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Honda January 9, 2015 posted by

Some Assembly Required: 1986 Honda NS400R

1986 Honda NS400R R Side

Honda’s NSR400R was a snarling, two-stroke middleweight from an era of unprecedented experimentation; a three-cylinder, triple-piped sportbike with cutting-edge specifications. The 1980’s must have been a very discouraging time for European and Italian manufacturers. While they were barely hanging on by their fingernails, Japanese manufacturers were in the throes of an era of funky, experimental technologies, trying out new formulas, and nothing was off-limits: unusual engine configurations, turbos, and active suspension were all tried, with varying degrees of success.

1986 Honda NS400R R Rear Suspension

The NSR400R wasn’t lacking performance or technology: the rattling heart of the little monster was a liquid-cooled, 90° V3 that put 72hp through a six-speed transmission. Power-valve technology beefed up the midrange power while water-cooling increased power and kept mechanical noise to a minimum, although the snarl from the pipes is undeniably that of a two-stroke. Anti-dive forks and modular wheels wrapped in radial tires completed the package.

1986 Honda NS400R Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Honda NS400R for Sale

This is a rare Honda NS400R Rothman’s edition 2-stroke. We got this jewel  from a retired motorcycle mechanic. Bike is not running and engine will need to be redone according to him. Honda appears to be complete with a couple of things missing like keys, exhaust, mirrors, gear shifter lever, kick start lever, and coil cover.  Paint and fairing is nice with some scratches. Mileage is really low at  4,741 Km. Bike has a small decal with Japanese writing and No. 301 If someone can tell me the year or more info please feel free to do so and I will update the auction.  BIKE IS SOLD WITH A BILL OF SALE BUT If winning bidder wants a title we can obtain it at additional cost  just contact us.

1986 Honda NS400R L Fairing

Just two days left on the auction, with bidding just over $3,000 and the reserve not met. While this bike isn’t 100% complete, the bike is in cosmetically good shape, and the parts missing are fairly straightforward to replace. Those missing pipes might be difficult or possibly expensive to source… So why not go all-out and, since you’re going to have to rebuild the engine anyway, just have someone whip up a set of pipes with custom expansion chambers, all out of titanium while you’re at it?

-tad

1986 Honda NS400R L Side

Some Assembly Required: 1986 Honda NS400R
Honda November 10, 2014 posted by

Two-Stroke Triple: 1985 Honda NS400R for Sale

1985 Honda NS400R R Side

This Honda NSR400R was up for sale recently, but did not find a buyer. Hopefully, it will sell this time around! After years of relatively conservative technology, where overhead cams were considered pretty cutting-edge, motorcycle design went into overdrive during the 1980’s and the Japanese, fueled by their 1970’s domination of the market, were at the forefront. An exciting new era of electronics and a futuristic mentality that sought to redefine what a motorcycle could be led to all kind of striking experiments in technology.

1985 Honda NS400R R Side Front

Their looks and electronically-actuated suspensions were just the tip of the iceberg: engine configurations also varied wildly. All of the major manufacturers experimented with turbos, and you could find inline four-cylinder cruisers, straight-six standards, and two-stroke V3 sportbikes, like this Honda NSR400R.

The NSR400R was powered by a liquid-cooled, two-stroke 90° V3 that put 72hp through a six-speed transmission. Water jackets quieted the stroker racket, displacement made for more torque, and Honda’s power-valve fattened the power curve for very smooth delivery and made for a very polished package. Combined with light weight and excellent suspension, it was one of the best-handling bikes of the period.

1985 Honda NS400R Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Honda NSR400R for Sale

Original owner, bought new in ’85 in the crate, all oem with exception of a increased capacity all aluminum radiator. This bike is ready to ride. Needs nothing new bridgestone battleax tires with less than 20 miles on them. I have clear FL title. Never wrecked or dropped, has no dents nor scratches. Has 25,550 kilometers which is around 15,870 miles. Please feel free to contact me with any questions

1985 Honda NS400R Rear

This bike looks to be in particularly good shape and there are four days left on the auction, with bidding up to $5,000 and the reserve not met. A very cool example from an era that is only just starting to be recognized for the innovations it inspired.

-tad

1985 Honda NS400R L Side

Two-Stroke Triple: 1985 Honda NS400R for Sale
Honda August 10, 2014 posted by

Quirky Track Day Fun: 1985 Honda NS400R for Sale

While I’m not the biggest fan of the 1980’s in terms of style, I love the free-for-all philosophy that went into motorcycle design of the period: four-strokes, two-strokes, and rotaries. Turbos. One, two, three, and four cylinder engines, innovative suspensions, and all manner of weirdness.

This Honda NSR400R embodies some of the best features of the era, when experimentation and new ideas seemed to be popping out of the woodwork.

1985 Honda NSR400R R Front

In general, Honda has become a very conservative manufacturer, although a few of their more recent offerings show off a bit of that old experimental spirit as they try to produce some actually useful, interesting motorcycles for normal riders, instead of chasing the ever-decreasing market share of pure headbanging motorcycles we’re all here to read about.

1985 Honda NSR400R L Rear

All of Honda’s NSR bikes are pure racing or race-replica two-stroke motorcycles, often over-the-counter, turnkey factory race bikes like the NSR250. The NSR400R fell into the latter category: a streetbike meant to evoke Honda’s pure race machines.

1985 Honda NSR400R Dash

This bike featured a liquid-cooled, two-stroke 90° V3 with the two flanking cylinders canted forward and the middle one pointing up, and put 72hp through a six-speed transmission, making it very quick for a middleweight sports machine. Period reviews refer to it being a very polished bike, with little of the unrefined frenzy common to two-strokes: liquid cooling quiets the clatter somewhat, and Honda’s ATAC power-valve smooths the power delivery and plumps up the low end. Power still comes on in a two-stroke rush, just a more dignified, manageable rush. Very Honda.

With unusual modular wheels and very light weight, handling was some of the best of the period, which makes the fact that these weren’t available in the States more of a shame.

1985 Honda NSR400R L Front

From the original eBay listing: 1985 NSR400R for Sale

Very rare 3 cylinder 2 stroke purchased from a private Honda collection in the Northeast got home put fresh gas in it and started right up. 13,392 original miles very nice condition sorry no title.

With the slightly dull, all-black fairings instead of customary Honda graphics or the traditional red/white/blue paint, and a bit of surface rust on the exhaust, this is clearly meant for one thing and one thing only: budget track-day thrashing. With workman like number-plates, safety wiring, and Dzuz fasteners for easy maintenance, it has all the features required and keeps costs down.

1985 Honda NSR400R R Rearset

But that’s a shame, since such a cool bike deserves at least a nice, ten-foot track bike paint job. At the very least, I’d get some aftermarket fairings painted up decently and ditch those stuck on numberplates for a solo-tailpiece and a bit of foam padding: if you can’t title this thing for the road, you might as well go all-in!

Honestly, I’d love to pick something like this up. My main concern would be finding good tires for it!

-tad

1985 Honda NSR400R R Side

Quirky Track Day Fun: 1985 Honda NS400R for Sale
Honda July 30, 2013 posted by

Destination Holland: 1985 Honda NS400R

NS400R_3

Forget about tulips, wooden shoes, cheese, or anything else you think you know about Holland. Ignore the tourist trades and go straight for the good stuff: this nearly new 1985 Honda NS400R.

1985 Honda NS400R for sale on eBay

NS400R_2

Built as a commemoration to Freddie Spencer and his GP title(s), the NS400R is a V3 two stroke that was intended to replicate a street going GP bike as closely as possible. While not as powerful as the RZ500 and RG500 competition from Yamaha and Suzuki, the NS400R was very small and agile, more closely resembling a 250cc bike. A blast to ride and as rare as they come, most of these have seen some reasonable miles and a fair share of abuse. This particular bike is a major exception. Check out the details from the seller below.

NS400R_4

From the seller:
For sale this new Dutch Honda NS400R V3 2 stroke Freddie Spencer GP replica in a original condition as it 27 years ago left from the factory, the bike is new bought by a collector and has only 4700 km (2937 miles) gone, everything is original and new to this motorcycle , there is not even a scratch on it. The engine runs excellent.

If you had no money in 1985, driving license, you were too young or not even born yet, then this is your chance to buy a new Honda NS400R.

NS400R_1

You might want to be sitting down for this next bit. Smokers and strokers from the 1980s are rapidly ascending into expensive classics. This one is no different. Given the apparent original condition from the photographs and the low miles on the bike, this is an example at the upper end of the quality scale. The price also reflects that: your starting bid opens at $11,000 (with no takers as of the time of this writing). If you are on the European continent you have some transport options not available to US buyers (i.e. pick it up yourself and ride it home). Still, this is a great looking bike that is worth a look for you Honda fans. Check it out here!

MI

Destination Holland:  1985 Honda NS400R
Honda June 11, 2013 posted by

V3 Two Stroke Part II: 1986 Honda NS400R

Update 6.10.13: Originally listed and sold in April this year for $6100, this NS400R is back on eBay. Currently under $4k, reserve not met. Less than a day to go, act accordingly! Links updated, -dc

NS400R_1

When it comes to two strokes, the adage “good things come in threes” definitely applies to the NS400R. With a V3 powerplant emmulating Freddie Spencer’s championship winning GP bike – and livery to match – the NS400R was a worth street competitor to the RZ500 and RG500 offerings from Yamaha and Suzuki.

NS400R_4

Located in British Columbia, Canada With approximately 15,814 miles, this NS looks to be in reasonable, but not museum quality restored, shape. That is great news for someone who is looking for a solid rider. The wear and damage noted by the seller in words and pictures do not look too major, and could also be remedied with some effort. The rest of the bike looks clean and well presented.

NS400R_6

From the seller:

And then there were three! Wow, more NSRs in the last couple of months than in the last couple of years.

After 15 yrs. of ownership, it is time for a change. This NSR has been street ridden only, NO track time. Ridden properly as a two stroke should be, by adult riders with two stroke experience. Always stored properly and indoors. She has been left stock and refreshed twice in my ownership tenure, all work done professionally. One centre piston, rings and cylinder honing. The expansion chambers have been hot tanked to clean them out as well. 25,450 kms.on her. I have clear title and the bike is registered for road use in British Columbia, Canada. No liens or encumbrances. Canadian bike. I am the third owner. Leave it stock and ride as is or build your own ultimate NSR with a big bore kit, induction and Jolly Motos etc. Unleash your inner Fast Freddie!

International parts support/availability is massive and much research was undertaken on NSR values in U.K., EUR., Oz, Canada and U.S.A. before putting her on the market. I do invite you to check ALL sources out.

The bike has no known mechanical issues and runs well, Si7 Belray Synthetic oil use exclusively She has been over once in a parking lot push over, thanks to an “Old Hat” in a BIG Buick. Very minor scrapes and a small crack in upper, right rear plastic (see photos). Paint codes, decals,body parts available on line.

I have left the bike as is, with nothing to hide. If you require more pics or info, please let me know and I will answer the best I can.

NS400R_2

So now to the big quetion – what is the market value for an NS400R? Given the last bike we saw here on RSBFS is still at auction ($6,600 with reserve still in place), that should put it in the ballpark for you. This particular auction is relatively new, and bidding is only around the $2,500 mark. To check this one out and to see if it goes the distance, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

Honda May 25, 2013 posted by

Freddie Rides Again! 1986 Honda NS400R

NS400R_1

Located in British Columbia, Canada (a beautiful place where the evils of meters, KMs and liters lurk) is this good looking Honda NS400R. My wife likes to call this model the “primary color” bike and it is easy to see why; the red/white/blue livery really stands out. The bodywork is reminiscent of 80s era GP bikes (of which this is a replica), and the rest of the bike is typical Honda; well-built, functional, and pretty bulletproof.

NS400R_6

NS400s are 3 cylinder affairs in a vee formation. Two cylinders make up the forward part of the vee, with a single cylinder in the back. This configuration helps with mass centralization and weight bias, all while keeping the bike narrow and agile. While power is not quite on the same level as a 500cc Gamma or RZ, the NS400R makes due with lithe handling and lighter weight.

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From the seller:
Up for auction is my extremely rare 1986 Honda NS400r 2 stroke, 3 cylinder,kick start motorcycle.There is about 300 NSR motorcycles imported into Canada in 1986.The bike is in very nice original condition with only 8777 miles on the odometer 14000 kms.Tires are in great condition, runs and drives very nice. I purchased the ns from a insurance company, with scratches on the fairings, so there for it has a rebuilt title.The bike was repaired to original specifications. It looks fantastic, and I am sure the new owner will be very happy with there purchase.

NS400R_8

There are some important details peeking out of the seller’s comments. There is no chance of mistaking this for a cleanly titled, all original bike. The title is marked as “Rebuilt, Rebuildable & Reconstructed” indicating that this was a crash-damaged bike. However that need not be too bad an affair. Given the miles (sorry, kilometers) of plastic and paintwork on a NS400, you can hardly suffer a tipover without risk of insurance totalling out the bike. Of course it could have been a wreck worthy of Randy Mamola. I do note some apparent welding/brazing on the upper fairing stay. Prudent buyers will want to check more closely.

NS400R_4

This great looking bike is available north of the border. The bidding is only up to $2,729 thus far, with reserve in place. Depending upon where that reserve is set, this bike could end up being a deal or simply another mark on the appreciation price curve for the model. Check out all of the details here, and then jump back and let us know what you think! Good Luck!

NS400R_7

MI

Honda April 13, 2013 posted by

V3 Two Stroke! 1986 Honda NS400R

Montross, VA – 20,937mi – Currently $5,500

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The year was 1983 and Freddie Spenser had just become the youngest 500cc champion ever. Fast forward a couple years, and Honda had released what it claimed to be a replica for the road of Spencer’s machine. Okay, it may be 100cc smaller than the original, and way more refined for the daily use. However it does share in common the compact V3 engine configuration that Honda used to take the title. This light weight (359lbs) and powerful little package had enough gusto to make 1000cc 4-strokes of the day sit up and take notice. Being praised all around in handling, steering, and braking, the NS400R sure was a force to be reckoned with.

86NS400R_8

From the seller:

Wow, up for auction is my prized 1986 Honda NS400R. Here is your chance to own a very cool and very, very rare street-legal GP replica sport bike. If you are reading this you probably know what this bike is and how rare it is to find one in this condition in the US. The NS400R is arguably the rarest of the three GP replica bikes released for the street – much rarer than the RZ500 and probably a bit rarer than the RG500. It was derived from Honda’s championship-winning NSR400 and NSR500 GP bikes of the early 80’s. I have never seen another one here in the US. I personally imported this bike from Canada back in 2011 and have been enjoying it ever since. It has a clear Virginia title in my name and is legally registered for street use. Cosmetically the bike is in very nice condition for its age, with only 33500 km (20937 miles) on the clock. Being a Honda, the fit and finish of this bike is top notch. The paint, body panels, and seat are in great condition for their age, and the tires have plenty of useable tread remaining. Minor blemishes to note are a small chip in the headlight lens that does not affect the performance of the light, a few minor scratches on the tank near the front of the seat (probably from a belt buckle or jacket zipper), 2 minor nicks on the tank near the gas cap that were touched up, and some very minor paint loss on the top edge of the right-side lower fairing where the kick-start lever sometimes contacts it. Also, the original fueling decal on the top of the tank just behind the gas cap was removed some time ago but you can still see where it was. These blemishes are minor in my opinion but I wanted to mention them just the same, and I tried to capture them accurately in the photos. I don’t think they detract at all from the overall brilliance of this fine machine. All the lights, blinkers, horn, etc operate properly. Starts on the 2nd or 3rd kick when cold, and on the first kick once it is warmed up. The bike idles smoothly, and runs, shifts, and stops like it should. Surprisingly quick and nimble for a 400, and combined with that great 2-stroke sound we all love, makes this bike a blast to ride! The bike is located in Montross, VA22520, and prospective buyers can inspect it prior to the end of the auction. The bike is also for sale locally so I reserve the right to end the auction early for a local sale. Winning bidder must take care of all shipping arrangements but I will assist the shipper with loading the bike. Depending on the location of the winning bidder, I may also be able to deliver the bike for an additional fee. As usual, the bike is sold “as is where is” with no warranty. Please review the photos and I’ll be happy to answer any questions. The reserve is set low and my feedback score speaks for itself, so bid with confidence and don’t miss out on a great opportunity to own a rare piece of motorcycling history!

86NS400R_4

Well, the seller does a good job of talking details of the bike and highlighting a couple small imperfections in the paint (pictures included). Overall it seems like a hell of an example of an NS400R for sale right here in the U.S. I can easily see this bike going for $7k-$8k easily and maybe more. These are the ads we like to see! If you agree, you can check out the auction here and place your bid!

-JS

 

Honda November 2, 2011 posted by

1986 Honda NS400R Rothmans Replica For Sale!

Location: San Diego, CA

Miles: 28,862mi (46,179Km)

Price: $6,000 BIN

Are you a big Freddie Spencer fan? If so, this might be your opportunity to ride like Fast Freddie, or at least look like you can. Spencer brought GP titles to Honda with the NS500 and NSR500 and apparently was fast enough to win the 500cc and 250cc championship in 1985. To commemorate Freddie’s successes on the track, Honda released the V3 NS400R in famous
Rothman’s livery. Praised for its easiness to ride and handling prowess do to its short wheel-base, the NS400R is a sure fire way to carve up your favorite roads.

The particular NS400R up for auction here looks to be in very good condition for a 25 year-old bike. It has clocked about 29k miles, but doesn’t show signs of an abusive ownership. The seller does a good job of documenting some small scratches with photos as well. I do however notice that the “Rothmans Honda” decals on the lower fairing are non-existant. I would be curious to know why. Though, I have noticed some variation on Rothmans reps that lack certain logos.

From the seller:

1986 Honda NSR 400 , 3 cylinder, 2 stroke. Looks good, some scratches, strong runner. Orig Paint.  Milage converted from Km reading on speedo. Minor scratches on bike as shown in pictures. Still, pretty good shape for a 25 year old unrestored sport bike. Cali title in hand. Reg Expired 2007, but is on PNO , so no penalties.  Larger pictures can be e-mailed, direct if closer look for blemishes is desired. Bike always stored indoors , and run every couple of months to keep healthy. Have very large bike collection being thinned down to make more space. See pictures. Numerous pictures to show the good and the bad of it. Overall, a pretty well preserved bike. Videos on You Tube. 59 year old owner, former bike wrench and former shop owner. Every effort has been made to show condition of bike with pictures and video. Can e-mail better, larger pictures directly , on request. Bike in exc cond, though no warranty expressed or implied. Sold AS – IS.

There you have it. A good condition Honda NS400R for sale right here in the U.S. I don’t see any major flaws in the bike and the seller appears to be up front with the overall condition of the bike. The price is definitely right in the range of a bike in this condition as I have seen lower mileage examples in the $9k range. You can make it yours today buy taking a look at the auction here!

-JS