Posts by tag: MC18

Honda May 3, 2011 posted by

Smokin’ 250: 1989 Honda NSR 250R

For Sale: 1989 Honda NSR 250R MC18

You might think the RSBFS staff a strange bunch; if it's not 400cc rockets like this one or this one, it is two-stroke smokers like today's bike, a 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18. Now, we have seen quite a few MC18s on these pages, and you can do your homework here. And while later generation bikes are certainly more technologically advanced, many believe that a well-sorted '18 is the bike to have. Let the flames begin!

The seller was good enough to share some broadside shots of the bike, including the obvious rash on both sides of this little gem. The damage is unfortunate, as I really like the red/black/silver color scheme, and actually prefer it to some of the race-replica livery (let the flames continue!).

From the seller:
Up for grabs ultra rare all original 89 Honda NSR black / red color combo "mc18". 26000 kilometers or 16000 miles , Fresh oem top end installed less than 400 miles ago. oil injected so no messing around with premix.Bike runs mint and starts on first kick no matter how cold or hot it is. brand new Michelin tires, brand new brakes. the only thing it needs is fairings repainted to look new again. previous owner scratched up right fairing and slightly left fairing "look at photos". other than that it is mint. if you are local you are more than welcome to come over have a look and test it. Title clear and clean in hand so the bike is totally street legal

This bike is not exactly low miles (odo shows just under 27,000 km) or cherry, but the seller does state that the bike is titled in NJ despite the fact that the pics show no plates. There is much that is unknown here, and as always we will recommend that you contact the seller for more pictures and more information. For additional information on NSRs, you can also check out this link.

This auction is going on now, and there has been some early action; the current bid is at $2,650 with reserve still in place, and the BIN is set at $5,500. That latter number is quite a bit high for an MC18 in this condition, but if the reserve is set at a rational level then we could have a good one going yet. For more information and pictures, . Tell 'em you saw it on RSBFS!

And if you are interested in something a little newer, be sure and check out our featured listing: a gorgeous MC28!


Honda March 30, 2011 posted by

Never Say Never: Honda NSR250SP Terra Racing (MC18 RK6)

Never Say Never:  Honda NSR250SP  Terra Racing (MC18 RK6)

I really never expected to see one of  these for sale.  As the title says though, "Never say never!".  The above brochure is what many a young Japanese male lusted after in the late 80's:  a Honda NSR250SP Terra Racing replica.  The race replica craze was in full swing and most of the Japanese manufactures were glad to oblige.

Prospec baby!  I always get a kick out of the English bits mingled in with the Japanese.

And here is the bike in question.  It has made its' way from Japan to the UK and is .  No bidding on this one, if you like the price it is yours.  That price in US dollars is roughly $8,600.  Steep but you might have the only one in the country.

I found a great blog entry ( that gives a great explainer on what makes the  Terra Racing replicas special:

The R6K models were the first true SP's. They sported the similar gold Magtek magnesium wheels as before, but now with the benchmark 150/60 series tyre, first seen on the R5K. This new SP also had adjustable suspension front and rear; spring preload and rebound dampening on the front, and spring preload, rebound, and compression dampening on the rear, and an all new dry clutch based on the RS250 race bikes. Released to compete with Yamaha's new TZR250 Reverse Cylinder, Suzuki's first RGV250, and Kawasaki's KR1, it was (and still is) an extremely competent road and race bike capable of in excess of 70hp in full race trim! All R6K SP's were only produced in white and silver Terra Racing colours.


This might be the best picture:  it looks pretty darn clean and better yet, corrosion hasn't begun.  If you've owned a bike from Japan where that salty air has gotten the better of it you know why I pointed out the lack of corrosion.  By the way, it only has 8,000 miles on it and it looks completely stock.  Pissed you don't live in the UK yet?

 Now that will finish off a nice Honda collection.

It's from a little earlier (1987) but will still take you back. All Japan Series action:


Note: The great brochure images in this post are generously made available by Jamie's NSR Homepage. Thank you Jamie!

Honda June 14, 2010 posted by

1989 Honda NSR250 In Northern California

This is a California titled and registered MC18 NSR250!

Bike: 1989 Honda NSR250(R)

Price: $5,000 USD

Location: Vallejo, California

Mileage: 23,000km (14,291mi)

This seller states that this bike has never been down and is registered for road use.  The seller also states that the only thing that isn't original on this bike is a fairing that was replaced but, it looks to have been repainted and has a solid windscreen.  The bike does have 23,000km.  The seller states "I am asking $5,000 OBO, I am aware that it is worth a lot more..."; From the MC18's we've seen, this bike is priced quite high in regards to condition but, it does have a California title so it's worth looking into.  See the other MC18 posts here.  See this bike on Craigslist here.


Honda May 20, 2010 posted by

1988 Honda NSR250 MC18 in OR

1988 Honda NSR250 MC18 in OR

A smokers delight hiding in Oregon.  It doesn't mention if it is titled but appears to have plates on it.  Among some Honda fans the MC18 is considered the closest replica to Honda's race bikes (excluding the RS's series of course).  Looks like he is asking $3,800 and might consider a trade. 



Check it out on Portland Craigslist here.


Honda August 6, 2009 posted by

1989 Honda NSR250 MC18

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area is a 1989 Honda NSR250R that has been sitting.  Now, normally I wouldn't post this bike, however, it is listed for only $1,500.  The bike is a Japanese import with no title and therefore not street legal.  The bike had a fresh top end in 2003 after the motor seized, but, has sitting ever since.  The bike currently runs and everything supposedly works on the bike.  Seller states that the bike needs some TLC and a good going through.  The bike comes with several spares.  As I said, I wouldn't normally post this bike, but I feel that it is market correct at $1,500 and would make a great restoration project or track bike.  See the Bay Area Riders Forum thread here.



Honda June 7, 2009 posted by

1995 Honda NSR250 MC28

Locate in West Los Angeles, California is an untitled 1995 Honda NSR250.  MC28's are very cool, with their single sided swing arm; however, they are also have less horsepower and more weight that their earlier counterparts and use the ignition card system.  This example only claims to have 8,000km (4,970mi), but alas, the owner doesn't have a title--and I assume therefore it isn't registered either.  The owner is asking $10,000. I'm not sure if it's the California market or simply being unrealistic, but that seems quite high for an unregistered/untitled NSR250.  If the bike were registered and titled in California it probably wouldn't be too far from $10k.  If you feel that is a good price, however, see the Craigslist ad here.


If you are in the market for a NSR250 and located in the Midwest or willing to ship, I would certainly follow up on an ad posted on the Madison, Wisconsin Craigslist.  The seller claims that they have a titled and registered 1988 NSR250 MC18 located in Portage, Wisconsin.  The ad states:

Real nice, clean 1988 NSR MC18 with current plate and title in my name. Runs and looks excellent. Too many extras to list! Must see! Dyno tuned and shows 61hp. Super fun, super quick and handles like nothing else. I'm selling because I have neck problems and can't ride sport bikes comfortably any longer. Pretty firm on price but might consider trading up or down for a newer dual sport or super moto.
Email for photos and I'll send them out tuesday. But call if serious. Please don't call if you don't know what a NSR250 is or if you don't have the money. 6086175090.

At $4,000; this would be worth looking into.  See the Craigslist ad here.