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Honda February 18, 2019 posted by

OG Race rep: 1981 Honda CB1100RB

It’s hard to fathom exactly how far motorcycle design has come in the last 38 years without a concrete comparison. I could spill superlatives and adjectives for the next 600 words and still not touch it. Instead, please Google “Ducati Panigale V4R” and compare what comes up to the bike you see here. I’ll wait.

1981 Honda CB1100R for sale on eBay

With that out of the way, consider that these two machines are versions of the same thing, but separated by a generation. The 1981 Honda CB1100RB was, at its birth, the scariest thing your dentist could afford. With precious few concessions made to comfort or practical daily use, it was, as the Panigale is now, built for well-heeled enthusiasts to see how fast they could mess their leathers.

Even by today’s standards, the thing is pretty stout. The big, air-cooled four pushes out 115 horsepower -- as much as a late ’90s Honda Civic -- but weighs less than your fridge. On terrifying, narrow early-’80s rubber, there is absolutely no need for more. It will still out-handle, out-brake and out-accelerate your feeble mortal mind.

To earn its ‘R’ badge, the 1981 Honda CB1100RB eschewed a pillion seat, gathered a long list of lightened engine internals and bigger carbs, and got air-assisted forks and prodigious brakes. Modern reviewers still rave about how seamlessly the whole package works, and how eagerly the bike goes, stops, turns, and eats tires, chains, brakes and sprockets.

This example appears to be in excellent, clean condition, despite having close to 50,000 kilometers on the dial. The seller provides little detail, but says it runs as it should and retains its original exhaust.

From the eBay listing:

For sale

Honda CB1100R B type

very rare bike

very good condition, runs perfectly

Original exhaust

Recent service, New tyres and brakes

French registration

The asking price is a shade under $15,000, which is in keeping with similar models we have seen over the years. With fewer than 1,100 of these beasts produced, the price gets you a bike you will not see at Cars and Coffee or your local ride in.

OG Race rep: 1981 Honda CB1100RB
Featured Listing January 30, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: Pristine 1979 Honda CBX

The 1979 Honda CBX, a six-cylinder behemoth dressed up as a buttoned-down commuter, was an exercise in weird, but impressive, flex from Honda. As the long run of the original CB750 was at its peak, Big Red decided it was time to show off the ultimate evolution of the CB line, but elected to bare its engineering fangs instead of building a taught, sinewed race bike on the CB platform. Honda brass at the time even admitted that, if they had been going for track records, they could have made it with a much lighter, more focused and faster four cylinder.

1979 Honda CBX for sale on eBay

But that wasn't what the CBX was for, so they took the lessons from their tiny 250cc grand prix six cylinders of the 1960s and made a mill four times that size that put out 105 horses at 9,000 rpm. Honda stuck the accessory drives in the middle of the crank, as opposed to at the ends, to keep the crank short for cornering clearance. That also helped balance the big engine, which otherwise would have vibrated mercilessly. Though the technology and thought meant the CBX was a true feat of manufacturing and engineering, it was also heavy, flexy and intimidating. Reports from the time said the handling was more impressive than it had any right to be, but few people were buying it.

This 1979 Honda CBX has been mothballed since 1988, when it was placed on display in a family dealership. The carbs were drained as it was put in storage and the engine was turned over regularly to keep it free. It had a new tank at some point in the 1990s after the original was dented. The tires were last changed in 2001. The seller says he plans to leave it as-is and let the purchaser decide what to do with the bike. Between 1979 and 1988, it covered just 8,400 miles.

From the eBay listing:

This is an original 1979 Honda CBX. It has not been registered or on the road since 1988. It has been stored in a climate controlled garage in Northern Nevada until I purchased it from a friend a few years ago...it had been in their family and on in display in their dealership since the 80's.

I received the original California small pink slip with 1988 registration ( I have photos of this when I took it to DMV ) I have since registered and titled this in Arizona, it has a clean and clear title in my name.

I bought the bike as it sits today. Carbs were drained and the bike has been in stored conditioned for over 15 years. The engine was turned over occasionally. The tires are from 2001 I believe which I think is when it was last freshened up a bit. I also was told that the original tank suffered a dent while on display in the early to mid 90s and the original tank was replaced with one of the last new oem ones available from Honda. The tank is perfect and like new inside and out as seen.

I am selling the bike as is, I am going to leave it up to the new owner to display as is or make it a runner. I added a new battery and fresh avgas last week and the bike runs and the carbs do not leak, however it only ran on 5 cylinders and did not want to idle. So carbs will need a proper going over if you plan to bring it back to life.

Two other flaws on the bike. The tach was lazy when I started the bike, this might sort it self out with some run time. There is also some scratches on the gauges as shown in the photos.

I have not spent much time trying to detail the bike so it will clean up much better than what is shown in the photos if you dedicate a day or two, but as it sits it is very nice...it has basically been inside the last 30 years!!!

Original owners manual and tool kit in place and perfect. The original keys were lost, I had new ones made. I took photos with the tank, side covers and seat off so you can get an idea of the condition.

I will add a few more photos over the next few days, please email me with any questions or if you need specific photos, have questions etc.

I CAN SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE U.S. and help ASSIST with WORLDWIDE SHIPPING!!!

The asking price for this time capsule is $15,500, for which you are getting a pristine, absolutely unmolested example of a piece of Honda's corporate history. They do not make them like this any more.

Featured Listing:  Pristine 1979 Honda CBX
Honda January 27, 2019 posted by

Legend: 1994 Honda NSR 250R SP MC28 Rothmans

A perennial mainstay on the pages of RSBFS, the Honda NSR250R should require no major introduction. Often considered the darling of the quarter liter smoking set, the 90 degree vee twin is named similarly to - and looks quite a bit like - Honda's race-only NSR250. However the similarities are only imagined, as the two bikes share no parts in common. That being said, the NSR250R road going machine is a typically Honda-engineering wonder, sought after by riders and collectors, and a blast to ride. Today's example, a 1994 MC28 model wearing original Rothmans livery, is a prime specimen.

1994 Honda NSR 250R SP MC28 Rothmans for sale on eBay

The original NSR was released as the MC16 back in 1987. Over the next (nearly) ten years, the model evolved in form and function. From a variety of swing arms and different suspensions to various states of tune, dry clutches and the PGM-I through PGM-IV ignition systems, the NSR changed with the times and what Honda believed the needs of the riding community to be. Not all changes were popular, although offering the bike in a variety of race-worthy livery was always a favorite. The Rothmans colors, emulating the tobacco-sponsored racers, remains among the most striking of the options. Often copied by way of knock-off body panels or re-spraying existing plastic, it is not easy to come by an original bike in these colors in this condition. Here is more from the seller:

From the seller:
1994 Honda NSR 250R SP MC28 Rothmans !
Original stock 1994 MC 28 SP U.S.title, plate, reg. very low original Km's.

This is a original un-molested all stock 1994 Honda NSR250R MC28 SP. This is an *original* low Km Rothmans SP, NOT one that has been put together from parts.

The bike has the correct VIN, it has the correct R3R subframe sticker and even has the original rear fender decal with R3R code and matching VIN to the frame.

1,500 were made and not many survive in low Km's original condition. Prices for 28 SP's in Japan are already over a million yen for less than perfect examples. Not much is left.

More from the seller:
This bike has 6695 km or about 4100 miles. This bike has both original key cards and the code sticker. It also has the original tool kit.

Bike has all the original and correct SP parts including Magtek's, forks, dry clutch engine. All original OEM Honda bodywork. The bike had a small dent on the tank, various scratches and scuffs and I had everything touched up, saving the original decals and clearing over some of them. You can still see some rash on right clip on, exhaust can etc from a light tip over. I still have all the original pictures of how the bike looked when it was in Japan.

As you can see there is some corrosion on the fork legs as is common with most of the bikes from Japan, but otherwise it is very corrosion free. Still has a small sticker from Red Baron on lower right frame (easily removed). The inner small white plastic piece in the right side tail cowl is in poor shape, but that is easy to remedy. I am leaving the bike as near original as possible and will leave it to a new owner to restore/clean it up as they see fit.

The original rear fender is cracked, but repaired, you need to look under it or remove the tail cowl to see it. The right lower fairing stay that mounts inside the bodywork is cracked (where they all break) and could use a repair, but its all there and a minor nuisance.

The bikes starts, runs and rides as it should.

More from the seller:
100% stock, restricted, not modded in anyway. All electrical works, no error codes. Has a new battery installed and had a recent service, brake fluid, coolant, etc. Tires are quite older and should be changed if you plan to ride it.

Honda Fun Fact: The name "NSR" is based on the fact that these bikes utilized a then-new process known as nikasil-sulfur lining in the cylinder bores. This process provided a hardened cylinder for better longevity, without the weight of iron or steel liners. The technology was effective, but nikasil-sulfur makes for a terrible motorcycle name. Hence the "NS" part of the NSR was born.

This NSR is available now on eBay. It is a Buy It Now listing rather than an auction, and the seller is asking $17,500. That is big money for a NSR, although the low miles and original condition helps it along nicely. Check it out here for the details, including the opportunity to purchase a livery matching Honda Cub EZ90 to ride alongside! Good Luck!!

MI

Legend:  1994 Honda NSR 250R SP MC28 Rothmans
Featured Listing January 19, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1984 Honda CX650 Turbo!

The 1980s were a wild ride of experimentation and technology. From pop music to television and video, from the rise of the personal computer to gaming systems, this was the dawning of a new era. This was evident in the motorcycle industry as well. All Big Four Japanese manufacturers dabbled with the concept of turbocharging, hyping futuristic cycles with bold graphics and the promise of Buck Rogers performance. And while they all had some form of fatal flaw, it was the technological might of Honda that took the concept further. Honda, in fact, was the only manufacturer to produce TWO turbo models during this era. Of them, the CX650T was a second generation evolution, and largely regarded as the most tightly integrated and complete turbo project from a factory. Today's Feature Listing is just such a bike: a one-year only, 1984 Honda CX650 Turbo.

Featured Listing: 1984 Honda CX650 Turbo!

Based on the CX650 configuration (utilized in both cruiser and Silver Wing formats), the basic engine quickly brings to mind a Moto Guzzi. With a 90 degree V-twin mounted longitudinally with shaft drive, the resemblance is more than just passing. The differences go far, far deeper, however. With liquid cooling, programmable fuel injection and four valves per cylinder, the CX650 Turbo threw technology at the configuration and came up with impressive performance. The biggest contributor to the power curve is the 16+ pounds of boost developed by the IHI turbocharger tucked behind the sport-touring fairing.

To get to the second generation Turbo from the original CX500 platform, Honda did not have to do all that much. The block was already overbuilt; minor modifications were made to fit the 650 with bigger bearings. And while the CX650T resembles the year earlier CX500 Turbo, there were many, many changes and improvements. Both displacement and compression were bumped. For while the 500cc machine made decent power on boost, off boost it had all of the guts of your basic moped. The compression and displacement changes helped the 650 variant in those off boost situations, making a much better riding bike. But don't discount the on-boost performance - even today the 650 Turbo is considered a bit of a wonder, and known as "the roll on king." At boost-generating RPMs, a simple twist of the throttle brings very, very impressive results.

From the seller:
1983 Honda CX 650 Turbo VIN # JH2RC1605DM000268 13800 miles.

Recent work(2018)
New: Tires, battery, fork seals, air & oil filter. Spark plugs. Rebuilt rear caliper and rear master cylinder. New rear brake pads. New front master cylinder. Rebuilt front calipers. New brake pads . New Galfer Braided Stainless steel front brake lines. Fresh engine oil, shaft oil, fork oil.

Starts runs well. Turbo spools up quickly. Everything works. Well except the fuel gauge. Some days it works, some days it does not. Every time I go to look at it, its working. 🙁 Has some scratches , see photos but overall excellent condition for a 36 year old bike. Have records and receipts for work done. I have the original owners manual and two keys. Can be ridden anywhere. No surprises.

Price $ 8500.00
Located in Skippack, PA.
Interested buyers should contact Mike

There are basically three categories of Turbo bikes: The first is the well preserved, relatively low mileage examples that have been ridden and cared for. The second are the thrashers; bought cheaply, these were treated poorly and are missing plastics, have been modified and or crashed. Repeatedly. The final category are the seemingly creme puff machines with nearly no miles - but that is a red herring to watch for. Since these were very complex machines that did not sell well, Honda donated a significant number of bikes to tech schools to use for training. The bikes in the last category often have missing or modified VIN numbers, as they were never intended to be registered or used. Of all the classes of Turbo bikes, the first is what you want. Mileage is good for these machines, as regular use and heat cycles maintain the seals and keep moving parts such as the turbo waste gate operational. Fortunately, today's bike is just such an example.

The seller has provided some great pictures of the wonderful machine, as well as noting some minor issues. By and by, these are somewhat porky machines; they are heavy and tippy at a stop, and not for the weak or faint rider. But they are well neigh bulletproof as well; tales of longevity for Honda Turbos are well known in the community, with few weak points (stators being the primary). Wheels are a normal size and tire selection is good. Parts shared with the CX line are plentiful, and even Turbo-specific parts availability is decent. The fuel level issue is not unique to this model, but certainly a detraction. All in all, this looks to be a solid, original bike. Nobody made many Turbos in the 80s, and numbers are scarce. Prices have been creeping up as the fleet ages, and there is every indication that these are machines that will hold value, if not continue to appreciate. Check out the details and then give Mike a shout - you too can ride the future of TURBO power! Good Luck!!

Featured Listing: 1984 Honda CX650 Turbo!
Featured Listing January 7, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Honda NS400R

While the world was off building 250cc and 500cc two strokes, Honda went their own way. Sure they built 250cc repli-racers (and even 125 and 150cc varietals). But when it came to the big two stroke, Honda took a cagey direction and built a mini hot rod. Emphasizing all the great points of a 250cc in terms of size and weight, Honda created a unique 400cc entry based on a V-3 configuration (just like their GP bike). The result was a bike not as powerful as the Gammas and RZs of the time, but more lithe and flickable than the bigger beasts. And although it was ultimately out-gunned on the top end, the NS400R could hold its own when the going got fun.

1985 Honda NS400R for sale on eBay

While a V-3 engine configuration might seem odd, it was actually a stroke (pun intended) of genius. Laying the two front cylinders forward and the single rear cylinder upright, the frontal area of the bike could be made as narrow as a parallel twin. And while both the Gamma square four and the RZ V-4 could boast similar stats, the NS single rear cylinder allowed the frame and bodywork to narrow considerably - a boon to both ergonomics as well as aerodynamics. The reed-valve triple also made due with a single crankshaft, which kept mass and rotational weight down when compared to rivals. The Honda power exhaust valve - dubbed ATAC - mellowed the power delivery of the bike, but like all two strokes nirvana is best discovered up near the top of the tach. With an aluminum chassis to maximize the benefits of the V-3 weight distribution, a front anti-dive fork holding a GP-inspired front wheel, and bodywork mimicking the race-only NS500 GP machine, the NS400 was considered the most polished of the large-bore two stroke set. Typical Honda fit, finish and reliability pervade the machine and the riding experience.

From the seller:
Reluctantly selling my 1985 Honda NS400R
Freddie Spencer inspired, 3 cylinders, 2-stroke, 72hp rocket
JDM spec, imported directly from Japan by me
Registered in California (current plate, registration and clear title)

More from the seller:
Complete frame-off restoration
Rare Rotthmans racing scheme
Only 10,700kms (6,700 miles)
Very rare and the US and even more with CA plate/title
Many parts powder coated, refurbished, too many details to list
All original fairings repainted to original specs
Looks and runs amazing

There is a LOT to like about this particular NS. First off, it has the rare Rothmans race livery, as opposed to the more common red/white/blue/yellow color scheme. It wears OE fairings, however they have been repainted. Thanks to what looks like a total refurb this bike is clean, clean, clean (just look at those pics!). For even more pics the seller has posted before, during and after images here. And while the rest of the world might not care, the California title is a nugget that is not to be missed. Here in Cali, two strokes are pretty much verboten - making this gem a bit of a unicorn. And chances are very, very good that a California title will enable reciprocity with nearly any other state of the Union. With importation and titling taken care of (a major headache for most), this restored NS400R is waiting for a new owner to ride off into the sunset.

The bigger two strokes continue to rise in value over the years. The Honda NS400R is a very unique offering in this segment, and not as popular in numbers as the big RZ/RZV, nor as popular with collectors as the Gamma. And while some of this can be attributed to the more diminutive stature of the 400 (think Dani Pedrosa instead of Cal Crutchlow), the limited years of production (1985-1987) likely have much to do with it. It you are in the market for a classic two stroke from this era, do not discount the magnificent NS400R. And when it comes to specimens, today's example is one of the best we have seen in a long time. Check it out here, as this auction is going quickly - as is the bidding. Get your hand in today, before this one is gone. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1985 Honda NS400R
Honda January 5, 2019 posted by

Sponsored Listing: 1983 Honda CB1100F

This mint 1983 Honda CB1100F represents a slight departure from our usual fare, as it is older and closer to a UJM than the bikes we generally showcase. But there are two things that drove this one over the edge for us: First, it's being offered by our buddies at Iconic Motorbikes, whose stable is jammed with perfect examples of some truly, well, iconic bikes. Second, the Honda CB1100F was designed to be a hairy-chested musclebound hooligan from day one. With bigger pistons and carburetors and hotter cams than the 900cc version, it pumped out 108 horsepower at a time when 80 was seen as pretty heady.

Those ponies were encased in a steel tube chassis, which means this thing's handling will be an exercise in embracing flex and using horsepower to overcome limitations. Your buddies CBR600RR will lose you easily, but you'll be having just as much fun at somewhat saner speeds. Because this bike was the pinnacle of the CB line, its suspension and brakes were top whack bits for the time. It rocked anti-dive forks, remote reservoir shocks, dual-disc front brakes and cast wheels, as opposed to the smaller CB's Comstars.

This one is close to as nice as ridden 35-year-old bikes can be, with just a couple here-and-there blemishes to show for its years and 18,000 miles.

From the seller:

1983 Honda CB1100F – Fantastic condition – Low Miles!
This very cool and classic Honda is truly a gem of a find. Becoming harder and harder to find in this condition, don’t let this one get away!

This CBX1100F is in truly great shape for it’s age and that Maui Red is so damn beautiful it’s sure to get 2nd and 3rd looks wherever you go.

The CB’s have always been one of Honda’s most Iconic models and the 1100 was the big boy on the block. Smooth ride, nice linear acceleration and classic good looks. You’d be hard pressed to find one cleaner but as with any 35 year old bike, there are a few flaws, I did my best to point them out.

We added a bunch of pictures but nothing beats a “in person” visit so fly into LAX, we’re only 15 minutes away and ride her home, you’ll love this girl, that’s a promise!

Priced at $7,250, this CB is ready to grace a classic collection as the ultimate expression of the CB heritage, and hearkens back to a time when a sport bike was little more than a hot engine and stiff springs in a street-dwelling chassis. Swing over to Iconic Motorbikes to get your hands on this gem.

Sponsored Listing: 1983 Honda CB1100F