Posts by tag: RC30

Honda September 16, 2016 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 For Sale in California

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We've seen some quick sales of great examples late in the season (check out this ZX750M1 that sold in two days for $18k) and this RC30 in California could fit that bill as well. It is advertised with less than 10k miles and the opening bid is $22k reserve not met. Where do you think this bike will end up?

Have a great weekend,

dc

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1990 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

From the seller:

If you are looking for one of these, no explanation is required how rare and exotic this motorcycle is. hand built one by one and imported 300 only to state. She is in beautiful condition. She has Micron exhaust but comes with stock exhaust and bottom fairing in pristine condition as well. Rear wheel stand is also included. I have couple of boxes of NOS and extra stuff to go with. Only thing missing is the factory tool kit. I will only accept cash or bank transfer for payment. She is a 49 state bike.

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1990 Honda RC30 For Sale in California
Honda August 8, 2016 posted by

They seem to come in waves:
Another 1994 Honda RC45, this one with under 900 miles

We just had a nice RC45 here on RSBFS last week and given the rarity of these it's a bit of a surprise that another one has popped up for sale so soon.  While the previous bike was a gray import bike offered by a dealer in Florida, this one looks to be a US bike currently owned by a collector.

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1994 Honda RVF750R/RC45 in Texas USA

As noted in the post from last week, the RVF750R (also known as the RC45) was introduced in 1994 as the successor to the epic RC30 and was a true homologation bike.  The RC45 came with a 749cc V4 engine containing titanium rods, ceramic-lined cylinder walls and gear driven cams, as well as a new fuel injection system and a race-ready single-sided rear swingarm.

The RC45 was a good bike on the track, being ridden to championships in 1997 and 1998.  But reviewers/riders found the bike a bit of a letdown on the street, mostly due to it being tuned to only produce around 110bhp for the U.S. version and the race gearbox having a very tall 1st gear. Consider the following review from motorcyclenews:

"Like the race version, Honda's road-going RC45 doesn't quite hit the spot, but it's still an impressive piece of exquisite engineering. As the ultimate ‘90s Superbike, the Honda RC45 lacks the pure focus of a Yamaha R1, the visceral punch of a Ducati 916 or the exotic edginess of a Bimota SB6R. Also, people might think your Honda RC45 is a Honda RVF400 NC35 from a distance..."

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Mileage on this one is a low 877 according to the seller.  Unfortunately no other maintenance info is provided.  Based on the dust and color of the clutch reservoir fluid, I would bet that the bike has been standing for quite a few years and would require a thorough refresh including tires.

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By the pics provided the bike looks to have been part of a serious collection.  Initial bid price is $40,000 USD with reserve not met. That price seems to be inline with what we have seen these go for in the past, even with the expected additional cost of a freshening.  Also given the rarity of these bikes, I wouldn't expect the price to drop below the opening bid.

It seems like the RC45 doesn't ring the emotional bells for a lot of collectors in the same way the RC30 did.  This one is certainly in excellent condition and is probably a good investment for a serious collector, but I wish there were a few more pics and comments by the seller.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

They seem to come in waves:</br>Another 1994 Honda RC45, this one with under 900 miles
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.

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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.

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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 18, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda VFR750R / RC30 with NL0B Engine and Chassis Kit

Update 3.14.2017: We have been informed that this bike is now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 4.18.2016: This seller has renewed his Featured Listing. Thank you to Shaun for supporting the site and good luck with the sale! -dc

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Before Honda released the homologation special VFR750R / RC30 road bikes, HRC built and raced the growling V4's, and won the first two WSBK championships ridden by Fred Merkel.  The bike offered here has been Troy Corser's second bike, who won the 1993 Australian Superbike Championship, and ridden by a young Anthony Gobert in 1994 until the RC45 was prepared.  Purchased from the race team later in 1994, its subsequent lives include track days, a long rest, and recent restoration.

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An evolution of the RVF750 endurance racer, the VFR750R uses a complex twin-tube diamond frame around the compact V4, with bespoke steering head bracing.  In the early 1990's HRC offered the NL0B engine kit, with updated heads, crankshaft, and cam drive, resulting in around 130 hp, up from a stock 90hp, and for a cost equivalent to a Dodge Viper.  Right-side up Showa forks have HRC internals and single-sided swingarm is shortened and braced.  Brakes were Lockheed, specially built for the race machine, but have been replaced with Brembo calipers with cast iron disks due to seal availability.  The fairing was stored away when the bike was tracked and has original Winfield Honda ( Australia ) racing graphics.

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Shown at the 2014 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, a Cycle World diversion at the 2014 Moto GP in Austin, the bike had been through a 3-year restoration to its racing form.  The owner, a coach at California Superbike School and partner at a race preparation shop, learned CNC ( Computer Numerical Control ) machine tool programming to make missing and broken bits for the machine.

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The haunting sound of the V4 is result of the 360-degree crankshaft, with two closely spaced power pulses in each revolution.  The inherent balance of the V4 allowed engine speeds of 14,000 rpm, and though not a horsepower monster, the RC30 had a wide and rideable torque curve.  The restoration included new Carillo rods, and all new bearings, seals and gaskets.

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Regular readers of RSBFS will know the cachet and rarity of a road-going RC30, but this is an order of magnitude more exotic.  All RC30's were built not at Honda but by small teams at HRC. And the NL0B racers were another, much smaller subset of machines built by world level teams from heavily customized parts with a production run counted in double digits. They were then tuned and modified at the track.  Only a few other complete race-prepared VFR750R's survive, on display as this one is likely to be.

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-Donn

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda VFR750R / RC30 with NL0B Engine and Chassis Kit
Honda February 12, 2016 posted by

1988 Honda RC30 in Italy

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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 🙂 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 🙂

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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’ contacts. I also speak German and Italian if that would make the communication easier for you. The bike is located in Switzerland near Zürich 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!