Posts by tag: Race Replica

Honda September 19, 2021 posted by

(Over)Use as Directed – 1990 Honda CBR400RR

Update 9.19.21: Sold Friday night but still worth a peek, push “See original listing” – donn

Painting a street bike in the colors of Honda’s 250 GP team might be a giveaway that it was going to get a workout.  This CBR looks to have been ridden hard and possibly raced, but is at least worth a look as a project.

1990 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

The specs for the baby Fireblade read like a full-fledged superbike, with double overhead gear-driven cams, alloy chassis, and assymmetrical gull swingarm.  Some components are sized for the expected stresses, like the 275mm brakes, and some ruled by budgetary concerns, like the semi-adjustable suspension.  But considering the intended market in countries with progressive licensing, and the intended youthful riders, it’s somewhat hipper than the current single cylinder starter sports.

No corner of this CBR has been spared, or had much attention lavished on the cosmetics, though the tank and seat fairing look undamaged.  The fairings have the advantage of being easier to remove and most repairs can be made from the inside.  No claims of recent maintenance, so some questions to the owner might be in order.  Notes from the eBay auction:

NC29 JDM
current registration,
clean title in my name,
runs excellent,
moto gp, gp250 Advance Shell HRC team replica color.

Replica bikes of medium-sized racers of this era have
ultra-high quality, powerful and excellent handling.

I hope you enjoy the proficiency of this excellent machine at 17000 rpm.

Preferably this Blade would’ve been fawned over rather than neglected, even if pushed to the limits.  Pre-pandemic readers will recall similar models selling for much less ( and in really nice shape ), but these are a certain rarity, never offered here except as a one-at-a-time import.  For a well-equipped garagiste with an empty lift, this might be a worthwhile project and the Make Offer button is available.

-donn

(Over)Use as Directed – 1990 Honda CBR400RR
Honda September 13, 2021 posted by

1992 Honda NSR250 SP Rothmans For Sale

1992 Honda NSR 250SP Rothmans For Sale on eBay!

Excuse me sir . . . I’m interested in your JDM only Honda NSR 250SP Rothmans Racer Replica, but only if it has a rarer than Hens Teeth, Rocking Horse Poop, Unicorns, Fairy’s and the Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow, NOS, Honda Rothmanss upper fairing to go with the sale. What’s that? I’m in luck because you do have a rarer than Hens Teeth, Rocking Horse Poop, Unicorns, Fairy’s and the Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow, NOS, Honda Rothmans upper fairing to go with the sale!
GTFOOH!

And there you have it- My work is done here and you all know what to do from here. What are you waiting for? Call this guy up and ask, beg, borrow or bribe your way in to his black book of contacts and ask him “Where in the hell did you find a NOS, 1 of 1500, 25 year old upper fairing?” No really, this might be the most important question 🙂

We all know about the adjustable suspension, dry clutch, MagTek’s, Racer Boy graphics and terribly uncomfortable seats that our beloved NSR’s offer, but have you ever seen a NOS upper fairing? Much less a NOS Rothmans upper fairing?

But, there’s more . . .
This NSR is a bit of a project in that it runs, but doesn’t idle very well, looks good from 15′ away and (IMHO) needs a lot of work for the $16,750 asking price.

But wait, there’s more . . .
The seller is very upfront about the work he’s done on the bike and he’s also very upfront about what he thinks it needs. He was even gracious enough to make us a video detailing the pros and cons of his little jewel.

 

From the sellers eBay ad:

1992 Honda NSR250SP Sports Production Rothmans, dry clutch, adjustable suspension, Magtek wheels, clear Florida title. Very nice original condition with minor age marks, oxidation and tiny pits on aluminum here and there. Runs good but will need further tuning and engine upgrades for serious riding. Carbs were rebuilt, has new chain slide, all lights work, horn works, temp works, etc. Also has brand new factory correct petcock or fuel tap. It appears the fuel cap was replaced and may not be Honda and it has a different key for the fuel tank. Will need tires, possible chain and sprockets. Front cowl has missing ear at left mirror that can be repaired. According to the VIN, this is the 2nd to last one ever built in 1992, it is 1499 out of 1500. Comes with other body parts including very rare New old stock never installed Rothmans front cowling, new aftermarket Chinese front cowl with cracked but glued ear, new aftermarket windscreen.

Let’s get this discussion started and tell us your thoughts. Maybe Stevie from Speedwerks will chime in here and let us know what it’s gonna take to bring this one back to 100%

Check out this 1992 Honda NSR 250SP Rothmans Edition here.

Cheers!

dd

1992 Honda NSR250 SP Rothmans For Sale
Aprilia September 2, 2021 posted by

2008 Aprilia RSV1000r Bol D’Or Edition

There is just something special and exciting about a limited edition race replica motorcycle.  The sense of connection to the manufacture’s on track performance is obvious, but the sense of occasion and over all fun factor are harder to put your finger on.  This Aprilia RSV1000R Bol D’Or might not have much more then superficial changes over the already excellent RSV, but to think in that context would be missing part of the point.  The calibration of racing success, the history around the brand and the race as well as a chance to have something truly rare and interesting in your garage are what this bike is all about.

The standard RSV from Aprilia was well received from the start.  A reliable and characterful Rotax built V Twin provides around 140 horsepower.  The R came with a long list of upgrades that included OZ wheels, Ohlins front and rear, radial mounted Brembo calipers and a few carbon bits here and there.  Well worth the additional MSRP premium.  Reviews appear to be unanimous in praising the bikes for having beautifully balanced handling and approachable road manors.  Know by many to offer many miles of service in a rather trouble free way.  Service intervals and costs are reasonable, and very much inside the wheel house of a competent DIY owner.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

2008 Aprilia RSV1000r Bol D’Or edition..RARE only 200 made ..8750 miles.. new 520 chain conversion .. fresh Dunlop Q tires.. excellent condition

Details are limited in the listing, but the pictures show a very clean bike.  New tires are a bonus for the new buyer.  The Buy It Now price of $8500 has yet to be hit for this comparable bargain.  Just think what a Ducati Xerox would cost, and then remember there are more then twice as many of the Ducati and is on par in terms of performance to the Aprilia.

2008 Aprilia RSV1000r Bol D’Or Edition
Honda August 31, 2021 posted by

1985 Honda NS400R For Sale!

1985 Honda NS400R For Sale on eBay!

First things first- Donn, Mike, Tad, Bill, Bob and Larry have all done a great job documenting the NS400R specs over the years and you can re-read those techy numbers HERE if you like. If reading isn’t your thing you can always go back and look at the pretty pictures- like me 🙂

Secondly- THIS is how you photograph a rare motorcycle that you’d actually like to sell . . . with an iPhone . . . in portrait mode . . . with too much artificial bokeh. In all seriousness, well lit, detailed and in focus is what you’re after. Pretty straight forward.


Looking back at 1985, Honda was starting to transition from upright cafe racer style bikes to the CBR (1987) and from the upright alienish looking NS to the more angular and pointy NSR250’s we all know and love. The general public hadn’t received full floating or even semi-floating brakes yet and we were still rolling around on tires with sidewalls as tall as the Hoover Damn.
In 1985 hi-tech motorcycle bits consisted of Honda’s TRAC anti-dive forks and ATAC- Honda’s Auto-Controlled Torque Amplification Chamber. ATAC was Honda’s answer to help the 400cc 3 cylinder produce some low end torque. Perhaps the simplest and most innovative bit of the NS400R (and this might be a shocker) is Honda’s engineers rotated the little 3 cylinder engine forward putting two in the front and one in the rear, helping to keep the weight low, balanced and with a slight forward bias. An easy and functional solution- Right?

Apparently, Honda’s engineers got it right because it’s not uncommon to see NS400R’s with decent mileage on them- meaning, they were easy to ride and reliable machines.

Check out what the seller has to say about their NS-

1985 Honda NS400R V-3 Two Stroke. 23,800 km. Clean title with Montana registration and license plate. Really clean bike. Starts first kick and runs great. There are a few flaws, its missing the chain guard and a chrome fairing mount screw. There is a very slight and shallow dent on the left side of the fuel tank. I believe a good dent guy could massage it out. Oil pump has been removed, so its premix at the moment. I will include the oil pump and reservoir so it can be re-installed. Overall, I would call it a 9 out of 10 condition. With the bodywork off, it looks new underneath. None of the corrosion and rust typical of bikes imported from Japan.

The seller made a quick VIDEO for your viewing and listening pleasure. If we only had Smell-O-Vision!

If you desire a little more visual information- the seller has a very nice gallery of photos you can browse
HERE.

If you’re still not stimulated enough- this one is located in beautiful Montana. Road trip anyone?

Cheers!

dd

1985 Honda NS400R For Sale!
Aprilia August 25, 2021 posted by

1/8th The Capacity, and Half The Strokes: 2009 Aprilia RS125

What is more lust worthy then some forbidden fruit?  Something that you have been told is bad, dirty or just flat out not safe?  Such is the life for small displacement two stroke bikes.  For the most part they have been banned in the US under the idea that they will raise sea levels, club baby seals and cause the rain to melt our homes.

While the rest of the world gets to enjoy these tiny wonders, the USA has been devoid of options for many years.  Many believe the Yamaha RD and RZ line from the 70s and 80s was the last offering for the road, and in many ways they are correct.  But what is almost as good as forbidden fruit?  How about a good story, and a shady loop hole?

From the Seller’s CraigsList add (Hartford, CT):

2009 Aprilia RS125
Titled and registered in CT.
280 lb 2 stroke 125cc street bike.
6 speed manual transmission.
Oil injection
Runs great! Lots of fun to ride!

Stock bike with OEM turn signals, wiring harness, plate mount.
Very rare bike. 1/160 imported to the U.S. You don’t find them registered and titled very often.

No rides without money in hand. No trades.

In 2009 Aprilia finally brought their Rotax powered RS125 to the USA as a “for off road use only”.  The idea is that they wanted to revive the production race bike market.  The funny thing was the bikes came with lights, blinkers and a plate mount.  Clearly they knew some owners were going to take advantage of certain states loose DMV laws and put these bike on the road.

The example here can be seen in a few picture out on the public roads, if not in much detail.  Apparently this bike has covered about 2400 miles.  The $8900 asking price is well above the original MSRP, but it is hard to put a price on this much fun.  The street title will a large part of the value for buyers in some states.

1/8th The Capacity, and Half The Strokes: 2009 Aprilia RS125
Suzuki August 22, 2021 posted by

1986 GSX-R 750 Suzuki Limited Edition For Sale!

You all may or may not now this, but corporate frowns upon us for teeing up more than one bike per day. You know, they want to be consistent and make sure we feed you all a steady diet of bad ass machines. I vaguely remember a memo flying around strictly prohibiting 2 post per day. Something to do with an algorithm, number of views, time on page or some happy horse crap.

I’m just gonna crack open a PBR “Throw a finger in the air, and let me see where you at!”

Here’s your second one of the day-

Would you look at that!?

Hand laid fiberglass solo tail section, larger brakes, 1″ longer swing arm, split 3 spoke wheels and the optional dry clutch equaled 6 pounds lighter than the regular 86 model. These don’t pop up very often and when they do, they usually get snatched up pretty quickly.

GSXR 750 Suzuki Limited addition very rare bike only 300 ever in the US 1986 only 6000 miles very valuable this one’s worth having to sleep on the couch for two weeks runs great don’t miss this deal

The seller offers up their phone number for interested parties. Considering the photos aren’t that good and with the vague description anyone interested will be picking up the phone for some more info. This one looks to be promising, but one never knows what lurks beneath on a 35 year old sport bike.

Check out this GSX-R LE For Sale on CL!

Is it too late to say I feel a bit sorry for the seller and what’s about to come through his phone? 🙂

Cheers!

dd

1986 GSX-R 750 Suzuki Limited Edition For Sale!
Honda August 21, 2021 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 with only 2,048 miles!

1990 Honda RC30 For Sale on eBay!

After 2 days of mental Tug-O-War- here it is. I say “here it is” because I know some of you have been reckless eyeballing it on eBay and likely saying “Why haven’t those slugs over at RSBFS.com presented this?”
Well, rest assured, I’ve been pouring over the pictures and researching a few things because lets face it- some of you are RC30 Guru’s and would call me out for getting it wrong 😉

We all know they’re rare, expensive, have fiberglass bodywork, came stock with funky wheels sizes, aluminum tanks and a sexy Elf/Honda single sided swing arm. Nothing really new there so, lets dive in.

What I like:
-Low Mileage
-It’s a RC30 (duh!)
-The sweet Termi exhaust
-HRC 17″ x 6″ rear wheel- The Holy Grail of RC30 parts
-Seller has the stock exhaust
-Seller has the original 18″ wheel

 

Honda rc30
This bike has only 2000 miles. I’m the second owner. I Purchased this bike in 1991 and I kept the bike in my living room For all these years. It’s in excellent shape except the body has some damage from storage- it can be easily fixed because the faring is made of fiberglass from the factory. The bike was never raced or abused.
The paint has some bubbles. Mechanically the bike runs great. Currently, the bike has a termignoni carbon fiber exhaust and a 17×6 HRC rear wheel. I will include the original 18×5.5 original wheel, the original exhaust, the race stand, manual and tools. I will not ship the bike- local pickup only

 


 
What I’m not so sure about:
-The seller states “It’s in excellent shape”
-The paint is a mess
-The lower fairings and tail section are less than desirable condition
-Aftermarket front turn signals
-The HRC sticker on the upper fairing
-What’s behind the Michelin Man sticker and 3 layers of white duct tape
-An aftermarket rear sprocket on a bike with so few miles
-A $45,000 motorcycle being presented without being detailed
 

History tells us that RC30’s did have an issue with the lower header coming in contact with the lower right side fairing. We know it caused some discoloration and in some extreme cases even distorting the fiberglass. The Michelin Man sticker seems to be in that location.
The very nice HRC Honda sticker on the tail section is obviously covering some damage, but I’m curious as to how there is (what appears to be) red vinyl over the sticker? Perhaps the tail section has damage over a larger area than what the HRC sticker is covering?

I’m in no way a paint & body expert, but one has to believe it wouldn’t be a cheap process to bring the body panels back to museum quality. I know the factory fiberglass wasn’t super smooth and the finish wasn’t the best, but that’s part of the RC30 nostalgia- right?

For me, this one is stuck in a “grey” area- It’s priced too high not to be near perfect, but it does have the extremely desirable HRC 17″ x 6″ rear wheel, Termi, low miles and the OEM spares. If you put the money into repairing the body work, you’d have an extremely expensive well equipped RC30 with repaired body work.

Would you pay $45,000, call it a 15 footer and ride it or does the low mileage warrant a full blown resto?

Let’s discuss the current RC30 market and figure it out- Keeping it civil of course 🙂

Check out this low mileage RC30 here!

Cheers!

dd

1990 Honda RC30 with only 2,048 miles!
Honda August 15, 2021 posted by

1989 Honda NSR250-SP MC18 R6K “Terra Racing”

Just last week, a long lost RSBFS friend reached out to me and welcomed my return to the rotation. Our conversation quickly turned to bikes, pricing and we both noted the lack to 2-strokes being offered for sale and how we both missed them.
After the conversation and without hesitation, I fired up the RSBFS GoDuckYouself engine and went in search of a smoker . . . A real smoker, not some weenie post 2000’s oil-mix 4 mix contraption.

As you know by now, I landed on one of the most sought after NSR’s in Forest Gump’s Wide World.



1989 Honda NSR250-SP MC 18 Terra Racing Edition on CL!

The IMPORTANT model specific info:
1. Magtek Wheels – 4.5″ rear
2. Dry Clutch
3. Fully Adjustable Front and Rear Suspension
4. Slippery Terra Racing Bodywork
5. High Silencers

The IMPORTANT info about this machine:
1. It’s 32 years old
2. It’s ONLY covered 1,450 miles
3. It “appears” to have all of the plastic bodywork tabs in tact. (this is huge!)
4. It has managed to escape the dreaded Japanese corrosion
5. The paint and bodywork “appear” to be in near perfect shape- I’ll come back to this
6. It has spare engine parts

I’ve owned several NSR’s and know all too well the pitfalls of them and based solely on the pictures- this one appears to be the real deal. The seller is asking $12,500 and shipping to your doorstep for around $750. Ouch right? But, unless you have some serious connections and leverage I don’t think you’ll find another one currently for sale stateside. Yes, it’s that rare.

Here’s the low down from the lucky owner:

1989 Honda NSR250R SP top specification of *THE* iconic 250cc 2-stroke GP race-replica of the late 1980 to early 90’s. The NSR250R-SP (MC18-1118045 R6K) features distinctive Terra racing livery, Honda Magtek magnesium wheels & dry-clutch.

2170 kilometers shown and regular but limited use over the past 32 years recorded in the inner panels. New battery / fuel / plugs. Runs and rides well. Includes some spares – new OEM Honda pistons / rings / base gaskets / head gaskets / circlips / plugs.

Over our 12 year history, we’ve only featured a handful of Terra Racing NSR 250 SP’s and the majority of them were listings from abroad.

2019 Sold for $7,750
2014 Sold for $9,500 in the UK
2012 Sold for $7,800 in the UK
2011 Sold for $8,600 in the UK

Knowing how utilitarian NSR’s were in Japan this machine makes me smile. It’s preserved. It’s not been ridden to oblivion and back. It’s Iconic. It’s in the USA. It’s For Sale!

Check out some NSR Grail on CL here!

Extra Credit Reading:
NSR250 SP Terra Racing Edition History
NSR250 SP Terra Racing Edition Specs

Just as I said I would- I’m getting back to the paint and bodywork . . .
Being the avid photographer I am, I can appreciate the time, effort and vision it takes to create great images. Hell, I’m the first person to hand my camera to anyone who says “Nice camera! I bet it takes great pictures!” My point? These are great images! But, not to a potential buyer of a $12,500, 32 year old machine. I want to see clear, well lit and detail oriented images. A smokey image of a scandalous looking motorcycle, peeking around the corner in and industrial setting is not reassuring to me 😉

Later-

dd

1989 Honda NSR250-SP  MC18 R6K “Terra Racing”