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Honda March 20, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR 250RR MC22

Update 3.30.2018: Sold to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This little Texas Tornado (with a nod to Colin Edwards) embodies the spirit of what RSBFS is all about. A high-revving, razor-sharp handling, tasty morsel of forbidden exotica, this grey bike was successfully imported, plated and titled in the United States. At the highest level, this is a story with a happy ending. Because even now as the current owner places it for sale, it becomes available to all who ride – not just those with the means and skills to import. And this is one bike that you need to ride.

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR 250RR MC22 for sale in Texas!

As we learned from the two stroke lessons through the 1980s, Japanese home market restrictions placed a huge amount of emphasis on smaller classes. Long derided as beginner bikes in the cubic-inch hungry US, the Japanese cultivated a rich and amazingly technical cadre of sub 500cc machinery. Far from a beginner bike, this 250cc example sports a liquid-cooled, inline four cylinder powerplant with four valves per cylinder and a redline that extended into the 20,000 RPM range. Sophisticated suspension bolted to a light-but-stiff aluminum frame gives this 45 HP / 300 LB racer a fighting chance when facing down much larger competition.

From the seller:
I have an immaculate 1990 Honda CBR 250RR MC22, It is fully legal and was imported in full compliance with US laws. It is registered in my name with all paper work done and inspection through February 2019. Texas blue title in hand.

For those of you who don’t know, this bike was never sold in the US. It is a 250CC inline 4 cylinder 4 stroke motorcycle that revs up to ~20,000 RPM. It is a 1990 model so there was no limiter. Do a quick YouTube search on what the bike sounds like to give you an idea.

More from the seller:
This bike is practically flawless. Runs perfectly and strong and was imported via a popular JDM Motorcycle importer based in the east coast where the bike was inspected head-to-toe. Along with a cosmetic restoration, the bike went through a full mechanical inspection including the engine and carburetors, clutch and transmission, front and rear suspension, brakes and cables, all lights and electrics, and the fuel, oil, & coolant systems.

More from the seller:
There are new fairings on the bike in perfect condition with no scratches, dents or blemishes. I have owned the bike for about 2 months and have never dropped it, but there are scratches on the engine case and exhaust can as the PO in Japan had a spill at low speeds. This damage is pretty insignificant considering the age of the bike and I still deemed it worthy to import here to the States. There is one LED out in the tachometer cluster (around 10k RPM) but you can still see your RPMs even at night from the other LEDs. I believe in full transparency when selling my vehicles and I am a motorcycle enthusiast through and through. This is the only issue (if you would even call it that) with the bike. In the sale I will include 1 extra Honda Key, an OEM Honda Regulator and cable ($150 not including shipping from Australia), and an OEM Honda air filter.

More from the seller:
Last but not least this bike was meant to be ridden. It would be great fun in and around the city, and even more fun on the track. Easily the most fun bike I’ve ever ridden in my life. It is a rider’s bike. I put a lot of money into getting this bike here and getting it fully legal. That being said since I’ve done all the leg work and the bike is now turn-key, I believe my price is pretty fair, but I have room for a little negotiation.

Price: $6,000

What you are looking at is a bone fide rare import that is also a rider. It has been legally and correctly brought into the US, and is looking for its next home. Bigger riders may find the cockpit a bit cozy, and forward motion will be affected by the additional gravity (physics, after all, does impose limitations), but few riders could step off of this bike without a gigantic grin. If you are a rider that aches for an apex, are up to the challenge of dealing with tens of thousands of revs, and want to distance yourself from the cookie-cutter crowd, your mad motor scooter has arrived. Serious shoppers should drop Kenny a line at ksl.hoang@gmail.com. Good Luck!!

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR 250RR MC22
Honda March 8, 2017 posted by

Carts and Horses – 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22

With the sporty styling of its better-endowed siblings, the CBR250RR was a new rider’s showroom dream in 1990’s Japan.  The sweet-handling lightweight was rarely exported from the island by the factory, which makes it a fine entrant to the rarity sweepstakes elsewhere.  Though many have come to us by way of a hard life down under, this gem is undamaged and boasts a Washington state title.

1990 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

The RR had the right numbers of everything, if just a bit smaller.  The 249cc inline four had four tiny Keihin carbs, alloy perimeter frame, twin front disks.  Gear driven cams deliver a quite healthy 45 hp with 350 lb. wet weight equaling almost unequaled responsiveness.  The full fairing had a pretty chiseled nose, great factory graphics, and a handy sandwich compartment under the pillion seat ( for which, ironically, there are no footpegs ).

Listed by a parts re-seller, this CBR shows just over 9,000 miles and looks better than 9/10ths.  A lot of glamour shots and this description in the eBay auction:

All of the body panels are original and in good condition, there are no major cracks or major nicks anywhere just some light scratches here and there. The wheels are also in excellent condition with perfect paint and no major chips anywhere. Even the windscreen is original and in great condition. Basically the motorcycle is a 9 out of 10 cosmetically.

Mechanically the bike runs and rides perfect. All of the electrical components work as they should; lights, blinkers, horn, speedo, tach, temp gauge, all work properly. The bike just had a full service tune up including new tires, mechanically everything was inspected and replaced if necessary, all fluids were flushed.

Though the factory was busy racing the two stroke RS250, the light four cylinder was a winning solution for the road, and re-affirming their faith in light sports, the factory commissioned a new CBR250 twin last fall.  The auction has a surprising number of bids, and while the bidding hasn’t gotten crazy give it time.  This CBR might be hard to catch in the twisties and harder yet at auction…

-donn

Carts and Horses – 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22
Honda December 17, 2016 posted by

Quarter-Liter Screamer: 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22 for Sale

Small-displacement, entry-level sportbikes are a tough sell here in the USA. With an emphasis on big bikes, no licensing limitations, and lots of cheap used machines available, there’s little incentive for new riders to pick up something like today’s Honda CBR250RR. Which explains why they were never sold here in the first place, although examples have recently been finding their way over here, mixed in with the other, formerly unobtainable two-stroke exotica that often features on this site.

Produced between 1986 and 1996, the CBR250RR was intended mainly for the Japanese market, although some found their way to other countries as grey market imports, obviously in places where someone might spend the premium required for such a relatively sophisticated machine.

The spec sheet reads like a much bigger bike, with four tiny pistons and sixteen valves operated by gear-driven cams, with a six-speed gearbox putting 40hp to the rear wheel. The wet weight of 350lbs isn’t quite as light as one of the better-known 250cc two-strokes, but you do get that sophisticated metallic shriek as the bike winds around to 19,000rpm and the bike has excellent handling.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR for Sale

The 1992 Honda CBR250RR MC22 is from a golden era of sportbikes. With a water cooled 4 valve per cylinder inline 4 with dual overhead gear driven cams that redlines at 19,000rpms. I cannot think of any modern small displacement bike that comes with an engineering feet such as these bikes. Honda was at the top of their game in this era. Not only does the bike rev to 19,000rpms  but it is the linear progression and feel when you’re doing it that is truly unreal.  few bikes that share the sensation of riding this bike. I’m always amazed when I look down at the tach and see I have 10,000 more rpms before I hit redline. Haha. Weighing just above 300lbs and having 45hp it is actually lighter and has more power than a brand new CBR300. I have a few friends who claim they are only about 10 of these bikes in the states. I don’t know if that’s true but I only know of about 8 of them. Most in private collections. 

The bike in the auction was legally imported from Japan and is currently registered in my name. When I got this bike the fork tubes were pitted and the seals were shot. I purchased brand new fork tubes from GF Racing and the forks were completely rebuilt with all new seals and bushings. All the fluids were flushed and replaced…..brakes bled, oil and coolant changed and etc. New tires were installed and the carbs were cleaned. Brand new battery. Brand new chain and sprockets. 

The seller also includes a video of the bike being started and running. This particular CBR250RR looks to be very clean, with less than 4,000 miles on the odometer and just a few minor scuffs and bits of surface corrosion. The problem with the little CBR is one of value for the money: for all that sophistication and complexity, you’re still looking at a 250cc four-stroke so power is predictably modest, even given the bike’s light weight. Here in the US, it’s a very sweet little novelty bike that’s probably a lot of fun to thrash, with that stratospheric redline and cam-gear whine but, as asking prices have crept up, they make less and less sense. Obviously, not everyone agrees with me on this: bidding is very active on this bike, and up north of $6,000 with just about 24 hours left on the auction.

-tad

Quarter-Liter Screamer: 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22 for Sale
Honda November 9, 2016 posted by

Tiny Terror: 1990 Honda CBR250RR for Sale

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Displacement creep means that although a 750cc motorcycle was considered big in the 1970s, it’s barely a middleweight now. And while there used to be a variety of sophisticated, small-displacement motorcycles, these days anything under 600cc’s is considered “entry-level” and probably has just one or two cylinders. Surprisingly for a quarter-liter machine, the Honda CBR250RR is powered by an engine with four tiny pistons and sixteen jewel-like valves operated by gear-driven cams, with a six-speed gearbox putting a very reasonable 40hp to the rear wheel. The wet weight of 350lbs isn’t quite two-stroke territory, but the bike is still an excellent handler and the shriek of those little oily bits spinning at 18,000 rpm might make up for that somewhat.

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Produced between 1986 and 1996, the CBR250RR was sold mainly in Japan, although some found their way to other countries as grey market imports. Here in the USA, they are as rare as hen’s teeth, but will likely become a bit more common as importers scoop up these relatively common machines in Japan and ship them over here, alongside the usual NSRs, TZRs, and RGVs…

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From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22 for Sale

Red and white version very rare bike for the USA. Perfect, like-new fork tubes. 17,000km. The carbs were recently cleaned hand have new floats, gaskets, NGK plugs, air element, and runs perfect. The only defect is the trip meter knob was broken when shipped to me in crate with body set upper was off and has a spare speedo set with 22,000km to install later. New o-ring chain, new Pilot Power tires, near new F/R OEM discs, Motul oil and filter change. Valves were adjusted and checked for proper tolerance. The bike has a new aftermarket body set, the only difference is the white is not a a pearl white but is very high quality fit and finish. The tank is very clean except for two light scrapes and light indentation. It comes with the original body set that has a few scrapes but still very clean. Has an English service and parts manual. Imported last year, no title, bill of sale only. Import documents provided, not sure if it can be titled in California and is your responsibility.

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The Buy It Now price for this little beauty is $8,500 which is, I think, ambitious. It is a very cool motorcycle, but these seem to generally sell in the $5,000 range, on those rare occasions they come up for sale. Obviously, the usual “make sure you check with your local DMV” admonishments apply here. It’s in excellent condition and miles are relatively low though, so I’m curious to see if some quirky collector decides that this little bike is worth that big chunk of change…

-tad

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Tiny Terror: 1990 Honda CBR250RR for Sale
Honda May 4, 2016 posted by

Tiny Screamer: 1989 Honda CBR250RR for Sale

 

1989 Honda CBR250RR R Side

Grey Market Week continues with another weird and wonderful small-displacement sportbike from Honda, the CBR250RR. At a glance, it might be easy to dismiss this little 250 as a primitive commuter like the current CBR300, since these days, that’s exactly what you’ll get. The CBR, Ninja 300, R3 are all clearly built as budget-friendly options and even KTM’s RC390 is a simple, economical thumper. But this 1989 CBR250RR features a gear-driven inline four with an absolutely shrieking 19,000rpm redline and a 115mph top speed.

1989 Honda CBR250RR L Side Front

The non-adjustable front forks speak to the fact that the bike is intended more for learners than professional road-racers, but the triple disc brakes, six-speed gearbox, lightweight aluminum construction, and the aforementioned powerplant speak to a much more sophisticated package than entry-level machines generally offer. 40hp isn’t going to set the world on fire compared to most modern machines but, when it’s pushing just 350lbs wet, there’s plenty of performance on tap to entertain.

1989 Honda CBR250RR Dash

The CBR250 was produced between 1986 and 1996 primarily for the Japanese market and other countries that featured tiered licensing systems, where riders are often “stuck” riding smaller-engined machines until they reach a certain age or have had their motorcycle endorsement for a set period of time.

1989 Honda CBR250RR R Side Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda CBR250RR for Sale

Just imported through U.S. Customs this Spring, this 1989 CBR250RR comes with a title ready to be transferred into your name in your state.

Your new CBR250 is showing just 9,776 original miles (15,732 kilometers) on the odometer so it is a clean, lower mileage bike that runs well. The fairing bodywork is original with only a few cracks and I can’t find any evidence of crash damage or tip-over damage anywhere except those cracks. The foot pegs and bar ends and lever ends and even the original Honda muffler are in good shape with no scuffs or road rash, the original seat is in good condition too and the mirror stems are vibration cracked but the mirror ends are scuff free so no accidents. Triple drilled discs and a dual seat option make for nice features on this bike, the tires have ok tread but they should be replaced next riding season. The cracks are pointed out here; 1 barely visible on the left side corner of the front fairing by the headlight and one on the rear taillight panel. The largest of the three cracks is on the left fairing under the seat. You can see it in the pics and the video before it was shipped to the United States. All in all a very clean used 250R.

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 four-stroke streetbike. This motorcycle is already titled in the United States and ready to be transferred into your name just like any other vehicle purchase so the US Customs documents and EPA documents are not needed but I will include them in the sale of this bike so you have documentation your new CBR was legally imported.

1989 Honda CBR250RR L Side Fairing

The seller also includes a clip of the bike running before it was loaded up for transport to the US. This bike clearly isn’t pristine, with some discoloration on both plastic and metal surfaces, but with bidding is up to just $3,500 or thereabouts, this still looks like a pretty cool machine for the price. Bidding is very active on this one, with several days left on the auction, so apparently I’m not alone in feeling that way. Obviously, a CBR250RR is a bit more of a novelty than a serious sportbike here in the USA, but it’s probably worth it just for the soundtrack and, unlike bigger 1000cc or even 600cc counterparts, you’ll actually have to rev the nuts off it to actually make any progress on the road, meaning you can fully experience that tiny mechanical symphony!

-tad

1989 Honda CBR250RR L Side

Tiny Screamer: 1989 Honda CBR250RR for Sale
Aprilia April 15, 2012 posted by

Mailbag Monday

Another bursting at the seams week at the mailbox for us! Thank you to all the sellers and submitters who emailed.

Have a good week,

dc

We’ll start with this great spot from Garrett on Denver Craigslist for this 1986 Suzuki GSX-R Limited. 5200 miles and $8200.

Next Dan spotted this 08 Aprilia RSV 1000R Bol d’Or. While under the awesome war paint it’s a regular RSV, there were supposedly just 200 of these produced world wide. Plus the 76th running of the Bol d’Or endurance race was this past weekend.

Patrick sent us this custom 1980 Honda CBX in Florida. A very trick ride to be certain!

Jason emailed to alert us that his 1990 Honda MC22 CBR250RR is for sale in Ontario, Canada. Just 441km’s and asking $8200 CAD. Good luck with the sale Jason!

Scott spotted this 1987 Honda Hurricane 600 in Philadelphia. Picture isn’t great but shows promise at just $2k.

Next up, Rob emailed us his 1994 Honda CR500 super moto. Normally I wouldn’t post this kind of thing but I have to admit I’m quite intrigued as to what this 500c 2 stroke, street-legal, monster must be like to ride! Good luck with the sale Rob.

Dan email us his 1984 Kawasaki Ninja 900 in Tulsa, OK. Many extras and luggage include for $3500. Good luck with the sale!

Russel email us this 1989 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 for sale in Florida for $5500. It’s a project that is “99%” ready and needs the carbs installed. Looks good enough to find out more though.

dc

Honda August 1, 2011 posted by

Four Stroke Screamer- ’92 Honda CBR250RR (MC22)

Location: Mount Prospect, Illinois
Mileage: 5,000
Price: Auction, $5,000 starting bid

So I will just say this right up front. This is a killer bike, that is truly rare, but is not exactly represented here very well. There is barely any description on the bike, the mileage is listed as strictly 5,000 (hard to imagine it’s 5,000 on the dot) and really not a lot of pictures. Anyone who keeps an eye on RSBFS would probably know that a bike like this would usually come with a great bit of detail.

Well, this one doesn’t. But, because the CBR250RR is such a monster ride, I decided to write it up anyway. So I guess approach with caution, but if it does work out, well then, welcome to your new awesome ride.

Here’s the pictures-

Here’s the brief, make that very brief, description from the seller-

Honda CBR250RR.  Excellent condition.  Only 5000 miles.  Clean IL title.

So really not much there. But if you want a little more about the CBR250RR, here it is: This is a four stroke 16v in-line four cylinder. Yep, not a two stroke as many bikes in the 250 world are (NSR, TZR, for example). So this thing is is going to scream. And at a claimed 40 bhp  at 14,500 rpm and roughly 315 lbs in weight, this will be a fun ride.

There you have it. I love the idea of a four stroke in-line four. I love CBR’s. I would suspect you would want to get much more history on this bike to be comfortable purchasing as I know I would. But these don’t pop up all that often, so it’s always good to have an opportunity. If you feel like digging a little more on this machine, check out this auction!

-RN