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Featured Listing September 19, 2018 posted by

Sponsored Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale

As the old saying goes, “It’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow.” That’s not to say it isn’t supremely fun to ride a fast bike fast, but let’s be honest here: most riders aren’t really capable of riding modern superbikes anywhere near their limit, even on a race track. And it also brings up the fact that today’s sportbikes are so fast, you can’t possibly access their full performance on the road without taking massive risks with your body and license. That’s not so much a problem with today’s Featured Listing, a Honda CBR400RR.

1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for sale on eBay

For most Americans, referencing the CBR400RR or “Baby Blade” just results in quizzical looks. But that’s no surprise, since the bike only recently became eligible for import here, and the CBR400 is still tricky to register if you have a strict DMV. Intended for the Japanese market, the bike has surprisingly sophisticated specifications for something with such a small engine.

It really is a miniature superbike: 399cc sixteen valve inline four with gear-driven cams and a six-speed gearbox. An aluminum beam frame, instead of the CBR600’s steel unit, with adjustable suspension front and rear. Power was 59hp stock, with another 10hp or so available with a bit of tuning and dry weight was a claimed 360lbs, so performance was pretty sprightly, in spite of the limited power. Interestingly, it was sold alongside the V4-engined VFR400R, so Honda had two different 400cc sportbikes available for sale at the same time.

This example is being offered up by our friends at Iconic Motorbikes in Marina Del Rey, California. I've seen it in person and, other than the surface corrosion visible on the fork legs and footpeg brackets, something common on Japanese imports and bikes exposed to the ocean air, it's complete and very sharp-looking.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale 

**NOT LEGAL FOR ROAD USE IN CA, TRACK ONLY!  OK FOR REGISTRATION IN MOST OTHER STATES**

Honda CBR400RR which is also known as an NC29.

These little 400's are very hard to find in the USA and even more rare on the road. The ones that you do find are typically REALLY rough or loaded with oxidation or aftermarket bodywork.

This little gem however only has less then 9,400 miles (15,063 km), all 100% stock and original and ready for a new owner.  She starts right up with a little bit of choke and has a smooth throttle curve thereafter. If you're looking for something that you'll likely never see pull up next to you on the road... this is your girl!

Quick note, notice the oxidation on the rearsets and fork legs.  Pretty much it's only major flaw but again, very common on Japanese imports and a super easy fix.  We have our own media blaster so we could essentially clean them up for the buyer if required but there's some shop time involved for pulling the forks and rearsets apart.  Either or 🙂

As the seller clearly indicates: if you live in California, don't even think about it, unless you are looking to build a small-displacement race bike, or just plan to display the bike. Bike currently has Arizona plates. Otherwise, this is one sweet little machine and would be plenty of fun on your local back road. The starting bid is $7,400 with no takers as yet, and a couple days left on the auction.

-tad

Sponsored Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale
Honda June 1, 2018 posted by

Sharp Little Blade: 1991 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale

If you're into bikes that aren't obviously compensating for something, this little Honda CBR400RR offers big-bike looks and serious refinement in a more compact, less overwhelming package. The included photos are very nice, but the seller has included just three of them, so I'll keep this post short. In general, 400cc sportbikes from this period are grey market imports: while very popular overseas and in particular in their home market of Japan, there was little to no interest in a sportbike displacing less than 600cc here in the USA.

That's unfortunate, because this "Baby Blade," so called because its bigger sibling was called the "Fireblade" in other markets, was a pretty sophisticated machine. It was powered by a 399cc inline four with sixteen valves, gear-driven twin overhead cams that was suspended in a stiff aluminum frame. The 70hp available from de-restricted versions was put through a six-speed gearbox and overall there's plenty of fun to be had on a tight canyon road.

Americans actually could pick up the CBR's close relative in the relatively obscure CB-1 that used a detuned version of the CBR's engine but replaced the aluminum frame with one made of steel. Weight was similar as the CB didn't have a fairing, but it looks like Honda might have gambled correctly in not importing the CBR, since the CB-1 didn't sell very well.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale

1991 Honda CBR400RR NC29 aka Baby Blade

Classic smaller displacement sport bike popular in Japan/UK. Imported from Japan.
Starts and runs nicely all through rev range!

Recently carb tuned and de-restricted. Bike is in KM and I added a MPH overlay.

Makes a great small displacement track bike! 

New: 

  • Pirelli Rosso Corsa
  • Screen
  • Mirrors
  • Battery
  • Tank grip
  • Axle slider

Buy It Now price is $5,500 which is a pretty decent price although you'll obviously have to be careful to verify you can register it where you live. This one is in Texas and I'm assuming it's been road-registered there since the seller has gone to the trouble to add the MPH overlay to the speedometer.

-tad

Sharp Little Blade: 1991 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale
Honda April 2, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR

Update 4.9.2018: SOLD for $5,500! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Greg at Deftone Cycles is one of a few friends of the site who consistently manages to curate a stable of top-notch grey-market bikes. This 1990 Honda CBR400RR is no different, and is being offered at no reserve.

1990 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

The bike wears Honda's signature red-white-blue fairings, which have survived their 28 years and 9,000 miles with just a few blemishes. The biggest issue, a small crack in a lower fairing, was repaired before the bike was put on offer. Aside from some aluminum oxidation here and there, the unrestored machine is otherwise very clean.

From the eBay listing:

Honda CBR400RR NC29. *** NO RESERVE *** 9,352 Miles (15,052 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Sporting the rare White Red & Blue colors. Mechanically Sorted. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest Bike. Very few scratches overall. Lower right fairing is a small crack. I reinforced it with fiberglass as not to worry about it spreading. Windscreen has hairline crack near mirror, hardly noticeable. Please see Images. Fuel tank is Rust Free. Factory white wheels are excellent. Has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. NC29-1003** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.” Imported into the States through all legal channels. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions.

The CBR400RR managed to survive a kind of odd place in Honda's lineup, wedged between the truly insane, 20,000-RPM CBR250RR, the special-feeling, V4-powered VFR400R and the CBR600. Still, in the markets where it was available from new it sold in bushels, thanks to being license-friendly, faster than the 250, cheaper than the VFR and blessed with the poise and marvelous engine Honda made its name on.

This one is nice enough to end up in a collection or be used daily. We'd probably land somewhere in the middle, reserving the beast for weekend blasts and perhaps the occasional track day.

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR
Honda November 21, 2017 posted by

Baby ‘Blade: 1992 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale

The Honda CBR400RR was designed to appeal to buyers in certain countries that were limited to bikes of smaller displacement because of tiered licensing requirements or heavy taxes on larger machines. Racing classes in those markets also existed to campaign 400cc motorcycles, and were hotly contested by the usual suspects: Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki also had smaller versions of their popular sportbikes. Honda even went a step further, and offered a second 400cc sportbike in their V4-powered VFR400R. Unlike today's smaller-displacement offerings, these were grown-up sportbikes in miniature: instead of a simple single-cylinder engine or an economical parallel-twin, the CBR400 used a 399cc inline four with sixteen valves, gear-driven twin overhead cams, backed by a six-speed gearbox, and suspended in a stiff aluminum frame. Straight-line performance was modest by today's standards, but bikes in the class had handling that was often better than their more powerful, but generally heavier siblings.

Americans saw a variation of this bike in the short-lived CB-1 that used a slightly detuned version of the CBR's inline four, including the sexy gear-driven cams, but wrapped in a steel frame instead of the CBR's lighter aluminum beam design. A lack of bodywork on the CB-1 kept the weight reasonable compared to the sportier CBR and the bike was a good handler, but Americans just weren't ready for a pricey, naked machine like that in the late 1980s. Would the CBR have sold any better, had it been brought over? America had a pretty binary motorcycling culture through the 80s and 90s: people bought sportbikes or cruisers, with little interest in more practical machines. The CBR would have been similar to Yamaha's offerings, whose little FZR400 was actually more sophisticated than the bigger-engined, but heavier, steel-framed FZR600. FZR400 is certainly a cult bike now, but its relative rarity suggests the CBR wouldn't have been much of a success at the time, although I expect it might have sold better than the CB-1.

At the end of the day, without the laws and taxes that conjured the 400cc class into being, there isn't much to recommend the bike over the CBR600 or CBR900, aside from superlative handling. The main appeal here is rarity, agility, and the fun of a motorcycle you can cane the hell out of without needing the skills of a professional racer, or a helicopter airlift ride to the nearest trauma center.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Honda CBR400RR for Sale

Very rare 1992 Honda CBR400 (baby Fireblade) NC29 legally imported from Japan and currently titled, insured and registered here in NJ. Bike has 13220 miles, fresh Motul (brake fluid, engine oil and coolant) fluids, TSR slip on, new NGK plugs, Continental Attack tires, carbs were cleaned and fuel tank drained/cleaned. This bike is very clean and in excellent condition. Please feel free to message if you have any questions. 

From the relatively low-resolution photos, this appears to be a very nice example of a cool, grey-market CBR400RR, but unfortunately the Buy It Now price is an eye-watering $9,500. New Jersey's DMV may not be as draconian as California's in terms of emissions requirements, but they're even more strict in other ways, so the NJ title and registration suggests that the seller hasn't cut any corners making this legal although, as always, caveat emptor.

-tad

Baby ‘Blade: 1992 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale
Honda August 10, 2016 posted by

Little Brother: 1994 CBR400RR NC29 Fireblade for Sale

1994 Honda CBR400RR R Side

The Honda CBR400 was produced between 1988 and 2000 and was a perfect middle step between the entry-level 250RR and the supersport 600. Don’t let that “learner bike” displacement fool you: the CBR400 was in every way a grown-up sportbike: the liquid-cooled inline-four featured gear-driven cams, a six-speed gearbox, triple disc brakes, and a lightweight, aluminum beam frame. All squeezed into a package that looked very much like a CBR900 that had been a bit shrunk in the wash… It was limited to a mere 59hp due to Japanese licensing requirements but, as you’d imagine, more power is readily available if you de-restrict it, and the resulting 70hp is more than enough to play with on the street or on tight circuits that favor handling over outright power.

1994 Honda CBR400RR Dash

This does look very similar to a CBR400 posted last month, with identical colors and similar miles, but it seems to be different bike: that one was in Georgia, this one in Canada, and some of the accessories are different as well.

From the original eBay listing: 1994 CBR400RR NC29 Fireblade for Sale

Very Rare Bike in North America. Japanese only model imported to UK, then to Canada. 4 cylinder 4 stroke beauty that makes around 65Hp. 17,300Km mileage. Beautifully engineered and top quality components of the day. 3x previous mature owners. Has large scratch on Right Engine cover from falling over during maintenance. Some other minor dings and scrapes. Never raced or dropped on road. In excellent mechanical condition: Recent full tune up to include all liquids replaced and systems flushed, Carbs cleaned, new battery, new spark plugs, valves timed and adjusted, new brake pads, new front tire, lots of rubber on rear, new chain and sprockets, Runs like new. This is a very fun bike to ride. Handles very well. Its a little bigger than a 250cc machine but has the torque and zip of larger machine thanks to the 400cc engine. Great bike for new rider looking for unique/quality ride or for Collector looking for outstanding example of early 1990's exclusive Japanese machinery. Looks just like 3/4 version of early Honda 929 models. Becoming collector item in Europe and in North America. Comes with front and rear paddock stands, shop manual (in English) and original owners manual in Japanese. Have British and Canadian paperwork. I just don't have time to ride anymore. Asking price of $5900.00 Canadian. Am willing to negotiate. Buyer responsible for pickup/delivery. Plated and registered in Province of Ontario, Canada. Serious Buyers only please, no test pilots.

1994 Honda CBR400RR R Side Tail

The $5,900 Canadian asking price equates to about $4,476 US, a very decent price for one of these, as recent CBR400s have sold in the $4,000-$5,500 range, depending on year and condition. The seller claims this has been recently serviced, features fresh rubber and is otherwise ready to roll. That black/burgundy paint scheme is pretty subtle, but I wonder if fans of the CBR are actually more interested in garish race-replica colors… In any event, the price is very reasonable, considering where recent examples have ended up. Obviously, US buyers will have to jump through some hoops after purchase, but that price is low enough to justify the effort. It’d make an ideal bike for someone of smaller stature, or someone who just wants to be different. Or someone who enjoys smoking much bigger bikes on tight roads with the throttle pinned to the stop.

-tad

1994 Honda CBR400RR Front

Little Brother: 1994 CBR400RR NC29 Fireblade for Sale
Honda March 16, 2014 posted by

Welterweight CBR: 1990 Honda CBR400RR (NC29)

Update 3.16.2014: The last time we took note of this CBR400RR was July of 2012, and before that was 2010. Maybe 2014 will be the right year for this one. Links updated. -dc

1990 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

If rare Honda’s are your thing, then you got to check out this CBR400RR. Granted, these aren’t too rare in certain other countries, but here in the US they don’t show up to often. These feature a 53hp inline four that screams to 14,500rpm while tipping the scales at roughly 360lbs dry.

OG RSBFS readers might recognize this exact bike being for sale in October 2010 (check Doug’s post here). It doesn’t look to have accumulated a single mile since the last go around and the sale ad is virtually the same, though now with more pictures.

From the Seller:

As much as it pains me to do this, I am putting up my NC29 1990 CBR-400rr for sale. I have owned this bike for years and now have a new grandson to spend my money on. My baby RR is 100% street legal and you can ride it anywhere the day you get it! NO WORK NEEDED! She has new Pilot Powers front and rear, EBC brake pads, braided lines, carbon slip-on and Motul 300v synthetic in her veins. Motul brake fluid, Fox rear shock, steering damper, F-3 rear wheel conversion (17 inch) and progressive fork springs. ALL lights and electronics are 100%. I have safety-wired most every critical bolt because frankly I don't like thinking about wheels, brakes, or oil plugs falling off. The bike runs and rides perfectly. For some unknown reason the speedo needle is stuck on zero but the odometer is still working, so mileage is accurate and is in kilometers. She is jetted and piped for optimum performance. Cosmetically all the ORIGINAL PLASTICS are in good shape, with the exception of a few rash marks from a previous owner. I always intended to restore the bodywork, so I purchased a set of aftermarket plastics and never got around to switching and restoring the originals. ALL will be included in this sale as well as a plethora of NEW SPARE PARTS (a couple grand worth) that are impossible to get and will keep you riding for years to come. SEE THE PARTS VIDEO for details. Please look closely at all the pictures and watch ALL the VIDEOS for the most accurate representation of this bike and the included parts -- and to see it run. I have transferableVermontregistration of ownership so this bike is street legal in allUSstates. If you would like a copy to check with your local DMV, I would be happy to provide it.

One of three videos from the auction page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPd7XmC1Ybo

Looks like the bike is still in the condition it was in back in 2010, including the suspension modifications (among others) and the slightly scrapped fairings and engine case. Now, I will say that this appears to be the exact ad and photos from the previous go around. Having said that, if this bike truly hasn’t acquired a single mile in that time I would hope that it is still in the condition as described. But this is a cool and unique bike that you can ride and enjoy without being afraid of a scratch. It also comes with a bunch of spare parts and a title ready to go. Check out the auction here for more videos and to place you bid!

-JS

Welterweight CBR: 1990 Honda CBR400RR (NC29)