Posts by tag: NR

Honda November 19, 2017 posted by

Oval-piston wonder: 1992 Honda NR

Back in the early ’90s, Honda was still known for pushing boundaries with build quality, poise and panache unrivaled among its competitors. Throughout the decade, Big Red claimed some truly great accomplishments that dragged motorcycling further toward the coming millennium. But in ’92, Honda spat out one of its craziest street creations on record, the 750cc V4 NR.

The NR was not a homologation model as much as it was a celebration of the brand’s grand prix and endurance racers of the late 1970s and 1980s. It sported oval pistons that allowed eight valves per cylinder and required eight connecting rods, for an engine design that resembled a four-cylinder V8.

The bikes, which are heavy by today’s standards and pump out a now-modest 114 hp, rarely change hands, so any opportunity at one should be taken seriously. This 1992 Honda NR sports 5,000 miles, a lot for a bike of which just 300 examples were built. It appears to show some wear accumulated along the way.

From the eBay listing:

If you are looking at this motorcycle, you know what it is. Ready to ride or show. Outstanding condition., , The Honda NR (New Racing) is a v-four motorcycle engine series started by Honda in 1979 with the 500cc NR500 Grand Prix racer that used oval pistons. This road going NR750 uses elliptical piston with curved long sides. These bikes are rarely for sale. Great value for money., Will be sold as is off the container with all VAT and Duties paid and entered onto the NOVA system, due instock appx end feb 2018, SELLING WHAT WE ARE HAPPY TO RIDE OURSELVES,UK-WORLDWIDE DELIVERY, over 150 more bikes available on the MOTORCYCLEGIANT website.

The bike is for sale through an English dealer that is importing it from Japan. Under most circumstances, that could spell a deal breaker, as there are much easier ways to get your hands on a a bike. In the case of the NR, though, the waiting and paperwork will be well worth the struggle.

Honda October 3, 2014 posted by

Techno Wonder: 1994 Honda NR750

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When it comes to making risky technology bets in the search of performance, Honda remains unparalleled in the world of engineering. Having offered every conceivable engine configuration possible over the years, Honda has always been about reaching further, exploiting rules where possible, and owning the competition. That is where the NR concept comes into the picture. The “NR” designation stands for “New Racing” as racing is what the NR concept was all about. Originally developed as a 500cc V4 four stroke to race against two stroke bikes in the top GP class, the NR500 oozed with innovation. These bikes are often referred to as the “oval piston” bikes. As any reciprocating engine is basically an air pump, Honda knew that for a four stroke to compete with GP two strokes it all came down to valve area. By creating an oval cylinder head, Honda engineers found they could stuff 8 valves into a single cylinder – greatly improving breathing potential. Unfortunately for the NR500 GP bike, Honda also created a monocoque body/chassis to reduce weight and improve aerodynamics. This structure, while innovative, made it difficult for race mechanics to service the still-under-development engine. Ultimately, the GP effort was abandoned, the NR500 having failed to win a race. Not even the considerable riding talents of a young Freddie Spencer could elevate the bike into a top 10 GP finish.

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1994 Honda NR750 for sale on eBay

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While the NR500 was a no-excuse GP bike, the 750 variant of the NR series targeted endurance racing. Purists will note that the 750 is known simply as “NR” rather than the more popular NR750 or 750 NR – but to each his own. The engine configuration remained as a V4, but the shape of the piston had changed considerably. Where the NR500 piston was a true oval, the 750 pistons were elliptical, having no straight sides. Estimates put power in the 125-130 HP range, with a redline of 15k. Some 300 copies of the street going NR were created for the well-funded members of polite society. At $50k, the NR was the most expensive production motorcycle at the time. But that didn’t stop the press from making fun of it. Given the production schedule changes as Honda struggled to cure the oval piston’s foibles, many considered the NR to stand for “Not Ready.”

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From the seller:
(THIS BIKE WILL ONLY GO ONE WAY IN VALUE)
Serious enquiries only please, Part exchange possible, Delivery anywhere in the World for a fee, Comes with good cherished registration number relating to the bike which is ( A1 HON ) The bike has been serviced and maintain regardless of cost, Recently fitted with new tyres / Genuine Honda chain and sprockets / All Filters inc fuel filter / Plugs / Honda brake pads / Longlife Lithiam battery etc etc + The bike comes with all documentation in leather bound holder case / Handbook / Original Honda sales brochure / Other liturature / V5c registration documents / Honda Keys x 2 / Original unopened toolkit and Honda cable lock, Please no silly offers as i have priced the bike to sell at what we think is great value

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With such a dearth of production, little hope of spares and rebuilds, and the instant collector status of this model, it is no surprise that few NRs grace the pages of RSBFS (although there have been a few). As you can imagine, prices are high. If you have to ask….better bring north of $100k USD to the table. That table, by the way, is in the UK (and translates to 65,000 GBP for those that conduct business in that currency). Check out the pictures, drool a little bit (or a lot), and then let us know your thoughts. Is the NR a “bucket list” bike for you, or is just an overpriced, overweight technology dinosaur from another era? We want to know!

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MI

Techno Wonder: 1994 Honda NR750
Honda August 17, 2012 posted by

Oval Piston Madness! 1992 Honda NR 750 in Germany

For Sale: 1992 Honda NR750

For many, the Honda NR750 represents the holy grail of motorcycle collecting. These ultra-rare machines, the result of maniacal attention to detail and engineering creativity for the purpose of competition, are celebrated the world over as one of the ultimate collectable masterpieces of the modern era.

Conceived in the 1970s as Honda eyed a return to racing – and finding that the competition had moved on to more powerful two strokes in the interim – Honda tried to build what is conceptually a V-8 with only 4 combustion chambers. Although piston ring life was always fragile, the 32-valve, oval piston racebike could spin over 20,000 RPM. The street going NR (New Racing) 750 was limited to 14k due to longevity concerns.

From the seller:
For sale is one of only approximately 300 Honda RC40 also called the NR 750 build by Honda in 1992. This specific motorcycle being a Direct European Model, it has the full power specification from the factory, which is listed at around 125 h.p.

This NR is the 80th bike Honda build in 1992 and has been in the same owners hands for many years. It was ridden a total of 4496 km (2810 miles) since new and it has been maintained perfectly. It has a valid german title, comes with the origial key-set, owners-manual etc. and the original stand.

This NR has always been parked in a climate controlled environment and its condition belies its age of 20 years. Known blemishes are one small scuff on the tail-section decal and one non-expanding small hair-fracture in the windshield underneath the Honda warning label. Unlike so many NR 750 relegated to life on a pedestal or in a collection without ever being used, this motorcycle has actually seen regular use on german roads and is ridable and ready to be enjoyed.

I know what you are thinking. This bike is in Germany. Given that the cost for a NR is already so high up there I couldn’t possibly afford the bike AND what it would cost to ship it home. Well, this enterprising seller has you covered – the BIN includes crating and shipping!

From the seller:
Important note: To make it easier to potential buyers and since we have the necessary
professional business-contacts in the shipping industry, we are able to include professional crating and sea-freight shipping into all buy-it-now pricing, world-wide, to all ports we ship to.

The buy-it-now price of this specific vehicle has been calculated to include these crating and shipping expenses. Crating will be done to international standards and the wood used in these crates will conform to the ISPM15 standard.

I don’t know anyone who would not want an NR for their collection. They are fantastic to look at, and a very rare and unique piece of the Honda legend. Sure, they may not be as cutting edge as the latest and greatest techno-rocket, but back in 1992 this was about as much engineering investment and technology dollars you could throw at a 2-wheeled machine. It also had a very high price tag – in the $50k region – when new.

This beautiful bike is on sale right now, and has a price far lower than nearly any NR I have seen on the web: for only $89,500 (includes shipping) this could become the new cornerstone of your collection. Not quite a homologation racer – but not a badge-engineered “limited edition” model either – the NR represents itself as the pinnacle of motorcycling for the times. For your chance at this sportbike unicorn, jump over to the auction and check it out. Is this a bucket bike for you?

MI

Honda June 10, 2012 posted by

Rarified Air: 1993 Honda NR750

Location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Miles: 2,485

Price: $94,463

 

When I was about 12 years old, I remember buying a Tamiya plastic kit of this very motorcycle. I’m not sure why I did so. I’ve always been more of a car enthusiast, as you can see from my features over at German Cars for Sale Blog and Classic Italian Cars for Sale. Something drew me to this bike though. It was only years later that I realized just how much of a landmark bike the Honda NR750 was. Never intended to race in competition, this was Honda’s way of showcasing their latest two-wheel technology. The most obvious feature is the 747cc oval piston V4 engine. Seven sensors and a 16 bit computer controlled the PGM-FI injection. This technology did not come cheap; complex engineering and exotic materials combined to make this an almost $60,000 USD bike when new.

From the seller:

Fabulous Honda NR with only 4000km, two collector owners from new, time wrapped bike in as new condition and on the button. Only serious inquiries.

The engine really does it for me on this bike. It’s such a novel idea when you think about it. Mirroring a bit of a V8 engine with its pistons glued together, the circumference is 30% less than comparable round pistons. This obviously reduces friction against the cylinder bores. For those interested in this impressive and very pricey machine, you can click over to the listing here on JamesList where it resides with a bunch of other tempting vehicles, two wheeled and four. I’m also curious, this being my first post on RSBFS, to see what you enthusiasts have to say about this beast.

To give you an idea of what the NR750 looks and sounds like in action, check out this high speed run from Motorcycle News:

-Paul

Honda February 26, 2011 posted by

1992 Honda NR 750 RC40 On Yahoo Auctions Japan

This is a real Honda NR available in Japan with limited time left!

Bike:  1992 Honda NR

Miles:  2,500km (1,553mi)

Price:  ¥3,880,000.00JPY ($47,505.37USD) Opening bid

Location:  Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan

This is a pipe dream to most of our readers, for reasons of price and location, but it’s still fun to look at!  The seller states that this NR has a two centimeter (0.79in) crack in the windscreen and some corrosion on the forks.  As a 2500km example, I would assume the seller is being completely honest and, hopefully, listing all of the defects regardless of how small–As anyone should expect with a $50k motorcycle.  With only two days left on the auction, it’s going to be a rush to get things together to purchase this bike, but if you’re willing to put $50k into a motorcycle you probably can work quickly.  Now, from what we’ve seen from European NR’s, this one is considerably, considerably, cheaper than the others which can be see here.  If you’ve been looking for an NR, I’d suggest you look to see if this is a legitimate bike and go for it, if you were to import it under the assumption of show & display or track only, it’d still be a great garage piece–I don’t have to tell you this!  See this great Honda on Yahoo Auction Japan hereMake sure to use Google Translate, or similar, if you’re not up on your Hiragana, Katakana, or Kanji...

AG

Honda February 28, 2010 posted by

1991 Honda NR In The United Kingdom

A genuine Honda NR for sale in the U.K.! 

Located just outside of London, is a 1991 Honda NR with 1,360 miles.  This is an official U.K. import; it was originally used by Honda as a display item and wasn’t registered until the end of 2002.  The bike comes with all manuals, books, and cards originally supplied when new.  The asking price is £105,000 which as of 02/27/10 converts to $160,126.57 and 117,740.13€ respectively.  We have only posted one NR in the past, that bike had an asking price of 45,000€–making it seem like a deal in retrospect!  The NR is an amazing piece of machinery however, much newer machinery will walk away from it but this bike is the ultimate street bike tour de force.  There were only 700 NRs produced and they are very rarely traded in the public market so you can ask what you’d like–as in this case.  The NR came with an amazing eight valves per cylinder, oval piston 90° V4 (Essentially a V8 with the cylinder walls knocked out); a traditional twin spar aluminum frame, and the most up to date suspension Honda could fit. The NR influenced many bikes to follow as, it is purported, the original drawings of the 916 were changed following Honda’s release of the NR.  It is also interesting to note that the FIM rulebook for MotoGP specifically states that cylinders must be round, the original NR750 is the reason for this I suspect.  If you have the means, I would encourage you to pick up a NR at some point as it would be hard to top being able to plop the nickel, silver, and carbon fiber ignition key on the bar after an amazing ride. 

See the ad on eBay UK See a light review and some good photos/videos of the Honda NR here.

AG

Honda October 10, 2009 posted by

Uber rare Honda NR (NR750) for sale in The Netherlands

While RSBFS concerns mostly with bikes for sale in the US, for very special cases of uber-rare bikes we will make an exception, and this, boys and girls, is definitely one of them: a 1994 Honda NR for sale in the Netherlands.

Uber uber rare Honda NR (NR750) for sale

First produced in 1992, the NR (often mistakenly referred to as the NR750 – the 1987 Le Mans endurance racer) is an absolute legend with it’s GP racing derived oval piston (often amusingly referred to as ‘a can of spam’) engine, and it was the 90s equivalent of  today’s Ducati Desmosedici in terms of exoticism and price – it was the most expensive production bike of the day, retailing for $50,000 – back in 1992!  Here’s more info on Wikipedia about this truly exotic ride.

All we know about the bike from the ad is that the seller is asking 48000 Euros for it.  Hard to comment on the price as you don’t see a NR up for sale everyday, but if I had the cash, it’d be already sitting in my bedroom right by my bed!

phil