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Honda September 1, 2022 posted by

Dream a Little Dream: NEW 2003 Honda CB50R Dream

To celebrate its long history of Grands Prix racing in the smaller formulas – and to commemorate the 1962 introduction of the 50cc GP class – Honda produced the CB50R as a limited run model. These bikes are very rare in the United States (initially offered in Japan and abroad), and were purportedly assembled by HRC. These are not street legal motorcycles, lacking any DOT approved lighting (plus no airbox, no starter mechanism, etc), and have been gobbled up by collectors since they hit our shores. Most were never really run in anger, if run at all. Thanks to Honda technology, the tiny single piston four stroke rivals similarly sized two-strokers at 7 HP, and spins to impossibly high RPMs. The bike looks retro, which was the intention, but sports modern everything, from the disk brakes to the adjustable Showa suspension.

NEW 2003 Honda CB50R Dream for sale on eBay

From the seller:
2003 Honda Dream 50R
Brand New 2003 HRC Honda Dream 50R Racing motorcycle
Very Rare opportunity to own one of HRC Hondas limited production Japanese market road racing motorcycles It was acquired by the seller in 2003 as new on BILL OF SALE

It has been on display ever since. Never started or used in any way except as motorcycle art in his family room,
It is equipped with it’s 49cc DOHC four stroke single paired with a six speed transmission and finished in silver over black frame.
Feature include black tank strap, racing seat, duel exhaust, 18 inch wheels front and rear disc brakes,
Honda produced a very limited number of 50Rs in 2003 as a tribute the 1962 R 110.
This bike has never even been started unless they test them prior to leaving the factory.
The only one I’ve seen sell other than this one was on Bring a Trailer for $13,000

The CB50R Dream did not come to US shores until 2004, but they were imported by collectors. Due to the lack of road going hardware, importation was streamlined. Since it is not a street machine, these were sold by bill of sale with no title. Most were never ridden, and have very few miles – likely also due to the lack of road going hardware. This is really an homage to a racer from long ago, and most were tucked away in collections, museums and man caves. Not surprisingly, this particular bike still sports the plastic wrap on the seat from delivery and likely has not gone faster (or further) than somebody pushing it around the estate to its parking place. And speaking of pushing, prices have been pushing upwards as well. Originally sold for roughly $5,500, we have seen steady gains on these models. Today’s ask, while relatively high, is not out of line with that trend for such an unused example. Does the Japanese home market import aspect increase the value? We’ll have to wait and see. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Dream a Little Dream:  NEW 2003 Honda CB50R Dream
Aprilia December 2, 2021 posted by

Dream Series: 2004 Aprilia Nera

Ever since Aprilia entered the Sport Bike market with the RSV Mille, it has to unfairly live in the shadow of an Italian giant, Ducati.  Reviews have always raved about the wonderful handling of the Aprilia.  The specification sheets rival and sometimes even exceed that of the Ducati.  Loyal owners shout from the mountain tops about how reliable they are, and in both the new and used markets the Aprilia represents a relative bargain.  But still there is a sense that Aprilia has to prove something.

In 2004 the marketing team at Aprilia decided that the time had come to release a halo motorcycle.  Something to sit above the R or Factory model, a bike of dreams.  The Dream Series was branded an exclusive and exotic tier in the Aprilia line up.  The aim was to attract high end customers to the brand by offering something unique and special.   Buyers were treated to an array of perks, including MotoGP events, private track days, bespoke leathers and more.

At first glance one could be fooled into thinking the Nera was just an aesthetics package.  This could not be further from the truth.  The bike is 30 pounds lighter then the standard RSV.  Titanium is used for most of the hardware and fasteners.  All of the bodywork is carbon fiber, including the tank, something even Ducati was not able to offer at the time.  Magnesium wheels and engine covers rounds out the use of space age materials.

Just 200 of these $40,000 machines were built.  The Nera is the one and only Aprilia to be released under the Dream Series banner.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2004 Aprilia Nera, one of only 200 made worldwide. This one is serial number 45. I believe less than 40 came to the United States, but I’m not 100 percent sure.

This bike is all original, the front tire is an original date coded tire with plenty of tread. The rear tire was replaced in 2012, I would still replace both tires. The bike has the carbon fiber gas tank that was included in the original purchase, but I do not have the original black rubber tank that came stock on the bike. I do have a black rubber tank from a 2004 factory that I will include with the sale. It does have the stock rear carbon fiber license plate holder but the previous owner cut the bottom part of it off. I will include a complete RSV factory plastic license plate holder with reflectors. The full Akrapovik exhaust that came in a box with the original bike purchase is what is installed on the bike.

The bike has been sitting for a while. The bike is not mint, but is very close to mint. There is not one knick or scratch on the magnesium wheels. All body work is very very nice.

The carbon fiber infills on the fairing have been drilled for the frame sliders with no damage to the fairing. I will include a non-drilled set of carbon fiber infills.

In 2004/2005 Aprilia’s, the odometer resets if the battery dies or is replaced, such as the case with this bike. I would just like to let that be known since the odometer has reset. If I had to guess, this bike has less than 2,500 original miles. The bike runs excellent. This bike would need very little work to be considered a 10.

This bike has never been dropped or crashed. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better one. Clean California title in hand.

This is about as exotic as it gets for this era of Sports Bike.  It is also one of the few bikes that would with in a top trumps game against the 999R of the same period.  The V60 engine and the 140 horsepower it produces is long know to be easy to live with and use on the street.  The Buy It Now price of $16,500 is reasonable in the market, but there is a chance to snap up a bargain as the opening bid is much less.  One can only wonder at this point what the reserve is.  What else could offer this much usability, exotic appeal, and rarity for the price?

Dream Series: 2004 Aprilia Nera
Honda December 16, 2012 posted by

Christmas Dreaming: 2004 Honda Dream 50R

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I’m not sure what I like most about this Christmas Dream: The very rare, very chic-vintage, very cool 50cc Honda racer, or the fact that it offers you the trip to Hawaii to check it out and pick it up. Mele Mele Kalikimaka everyone!

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From the seller:
OFFERED WITH VERY, VERY, LOW RESERVE. THIS RARE MOTORCYCLE WILL SELL !!! You are bidding on an unusual find here on Maui Hawaii, a vintage 2004 Honda Dream 50 factory reiisue of their 1962 racing motorcycle. It has been chosen for dispersal from a collection of the 5 oldest Honda motorcycles in the Hawaiian Islands. It has been on display in a private collection since 2004 and I have the manufactures MSO paperwork. As new condition with associated paper work included in the sale. Be the lucky winning bidder to own this superlative rarity.

This machine will be sold with a Notarized Bill of Sale, and any other paper work associated with this particular bike. This is a super rare and neat find . nice original condition over all , Brand New condition.

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The Honda Dream 50 was a retro-racer produced by Honda in the early 2000s. The goal was to evoke the feel of the Honda racing projects of the 60s – primarily the dominant CR110 – in a package that was easy to consume and relatively easy to ride. The result was a collector sensation, and it is likely that many more of these bikes were squirreled away without ever turning a wheel than those that actually were ridden in anger. The best part is this bike is the rare racing variant of the line, with no lights or electrics and just a lone tach to keep you honest.

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This bike is being sold as a zero mile example, and appears to have come from a Honda museum exibit. The seller will throw in a shipping crate for the bike at no charge, and has noted that shipping costs will run approximately $700 – $900 to the mainland. If you are looking for a Dream 50 racer, this may be your opportunity.

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It is no secret that I lust after little bikes like this. While I prefer my chicken chasers to run on pre-mix, this little four stroke looks the business and is purported to be a blast to ride on the track. This is the second time around for this bike as it failed to sell when last we saw it on eBay. The BIN is set at a pretty reasonable $4,650, and bidding has been completely scarce and stalled at $510 with reserve still in place. Click here to jump to the auction and check it out. Christmas in Hawaii sounds like the perfect way to spend the holiday season!

MI

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale August 4, 2010 posted by

2003 Honda Dream 50R, Japanese Market, In As-New Condition On eBay!

This is a Japanese delivery 2003 Honda Dream 50R with zero miles and all of the original shipping protection in place!

Bike:  2003 Honda Dream 50R

Location:  Lake Elsinore, California

Mileage:  Zero

Price:  $5,700USD

This Dream 50R was purchased in Japan in 2003 and subsequently shipped to the U.S.  This bike has zero miles and looks to have never been run, with the plastic covering for the seat, exhaust, and blue film still on the chrome bits.  The seller makes no mention of a title or maintenance history but, as you should know, this example is intended for display only.  This bike didn’t make it to the U.S. until the end of 2004, early 2005, and had an MSRP of $5,499–hence why you don’t see very many.

The Dream 50R isn’t just a scooter motor strapped into an old CB frame; here are some highlights:

…double-overhead-cam, HRC-built 50cc screamer that revs to 14,500 rpm…The new Dream uses lower-tech chains to drive its cams, yet it is able to rev 1000 rpm higher than the 13,500-rpm CR110. Power is directed through a 6-speed gearbox.  A lovely oil catch tank created out of aluminum contains crankcase blow-by, and aluminum fenders are used front and rear. Despite the use of a period-spec steel frame, Honda claims the lithe Dream weighs just 157 pounds dry. As with the NSR, the Dream is a product of HRC, and they’ve been kind enough to pre-drill the oil drain bolt to satisfy racing regulations for lockwiring critical fasteners.  Honda claims 7 horsepower at 13,500 from the 49cc engine, but it sounds like much more when the giant open velocity stack ravenously sucks in air for the open 20mm carb as the 40mm piston goes up and down 240 times each second.  The Dream handles like nothing else I’ve ridden. Honda didn’t provide rake and trail numbers, but it will suffice to say you’ve never ridden a motorcycle that turns with less effort…there’s actually enough room for a full-scale adult to fit.

If that paragraph hasn’t caused you to think owning a 50cc bike could be fun, probably nothing will.  Read the full period review from Motorcycle-USA here.  I’d venture to guess that this bike will not sell at $5.7k but, we’ve seen Dream 50R’s with zero miles but this is our first Japan market bike still in the wrapper.  See the other Dream 50R’s we’ve posted here.  See this example on eBay .

AG