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TGIF: 1998 Honda CBR 600F3 Smokin Joes

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This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

How about a Friday quickie that isn’t closed yet? Check out this wonderful Honda CBR 600 F3 in full-blown Smokin’ Joe’s livery! Not terrifically rare in base model formats, the one year only yellow/purple livery celebrates Honda’s CBR dominance in AMA racing, and includes a thoughtful nod to hall of famer and multi-time AMA Superbike and Supersport champion, Miguel Duhamel. Instantly recognizable as a special edition, the Camel cigarettes sponsorship is not very PC today, but accurately represents the state of racing in the late 1990s.

1998 Honda CBR 600F3 Smokin Joes for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1998 Honda CBR 600F3. Smokin’ Joe’s Special Edition. Camel Racing. Includes owners manual, tool kit, and original exhaust pipe (and some replacement stickers). Purple, yellow, and white seat. Also included is a matching vintage HJC helmet. Great condition collector motorcycle. Some of the smaller vinyl graphic letters near the Dunlop sticker under the seat are missing. Also there are some very light scuffs in the purple on the lower right hand side just ahead of where your foot would go (see picture where I am pointing) and on the adjacent Honda Powered sticker. The battery probably should be replaced, otherwise this bike is ready to ride.

The Smokin’ Joe’s Replica – aside from the graphics – is essentially a stone stock CBR600. There were an estimated 1500 units produced in 1998, making this a reasonably rare motorcycle. Sadly there is little collector value over and above a clean and low mileage CBR of similar vintage. These are also easily faked with plastics and a sticker kit, so RSBFS readers are cautioned to always do your homework. I am told there is a VIN check for the SJR models related to the 6th, 7th and 8th digits (“253”) and the model listed on the VIN plate includes “SE,” but perhaps experts can chime in on the comments. This Buy It Now has a couple of days remaining, with an ask of $4,500. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

9 Comments

  • Very cool, always loved this garish paint scheme. And ‘Big Mig’ was always a favourite of mine, a guy who could ride anything fast.

  • https://cbrforum.com/forum/cbr-600f3-17/how-many-smokin-joes-83264/page2/

    Here is the answer. Smokin’ Joe works in the cubicle next to me!!

  • Nothing takes the wind out of my sails like a key fob and the resultant scratched up triple tree 😬

  • carb circuits need size increase on pilot jets…..oh so much better. not green but runs lots better. I had the 97…great bike.

  • The upside-down Yoshimura logo gives one pause.

  • Not sure about the first photo. It’s the familiar bike with warplanes motif, but with crop dusters? Maybe they were going to spray a field of tobacco…

  • Yikes. I don’t speak Kanji, but even I recognized the Yoshi decal was completely FUBAR’ed.

  • Apparently the Yosh logo on the nearby can wasn’t a proper example of how to properly apply the replacement decal

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