Post Listing Update: This buzz-saw of a Honda did not meet reserve despite 26 bids up to $6,650.
The MC22 generation of the CBR was sold between 1990 and 1996. It originally was only sold in Japan and produced 45 horsepower. In 1994, Japanese laws changed and Honda detuned the motor down to 40 ponies. Also known as the Babyblade, the pre ’94 bikes were notable for redlining at a stonking 19,000 rpm.
The small inline four-cylinder, four-stroke motor was paired with a 6 speed transmission, and top speed was approximately 115 miles per hour. It weighs just 315 pounds, so it’s lighter and more powerful than the new Honda CBR300R. These were never legally imported to the United States, though after 1996 Honda had a whole bunch of leftover bikes that they sold in Australia.
This example (VIN: MC221004421) has 3,800 miles and is said to have been legally imported and registered in the US. The seller says he’s aware of about 8 examples of this model in America, and most are in private collections. The bike recently received rebuilt forks and replaced fork tubes, plus a fluid flush, new tires, new battery, new chain, and a carb cleaning.
Find this MC22 for sale in Seattle, Washington with bidding up to $4,550 and the reserve not yet met