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Honda November 6, 2018 posted by

Spitting Image – 1987 Honda NSR250R

Honda’s early NSR-250’s were nicely templated on the winning RS250R race machine, in race livery almost hard to tell apart.  This one went from road to private collection and has been made ready for the new owner’s choice.

1987 Honda NSR250R for sale on eBay

Honda’s MC16 used a 249cc V-twin, with cylinders slightly turned to ease intake and exhaust routing.  Exhaust port sizes are adjusted, and torque band extended, by Honda’s RC Valve.  Almost any frame could cope with the legislated 45 hp, but Honda built a twin spar from alloy extrusions welded to cast connectors and headstock.  In-house suspension used air adjustable forks and Pro-link monoshock, with the straight swingarm that pre-dates the banana.

Evidently this collector is more than proverbially thinning the herd, and has auctioned several over the past few months.  Not a virgin with over 15K miles, but still looks excellent.  Beside one cracked corner on the right fairing and a couple of paint chips, it appears complete and original.  A lot of new wear parts were installed when the NSR was taken off the road, though we don’t know when that was, cables and pads should be ok to sit.  Here is the list of freshenings that were done to make it ready for sale, from the eBay auction:

New Battery & amp; Battery Tender Hookup – which can also be used to run Electric gear

New front and rear brake fluids flushed and replaced with Honda Pro DOT 4

Carbs were Digitally Synchronized

New Spark Plugs Installed

Perfect Mechanical and Great Cosmetic condition and needs nothing

Replaced the fork oil with 15W

New transmission oil

Oil Injection Tank filled up

Coolant flushed and replaced

New set of tires have 250+/- miles on them in 3 rides this last summer

Honda continued with the NSR250R for another ten years, so the early model is less collectible, but also doesn’t have the harder to defeat PGM ignition controller.  Not the lightest small sport, but Honda build quality took sales away from Yamaha, who had been ruling the two-stroke market.  Not exactly museum quality, this NSR looks like it could be a great rider.  Interest in the auction is high with 5 days to run…


Spitting Image – 1987 Honda NSR250R
Honda May 5, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR

Update 5.6.2017: Sold in just 4.5 hours! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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This is not your usual diet of 40:1 premix. This grey-market 250cc Featured Listing is the ultra-rare, four stroke MC22. Never officially imported into the United States, this particular example has been properly papered and plated – making it a terrific way to add a stunning and unique machine to your collection. The seller is a RSBFS regular, and we have seen his bikes before; they are what they are claimed to be.

The CBR250 family follows a tried and true pattern of performance: an inline, four-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder and a redline that stops just short of six figures (ok, only 19,000 RPM) is cradled by just enough aluminum to form a stout, boxed perimeter frame. 17″ wheels and better-than-basic suspension hold up the works, and race-bred bodywork and vented triple disks all around prove that this is no entry-level scooter. While originally a Japan-only model when introduced in the mid-1980s as the MC14. By the late 1980s with the MC19 edition Honda started importing outside of Japan, but kept the distribution limited largely to APJ (Asia, Pacific, Japan). Expect a stock bike to produce approximately 45 HP against a 315 pound dry weight.

From the seller:
1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22. 12,611 Miles (20,296 Kilometers) being sold from my personal collection. Only selling to make room for more projects. Imported into the United States from Australia. So it has a 17-digit VIN plate and lived its life in a very mild climate. This is a very clean well cared for bike. Everything works, as it should. Turn signals, brake lights, horn, High and low beam, radiator fan. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Continental Conti-Motion Tires are brand new with Zero miles on them. Also replaced the clutch friction plates and springs over the winter.

Fairings are aftermarket, not the flimsy ones offered by some but very high quality injection molded. Tank has been re-sprayed by 2 Brothers Painting. Absolutely flawless. Bike has VIN Matching State of Ohio Title. Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.

Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thank you for looking. Please email any questions. Price is $6200.00 USD. OBO.

On RSBFS we see a lot of grey bikes imported from Japan. While this is one possible route to source a rare motorcycle, bikes coming from other markets such as Australia are preferred. Australia has a much better climate for preserving machinery, and much more space in which to park and secure vehicles. As a result, Aussie imports are nearly always free of the corrosion and rash from tight confines that plague other imports.

The seller notes that the plastics are not stock OEM, and that the tank has been resprayed. That may be the case, but from the pictures I can see no fitment issues and everything looks clean, clean, clean. The seller also states the maintenance items completed, which is important as a bike nears voting age.

Check out the pics (and feel free to drool a little). This bike is available in the US, complete with a clean VIN and title. As usual, not all states need to apply – so best to check with the local powers that be to ensure this could be more than just a track-day bike for you (but oh, what a track day bike it could be!). Give Greg a holler if you are interested. We do not see these wonderful four strokers very often, so if you are in the market I suggest you act quickly. You are not likely going to find a cleaner MC22. Good Luck!


Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR250RR
Suzuki July 17, 2015 posted by

Road Legal: Titled 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side Front

In countries where riders prefer their roads twisty and their exhausts smoky, bikes like this little Suzuki RGV250 aren’t all that rare and don’t command the prices they do here in the US, and titled examples of the little two-stroke sportbikes are even more difficult to find.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side

Introduced in 1988, the RGV250 Γ “Gamma” replaced the parallel-twin RG250 as Suzuki’s GP-replica backroad ripper. The new liquid-cooled, 90° v-twin produced in the neighborhood of 55hp at first and weighed in at under 300lbs dry, making for a very entertaining ride. Aprilia saw the potential in Suzuki’s snarling little twin and used the same motor to power their RS250.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 Dash

The RS250 was certainly fast, but Aprilia didn’t see fit to grace their bike with any cool acronyms. Of course Suzuki couldn’t resist: the “SAPC” on the tail section stands for “Suzuki Advanced Power Controller” and refers to their proprietary power-valve system found on the second-generation VJ22 that was introduced in 1991. Power was up a bit above 60hp for the VJ22, although weight was up a bit as well, in part due to the distinctive curved swingarm that allowed room for the expansion chambers to tuck in close and maximize cornering clearance.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Side Rear

It’s worth noting that the power-valves on the VJ22 can stick in the low-rpm position, but the seller’s listing mentions that they’ve been “pinned” which I’d assume means it’s locked in the full-open position. This will hurt low and mid-range power a bit, but will ensure that the power valve won’t stick closed and murder the top end kick.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale

In good condition with clean and clear Florida title in my name. Bike has approximately 4,665 miles (7,465 KM’s) miles on it. It produces approximately 55 hp and weighs approximately 282 lbs. Power valves have been pinned, and it has fresh tires.

Bike does not have any corrosion or rust that is typically found on these 250’s. This is a rider and not a museum piece so it does have a few scratches. USD forks, banana swingarm, exhaust-valve controller etc..

I have owned lots of other 2 strokes and none compares to a RGV250.

I have 3 bikes with not enough time to ride them all. I want to do a frame-off restoration on a vintage 2 stroke I have, so I need the funds from one of my bikes to get that done.  Bike is listed elsewhere so auction may end early

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side Rear

As the seller points out, the bike isn’t perfect, and has a few signs of wear-and-tear that result from regular use. I’d prefer those easily fixed or lived-with scuffs to the cancerous creep of decay that results when bikes sit too long on display…

This one’s ready to go, as this video of the bike starting and running shows.

There are no bids yet, but the seller lists a Buy It Now price of $6,999.00 which seems reasonable, given the rarity of the RGV250 here in the US, especially titled and in such solid condition. Except for those purple bar-end weights: they hurt my eyes.


1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Side

Road Legal: Titled 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale
Aprilia June 19, 2015 posted by

Road-Legal Two-Stroke: 2001 Aprilia RS250

2001 Aprilia RS250 L FrontBuilt between 1994 and 2004, the Aprilia RS250 has justifiably developed a cult following among dedicated corner-carvers and track rats. It’s the quintessential “giant killer,” wrapping an impossibly lightweight frame and sleek bodywork around a very compact, 250cc powerplant yanked straight out of Suzuki’s RGV250, with brakes designed to stop a much heavier motorcycle. That means you get sexy Italian bodywork and handling in a sub-300lb dry weight package, with Suzuki’s vast engineering knowhow and easy parts availability. Which is great, considering you’ll be needing new pistions every 6,000 miles or so…

2001 Aprilia RS250 NoseIt wasn’t all that long ago that Grand Prix motorcycle racing at all levels featured dirty, dirty two-stroke engines. But with those emissions-unfriendly powerplants rapidly falling out of favor all over the world in favor of durable, eco-friendly four-strokes, the two-stroke has seen a rapid decline. And although track days are more popular than ever, most people buying sportbikes will never see a race track, making two-strokes pointless for those motorcycle fans as well.

2001 Aprilia RS250 DashBut it’s a shame: although the wider powerbands of four strokes have given rise to a whole range of tire-spinning riding styles in Moto GP, two-strokes are notoriously difficult to master, and their explosive, Jekyl/Hyde power delivery gives riders the satisfaction of achieving speed through skill, instead of a heavy right wrist.

2001 Aprilia RS250 L RearThis one looks to be in very good condition, with only minor cosmetic blemishes, and includes the very nice set of carbon-kevlar Arrow pipes, tucked in close under the stylish “banana” swingarm designed expressly to improve cornering clearance for the expansion chambers.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

For sale is a very nice factory street legal 2001 Aprilia RS250. 5500 Miles, Mototek 316cc kit, Barnett clutch, Arrow Exhaust system. Comes with manuals, touch up paint kit, tank, side fairings and front fairing OEM decal kit. Other spare parts as show in the photos. Motorcycle runs great.

Minor cosmetic blemishes…Championship decal on tank is missing a small section (comes with OEM replacement decal). Right hand lower fairing decal is not perfect (comes with OEM replacement decal). Scratch on top of tank. Gouge on left side of swingarm probably from swingarm stand. Some scratching on the frame near kick start and left side. See photos.

2001 Aprilia RS250 PipesMany RS250’s in the US are untitled track bikes, so the fact that this example is road-legal is an added bonus. Although really, unless you live next to some really twisty roads, you’re probably better off trailering your RS250 to trackdays, rather than riding it around town where its potential is completely wasted.

2001 Aprilia RS250 L FairingAs I’ve stated previously, I actually prefer the looks, graphics, and more traditional gauges of the earlier bikes, but you can’t argue with the function of Aprilia’s forward-looking dash seen here that includes a lap timer. The later design is a bit of an acquired taste: it looks like a retro-futuristic 1980’s movie, and the kickstart only adds to the vintage two-stroke race-rep charm.

2001 Aprilia RS250 TailThe Aprilia RS250 is on my short list, although I want a pure track bike, which will hopefully keep prices below this one. With only a couple days left, there are zero bids at the starting price of $8,700. While that’s on the higher side for RS250’s, it doesn’t seem out of line, especially for a road-legal bike.

What do you think?


2001 Aprilia RS250 R Front

Road-Legal Two-Stroke: 2001 Aprilia RS250
Aprilia June 28, 2014 posted by

Size Doesn’t Matter: Titled 2009 Aprilia RS125 in Colorado

Here in the US, there’s always been a limited market for small-displacement bikes. And when it comes to sporting machines, this seems doubly true: in many circles, a GSX-R600 is a “learner’s bike,” and anything smaller might be slapped with the dreaded “girl’s bike” label.

Which is sort of funny: I’ve met some girls who ride. They’re faster than you are.

2009 Aprilia RS125 L Front

But overseas, where high gas prices and tiered licenses make small but sporty bikes a near necessity, the RS125 has a long history of making race-replicas with the emphasis on “race.”

US emissions laws effectively killed the road-going two-stroke here in almost ten years prior, so when it was imported by Aprilia in 2009, the RS125 was not intended to be used on the street, although it came with full road equipment: headlights, turn signals, horn.

2009 Aprilia RS125 Dash

This example is in Colorado and is claimed to have a clear, street-legal title, although you should be sure to check with your local regulations if you live in more draconian California or New York where registration might be an issue.

From the original eBay listing: 2009 Aprilia RS125 for Sale

This is a super low mileage (327miles) bike. Like new.
It is very rare because it is street legal and comes with a CLEAR Colorado TITLE.
It was made street legal using factory Aprilia parts including the factory wiring sub harness.
It is installed with a full Arrow exhaust system.
It has an aftermarket gas cap. The stock pipe and gas cap and two keys come with the bike.

The seller has also included a nice video of the bike being started and ridden.

With just 15hp to play with, corner speed is the name of the game. Aided by a sub-300 pound dry weight, they handle like they’re on rails, in spite of their largely non-adjustable suspension.

2009 Aprilia RS125 Front

Asking price is just a shade under $6,000 which is, interestingly, almost exactly $500 more than the bike’s original MSRP… Depending on your local laws, this could make for a very fun back road carver or track day toy.


2009 Aprilia RS125 L Side


Size Doesn’t Matter: Titled 2009 Aprilia RS125 in Colorado
Aprilia June 12, 2014 posted by

Blowing Smoke: 2001 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

I started reading the British bike magazines back in the late-90’s, when Suzuki’s TL1000S was busy making headlines for its wayward behavior and monstrous 115whp. My girl at the time was working at Tower Records in the San Fernando Valley, and every month, unsold magazines had their covers ripped off and returned to the publisher, while the bulk of the pages were simply thrown out. I got to dig through and take my pick.

2001 Aprilia RS250 R Rear

2001 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

I’ve got dozens of old, coverless Brit biking mags lying around, full of filthy, irreverent language, “Page Three” style photo spreads, and pages of phone-porn and dating service ads in the back: so different than the sterile American publications, much more fun. So what if one month they thought a bike was “the tits” and two months later, the same bike was “bollocks”? I loved the attitude and insanity.

If the British biking press extolled the Aprilia RS250, then that was enough for me.

2001 Aprilia RS250 Tail

The Aprilia was powered by a heavily-tuned Suzuki RGV250 motor pumping out 60hp and wrapped in sleek bodywork patterned after their dominant 1993 250GP bike. Aided by light weight and a well-developed suspension package, featuring a distinctive “Banana” swingarm designed to allow the exhaust’s expansion chambers to be tucked up close to the centerline for good cornering clearance, with brakes that would stop a much larger machine, the RS250 is a corner-carving animal.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

What a smokin’ blast this bike is to ride – sorry, had to do it. I bought it with 8,500 miles on the odometer in January 2011 and am now parting with it because I need to make room in the garage for other toys. It currently has 13,456 miles with new pistons installed at 7,500 miles.   All miles I put on the bike are street miles with the exception of 1 track day. Other than the Arrow exhaust, Pipercross air filter, and clip-on risers, the bike is stock with oil injection intact and working perfectly. It starts from cold in 1 or 2 kicks, idles glass smooth, and has never been crashed.

This has a valid NY title, and that’s a plus: a big draw for RS250 shoppers is a valid title, and bikes with these command significantly higher prices: many were imported as track bikes with no road equipment, and if I remember correctly, some years Aprilia was only able to sell them that way, since they didn’t meet emissions standards. The RS250 was one of the first bikes to feature an onboard lap timer but there is no electric start, so you modern bike guys will have to learn to “kick it”. Or bump it I guess.

2001 Aprilia RS250 Dash

Not long ago, all of the top-tier racing championships were ruled exclusively by two-stroke bikes and, until emissions standards killed them, they terrorized the streets as well: two-stroke bikes’ characteristic smoke is as dirty as it looks, and they tend not to have modern standards of durability in terms of engine internals… The RS250 ceased production in 2004, and these always generate interest when they come up for sale. They have an impeccable reputation for being able to do “what it says on the tin.” No false advertising here: this is a track bike, with the barest concessions to road use.

I’m generally not the biggest fan of “smoker” noise and clatter, but these are gorgeous, exotic, and two-stroke multis always sound like a gang of chainsaw-wielding maniacs has been let loose on the track, which has to count for something.


2001 Aprilia RS250 R Side

Blowing Smoke: 2001 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Kawasaki January 3, 2014 posted by

Titled 1988 Kawasaki KR1 Available in Virginia

1988 Kawasaki KR1 for sale

At first I thought this seller was being awfully brazen to post a picture of his title for this bike and then it dawned on me — it’s 25+ years which should make it a registered classic in most states. Compared to NSR’s and RGV’s, we probably see these the least in North America. There are a few in our KR1 archives that could be possible matches from a previous owner. Regardless what is shown here looks very clean and I really appreciate that he partially broke down the bike to show it’s that clean throughout.


1988 Kawasaki KR1 for sale on eBay


from the seller:

Up for auction is my all original rare Kawasaki Kr1 250cc Two stroke sport bike with only 5,026 miles on it . Very rare motorcycle only 10,000 examples ever produced and was never made available to the U.S. This bike is fully functional all lights horn brakes work as they should , also has new tires . Bike starts right up no hesitations and runs great . I have clean Va title in hand for the bike in my name .



Titled 1988 Kawasaki KR1 Available in Virginia
Sport Bikes For Sale December 20, 2013 posted by

1994 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 in Florida

1994 Suzuki RGV250 for sale

We haven’t had the pleasure of a 250 smoker in a little while and this 94 VJ22 should fit the bill. It’s advertised as never down and the bodywork, signals, mud guards, etc. are still in place too. And of course the best piece of all, the small metal plate just below the stop lights. At $7500 this looks like a very fair deal in my opinion. See it here on Tampa Craigslist.


1994 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 in Florida