No Reserve – 1986 Honda NSR250R MC16

SOLD FOR: $4,602

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on January 12, 2024

Winner: o*****y

Winning Bid: $4,301
Buyer Fee: $301
Total: $4,602

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Click here for an VINData Motorcycle History Report on this 1986 Honda NSR250R. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

In the mid-to-late 1980s, the small-displacement race replica market in Japan was booming. Legions of bright-eyed young riders were lining up to fork over their hard-earned yen for competition-derived road-legal runners like Yamaha’s TZR250, Kawasaki’s KR-1, and Suzuki’s RGV250. Manufacturers on the island were battling it out on the race track and in showrooms in an ongoing arms race to produce the most trick race bike for the streets. In 1985, Honda launched the NS250R MC11, laying the foundation for its line of quarter-liter oil-burners that followed.

The NS featured a box-section aluminum frame and swingarm, disc brakes, full GP-style bodywork inspired by Honda’s RS250R factory race bike, Honda’s Astralight rims, and a liquid-cooled, 249cc, 90-degree V-Twin engine, two-stroke engine that made 45 hp (at 9,500 rpm) and utilized the ATAC (automatically-controlled torque amplification chamber) power-valve system.

This example is VIN: MC161011853. It came to Iconic as an import.

The odometer shows 8,906 kilometers (5,533 miles).

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us clean, service, and sync the carbs, replace the water pump seal, replace the fork seals, and replace the transmission oil.

Our service department notes the following in their condition report:

Gas Tank Internal: Ok
Tire Year Front: 3119 / Rear: 3419
Tire Life Front: 40% / Rear: 50%
Tire Pressure Front: 32PSI / Rear: 32PSI
Brake Life Front: 60% / Rear: 60%
Hydraulic Brake Fluid Front: Ok Rear: Ok
Gear Box Oil: New
Coolant Quality: Ok Level: Ok
Suspension Leaks: None
Drive Chain Condition: Ok
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Turn: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Kill: Ok
Horn: Ok
Battery: 12.42V
Test Ride: 2KM
Forks have very little dampening – Damper rod not fully sealing on inner diameter, will need replacement forks.

17″ rear wheel.

Braided stainless steel brake lines.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Dunlop Sportmax tires with date codes of 3119 and 3419.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California, (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Honda is offered on a clean Tennessee title. Please note that as an import, this bike lacks certain compliance and emissions stickers that the state of California would require to transfer a title. Have any NSR250R stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Total Bids Placed: 15

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: o*****y

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
o*****y January 12, 2024 12:01 pm PST $4,301
t**************r January 12, 2024 12:01 pm PST $4,201 Auto
t**************r January 12, 2024 11:59 am PST $4,100 Auto
o*****y January 12, 2024 11:59 am PST $4,000
t**************r January 12, 2024 11:58 am PST $3,700 Auto
o*****y January 12, 2024 11:58 am PST $3,600
t**************r January 12, 2024 11:58 am PST $3,500 Auto
j*******t January 12, 2024 11:58 am PST $3,400
t**************r January 12, 2024 11:56 am PST $3,100 Auto
o*****y January 12, 2024 11:56 am PST $3,000
t**************r January 6, 2024 9:20 am PST $2,600 Auto
b********9 January 6, 2024 9:20 am PST $2,500
t**************r January 6, 2024 9:19 am PST $1,600 Auto
b********9 January 6, 2024 9:19 am PST $1,500
t**************r January 5, 2024 4:44 pm PST $1 Reserve
Auction started January 5, 2024 4:25 pm PST
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