Category: Honda

Honda RC 172 tribute

I know I just recently posted this CR750 tribute, but this is really well executed as well. My default is to always give preference to mostly stock and original bikes for this site, but on the other hand, when they’re this well done why not?!

1974 Honda CB350 Four RC172 Tribute For Sale on eBay

Bidding is off to a slow start and hasn’t cracked $3k with 5 days remaining, reserve not met obviously.

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From the seller:

Wow selling with mixed emotions my RC 172 tribute bike. It has all the right pieces that are next to impossible to get now….covid and wait times! Started as a super clean 350/4.
Swarbrick hand formed exhausts, Holtzwork hand formed aluminum alloy tank, 4 shoe brake, tarrozzi rear sets, NOS switch gear and grips, proper high shoulder alloy rims, cleaned-up electrics, fresh top end, tuned-up and reliable and ready to ride. Too much to list! Buyer will get full build pics.

Additional information: Yes the bike has removable baffles. If you want that Haliwood wail at 10rpm you can have it!
Yes that is a custom aluminum alloy triple. It’s a work of art.
There is a custom spot for the shorai battery under the seat. You have easy access to the trickle charger wire.

Front vented brake is off of a (period correct) water buffalo. It stops this little bike beautifully. I love the progressive feel as you trail brake into corners.

More questions

The front brake is a 4LS from a Suzuki GT750 – depending upon condition they sell for $500-1000 USD.

Holtzwork alloy tank with Monza cap- 1050 GBP plus shipping/taxes

Front forks from a 70’s CB550- stronger and a perfect upgrade path

Yes you could go to pods instead of Velocity stacks. Carbs will need slight retune.

Yes the original front fender has been worked to be visually more similar to RC fender. You could take it a step further and remove the rolled edge.

Yes this bike would qualify as period correct for vintage road racing.

Totally Refreshed 1970 Honda CB 750 Four K0

Here’s a beauty that’s been treated to a recent “minor restoration” as the seller mentions and it looks fantastic. While not a “sandcast” the condition of this motorcycle is unreal. Check out the cold start video included with the eBay listing below.

1970 Honda CB750 For Sale on eBay

From the seller:

1970 Honda CB 750 Four K0
Only 13,000 Miles!!
Clean & Clear Title
Minor Restoration Just Finished
Full Major Service Just Completed
Nos Factory Paint Gas Tank ( Has never has gas in it )
Portable Gas Tank Used For Service & Tune
Nos Factory Paint Side Covers
New Chain
New Rear Sprocket
New Dunlop K70 Tires
So Many More NOS Parts to List
This Bike Can Ridden or Be Museum Show Piece
$25,888 OBO

Share your thoughts in the comments, and good luck to buyer and seller!

dc

Honda CR750 Tribute

I’m thinking about reviving this website. Shoot me an email if you’d like to be a contributor!

In the meantime, enjoy this tasty Honda CR750 tribute bike for sale on eBay!

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From the seller’s description:

In 1970, Dick Mann catapulted Honda into the limelight with his historic Daytona 200 win on a Honda CR750. After his success, Honda offered dealerships approx 200 factory CR750 race kits replicating the victorious CR750. The $10,000 kits were very expensive at the time, roughly $60,000 today! Not many were sold and many were recalled and destroyed for safety reasons….Honda didn’t want people getting killed on their new CB750 model! This particular bike was made as a tribute to those rare factory CR kit racers. This bike was raced vintage class in Sweden at the famed Anderstorp raceway for many years, retired, and then shipped to the U.S. for its CR makeover. We wanted to keep the bike as period correct 1970’s as possible. The motorcycle came with the longer wheelbase 1975 CB750F frame (CB750F-1016329) and a 1971 K1 race motor (CB750E-1078205). The vintage black 4 into 4 Swarbrick exhaust, gas tank, and Lytron oil cooler/filter were sourced from a local collector. The CR oil tank was made by AHRMA 750 racer Dennis Weinhold, and the billet aluminum adjustable foot controls were made by AHRMA racer Jarred Halloway. The CR seat cowl, fairing mount & hardware were purchased from Mead Speed UK. Custom made aluminum CR gauge mount with Smiths 100 PSI oil gauge and 12k Spanish reproduction tachometer. The front end is a 1978 CB750 F2 with dual disc brakes, progressive springs, new brake lines, safety wired bolts, and fork seals. Rear shocks are adjustable OHLINS. Rear rim is an alloy Morad 18″ and the front rim is an alloy “high wall” Akront 18″. Both have Conti Road Attack CR 2 race tires. The rebuilt motor has 1.0mm over pistons and rings making displacement from 736cc to 761cc. Shaved engine cases with charging system and starter motor removed. Cylinders honed, valves lapped and bronze valve guides installed. Norris race cam installed (spec sheet dated 1978). New heavy duty primary cam chains, overhead cam chain, roller, and guide. New braided oil lines,31mm Keihin CR Special carbs, and a Dyna electronic ignition and coils. Performance clutch plates, and heavy duty clutch springs. 13T primary sprocket and 48T solid aluminum rear sprocket with an RK 530H heavy duty drive chain. Clip on handlebars and steering dampener. Lithium Ion battery with charger. New carb intake boots, thumb release gas cap, CB750 petcock, and master cylinder brake cap all period correct 1970’s. Unlike Mann’s sunrise orange bike we painted the gas tank, seat, fairing and striped front fender in vintage Honda livery red and silver colors. Yellow “flash” and white number plates are also painted on. Kick start or rear roller start. Starts, runs, sounds, shifts and stops great!! Here is a chance to own a classic piece of Honda race history! This beauty is AHRMA race ready or waiting to be posed in a collection looking like it just rolled off the track. I have a clear non-op California title in my name.

Sexy Six: 1979 Honda CBX for Sale

1979 Honda CBX R Rear

In an era when a 750 was still considered a “big” bike, Honda’s six-cylinder, 1047cc CBX was very much a monument to excess. It was complex, expensive, wasn’t especially fast, and was too heavy and poorly suspended to really handle. And the lack of a fairing meant its sport-touring ability was relatively limited as well. But as an engineering statement it was without peer, and the smooth, exotic sounds made by that huge aluminum brick of an engine really had no equal in the motorcycling world either.

1979 Honda CBX R Front

In point of fact, the engine isn’t really all that wide: it’s not a whole lot wider than Honda’s own CB750 four. But on a naked bike, with nothing but the era’s bicycle-skinny tires and a fairly slim tank to give it context, it looks like an aluminum-finned wall. That cascading row of exhaust headers doesn’t help, and probably emphasizes the bike’s width. Fit a set of crash-bars and the organ-pipe six-into-six exhaust seen here, and you’re looking at a serious visual statement.

1979 Honda CBX L Side Pipes

Likely inspired by Honda’s jewel-like six-cylinder racing machines, a long gestation meant that, by the time the CBX was released, those sleek and impossibly delicate 250cc, seven and ten-speed Grand Prix bikes were long-forgotten by the general buying public. So the CBX was a bit of a footnote in terms of production numbers for a company like Honda. But they were often cherished by owners and many excellent examples exist today, although this one appears to be in especially nice condition.

1979 Honda CBX L Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Honda CBX for Sale

I am listing my super rare unrestored 1979 Honda CBX with only a bit over 15,000 miles and it is probably one of the nicest if not the nicest unrestored CBX’s available anywhere. The paint and body work are flawless, fairing is aftermarket (and look great on the bike) and has been painted to perfectly match the factory paint.  No chips, scratches, dents and the best factory paint I have ever seen on an original bike and I have owned many. The engine still has all the original paint which is also mint and stock not polished cases or the like and it runs like new as well, and the non-factory exhaust still appear almost new themselves with no scratches or dents. I have never seen a CBX that even comes close to the original quality of this bike.

1979 Honda CBX Dash

I’m not normally a fan of bikini fairings like the one seen here, but it compliments the bike’s lines and likely improves the bike’s ability to cover long distances. Bidding is very active on this particular CBX and, although there’s just a couple days left on the auction, the reserve has not been met at $8,800. The Buy It Now price is set at $13,500 which is definitely at the top of the range for a CBX. But with prices of the six-cylinder Hondas headed upwards, and considering how much a restoration on one would cost, it seems like it might be worth it for someone looking to add a very original example of this appreciating classic to their collection.

-tad

1979 Honda CBX R Side

Yetman-Framed 1963 Honda 250 Racebike for Sale

1963 Honda 250 Race Bike R Front

I’d like to be able to tell you what we really have here, but the listing simply says it’s a 250 Honda Road Racer. Factory Honda 250cc racers of the period were generally sophisticated four-cylinder or even six-cylinder machines, although there was the CR72, a parallel-twin race bike. So is this a full-on racer, or a converted street bike? without a shot of the bike sans fairing, it’s hard to tell and I’d be happy to have any experts weigh in the comments. The frame won’t give you much hint: it’s not the original and is claimed to have been built by Yetman.

1963 Honda 250 Race Bike L Rear

Dave Yetman was an innovative, seat-of-the-pants motorcycle enthusiast who, after crashing his CB77, found it was more economical to build a replacement frame for it, using welding skills he learned working on Formula Vee cars. At the time most motorcycles used cradle frames, whereas Yetman used thin-tube, “trellis-style” frames that used the engine as a stressed member. His frames were almost impossibly light: the resulting CB77 frame was only eight pounds, compared to the original’s 30!

1963 Honda 250 Race Bike R Tank

In business making frames throughout the 1960’s for roadracing, off-road, and drag racing applications, Yetman was like an American version of Rickman or Nico Bakker, creating bikes that were lighter, faster, and better-handling than what you could generally get from the factory.

1963 Honda 250 Race Bike Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 1963 Honda 250 Road Racer for Sale

Motoexotica is pleased to present this extremely rare and beautifully preserved 1963 Honda road racing motorcycle which features a 250cc four stroke twin cylinder engine and a Yetman racing frame. Bike is also equipped with 5 speed transmission, 26mm Mikuni carburetors, twin leading shoe front brakes, magnesium triple trees, full safety wiring, and more.

As part of a collection, this bike has been a static display piece for several years and has not been started or run recently. Overall condition is excellent with some patina on original parts but no broken or damaged pieces and parts that we are aware of. This bike is a fantastic piece of motorcycle racing history and is sure to start conversations wherever it sits.

It’s a shame that this bike is currently a display item, but I’d expect it should be possible to get it into running order without too much difficulty. Bidding is up to $3,700 with the Reserve Not Met and a couple days left on the auction. Perhaps if the seller included a bit more history, it’d get the bidders’ juices flowing…

-tad

1963 Honda 250 Race Bike L Side

 

1982 Honda CX500T for sale in Ohio with only 8,300 miles!

$_57

The 80s were a revolutionary time. Technology was crashing the old school party and promised to make everything better. The Honda CX500 Turbo was supposed to lead this charge, featuring fuel injection, a digital dash and a turbocharger that nearly doubled the horsepower of the standard CX500. It promised all of the power of a literbike with the efficiency of a 500. While it didn’t quite live up to that promise, it was still a valiant effort by Honda. The CX500T was only produced for one year as Honda bumped the displacement up to 650cc the next year. It’s limited production, classic 80s styling and interesting history make it a favorite for collectors.

This one isn’t a museum piece, but appears to be a pretty clean starting point that could be the basis of a full restoration, or just a really cool vintage rider for the occasional Bike Night at your local hot spot. It’s sure to draw a crowd.

Note: This is a repost from our sister site, Rare Sport Bikes For Sale.

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1982 Honda CX500 Turbo for sale on eBay

From the seller:

This is a original 1982 CX500 Turbo very rare bike It is in very nice condition runs and rides well. I am the second owner first owner parked bike when starting a family, bike sat in a garage for 20 years. I purchased it, and went over the bike cleaned the tank replaced the tires with new hi speed avons greased bearings changed fluids put in new gel battery, new fuel pump. The original worked but would stop now and then and I would have to tap on it to get it going again I got tired of this and replaced it . bike comes with original pump if someone wants to try and fix it I purchased the correct plug end and made replacement pump a plug in nothing was modified to install it. Bike has a scratch on a turn signal housing small scuffs and scratches normal for its age there is oxidation on the engine (see pics) paint is worn off the center stand from sitting biggest problem is front fork seals have started to leak and will need replaced at some time . The bike is a good solid rider but could be a show bike with a little effort. everything works runs rides nice handles well, very quick. bike comes with original fuel pump owners manual and original Honda tire gage bike does not have the tool kit first owner said he never received one. Bike was originaly purchased from Fischer Cycle Sales N bend rd Ashtabula Ohio Original owner said they have the records of work he had done on it 20 years ago.

Little Blue Bomber: 1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport for Sale

1975 Honda CB400F R Side

The introduction of Honda’s CB750 in 1969 did more than simply redefine what a range-topping bike could be. It heralded an onslaught of sophisticated, reliable machine across their entire range: while sporty midsized offerings from the other Japanese manufacturers were often quick and nimble, but powered by peaky, noisy, smoky two-strokes, Honda used sophisticated overhead-cam twins and fours. In fact, their direct competitor for the famous Yamaha RD350 was this bike, the four cylinder CB400F. 1975 Honda CB400F L Front

Powered by a bored-out version of the 350, the 400F engine actually displaced 408cc, and the bike featured a relatively novel six-speed gearbox, something nearly unheard of outside racing circles in an era when most bikes still used only four.

1975 Honda CB400F R Side Detail

The Honda couldn’t hold a candle to the RD in terms of quick and dirty speed, but it beat the little smoker hands-down when it came to sophistication. Unfortunately, the sportbike market wasn’t especially interested in refinement, so the Honda didn’t sell all that well when new, with buyers in the middleweight sports market opting for the light weight and personality of the Yamaha.

But while the Honda was much heavier, handling was still excellent, and riders of the period found plenty of success on track, with race-prepped bikes capable of true giant-slaying ability and top speeds of over 130mph.

1975 Honda CB400F Clocks

From the original eBay listing: 1975 Honda CB400F for Sale

This 1975 Honda 400 Four Super Sport is equipped with a side stand and a center stand which is handy for maintenance. It also has an electric start & a kick start. This is handy if the battery is low, as the starter robs the voltage to the ignition coils. After starting the bike from cold, it needs to warm up on part choke for a few minutes before setting off, or you could find yourself fumbling with the choke whilst riding.

This little guy pulls well from the start (even with its peak power of 37 bhp at 8,500rpm and redline at 10,000 rpm), and with 6 gears to choose from you’ll find your left foot is kept busy if you want to make the most of it. It accelerates well from 0-70 mph, which is the range where most riders will find themselves on this urban super sport. The seating position is slightly bent forward, giving a dominant street fighter feel. The bike handles very well at all speeds providing good cornering and a comfortable ride, and would make a great city commuter anywhere in the world.

This well preserved 1975 Honda CB 400 F only has 12,655 miles on the odometer. The VIN number is CB400F-1027692, Date of Manufacture is 03/75, and Engine ID# is CB400FE-1028229. It is in very nice condition. The bike starts, runs, and shifts very well. The bike is all original with the following exceptions – which were made to get it roadworthy for the new owner:

New “Varnish Blue” paint on gas tank and side covers (professionally done and very nice)

New chrome exhaust muffler

New dash lights/ console  (replaced with new)

New seat cover  (replaced with new)

New tires

New cables for throttle, brake and clutch

New master cylinder

New switch gear for starter and kill switch at throttle side of handlebar

We have gone through this bike and cleaned it from top to bottom and performed the following services:

Installed new brake pads and rebuilt front caliper (with new brake fluid)

Repainted front brake calipers

Polished all chrome parts and accessories

Cleaned and tuned all 4 carburetors

Replaced all fluids

All lights and electrics work perfectly, and the horn work so it will easily pass Texas vehicle inspection. There is not a bit of grease or dirt on this bike anywhere as it was given a very thorough detailing, even in the places you can’t see.

1975 Honda CB400F R Side RearThis one has been repainted and looks to be in excellent physical and mechanical condition. The seller also includes a nice video of the bike being started and running.

These are great little bikes, and can still be found for very reasonable prices. They make excellent “starter classics” since they’re physically on the small side, are reliable, and have decent parts availability.

-tad

1975 Honda CB400F R Side Front

Sand-Cast Classic: 1969 Honda CB750 for Sale

1969 Honda CB750 R Side Front

When the Honda CB750 came onto the scene in 1969, beating Kawasaki’s own four-cylinder bike to market by the narrowest of margins, it was a revelation: four-cylinder motorcycles were previously the domain of luxury or high-end sporting manufacturers like Ariel or MV Agusta. But the CB750, while certainly not cheap, was an affordable alternative to the established large displacement bikes from the European manufacturers, offering refinement and reliability previously unheard of at that price-point. The specifications seem so unexciting now, but that’s because every other manufacturer needed to produce similar machines, or be left in the dust.

And Honda didn’t stop with their 750: that initial CB gave birth to a whole range of four-cylinder, five-speed bikes, including a 350, a 400, a 500, and a 550. The fours were often heavy, compared to their twin-cylinder or two-stroke competition. But they offered an unmatched level of sophistication compared to those relatively crude machines.1969 Honda CB750 L Side

For a long time, four-cylinder bikes from Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki were being regularly chopped into bits as part of the burgeoning cafe racer scene, owing to their low prices, power, and solid construction. This one will not be subjected to that sort of treatment. It’s an early model CB750, with the sand-cast engine cases that are so desirable among fans of this bike.

1969 Honda CB750 R Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1969 Honda CB750

In their 100th anniversary issue, Motorcyclist magazine named the 1969 Honda CB750 as the “Bike of the Century,” and this one may be the bike of this century! I bought it 30 years ago from the original owner, a schoolteacher in Chicago, who had kept it as immaculately as I have ever since. I’ll try to keep this text short as you true lovers of vintage Hondas know the story very well by now, but the term “sandcast” is abused so much on eBay it bears re-telling. 

Soichiro Honda was a wise businessman and when he developed this breakthrough machine in the 1960s era that was dominated by British twins & triples, and he wasn’t sure it would sell with its daring 4 cylinders, 4 exhaust pipes, 4 carbs and front disk brake. To play it safe, Honda cast the engine blocks in rough sand molds rather than investing in much smoother (and more costly) metal molds. When the bike started selling well, they invested in the metal casts and all models after VIN # 7,414 have a smooth engine block finish, making these early bikes with a rough “sandcast” finish very rare. 

How rare is this one? Chassis VIN # = 374 and engine = #379, only five digits apart! Why are they apart? Hondas were shipped from Japan in separate crates of engines & chassis, and then assembled in California in random fashion. Many sandcasts have frame & engine numbers that are hundreds of digits apart, so this one’s close numbers are rare indeed. If you check the Sandcast web site (www.cb750sandcastonly.com) and scan the registry, you’ll see this one listed as #18 and with its very close #s for the chassis & engine. 

What’s also special about this bike is it is a rider, not a “trailer queen.” It had 18,000 miles on it when I bought it, and I’ve put another 6,000 miles on it since, generally short trips every month in the summer to keep it mechanically sound. It runs like a “dream” (forgive the Honda pun!) and has been maintained by some of the best vintage Honda mechanics whose identity I’ll only reveal to the buyer to not drive them nuts with too many phone calls early on.

1969 Honda CB750 L Side Engine

There are plenty of additional details over at the listing, so take a gander if you’re a fan of this bike. There are four days left on the auction, with bidding up to $27,000 and the reserve not yet met. That might seem to be a princely sum, but the really rare, early CB’s do command all that and more.

1969 Honda CB750 Headlamp

For a long time, the very reliability and ubiquity of the UJM was their downfall: people treated them like the appliances they were designed to be. A vintage Triumph is going to require regular fiddling and adjustment, and will likely leak at least a bit of oil. They’re full of character, fully capable of cutting a rug and they look great doing it. But vintage European bikes ownership is more like a relationship: you’re invested, an enthusiast. Japanese bikes of the period were notable because they generally flat worked. Just add gas and tires.

But that also means that, when Honda or Kawasaki introduced their latest and greatest model, old bikes were just that: old bikes. And often left to decay, or sold on to less sympathetic owners more concerned with cheap transportation than maintaining an heirloom motorcycle. But considering what early Z1’s and Honda CB750’s are going for these days, the joke’s on them.

-tad

1969 Honda CB750 R Side

Little Nipper: 1977 Honda MT125R Race Bike for Sale

1977 Honda MT125R R Side

When you’re looking to go racing, it’s easy to lust after exotic, high-performance machinery. But most of us need to think in terms of real-world practicality and consider things like “tires” and “maintenance” and that’s where bikes like this Honda MT125R fit in. Simple and cheap, it wasn’t the fastest thing out there when new, but was designed for competition and was easy to keep running.

1977 Honda MT125R Cockpit

Built for just two years, from 1977 to 1978, the Honda MT125R was a two-stroke, production racer. Parts for this little 169 pound Frankenstein-ian Monster were largely derived from other production motorcycles in Honda’s stable, with just the frame and bodywork being unique to the MT125. The engine, notably, was from the proven and durable CR125 off-road model, making parts especially easy to come by.

1977 Honda MT125R R Tank

That little 123cc two-stroke, air-cooled single put 26bhp through a 6-speed gearbox. Interestingly, Honda did produce a liquid cooling kit that could be fitted to the bike, including a new cylinder and head, water pump, and accessories.

While 26hp is real power in such a featherweight bike, it’s all up at the top of the tach, and the bike required a brutal launch technique with screaming revs and lots of slip. First-generation bikes had a cable-operated front brake, although this one sensibly features a later hydraulic unit, here fitted with a braided line.

1977 Honda MT125R R Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1977 Honda MT125R for Sale

Nice Honda MT125R classic racer. AHRMA Formula 125 eligible. All there, good compression. I have “dry” installed a Jerry Lodge hydraulic front brake conversion (uses a early 2000 Yamaha DT125r or TTr125 caliper and master). The fairing is a bit cracked here and there but I installed it for illustration and it would protect the bike if it is shipped. You can get new from Airtech etc..

This looks more like a bike for someone interesting in vintage racing, not simply collecting, as the bike does feature some practical upgrades and is not in absolutely perfect condition. Bidding is almost ridiculously low at just $1,225, a screaming deal for all the track-day fun you’d have with this little nipper.

-tad

1977 Honda MT125R L Side

On Rails: 1976 Honda CB750 Bonneville Salt Flat Record Holder

1976 Honda CB750 Salt Flat L Side

Well, this Honda CB750 probably doesn’t fall under our usual parameters for “sport bike” but it is most definitely a “race bike” and how could we possibly exclude a machine that has successfully

Even if it doesn’t have a front brake. Or rear shocks…

1976 Honda CB750 Salt Flat Tank Detail

During the 1970’s and 1980’s the undisputed kings of the street and strip were the big four-cylinder bikes from Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Honda. Sure, Kawi’s two-stroke triples were entertainingly wild and punched well above their weight, but were hamstrung by typically peaky two-stroke powerbands, and the idle-to-redline shove of a no-replacement-for-displacement four made bikes like the CB750 the go-to choice for straight-line performance.

1976 Honda CB750 Salt Flat R Side Front

From the original eBay listing: 1976 Honda CB750 Bonneville Salt Flat Record Holder for Sale

Recently restored vintage record holder

Original built by Hollister & Cunningham

Drag raced in northern Nevada and northern Cali in the late 70’s

Restoration was done by me, mostly cosmetic. New aluminum “Excel” rims and stainless steel spokes laced to original hubs Paint on tank is original restored and re painted the tail section New cables, new chain, new tires. Restored and re painted the front fender Clean, rebuilt, and synchronized the carbs Flushed fluids from engine New fluids Hand build Mallory magneto RC Engineering 4 into 1 header No stater or rotor on left side of crank shaft After Boneville bike was drag raced in Northern Cal and Northern Nev Comes with the wheelie bar and stack of sprockets All documentation from Boneville Salt Flat records Bike starts and runs fine. Seriously fast!

1976 Honda CB750 Salt Flat Plaque

I’m not sure what a buyer would do with this machine, since it’s not a practical day-to-day machine. While the Excel rims weren’t on the bike at the time of its record run, they look great, although I always get creeped out at the thought of riding a bike with no front brakes on the street…

But with a Buy It Now price of only $6,500 I’d bet you won’t find a world record holder machine for any cheaper!

-tad

1976 Honda CB750 Salt Flat Engine1976 Honda CB750 Salt Flat Certificate