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Hello all,

This weekend I’m venturing out to a nearby city to look at a 1992 blade for sale. It’s price is 400,000 Japanese yen and has 28,000 kilometers on the clock. Quick question: are there any known issues with that model? Especially it being the first year of production. Is there anything in particular I should look out for when I go look at it?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Nice bike , strong price but for a 92 and decent mileage not bad, would you be exporting it back to your own country?
 

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They’re tough mechanically, make sure it stops starts and runs. Biggest headache is the bodywork, the decals are almost impossible to find as Honda no longer stock them, so scratched, damaged and cracked panels can be very expensive to repair.

Also check for originality. unmodified, standard bikes are the most desirable. From the photos, that looks spot on, I’d buy it!

Good luck, let us know how it goes.
 

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Nice bike , strong price but for a 92 and decent mileage not bad, would you be exporting it back to your own country?
Yes, that’s the plan. I’ll be in Japan for about three more years. After that, I’ll bring it back to the U.S. with me.
 

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Not a lot of "flaws" in the old girls. Honda made some ergonomic and/or convenience changes through the SC28's time, but everything was pretty much the same from 92-95.

Hard ridden bikes (aka wheelies) will lose second gear, and over time the regulator rectifier will burn out, sometimes for no reason, and sometimes because the stator hammers it with too much power. Both easily repairable, and not catastrophic. A well maintained engine (regular oil and filter changes) will last forever, and can go well beyond the 16k service inspection limit on the valve shim adjustments.

The carbs may need some work depending on the amount of operation it has seen recently, but they're easily worked on too. The electrical system is quite tame, as there are no overly complicated systems as on modern bikes, and Honda never had a problem with them.

Suspension is decent, but the fork oil may need refreshing. Check the obvious stuff, and let us know if you pull the trigger. GOOD LUCK!!
 

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I would be trying to check as much history as possible and verify previous ownership. Mileage is reasonable, and that supports that a careful owner would have all service receipts and docs. I'd be alarmed if none were available, and that would make me look deeper straight away. There have been many horrors redressed with Chinese fairing and a replace speedo/odometer put in place.
 

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just ride it.
the seat of the pants is the only way to know
all the best,
Mace
wait. wut. thats a 93
 

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I think he's asking about known mechanical and electrical faults. Like notoriously bad cams or something.
Far as I know, the Honda engines in these things are solid. The v-twin sport bikes suffer from some issues but the 4s are tanks.
 

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Good point Skant.
This was my ride of choice back in the day and I wouldn't mind having one now.
None the 900rr's I had ever had any real problems. The water pump is destined to fail around 30k and begins to seep from the weep hole.
The Carbs are a little touchy and must be very clean for a smooth idle/powerband
The little triangle is a weak spot in the frame and will snap right there if you 12 it too hard
But yeah like you said its a tank
did the OP buy this beauty or what
 

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nigelrb, for those of us who aren't english, what does "a tad dear" mean? also, do you ever sell a bike or just keep buying more? that's quite a list.
 

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nigelrb, for those of us who aren't english, what does "a tad dear" mean? also, do you ever sell a bike or just keep buying more? that's quite a list.
Sorry guys. It's probably an older expression that's lost its way in the modern world, just as I have.:frown

'Tad' means small or 'a bit', and I used 'dear' as a version of expensive. So the bike is a bit expensive compared to others available in UK currency.

Yes, I have sold a few while 'fine-tuning' my collection. The funniest story is how I arrived at the 954. In October of last year I bought a Honda VTR V-twin (pic below). I was so rapt in the bike that I wanted to go one better and get the SP1 or 2 version, known as RTV in USA. I sold it for reasonable money via eBay and started waiting for the right SP. In the meantime, a member on another forum posted a For Sale of his aprilia RSV1000R Factory (pic 2). They are much cheaper and equally or better equipped than the Honda. I snapped it up.

I was more than pleased with the aprilia. The V-twins are a very different bike to ride and to listen to:wink. I had no reason nor intention to sell UNTIL I fell upon the 'Bumblebee' 954 on eBay. One owner with 6,700 miles. Sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!! Got £4500 for the aprilia and paid £4300 for the 954, which to me represented a good deal both financially and emotionally.

I have held my Honda interest since my CB175 in 1970. I'm trying to hold steady at the moment because Honda has secretly announced (I have a good source) that there'll be a totally new Fireblade in the 2020 range. I want one, whatever it is:devil . That will see my 'daily ride' the 2011 Blade go to make space.
 

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