Please note: This is a 1992 model that has been titled as a 1990. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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. Constant competition led to quick improvements in the model line, leading to the MC21 generation that was unveiled in 1990. Timing of the RC Valves were now controlled by a PGM-III ECU, it featured the iconic Gull-Arm swingarm, close-ratio gearbox, and smaller wheel diameters (18″ to 17″).
In 1991, Honda split the base and SP models of the NSR250R with the introduction of the SE (Super Edition) model. They had all of the SP goodies (dry clutch, adjustable suspension, special livery) except for the magnesium wheels.
In preparation for the listing, the shop replaced the battery, the spark plugs, the air filter, the speedometer cable, the turn signals, chrome fork, and the triple clamp. We also cleaned and synced the carbs, flushed the cooling system, changed the oil, serviced the chain, replaced the chain slider, and serviced the brakes with new hydraulic fluid. Finally, we installed new Bridgestone Battlax RS10 tires with date codes of 2122 and 3822.
Olly did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Fuel Tank Internal: Ok
Tire Years – Front:3822; Rear: 2122
Tire Life – Front/Rear: 100%
Tire Pressure – Front/Rear: 30PSI
Brake Life – Front: 90%; Rear: 95%
Hydraulic Fluid – Front/Rear: New
Drive Chain Condition: Ok, Cleaned
Transmission Oil – Level: Ok; Quality: New
Coolant – Level; Ok; Quality: New
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Turn Signals: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Test Ride – 18 Km test ride, unit operates as designed
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. 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 NSR250 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!