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Featured Listing September 5, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1996 Honda RVF400R for sale in Canada

As the little brother to the legendary RC45, the 1996 Honda RVF400R in some ways got stuck playing second fiddle to the faster bike. That isn't exactly fair treatment, though, as the screaming little gear-driven V4 had the character and handling to make a very good case for it being a world-class standalone machine.

They have had something of a resurgence lately, as people who want the thrill of a bike whose main weapon is momentum and value mid-90s Japanese build quality gobble these up on the grey market. Were it not for their rarity, they make a true case for themselves as an everyman sportbike. They're not overly expensive, they're reliable, and they suit new and experienced riders.

This one has an aftermarket powdercoat job on its wheels, but the bodywork is apparently all original and looks to be in good shape. The seller says it currently serves daily rider duties. It has a few easily reversed mods, and the seller is providing the original pieces should a new owner want to take it back to stock.

From the seller:

I have a Honda rvf all original body panels,it's a daily rider.
The bike has a Tyga rear tale section on the bike right now.
Bike comes with all original parts, also has a HRC upgraded ECM
Tires are a year and a half old, brakes are one year old, it has HEL stainless steal brake lines.
Wheels are powder coded white not black.
Over all condition out of ten would be a 8.
Let me know if you need any other info.
Attached are some pictures
We are from St. Jacobs,( just outside of Waterloo) Ontario, Canada.
Asking $8000 US or best offer.
Thanks a Dave
Phone- 5195728811

The asking price is in line with what we see these bikes go for, despite the fact that buyers on the southern side of the border will have to contend with importing a bike that is newer than 25 years old. With the market as hot as it seems to still be for bikes like this one, that shouldn't be too awful a prospect.

Featured Listing: 1996 Honda RVF400R for sale in Canada
Honda May 28, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Collector quality 1995 Honda RVF400!

Update 9.6.2018: This bike is now SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

There's nothing like comfort food and family on Memorial Day, and in that spirit, we present this 1995 Honda RVF400. These little grey-market rippers and their ilk have been our bread and butter, our comfort food, here at RSBFS and this glistening example is particularly tasty. It has quite clearly spent its life indoors under the watchful eyes of a caring collector, and the attention shows.

1995 Honda RVF400 for sale on eBay

Though the bike is registered for road use in Arizona, it has only seen 2,100 miles over its life. Unlike the vast majority of grey market imports we feature, this one was brought here nearly 20 years ago. In a nod to US standards, the speedometer has been treated to a MPH sticker overlay, though we'd rather use the stock gauges and do mental math.

The RVF400 was famed for truly being a miniaturized RC45, blessed with jewel-like build quality, flawless handling and the attention to detail Hondas of the era were famous for. Road tests from the time not that they're a little heavier than some of their competitors, but more than make up for it when the going gets twisty.

From the eBay listing:

I purchased this bike from a friend of mine who got it from another friend of ours, over the last 15 plus years it has only been stored on display in a climate controlled living room or office. It came over from Japan in the late 90's so it displays none of the typical corrosion or wear as many of the bikes that have lived in Japan and been exposed to the climate there.

I have looked over many years in the States and in Japan and have never seen another NC35 with these miles in this condition. I truly believe this is one of the finest anywhere in the world, let alone in the U.S. I am sure there is a zero mile one out there, ( I did not see one at the Collection Hall in Motegi! ) but I think you will be hard pressed to find another in this condition with these miles...and yes it is titled.

Last week after deciding to sell the bike I pulled the carbs and gave them a quick cleaning (bike was previously stored without fuel) and the bike starts, runs and idles exactly how it should. I have not ridden it as I do not want to put any miles on it. I pulled the lowers and photographed the bike so you can see exactly what you are getting.

The bike has brand new tires but they are several years old...so if you intend to actually ride it, new rubber and a change of all the fluids would be a good idea, but the bike was stored with fresh oil, coolant, brake fluid. Will come with a brand new battery installed and a small amount of Avgas in tank / carbs so will be turn key.

The bike is currently titled, plated and 2018 tags in Arizona with original 11 digit Japanese VIN.

Both original keys, original owners manual, and tool kit.

Passenger foot rests are not installed or shown in photos but I have them and they go with the bike!

100% stock, original, there is a MPH overlay on the speedo that could be removed. Everything works as it should, all lighting, electrical, etc....as it should, it is basically a NEW bike!!

Two small scratches in left lower as shown in photos, tiny bit of touch up on the H on right side lower, no rash, cracks, broken tabs. Inside of fuel tank is like new.

If you could step back in time to the 90's and buy a nearly new RVF400 that had been babied and only had a couple thousand miles on it, this is what it would look like. It is probably the nicest bike out of all in my collection, and over the years of buying NC30's 35's and NSR's I have never really seen a grey bike this nice and original. One's like this really no longer exist in Japan, and if they did they would bring well over $10k as decent ones at auction are already over $6000 and climbing now. The NSR prices are already out of sight.

There are a LOT of pictures here, please take a moment to check them all out but do not hesitate to contact me if you need me or have a question about a certain part of the bike!

I can ship most anywhere in the lower 48 for $499, if you are within 500 miles of So. Cal I think I can ship it for under $400 with Haul Bike, the best (safest) shipper I have used. You are also welcome to pick it up and inspect in person. Happy to assist with a shipper of your choice as well...and I would be willing to ship overseas, please contact for a quote to your nearest port.

Thanks to its condition and legality, the seller has set the reserve above $5,000. For a bike this rare and special, that shouldn't phase the dedicated collector.

Featured Listing: Collector quality 1995 Honda RVF400!
Honda August 7, 2015 posted by

Affordable V4: 1995 Honda RVF400 with Ohio Title

1995 Honda RVF400 L Side

Rare as hen's teeth here in the USA, Honda's little RVF400 [NC35] superbike made it into the country exclusively through grey-market imports, often via Canada. The RVF400 replaced the VFR400 in 1994 and used a smaller version of the bigger 750cc bike's gear-driven V4 engine.

Like the 750, the 400 used a 360° "big-bang" firing order to aid handling and increase tire life. The theory being that, when all of the combustion events occur close together instead of being spread out evenly, the rear tire is able to "recover" in between power pulses, making break away more predictable. Possibly superfluous with such a small displacement machine, but cool nonetheless, and big-bang bikes tend to sound better as well!

1995 Honda RVF400 Cockpit

Power is relatively unimpressive on paper: between 50hp and 60hp, depending on whom you ask, and that power is all up near the redline, so the bike needs thrashing to make progress, although you're rewarded with one of the best-handling chassis of all time. Kind of like a two-stroke 250 for people who think two-stroke motorcycles sound like chainsaws...

1995 Honda RVF400 Rear Wheel

The RVF400 looked very much like a miniature version of the RVF750, down to the updated cat-eye lamps and those giant, snorkel-like tubes to feed the engine fresh air, although the bike did not technically use ram-air to pressurize the airbox. The update also saw a change to upside-down forks and 17" wheel front and rear, which makes it easy to source modern, sticky rubber today, and many of these still see use in club racing.

1995 Honda RVF400 Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Honda RVF400 for Sale

I have too many bikes and not enough time. It's time to let a few go to new homes where they can be enjoyed and ridden. This rare Honda RVF400 is the V4 little brother of the RC45.  It's titled as a 1995, but the research I've done on the VIN and color scheme seem to indicate that it is actually a 1996 (the final year of production).  It small when compared to a 600cc sportbike but not super light like my Aprilia RS125.  It was originally marked only in Japan, so the small scratches you see in the pictures are probably no worse than a 20 year old CBR600 would be here in the states.  They probably weren't considered collector bikes in Japan at the time.  Considering that it's travelled half way around the world, I think it looks great.  I'd give it a 7-8 on a scale of 1-10.  There is a small paint discoloration between the headlights, a small crack on the right side of the rear fairing, a little road rash on the right mirror bottom and the left headlight has a little moisture in it.  The leather on the rear seat straps also has a small crack.  It's a really cool bike to ride and nobody in your town probably has one or may never have even seen one in the flesh.  The speedometer is in kilometers per hour and the odometer is in kilometers so I converted to miles for the listing.  Reserve is $7000. 

This bike has a few minor cosmetic scuffs, but the seller's reserve price seems very reasonable: if you want into the V4 Honda Club and funds are limited, this is going to be your best bet. And your investment is probably secure: in spite of their limited straight-line performance, their links to Honda's racing heritage, relative rarity, serious good-looks, and responsive handling make these very desirable to both riders and collectors.

-tad 1995 Honda RVF400 Speedo

Affordable V4: 1995 Honda RVF400 with Ohio Title
Honda January 21, 2015 posted by

Big-Bang Theory: 1996 Honda RVF400 for Sale

1996 Honda RVF400 R Front

Introduced in 1994 to replace the VFR400R, the RVF400 used a smaller, 399cc version of Honda’s gear-driven V4 powerplant with a 360° firing order. The updated model featured a revised fairing with cat-eye headlamps replacing the earlier bike’s round units, distinctive air tubes leading from the fairing to the front of the tank to feed the carburetors, although the airbox was not pressurized by any sort of ram-air system. Running gear saw a change to more modern upside-down forks and a 17” wheel replaced the earlier bike’s 18” item.

1996 Honda RVF400 Rear Suspension

Honda's homologation V4 engines featured a “big-bang” firing order that has all of the combustion events taking place relatively close together, instead of spaced evenly. This naturally increases engine vibration, but creates distinctive pulses in the power delivery that allows the rear tire to momentarily regain traction in between during on-track moments at the edge of adhesion, aiding handling and increasing tire life.

There’s also the undeniably subjective benefit in terms of sound: the “big-bang” engines often have the rawer, more charismatic sound generally associated with V4 engines compared to more conventional “screamer” motors with evenly-spaced firing intervals.

1996 Honda RVF400 L Side

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Honda RVF400 for Sale

1996 Honda RVF400 NC35. This bike is in very good condition. Bike has 9589 km = 5753 miles. Engine runs fine, no problems. There is a crack in the seat "see pictures". The passenger seat covers the crack so you don't see it. You don't see many RVF400 in this condition anymore. Bike is original, not restored. I have a clear California title for the bike.

1996 Honda RVF400 Dash

Sold officially only in Japan, all RFV400’s are grey-market imports. The seller is based in Japan, although this bike is supposedly in the US and has a clear California title. There is plenty of time left on the auction, with no takers yet at the $9,000 starting bid.

While these are obviously not as desirable as their bigger RC45 siblings, the RVF400 is prized by collectors for its motorsports heritage. And while the stock bike’s claimed 53hp is underwhelming on paper, the little RVF is reportedly a brilliant-handling bike, a “brains-over-brawn” bike for riders who like gear-whine that drowns out the stock exhaust.

-tad

1996 Honda RVF400 R Side

Big-Bang Theory: 1996 Honda RVF400 for Sale
Honda July 6, 2014 posted by

Welterweight: 1995 Honda RVF400 NC35

Update 7.6.2014: The reserve was lowered and has now been met at $4,999. I doubt you'll see another RVF400 stateside, title or not, for this little. Good luck to buyers and seller in the remaining hours! -dc

RVF400_1

In combat sports, welterweight is considered to be heavier than lightweight but lighter than middleweight. That seems apropos for the NC35; larger than a chicken chaser or 250, but smaller than the current 600cc crop of what we consider middleweights today. The RVF400 has long been considered a jewel in the 400cc field - more rare and more potent than the cheaper FZR400. With a gear driven cam sound unique to these Honda V-4 models and sporting a single-sided swingarm, it is clear that the NC35 is not your average small, "starter bike" machine. This is a baby RC45, scaled down in displacement. And price.

1995 Honda RVF400 for sale on eBay

RVF400_3

From the seller:
Attention collectors – rare chance to buy one of the highly sought after Honda V4, 400cc sport bikes. For a 400cc motorcycle it has amazing performance and world-class handling. I acquired this U.K. bike in 2006. The reserve is set low.

*** THIS MOTORCYCLE DOES N O T HAVE A TITLE *** bill of sale only

Speedometer is in Kilometers. It has 40,984 Km or 25,466 miles on the clock.
This motorcycle has significant upgrades; (a) aftermarket “shotgun” exhaust system (which was very expensive), (b) custom painted single seat rear cowl to match the original bodywork, (c) custom foot pegs, and (d) gold anodized wheels. This motorcycle is in very nice condition. It does have a few small nicks here and there but it looks exceptional for it’s age and mileage (please see all pictures and look closely). No rust anywhere. Chain & Sprocket Kit from D.I.D. X-Ring Gold installed at ~15,000 miles. Oil change every 3,000 miles. New OEM wind Screen installed January 2014. I do NOT have the OEM tool kit or owners manual.

RVF400_4

I'm not sure how the owner is riding this around yet the bike has no title and no visible license plate. Maybe a track only ride? If so, this must have a lot of laps under its belt. The lack of title might be enough to scare off many buyers, but then again not everybody lives in a state where it is difficult to register grey market motorcycles. Check out the details here. This is a great looking bike, and I imagine it will receive lots of interest. Bidding is at the $4k mark with reserve in place. How high will it go? Let's watch and see!

RVF400_5

Welterweight: 1995 Honda RVF400 NC35
Honda December 17, 2013 posted by

RC45 Looks Without The Price And HP- 1997 Honda RVF400 NC35

Update 12.17.2013: Posted late last month, this one failed to get any bids with an opening of $10,500. It's back on eBay with a starting bid of $8500. Links updated. -dc

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If you still consider America a colony, look away. While they may be a dime a dozen in the U.K. these are still rare birds here in the New World. At first glance this particular NC35 looks very sharp.

1997 Honda RVF400 for sale on eBay

nc left rear
As I mentioned you get the RC45 looks without losing your wallet. You aren't going to out horsepower anyone but the 400's were made for the twisties and I think give a similar experience to riding a street, 250cc two stroke.

nc left
It has some miles on it with the odometer showing 23,000.

The story on it:

YOU ARE BIDDING ON A RARE HONDA RVF400 COMMONLY CALLED AN NC35 OR BABY RC45. ONE OF HONDA'S CROWN JEWELS OF MOTORCYCLES WITH IT'S 90 DEGREE V4 RACE DERIVED ENGINE AND 250GP SIZE. IT IS IN ALL STOCK CONDITION WITH JUST OVER 23,000 MILES (I'M NOT THE FIRST OWNER. I'VE HAD IT SINCE 2005 AND IT CAME WITH A KPH TO MPH CONVERTER SO I THINK IS ALL MILES). IT INCLUDES OWNER AND SERVICE MANUALS IN JAPANESE ALONG WITH SOME SPARE PARTS (PLUGS,TURN SIGNAL, REAR PASSENGER PEGS AND OTHER SMALL MISC. PARTS. COMES WITH PIT BULL RACE STAND, ONE YEAR OLD LITHIUM BATTERY NEARLY NEW CHAIN AND SPROCKETS AND VERY GOOD CONDITION MICHELIN PILOT TIRES.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS HAS BEEN A TENDER LOVED RIDER (NEVER ABUSED- NO WHEELIES, PEG DRAGGING, TRACK DAYS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT). IT'S READY TO GO, BUT THERE ARE A FEW MINOR MARKS. THAT I HAVE TRIED TO SHOW IN PICTURES. MINOR STONE NICKS IN FRONT COWL, SMALL SCRATCH IN BLACK BY SEAT, MINOR RUST ON CHROME EXHAUST SHIELD, SLIGHT FOGGING OF PLASTIC HEADLIGHT LENS, SMALL NICK IN PAINT ON TANK (MOST OF THESE WERE THERE WHEN I BOUGHT IT). THESE ARE ALL VERY MINOR BUT I WANT TO POINT THEM OUT SO EVERYONE IS HAPPY AT THE END OF THE DEAL

nc front

That front end still says Suzuka to me.

nc rear

It's clean, it's stock and it's rare but I have a feeling the price will be an issue. The bidding starts at $10,500. I'm a fan of all the 400's but the fact is they just don't command the dollars. On the other hand, nice examples like this don't appear for sale all that often; decisions, decisions.

Click here for the auction.

Ian

RC45 Looks Without The Price And HP- 1997 Honda RVF400 NC35




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