This impeccable 1989 Honda GB500 tourist trophy will make you weak to the knees


If you ask me, the GB500 Tourist Trophy is one of the finest café racers of all time, period. Honda’s stunner is inspired by the machines participating in the Isle of Man TT gnarled race, and those lucky enough to ride it seem to genuinely appreciate its nimble handling.

In the following paragraphs, we’ll be looking at a 1989 model with around 14,400 miles (23,200 km) on the odometer, with overhauled brakes, SuperTrapp plumbing, and Continental tires with 2018 date codes. The Keihin carburetor on the bike has been refurbished under current ownership, while its spark plug, air filter and battery have been replaced with modern equipment.

In addition, you will also find a new fuel cock, new side cover gaskets and an aftermarket rear sprocket, all of which have been installed within the last couple of years. This immaculate GB500 is currently up for grabs on Bring A Trailer, where it will be listed without reservation until December 15th.

At the time of this article, the highest bid is placed at a generous 7,500 bones, and we’re inclined to think it could exceed eight thousand before the auction deadline is reached. If you don’t know the main features of the Tourist Trophy, we’ll take a minute to get you up to speed.

The ’89 MY GB500 features a 498cc four-stroke single cylinder mated to a wet multi-plate clutch and five-speed transmission. Delivering up to 38 hp and 26 lb-ft (35 Nm) of torque, the air-cooled engine allows Honda’s Demon to reach a top speed of 103 mph (166 km / h).

Suspension functions are well taken care of by telescopic forks on the north and dual shocks on the other end. The front wheel sports a single brake disc and a double-piston caliper, while the rear arch is stopped by a traditional drum module. Finally, the whole test weighs 359 pounds (163 kg) dry.

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