On the coattails of the VFR400R, Honda updated the long-lived welterweight and extended the success 1994-1996. Feigning to be an RC45, the fox-eyed NC35 had the tasty build quality to live up to its MSRP. This one has Cali title and looks great for its 20,000 miles.
Honda's 399cc V-4 is the basis for the RVF400, familiar though the cam timing has changed and it is mounted differently in the twin spar aluminum frame. Ducts now bring fresh air from the front of the fairing to the airbox. Forks are 41mm Showa, but now inverted for lower unsprung weight. Styling is of course updated to echo the RC45, with graphics to match. Wheels are the same 17-inch for the RVF, easing tire choices in the long run.
SoCal friend of RSBFS Glenn has gone over this NC35 from A to Z, and as the model was never offered in the U.S., they are rare and more so with California documents. A nice cosmetic freshening up was done, as well as renewing any expendables for the next owner. From the eBay auction:
Of all the classic 1990 Honda's the RVF400 is one the best, and like the NSR250 the prices seem to be going up every year...finding a CA titled one, that also becomes harder each year. This bike is registered as a 1995 Honda with a 17 digit vin, currently non op with DMV, no back fees. You can register this bike in any state.
This is a very nice nearly stock and very original unmolested NC35. Far nicer than most of the NC35's left in Japan that suffer from lots of neglect over the years. This bike has been in the states for a number of years.
All OEM original Honda bodywork that has been recently re-painted in stock original colors.
Freshly painted wheels front and back.
All stock except for the slip on exhaust and braided front lines.
In the last few months the bike has had the following:
Complete service front to back
Front forks refreshed with new seals and fluid
New NGK Plugs
New Honda 10w-40 semi-synthetic fluid and filter
New Synthetic DOT4 brake fluid and flush front and back
Brand New Michelin Pilot Powers ( nearly no miles on these!)
Deep detail and cleaning on every part of the bike and complete going over.
Bike has seen less than 25 miles from all this work. It is turn key and ready to go. Bike runs great and everything works as it should.
Very nice as seen in the photos. Hairline crack on the right upper mid panel, hard to see. Some fogging on right side headlight lens, very small ding in tank (will try to add photos of this) some light corrosion on frame, and some scratches in a few spots on the frame spars.
Even allowing for the cramped quarters, the RVF400 delivers fun at a low per-mile price, especially when insurance is factored in. The light weight, balance and nice equipment make the RVF arguably the ultimate 400cc V-4 ( well, four stroke at least ). This owner has assigned a boundary-stretching Buy-It-Now but the recent work might be worth it. Or if you're almost there, the Make Offer button is available...