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Honda July 18, 2018 posted by

Meeting Your Heroes: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

With values of the VFR750R RC30 through the roof, the VFR400R NC30 has become the affordable go-to for fans of Honda's V4 homologation specials. Styled like a 4/5 scale model of the RC30, the NC30's dual headlamps, aluminum beam frame, and Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm ape the bigger bike's look and function. Significantly the engine shares its V4 configuration, gear-driven cams, and 360° "big bang" crankshaft with the RC30.

The big bang firing order helps give the later Honda V4s their characteristic flat droning exhaust note and supposedly improves corner exit grip, compared to a more traditional 180° firing order that evenly spaces the combustion events. Even if you're not pushing the limits of traction, the big bang engines offer a very wide, forgiving powerband.

On paper, the Honda VFR400R doesn't seem like it'd impress a modern rider. Just 400cc? Are you joking? Well no. First of all, it has a dry weight of around 300lbs, so the 59 horses don't have very much mass to haul around, which is reflected in the bike's surprising 130mph top speed. Most importantly, the NC30 was designed to offer some of the best handling available at any price, and is still considered to be one of the all-time greats.

I was lucky enough to ride one of these recently and it was an absolute pleasure: famously agile handling meant the bike was intuitive, east to ride, and plenty of fun, even though I wasn't pushing its cornering limits. If you're slightly terrified trying to use anything approaching maximum revs on a modern sportbike, you'll be happy to know that the NC30 is both flexible at low rpm and happy to spin to its 14,500rpm limit. In fact chasing the redline was pretty much required, since I was working to keep up with a friend who was riding an MV Agusta F4R...

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

Up for auction is a beautiful 1989 Honda VFR400 model NC30. Hands down the most desirable color scheme. Gas tank is mint condition with zero rust inside the tank. The bike was legally imported into the United States. The bike has a clear Arizona US title with the proper 11 digit VIN number (title and frame number match). Bike starts right up runs perfect with no oil leaks. The bike is all original and is a true pleasure to ride pulling through all gears very hard. With a 14,000k rpm red line the bike will leave you with a smile on your face for days. Please view all the images as there are few scratches and scuff's throughout the bike. Also please keep in mind that this is all OEM factory Honda fairings and not the cheaper aftermarket stuff.The bike is all sock minus the stainless steel brake lines. All the electronics including horn, turn signals, high / low beam, and Killswitch all work as they should. This bike is being sold locally and I encourage all bidders to come down and view the bike in person or send a local mechanic on your behalf to view for you. Rare vintage Japanese bikes don't come up often and this is a beautiful example with no disappointment.

These days, it isn't too hard to find an NC30 for sale: the spike in RC30 prices and the fact that these have hit the 25 year mark has seen an influx of Japanese market bikes. So the trick isn't so much finding one for sale, it's finding a nice one for the right price. This one looks very clean and original, with the usual wear and tear you'd expect on a bike of this age that's actually been ridden often enough to accumulate the 27,000 miles indicated. The stock exhaust is a little quiet for my taste, but it does mean you can hear the cool whine from the gear-driven camshafts... There are still several days left on this auction and bidding is a bit slow so far, possibly owing to the mileage. But this is a Honda, and the fact that it isn't museum-quality just means you might get to ride and enjoy this cool little machine for

-tad

Meeting Your Heroes: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Featured Listing March 6, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1990 Honda VFR400R / NC30 – Super Clean !

Update 4.16.2018: This bike is SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Long-time friend and regular around RSBFS, Greg at Deftone Cycles had some kind of luck with his last shipment of gray-market machines. This 1990 VFR400R has just about 14,000 km ( 8,500 miles ) but the condition is exceptional.  The third generation was certainly the charm for the petite Honda, as the NC30 variant had the widest torque band, least twitchy handling, and outstanding build quality.

1990 Honda VFR400 for sale on eBay

The NC30 was built for 4 years, an eternity in the fast-moving sportbike world.  Honda's well-tested 399cc V-4 generates the nice whir of gear-driven cams, as well as 59 hp.  The NC30 re-introduced the 360-degree crankshaft, where pairs of cylinders fire together for a torquier delivery.  The chassis was revised for the 1990 model year and reviewed as the strongest and most stable of the 400-four stroke group.  House suspension is adjustable for preload and rebound, and triple discs are appropriately sized at 269mm.  Styled like its 750cc sibling, the VFR400 shows off the single-sided swingarm with a 4-2-1 left side exhaust.

Requiring very little refurbishment, this monochromatic VFR is stock except for the exhaust and without most of the usual corrosion.  Greg has this to say about the bike :

100 percent stock. Except aftermarket Header and Silencer.
Condition: Excellent.
Right side lower fairing stress cracks.
Small hairline fracture upper left.
Mileage: 8,647 / 13,917 Km

Though shoot-outs from the day accused Honda of resting on their laurels, the easier-to-ride VFR400 may have been the best solution for its intended fledgling riders, if not aspiring racers.  The drivetrain is more tractable than the usual pint-size, and the package is surprisingly capable for a junior - skilled riders will find their rewards.  Deftone Cycles asks $7,500 for the pleasure and Greg can be reached - here -

-donn

Featured Listing – 1990 Honda VFR400R / NC30 – Super Clean !
Honda August 9, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: No Reserve 1996 Honda RVF400 For Sale

Update 8.15.2017: eBay shows sold for $8,800. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This 1996 Honda RVF400R from featured seller Glenn is from the model's last year of production, and wears a distinctly '90s livery on fairings that are just slightly sharper than its predecessor, the VFR400R. The RVF also got upside-down forks and CBR900RR-aping foxeye headlights when it debuted in '94.

1996 Honda RVF400R for sale on eBay

Sold new only in Japan, the RVF was a wholly-updated machine that was praised at the time for sharp handling and flickability, a common thread among sports 400s. Aside from the updated forks, Honda changed frame geometry, the engine mounting position, added a slightly narrower single-sided swingarm and upgraded the new bike to a 17-inch rear wheel to aid turn-in, a change which will also make finding modern tires a non-issue.

Between the frame rails sat an engine with re-thought carburetors and new valve timing. As with every 400cc sportbike out there, the engine doesn't shine until it's really spinning, eventually spitting out just shy of 60 horses at 13,500 rpm.

The bike featured here looks clean enough to eat off of, but the seller notes a few spots of touch-up paint and a replacement decal or two. Mechanically, this RVF is pretty close to sorted, with freshly-cleaned carbs and fluids flushed. The chain and sprockets are tired, according to the seller, and the tires look OK, but are a few years old.

From the eBay listing:

One week Auction NO Reserv

e will sell to high bid. I do reserve the right to end auction early for local sale!

1996 Honda RVF400 NC35, the bike has a clean and clear Arizona title with current registration. It has original Japanese 11 digit VIN, so no California registration but ok elsewhere. Bike is currently located in So Cal, but can be available for pickup/delivery in Phoenix area if needed.

The NC35 is truly one of

the classic 90's Honda's. 360 degree crank, gear driven cams, V4, single sided swingarm. Only sold in Japan.

This is a nice lower mile stock example. I have a few NC35 and NC30 projects but when I bought this bike it was as it sits now. I only

just recently did a complete service on it, oil change, coolant flush and fill, fresh synthetic DOT4 front and rear brake fluid and completely tore the carbs down and did a thorough cleaning.

The bike has had some touch up paint work done in the past before I bought it and it looks good. Bodywork is OEM original Honda, most decals original some reproduction and repainted, some touch up paint work on engine and a few other bits, but overall looks nice, seats were recovered. Rear sets are factory, but pegs aftermarket. I have a new set of Tyga rearsets I will sell for a pretty good deal if new owner wants them! Please look at the photos closely, if you need

more, just email or call me.

Runs great, low miles, nice fueling and handles beautiful, great brakes. Everything works as it should, all lighting, switchgear etc etc. Tires are a few years old but decent, chain and sprocket should be replaced, other than that it just had a full service so really needs nothing.

There is a lot of info online about the NC30 and 35, parts are pretty easy to source and plentiful, great aftermarket options from Tyga and others. This bike will make a great rider, lots of fun at trackdays and is quite collectible, not many around, Honda made few of them compared to the NC30 and not a lot of nice survivors today. Don't miss this chance to get a nice titled NC35!!

Please email or call with any questions, please check out all the pictures and I will try to add a video of bike starting and running later this week!!

NO RESERVE!!

The bike is registered and tagged in Arizona, and the seller says the paperwork will transfer to anywhere except California. The bike is listed with no reserve, and bidding sits at $4,050 with five days left.

If you've always had the hots for an RC45 but you have a working stiff's budget, let this shining example of its baby brother scratch that itch!

Featured Listing: No Reserve 1996 Honda RVF400 For Sale
Honda September 2, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing -1993 Honda VFR400R

Update 9.7.2016: All three bikes are now sold. Congratulations to buyers and seller! -dc

This Featured Listing is part of a set from the sellers for a VFR400, TZR250, and an NSR250. They are available for purchase as a group or individually. The sellers are available this labor day weekend for personal inspections in Southern California. -dc

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Stuff of legend here in the states, the VFR400R was built 1986-93, partly to satisfy progressive licensing requirements in Japan and a few other countries.  While speed and power were mechanically limited, the restriction were easily defeated, leaving a superb handling 60 hp machine which could be enjoyed by beginners and expert riders.

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The third and final revision to the bike had the factory designation NC30, and was the most refined.  The 14,500 rpm redline and "big bang" crank provided the ultimate performance from the 399 cc V-4.  Echoing the looks of its showroom-mate VFR750R, the 400 was also equipped like a larger bike, with twin-spar aluminum frame, adjustable suspension ( 41mm forks and single-sided swingarm rear ) and triple disk brakes.  The NC30 also used a handling trick from bigger bikes - a smaller front wheel aids turn-in, controlled by a steering damper.

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This example began life in south Asia and was imported to the U.S. and restored.  Here are the owner's comments:

Purchased from prior owner in Nevada, imported from Thailand, prior history unknown, selling on bill of sale only, it was given a recent restoration using OEM parts when possible, quality repaint & wheels powdercoated, , minor upgrades (ie; braided brake lines), has full tread Bridgestone Battlax BT014, is missing passenger footrests. Has not been started in a while, but just needs fresh fuel.
Spares & Extras: Rear subframe (current one has slight twist, replacement is straight, can swap if desired), extra braided brake lines, steering damper & more.

Also includes Pit Bull rear stand, fresh Yuasa battery and trickle charger, parts catalog, service manual, and more documentation.

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Looking at least very good, with just over 11,000 miles.  The VFR400R reviewed as the best-made and easiest to ride of the small sports.  Almost any rider could hum along to the gear-driven cams on this down-to-earth exotic, though some work awaits if the road is your goal.  The ask is a sensible $5,700.

Donn

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Featured Listing -1993 Honda VFR400R
Honda July 21, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: Very Clean 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

Update 8.1.2016: The seller has notified us that this bike has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

1990 Honda VFR400R R Side

V4-powered sports motorcycles are all the rage now, but they were long associated with just one manufacturer: Honda. Their homologation RC30 set the standard for “exotic” in the late 1980s and 1990s: V4, gear-driven cams, single-sided swingarms and real links to Superbike and endurance racing. They weren’t the fastest machines, especially in stock form, but that wasn’t really the point. Certain types of production-based racing require that manufacturers, in order to compete, produce a specific number of a given model for sale to the public. Honda wanted to race a V4 and the associated frame and swingarm, so they had to build a bike to sell and the RC30, along with little brother NC30, was the result.

1990 Honda VFR400R for sale one eBay

1990 Honda VFR400R L Tank

The littler VFR400R version is what we have here today, and it was only rarely seen outside Japan and the UK, at least in part because the cost made it a poor value: it was priced like a literbike, but the 399cc engine made just 59hp and 30ft-lbs of torque. However, the gear-driven overhead cams and straight-cut gears made beautiful music, and the bike had a surprisingly flexible powerband. Handling was, as you’d expect, superlative, and the featherweight, 350lbs dry machine made an ideal starter superbike for riders with money to burn.

1990 Honda VFR400R Cockpit

Interestingly, the NC30 was the first version of the smaller V4 to use the 360° "big-bang" firing order and helped to give the bike a distinctive exhaust note that mirrored the 750. The idea behind big-bang engines is that, instead of spacing out the combustion events evenly, they’re grouped close together. This is intended to give the tire moments between forward drive where the bike can regain traction, something that was thought to be one of the significant advantages of v-twin machines competing at the time. Just two cylinders firing every revolution gave plenty of time for the tire to recover between pulses, and big-bang four cylinder engines sought to replicate that additional traction, while retaining their overall power advantages. Probably not all that important on a 400cc machine, but still very cool, and an additional link to the more sought-after RC30.

1990 Honda VFR400R Front

Today’s Featured Listing is in beautiful shape and has been well cared-for, although this isn’t some perfectly-preserved, all original bike: the fairings very shiny and mostly look great, but are aftermarket pieces. It comes with a spare set of aftermarket fairings as well in case the new owner exceeds their riding ability on road or track. The bike looks very sharp, and the price reflects the nice, but not perfectly original condition.

1990 Honda VFR400R R Fairing

From the seller: 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

22,977 Kilometers (14,278 Miles) I have owned and ridden this bike for 2 years. This is a very clean well cared for bike. Fairings and bodywork are aftermarket. Comes with a second set of aftermarket fairings in excellent condition. I have gone thru the bike mechanically and everything works, as it should. Turn signals, brake lights, horn, High and low beam, radiator fan. Fork seals and upper and lower radiators were just replaced. Rear shock is from a CBR600RR. Original shock is included with sale. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very smooth running. Bike has Ohio State Title ready to transfer into your name.

1990 Honda VFR400R R Tail

The NC30 may not have the full WSBK displacement and power or the race-winning prestige of an RC30, but you shouldn’t be buying one of those for an eyeball-squishing experience anyway: time has moved on and modern superbikes have nearly twice the power of a stock, roadgoing 750. The NC30 is plenty fast enough, if your favorite parts of a road are the wiggly bits, and if the much sought-after and very expensive RC30 is out of your reach, a VFR400R offers up most of the bang for a much lower cost, and makes a very sharp canyon-carver or trackday mount.
-tad

1990 Honda VFR400R L Side

Featured Listing: Very Clean 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Honda April 20, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NC30 VFR400R for Sale

Update 5.2.2016: Seller has received a deposit. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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The 400cc Honda NC30 has long lived in the shadow of its bigger brother. Not particularly fast, but definitely expensive then and now, there's certainly a lot to like about the VFR400, but outright speed isn't really on the list. Instead, you're looking at Honda's famously sophisticated engineering: straight-cut gears when a common chain would do, a tiny V4 when any sane manufacturer would simply build an inline four and be done with it. An ELF-designed "Pro-Arm" single-sided swingarm that was cool enough to be aped by Ducati's iconic 916 and aided fast rear wheel changes during endurance racing.

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It's very light for a four-stroke at 350lbs dry, with adequate power from the 399cc V4: 59hp and 30ft-lbs of torque in a wide, forgiving powerband that extended all the way to a screaming 14,000rpm. Early V4s used an even-firing 180° crank, whereas later versions like the one here used a 360° "big bang" crank and firing order for improved traction and tire life, the theory being that the combustion events happening close together allowed the tire to "recover" during the gap in each revolution.

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Ridden in isolation, the NC30 a joy, a sweet-handling machine that rewards a skilled rider. Ridden against bikes that cost less new but offered more than twice the displacement, and the little V4 gets murdered in nearly any measurable test. That and the lack of real racing pedigree means that the NC30 may be slower, but it's also much less expensive than the bigger RC30, making it a realistic prospect for folks who want the Honda V4 experience but are on a limited budget.

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Today's featured listing isn't perfect but, then again, the seller isn't advertising it as such. It is titled in California currently and should be easily transferable.

From the seller: 1990 Honda NC30 VFR400R for Sale

Rare 1990 Honda NC-30, VFR 400 with a clean, clear NO BS California title and registration... It's for the correct VIN, the correct year, no funny business like you will find on a lot of grey market bikes.

This bike was imported from Japan a little over a year ago, I've had it 6 or 7 months. I've put a 1000 or so miles it her, rode her to work for a month and we've visited the canyons a couple of times. I bought her because I'm a V4 junkie, I own 4 right now.

It shows 63,489 kilometers (39,450 miles). I can say it doesn't look or feel like it has that many miles, maybe it had the gauges replaced... who knows. The bike is mostly stock, the only aftermarket parts I see are brake lines, horn and current bodywork. Judging by the original bodywork and muffler I'd say she has been down at slow is speeds a time or two, but nothing major. She rides straight, true, smooth and fast. Only bike I've ever gone faster than the speedo will go (180KPH only 11k RPM). This bike has no limiter or funny Japanese market speed controllers.

A bunch of time, effort and money have gone into cleaning this girl up.

All the fluids have been replaced, a few stock parts have been replace with OEM Honda (like levers, hardware, bar ends and such) the buyer gets all of the take off parts (original bodywork, hardware, levers and such), fresh brake pads, a bunch of stainless hardware, fresh looking chain and sprockets, fresh paint on the tank. I got her with low mileage Dunlops. I installed a Chinese bodywork kit from Ebay, it looks pretty good, I took my time installing it.

Is she perfect, NO (If she was the price would be over $10k), she is very good, needs nothing to be a daily rider. Are there things that could be done to make her better, sure... but that is up to you.

Asking price is $8000 obo, might trade up or down for something equally cool. You aren't Richard Rawlings, this isn't a Television show... Don't make a crazy low offer or tell me the bike isn't worth that much...

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The NC30 are very rare here in the US where they were never officially sold, although these are much less valuable than the bigger RC30 with which it shares style and specification, if not displacement.  One look at the dinged exhaust and the mileage will tell you this is no trailer queen! But the bike looks very clean and well-maintained, with none of the bolt-on frippery sometimes found on bikes of this vintage. It's a rider, for Honda fans who might otherwise not be able to afford one of the more perfectly-preserved examples of Honda's V4 homologation specials.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NC30 VFR400R for Sale