Posts by tag: NC30

Honda September 9, 2017 posted by

Tasty Import: 1991 Honda VFR400R

For those US-based collectors, enthusiasts and oglers of grey-market machinery, Canada is a mysterious and wondrous locale. The nearest point to the US that regularly receives imports reserved for Europe, Canada is often the gateway to the forbidden fruit that is unobtainable exotica for US residents. A perfect case and point is today's 1991 Honda VFR400R - the NC30 being a well-respected carver in the "smaller superbike" category.

1991 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

The NC30 is the third generation of Honda's 400cc V-4 sport bike (preceded by the NC21 and NC24). The sporting intent of this model is not merely cosmetic; the VFR400R closely resembles the mighty RC30 because it relies on much of the same technology. Powered by a 90 degree four banger with gear driven cams, the NC30 has a 360 crank with a "big bang" firing order; the sound of a VFR400R on full song is unmistakable. On the chassis side, a twin-spar aluminum frame and trick single-sided swing arm keeps all the important bits in line. The inverted 41mm front fork is adjustable (as was the rear shock). The exhaust canister is on the left side of the bike, which maximizes the aesthetics of the exposed wheel and simplified rear wheel changes.

From the seller:
You find it! a rare edition of the famous VFR 400 NC30 in mint condition.

Sell in person in cash only.

No shipping, buyer is responsible for pick up. (Located in Canada Montreal)

Tyga fearing, anodised peg, carbon fiber/ aluminum exhaust, brand new tire, 4 cylinder V4 59HP and run A1.

50034km not miles.

The seller does not seem to have a lot to say about this bike and offers only a few pictures. Clearly the plastics and paint are not stock - but the overall effect looks very good. There are more KMs on this bike than many we tend to see (approx 31,000 miles), but like most Hondas the VFR400R is near bulletproof. There are some nice additions, but more history and maintenance information would be welcome. This bike is located in Quebec, Canada and is looking for a new home. The opening ask is $4,399.99 USD with no takers as of yet. Check it out here, as there are only a few days left. Good Luck!!

MI

Tasty Import: 1991 Honda VFR400R
Honda June 7, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R

Designed for racing, the Honda VFR400R was - in may ways - like its homologation big brother the RC30. Except in size. Based around the same format as the RC30, the NC30 brought all the goodness of the 750cc class scaled down to a mere 400cc. The smaller package included the same go-fast plan as the RC30 including the screaming V-4 motor with gear-driven cams, 6-speed close-ratio gearbox, the unique single-sided swingarm to facilitate tire changes and the dual-headlight racing bodywork that bore a strong Honda family resemblance (graphics included). All in all, the NC30 was the epitome of "smaller is better." With less mass and a lower center of gravity, the NC30 is a handling dream.

Here in the US, the problem with the 400cc class in general was rider expectation. Americans thrived on cubic inches, where there is no substitution for displacement. The middleweight class had grown from 500cc to 550cc and up to 600cc. Smaller bikes were just not interesting to American riders. With a tremendous supply of 600cc bikes, and easy access to liter machines the 400cc and below classes were considered fringe beginner bikes, and largely ignored. Pricing did not help, as the 400cc bikes were not significantly cheaper than the 600s. History tells us that this is a shame, given the interest these smaller bike draw today. Thankfully, with licensing regulations limiting smaller machines in other countries (especially Japan), the 400cc class thrived - which is why we can bring you this VFR400R Featured Listing.

From the seller:
1991 Honda VFR400R NC30
Small version of VFR750R RC30.
RVF replica.
Almost every year, Honda gave progress to VFR.
1987 Start selling VFR400R NC24.
in 1989 VFR became NC30 and has center nut for rear wheel.
30mm shorter wheelbase, skinny spark plugs, 17" front wheel.
Cross ratio transmission.
in 1990 adjustable rear suspension with reserve tank.
I bought this one because I couldn't afford when they were sold new.
Now I'm going to buy another 2stroke, so this one has to go.
Very light weight 164Kg=360lb

This bike is located in Torrance, California.
Price: $5,500
Contact:
motohikoo@gmail.com

This year has offered us a bumper crop of 400cc imported machinery. This is wonderful news as we engage in longer, warmer days, summertime riding and track days. Summer requires a special machine to enjoy, and there are few more enjoyable bikes on the planet than a VFR400R. Packed full of Honda technological goodness, reasonable performance (expect 59 HP or so), exceptional handling and a never-available-in-the-US type of rarity that many riders crave, this NC30 could be your ticket.

This 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 is available in Torrance, CA. It is an import from Japan that now lives stateside, and inquiries should be directed to the seller at motohikoo@gmail.com. This is a bike that you can collect AND ride, so don't miss out on some riding fun this summer. Grab yourself some import exotica and hoon away!

Featured Listing:  1991 Honda VFR400R
Honda May 11, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

A little brother in terms of displacement and a virtual twin in terms of style, Honda's NC30 packs the same technological punch as the famed RC30 in a smaller package. And like the RC30, the NC30 was designed to homologate a motorcycle for racing, although in this case it was for classes with a 400cc capacity limit. Here in the USA, the 400cc sportbike class is barely represented at all, with examples only occasionally appearing as the result of intrepid collectors or Canadian smugglers sneaking bikes in across our northern border. In the US, they were basically bikes without a racing class, and expensive ones to boot: they had all the complexity, and therefore cost, of their bigger 600 and 750cc brothers, without the straight line performance.

1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for sale on eBay

Sure, they handled with all the agility you'd expect but, when a 600cc sportbike is considered "a great first bike" you're not going to find many takers for a 400. Of course, it was another story entirely outside the USA and especially in Japan, where tiered licensing and heavy taxes on bigger bikes meant a great deal of interest in the 400cc class as roadbikes and the relevant racing series, and bikes like the CBR400, GSX-R400, and ZXR400 competed fiercely.

So what are we looking at in terms of that reduced performance? Well you're not taking quite as big a hit as you might expect: the NC30 produced 59 claimed horses, versus the RC30's 118, 313lbs dry versus 400lbs, and a top speed of 130mph versus 153. So you've got a bike with almost half the displacement but with far more than half the performance, mostly due to that very light weight. What's possibly far more surprising than the performance differential between the two are the relatively low numbers for the famed RC30... Both machines featured six-speed gearboxes and the NC30 got a 360° "big bang" crank to match its bigger brother along with gear-driven cams, so you get the distinctive V4 soundtrack and wide powerband that helps make them such popular trackday bikes overseas.

From the seller: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

For your consideration is a GORGEOUS almost mint condition 1991 Honda VFR400R NC-30 with only 10,823 Kilometers (6,725 miles). Bike is very clean and well taken care of. Bike would be flawless except for the crack in the lower fairing under the bike. It has been repaired. Has a three tiny paint chip marks in the tank, and the left rear fairing has a rub mark on it from transportation & shipping (see pics.) This NC30 has 100% original OEM Honda fairings and components and is completely stock except for a few racing sponsor decals that can be easily removed. This bike would make an ideal candidate for restoration or enjoy it in its original condition... Bike has been serviced with new battery, new oil, coolant and filters serviced. Runs like the day it was new. A Utah state title in my company name will be presented to the buyer.

This particular machine appears to be in the same sort of condition as the seller's other offerings: not completely perfect, but in low mileage, extremely well cared-for condition. There are a couple of minor cracks in the fairing that are clearly indicated by the seller, and wear is limited to some minor surface corrosion and discoloration. Not museum-quality perhaps, but a very good-looking machine for someone who plans to occasionally ride the bikes in their collection. With the RC30 now out of the reach of ordinary enthusiasts, prices of the NC30 are on the rise as well and offer up a similar style and experience at an affordable price. For the moment at least.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Honda April 30, 2017 posted by

One Sided Argument: 1993 Honda VFR400RR

Pop Quiz time! Say you live in the United States and want a voluptuous, import grey market bike that can't be easily found on our shores. Where do you go? Canada, of course! Just feast you eyes on this sexy NC30 - baby RC30 if you so care to call it - and wonder why these bikes couldn't be found on our side of the border. Today you might be able to find a few examples that have been imported after the fact, but the case can be made that you can do so yourself by looking up north.

With a single sided swingarm dominating the right hand side profile, there is no doubt that the NC30 is a handsome machine. But couple good looks with a turbine-smooth V-4 engine with a noise only straight-cut, gear-driven cams can make and wrap it in one of the best frames from Honda during this era and you have a sweet handling, eager steed that can take on bikes much larger in size. Cornering speed is your friend in the smaller leagues, and the NC30 delivers.

1993 Honda VFR400RR for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Super rare 1993 Honda VFR 400RR NC-30 Repsol, this is the last year made in perfect condition, never damaged, Please see pictures to answer your questions, I owned in UK and brought it here, New tires, brakes, braided lines, performance HRC Full exhaust, heated grips, Pazzo levers, chain, pinion sprocket all new, performance intake. Serious buyer please price in USD 14000km not miles. Shipping is extra and can arrange for it. Bike is selling no matter what even a min price.

This bike appears interesting in that it is indeed a rare model. Originally a UK import, this VFR400 has gone through a few updates over the years. The seller notes some performance mods, including braided steel lines, full exhaust, new levers and an upgraded intake. Looks like a rear fender delete has been performed. Not sure how I feel about the colored windscreen, but it does not appear stock to my eyes. While there are no pictures of the gauge cluster showing mileage, the seller indicates 14k in kilometers, which equates to about 8699 miles. The pictures overall are in small format and relatively low resolution, making any detail difficult to determine. Serious shoppers might want to ask more questions about detailed photographs.

This bike is being auctioned off in a no-reserve format. The opening ask is a cool $7,500 USD - which may be a fair price for the bike. Given the details we know and the lack of crisp photos, I think the ask is a bit too high to start. If everything checks out however, then no harm, no foul; time, as always, will tell all. There are other NC30s currently listed for less, so savvy buyers might want to compare and contrast. Check it out here, and good luck!

MI

One Sided Argument: 1993 Honda VFR400RR
Honda April 14, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R in Canada!

Hot on the heels of this Featured Listing VFR400R that sold in just 3 hours, we find a Canadian NC30 that is looking for a new home. Since these models have never been officially imported into the US as a federalized vehicle, we have to source them from somewhere else. Therefore, allow me to introduce you to our closest neighbor and economic partner, Canada! Home of ice hockey, maple syrup, and of course all the rare models that never quite make it to the US - such as today's fine 1991 VFR400R.

1991 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

As stated often in these pages, the VFR400R is the total package. It looks fantastic, like the baby brother of the RC30 (which it is). With dual headlamps, aluminum perimeter frame, sexy quasi-racer (biposto) bodywork, and single-sided swingarm, this bike simply has presence. But beauty runs deeper than some glossy livery. Thumb the starter and revel in the whine of Honda's immaculate V4 with gear-driven cams. There is simply no other sound in the world like it. And with a redline into the 14,000 range, the turbine power delivery belies the nearly 60 HP these bikes produce. In all, these are the real deal - using compact geometry and light weight to the ultimate advantage of speed.

From the seller:
1991 VFR 400 (NC 30) with 55000 km on the clock in very good condition. Bike is super clean and mechanically ready to hit the road. Chain, sprockets, rotor and pad thickness as well as tire wear all within specs and beyond. Well degreased, corrosion gone at 95%. Just done: powder coat on wheels, front fender, tank and upper cowl. Bodywork is chinese but has a nice snug fit and quality finish. The machine has a few age related marks but no battle scars or tell tale signs of severe crash. It has been thoroughly inspected. Valves clearance has been checked at 52000 km and were within specs. This bike is an absolute hoot to ride, super light and incredibly responsive, and the sound.....:-). Comes safetied if delivered in the province of Quebec. Can be shipped throughout North America.

Although the bike has 55000 km it runs like an absolute charm, this engine obviously has Honda's legendary reliability and is bullet-proof.

As an import, this NC30 is an all Kilometer deal. Clocks are in KMs, and there are 55 big ones racked up over the years. That equates to some 34,000 odd miles. Higher mileage compared to many VFRs that we see, but not a deal killer. For a high-strung, rev-happy motor, these V4s are surprisingly durable. Maintain them well, and they will keep on giving. The seller does indicate some work has been completed, which is a plus. The plastics are not original, but they look reasonable from the photos. Serious buyers might want to ask more questions and obtain additional details before completing a long-distance purchase, but that is nothing out of the ordinary in these situations.

The best part of this deal - for our US readers at least - is that the seller is familiar with shipping bikes over the border. That means less unknowns for the buyer if the bike is coming State side. Registration becomes the new issue in your chosen state, so do your homework ahead of time lest you be left with a really clean, really cool living room specimen with no plates (I wouldn't argue if this were my track day bike, but some collectors might be giving out some dirty looks). The seller is looking for $6,800 or best offer for this Quebec-based beauty. That is right in the ballpark for one of these models, if not a little high for the overall condition. If you missed our last NC30, you might want to move more quickly on this one. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R in Canada!
Honda April 12, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda VFR400R

Update 4.12.2017: Sale confirmed with seller. 3 hours from published to sold! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a rare sportbike for sale, model years 1980ish to 2004ish, consider our Featured Listing service for $59. Email me to see to get started: dan@motoringblogs.com

People often tend to think great visual design is the exclusive domain of the Italians. But that is not so, as witnessed by this beautiful VFR400R. This NC30 - along with its big brother, the RC30 - have flowing lines and a purposeful stance. Visually, these models are as striking as a 916 or F4. This is no accident, as the NC30 was patterned with endurance racing elements; what is there needs to be there, and little more. Not merely a design exercise, the NC30 stands out as a fantastic working machine; form follows function, and these bikes function as good as they look.

The NC30 follows all the right rules in motorcycle design. It is incredibly compact, despite an aluminum perimeter frame wrapped around the V-4 powerplant. The motor is a real gem, making noises that only Honda fours and gear-driven cams can make. If the soundtrack doesn't put a smile on your face, the power delivery and rev range on this 400cc turbine certainly will. The single sided swingarm is there to facilitate tire changes on the endurance racing model, but the aesthetics on the street version really make it stand out. So too, the twin headlamps really define the front of the bike and give another nod to it's racing heritage.

From the seller:
1989 VFR400R $6,500

I purchased this bike a few years ago and have enjoyed having it in my garage both as a project and as something unique to look at.

The list below details what I have done to recommission the bike. Oddly, I have never ridden it (the pleasure for me was spending time in my garage).

Included with the sale is the OEM body work, rear foot pegs, mirrors, front turn signals, and some other bits along with a shop manual.

Bike was brought to the US by a serviceman who was able to title it in NM. I bought it with that NM title and was able to transfer to AZ though I wouldn’t assume that your state will be as accommodating as mine.

What's been done:
New bodywork with new fasteners
Seats re-covered
Rims powder coated
New Shinko Podium tires front and rear
New fork seals and oil
New Galfer brake pads front and rear
New brake lines front and rear
Caliper seals replaced front and rear
Master cylinder rebuilt front and rear
New throttle, choke, clutch cables, (forgot to order a speedometer cable)
New stator, regulator / rectifier
Carburetors rebuilt with new o-rings, bowl gaskets, and intake boots
New radiators and hoses
Rebuilt water pump
New exhaust gaskets
Suspension linkage greased
New chain (never found a chain guard)

This appears to be a well-loved and oft drooled over VFR. The seller clearly took care of the machine and the list of new parts is impressive (check out the pile of receipts). Although I'd rather ride than wrench, I have a lot of respect for those that like to immerse themselves in a project such as this one. The win-win is a uber-clean, refurbed VFR without a whole lot of additional miles. This one shows approximately 18k (about 11,000 miles) on the KM clocks. As the VFR400R was never officially imported into the US, there was no need for Honda to federalize it (i.e. 17 digit VIN, speedo in MPH, US-specific emissions, etc). This may create issues for you when it comes time to register the bike, although this one has a history of US titles in both New Mexico (previous owner) and Arizona (current). If you live in a more restrictive state (i.e. CA), you may need to do more homework unless you "know a guy."

This Featured Listing 1989 Honda VFR400R is available directly from the seller. Contact Jason if you are serious about this striking grey market import. At $6,500 the price is very competitive - and given that these NC30 Hondas are pretty rare in the US, you might want to act quickly. Rare collector bikes in this condition do not hang around long. Give Jason a call and add one of Honda's finest models to your collection!

MI