Quick reference to the different NSR models

Not sure which model of NSR do you have ? Just bought a NSR and have no idea ? Well take a look at all of the models and years ever made. These are based on the Japanese years of production, so they may differ in your country due to different registration laws. For example a MC16 is a 1987 model even though it went on sale in late 1986. But some people outside Japan have registered their GREY MARKET bikes as earlier or even later year models. I have seen 1985 MC28 Models, 1997 MC16 models and 2002 MC21 models, so please use the pictures below to confirm which model is yours. Cheers !!

Model
Year
Color
Comment

MC16

(NSR250R G)

1987
1987 NSR 250 R MC16 - 62K Click for biggy
The very first NSR 250R street model, went on sale in Japan October 1st, 1986 as a 1987 model. Fighting Red and White colors. Air valve front suspension and three spoke wheels.

MC16

(NSR250R G)

1987
1987 NSR 250R - 62K Click for more
Terra Colors in Blue and White went on sale in March of 1987 in Japan. Air valve front suspension and three spoke wheels.
Model
Year
Color
Comment

MC18

(NSR250R 2J)

1988
1988 NSR 250 R - 73K Click for full size image
All new PGM II, this is the first version of the MC 18. It went on sale in Japan January 19th, 1988. Fighting Red and White colors.

MC18

(NSR250R 2J)

1988
1988 NSR 250 R - 62K Click for full size image
All new PGM II, this is the first version of the MC 18. It went on sale in Japan January 19th, 1988. Terra Blue and White.

MC18

(NSR250R 4J)

1988
only
1988 NSR 250 SP - 78K Click for more
The very first NSR250R SP ever. Magtek wheels, non-dry clutch, and standard suspension ( non adjustable rear and front preload only )went on sale March 15, 1988 in Japan. Rothmans colors.
Model
Year
Color
Comment

MC18

(NSR250R 5K)

1989
1989 NSR 250R - 82K Fighting red colors The second version of the MC18 PGM II. Also known as the R5K model. It went on sale February 10, 1989 in Japan. Fighting Red and White.

MC18

(NSR250R 5K)

1989
1989 NSR 250R - 79K Terra Blue Colors
The second version of the MC18 PGM II. Also known as the R5K model. It went on sale February 10, 1989 in Japan. Terra Blue and White.

MC18

(NSR250R 5K)

1989
1989 NSR 250R - 85K Seed Colors
The second version of the MC18 PGM II. Also known as the R5K model. It went on sale February 10, 1989 in Japan. Black and gun metal grey or also known as the SEED Colors in Japan.

MC18

(NSR250R 6K)

1989
only
1989 NSR250R SP - Terra Colors 105K for full size
The second SP model was sold in the Terra Racing colors of silver and white with green accents. Magtek wheels, fully adjustable front and rear suspension and newly introduced dry clutch for the SP model only.
Model
Year
Color
Comment
MC21
1990-
1991
1990 NSR 250 R - 61K Click for larger image
All new NSR 250R goes on sale in Japan from February 13, 1990. Known as the Gull Arm NSR or MC21. PGM III technology. Front forks adjustable for preload only. Rear non-adjustable.
MC21
1990-
1991
1990 NSR 250 R - 68K
All new NSR 250R goes on sale in Japan from February 13, 1990. Known as the Gull Arm NSR or MC21. PGM III technology. Front forks adjustable for preload only. Rear non-adjustable.
MC21
1990-
1991
1990 NSR 250 R - 65K Click for larger image
All new NSR 250R goes on sale in Japan from February 13, 1990. Known as the Gull Arm NSR or MC21. PGM III technology. Front forks adjustable for preload only. Rear non-adjustable.
MC21
1990
only
1990 NSR 250 SP - 68K click it
SP ( Sport Production ) model in Cabin Racing colors, Magtek wheels, dry clutch, fully adjustable suspension front and rear with a limited production run of 2,500 units.
MC21
1991
1991 NSR 250 R - 67K for full size image
New color introduced for standard model, Front forks adjustable for preload only. Rear non-adjustable. Black and gun metal grey.
MC21
1991
1991 NSR 250 SE - 71K click for full image
The first SE model ever to go on sale. Fully adjustable front and rear suspension. Dry clutch. Standard aluminum wheels, NOT magtek.
MC21
1991
only
1991 NSR 250 SP - 69K click for larger image
SP ( Sport Production ) model in Pentax Racing colors, Magtek wheels, dry clutch, fully adjustable suspension front and rear with a limited production run of 1,500 units.
MC21
1992-
1993
1992 NSR 250 R - 66K Click for more
New colors for the standard R model. Front forks adjustable for preload only. Rear non-adjustable shock. Ross White and Real Blue.
MC21
1992-
1993
1992 NSR 250 SE - 64K to see more
New colors for the SE model line. Fully adjustable suspension front and rear. Dry clutch and standard wheels. Fighting red and white.
MC21
1992-
1993
1992 - 1993 NSR 250R SE - 71K
New colors for the SE model line. Fully adjustable suspension front and rear. Dry clutch and standard wheels. Black and Fighting Red colors.
MC21
1992
only
1992 NSR 250 SP - 66K Click for full image
SP ( Sport Production ) model in Rothmans Racing colors, Magtek wheels, dry clutch, fully adjustable suspension front and rear with a limited production run of 1,500 units.
MC21
1993
only
1993 NSR 250 SP Flash Colors - 79K for full size
SP ( Sport Production ) model. Magtek wheels, dry clutch, fully adjustable suspension front and rear with a limited production run of 900 units. Flash colors. Commemorative edition.
Model
Year
Color
Comment
MC28
1994-
1995
1994 NSR 250 R - 57K for more
MC28 models go on sale from November 11, 1993 as a 1994 model. R type with Front forks adjustable for preload only. Rear non- adjustable, no dry clutch and standard wheels.
MC28
1994-
1995
1994 NSR 250 SE - 54K Click for image
SE model with the fully adjustable front and rear suspension, dry clutch and choice of colors.
MC28
1994-
1995
1994 NSR 250 SE - 58K for full image

SE model with the fully adjustable front and rear suspension, dry clutch and choice of colors.

MC28
1994 only
1994 NSR 250 SP - 78 K click for it SP model with fully adjustable front and rear suspension, dry clutch, Magtek wheels, limited production run of 1,500 units and the final year for Rothmans colors.
MC28
1995 only
1995 NSR 250 SP - 59K click it !! SP model with fully adjustable front and rear suspension, dry clutch, Magtek wheels, limited production run of 1,500 units. HRC tri-colors.
MC28
1996-1999
1996 NSR 250 SE - 64K click for larger image
SE model NSR, fully adjustable front and rear suspension, dry clutch and standard aluminum wheels. SE lineup becomes the standard model from 1996 and up.
MC28
1996-1999
1996 NSR 250 SE - 63K Click for more SE model NSR, fully adjustable front and rear suspension, dry clutch and standard aluminum wheels. SE lineup becomes the standard model from 1996 and up.
MC28
1996 only
1996 NSR 250 SP - 70K click for larger image
The last SP model ever, fully adjustable front and rear suspension, dry clutch, Magtek wheels, limited production run of 1,000 units. Repsol colors.

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