Posts by tag: TRAC

Honda October 5, 2012 posted by

Silver Surfer: 1984 Honda NS250R MC-11

For Sale: 1984 Honda NS250R MC-11

Update 10.5.2012: Originally posted last November, this bike is back on eBay. Links updated. -dc

For such a rare bike, this is the second 80s vintage NS250R in this color scheme to be posted on RSBFS in a few months (see Doug’s excellent post on a similar bike HERE). Designed in an era where rounder, more bulbous shapes were utilized, this NS250R was the hottest small-bore bike we couldn’t get in the US of A. Nearly 30 years on, how does it stack up?

With full fairings and a windscreen to encourage tucking in (with only 45 bhp on tap, a tidy aerodynamic profile is encouraged), the NS250R pre-dates the more famous and collectable NSR250R series bikes by a few years. Still, the engineering might of Honda bleeds through and through: Aluminum perimeter frame, aluminum swing arm, Astralight wheels front and rear (17″ and 18″ respectively), TRAC front fork, triple disc brakes and the ATAC system (Honda Automatic Torque Amplification Chamber), which modified the volume of the exhaust chamber to boost low end torque. And of course there is the kickstand fairing; slightly more than a gimmick, and probably the best known feature of the bike.

From the seller:
Super rare, first year production MC-11 in great running condition and in surprisingly good shape. This bike has a unique history of previous owners which includes Hall of fame formula 1 racer Mike Baldwin, award winning stunt-woman Christine Ann Baur, and Superbike champ Thad Wolff before I acquired it for my collection. I assume the bike was used for street riding as it is street legal and not set up for racing, all gauges and lights work good as does the charging system, gauges and handlebar switches in excellent condition with no fading. It is missing one front turn signal which I have not replaced. I bought an after-market set but did not install them as they are not perfect matches to originals, they go with bike as does a new set of fork seals.

This bike appears to be in original condition with only 7,324 miles on it. The speedometer reads in kilometers (11,789 km) and there is extensive writing all over in Japanese, this bike was shipped here from Japan many years ago and was not sold in the U.S.

Bike fires right up and shifts great through all 6 gears with no clutch slippage at all. The gearbox is a close ratio 6 speed and the top speed is rated at 121 MPH which is unbelievable for a 250 cc street bike, it is so fast I believe it will really do it.

Over all this bike is in very good condition and appears to run fantastic, I have only put about 30 to 40 miles on it in the two years I have owned it, it always fires right up.

Bike has a California license plate and was last registered in 1997 and comes with a bill of sale as the Pink Slip was lost.

I am selling this bike because I am drastically reducing my collection and this bike is just too rare to put miles on it, it belongs in a collectors living room or museum.

While I don’t enjoy staring any flame wars, I do bristle when sellers indicate that something should be in a museum rather than being ridden. This particular bike, patterned after the 250cc GP bike that brought Freddie Spencer 2 titles in the same year (both 250 and 500), really deserves to get out and ridden. Unfortunately, a close look at the pictures indicates somebody did just that – and poorly. The right side looks like it’s been rashed, and the HRC sticker on the right side tail looks suspiciously different (larger) than stock. Is it covering something? Careful buyers will want to ask some questions.

On the plus side, this is a very rare motorcycle that will not likely fetch huge dollars – making it an affordable collector. The last one we posted sold for a mere $3,100, which is low bucks for a mini-GP smoker these days. For more information and your chance to bid on this silver rocket from the 80s, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

Honda August 6, 2012 posted by

Turbo Tech: 1983 HONDA CX 650T Turbo

For Sale: 1983 HONDA CX 650T Turbo

And now for a completely different kind of v-twin experience. Loosely based on the CX500 / CX650 powerplant found in Honda’s cruiser/custom lineup as well as the midsized Silverwing touring bike line, the CX650T added a Turbo and cutting edge technology to produce a bike that was outstanding on the road, and miserable in the showroom. When it comes to rare, the unwanted and unloved Turbo bikes of the early 1980s are about as rare as they get for non-homologation, mass production bikes.

The Honda Turbo lineup, which started with the CX500T a year earlier, produced a unique motorcycle. It wasn’t a sportbike, and it certainly was not a dresser. Yet with shaft drive and enough torque to earn the title of “roll-on king,” the Honda Turbos could easily fulfill the role of sport-tourer. All it was lacking was hard bags. With a relatively tall stance and a hefty 500+ pound mass, the ride is comfortable and relaxed. The fairing works well to keep the rider protected, and the power is worth waiting for (turbo lag, while greatly reduced with the switch to the 650 motor, still exists).

From the seller:
Here we have a 1983 Honda 650 Turbo. This model was the lowest production number Honda manufactured with a total of 1776 units sold worldwide. This pristine example is showing 6890 miles.The bike is in collector quality condition and would make a fantastic addition to any serious collection. It is all original down to the Bridgestone tires and those may even have the original air in them. The tires are showing some slight weather cracking on the sidewalls. It starts, runs, drives and stops 100%. All electrics work including the clock and all lights and gauges. It has always been properly stored in a climate controlled garage. The bike is titled, insured and tagged in my name. Thanks for looking and good luck. Someone is going to get a very nice bike.

The CX motors have turned out to be relatively bulletproof. For all the power these bikes produce on boost, maintenance needs are not excessive, and the bikes are not overly fragile. All these models do have a penchant for eating stators as miles accrue (15 to 20k is the general rule), and there have been reports that some of the wiring connections are weak (possibly a related issue). Other than that, keep it full of oil and gas and keep the boost gauge active and you should be good.

This fantastic looking survivor is available via auction. Bidding has been moderate, and the current price is just below $5,000 with reserve still in place. Expect to pay approximately $6,500 or more for a good 650 Turbo; anything below that for a low mileage example should be considered a bargain. I’m not sure if original tires with original air has any collector value, but the rest of this bike sure does. For more info and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!

MI

Honda February 24, 2011 posted by

Motor Madness: 1980 Honda CBX!

For Sale: 1980 Honda CBX with sport option

Update 3.9.2011: Sold!

When it comes to presence, nothing says it like a Honda CBX. Designed by Honda engineers to flex a little corporate muscle, this 1047cc, six cylinder, 24-valve air cooled rocket remains one of the most coveted bikes of the 1980s. When it comes to the “naked bike” genre – where the motor is everything – there is nothing like a CBX.

One of the upgrades on this bike is the slick DG exhaust. I can’t imagine what a 6-into-1 pipe sounds like, but it sure looks incredible. I also love the fact that the seller has taken these photos on an airport tarmac, which seems very fitting for this particular machine!

From the seller:
1980 Honda CBX supersport in nice condition

6 cylinder, 1047 cc, 24 valve engine.

Rare Sport option with lower handlebars

Bodywork is beautiful, as you can see. The tank, fenders & side cover were recently repainted by Tim’s CBX.

DG 6 into 1 exhaust

Everything works. The bike runs great and sounds amazing!

The engine cases are showing their age, they could probably use to be media blasted to bring them up to the standard of the rest of the bike.

Besides the DG exhaust, this bike features the sport package handlebars, and fresh paint on the tank and fenders. The mileage is quite reasonable for the year, and this owner appears to have taken good care of the bike. The collectability of this model is definitely on the rise, and we have seen prices hold firm over the past few years despite the economy.

This auction is on right now, and if you want to be the person sitting in the seat above when the auction is over, then this is the part you’ve been waiting for. The opening bid for this beauty is currently at $1.00. (!) There is a reserve on the bike, and a BIN option of $8,500. To get the details and kick the tires, and jump over to the auction. Good luck, RSBFS readers!

MI

Honda January 15, 2011 posted by

1982 Honda CBX Supersport

For Sale: 1982 Honda CBX Supersport

The 1980s were wild years of experimentation for Honda. They tried practically every engine combination, number of cylinders, arrangement and displacement throughout this period. The CBX was a notable example: 1000cc, six cylinders, DOHC, four valves per cylinder and six carbs made for a very memorable motorcycle.

The Supersport variant of the CBX added the sport-touring fairing, lowers and paint-matched, detatchable hard luggage. This was offered in two colors: The white/blue you see here, and a darker gray/black combination. The white bikes seem to be more desireable by the slimmest of margins, and as such fare slightly better at auction.

From the seller:
This 1982 Honda CBX Super Sport is a pearl white color with black and blue colors, everything is OEM. There is not any aftermarket parts on this bike at all. It has a low 28k easy ridden miles on it. It has always been well maintained and garaged. Adult ridden. Never laid down, no crashes but it does have some tiny paint scrapes on the back luggage.

This CBX Runs very strong and SMOOOTH. It needs nothing but a rider. It has new tires, brake pads, spark plugs, battery, air filter, oil and oil filter, brake fluid, carbs have been gone through and sync’d, all the master cyl’s and calipers were rebuilt last week. The gas tank has been coated a few years ago to prevent rust. All brake lights, driving lights, signals, high and low beam work.

Entry into the wide world (and we do mean WIDE) of the CBX is not prohibitively expensive – although the collector value of these bikes is on the rise. Today’s example has been very popluar with the bidders, and the price at the time of this writing is just north of the $5k mark with the reserve still in place. The bike shows clean with no major issues noted, making the current price good money for the bike.

. This one looks pretty hot, and if you want a shot at this six-cylinder piece of history you’d better get in quick!

MI