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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”
Honda January 6, 2019 posted by

Terra Racing Replica: 1989 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale

When you mention “race replicas” the phrase tends to conjure up images of lurid colors and graphics freed from any need for subtlety or adherence to an aesthetically-pleasing color palette. Or is that just me? Maybe just me. Anyway, as much as I personally don’t tend to be a huge fan of them, there are obviously exceptions: I love the Rothmans and Repsol designs, in spite of their unsubtle styles, and MV’s Reparto Corse graphics are pretty cool as well. Of course, the vivid colors and striking graphics obviously serve an important purpose: to help draw attention to what are essentially rolling billboards for the sponsors who pay big money to have their names and logos slapped on these speedy machines. This Honda NSR250R SP Terra Racing Replica is surprisingly subtle, however.

The NSR250R was Honda’s standard bearer in the two-stroke sportbike class that was hotly contested pretty much everywhere but the US, where vast distances, straight roads, emissions legislation, and licensing requirements [or lack thereof] meant that the class is virtually unknown to the mainstream biking community these days. The original MC16 version introduced in 1987 set the tone for the series, with a 90° v-twin, alloy twin-spar frame, RC powervalve, PGM electronic ignition, and giant-killing performance.

Of course, competition from Suzuki, Yamaha, and later Kawasaki were pretty killy as well, and the intense competition saw the bike quickly evolve into the MC18 in 1988 and the MC21 in late 1989, followed by the final MC28 that came along in 1993. This appears to be a late MC18 R6K, the middle-child version of the bike, since it lacks the larger headlight and distinctive “gull-arm” swingarm of the MC21, and the SP denotes the “Sport Production” version that came with a trick dry clutch and Magtek magnesium wheels, along with fully-adjustable suspension.

Power from the 249cc engine would have been rated at 45hp for Japanese-market bikes, but bikes intended for foreign markets and de-restricted versions can make much more. Even in restricted form, the NSR is pretty quick, with less than 320lbs wet to push around, although two-strokes require quite a bit of work to extract the available performance. If you’re interested, top speed is around 130mph, but that’s not the point of the bike. Find a tight racetrack or a set of canyon curves that would tie even a modern literbike in knots, make sure you eat a light breakfast to save a couple pounds, and spend a Sunday morning worshiping at the Temple of Lean.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda NSR250R SP Terra Racing Replica for Sale

Up for your consideration is a 1989 Honda NSR250 SP TERRA RACING. This bike is all original minus the full Jha exhaust system, and stainless steel brake lines. From the factory the bike is equipped with a HRC dry clutch, magnesium wheels, and a fully adjustable suspension. The bike sounds amazing and starts first kick every time. The bike  has been fully deregulated and runs absolutely great and is extremely quick despite the cc size. All fluids have recently been serviced as well as two new spark plugs.  Please view all images as this is a 30-year-old original bike with minor imperfections.The bike was legally imported into the United States and I do have a clean and clear Arizona title as well as a full set of aftermarket stock plastics still in the bubble wrap. I do encourage all bidders to please come and view the bike in person, or send someone on your behalf to inspect and view the bike. Please don’t hesitate to email for more information as well as pictures videos of the bike running if needed. 

Bidding is currently up to $5,900 with the reserve not met and very little time left on the auction. There are some minor chips in the decals and paint, and some aftermarket farkles like the steering damper, brake lines, and the front brake rotor buttons are obviously not original and are of questionable taste, but simple enough to change or remove. Although they are surprising, considering the claimed [and indicated] miles. Regardless, it is a clean-looking bike and worth a look if the reserve is set at a reasonable point.

-tad

Terra Racing Replica: 1989 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale
Honda February 23, 2014 posted by

Have You Imported a 25+ Year Old Motorcycle? 1989 Honda NSR250 SP Terra Racing

1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 Terra Racing for sale

Ian has posted these a couple of times, and like the ones for sale before, this one is also in the U.K. But they’re an unusual spot and this one is in very nice condition. Most states have more relaxed rules regarding importation for classics and this one falls right into that category if you have a spare £5,699.00 (or about $9500 USD) burning a hole in your pocket. If you’ve imported a 25+ year old bike as a classic, please leave a comment and tell us about the process.

dc

1989 Honda NSR250 SP for sale on eBay

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Have You Imported a 25+ Year Old Motorcycle?  1989 Honda NSR250 SP Terra Racing
Honda February 1, 2012 posted by

NSR Eye Candy In The UK: 1988 NSR250 (MC18) Terra Racing And 1991 NSR250 (MC21) Cabin Racing

NSR Eye Candy In The UK: 1988 NSR250 (MC18) Terra Racing And 1991 NSR250 (MC21) Cabin Racing

Everybody hates Monday’s so here is a little eye candy of the two wheeled variety provided courtesy of Honda.  Sit back, put of your work off and dream a little of a garage filled with rare NSR’s.  Take your pick of a Terra Racing replica or one decked out in Cabin Racing colors.

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I know the Rothmans replicas are the iconic NSR250 but I think these Terra Racing reps are my favorite.  The sellers ad claims 1500 were produced.

Damn, I’m a sucker for those green number plates.  Can there be a more shallow reason to like a bike?

She has around 15,000 miles on her and the seller is asking the equivalent of  $7,800.  It sure would be a nice way to top off a NSR250 collection.

Check out the auction.

 

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Ok NSR men help me out on this one.  Was this an official replica or just paint the had Cabin Racing colors?  The seller claims a production of 2500 in this color scheme.  Doing an internet search for this bike brought up several photos of the Cup Noodle race NSR’s.  I vaguely remember seeing a picture of a street version of that bike.  Did Honda ever produce a Cup Noodle replica?

 

There’s the reason all RGV250’s don’t have “banana” swing arms.  Honda had the patent on the “Gull Arm” and didn’t appreciated the copy.  Suzuki definitely put more style into it.

 

Sure looks like a nice example to me.  It only shows 6200 miles, has the original two keys and of course a rattling dry clutch.

 

This one will set you back roughly $8,600.  Take a look here.

 

 

Ian

 

Honda March 30, 2011 posted by

Never Say Never: Honda NSR250SP Terra Racing (MC18 RK6)

Never Say Never:  Honda NSR250SP  Terra Racing (MC18 RK6)

I really never expected to see one of  these for sale.  As the title says though, “Never say never!”.  The above brochure is what many a young Japanese male lusted after in the late 80’s:  a Honda NSR250SP Terra Racing replica.  The race replica craze was in full swing and most of the Japanese manufactures were glad to oblige.

Prospec baby!  I always get a kick out of the English bits mingled in with the Japanese.

And here is the bike in question.  It has made its’ way from Japan to the UK and is .  No bidding on this one, if you like the price it is yours.  That price in US dollars is roughly $8,600.  Steep but you might have the only one in the country.

I found a great blog entry (edetuckracing.blogspot.com) that gives a great explainer on what makes the  Terra Racing replicas special:

The R6K models were the first true SP’s. They sported the similar gold Magtek magnesium wheels as before, but now with the benchmark 150/60 series tyre, first seen on the R5K. This new SP also had adjustable suspension front and rear; spring preload and rebound dampening on the front, and spring preload, rebound, and compression dampening on the rear, and an all new dry clutch based on the RS250 race bikes. Released to compete with Yamaha’s new TZR250 Reverse Cylinder, Suzuki’s first RGV250, and Kawasaki’s KR1, it was (and still is) an extremely competent road and race bike capable of in excess of 70hp in full race trim! All R6K SP’s were only produced in white and silver Terra Racing colours.

 

This might be the best picture:  it looks pretty darn clean and better yet, corrosion hasn’t begun.  If you’ve owned a bike from Japan where that salty air has gotten the better of it you know why I pointed out the lack of corrosion.  By the way, it only has 8,000 miles on it and it looks completely stock.  Pissed you don’t live in the UK yet?

 Now that will finish off a nice Honda collection.

It’s from a little earlier (1987) but will still take you back. All Japan Series action:

Ian

Note: The great brochure images in this post are generously made available by Jamie’s NSR Homepage. Thank you Jamie!