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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
Honda August 25, 2022 posted by

What Goes Up… – 1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

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1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

It’s safe to say that the Fireblade prices over the past two years have set the 900RR on a new trajectory.  What was once a bike known for being shoved in a back alley with purple fairings and a tucked license plate became an overnight sensation. While the values today are still a couple miles too high off the Earth’s surface for regular folk, the one thing they did do is cement how important this motorcycle is. Our find today is one of the down to earth, black Fireblades that should scratch any collectors itch. 

Image 4 - 1993 Honda CBR

I won’t spend time on the specifics of the blade since any halfway-sport bike enthusiast should know the ancestry and how much the 1993 model shook things up for the sport bike market. It made a lot of people rethink what a sport bike should be and how you shouldn’t have to compromise between speed and handling. It’s displacement left it a bit short of the liter+ bikes but the weight made up the difference by giving feel and corner speed.

Image 41 - 1993 Honda CBRThe seller doesn’t list anything about prior owners but it’s fair to assume that a 30 year old bike with 10K miles has only switched hands a few times. It seems to be in incredible condition and looks good from 1 foot out. As much as I would love to see a good Yosh pipe on it, you have to appreciate the owner’s desire to leave it stock.

Image 8 - 1993 Honda CBR

Now to the good part. How much do you pay? How much has everyone else paid? The 900RR market has been a bit perplexing recently. The craziness has been documented but no one really knows what to make of it and more importantly, no one knows where it will settle in a few years.

There is a BaT auction of a 1993 900RR red, white, and blue with 2 days left at $17.5K.

High bid on this same same bike on BaT was $8.5K. Can anyone make sense of this whole thing?

It’s hard to see this moving for $15K but the seller may be a little more realistic after seeing the BaT high bid. There might be an opportunity here for those who aren’t willing to fork over their life savings for a color scheme but want to be part of the 900RR conversation.

-Norm

What Goes Up… – 1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade
Honda July 21, 2022 posted by

Honda Gone Wild – 1990 Honda Hawk GT 650

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Honda Hawk GT 650

To the untrained eye, this bike can easily be mistaken for an SV650 or GS500. The exposed aluminum frame and body lines are definitely similar but the single-sided swingarm is a dead giveaway.

I would’ve loved to sit in the room with the marketing and engineers teams who opted to move forward with the Hawk because it certainly must’ve been an interesting conversation. Regardless, I think Honda had nailed the right combination of engine, chassis, and aesthetic much earlier than some of the other manufacturers.

Image 8 - 1990 Honda Hawk GT 650

The side profile reveals a couple interesting aspects of the Hawk. First, the design is very clean and subtle. Everything is tidy and there is nothing that looks like an after thought. The next piece I found unique was the riding position. The pegs are up and slightly back and the bars are fairly low and far from the seat. While the bars can be adjusted, it was clear Honda wanted to make this a capable canyon carver. An extremely narrow profile makes it easy for anyone to easily transfer weight and move around on the bike. The final and most intriguing aspect is the use of a single-sided swingarm. Single-sided swingarms are synonymous with European makes and Honda. Honda definitely has the engineering know-how to execute this but it’s odd they chose to actually use one.

Image 81 - 1990 Honda Hawk GT 650

The most vulnerable spec for the Hawk is the power. ~40 hp to the wheel is nothing to write home about but this is a relatively old motor that lived in the Shadow 500 before it found a home in the Hawk. Coming in a bit over 400 lbs wet didn’t help the Hawk’s case but as a total package there is an argument to be made.

Image 21 - 1990 Honda Hawk GT 650

No action on this auction which starts at $3K. Considering the mileage, condition, and price this could be a very interesting addition to any collection. Any aged Honda is pretty cool if you ask me. If you’re expecting crazy values in the future I wouldn’t hold my breath but it’s hard to go wrong for $3K.

-Norm

Honda Gone Wild – 1990 Honda Hawk GT 650
Honda June 28, 2022 posted by

Honda Heavyweight: 1982 CB1100R

The Honda CB line of bikes has spanned decades and a wide range of offerings.  The CB label has been used on everything from small commuter bikes to all out powerhouses.  The original SOHC CB750 is often sited as one of the first true superbikes.  They latter evolved into the DOHC air cooled bikes of the mid 80s.  These bikes were successful on the race track and most notably with Freddie Spencer.  Towards the end of the line Honda decided it was time to make a true homologation special with the 1062cc engine.  Making 115hp Honda added a full fairing and tweaked just about everything when compared to a CB1100F.

Endurance racing is where the CB1100R saw the most race wins.  Details are limited on just how many road bikes were build, but it is safe to say these were not built in large numbers.  Rough counts indicate around 2500 units built across four production years.   Never officially sold in the USA, some have been imported over the years, but this remains a sought after model for most collectors.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

1982 Honda CB1100R. A low mile original one owner bike in almost perfect condition both mechanically and cosmetically. An extremely rare bike in the US and part of the holy grail of collector Hondas.
Absolutely no issues. Do not miss this opportunity, it will be a long wait for another like it whether you’re a collector or true aficionado. This bike is appreciating at an unbelievable rate and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s one of the bikes we will all eventually wished to have purchased when we could.
Immediate PayPal deposit of 1000$ required on purchase to XXX and please send your details so I can call and finalize.
Descriptions, viewpoints and opinions vary between people.
Please look at the photos and do your own evaluation.

DO NOT bid, make offers or press buttons if you’re not absolutely sure you’re buying it.

Your purchase is not subject to ANYTHING!!after you buy.

ANY questions, inspections, viewing, test drives etc are welcome BEFORE PURCHASE ONLY!!!! No warranties are implied or made. Sale as is.

Immediate deposit required. non refundable.

The Buy It Now price of $30,000 can only be described as aggressive based on other transaction data.  The seller unfortunately spends more time in the add laying out rules and making market claims than providing solid details on the bike.  These are relatively simple bikes from a mechanical point of view.  Honda is known for being very supportive with vintage parts availability to keep a machine like this serviced.

Honda Heavyweight:  1982 CB1100R
Honda June 21, 2022 posted by

Habu – 2000 Honda CBR 1100 XX Blackbird

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2000 Honda CBR 1100XX Blackbird

The Blackbird holds a bit of a mythical legend status in the hyperbike category which is ironic because this bike was technically categorized as a sport tourer. Although it had a 9 year production run, there aren’t many clean, low-mile examples left today. Most have seen many miles of pavement or have been modded beyond the point of saving but a few still pop up here and there.

Image 2 - 2000 Honda CBR

The Blackbird focused more on the sport than the touring. The bars were set lower and further forward than you would expect which resulted in a much sportier riding position. With a 167hp at the crank, the engine was no slouch either and is liable to munch highway miles or dominate highway drag races. However, the touring wasn’t forgotten either as can be seen by the massive 6.3 gallon fuel tank which was the larger than both the ZX14’s and Hayabusa’s tank.

Image 10 - 2000 Honda CBR

Although Honda blends in a bit with the other manufacturers today, they used to separate themselves from the crowd by offering advanced technologies and making them very reliable. The Blackbird came with a linked braking system that is common on many touring motorcycles today. The Blackbird also came with a dual counterbalanced engine that resulted in minimal vibrations. A benefit of this is that you can bolt the engine directly to the frame and have a much stiffer chassis.

Image 15 - 2000 Honda CBR

The Blackbird could use almost of all of its speedometer. With a 178 mph top speed, this bike held the record for the fastest production motorcycle for a couple of years until it was dethroned by the Hayabusa.

Image 12 - 2000 Honda CBR

From the seller:

2000 Honda CBR 1100XX “Blackbird”. EXCELLENT condition with only 4,222 miles. Great price!! It is extremely hard to find one of these with original parts and very low miles. This bike has never spent the night outside. It has never been dropped. The few minor abrasions sadly come mostly from being in the garage. Photo of minor abrasion on lower left fairing included. All original parts. New Tires and battery!Two keys, Original paperwork, Cover, Tank Bra, Extra foot pegs. This bike lives in Terre Haute, Indiana and buyer is responsible for retrieving it.

It’s a shame Honda decided they didn’t want to participate in the top speed battles that occur at 1 AM on empty Mexican freeways. An attempt to bring the VFR1200 in as a replacement wasn’t super successful as it didn’t address the same market that the Hayabusa and ZX14 do.

Blackbirds are already becoming quite collectible and this example with very low miles would be a great addition to any collection. The homage to the SR-71 combined with top speed record make this bike historically significant and the limited availability should drive up prices of well-kept bikes over time. At $10K, this isn’t a bad deal considering the condition and upside.

-Norm

Habu – 2000 Honda CBR 1100 XX Blackbird
Honda June 20, 2022 posted by

Good Things Come In Small Packages: 1989 Honda NC30 VFR400R

The Honda RC30 needs zero introduction.  The looks and performance are the stuff of legend.  As more and more collectors compete for a limited number of bikes on the market the prices inevitably rise.  We often hear enthusiasts in the hobby lament this as it means they might not get a chance to experience the machine.  The wonderful thing about this hobby is that even though specific models might be rare, there are always alternatives to explore.  In this case it the RC30s baby bother, the NC30.

The 400cc class of sport bikes from the late 80s and early 90s offer some amazing technology, packaging and overall fantastic riding experiences.  These were not built as the budget, or entry level motorcycles of today.  These were built to fit into engine size restricted classes and to offer buyers real performance.  Most offerings remained as JDM options.  It was determined that the US and European markets would not see the value in these smaller bikes.  Hindsight has told us that this was probably true.  The 600cc class is dead in the USA and most modern sport bike riders are only focused on absolute power and speed.

Today these are available for import and are being brought over for collectors and riders alike.  Known for extremely high redlines (some north of 17,500 RPM) and sublime handling it is no wonder many buyers are taking advantage of this opportunity.  Parts availability should be of little issue as Honda is very good at supporting vintage motorcycles.  For the price point it would be hard to find something more unique, reliable and with a usable performance envelope.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Honda’s Street-legal race bike. This exquisite 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 has been thoroughly sorted and is a fabulous rider. Runs incredibly strong, no smoke or leaks. 100% of the electrical and lighting work. See videos below! A fully documented restoration was performed a year ago, and has been on museum display since. Clean title, in hand. Original exhaust is excellent and free of any scuffs or dents. Brand new battery, fluids, and tires. 48k kilometers (30k miles) A wonderful collector piece of Honda’s HRC racing history.

The VFR 400 series were explicitly a scaled-down version of Honda’s racing RC30 models and only intended for the Japanese domestic market. The VFR400, like the RC30, used straight-cut gears to drive its camshafts, which made a characteristic whine that became associated with pure speed.

With a redline of 14,500 RPM, the top speed was 130 MPH. Riders loved the NC30 for its razor-sharp handling and its wide spread of power, which had plenty of torque without the peakiness of most highly tuned fours.

 

This bike looks to represent a great opportunity for someone that wants a bike that is equally good to look at as it is to ride.  Relatively high mileage will mean riders are the buyers, not matter how many time the seller uses the word collector in the listing.  That is not a dig as these are wonderful out on the road.  The 400cc market is very hot right now because more and more riders are embracing the slow bike fast ethos.  It will get even hotter when the new Kawasaki 400cc four cylinder sport bike hits showrooms.   The Buy It Now price of just under $12k seems reasonable for the condition and current market.  A buyer would be wise to press the seller for more details on the mentioned restoration as that could potentially be a great selling feature.

Good Things Come In Small Packages:  1989 Honda NC30 VFR400R
Honda June 16, 2022 posted by

Your Package Has Arrived: New 2004 Honda CB50R

Collectors can be a competitive crowd.  They are constantly trying to find the best, rarest and most interesting items to add to their collections.  Often this manifests into the search for zero mile examples of machines.  These bikes are literally brand new and allow the owners to have something in perfect, and original condition.  But what is one step up from zero miles you ask, well that would be still inside the OEM shipping crate.  We have seen a few examples of this trend over the last year.  A couple of high profile auctions included motorcycles that have never been removed from the shipping crates or prepared for sale.

Today we have found a Honda CB50R, better known as the Dream 50 that has remained inside the box since 2004.  Collectors have loved the little retro bike since day one.  Offered in the USA in limited numbers the “off road use only” machine had the look of a 60s GP bike with some interesting modern tech in the engine.  It was also at a very attractive price point.  These bikes come to market every now and again, and it is not uncommon to find one that has lived on display and never ridden.  What is uncommon is to find one that retains the shipping crate.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2004 HONDA CB50R NEW IN CRATE

Frame number AR02-1000550
Engine number AR02E-1000576.

New in crate 2004 Honda CB50R. Complete with most of the original shipping cardboard. Has been carefully stored indoors for many years. 1 Owner. Bike was bought locally.

No rust or corrosion. Paint is perfect. Original cardboard box of goodies in the bottom of the crate has never been opened.

Original shower cap still installed on the seat cowl. Original intake cap is still on the velocity stack.

Fantastic investment for museum or Honda collector.

The eBay Auction does not list a Buy It Now price, so no clear understanding of what the dealer is expecting.  The Dream 50R market is well documented and prices have been steadily rising over time.  At this point it appears that $10,000 will buy you a nice example, so it will be really interesting to see what premium the crate brings.  Will a collector just have to have it, or will they nit pick that the cardboard is not perfectly flat?

Your Package Has Arrived:  New 2004 Honda CB50R
Honda June 14, 2022 posted by

Rarified Air: Erion Racing 2000 Honda CBR600 Supersport Champion

Thanks to Ross on Facebook for pointing out that this actually a CBR600F4 and not a CBR600RR. We apologize for the error. -dc

Track Day Tuesday has come around once more, and this time we are showcasing more than a stripped down R1 or the like. Today’s machine is a proven track day hero, taking Kurtis Roberts to the top step of the 2000 Supersport championship. Yes, that is an AMA Supersport 600cc championship. And yes, that is Kurtis Roberts as in youngest son of The King, and younger brother to superstar Kenny Jr. If that is STILL not enough street cred, need I mention Erion racing? That was probably one of the most respected outfits in the AMA, and worthy of their own special Erion Racing livery Honda to boot. I’d say pretty much ’nuff said right there. The seller has a bit to say about this bike, especially since a similarly hyped machine was sold at Mecum earlier this year. But if all checks out this is probably more than a simple track day bike, and likely more of a collector than a flog-at-your-local-track rider.

2000 Erion Honda CBR600 (Kurtis Roberts) for sale on eBay

From the seller:
2000 KURTIS ROBERTS CBR600 (One of two ridden that year) championship winning bike. As ridden from the 2000 season. The other one was sold 3 months ago on Mecum for $22,000 ,that one was given to Kurtis 4 years after winning the championship (made up bike for Kurtis) and no doult was NOT ridden during that season.

Unlike the bike that sold at Mecum this year ,this bike sports all the official decals from Honda and AMA supersport series ,their are also billet pieces on the bike that were made for just Kurtis that the Mecum bike failed to have. I also have a email from Kurtis about the bike that was sold at mecum ,but that will only go to the buyer and not public

More from the seller:
This one comes with all the paper work from Erion Honda ,paid $9000 in 2000 for it ,dyno sheets and CHAMPIONSHIP poster of kurtis ridding that bike. There is Brand new set of Painted bodywork ,un touched and set of spare used wheels ( Kurtis name still on them).

I own 35 AMA bikes so this one doesn’t do much for me other than Kurtis rode it.
The bike has done one trackday since kurtis rode it (2001)
I did start it up last year, then drained the carbs and tank.

Condition is as raced pretty good ,there is a small dent in the fuel tank (if i have time I will pull it out) that is easily fixed paintless dent guy
No tiitle ,invoices from Erion Honda
purchased on the 11-10-2000,invoice and bill of sale from Kevin Erion
Doesn’t sell then it will just sit in the collection

The seller has included some photos of the aforementioned Mecum auction, which was offered up as Kurtis’ personal bike. Today’s example appears to have some provenance by way of documentation, which certainly helps determine authenticity. As a mass-produced sport bike from the turn of the century, this is an old Superstock race bike. You could certainly pick up a CBR600 more cheaply, but then it would be missing the Erion setup, the cool parts, and the fact that the butt in the seat belonged to a champion.

The pictures are not fantastic, but the bike looks to be as expected; race bikes are not babied and coddled, but flogged to win. And speaking of winning, this one could be yours for the asking price of $11k. Check out all of the details here. And if Kurtis Roberts is not your thing, perhaps you’d rather go up the generational chain and emulate dad himself, King Kenny Roberts. You can still pick up skid lids in Kenny livery, such as this one here. Not sure if the Kurtis bike and the King Kenny helmet would make you an instant hero on a track day, but it should could be fun to try. Good Luck!!

MI

Rarified Air: Erion Racing 2000 Honda CBR600 Supersport Champion