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Honda April 16, 2016 posted by

1987 Honda NSR250R in Seattle, Washington

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This little smoker is freshly imported and titled. The seller states that it needs some elbow grease to get it to shine after years of sun exposure. With under 12k miles, the current winning bid is just $2,375. I doubt we’ll get to see the end of the auction but could be a great project for not much cash.

dc

1987 Honda NSR250R for sale on eBay

from the seller:

Just imported through US Customs this summer, this 1987 NSR250r comes with a US title ready to be transferred into your name in your state. Here’s the YouTube video of this bike showing running condition before it was shipped to the United States: youtube.com/watch?v=1v_1HhCDPMA
This NSR250 is showing just 11,146 original miles (17,937 kilometers) on the odometer so it is a clean, lower mileage bike but the sun has not been kind however as the bodywork is paint faded and the stickers, etc. faded too. A light color sanding or polishing compound will bring back the paint and plastic polish will restore the windshield so a little elbow grease will go along way with this NSR. The fairing bodywork is original and un-cracked and the seat is in good condition too. Newer tires front and back, triple drilled discs and a hidden dual seat option make for nice features on this bike. There are 2 small dings barely visible in the top of the tank (probably from a tank bag), I tried to get them to show up in the pictures but they are small so you really can’t see them. All in all a very clean used 250R, I have 5 more pictures that eBay won’t let me upload-send me your email address and I’ll get them to you.

I can get great shipping rates (anywhere in California for $300 as an example) so don’t let the cost of shipping keep you from owning this collectible Japanese two-stroke streetbike. This motorcycle is already USA titled and ready to be transferred into your name so US Customs documents and EPA documents are not needed but I will include them in the sale of this bike so you have documentation this NSR was legally imported. P.S. I also have a 1986 Suzuki RG250 for sale next month… Stay tuned. 198

1987 Honda NSR250R in Seattle, Washington
Honda February 16, 2016 posted by

Fresh Off the Boat: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale

1989 Honda NSR250R R Side

Honda’s NSR250R was, until recently, unicorn-rare here in the United States. But a number of companies have sprung up to scrounge decent examples in Japan, where they are far less hard to come by, then ship them over here where they sell for a premium. Certainly, many have been truly thrashed by young knee-dragging hooligans, but there are nice examples to be had as well. And when the alternative is not having an NSR250R… Well maybe taking a chance on one of these little grey-market beasts is worth the gamble.

1989 Honda NSR250R Rear

With a nearly square 54mm x 54.5mm bore and stroke, the 249cc two-stroke in this MC18-II used carburetors but was otherwise very high-tech: Honda’s Automatic Torque-Amplification Chamber used a butterfly valve to vary expansion chamber volume to increase the midrange and their PGM-II ignition system was exceptionally sophisticated, creating a 3D map based on throttle position and rpm and modifying the timing in response. Mated to a six-speed cassette-style gearbox, and slotted into an aluminum beam frame, the entire package was the perfect weapon to battle the other quarter-liter contenders.

1989 Honda NSR250R Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale

1989 Honda NSR250 two-stroke! This is the street version of the legendary world championship winning NSR250 and NSR500 MotoGP racers. The bike is in excellent condition, both physically and mechanically with only 8,900 miles. This bike was purchased in Japan and imported through US Customs and I can provide all documentation to support its legality. The bike will come with a US title that is transferrable. Bike will be available for pick-up / delivery on March 1st.

With a Buy It Now price of $6,500 and under 9,000 on the clock this looks like a relatively clean example. Obviously, titling may be in issue in some states, but you could certainly buy it and display it, or turn it into a track-day bike.

1989 Honda NSR250R Top

Our commenters seem to feel that keeping these little two-strokes on the road is difficult, but from what I’ve seen, parts aren’t too difficult to come by if you’re prepared to plan ahead and order stuff from overseas… Or pick up some parts bikes: $6,500 is basically chump change when it comes to collectible bikes. I mean, you could have three for the price of your average Harley!

Anyone who has experience experience living with one of these care to weigh in? Are these really as hard to keep running as people seem to think?

-tad

1989 Honda NSR250R L Side

Fresh Off the Boat: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale
Honda October 16, 2015 posted by

Rothman’s Edition: 1988 Honda NSR250R SP MC18 for Sale

1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans R Side

If you’re in the market for a high-performance, quarter-liter two-stroke, then this is the one to have. As cool to look at as it is to ride, Honda’s NSR250R is a two-stroke race replica splashed with one of the most evocative paint-and-graphics combinations of the modern era, made ever so sexy by the dangerous, forbidden-fruit taint of a tobacco sponsorship.

1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans L Side Front

The NSR250 followed the same formula as everyone else in the class, with a nearly square, liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin that displaced 249cc’s and put power through a six-speed gearbox. In this case, the box was a “cassette-style” arrangement that would theoretically allow racers to change ratios quickly at the track. Which sounds pretty cool, but is largely useless for road riders, unless you don’t believe in using your clutch and need to rebuild your transmission regularly…

1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans Clocks

With a dry weight of under 300lbs and 45-60hp depending on tune, these are fast, nimble motorcycles that stress handling over straight-line power. They look and handle like big, four-stroke sportbikes, but are very compact in person, and feature a host of weight-saving and weight-centralizing tricks to maximize performance. According to two-stroke fanatics, every serious motorcyclist should try one.

So who’s got one I can try out?

1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans R Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda NSR250R SP MC18 for Sale

Just imported through U.S. Customs, this 1988 NSR 250 SP R4J comes with a clean and clear street legal title ready to be transferred into your name in your state. A great page for some overview history on the NSR250 is www(dot)nsr-world(dot)com/history/ . The SP model is a Honda factory built street legal Sport Production version of the desirable NSR250 model and comes in Rothmans paint trim and factory upgrade Magtek magnesium wheels. This bike is showing 10,620 original miles (17,091 kilometers) on the odometer so it is a clean, lower mileage bike that presents well. The fairing bodywork is original with original paint and the seat is in good condition. The pictures show 2 scratches on the lower right belly pan and 3 scratches on the left muffler. This is a 25 year old motorcycle with 11,000 miles so it isn’t perfect; you have to expect paint wear and the normal scratches and chips and cracks on the bar ends and levers and fairing mount points. The windshield needs polishing to be perfect too. The tires have good tread, gauges are clear and bright, factory turn signals are straight and the exhaust tips are in good condition too. All in all a good used 250SP with original paint and Magtek magnesium wheels – where else are you going to find one?

I can get great shipping rates (anywhere in California for $300 as an example) so don’t let the cost of shipping keep you from owning this collectible Japanese two-stroke streetbike. This motorcycle is not a grey market import, it has been imported through proper legal channels and is already titled in the USA and ready to be transferred into your name just like any other vehicle purchase. You will not need my US Customs documents and EPA documents to transfer title but I will include them in the sale of this bike so you have documentation your NSR SP was legally imported.

The seller has posted a number of other desirable little Japanese-import two-stroke sportbikes recently and, as always, includes a video of the bike starting and running.

1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans L Side Fairing

Standard caveats apply: be sure to check your local laws regarding registration if you plan to run this on the road. But now that bikes like this are at or past the 25 year mark, it’s becoming much easier to import and register them. And even if you can’t run this on the street, a careful restoration would make this a very cool display piece!

-tad

 1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans R Side Front

Rothman’s Edition: 1988 Honda NSR250R SP MC18 for Sale
Honda October 6, 2015 posted by

Fresh Off the Boat: 1989 Honda NSR250R for Sale

1989 Honda NSR250R R Front

With pre-1990’s vehicles becoming easier to import than ever, there’s a strong market for slightly thrashed 250cc two-stroke sportbikes here in the US. These weren’t especially uncommon overseas but bikes like this Honda NSR250R are about as rare as the proverbial hen’s teeth here.

1989 Honda NSR250R L Rear

So while some might be annoyed at the opportunists cashing in by rounding up slightly worn machines in Japan then shipping them to two-stroke starved enthusiasts here in the US, I say, “Bring them on.” As long as you know what you’re in for, and are prepared to possibly put in some work to bring a worn, but basically complete sportbike back to life, I doubt these are much worse for wear than the majority of GSX-R’s of the same era.

1989 Honda NSR250R R Fairing Detail

The NSR250R was powered by a 249cc, liquid-cooled two-stroke 90° v-twin that featured Honda’s ATAC torque-boosting system to beef up the characteristically weedy two-stroke midrange. The cassette-type six-speed gearbox is a nice feature, although basically wasted for street riders except as a bragging point. 1989 saw the introduction of the MC18-II R5K version of the bike that used higher-mounted exhausts, a torque arm for the rear brake caliper, and minor updates to the bodywork to keep the bike looking fresh.

Bigger news was the introduction of Honda’s PGM-II electronic engine management that was very trick for the period, featuring race-bred technology but with more road-oriented tuning.

1989 Honda NSR250R Cockpit

This example has been freshly imported from Japan and seems to be a solid runner in decent cosmetic shape. Many 250cc sportbikes here in the US have led pampered lives as collectibles, but this has clearly been used as intended.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda NSR250R for Sale

Just imported through U.S. Customs, this 1989 NSR250r comes with a US title ready to be transferred into your name in your state.

This NSR250 is showing just 12,176 original miles (19,589 kilometers) on the odometer so it is a clean, lower mileage bike that presents as a cared for bike. The fairing bodywork is original with original paint and the seat is in good condition too. This is a 25 year old motorcycle with 12,000 miles so it isn’t perfect; expect the normal scratches and chips and cracks on the bar ends and levers and fairing mount points. The tires have wear but the front has a season of riding left, mufflers are good, factory turn signals are straight and the exhaust tips are straight too. All in all a good clean used 250R with desirable dual seat option and aftermarket Dog Fight R exhaust and Magtek wheel upgrades.

I can get great shipping rates (anywhere in California for $300 as an example) so don’t let the cost of shipping keep you from owning this collectible Japanese two-stroke streetbike. This motorcycle is already USA titled and ready to be transferred into your name so US Customs documents and EPA documents are not needed but I will include them in the sale of this bike so you have documentation this NSR was legally imported.

The original listing also includes a video clip of the bike in running condition.

1989 Honda NSR250R R Rear

While some might be annoyed at the opportunists cashing in by rounding up slightly worn machines in Japan then shipping them to two-stroke starved enthusiasts here in the US, I say, “Bring them on.” As long as you know what you’re in for, and are prepared to possibly put in some work to bring a worn, but basically complete sportbike back to life, I doubt these are much worse for wear than the majority of GSX-R’s of the same era.

1989 Honda NSR250R Dash

With “grey market” imports like this becoming more common, I wonder how long it will be before pricing on these little two-strokes becomes very reasonable, especially for those who buy ones that have been in the US for a while…

-tad

1989 Honda NSR250R L Front

Fresh Off the Boat: 1989 Honda NSR250R for Sale
Honda September 22, 2015 posted by

Arizona-Titled Two-Stroke: 1988 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale

1988 Honda NSR250R R Side

Here in the USA where torque, big, low-revving engines, and straight-line speed were the order of the day, corner-shredding 250cc race-replicas never stood a chance of being popular. But you always want what you can’t have, so quite a cult has grown up around bikes like this little Honda NSR250R.

1988 Honda NSR250R L Side Detail

Powered by a reed-valve, liquid-cooled 90° v-twin two, stroke with a six-speed casette-style gearbox, these are a far-cry from the “learner bike” stereotype often applied to bikes of this displacement. But racetrack-bred handling and a slim powerband mean there’s plenty of joy to be found wringing the neck of an NSR on a twisty road.

1988 Honda NSR250R Dash

Stock, these two-strokes were limited to just 45hp, although the MC18 is capable of another 15hp once de-restricted: with just 280lbs to push around, 60hp should make performance suitably entertaining. Improvements over the earlier MC16 included electronic PGM ignition, bigger carbs, and other updates to improve flexibility, something that’s generally lacking in two-strokes.

1988 Honda NSR250R R Side Rear

Bigger brakes, wider wheels, and uprated suspension rounded out the package and although the passenger seat and headlight scream “practical transportation” they’re largely ornamental and this bike is best for back-road blasts and track days.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale

Up for sale is a legally-imported NSR250.   The bike was imported by me this year along with 2 other bikes, I have decided I don’t need all 3 so here is your chance to get a very clean example of a 1988 NSR250 MC18.

The bike runs great, it has 9517 original KILOMETERS (title shows a miles, as that is how they measure here, but is in KM, which makes it about 6,000 original miles from 1988.   The bike is clean and has the original fairings which fared well over the years, but do have minimal cracks and scrapes.   The gas tank is very clean with no trace of rust inside.  The bike starts well and the oil injection works great, I have only used synthetic oil and the 2 stroke smoke is not bad at all.

As for performance, this is a blast.  Even though this is a 250cc it is NOT a beginner motorcycle, it puts out a lot of power in the high RPMs (for any of you who rode a 2 stroke are probably familiar with). The bike goes through all gears with no issue, all lights work, it is a good running cycle.

This bike is street legal in Arizona, all turn signals and lights work, etc.  The speedometer is in kilometers per hour, there are conversions available, however, I just used a free cell phone application to monitor speed.  Please check with your local DMV if there are any concerns regarding the speedometer cluster, etc.   A clear Arizona title is provided.

1988 Honda NSR250R Rear Wheel

The seller also helpfully includes a video of the bike running. 

These aren’t especially rare in the UK and Japan, but few ever made it to these shores. With prices on sporty two-strokes low in their original markets and demand rising for them here in the USA where they represent tasty, tasty forbidden fruit, many are finding their way over here in less-than-stellar condition. This one isn’t perfect, but minor cracks and bits of wear aside, it looks like a very solid example, assuming the reserve is set reasonably.

It’d be nice to know if the bike has been de-restricted and you should definitely do your homework if you plan to run this on the street: the Arizona DMV may be more permissive than your own.

-tad

1988 Honda NSR250R L Side

Arizona-Titled Two-Stroke: 1988 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale
Honda February 23, 2014 posted by

Have You Imported a 25+ Year Old Motorcycle? 1989 Honda NSR250 SP Terra Racing

1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 Terra Racing for sale

Ian has posted these a couple of times, and like the ones for sale before, this one is also in the U.K. But they’re an unusual spot and this one is in very nice condition. Most states have more relaxed rules regarding importation for classics and this one falls right into that category if you have a spare £5,699.00 (or about $9500 USD) burning a hole in your pocket. If you’ve imported a 25+ year old bike as a classic, please leave a comment and tell us about the process.

dc

1989 Honda NSR250 SP for sale on eBay

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Have You Imported a 25+ Year Old Motorcycle?  1989 Honda NSR250 SP Terra Racing
Honda February 9, 2014 posted by

Grecian Formula: 1989 Honda NSR 250 MC18 in Greece

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If you are the type that believe that there are already enough NSR250s available in your neck of the woods, then you might want to disregard this one. Available in Greece, this NSR250 looks unique and promises to provide a completely different visual experience from what we normally see.

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1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 for sale in Greece

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From the seller:
The bike is in excellent condition as you see at the pictures, every part installed is original from honda.

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So what is a Campsa edition? Campsa was a state owned petrolium company in Spain that was dissolved; assets were turned over to another well-known name: Repsol. So think of this as a pre-Repsol edition NSR250. Check it out and let us know what you think!

MI

Grecian Formula: 1989 Honda NSR 250 MC18 in Greece
Honda November 24, 2012 posted by

Eye Candy: 1991 Honda NSR250 MC21 Kato Replica

Update 11.23.12: We love this look of this bike but it’s failed to sell a few times. Having been relisted several times, the seller has now included a buy-it-now of $12500 in the latest listing on eBay. The highest bid we’ve seen is $7600 in previous listings. Links updated. -dc

Update 11.9.2012: Back on eBay. Closed last time at $6500 without meeting reserve. Already up to $5100 with 4 days to go. Links updated. -dc

Love it! I’m a sucker for replica’s and this Daijiro Kato replica doesn’t dissapoint. I believe this would be a replica of the NSR250 Kato piloted in the 200o Grand Prix season, finishing third overall. Sadly, Kato was killed at the Suzuka GP in 2003 riding in MotoGP.

By the way, these pictures don’t do the bike justice, you have to click on the video below to appreciate this machine. I think the word “wow” might come to mind a few times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82oH4ArV0Os

Sounds lovely, nice smooth idle.

It is looking good from every direction.

Now that the pictures and video have sucked you in, here are the details:

1991 KATO GP REPLICA HONDA NSR 250 2-Stroke STREET LEGAL LIGHTS TURN SIGNELS ECT FLORIDA TITLE SUPER LIGHT 132 KG WITH ONLY 5820 KILLOMETERS . ABOUT 2300 MILES AWESOME ELF AXO RSW GP REPLICA BODYWORK COMES WITH TYGA STAINELESS EXPANSION CHAMBERS WITH KEVLAR STINGERS JETTED TO SUIT TYGA REARSETS RUNS LIKS A SCALDED CAT THE BIKE HAS A LOT OF $$$ TITAINIUM BOLTS CUSTOM BAR END MIRROR BLUE WINDSHIELD NEW EBC GREEN HH BRAKE PADS FOR SUPERIOR STOPPING REAR HUGGER FULLY DIALED IN AND RUNS PERFECT STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD THE SELLING THIS FOR A FRIEND

Low mileage and a title to go with the good looks. Moto2 is entertaining to watch but I still miss these bikes and their factory GP cousins.

Not a thing out of place. They even went with a GP type brake reservoir set up.

I really don’t have anything meaningful to add. You either love the race replica look or you don’t. If you do, this is one fine example. It looks like the seller is seeking top dollar from the info he posted on the WWW. The only problem with the reps, no matter how stunning, is finding a buyer who was in as much love with that GP machine as you were. Maybe more importantly, is his love matched by his willingness to open his check book?

The auction is up and running and I’m betting quite a ways to go before hitting the reserve. Here it is.

Ian