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Old 07-21-2005, 05:51 PM   #1
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This should cheer you up, RC, also so that those youngins can see what we were riding (or in my case fantasising about riding) back in the day...

Many of these bikes are Jap-market only, and weren't officially sold elsewhere, hence the term 'grey (market) bikes...

In chronological order:

NS250R/NSR250















NS400R



VFR400 NC21, NC23, NC30


















CBR250





CBR400











If this post is too big (too many images) then let me know - I'll probably end up splitting it again once I get more pics uploaded...
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Old 07-21-2005, 11:50 PM   #2
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Where can you purchase one of these?
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Old 07-22-2005, 12:38 AM   #3
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You can't really. Try some of the knackered used ones in the US - expect people to want $6,000 to $8,000 for the 400's and about $4,000 to $6,000 for the 250's.

Yes - those people are nuts.

The sad part is, youcan get them for $1200 in the far east. We just cann't import them to the US. The rules suck. As soon as they change I am gonna get 1 of each
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Old 07-22-2005, 08:41 AM   #4
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Maybe its possible...

If you have a pal 'up north' it might be worth looking into to first of all export the bike from Japan to Canada, then from Canada to the US. It might not be that simple, but a lot of early grey import cars and bikes always used to come to the UK mainland via Ireland... I think something in the import laws must have changed as they seem to come direct to the UK nowadays.

These bikes are easy to find in the UK, and go for anywhere between next to nothing for the earlier stuff (any first pic under a heading above) and up to about $5000 for the best examples of the later stuff, the RVF400 NC35 being an example. I myself had an FZR250R for a while:

DOHC-4 249cc 45hp/ 14500rpm, 141 kg



RC, why can't you just bring these things back from a holiday, for example, pay the import taxes and get a state inspection? In TX there's no emissions checks for bikes so that's not a problem...
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Old 07-22-2005, 10:58 AM   #5
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Sadly this category of vehicle is specifically listed and known. I tried to import a container load in 1998 - and ran into the complex import laws around non-US street legal motorcycles.

The legislation is quite complicated. The major limitation is no complete 13 character VIN number. I will dig up my correspondance and paperwork. Who knows, maybe laws have changed now.
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Old 07-24-2005, 03:48 AM   #6
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I love the styling of those bikes so much better than modern day sportbikes.
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Old 07-24-2005, 06:35 AM   #7
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man.. i would seriously consider one of these... i think it would make a great newbie sports bike..

TransAm, that's a sweet yamaha 250.. i was also lookin at '88 fzr 600's.. found a couple on ebay in decent condition with around 15k miles on on the clock for about $1,000..

think it would really be possible importing it from canada?
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Old 07-25-2005, 05:13 PM   #8
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^ who knows if import from Canada is possible, I'd sooner settle for the FZR600 at a quarter of the price.

BTW, there is an FZR400, a Bandit 400 and a NC30 VFR400 on cycletrader/ebay for sale right now...

There are out there, you just have to look very hard for them
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Wow, this is an old post, but it's nice. I'm still shopping for some similar honda bikes from the same era.
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:30 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by CarlZ View Post
Wow, this is an old post, but it's nice. I'm still shopping for some similar honda bikes from the same era.
It's nice to see some action, but I just have to delete his posts as there isn't any real content to them :-\

Good luck, and post some pictures, Carl
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Well I've set my eyes on a little bit weaker bike, nsr125. Seems like a nice bike for an amateur and it meets the EU requirements for power (damn restrictions for beginners). But first I've got to get the money, could be a few months. And if it takes more than that then I'm probably going to buy it during winter since it's a lot cheaper then. Or I could just buy it after a year or so when I'll move to some other country (probably). Yeah, planning ahead is hard at this stage of my life... But hell, i'll get one of those some day, mark my words, and then you'll get your pictures.
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