Posts by tag: VFR400

Honda December 28, 2016 posted by

1991 Honda VFR400 NC30 for sale in Canada

Oh Canada! Home to some of the most coveted bikes never imported into the US (yet still completely accessible to those in North America), our friends to the North have often been the source of wonderful importation machinery. Call it trickle-down ridernomics - from Gammas and RZs to NSRs and other fine two-stroke machinery, to four-stroke exotics; much of what was not originally imported into America originally is here due to the availability and proximity of Canada.

1991 Honda NC30 for sale on eBay

The VFR400 is also known as the NC30, which denotes its similarity and likeness to another classic machine: the RC30. Like its big brother, the NC30 has a screaming V4 engine with gear driven cams, an aluminum twin-spar chassis and that wonderful single-sided swingarm. While originally designed to facilitate faster tire changes during endurance races, single-sided swingarms eventually became a critical design element across many manufacturers (e.g. Ducati 916).

From the seller:
Beautiful NC 30 with normal age related wear up for grabs. This bike is indeed the replica of the famed RC 30 and it mimics it right down to all details which made the RC so great. Superior brakes, handling, acceleration (for such a small machine) and a complimentary 14500 rpm screaming engine. Fluids changed, engine runs smoothly and pulls well through the gears. For those who are not used to JDM bikes, they are a hoot to ride and this one is no exception. One of the most enjoyable machines of all times!

Not many pictures and not too much info on this one (check it out here). The mileage listed is likely in KM, making this an approximately 33,500 machine. The current bid is USD $1,719.67, which is a real bargain at the moment, although a reserve is still in place. If you live in a state where importing an older bike is a possibility, this could be a good one for your collection. Good luck, eh?!

MI

1991 Honda VFR400 NC30 for sale in Canada
Honda December 20, 2016 posted by

Grey Market Rarity: 1988 Honda VFR400 NC24 for Sale

 

Built for 1987 and 1988, the NC24 version of Honda's VFR400 was powered by a 399cc V4 with a lofty 14k redline, although it used a more conventional 180° crank instead of the later bike’s 360° “big bang” unit, which should give the bike more of an inline-four sound but with the added bonus of a distinctive whine from the gear-driven cams. The engine was surprisingly flexible, and handling was considered excellent. It was the very first VFR400 to use Honda’s Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm, although the rear wheel on the NC24 was secured by four bolts, instead of the later bike’s single large nut: the part you see in the photos is actually a plastic cover designed to mimic a trick racing part.

The VFR400 was originally intended for the Japanese market, although the later NC30 was officially imported to the UK and others found their way abroad through various grey market and "parallel import" channels so they do show up for sale pretty regularly, even here in the USA. This is actually the first NC24 I can remember seeing for sale. Most of the attention goes to the NC30, with its “baby RC30” looks. But this is still a very cool and unusual motorcycle, and perhaps the dowdy looks will keep costs down for folks more interested in performance and heritage than sexy style. With somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 hp and around 350 lbs dry to push around, performance is respectable and these have always been popular bikes among

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda VFR400 for Sale

Here we have a Honda NC24 VFR400. It has just been imported into the States from the UK. I test rode this bike when I collected it in Lancaster, England. It started with some difficulty but after warming up it idled well. I suspect that the carbs are restricted by washers. This is a common practice in the UK to satisfy licensing requirements for novice riders. If I were going to ride it regularly, I'd have the carbs cleaned and the washers removed. The bike comes with the V5 document (English equivalent of a title) , copies of import papers, and a bill of sale. I offer competitively priced delivery in the lower 48 States with a right of refusal guarantee. Upon delivery if you are unsatisfied with the motorcycle you will only be responsible for the delivery fee.

Bidding is very active, but just up to about $1,600 so I imagine it will go a good bit higher before the auction ends. The bike certainly isn't perfect, with some flaking paint on the clutch lever, slight discoloration of the plastic "nut" that covers the rear hub, and the surface corrosion you'd expect on a bike that made it to the USA via the UK, where bikes see far more time being ridden in harsh weather and exposed to the elements. I'm also guessing that those aren't the original fairings: looking online, that red stripe on the tank should continue onto the side panels. Maybe just repaint the whole thing as a Rothmans replica? As the seller mentions, these smaller-displacement bikes were often modified to limit power and allow them to be used by new riders on restricted licenses. Instead of buying a little 125, you could buy a bigger bike with restrictions in place to limit power. Once you'd graduated to a full license, you could convert the bike to full power. The seller obviously isn't 100% sure they've been installed, but I'd expect anyone planning to buy a nearly 30 year old motorcycle would be prepared to do a bit of carburetor work if they plan to regularly ride their funky new purchase.

-tad

Grey Market Rarity: 1988 Honda VFR400 NC24 for Sale
Honda May 22, 2015 posted by

Baby V4 in the USA: 1988 Honda NC30 for Sale

1988 Honda NC30 R Side

The Honda NC30 was officially introduced in 1989, although this one obviously slipped in under the wire as, according to the seller, it was manufactured in December of 1988. This was the first year of the smaller V4 to feature the iconic look seen here, with dual round headlamps to match the single-sided swingarm and overall look of the bigger RC30.

1988 Honda NC30 Fairing

Internally, this was also the first year for the 360° "big bang" firing order that has the combustion events occurring close together, instead of spaced evenly. This theoretically allows the tire to regain traction briefly between pulses, increasing grip, improving tire life, and making a much cooler noise as a bonus! Front tire was a 17" with the rear 18", making tire choice a bit limited today.

1988 Honda NC30 Rear Wheel

The little 400cc motor makes an underwhelming 53hp, although handling is another story and the NC30 is definitely about corner speed and momentum.

And the right side of the bike may be the good side, with all that single-sided-y goodness. But it always makes me worry that the un-photographed side hides some dark secret...

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda NC30 for Sale

December 1988 Honda NC30 VFR400. This bike is one of the first off the production in Japan and I have a letter from Honda to prove along with it confirming its correct engine and frame numbers.

These were only ever made for Japanese market. Never sold here.

Legally imported and registered with a clean and clear title which I have in hand. I owned this machine in England where I used it and then legally imported it when I moved here.

It's in the very rare seed silver.

Wheels are immaculate.

Good Bridgestone battleax tires.

Just serviced all with official Honda parts.

Air filter, oil filter, spark plugs, and oil.

Recent new front brake pads.

Absolutely no leaks anywhere.

All original panels no cheap reproduction.

Blue flame exhaust but also has its original uncut system included.

Has a black double bobble screen but also has it original screen (still has Japanese decal)

Recently fitted speedo converter when I moved here, Now reads in MPH rather than KMH

Other than the mentioned this bike is completely standard. Has the original rubber seals around the headlights, the infill panels between the panels and the frame. The drain pipes and hoses are in place along with the holders in their positions as they should be.

Renthal chain and sprocket set.

Spares include front discs (rotors)

Spark plugs 

Fork dust seals

Speedo cable.

Just a extremely clean and reliable bike for 27 years old. A iconic collectors bike. Not another forsale in the whole country that I can find.

I use the bike regularly. 

Nothing else looks or sounds like it.

1988 Honda NC30 Front

The NC30 was produced for the Japanese market, but some were officially sold in select European markets. Bikes did manage to find their way to North America by way of Canada and, in this case, individuals jumping through the hoops required to import them. In spite of their rarity and exotic specifications however, prices have been generally much less than the more famous 750cc version.

1988 Honda NC30 Rear

They're far from fast bikes, but they handle beautifully and, if you're looking for genuine Honda racing heritage with gear-driven V4 whine and your funds won't stretch to an RC30 or RC45, this is a pretty good way to get a very polished piece of exotica you can actually use every day.

-tad

1988 Honda NC30 R Side2

Baby V4 in the USA: 1988 Honda NC30 for Sale
Honda May 10, 2015 posted by

Grey Market Goodies – 1994 Honda VFR400

1994 Honda VFR400 on eBay

VFR400_rightside

Grey Market imports are always a bit of a rare bird over here in the States.  With our long, flat roads and lack of a graduated licensing system, the 400s just didn't have a market here and that's a shame.  (Yes, I know we got the FZR400, but it's not really in the same league... no hate mail please, Fizzer Fans).  The VFR400 is basically a scaled down version of Honda's iconic RC30 but it's still packed with it's big brother's trick goodies like the gear driven cams and the single sided swingarm.  Power from the 399cc V4 is respectable if not overwhelming with Honda claiming 60hp at the crank and it is nice and light, tipping the scales at only 340lbs.  So you know what that means...  Keep the RPMs up and learn to carry your corner speed and the VFR400 becomes a great track weapon.

VFR400_leftside

This particular VFR400 looks like it's seem some track days based on the sellers description and modifications, but it does come with a clean and clear title out of California, so you should have no problems registering it and riding it on the street as well.  This is the "NC30" model which was the final evolution of the VFR400 and it was well refined by this point.  Most consider it to be the most desirable of the VFR400 models.  You can read more in the seller's eBay auction here: 1994 Honda VFR400 on eBay

California titled Honda NC30 VFR400R motorcycle. Clean title. Very trick race-bred restoration!! It’s a  real ripper!

This bike was never available in the United States. It is a 1994 model fully registered and titled in California as a 2004 model with a 11 digit VIN. It is ready to ride. There is simply nothing like the howl of this V-4's gear driven cams in the high RPMs - where this machine was made to run. Everything on this bike is bred from the expensive development of racing NC 30’s in the San Francisco Bay Area

This bike is in fantastic shape- built and ridden by a long time NC enthusiast and racer.

-Full tune performed
-Fresh brake fluid, oil,coolant
-New oil filter, air filter, plugs
-New Rubber front and rear
-Custom Fairing Paint
-Properly jetted Yoshimura race exhaust
-Brand spanking new chain and sprockets
-Fully adjustable rear suspension
-Front Ohlins steering damper
-New front brake wave rotors
-New fork seals
-Brand new custom painted tank
-New intake manifolds
-Fully rebuilt carburetors
-Custom front and rear brake lines
-New battery
-Charging System charging
-New brake pads
-Freshly powder coated rims,front and rear
-Race grade cooling system upgrade

 VFR400_front

VFR400_tail

Grey Market Goodies – 1994 Honda VFR400
Honda September 28, 2014 posted by

Shade of Grey: 1993 Honda VFR400 NC30

NC30_1

The Honda VFR400 model - also known as the NC30 or Baby RC30 - is one of the bikes that defines the grey-bike movement. It's not all about two strokes with a side of ring-a-ding ding when it comes to rarities and imports. Models with actual moving valves (disk and reed valves notwithstanding) also qualify. And in this group, the little NC30 is a real gem. Sporting a V4 configuration with gear driven cams, no other 400cc bike can match the sound of the VFR. Throw in RC30 themed body work, a single sided swingarm, and enough Honda technology to back up the looks, and you can see why the NC series is seen as the pinnacle of the 400cc segment. Style, power and sophistication - it's the Honda way.

NC30_2

1993 Honda VFR400 for sale on eBay

NC30_6

From the seller:
1993 Honda VFR 400 NC30 CALIFORNIA STREET PLATED LOTS OF SPARES!!

Rare 1993 VFR 400 NC30, correctly titled as 1993 Honda with 11 digit VIN, current 2014 tags and has been CA titled over 15 years!

This is one of my project bikes I am clearing out as I have not had time to work on it over the last year, I need to finish another bike and the NC needs to go.

There is a large number of spares that come with the bike, some new some used, lots of good stuff and a couple thousand dollars worth new.

NC30_9

This particular bike is not exactly mint nor museum. That is not uncommon for these models, and many have had a pretty hard life. The seller indicates that this one could likely use a complete disassembly, cleaning and so forth. The good news is that there is a CA title and a ton of spares included. If you are looking for ride-away condition, you best look elsewhere. However if you are in the mood for a project, this one likely has your name on it. Check it out here (along with a lot of seller details and more pictures), and let us know what you think. Good luck!!

MI

Shade of Grey: 1993 Honda VFR400 NC30
Honda July 3, 2013 posted by

Honda’s Take On a V4 400: 1989 Honda VFR400 NC30

nc left nc tank

And right on que, here is the the CBR400RR's overbearing sibling, a really sharp looking 1989 VFR400, NC30.  I've never had the pleasure but I've been told the mechanical whine these engines produce is a symphony. 

nc left rear

This is one is far from stock and has some mileage but sounds well sorted:

There is quite a bit of money in upgrades on the bike:

17" NSR MC28 Rear Wheel

Penske Rear Shock

Shell Livery Paint on stock bodywork (aftermarket tail cowl)

Re-valved and sorted front forks (recent service)

Rick Oliver Lower aftermarket radiator (trick)

Braided brake lines

Hi-Perform FULL exhaust system

Yamaha R6 upgraded Regulator/Rectifier

Earthing on bike has been updated and improved

NEW tapered steering head bearings (June 2013)

NEW front wheel bearings (June 2013)

Newer Chain and Sprockets

Nearly NEW Bridgestones with less than 500 miles on them!!

All in all it is a really well sorted NC30 with the 17 inch rear wheel, Penske Shock, Exhaust, re-valved front forks and larger lower radiator. It starts and runs perfect, carburates excellent and pulls clean all the way to redline. It is very quick for a 400, handles wonderfully and is a lot of fun to ride

nc right 2

Kind of liking it but still on the fence?

How about this from the seller:

 Plated with CLEAN AND CLEAR title and this bike has a correct 1989 17 digit 400cc Honda VIN complete with stamp and OEM Honda decal.

You should be able to title it in any state, even CA with the 17 digit VIN.

nc headlight

You want?  I was sold with the replica paint but I'm an easy sell.  I'm also partial to the older NC30's lines compared to the late model NC35's.  The seller has an auction going, as well as, a BIN of $7,500.  Is the 17 digit VIN and extra goodies enough to be in that price range? 

Be sure to check out the auction, the seller has provided a lot of high quality photos of the bike.

Here is the auction.

Ian