Posts by tag: VFR400R

Honda January 25, 2018 posted by

Fun Size: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

A recent influx of  Honda VFR400R NC30s means they're in danger of not being nearly such rare sportbikes as they used to be... But relatively few were made for all markets, so there's no real chance of them ever being a common sight, especially here in the US where they've only recently become legal to import. Basically, a smaller version of the Honda's homologation superbike RC30, the NC30 used the same formula, only with less weight and displacement.

The NC30 used stiff, lightweight aluminum beam frame to suspend the heart of the bike, a 399cc V4 with gear-driven cams and a six-speed gearbox. Fully-faired, endurance-racing style bodywork with twin round headlamps helped support the family resemblance, as does the distinctive, single-sided ProArm swingarm out back, something that wasn't all that much use in World Superbike competition, but was handy for endurance racing. Plus, it obviously looked cool enough that the nobody's-idea-of-a-long-distance-anything Ducati 916 used a single-sided swinger just because.

So why build a smaller RC30? Well the NC30 was intended to form the basis for machines that would be used to compete in the hotly-contested 400cc class that was pretty popular everywhere but, you guessed it, here in the USA. With just 59hp, it's obviously no powerhouse, but the bike's 313lb dry weight means a respectable 130mph top speed, more than enough for a road bike or a shorter, tighter track. It's a bike that obviously stressed handling over power, and the "big bang" V4 has a wide powerband, making it easy to be in the right gear, and makes a distinctive drone.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

Honda VFR400R NC30. NO RESERVE 11,035 Miles (17,758 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Mechanically Sorted. Cosmetically does have touchup paint and some cracks and scratches. Some pitting on the aluminum especially at the swingarm. Please see images. All fluids are fresh.  Shifts and revs to redline perfectly.  Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest OEM Bike.  Fuel tank is Rust Free. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title.  NC30-1101*** Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements. Imported into the States through all legal channels. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking.

As with many of Deftone Cycle's offerings, it isn't museum quality, but is complete, clean, and mechanically sound, with fresh fluids. In addition, a short video of the bike starting and running is included. Bidding is up to $4,500 with a couple days left on the auction, although I'd expect it will go higher. How much higher? Well recent examples of this mini-endurance racing replica have sold for somewhere between $7,000 and $8,000 so we'll see where this ends up.


Fun Size: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Honda October 6, 2017 posted by

Pint-size superbike: 1992 Honda NC30

The diminutive brother of the legendary 750cc RC30, the Honda VFR400R did not let its small displacement soften its hard-edged pedigree. By now, we have repeated all the tropes about tiered licensing and the popularity of small engines overseas ad nauseam, but the Honda mini v-fours are stout enough to stand apart from their reputation.

1992 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

The pictures of this example leave something to be desired, though the ad says there are more available upon request. From what we can tell, it is in very good shape, but its owners have not been shy about riding it. For a closer look, swing by the Barber Vintage Weekend, where the seller says he will have the bike on display.

Adding to this bike's appeal is a set of fresh-looking modern tires, and what appears to be a full aftermarket exhaust system with carbon mufflers.

From the eBay listing:

VFR400R, Type 8. Bike will be on display at Barber Vintage Weekend, Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club paddock. If you are in attendance, please stop by. It is hard to beat eyes on. If not, advise of additional pictures required. If in the market for an NC30, you probably do not require a history of the model. You know what they are. This is a nice specimen. Have original tool kit. Also owners manual and parts manual if you happen to be fluent in Japanese. Also listed locally. I can help arrange shipping but purchaser is responsible for shipping costs. Bike is located in NE Georgia and has clear Georgia title. 850-830-8141. Cheers, Bob
Mileage listed is in kilometers

Over its life, this 60-horse ripper has covered about 16,000 miles, which shouldn't scare anyone familiar with Honda's bulletproof gear-driven cam v-fours. Buy-It-Now is set at $7,500, which is on the high side of average for these machines.

Honda September 9, 2017 posted by

Tasty Import: 1991 Honda VFR400R

For those US-based collectors, enthusiasts and oglers of grey-market machinery, Canada is a mysterious and wondrous locale. The nearest point to the US that regularly receives imports reserved for Europe, Canada is often the gateway to the forbidden fruit that is unobtainable exotica for US residents. A perfect case and point is today's 1991 Honda VFR400R - the NC30 being a well-respected carver in the "smaller superbike" category.

1991 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

The NC30 is the third generation of Honda's 400cc V-4 sport bike (preceded by the NC21 and NC24). The sporting intent of this model is not merely cosmetic; the VFR400R closely resembles the mighty RC30 because it relies on much of the same technology. Powered by a 90 degree four banger with gear driven cams, the NC30 has a 360 crank with a "big bang" firing order; the sound of a VFR400R on full song is unmistakable. On the chassis side, a twin-spar aluminum frame and trick single-sided swing arm keeps all the important bits in line. The inverted 41mm front fork is adjustable (as was the rear shock). The exhaust canister is on the left side of the bike, which maximizes the aesthetics of the exposed wheel and simplified rear wheel changes.

From the seller:
You find it! a rare edition of the famous VFR 400 NC30 in mint condition.

Sell in person in cash only.

No shipping, buyer is responsible for pick up. (Located in Canada Montreal)

Tyga fearing, anodised peg, carbon fiber/ aluminum exhaust, brand new tire, 4 cylinder V4 59HP and run A1.

50034km not miles.

The seller does not seem to have a lot to say about this bike and offers only a few pictures. Clearly the plastics and paint are not stock - but the overall effect looks very good. There are more KMs on this bike than many we tend to see (approx 31,000 miles), but like most Hondas the VFR400R is near bulletproof. There are some nice additions, but more history and maintenance information would be welcome. This bike is located in Quebec, Canada and is looking for a new home. The opening ask is $4,399.99 USD with no takers as of yet. Check it out here, as there are only a few days left. Good Luck!!


Tasty Import: 1991 Honda VFR400R
Honda August 16, 2017 posted by

Single-Sided Sportbike: 1987 Honda VFR400R NC24 for Sale

The later NC30 version of Honda’s VFR gets most of the attention, due to the fact that the style and specification so closely mimics the iconic RC30 at about half the cost, but this earlier VFR400R NC24 still makes for an appealing and attention-grabbing ride. The NC24 was sold in 1987 and 1988 and featured a 399cc V4 with gear-driven cams, although it had a more conventional 180° crank instead of the later bike’s 360° “big bang” firing order that helped give that later bike its distinctive character.

The 60hp produced by the V4 was modest but very flexible and the gear-driven cams added a characterful whine to go with the precise cam timing that prompted their inclusion. The VFR400R was light at around 350lbs dry and handling was predictably excellent. The bike's endurance-racing design brief is clearly reflected in that ELF-designed Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm, here secured by four nuts [hidden by a plastic cover] instead of the later NC30's genuine single nut.

Styling is fairly conventional, apart from that swingarm and high-mount exhaust. The bike has a single trapezoidal headlamp instead of twin round units found [for most markets at least] on the later NC/RC30's, making this earlier VFR a bit of a bargain, considering the engineering and heritage on display here. This one is a fairly recent import from Japan and comes with a Washington State title!

From the original eBay listing: 1987 Honda VFR400R NC24 for Sale

Directly import from Japan, BDS Auction.
Honda VFR400R
1987 year
First generation with: single rear Pro-Arm system.
Model NC24-10006460
9526km- approximately 6500 mile original!
Excellent condition , new battery, oil filter, spark plugs.
Has clear WA Title!!!
No Trade!
We are a licensed dealer and importer of Japanese vehicles.
Have been importing since 1996!

The seller also includes a video walk-around and startup of the bike. The little V4 seems to fire up pretty easily, once the cameraman remembers the choke, and the bike makes a nice, exotic whir. $5,900 seems reasonable for this bit of Honda history: everything works and, although there is some of the expected surface corrosion on a Japanese import, the bike looks very complete, with low miles and tons of cool engineering detail.


Single-Sided Sportbike: 1987 Honda VFR400R NC24 for Sale
Honda June 7, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R

Designed for racing, the Honda VFR400R was - in may ways - like its homologation big brother the RC30. Except in size. Based around the same format as the RC30, the NC30 brought all the goodness of the 750cc class scaled down to a mere 400cc. The smaller package included the same go-fast plan as the RC30 including the screaming V-4 motor with gear-driven cams, 6-speed close-ratio gearbox, the unique single-sided swingarm to facilitate tire changes and the dual-headlight racing bodywork that bore a strong Honda family resemblance (graphics included). All in all, the NC30 was the epitome of "smaller is better." With less mass and a lower center of gravity, the NC30 is a handling dream.

Here in the US, the problem with the 400cc class in general was rider expectation. Americans thrived on cubic inches, where there is no substitution for displacement. The middleweight class had grown from 500cc to 550cc and up to 600cc. Smaller bikes were just not interesting to American riders. With a tremendous supply of 600cc bikes, and easy access to liter machines the 400cc and below classes were considered fringe beginner bikes, and largely ignored. Pricing did not help, as the 400cc bikes were not significantly cheaper than the 600s. History tells us that this is a shame, given the interest these smaller bike draw today. Thankfully, with licensing regulations limiting smaller machines in other countries (especially Japan), the 400cc class thrived - which is why we can bring you this VFR400R Featured Listing.

From the seller:
1991 Honda VFR400R NC30
Small version of VFR750R RC30.
RVF replica.
Almost every year, Honda gave progress to VFR.
1987 Start selling VFR400R NC24.
in 1989 VFR became NC30 and has center nut for rear wheel.
30mm shorter wheelbase, skinny spark plugs, 17" front wheel.
Cross ratio transmission.
in 1990 adjustable rear suspension with reserve tank.
I bought this one because I couldn't afford when they were sold new.
Now I'm going to buy another 2stroke, so this one has to go.
Very light weight 164Kg=360lb

This bike is located in Torrance, California.
Price: $5,500

This year has offered us a bumper crop of 400cc imported machinery. This is wonderful news as we engage in longer, warmer days, summertime riding and track days. Summer requires a special machine to enjoy, and there are few more enjoyable bikes on the planet than a VFR400R. Packed full of Honda technological goodness, reasonable performance (expect 59 HP or so), exceptional handling and a never-available-in-the-US type of rarity that many riders crave, this NC30 could be your ticket.

This 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 is available in Torrance, CA. It is an import from Japan that now lives stateside, and inquiries should be directed to the seller at This is a bike that you can collect AND ride, so don't miss out on some riding fun this summer. Grab yourself some import exotica and hoon away!

Featured Listing:  1991 Honda VFR400R
Honda May 11, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

A little brother in terms of displacement and a virtual twin in terms of style, Honda's NC30 packs the same technological punch as the famed RC30 in a smaller package. And like the RC30, the NC30 was designed to homologate a motorcycle for racing, although in this case it was for classes with a 400cc capacity limit. Here in the USA, the 400cc sportbike class is barely represented at all, with examples only occasionally appearing as the result of intrepid collectors or Canadian smugglers sneaking bikes in across our northern border. In the US, they were basically bikes without a racing class, and expensive ones to boot: they had all the complexity, and therefore cost, of their bigger 600 and 750cc brothers, without the straight line performance.

1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for sale on eBay

Sure, they handled with all the agility you'd expect but, when a 600cc sportbike is considered "a great first bike" you're not going to find many takers for a 400. Of course, it was another story entirely outside the USA and especially in Japan, where tiered licensing and heavy taxes on bigger bikes meant a great deal of interest in the 400cc class as roadbikes and the relevant racing series, and bikes like the CBR400, GSX-R400, and ZXR400 competed fiercely.

So what are we looking at in terms of that reduced performance? Well you're not taking quite as big a hit as you might expect: the NC30 produced 59 claimed horses, versus the RC30's 118, 313lbs dry versus 400lbs, and a top speed of 130mph versus 153. So you've got a bike with almost half the displacement but with far more than half the performance, mostly due to that very light weight. What's possibly far more surprising than the performance differential between the two are the relatively low numbers for the famed RC30... Both machines featured six-speed gearboxes and the NC30 got a 360° "big bang" crank to match its bigger brother along with gear-driven cams, so you get the distinctive V4 soundtrack and wide powerband that helps make them such popular trackday bikes overseas.

From the seller: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

For your consideration is a GORGEOUS almost mint condition 1991 Honda VFR400R NC-30 with only 10,823 Kilometers (6,725 miles). Bike is very clean and well taken care of. Bike would be flawless except for the crack in the lower fairing under the bike. It has been repaired. Has a three tiny paint chip marks in the tank, and the left rear fairing has a rub mark on it from transportation & shipping (see pics.) This NC30 has 100% original OEM Honda fairings and components and is completely stock except for a few racing sponsor decals that can be easily removed. This bike would make an ideal candidate for restoration or enjoy it in its original condition... Bike has been serviced with new battery, new oil, coolant and filters serviced. Runs like the day it was new. A Utah state title in my company name will be presented to the buyer.

This particular machine appears to be in the same sort of condition as the seller's other offerings: not completely perfect, but in low mileage, extremely well cared-for condition. There are a couple of minor cracks in the fairing that are clearly indicated by the seller, and wear is limited to some minor surface corrosion and discoloration. Not museum-quality perhaps, but a very good-looking machine for someone who plans to occasionally ride the bikes in their collection. With the RC30 now out of the reach of ordinary enthusiasts, prices of the NC30 are on the rise as well and offer up a similar style and experience at an affordable price. For the moment at least.


Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale