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Featured Listing October 18, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda VTR250

If you spend your free time scurrilously poring over our pages, chances are you are intimately familiar with Honda’s three-years-only VTR250 Interceptor. But in case you aren’t: The 1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor was Honda flexing its manufacturing might on an entry-level bike just because it could.

The littlest Interceptor was approachable, but packed enough punch to interest more seasoned riders, and enough weird details to keep collectors entertained 31 years later. The most striking oddity is its inboard front disc brake, an experiment that didn’t pan out for Big Red, but one that helps further separate the VTR250 from other small bikes. Couple that with a 90-degree liquid-cooled v-twin that made about 30 horsepower, deft handling from a featherweight chassis and a top speed approaching The Ton, and you have the makings of a cult classic.

This one wears a livery so garish and awesome that it could only have been produced in the decade of excess, and is in very nice preserved shape. The odometer, set into a very period set of square dials next to a 13,500 rpm redline tach, shows just over 13,000 miles.

From the seller:

This is a 1989 Honda VTR250 – Honda’s high tech pocket rocket. Released to the learner market, the VTR250 was way more advanced than most other 250cc bikes at the time – a liquid cooled 90 degree V Twin, with twin cam 4 valve heads and twin downdraught carbs, with a 6 speed transmission. It’s light, nimble and fast, and is a cult classic for lovers of small sport bikes. Producing a touch under 30 bhp, and coupled with light weight and a beam frame it matches bigger bikes in the corners, and revs out to 13,500rpm with useable power all the way off idle. To add to the fun, there is a second power band around 9000rpm and when you get there it takes off again. I’ve had plenty of riders on bigger bikes stop me after I have tailed them relentlessly on twisty roads and ask just what the heck the bike is that I am riding.

This example is very close to stock and has been lovingly maintained by the owner. It has a Goodridge front brake line and just had an oil and filter change in September. Coolant was exchanged last year. The reg/rectifiers on these are famous for failing, so this one has an upgraded one from a Honda VF500. Tires and brakes are in good shape with plenty of life left, and the inboard ventilated disc was serviced last year. Engine inlet rubbers were replaced in September with new ones from Japan, where the VT250 is still in production and spares are plentiful there.

It comes with the official Honda workshop manual, the owners manual, and spare front/rear brake pads/shoes.

Mileage is now 13,325, and I had the local Honda dealer supply and fit the optional genuine center stand.

For just $1,800, this awesome little 250 is begging to join a stable of bigger bikes and watch them turn green with envy as they get passed over for weekend jaunts and blasts around town. Contact Simon with your interest.

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda VTR250
Honda October 14, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Honda RC51

Update 10.20.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The incredible Honda RVT1000R – perhaps better known by its more popular moniker, the RC51 – was a motorcycle built out of need. The need was not in the showroom, but on the racetrack. WSBK rules changed in 1998, allowing twins to have a capacity advantage over the currently dominant 750cc fours. This opened the door for a decade of Ducati dominance; their v-twins were allowed to be 999cc, giving them a distinct advantage. Deciding that they could play the game just as well, Honda threw their engineering might at the problem and the RC51 was born. A winner on the racetrack, the RC51 remains a significant platform that bred a tamed racer for the street.

Featured Listing: 2000 Honda RC51

Exploiting the rules to the maximum helped to finalize the design: a 999cc 90 degree v-twin was the order of the day. Honda included DOCH heads with four valves per cylinder and fed by computerized fuel injection. Power was a stout 133 for the street bike. This was then dropped into an all new twin spar aluminum alloy frame, complete with a heavily braced swingarm; rigidity was the order of the day. The high mounted pipes provided better ground clearance. The swoopy, aerodynamic bodywork enabled the use of side-mounted radiators – a nifty trick to encourage and use the airflow around the bike as efficiently as possible. On paper, on the racetrack, and in the showroom the RC51 was a winner.

From the seller:
2000 Honda RC51 RVT 1000 SP1
17,350 miles
Upgrades include:
-Sato Racing rear sets
-Goodridge stainless steel braided brake lines
-Ohlins rear shock with remote adjustment
-Morse clip ons
-ASV adjustable levers brake and clutch
-Scotts steering dampner
-New Dunlop Sportmax tires
-New DID chain
Service/ maintenence work done by T-mac cycles in North Carolina

Mufflers are original stock Honda, as well as the Ecu. There is a scuff on the upper fairing (left side)scratch on rear. This motorcycle funs flawlessly and pulls hard.

Asking price: $5,000
Contact Mike for more details

Given that this bike was designed to go racing, Honda must have been pleased with the outcome: the RC51 won the World Superbike championship in both 2000 and 2002 piloted by Colin Edwards, and the 2002 AMA Championship with the Kentucky Kid, Nicky Hayden. Eventually WSBK rules changed to even out the displacement regardless of number of cylinders, and Honda replaced the RC51 with a Fireblade-based effort, although they also scaled back factory involvement in the intervening years. All told, this is the bike that out-Ducati-ed the factory Ducati racers, and even today it represents a a unique take on the v-twin sport bike scene.

Today’s Featured Listing is a 2000 model RC51 (i.e. RVT1000R SP1). It has seen a fair number of miles (gotta love that legendary Honda reliability), and is sporting some tasty upgrades. The Sata rear sets offer superior adjustability, as does the gold-standard Ohlins rear shock. The cockpit has been upgraded as well, with beautiful Morse clip ons, an added steering dampener, and adjustable levers. This bike has been used, and the seller points out that the fairing does have some scratches. But if anything, that should encourage a new prospective owner that this is a rider – a willing partner for the canyon tango – without fear of riding that zero mile garage queen. And did I mention it is cheap? We rarely see a bike this clean offered up at this price, which is all the better considering the weeks of great riding weather still ahead of us this year. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2000 Honda RC51
Honda September 9, 2020 posted by

Naked Ambition: 1983 Honda NS250F

Those of you familiar with the racy Honda NS250R – with it’s full flowing bodywork and GP-inspired good looks will see this and think it is missing something. And it is. This is the lesser brother of the R model, the NS250F. Think of it as a streaker version of the GP replica bike, willing to bare it all before the world. Of course the F model bares all with a steel twin-cradle frame, versus the aluminum job on the R model. In some markets the F received plain aluminum wheels (16 in the front, 17 in the rear), while the R model was upgraded to the bigger brother’s Comstar style wheels – but that did vary by locale (and racers preferred the plain aluminum wheels for track usage). That’s it mostly, from the outer wear to the innermost components. Slightly less expensive in the showroom with cheaper insurance bills due to less pieces to damage, the NS250F was really a secret two stroke weapon in the markets where it was imported. Sadly, like most of the two stroke set, that was not the United States.

1983 Honda NS250F for sale on eBay

The NS250 series was powered by a liquid cooled, 90 degree vee twin format. Expect nearly 45 HP off of the showroom floor, somewhere between the 9k and 10k marks on the tach. The Honda ATAC exhaust valve system was on both the R and F bikes, as was the anti-dive fork and triple disk brakes. A Pro-Link single shock with braced swing arm holds up the rear. With a dry weight in the 317 range, you can see the obvious fun available to you if you are of a size and stature to make that work for you. Here is a Honda promo shot to show you how it looked in the glossy brochures:

From the seller:
Beautiful Condition all original NS250F with only 14000 kms, garage kept , rarely used, only nice summer days, never raced or abused.

Beautiful condition of a rare sought after collector race bike from the 80’s which is street legal! Two strokes were banned in most of the western world but a few are still here and still surviving.

I have owned this for nearly 15 years, never raced it or abused it. Due to a recent knee injury I can’t sit on anymore and was hoping someone else would appreciate it’s timeless beauty and ridiculous power to weight ratio.

When I ride this bike I feel like a racer and every time I ride it I become a better rider. It actually teaches you what a motorcycle can do.

Today’s bike has seen some use (14k KM equates to about 8,700 miles), and appears to be missing the graphics on the side panels. The Honda promo shots also highlight a red seat to match the red accents, rather than the black one shown. It is also located in BC, Canada – right over the border. That might be an impediment to visually inspecting the bike during the days of COVID-19, but shipping is available across the border as many gray market smoker riders can attest to. As to the value, it is very difficult to determine due to the rarity of these smaller bikes in the States. Clearly the F model is the lower spec of the two, and therefore is not the most collectible 250 on the planet. However it is unique and rare in its own right. The seller is asking $8500 for this unicorn, but is open to offers. If you are bored by what’s out there, consider something very different – a Honda NS250F. Good luck and stay safe!!

MI

Featured Listing September 2, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda NSR400R

Two stroke engine, sticky tires, loud pipes in the raw and a classic Honda paint scheme. What more are you looking for in a back road tiny terror? This 1986 Honda NSR400R was treated to a very under the radar restomod a couple years back, with the goal of making an already awesome bike more modern-day user friendly. It has period aftermarket capacitors and an awesome, raw finish JollyMoto exhaust to wake the engine up a touch.

1986 Honda NSR400R for sale on eBay

The chassis has been treated to a Fox shock and custom, 17-inch Comstar wheels, which means it will accept all manner of modern track day-friendly tires. The forks got custom emulators at the same time. Its age and DNA dictate that it won’t run or ride like a modern machine, but if you’re looking for that, go bark up another tree. This bike will instead give you the best possible experience a mid-80s sportbike can.

From the eBay listing:

Selling my 1986 Honda NS400R that I imported from Canada ~7 years ago. ~2.5 years ago it completed a full restoration/subtle restomod done by the excellent team at RestoCycle in Tucson, AZ (I can send a link to all the details of the build to anyone interested – just send me a message). The entire bike was gone over from stem to stern to ensure that it was in tip top running shape. The subtle restomod that I had done were all aimed at a better riding experience – custom 17″ Comstar wheels so that you can use more modern rubber, an adjustable Fox shock (freshly rebuilt) for the rear, and custom emulators for the front forks by Cogent Dynamics. The bike runs, ride, handles, and looks great. I did not have it done to a concours level restoration, it was meant to be ridden and enjoyed, so there are a few small nicks and dings here and there, but, overall, the bike looks fantastic. And the sound from the Jolly Moto pipes that the second owner put on are awesome (and, iirc, the bike even visited the Jolly Moto factory when it spent a few years riding around Europe). The only current niggle on the bike is that the low oil light sometimes comes on erroneously (there is plenty of oil in the premix tank) – other than that it is in great shape and ready to go. Currently showing 52654 KM (~32.7k miles) on the odometer – mileage might go up a little as I might take it out for a short spin or two. Lots of spare parts that I will be listing separately once the bike is sold (spare gas tanks, carbs, bodywork, original comstar wheels, gaskets, spare oil pump, some spare bodywork parts, swingarm, seat pan, stock rear stand, etc, etc), but would be willing to sell as a package deal to the buyer of the motorcycle.

This is one of the best, IMO, 2 stroke motorcycles ever made.

Please send me any questions you might have.

Pulling back from a closeup of the mods, the bike is near flawless cosmetically, which is increasingly rare in any bike this age, but especially one of this ilk. The original pieces and spare parts, including the stock Comstars, spare carbs, bodywork and a spare gas tank, can be had as a package deal with the bike, but otherwise will be sold separately. Reserve is set at $10k.

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda NSR400R
Honda August 27, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 in

Update 8.27.2020: SOLD IN JUST 3 DAYS to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 is a U.S.-market bike that was dressed up from new with European-market bodywork that sets it well apart from the red-black-silver and all-black bikes that were standard here. It also means the bike wears the non-U.S. “VTR” moniker, instead of the “RVT” decals we got on these shores. Confusingly, that means this bike — very much an RC51 SP2 — carries the same three-letter name as the U.S.-market Superhawk. Confusing, till you get below the skin.

2002 Honda RC51 SP2 for sale on eBay

No matter what the lovely white fairing says, this bike carries the same 133 horsepower, 996cc v-twin that made these bikes famous, coupled with the SP2’s revised wheels and lighter chassis. The big, torquey twin shuttled Colin Edwards to a pair of World Superbike championships and Nicky Hayden to an AMA Superbike crown, cementing the bike in amateur knee draggers’ dreams for a generation. Nice ones are starting to command the kind of money that only true cult classics can ask, and this one carries the bonus of being one of a precious few bearing a factory-sourced foreign livery. This is not eBay bodywork of dubious origin and odd proportions — it’s the real stuff, straight from the source.

Around and underneath that bodywork is a raft of special parts. There is Ohlins suspension front and rear to keep movements calm and collected, and a titanium Jardine exhaust, to drop a few pounds, add a couple horses and make the proceedings a bit more sonorous.

From the eBay listing:

Absolutely beautiful 2002 RC51 (SP-2) in Factory OEM Colin Edwards livery. Paint is stunning, and so many great options on this bike. Lusted-for Ohlins FG322 front suspension, Ohlins rear suspension, Jardine titanium 2 into 1 exhaust (sounds awesome and light weight), carbon fiber front wheel, Scott’s damper.

Honestly I hate to sell this bike, I truly love owning it. Every time I start it it makes me happy to own it…but too many things going on in life to keep it right now. This bike is not a beater, it is one for someone who loves this bike. So beautiful so fun to ride, so well taken care of. All seals appear to be excellent, not a single leak, new battery, starts immediately every time. Never overheats, just runs perfectly. This bike looks as showroom new as a bike could given it’s 18 years on earth. Obviously no test rides until total price in-hand. This bike is lovingly cared for and has always been.

If you are on the hunt for an RC51, you’ll be hard pressed to find one that sets itself apart so nicely without giving up any originality. This bike achieves that feat deftly.

Featured Listing: 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 in
Honda August 22, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: Immaculate 2002 Honda RC51 SP2

Update 8.22.2020: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 was the first year of the ultimate evolution of Honda’s gorgeous World Superbike conqueror. Built to play on Ducati’s v-twin field and engineered to within a millimeter of its life thanks to Big Red’s engineering might and racing experience, the SP2 gained four horsepower and dropped 11 pounds over the SP1 version. In 2002, Nicky Hayden won the AMA Superbike title aboard the SP2. That coincided with Colin Edwards’ second World Superbike championship aboard a Castrol-liveried RC51 SP2.

The racing success and Honda’s beautiful, 999cc v-twin made the RC51 a cult icon in its day. With the benefit of years, the bike has become a no-concession classic, as Honda has moved firmly toward a safer, more stolid lineup. Coincidentally, the World Superbike wins have dried up.

This 2002 RC51 SP2 shows a shade over 20,000 miles, but you wouldn’t know it to look at it. It’s hard to claim anything this old is flawless, but this machine comes close. It is also loaded with a stable of tasteful, reversible aftermarket parts. The list includes Stomp Grips, CRG levers, Yoshimura exhaust and flapper valve mod. The rest of the list is in the seller’s description below.

From the seller:

Here is an excellent example of a 2002 Honda RC51 with 20,813 original miles. The bike is in nearly flawless condition, mechanically sound, never dropped or crashed. Simple modifications include CRG RC2 levers, Carbon Fiber gauge cover, Zero Gravity dark smoked windscreen, HRC tank protector, Stomp Grip traction pads, Lamin-x headlight lens covers, Proton LED turn signals, HotBodies Superbike under-tail, Pyramid hugger, 520 chain and sprocket conversion (15/41) gearing and Yoshimura slip-on exhaust. Flapper valve mod has been done. There is no fuel injection module on the bike such as Power Commander etc. Battery is two years old. Starts first crank and runs like the true Champion that She is. Clean title in hand, California registration paid until 8/2021.

Asking price is $8,000 $7,500

It’s not too hard to find a nice RC51 even today, but it’s a Herculean task to find one this nice. It’s priced according to its condition, but if your next bike must be an RC51, this is the one you want.

Featured Listing: Immaculate 2002 Honda RC51 SP2
Featured Listing August 14, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda Hawk NT650

Update 8.14.2020: Price reduced to $3,400. Good luck buyers! -dc

It’s a shame the 1988 Honda Hawk NT650 didn’t see more than a three-year production run in this country, because they’re really incredible machines. Packing just a 60-horsepower 650cc v-twin, on paper they don’t make a big impression, but lift your eyes off the spec sheet and the little ripper might draw you up short. Designated RC31 from the factory, they claim the VFR lineage of the venerated RC30, RC45 and VFR750. That means they were bedecked with top-shelf parts from Honda, including a single-sided swingarm that outclasses their humble power figures.

With a torquey power delivery and a wet weight under 420 pounds, Hawks have gained a cult following as one of Honda’s hidden gems. Think Suzuki SV650 in its Sunday best. Speaking of the SV, the Hawk beat the Zook and the Massimo Tamburini-penned Ducati Monster to the market by a few years, which may have been its downfall. Who knows what might have passed had it launched just a little later.

This example is resplendent in Navy blue, and has clearly been babied over its life. Blemishes are limited to a cracked rear fairing; the rest of the machine presents really well. It has been treated to a rare Two Brothers exhaust system, tail tidy and some bar-end mirrors, but comes with most of the stock parts except exhaust.

From the seller:

This Hawk GT is in excellent condition for its age. Starts, runs, and rides great. Paint and bodywork are very good, except for a 1″ crack on one side of the seat cowl (pictured), and a 1.5″ scuff on the other side. The bike has never been down or dropped. Still has the original owner’s manual and tool kit. Currently the bike has an aftermarket tail tidy, turn signals, and bar end mirrors (removed stock parts also included). A full Two-Brothers exhaust is installed; sounds great. I’ve read this particular exhaust is no longer made and is sought-after.

I rebuilt the forks last winter using CBR 600F2 internals – great upgrade that also adds adjustable preload and compression damping. I also replaced the air filter (OEM Honda), spark plugs (NGK Iridium), and changed the brake fluid (Honda DOT4).

The tires have plenty of tread on them, although they are getting old – the rear tire has a 2003 date code (Dunlop Sportmax D208), front is 2013 (Dunlop Sportmax D207F).

The Hawk no longer has its center stand, but I will include a Pit Bull rear stand.

Thanks for looking and please let me know if you have any questions.

The seller can be contacted through the Cycle Trader listing. At $3,900 $3,400, this little beast promises to leave a small enough dent in your bank account to leave enough to replace the aged tires. After that, you’re ready to welcome the fall riding season with open arms.

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda Hawk NT650
Honda March 4, 2020 posted by

V4 Cruise Missile: 1993 Honda VFR750 Interceptor

The Honda VFR750 never fails to pop up in forum posts and old magazine articles seeking to name the best all-around motorcycle available. Inevitably, there’s some dentist from Portland who chimes in with 43 photos of his immaculate VFR and a long tale about how he’s put 175,000 miles on it from new and only ever changed the oil and tires. It’s a fact of Internet life, and it gets pretty old. But, if you spend any time at all around the bikes, you’ll discover that those Aerostitch-clad Boomers are on to something. These bikes are, quite simply, phenomenal.

1993 Honda VFR750 for sale on eBay

Of course, I am biased. A red ’97 model sits in my garage, and I sought it out after reading too many dentists telling me how awesome it was. They were right. The gear driven cams make a gorgeous whine on top of the small-block lope of the V4, the power is electric and the handling, while not exactly sprightly, is impressive for something so large and perfectly stable.

This 1993 Honda VFR750 appears to have been babied by one of the aforementioned healthcare professionals, and shows very nicely in white. The way the single-sided swingarm shows off that magnificently ’90s rear wheel is enough to give you visions of Joey Dunlop. With 15,000 original miles, a next to new set of tires and new spark plugs, battery and fuel filter, there is no reason this thing shouldn’t be down for a cross-country road trip tomorrow.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is my VERY clean VFR-750. Ultra low miles, adult owned and maintained. Never ridden in the rain, always garage kept on a battery tender when not riding. Has 480 miles on a new set of Michelin Pilots, new spark plugs, new fuel filter, battery is 1 year old, carbs were cleaned and sync’d, K & N air filter, gutted Yoshimura slip on muffler. Always washed after every ride, oil and filter changed every 1,000 miles using Honda oil and filter.

With a hollowed-out Yosh pipe, this thing will make your neighbors hate you, but how could they ever hate this bike?

V4 Cruise Missile: 1993 Honda VFR750 Interceptor