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Honda April 30, 2017 posted by

One Sided Argument: 1993 Honda VFR400RR

Pop Quiz time! Say you live in the United States and want a voluptuous, import grey market bike that can't be easily found on our shores. Where do you go? Canada, of course! Just feast you eyes on this sexy NC30 - baby RC30 if you so care to call it - and wonder why these bikes couldn't be found on our side of the border. Today you might be able to find a few examples that have been imported after the fact, but the case can be made that you can do so yourself by looking up north.

With a single sided swingarm dominating the right hand side profile, there is no doubt that the NC30 is a handsome machine. But couple good looks with a turbine-smooth V-4 engine with a noise only straight-cut, gear-driven cams can make and wrap it in one of the best frames from Honda during this era and you have a sweet handling, eager steed that can take on bikes much larger in size. Cornering speed is your friend in the smaller leagues, and the NC30 delivers.

1993 Honda VFR400RR for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Super rare 1993 Honda VFR 400RR NC-30 Repsol, this is the last year made in perfect condition, never damaged, Please see pictures to answer your questions, I owned in UK and brought it here, New tires, brakes, braided lines, performance HRC Full exhaust, heated grips, Pazzo levers, chain, pinion sprocket all new, performance intake. Serious buyer please price in USD 14000km not miles. Shipping is extra and can arrange for it. Bike is selling no matter what even a min price.

This bike appears interesting in that it is indeed a rare model. Originally a UK import, this VFR400 has gone through a few updates over the years. The seller notes some performance mods, including braided steel lines, full exhaust, new levers and an upgraded intake. Looks like a rear fender delete has been performed. Not sure how I feel about the colored windscreen, but it does not appear stock to my eyes. While there are no pictures of the gauge cluster showing mileage, the seller indicates 14k in kilometers, which equates to about 8699 miles. The pictures overall are in small format and relatively low resolution, making any detail difficult to determine. Serious shoppers might want to ask more questions about detailed photographs.

This bike is being auctioned off in a no-reserve format. The opening ask is a cool $7,500 USD - which may be a fair price for the bike. Given the details we know and the lack of crisp photos, I think the ask is a bit too high to start. If everything checks out however, then no harm, no foul; time, as always, will tell all. There are other NC30s currently listed for less, so savvy buyers might want to compare and contrast. Check it out here, and good luck!

MI

One Sided Argument: 1993 Honda VFR400RR
Honda April 28, 2017 posted by

Overbuilt Race-Rep: 1985 Honda VF1000R for Sale

Values of Honda’s overbuilt homologation special VF1000R have been shockingly low up until very recently, but these red-white-and-blue beasts are starting to see a significant increase in price. They’re not lightweight or nimble at nearly 600lbs with a tank of fuel, but Honda’s build quality and engineering prowess are on display throughout the bike: the 998cc V4 used gear-driven cams in place of chains, Torque-Reactive Anti-Dive Control forks for better performance under braking, modular Comstar wheels and radial tires when radial tires were still rare and exotic, quick-release axles, adjustable bars, and even a vented rear brake... No, I don’t mean cross-drilled, the rear brake was vented.

The style of the bodywork reflected the VF1000R’s endurance-racing roots and features some interesting little quirks: you can see where Aprilia got some design ideas from those funky mesh side-panels. Two different headlight configurations were available, depending on year: the dual-headlight setup is generally considered more desirable, although they’re both tucked behind a single rectangular lens so they don’t look like you’d expect if you’re picturing something like an RC30. This example uses the single headlight that has a couple of additional vents around the sides and top to take up the space left by the bigger unit. Why two styles? Honda was worried the dual setup wouldn’t pass US regulations and created an alternative treatment, just in case.

All-in-all it was typical Honda overkill, which is fine unless it leads to a significant increase in weight which blunts performance significantly: the VF1000R certainly isn’t a slow bike, but it’s not all that fast either. Handling was a bit ponderous, but good set up can help quite a bit and the positive news for road-riders is that the available performance is pretty effortless, the fairings provide good wind protection, and the bike can cruise at its near 150mph top speed with ease.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Honda VF1000R for Sale

This was the superbike of the day in 1985. I looked long and hard to find one in really nice original condition as it is getting hard to find good ones. This one was always stored inside and I have in in a climate controlled facility. I don't think it has ever been laid over as it is basically scratch free EXCEPT for on both sides of the front fender there are scratches that I guess were caused by someone's poor quality tie downs. You can see the scratches in the pic's. It has new tires. It has he original pipes which is unbelievable in itself.

The seller is right that these are rare bikes, although nice ones do show up pretty regularly on eBay. They're the kind of bikes people bought and cherished from new, so thrashed examples seem more like the exception rather than the rule. Which is good, because finding replacement parts is pretty difficult and the aftermarket is basically nonexistent. So why didn’t these capture the public’s imagination in the way the later RC30 and RC45 did? Probably a combination of the aforementioned visual and physical bulk. But maybe it also had something to do with the V4’s negative perception at the time that resulted from a few of the early VF750’s chain-driven cam lobes de-lobing, sometimes referred to as the “Chocolate Camshaft” syndrome. That issue actually affected only a small group of the early V4 bikes with chain-driven cams, but Honda's reputation took a big hit and required the incredible high-quality of the VFR750 that followed to erase that black mark.

-tad

Honda April 12, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda VFR400R

Update 4.12.2017: Sale confirmed with seller. 3 hours from published to sold! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a rare sportbike for sale, model years 1980ish to 2004ish, consider our Featured Listing service for $59. Email me to see to get started: dan@motoringblogs.com

People often tend to think great visual design is the exclusive domain of the Italians. But that is not so, as witnessed by this beautiful VFR400R. This NC30 - along with its big brother, the RC30 - have flowing lines and a purposeful stance. Visually, these models are as striking as a 916 or F4. This is no accident, as the NC30 was patterned with endurance racing elements; what is there needs to be there, and little more. Not merely a design exercise, the NC30 stands out as a fantastic working machine; form follows function, and these bikes function as good as they look.

The NC30 follows all the right rules in motorcycle design. It is incredibly compact, despite an aluminum perimeter frame wrapped around the V-4 powerplant. The motor is a real gem, making noises that only Honda fours and gear-driven cams can make. If the soundtrack doesn't put a smile on your face, the power delivery and rev range on this 400cc turbine certainly will. The single sided swingarm is there to facilitate tire changes on the endurance racing model, but the aesthetics on the street version really make it stand out. So too, the twin headlamps really define the front of the bike and give another nod to it's racing heritage.

From the seller:
1989 VFR400R $6,500

I purchased this bike a few years ago and have enjoyed having it in my garage both as a project and as something unique to look at.

The list below details what I have done to recommission the bike. Oddly, I have never ridden it (the pleasure for me was spending time in my garage).

Included with the sale is the OEM body work, rear foot pegs, mirrors, front turn signals, and some other bits along with a shop manual.

Bike was brought to the US by a serviceman who was able to title it in NM. I bought it with that NM title and was able to transfer to AZ though I wouldn’t assume that your state will be as accommodating as mine.

What's been done:
New bodywork with new fasteners
Seats re-covered
Rims powder coated
New Shinko Podium tires front and rear
New fork seals and oil
New Galfer brake pads front and rear
New brake lines front and rear
Caliper seals replaced front and rear
Master cylinder rebuilt front and rear
New throttle, choke, clutch cables, (forgot to order a speedometer cable)
New stator, regulator / rectifier
Carburetors rebuilt with new o-rings, bowl gaskets, and intake boots
New radiators and hoses
Rebuilt water pump
New exhaust gaskets
Suspension linkage greased
New chain (never found a chain guard)

This appears to be a well-loved and oft drooled over VFR. The seller clearly took care of the machine and the list of new parts is impressive (check out the pile of receipts). Although I'd rather ride than wrench, I have a lot of respect for those that like to immerse themselves in a project such as this one. The win-win is a uber-clean, refurbed VFR without a whole lot of additional miles. This one shows approximately 18k (about 11,000 miles) on the KM clocks. As the VFR400R was never officially imported into the US, there was no need for Honda to federalize it (i.e. 17 digit VIN, speedo in MPH, US-specific emissions, etc). This may create issues for you when it comes time to register the bike, although this one has a history of US titles in both New Mexico (previous owner) and Arizona (current). If you live in a more restrictive state (i.e. CA), you may need to do more homework unless you "know a guy."

This Featured Listing 1989 Honda VFR400R is available directly from the seller. Contact Jason if you are serious about this striking grey market import. At $6,500 the price is very competitive - and given that these NC30 Hondas are pretty rare in the US, you might want to act quickly. Rare collector bikes in this condition do not hang around long. Give Jason a call and add one of Honda's finest models to your collection!

MI

Honda September 2, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing -1993 Honda VFR400R

Update 9.7.2016: All three bikes are now sold. Congratulations to buyers and seller! -dc

This Featured Listing is part of a set from the sellers for a VFR400, TZR250, and an NSR250. They are available for purchase as a group or individually. The sellers are available this labor day weekend for personal inspections in Southern California. -dc

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Stuff of legend here in the states, the VFR400R was built 1986-93, partly to satisfy progressive licensing requirements in Japan and a few other countries.  While speed and power were mechanically limited, the restriction were easily defeated, leaving a superb handling 60 hp machine which could be enjoyed by beginners and expert riders.

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The third and final revision to the bike had the factory designation NC30, and was the most refined.  The 14,500 rpm redline and "big bang" crank provided the ultimate performance from the 399 cc V-4.  Echoing the looks of its showroom-mate VFR750R, the 400 was also equipped like a larger bike, with twin-spar aluminum frame, adjustable suspension ( 41mm forks and single-sided swingarm rear ) and triple disk brakes.  The NC30 also used a handling trick from bigger bikes - a smaller front wheel aids turn-in, controlled by a steering damper.

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This example began life in south Asia and was imported to the U.S. and restored.  Here are the owner's comments:

Purchased from prior owner in Nevada, imported from Thailand, prior history unknown, selling on bill of sale only, it was given a recent restoration using OEM parts when possible, quality repaint & wheels powdercoated, , minor upgrades (ie; braided brake lines), has full tread Bridgestone Battlax BT014, is missing passenger footrests. Has not been started in a while, but just needs fresh fuel.
Spares & Extras: Rear subframe (current one has slight twist, replacement is straight, can swap if desired), extra braided brake lines, steering damper & more.

Also includes Pit Bull rear stand, fresh Yuasa battery and trickle charger, parts catalog, service manual, and more documentation.

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Looking at least very good, with just over 11,000 miles.  The VFR400R reviewed as the best-made and easiest to ride of the small sports.  Almost any rider could hum along to the gear-driven cams on this down-to-earth exotic, though some work awaits if the road is your goal.  The ask is a sensible $5,700.

Donn

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Featured Listing -1993 Honda VFR400R
Honda June 10, 2016 posted by

VFR=Very F’n Reliable: 1993 Honda VFR750 in white

The first generation VFR 750F was only offered with the uber-cool white bodywork in 1993 and it still looks quite good, especially in comparison to the other sportbike designs of the 1990's (cough-cough-I'm-looking-at-you-1993 Suzuki GSX-750R).  Fairly cheap just a few years ago, trying to find a 1993 VFR with the OEM white bodywork in good condition is now getting to be quite hard. Values have been increasing recently, as shown by this under 10,000 mile edition we listed last year went that for about $5,500 USD, well above its book value.

This one has a significantly higher number of miles than the one from last year but condition looks to be excellent and more importantly, mostly OEM.

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1993 Honda VFR 750 on ebay

Back in the early 1990's the 600cc class really started to upset the previously dominant 750cc class both in terms of performance and in sales. New 600cc bikes like the Honda 600 F2 and Kawasaki ZX6R were suddenly close performance rivals to the previously dominant 750cc class and while some companies such as Kawasaki and Yamaha responded by making their 750cc offerings even more track tech oriented, Honda decided to go a different route.

Instead of a single pure track oriented 750cc offering like the Yamaha OW01 or Kawasaki ZX7RR, Honda instead took a two-pronged approach.  Honda put their considerable technological efforts towards what would become the mind bending oval piston equipped NR750 while at the same time allowing their 750 street effort to take a more balanced approach.  The result were two epic bikes; a technological tour de force in the NR750 and possibly the best all around sportbike of the 1990's, the VFR750.

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When the VFR750 debuted Honda had just come through a debacle with the bikes predecessor, the VF700.  Flaws in the camshaft casting process had produced a reputation for "chocolate camshafts...they melt when they get hot!" and Honda was determined to restore their engineering reputation.  Rumor is that the focus on reliability was so intense that Honda lost money on the VFR750 for several years just to restore its reputation.

While reliability was a focus, the performance side of the VFR750 was nothing to sneeze at.  The VFR’s handling was on a par with the best superbikes of the day. A stock VFR finished eighth at the Suzuka 8-Hour race and another nearly stock version finished in 3rd place at the Donnington park Trophy race against competition that included the legenday Kevin Schwantz.    The Honda VFR 750 offerred bulletproof reliability and performance that measured up to all but the most performance-oriented bikes of the time.   It should come as no surprise that the VFR would in later years become a big sales success, win bike of year numerous times in the mid to late 1990's and was even crowned sportbike of the decade by numerous motorcycling publications.

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This particular VFR has a good chunk of miles on it; the seller indicates over 45,000.  Even so condition of the bike looks to be truly excellent, with no blemishes on the triple tree or gauges.   The only items that seem of note are the tailpiece and exhaust which appear to be non stock, there seem to be extra/non-stock reflectors on the front forks and perhaps a bit of paint bubbling or road rash on the lower mid fairing.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • New brakes, grips, oil & filter
  • Good tires
  • Good chain and sprockets
  • Perfect seat
  • No leaks or other issues, Everything works, starts on first push
  • Yoshimura Pipe - subtle but noticeable
  • Needs 1 fork seal, plastics not perfect.

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So now the question - what is this lovely VFR in the cool white worth?  Well let me put it this way...when I saw that the Buy-It-Now price was only $2,350 USD I almost bought it myself.  The condition of this one looks to be very good, its the rare white bodywork scheme, maintenance history looks reasonable and while the mileage is kind of high, given the VFR's build quality reputation I don't think there will be major issues once any initial issues are resolved.

This may be one of those rare occasions when a seller has underestimated the value of his bike.    I expect this one to sell pretty quickly so if you missed out on the one from last year you might want to act fast.

Marty/Dallaslavowner

VFR=Very F’n Reliable:  1993 Honda VFR750 in white
Honda September 7, 2015 posted by

Gentlemen, start you collections: 1990 Honda RC30

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Always a favorite here on RSBFS, the RC30 is a bike that every serious collector wants.  Officially designated as the Honda VFR750R with different trim based on destination country, the RC30 was a true homologation bike and came with what was at the time unheard of specs for a street bike; titanium and magnesium parts,  gear-driven cams, track based "slipper" clutch, a first gear that could take you up to 80 mph, a single-sided swingarm, etc.  How special were they?  Let me put it this way - the RC30 was so epic even James May of Top Gear UK owns one.

The RC30's 100 hp 749cc engine may seem tame today but what made the RC30 so special was the way it put everything together;  huge amounts of feedback, a massively broad powerband, lightest weight in its class, the Honda blew the 750cc competition away.  Of course all this race tech didn't come cheap;  the RC30 was priced at an eye popping  $21,000 in 1990, which equals about $39,000 USD in today's dollars.

A review of the RC30 can be read here.

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1990 Honda RC30 for sale on ebay

For this particular RC30, there seems to be both an upside and some potential downsides.  On the upside, the seller states the bike is 100% stock original except for some stainless steel braided front and rear brake lines.  Fluids look fresh and the engine area looks immaculate which shouldn't be surprising since the seller appears to be a serious collector.  On the downside, the seller indicates they are the 3rd owner so true history of the bike will be something of an assumption.  Also the mileage is a bit higher than alot of RC30's we see here on RSBFS but this is reflected in the price.

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Is this 1990 Honda RC30 worth its 23,500 starting bid?  Well we have seen recent posts range from $22,000  to over $28,000 USD so the asking price seems right in line with the current market.  Also these are true Rare Sportbikes with only 300 reported as coming into the USA so values will probably continue to rise over time.

Here at RSBFS we have some regular readers who will be able to offer better insight on the current fair price for this RC30 so if its time for you to add one to your collection, I suggest you check out the the comments on this post or the recent posts linked above but be quick if you are seriously interested as ebay auctions of these bikes often end early.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Gentlemen, start you collections:  1990 Honda RC30