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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 August 21, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda VFR750F

Update 8.31.2019: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Even legends have parents. They don’t often get lauded for their offspring’s exploits, but their influence is indelible, and without their genes, what would our heroes be? The 1986 Honda VFR750F is a minor legend in its own right, but its offspring — the Honda RC30 and RC45, are the beasts everyone remembers. But in 1986, Honda was hungry to catapult itself past the other Japanese marques in the sportbike arms race, and to cure its new V4s reputation for weak valve trains.

The VFR750F delivered. Under Fred Merkel, Wayne Rainey and Bubba Shobert, the bikes cleaned up in AMA. And under a crew from Cycle World that included Nick Ienatsch and a motley crew of racers and journalists, blew the ’86 Suzuki GSXR750’s 24-hour speed record out of the water by nearly 20 mph. Follow the link to that story at the end of this writeup. You won’t regret it. The red-white-and-blue beasts achieved the feat thanks to an improved 105-horsepower 750cc V4 that represented a 20-horsepower gain over the Magnas and fixed reliability questions. The bikes were also something like 40 pounds lighter than the previous model.

Coupled with a roadrace-worthy suspension and wide, sticky tires, the VFR had the goods to take it to Yamaha and Suzuki.

This 1986 Honda VFR750F is in impeccable, low-mile shape, with a long list of recent mods and maintenance to make it even tastier. It sports a Yoshimura exhaust and an RC30-style front fender, among other improvements. Seller Joe spent a long time on his description, so we’ll let him take it away:

1986 Honda VFR750F

Honda collector for over 30 years. My recent focus has been V4 bikes of the 80s/90s, including both RC30/RC45. This is my second 1986 VFR750F, which I purchased in 2016. I bought this bike because of its low mileage and overall survivor condition. Plus, I really wanted one with a pipe. The videos don’t do the sound of this Yosh pipe justice. The bike has 11,357 miles. As you can see from the title, I’ve put less than 100 miles on the bike while freshening up a few things. I have over 20 bikes and like to work on them, but I don’t ride them enough, so it’s time for someone else to enjoy it.Upgrades – all done within the last 18 months: New Honda fuel pump (specific to this bike and $200 for part alone); New fuel filter; New choke cable; New Yuasa AGM battery; New Honda grips; New Metzeler rear tire (Metzeler front matches but older – see code); New DID x-ring chain with rivet; re-zinc’d rear sprocket; Cut down front fender to match race bikes/RC30, and painted to match (includes uncut stock front fender); Valve adjustment and carbs disassembled and ultrasonic cleaned and sync’d (see video – work done by Joe Nelson of VFR Dreams); Fresh oil and filter; New brake fluid front and rear; New clutch master fluid; Known blemishes: 20-25 tank “pimples”appeared over this last winter. Odd, because always stored in a heated garage. Scrapes on left rear cowl/tail. A few very small scratches on windscreen. Hairline crack on LH fairing (3/4”). Normal cracking on mirror arm. Clear title in my name. Includes factory shop manual. I do not have factory owners manual. 2 keys, including original stamped key and a Honda duplicate. Multiple videos show carb sync, cold start, fast idle, fast idle warm up with two other of my bikes. Asking $4000.

Located in Milwaukee, WI 53207

Shipping is solely the buyer’s responsibility. I can assist with the shipper of your choice. I have used Haulbikes.com and JJ Bagwell Shipping.

VFR750F 24-hour world record recap: https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/hondas-1986-vfr750f-interceptor/

While later sport-touring RC36 VFRs don’t command the same coin (somehow) as the earlier bikes, VFRs are still a bargain compared to a slab-side Gixxer in similar shape. For such a jewel of a machine in such gorgeous condition, the $4,000 asking price is almost a no-brainer.

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda VFR750F
Honda October 3, 2018 posted by

Never this clean: 1990 Honda Interceptor 250

This 1990 Honda Interceptor 250 might be the nicest example of its breed that we have ever seen, and it certainly takes the prize for nicest Interceptor 250 we’ve seen in the last couple years. Down to the paint on the engine, the bike appears to be spotless, and is a final-year example, which means it has a traditional front disc brake, as opposed to the weird inboard unit Honda tried in 1988 and 1989.

1990 Honda Interceptor 250 for sale on eBay

By any measure, the Honda Interceptor 250, also known as the VTR250, was an extremely odd beast. Aside from its styling, which can best be described as goofy, even for the 1980s, it was sold exclusively in the U.S. and Canada and sported some pretty high-tech touches for a beginner sportbike. Stacked against the Kawasaki Ninja 250, the Interceptor was a Cadillac, and easily outpaced the Kawi. The v-twin was rev-happy, and would spin all the way to 13,500, which made the tiny mill gruntier than its capacity let on. With its natural litheness, the littlest Interceptor cuts quite a dash on back roads.

From the eBay listing:

SUPER CLEAN
1990 250 INTERCEPTOR
LAST MODEL OF PRODUCTION
ONLY YEAR WITH FACTORY CENTERSTAND
LOW ORIGINAL MILES
NEARLY NEW CONDITION
RUNS AND DRIVES PERFECTLY
ALL SYSTEMS FUNCTION PROPERLY
ORIGINAL OWNERS HANDBOOK INCLUDED IN BUY IT NOW PURCHASE
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You won’t be in any peril of keeping up with the likes of a Yamaha R3 on the Interceptor 250, but if you’re OK with slowing down some, this bike would be a cool weekend option. With just a three-year life, they are very rare, but the $3,600 asking price is still upper echelon for these things.

Never this clean: 1990 Honda Interceptor 250
Honda May 23, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1984 Honda VF500F with CBR wheels

The seller of this 1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor has taken phenomenal care of the bike over his ownership, but perhaps the best part of this bike was not available in 1984. It rolls on wheels from a CBR600F, which means it accepts modern 17-inch rubber, but doesn’t lose space for useful amenities like a center stand.

1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor for sale on eBay

A damn sight trimmer than its 750cc stablemate, the Interceptor 500 made its name with sublime handling characteristics and its more-than-adequate 68 horsepower from the torquey V4. The seller further enhanced this bike’s cornering talent with the shock from a CBR400 F4i, which no doubt keeps the rear more planted than the original piece.

There is a long list of spare and NOS parts available with the bike, though not all of them will be automatically included in the sale.

From the eBay listing:

Hi, I’m listing my ’84 VF500F for sale.

It is super mint with very low mileage (5,894 miles) and a lot of interesting features including a pro CBR600F wheel conversion ($1,500) and a pro F4i shock upgrade ($400).

Both projects were posted in detail on VFRD (member ‘InvisibleCities’ since 2010) and on VFRW (member ‘invisible cities’ since 2009). I ran the bike for one summer and then did these upgrades. I am selling the bike as I live in NYC and store the bike in PA and simply don’t have the space to bring it here. I honestly don’t think you will find a nicer example of a VF500F out there. If you have ever had the opportunity to ride a 500 Interceptor they are super fun with a perfectly balanced engine and light nimble handling. I also have a lot of NOS and gently used VF500F parts which I would be happy to sell separately to the purchaser (oem head gasket kits, seals, valve springs, gently used cdi units, coils, complete engine heads with mint cams and one set of very clean carburetors – I even have a nos ’84 gas tank if interested).

The tank on this bike has zero rust and was professionally sealed with an epoxy liner ($300). I purchased a NOS tailpiece for this bike from David Silver Spares ($250) as the original had surface scratches from removing/installing the seat – paint matches perfectly. Front fender is also NOS ($200).

The carbs were completely disassembled and pro rebuilt by Mike Nixon ($405). Carburetors have not been filled with gas after the rebuild so there is no risk of them being gummed up. They are ready to go and were benched synchronized by Mike. They also have the correct jets and needles installed. I would recommend syncing these with manometer to dial in 100% when you re-fuel and start up the bike.

Goodridge (made in the UK) stainless steel brake line upgrade ($120). Pro rear fender eliminator kit ($40). Pro modified sprocket cover ($200).

Top rated 140/80-17 Rear & 110/70-17 Front Avon Roadrunner tires with zero miles ($200). The bike maintains its original steering geometry with these tires & the CBR 17” wheel upgrade. Bike also keeps the centerstand which is not possible using the F2 wheelset upgrade offered by DMr. I felt it was important to keep this – the centerstand is very easy to use on the 500 and allows for easy maintenance as well as stable parking.

Honda GN4 oil & OEM filter installed with zero miles. New Honda air filter & Honda coolant. New Honda hydraulic fluid.

Bike needs nothing (except a battery – as it is not being stored with one). This is your opportunity to purchase a really fine example of this legendary bike.

Please send a message with any questions.

Bike is located in PA, 17033. Clear title. Original owners manual is included.

Gas flushed from system – no battery included. Bike is stored in a Carcoon Bike Bubble which will come with the sale ($535).

Happy to help coordinate shipping.

Thanks for looking!

At $4,500 buy-it-now, the seller is looking for KTM RC390 money for a well-sorted classic with acres of style and panache. He has applied new and new-old-stock parts to fabulous effect, and the bike’s flawless paint and metal surfaces belie its 34 years.

Featured Listing: 1984 Honda VF500F with CBR wheels
Honda November 23, 2017 posted by

Chickenhawk – 1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor with 1,147 miles !

This auction ended as the post was being edited, but the pictures of this super example are still available.  Happy Thanksgiving !

In a rare maneuver, Honda sent the dainty VTR250 Interceptor to the U.S. – only and first – in part to keep Kawasaki’s 250cc plans in check.  From 1988-1990 it was only here, a lightweight and fun way to embarrass bigger bikes around town or in tight quarters.  The 249cc V-twin cranked 25 hp via 14,000 rpm, with an Interceptor fairing and kooky inboard disk brake.

1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor for sale on eBay

 

Specs for the early years can be hard to verify since the 2nd generation model was much improved, but the VTR250 did cage the V-twin in a light twin-beam frame, with conventional forks and Pro-Link rear.  The inboard front disk was a bit of a solution in search of a problem, but arguably better than the drum brake rear.  Integrated fairing looked the Interceptor part, though the usual white/teal/magenta livery with blue seat is a moment in time.

 

Still on its original tires, this VTR is a nice barn find.  From the eBay auction:

  • It is a one-owner, never abused, barely used example of these great little 250s which were introduced to compete with the Kawasaki Ninja 250s in production racing. It comes with the original tool kit and also the owner’s manual still in its vinyl “document bag”. The mileage is 1147 miles – all of them careful adult miles. It has never been to a track day or been raced and has never spent a night outside my attached, smoke free garage nor been ridden in the rain. The bike is very clean. The battery is only about a year old and is always on one of my battery minders.
  • Although all the lights, horn, etc. work fine, the turn signals are slow to begin working. I suspect the inside of the switch could use a cleaning although once they begin to work they work fine. I’m sure this would sort itself out if the bike was used regularly.
  • The bike is all original (except for the added fuel filter) which means the tires are as well. They look great – surprising for their age – and could be used to gently putter around now and then. But, if you intend to really RIDE the bike, you need to fit new rubber before then.

 

The second generation VTR250 was not sold in the U.S. and transformed into a naked Monster-esque lightweight, with trellis frame.  But the Interceptor bodywork has its appeal, and the largely maintenance-free drivetrain is easy on the budget.  With only 330 lbs. to push around, the smallish sport can be a joy everywhere but the wide-open road.  Not likely another example with this little wear will come up again soon…

-donn

Chickenhawk – 1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor with 1,147 miles !
Honda November 9, 2017 posted by

White Tornado – 1986 Honda VFR700F

From sunny Nevada comes this color-matched V-4 sportbike. Not unmarked but nicely neatened up, this 700 might be an economical path to the sportbike hobby.

1986 Honda VFR700F for sale on eBay

Honda went down an unusual path in the early 1980’s developing a mid-size V-4 for road and race use.  After some cam reliability issues, the bikes were re-introduced with gear driven cams and other changes which bulletproofed the engines.  In the square-tube cradle, the 699cc four generates 81 hp up at 10,000 rpm, quietly with water cooling.  Showa dampers front and rear. the forks incorporating Honda’s TRAC anti-dive.  Staggered tire sizes are 16″ front and 18″ rear, to help quicken handling.

 

From the looks of the clutch cover, this VFR700 had a close shave at some point, but survived.  The sunbelt gold and pearl white have been preserved and touched up as necessary.  Gray solo seat and re-covered white pillion somehow look better than the factory black vinyl.  From the eBay auction:

It’s a 2 owner bike, super clean and very well looked after.
28000 original miles, seat has been recovered in silver and white and looks good.
Everything works on the bike, I have the original blinkers and licence plate holder, nothing has been cut.
Just put new tire and brake pads on the back, 
Battery is new.
Needs new grips and front tire soon.
Super fun bike to ride, handles great, sounds awesome.
This bike was way ahead of its time, would suit collector. Very hard to find in this condition.
Real head turner, people can’t believe its 31 years old.

 

To re-affirm their engineering leadership, Honda over-engineered and built the second generation of V-4’s, and though hefty, they run like the Energizer bunny. Smooth power and steady handling, the VFR700F was an early combatant in the tariff wars, and kept the VFR dynasty alive through the mid-eighties.  Looking for a great starter, or maybe hack-around bike ?  Even in the desert southwest the riding season’s drawing to a close, and this one’s liable to go for a low price…

-donn

White Tornado – 1986 Honda VFR700F
Honda May 5, 2017 posted by

Polished V4 – 1987 Honda VFR700F Interceptor

Honda took some lumps over the cam metallurgy on the early 1980’s V4 engines, and re-introduced the engine in 1985 with gear-driven cams and impeccable quality control.  Almost a unicorn in its own right, the VFR700F was a de-stroked 750 staying out of a tariff scuffle.  This example has been refurbished to a level that will please the pickiest concours judge and make the rider happy on the way home.

1987 Honda VFR700F Interceptor for sale on eBay

Doubling down on the smooth and compact V4 engine, Honda did the heavy lifting that brought us the WSBK-winning RC30 and RC45, and transferred a great deal of the success to the carburetted 699 cc model.  The twin-spar frame is large section for the era, and the bike had adjustable Showa suspension, with Pro-Link rear.  Keeping with the times, there’s a 16″ front and 18″ rear wheel, helping the slightly overweight bike turn in.  Very together Honda fairing design, and the angle of the frame is reflected in the seat console.

 

Seeming to have put the entire bike in a vibratory polisher, this VFR700F owner took things to a rare level, cosmetically and mechanically.  Keeping a basically stock look, the rear fender was cleaned up nicely.  Updates to the exhaust and front wheel size indicate a very knowledgeable owner.  Hard to believe it’s an ’87 with 22K miles.  The owner offers more high-res pictures – here – with comments and upgrades from the eBay auction:

Original bodywork restored and painted in matching original Pearl Crescent White, with black accents throughout the bike. Several desirable upgrades, 22,375 miles, mechanically and cosmetically inspected, cleaned, updated, replaced, repainted, repaired…anything needing attention was accomplished. This Interceptor is in excellent condition, no issues, no disappointments. The paint is new, the mechanics are correct, the tank is rust-free inside. The bike starts and runs perfectly hot or cold, runs straight and has a unique, modern vibe on a vintage bike.

– 17-inch front wheel from CBR600 (in place of OEM 16″) with fresh Avon Road Rider
– Wheels finished in black (from original white) with white painted pinstripe
– Galfer stainless steel brake lines, front & rear
– OEM mufflers shortened 5 1/2 inches and painted black — great sound, great look
– Carb jet kit
– Rear fender eliminator with original turn signal and seat lock mounts shaved from subframe
– LED rear turn signals
– Powdercoated engine covers in “Bronze Texture” — clutch & alternator
– Seat recovered in marine grade vinyl
– Front fender reshaped for a lighter look
– NOS front turn signals mounted with shorter stalks to tuck the signals closer to the body
– Reproduction windscreen
– ODI hand grips
– New OEM fuel petcock
– Various rubber mounts, grommets, etc. replaced as needed
– Original owners manual
– Bike is completely cleaned and detailed

 

The quality and overall balance of the second generation V4’s kept them on a lot of best bike lists through the late 1980’s, though the 700 keeps a low profile.  Honda shortly returned to the inline four for their more sporting machines, but continued developing the V4 throughout the 90’s.  With only a day to run, the bidding on this updated and beautified VFR is active but seems low.  There is still time to swoop in for this very rare Honda…

-donn

Polished V4 – 1987 Honda VFR700F Interceptor
Honda May 1, 2017 posted by

Race-Kitted: 1985 Honda VF750F Interceptor with Full-Factory HRC Engine Kit for Sale

Honda has been a believer in the V4 engine configuration for a long time, and it really started with bikes like this VF750F that includes a genuine HRC racing engine kit! Introduced in 1982 and available in a variety of displacements, including 400cc and 500cc versions, it was really the VF750F that really defined the breed, as it was the displacement eligible for AMA competition. V4 engines are complex and expensive to produce, but make flexible power, are very compact, and make some of the best noises in the motorcycling world. Unfortunately, some early VF750’s suffered from the notorious “chocolate camshafts” where cam lobes crumbled and caused engines to fail. This was swiftly corrected and didn’t affect all models, but Honda’s reputation took a hit. The upside that is the bikes that followed, particularly the VFR750, were so massively overbuilt and lovingly bolted together that they helped to cement Honda’s V4 machine in the public’s mind as the ultimate sports-touring motorcycle.

By now, that shouldn’t be a problem for a bike like this one that has already had 18,000 miles roll under the wheels. And if problems do appear, you can just swap in that HRC engine kit! That kit replaces the stock bike’s timing chains with a set of precise gears as you can see in the photo below, just like on last week’s VF1000R.

Part of what makes the 90° V4 so charismatic is that it’s no high-strung screamer like an inline four. The 748cc engine put a claimed 86hp through a five speed gearbox and could push the 487lb dry machine on to 134mph. At nearly 550lbs wet, the bike wasn’t exactly light, but it was agile, powerful, and even a little bit practical: the traits off the later jack-of-all-trades VFR are present even in this early incarnation.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Honda VF750F with Full-Factory HRC Engine Kit for Sale

Very rare piece of race history with the HRC engine kit.  Build your own HRC Spencer replica!

Starting with a 1985 VF750F.  This bike has been with the original owner up to 2015.  Bought new and lovingly maintained over the past 32 years.  Now in my possession, I have recently installed a NOS period correct (1983) Supertrapp exhaust.  The bike has 30,000 KM, ( 18,000 miles).  it looks new with no blemishes or flaws.  It is in incredible condition and runs flawlessly.  It is a perfect platform to start your replica build.  I have the original bill of sale too.

The bonus piece and the reasons for the price is the full factory HRC engine kit included with the bike.  There is a full engine supplied to make this a Freddie Spencer HRC VF750R replica, (Freddie Spencer decals included).  Race fairing and rear cowl is included as well.  All that is needed to complete is the exhaust and radiator/oil cooler combo, (or just use the NOS supertrapp currently on).

Specific on engine:  1983 HRC NC5 VF750 Gear Driven Superbike engine. This is one of about 25 HRC Kit engines which were imported from HRC to American Honda’s Race Team, some were used in house and others were sold to priveteers.  (*Carbs in picture not included in sale*).

 This engine will need to be assembled. The rods/piston’s are not in the motor. Most parts will be suppiled for the rebuild as in new rings, new pistons, Titanum rods. The HRC manual will be supplied for information, set up, complete list of all kit parts and part numbers.

These kits were about $9500 new in 1983 and included Magnesium valve covers, clutch, ignition and oil pan in Mag. The HRC parts included in these race motors included the following, Gear Driven Cams, Close Ratio Trans, Titanuim Rods, Titanium Valves, HRC Ported Heads with byrilum seats, HRC Crankshaft, oil pump, Dry Clutch and ignition. *Carbs in picture not included in sale*.

I am not sure where you will ever get another opportunity like this.  Act fast, my email is already loading up with messages!

The seller is asking an eye-watering $13,900 for the package, which seems pretty shocking until you consider that engine. Maybe it’s best to think of it as a Honda race engine with a spare bike included, since VF750Fs currently aren’t especially valuable at the moment, although prices appear to be on the rise. That being said, from the few photos of the actual bike that are included, this appears to be an exceptionally clean, if not 100% original example of this significant machine.

-tad

Race-Kitted: 1985 Honda VF750F Interceptor with Full-Factory HRC Engine Kit for Sale