Thursday, July 12, 2007

Gary McCoy's 1998 Honda NSR500 up for sale!

A two-stroke, 500cc GP racer for your garage...?

There's a bit of two-stroke racebike history up for sale on Ebay right now. Anyone who's ever seen a 500cc grand prix racer in action will probably want one and if you're rich enough, you can now park Gary McCoy's 1998 HRC Honda NSR500 in your very own garage. That's right, you can buy a 170 horsepower, 300km/h, 500cc GP racer!

According to the advertisement on Ebay, the NSR500 is in perfect running condition and the engine was rebuilt before the bike retired from racing (presumably at the end of the 1998 racing season.) It doesn't have a V4 engine though – the bike is one of the 33 units developed by HRC, which had twin-cylinder, two-stroke 500cc engines.

The bike comes with various HRC bits, including a single-sided swingarm, carbonfibre fuel tank, Showa forks with titanium-nitride coated tubes and lots of other stuff. There's also a 'certificate of authenticity' from Shell Advance Honda. The current bid is US$50,000 and asking price is US$120,000. More details on Ebay here. And a brief history (with hi-res pics) of the Honda NSR500 here.

Also see:
1987 500cc world champ, Wayne Gardner talks to Faster and Faster
An interview with five-time 500cc world champ, Mick Doohan
MotoGP bikes: Three decades of evolution
From Italy: The Honda Hornet Cup racer
The unimitable No.34: Kevin Schwantz!
Down memory lane: The mighty Yamaha YZR500

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