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Honda November 21, 2018 posted by

Sweet Spot – 1990 Honda VFR750R / RC30

Beside being a regular on RSBFS, Honda's VFR750R / RC30 has explored the high peaks of performance and auction prices, from its inaugural Superbike World Championship in 1988 to a never-started example at this year's Bonhams auction which returned $92,000 !  This Florida bike is more middle of the road, with some 7,000 miles and nice condition.

1990 Honda VFR750R / RC30 for sale on eBay

 

Honda got the balance just right on the RC30, reviewed as a superbike that was not difficult to get great performance from.  Not fire-breathing with 102 hp, but built strong with some titanium hard parts, and a 12,500 rpm redline.  Never the lightest at just over 500 lbs. wet, the center of gravity was fairly low and centralized, easing turn-in.  Honda wasn't looking to build a tech showcase, but equipped the RC30 with some endurance racing finery like the ELF single-sided swingarm and quick-release front axle.

 

About to acquire just its third owner, this RC30 looks excellent and has a nice spares collection.  Photos aren't exhaustive but the owner advises it has been displayed indoors for the past 15 years.  From the eBay auction:

Includes: 
  • factory stand
  • owner’s manual 
  • tool kit
  • brochures, 
  • extra factory exhaust (new) 
  • some spare bits
  • gaskets
  • bulbs
  • two keys
  • Florida vanity plate “Bol d’Or”
  • Joey Dunlop Arai helmet, limited edition (800) worn twice

 

Honda lavished even more of their excellent build quality on the VFR750R, and priced it accordingly, about double what most mid-sized sportbikes were at the time.  The starting bid here is somewhat north of what the model has fetched lately, but an eBay auction can be just the beginning of a longer discussion.  RC30 buyers, and more numerous non-buyers, have often been admiring the model for quite a while...

-donn

 

Sweet Spot – 1990 Honda VFR750R / RC30
Honda August 5, 2018 posted by

Fast Forward – 1995 Honda RVF400 / NC35

On the coattails of the VFR400R,  Honda updated the long-lived welterweight and extended the success 1994-1996.  Feigning to be an RC45, the fox-eyed NC35 had the tasty build quality to live up to its MSRP.  This one has Cali title and looks great for its 20,000 miles.

1995 Honda RVF400 / NC35 for sale on eBay

Honda's 399cc V-4 is the basis for the RVF400, familiar though the cam timing has changed and it is mounted differently in the twin spar aluminum frame.  Ducts now bring fresh air from the front of the fairing to the airbox.  Forks are 41mm Showa, but now inverted for lower unsprung weight.  Styling is of course updated to echo the RC45, with graphics to match.  Wheels are the same 17-inch for the RVF, easing tire choices in the long run.

SoCal friend of RSBFS Glenn has gone over this NC35 from A to Z, and as the model was never offered in the U.S., they are rare and more so with California documents.  A nice cosmetic freshening up was done, as well as renewing any expendables for  the next owner.  From the eBay auction:

Of all the classic 1990 Honda's the RVF400 is one the best, and like the NSR250 the prices seem to be going up every year...finding a CA titled one, that also becomes harder each year. This bike is registered as a 1995 Honda with a 17 digit vin, currently non op with DMV, no back fees.  You can register this bike in any state.

This is a very nice nearly stock and very original unmolested NC35.  Far nicer than most of the NC35's left in Japan that suffer from lots of neglect over the years.  This bike has been in the states for a number of years.

All OEM original Honda bodywork that has been recently re-painted in stock original colors.

Freshly painted wheels front and back.

All stock except for the slip on exhaust and braided front lines.

In the last few months the bike has had the following:

Complete service front to back

Carbs cleaned

Front forks refreshed with new seals and fluid

New NGK Plugs

New Honda 10w-40 semi-synthetic fluid and filter

New Synthetic DOT4 brake fluid and flush front and back

New Battery

Brand New Michelin Pilot Powers ( nearly no miles on these!)

Deep detail and cleaning on every part of the bike and complete going over.

Bike has seen less than 25 miles from all this work. It is turn key and ready to go. Bike runs great and everything works as it should.

Very nice as seen in the photos. Hairline crack on the right upper mid panel, hard to see. Some fogging on right side headlight lens, very small ding in tank (will try to add photos of this) some light corrosion on frame, and some scratches in a few spots on the frame spars.

Even allowing for the cramped quarters, the RVF400 delivers fun at a low per-mile price, especially when insurance is factored in.  The light weight, balance and nice equipment make the RVF arguably the ultimate 400cc V-4 ( well, four stroke at least ).  This owner has assigned a boundary-stretching Buy-It-Now but the recent work might be worth it.  Or if you're almost there, the Make Offer button is available...

-donn

Fast Forward – 1995 Honda RVF400 / NC35
Honda July 18, 2018 posted by

Meeting Your Heroes: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

With values of the VFR750R RC30 through the roof, the VFR400R NC30 has become the affordable go-to for fans of Honda's V4 homologation specials. Styled like a 4/5 scale model of the RC30, the NC30's dual headlamps, aluminum beam frame, and Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm ape the bigger bike's look and function. Significantly the engine shares its V4 configuration, gear-driven cams, and 360° "big bang" crankshaft with the RC30.

The big bang firing order helps give the later Honda V4s their characteristic flat droning exhaust note and supposedly improves corner exit grip, compared to a more traditional 180° firing order that evenly spaces the combustion events. Even if you're not pushing the limits of traction, the big bang engines offer a very wide, forgiving powerband.

On paper, the Honda VFR400R doesn't seem like it'd impress a modern rider. Just 400cc? Are you joking? Well no. First of all, it has a dry weight of around 300lbs, so the 59 horses don't have very much mass to haul around, which is reflected in the bike's surprising 130mph top speed. Most importantly, the NC30 was designed to offer some of the best handling available at any price, and is still considered to be one of the all-time greats.

I was lucky enough to ride one of these recently and it was an absolute pleasure: famously agile handling meant the bike was intuitive, east to ride, and plenty of fun, even though I wasn't pushing its cornering limits. If you're slightly terrified trying to use anything approaching maximum revs on a modern sportbike, you'll be happy to know that the NC30 is both flexible at low rpm and happy to spin to its 14,500rpm limit. In fact chasing the redline was pretty much required, since I was working to keep up with a friend who was riding an MV Agusta F4R...

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

Up for auction is a beautiful 1989 Honda VFR400 model NC30. Hands down the most desirable color scheme. Gas tank is mint condition with zero rust inside the tank. The bike was legally imported into the United States. The bike has a clear Arizona US title with the proper 11 digit VIN number (title and frame number match). Bike starts right up runs perfect with no oil leaks. The bike is all original and is a true pleasure to ride pulling through all gears very hard. With a 14,000k rpm red line the bike will leave you with a smile on your face for days. Please view all the images as there are few scratches and scuff's throughout the bike. Also please keep in mind that this is all OEM factory Honda fairings and not the cheaper aftermarket stuff.The bike is all sock minus the stainless steel brake lines. All the electronics including horn, turn signals, high / low beam, and Killswitch all work as they should. This bike is being sold locally and I encourage all bidders to come down and view the bike in person or send a local mechanic on your behalf to view for you. Rare vintage Japanese bikes don't come up often and this is a beautiful example with no disappointment.

These days, it isn't too hard to find an NC30 for sale: the spike in RC30 prices and the fact that these have hit the 25 year mark has seen an influx of Japanese market bikes. So the trick isn't so much finding one for sale, it's finding a nice one for the right price. This one looks very clean and original, with the usual wear and tear you'd expect on a bike of this age that's actually been ridden often enough to accumulate the 27,000 miles indicated. The stock exhaust is a little quiet for my taste, but it does mean you can hear the cool whine from the gear-driven camshafts... There are still several days left on this auction and bidding is a bit slow so far, possibly owing to the mileage. But this is a Honda, and the fact that it isn't museum-quality just means you might get to ride and enjoy this cool little machine for

-tad

Meeting Your Heroes: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Honda March 6, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1990 Honda VFR400R / NC30 – Super Clean !

Update 4.16.2018: This bike is SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Long-time friend and regular around RSBFS, Greg at Deftone Cycles had some kind of luck with his last shipment of gray-market machines. This 1990 VFR400R has just about 14,000 km ( 8,500 miles ) but the condition is exceptional.  The third generation was certainly the charm for the petite Honda, as the NC30 variant had the widest torque band, least twitchy handling, and outstanding build quality.

1990 Honda VFR400 for sale on eBay

The NC30 was built for 4 years, an eternity in the fast-moving sportbike world.  Honda's well-tested 399cc V-4 generates the nice whir of gear-driven cams, as well as 59 hp.  The NC30 re-introduced the 360-degree crankshaft, where pairs of cylinders fire together for a torquier delivery.  The chassis was revised for the 1990 model year and reviewed as the strongest and most stable of the 400-four stroke group.  House suspension is adjustable for preload and rebound, and triple discs are appropriately sized at 269mm.  Styled like its 750cc sibling, the VFR400 shows off the single-sided swingarm with a 4-2-1 left side exhaust.

Requiring very little refurbishment, this monochromatic VFR is stock except for the exhaust and without most of the usual corrosion.  Greg has this to say about the bike :

100 percent stock. Except aftermarket Header and Silencer.
Condition: Excellent.
Right side lower fairing stress cracks.
Small hairline fracture upper left.
Mileage: 8,647 / 13,917 Km

Though shoot-outs from the day accused Honda of resting on their laurels, the easier-to-ride VFR400 may have been the best solution for its intended fledgling riders, if not aspiring racers.  The drivetrain is more tractable than the usual pint-size, and the package is surprisingly capable for a junior - skilled riders will find their rewards.  Deftone Cycles asks $7,500 for the pleasure and Greg can be reached - here -

-donn

Featured Listing – 1990 Honda VFR400R / NC30 – Super Clean !
Honda August 9, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: No Reserve 1996 Honda RVF400 For Sale

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.

1996 Honda RVF400R for sale on eBay

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!!

NO RESERVE!!

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!

Featured Listing: No Reserve 1996 Honda RVF400 For Sale
Honda September 2, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing -1993 Honda VFR400R

Update 9.7.2016: All three bikes are now sold. Congratulations to buyers and seller! -dc

This Featured Listing is part of a set from the sellers for a VFR400, TZR250, and an NSR250. They are available for purchase as a group or individually. The sellers are available this labor day weekend for personal inspections in Southern California. -dc

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Stuff of legend here in the states, the VFR400R was built 1986-93, partly to satisfy progressive licensing requirements in Japan and a few other countries.  While speed and power were mechanically limited, the restriction were easily defeated, leaving a superb handling 60 hp machine which could be enjoyed by beginners and expert riders.

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The third and final revision to the bike had the factory designation NC30, and was the most refined.  The 14,500 rpm redline and "big bang" crank provided the ultimate performance from the 399 cc V-4.  Echoing the looks of its showroom-mate VFR750R, the 400 was also equipped like a larger bike, with twin-spar aluminum frame, adjustable suspension ( 41mm forks and single-sided swingarm rear ) and triple disk brakes.  The NC30 also used a handling trick from bigger bikes - a smaller front wheel aids turn-in, controlled by a steering damper.

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This example began life in south Asia and was imported to the U.S. and restored.  Here are the owner's comments:

Purchased from prior owner in Nevada, imported from Thailand, prior history unknown, selling on bill of sale only, it was given a recent restoration using OEM parts when possible, quality repaint & wheels powdercoated, , minor upgrades (ie; braided brake lines), has full tread Bridgestone Battlax BT014, is missing passenger footrests. Has not been started in a while, but just needs fresh fuel.
Spares & Extras: Rear subframe (current one has slight twist, replacement is straight, can swap if desired), extra braided brake lines, steering damper & more.

Also includes Pit Bull rear stand, fresh Yuasa battery and trickle charger, parts catalog, service manual, and more documentation.

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20160825 1993 honda vfr400r binnacle

Looking at least very good, with just over 11,000 miles.  The VFR400R reviewed as the best-made and easiest to ride of the small sports.  Almost any rider could hum along to the gear-driven cams on this down-to-earth exotic, though some work awaits if the road is your goal.  The ask is a sensible $5,700.

Donn

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Featured Listing -1993 Honda VFR400R