Posts by tag: RC45

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.


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..."


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.


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.


They seem to come in waves:</br>Another 1994 Honda RC45, this one with under 900 miles
Honda July 30, 2016 posted by

Unobtanium alert: 1996 Honda RVF750R RC45

Back in the 1990's Honda introduced new technology to the sportbike world at a truly dizzying pace.  From 1990 to 1999, Honda USA introduced sportbike riders to the RC30, RC45, RC51, CBR600F2, VFR750, the legendary NR750 and the CBR900RR.  Personally I can't think of another manufacturer that launched so many top of class bikes over a similar length time frame.

While the Honda RC30 actually launched in 1987 in Japan, it didn't come to the USA until 1990  The RC30 was a techo tour-de-force that won a lot of races and developed a deep following.   The follow up RVF750R, also often referred to as just the RC45, wasn't as successful on the track but interestingly, for many collectors the RC45 is more desirable.

For anyone who is interested, an overview of all the differences between the RC30 and RC45 can be found here on Wikipedia.


Introduced in 1994 and produced until 1999 but only imported officially into the US for 1994 with a 50 unit allocation, the Honda RC45 was a true homologation bike.  Right out of the box the bike came with a lot of top shelf components including an exotic DOHC 749cc V4 engine that had titanium rods, ceramic-lined cylinder walls and gear driven cams.  The RC45 also incorporated a new fuel injection system, lots of cast magnesium parts to reduce weight, a new aluminium twin-spar chassis and an exotic (for 1994) single-sided rear swingarm.


1996 Honda RVF750R/RC45 on ebay

And yet despite all the new tech, the RC45 didn't have quite the same level of track or sales success as the preceeding RC30 and initially was considered to be a bit of a failure.  Part of this was due to the fact that the new powerplant in the street/homolgation version was tuned to only produce around 110bhp for the U.S. version/118 for the European version which wasn't a huge jump from what standard 750cc sportbikes of the same era were offering.  Also street riding on the RC45 first gear was reported to be kind of a pain due to a very tall 1st gear.

While the RC45 didn't find favor on the street, things were quite different when it was taken to the track.  In peak race form the bike was transformed with power reported as being nearly 190 bhp.  Track successes of the RVF750R included Miguel Duhamel wining the 1996 Daytona 200, John Kocinski winning the 1997 WSBK championship and Ben Bostrom winning the 1998 AMA Superbike Championship.


As for this particular RC45, sharp eyed viewers have probably caught that this US-located bike is listed as 1996 with a VIN # well above 50 (NOTE:  This is assuming they can tear their eyes away from the art that is the perfect welds on this bike).  These issues are explained by the seller as being due to the fact that this particular RC45 was originally delivered/sold in Switzerland in 1996 and then imported into the USA.  While "gray-market" RC45's can be a pain to get registered, the seller also indicates they have a US title in hand.


From the photos in the eBay listing, this particular RC45 looks to be completely original with only a few small nicks.  I guess the excellent condition should not be surprise given the listed mileage of about 2800 miles/4400 kilometers.  Personally my only concern is that the eBay seller has a zero feedback rating and some of the pics on this eBay listing look incredibly professional/like official promo pics instead of pics of the actual bike being sold.




Based on the listed phone number the seller appears to be a dealer located in Florida and while the maintenance/ownership history isn't as complete as I would like for a bike like this, the seller did provide the following service info.

  • "Recent" full service (quote marks added by me - Marty).
  • New Pirellis.
  • New fuel pump.
  • New Battery
  • Original stand included.
  • Spare ECU.
  • Spare complete period Micron exhaust included.


So what is this bit of mid 1990's homologation goodness worth?  Well the RVF750R is current one of the top desired 750cc homolgation machines of the 1990's, the others being the Kawasaki ZX7RR and Yamaha OW01.  This particular RC45 looks good but there are some things I would personally follow up on, such as the VIN#/title situation and also, given the color of the brake fluid in the master cylinder, what exactly was meant by "recent" full service.

Previous postings of these seem to have gone for a price between $24,000 and $29,000 USD.  Assuming the title is clear, I would expect price to be somewhere in the upper part of that range band.

ADDENDUM:  Some of our frequent readers/comments of RSBFS such as RC45 and The Collector are more experienced with the RC45, hopefully we can get them to provide their input in the comments section.


Unobtanium alert:  1996 Honda RVF750R RC45
Honda December 1, 2015 posted by

Starting December with a Bang: Honda RC45 with HRC Kit Parts

Honda RC45 HRC for sale

This RC45 has superbike racing history in Europe and has been treated to a restoration starting in 2009. It has since served as a display and show piece but the owner states it is fully functional as well. Thank you to all those that forwarded this link!


Honda RC45 HRC for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

HRC kitted Honda RC45, probably one of few ex-wsbk with existing dokumentation and history from the start 1994.
The bike was built by NL racingteam " V/D Wal Racing " (Johan v/d Wal) accordning to the wsbk regulations in that era with most of HRC parts. Mainly raced in the NL Superbike series and European Superbike series, also some wildcards in wsbk.

After the racing era the bike was owned by an amerikan collector, lived in NL.
I have owned it since 2009 and made a careful renovation / restauration, then used for showrooms and motorshows. This RC45 breathe that racing era !
Run and sounds great, NO bike/engine sounds like a HRC-kitted RC45

HRC '95 engine kit 160ps included:
HRC piston-rings / camshafts / rods / heads + modif. dito
HRC gears
HRC oilcooler kit
HRC upper / lower kit radiators
HRC electric kit; PGM-FI, RPM-meter, modif. harness etc....
HRC clutch / HRC cover ....
Twinstack with special, non HRC carboncans
520' drive

Frame is modif. with HRC frame reinforcement kit
Tank modif. of HRC drawings
Pro carbon (NL) spec. carbon airbox
Pro carbon (NL) rearset
Ohlins rear damper with linkage
Front fork modif. showa
Rear axel modif. close to HRC specification

Front brake : AP-racing superbike six piston caliper, 320 disc
AP-racing radial brake master pump
Rear brake : small racecaliper with modif. disc
Rear wheel : Marchesini 6.00/17
Front wheel : Marchesini 3.50/17
HRC bodywork in fiberglass (uk)

Spare parts;
Rear wheel 5.75/17
Front wheel 3.50/17 (new)
2 x HRC upper radiators in rebuildable condition
Kevlar tank (NL pro carbon)
1 x Carbon bodywork with lights (NL pro carbon)
1 x Carbon seat unit with lights (NL pro carbon)
1 x Carbon raceseat in rebuildable condition (NL pro carbon)

Oem parts: rear frame, rearaxel bolt/nut, seat cowl and more.....

HRC '95 kit set-up manual
Lots of original documents, HRC documents, HRC-drafts etc...

Registrationdocument is avalible

Starting December with a Bang:  Honda RC45 with HRC Kit Parts
Honda July 13, 2015 posted by

The Rider You’ve Always Wanted: 1994 Honda RC45


This is a post dedicated to those that abhor rare sport bikes that have been kept in museum quality and never ridden. It's a homologation HRC special with less than 10k miles. And it has a branded title. That is a deal killer for many, especially collectors. But for an appropriate discount, this could be a really cool rider that still has respectable value. It's not a perfect bike, but this is a bike you'd be equally happy to enjoy as intended and be the king of your Starbucks when fueling up before the ride. Worth watching for sure!


1994 Honda RC45 RVF750R for sale on eBay


from the seller's listing:

Honda RC45 with 9k miles with damage history. This bike was rear-ended by a ditzy 16 year old girl while sitting at a redlight back in 2007. No real damage was done to the bike, it was pushed into the intersection and fell on the right side. The insurance company had no idea what to do with it since it is so rare that they totalled it and issued a rebuilt title. I was told in WA that after 7 years in rebuilt status, the next title transfer comes back clean since it is mainly for newer vehicles to make new buyers aware. Not sure if that is true or not and I certainly dont know about other states, so consider this bike to come with a rebuilt title. The damage included a bent exhaust, broken right footpeg and brake levers. Scratches were in the right rear view mirror, right front turnsignal, right lower fairing, rear wheel, and the number plate area on the right side of the tailsection.

So a new rear wheel, right front turnsignal, right mirror, right lower fairing, right footpeg, and both brake levers were replaced with factory parts. An aftermarket Termignoni shotgun exhaust was also installed (that sounds absolutely amazing at full howl). The number plate area on the tailsection was repainted.

As the picture shows, everything on the bike is back as it should now and it rides just as well as it ever did. Since the bike does have 9k miles and was actually ridden, it does have a few very small chips here and there and the left lower fairing has paint missing on the very bottom. But hey, here all you collectors can actually own an RC45 that your not afraid to ride instead of just dusting yours and telling all your friends when they ask how it handles, "They say these are fast, couldn't tell ya, but it sure looks pretty though... dont it?

The Rider You’ve Always Wanted:  1994 Honda RC45
Honda March 14, 2015 posted by

V4 Perfection: 1997 Honda RC45

Beautiful 1997 Honda RC45 on eBay UK

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Honda's stunning RC45 was never intended for the masses. It was built to win on the racetrack and it did just that. Maybe not to the level of Ducati's domination, but it still had plenty of success. The RC45 was able to win one World Superbike Championship with John Kocinski and a pair of AMA Superbike Championships with Miguel Duhamel and Ben Bostrom in the saddle. While it wasn't a horsepower monster, it was laden with high tech goodies like titanium rods, ceramic lined cylinder walls and lots of cast magnesium parts.

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Total production numbers remain a bit of a mystery but we do know that only 50 of them came over to the US and 20 of those went to privateer race teams. So it definitely fits the "Rare" definition of this website. They were also extremely pricey with an MSRP of approximately $32,000. A few years ago, you might have found a used one close to $20,000 however those days are long gone and prices are now surpassing the original MSRP for clean examples. As everybody knows, I'm a fan of riding my bikes, but with the hefty price tag, the appreciating value and the cost and scarcity of replacement parts... this is one that I might just be too nervous to actually enjoy.

The seller doesn't go into a lot of detail about the actual motorcycle, but includes the overview quoted below. If you want more details or you just want to watch the auction, you can check it out here: 1997 Honda RC45 on eBay UK


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Mike M.

V4 Perfection:  1997 Honda RC45
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