1987 Honda NSR250R MC16

SOLD FOR: $5,243

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on June 7, 2024

Winner: j*******t

Winning Bid: $4,900
Buyer Fee: $343
Total: $5,243

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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 9,500rpm) and utilized the ATAC (automatically-controlled torque amplification chamber) power-valve system.

Come 1986, Honda released the NSR 250R, internally dubbed the MC16. At the time of its debut, the bike proved an immediate success, outselling Yamaha in the two-stroke market for the first time.

This example is VIN: MC161008210. It came to Iconic as an import from Japan; prior history is not known.

The odometer shows 13,032 kilometers (8,097 miles).

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the battery, the spark plugs, the air filter, and the taillight bulbs; change the transmission, the coolant, and the brake fluid; clean the ignition switch; and service the carbs and chain. Our service department notes the following in their condition report:

Gas Tank Condition: Ok
Tire Years – Front: 4203; Rear: Pre-2000, Old + Cracked
Tire % – Front: 60%; Rear: 0%, Cracked sidewalls
Tire Pressure – Front/ Rear:32/36
Brake % – Front: 30%; Rear: 40%
Hydraulic Fluid – Front: New; Rear: New
Transmission Oil – Level: Ok; Quality: New
2T Injector Oil: Ok, 4/5 Full
Coolant – Level: Ok; Quality: New
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Passing Light: Ok
Parking Light: Ok
Turn Signals: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Killswitch: Ok
Horn: Ok
Fork: Ok
Shock/s: Ok
Final Drive: Ok, Just cleaned
OCV: 12.90
Charging: 13.92
Test Ride: 1.304 Miles, unit operates as designed
Tires Installed: Front: 100/80-17 52H; Rear: 130/70-18 63H

-Tires aged out – Identical size tires available from RZ
-Carb rubbers to airbox aged (UNAVAILABLE #17253-KV3-000)

-Carb Rubbers


Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Bridgestone Battlax BT30 tires that have aged out.

The sale includes one key.

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 Washington 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: 11

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: j*******t

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
j*******t June 7, 2024 11:00 am PDT $4,900 Auto
t**************r June 7, 2024 11:00 am PDT $4,800
j*******t June 7, 2024 10:59 am PDT $4,650
t**************r June 7, 2024 10:59 am PDT $4,550 Auto
t**************r June 3, 2024 7:35 pm PDT $4,200 Reserve
t**************r June 3, 2024 7:35 pm PDT $3,999 Auto
t**************r June 1, 2024 7:06 am PDT $3,100
j*******t June 1, 2024 7:06 am PDT $3,000 Auto
j*******t May 31, 2024 11:28 pm PDT $2,600 Auto
k********1 May 31, 2024 11:28 pm PDT $2,500
j*******t May 31, 2024 6:00 pm PDT $1
Auction started May 31, 2024 1:00 pm PDT
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