Posts by tag: CBR250R

Honda May 28, 2022 posted by

A Sip a Cylinder – 1988 CBR250R

Image 1 - 1988 Honda CBR

1988 Honda CBR250R

In the modern era of sport bikes, it’s easy to visualize how much displacement is needed to propel you into the ditch of one of the two mildly curvy sections of blacktop in your sprawling suburb. Just think of all the times you got a 36oz Big Gulp. Our Harley brethren have the pleasure of visualizing the displacement of their engines right before they ride into a ditch via 60 oz of Miller Lite from the local watering hole. To visualize what the CBR250R needs, just think of when you’re cleaning up after a get together and you find that 2/3 full beer that someone told themselves they’d revisit at a later point. Divide that by 4 and now we’re talking a sip a cylinder.

In America, the reason we don’t like the 1/3 beer drinker is the same reason we didn’t like the CBR250R. You can’t get in trouble with them. Small displacement bikes are considered “beginner” bikes and have never scratched the itch for the US markets. Consequently, these bikes only end up in the states after collectors import them. Such is the case for this low-mile example today.

Image 4 - 1988 Honda CBR

The most intriguing things about a CBR250R are the looks and redline. Similar weight, suspension, and power are all easy to find today. The double headlights and classic Honda racing colors have aged so well. The seller hasn’t posted many pictures but the cosmetic condition is pretty good from what can be seen outside of some marks on the rims.

Image 2 - 1988 Honda CBR

The engine is other spectacle here. The picture of the cockpit teases the  18k redline which places the engine characteristics of this bike solidly in line with the engines found in premier class racing. High revs, gear-driven cams, light pistons, and an oversquare setup delivers minimal torque but 45 hp up top.

Image 5 - 1988 Honda CBR

From the seller:

For sale 1988 Honda CBR 4 cylinder  rare bike imported from Japan runs and rides amazing only 6447 original kilometers Clean title. If you have any question, please call or text me 843 9255097 thanks

Image 3 - 1988 Honda CBR

The seller seems to be a man of few words and pictures so there should be some more legwork done. However, we can assume he has good taste considering the MT-01 in the background.

Here’s an example that sold on BAT during COVID for $6,500 and can be used as a reference point if you choose to make an offer. Good luck and finish your beer.

-Norm

A Sip a Cylinder – 1988 CBR250R
Honda April 2, 2019 posted by

Tropical Depression: 1988 Honda CBR250R

Deep in the vaults of exotic hardware purposely kept from the shores of America include examples such as this magnificent 1988 Honda CBR250R. There were extremely rare in the US during the late 1980s and 1990s – which is amusing since the venerable 250 Ninja was imported during the same period of time. But the CBR250R was the far sharper of the two, and was destined for the small-cube crazy home market of Japan where quarter liter racers dominate. The US had to make due with a relatively tame parallel twin that practically shrieked “entry-level-economy.” But in the collector market today, the CBR250R has become easier to find, as evidenced by the number listed on these pages over the years. Still, they should be considered to be quite rare and finding one in good condition is the same thrill as with any other unique bike.

1988 Honda CBR250R for sale on eBay

The CBR250R does some shrieking of its own, but that is largely due to the sheer number of revs this bike requires in order to produce forward movement. A liquid cooled inline four cylinder with four valves per pot and a 11.5:1 compression ratio, the CBR250R relies on a 18,000(!) redline to achieve a respectable 40 – 45 horsepower. With full sport bodywork, twin headlamps and a single, beefy front disk (certainly enough to stop this 330 pounds dry machine), the CBR250R was marketed as part of the Hurricane lineup in some European markets. Given that the Hurricane model range scaled up to the mighty 1000F, you might think of this as more of a squall.

From the seller:
This very rare MC19 CBR250R is the 963rd bike produced for the 1988 production run. It was purchased about a year ago with 318km on the speedometer (about 190 original miles). It was imported by a dealer in UT and purchased in running condition. It still had the original 1987 date code tires on it, which were badly cracked, so a new set of Avon tires were installed. The carburetors were removed, re-jetted and installed on new OEM intake manifolds. The rear sprocket was changed from 54 to 52 and finally to 50 teeth, in order to reduce highway cruising rpms by about 1,000.

These bikes weigh 350lbs wet and are rated at 45 horsepower at 14,500rpms. The redline is at 18k rpms and the engine will run up to redline quite willingly. With stock gearing the bikes were rated at 110 mph top speeds.

This bike sat in Japan for 30 years, perhaps at a dealership or in a personal collection. It has a fair amount of patina on alloy parts and in little nooks and crannies in the engine bay area. If you love to polish aluminum, you can make this bike really shine again. The frame is aluminum.

These bikes were never imported/sold in the US and only after they are 25 years old can they be brought into the country and legally registered in CA and elsewhere. Yes, the bike IS registered with its 11 digit serial number!

I do have PDF files of the service manual in English and there are a few spare parts, including the rear sprockets. The oil filter is a common Honda part. The thermostat was replaced with a 180 degree unit, which keeps the little engine cooler than when they have the stock 190 degree unit installed.

A new choke cable was installed. These bikes have electric fuel pumps and inline filters.

A few paint scratches are evident here and there. The original OEM factory windscreen is checked but not cracked. One of the forward fairing tabs is broken, but held in place with the original modified nut-plate.

Riding these bikes is an unreal experience, especially when you rev it up past 14k rpms. You can easily imagine yourself as being Mike Hailwood at the IOM races, with the little four screaming out unimaginable rpms through the gears.

Due to recent ankle surgery, I am no longer able to ride the bike as before, so sadly must let it go to an appreciative new owner. Current miles are about 2,995 km, which is about 1,800 miles. This is one of my favorite bikes of all times… and I have owned hundreds of Hondas of all types and sizes. I will miss it dearly and will enjoy the memories that it gave me over the past year.

This particular CBR250R has an interesting history and shows how rare these bikes are… and how small our collecting community really is. This bike was sold on the pages of RSBFS a few years back, as highlighted in this post by Tad. And while the VIN number remains the same, the mileage has grown from 192 up to 1,800. What has not grown is the price – the Buy It Now figure is right at the $6k mark, just like the earlier sale. I’ve grabbed one of the photos from that post (above), as the current seller has not included very many. There are a few more sharp, high-res photos available via the older post – although please note they do not necessarily represent the bike as it sits today. Check out the current advert here, and then imagine what 18,000 RPM sounds like as you strafe the apexes of your favorite canyon. Good Luck!!

MI

Tropical Depression: 1988 Honda CBR250R
Honda September 21, 2017 posted by

Rough but Ready: Low-mileage 1988 Honda CBR250R Hurricane

Before the world decided that 250cc engines were for dirtbikes, scooters and wheezy, cheaply-made beginner bikes, there was a real appetite for small-displacement machines that punched above their weight and could hold rider interest for longer than a few grocery runs.

1988 Honda CBR250R for sale on eBay

To be fair, over-engineered 250s never caught on very well in this country, where displacement and raw horespower have always ruled, but overseas there was real appreciation for less-is-more sportbikes. The 1988 Honda CBR250R Hurricane was such a bike.

With 40 horses available at somewhere well above 15,000 rpm, the little four pot made you work for your progress, while a single-disc front brake meant you could hold on to that momentum as long as your confidence held out. Later versions of the bike made more power and carried stronger brakes, but the set up here should be more than adequate for canyon carving.

The example here currently resides in site supporter “Gary’s Utah collection”, though it needs more cosmetic attention than much of his collection. The clearcoat on the tank is visibly peeling, and the frame, engine, triples and exhaust show minor pitting and corrosion. That said, the bodywork and paint show very nicely, and is dent, crack and break-free. The tires are next to new, and the bike will be loaded with fresh fluids before the new owner takes over.

From the eBay listing:

Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a beautiful 1988 Honda CBR250R MC19 with only 7939 kilometers (4933 miles). This little Hurricane has an inline four cylinder engine that revs to 18,000RPM’s! It’s a screamer! This bike would make an excellent candidate for restoration since it has low miles. This bike has huge potential! All this bike needs is to be cleaned up and it will look like a million bucks! The clear coat on the fuel tank is peeling. The bike has corrosion throughout from the elements but will clean up easily for the person that has the time to take it apart and clean it up. There are no cracks in the fairings, no broken tabs, no dents in the tank and no missing hardware. The stock windscreen doesnt have any cracks and looks very clear. It’s in original unmolested condition. Fairings are 100% genuine original OEM Honda. Bike is completely stock and has great curb appeal. Bike appears to have never been layed down or fallen over. There is rust on the tachometer and temp gauge. I have another set of gauges that are very clean and will come with the bike. Bike runs excellent and will be serviced before delivery with new battery and new engine fluids. Only 420 miles on new IRC RX-20R tires. This bike is solid. I just don’t have the time or the interest to restore it.

Bike comes with a Utah title and is titled as a street bike for road use. $500 deposit due after auctions end via PayPal. Balance due within 7 days by check, bank wire or cash in person. Please text 801-358-6537 for more photos or questions.

Happy bidding!

As with all Gary’s bikes, it is titled for street use in Utah. The auction is no reserve, so highest bidder takes this ripper home.

Rough but Ready: Low-mileage 1988 Honda CBR250R Hurricane
Honda May 9, 2017 posted by

Tiny Four: 1988 Honda CBR250R MC19 for Sale

“When it rains, it pours” seems to apply to cool motorcycles. Haven’t seen a GSX-R750LE in a long time? Suddenly, four or five examples come up for sale. I’m not sure why: maybe it’s that folks hoarding them with an eye towards eventual sale suddenly see a demand for them and want to get in on the action? Or maybe individuals who’ve stashed them away from new are all of a certain age and are looking to liquidate their collections as they get older and less able to ride? Whatever the reason, we’ve seen a number of small displacement, grey-market sportbikes like this Honda CBR250R MC19 come up for sale recently in excellent condition, so if you’ve a hankering for tiny fours, take a look!

250s have long been associated here in the USA with learner bikes and hypermiling commuters. Generally powered by economical twins and singles, they offer low cost and high reliability, with racy styling, garish graphics, and names that link them to bigger, more capable sportbikes. But in countries where engines with greater displacement are disproportionately expensive to purchase heavily taxed, or limited by licensing laws, small inline fours like this one wrote a fascinating, if short, chapter in motorcycling history.

At a glance, the specifications look like they could come from a typical race-replica: liquid-cooled inline four, six-speed gearbox, 337lb dry weight… Then you get to that displacement: 48.5mm x 33.8mm for just 249cc. The claimed 40 horsepower is shockingly respectable although the 18,000rpm redline speaks to how hard you’ll have to work to access it. This example has a bit of wear around the edges, but nothing you wouldn’t expect from a well cared-for, but nearly 30 year old motorcycle.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda CBR250R MC19 for Sale

For those of you that missed the Kawasaki ZXR250 sale, you get another chance for an exciting 250cc grey market Honda sport bike. This will be the last 18,000 RPM screaming 250cc inline four I will be selling. From the Honda room, comes a very special 1988 Honda CBR 250R MC19. This CBR has an inline four cylinder engine that revs to the moon and redlines at 18,000 RPM’s. Its a blast to ride! This CBR is a one owner bike with only 310 kilometers (192 miles). Completely stock condition just like the day it rolled off the assembly line. Every fairing and component is 100% original stock Honda. Bike has never fallen over or been down. This CBR has a few scratches here and there from moving around the garage but shows like new. Bike is in very nice original condition and shows light patina throughout.   Bike has been serviced with new oil, coolant and filters have been serviced. Runs like the day it was new. Bike comes with Utah title in my company name and will be presented to the new owner.

With just 192 miles on the odometer, this one is certainly worthy of being put on display. Bidding is up to about $2,400 at the time of writing, with plenty of activity. The usual titling issues may apply if you’re in a state with a strict DMV, so do your homework if you plan to do more than display this sweet little machine.

-tad

Tiny Four: 1988 Honda CBR250R MC19 for Sale
Honda October 10, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda CBR250R MC19 for Sale

Update 2.19.2016: I have received word from the seller that this bike is sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

1989 Honda CBR250R R Side

Well, I knew these Honda CBR250Rs existed, but I’ve never seen one for sale before. If you’re thinking, “Oh jeez, so what? It’s a four-stroke 250. A learner bike.” Keep in mind, this is a 250cc four cylinder. Although sportbike redlines have crept ever higher over the past couple decades, a genuine 18,000rpm redline [I’m looking at you, Yamaha R6…] is still pretty impressive, even today. And learner bikes with cutting-edge specifications really just don’t exist anymore, which is a real shame.

1989 Honda CBR250R MC19 for sale on eBay

1989 Honda CBR250R L Side Front

Produced between 1986 and 1996, this was primarily intended for the Japanese market although, like so many other bikes, many have found their way into other markets, particularly where such things aren’t so heavily regulated.

1989 Honda CBR250R R Side Rear

With a set of gears in place of a cam-chain and a six-speed gearbox, this is a pretty sophisticated package. And with a respectable 40hp pushing just 350lbs wet, there’s plenty of performance to grow into: if you grew up somewhere with a tiered licensing system, this very well may have been your dream bike!

1989 Honda CBR250R Clocks

Thankfully, the seller includes a video clip of the bike in action that includes some static drive-by footage and some nice onboard as well where you can really hear the engine. I’d buy this just to listen those gear-driven cams scream!

1989 Honda CBR250R L Side Fairing Detail

This example isn’t in perfect shape, as you can see from the dried, cracked instrument surround. But it is otherwise very clean and it looks well-looked-after, something that can’t be said for every entry-level sportbike.

From the Seller: 1989 Honda CBR250R MC19 for Sale

1989 Honda CBR250R MC19. 14,478 Kilometers (8,996 Miles) Just imported into the united states from Australia. It is a lightweight sport bike with a six-speed gearbox and a 250 cc, four-cylinder, four-stroke engine capable of revving up to 19,000 rpm. This bike is 26 years old so it’s not perfect, Please see pictures. I have gone thru the bike mechanically and everything works as it should. Turn signals, brake lights, horn, High and low beams, radiator fan, Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. I just serviced the front brakes, they needed attention. Tires are in fair condition. Perfect bike to restore or just leave it and thrash it around. Bike has USA Title ready to transfer into your name. Bike is sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping.

1989 Honda CBR250R Cockpit

These aren’t especially rare in Japan, so I can’t imagine that spares would be all that difficult to obtain if you’re okay waiting for them to ship. All in all, this would make for a pretty cool conversation-starter at your local bike night. Good luck to buyers and seller!

-tad

L

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda CBR250R MC19 for Sale
Honda March 13, 2010 posted by

1987 Honda CBR 250R Hurricane

1987 Honda CBR 250R Hurricane located in Indiana 🙂 (it’s about time we show the Hoosier state some RSBFS love)

This one is sneaking in at the bottom of RSBFS.com age limit, but you wouldn’t know it from the looks of it.

Back in the late eighties I was just beginning to scratch the surface on what was to become a life long passion for me known as Sport Riding. And like most young men at that time we were bombarded with CBR and Ninja ads. Telling us that “Even a Ninja is afraid of a Hurricane” or “Ninja’s are fearless.” Nonetheless, my first memories of the modern day sport bike era started with the Hurricane’s. I used to bug the heck out of the local Honda salesmen because I was “just browsing” (read: tire kicking and day dreaming). Since CBR’s were massed produced with no LE’s coming from Honda anytime I get the opportunity to look at an older CBR I have fond memories of my early days. And just so you know none of the previous ramblings have anything to do with this bike other than it’s a Hurricane. But, since I get to blog about it, you have to read it 🙂

On to the bike-

These were widely distributed in Japan and Australia due to their cc laws for beginning riders. But as always over the years they have made it around the world and are considered rare for the US market. It has an atomic 18,250 red line and I’m sure it would need every ounce of it to move an average sized American. These are different and very unique in that they are 4 cylinder and gear driven. The quick research I’ve done all points to being a very reliable little machine. I searched RSBFS and we’ve only had one posted before so these are definitely on the upper end of rare for us as well. I would say this would make for a super nice starter bike or a sportier entry bike versus what is currently offered in the market. But, this one carries a price tag to match the rarity of the bike at $4,200.00 or a B.I.N. of $5,200.00. I’ve never had the opportunity to see one of these up close and in person, but I’m sure they’re neat machines.

Have a look:

Quotes from the ebay listing:

I have gone through the bike extensively. It has received new body work in the original Red/White/Blue colors. The fork tubes have been replaced as the original ones were pitted and new fork seals were put in at the same time. There are new brake pads all around and a new disk at the rear wheel. I’ve put new sprockets and chain on the bike. The carbs were gone through and a new fuel filter was put in place. The cooling system was gone through, hoses and radiator were check and a new radiator cap was installed. The wheels were powder coated the correct white color and new bearings and seals put back in. The left and right engine cases were scraped up when I got the bike and
they should be taken off, cleaned up and repainted. I have a gasket set to put new gaskets on when that work was done, I just haven’t had time to get around to it. The tank also needs it’s paint redone to match the rest of the body work, but it looks OK as is. Included with the bike is an English Language shop manual and a Japanese Language parts manual. Please note that the miles entered are not correct. The speedo is calibrated in KMs. I have a new speedo face calibrated for MPH, but not yet installed.

As with any 23 year old bike you should expect some “things” but, with this one you’d have a head start with all of the work that has been done. There’s no mention of mileage so you’ll need to contact to the owner for any additional info.

I found this video of a bike just like this one, but with a pipe. I must say it sounds good to be so small!

Cheers!

dd

Honda September 14, 2009 posted by

1987 Honda CBR250R Hurricane For Sale in California

This submission is from Chris for his very rare 87 CBR250R. This bike has seen considerable love from Chris and Garage Company. Check out his Craigslist listing for full details on the work on this bike to make it perfect:

quote from Craiglist post:

1987 Honda CBR250R Hurricane (Code name : CBR250RH) , made only 1 year and only sold in japan. Somehow the bike arrived in the US and I bought it registered and titled…..so it is street legal.

Just a brief history, it has a 250cc , 16 valve, 4 cylinder, 4 carb, twin cam engine that runs on cam gears. Bike also has an all aluminum frame and goldish colored headers which I was told could be titanium..not sure. These headers only came on this model CBR250 and had the largest ports so they were most popular. Sounds amazing and redlines at 18,250 RPM. This bike was engineered by Shoichiro Irimajiri…..Honda’s most famed designer of the CBX

[…]

When I bought the bike it was painted all black, and it took me a year to collect all the original fairings and I found a new “Old stock” tank out of japan. I took the bike to Yoshi, owner of the Garage Company, La’s top vintage restorer. He had just finished a bike for Michael schumacher, and had a few rare honda’s in the showroom so I thought he was best for the job. We put new tires on the bike, chain & sprocket, intake manifolds, rebuilt and oiled the front forks, rebuilt carbs, valve adjust, tuned and jetted. Bike runs like a top. Pics and video’s taken with the contour HD. This bike sold for $6k new in 87. $8500obo

He also includes this video that features the awesome sound of that 250cc four all the way up to the 18k redline!

Thanks for the submission Chris and good luck with the sale!

Now updated with new link and lower price ($6500!). 9.28.09

dc