Posts by tag: Grey Market

Suzuki November 17, 2015 posted by

Baby Gamma: 1985 Suzuki RG250 for Sale

1985 Suzuki RG250 R Side FrontAlthough it lacks the lean and crisp looks and GP-specification of the later RGV250, the Suzuki RG250Γ Gamma makes up for it with classic styling that closely resembles the bigger RG500. The paint scheme on this example is very subdued and the low, shorty pipes are strangely modern, making for a surprisingly contemporary look considering this bike is more than thirty years old.

1985 Suzuki RG250 TankManufactured from 1983-1987 and weighing in at just 286lbs dry with a lightweight aluminum frame, anti-dive front forks, and a pair of tiny front discs, the RG250 wasn’t some primitive, stripped-out learner. The 247cc engine was a water-cooled parallel twin with perfectly square bore and stroke and featured Suzuki’s AEC or “Automatic Exhaust Control” to beef up the midrange. This sophisticated engine was backed by a six-speed gearbox, something that was still fairly uncommon in the mid-1980s.

1985 Suzuki RG250 CockpitOriginally restricted to just 45hp for the Japanese market, the new owner may well want to get this little Gamma modified to unleash its full potential, but that should be a far easier task on this early example than it would be on a later bike.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Suzuki RG250 for Sale

Just imported from Japan through U.S. Customs, this 1985 Suzuki RG-250 comes with a clean and clear street legal title ready to be transferred into your name in your state.

Your new RG-250 is showing just 6436 original miles (10,358 kilometers) on the odometer so it is a low mileage bike. The original bodywork is intact with original paint and the original exhaust is in good condition. This is a 30 year old motorcycle so it isn’t perfect; you have to expect paint wear and the normal scratches and chips and cracks on the bar ends and lever ends and fairing mount points; please see the right and left lower fairing scratches as an example. Surprisingly the foot pegs and gear change/brake levers are nice with the only scuff I can find being on the front brake lever and front turn signal. And those are too small to see in the pictures.

I suspect this was a well cared for and inside stored bike as the windshield is clear and bright and the paint presents well and the seat is in good condition. The gas tank does has one very small ding on the right side of the tank at the top (barely visible in the pics). The tires are Dunlops with good tread but the front tire should be replaced for riding. The seat is in good condition with no scuffs or tears anywhere. The signals are original and the exhaust is original and in good condition which is rare for a 30 year old used motorcycle.

Here’s your chance to own a titled Japan market only Suzuki RG250 but don’t let this one pass you by. Someone is going to own this bike – why not you?

I can get great shipping rates (anywhere in California for $300 as an example) so don’t let the cost of shipping keep you from owning this collectible Japanese streetbike. This rare two stroke is not a grey market import, it has been imported through proper legal channels and is already titled in the USA and ready to be transferred into your name just like any other vehicle purchase and title transfer. You will not need my US Customs documents and EPA documents but I will include them in the sale of this bike so you have documentation your RG was legally imported.

The seller also includes a clip of the bike running and moving under its own power.

1985 Suzuki RG250 L Side RearI’m not sure if this is the original paint, but overall the bike looks to be in very decent condition and in far better shape than many of the recent two-stroke imports we’ve seen, with just some minor scuffing and general wear. While the skinny tires and 18″ wheels limit tire choice and track-day antics, the “baby RG500” looks are classic and if you’re able to register this where you live, this would make a fun back road bike and a great conversation piece at your local hang out.

-tad

1985 Suzuki RG250 R Side

Baby Gamma: 1985 Suzuki RG250 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

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Featured Listing: 1989 Honda CBR250R MC19 for Sale
Honda July 2, 2015 posted by

Pocket Rocket – 1988 Honda NSR250R

1988 Honda NSR250R on eBay

NSR250_leftside

The Honda NSR250R should be on everybody’s bucket list of bikes to own and ride before they die.  There’s nothing that makes you feel like you’re living your GP dreams quite like screaming to redline and feeling that 2-stroke powerband change your perception of 250s in an instant.   While 45hp might not seem like a lot (OK, it’s not)… there’s much more to this bike than just horsepower.  For starters, the NSR tips the scales at just 315lbs wet.  So next time you’re at the gym, pick up 135lbs and realize that’s how much LESS the NSR250R weighs than a typical 600cc sportbike.  With it’s light weight, attention grabbing powerband, narrow frame and short wheelbase, you begin to understand why these little 250s are a force to be reckoned with when the roads get twisty.  And then there’s the sound… that glorious, glorious sound.

NSR250_rightangle

The MC18 model here is the second generation of the NSR250R and it saw significant improvements.  The carb is 4mm larger and the engine management is improved for better throttle response over the earlier model.  Honda also moved the engine forward and lower in the frame which makes directional changes that much quicker.   The fact that these little gems were never officially imported into the US means that customs paperwork and titles can sometimes be an issue… but all of the hard work is done here.  The seller states that it already has a US title, has new fairings and comes with a generous assortment of spares.  So if you’re looking for a hassle free 2-stroke 250, now might be the time!  You can check out the auction here: 1988 Honda NSR250R on eBay

From the seller:

Very clean Gray Market Street Legal 250ccTwo-Stroke Sport Bike. Imported from Japan in June of 2000. All stock. Runs, idles, rides and stops as it should. Very strong pull when it hits the power band. No damage, rust or corrosion anywhere. All new fairings and paint on tank. Also includes original fairings and many spare parts including brand new brake pads, extra rotors, calipers, fork assy, speedo and more (see photos). The spare parts are included with the sale.

NSR250_tank

Pocket Rocket – 1988 Honda NSR250R
Honda May 22, 2015 posted by

Baby V4 in the USA: 1988 Honda NC30 for Sale

1988 Honda NC30 R Side

The Honda NC30 was officially introduced in 1989, although this one obviously slipped in under the wire as, according to the seller, it was manufactured in December of 1988. This was the first year of the smaller V4 to feature the iconic look seen here, with dual round headlamps to match the single-sided swingarm and overall look of the bigger RC30.

1988 Honda NC30 Fairing

Internally, this was also the first year for the 360° “big bang” firing order that has the combustion events occurring close together, instead of spaced evenly. This theoretically allows the tire to regain traction briefly between pulses, increasing grip, improving tire life, and making a much cooler noise as a bonus! Front tire was a 17″ with the rear 18″, making tire choice a bit limited today.

1988 Honda NC30 Rear Wheel

The little 400cc motor makes an underwhelming 53hp, although handling is another story and the NC30 is definitely about corner speed and momentum.

And the right side of the bike may be the good side, with all that single-sided-y goodness. But it always makes me worry that the un-photographed side hides some dark secret…

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda NC30 for Sale

December 1988 Honda NC30 VFR400. This bike is one of the first off the production in Japan and I have a letter from Honda to prove along with it confirming its correct engine and frame numbers.

These were only ever made for Japanese market. Never sold here.

Legally imported and registered with a clean and clear title which I have in hand. I owned this machine in England where I used it and then legally imported it when I moved here.

It’s in the very rare seed silver.

Wheels are immaculate.

Good Bridgestone battleax tires.

Just serviced all with official Honda parts.

Air filter, oil filter, spark plugs, and oil.

Recent new front brake pads.

Absolutely no leaks anywhere.

All original panels no cheap reproduction.

Blue flame exhaust but also has its original uncut system included.

Has a black double bobble screen but also has it original screen (still has Japanese decal)

Recently fitted speedo converter when I moved here, Now reads in MPH rather than KMH

Other than the mentioned this bike is completely standard. Has the original rubber seals around the headlights, the infill panels between the panels and the frame. The drain pipes and hoses are in place along with the holders in their positions as they should be.

Renthal chain and sprocket set.

Spares include front discs (rotors)

Spark plugs 

Fork dust seals

Speedo cable.

Just a extremely clean and reliable bike for 27 years old. A iconic collectors bike. Not another forsale in the whole country that I can find.

I use the bike regularly. 

Nothing else looks or sounds like it.

1988 Honda NC30 Front

The NC30 was produced for the Japanese market, but some were officially sold in select European markets. Bikes did manage to find their way to North America by way of Canada and, in this case, individuals jumping through the hoops required to import them. In spite of their rarity and exotic specifications however, prices have been generally much less than the more famous 750cc version.

1988 Honda NC30 Rear

They’re far from fast bikes, but they handle beautifully and, if you’re looking for genuine Honda racing heritage with gear-driven V4 whine and your funds won’t stretch to an RC30 or RC45, this is a pretty good way to get a very polished piece of exotica you can actually use every day.

-tad

1988 Honda NC30 R Side2

Baby V4 in the USA: 1988 Honda NC30 for Sale
Honda September 13, 2014 posted by

Growing on Trees: 1990 Honda CBR400RR

1990 Honda CBR400RR L Side Front

These have been showing up for sale regularly of late, which is surprising, considering how rare they are! I’d imagine quite a few of these came down through Canada, where they always seem to get the good stuff…

Produced from 1988 through about 2000, the CBR400RR was a JDM “Japanese Domestic Market” product, never officially brought to the US and only available as a “grey” import. With four small cylinders and cams driven by a precise gears, instead of a belt or chain, twin discs up front and racy ergos, these do a very convincing approximation of the bigger 600 and 900cc machines.

1990 Honda CBR400RR R Side Rear

These were originally limited to 59hp due to licensing requirements in their home market, but these are very high-spec engines and can be tuned to produce more power. The phrase “learner bike” is usually applied to clapped-out 250 Ninjas and GS500E’s. But that simply reflects the level of “learning” required to pass the lax testing here in the USA. In countries where the standards are much more stringent, there’s somewhat less of a stigma attached, and the quality of machine rises significantly when you’re strictly limited as to what you’re allowed to ride at first, regardless of age or what you believe your skill-level to be…

1990 Honda CBR400RR L Side

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR for Sale

1990 Honda CBR400RR,  12,400 miles. New chain, sprockets, brake pads, and Michelin pilot tires. All fluids flushed and replaced. All coolant hoses replaced. Carburetor’s rebuilt and fuel lines replaced. Comes with new, replacement bodywork , still in the box. Titled, tagged and inspected. Can be ridden anywhere to its new home

As a bike designed for new riders, the suspension is fairly basic, but I’d imagine adjustable units from a CBR600 would fit with minimal modifications and a rear shock with more sophistication shouldn’t be too hard to source. Keep in mind that, while these are definitely real sportbikes, they are physically small, and a bit cramped for full-sized riders. I’ve got no experience with the CBR400, but I’ve spent some time around the CB1 that uses the same powertrain and can verify that you might feel a bit like the proverbial “monkey humping a football” on one of these if you’re over 5’9″…

1990 Honda CBR400RR L Side Front

Bidding is active and headed north of $4,300 with several days left on the auction. There are a few scrapes and scratches, and the pipe appears to be a generic item, but this looks to be in otherwise very nicely-maintained condition, with relatively low miles for such a practical, reliable bike.

Plastics might be hard to come by, although this one comes with a spare set, just in case! This should otherwise be easy to maintain and very fun to ride.

-tad

1990 Honda CBR400RR R Side

Growing on Trees: 1990 Honda CBR400RR
Sport Bikes For Sale August 31, 2011 posted by

Grey Market Minibike: 1986 Yamaha TZR125

For Sale: 1986 Yamaha TZR125

RSBFS readers know we love grey market import bikes – especially the two strokes. But those bikes are often prohibitively expensive and impossible to register in many states (such as CA). If you are not ready to pony up the big bucks for a Lance RG500 Gamma or RZV500 – or God forbid a RZ/RG hybrid – perhaps starting smaller is in order. Sure, you could go the NS250 route, but prices there are rising faster than ever. What’s a dedicated smoker fan to do? How about looking into some of the cool 125cc machines available?

Originally released for the Japanese home market as well as Europe, the TZR125 might seem somewhat familiar. Sporting a Deltabox frame, the TZR’s sporting intent is instantly recognizable. The 125cc two stroke single is liquid cooled, and power is enhanced via a Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) just like the RZ350 and RZ/RZV500. Braking duties are handled by a single disc in the front and a drum in the rear (later variants offered a rear disc). All in all, it is a lightweight, tidy package meant to bring out your inner Grand Prix daydreams on a bicycle budget.

From the seller:
Ultra rare, STREET LEGAL, Street bike, California registeration fees paid in full Two-Stroke Collector’s Dream Kilometer gauges ( 11,000 kilometers, only about 7000 miles) Just serviced new YUASA battery runs fantastic! one kick, every time! nice Power Pros exhaust NEW FORK SEALS! Steering Head bearings serviced/adjusted new chain fresh oil Yamaha mirrors very light weight super fun to ride very unique, i doubt you’ll ever see another one on the road!

The seller is correct – this is NOT a bike you will see often in the US. It appears to be in pretty good condition for its age, and is certainly a unique offering even by RSBFS standards! For those of you wondering about the fairing, these bikes did not come with one as standard. Given the markets in which this bike was meant to play, fairings add cost to both the purchase price as well as insurance. Keeping the bike naked makes it lighter, cheaper and more damage resistant.

Ask yourself: why do you ride what you ride? If your mount of choice was chosen to keep ahead of your buddies, show off at stoplight drag races or eclipse triple digit speeds on the street with regularity, then this is not the bike for you. If you revel in getting the most out of what you ride – if you value quality of experience over quantity – then this might just fit perfectly as a first step into grey market collectables. The best part? It’s relatively cheap!

This rare, unique and California titled buzzer is being offered at only $2,999! For more information, pictures and a chance to contact the seller, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck, and be sure and tell ’em you saw it on RSBFS!

MI

Exclusive November 29, 2010 posted by

Help Support Our Site with our Cyber Monday Announcements and Offers!

Last year we opened our first holiday shopping store, and while many of you liked it, we didn’t really feel it fit with the exclusivity our site strives for. This year we’re skipping the store and instead presenting some truly special opportunities. And we figured what better day to announce these new offerings than ‘Cyber Monday’!

First, we’re proud to offer some exclusive motorcycle artwork to our readers. These works have been commissioned by a friend of the site and we are now the exclusive dealers. 2 of the prints are even hand signed: one by Nicky Hayden and the other by Wayne Rainey! Please take a moment to examine these works for yourself.


Second, I’m excited to announce that one of authors, Ian K., has started a new venture with a partner in Japan called Kaz Parts +. They are offering three distinct services that will appeal to grey market bike collectors in the U.S. who are trying to obtain parts for their machines: Grey Market OEM Parts, Yahoo Auctions Japan Proxy Bidding And Japanese Aftermarket Parts — all sourced directly from Japan! Please join me in congratulating Ian and his partner on their new venture and check out their services for more details.


Finally, we have some limited stock of shirts remaining that would make for excellent gifts. Today only I’m offering two shirts for $30 shipped. Buy one for you and one for a friend! Quantities are limited and you must email me directly for this special deal.

As always thanks to all our loyal readers! We appreciate your support and wish you a happy holiday season!

dc