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Honda September 16, 2016 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 For Sale in California

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We’ve seen some quick sales of great examples late in the season (check out this ZX750M1 that sold in two days for $18k) and this RC30 in California could fit that bill as well. It is advertised with less than 10k miles and the opening bid is $22k reserve not met. Where do you think this bike will end up?

Have a great weekend,

dc

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1990 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

From the seller:

If you are looking for one of these, no explanation is required how rare and exotic this motorcycle is. hand built one by one and imported 300 only to state. She is in beautiful condition. She has Micron exhaust but comes with stock exhaust and bottom fairing in pristine condition as well. Rear wheel stand is also included. I have couple of boxes of NOS and extra stuff to go with. Only thing missing is the factory tool kit. I will only accept cash or bank transfer for payment. She is a 49 state bike.

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1990 Honda RC30 For Sale in California
Honda April 18, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda VFR750R / RC30 with NL0B Engine and Chassis Kit

Update 3.14.2017: We have been informed that this bike is now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 4.18.2016: This seller has renewed his Featured Listing. Thank you to Shaun for supporting the site and good luck with the sale! -dc

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Before Honda released the homologation special VFR750R / RC30 road bikes, HRC built and raced the growling V4’s, and won the first two WSBK championships ridden by Fred Merkel.  The bike offered here has been Troy Corser’s second bike, who won the 1993 Australian Superbike Championship, and ridden by a young Anthony Gobert in 1994 until the RC45 was prepared.  Purchased from the race team later in 1994, its subsequent lives include track days, a long rest, and recent restoration.

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An evolution of the RVF750 endurance racer, the VFR750R uses a complex twin-tube diamond frame around the compact V4, with bespoke steering head bracing.  In the early 1990’s HRC offered the NL0B engine kit, with updated heads, crankshaft, and cam drive, resulting in around 130 hp, up from a stock 90hp, and for a cost equivalent to a Dodge Viper.  Right-side up Showa forks have HRC internals and single-sided swingarm is shortened and braced.  Brakes were Lockheed, specially built for the race machine, but have been replaced with Brembo calipers with cast iron disks due to seal availability.  The fairing was stored away when the bike was tracked and has original Winfield Honda ( Australia ) racing graphics.

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Shown at the 2014 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, a Cycle World diversion at the 2014 Moto GP in Austin, the bike had been through a 3-year restoration to its racing form.  The owner, a coach at California Superbike School and partner at a race preparation shop, learned CNC ( Computer Numerical Control ) machine tool programming to make missing and broken bits for the machine.

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The haunting sound of the V4 is result of the 360-degree crankshaft, with two closely spaced power pulses in each revolution.  The inherent balance of the V4 allowed engine speeds of 14,000 rpm, and though not a horsepower monster, the RC30 had a wide and rideable torque curve.  The restoration included new Carillo rods, and all new bearings, seals and gaskets.

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Regular readers of RSBFS will know the cachet and rarity of a road-going RC30, but this is an order of magnitude more exotic.  All RC30’s were built not at Honda but by small teams at HRC. And the NL0B racers were another, much smaller subset of machines built by world level teams from heavily customized parts with a production run counted in double digits. They were then tuned and modified at the track.  Only a few other complete race-prepared VFR750R’s survive, on display as this one is likely to be.

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-Donn

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda VFR750R / RC30 with NL0B Engine and Chassis Kit
Honda February 12, 2016 posted by

1988 Honda RC30 in Italy

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We’ve seen lots of investor quality, Italian motorcycles from this seller on RSBFS. This is the first Honda he’s offered I believe, and the condition looks excellent in the photographs.

Have a good weekend all and looking forward to the comments on this one!

dc

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1988 Honda RC30 VFR750R for sale on eBay

from the seller:

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Iconic 80’s Superbike for the road. This sample is in very good conditions, just serviced, new battery and new tyres. It was fitted in the period with desiderable sport kit (sport cammeshafts). Just 14000kms (less than 9000miles). Originally sold new in Italy and still with Italian documents.

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1988 Honda RC30 in Italy
Honda October 8, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: Nearly New Honda RC30 in Switzerland. Worldwide Sales Welcomed!

Update 6.14.2016: SOLD! -dc
Update 10.8.2015: Price updated. -dc

Foreword: Claudio is an Emeritus Contributor on RSBFS and posted with us mainly between 2012-13. This is his personal bike and he asked if he could list on the site. A nearly new RC30, of course! He wrote the post himself and is advertising it on our site. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

This is a Swiss spec Honda RC30, hand built by HRC in 1988 and first imported in Switzerland in 1989. The VFR750R was first registered by myself this summer! The bike currently has less than 700 km and it is absolutely new, as you can see from the pictures and the short movie attached. Together with the bike and its original stand, I will provide also the original documentation, the two keys and a new OEM CDI that will allow for full rpm usage. The Swiss spec bike has otherwise a CDI that limits the power by limiting the rpm.

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Most of you will find that small squared headlight strange, but this is the way these models were sold in Switzerland. At the beginning, I also preferred the two large round headlights (Europe and US models) but after a while I came accustomed to the Swiss headlight and currently find that the bike looks slimmer in this trim. I know, that may not be the case for many of you out there 🙂 I am a motorbike enthusiast with a passion for sport bikes of the late 80s and 90s. I own myself several bikes and this is my second RC30. I ride every bike I own. I also continuously trade some…when I find a model I desire more 🙂

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Like my other best finds, I have bought this new RC30 from a Honda dealership that is about to close. The bike was serviced with fresh liquids just before it was delivered to me. After a lot of thought, I came to the conclusion that it would be a shame to put miles on such a rare example and I would rather sell it to another collector or a museum. If it was down to me, I would have parked it in my living room, but my wife thinks that this ain’t art and therefore it belongs somewhere else. If you have free space in your living room or if you want to experience the thrills of owning and/or riding a brand new Honda RC30, then please contact me.

I have previously sold a 1986 GSX750RR Limited Edition to a fellow enthusiast in Australia. As was the case with that bike, you will be responsible for organizing transport of the bike from Switzerland. I will assist you with all necessary paper work, preparation and potential logistics’ contacts. I also speak German and Italian if that would make the communication easier for you. The bike is located in Switzerland near Zürich and can viewed upon appointment. If you are interested, please make me a reasonable offer considering the rarity of the bike in its current condition (one example with 700 miles sold by Bonhams in LA for 52000$).

In case of international shipment, I understand that there maybe additional costs for transport etc… To me it’s also important that this RC30 goes into the right hands and that I establish a network of enthusiasts to be able to help each other in the future too. With this in mind, within reason I will try to come toward your specific needs. If you would like to make me an offer (offers below 30000 EUR will not be considered) or have questions, please contact me by email by clicking on following this link. I will try to reply within 1-2 days depending on my workload.

Thanks and ciao,

Claudio

Featured Listing:  Nearly New Honda RC30 in Switzerland.  Worldwide Sales Welcomed!
Honda September 7, 2015 posted by

Gentlemen, start you collections: 1990 Honda RC30

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Always a favorite here on RSBFS, the RC30 is a bike that every serious collector wants.  Officially designated as the Honda VFR750R with different trim based on destination country, the RC30 was a true homologation bike and came with what was at the time unheard of specs for a street bike; titanium and magnesium parts,  gear-driven cams, track based “slipper” clutch, a first gear that could take you up to 80 mph, a single-sided swingarm, etc.  How special were they?  Let me put it this way – the RC30 was so epic even James May of Top Gear UK owns one.

The RC30’s 100 hp 749cc engine may seem tame today but what made the RC30 so special was the way it put everything together;  huge amounts of feedback, a massively broad powerband, lightest weight in its class, the Honda blew the 750cc competition away.  Of course all this race tech didn’t come cheap;  the RC30 was priced at an eye popping  $21,000 in 1990, which equals about $39,000 USD in today’s dollars.

A review of the RC30 can be read here.

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1990 Honda RC30 for sale on ebay

For this particular RC30, there seems to be both an upside and some potential downsides.  On the upside, the seller states the bike is 100% stock original except for some stainless steel braided front and rear brake lines.  Fluids look fresh and the engine area looks immaculate which shouldn’t be surprising since the seller appears to be a serious collector.  On the downside, the seller indicates they are the 3rd owner so true history of the bike will be something of an assumption.  Also the mileage is a bit higher than alot of RC30’s we see here on RSBFS but this is reflected in the price.

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Is this 1990 Honda RC30 worth its 23,500 starting bid?  Well we have seen recent posts range from $22,000  to over $28,000 USD so the asking price seems right in line with the current market.  Also these are true Rare Sportbikes with only 300 reported as coming into the USA so values will probably continue to rise over time.

Here at RSBFS we have some regular readers who will be able to offer better insight on the current fair price for this RC30 so if its time for you to add one to your collection, I suggest you check out the the comments on this post or the recent posts linked above but be quick if you are seriously interested as ebay auctions of these bikes often end early.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Gentlemen, start you collections:  1990 Honda RC30
Honda March 18, 2015 posted by

Big Bang Theory – 1988 Honda RC30

One of the winning-est race bikes in history, the Honda RVF750 took the first three World Super Bike Championships 1988-90, the AMA Superbike, and countless endurance races and series.  It was homologated with the RC30, an exotic special built in very low numbers by Honda’s racing department.

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1988 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

The V-4 750cc engine that powers the RC30 is a racer for the road, with 4-valve heads, gear-driven cams, titanium connecting rods, but most distinctively, it uses a different crankshaft and firing order.  Known as a 360-degree or big bang crankshaft, cylinders 1 & 4 fire close together, then the crank moves 270 degrees, then cylinders 2 & 3 go.  This leads to an explosive delivery of power, sounding completely different than the similar-looking engine in the VFR road bike, which fires 1-4-3-2 but with 180 degrees of crank rotation between each.  Check this Canadian RC30 fan site for the sound – http://rc30.yolasite.com/.

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After a long rest, the current owner got the bike ready to ride and sell – from the eBay auction:

This bike (and it’s 15 serial number older sister shown in the last picture) has been in my collection for over 15 years, I recommissioned it last year, cleaned carburetors, checked fluids, serviced it and got it ready for rides.  Please see the pictures of the bike as it is today.  It has Mavic wheels fitted at present, either these wheels or the original wheels for the bike can be fitted for the new owner. I have the main stand. Since you are looking at this auction I do not have to tell you how rare these bikes are.

The specifications read like the race bike they are, with a twin-cradle frame, 4 downdraft carburetors, 41mm Showa forks, Pro-Link rear, twin 296m disks up front, single 256mm rear.  110 hp and 53 ft-lbs. of torque push 1st gear up to 82 mph ( 11,000 rpm ) and sixth delivers around 150 mph.  A slipper clutch relieves the possible rear wheel chatter from the big bang crank.  The transverse V-4 keeps the engine weight low in the chassis.

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Areas that will keep an owner’s attention are engine cooling, brake rotor wear, and obsolete tire sizes ( though this bike has a more current set of Mavic wheels fitted ).

Only around 300 were produced for the U.S. market in 1990, this example is a Swiss import.  Many European countries received the bike in 1988-89, but only the hundreds.  Truly exotic and certainly a handful, the RC30 is a super performer with a distinctive sound.

-donn

Big Bang Theory – 1988 Honda RC30
Honda August 22, 2014 posted by

Mile High: 1990 Honda VFR 750 RC30 in Colorado

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When it comes to bikes that generate a lot of interest on RSBFS, few can rival the RC30. Known in Honda parlance as the VFR750R and originally available in trim levels specific to Japan, Europe and North America, the RC30 was a homologated version of the dominant race bike of its era. While many will point to the Ducati 916 as the iconic sport bike, the RC30 continues to draw the sort of stares, lust and money unknown this side of a Supermono. The bikes are relatively few, the interest is always very high, and bargains can be found ever so occasionally. We here on Rare are lucky enough to count several RC30 aficionados as regular contributors, and as always we look forward to comments and insights on this particular example. Presented by a dealer, located in Colorado, and looking clean but not perfectly minty, this RC30 shows fewer than 7,500 miles on the clock. Check it out, and then check back here and share your thoughts. If you have RC30s on the brain, is this the one you want?

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1990 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
This is a low mileage restoration. Very nice and is ready to ride or put in your collection. Only 7,338 original miles!

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Mile High: 1990 Honda VFR 750 RC30 in Colorado
Honda August 14, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: Exceptional 1990 Honda RC30 for Sale

Update: This bike was sold within two days of listing on RSBFS exclusively using our Featured Listing service. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Built between 1988-1990, Honda’s VFR750R RC30 was a limited-production motorcycle intended to homologate Honda’s planned entry in the newly-created World Superbike Championship. Pure-prototype racing machines like Moto GP bikes need have nothing in common with any other product being produced for public consumption, but most other forms of racing require that the bikes be based, however loosely, on production machines. For WSB, the rules require that a certain number machines be sold for street use to make the bike eligible for racing.

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With a V4 displacing 748cc and crammed with all manner of titanium and magnesium parts, including gear-driven cams, the RC30 spec-sheet looks like the creation of some track junky’s fevered imagination. And the rest of the bike was just as wild, with an innovative slipper clutch and a single-sided swingarm yanked straight of the ELF endurance racers, although it lacked that bike’s truly striking wheels and single-sided front end.

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Contact the Seller via Email

From the seller: 1990 Honda RC30 for Sale

US spec 1990 Honda RC30 for sale.  Number 187 of only 200 produced for the US market in 1990, somewhat rare bike with valid title.   The bike was manufactured January 1990 and originally titled in Tennessee.  It currently has a valid Florida title.  The motorcycle is located in central Florida.

This RC30 is in very nice original condition with only 10,000+ miles.  The bike has been in a museum since 2007 and was professionally prepped for display.  Please look at the pictures to see that there are only a few small nicks on the bike.  The bodywork is almost perfect except for 2 small areas; (a) there is slight checking in the gel coat on the right side under the seat, (b) the underside of the front fairing has some minor scratches and a small area of gel coat checking on the left bottom.  It is 100% OEM except for upgraded break and clutch cables, and upgraded front calipers which are cast iron (the OEM calipers come with the bike).  The bike only has 1 OEM key.  The buyer has a choice; available in its current pristine museum form, or I will prepare it for the road.  I guarantee there are no mechanical flaws with this bike.  I have sold off most of my 21 bike Honda collection over the past 3 years and have received zero complaints.  I only have this RC30 and a pristine RC45 left from the collection.

Please see the list of OEM Honda RC30 memorabilia that comes with the bike (12 items).  Contact:  GAULANDY@YAHOO.COM

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The performance seems tame today, with just north of 100hp at the wheel [a claimed 118hp at the crank] pushing almost 500lbs wet, and standing-start acceleration hampered by a race-track friendly first gear that took you all the way to 80mph. But that was hardly the point. With feedback and feel to spare, and a flexible powerband and a spine-tingling v4 snarl, the bike was faster and lighter than anything in the 750cc class when introduced, although for the price, you’d expect it to be: $21,000 in 1990.

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But more importantly, the bike was competitive right out of the box, winning the WSB title for which it was intended in both 1988 and 1989, along with a slew of victories at the TT and in endurance racing that lasted well beyond the normal lifespan of a racing motorcycle. The road-going RC30 was the best of both worlds: an exotic racing machine with direct ties to factory racing efforts and an eminently useable motorcycle for the road with actual dealer support and surprising reliability.

These are some of the rarest and most collectible Hondas of the modern era and, at the seller’s $22,000 asking price, seems likely to be snapped up quickly.

-tad

Featured Listing: Exceptional 1990 Honda RC30 for Sale

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