As profiled in the 1984 edition of Cycle World's occasional "Forbidden Fruit" column, the RVF400R / NC35 was a world-beating junior but accompanied the legendary RVF750R / RC45 only to the home market. RSBFS sponsor Speedwerks has given this example a new lease on life. The 399cc V-4 has been comprehensively freshened with new fluids and filters, seals and tires, chain and titanium exhaust. With Ohio title, it's ready for a new rider.
The NC35 had several nice updates to the earlier VFR400R, mechanical in the 41mm upside-down forks, Pro-Arm rear monoshock, 17" wheels front and rear, and cosmetic in the cat-eye headlights. 61 hp is available at a lofty 12,500 rpm, the gear-driven cams whining their way to the beat of the "big bang" crank timing. Build quality and reliability was above the rest of the junior market, though the price was a dry weight of just under 365 lbs.
Speedwerks has been restoring and preparing sportbikes for more than 20 years, and the results of their experience are apparent here. Painted and plated parts are correctly colored and finished, rubber parts renewed, and the aftermarket fairings have factory livery. After the carb rebuild and new exhaust, a tuning session on the dyno was done. Here are Steve's notes from the build:
Honda RVF400RR NC35. 33K miles, Clean US title, Fully Serviced and dyno tuned, runs and rides as new.
Demon titanium exhaust. Mobil 1 synthetic with Hi-Flo filter, Antifreeze flushed/filled,
Steel braided brake lines, bled with Castrol fluid and fitted with new Ferodo pads.
EK chain, Carbs rebuilt and jetted, new fuel lines and filter, NGK ER9EH plugs.
New Bridgestones fitted, RS10 soft front, S20 dual rear. Fresh fork oil and seals.
Bodywork is aftermarket and shows well, the paint is very nice.
This RVF is a good reliable rider, ready for a good home. Personal delivery available.