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Honda June 9, 2018 posted by

Once Smitten – 1990 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

If there was to be sportbike bubble, the grail-like Honda RC30 might be leading the way, prices rising as you watch, with collector auctions drumming up some truly outlandish numbers.  Still it is a venerable model which stood the WSBK universe on its head for a few years - lightweight, powerful, easy to ride, and just a few thousand exist.  This one has low miles, few modifications, outstanding condition, and a knowledgeable owner.

1990 Honda VFR-750R RC30 for sale on eBay

Bred and born for superbike racing, the RC30 has the goods, sometimes well hidden.  Titanium connecting rods and 360-degree crankshaft timing help make a torquey flexible 102 hp.  The single-sided swingarm is novel for the era, and quick-release front axle is also race-derived.  Rideability is enhanced by the factory slipper clutch, and the endurance racer fairing protects the monoposto up to its 149 mph top speed.

Careful enough that he raked the gravel in the photo shoot area, this might be a unique previous owner.  Evidently having owned a few RC30's over the years, this one was preserved and carefully modified with just a polished exhaust and matching 17-inch wheels from an RC45.  It certainly shows beautifully, even without the fairings, making the pictures a must-save for RC30 fans or owners.  From the eBay auction:

As you can see from the pics, the bike is in exceptional stock OEM condition and has no period performance modifications other than the wheels and exhaust noted above. The bike still wears its original paint, and it is in very nice condition for its age. As best I can tell, all of the original Honda warning stickers and decals are still in place and looking good. There are a few very minor nicks and scuffs here and there, but you have to examine the bike very closely to find them. The most notable are on the lower fairing chin (see pics) and a scuff on the right side of the original windshield (see pics). Some of what you see on the fairing chin is actually the clear plastic chip guard lifting around the edges and trapping a bit of dirt, but there are a couple of chips at the very nose of the “chin” (it is not cracked through anywhere to my knowledge). There are also a few areas around mounting points that show some minor stress cracking in the paint which is quite common for an RC30 with any mileage, but these are minor enough that I could not get them to show in the photos. The front of the lower forks also have some discoloration in a few spots which is also very common for these bikes (see pics). The above said, the overall appearance of the bike is excellent. 

 

The RC30's balance and powerband led it to a long career at the Isle of Man and under endurance racing privateers.  Reviews said it was light handling and Honda-easy to maintain.  Prices had been in the mid-twenties until recently, in varying levels of miles and restoration.  A couple of zero-miles examples have popped up this year, one selling at Bonham's for over $90K including commission.  Nothing like that here, but this is a great specimen that it wouldn't hurt to ride once in a while.  That is what it's all about, isn't it ?

-donn

Once Smitten – 1990 Honda VFR-750R / RC30
Honda April 10, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1989 Honda VFR400R / NC30

Update 4.26.2018: Greg informed me that the eBay buyer fell through on this one after it was shown as sold for $9,300. However another buyer stepped up and this bike is SOLD. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Our friend Greg at Deftone Cycles has made a good name for himself choosing clean sportbikes for import and making them ready for riding season. This V-4 399cc mini-superbike is a great example.

Built from 1986 to 1992, the VFR400R used gear-driven cams and had four valves per cylinder, generating the kind of performance that has helped keep the grey market alive after all these years.  The NC30 is the third generation of three, with updates like the left-side exhaust, Pro-Arm monoshock with 18-inch rear wheel, and 360-degree crank timing.  The styling is so reverential to the 750cc RC30 that riders will find themselves fielding questions about the bigger bike.

Deftone realizes the appeal of an  un-restored sportbike, and chooses their candidates carefully.  This one has complete factory fairings, undamaged though there is a little patina here and there.  The front brake calipers appear to have been refreshed, not a bad thing for a rider.  All new fluids and tune-up are part of the commissioning.  There is a dent in the left heel heatshield, but overall very few distractions on this machine.  From the eBay auction:

Completely original and unrestored.  Mechanically Sorted.  All fluids are fresh.  Shifts and revs to redline perfectly.  Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest Bike. Very few scratches overall. Two blemishes to be aware of, Exhaust heat shield does have a dent. Fuel tank Dark Blue Stripe is showing some hairline cracks. This is very common with the Type 1’s original tanks. Dark blue stripe is a decal that over time has been known to deteriorate. Please see Images. Fuel tank is Rust Free. Has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title.

The VFR400R reviewed as a spot-on handler and was intended for the fan-base in progressive license markets.  It was offered intermittently in the Euro zone but often for more than competing 750's and 900's, insuring showroom failure.  But word got out, the legend grew, and there has been a steady demand for track-day machines and rare street-sports here and in the U.K.  The auction has just opened with a starting bid of $6,500, and you can send Greg questions via eBay's "contact seller" link or email - here -.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1989 Honda VFR400R / NC30
Honda March 12, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda VFR700F

Update 3.14.2018: SOLD in 2 Days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

VFR fans might remember this special 700F from last spring's write-up.  Over the past year just a few hundred miles and a new starter are of note. 

The VFR700F was an interim model which ducked under a tariff limit on engine size, making a huge difference in MSRP from the VFR750F.  Performance was comparable and the model received two updates even though it was only imported for two years.  This edition is a late 1986 F2, with the angular console inkeeping with the times.

The F2 was a significant re-design from the 1983 introduction, and the entire engine was new in response to the update to the cam lubrication problem.  The frame was now a twin-spar aluminum, adding a sixth speed, air-adjustable forks and revised Pro-Link monoshock.  Still it was 81 hp pushing just over 500 lbs. wet, though the racing team did wonders with theirs - Fred Merkel won the AMA Superbike 1984-86 and was the new WSBK champion 1988-89.

This particular VFR was a rescue but looks like a show dog these days.  Fairings were repaired by plastic welding but are factory original.  Nice touches like the bronze powder-coated engine cases and up-to-date black wheels compete with knowledgeable fan updates like the 17-inch front wheel and shortened and cored mufflers ( with correct jetting ).  A lightening trim to the front fender shows the restorer's expertise and sharp eye, and maybe a little nostalgia with the NOS tank emblem.  Check out the restoration blog - here - .

By now most VFR's have half-again or twice as many miles, as they are a rider's bike.  Most have never even heard about a restoration like this.  Renewed for another life, with its 2nd generation alloy chassis and stock paint and graphics, it could easily hold its own at a show or concours.  Owner Scott asks just $4,000.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda VFR700F
Featured Listing March 6, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1990 Honda VFR400R / NC30 – Super Clean !

Update 4.16.2018: This bike is SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Long-time friend and regular around RSBFS, Greg at Deftone Cycles had some kind of luck with his last shipment of gray-market machines. This 1990 VFR400R has just about 14,000 km ( 8,500 miles ) but the condition is exceptional.  The third generation was certainly the charm for the petite Honda, as the NC30 variant had the widest torque band, least twitchy handling, and outstanding build quality.

1990 Honda VFR400 for sale on eBay

The NC30 was built for 4 years, an eternity in the fast-moving sportbike world.  Honda's well-tested 399cc V-4 generates the nice whir of gear-driven cams, as well as 59 hp.  The NC30 re-introduced the 360-degree crankshaft, where pairs of cylinders fire together for a torquier delivery.  The chassis was revised for the 1990 model year and reviewed as the strongest and most stable of the 400-four stroke group.  House suspension is adjustable for preload and rebound, and triple discs are appropriately sized at 269mm.  Styled like its 750cc sibling, the VFR400 shows off the single-sided swingarm with a 4-2-1 left side exhaust.

Requiring very little refurbishment, this monochromatic VFR is stock except for the exhaust and without most of the usual corrosion.  Greg has this to say about the bike :

100 percent stock. Except aftermarket Header and Silencer.
Condition: Excellent.
Right side lower fairing stress cracks.
Small hairline fracture upper left.
Mileage: 8,647 / 13,917 Km

Though shoot-outs from the day accused Honda of resting on their laurels, the easier-to-ride VFR400 may have been the best solution for its intended fledgling riders, if not aspiring racers.  The drivetrain is more tractable than the usual pint-size, and the package is surprisingly capable for a junior - skilled riders will find their rewards.  Deftone Cycles asks $7,500 for the pleasure and Greg can be reached - here -

-donn

Featured Listing – 1990 Honda VFR400R / NC30 – Super Clean !
Yamaha January 30, 2018 posted by

Well Presented: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

[1.30.2018 - The eBay listing on this nicely-described RZ500 was pulled before we could post. The bike does not appear to be available, but enjoy the right way to present a bike. MI]

Every once in a while RSBFS staff come across a bike that is both rare AND honestly represented. The latter is often as rare as the machine itself. And speaking of machines, today's offering is no less than the vaunted Yamaha RZ500, a twin-crank V-4 two stroke patterned after the big GP bikes of the day. With a GP-inspired 16" front wheel, full bodywork, and exhausts poking out of the tail section shotgun style, the RZ500 has long been a lusted after model by collectors and riders alike. And this particular bike is so nicely documented by the seller that I will let them take over the narrative at this point. Read (and drool) on!

From the seller:
This is my 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale. This is a Canadian Version. This is one of the legendary models that Yamaha built for the street use and if you are already looking at this posting, you may be knowing how valuable these bikes are. The bike is absolute fun to ride, not restored, not molested.

It was imported to USA back in 1986 by the previous/ first owner and he had the bike all these years taken well care of. I bought the bike 2 years back thinking that I will keep it forever as a collection.

Now that I have bought a new house and moving in, I have a lot of financial priorities to take care of and I find no other way than letting this bike go. I myself is a picky person when it comes to things I buy and this bike is really worth it. The joy of riding a 2 stroke in power band is something that you won’t get in any of the new generation bikes as per what I think. The RZ500 is one of its kind that really needs to be known.

More from the seller:
When I bought the bike it was all original untouched in any way. I decided to do a complete engine rebuild as the bike itself was 30 years old and I thought it’s a fair thing to do to make the bike completely reliable to ride myself.

A complete engine rebuild was done by the famous 2 stroke specialist Rick Lance (very well known for Lance Gamma) in October 2016, little over a year ago. No expenses were spared. All the engine seals and gaskets were replaced. New first oversize pistons were installed. All genuine Yamaha parts were used for the rebuild. Anything and Everything related to the engine was taken care of. The water pump, oil pump, YPVS etc. work perfect as they should. It is using stock carburetors and exhausts. I did the break-in run and was carefully done. The bike has run only 580 Kms after the engine rebuild. All fluids were replaced at the time of engine rebuild. However I replaced the engine fluids again and topped up the 2t oil two weeks back because I did the break-in run and thought it would be nice to.

The bike starts usually in one or two kicks and settles to a nice idle and runs real smooth through all the gears.

More from the seller:
A new fuel petcock was installed, and as per Rick’s recommendation, a supplement fuel tap is also installed which is really required for these bikes for shutting off fuel completely from flowing to the system when the bike is not in use, and this is the only additional fitting on the bike other than the stock setup and as per me I really like the supplement petcock as it is very useful and really convenient.

New battery was installed at the time of the engine rebuild and is still almost as new.

Rear brake calipers were completely removed and serviced. However, I would like to change the brake pads for more efficient braking. Just did not get the time to do it, now the new owner could 🙂 (A set of brand new EBC brake pads along with the set of caliper pistons and kit goes with the bike. See the list of items I am giving away with the bike for more details).

The Tires are not new but they are in good condition Metzeler tires. However it’s up to the new owner whether he/she decides to put on a new pair before doing any serious fast riding.

All the electrics work on the bike as they should, the Turn Signals, headlight, rear/brake light, meter lights, horn etc.

Everything on the bike is original. The bike is really clean and well maintained. The pictures speaks for themselves.

More from the seller:
Please read below for the drawbacks and negatives as I think it is and important to mention.

1) The body kit is replaced and is a brand new Australian made high quality kit and price runs over $1000. The body kit was replaced because the bike fell down on the drive way (while parked on kick stand) when I was moving things to my new house. It broke the right side lower cowling screw attachment at 2 points.

2) The right side exhaust also got a scratch mark when it fell which I thought of leaving it alone. (Please see the picture)

I bought a separate super clean gas tank from a seller and got it repainted by a high end professional. High quality DuPont paint was used for the paint job and the color matches perfectly with the new body kit. As said please refer to the pictures and you can see the quality.

This is a 32 Year old bike and will have its own minor blemishes and drawbacks as you could imagine. Please don’t expect a 100% perfect showroom condition bike. There is no warranty or guarantee expressed or implied.

More from the seller:
The bike is currently located in Houston, Texas. It has a clear Texas title in my name.

The reserve price I have kept is very nominal and reasonable as per the market price. I have no intentions to make any profit out of selling it, and I am not a business man.

I hope it finds an owner who is just enthusiastic and a bike lover just like me.

How's that for some detail? Gotta love the attention this seller has put into the advert - and based on the photos one can only assume the same treatment was bestowed on the bike. Sure, it has some use and the pipe rash and replacement plastics are a ding to sanitary originality. The rebuild from a reputable shop is a check in the plus column. The big RZ is the most common of the 500cc smoking set here in the US, but that does not make it cheap by any means. Bidding has started out very slow on this one, and the auction sits at just over $10k with reserve in place. I would expect a bike like this to fetch in the neighborhood of $15k, so there is time and room to move if you are so inclined. Check out all of the details here and enjoy a collectable classic that is begging to be adopted and ridden like its repli-racer looks might suggest. Good luck!!

MI

Yamaha December 23, 2017 posted by

Christmas Green: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

'Tis the season for seasons greetings, wish lists and good old fashioned commercialism. RSBFS tends to see a lot of great bikes in the week prior to Christmas, and this RZ500 is no exception. With clean plastics, upgraded suspension, a Rick Lance rebuild and an impressive list of updates, this particular RZ promises to be one of the better examples viewed this year - provided you are OK with what can best be called a resto-mod instead of a stone-stock specimen. The upgrades may be a downside for some, as it has been well established that collector machines have the greatest potential when 100% stock. For those that ride, however, some mild breathing spices up the sauce that makes these bikes so special. Intrigued? Read on!

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

Regular readers of RSBFS will already know the stats, specs and strengths of the RZ500. Still, a bike of this class deserves a quick, remedial refresh: 500cc of two stroke power, arranged in a V formation and sporting twin cranks (think of it as a siamesed pair of 250cc twins), reed valve induction, and individual tuned exhaust pipes for each of the four cylinders. On the chassis side, the RZ offers a mild-steel perimeter frame (aluminum look silver paint notwithstanding), a mono-shock rear suspension, adjustable front forks and the GP-requisite triple disk brakes. All of this is wrapped in sexy plastics with Yamaha racing stripe livery. Touted as a GP bike for the street when it was introduced, the big RZ is one of the prime imports that remain the lust of the American riding set.

From the seller:
1985 YAMAHA RZ500
Offering from my collection ( 2Stroke Passions) one of my best...
I am a true enthusiast and have been for over 50 years . I am not a soulless flipper ... All my motorcycles are stored in a climate controlled dehumidified facility and i ride them.

1985 RZ500 V4. 2stroke complete rebuild and upgraded to better then new . No stock ones problems. Less then 1000 miles since acquired 2012 (20,050 actual before Complete rebuild ). ***Notice I use the word rebuilt not restored I will not abuse or miss use that term . To me restored means to make as news and (original) as possible. This RZ has been made better then new , dependably usable . No expense spared ... Anyone that truly knows RZ500’s know that stock ones were a good place to start they have issues . This one doesn’t :). All proper maintenance and upkeep up to date... Rode last weekend for annual children’s toy ride , ran perfect... big smiles...

More from the seller:
This bike is of Canadian vintage and is Titled and registered here in the States (Arkansas). The motor is freshly rebuilt and performance tuned by the premiere RG/RZ 500 specialist, Lance Gamma (Rick Lance)). The motor is at factory first overbore and assembled with all correct and OEM stock Yamaha parts with modestly ported cylinders and milled heads new gaskets,seals,hoses,. The exhaust system is a beautiful set of Tommy Crawford chambers which are over 30 pounds lighter than stock and have a seamless power delivery with quiet tone. The shock is a premium Wilbers unit with adjustable ride height helping the bike to turn sharper along with a front end overhaul firming up the notoriously soft forks. EBC HH pads improve the braking performance and a Lance Gamma Supplemental Radiator helps even out temps front to rear and keep the motor cool. Manual Fan switch. Stock Petcock fix. Much more. No issues... If you are looking for a stock collector piece to keep your other mildly interesting bikes company, move along. There's nothing to see here. If however, you are wanting to discover for yourself what all the hoopla was about at the release of these bikes some 32 years ago (you remember, GP bikes for the street? What were they thinking??), this is one which will bring you up to speed, so to speak. It simply begs to be ridden. Runs great,wonderful machine. More pictures and Videos available ...

This seller appears to be a true enthusiast, and has built himself an awesome looking RZ. Employing the likes of Rick Lance ensures performance AND reliability, and the listed modifications enhance the overall function of this rare machine. This is very clearly a rider, despite the clean appearance and sano presentation. It's hard to find anything not to like about this one - that fact that it has been properly imported into the US and titled is even better. If I had to pick any nits, it is the lack of mileage information and/or pictures of the gauge cluster. The eBay listing notes zero miles, but that is obviously not the case. The rebuild/refurb does roll back the clock a bit, but it would be nice to know more of the history of the machine.

This is one of the better RZs we have seen this past year. As a result it should be no surprise it is also one of the most pricey RZs we have seen. This seller is looking for top dollar here. From a rider perspective, I can live with the $25k ask. From a collector perspective, this bike represents one fewer of the dwindling number of original RZ500s left in existence. And while that might raise the bar for the remaining stock examples, what does it mean long term for collecting a non-original specimen? I would imagine that there will be no lack of lust for the RZ500 in the future, and one that looks (and likely runs) like this one will continue to grow in value; great will always be worth more. Check this one out here - and note that the seller is open to offers. Good Luck!

MI

Christmas Green: 1985 Yamaha RZ500