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Featured Listing August 21, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda VFR750F

Even legends have parents. They don’t often get lauded for their offspring’s exploits, but their influence is indelible, and without their genes, what would our heroes be? The 1986 Honda VFR750F is a minor legend in its own right, but its offspring — the Honda RC30 and RC45, are the beasts everyone remembers. But in 1986, Honda was hungry to catapult itself past the other Japanese marques in the sportbike arms race, and to cure its new V4s reputation for weak valve trains.

The VFR750F delivered. Under Fred Merkel, Wayne Rainey and Bubba Shobert, the bikes cleaned up in AMA. And under a crew from Cycle World that included Nick Ienatsch and a motley crew of racers and journalists, blew the ’86 Suzuki GSXR750’s 24-hour speed record out of the water by nearly 20 mph. Follow the link to that story at the end of this writeup. You won’t regret it. The red-white-and-blue beasts achieved the feat thanks to an improved 105-horsepower 750cc V4 that represented a 20-horsepower gain over the Magnas and fixed reliability questions. The bikes were also something like 40 pounds lighter than the previous model.

Coupled with a roadrace-worthy suspension and wide, sticky tires, the VFR had the goods to take it to Yamaha and Suzuki.

This 1986 Honda VFR750F is in impeccable, low-mile shape, with a long list of recent mods and maintenance to make it even tastier. It sports a Yoshimura exhaust and an RC30-style front fender, among other improvements. Seller Joe spent a long time on his description, so we’ll let him take it away:

1986 Honda VFR750F

Honda collector for over 30 years. My recent focus has been V4 bikes of the 80s/90s, including both RC30/RC45. This is my second 1986 VFR750F, which I purchased in 2016. I bought this bike because of its low mileage and overall survivor condition. Plus, I really wanted one with a pipe. The videos don’t do the sound of this Yosh pipe justice. The bike has 11,357 miles. As you can see from the title, I’ve put less than 100 miles on the bike while freshening up a few things. I have over 20 bikes and like to work on them, but I don’t ride them enough, so it’s time for someone else to enjoy it.Upgrades – all done within the last 18 months: New Honda fuel pump (specific to this bike and $200 for part alone); New fuel filter; New choke cable; New Yuasa AGM battery; New Honda grips; New Metzeler rear tire (Metzeler front matches but older – see code); New DID x-ring chain with rivet; re-zinc’d rear sprocket; Cut down front fender to match race bikes/RC30, and painted to match (includes uncut stock front fender); Valve adjustment and carbs disassembled and ultrasonic cleaned and sync’d (see video – work done by Joe Nelson of VFR Dreams); Fresh oil and filter; New brake fluid front and rear; New clutch master fluid; Known blemishes: 20-25 tank “pimples”appeared over this last winter. Odd, because always stored in a heated garage. Scrapes on left rear cowl/tail. A few very small scratches on windscreen. Hairline crack on LH fairing (3/4”). Normal cracking on mirror arm. Clear title in my name. Includes factory shop manual. I do not have factory owners manual. 2 keys, including original stamped key and a Honda duplicate. Multiple videos show carb sync, cold start, fast idle, fast idle warm up with two other of my bikes. Asking $4000. Contact Joe:joexray77@icloud.com

Cell 414-232-5077

Located in Milwaukee, WI 53207

Shipping is solely the buyer’s responsibility. I can assist with the shipper of your choice. I have used Haulbikes.com and JJ Bagwell Shipping.

VFR750F 24-hour world record recap: https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/hondas-1986-vfr750f-interceptor/

While later sport-touring RC36 VFRs don’t command the same coin (somehow) as the earlier bikes, VFRs are still a bargain compared to a slab-side Gixxer in similar shape. For such a jewel of a machine in such gorgeous condition, the $4,000 asking price is almost a no-brainer.

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda VFR750F
Featured Listing July 8, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2017 Suter MMX500 for Sale

Update 7.8.2019: We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Amatumoto Grand Prix Motorbikes for being a sponsor of RSBFS! From Amatumoto, “This 2017 Suter MMX500 at reduced price will not last long, so if there is someone out there that has been pining for a reliable 2-stroke GP500, they should act soon.” Contact Amatumoto today! -dc

So, I’m going to have to try not to gush uncontrollably here, because this is one of the coolest bikes we’ve featured recently. A real, live Suter MMX500, a “what if” race-replica from a parallel universe where MotoGP racing never made the switch from two-stroke to four-stroke power. A labor of love built by Eskil Suter of Suter Racing and a bunch of guys who never got over their addition to premix fumes.

Forget all of your shed-built Grand Prix homages with RZ500 engines stuffed into R6 chassis and painted up in Marlboro racing colors. No disrespect intended, but this is what you’re looking for, the ultimate paean to the snarling, lethal machines that carried Rainey and Schwantz and Mamola to greatness.

The looks may be stealth-fighter modern, especially in this example’s matte carbon finish, but the spirit of those older machines is still there, married to absolutely state-of-the-art racing technology. It’s powered by a compact, fuel-injected two-stroke V4 with a pair of counter-rotating cranks based on the Swissauto/MuZ500 raced by Suter in 1998 and 1999. Apparently Suter “had a few crankcases kicking around from the 500cc V4 design,” and frames are, obviously, their specialty.

I’m always fascinated by how two-strokes can be mounted in the frame: a lack of cams, cam-drives, or valve gear means they’re ludicrously compact, and often oriented in ways not at all intuitive for someone weaned on four-strokes. In this case, the engine is laid over on its side, rotated 90 degrees from what you’d expect, facing forward. So more like a >4 really, at least if you’re looking at it from the left-hand side…

The bike may be tagged as a 500, but it actually displaces 576cc, with an undersquare 56 x 58.5mm bore and stroke in an effort to deliver a bit more midrange and help the bike avoid racebike service intervals. Suter acknowledges that most of its customers are skilled enthusiasts, not win-or-crash racers, and the changes to the formula make for a more manageable ride that still captures the feeling of a two-stroke MotoGP machine, but is less likely to spit a rider off in an evil highside when they get in a bit over their head…

Modern electronics and fuel injection help there as well, while offering improved rideability and a better spread of power. Of course, the delivery is still two-stroke abrupt and, with 195hp at 13,000rpm pushing just 280lbs, power-to-weight is still fairly astonishing, so the two-stroke GP character is intact, just slightly more refined.

Head on over to the original listing for the bike, as there are plenty of additional photos for you to drool over.

From the Seller: 2017 Suter MMX500 for Sale

SUMMARY

Model: Suter MMX 500

Origin: Switzerland

Engine: Suter

Last Service: 490 km

Colour: Carbon

Suspension: Ohlins

Brakes: Brembo

OZ 17″ wheels

Availability: Immediately in our store of USA

MODEL INFORMATION
Bike in good condition and ready to race. Extra parts included with the bike: rear stand, pistons, rings, reeds gaskets, fiber+steel clutch plates, plugs + caps, filters, front stand, windscreen, seat, engine stand, service manual, owner manual, cover.

Spares list:

Pistons, rings, carbon reeds, gaskets, and o-rings; enough for 2 complete rebuilds

fiber/steel clutch plates

plugs & caps

Spare seat #5 of 99

Engine stand, front & rear service stands

Parts, service & dash manuals

bike cover

This is the very first Suter MMX500 I’ve seen for sale. With just 99 made, I’m assuming they were all snapped up before they were even finished by well-heeled track day and racing fans. If you’ve got $115,000 $95,000 lying around and decide to buy this, please let me know what track days you’ll be attending, because I need to see an MMX500 in action. The craftsmanship and passion that went into its creation are impressive, as you can see from the images. Of course, the price is shocking, but this is a very rare opportunity to purchase one at any price, so refinance your home, sell that sailboat, or sell that kidney, and pounce before someone else does.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2017 Suter MMX500 for Sale
Featured Listing July 1, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Honda VF1000R for Sale

Honda, especially during the 1980’s, didn’t do things by half-measures. When they decided that the V4 was the future of motorcycling, they went all in. This engine configuration could be found in a half dozen bikes or variations by the mid-1980’s, with today’s Featured Listing VF1000R at the top of the heap. With such pedigree, and as almost a dry run for the legendary VFR750R, why then has the bike been overlooked by collectors? Perhaps since the bike doesn’t have the race-winning history of the RC30 to drive its mystique and value. Either way, the Honda VF1000R was a very trick motorcycle and well worth consideration.

The VF1000R was an impressive technological achievement, with a 90 degree 998cc V4 that included gear driven dual overhead cams, air-assisted Torque Reactive Anti-Dive Control forks with a quick-release front axle, a Pro-Link rear shock, Comstar modular wheels, and radial tires. That might seem pretty obvious, but radial tires were very new to motorcycles at the time. The bike even had adjustable bars, a ventilated rear disc brake, and spring-loaded flaps in the fairing to aid cooling.

However, that technology had a price, and that price was weight: the VF1000R weighed in at 520lbs. dry. Handling was stable but not the most nimble. That stability made for a pretty great roadbike though, with flexible, effortless power accompanied by a musical gear whine from the cams and that V4 exhaust. If you’re looking for Honda racing looks and heritage in a practical, affordable package, this bike might be for you.

The VF1000R has been off collector’s radar until recently, but that is already changing and prices are on the rise. Today’s Featured Listing isn’t a purely original collector bike, but the more modern forks and fabricated exhaust are practical upgrades that suit the bike, as well as freeing up some additional horses and accentuating that great V4 growl.

From the Seller: 1985 Honda VF1000R for Sale

VF1000R’s are not the easiest motorcycles to build, service or source parts for. Making the task more frustrating, is the lack of mods that can be done. The suspension on these bikes is the first mod that has to be done. The temptation to go inverted on the forks is overwhelming. However, talking to the current guru on the suspension for these first generation superbikes, Jamie Daugherty, indicated there really was not a viable swap. The stock forks are about 3 inches, on average, longer than the current crop of USD forks available for this build.

Built to be a rider. Functional, adjustable and upgraded modern conventional forks by Jamie Daugherty at DMr and an upgraded rear shock using a Fox Twin Clicker fully serviced by DMr  was essential. The rear shock can not be rebuilt or upgraded, except a few seals, so a Fox Twin Clicker was refurbished. Here is how Jamie Daugherty describes his work on the VF1000R suspension…

“Forks – the VF1000R forks were setup with our DMr BD20 cartridges. This is a full cartridge conversion with Ø20mm valving and Sonic Springs. It features external spring pre load and damping adjustments and is setup with the correct spring rate and damping configuration based on the rider weight and type of riding.

Rear Shock – the Fox Twin Clicker was revalved to upgrade the damping performance to meet the needs of the VF1000R application. It was assembled with the correct spring rate to complete the package. All adjusters were set on the suspension dyno to the ideal settings so no adjustment is needed once the shock installed.”

The 34 year old fiberglass body work was in decent condition, which is a testament to Honda quality. A few liberties were taken with the paint, an 86 style decal on the tank and a few other subtle touches. PPG products were used, exclusively for the paintwork.

Stock Comstar wheels. Just, because I like the look and vintage feel.

The exhaust was fabricated using Yoshimura RS-3 dual units to replicate the stock look,

The seat material was sourced from Motorcycleseatcovers.com who sent  a few samples of the Honda red that they stock. After ordering the covers in the proper color, a pre-sown set of covers, the main seat and the solo pad cover,  arrived in a very timely manner. Excellent materials and workmanship. Orlando Auto Upholstery did the seat and solo pad re-skin quickly and efficiently.

The exhaust on the VF1000R is unavailable from Honda, unable to source any aftermarket bolt on units, a custom set was fabricated using Yoshimura RS-3 cans and custom mid pipes. Special thanks to Tim and Yoshiumra RD in California for all the help and consideration.

The intent of this build was to update the bike for riding in today’s environment, not to be a static display. It may not be the fastest, lightest most technical bike on the road in 2019,  but it was the top performer in its day.  Too many of the these old bikes are restored and shelved. Lets get them back out on the road to enjoy, not to look at in an office display.

15,979 miles

Asking $7500 bike is located in Clermont, FL
Contact Chris: gsxronly@aol.com or 407-492-5854

Products and Services used.

  • DMr FRONT FORK CONVERSION
  • FOX TWIN CLICKER REAR SHOCK
  • SUPERSPROX CHAIN WHEELS
  • RK Gold CHAIN
  • YOSHIMURA RS-3 MUFFLERS
  • CBR1000RR CLUTCH MASTER
  • GSX-R750 BRAKE MASTER
  • SPEIGLER STAINLESS BRAKE LINES & CLUTCH LINE
  • EBC BRAKE PADS
  • REFRESHED PAINT WITH PPG PRODUCTS
  • SHINDY DOUBLE BANJO WITH SPEED BLEEDER
  • UPGRADED MASTER CYLINDERS FOR EASE OF SERVICEABILITY

Special thanks to:

  • ORLANDO AUTO UPHOLSTRY
  • MOTORCYCLESEATCOVERS.COM
  • SLIPSCREENS LTD
  • YOSHIMURA RD IN CALIFORNIA
  • Seminole Powersports North

I imagine a restoration on one of these isn’t exactly a lucrative proposition, given the bike’s rarity, complexity and relative values, but I’m glad someone’s doing it! Especially since the motorcycle is selling for $7500. That seems like an amazing deal, unless you are a collector who prioritizes originality above all else. As the seller indicates, it’s built as a rider, not a museum-quality collectible. More of a “restomod” than a restoration. Personally, I’m most interested in riding these great old machines, and some Honda enthusiast will scoop this one up and understand why.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1985 Honda VF1000R for Sale
Honda June 20, 2019 posted by

Sweet Little V4: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

Sold in 1987 and 1988, the NC24 version of Honda’s VFR400R could easily be overlooked for the gem that it is. Styling is subdued, although the single-sided Pro Arm swingarm hints at something special underneath. This was a V4 sportbike for the masses, instead of an expensive, difficult-to-obtain homologation bike, like the RC30.

As you’d expect, the engine was just a shade under 400cc and the bike made a claimed 59hp, although that lines up with a sort of gentleman’s agreement the Japanese manufacturers had regarding the 400cc class, so I’ve no idea what they really made. A bit of tuning could definitely unleash more! The bike was under 400lbs dry and had a top speed of around 130mph, accompanied by the distinctive whine of the gear-driven cams.

Interestingly, the NC24 had a conventional 180° crank, with evenly-spaced firing intervals instead of the RC30’s 360° “big bang” configuration, although the later NC30 adopted a 360° setup. They also wisely moved the exhaust to the other side for the NC30, to better show off that cool swingarm. The 18” rear wheel, held in place by four nuts instead of the RC30’s sexy single mounting point, is matched to a 16” front that compounds the challenge of finding good tires to shoe this little beast.

It looks like the seller just copy/pasted the bike’s description from an online source that refers to the VFR400R as a “sport touring bike,” which it really isn’t. Later VFR’s certainly became that, but the early Honda V4s were built to go racing. See: Honda’s VFR750R RC30, homologation bike.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

The Honda VFR400 NC24 model is a sport touring bike manufactured by Honda. In this version sold from the year 1987, the dry weight is 165.0 kg (363.8 pounds) and it is equipped with a V4, four-stroke motor. The engine produces a maximum peak output power of 59.00 HP (43.1 kW) @12800 RPM and a maximum torque of 39.00 Nm (4.0 kgf-m or 28.8 ft.lbs) @10000 RPM. With this drive-train, the Honda VFR400 NC24 is capable of reaching a maximum top speed of 210.0 km/h (130.5 mph). Regarding the chassis characteristics, responsible for road holding, handling behaviour and ride comfort, the Honda VFR 400 NC24 have a Aluminium Twin Spar frame frame with front suspension being 41mm Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, rebound damping force air adjustable (8psi-11psi) and in the rear suspension it is equipped with Pro-Arm Mono shock, fully adjustable. Stock tire sizes are 100/90-H16 on the front and 130/70-H18 on the rear. As for stopping power, the Honda VFR400 NC24 braking system includes double disc. Nissin 2 pot caliper size 296 mm (11.7 inches) at the front and Single disc. Nissin 1 pot caliper size 220 mm (8.7 inches) at the rear.

This un-restored and stock condition VFR400R is in an excellent running condition with only minor bodywork/paint defects/scratches. (Very rare for this vintage Japanese motorcycle)

Mileage: 20,229 KM (12,600 miles)

Vermont registration.

Starts and run perfectly.

Good battery, chain, sprockets, and tires.

This motorcycle was imported from Japan and is offered with original Japanese title, sales brochure and original Honda Factory Parts Manual.

The early NC24 VFR400 is pretty rare here in the USA. They were never officially imported and lack the “baby RC30” twin-lamp styling of the later NC30s that make them so appealing. But that just means prices are much lower, and the $4,995.00 Buy It Now price seen here seems like a pretty good deal, and the bike looks much more aggressive with the Rothmans graphics. It’s always worth doing your homework when considering a Rothmans Replica, since it’s popular to fit more common models with aftermarket bodywork from China. But from what I can see, the bike is in pretty excellent condition otherwise, so it could be the real deal. Experts should feel free to chime in in the comments!

-tad

Sweet Little V4: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale
Honda June 12, 2019 posted by

Rumble and Whine: 1990 Honda RC30

Trying to come up with something new and interesting to type about Honda’s [insert superlative] RC30 is like trying to tell a budding car nut something they don’t know about a Ferrari F40. The specs are available with a single Google query. The original and retrospective road tests drip with corn syrup-sweet praise for the torquey-but-temperamental V4, the obviously hand-made body panels, the wet weight that was 10 percent down on its rivals, the quick-but-forgiving handling and on and on and on.

1990 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

On top of all that, the 1990 Honda RC30 is beautiful. The livery is perfect, the single-sided swingarm — a revolution at the time — distinctive, eye-catching and purposeful and the snow-white wheels subtly flashy and fully on display. Nothing about this bike says “take it easy today, fella.” This hype is to thank for the bikes’ recent and sharp uptick in value. In the last year, we’ve seen decent ones go for around $30k, but a couple of auction sales and more Internet forum gushing seem to have pushed that north.

This 1990 Honda RC30 is a fantastic example of the breed, with a tick over 5,000 miles on its analog clock. The fairings appear to be the original pieces with some scratches and evidence of paintwork to show for their 29 years. There is also some dust and dirt here and there, but the bike appears to be devoid of any real dirt or corrosion. As the seller says, those old Metzelers will need to go if you plan to ride this thing. Mechanically, it appears mostly stock, with the exception of a ridiculously rad period HRC exhaust.

From the eBay listing:

Fewer than 5,300 miles and from long-term ownership

1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 

Frame no. JH2RC3000LM200087

  • Legendary 16-valve gear-driven DOHC 90-degree V4 engine
    • Reportedly fewer than 3000 produced
    • Long term ownership as part of a fantastic car and motorcycle collection
    • Fewer than 5,300 miles from new

One of the modern era’s few immediately collectible classics, the Honda VFR750R – better known as the ‘RC30′ – was created for just one reason: to win the World Superbike Championship, a feat it achieved in the nascent series’ first two seasons of 1988 and 1989. And while American Fred Merkel was bringing Honda its first two WSB crowns, Britain’s Carl Fogarty used an RC30 to win the TT F1 World Championship in 1988 and 1989, and the equivalent FIM Cup in 1990.

No mere short circuit scratcher, the RC30 and its derivatives proved durable enough to win a hat-full of Endurance Classics too. That this latter requirement was also part of the design brief may be determined from the fact that a quick-release front fork and single-sided swinging arm – essential for speedy wheel changes – were part of an unrivalled specification that included a twin-spar alloy beam frame, 16-valve V4 engine with gear-driven cams, close-ratio six-speed gearbox and four-pot front brake calipers.

All of which did not come cheap: at the time of its launch in 1988 an RC30 cost near double that of other super-sports 750s. Despite the passage of time and progress of motorcycle technology, the RC30 remains a match for the latest generation of sports bikes but possesses an exclusivity that none of them can approach. ‘No other bike from the late-Eighties is lusted after like the RC30’, reckoned Bike, and few would disagree. And then there’s the exhaust note – loud, of course, but soulful enough to bring a pit crew to tears.

This RC30 was only very recently liberated from long-term ownership as part of a very discerning collection of cars and motorcycles. Regularly maintained since new, the bike runs and rides exceptionally well.

This legendary machine is offered in excellent condition throughout. The engine starts readily, though a little cold-blooded, idles smoothly and has an abundance of power. AN ABUNDANCE! The clutch is silky-smooth and brakes and suspension are near perfect. I would opt for a new pair of tires before serious road use and am happy to negotiate your tire choice and installation in to the price.

There are a few scratches in the paint finish around the bike, and I suspect the bottom of the fairing was repainted, likely because of scratches – there are no dings. All body panels are original, and the tank is totally free of blemishes and scratches/dents. Seat is excellent as is the rest of the bike. The bike is accompanied by a clean, clear title, books, spare keys, books/manuals, original rear track stand, and a full set of completely untouched tools.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a motorcycling icon of performance and a must-have for a discerning collection.

For additional information and photos, please visit ClassicAvenue.com

At almost $37,900, the asking price for this RC30 is about in line with the market. We have seen other low-mileage RC30s change hands for a few thousand dollars more, but with the bodywork and imperfections, this bike is a notch below the upper echelon.

Rumble and Whine: 1990 Honda RC30
Aprilia June 4, 2019 posted by

Update: New photos and price! Featured Listing: 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory

Update 6.10.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Praise for the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory pounded down in torrents in early ’13 when the thing broke cover as a celebration of Max Biaggi’s 2012 World Superbike championship. It was fast beyond the limits of the mortal brain. It stuck to corners like a gecko on a concrete wall thanks to front and rear Ohlins suspension. It had helpful, intuitive, non-invasive electronics that helped non-racers go fast and keep the bike on its forged aluminum wheels. It lagged a little behind the Ducati Panigale 1199R in pure horsepower, but with a naturally torquey V4 and trick fueling, it delivered more or less electric punch.

Now, since the RSV4 Factory is just six years old, it’s not exactly rare, and it isn’t quite aged enough to be our usual fare, but it is definitely special, and any track-focused, 184-horsepower weekend weapon of this caliber deserves a place on our page. And this one has a few little modifications and a tight maintenance regimen to make sure it’s more than ready for the next owner to fully exploit. Mods include an Akrapovic slip-on exhaust system, GP shift rearsets and a hardwired bullet camera.

From the seller:

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS SBK SE, 8450 miles, original owner. Very, very clean condition. This is truly the best superbike of any configuration that I’ve ever ridden. There is a reason the RSV4 has won Fastbike Magazine’s Sport Bike of the Year so many times since it was launched in 2009 against formidable competition like the S1000RR, Panigale, and all the others. It’s a sublime combination of being fast and potent, while being predictable and easy to use. It’s surprisingly comfortable (for a superbike) and easy to live with as a street bike, and both fast and confidence inspiring as a track day weapon. And the soundtrack from the V4 through the Akrapovic exhaust sounds about as close to MotoGP as you can get with a license place. You’re right if you’ve figured out that I think these bikes are special. Even if you don’t buy mine, if you are a sportbike enthusiast, or just one to appreciate highly developed and highly capable motorcycles, you owe it to yourself to own an RSV4 at some point. They are that good. Back to my specific example…modifications from stock include:
Akrapovic carbon slip on system with factory Aprilia race map (with both catalytic and straight link pipes; the straight pipe is fitted)
EvoTech fender eliminator
EvoTech radiator and oil cooler guards
15T countershaft sprocket
Pipercross air filter
Flyhammer GP-style shifter
RoadHawk Ride bullet camera, wired to switched power (auto on/off with ignition)
Currently has Dunlop GPA-Pro tires. Battery was recently replaced (with a stock Yuasa YT12A-BS), front pads were just installed (Vesrah RJL XX) and brakes recently flushed (DOT 5.1). Typical RSV4 issues have been addressed… Stator replaced a few times under warranty due to oil wicking up to rectifier connector; I rerouted the harness and it stays bone dry now. Original tank was replaced under warranty due to paint bubbling and the surface bulging/rippling, I subsequently bypassed the EVAP and routed the tank vent to atmosphere and since then the second tank still looks like new. Has done a few track days at Laguna Seca, but has never been dropped, over-revved or damaged in any way. Except for some stone chipping on lowers behind the front tire, and two small scrape marks on the bottom rear end of the lowers on the right side (grounding through the second half of the Corkscrew at Laguna), it looks as new; these marks are visible in their entirety in the photos. Comes with the following in a box: passenger seat and pegs, stock shift lever, original rear fender, original exhaust, original air filter, original 16T countershaft sprocket, catalytic link pipe and dB killer insert for Akrapovic exhaust. Will work to get the bike to a freight company if the buyer wants to arrange shipping at their own cost. Will bring to a shop of the buyers choosing in South/Central Orange County for a pre-purchase inspection (at buyers expense and arrangement) if desired. $10k.

Seller Ruben says he’s not in a huge rush to sell this beast (Who would be?), but will move it along if the buyer and price are right.

Update: New photos and price! Featured Listing: 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory
Featured Listing May 10, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1998 Honda RVF400R NC35 for Sale

Gary in Utah has several bikes Featured on RSBFS right now. Check them out too:

Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Update 5.15.2019: Now on eBay!

As prices of Honda’s V4 homologation bikes climbing ever higher with every 0-mile example that crosses the auction block, the only way for ordinary folks to get a taste of these classic Japanese superbikes is by picking up one of their smaller siblings. Sure, with just 399cc to play with, the VFR400R NC30 and the RVF400R NC35 aren’t as powerful, but they could easily be mistaken for their larger, more expensive stablemates and use the same engine configuration.

1998 Honda RVF400 for sale on eBay

I still think it’s a shame that bikes like this no longer exist. While electronic safety aids and engine management systems have continued to evolve, most bikes under 600cc have just one or two cylinders these days and are tuned for midrange power and reliability, not screaming revs. But there were no compromises with the NC35 and, while the claimed 59hp is obviously not going to scare anyone weaned on a modern 600, you have to work to access it: most of the power lives up around 13,000rpm, accompanied by the characterful drone of the “big-bang” firing order created by the 360° crank.

The very nature of the powerplant is uncompromising: a V4 is great for aerodynamics, power, and weight distribution, which is why the format is used by a number of modern superbikes and is common in MotoGP. But they tend to be a bit heavier than an equivalent inline-four and are a pain to work on because everything is so densely packaged. Contrary to appearances, the NC35 does not have ram-air, although the prominent intake snorkels do feed fresh air to the airbox. Gear-driven cams also speak to the engine’s racing intent, and the bike is still popular among track-day junkies as an entry-level superbike because of its sublime handling.

And while it might look like a reskin of the earlier NC30, the bike was heavily updated in other areas and they share very few major components. Styling continues the “baby superbike” theme, with a pair of smaller, cat’s-eye lamps in place of the RC45’s larger, round units, and the rear tire is skinnier. The NC35 used upside-down forks and switched to a 17″ rear wheel, which should save modern riders the headache of sourcing 18″ rubber. Thankfully, the NC35 used a conventional 17″ front wheel, instead of the RC45’s oddball 16″ hoop.

From the Seller: 1998 Honda RVF400R NC35 for Sale

Second up is this 1998 NC35. It is a very honest solid bike. I concentrated on trying to find low mileage, unmolested original bikes. They are getting very hard to come by. This NC35 has 8,667 miles (13,947 kilometers). I bought it from a dealer in Tokyo. They did a full service for me on the bike before taking delivery. The fairings and components are all Genuine Honda OEM except for the rear sets and the custom red tape on the wheels. The fairings are mint and the fuel tank is as well. The only flaw is the rub mark on the left rear cowling. The wheels and front brake rotors have mild corrosion on them and could use a good cleaning and powder coating. The bike is in original unrestored condition with no body or paintwork. Looks very nice as is sits but would make an excellent candidate for restoration since there are no cracks in the fairings or dents or scrapes in the gas tank. Bike runs just like new and is ready to ride. Bike will come with Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use. Comes with one key.

I’d like to see $10,900 or best offer for this example.

Feel free to contact me at 801-358-6537 or by email: rmurangemasters@aol.com

The Honda RVF400R was only available in the US via grey-market imports from overseas or Canada, and the usual registration headaches can apply if you’re in a state with stricter laws, so be sure to do your homework. This example is being sold by the very knowledgeable Gary in Utah with a Utah title, looks very sharp, with low miles and a tempting price. Yes, these are much more expensive than they were just a few years ago, but $10,900 gets you a very cool bit of Honda history in a practical, reliable package. Honestly, I’m a huge fan of the NC30/35 and it’s one of the few Japanese sportbikes I would love one in my garage… Assuming I could get a CA registration for it.

-tad

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Sorted: 1986 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

Compared to a modern superbike, the fire-breathing performance of vintage two-stroke race replicas maybe isn’t quite as wild as their reputation would suggest. At the time, they were light and very powerful, but weren’t exactly at Grand Prix extremes of either even then. Modern machines have levels of rigidity, suspension response, and electronic assistance an old smoker like this Yamaha RZ500 could only dream of, back in the hazy 1980s. But an RZ500 still has the goods to be hustled along a canyon road, and this example has had a couple of updates to the running gear to help it hang with newer bikes.

Also known as the RD500LC in Europe and the RZV500R in Japan, the RZ500 was powered by a a liquid-cooled 50° two-stroke V4 that featured twin cranks, a pair of YPVS power valves, a balance shaft to smooth things out, and magnesium components to reduce weight. Lubrication for the two-stroke was handled by Yamaha’s Autolube oil-injection and the transmission had six speeds. At the front was a 16″ wheel and a set of anti-dive forks matched to an underslung rear shock and an 18″ hoop out back, limiting a modern rider’s access to good performance rubber.

The Yamaha RZ500 made a claimed 88hp and weighed in at 436lbs wet, while a 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 of the same period made a claimed 106hp and weighed 465lbs wet, so performance was pretty similar on paper. However, the character of the two bikes couldn’t be more different. With heavy two-stroke smoke dripping out of the four exhaust tips and the crackle and zing of the engine, you have to work the RZ500 much harder, in spite of a pair of power valves designed to improve midrange response.

Interestingly, the Japanese market bikes received an aluminum frame to offset the reduction in power required by government restrictions. I always wonder why, since this was a premium sportbike to begin with, they didn’t just fit the aluminum frames to all of them. Certainly, if you wanted to build your dream RZ500 and throw originality to the wind, that’s what you’d probably do. This particular bike follows the path of “thoughtful evolution” and includes some components from later machines that should help the bike’s cornering prowess.

It’s maybe not a purist’s museum piece, with the later YZF750 front end and 17″ wheels. But, while the RZ500 was commendably light and agile by mid-80s standards, an update to the fork and brakes should help bring the bike closer to modern feel, while the ZX6 wheels will make tire choice much simpler, and give the new owner access to modern levels of grip.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

We are a Yamaha dealer selling this bike for a 2 stroke collector’s estate. This is a great example of a 1986 Yamaha RZ500. It has a clear Pennsylvania title (has been here since at least 2006) but was originally sold in Canada. VIN is JYA52X007GA007150. The odometer reads 73 miles but since the KM speedo was replaced the actual odometer is aprox. 7500 km with about 1000 km since rebuild.

Cosmetic condition as you can see in the pics is excellent. Bodywork is all OEM including solo cowl. We’ve included a owner’s manual and service manual – all in good shape. There is 1 original factory key and 1 copy. Frame up restoration done in 2006. At that time, all seals were replaced, cylinders honed (std bore)

We’ve had our resident two-stroke tech go through the bike after a short storage. Air cleaner was replaced, tank drained, carbs removed and thoroughly cleaned, etc. Plugs replaced, fresh trans oil. Bike started easily and runs well with no clutch slippage. Left fork seal has slight seep and as any two stroke, it could take more fussing to get carburation perfect. Trans shifts very well but clutch pull a bit heavy (upgraded springs?). Brakes solid and chatter free. This is a well sorted RZ.

Upgrades and mods include but are not limited to:

  • YZF750 complete USD front end and brakes.
  • JMC custom polished swingarm
  • Penske remote reservoir rear shock
  • Alex Mayes chambers – Rare!
  • Carbon Tech low tension reeds (porting is stock)
  • ZX6 wheels (both wheels powder coated red)
  • Magnesium left engine cover
  • Braided brake lines
  • Hindsight mirrors
  • MPH speedometer
  • Zero Gravity windscreen
  • Carbon fiber meter panel

There is NO reserve or buy-it-now price on this item

Other RZ brochures and some parts are available but are not included with this bike.

Pick up at our dealership in Pennsylvania (19512) has no charge of course, but delivery by truck or international shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. 

As the seller describes it, “this is a well sorted RZ,” a daily rider that captures the feel of an earlier era of performance, with a couple modern touches. Unfortunately, there are no takers yet at the $13,000 starting bid, with just a few hours left on the auction. Is it too early in the season? Were the modifications just a bridge too far? Has the interest in two-strokes plateaued?

-tad

Sorted: 1986 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale