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Honda July 27, 2016 posted by

No Reserve Import: 1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 for Sale

1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 L Side Front

Styled to resemble the RS250RF race bikes, the Honda NSR250 used a gorgeous aluminum twin-spar frame, triple disc brakes, and a whole host of lightweight, mass-centralizing tricks you’d normally expect to find on bikes with a much larger displacement. The NSR250 was motivated by a liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin with two carburetors and Honda’s ATAC “automatic torque amplification chamber” system that boosted midrange torque for road-riders. Bore and stroke of the 249cc machine was a slightly undersquare 54mm x 54.5mm and the bike was restricted to 45hp from the factory. Of course simple tuning could easily unleash another 10hp or so and turn the claimed 288 pound [dry] machine into a real rocket that required extensive use of the cassette-type six-speed gearbox.

1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 R Rear

This bike doesn’t feature the highly-coveted Rothmans design, but the silver, red, and grey colors suit the bike and still manage to look period-appropriate. Some race-replica paint schemes are positively lurid and that makes sense on the racetrack, where sponsors are paying for maximum visibility but, on the street, the more shocking graphics are a bit… Youth. Like a big ADIDAS logo on a fluorescent polo shirt or something. If you’re into the race-rep look, go find some aftermarket fairings and fit those for a budget and keep the originals for when you sell.

Full disclosure: I would totally rock a Marlboro-liveried TZR250.

1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 L Side

As is generally mentioned in the comments of these posts: some parts required to maintain NSR250s are becoming more difficult to find or are even NLA from Honda directly. I’d imagine that, given the popularity of these sports two-strokes and the number manufactured, someone will pick up that ball and run with it, but until then you should be prepared to hunt around the internet for leftover OEM parts, folks liquidating their collections, and clearing out their garages. Or just stick it in your living room and make “ziiing-g-g-g… ZIIIIINNNGGGGGggg…” noises.

1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 L Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale

The bike is just imported from Japan. Not registered yet in the U.S. Sold as is with NO warranty NO refunds NO return. Used motorcycle with scratches and wear as 26 year old used bike. Speedometer looks HONDA genuine parts and shows 35,000km = about 21,900 miles, but actual mileage is unknown. Very good running condition sharp response of 2-stroke engine is still well. Can shift all gears very smooth. Brakes are work fine. Electricals are all work but front brake switch is not working.

Has an original key. HONDA genuine fairings, not Chinese plastics. Have hairline cracks and chips on fairings, so look carefully all pictures and video. Will needs new tires and fork seals. Muffler silencer is loose so needs re-rivet.

1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 R Side Engine

Obviously, as we’ve stated before, you need to do a little homework before buying one of these recent grey-market imports. But if where you live allows this kind of thing, or if you’re looking for a cool track day machine, you might want to keep an eye on this one. The bike isn’t pristine but appears to have been well cared-for: garage space is at a premium in Japan and many of these bikes sit outside, unprotected, so surface corrosion and general wear is a real problem on some of these recent imports. In this case, there is minimal corrosion visible and very little rust, paint is still shiny, with just a few cracks the seller describes and some chipped paint on the tail. This is a no reserve auction so, depending on how high the bidding goes, this could be surprisingly affordable and make sense for collectors and riders alike.

-tad

1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 R Side

No Reserve Import: 1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 for Sale
Honda May 2, 2016 posted by

US Titled Two-Stroke: 1986 Honda NSR250R for Sale

1986 Honda NSR250R L Side Front

Although small-displacement two-stroke sportbikes like this Honda NSR250R have been finding their way over to the US in shipping containers and across the border from Canada for a while now, they’re still relatively rare here and can be difficult to register for road use. This one is titled in Washington State, so that should help ease the transition to wherever you happen to be, but buyers in states where the DMV has no sense of humor should obviously tread carefully. Unless you “know a guy…”

1986 Honda NSR250R R Side

The NSR250R used a 54mm x 54.5mm two-stroke v-twin with liquid-cooling and Honda’s Automatic Torque Amplification Chamber that varied exhaust system volume to increase low-end torque, a major benefit for a small-displacement two-stroke intended for use on the street. The bike also featured a trick cassette-style six-speed gearbox for quick changes at the track. Obviously not of much use on the street unless you’re really hard on the machinery, but still cool when bragging to your friends.

1986 Honda NSR250R Dash

The cast aluminum frame and aluminum swingarm were designed to keep weight low and the bike weighs in at under 300lbs dry, which means that, although power is modest, performance really isn’t, and well-ridden NSRs can hang with much bigger machines in the canyons and on tracks that stress handling over straight-line speed.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Honda NSR250R for Sale

Legally imported from Canada with valid Washington State title in hand.  This bike has always been stored inside and does NOT show normal sun damage like other vehicles of this age.  The engine was completely rebuilt about 1000 miles ago after sitting in storage for about 15 years.  I have close to $1000 in receipts from the rebuild and the engine looks and runs like new.  The rebuild included all new gaskets, soda blasting of all cast parts, boiled out and re-painted radiator, new set of silicon coolant hoses, rebuilt carb., etc.  the bike has newer Avon tires that were installed after the rebuild and are still nice and soft with lots of tread.  The only issues with the bike are more or less isolated to the fuel tank and can be seen in the photos, I am not sure how the damage occurred, it was like that when I bought the bike.  There is also a small area of missing color on the right side of the front fender and can also be seen in the photos.  This bike is super fun to ride and will always put a smile on your face. 

1986 Honda NSR250R R Side Engine

Bidding is active and up to just $2,775 with very little time left on the auction. I was under the impression that the first NSR250R MC16 was released as a 1987 model-year bike, although it’s possible that this is from the first run of bikes that were sold in late 1986. Cosmetically, the bike does have some scuffs and dings, but nothing that you wouldn’t expect from a bike that’s thirty years old, and that set of brilliant blue Samco silicone hoses suggest that at least you won’t have to worry about coolant leaking out of your little sportbike!

-tad

1986 Honda NSR250R L Side

US Titled Two-Stroke: 1986 Honda NSR250R for Sale
Honda February 16, 2016 posted by

Fresh Off the Boat: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale

1989 Honda NSR250R R Side

Honda’s NSR250R was, until recently, unicorn-rare here in the United States. But a number of companies have sprung up to scrounge decent examples in Japan, where they are far less hard to come by, then ship them over here where they sell for a premium. Certainly, many have been truly thrashed by young knee-dragging hooligans, but there are nice examples to be had as well. And when the alternative is not having an NSR250R… Well maybe taking a chance on one of these little grey-market beasts is worth the gamble.

1989 Honda NSR250R Rear

With a nearly square 54mm x 54.5mm bore and stroke, the 249cc two-stroke in this MC18-II used carburetors but was otherwise very high-tech: Honda’s Automatic Torque-Amplification Chamber used a butterfly valve to vary expansion chamber volume to increase the midrange and their PGM-II ignition system was exceptionally sophisticated, creating a 3D map based on throttle position and rpm and modifying the timing in response. Mated to a six-speed cassette-style gearbox, and slotted into an aluminum beam frame, the entire package was the perfect weapon to battle the other quarter-liter contenders.

1989 Honda NSR250R Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale

1989 Honda NSR250 two-stroke! This is the street version of the legendary world championship winning NSR250 and NSR500 MotoGP racers. The bike is in excellent condition, both physically and mechanically with only 8,900 miles. This bike was purchased in Japan and imported through US Customs and I can provide all documentation to support its legality. The bike will come with a US title that is transferrable. Bike will be available for pick-up / delivery on March 1st.

With a Buy It Now price of $6,500 and under 9,000 on the clock this looks like a relatively clean example. Obviously, titling may be in issue in some states, but you could certainly buy it and display it, or turn it into a track-day bike.

1989 Honda NSR250R Top

Our commenters seem to feel that keeping these little two-strokes on the road is difficult, but from what I’ve seen, parts aren’t too difficult to come by if you’re prepared to plan ahead and order stuff from overseas… Or pick up some parts bikes: $6,500 is basically chump change when it comes to collectible bikes. I mean, you could have three for the price of your average Harley!

Anyone who has experience experience living with one of these care to weigh in? Are these really as hard to keep running as people seem to think?

-tad

1989 Honda NSR250R L Side

Fresh Off the Boat: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale
Honda November 26, 2015 posted by

Have Prices Peaked? Very Clean 1990 Honda NSR250 MC21 for Sale

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 R Side

Although the Honda NSR two-stroke sportbikes were by no means “starter bikes” and were very high-performing motorcycles, they were still relatively affordable and often bought by riders not flush enough to afford the taxes on bigger bikes. Basically: young hooligans bought them. Because of this, nice examples are pretty thin on the ground in their home markets.

The recent flood of affordable “grey market” Japanese two-strokes here in the US offers up our first real opportunity to sample bikes that still get the British motorcycle press all dewy-eyed and nostalgic. Unfortunately, caveat emptor is the order of the day, since many of these little nippers were thoroughly thrashed when new.

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 L Side

The NSR250R featured a 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin backed up by a six-speed cassette gearbox and, from the factory, these were limited to 45hp by Japanese regulations. But there is plenty of additional power waiting to be unleashed by a US owner and, with a sub-300 lb dry weight, this could certainly embarrass many bigger sportbikes in anything but a straight-line race.

This MC21 wasn’t just a continuation of the earlier MC18, it was a ground-up redesign and featured a banana or “gull-arm” swingarm, PGMIII electronically-controlled carburetors, and 17″ wheels at both ends, making tire choice a bit easier today. Although the bike used carburetors, the PGM system created a three-dimensional ignition map for each cylinder, based on throttle-position, revs, and gear.

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 Gauges

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 for Sale

I am selling my 1990 Honda NSR 250R MC-21 two stroke motorcycle. For those unfamiliar with this bike, it is the street version of Honda’s legendary 250cc Moto GP race bike, the NSR250. Despite it’s small displacement, this is not a beginner’s motorcycle! The two stroke engine is very powerful for its size and the bike weighs in at less than 300lbs. On a twisty road, it will leave larger displacement bikes in the rear view mirror. Plus the sound, feel, and power delivery of the two  stroke engine is unlike any four stroke motorcycle. The MC-21 model was brand new in 1990, and was a huge step up from the earlier MC-16 and MC-18 models. In addition to new body work and the super sexy gull-arm swingarm design, the MC-21 utilized the PGMIII ECU from the RC30 superbike, giving it true 3D ignition. Suspension was upgraded and the rear wheel diameter was decreased from 18″ to 17″ to fit the most advanced tires. The bike is in overall great condition, with 11,117km (<7,000 miles) on the clock. There are a few minor scratches on the bodywork (see pictures) but no other significant damage. The bike kick starts from cold on the first try and runs/revs very smoothly.

Honda never sold this bike in the U.S. as the EPA banned most two stroke powered road vehicles in the ’70’s. As such, they are extremely rare. There are a handful of these bikes in the U.S., some here legally, and others illegally. In general, two strokes less than 25 years old are still banned by the EPA, so use caution if you are looking at a similar bike that is newer than 1990. This bike was imported legally by myself directly from Japan, and I have all the US Customs paperwork to verify its legality. I also have a clean and clear Virginia title in my name, which has an 11 digit VIN that matches the bike’s frame number.

Photos: The first seven photos show the bike from various angles, front & rear tires, the speedo/odometer in km. The remaining photos show the following marks & scratches: left front fairing, right lower fairing, right upper fairing, left lower fairing, right seat fairing, left seat fairing, and right handle bar.

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 Front Fairing

This bike isn’t in showroom condition, but looks very clean and appears to start easily and run well from the included video. There’s a bit of surface rust on some of the fasteners and some scuffs at the edges of the bodywork, but nothing jumps out that should scare off potential buyers.

There are just four days left on this auction, with no takers yet at the starting bid of $5,000. Considering these were virtually unobtainable just a few years ago, has the market been flooded?

-tad

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 Rear

Have Prices Peaked? Very Clean 1990 Honda NSR250 MC21 for Sale
Kawasaki October 25, 2015 posted by

Two-Stroke Sequel: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18-II for Sale

1989 Honda NSR250R R Side Front

An update of the earlier 1988 MC18, the 1989 Honda NSR250R model saw evolutionary changes to the bodywork and styling of this small-displacement sportbike. But the most impressive feature was the highly-evolved PGM-II electronic control unit.

1989 Honda NSR250R L Side

As brutally simple as two-strokes are in concept, there is real art in the tuning, and Honda’s PGM-II orchestrated the bike’s cutting-edge technology, using throttle position and engine RPM to create a “three-dimensional” ignition map to maximize performance of the tiny terror and reduce the lightswitch power delivery common to two-strokes.

1989 Honda NSR250R Dash

The 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin was backed up with a six-speed cassette gearbox and, from the factory, these were limited to 45hp by Japanese law. But there was plenty of additional power waiting to be unleashed and with a sub-300 lb dry weight, there are huge amounts of performance on tap for back road warriors and track junkies alike.

1989 Honda NSR250R L Front

There is a Buy It Now price of $7,500 listed and, considering the recent influx of bikes just old enough to avoid the 25-year ban, I’d say he’s aiming a bit high: like many more recent imports, this example does have some scrapes, scuffs, and cracks, and it’s not one of the more desirable SP or Rothmans bikes.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale

I am selling my 1989 Honda NSR 250R MC18-II two stroke motorcycle. For those unfamiliar with this bike, it is the street version of Honda’s legendary 250cc Moto GP race bike, the NSR250. Despite it’s small displacement, this is not a beginner’s motorcycle! The two stroke engine is very powerful for its size and the bike weighs in at less than 300lbs. On a twisty road, it will leave larger displacement bikes in the rear view mirror. Plus the sound, feel, and power delivery of the two  stroke engine is unlike any four stroke motorcycle. The bike is in overall great condition, with 4,775km (<3,000 miles) on the clock. There are a few minor scratches on both the bodywork and one exhaust silencer (see pictures) but no other significant damage. The bike kick starts from cold on the first try and runs/revs very smoothly (see video).

Honda never sold this bike in the U.S. as the EPA banned most two stroke powered road vehicles in the ’70’s. As such, they are extremely rare. There are a handful of these bikes in the U.S., some here legally, and others illegally. In general, two strokes less than 25 years old are still banned by the EPA, so use caution if you are looking at a similar bike that is newer than 1990. This bike was imported legally by myself directly from Japan, and I have all the US Customs paperwork to verify its legality. I also have a clean and clear Virginia title in my name, which has an 11 digit VIN that matches the bike’s frame number.

Photos: The first seven photos show the bike from various angles and the speedo/odometer in km. The remaining photos show the following marks & scratches: right front fairing, center front fairing, left front fairing, right indicator, left body fairing, right exhaust silencer, & rear seat fairing.

The seller also includes a short video clip of the bike being started from cold. When new, these weren’t built to the absolute highest standards and some parts didn’t weather well. In addition, they were often purchased by young people whose riding skills were often outstripped by their enthusiasm and when a limited budget has you choosing between maintenance and beer, the latter is going to win out more often than it probably should.

1989 Honda NSR250R Tail

As always, remember to check your local laws before bidding. Or salivating: this influx of recently-imported two-stroke sportbikes really has me wanting something like this, even if it’s limited to “off-road use.” That ugly little tacked-on headlight is just begging to be replaced with some smooth, track-only bodywork.

-tad

1989 Honda NSR250R R Side

Two-Stroke Sequel: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18-II for Sale
Honda October 16, 2015 posted by

Rothman’s Edition: 1988 Honda NSR250R SP MC18 for Sale

1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans R Side

If you’re in the market for a high-performance, quarter-liter two-stroke, then this is the one to have. As cool to look at as it is to ride, Honda’s NSR250R is a two-stroke race replica splashed with one of the most evocative paint-and-graphics combinations of the modern era, made ever so sexy by the dangerous, forbidden-fruit taint of a tobacco sponsorship.

1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans L Side Front

The NSR250 followed the same formula as everyone else in the class, with a nearly square, liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin that displaced 249cc’s and put power through a six-speed gearbox. In this case, the box was a “cassette-style” arrangement that would theoretically allow racers to change ratios quickly at the track. Which sounds pretty cool, but is largely useless for road riders, unless you don’t believe in using your clutch and need to rebuild your transmission regularly…

1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans Clocks

With a dry weight of under 300lbs and 45-60hp depending on tune, these are fast, nimble motorcycles that stress handling over straight-line power. They look and handle like big, four-stroke sportbikes, but are very compact in person, and feature a host of weight-saving and weight-centralizing tricks to maximize performance. According to two-stroke fanatics, every serious motorcyclist should try one.

So who’s got one I can try out?

1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans R Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda NSR250R SP MC18 for Sale

Just imported through U.S. Customs, this 1988 NSR 250 SP R4J comes with a clean and clear street legal title ready to be transferred into your name in your state. A great page for some overview history on the NSR250 is www(dot)nsr-world(dot)com/history/ . The SP model is a Honda factory built street legal Sport Production version of the desirable NSR250 model and comes in Rothmans paint trim and factory upgrade Magtek magnesium wheels. This bike is showing 10,620 original miles (17,091 kilometers) on the odometer so it is a clean, lower mileage bike that presents well. The fairing bodywork is original with original paint and the seat is in good condition. The pictures show 2 scratches on the lower right belly pan and 3 scratches on the left muffler. This is a 25 year old motorcycle with 11,000 miles so it isn’t perfect; you have to expect paint wear and the normal scratches and chips and cracks on the bar ends and levers and fairing mount points. The windshield needs polishing to be perfect too. The tires have good tread, gauges are clear and bright, factory turn signals are straight and the exhaust tips are in good condition too. All in all a good used 250SP with original paint and Magtek magnesium wheels – where else are you going to find one?

I can get great shipping rates (anywhere in California for $300 as an example) so don’t let the cost of shipping keep you from owning this collectible Japanese two-stroke streetbike. This motorcycle is not a grey market import, it has been imported through proper legal channels and is already titled in the USA and ready to be transferred into your name just like any other vehicle purchase. You will not need my US Customs documents and EPA documents to transfer title but I will include them in the sale of this bike so you have documentation your NSR SP was legally imported.

The seller has posted a number of other desirable little Japanese-import two-stroke sportbikes recently and, as always, includes a video of the bike starting and running.

1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans L Side Fairing

Standard caveats apply: be sure to check your local laws regarding registration if you plan to run this on the road. But now that bikes like this are at or past the 25 year mark, it’s becoming much easier to import and register them. And even if you can’t run this on the street, a careful restoration would make this a very cool display piece!

-tad

 1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans R Side Front

Rothman’s Edition: 1988 Honda NSR250R SP MC18 for Sale
Honda October 6, 2015 posted by

Fresh Off the Boat: 1989 Honda NSR250R for Sale

1989 Honda NSR250R R Front

With pre-1990’s vehicles becoming easier to import than ever, there’s a strong market for slightly thrashed 250cc two-stroke sportbikes here in the US. These weren’t especially uncommon overseas but bikes like this Honda NSR250R are about as rare as the proverbial hen’s teeth here.

1989 Honda NSR250R L Rear

So while some might be annoyed at the opportunists cashing in by rounding up slightly worn machines in Japan then shipping them to two-stroke starved enthusiasts here in the US, I say, “Bring them on.” As long as you know what you’re in for, and are prepared to possibly put in some work to bring a worn, but basically complete sportbike back to life, I doubt these are much worse for wear than the majority of GSX-R’s of the same era.

1989 Honda NSR250R R Fairing Detail

The NSR250R was powered by a 249cc, liquid-cooled two-stroke 90° v-twin that featured Honda’s ATAC torque-boosting system to beef up the characteristically weedy two-stroke midrange. The cassette-type six-speed gearbox is a nice feature, although basically wasted for street riders except as a bragging point. 1989 saw the introduction of the MC18-II R5K version of the bike that used higher-mounted exhausts, a torque arm for the rear brake caliper, and minor updates to the bodywork to keep the bike looking fresh.

Bigger news was the introduction of Honda’s PGM-II electronic engine management that was very trick for the period, featuring race-bred technology but with more road-oriented tuning.

1989 Honda NSR250R Cockpit

This example has been freshly imported from Japan and seems to be a solid runner in decent cosmetic shape. Many 250cc sportbikes here in the US have led pampered lives as collectibles, but this has clearly been used as intended.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda NSR250R for Sale

Just imported through U.S. Customs, this 1989 NSR250r comes with a US title ready to be transferred into your name in your state.

This NSR250 is showing just 12,176 original miles (19,589 kilometers) on the odometer so it is a clean, lower mileage bike that presents as a cared for bike. The fairing bodywork is original with original paint and the seat is in good condition too. This is a 25 year old motorcycle with 12,000 miles so it isn’t perfect; expect the normal scratches and chips and cracks on the bar ends and levers and fairing mount points. The tires have wear but the front has a season of riding left, mufflers are good, factory turn signals are straight and the exhaust tips are straight too. All in all a good clean used 250R with desirable dual seat option and aftermarket Dog Fight R exhaust and Magtek wheel upgrades.

I can get great shipping rates (anywhere in California for $300 as an example) so don’t let the cost of shipping keep you from owning this collectible Japanese two-stroke streetbike. This motorcycle is already USA titled and ready to be transferred into your name so US Customs documents and EPA documents are not needed but I will include them in the sale of this bike so you have documentation this NSR was legally imported.

The original listing also includes a video clip of the bike in running condition.

1989 Honda NSR250R R Rear

While some might be annoyed at the opportunists cashing in by rounding up slightly worn machines in Japan then shipping them to two-stroke starved enthusiasts here in the US, I say, “Bring them on.” As long as you know what you’re in for, and are prepared to possibly put in some work to bring a worn, but basically complete sportbike back to life, I doubt these are much worse for wear than the majority of GSX-R’s of the same era.

1989 Honda NSR250R Dash

With “grey market” imports like this becoming more common, I wonder how long it will be before pricing on these little two-strokes becomes very reasonable, especially for those who buy ones that have been in the US for a while…

-tad

1989 Honda NSR250R L Front

Fresh Off the Boat: 1989 Honda NSR250R for Sale
Honda September 22, 2015 posted by

Arizona-Titled Two-Stroke: 1988 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale

1988 Honda NSR250R R Side

Here in the USA where torque, big, low-revving engines, and straight-line speed were the order of the day, corner-shredding 250cc race-replicas never stood a chance of being popular. But you always want what you can’t have, so quite a cult has grown up around bikes like this little Honda NSR250R.

1988 Honda NSR250R L Side Detail

Powered by a reed-valve, liquid-cooled 90° v-twin two, stroke with a six-speed casette-style gearbox, these are a far-cry from the “learner bike” stereotype often applied to bikes of this displacement. But racetrack-bred handling and a slim powerband mean there’s plenty of joy to be found wringing the neck of an NSR on a twisty road.

1988 Honda NSR250R Dash

Stock, these two-strokes were limited to just 45hp, although the MC18 is capable of another 15hp once de-restricted: with just 280lbs to push around, 60hp should make performance suitably entertaining. Improvements over the earlier MC16 included electronic PGM ignition, bigger carbs, and other updates to improve flexibility, something that’s generally lacking in two-strokes.

1988 Honda NSR250R R Side Rear

Bigger brakes, wider wheels, and uprated suspension rounded out the package and although the passenger seat and headlight scream “practical transportation” they’re largely ornamental and this bike is best for back-road blasts and track days.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale

Up for sale is a legally-imported NSR250.   The bike was imported by me this year along with 2 other bikes, I have decided I don’t need all 3 so here is your chance to get a very clean example of a 1988 NSR250 MC18.

The bike runs great, it has 9517 original KILOMETERS (title shows a miles, as that is how they measure here, but is in KM, which makes it about 6,000 original miles from 1988.   The bike is clean and has the original fairings which fared well over the years, but do have minimal cracks and scrapes.   The gas tank is very clean with no trace of rust inside.  The bike starts well and the oil injection works great, I have only used synthetic oil and the 2 stroke smoke is not bad at all.

As for performance, this is a blast.  Even though this is a 250cc it is NOT a beginner motorcycle, it puts out a lot of power in the high RPMs (for any of you who rode a 2 stroke are probably familiar with). The bike goes through all gears with no issue, all lights work, it is a good running cycle.

This bike is street legal in Arizona, all turn signals and lights work, etc.  The speedometer is in kilometers per hour, there are conversions available, however, I just used a free cell phone application to monitor speed.  Please check with your local DMV if there are any concerns regarding the speedometer cluster, etc.   A clear Arizona title is provided.

1988 Honda NSR250R Rear Wheel

The seller also helpfully includes a video of the bike running. 

These aren’t especially rare in the UK and Japan, but few ever made it to these shores. With prices on sporty two-strokes low in their original markets and demand rising for them here in the USA where they represent tasty, tasty forbidden fruit, many are finding their way over here in less-than-stellar condition. This one isn’t perfect, but minor cracks and bits of wear aside, it looks like a very solid example, assuming the reserve is set reasonably.

It’d be nice to know if the bike has been de-restricted and you should definitely do your homework if you plan to run this on the street: the Arizona DMV may be more permissive than your own.

-tad

1988 Honda NSR250R L Side

Arizona-Titled Two-Stroke: 1988 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale