Click here for an VINData Motorcycle History Report on this 1984 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. 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.
Come 1994, the Japanese firm updated the NSR with an all new model dubbed the MC28. The result was arguably the ultimate 250cc street bike in Japan thanks in no small part to the PGM-IV ignition and Pro-Arm single sided swingarm. Also notable was the memory card used to start the bike.
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us change the oil and replace the battery, the chain, the spark plugs, the grips, and the brake switch. We also flushed and filled the brake fluid, washed the calipers, gave the bike a detail, and installed new Bridgestone Battlax tires with date codes of 3822 and 3822.
Our service department notes the following in their condition report:
Gas Tank Internal: Ok
Tire Year Front: 3822 / Rear: 3822
Tire Life Front: 100% / Rear: 100%
Tire Press Front: 32PSI / Rear: 32 PSI
Brake Life Front: 40% / Rear : 80%
Hydraulic Brake Fluid Front and Rear: New
Oil Quality: New Level: Good
Coolant Quality Ok Level: Ok
Suspension Leaks: No
Drive Chain Condition: Ok
Low Beam: OK
High Beam: Ok
Tail Light: OK
Plate Light: Ok
• Keys dont work for storage lock
• Test Ride ok, 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 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 SE stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!