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More Lightweight Fun: 1987 Honda VFR400R (NC24)

Moorhead, MN – 8,405mi – $4,000 w/Reserve

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We have seen a little run of lower displacement sport bikes including a CBR400RR. VFR400R, and an uber-rare CBR250RR. I for one am perfectly okay with that, because not only are these rare here in the US, they are also awesome bikes. Truth be told, not many of us can ride a new SuperSport to its full potential, especially when not on a race track. But a 400 with 60hp on tap? That might be another story. The beauty of a VFR400R here has apparently been blessed with a 2 year restoration and a fresh paint job that mimics a different generation. I would be curious as to what the full restoration process consisted of.

From the seller:

1987 Honda NC24, VFR400 yes, it’s the real deal. Shipped from Japan to Florida and titled in Florida, I transferred the title to me (MN) licensed and insured it after a restoration that took 2 1/2 years. We’ve put about 40 miles on since the restoration, currently it has 14,028 km on it.

The bike is a Japan-only model but we settled on a European NC30 paint scheme (I think) because it just looked better. I have not bothered to add up the receipts and am scared to do so, the carb kit cost over $400 and single bolts cost as much as $30 and all parts came from Europe. EVERYTHING was gone through, repaired, restored, or replaced except we did not crack open the motor.

How rare is it? Well, try to find one. I saw one on Rare Sportbikes For Sale .Com, 5 years ago, it sold for $5K without a title. This is your chance to own an RC30, only smaller, at a fraction of the price, Honda’s first single-sided swingarm.

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Clearly the seller is a fan of this website 😉 This looks like a tidy little bike an it’s probably a blast to ride. It sure looks the part with that awesome single-sided swing arm and white wheels. Mini RC30 anyone? You can check out the auction here and place your bid!

-JS

2 Comments

  • This is probably as close as I can get to an RC-30. What do you guys think this will go for? Thanks

  • I own and ride a 88 VFR400R NC24 daily, take it on 2000km+ rides, its an amazing bike. Extremely rare in australia, i have met only 2 people who have ever known what it is. There are only 3 other that i know of in australia, none in original condition.

    The colours he has painted it in are pretty much spot on, in 1988 they sold nc24’s with a colour way that matched the road legal RC30’s which were released the same year in the same colours.

    fast, comfy, reliable, great handling, it really is an awesome machine, also one of the best sounding bikes of all time.

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