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 (VIN: JH2NC1905GM000107) was manufactured in September of 1985.
The odometer shows 7,223 kilometers (4,488 miles).
There are a few minor cosmetic blemishes commensurate with age – photos of all known issues are included in the album up top. Overall, it presents very well for a 30+ year old machine.
This is part of the estate sale that you’ve probably seen us mention on Instagram. When it came to us, we gave it a $1,000+ service which included a carb rebuild, front brake master cylinder rebuild, new grips, new battery, and a detail.
Currently located at our Santa Monica location (please call ahead to make an appointment to view it), this NS400R is offered on a Bill of Sale only. After a bit of slumber, it’s ready to ride again!
Bill of Sale Only
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.