Posts by tag: RC30

Honda February 12, 2016 posted by

1988 Honda RC30 in Italy

Honda RC30 for sale

We've seen lots of investor quality, Italian motorcycles from this seller on RSBFS. This is the first Honda he's offered I believe, and the condition looks excellent in the photographs.

Have a good weekend all and looking forward to the comments on this one!

dc

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1988 Honda RC30 VFR750R for sale on eBay

from the seller:

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Iconic 80's Superbike for the road. This sample is in very good conditions, just serviced, new battery and new tyres. It was fitted in the period with desiderable sport kit (sport cammeshafts). Just 14000kms (less than 9000miles). Originally sold new in Italy and still with Italian documents.

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1988 Honda RC30 in Italy
Honda October 8, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: Nearly New Honda RC30 in Switzerland. Worldwide Sales Welcomed!

Update 6.14.2016: SOLD! -dc
Update 10.8.2015: Price updated. -dc

Foreword: Claudio is an Emeritus Contributor on RSBFS and posted with us mainly between 2012-13. This is his personal bike and he asked if he could list on the site. A nearly new RC30, of course! He wrote the post himself and is advertising it on our site. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

This is a Swiss spec Honda RC30, hand built by HRC in 1988 and first imported in Switzerland in 1989. The VFR750R was first registered by myself this summer! The bike currently has less than 700 km and it is absolutely new, as you can see from the pictures and the short movie attached. Together with the bike and its original stand, I will provide also the original documentation, the two keys and a new OEM CDI that will allow for full rpm usage. The Swiss spec bike has otherwise a CDI that limits the power by limiting the rpm.

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Most of you will find that small squared headlight strange, but this is the way these models were sold in Switzerland. At the beginning, I also preferred the two large round headlights (Europe and US models) but after a while I came accustomed to the Swiss headlight and currently find that the bike looks slimmer in this trim. I know, that may not be the case for many of you out there ūüôā I am a motorbike enthusiast with a passion for sport bikes of the late 80s and 90s. I own myself several bikes and this is my second RC30. I ride every bike I own. I also continuously trade some...when I find a model I desire more ūüôā

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Like my other best finds, I have bought this new RC30 from a Honda dealership that is about to close. The bike was serviced with fresh liquids just before it was delivered to me. After a lot of thought, I came to the conclusion that it would be a shame to put miles on such a rare example and I would rather sell it to another collector or a museum. If it was down to me, I would have parked it in my living room, but my wife thinks that this ain't art and therefore it belongs somewhere else. If you have free space in your living room or if you want to experience the thrills of owning and/or riding a brand new Honda RC30, then please contact me.

I have previously sold a 1986 GSX750RR Limited Edition to a fellow enthusiast in Australia. As was the case with that bike, you will be responsible for organizing transport of the bike from Switzerland. I will assist you with all necessary paper work, preparation and potential logistics‚Äô contacts. I also speak German and Italian if that would make the communication easier for you. The bike is located in Switzerland near Z√ľrich and can viewed upon appointment. If you are interested, please make me a reasonable offer considering the rarity of the bike in its current condition (one example with 700 miles sold by Bonhams in LA for 52000$).

In case of international shipment, I understand that there maybe additional costs for transport etc... To me it's also important that this RC30 goes into the right hands and that I establish a network of enthusiasts to be able to help each other in the future too. With this in mind, within reason I will try to come toward your specific needs. If you would like to make me an offer (offers below 30000 EUR will not be considered) or have questions, please contact me by email by clicking on following this link. I will try to reply within 1-2 days depending on my workload.

Thanks and ciao,

Claudio

Featured Listing:  Nearly New Honda RC30 in Switzerland.  Worldwide Sales Welcomed!
Honda September 7, 2015 posted by

Gentlemen, start you collections: 1990 Honda RC30

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Always a favorite here on RSBFS, the RC30 is a bike that every serious collector wants.  Officially designated as the Honda VFR750R with different trim based on destination country, the RC30 was a true homologation bike and came with what was at the time unheard of specs for a street bike; titanium and magnesium parts,  gear-driven cams, track based "slipper" clutch, a first gear that could take you up to 80 mph, a single-sided swingarm, etc.  How special were they?  Let me put it this way - the RC30 was so epic even James May of Top Gear UK owns one.

The RC30's 100 hp 749cc engine may seem tame today but what made the RC30 so special was the way it put everything together;  huge amounts of feedback, a massively broad powerband, lightest weight in its class, the Honda blew the 750cc competition away.  Of course all this race tech didn't come cheap;  the RC30 was priced at an eye popping  $21,000 in 1990, which equals about $39,000 USD in today's dollars.

A review of the RC30 can be read here.

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1990 Honda RC30 for sale on ebay

For this particular RC30, there seems to be both an upside and some potential downsides.  On the upside, the seller states the bike is 100% stock original except for some stainless steel braided front and rear brake lines.  Fluids look fresh and the engine area looks immaculate which shouldn't be surprising since the seller appears to be a serious collector.  On the downside, the seller indicates they are the 3rd owner so true history of the bike will be something of an assumption.  Also the mileage is a bit higher than alot of RC30's we see here on RSBFS but this is reflected in the price.

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Is this 1990 Honda RC30 worth its 23,500 starting bid?  Well we have seen recent posts range from $22,000  to over $28,000 USD so the asking price seems right in line with the current market.  Also these are true Rare Sportbikes with only 300 reported as coming into the USA so values will probably continue to rise over time.

Here at RSBFS we have some regular readers who will be able to offer better insight on the current fair price for this RC30 so if its time for you to add one to your collection, I suggest you check out the the comments on this post or the recent posts linked above but be quick if you are seriously interested as ebay auctions of these bikes often end early.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Gentlemen, start you collections:  1990 Honda RC30
Honda May 10, 2015 posted by

Grey Market Goodies – 1994 Honda VFR400

1994 Honda VFR400 on eBay

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Grey Market imports are always a bit of a rare bird over here in the States.  With our long, flat roads and lack of a graduated licensing system, the 400s just didn't have a market here and that's a shame.  (Yes, I know we got the FZR400, but it's not really in the same league... no hate mail please, Fizzer Fans).  The VFR400 is basically a scaled down version of Honda's iconic RC30 but it's still packed with it's big brother's trick goodies like the gear driven cams and the single sided swingarm.  Power from the 399cc V4 is respectable if not overwhelming with Honda claiming 60hp at the crank and it is nice and light, tipping the scales at only 340lbs.  So you know what that means...  Keep the RPMs up and learn to carry your corner speed and the VFR400 becomes a great track weapon.

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This particular VFR400 looks like it's seem some track days based on the sellers description and modifications, but it does come with a clean and clear title out of California, so you should have no problems registering it and riding it on the street as well.  This is the "NC30" model which was the final evolution of the VFR400 and it was well refined by this point.  Most consider it to be the most desirable of the VFR400 models.  You can read more in the seller's eBay auction here: 1994 Honda VFR400 on eBay

California titled Honda NC30 VFR400R motorcycle. Clean title. Very trick race-bred restoration!! It’s a  real ripper!

This bike was never available in the United States. It is a 1994 model fully registered and titled in California as a 2004 model with a 11 digit VIN. It is ready to ride. There is simply nothing like the howl of this V-4's gear driven cams in the high RPMs - where this machine was made to run. Everything on this bike is bred from the expensive development of racing NC 30’s in the San Francisco Bay Area

This bike is in fantastic shape- built and ridden by a long time NC enthusiast and racer.

-Full tune performed
-Fresh brake fluid, oil,coolant
-New oil filter, air filter, plugs
-New Rubber front and rear
-Custom Fairing Paint
-Properly jetted Yoshimura race exhaust
-Brand spanking new chain and sprockets
-Fully adjustable rear suspension
-Front Ohlins steering damper
-New front brake wave rotors
-New fork seals
-Brand new custom painted tank
-New intake manifolds
-Fully rebuilt carburetors
-Custom front and rear brake lines
-New battery
-Charging System charging
-New brake pads
-Freshly powder coated rims,front and rear
-Race grade cooling system upgrade

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Grey Market Goodies – 1994 Honda VFR400
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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Mile High: 1990 Honda VFR 750 RC30 in Colorado