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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
Honda July 28, 2014 posted by

1994 Honda RVF750R RC45 #257

1994 Honda RC45 for sale

Let's start Monday with a bang: a 1,400 mile Honda RC45 should do the trick! Described as stunning with minor wear from 20 years of light use. Noted as owned previously by a Japanese collector, it is presumably still in Japan though offered for worldwide consideration from sellers in New Zealand. The buy-it-now price is a $40k USD, which would place it at the upper end of the price range for an RC45 but it's Monday, we can dream!


1994 Honda RC45 for sale on eBay

from the seller:


Following the terrific success of the RC30 in the World Superbike Series, HRC was under pressure to produce a viable successor and the RC45 was born. After the iconic NR750, the RC45 is often noted as the most collectable Honda due to its relative rarity. John Kocinski won the 1997 World Superbike Championship on an RC45, followed closely by Kiwi Aaron Slight (trailing by just 3 points).

Just 200 of these bikes were produced in year 1, with many being delivered directly to race teams. A further 500 bikes were produced for the Japanese domestic market with most of these going to collectors. This example is a very rare find, having travelled just 1400 miles in the past 20 years. Frame 257 has spent all of its life in the hands of a private collector in Japan and has been well cared for evidenced by the deep sheen in its paint work. There are a few very minor cosmetic defects in keeping with a 20 years old bike which has been lightly used and never restored, but overall this is a stunning stunning bike.

Carbon Garage is a licensed motorcycle dealer with a showroom, workshop & cafe located in Auckland, New Zealand. We have a partner warehouse in Tokyo, Japan and specialise in sales, service and restoration of classic Japanese superbikes from the 80s, 90s and later. We are motorcycle collectors ourselves and have an extensive collection of homologated superbikes on display in our cafe.

We ship worldwide and can provide a quotation for packaging and freight to the destination of your choice.

1994 Honda RVF750R RC45 #257
Honda December 29, 2013 posted by

A Honda RC45 To Be Ridden

Honda RC45 For Sale

I haven't seen an RVF750 available in a while and as usual when looking for exotics, delivers. This one looks very tidy and has actually seen road use with 20k miles on the clock. The description is thin but the pictures show a bike that has been kept pretty original except for the frame sliders. While most prefer the near-racebike-for-the-street RC30, when I was getting turned on to sportbikes it was the RC45 that got me excited. At £18k ($29,600) this one is priced a bit on the high side from what we've seen recently but not by much.


Honda RC45 for sale on eBay UK

A Honda RC45 To Be Ridden
Honda September 18, 2013 posted by

Homologation Week continues: 1994 Honda RC45 in Florida



If you were eyeing the clean Yamaha OW01 in Holland we posted earlier this week but want something closer to home, how about this awesome looking RC45? Sure there will be brand loyalists amongst the RSBFS fan base - but at this stage does anyone care if the OW01 &OW02 series machines were than the RC30 & RC45 variety? Today they are all very rare and very hard to come by - and matched (or bettered) by most non-homologation sportbikes of recent vintage. Given that my collection is devoid of homologation machinery, I'm pretty sure I would take any of the above if the keys fell into my hands. Yamaha purists might want to look away, but the rest should read on.


1994 Honda VFR750R RC45 for sale on eBay


Known as the Honda RVF750R RC45 in full name parlance, the RC45 was a step forward from the RC30; essentially the same motor configuration and transmission were used, with the engine recieving fuel injection, a shortened stroke for more RPM and head tweaks for breathing. Many of the RC45 advancements were shared with the oval piston NR750, showing Honda's goal of supreme engineering along with a Henry Ford approach to platform use.


From the seller:
US spec 1994 HRC RC45 for sale. One of only 50 produced for the US market in 1994 with 20 or so delivered to private race teams... very rare bike.

This bike is in excellent condition with only 7611 miles. It has aftermarket indicator lights and Marchesini wheels but I have all the originals to make the bike look just as it did out of the factory.

I don't have any time to ride it... It could be yours.


A US specification RC45 is down approximately 18 horsepower from the European variant - but that power is relatively easily "found" again with a wiring change to the fuel injection unit. Many believe that the RC45 is one of the rarest of the Honda models to be found these days: from a total of 200 produced only 50 were imported into the US, and of those at least 20 went directly into the hands of race teams. That doesn't leave many street bikes left, which is why these do not come up for auction very often.


The priviledge of owning a piece of HRC history does not come cheap. This particular bike is listed with a starting bid of $25,000 USD, with a reserve in place. No takers thus far, but this is early days for this one. Check out all of the details here, and then give us your thoughts on owning a homologation Superbike - would this be it in a "money is no object" sort of world? It just might be in mine (minus the funky turn signals). Good Luck!


Homologation Week continues: 1994 Honda RC45 in Florida