think you have what it takes to make it as a Bike of the Month? If so,
please contact me with some pictures and info so we can show off your
NSR to the entire world to see.
2011/January 2012 Bike of the Month belongs to Henry from Italy.
came across this NS400R for sale locally in his town while searching for
a 2 stroke replica racer. He originally was looking for a NSR250 but found
this bike instead and it was in very good condition but did need some
is the first time I have ever featured a NS bike on my site but this bike
is just as worthy as a NSR if not even more. The NSR bikes history and
roots came from these amazing 2 stroke machines from the early to middle
is a big two stroke fan and always wanted one but had troubles finding
a nice clean model. Most of the bikes he came across were not running
and had been crashed or were in need of major repair.
by chance he discovered this beautiful and original NS400R in Rothmans
Racing colors and could not believe it. He bought the bike and brought
it home. The bike ran well and was rideable but in need of some TLC to
get it the way he wanted his new bike to be.
the bodywork was is good shape with no damage and the original paint was
still quite good. The bike was pulled apart and all the old and broken
parts were removed and a list made of what was to be repaired, replaced
preferred the classic NS look and wanted to keep it as original looking
as possible but with a twist. He wanted to have more modern brakes, wheels
and suspension and improve performance as much as possible without building
a bike that would look too modified or modern for its time and retain
that cool and classic NS400R look.
he got in touch with some friends who run a racing shop and helped him
out with the suspension upgrades you see here. The front end was replaced
from a late model Honda CBR600 complete with the larger discs, fender
and mono-bloc radial calipers. The front wheel comes from a VTR1000. The
rear suspension comes from a MC28 NSR 250 with its beautiful pro-arm design
and the Magtek wheel custom mounted to the NS400R frameset and controlled
by an Ohlins shock for incredible performance.
are improved even more with sport pads, steel braided lines and a radial
master cylinder. Any bolt that required replacement was either replaced
with alloy or titanium bolts. The battery replaced with a lightweight
lithium battery to help shed 10KG of weight from this bike which is mass
rotational weight coming from the suspension, wheels and brakes to drastically
got a new set of pistons and rings, carbs rebuilt, new chain and sprockets,
custom rear sets, new Metzeler Sportec M5 tires. Many parts cleaned up
and restored on this bike which took over one year of work and Henry is
very pleased and happy with his fresh new NS400R that gets much attention.
Rumor has it he may have a NSR250 soon too. Stay tuned for more about
every month I try to feature a different NSR in this section. Recently
it has become a bimonthly feature due to time restrictions and a lack
of material. Above you can check out the featured Bike of the Month and
past Bikes of the Month. Do you think your NSR belongs here ? Then send
a few pictures and some information and maybe we can feature it here.
Mail me here. Cheers !!