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Honda June 12, 2019 posted by

Rumble and Whine: 1990 Honda RC30

Trying to come up with something new and interesting to type about Honda’s [insert superlative] RC30 is like trying to tell a budding car nut something they don’t know about a Ferrari F40. The specs are available with a single Google query. The original and retrospective road tests drip with corn syrup-sweet praise for the torquey-but-temperamental V4, the obviously hand-made body panels, the wet weight that was 10 percent down on its rivals, the quick-but-forgiving handling and on and on and on.

1990 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

On top of all that, the 1990 Honda RC30 is beautiful. The livery is perfect, the single-sided swingarm — a revolution at the time — distinctive, eye-catching and purposeful and the snow-white wheels subtly flashy and fully on display. Nothing about this bike says “take it easy today, fella.” This hype is to thank for the bikes’ recent and sharp uptick in value. In the last year, we’ve seen decent ones go for around $30k, but a couple of auction sales and more Internet forum gushing seem to have pushed that north.

This 1990 Honda RC30 is a fantastic example of the breed, with a tick over 5,000 miles on its analog clock. The fairings appear to be the original pieces with some scratches and evidence of paintwork to show for their 29 years. There is also some dust and dirt here and there, but the bike appears to be devoid of any real dirt or corrosion. As the seller says, those old Metzelers will need to go if you plan to ride this thing. Mechanically, it appears mostly stock, with the exception of a ridiculously rad period HRC exhaust.

From the eBay listing:

Fewer than 5,300 miles and from long-term ownership

1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 

Frame no. JH2RC3000LM200087

  • Legendary 16-valve gear-driven DOHC 90-degree V4 engine
    • Reportedly fewer than 3000 produced
    • Long term ownership as part of a fantastic car and motorcycle collection
    • Fewer than 5,300 miles from new

One of the modern era’s few immediately collectible classics, the Honda VFR750R – better known as the ‘RC30′ – was created for just one reason: to win the World Superbike Championship, a feat it achieved in the nascent series’ first two seasons of 1988 and 1989. And while American Fred Merkel was bringing Honda its first two WSB crowns, Britain’s Carl Fogarty used an RC30 to win the TT F1 World Championship in 1988 and 1989, and the equivalent FIM Cup in 1990.

No mere short circuit scratcher, the RC30 and its derivatives proved durable enough to win a hat-full of Endurance Classics too. That this latter requirement was also part of the design brief may be determined from the fact that a quick-release front fork and single-sided swinging arm – essential for speedy wheel changes – were part of an unrivalled specification that included a twin-spar alloy beam frame, 16-valve V4 engine with gear-driven cams, close-ratio six-speed gearbox and four-pot front brake calipers.

All of which did not come cheap: at the time of its launch in 1988 an RC30 cost near double that of other super-sports 750s. Despite the passage of time and progress of motorcycle technology, the RC30 remains a match for the latest generation of sports bikes but possesses an exclusivity that none of them can approach. ‘No other bike from the late-Eighties is lusted after like the RC30’, reckoned Bike, and few would disagree. And then there’s the exhaust note – loud, of course, but soulful enough to bring a pit crew to tears.

This RC30 was only very recently liberated from long-term ownership as part of a very discerning collection of cars and motorcycles. Regularly maintained since new, the bike runs and rides exceptionally well.

This legendary machine is offered in excellent condition throughout. The engine starts readily, though a little cold-blooded, idles smoothly and has an abundance of power. AN ABUNDANCE! The clutch is silky-smooth and brakes and suspension are near perfect. I would opt for a new pair of tires before serious road use and am happy to negotiate your tire choice and installation in to the price.

There are a few scratches in the paint finish around the bike, and I suspect the bottom of the fairing was repainted, likely because of scratches – there are no dings. All body panels are original, and the tank is totally free of blemishes and scratches/dents. Seat is excellent as is the rest of the bike. The bike is accompanied by a clean, clear title, books, spare keys, books/manuals, original rear track stand, and a full set of completely untouched tools.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a motorcycling icon of performance and a must-have for a discerning collection.

For additional information and photos, please visit ClassicAvenue.com

At almost $37,900, the asking price for this RC30 is about in line with the market. We have seen other low-mileage RC30s change hands for a few thousand dollars more, but with the bodywork and imperfections, this bike is a notch below the upper echelon.

Rumble and Whine: 1990 Honda RC30
Honda May 30, 2019 posted by

Time capsule superbike: 2003 Honda RC-51

The Honda RC-51 was Big Red’s answer to Ducati’s twin-powered attack on turn-of-the-century World Superbike, with a big v-twin stuffed between the generous alloy framerails. The big-bore twin immediately paid off for Honda, with Colin Edwards cracking off to the 2000 World Superbike Championship on the bike’s first try. It won the WSBK crown again in 2002 with Edwards and took the AMA Superbike Championship the same year with Nicky Hayden.

2003 Honda RC-51 for sale on eBay

This 2003 Honda RC-51 is an SP2 model, meaning it is stiffer, lighter and slightly more powerful than the 2000-2001 models, and easily the more desirable version. It’s not too hard to find an RC-51 in decent shape these days, as they didn’t sell in astounding numbers and tended to go to Honda and superbike fanbois who took excellent care of them. This one takes that to a new level, though, with fewer than 1,000 miles on the clock courtesy of two previous owners.

According to the seller, the first owner was an elderly man who bought the bike to hold on to. The current owner bought it three years ago, and has since brought it back to running condition, though he stopped short of replacing the original tires or brake fluid. The bike certainly deserves to be ridden, though that choice will not be made easier by the prospect of disturbing an all-original machine.

From the seller:

This is a true unicorn, I’m curious how many are out there with less than 1,000 miles! The bike is completely free from corrosion, it was stored in a climate controlled garage. She has never seen the track and the finish is in amazing condition. The original factory torque markings are still found throughout the bike as well as the factory grease on the brake and clutch levers!

I purchased this RC51 out of an elderly gentleman’s collection earlier this year. He was the original owner and used the bike very sparingly and gently as indicated by the odometer and it’s condition. The RC was prepped for storage and sat for about 3 years before I brought it back to life. The gas was swapped and a new fuel pressure regulator was needed to get her running again. The bike has just received a fresh oil change as well. She is now running beautifully and everything works flawlessly as it should.

This bike is currently collector status with the original date-coded Metzler tires. The brake fluid and coolant is original as well. I think it would be taboo to ride this bike considering it’s condition and mileage. However, if you intend to use the bike, the buyer should replace the brake fluid and tires (17 year old tires and fluids, even if they look good are unsafe)

Please take a close look at all the pictures. There is little evidence that this bike has been used. There is a tiny flaw on the left side exhaust that is barely noticeable, see photos for a close up. Auction includes original rear seat, solo cowl cover and also the original tool kit with all the tools and owners manual.

I highly recommend we use “Haul Bikes” if you are an interstate buyer. I’ve used them twice before and they are super professional.

I will ship worldwide but if you are an international buyer, please contact me before purchasing and research your shipping logistics. The bike is in San Diego CA 92101. Cash in person, Wire transfer or Cashiers check from a national bank is preferred.

Though RC-51s don’t carry the same ooh-ahh aura as the RC-30 and RC-45, they were aimed at the same target and were, without question, successful. The bikes might carry the same panache as their Italian rivals, but they are gorgeous, fast and ridiculously capable.

 

Time capsule superbike: 2003 Honda RC-51
Featured Listing May 17, 2019 posted by

Sponsored Listing: 2014 Kalex Moto2 Zarco Tribute race bike

If you are looking for the ultimate collector, why would you settle for a watered-down street bike when something better is available? What is better you may ask? How about a complete and current Moto2 GP machine with a world championship winning Kalex frame, fully race prepped Honda 600cc engine, and top line competitive components and electrics throughout. How could that not strike your fancy?

Featured Listing: 2014 Kalex Moto2 Zarco Tribute race bike

If you can get past the “oh my God, this is an actual Moto2 machine” there are myriad details worth diving into. It is easy to get lost in the whole, but just check out the individual parts that go into this racetrack rocket: From the radial-mount Brembo front brakes heavily streamlined by the front fender to the tiny rear caliper hidden under the swingarm; from the exquisite carbon fiber swingarm cover to the (seemingly) rudimentary carbon dash and minimalist display; to the obviously used and adjusted WP front suspension atop the gorgeous milled triple trees to the trick rearset adjustment range; from the beautiful aluminum twin-spar frame to the even more beautiful aerodynamic carbon fiber bodywork. Did you miss the integrated electronics? The super-tucked-in exhaust? The race pattern quick shifter? What is there not to love? And here is a fun fact: according to Kalex each chassis contains approximately 33 feet of welds!

From the seller:
We took delivery of the bike here in Florida in April and I had the privilege of testing it at at track day two weeks ago at PBIR; put in about 20 laps. The bike is really impressive; substantially lighter than a track prepped / CCS/WERA SBK R6; the WP suspension front and rear was set up by our technicians in Barcelona very neutral straight out of the box; the long carousel turns allowed for smooth 2 wheel drift and powering out of the turns; likes to be backed into sharp turns; the frame as expected is crisp and v. responsive; riding position is comfortable for a 5’10” guy and in fact there was more room in the saddle in comparison to R6, ie the bike sits a bit longer; performance was impressive on the top end. The Kalex has spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel with dramatic notable higher top speed by 10-15 mph over the SBK R6’s ( perhaps the biggest surprise ); when in the full tuck position wide open in 6th gear, dropping your head below the windscreen to rest on the tank was without any wind noise or buffeting; exhaust tone is Moto2 perfect; Shifting is crisp; clutch has more weight on it than stock Honda but is still easy and precise; brakes were excellent as anticipated without fade.

More from the seller:
Sale comes with extra set of fork and shock springs, front and rear sprockets and set of both rain & soft compound Dunlop Moto2 race tires ( scuffs) ; spare OZ wheelset available for additional modest charge.

Dunlop USA was at the track with us for support; The Dunlop Moto2 rear tires are a 195 / 75R 17 ; The Moto2 tires are not directly available to the general public and more importantly, they are designed for 50+ minutes of extreme use; Great tire for endurance racing but for sprint racing in USA and or track days, the bike will be better off on sprint rubber; for rear tire, Dunlop recommended their 2662 soft compound in a 200 / 55R 17 for the same rolling diameter and better grip. (front is the same size 120/70 17); Obviously, other brand tires would work too.

Contact: info@gpmotorbikes.com

With the advent of the Triumph 675 era of Moto2, Honda-powered Moto2 machines are slowly trickling into the market. This German made Kalex chassis is the real deal in more ways than one. Firstly, Kalex has more Moto2 championships between riders and teams than anyone in the business; you are looking at the best of the best. In fact, this is a race machine that you can still get parts for, as Kalex continues to do in-house manufacturing and shipping of new bikes and spares. And speaking of spares, this machine comes with sprockets for gearing changes, as well as additional fork and main springs for tuning (we can’t all be at our 18 year old race weight these days…). An additional spare set of wheels is also available for an additional cost. Drool through the pictures, and then jump over to the Amatumoto Grand Prix Motorbikes store for more details. Good luck!!

MI

Sponsored Listing: 2014 Kalex Moto2 Zarco Tribute race bike
Honda May 12, 2019 posted by

Hold On: 1979 Honda CB900F DHOLDA

Rare bikes are, well, rare. The whole point of RSBFS is to highlight those unique rides that exist in only limited numbers. And while the world is a relatively large playground, it is not unusual to see repeats on especially rare offerings. Today’s Bol d’Or 24 hour endurance replica Honda CB900F is one such example. Last seen on these pages over two years ago, this interesting offering is the product of Belgium racing family D’Hollander. Constructed in the spirit of the racers that competed in such events as the aforementioned Bol d’Or 24 hours, DHOLDA-prepped bikes were also competitive at the 1000 km at Mugello, the 24 hours of Francorchamps (Spa) and the 24 hours of Barcelona.

1979 Honda CB900F DHOLDA for sale on eBay

Being that this is a 1979 machine from a bespoke builder, it is impossible to tell what has gone into the engine from simply sitting on the sidelines. Even if we had a build sheet, the likelihood of a 40 year old machine remaining truly as delivered when new is pretty scarce. Still, as recounted in our earlier article from 2017 on this exact bike, DHOLDA was known for building hot rods that could go the distance – and this one continues to accumulate the miles.

From the seller:
Jean D’Hollander “Dholda” Racing of Belgium raced and won the Bol d’Or in 1978 and 1979 on a modified Honda EU-spec CB900F bored out to 1000cc. D’Hollander created replicas of this race bike and sold them to the public, calling them Dholda. Bike is currently registered and inspected in Vermont with a clear Vermont title. Has recent Michelin Pilot tires, battery, and full service showing some $1653.54 in work done.

Not sure exactly what was done to the engine by D’Hollander but it is very fast and sounds amazing through the 4-1. The mechanic noted he estimated hp in 120bhp range but has not been dynoed. I imagine there is a race cam and porting with race carbs and velocity stacks, perhaps a lightened and balanced crank. Does anyone know more? Valve covers have a “220” stamp, which maybe is the compression ratio. Euro spec KPH speedo showing 13,554 km or 8,422 miles. Bodywork in excellent condition with one small spider crack on the fairing lower. Local bidders are welcome to inspect in Vermont. I can email service records and previous emails from Dholda Racing. Carbs rebuilt, and new fork seals installed.

*During my last ride I noted the indicators are flashing together only and the lights work under flasher but not high/low. I expect a switching problem for both but have not looked closely yet. All bulbs are getting power and light up, just not through the correct switch circuit as normal. Tires were new 2017 but have a slow leak at rim-bead and need tubes or remount.

eBay records show that this bike sold back in January of 2017 for $5,300 – well below the $11,900 Buy It Now number. The sale number seems to be impossibly low given the history of the tuner, and the shape this CB900F is in. But that is always the problem with extremely rare and one-off motorcycles; there is just not enough sales history on which to nail a value (or even a prediction). This example now has one recent sale (eBay 2017) and just 161 additional miles. The pictures are all new, and thus should be considered as the bike in current condition. There is also the video (see above) to show you how the bike sits today. Finally, there is the service receipt, which shows some care and maintenance. The Buy It Now figure on this rare model is set at a mere $5,900 – which still feels like a bargain for such a unique niche machine. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Hold On:  1979 Honda CB900F DHOLDA
Featured Listing May 9, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1995 Honda RC45

Gary in Utah has several bikes Featured on RSBFS right now. Check them out too:

Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Our friend Gary in Utah is back, and he’s picking right up where we left him — offering up a slew of recently acquired, maniacally clean sport bikes, even after he has sold so many through this site. Today, we’re ecstatic to feature his nearly-flawless and totally de-restricted 1995 Honda RC45. If you’re coming up short on the RC45, allow me to remind you.

The bike was the mid-1990s update to the highly successful and much loved Honda RC30, which by ’94 was starting to lose a step to its rivals. Honda needed something new and equally mean to regain World Superbike Glory, and the RC45 was born. They built 200 in 1994 for homologation purposes, and a few more over the next five years or so. The bikes immediately went out and swept the Formula One TT and the Senior TT at the Isle of Man. They remained dominant until the end of the decade.

The bike took the World Superbike Championship in 1997, and the AMA Superbike titles in ’95 and ’98, and a Daytona 200 win in ’96. Carl Fogarty, John Kocinski, Miguel Duhamel, Colin Edwards and Joey Dunlop all made their presence felt aboard the svelte V4. The engine was revised from the RC30, with more piston rings, a bigger bore and shorter stroke, revised heads and fuel injection.

Gary’s bike has done just over 10,000 miles, which means it has been thoroughly enjoyed, but you wouldn’t know it to look at it. It has all of three blemishes, despite its age and mileage. As with everything Gary sends us, there are no flies on it whatsoever.

From the seller:

1995 Honda RVF750 RC45 with 10,392 miles. It is a full power model. I bought it from the original owner in Japan that reverse imported it. He bought it new. Bike runs and idles like new. All maintenance performed by Honda dealer according to schedule. Bike will be sold with new fluids. All fairings are 100% genuine Honda OEM. Bike has been cherished and it shows. The owner said the bike has never seen the rain, never crashed and never on it’s side. Frame protectors have been installed when new and luckily never used, lol. Bike is mint condition with no rust and very little oxidation present. The bike is in original unrestored condition. The only flaws I can find on the bike is a small rub on the right side lower fairing and two pin head size touch up paint on the gas tank. Rear cowling, upper cowling and left lower look mint. Bike comes with original unused tool kit, two Honda RC45 factory manuals, factory stand and two original keys. Bike will come with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. Pictures of above mentioned flaws to follow. I’d like to see $48,500 or best offer for this example. Feel free to contact me at (801) 358-6537 or by email: rmurangemasters@aol.com

Gary

These bikes have never been cheap, fetching $27,000 when new, or about what a Ducati 916 SPS brought. But they remain special, they aren’t making any more of them, and there is little better way to celebrate the golden age of roadracing than to stick one of these in your garage.

Featured Listing: 1995 Honda RC45
Honda April 16, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30

Update 4.22.2019: This RC30 has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Often considered the darling of the collector world, the RC30 reigns supreme as being one of the most approachable of the highly sought-after rare bikes of the 80s & 90s. Volumes of research are readily available for these fascinating machines, and values remain strong with steady and continued appreciation. In short, the RC30 contains everything that RSBFS readers crave: A fantastic sport bike with racing DNA; A gorgeous silhouette that is THE iconic shape of the era; A mythical soundtrack that matches the good looks; A limited numbers homologation bike… and a good investment. There may be haters out there, but they are vastly outnumbered by those who understand what the RC30 brings to the table.

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30

Officially known as the VFR750R, the RC30 differs from the more pedestrian and economical VFR750F in more ways than the similarities. Both bikes have VFR in the title and both utilize a V4 engine arrangement. Apart from the Honda badge on the tank, that is where it ends and where the RC30 takes off. Throwing off the chain-driven engine internals of the previous VF series, the RC30 makes use of a gear-driven DOHC architecture which provides for ultra-precise valve timing and control. This is the piece that contributes to the characteristic whine of these VFR motors. And while the newer VFR-F models also utilized gear driven cams, the motor internals of the RC30 were decidedly more racy. Connecting rods were made of titanium to reduce reciprocating weight and raise the redline. The crank timing was changed to a 360 degree “big bang” sequence instead of the F-bikes 180 degree crank (the latter being smoother for street riding). The transmission was configured for racing – meaning a close-ratio box – and a slipper clutch was fitted. The twin spar chassis was all aluminum, including the revolutionary single sided swing arm. Suspension was all top line offerings from Showa. Devised for endurance racing and facilitating quick wheel/tire changes, even the front of the RC30 has quick-change hardware to minimize pit lane delays. And that is what the RC30 was built to be: a race bike with lights made available to the public. A total of 3,000 units were built.

From the seller:
1990 Honda RC30 For Sale

This beautiful motorcycle is for sale after 18 years of ownership. Its owner is selling his collection of desirable motorcycles due to health issues. It is complete, runs like it should, and has never been down. The bike has been ridden approximately 400 miles under its current owner. In its time it was never raced or abused, and always stored indoors in a dry and temperate climate.

More from the seller:

Because the bike has seen very limited road use over the past few years it received a total carb cleaning and synching within the past few months. At the time, while the carbs were removed, the fuel petcock was also dismantled and thoroughly cleaned by a former Honda mechanic.

The RC30 comes with its original factory tool roll, and the rear swing arm stand.

If you’re reading this post you already know this bike’s legacy both in Honda’s history, and in racing history. The bike was purchased from a collection in Georgia, and imported it into Canada after taking delivery there. It has been licensed in Ontario since that time, and has a clear ownership (title) in the province of Ontario. There are no warranties expressed or implied.

More from the seller:

Price: $28,000 (USD) or $35,000 (CDN)

The bike is located east of Toronto, Ontario. For you U.S. readers, importing a bike from Canada to the U.S. shouldn’t be anymore trying than it was to bring it to Canada. Filling out the appropriate forms, and having a bit of patience is all you really need. The owner can assist in shipping, but all planning and costs are the responsibility of the buyer.

This RC30 is in amazing condition, having traveled only some 2,200 miles in it’s lifetime. This is helped by the limited ownership; RC30s tend to be coveted and kept in collections for longer periods of time than other machines. This one is no different, and has been fawned over for nearly two decades. These are the types of bikes you hang on to for as long as you can, and those fortunate enough to own one have realized significant gains in valuation. Year after year, this is about as reliable a sure thing that one can find when it comes to collecting motorcycles. And even if you are more into riding than collecting, the RC30 has much to offer. There are those who ride these bikes regularly, which is really how it should be. These bikes were built to go racing, and while they look fantastic as a static display they are much more beautiful at full song.

This particular bike is located in Canada, although it looks to have been a US bike originally. The clocks are in MPH and it has already been federalized. That should help with bringing it back over the border (that, and the fact it is more than 25 years old). This bike comes with some cool RC30 extras, and has been recommissioned to boot. Check out the pictures – feel free to drool a little. At $28k USD this RC30 is priced to sell in the real world. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30
Featured Listing April 5, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30

Often considered the baby brother to the RC30, the 400cc NC30 deservedly stands proud on its own right. The V-4 with ultra-precise gear driven cams delivers a powerful 60 horsepower soundtrack that is unique to this model – especially when the tach swings up toward the 14,500 RPM redline. This is partly thanks to the NC30s 360 degree crank, creating a “big bang” motor when compared to the NC21 or NC24 predecessors. With a race-bred twin spar aluminum frame, endurance-bred single sided swing arm, four-into-one exhaust and adjustable suspension, the underpinnings of the VFR400R were anything but cheap. Drape the whole package in a glorious shape that is as iconic as any of the sport bikes we hold in high esteem (RC30, 851, 916, F4), throw in typical Honda build quality and reliability and you have the NC30 in a nutshell.

Featured Listing: 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30

The seller knows quite a bit about this bike, and I’ll let him share detail on this example.

From the seller:
1992 Honda VFR400R NC30
Currently has 11’558 Km that’s about 7,100 miles, will go up as I do ride it at least once a week.
I just put on new tires front and rear, new brake pads front and rear, flushed and bled front and rear brakes. Had the rims powder coated as the original paint was peeling. I also noticed some of the smaller pieces were looking their age so I had them powder coated black also, instrument stay, Misc cable guides, fairing stays.

More from the seller:
I just serviced the forks, new seals and fluid, Valve check, replaced all o-rings in the carbs, they were starting to leak, flushed and replaced the coolant I got the bike 3 years ago from the original owner’s estate, he passed away. Prior to his passing he was doing a full restoration and had removed the original body work. He ended up getting Dementia and that was as far as he got. Over the years the original body work got lost. I wanted to keep this bike original so after much searching I managed to find Honda body work that had been in an accident. I had the crash damage repaired and repainted. It looks really nice. The bike runs amazing, starts easily cold or warm, smooth, powerful and quiet. It is the best handling bike I have ever ridden. I’ve owned it for about 3 years now I’m 6’1″ and 220 pounds. This bike was designed for someone 5’04” and 145 so as I am getting older I can only ride it for about 10 minutes due to the full racer tuck.

More from the seller:
The bike is not perfect but really nice and would make a perfect weekend canyon rider. If I were to keep it I would do the following:

– Paint the lower fork housings and the rear subframe
– remove all body work and detail the engine and frame.

Bike is located in Lake Havasu City, AZ. I have a clean and clear Arizona title with current registration till April 2020.

Asking Price: $10,500 (will consider reasonable offers)
Contact: baldyy@aol.com

I really like this seller’s approach to the bike; it is not a perfect zero-mile statue, but a well-cared for and maintained rider. After all, these 400cc rockets are meant to be enjoyed in their element (which had better include lots of corners). Parts of the bike have been selectively restored, reconditioned or updated which is what you would expect from a fawned-over 27 year old motorcycle. Devoid of the hyper-focused attention bestowed upon the bigger RC30, the NC30 is a bike you can ride and enjoy for what it is. Not so expensive to be an unaffordable collector, and not so rare and finicky not to be a regular rider – provided you fit. As the seller notes, this is definitely not a spacious and airy bagger; the crop of 400cc grey bikes definitely cater to a slightly smaller set. If you do fit, there are few bikes that collect the handling accolades of a VFR400R. With a jewel of an engine that purrs at low revs and snarls & shrieks through 14,500 RPM, the NC30 is positive proof against those who say Hondas lack soul. This example is clean and fully operational, and priced fairly for today’s market. If you think you are in the market for the gem known as the NC30, contact Paul for more information. We typically don’t see these bikes last very long in the market; act quickly before it’s gone!

MI

Featured Listing: 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30
Honda April 2, 2019 posted by

Tropical Depression: 1988 Honda CBR250R

Deep in the vaults of exotic hardware purposely kept from the shores of America include examples such as this magnificent 1988 Honda CBR250R. There were extremely rare in the US during the late 1980s and 1990s – which is amusing since the venerable 250 Ninja was imported during the same period of time. But the CBR250R was the far sharper of the two, and was destined for the small-cube crazy home market of Japan where quarter liter racers dominate. The US had to make due with a relatively tame parallel twin that practically shrieked “entry-level-economy.” But in the collector market today, the CBR250R has become easier to find, as evidenced by the number listed on these pages over the years. Still, they should be considered to be quite rare and finding one in good condition is the same thrill as with any other unique bike.

1988 Honda CBR250R for sale on eBay

The CBR250R does some shrieking of its own, but that is largely due to the sheer number of revs this bike requires in order to produce forward movement. A liquid cooled inline four cylinder with four valves per pot and a 11.5:1 compression ratio, the CBR250R relies on a 18,000(!) redline to achieve a respectable 40 – 45 horsepower. With full sport bodywork, twin headlamps and a single, beefy front disk (certainly enough to stop this 330 pounds dry machine), the CBR250R was marketed as part of the Hurricane lineup in some European markets. Given that the Hurricane model range scaled up to the mighty 1000F, you might think of this as more of a squall.

From the seller:
This very rare MC19 CBR250R is the 963rd bike produced for the 1988 production run. It was purchased about a year ago with 318km on the speedometer (about 190 original miles). It was imported by a dealer in UT and purchased in running condition. It still had the original 1987 date code tires on it, which were badly cracked, so a new set of Avon tires were installed. The carburetors were removed, re-jetted and installed on new OEM intake manifolds. The rear sprocket was changed from 54 to 52 and finally to 50 teeth, in order to reduce highway cruising rpms by about 1,000.

These bikes weigh 350lbs wet and are rated at 45 horsepower at 14,500rpms. The redline is at 18k rpms and the engine will run up to redline quite willingly. With stock gearing the bikes were rated at 110 mph top speeds.

This bike sat in Japan for 30 years, perhaps at a dealership or in a personal collection. It has a fair amount of patina on alloy parts and in little nooks and crannies in the engine bay area. If you love to polish aluminum, you can make this bike really shine again. The frame is aluminum.

These bikes were never imported/sold in the US and only after they are 25 years old can they be brought into the country and legally registered in CA and elsewhere. Yes, the bike IS registered with its 11 digit serial number!

I do have PDF files of the service manual in English and there are a few spare parts, including the rear sprockets. The oil filter is a common Honda part. The thermostat was replaced with a 180 degree unit, which keeps the little engine cooler than when they have the stock 190 degree unit installed.

A new choke cable was installed. These bikes have electric fuel pumps and inline filters.

A few paint scratches are evident here and there. The original OEM factory windscreen is checked but not cracked. One of the forward fairing tabs is broken, but held in place with the original modified nut-plate.

Riding these bikes is an unreal experience, especially when you rev it up past 14k rpms. You can easily imagine yourself as being Mike Hailwood at the IOM races, with the little four screaming out unimaginable rpms through the gears.

Due to recent ankle surgery, I am no longer able to ride the bike as before, so sadly must let it go to an appreciative new owner. Current miles are about 2,995 km, which is about 1,800 miles. This is one of my favorite bikes of all times… and I have owned hundreds of Hondas of all types and sizes. I will miss it dearly and will enjoy the memories that it gave me over the past year.

This particular CBR250R has an interesting history and shows how rare these bikes are… and how small our collecting community really is. This bike was sold on the pages of RSBFS a few years back, as highlighted in this post by Tad. And while the VIN number remains the same, the mileage has grown from 192 up to 1,800. What has not grown is the price – the Buy It Now figure is right at the $6k mark, just like the earlier sale. I’ve grabbed one of the photos from that post (above), as the current seller has not included very many. There are a few more sharp, high-res photos available via the older post – although please note they do not necessarily represent the bike as it sits today. Check out the current advert here, and then imagine what 18,000 RPM sounds like as you strafe the apexes of your favorite canyon. Good Luck!!

MI

Tropical Depression: 1988 Honda CBR250R
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Late-century modern: 1999 Honda CBR 900RR

This is what a sportbike should still look like, if you ask me. Loud, high-contrast, aggressive graphics wrapped around a stubby, purposeful chassis carrying more engine than makes sense. There are, of course, a ton of newer bikes that hit the right aesthetic notes, but none have the same Air Jordan vibe of the mid-late ’90s bikes. This 1999 Honda CBR900RR hits all those perfect notes, and is in excellent condition so the madness can be fully appreciated.

1999 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

It has clearly been garaged and well cared for, and the seller says he recently checked the valves and made sure the carbs are clean. It has also apparently been lowered. It’s not a flawless bike after 20 years and 14,000 miles, but it’s an excellent rider that stands above most other CBR900RRs you’ll run across.

From the eBay listing:

This bike is probably the cleanest CBR900 you will see in awhile ,it is all stock except Yoshimura bolt on and braided steel brake lines…it has been lowered about an inch or two…it has a threaded adjuster bikes has a spot or two on fairings…small blemish….all who see it say its like new. Runs perfect as it should, valves were checked by me as were carburetors…I have over 30 years exp….has Yoshimura bolt on exhaust, braided steel brake lines ….any questions call 407-791-3584

By the time this bike was built, the model’s star had faded somewhat, as the Yamaha R1 had bowed the year before and managed to scare the pants off anyone with the brass to go near its limit. When the Honda CBR900RR debuted in 1992, it had landed with a similar seismic impact. It had the stature of a 600 but an engine that very closely approached the power of its rivals’ 1,000cc offerings. With less weight to pull around and snappy handling thanks in part to a 16-inch front wheel, the 900 made everything else seem a little flabby and out of touch.

The later CBR900s had a very slightly punched out engine, a stiffened chassis and bigger brakes than the original. An angular single headlight had replaced the original’s iconic round-eyed visage.

If you’re looking for a really nice now-classic sportbike to liven up your weekends, this thing looks like the ticket. Since it’s a later model, it might not approach the collectibilty of the originals, but it’ll stand out anywhere you take it.