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Honda December 6, 2018 posted by

Right Said Fred: 1986 Honda VF1000R

Organizations have been using star power to move product since the beginning of time. The religious world has deities, the stick and ball sports have performance heroes, arts and entertainment circles have famous people, and even the social media world has some form of acclaimed personas (not that I would know who they are). Big names connect consumers with the idea of being like somebody famous. 90% of the population cannot dunk a basketball, but that doesn’t slow down shoe sales. And so it is with no surprise that motorcycle manufacturers attached star power to help move models and drive consumers into the showroom. It was rampant in the 1980s, and continues through to this day. Sometimes the connection was blatant; witness Kenny Robert’s signature on the fairing of the RZ350, or Nicky Hayden’s script on bespoke RC51 models. And sometimes the connection is implied, such as with the 1979 Suzuki GS1000 – often mistakenly referred to as the Wes Cooley edition. So as we gaze upon this magnificent 1986 Honda VF1000R, the colors evoke HRC’s racing livery and we assume this to be an homage to the great Freddie Spencer. Star power that is implied – but not overtly stated – is still star power. And it still moves product.

1986 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

Developed with the technology to win races, the VF1000R was a massive technological wonder when it was released in Europe; especially when compared to the rather bland “F” model sold in the US. Four cylinders arranged in a 90 degree vee formation, double overhead cams spun by gears (oh the glorious sound!) working four valves per cylinder. The frame was of the perimeter variety to cradle the motor, but tech extended to both ends of this machine: Honda’s Pro-Link rising-rate rear suspension (a massive upgrade over twin shock setups) and up front the Torque Reactive Anti-Dive Control (TRAC) anti-dive front fork with nifty quick change axle (a nod to the endurance heritage). With a 16″ front wheel – just like the GP racers – and bodywork and dual headlamp evoking Honda’s endurance racers from Europe, the VF1000R was everything the American buying public could want in a repli-racer. And much, much more. Especially in terms of weight. The “R” model looked the look, but tipped in at a very porky mid-500 pound range wet. It also came with a significant increase in price over the “F” model. But you can’t really argue with the look. Let’s pick this one up here from the seller:

From the seller:
1986 Honda VF-1000-R – Only 33K Miles – Also Called Honda’s Autobahn Baby

– Mechanically this bike is a 9.5 Out Of 10 And Cosmetically It’s a 9.25 out of 10
– Excellent condition for a 33 year old ICON in the Motor Cycle World.
– It’d be cool for it go to a collector who understands what it is and appreciates it’s wonderful condition.

More from the seller:
Before going on display in the Museum the following was done – Not in any order . .

– Installed new fuel petcock
– Rebuilt Carbs with all Honda OEM Parts
– Carbs all Digitally Sync to perfection
– Installed new brake pads front & rear
– Installed New OEM Air Filter
– New Spark plugs
– Valves adjusted
– Installed New rubber cushions in the rear drive hub
– Rebuilt Front forks – new seal – dust caps and used 15w fork oil

More from the seller:
Recently After Being Pulled From Museum Display This Last Month – The Following Was Done

– Flushed entire fuel system/carbs with fresh Non- Ethanol fuel and filled gas tank with the same
– New Battery & Battery Tender Hookup – which can also be used to run Electric gear
– New front and rear brake fluids flushed and replaced with Honda Pro DOT 4
– New Hydraulic clutch fluids flushed and replaced with Honda Pro DOT 4
– Replaced engine oil & filter
– Tires have 150+/- miles on them in 4 rides.

Everything checked fine on these rides and the bike is a blast to ride especially listening to the whine of the gear driven cams at the engine’s 11,000 RPM redline.

PLEASE NOTE – It has been recently un-mothballed in a loving fashion by my master mechanic. The fuel system flushed with non-ethanol premium fuel. Installed a new battery along with a new battery tender hook-up. It started up in less then 10 seconds and runs great! There are no fuel leaks. It idles perfectly with the choke off. It Revs & Restarts fine. It is ready to go and needs nothing to go riding. And/or it’s ready to go straight into another Museum.

The seller has also included a video of the bike in question, including a walkaround and some facts and figures:

The seller claims this to be a museum example, and indeed the pictures do show the bike parked in like company. But what does it mean to be a museum display? Cosmetically, I would imagine it needs to be in good shape. Mechanically everything should work, although for a static display that is not really necessary. In this case, the video includes a startup and showing full functionality. This seller has gone the extra mile to show off the bike, and seems to know quite a bit about this model.

At the end of the day this looks to be a solid example of a well loved model from the 1980s. So what’s not to like? If I had to pick nits, I would point to the 33,000 miles as one – although the bike does not look like it traveled that far, nor is there a longevity concern. I would, however, expect the miles to be reflected in the price. For true collectors the non-stock F1 cans might be an issue, though I concede I do not have any experience sourcing original parts for this particular model (i.e. might not be an issue). There is minor rash on the top of the triple trees, and the tank protector is also not stock. All small stuff. The real tire kickers here should not necessarily be the collectors, but those who are looking for something from an earlier time that they can ride. R model VF1000s are not exactly blue chip investment material; not too rare, not too valuable, and unlikely to appreciate in the manner of a RC30. But it is a wonderful machine to ride, enjoy, and fawn over until the next caretaker picks up the mantle and unlikely to plummet in the coming years. This NO RESERVE auction is going on right now, and this bike remains a bargain at the time of writing. Check it out here. This is not the fastest, not the best handling, and certainly not the most rare bike on our pages – but it will not fail to put a smile on your face. Can you beat that? If you missed the budget RZ, don’t miss out on this one. Good Luck!!

MI

Right Said Fred: 1986 Honda VF1000R
Honda November 27, 2018 posted by

Last of the First: 1999 Honda CBR900RR

In the year 2000, Honda improved the CBR900RR, by then an aging living legend, to keep up with literbikes from the competition. The Yamaha had swept past Honda with the R1, and it was time for the CBR’s next evolution. But this 1999 Honda CBR900RR represents the last and most up-to-date version of the original CBR900RR, which lit path for late-century Japanese sportbikes.

1999 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

By 1999, Honda had bored the engine out to 919cc, and re-thought the suspension, chassis and riding position to be slightly more relaxed than the cramped early bikes. Not only was the engine bigger, but it was blessed with lightened internals and Honda took measures to reduce friction in the rotating assembly. The bike clung to right-side-up forks and the funny 16-inch front wheel that helped make it a renowned handler.

This 1999 Honda CBR900RR appears to be in really good shape, save a couple marks on the chassis and some very light surface rust and dirt. It has a fair-enough 14,000 miles and wears stainless steel brake lines and a Yoshimura exhaust. The seller doesn’t say whether the stock set up is available, but then again, the ad is thin on the ground with detail.

From the eBay listing:

Ok…this is as clean as they come, all serviced including valves…runs beautiful…all stock but braided steel lines for braking, tires, and Yoshimura bolt on exhaust wich souds beautiful…not loud, at all, yet it has 2 inch baffle…well made.Has 14k miles and I am not using it so mileage will not go up , titled in my name…please note pics DO NOT serve this bike well it looks better in person.

This bike is as clean as can be…what a survivor…all serviced and all stock VIN and warning stickers even the very tiny fuel on and off …are intact….needs a good home…more info call 407-791-3584
If bike is paid for I could possibly deliver in the surrounding states for additional fee

The buy-it-now of $7,500 is a little optimistic for a bike that was built in its millions, though very clean examples that haven’t been crashed, stretched, had their wheels chromed or otherwise been stepped on are getting harder to find.

Last of the First: 1999 Honda CBR900RR
Honda November 22, 2018 posted by

Unmolested Hooligan: 1995 Honda CBR900RR

There’s little that can be said about the Honda CBR900RR that hasn’t been repeated in every forum, magazine, Craigslist post and lookie-there sportbike blog ad nauseam. By the standards of the day, they were a revelation. They were tiny, pinpoint-accurate handlers with big-bore power. For a few years in the Clinton era, there were few substitutes.

1995 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

This 1995 Honda CBR900RR has been stored in a museum or collection setting for more than a decade, judging by the registration date on the Texas plates. It has done very few miles, is extremely clean, and appears to be 100 percent stock. Finding a CBR900RR in any kind of reasonable condition is becoming something of a feat, and this one looks like it has very little to hide.

From the eBay listing:

You are purchasing a

1995 Honda CBR900RR Motorcycle Purple/Yellow/white MV

EXCELLENT CONDITION. ONLY HAS 8465 MILES. FRONT RIM HAS SOME SCRATCHES. FROM THE M. VANN COLLECTION. HAS SOME VERY VERY MINOR SCRATCHES AND BLEMISHES CANT BE SEEN IN THE PHOTOS. BUY AS IS.

OTHER BIKES FROM M. VANN COLLECTION AVAILABLE CALL FOR DETAILS.

CLEAN TITLE. VIN# JH2SC2808SM302221

WE CAN HELP YOU ARRANGE FREIGHT TO ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD. (MUST ADHERE TO AND COMPLY WITH EBAY RULES)

WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF SHIPPING CONTACTS, SHIPPING CRATES AND PACKAGING MATERIALS TO PROPERLY PACK YOUR MOTORCYCLE FOR SAFE DELIVERY

BIKE IS BEING SOLD WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR CUSTOMER TO PICK-UP. BUT FOR EXTRA CHARGE WE CAN HELP YOU SHIP IT ANYWHERE.

WE DO HAVE CRATES IN STOCK, CALL US TO GET A QUOTE. WE SHIP ALL OVER THE WORLD.

BUY AS IS.

At $7,999, the seller is for sure asking a premium for the unmolested condition. If you can part with the coin and are looking for a clean CBR900RR, though, this one checks a lot of boxes.

Unmolested Hooligan: 1995 Honda CBR900RR
Honda November 14, 2018 posted by

All of the Revs: 1993 Honda CBR250RR on eBay

It’s hard to describe what the 1993 Honda CBR250RR meant to the riding masses to audiences in this country, as riders here have never been required to buy starter bikes before moving on to more powerful machines. If you can get your license and qualify for financing in the United States, whatever race replica you want is all yours, sonny. Speed and consequences be damned, this is America. In Europe, Asia and Australia, there is no such laissez-faire attitude, and beginners were made to start on small-displacement machines, which bred a market for sophisticated mounts that young or starting riders could enjoy.

1993 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

The 1990-1996 Honda CBR250RR carried a jewel-like 250cc inline four, good for around 40 horsepower and a screaming 18,000 rpm redline. The chassis were hung with lovely bodywork and full-grown suspension, which mean the bikes ride and handle like the quality machines that they are. They might have been designed for people just starting out, but they bring something for everyone.

This 1993 Honda CBR250RR is being sold by our friends at Moto2 Imports in Delaware. As with the majority of their wares, this bike is clean as a whistle, carries a clean title, and has been serviced in preparation for sale.

From the eBay listing:

1993 Honda CBR250RR MC22
15,383 miles (24,767km)
Very good overall condition
US Title

Imported directly from Japan by Moto2 Imports, the original “RR” is not your ordinary small displacement sport bike. With an 18,000 RPM redline, this little screamer puts out 45 horsepower and weighs just 315lbs. Thats more power and less weight than a Yamaha R3, Kawasaki Ninja 300, or a KTM RC390.

This machine has been nicely upgraded with front wave rotors and a full Daishin Racing aftermarket exhaust system. Bike was just serviced with new battery, oil & coolant. Carbs were removed, inspected & cleaned. Brand new tires (110/70/17 F, 140/70/17 R). Sprocket/chain in nearly new condition. Brake pads are good. Chassis and engine are both very clean (see naked bike pics). Bodywork is aftermarket but is in good overall condition. Tank is OEM with 100% rust free interior.

Bike starts perfectly and runs/revs like it should. Lights, blinkers, horn and operating controls all working. Daishin exhaust gives it a nice, throaty growl. Comes with US title. See all 24 hi-def pics and three videos at the links below. More pics and video available on request.

Buy It Now for $7,500. Bike is located in Dover, DE and we can arrange shipping to anywhere in the US and Canada at additional cost. Please contact seller with any questions.

Walk Around

Cold Start

Revving

The buy-it-now is set at $7,500, which is in line with the cost of entry for most greymarket small-displacement bikes in this condition. The riding season is nearing its close, but this machine will make amazing garage art until the roads thaw in spring.

All of the Revs: 1993 Honda CBR250RR on eBay
Honda November 13, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Repsol-liveried Honda NSR150 SP

Little two-stroke rippers like this Honda NSR150 SP epitomize Honda’s 1990s golden age, when the company saw fit to make even their entry-level machines look and feel special. Even on a 150cc starter bike, Honda went all-out, giving it an RC30-aping single-sided swingarm, and a GP-replica Repsol paintjob. You might not be going as quick as your older buddy’s 250, but you were damn sure going places.

Honda NSR150 SP for sale on eBay

When compared to a modern CBR250, the NSR looks almost muscular. Depending on the country of origin, the RC-Valve two stroke in NSRs made somewhere around 30 horsepower, pushing them to close to 100 mph on the big end, depending which YouTube users you believe. Those numbers are plenty to bring the fight to an early 2010s CBR250, especially when you consider that the NSR150 SP clocks in under 300 pounds.

This one is stock, and in very close to mint condition. There is a crack in the front fender, and the rear was cut below the license plate, but that is more or less it for blemishes. It comes on with an Ohio street title.

From the eBay listing:

HONDA NSR150SP NSR SP REPSOL EDITION 5,384 Miles (8,666 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Mechanically Sorted. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest Bike. Very few scratches overall. Blemish to be aware of, front fender has hairline crack and rear fender has been cut below license plate. Please see Images. Fuel tank is Rust Free. Has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.” Imported into the States through all legal channels. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions.

If you’re looking for a fun weekend ride, an interesting track toy, a conversation starter or a beginner bike that’s got a little je ne sais quoi over the standard 250s, look no further.

Featured Listing: Repsol-liveried Honda NSR150 SP
Honda November 11, 2018 posted by

Stock, low-mile Supersport: 1996 Honda CBR600 F3

Our pals at Iconic Motorbikes have come through once again with a surgically clean example of a classic sportbike we children of the 1990s lusted after in the bedroom wall poster days. This one is in excellent-but-not-perfect shape, and is a one-owner machine with fewer than 10,000 miles on it. It shows some minor scrapes and a tiny crack from a tipover in the garage, but beyond that the bike is spotless. All the aluminum parts, rubber and soft surfaces look absolutely clean and very well looked-after. It has clearly spent is life indoors when it wasn’t being enjoyed.

1996 Honda CBR 600 F3 for sale on eBay

The 1996 Honda CBR600 F3 is smack in the middle of Honda’s 1990s golden age, and represents what at the time was a fine track weapon with enough manners to be accessible to most riders, especially in countries where tiered licensing isn’t a thing. The aggressive, multi-colored graphics certainly file these bikes in a definite time period, but I have long defended their garish slashes and neon colors. Think of it like riding a pair of Air Jordans.

From the eBay listing:

This excellent example of a Honda F3 comes to us on consignment and we’re thrilled to have her. Only one owner since new and CA kept from the start. Currently on CA plates and with registration paid through June of 2019.

If you’re considering a 600, an F3 is a fine choice! Super reliable, great mileage and just cool as heck to look at!

This example is 100% stock just as you see in the pictures and has never been raced, tracked or beat up in any fashion. The owner ended up buying a new CBR1000RR and is limited on garage space, otherwise he would of kept it.

Only flaws on the bike are a small crack on bodywork under the right signal, a rub on the oem exhaust and some small marks on the right side lower from a very light fall in garage but it was caught so no broken tabs. Everything works as it should, comes with a tank bra for riding and not rubbing on the tank. Only 9212 miles!

Come pick her up while before she’s gone, this is one of the best paint schemes with a touch of neon and the vibrant red, black and white. If you’re looking to add some accessories, we can help you there as well as we have great pricing with all the aftermarket exhaust, etc suppliers.

Fly into LAX, only 15-20 minutes away and RIDE OUT!

Honda built F3s by the million, so this bike will never really be considered rare, but the majority of these machines were used and abused, so finding one this clean 22 years on is something of a feat. This bike is best purchased as a fun weekend ride, as opposed to a collector investment, but for the classic sportbike enthusiast, it is a must-have.

Stock, low-mile Supersport:  1996 Honda CBR600 F3
Honda November 5, 2018 posted by

Small miles, big pistons: 2001 Honda RC-51

Somehow, whoever owned this 2001 Honda RC51 managed to keep it mostly off the road in its 18 years, showing remarkable restraint in the face of a bike that built a legend for itself under the likes of Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden and Joey Dunlop. Fast, reliable and uncompromising, the RC-51 took the fight to Ducati in the early aughts in a variety of superbike classes and at the Isle of Man.

2001 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

This is the SP-1 version of the RC51, meaning it has slightly shallower rake and trail, and is a few pounds heavier and a few horses less powerful than the later SP-2 version. It is by no means a slouch. You’re still looking at a bike that is well under 500 pounds fully fueled that puts out more than a 130 horses at the crank. Beginners need not apply, to be sure.

The seller provides little description of the bike beyond the mileage, but the pictures say more than enough about its condition. It appears to come with a the original manual and toolkit, as well as a pillion pad and the original front turn signals. The bike looks like it has new, sticky Dunlop street and track tires, and is as clean as you’d expect for a bike with so few miles.

From the eBay listing:

Yes the listing is correct. 2,001 miles!!! Bike runs and shifts smooth. Brand new tires. I’m pretty sure if you’re looking at this bike I don’t have to tell you much about it, you know what you buying. This bike is 18 years old, it’s not perfect, has a very small scratch on the top of the tank.

If you have any questions at all me feel free to contact me.

With the passing of Dunlop and Hayden and Edwards’ retirement, as well as myriad rule and convention changes in the class it once dominated, the bike is becoming a piece of history, even as it remains a potent performer by modern standards. Examples like this one will be the ones whose value goes up in years to come, but they haven’t quite gotten to the blue-chip collector price point just yet.

Small miles, big pistons: 2001 Honda RC-51
Honda November 3, 2018 posted by

Collectible Classic: 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 for Sale

For all the accolades it’s received, the Honda VFR750 RC30 is a subtle machine. To the uninformed, it doesn’t look all that special, especially now that single-sided swingarms have become fairly common. The proportions are good, it’s very compact, and the colors are classy: it’s a handsome bike, but doesn’t appear to be much more than another Japanese sportbike, although one that just looks right. And the spec sheet doesn’t really do much to give the game away either, although hints about that this is a very special machine…

The bike weighed in 458lbs with fuel, coolant, and oil, with power quoted at 118hp, good for a top speed just a shade north of 150mph.  It wasn’t especially lightweight, even at the time, and the power-to-weight looks decidedly tame now. Of course, numbers don’t tell the whole story. They never do. They’re just a useful metric, a way to compare apples to apples. I’m not good enough to test an RC30 against its peers and come away with anything useful to say, other than “that was cool.” And nearly thirty years later, I’m sure it’d be hard to understand the impact of a bike like this when it was introduced if you’re used to riding modern motorcycles, bikes that all learned a trick or two [or ten] from this one.

The RC30 might represent peak Honda: everything is perfectly engineered, and reviewers have always gushed about just how easy it was to get the most out of. As Pirelli says, “Power is nothing without control” and the RC30 was, by all accounts, an easy bike to ride fast, a bike that flatters the rider. The proof is in the pudding, as it were, and the bike won innumerable victories in Superbike and endurance racing. For a racebike, it had a surprisingly long shelf life, and was popular with both factory teams and privateers.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda VFR750 RC30 for Sale

  • VIN JH2RC3009LM200170, engine # RC30E-2200324 – matching numbers
  • only 642.8 street miles, never raced, one private owner from 1998
  • unmarked original paint, decals and finish
  • a 49-state ‘no smog’ L-model, one of approx. 316 to US-market spec.
  • climate controlled storage
  • clean, transferable Ohio title

118hp at 11,000rpm, red-line 12,500rpm, 51lbft torque at 7,600rpm, dry weight 400lb, over-square water cooled V4 DOHC, 6-speed, top speed quoted at 153mph

The RC30, a modern classic if ever there was one, was created solely to win the World Superbike Championship, a goal it met in the nascent series’ first and second years, 1988 and 1989. And while American Fred Merkel aboard his Team Rumi-sponsored purple and black RC30 was bringing Honda its first two WSB crowns, Britain’s Carl Fogarty used another RC30 to win the TT F1 World Championship in those same years, and the equivalent FIM Cup a year later in 1990. No mere short circuit scratcher or TT rocket ship, the RC30 proved strong lasting enough to win a bag-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 unrivaled 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 passing of 30 years the RC30 remains a match for the following generation of superbikes but possesses an exclusivity that precious few of them can approach. ‘No other bike from the late-Eighties is lusted after like the RC30’, reckoned Bike. ‘And then there’s the exhaust note – loud, of course, but soulful enough to bring a pit crew to tears.’

This RC30 is a beautiful street example that is in stunning, as new, un-raced condition, showing 600-odd miles on the odometer. The original dealer was Cycle Sport Center, Inc. of Cridersville, Ohio. They sold it to Steve Bennett of Domi Racer Distributors, Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio who rode the 600+ miles gently on the street, and then sold it, with a new set of tires, in late 1998 to the current seller, the first private owner. The bike has been meticulously stored unridden and maintained from then on. It comes with the original owners manual, unused tool kit, and the factory key.

A likely never-to-be-repeated opportunity to acquire an ‘as new’ RC30.

This bike, hidden away for 20 years, is in superb condition, so it can justify the label “museum quality.” It re-defines ‘as new.’ Its VIN tag, shown here, illustrates just how clean this bike is.

To maintain the RC30’s original finish, complicated by the use of several colors and many stick-on decals and stripes, it behooves the caretaker to take great care when moving it for photography and preparing it for sale. Remarkably, this bike has had the kid glove treatment from day one.

Foreign sales are invited. The buyer must pickup the bike from the seller. The seller can help with arranging third-party domestic and/or international transportation upon request, at the buyer’s expense. Pickup must take place within 21 days of the payment clearing the bank. Thereafter, storage will be charged at $10 per day.

Contact the seller via email in the first instant. Questions are invited.

Well, I think it’s always a good sign when the seller invites questions and the bike appears to be extremely clean, as you’d expect from a bike with just 600 indicated miles. Experts should feel free to chime in with opinions in the comments, and I’d love someone to fill me in on the signature that is visible on the tail section. I’m guessing it’s Bubba Shobert, who raced 500GP bikes for Honda, but the seller doesn’t seem to mention that little bit of trivia.

-tad

Collectible Classic: 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 for Sale