In 1983, Freddie Spencer became the world’s youngest 500cc World Champion, and he did it on a Honda V3. Honda responded by releasing a 250cc production bike to commemorate the win, but it took them until 1985 to build something closer to the actual size of Freddie’s champion. That was the NS400R, and even though it gave up 100cc and plenty of power to the race bike, Honda called it a “race replica”.
The two-stroke V-3 displaced 387cc and it was good for 72 horsepower and 37 pound feet of torque, both at nearly 10,000 rpm. Oh – and the whole thing weighed less than 360 pounds. For more information on the NS400R, check out this article from Classic-Motorbikes.net. Depending on who you talked to, the NS400R wasn’t as fast or aggressive as the 500cc race reps from Yamaha and Suzuki – but the tradeoff was that this was a confident handling bike. A review rehosted on Motorcycle Specs says “the NS is exciting and pretty near faultless.”
This example is VIN: NC192000303. The seller imported it from Great Britain approximately ten years ago.
During his ownership he’s taken it “on a couple of 2-stroke demonstration rides, maybe 500 miles of riding.” The odometer shows 22,070 miles.
He notes that it has been repainted and the carbs have been ultrasonically cleaned.
Carbon fiber exhaust cans. The stock cans are available but they will have to be shipped from Bend, Oregon.
Cosmetic Blemishes: please check the album up top for images of all known cosmetic blemishes. Here are some of the most obvious ones:
It is missing the “Honda” text above the headlight.
Inside of the tank:
The tires have aged out and should be replaced if the next owner wants to ride this bike.
The sale includes one key.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Honda is offered on a clean Oregon title.
Have any NS400R stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments!
Santa Monica, California
Continental US: Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for $750 (this went up on 5/12 due to increases in gas costs) in the Continental US, and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.
spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.