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1994 Honda RVF750R RC45 #257

1994 Honda RC45 for sale

Let’s start Monday with a bang: a 1,400 mile Honda RC45 should do the trick! Described as stunning with minor wear from 20 years of light use. Noted as owned previously by a Japanese collector, it is presumably still in Japan though offered for worldwide consideration from sellers in New Zealand. The buy-it-now price is a $40k USD, which would place it at the upper end of the price range for an RC45 but it’s Monday, we can dream!

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1994 Honda RC45 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

*** COLLECTABLE HONDA RVF750R RC45 – FRAME 257 ***

Following the terrific success of the RC30 in the World Superbike Series, HRC was under pressure to produce a viable successor and the RC45 was born. After the iconic NR750, the RC45 is often noted as the most collectable Honda due to its relative rarity. John Kocinski won the 1997 World Superbike Championship on an RC45, followed closely by Kiwi Aaron Slight (trailing by just 3 points).

Just 200 of these bikes were produced in year 1, with many being delivered directly to race teams. A further 500 bikes were produced for the Japanese domestic market with most of these going to collectors. This example is a very rare find, having travelled just 1400 miles in the past 20 years. Frame 257 has spent all of its life in the hands of a private collector in Japan and has been well cared for evidenced by the deep sheen in its paint work. There are a few very minor cosmetic defects in keeping with a 20 years old bike which has been lightly used and never restored, but overall this is a stunning stunning bike.

Carbon Garage is a licensed motorcycle dealer with a showroom, workshop & cafe located in Auckland, New Zealand. We have a partner warehouse in Tokyo, Japan and specialise in sales, service and restoration of classic Japanese superbikes from the 80s, 90s and later. We are motorcycle collectors ourselves and have an extensive collection of homologated superbikes on display in our cafe.

We ship worldwide and can provide a quotation for packaging and freight to the destination of your choice.

17 Comments

  • Japan auction pictures make it really in their workshop ? Tread wearily ! They just bought at trade and now want ” war ” prices on it !

    • Just to add: I see they do have at their place – digital photos make any bike look good , I recommend a though look over in the metal, having lived in Japan for 12yrs I know all to well what they are not showing as lack of photos detailing the important stuff is a tell tale. Don’t want to see the whole bike as Honda supplied that new – need all scratches , scrapes, dings, damage , pits , corrosion that it must have.

  • Why buy that one when you can buy this one for $38k,and it’s brand new.

    http://www.goobike.com/cgi-bin/search/spread.cgi?8502447B30140412001+

  • Looks like it sold for just under 1.5M yen at auction so that price is over double!
    One with 1km went for just under 3M recently.

  • The one with 1km may well be the one Linny is referring to above.
    The bike with 2380kms was an auction grade 4 (which is quite good) and the one with 1km was grade 5.

  • The RC45 with 1km is not a auction,but a shop that is selling the bike. There are many shops on Goo Bike Japan that advertise bikes for sale.

    • Understand. But as a bike went through the auctions in roughly April with 1km and now there’s one at a dealer, I’m guessing (and that’s all it is) that it’s the same bike.

  • Is it just me, or are the “RVF” graphics of the left side damaged? Not worth full asking price if I’m seeing things correctly.

  • Matt, it sure looks like the graphic is rashed. Good catch.

    Why do the RC45s seem to command more of an asking price than the RC30s? May be just me, but the RC30 looks timeless and like nothing else. While the RC45 looks more like a CBR900RR Fireblade. Again both great bikes but just wondering if I’m the only one.

  • Good call joex-ray . I had always subconsciously thought that too . At one point RC45s were a reasonable price (about the 20 K mark……) . I even saw one for 10K (about 12 yrs ago) but all its bodywork was trashed . Now they are nearly unattainable and there are alot less of them than RC30s , which unfortunately drives up the market value . If you look around and are willing to do the work to restore them you can pick up two RC30s for the price these RC45s seem to be going for .

  • Looks like a fireblade……? Really! Depends what era you come from but in my books that 90’s RC45 paint scheme does look good, some of my friends actually think the 30 looks quite dated now. Horses for courses I guess. As for there ‘unfortunately’ being a lot less of them around than 30’s I guess that depends on what you own, so if you are owner of a 30 ‘unfortunately’ the reality is that at any point in time there are multiple for sale around the world. Now before all you one eyed 30 owners out there hit your keyboards to respond, how many of you have actually ridden both? If you look at contemporary tests, and there have been a few over the last couple of years, (One currently in PB) 45’S are spoken of in glowing terms now. I do like RC30’s, but there are other bikes in the world too……… Keep in mind what these bikes were built for…. as a platform for homologation for superbike racing, if you wanted a road bike that’s why they made the Fireblade.

  • Chris in potential defense of other RC30 owners/defenders here I would like to say that they did not mean it rides like a Fireblade rather that they liken the color scheme to one and figure that if you are going to shell out 40K ($33 000 Canadian back in 94′) that the bike should come with a better than average looking paint scheme . Though I don,t have a problem with its look as it does need to have a bit of a different look to set itself apart from its sibling as it were . I do however give you points for reminding us all that this is a limited bike just as the RC30 was and intended for homologation rather than to sell thousands to the public . And of course one more valid point : If you are looking for HRC stuff it is (can’t believe I am saying this !) more economical to find stuff for the RC30 as well , as the stuff for RC45s are extremely rare and extremely expensive as it is all pupose built and with electroninc fuel injection way more complicated to set-up .

  • RC30FREAK, as the owner of both, I have pretty much HRC kitted my 45, I couldn’t see the point of doing the 30(minor mods only) as I personally prefer the 45, the power, handling etc in my eyes is far superior and when kitted with HRC parts it’s outstanding(I’m sure there will be a wave of hate responses!) Anyway I find it interesting in your comment of how hard 45 HRC parts are to find. Over the years I have accumulated RC30 HRC parts relatively easy and for bargain prices, sometimes I was buying parts and couldn’t believe how little I was paying(compared to 45 parts), I picked up a complete Moriwaki dry clutch set up for about $400!!!! Now the 45 on the other hand, OH MY GOD. The majority of my parts have come out of Japan, The prices would be astronomical and the parts would sell immediately, the 45 guys don’t seem to flinch at all at the prices(secondhand works forks $10K, sold STRAIGHT AWAY!), whereas 30 HRC parts would be hanging around for sale for ages, I couldn’t believe it! After getting HRC parts for the 30 so cheap, I had to change my mindset with RC45 HRC parts, if I wanted them, I had to bust the bucks end of story. As many would know you just can’t pick and choose RC45 HRC parts, especially engine/intake/efi/exhaust parts so you end up having to bust for complete set ups etc.

  • Having spent 6000 miles enjoying RC45 #20 on East Texas back roads and road courses, from 1999 until 2004 when I sold it (for way less than current asking prices) I can say that in 100% stock form (other than fuel injection wiring mod and Two Brothers slip on) the bike was sublime in all areas – except maybe top end.

    Being a 750 it did struggle to pull hard when chasing liter class bikes. But the super tall (100mph 1st) and close ration gearbox made up for it.

    Do I wish I kept the bike? Yeah. Would I buy it back at $40K+? No.

  • Japanese models are restricted too. You will need a new exhaust muffler, throttle body assemble, PGMF1 and spark boxes to bring it to standard unrestricted spec. Probably about 7000-10000 USD for those parts.

  • Meh, not that rare. One single bike shop in Australia has three of them for sale at this very moment!

  • Bonjour
    Rien a voir avec une RC45 je recherche des pieces moteur pour RC30 quelqu’un a t’il une adresse au japon?
    Merci

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