Post Sale Update: this CR80R sold for $2,235 after 19 bids on eBay in Powell, Ohio.
Honda introduced the CR80R Elsinore in 1980, and it truly looked like a half size 250. The engine was up to snuff, though handling left quite a bit to be desired. So two years later, they added the Pro-Link monoshock, new 31mm air forks, and some updated styling.
That didn’t seem to be enough either. As PulpMX put in their “Classic Steel” profile of the CR80R, “one year the CR80 was fast and handled poorly; the next it handled well, but was too slow…on the track, it was pretty to look at, but no match for Kawasaki’s omnipotent KX80.”
I suspect, that the above won’t matter to the next owner of this example (VIN: JH2HE020XCK200577), though the seller says that it’s ready to ride or race…or “just enjoy it to look at.” The fenders are from DC and the graphics are reproduction units.
The sole major issue is that the shifter lever has been welded to the shifter shaft, though a replacement shaft is included. Per the seller, the “previous owner’s son was racing it 4 hours from home when the shifter started slipping, and the weld was the only fix, so I give them a pass on that one.”
Find this CR for sale in Powell, Ohio with bidding up to $1,875 here on eBay.