Posts by tag: 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.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Honda April 14, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R in Canada!

Hot on the heels of this Featured Listing VFR400R that sold in just 3 hours, we find a Canadian NC30 that is looking for a new home. Since these models have never been officially imported into the US as a federalized vehicle, we have to source them from somewhere else. Therefore, allow me to introduce you to our closest neighbor and economic partner, Canada! Home of ice hockey, maple syrup, and of course all the rare models that never quite make it to the US - such as today's fine 1991 VFR400R.

1991 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

As stated often in these pages, the VFR400R is the total package. It looks fantastic, like the baby brother of the RC30 (which it is). With dual headlamps, aluminum perimeter frame, sexy quasi-racer (biposto) bodywork, and single-sided swingarm, this bike simply has presence. But beauty runs deeper than some glossy livery. Thumb the starter and revel in the whine of Honda's immaculate V4 with gear-driven cams. There is simply no other sound in the world like it. And with a redline into the 14,000 range, the turbine power delivery belies the nearly 60 HP these bikes produce. In all, these are the real deal - using compact geometry and light weight to the ultimate advantage of speed.

From the seller:
1991 VFR 400 (NC 30) with 55000 km on the clock in very good condition. Bike is super clean and mechanically ready to hit the road. Chain, sprockets, rotor and pad thickness as well as tire wear all within specs and beyond. Well degreased, corrosion gone at 95%. Just done: powder coat on wheels, front fender, tank and upper cowl. Bodywork is chinese but has a nice snug fit and quality finish. The machine has a few age related marks but no battle scars or tell tale signs of severe crash. It has been thoroughly inspected. Valves clearance has been checked at 52000 km and were within specs. This bike is an absolute hoot to ride, super light and incredibly responsive, and the sound.....:-). Comes safetied if delivered in the province of Quebec. Can be shipped throughout North America.

Although the bike has 55000 km it runs like an absolute charm, this engine obviously has Honda's legendary reliability and is bullet-proof.

As an import, this NC30 is an all Kilometer deal. Clocks are in KMs, and there are 55 big ones racked up over the years. That equates to some 34,000 odd miles. Higher mileage compared to many VFRs that we see, but not a deal killer. For a high-strung, rev-happy motor, these V4s are surprisingly durable. Maintain them well, and they will keep on giving. The seller does indicate some work has been completed, which is a plus. The plastics are not original, but they look reasonable from the photos. Serious buyers might want to ask more questions and obtain additional details before completing a long-distance purchase, but that is nothing out of the ordinary in these situations.

The best part of this deal - for our US readers at least - is that the seller is familiar with shipping bikes over the border. That means less unknowns for the buyer if the bike is coming State side. Registration becomes the new issue in your chosen state, so do your homework ahead of time lest you be left with a really clean, really cool living room specimen with no plates (I wouldn't argue if this were my track day bike, but some collectors might be giving out some dirty looks). The seller is looking for $6,800 or best offer for this Quebec-based beauty. That is right in the ballpark for one of these models, if not a little high for the overall condition. If you missed our last NC30, you might want to move more quickly on this one. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R in Canada!
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 November 30, 2016 posted by

Little Brother: 1989 Honda VFR400R for Sale

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Looking very much like their very desirable VFR750R, the Honda VFR400R shares similar engine configuration, style, and that distinctive "PRO ARM" single-sided swingarm. The sophisticated V4 featured straight-cut gears in place of a chain or belt and drove twin overhead cams. Early VFR400s used a 180° crank, but the NC30 shared it's 360° "big bang" configuration with the VFR750, giving the bike a distinctive growl to go with the cultured whine of the gear-driven cams.

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A big-bang engine groups its combustion events close together, in stead of spreading them out evenly. In theory, this gives improved traction, as the tire has a chance to recover grip in between pulses, although that may not be a huge advantage in a bike with just 59hp and 30ft-lbs of torque... Power was modest, but had just 350lbs dry to push, and was spread across a very wide, forgiving powerband.

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These bikes didn't sell well when new, which wasn't really shocking: a period literbike could be had for similar cash and that huge increase in power could cover for a lot of sins on the road and on track. But that was hardly the point, and Honda only needed to produce a limited number to qualify them for racing. Originally intended for the Japanese market, a few made their way to the UK and mainland Europe as "parallel imports," these used to be very a very affordable way to pick up sophisticated Honda tech, but prices for these have been rapidly increasing of late, now that the RC30 is well out of reach for many collectors. Bidding on this example is north of $9,000 at this time, with the Reserve Not Met.

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From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda VFR400R for Sale

The VFR400R(NC30) is known for its handling, turning quicker than most other 400s on the market. You don't have to ride the NC30 to know that it is right. Everything about it just looks right. The scaled-down version of the RC30 is perfect in it proportions and in its detail. The reduction in size makes it neater still.

The engine gives the impression of that of a larger machine. Peak torque is at 12,000rpm, but it doesn't drop off, giving a long, flexible spread of peak power. It will hold any top gear cruise speed up to 100mph, will pull wide open in top from 2,000rpm and runs without a hiccup to 15,000rpm.Asked whether the quality of engineering is worth owning, the answer would be yes. The build quality is nearly as good as the RC30.

This bike is in excellent un-restored condition with very low miles. I approach all my bikes with the idea of preservation over restoration. When purchasing a bike what I look for is low miles and all original, this bike fits those traits very nicely. Please examine the pictures very closely. You can see it has not been restored but it is an excellent original condition. There is some minor chips and patina showing that it is a 27 year old bike. The bike was recently cleaned from top to bottom. Everything was cleaned, all fluids changed, brakes bled and then put back together ready to ride. Here's a list of a few things that were done.

Wheels powder coated, forks rebuilt, new rotors and pads front and rear plus brakes bled, new tires Bridgestone T30's. All the plastics were cleaned and polished and the small cracks were welded on the back side so they won't crack any more than they already are. All the gauges and cockpit pieces were cleaned and polished. Brand new chain and sprockets

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The seller also includes this helpful startup video of the bike being offered, and the original listing includes plenty of additional photos if what we've included here doesn't satisfy your NC30 lust. Aside from a few minor cosmetic imperfections mentioned by the seller, this is a very nice motorcycle and 6,000 miles is barely broken-in for a Honda, so this one is ready to display or ride, whichever strikes your fancy.

-tad

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Little Brother: 1989 Honda VFR400R for Sale
Honda July 21, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: Very Clean 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

Update 8.1.2016: The seller has notified us that this bike has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

1990 Honda VFR400R R Side

V4-powered sports motorcycles are all the rage now, but they were long associated with just one manufacturer: Honda. Their homologation RC30 set the standard for “exotic” in the late 1980s and 1990s: V4, gear-driven cams, single-sided swingarms and real links to Superbike and endurance racing. They weren’t the fastest machines, especially in stock form, but that wasn’t really the point. Certain types of production-based racing require that manufacturers, in order to compete, produce a specific number of a given model for sale to the public. Honda wanted to race a V4 and the associated frame and swingarm, so they had to build a bike to sell and the RC30, along with little brother NC30, was the result.

1990 Honda VFR400R for sale one eBay

1990 Honda VFR400R L Tank

The littler VFR400R version is what we have here today, and it was only rarely seen outside Japan and the UK, at least in part because the cost made it a poor value: it was priced like a literbike, but the 399cc engine made just 59hp and 30ft-lbs of torque. However, the gear-driven overhead cams and straight-cut gears made beautiful music, and the bike had a surprisingly flexible powerband. Handling was, as you’d expect, superlative, and the featherweight, 350lbs dry machine made an ideal starter superbike for riders with money to burn.

1990 Honda VFR400R Cockpit

Interestingly, the NC30 was the first version of the smaller V4 to use the 360° "big-bang" firing order and helped to give the bike a distinctive exhaust note that mirrored the 750. The idea behind big-bang engines is that, instead of spacing out the combustion events evenly, they’re grouped close together. This is intended to give the tire moments between forward drive where the bike can regain traction, something that was thought to be one of the significant advantages of v-twin machines competing at the time. Just two cylinders firing every revolution gave plenty of time for the tire to recover between pulses, and big-bang four cylinder engines sought to replicate that additional traction, while retaining their overall power advantages. Probably not all that important on a 400cc machine, but still very cool, and an additional link to the more sought-after RC30.

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Today’s Featured Listing is in beautiful shape and has been well cared-for, although this isn’t some perfectly-preserved, all original bike: the fairings very shiny and mostly look great, but are aftermarket pieces. It comes with a spare set of aftermarket fairings as well in case the new owner exceeds their riding ability on road or track. The bike looks very sharp, and the price reflects the nice, but not perfectly original condition.

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From the seller: 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

22,977 Kilometers (14,278 Miles) I have owned and ridden this bike for 2 years. This is a very clean well cared for bike. Fairings and bodywork are aftermarket. Comes with a second set of aftermarket fairings in excellent condition. I have gone thru the bike mechanically and everything works, as it should. Turn signals, brake lights, horn, High and low beam, radiator fan. Fork seals and upper and lower radiators were just replaced. Rear shock is from a CBR600RR. Original shock is included with sale. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very smooth running. Bike has Ohio State Title ready to transfer into your name.

1990 Honda VFR400R R Tail

The NC30 may not have the full WSBK displacement and power or the race-winning prestige of an RC30, but you shouldn’t be buying one of those for an eyeball-squishing experience anyway: time has moved on and modern superbikes have nearly twice the power of a stock, roadgoing 750. The NC30 is plenty fast enough, if your favorite parts of a road are the wiggly bits, and if the much sought-after and very expensive RC30 is out of your reach, a VFR400R offers up most of the bang for a much lower cost, and makes a very sharp canyon-carver or trackday mount.
-tad

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Featured Listing: Very Clean 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Honda September 29, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

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A precursor to the iconic NC30 that was a sort of "mini RC30," the VFR400R was powered by the a 399cc, gear-driven V4 and had the bigger model's same ELF-designed Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm. Visual differences compared to the later NC30 include a more conventional, street-bike styled single headlight and bodywork, along with four bolts to hold the rear wheel in place, instead of a single large hub nut.

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This earlier iteration of Honda's jewel-like V4 used a more conventional 180° crank, whereas later NC30 versions used a 360° "big bang" crank and firing order for improved traction and tire life. The 180° crank engine should sound a bit more like a conventional four, with combustion events spaced more evenly throughout each engine revolution. You still get the distinctive whine of the gear-driven cams fitted to these engines however.

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Although the small V4 isn't as manic at high revs as other 400cc four-cylinders, it should have a much wider powerband and still rev to a screaming 14,000rpm. Grunt is ultimately limited by the miniscule displacement, but handling is superlative and these were [and still are] very popular in the UK as track-day bikes, although the 18" rear wheel does limit tire choice somewhat.

1988 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

From the seller: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

Imported legally this year from the UK with the idea of learning about  and testing the market as a possible business idea for the future.

When I received it, it would not idle, so, rather than clean the carbs, I opted for the more circuitous route and replaced the regulator/rectifier, coils, plugs, plug wires and battery as well as the starter solenoid for good measure. It ran better, but eventually I did clean the carbs and found the elusive idle.

The motor is sweet. Whining gear whir and a really nice howling exhaust note as it revs from clutch out at about 3000 all the way up to a redline of 14,000. Smooth and very torque strong powerband all the way up.

Also, as stated in the eBay post, the bodywork is original and a little rough on the two lower panels. The tank and balance of the beautiful old plastic is pretty nice in a slightly weathered patina appreciators sort of way.

I would like to mention the scale. The bike is small, the clearances around the engine and really throughout are tight and favor the small of hand. But, I am 5'10" and do not reach the bum stop under most riding conditions, so the ergonomics are semi comfortable and definitely not cramped.

Overall, this is a very sound , fun ride without the overkill of a larger superbike. I had an S3 400 Kawasaki that would pop your arms straight on the power, but this 400 is faster and more controllable in getting there. Like a RD400 but more muscular and with a much broader powerband. Throttle feedback is really fine. Would make a thrilling track bike or a good rider.

1988 Honda VFR400R L Fairing

Designed mainly for the Japanese market, a good number found their way over to the UK where they were popular as grey-market or "parallel imports." This example is a bit rough around the edges, as the seller clearly indicates, but these are the original panels and 27 years and 28,000 miles means some scuffs and scrapes and minor cracks are to be expected.

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The VFR400R is very rare here in the US, meaning this should be of interest to Honda fans here looking to complete their V4 collections or track day riders more concerned with corner speed than top speed. All-in-all, this bike lacks the endurance-racer styling and raucous "big bang" engine of later versions, but still provides the basic handling goodness that made these so popular in the first place.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale