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Honda November 17, 2021 posted by

1992 Honda NR 750 RC40-

1992 Honda NR 750 RC40 For Sale!

Full transparency- This one was tossed around the headquarters as to whether or not it was a legit ad. When all was said and done, Mike and Donn took a step back and William . . . well, William was too busy looking for the Desitin to really get involved so, they threw the new guy to the wolves.

Is it Live or Memorex? I know some of you are too young to know what that is, but the majority of you will get it. Why am I asking that silly question?

Here is the info from the eBay listing:

From the seller:
For sale is HONDA NR 750 IN RED

YEAR 1992

For serious interest only.
Listing will be on for 7 days : if you are interested Please send messages.

A touch vague for a super rare motorcycle don’t you think? But wait there’s more . . . The seller has zero transactions on eBay. No worries- we all started at 0 on eBay. Right? Okay, maybe not 0 and selling Honda’s Holy Grail. The other interesting thing to note is normally these types of machines attract huge “watched” numbers, but this one is currently flying under the radar because (we assume) of the way it was listed/categorized on eBay.

Nonetheless! Let’s get this show on the road-

In 1992 Honda decided to flex it’s engineering muscle and finally produce a motorcycle with their long researched oval piston design. Obviously, such a task isn’t for the weak of heart or weak pocket books. It’s my understanding that Honda had been working on the oval piston design since the mid-seventies, but for whatever reason, never really pushed it for a production unit. That is of course until 1992 when they released the NR750 RC40 powered by the oval piston V4. Honda went all out with the NR750. Not only did it have oval pistons, it had titanium valves, and 2 titanium connecting rods per cylinder. If I’m not mistaken, the NR750 was also the first Honda equipped with “upside down” forks on a production unit. All of that wizardry didn’t make the NR750 the fastest or the lightest at almost 500#’s. However, that Honda wizardry did assemble one of “THE” most sought after motorcycles in the world. All of my exhaustive searches placed it in the number 2 spot of most desirable and collectable motorcycles- only being eclipsed by Martin’s beloved Britten V1000.

It is literally “Once in a blue moon” when these pop up for sale, but yet, here it is.

Did any of you all notice it’s missing the mirrors? I’m guessing those aren’t easy to locate so, I’m hoping the seller removed them as a precautionary measure.

This machine is the reason exists.

Check out the unobtainable here!


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1992 Honda NR 750 RC40-
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 June 10, 2016 posted by

VFR=Very F’n Reliable: 1993 Honda VFR750 in white

The first generation VFR 750F was only offered with the uber-cool white bodywork in 1993 and it still looks quite good, especially in comparison to the other sportbike designs of the 1990’s (cough-cough-I’m-looking-at-you-1993 Suzuki GSX-750R).  Fairly cheap just a few years ago, trying to find a 1993 VFR with the OEM white bodywork in good condition is now getting to be quite hard. Values have been increasing recently, as shown by this under 10,000 mile edition we listed last year went that for about $5,500 USD, well above its book value.

This one has a significantly higher number of miles than the one from last year but condition looks to be excellent and more importantly, mostly OEM.


1993 Honda VFR 750 on ebay

Back in the early 1990’s the 600cc class really started to upset the previously dominant 750cc class both in terms of performance and in sales. New 600cc bikes like the Honda 600 F2 and Kawasaki ZX6R were suddenly close performance rivals to the previously dominant 750cc class and while some companies such as Kawasaki and Yamaha responded by making their 750cc offerings even more track tech oriented, Honda decided to go a different route.

Instead of a single pure track oriented 750cc offering like the Yamaha OW01 or Kawasaki ZX7RR, Honda instead took a two-pronged approach.  Honda put their considerable technological efforts towards what would become the mind bending oval piston equipped NR750 while at the same time allowing their 750 street effort to take a more balanced approach.  The result were two epic bikes; a technological tour de force in the NR750 and possibly the best all around sportbike of the 1990’s, the VFR750.


When the VFR750 debuted Honda had just come through a debacle with the bikes predecessor, the VF700.  Flaws in the camshaft casting process had produced a reputation for “chocolate camshafts…they melt when they get hot!” and Honda was determined to restore their engineering reputation.  Rumor is that the focus on reliability was so intense that Honda lost money on the VFR750 for several years just to restore its reputation.

While reliability was a focus, the performance side of the VFR750 was nothing to sneeze at.  The VFR’s handling was on a par with the best superbikes of the day. A stock VFR finished eighth at the Suzuka 8-Hour race and another nearly stock version finished in 3rd place at the Donnington park Trophy race against competition that included the legenday Kevin Schwantz.    The Honda VFR 750 offerred bulletproof reliability and performance that measured up to all but the most performance-oriented bikes of the time.   It should come as no surprise that the VFR would in later years become a big sales success, win bike of year numerous times in the mid to late 1990’s and was even crowned sportbike of the decade by numerous motorcycling publications.


This particular VFR has a good chunk of miles on it; the seller indicates over 45,000.  Even so condition of the bike looks to be truly excellent, with no blemishes on the triple tree or gauges.   The only items that seem of note are the tailpiece and exhaust which appear to be non stock, there seem to be extra/non-stock reflectors on the front forks and perhaps a bit of paint bubbling or road rash on the lower mid fairing.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • New brakes, grips, oil & filter
  • Good tires
  • Good chain and sprockets
  • Perfect seat
  • No leaks or other issues, Everything works, starts on first push
  • Yoshimura Pipe – subtle but noticeable
  • Needs 1 fork seal, plastics not perfect.


So now the question – what is this lovely VFR in the cool white worth?  Well let me put it this way…when I saw that the Buy-It-Now price was only $2,350 USD I almost bought it myself.  The condition of this one looks to be very good, its the rare white bodywork scheme, maintenance history looks reasonable and while the mileage is kind of high, given the VFR’s build quality reputation I don’t think there will be major issues once any initial issues are resolved.

This may be one of those rare occasions when a seller has underestimated the value of his bike.    I expect this one to sell pretty quickly so if you missed out on the one from last year you might want to act fast.


VFR=Very F’n Reliable:  1993 Honda VFR750 in white
Honda November 28, 2015 posted by

Honda NR750 For Sale in Virginia

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As rare as the Honda NR750 is, if one was in the market to buy, there are usually a couple to choose from at any given time somewhere in the world. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen one for sale in the U.S. And it’s the second bike this week that was reportedly owned previously by Nicholas Cage. Sporting just under 2,500 miles, this NR750 is currently bidding at just over $50k with reserve not yet met and 5 days remaining.


Honda NR750 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

If you are looking at this motorycycle, you know what it is. Once owned by Nicholas Cage. New tires and just tuned. Ready to ride or show. Beautiful condition. Thinning the collection.

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. The bike was originally sold in Austria and is the highest performance version of the NR750. These bikes are rarely for sale. Will not go cheap.

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Honda NR750 For Sale in Virginia
Honda October 3, 2014 posted by

Techno Wonder: 1994 Honda NR750


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.


1994 Honda NR750 for sale on eBay


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.”


From the seller:
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


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!



Techno Wonder: 1994 Honda NR750
Honda November 5, 2013 posted by

When Engineering Meets Art and Art meets Technology: Honda NR 750 (France)

Have a look at the picture below. Do you know what this is ? If so, you will know about the motorcycle I will talk about…


This is 1 piston of a V4 configured 750cc Japanese bike. That’s right… 1 piston with 8 valves ->4 pistons X 8 valves = 32 valves in total…Now add fuel injection in the late 80s…Is there a bit of technology in this one ?Is this a demonstration of the Japanese  technical achievements coupled with a rare moment of creativity, passion, or even madness ? What you get, is the most exclusive serial production motorbike ever produced by Honda. The NR750:


This model available on eBay in France has covered just 53 km. The starting price is 55.000 EUR but similar bikes have been on the market for double that ! Curious about its sound ?

Listen to this:

Given the fact that the bike is basically new, it is most definitely targeted at a collector who will keep it, just as it is now. I am not that type, if I had this in my garage, or let me re-phrase that mmmhhh…if I had a huge bank account and I could afford to buy this masterpiece, I’d ride it regularly. Despite how precious a sport bike is, it was nevertheless developed to be ridden…Well, anyway, that won’t be my problem as I will never be able to afford one…and anyway I am a motorbike, not an art collector nor an ruthless investor…

$T2eC16VHJF4FFkswbkGjBScQsGkvGw~~60_58In terms of styling, the best bit for me, is the tail unit:

$(KGrHqZHJEsFJmT11V,zBScQs1u25!~~60_58Even though tank a and its endurance style fuel caps, look pretty cool too:


Well, whichever way you will look at this Honda, whichever perspective you will take, there will be plenty of details that will continue to amaze you. This motorbike should be at the MoMa in New York…or better, it should be in my garage 🙂

Let us know what you think, and if one of you will actually buy this, please drop us a note with a picture of the bike in the room where it will be displayed,

thank you.


Honda NR 750 “work of Japanese art” in France


When Engineering Meets Art and Art meets Technology: Honda NR 750 (France)
Bimota July 6, 2012 posted by

Friday Mailbag

Hey guys! Back from a bit of a mid-week break, here are all your latest suggestions and rides for sale. Thanks as always and enjoy your weekend!


How about we start with some exotica? Marty sends us not one, not two, but your choice of 3 NR750’s on eBay UK!

This one is brand new for 109k GBP.

This one has 5000 miles for 100k GBP.

The same seller has a 3rd NR750 on it’s way from Japan with less than 3k miles for 89k GBP (as well as a bunch of other RSBFS favorites).

Another quality spot from Marty is this Bimota DB1R shown on BikeEXIF (one of my favorite spots to blow away a Sunday afternoon…)

Longtime RSBFS friend and collector Terry sends us these special finds also on eBay UK.

This is a ZERO mile RC45 for 36k GBP. WOW!

As if the RC45 wasn’t amazing enough, here’s an RC30 with 0 miles to go with it. 40k GBP.

This next group is from Jeremy and are all available in the San Francisco area. Thanks for the legwork man!

1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 for $11k

2000 Ducati 996SPS for $10600.

2006 Buell Firebolt XB12R $6990

Mike sends us this link for an upcoming auction for this 1978 Ducati 900SS with under 5k miles.

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: