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Honda February 26, 2011 posted by

Tired of Ducatis? How about a Honda RC45 race bike with IoM TT history?

Rare Honda RC45 race bike with Isle of Man TT race history for sale in Jersey Channel Islands.

Some (well, one mainly) of our readers commented that he is tired of seeing super low mileage Ducatis being listed and in some way I agree.  My bad really, since I tend to focus on Italian bikes, so naturally Ducatis and Bimotas come up a lot.   For this listing, I’ve gone out on a limb and tried to write about something other than my normal run of Italian super models – a Honda RVF750R (RC45) race bike:

HONDA RC45 RACE BIKE

FULL TONY SCOTT 792CC ENGINE
VERY RARE HRC TWIN FUEL INJECTION
HRC TOTAL LOSS IGNITION AND LOOM
HRC KIT EXHAUST
PFM WORLD SUPERBIKE BRAKES
OHLINS WSB FORKS
FACTORY SWINGING ARM AND SHOWA SHOCK
DYMAG 17 IN WHEELS WITH SPARE REAR
SPARE FAIRING AND TAIL UNIT
GENUINE HONDA STAND
EX MARK JOHNS RACING
ISLE OF MAN TT HISTORY
THIS BIKE IS IN RACE READY CONDITION

I don’t think the legendary RC45 needs much introduction, but would you like to freshen up your memory on its history, there’s a pretty good write up over on Faster and Faster.  And here’s a video of John Kockinski riding the RC45 in 1997 (he won the WSB title that year):

The bike is listed at 22,000 GBP (approx. USD35,000). It’s always hard to put a value on race bikes, but just as a reference, RC45s have been selling upwards of low $20,000s from what I’ve seen. $35,000 is quite a bit more than that, but how do you put a value on super rare HRC parts (check out the PGM-FI controller in one of the pics – haven’t seen those before!) and IoM TT race history?

For serious collectors or those with $35,000 spare cash burning a hole in their pockets, .

ph

Honda February 28, 2010 posted by

1994 Honda RVF750R RC45 #19 Of 50

A very nice looking RC45 has become available in Ohio!  Located in Canton, Ohio is a 1994 Honda RVF750R with less than 2,000 original miles.  The seller states that this bike has been meticulously maintained and is in perfect condition.  The seller states that this bike is number nineteen of the fifty RC45’s that were imported into the U.S to satisfy AMA requirements.  The bike has been fitted with a titanium full exhaust system by Yoshimura (A rare piece in and of itself), Zero Gravity windscreen, and a K&N air filter.  The seller states that “The PGMFi has also been wired to top secret HRC specs.”  I suspect this is a reference to the ECU that originally limited the power output to 85hp but could reach 148hp with serious HRC components–I doubt this bike has that much power but it would be curious to know what “top secret” things have been done to it.  Phil posted a UK RC45 with zero miles that was listed for $39,000, making this bikes price of $35,000 agreeable as it is actually in the U.S., has less than 2k miles, and is fitted with the titanium Yosh system.  The original MSRP for these bikes was $27,000.  The RC45 was the first production Honda to feature USD forks and is fitted with the sixteen inch front wheel that Honda preferred during the 1990s.  As with the majority of the bikes we post on RSBFS, this is one that I’d be happy to own.  See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Honda February 15, 2010 posted by

Brand new 0 miles Honda RC45 for sale!

Brand new 0 miles Honda RC45 for sale in the UK.

Just when I thought the brand new 0 miles RC30 from Doble Motorcycles in the UK was an incredible find, they hit me with a double whammy by offering a brand new 0 miles RC45 for sale as well!

This bike has never been used. It has been in a private collection.

This is a BRAND-NEW un-registered UK example.

It comes with it’s original genuine Honda single-sided paddock stand.

Accompanied with it’s original owner’s manual and service book.
100% standard in every way. MINT, MINT, MINT!
Oh crikey: Grown men broke down in tears when this arrived in the showroom; overcome by the presence of greatness; (no not you Mr Doble). It’s an RC45. One for the museum or your private collection; it would look a treat parked in a corner of your living room! Then again; how could you resist the temptation to register and ride it. What a dilemma. This totally stunning piece of Honda racing history is up for grabs. Pawn everything if you have to: It’s an investment and you’ll want it bad!
The RC45 is the successor to the legendary RC30, but unfortunately it didn’t achieve the same level of success as the RC30.  Nevertheless, it is still an iconic bike and is on many serious collectors’ list of bikes to have.  Personally, I like the looks of the RC45 but the RC30 is more iconic with its long list of race wins.
If you are seriously considering this RC45 for your collection, then the $39,000 asking price is probably not an issue, in which case may I suggest getting the matching 0 miles RC30 as well – these two great motorcycles deserve to be together in the same collection!
phil

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Honda January 21, 2010 posted by

1994 Honda RVF750R RC45 with carbon fiber body work!

Update 1.21.10: Please note we have learned this bike is already sold to a RSBFS reader.

Loaded with extras, this is a rare RC45 located in Peoria (Phoenix), Arizona.  Let’s start with the bad news, this bike does have a salvage title, but is still titled.  Now, if you’re not looking for an original RC45 this is the one for you:  It features TSR Titanium exhaust & carbon silencer, Sato rear sets, 17″ CBR front wheel, forks set up by LE suspension, Brembo calipers & master, Penske rear shock and QB carbon bodywork.  This appears to be a very obvious track bike that is/can be street legal.  When I first saw the photos, the obvious assumption is that it has been rattle canned black, but no, only the best for a RC–Carbon fiber!  The seller states that it has 161 original miles which means it must have an interesting history with a salvage title, the modifications, and such low miles (if it was converted to a race bike early on, it wasn’t raced very much or, the original mileage is from a cluster that was disconnected at one point).  Now, here is the best part if you’re willing to settle for an unoriginal, salvage title, RC45; it won’t be cheap but it should carry a large discount on a 100%, perfectly original RC45.  Looking through our archives, I didn’t see any RC45s with asking prices listed but, the asking price of $18,000 for this bike seems fair based on what you’re getting.  RC45s weren’t as successful as their RC30 predecessors with only one Superbike World Championship in 1997, under rider John Kocinski.  To quote Motor Cycle News:

“Despite its later racing successes, for many it was already too late.  Although astonishingly able and hugely prized today, the RC45’s biggest criticism was that it failed to match the revolution caused by the bike it superseded.  But in its defense, it did have a hell of a lot to live up to.

It may not be as revolutionary as the RC30 but I still wouldn’t hesitate on the chance to own a RC45.  If you’re in the same boat, see this bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Honda June 20, 2020 posted by

Cleaniac – 1996 Honda RVF400R / NC35

Honda’s lightweight RVF400R has had a bit of a resurgence here on RSBFS lately, suspension updates making it the ultimate small V-4.  Here’s a Houston edition that looks unfettered and super clean.

1996 Honda RBF400R for sale on eBay

Honda couldn’t do much to improve the 399cc’s power and stay within the law, and the chassis dimensions, remain the same as the VFR400R.  Still carburetted with four 30mm Keihin’s fed by the fresh air tubes from in front of the mirrors.  The tires got a little wider and are both 17’s, and forks are now upside down, with a hair less trail than the VFR.  Bodywork was modernized, with fox-eye headlights that were more Fireblade than RC45.

Just a little history on this RVF, though it evidently hasn’t been ridden on the road by the seller.  Very sharp for almost 11,000 miles and a quarter century.  From the eBay auction:

Excellent condition all stock original condition with few minor blemishes from normal use.  It have 17,520 Kilometers runs and shifts great with smooth and powerful V4 Honda race engine.  Those are rare superbikes and this bike was imported from Japan and I did not ride it much since it was part of my little Honda collection and it was never abused, red-lined, raced or tempered with.  I changed the battery (Yuasa) changed oil (fully synthetic) and new Honda filter.

Can’t take anything away from the current small-sport singles, some are even racier and lighter, but lack the symphony of gear-driven cams, 360-degree crank and 14,500 rpm redline.  No fairing mounted speakers required for these tunes, just a twist of the wrist.  Without the usual wear and dirt, the buy-it-now per pound is pretty high, but might be worth pursuing.

-donn

 

Cleaniac – 1996 Honda RVF400R / NC35
Honda June 11, 2020 posted by

Vee Four: 1995 Honda RVF400R NC35 for Sale

Modern 400s are generally geared towards new or budget-minded riders, but can still be very capable sportbikes: I spent a session or two recently chasing one around Buttonwillow, and it turns out a Ninja 400 can work up a surprising turn of speed. In spite of that, they’re still pretty basic machines, specification-wise. But a couple decades ago, bikes like the Honda RVF400R NC35 gave nothing away to the most exotic roadgoing machines, other than a few cubic centimeters of displacement…

A race-bred V4 engine with a “big-bang” 360° crank, gear-driven cams, a distinctive single-sided swingarm and a rear wheel held on by a single large nut… there were no compromises on the NC35, other than those slightly tacky plastic snorkels jutting out of the tank that feed fresh air to the airbox. The 399cc only put out a claimed 59hp and most of the power is produced up near 13,000rpm, but what is available at lower revs is pretty usable and the bike won’t feel as sluggish as the meager power might suggest.

This example isn’t a particularly museum-quality bike: the tail section doesn’t look original, the no-name exhaust isn’t stock, and those polished wheels definitely aren’t going to be to everyone’s taste. The carbon intake tubes do look much nicer than the plastic originals, but again: not original. All of that also means the $11,990 asking price might be a bit on the high side for a bike that’s more an interesting rider than a really collectible example of Honda’s baby V4 sportbike.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Honda RVF400R NC35 for Sale

In 1994, Honda introduced the RVF400, or NC35. Successor to the VFR400 (not confusing at all), the NC35 was two things: a mini-me of the legendary RC45 and one of the greatest 400s ever built. Just like its 750cc big brother, the NC35’s fit and finish was top-notch, and the model had all the trappings of a full-size superbike in a potent 400cc package.

Odometer is in kilometers (16,209 kms or 10,075 miles)

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The RVF400R is pretty uncommon here in the USA, but not impossible to find if you look around, or have the means to import one. If the seller is willing to negotiate on that price, it could be a pretty cool rolling restoration while you track down original bits from overseas, or a really fun project if you raid the Tyga parts catalog for bodywork and performance upgrades…

-tad

Vee Four: 1995 Honda RVF400R NC35 for Sale
Honda May 20, 2020 posted by

Fox Eye Lady – 1999 Honda RVF400R / NC35

In many ways a template of the Superbike RC45, the middleweight RVF400 ( NC35 ) had its own character and predatory facial expression.  This Wisconsin rider looks very good despite some prodigious miles.

1999 Honda RVF400R / NC35 for sale on eBay

Honda made a substantial update to the VFR400R, with a new chassis, inverted forks and 17-inch wheels front and rear.  Changes to the carburetors and valve timing could improve the torque curve but power was legislated to be 59 hp.  Air scoops and tracts over the handlebars deliver fresh if not ram air.  Forks and monoshock are adjustable for pre-load and rebound, and 269mm brakes are Nissin branded.  From down the block, the styling could fool you into an RC45 sighting.

Though it has seen 37K miles, this RVF shows nicely and has just a few wear marks to show for it.  Un-faired photos show the beauty to be more than skin deep.  From the eBay auction:

Clean and titled low-mileage 1999 Honda RVF400 (NC35). Registered and plated in Wisconsin. Clean title on hand. Some history on this bike: This bike is the little brother to the legendary RC45. The NC35 is a classic for collectors or exotic bike enthusiasts. As an evolution to the VFR400 (NC30), the NC35 comes with upside forks and 17” rear wheel for improved handling. Other unique features include a lightweight aluminum frame, and single-sided swing arm. Not to mention Honda’s V4 bullet-proof gear-driven engine with its distinctive rev whine. I purchased it from a private collector and have ridden it regularly. Bike starts right up and runs flawlessly. This bike has only seen non-ethanol fuel.

It is currently kept on battery tender and Pitbull front and rear stands. Cosmetically in great shape. OEM fairings show signs of age, but was very well maintained. The paint/decals throughout are still glossy. A couple of minor blemishes from prior ownership: tank has a small chip which was touched up. Details shown in ad photos. No other cracks or blemishes that I am aware of. Again, I rode this bike for many years. It is not in pristine show room condition. I’m happy to provide additional pictures if desired. Minor modifications I added to the bike – steel braided brake lines, CRG levers and a carbon fiber pipe (original canister available). Overall bike condition is very clean and well cared for; with some normal signs of wear for twenty-one year-old bike. It is a blast to ride and a conversation starter as many have never seen this bike.

The NC35 might’ve been considered a beginner’s bike here, but it was offered only in Japan and made its way around the globe in the gray market.  Lighter race riders have embraced its handling and build quality.  Unlike the racy singles being proffered today, the RVF400 has an exotic V-4 engine with a soundtrack provided by gear-driven cams.  While a collector could keeping shopping for less miles and patina, a rider might be happy it’s not perfect.

-donn

Fox Eye Lady – 1999 Honda RVF400R / NC35
Honda April 22, 2020 posted by

Band of Horses – 1996 Honda RVF400R / NC35

Honda’s diminutive V4-400 has almost a cult following here, and it was never actually offered for sale anywhere but Japan.  This fine example looks to have just a fraction of km’s showing on the odometer.

1994 Honda RVF400R for sale on eBay

As the last in a long line of small V4’s, and had the commensurate goodies on board – in addition to 59 ponies, the gear-driven cams brought music to every twist of the throttle.  The alloy chassis had upside-down forks up front and 17-inch wheels at both ends.  Nissin brakes are right-sized at 269mm, with black calipers matching the black painted alloy wheels.  Graphics took their cues from the RC45, though the more modern fox eye headlamps were particular to the RVF.

Sounds like this RVF owner picked a nicer example and worked to keep it that way, a couple of stress cracks but find another lightweight sportbike from a past generation without them.  Kudos for using the ignition key without the house keys, and the red wheel reflectors look great day or night.  Comments from the eBay auction:

As for this bike. I purchased it from a private collector last summer, and have ridden it regularly for about 500 miles on short weekend rides. Bike was fully prepped and all fluids replaced prior to my ownership. Bike starts right up and all mechanicals function flawlessly. Currently ridden on non-ethanol fuel only, and kept on battery tender. Miles will go up marginally with the occasional warm up.

Cosmetically in great shape. No dings on tank, OEM fairings with no rash or touch up paint, no signs of bike ever been down, and very glossy paint/decals throughout. A couple of minor blemishes from prior ownership: tank extension has small scratch on upper right corner, minor stress crack on upper left cowl, and small stress cracks on lower side fairing and tabs (reinforced with plastic cement on inside). Details shown in ad photos and I’ll be glad to provide additional pictures or videos if desired. Minor modifications that came with bike: silver bar ends and steel braided brake lines. Reflective wheel tape added for night-time safety. Overall bike condition is very clean and well cared for; with some normal signs of wear for twenty-four year-old bike.

As a baby superbike, the RVF400R had a lot of differences with its big brother RC45, but shared the family build quality.  Pretty racy for the segment, the high MSRP warded off the bean counters and the really junior riders for which it was theoretically intended.  This one has been taken care of nicely and will reward the next owner with plenty of power for its low all-up weight.

-donn

Band of Horses – 1996 Honda RVF400R / NC35

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