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Honda January 30, 2011 posted by

Collector or Rider – 1986 Honda NS400R

1986 Honda NS400R

Butler, PA

17,793 KM

Here we have a 1986 Honda NS400R – what a cool bike! As my colleague Mike indicated in his recent CBX post, Honda certainly did things their own way in the 80’s. This bike illustrates that point as well as any: 3 cylinders, V configuration, 2 stroke and 400cc? Not exactly conventional, but that’s good news in my book. Sporting a 54.5” wheelbase and 70 HP, this bike has got to be a blast to ride.

The NS400R Page website contains great information, although this site has not been updated in a long time. This is recommended reading for any potential buyer as it contains common modifications, original schematics, photos and road test reports from the day.

The bike appears to be a really clean and largely an original model. This particular NS sports the Fast Freddie Spencer paint scheme – classic Honda all the way. More information straight from the seller:

ABSOLUTLEY OUTSTANDING ORGINAL CONDITION!!!!STILL HAS THE 1000K 1ST SERVICE REMINDER ON THE TACH,BOTH FACTORY STICKERS ON RIGHT UPPER INSIDE FARING STILL IN PLACE.PA TITLE IN HAND.NEEDS NOTHING!!!TIRES ARE OEM SIZE WITH NUBS STILL STICKING OUT,ALL FLUIDS ARE FRESH,INSIDE OF TANK IS EXCELLENT,BIKE IS SHOW ROOM OR COLLECTOR CONDITION WITHOUT A DOUBT.I HAVE OWNED THIS BIKE FOR MORE THAN TEN YEARS,RIDEN VERY LITTLE,JUST ENOUGH TO KEEP IT CORRECT,NO STARTING PROBLEMS,IN FACT NO PROBLEMS AT ALL.HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN HEATED GARAGE WITH WINDOWS SEALED SO NO LIGHT TO FADE PAINT.READING ON ODOMETER IS IN KILOMETERS SO MILAGE IS ABOUT10700.

The best part about this bike – a clear title! Luckily, we have a fair amount of NS400R’s in the RSBFS archives, so you can do some comparative digging here. The bid has been climbing steadily since the listing was posted, and I expect a steady ascent to the end. Jump over to the auction to view the full listing, which includes the seller’s phone number should you have any questions.

BG

Honda June 16, 2010 posted by

1986 Honda NS400R (Untitled)

This is a genuine NS400R for sale somewhere in the U.S.!

Bike: 1986 Honda NS400R

Price: $7,500 USD

Location: Unknown

Mileage: 34,000km (21,126mi)

The seller states that while this bike does have 34k km on it, the bike had an entire engine rebuild and new crank at 32k km.  The bike has always been stored inside and starts on the first kick.  Unfortunately, the bike is untitled and leads to the best line from the seller’s ad “It has no title as I imported this one from the Netherlands so I can’t register it, but you can.”  Oh, OK!  The asking price of $7,500 isn’t bad at all for NS4ooR’s that we’ve seen but, this example also isn’t registered.

This bike, and color scheme, was released in 1985 to commemorate Freddie Spencer’s 1983 World Championship; Freddie also won the 500cc & 250cc championship in 1985–the only person to do this.  Just like the bike Freddie rode in 1983, this bike is a liquid-cooled, three cylinder, reed-valve, two-stroke in a V-3 configuration.  The V format makes the motor very compact–displacing about the same space as a parallel twin–and is housed in an aluminum box section frame.  The GP inspired setup results in a dry weight of 163kg (359lb).  The 59hp is spread out over the power band (as best a two stroke can do) through Honda’s AT AC (auto-controlled torque amplification chambers) exhaust power valves on the front, two, expansion chambers.

This was a pretty advanced bike in ’85 and is still pretty cool 24 years on, if you have some magical skills or don’t mind a $7,500 piece of furniture–it’s cheaper than that grand piano you probably can’t play–I would have a look at this very nice looking NS400R.  See the NS’s we’ve shown in the past here.  See this example on the WERA forum here.

AG

Honda February 24, 2010 posted by

1986 Honda NS400R Rothmans Replica California Registered!

This is a 1986 NS400R Rothmans Replica that looks to be titled & Registered in California!  Located in Oak Hills, California is a 1986 Honda NS400R with California plates on it.  The seller doesn’t state directly that the bike is street registered but I’d assume it is from the photos and it also having 11,750 miles.  In 1986, NS400R’s were released in a Freddie Spencer, Rothmans, replica paint scheme.  This example looks to be in very good condition only missing the Rothmans decals on the sides.  NS400Rs feature a three-cylinder, two-stroke engine with ATAC in a V formation.  Two cylinders face forward and one on the back side of the V; this formula results in a respectable 59hp to the rear wheel.  With 59rwhp and weighing in at 415lbs wet, the NS400R was known to be one of the best handling bikes when it was released.  Now, this is where RSBFS comes in.  A bike that was renowned when released had to have people fighting to get one; however, the bike was never officially sold in the U.S., making it nigh impossible unless you had the means.  This a lucky example brought in by someone with the means!  The only imperfection with the bike, the seller mentions, is that the tach currently isn’t working–a necessity on a two-stroke.  The last NS400R we saw in the U.S. sold for $8,000 on eBay with eight bids.  The asking price for this one is a bit steeper at $10,500; but, as always, try to find another California registered example.  See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Honda December 26, 2009 posted by

1984 Honda NS400R on ebay and in the USA!

Found this sweet little gem floating around on ebay today. I searched RSBFS archives and couldn’t find where we’ve ever posted one, so you could consider this UBER rare since a Rare Sport Bike site has never seen one 😉

I tried several different keywords on Google to dig up information about these bikes, but had little to no luck and the luck I did have was written in a language left to someone other than me. I did however, find a site that might give anyone interested in buying this an idea of where your bid needs to be in order to park this one in your garage.

A rare bike as stated by the owner:

Own a piece of Honda history! This bike is a 2-stroke with 3 cylinders. Extremely rare find in the United States! Comes with an IL street title. It’s in great condition (8 out of 10) with low miles (kilometers). This bike is being sold from the owner’s collection. Good luck bidding.

Since the seller didn’t give a whole lot of information I’ll do my best, but am definitely not an expert on these.

It only has 5,506 km or 3,400 miles on the clock and it appears to be in great shape. It has 3 cylinders, solo seat and Comstar wheels. It is located at the Des Plaines Honda dealership near Chicago, IL and is said to be part of the owners private collection.

I must admit I was frustrated that I couldn’t find much info on this bike so I turned to YouTube for some sights and sounds. So turn your volume up and listen to this bike at idle and a blip on the throttle. We’re so deprived on the cool ones…..

If that isn’t enough to get you going check out this video of a NSR400R full tilt on a dyno. Music to my ears…… Nothing better than the smell of 2 stroke in the morning 😉

Cheers!

dd