1990 Honda NSR 250 model MC 18
This a Japanese domestic market sport bike that was born and bred to appeal to a number of enthusiasts who were looking for more performance without a large capacity engine. The Japanese licensing laws made it difficult to obtain a license to ride a litre bike, so the manufacturers simply made small bikes with a ton of power. The NSR was one of many of these bikes, they looked like street legal Grand Pix racers, and performed nearly as well. Bikes like the NSR were never sold in North America, they were imported as used bikes via specialists who bought up older bikes and shipped them to Canada. Hardcore enthusiasts snapped them up for their exotic styling and unobtainium trickness.
This NSR is virtually original, it has stock body work, paint and graphics, the previous owners purchased a number of parts and was planning a complete overhaul but alas, time ran out.
The bike seen here belonged to Bob Moffit, who lived in Guelph. Bob recently passed and the NSR came up for sale along with another rare Honda, a VRF 400, which was in Bob’s estate sale. Bob had a long history as a road racer and passionate enthusiast as explained by his good friend and race bike tuner Tim Chelly.
“Bob loved motorcycles and racing, the started early on in the RACE series in Shannonville, his first race bike was a Kawasaki KZ650 on which he won an Open Production championship. Bob and I went to all the races on both sides of the border, Mid Ohio was our favourite, ultimately Bob graduated to two stoke Grand Prix bikes; first on a Honda MT 125 then he bought a Yamaha TZ 250 F from pro racer Alan Labrosse. We did a lot of races on that bike over a 6- season period. Bob retired from working about 10 years ago and started riding these little sport bikes on the road. He was the consummate road race fan, he loved Moto GP and followed every race.”
Chelly continued, “Bob was meticulous in everything he did, he collected a ton of race memorabilia and many very nice parts for his bikes. We recently did a tour of Georgian Bay memorial ride just 3 of us, Mark Jeffery, Richard Moccia and myself, I think Bob would have liked the ride and he would have been happy knowing his friends went for a good ride in his memory".