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Moriwaki November 3, 2014 posted by

Pint-Sized Racer: 1992 Moriwaki MH80R

1992 Moriwaki MH80R L Side

If you watch Moto GP, particularly the Moto2 and Moto3 races that are an exercise in mayhem for the first couple laps, you may be familiar with the Name “Moriwaki.” With frames competitive at the highest levels of racing, you’d be hard-pressed to find something with this kind of heritage and performance at anywhere near an affordable price… Unless you’re okay starting small.

This Moriwaki MH80R is powered by Honda’s CR80 two-stroke dirt bike engine and was designed to provide an affordable, entry-level racing machine. It used as many Honda parts as possible to keep initial and running costs as low as possible. This particular example has been bored-out to 100cc’s and a dyno sheet included in the listing shows 24hp. In a bike that weighs less than many riders, that’s no joke, and should provide plenty of performance for anyone wanting to learn to race: outright power can cover up for a lot of sins and teach lazy habits as you’re learning the fast way around a racetrack.

You won’t have that problem with this little MH80R.

1992 Moriwaki MH80R R Side Rear

At this level, you need to carefully shepherd every horse, slipstreaming bikes in front to build up speed for a pass, willing yourself to be smaller to fit in behind the windscreen as you cling to the tank like a motorized lamprey, using the brakes as little as possible, and hanging on to every mph for dear life.

1992 Moriwaki MH80R Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Moriwaki MH80R for Sale.

Selling my Moriwaki MH80R GP bike, setup for CMRA F4 Sprint competition. This bike is a gray market import from Japan, and I bought it from another racer at the end of 2012. The motor is from a Honda CR85, and has been built to 100cc displacement by local guru Billy Wiese using a stroker crank and the Wiseco 5050 piston kit. Brand new topend (zero hours) installed by AF1 Racing, where it was dyno tested and made within 1hp of a Aprilia RS125. The bike has magnesium wheels from a Honda RS125 and a front brake from a Honda CBR600 F3. The suspension consists of RaceTech emulators in the front and a custom RaceTech 3-way shock in the back, all built and tuned by Roger Albert of OnRoad OffRoad Cycles.

The bike easily outruns Ninja 250s, given that it weighs well under 200lbs and can top 100mph. Selling because I’ve moved up to larger bikes for sprinting, and am only doing endurance races on lightweights. The bike is untitled, and I will include a bill of sale.

Many spares are included: Second CR85 engine (needs new bottom end); full exhaust system; clutch plates; original Moriwaki wheels and brake system (good for a rain setup); a full complement of front and rear sprockets; a box full of various gaskets, rings, spare parts, etc.

1992 Moriwaki MH80R Spares

The seller helpfully includes a pair of videos of the bike in action here and here to whet your appetite. With just about 24 hours left and a $3,000 Buy It Now price, this could be your chance to get a little track day toy that will teach you the Art of Momentum Conservation that will hold you in good stead as you move up to 600’s and 1000’s.


1992 Moriwaki MH80R R Side Front

Pint-Sized Racer: 1992 Moriwaki MH80R
Sport Bikes For Sale October 4, 2014 posted by

The Real Thing: 2010 Moriwaki MD600 Moto2 Race Bike for Sale

2010 Moriwaki Moto2 L Side

I normally don’t choose bikes from outside the continental US to post, but this Moriwaki MD600 is cool enough I thought I’d make an exception. The listing doesn’t include much information, but if you’re seriously considering dropping 40-large on this, you probably already know what you’re looking at.

2010 Moriwaki Moto2 Front Rear

For the tourists:

This is a genuine race bike, used in anger during the 2010 Moto2 season, sponsored by Holiday Gym and ridden by Yannick Guerra. A stepping-stone to the premier class of bikes, Moto2 replaced the two-stroke 250 GP class when the series went to four-stroke engines: riders in Moto2 are looking to prove themselves worthy of a shot at the big leagues.

2010 Moriwaki Moto2 Front Wheel

All Moto2 bikes use the exact same, box-stock 600cc four-cylinder Honda engines, with no internal modifications allowed. The goal is to keep costs down and allow the riders, not the machines to shine. What this means is that competition is extremely fierce: with power a non-issue, winning and losing is down to rider and chassis performance.

If you’ve never bothered to watch a Moto2 race, the first lap is absolute mayhem, with the entire grid fighting for the same few feet of real estate in the first couple of corners.

2010 Moriwaki Moto2 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 2010 Moriwaki MD600 for Sale

This Motorbike was for a Racing Team from the World Championship Motorbike of Moto2 (Holiday Gym) that leaves the competition for a few years.The bike sells because don´t need it more. The pilot was Yannick Guerra. For more information don´t hesitate to contact me, THANKS!
Comes with easels Moriwaki Titanium
We have many parts, tyres, brakes, wheels… Could be included on the price.
Also have an aluminiun Box to the bike transit.
If you are really interested could be a great deal.

I’m assuming “easels Moriwaki Titanium” means “titanium Moriwaki front and rear stands”. Which is nice. As you can see from the photos, the package also includes the MoTeC electronics package, digital dash, and suspension potentiometers, all bagged up and ready to install.

2010 Moriwaki Moto2 Parts

By race-bike standards, the MD600 is very conventional: an aluminum beam frame with top-shelf, race-spec Öhlins suspension at both ends. But as the saying goes: “if it ain’t broke…”

If you’re a well-heeled track-day enthusiast, this might be your ticket to nirvana. Or if you’re a collector, looking for a modern race bike to add to your collection, this one looks very clean. Or maybe you’re building your own race or track monster, just looking for a killer collection of top-flight components? I wonder what those suspenders, and all that electronics gear would go for new…


2010 Moriwaki Moto2 L Tank

The Real Thing: 2010 Moriwaki MD600 Moto2 Race Bike for Sale
Moriwaki November 1, 2013 posted by

Yes, Yes, Yes, Oh No! Moriwaki Zero VX-7 VFR750R (RC30) Frame

Yes! Some Suzuka 8 Hour tech (circa 1990) to make your RC30 that much cooler.

Yes, it is the real deal.  I wonder how many were made.

Yes, I’m still excited about it.  Too my amateur eye it looks more robust.   RC30/Moriwaki experts;  point out the differences from OEM for me.

Oh no!!!!  Yeah, she has a slight imperfection.  Mr. Welder; is that even salvageable?  Worth buying or not, I thought it was a cool item to see and I have to thank Dan RC for sharing the link with us on our Facebook page.

Click for the auction.

Yes, Yes, Yes, Oh No!  Moriwaki Zero VX-7 VFR750R (RC30) Frame
Honda June 5, 2013 posted by

Brand New! 2012 Honda NSF250R


This cutting-edge Honda NSF250R would have made it to the pages of rare even if it had a few track days or races under its belt. What makes this one special is that it is reportedly brand new and available for immediate delivery in Southern California.


The NSF250R is a single cylinder four stroke GP bike meant to fill the gap left by the demise of the 125cc series. Unlike the Moriwaki MD250H which utilizes a modified production CRF250X motor, the NSF250R offers a purpose built engine mated to a modified RS125 chassis. The resulting package is potent: 35+ HP and 185 lbs.


From the seller:
2012 Honda NSF250R. The 2013 model is the same as the 2012. HRC made no changes to the bike. Bike comes with what spares you see in the pictures. There is no title for the bike. Bike is sold with a bill of sale only.


That pupose-built performance will cost you. A Moriwaki retails for just about $13,000. The NSF250R retails for more than twice that number. Another little known fact is that these are “customer” racebikes available directly from your dealer. A number of Honda dealers in the US have the HRC blessing to deal in both the MD250H as well as the NSF250R – 45 in all according to some research. Of course stock on hand might be limited….


This 2012 spec NSF250R is available today via auction. The opening ask is $20,200 – which is a substantial $8k discount over the MSRP for this bike. The BIN number for this one is the same $20,200. Looks like the first bidder wins the prize! Check out the bike and pictures here, and enjoy a video of a different NSF250R on a track courtesy of the German publication Mororrad.


Moriwaki April 17, 2013 posted by

Lost Identity, Can You Help? 1983 Moriwaki Framed Honda CBX750 (Maybe)

mori right

mori naked right

My guess;  it is.  The frame is a work of art, it has Moriwaki components and basically just oozes  80’s Japanese exotica.  I tried to do a little research on the internets and this picture of a 1985 model  is about as close as I could find.

The story:

We imported this bike to New Zealand from Japan a few years agoWe arent really sure what is is, was in Moriwaki colours when arrived and has TTF1 spec RC17 Honda CBX750 engine, running 33mm CR Carbs and Moriwaki exhaust.There is no frame number on the all alloy Hand built frame, The frame looks like a moriwaki F3 frame as seen in Japanese Racer Magazine #20.Has Magnesium 17″ front wheel with Moriwaki cast into it and 18″ magnesium rear.Floating Iron discs and Brembo calipersOhlins rear shocks (still have origional KYB) 40mm forksMoriwaki is engraved on ther rearsets, alloy fuel tank.We are not selling this bike as a moriwaki as we dont know that is is one, I have sent images to the Moriwaki Facebook page seeking info but no reply.

Has been competing successfully in NZ and performs very well.

Any questions please feel free to ask

Happy to Freight worldwide

mori left

At first glance, I almost see early GSXR.  Have you spotted the high mount oil cooler?  Can anyone confirm the trivia that Mamura Moriwaki was the son in law of Pops Yoshimura?

mori carbs

Engineering at its finest.  By the way, do a Google image search for “Moriwaki TT-F1”, you won’t regret it.


 mori subframe

 I know they are meant to be ridden but this is another one I could just stare at all day.  I would love to know more about  the TT-F1 spec motor.  TT-F1 bikes always seemed to be the exotic of the the exotic.


mori naked left

Be it collector or vintage racer, I’d think this bike would be appealing to quite a few people.  Obviously New Zealand isn’t next door but if there is a will…

Here is the auction.



Honda June 26, 2011 posted by

3 Honda Moriwaki MD250’s For Sale!

3 Honda Moriwaki MD250’s

Location: The OWB
Mileage: N/A
Price: $25,000.00

Following on the heels of my Peter Lenz Forever 45 post I thought it fitting to blog about a few Moriwaki MD250s that Peter raced against.

These are ex Nick McFadden Vesrah Bikes and there are 3 to choose from or if you have the means and desire- all 3 of them can be yours. Once again, I’m ashamed to say that I don’t know any racers so I have no affiliation with Mark Junge or Nick McFadden, but these are way cool machines and are for sale.

3- 2008 Honda Moriwaki MD 250’s for sale.

2 stock bikes
1 hot-rod with Graves exhaust ( built by Mark Junge from Vesrah Suzuki )
1 spare motor
2 spare sets of wheels ( 1-stock, 1- after market )
5 boxes of spares ranging from seals, sprockets, and exhaust to much much more )

3rd bike not pictured but can send pics at request. Will sale separate.

I had the pleasure of watching Nick rail around MotoGP Indy last year and I must say all of the up and coming young riders look fantastic out on the circuit. I don’t think were gonna have a shortage of representation in MotoGP anytime soon.

The little Honda powered Moriwaki’s, in stock trim, are said to put out 33hp and 18 lbft of torque. Seems pretty paltry, but considering it weighs in at about 200 pounds it should go like the wind. I know all of you liter bike guys are out there shaking your collective heads and calling it nasty names like ‘Chicken Chaser’, but for the little guys it plenty. Go ahead and laugh, but I’d rock one all day long at the track or as a commuter. Ooops, I forgot these are racers only.. dang it!

As I said before I had to opportunity to watch these very bikes in action at Indy and I had my trusty Nikon with me. A quick search through my photo archives turned up a decent shot of Nick on board the Vesrah sponsored 250.

I wish the owner all the luck in selling these because it would be a shame to have them sitting in some dark corner of the shop.

If you’re interested to own a purpose built racer.



Moriwaki March 4, 2011 posted by

Moriwaki So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades: 2008 Moriwaki MD250

Moriwaki So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades: 2008 Moriwaki MD250

Has anyone else noticed the colors of 1985 are making a comeback? Day-glow colors are back baby! Have you seen Rossi and Haydens 2011 bikes? In fact, i’m wearing my old day-glow Gotcha shorts while writing this. The comical part is the 16 year old that will probably end up with this bike would have been born in 1995; so it’s new to him.

No fat asses allowed! Sounds like it is practically a brand new bike, read on:

This is a very special bike. I bought this bike to sponsor a rider for 2 races.
This bike has 3 practice sessions and 2 races on it.
The bike is painted with a Flight Comp., Inc color scheme.
Condition of the bike is excellent. Rides awesome and this is a perfect bike for the track.

Has anyone ridden one yet? How close to a 125 two stroke is it? I think for a track day guy the only debate would be maintenance cost. Do you want the latest and greatest like the MD250 or do you want any easily and cheaply serviceable 125 two stroke?

If all goes well the next photo is you and the trophy girl. It looks like there is a Moriwaki MD250 Cup series starting world wide from the looks of Moriwaki’s website. I hope some of the other manufactures jump in to add some spice to this up and coming class and Moto 3. This particular bike is up for auction and has a BIN of $9,500. .


Honda January 7, 2011 posted by

Track Toys: 2001 Honda RS250 & 2008 Moriwaki MD250H

Track Toys:  2001 Honda RS250 & 2008 Moriwaki MD250H

The past and the present in one post.  One’s a little rough and one looks spotless.  Take your pic, load em up and have fun at the track.


Two strokes to the front of the line even if they are a little rough.  Hey, its a track bike not a museum piece!  What strikes me is that even at ten years old this Honda still looks the business.  That looks like a healthy spares package to keep you going even if you toss down the track a time or two.

GP tech trickle down.  It sounds like the seller has engine well sorted.

The details:

Welcome to my auction! You are bidding on a 2001 Honda RS250, two-stroke race motorcycle. This light-weight, GP style bike is incredibly nimble and fast on the track. Engine has zero miles on a professionally installed and dyno tuned bottom end. Comes with a huge assortment of spares and parts – please see pictures and comments below. This bike is sold as-is, no warranty and no title.

I finished 8th in the 2005 250/50 on this bike. It runs even better now. Dyno printout available from MCE Racing showing a beautiful power curve with a setup that will last (mild jetting). I was doing 1:28s and I am not a small rider (6′ 200lbs). This bike is very capable and still very fast. I just started it and it started right up and runs great.
Never seized, lowsided once in T5 at Willow. There’s too many spares to list them all so I took photos. It has sat since having the bottom end done in 2007 by MCE Racing. Needs TLC and some rubber items replaced but mechanically is ready to go. Brand new, never mounted or painted Shark Skins upper and lower. The tail fairing has some damage that was fiberglassed and some black primer applied. Sould be filled, sanded and made to look new again. Only used A747 for as long as I have had it.
Frame is straight, motore like new, tons of spares. With some cleanup and a few small parts it’s ready for the track again.
– New bottom end: Bottom end rebuild done by Kevin Murray from MCE racing. Haven’t ridden it since. Started every few Months to run some fuel through it in the driveway. Top end is fresh with pistons mileage of approx 100mi.
– Bike has typical wear and tear from use on the track (see pictures). For sure tank is rought but there are no leaks on this tank so it’s completely cosmetic.
– This bike has been stored covered in a large garage since 2006. It has a lot of dust and some cleaning will really make it shine. The rebuild was done because we were going to race it again.
– Second owner. Bike was imported from Japan in 2005 from RSCycles. All spares included with this sale. See photos.
– Radiator has some dents and dings but does not leak
– This bike is sold as is and is a genuine GP racebike.
– This item is for sale locally. We reserve the right to end the auction early if it’s sold locally.
There is definitely some interest in this package with several bidding already.  The seller has a buy it now price of $5,500 if you’ve already made up your mind.    .
If you are seriously getting into racing then you know that my whining about the death of two strokes is pointless.  That ship has sailed and this bike is really the first of the new generation of customer race bikes.  This one might be a couple of years old but it looks like it has been meticulously maintained.

Moriwaki does have very nice Engliash website.  There is a whole section on the MD250H that includes the whole story of its’ development.

 The info:

This is a 2008 Moriwaki MD250H Grand Prix racing motorcycle. Its frame is built by Moriwaki. The suspension and wheels are by Honda. The motor is a stock Honda CRF250X Motor. These bikes are sold by Honda ready to race out of the box. Honda also pays prize money on them for performance in the USGPRU National Road Racing Series. This bike was raced by Gerry Signorelli to finish 4th in the national championship standings in the USGPRU Moto3 and 125GP classes. 

The entire bike has just been gone through with all bearings and chassis parts cleaned, lubed, and re-torqued to spec. The motor has only 100 miles on it since getting a brand new top end with beryllium valve seats. It has new a new piston, rings, pin, re-honed cylinder, fresh valves and seats. It is in very good shape. There are also spare parts available. It was meticulously maintained. Oils were changed every 100 miles with Motul full synthetic racing lubricants. The bikes are ~$13,000 brand new from Honda and each race won on them has the potential to earn $2,000 in prize money from Honda. 
It has been dyno tuned to run optimally. There is a small dent in the exhaust with a minor scratch. The fairing is in good shape. The performance levels of this bike enable it to go around corners much faster than any bigger sport bike. 
This bike is not a titled vehicle. It is only allowed on race tracks. It weighs ~190 pounds.  Buyers must place a deposit of $500 immediately to hold bike after auction. The remainder of the balance must be paid by the buyer within three days of the auction ending. Bike is in Colorado Springs, CO. Buyer is responsible for paying the costs of shipping and this can be arranged with seller after auction. There is also an option to have the seller deliver the bike for an additional price. Buyer is welcome to travel to the bike to pick it up as well. 


And the caption would read, “This could be you: as long as you are tiny!”.  This is also an Ebay bike with a starting price of $6,000 and a BIN of  $7,499.  That price doesn’t look out of line with what I saw with quick search of the internets.  If you can squeeze into that cockpit,  place your bid here.