Posts by tag: NSR

Honda November 13, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Repsol-liveried Honda NSR150 SP

Little two-stroke rippers like this Honda NSR150 SP epitomize Honda's 1990s golden age, when the company saw fit to make even their entry-level machines look and feel special. Even on a 150cc starter bike, Honda went all-out, giving it an RC30-aping single-sided swingarm, and a GP-replica Repsol paintjob. You might not be going as quick as your older buddy's 250, but you were damn sure going places.

Honda NSR150 SP for sale on eBay

When compared to a modern CBR250, the NSR looks almost muscular. Depending on the country of origin, the RC-Valve two stroke in NSRs made somewhere around 30 horsepower, pushing them to close to 100 mph on the big end, depending which YouTube users you believe. Those numbers are plenty to bring the fight to an early 2010s CBR250, especially when you consider that the NSR150 SP clocks in under 300 pounds.

This one is stock, and in very close to mint condition. There is a crack in the front fender, and the rear was cut below the license plate, but that is more or less it for blemishes. It comes on with an Ohio street title.

From the eBay listing:

HONDA NSR150SP NSR SP REPSOL EDITION 5,384 Miles (8,666 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Mechanically Sorted. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest Bike. Very few scratches overall. Blemish to be aware of, front fender has hairline crack and rear fender has been cut below license plate. Please see Images. Fuel tank is Rust Free. Has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. “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.

If you're looking for a fun weekend ride, an interesting track toy, a conversation starter or a beginner bike that's got a little je ne sais quoi over the standard 250s, look no further.

Featured Listing: Repsol-liveried Honda NSR150 SP
Kawasaki April 21, 2018 posted by

Rare Colors: Cali-Titled 1989 Kawasaki KR-1S in Zeus Blue for Sale

They're relatively rare here in the US, even in states with lax registration requirements, but late 80s and early 90s quarter-liter two-strokes were pretty widely available elsewhere in the sportbiking world, considering their narrowly-focused role and limited audience. Kawasaki was largely absent from the intense class rivalry during that period, though. Their earlier KR250 was out of date compared to something like the original TZR and they didn't have a real competitor ready until 1988 when the Kawasaki KR-1 and the sportier KR-1S were introduced.

The KR-1 was discontinued in 1992, without any significant updates and well before the others in the class. Just 10,000 were built, making it a pretty rare sight outside Japan these days: Honda constructed more than ten times as many NSR250Rs! But although Kawasaki as a company didn't seem like they'd gone all-in on the idea of going head-to-head against Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha, it wasn't as if the KR-1S itself didn't measure up.

Like most of its rivals, the KR-1S was powered by a liquid-cooled two-stroke parallel twin and backed by a six-speed gearbox to exploit the razor-thin powerband although, also like its rivals, the Kawasaki did feature power-valve technology, here dubbed "KIPS," to boost the midrange. Modern bikes with their ever-larger engines and horsepower numbers are increasingly equipped with electronic up-and-down shifters and autoblippers, but they really don't particularly need them on the road, considering the available power. A quickshifter/autoblipper would get plenty of use on one of these, had they been available: there's only so much you can do with just 249cc and the bike's government-mandated 45hp, so dancing on the gear lever is a required, not optional activity when riding a little two-stroke.

The frame was the typical aluminum beam unit of the class and the suspension was good but, compared to other bikes in the class, the KR-1 was a bit... raw. Handling was "lively" and the bike managed a best-in-class tested top speed of 139mph. An engine balance shaft driven by the 180° crankshaft seems like it was the only concession to civility, and even that was probably justified as preventing vibration damage to the minimalist frame, rather than as a means to refine the experience of riding the wee beastie.

From the original eBay listing: Cali-Titled 1989 Kawasaki KR-1S in Zeus Blue for Sale

The KR1S model here in the USA is one of the most rare of the Japanese 250 racer replica two strokes. If one can be found, it will usually be the green, white, and yellow bike. Sometimes the black and green bike, but never a factory genuine JDM Zeus Blue bike. These bikes were very limited in production. The factory Zeus Blue bikes differed from the export models in a few ways: indicators, mirrors, calipers, rotor center color, wheel color, all ID by the frame number. California titled and plated to its original VIN# Rare. Call Tim @714-746-5087 for more details.

When I purchased the bike a few years ago, I went onto the forums and found only a handful of original Zeus Blue KR1S models all overseas: one in Australia, one in the Netherlands, and one in the UK. I would go so far as to say this is the only one in the USA, and I know it’s the only one with a California title. This is THE rocking horse unicorn bike. To whomever buys the bike, you would be INSANE to remove the California title from the bike. That makes this bike so desirable. These bikes were ONLY JDM models never for export which is what makes them so rare. I have owned many many 2Ts (TZR, SPR, MC21, Rothmans, MC28, VJ23, V Model, Lucky, etc). These parallel twins really are amazing bikes. Having owned the four big Japanese manufactured bikes, to me there is no question Kawasaki is the most fun to ride. They literally are mad scientists and I LOVE IT! The KR1S was the fastest of all the 2T racer replicas. And if you know Kawasaki, they just built it and let it rip. Yamaha, Honda have their rev limiters, credit card ignitions, etc. Not Kawi. This thing will go all the way if you were to wind it out all the way. The sound of the parallel twin motor is simply the best. The cackling of the pipes. This bike has only had Motul 710 in it, runs fantastic, starts first kick, and purrs at idle. 18k miles on the clocks, float, gaskets, float valves all done, carbs serviced and cleaned, has Uni foam filter, new plugs, steering damper, factory toolkit, original key, etc. Clear California title in hand and current registration ‘til Jan 2019. Bike is for sale locally so the auction can end at any time. Thanks. Enjoy the ride…

Personally, I prefer my wild-haired Kawasakis to be vibrant green, and not the more civilized, metallic green they've been using on their modern, more sophisticated offerings. No, I want that lurid, fluorescent green of old. But this color scheme is exceedingly rare here, and that does count for something. Not to mention that it does look pretty sharp! The 18,000 miles indicated may not be stored-in-your-livingroom low, but the bike does appear to be you-could-eat-off-it clean and is in immaculate condition, with the very desirable California registration. And yes, the seller is correct that re-titling it in another state is absolutely a bad move financially: legitimately-titled two-strokes of this era are difficult to come by here, and there are plenty of well-heeled enthusiasts willing to pay extra for something they can legally ride.

-tad

Rare Colors: Cali-Titled 1989 Kawasaki KR-1S in Zeus Blue for Sale
Honda February 24, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Mysterious 1989 Honda NSR250

Update 3.6.2018: Sold for $6,450. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

How's this for an accidental purchase? The seller of this 1989 Honda NSR250R-SP was on the prowl for an OW-01 or an RC30 (must be nice ...) and ended up with this bike through an online shopping error. Not a bad haul, but also not what he was after. Compounding that, he wasn't able to contact the seller, and so he couldn't nail down the bike's history.

I'll leave the rest of his story to be told in his words, but all he knows about the bike is that it runs beautifully and will never see a California license plate. Buyers in other states might have some luck with the 11-digit VIN, but the Golden State is off the table.

The bike needs a rearset, the turn signals don't work, the brakes need freshening and it could use some cosmetic fettling, but would otherwise make a great rider. Though California plates are off the table, it carries a clean Arizona title.

From the eBay listing:

This auction is for a 1989 Honda NSR250R-SP. I'm going to start off by being a 100% honest and throwing myself under the bus. I bought this bike completely by accident at the recent Mecum motorcycle auction in Vegas. I know..what a bonehead move but in my defense, I was there to buy two other bikes for my collection and that went great! However, I had to leave the auction Vegas Friday but there were still a couple of other bikes I was interested in over the weekend so I signed in for online bidding from home...getting ready for the usual suspects to pop up (an RC30, an OW and a certain Ducati) but somehow, I pushed the wrong damn button and bought this one...it was actually quite funny but WAY WAY too easy to buy things online so be warned!

Anyway, with the above said, I know next to nothing about this bike. The thing is..it's impossible to register 11 digit vin bikes in CA and 2 strokes...even that much worse so if you're in CA, don't even think about it, you will NEVER get this registered so unless you want it for the track or to restore and collect...move on.

The bad thing about Mecum, you have no chance to talk to the seller so I don't know a thing about the bike nor it's history. The only bikes I will ever consider at auction are ones I'm going to restore or have next to zero or super low miles so again, please don't ask me about maint history or...I'm sorry to say I have no clue!

I will say this though. I took it for a 20 minute ride today and it runs excellent! It's exceptionally quick, started on the very first kick and the motor seems exceptionally tight and healthy. I know that's vague but no leaks, the typical smoke at throttle, barely any smoke at idle and it's powerband feels exactly as it should...exceptionally strong even with my 200 lb's on her.

The negatives on the ride, signals don't appear to be working, headlight does though. The brakes are stiff but an easy sort as you know...likely just some fresh pads and a fluid flush / bleed...I can do this for you if you like, really not a problem. Positives....it ran amazing and the dry clutch felt perfect, grabbing just right and not dragging or any odd feel. Clutch sounded great too 🙂

Here's the only info that came with the bike. "Offered with AZ title, Factory HRC Dry Clutch, Fully Adjustable Front and Rear Suspension, MagTek Magnesium Rims and Factory Terra Racing Colors. That's it...that's all I know!

I'm very aware I'm going to lose my tail on this purchase but that's ok as it was my error and it was an expensive lesson. I have it for sale locally too so don't wait until the last minute or it may be gone.

As far as my check of the bike...Right rear set is cracked, looks like it happened when it fell over at some point as the right exhaust can has some gravel marks on it...doesn't appear to be from a lay down as there is no rash anywhere that I see but the rearset is cracked and that's supposed to happen as it's pot metal and better to break then hurt the frame. Steering stops look perfect, there's no excessive corrosion, fork tubes appear straight and no pitting or heavy oxidization. Tank looks fine and clean internally with no rust. Rims are in good shape with some small marks but nothing looks superficial and not structural although X raying Mag wheels is always a good idea if you're up to it. There are ZERO leaks and I mean none so that's great. Plugs look new but tires feel dry and could likely use a swap. Clip ons, triple, gauges, swingarm, subframe, etc all appear great with no damage or rash or tweaks. Bodywork is ok...looks nice from far and belly is in remarkably good shape as is nose and tail section but there are quite a few broken little fingers that hold the sides to the nose and some spider cracking around the main bolt stay on the left side panel. They are 100% fixable and since the paint is ok..it's more just some plastic welding and such as the paint and stickers would be fine if I were to keep it as a rider or track day bike.

I'd consider limiting my loses and restoring it but I already have 3 bikes in pieces that are a priority so this one has to go. You're more then welcome to come see it, ride it or.... It's a perfect bike for someone looking for a project bike as the "bones" look great...In fact, I'd say it's better then an NC35 that I'm restoring!

No additional parts, clean AZ title as I said and for the record, I paid $7000 plus buyers premium of $840 for her. Oh...and 85 doc fees, 385 shipping.... Is what it is...my loss is your gain!

PS. Actual speedo reads 21415 Kms which is 13,306 miles.

Though the seller is prepared to sacrifice his derriere to move the bike, it has seen plenty of active bidding thus far, and has several days left in the auction. Values of these things are near what he paid, so we wouldn't be surprised to see most of the coin recouped.

Featured Listing: Mysterious 1989 Honda NSR250
Honda August 17, 2017 posted by

Smoker’s Cough: Well-loved 1987 Honda NSR250R

We don't often post bikes this hammered well-loved here at RSBFS, but this one caught our eye. Ignore, if you will, the mismatched tires, the forgotten seat upholstery and, well, the rust. What we have here is an example of the 1987 Honda NSR250R that you could actually ride.

1987 Honda NSR250R for sale on eBay

Tires are cheap, and so are chains, sprockets, oil filters and gas. With the same attention you'd give any used bike, you could end up with a light-weight, momentum-loving two-stroke wonder that you can really sink into a back road, or park at a bar without worrying about its pristine, original Rothmans graphics.

Powered by a 45-horsepower 249cc two-stroke V-Twin, these things will move when you can get them on the pipe and keep them there. With no electronics of any kind and old, conventional forks, the ride, though quick, is a reminder of a different time, with acceleration and grip levels that pale in comparison to anything modern.

The seller says this one starts and runs "okay," which means it needs attention, and could use a cosmetic restoration. We'd hold off on the latter, but to each their own.

From the listing:

Very cool little NSR250R. This is a complete motorcycle. It does start and run okay, but could do with a cosmetic restoration. The plastics all look good except the windscreen. Any clarification ask me three two three three five two four zero nine two. This bike has VT registration but not a title. If the buyer pays for it, I am happy to get the motorcycle titled in Florida.

The Buy-It-Now is set at $4,000, no doubt with a discount for its condition, but the seller says a Florida title will cost you, which pushes this machine squarely into the steep category. Demerits aside, it is a unique example of a fantastic bike that we think has memories yet to make.

Smoker’s Cough: Well-loved 1987 Honda NSR250R
Honda June 10, 2017 posted by

On the fence: 1990 Honda NSR250R SE

In the hardcore world of RSBFS, two strokes rule and four strokes drool (oil). The simple reason is power to weight: Take this 1990 NSR250R as an example: a 250cc v-twin producing approximately 45 HP in Japanese restricted configuration, has only only 290 lbs of bike to move. Similar four strokes have 10-15 less HP (even without home market restrictions) and are heavier by at least the same amount. An unrestricted 250cc smoker is a 60+ HP machine, tilting the numbers even more in favor of the two stroke. When it comes to ultimate performance, it is very hard to beat the sounds, smells and snot of a popcorn popper.

1990 Honda NSR250R SE MC21 for sale on eBay

The MC21 edition of the NSR was a considerable step forward for the NSR line. Featuring a 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin with a trick, six-speed cassette gearbox (making ratio changes possible without pulling the motor and gearbox), asymmetrical "gull-arm" swingarm for maximum cornering clearance (tucks the right side pipe up in tighter) and adjustable suspension, the MC21 is a proper sporting motorcycle. The dry clutch with its "race rattle" is another nod to the intentions of this NSR. An estimated 16,000 were produced for Japanese home markets and as exports to the Pacific Rim and Europe, but sadly America was never a recipient.

From the seller:
1990 HONDA NSR250R SE MC21 DRY CLUTCH
The bike is imported from Japan.
Not registered yet in the U.S.
This bike is sold without title. (NO TITLE)
We don't know how to get a titile. Please ask DMV
Start engine.
Aftermarket Cowl but Tank is original.
Not original color
Race Foot pegs.
Some scratches So look carefully all pictures and video.
Turn signals don't work.
This motorcycle is 27years ago .Sold as is.
24150km (15006mile)
Engine Number MC16E-1222422
Sold as is with NO warranty NO refunds NO return.

This is one of those listings that gives a RSBFS staff writer pause for thought. One one hand, this is a freaking MC21 edition of Honda's acclaimed NSR250 series. The fact that it is an import, reasonably rare in the US, a two stroke and undoubtedly a sport bike ticks most of the right boxes on our checklist. On the other hand, the lack of seller knowledge with regards to title (i.e. it currently sits in CA where you cannot get one for this bike) and the overall condition (i.e. not stock, less than pristine with unknown history) make for a bike to avoid posting. In the end the candor from the seller and the rattle of the dry clutch in the video won me over. It may not be perfect, but throw in some elbow grease and you may have a winner (provided you don't live in CA).

Which brings us to the bottom line: the opening ask for this auction is a fairly unrealistic $4,200. I think that the initial bid is high enough to scare most bidders away, even though it may be in the pricing ballpark. While the bike is rare, there are certainly other NSRs available. A really good MC21 can fetch $7,500 - $9,000 (just check out some of our past Featured Listings), but I think this one will end up in more conservative territory. Check it out here, and then be sure and jump to the Comments section to share your thoughts. Does this bike belong on RSBFS, or should Mike be lashed with a wet noodle soaked in castor oil for the post? Good Luck!!

MI

On the fence: 1990 Honda NSR250R SE
Honda October 13, 2014 posted by

Fast Freddie: 1984 Honda VF500 Interceptor Spencer Replica

Update 10.13.2014: We last saw this bike for sale in 2012 but it's back on eBay with an opening bid of $1,900, from the original seller I believe as well. Thanks for the heads up Marty, -dc

I bet at first glance you thought that was an old NS/NSR of some sort. For the most part we lust after close to stock two wheeled rarities here at RSBFS. Generally the more you modify a bike the more it appeals to just you. Every now and then though someone gets it right and I think we have an example here. Would your first guess have been a 1984 VF500? Liar! Yes, I know it isn't even a two stroke (like Spencers GP bikes) but excluding the chambers poking out it is a darn good replica.

As always, I wish there was more info:

1984 Honda vf 500 interceptor. Built as a tribute to Freddie Spencers gp racing bikes. Many custom and vintage parts, new tires, brake pads, ss braided brake and clutch lines, nissin brake and clutch master cylinders, tons of suspension mods. More pics can be seen at bradwsm flickr.Pictures with the number "1" in plate are the most recent, all pics are of the actual bike. This is not a show bike and it is titled and registered, so there are some scratches and imperfections

Be sure to check out his Flickr page. It has more pictures of the bike and some of his other projects that look quite interesting. It looks like he is working on a four stroke powered KR replica.

I'd love to see it without the bodywork. Is that a NS400 swing arm? It cracks me up how race like the little Interceptor looks: A+ in my book. I've been a Honda hater for years but I love this thing.

He has an auction going and a BIN of $3,500. Now of course the book value is way below that but that really doesn't sound like a bad price for a unique bike like this if the attention to detail on the build is good.

Check it out.

Ian