has a small crack.  There is a small dent on the lower left side of the gas tank.  There are a few other chips, scratches and scuffs, very normal for the age.

I would rate the condition of this bike as VERY GOOD (8.5 to 9 out of a 10) considering that it is a 35 year old survivor.

This bike is a vintage super bike that is a thrill to ride and definitely turns heads where ever I go.  Don’t miss out on this rare piece of motorcycle history.

These are currently not very expensive to buy for the most part, but if you’re planning on jumping in here to make a killing when the market for early 80s superbikes explodes, you may want to look elsewhere: the seller is asking an eye-watering $9,500 for this one, although bidding hasn’t quite caught up to that ambitious goal. Mileage is reasonable, it looks to be in excellent cosmetic condition, it’s been updated with a set of Keihn carbs that should improve performance and reliability, and it’s fitted with that unusual bodywork. Is all that worth the premium the seller is asking?

-tad

The Next Big Thing? 1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport for Sale