Posts by tag: RC30

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.

1994 RC45 R Side

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.

1994 RC45 Front Rear

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…

1994 RC45 Front and Fairing

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.

1994 RC45 Underseat

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!


1994 R Rear Suspension

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

Forward: 1990 Honda RC30 in Wisconsin


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


1990 Honda RC30 for sale on Craigslist


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.


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

Readers Choice: 1990 Honda RC30 available in Phoenix, Arizona

Honda RC30 for sale

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


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.


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!



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
Honda April 14, 2014 posted by

Paging SixthGear, Hwood851, and RC30Freak: 1990 Honda RC30 for sale in Ohio

Honda RC30 For Sale

We posted a great looking RC30 in Australia just a few weeks ago, and while there is no question it's a solid bike, there were lots of notable discrepancies being discussed in the comments section regarding it's originality and need for additional history. In fact the amount of expert evaluation displayed made Mike and I both take notice and realize we need to take better advantage of the knowledge available within our own community. While there was a lot of people involved in the conversation, I'd like to call out SixthGear, Hwood851, and RC30Freak in particular to share their expertise on this example shown today. We really appreciate your contributions and professionalism, and hope you'll step up again to help out our readers. My sincere thanks in advance!


1990 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay


from the seller:

I bought this wonderful bike about a year ago with an intent to re-live my experiences from when I owned a new one back in 1991. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I have become consumed with vintage autos and will now be going vintage racing. Other than a few miles of driving, she has been sitting in the corner of my garage during my entire ownership period. A totally undeserving lot for a bike of this caliber. I'm lucky that my garage is heated and she sits on a battery maintainer. I frequently start and bring her up to temperature. She starts right up without difficulties.

I hope the following facts will help you decide if this is the right RC for you:

1. This bike is everything my new one was back in the day. The visuals, sounds, and textures are great.

2. During my ownership I topped off the fluids, put new factory grips on, and have been slowly refreshing the exterior.

3. This bike has had a clear bra on it from almost its entire life (or perhaps for every minute of it). I removed it because it was lifting at the edges. What I found underneath was essentially pristine paint. I recommend the next owner re-apply a clear bra as it obvious worked for the first 13K miles.

4. The previous seller owned the bike twice (sold it once, bought it back a year or two later, and then sold it to me). He stated a notable CA specialist (name available) serviced the bike while he owned it. The emissions equipment was removed and is now in a box.

5. Since I've been deep cleaning and refreshing the bike, I've found numerous small paint defects here and there. From 3 feet away she looks a 10 out of 10. From 6 inches she looks like a 9 out of 10. I haven't yet removed the wheels and gotten inside all of the spokes etc. but they have a few paint defects as well. A strip and powder coat would make them as new.

6. I bought a new reproduction high quality sticker kit from the UK to replace the tank stickers. If it actually arrives it will be included in the purchase. All the rest of the stickers are factory. I have found no evidence of any bodywork or paintwork on this bike. She's all original as far as I can tell.

Some things that are currently imperfect:

1. The rotors are on backwards and they pulse on application. I was going to send them out to a specialist floating repair shop for repair but haven't gotten around to it. I don't know how or why they ended up backwards prior to my ownership.

2. The neutral indicator doesn't light up in neutral. Previous owner said it worked for him and perhaps it was just a micro switch.

3. On the lowest portion of the fairing nearest the exhaust there is some slight discoloration in the white and if you look at a high angle, some lifting or bubbling (0.5mm?). The area involved is about 1.5" in diameter and wasn't noticeable until I removed the clear bra and cleaned and polished the surface. I'm not sure if this is typical for a 13K mile RC or not.

4. A couple of the dzus fasteners have damaged the paint underneath, noticeable when you remove the fastener. A couple are missing the plastic washer which I think is the culprit.

5. The license light is missing. I've been looking for a replacement but haven't found one yet.

6. The factory stand is mechanically fine but the finish is tired. I have the yellow warning sticker for it but haven't gotten around to the task of stripping and refinishing.



Paging SixthGear, Hwood851, and RC30Freak:  1990 Honda RC30 for sale in Ohio
Honda March 27, 2014 posted by

Really Cool 1989 Honda RC30 available in Australia


The Honda VFR750R - but most often referred to as the RC30 - was created for the key purpose of going racing. Building just few enough street bikes to meet homologation rules, this particular model was a dominant race bike in the day and continues to dominate the wish lists, Christmas lists and bucket lists of enthusiasts everywhere. As a result, the RC30 has remained strong in the pricing department as well. This bike is located in Australia - and looks to be in terrific shape. Enjoy the pictures!


1989 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
This is an opportunity to own one of Honda's most collectable motorcycles.

Honda hand assembled the RC30 in low volume and many were highly modified for racing and it is now becoming harder to find any in good condition.

This 1989 RC30 is not the restricted Japanese model it is the European model fitted with the unrestricted C.D.I offering maximum performance.

Fitted with new Dunlop tyres and K&N high flow air filter this RC30 is in excellent condition, having traveled only 10500 km.

Just been fully serviced at 10000 km with new fork oil and brake fluid changed as well as new brake pads fitted.

Anyone looking at purchasing a good straight RC30 in excellent condition and with the original exhaust could not go past this one.


Really Cool 1989 Honda RC30 available in Australia
Honda March 4, 2014 posted by

1988 Honda RC30 VFR750R HRC Kitted Race Bike!

Update 3.4.2014: When this bike was first listed in January, it passed it's reserve of $26.5k and went on to sell for $38.6k. Unfortunately that sale has fallen through and it's back on eBay. Considering there were at least 5 bidders after reserve had been met, it should be interesting to see where it ends this time. Links updated. -dc

1988 Honda RC30 for sale

It's hard to know where to start with something this special. An RC30 with all the goods, arguably one of the most collectable bikes of it's era. It has provenance from period racing, it has the unobtainable race kit parts, and it's fresh out storage after 18 years. It appears in a couple of AHRMA races last year after being refreshed and promptly finds itself at the top of the podium. Bidding has been brisk with just a day passed so far and 9 days remaining. What's your fantasy bid for this once in a lifetime opportunity?


1988 Honda RC30 HRC for sale on eBay


from the seller:

Bought in Canada in the winter of 1987, Dr. Dave Kieffer, a privateer AMA Pro Racer who was also a pioneering orthopedic surgeon wanted to get the jump on the competition by ordering Honda’s newest Superbike weapon for the 1988 AMA Superbike Racing class by buying a Canadian model of the new hand-built HRC Honda RC30 in the hopes of readying it for Daytona Bike Week in March of 1988. Unbeknownst to him, Honda chose not homologate the bike in the USA until 1990, making his new RC30 ineligible for 1988 AMA Superbike competition.

Without homologation, the RC30 was ineligible to race in AMA Superbike until 1990, finding himself saddled with this new weapon, Dr. Kieffer then set his sights on competing in the AMA EBC Endurance Series in the GTO class and ordered the HRC race kit and had his team of former Honda Factory mechanics prepare the bike for the first 3 hour race of the 1989 AMA series in Daytona. Doc then went about recruiting a group of leading privateers and formed his new endurance team; The Rough Stock Racing Honda All-Stars. Over the course of the 1989 series, The All-Stars consisted of: Dr. Kieffer, John Ashmead, Rueben McMurter, Randy Renfrow, and Doug Brauneck.

In the first race of the 1988 season at Daytona, the team of McMurter, Kieffer and Ashmead came in 2nd to Dave Schlosser’s Dutchman Racing, multi-time Endurance Racing Champions, placed 3rd at Rd Atlanta, 1st at New Hampshire, 4th at Daytona in October and placed 5th in the year-end GTO standings competing against big horsepower teams using 1000’s and 1100’s.

In 1990 Honda the RC30 was homologated and became eligible for AMA Superbike competition. The bike was updated with Honda's latest “HRC factory- team spec” components by Ray Farrow and Dennis Zickrick, former Honda Factory team mechanics and was raced from ’89-92 by Dr. Kieffer in AMA Superbike Championship and the FIM World Superbike rounds at Brainerd, MN and Mosport Park, Canada . Doc was given assistance in parts and modifications by American Honda and numerous factory-backed racers, race teams and Honda own factory team who were friendly with Dr. Kieffer because he helped so many injured racers return to action as soon as safely possible. Fred Merkel was particularly helpful to Dr. Kieffer and help Doc get all the latest mods from the Rumi Racing’s RC30 World Super Bike team.

The bike was retired from racing in 1993 and properly prepared for storage where it would sit for the next 18 years. Because the bike was so well maintained and prepared, the bike was easily re-awakened over the winter of 2012-13 and thoroughly race-prepared by International Motorbikes of Hickory, NC. The bike was then entered in the Road America AHRMA Next Generation Superbike event where it placed 2nd on Saturday and 1st on Sunday with Harry Vanderlinden riding. At AHRMA’s Barber Vintage Events in October the RC30 was again entered in Next Gen Superbike and won on Saturday and placed 2nd on Sunday, again with Vanderlinden at the controls.

The bike is currently race ready and is more than capable of winning the AHRMA 2014 Next Gen Superbike Championship and is eligible for numerous Vintage events around the world including The Isle of Man Classic and the Phillip Island Classic.

The bike comes a spare set of painted bodywork and both a front and rear HRC Magnesium wheel with rotors. A very extensive spares package is available separately which include enough spares to keep you racing for years and year.

Engine: Fully HRC-kitted, magnesium cases and sump, Rumi Team baffle and oil pickup, HRC titanium exhaust, HRC Pistons, HRC Titanium rods, Ti valves, HRC valve springs and Ti retainers, HRC Airbox, FCR Flat-slide Carburetors, HRC ignition, HRC clip-ons etc.

Chassis: HRC Swingarm, HRC Forks, HRC Fork internals, HRC degree-adjustable triple trees, HRC rear Shock and Spring

Brakes: Nissan/HRC calipers, master cylinders and full floating rotors with stainless lines

Wheels: HRC Magnesium, Front-3.50 X 17, Rear 6.0 X 17

Tires: Michelin Power Race Slicks



1988 Honda RC30 VFR750R HRC Kitted Race Bike!