Update 8.15.2017: eBay shows sold for $8,800. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc
This 1996 Honda RVF400R from featured seller Glenn is from the model’s last year of production, and wears a distinctly ’90s livery on fairings that are just slightly sharper than its predecessor, the VFR400R. The RVF also got upside-down forks and CBR900RR-aping foxeye headlights when it debuted in ’94.
Sold new only in Japan, the RVF was a wholly-updated machine that was praised at the time for sharp handling and flickability, a common thread among sports 400s. Aside from the updated forks, Honda changed frame geometry, the engine mounting position, added a slightly narrower single-sided swingarm and upgraded the new bike to a 17-inch rear wheel to aid turn-in, a change which will also make finding modern tires a non-issue.
Between the frame rails sat an engine with re-thought carburetors and new valve timing. As with every 400cc sportbike out there, the engine doesn’t shine until it’s really spinning, eventually spitting out just shy of 60 horses at 13,500 rpm.
The bike featured here looks clean enough to eat off of, but the seller notes a few spots of touch-up paint and a replacement decal or two. Mechanically, this RVF is pretty close to sorted, with freshly-cleaned carbs and fluids flushed. The chain and sprockets are tired, according to the seller, and the tires look OK, but are a few years old.
From the eBay listing:
One week Auction NO Reserv
e will sell to high bid. I do reserve the right to end auction early for local sale!
1996 Honda RVF400 NC35, the bike has a clean and clear Arizona title with current registration. It has original Japanese 11 digit VIN, so no California registration but ok elsewhere. Bike is currently located in So Cal, but can be available for pickup/delivery in Phoenix area if needed.
The NC35 is truly one of
the classic 90’s Honda’s. 360 degree crank, gear driven cams, V4, single sided swingarm. Only sold in Japan.
This is a nice lower mile stock example. I have a few NC35 and NC30 projects but when I bought this bike it was as it sits now. I only
just recently did a complete service on it, oil change, coolant flush and fill, fresh synthetic DOT4 front and rear brake fluid and completely tore the carbs down and did a thorough cleaning.
The bike has had some touch up paint work done in the past before I bought it and it looks good. Bodywork is OEM original Honda, most decals original some reproduction and repainted, some touch up paint work on engine and a few other bits, but overall looks nice, seats were recovered. Rear sets are factory, but pegs aftermarket. I have a new set of Tyga rearsets I will sell for a pretty good deal if new owner wants them! Please look at the photos closely, if you need
more, just email or call me.
Runs great, low miles, nice fueling and handles beautiful, great brakes. Everything works as it should, all lighting, switchgear etc etc. Tires are a few years old but decent, chain and sprocket should be replaced, other than that it just had a full service so really needs nothing.
There is a lot of info online about the NC30 and 35, parts are pretty easy to source and plentiful, great aftermarket options from Tyga and others. This bike will make a great rider, lots of fun at trackdays and is quite collectible, not many around, Honda made few of them compared to the NC30 and not a lot of nice survivors today. Don’t miss this chance to get a nice titled NC35!!
Please email or call with any questions, please check out all the pictures and I will try to add a video of bike starting and running later this week!!
The bike is registered and tagged in Arizona, and the seller says the paperwork will transfer to anywhere except California. The bike is listed with no reserve, and bidding sits at $4,050 with five days left.
If you’ve always had the hots for an RC45 but you have a working stiff’s budget, let this shining example of its baby brother scratch that itch!