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Honda March 18, 2015 posted by

Big Bang Theory – 1988 Honda RC30

One of the winning-est race bikes in history, the Honda RVF750 took the first three World Super Bike Championships 1988-90, the AMA Superbike, and countless endurance races and series.  It was homologated with the RC30, an exotic special built in very low numbers by Honda's racing department.

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1988 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

The V-4 750cc engine that powers the RC30 is a racer for the road, with 4-valve heads, gear-driven cams, titanium connecting rods, but most distinctively, it uses a different crankshaft and firing order.  Known as a 360-degree or big bang crankshaft, cylinders 1 & 4 fire close together, then the crank moves 270 degrees, then cylinders 2 & 3 go.  This leads to an explosive delivery of power, sounding completely different than the similar-looking engine in the VFR road bike, which fires 1-4-3-2 but with 180 degrees of crank rotation between each.  Check this Canadian RC30 fan site for the sound - http://rc30.yolasite.com/.

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After a long rest, the current owner got the bike ready to ride and sell - from the eBay auction:

This bike (and it's 15 serial number older sister shown in the last picture) has been in my collection for over 15 years, I recommissioned it last year, cleaned carburetors, checked fluids, serviced it and got it ready for rides.  Please see the pictures of the bike as it is today.  It has Mavic wheels fitted at present, either these wheels or the original wheels for the bike can be fitted for the new owner. I have the main stand. Since you are looking at this auction I do not have to tell you how rare these bikes are.

The specifications read like the race bike they are, with a twin-cradle frame, 4 downdraft carburetors, 41mm Showa forks, Pro-Link rear, twin 296m disks up front, single 256mm rear.  110 hp and 53 ft-lbs. of torque push 1st gear up to 82 mph ( 11,000 rpm ) and sixth delivers around 150 mph.  A slipper clutch relieves the possible rear wheel chatter from the big bang crank.  The transverse V-4 keeps the engine weight low in the chassis.

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Areas that will keep an owner's attention are engine cooling, brake rotor wear, and obsolete tire sizes ( though this bike has a more current set of Mavic wheels fitted ).

Only around 300 were produced for the U.S. market in 1990, this example is a Swiss import.  Many European countries received the bike in 1988-89, but only the hundreds.  Truly exotic and certainly a handful, the RC30 is a super performer with a distinctive sound.

-donn

Big Bang Theory – 1988 Honda RC30
Honda August 22, 2014 posted by

Mile High: 1990 Honda VFR 750 RC30 in Colorado

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When it comes to bikes that generate a lot of interest on RSBFS, few can rival the RC30. Known in Honda parlance as the VFR750R and originally available in trim levels specific to Japan, Europe and North America, the RC30 was a homologated version of the dominant race bike of its era. While many will point to the Ducati 916 as the iconic sport bike, the RC30 continues to draw the sort of stares, lust and money unknown this side of a Supermono. The bikes are relatively few, the interest is always very high, and bargains can be found ever so occasionally. We here on Rare are lucky enough to count several RC30 aficionados as regular contributors, and as always we look forward to comments and insights on this particular example. Presented by a dealer, located in Colorado, and looking clean but not perfectly minty, this RC30 shows fewer than 7,500 miles on the clock. Check it out, and then check back here and share your thoughts. If you have RC30s on the brain, is this the one you want?

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1990 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
This is a low mileage restoration. Very nice and is ready to ride or put in your collection. Only 7,338 original miles!

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MI

Mile High: 1990 Honda VFR 750 RC30 in Colorado
Honda August 14, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: Exceptional 1990 Honda RC30 for Sale

Update: This bike was sold within two days of listing on RSBFS exclusively using our Featured Listing service. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Built between 1988-1990, Honda’s VFR750R RC30 was a limited-production motorcycle intended to homologate Honda’s planned entry in the newly-created World Superbike Championship. Pure-prototype racing machines like Moto GP bikes need have nothing in common with any other product being produced for public consumption, but most other forms of racing require that the bikes be based, however loosely, on production machines. For WSB, the rules require that a certain number machines be sold for street use to make the bike eligible for racing.

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With a V4 displacing 748cc and crammed with all manner of titanium and magnesium parts, including gear-driven cams, the RC30 spec-sheet looks like the creation of some track junky’s fevered imagination. And the rest of the bike was just as wild, with an innovative slipper clutch and a single-sided swingarm yanked straight of the ELF endurance racers, although it lacked that bike’s truly striking wheels and single-sided front end.

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From the seller: 1990 Honda RC30 for Sale

US spec 1990 Honda RC30 for sale.  Number 187 of only 200 produced for the US market in 1990, somewhat rare bike with valid title.   The bike was manufactured January 1990 and originally titled in Tennessee.  It currently has a valid Florida title.  The motorcycle is located in central Florida.

This RC30 is in very nice original condition with only 10,000+ miles.  The bike has been in a museum since 2007 and was professionally prepped for display.  Please look at the pictures to see that there are only a few small nicks on the bike.  The bodywork is almost perfect except for 2 small areas; (a) there is slight checking in the gel coat on the right side under the seat, (b) the underside of the front fairing has some minor scratches and a small area of gel coat checking on the left bottom.  It is 100% OEM except for upgraded break and clutch cables, and upgraded front calipers which are cast iron (the OEM calipers come with the bike).  The bike only has 1 OEM key.  The buyer has a choice; available in its current pristine museum form, or I will prepare it for the road.  I guarantee there are no mechanical flaws with this bike.  I have sold off most of my 21 bike Honda collection over the past 3 years and have received zero complaints.  I only have this RC30 and a pristine RC45 left from the collection.

Please see the list of OEM Honda RC30 memorabilia that comes with the bike (12 items).  Contact:  GAULANDY@YAHOO.COM

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The performance seems tame today, with just north of 100hp at the wheel [a claimed 118hp at the crank] pushing almost 500lbs wet, and standing-start acceleration hampered by a race-track friendly first gear that took you all the way to 80mph. But that was hardly the point. With feedback and feel to spare, and a flexible powerband and a spine-tingling v4 snarl, the bike was faster and lighter than anything in the 750cc class when introduced, although for the price, you’d expect it to be: $21,000 in 1990.

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But more importantly, the bike was competitive right out of the box, winning the WSB title for which it was intended in both 1988 and 1989, along with a slew of victories at the TT and in endurance racing that lasted well beyond the normal lifespan of a racing motorcycle. The road-going RC30 was the best of both worlds: an exotic racing machine with direct ties to factory racing efforts and an eminently useable motorcycle for the road with actual dealer support and surprising reliability.

These are some of the rarest and most collectible Hondas of the modern era and, at the seller's $22,000 asking price, seems likely to be snapped up quickly.

-tad

Featured Listing: Exceptional 1990 Honda RC30 for Sale
Honda August 12, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: Titled 1994 Honda RC45 For Sale

Update: This bike was sold within two days of listing on RSBFS exclusively using our Featured Listing service. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Homologation specials sometimes might seem like pretty poor deals from a “performance-for-the-dollar” perspective: they’re intended to make sure manufacturers can use certain parts or even whole machines for production-based racing, so the road bike is going to be priced like the very low-volume exotic it is, but may be somewhat restricted for street use and lack some of the elements that will make the racing machine competitive on track. So you get exotic technology and exotic price in a package that isn’t necessarily any faster than lesser machines.

But for folks who want something truly special, a bike with such direct links to racing is worth any price, and Honda’s RC bikes are very, very special indeed.

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Honda’s RVF750R RC45 was their follow up to the iconic RC30, a bike that won the World Super Bike Championship in both 1988 and 1989.

The RC45 was powered by 749cc, 90° V4 with gear-driven cams and while displacement was almost the same as the earlier RC30, the cam gears were moved to the side of the engine to improve packaging and the bore/stroke were changed significantly, making the engine more oversquare to reduce piston speed and increase revs.

A sophisticated fuel injection system fed the almost impossibly smooth engine, a slipper clutch helped with downshifts, and a single-sided swingarm made tire changes fast and easy during endurance racing.

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The RC45 is perhaps the ideal package: it’s one of the best-looking sportbikes of all time, with a nearly perfect balance of purposeful, understated aggression and a wealth of exotic details to capture the eye of cognoscenti, all wrapped up with Honda reliability and attention to detail.

But with only 105hp at the rear wheel, the RC45 was just a bit faster than a 600 of the time, making the nearly $27,000 this cost new a very tough sell. Or it would have been a tough sell, if they had attempted to sell very many…

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With only 200 made worldwide and approximately 50 sent to the US, these are extremely rare, with as few as 20 circulating among US collectors. And the seller offers a choice to the buyer: keep this in its current, museum-ready condition, or have him prep it for road-use.

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From the seller: 1994 Honda RC45 for Sale

US-spec 1994 Honda RC45 for sale.  Number 47 of only 50 produced for the US market in 1994, of which 20+ were delivered to private race teams... very, very rare bike with valid title. The bike was manufactured February 1994 and originally titled in California.  It currently has a valid Florida title. The motorcycle is located in central Florida.

This RC45 is in exceptional condition with only 6,001 miles. The bike has been in a museum since 2008 and was professionally prepped for display. Please look at the pictures to see that there are almost no nicks anywhere on the bike. It is 100% OEM.  The buyer has a choice; available in its current pristine museum form, or I will prepare it for the road. I guarantee there are no flaws with this bike. I have sold off most of my 21 bike Honda collection over the past 3 years and have received zero complaints. I only have this RC45 and a pristine RC30 left from the collection.

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Out of the box, the RC45 was not as immediately successful as its predecessor: it won races, but it took a while to fine-tune the bike's handling and get it right, and Honda scored only a single WSB title with the bike. While the RC45’s history wasn’t quite as illustrious as the RC30, it was a hugely versatile machine that won regularly at the Isle of Man TT and in endurance racing in the years following its WSB career.

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Then and now, these are expensive machines. Expensive, but very polished, with smooth power and stable, but nimble handling. And whatever the price of the road bike, Honda fans can’t put a price on being able to get this close to what is literally a race-bike for the road. With an asking price of $28,000 and a seller who clearly loves the marque, this looks like a great opportunity for the right buyer!

-tad

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Featured Listing: Titled 1994 Honda RC45 For Sale
Honda June 24, 2014 posted by

Forward: 1990 Honda RC30 in Wisconsin

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The State of Wisconsin has a motto: Forward. That is exactly what Honda did in the late 1980s when they created the VFR750R - aka the RC30. This limited production machine turned the racing world on its ear, and the resultant homologation road bike continues to turn collectors' heads everywhere. The RC30 is one of the most popular bikes found on RSBFS, and there is collective knowledge across our reader base second to none. So I turn this over to our experts and their comments to help us navigate the perils and pitfalls of RC30 lust. -MI

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1990 Honda RC30 for sale on Craigslist

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From the seller:
Very rare 1990 Honda RC30

- In storage for last 14 years.
- 13,687 miles.
- Includes race fairings.
- Engine turns over.
- Sold as is.

$20,000 firm.

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Forward: 1990 Honda RC30 in Wisconsin
Honda May 2, 2014 posted by

Readers Choice: 1990 Honda RC30 available in Phoenix, Arizona

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The response to this eBay listing in the first few hours of it's posting has been very telling in how hot the RC30 market is right now. We got a note from the seller just before it was posted on May 1st, 5pm PST. RSBFS nation was quick to notice when it went live and a flood of emails came in immediately to alert us that this bike was on the market. Without further ado, here's a great looking and well described RC30 available in Phoenix right now!

1990 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

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What's especially nice is that this example has been enjoyed but respected. The next owner would be smart to follow the same mission: ride it occasionally with pride but maintain it's originality.

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To all the commentors that always moan and complain that ultra-low mileage examples are wasted, I say to you, here is your lotto ticket. Prove that you're going to be the next worthy owner of this modern classic that is ready for more actual riding!

dc

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from the seller:

1990 HONDA VFR750 RC30 - VIN: JH2RC3008LM200225

This motorcycle is a very nicely maintained and very original 1990 (49 State version) Honda RC30. I bought it from the original owner. I have the original dealer invoice for the bike along with the original owner’s manual, the original keys and an original Honda brochure. As described to me by the original owner, he rode the bike quite a bit when he first got it back in the 90’s, but, as time went on, the bike mostly sat in his garage on a battery tender unridden. He started it regularly, cleaned and waxed it, and it shows. He continued to do regular oil changes based on time rather than mileage. As the pictures confirm, the bike shows the care the original owner gave it. The bike starts easily and runs well. I have ridden it sparingly and am downsizing my collection.

As you can see from the pics, the bike is exceptionally stock and has no period performance modifications that I noticed. The paint is in very nice condition for its age. There are a few very minor nicks and scuffs here and there, but you have to examine the bike very closely to see them. The left mirror has a scuff on the outside edge (see pics), there are some very small scratches on the left side of the rear cowl (see pics but they were very hard to photograph). There is a small area that yellowed on the white paint of the rear cowl section where it meets the frame (see pics). The gas tank had a clear film protector put on it when new right in front of the seat to protect the tank from belt buckle scratches. (see pics). The film has done its job but has yellowed a bit, and you may want to remove it; I have left it as it came to me. The rubber mount for the right rear turn signal broke (not badly - see pics). I have a new OEM replacement mount still in the Honda plastic bag that will go with the bike.

The bike still has its original Honda exhaust system which is in beautiful condition and its original unmolested factory air box (see pics). The bike clearly was well taken care of. The original wheels are in excellent condition (there are a few very very small paint chips). The tires are Metzler ME1’s. The front tire is a 120/70 VB17 and the rear is a 180/55 VB18. Both tires are old and should be replaced if you intend to ride the bike with any regularity. It has a relatively new AFAM chain and sprockets that were installed by the original owner not long before I bought the bike from him. The bike also comes with its original tool kit and factory rear wheel stand (pretty sure the stand has been repainted).

I recently did an oil change and brake and clutch fluid flush. It has been ridden about 5 miles since that maintenance. The engine runs well and the bike is a blast to ride. I have had a couple of RC30’s and this one runs and rides as well as any of them. While it is in extremely nice condition, it has enough mileage on it that you will not be afraid to ride and enjoy it.

I will facilitate shipping, but Buyer must make arrangements for pick up and pay for any shipping costs. Pick up must be arranged within two weeks of the auction’s end. If you care to inspect the bike before the auction ends, give me a call or send me an email to make arrangements. I live near the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport and would be happy to pick you up if you would like to fly in for an inspection. The bike is for sale locally so I reserve the right to end the auction early.

Readers Choice:  1990 Honda RC30 available in Phoenix, Arizona
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