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Honda November 30, 2016 posted by

Little Brother: 1989 Honda VFR400R for Sale

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Looking very much like their very desirable VFR750R, the Honda VFR400R shares similar engine configuration, style, and that distinctive “PRO ARM” single-sided swingarm. The sophisticated V4 featured straight-cut gears in place of a chain or belt and drove twin overhead cams. Early VFR400s used a 180° crank, but the NC30 shared it’s 360° “big bang” configuration with the VFR750, giving the bike a distinctive growl to go with the cultured whine of the gear-driven cams.

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A big-bang engine groups its combustion events close together, in stead of spreading them out evenly. In theory, this gives improved traction, as the tire has a chance to recover grip in between pulses, although that may not be a huge advantage in a bike with just 59hp and 30ft-lbs of torque… Power was modest, but had just 350lbs dry to push, and was spread across a very wide, forgiving powerband.

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These bikes didn’t sell well when new, which wasn’t really shocking: a period literbike could be had for similar cash and that huge increase in power could cover for a lot of sins on the road and on track. But that was hardly the point, and Honda only needed to produce a limited number to qualify them for racing. Originally intended for the Japanese market, a few made their way to the UK and mainland Europe as “parallel imports,” these used to be very a very affordable way to pick up sophisticated Honda tech, but prices for these have been rapidly increasing of late, now that the RC30 is well out of reach for many collectors. Bidding on this example is north of $9,000 at this time, with the Reserve Not Met.

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From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda VFR400R for Sale

The VFR400R(NC30) is known for its handling, turning quicker than most other 400s on the market. You don’t have to ride the NC30 to know that it is right. Everything about it just looks right. The scaled-down version of the RC30 is perfect in it proportions and in its detail. The reduction in size makes it neater still.

The engine gives the impression of that of a larger machine. Peak torque is at 12,000rpm, but it doesn’t drop off, giving a long, flexible spread of peak power. It will hold any top gear cruise speed up to 100mph, will pull wide open in top from 2,000rpm and runs without a hiccup to 15,000rpm.Asked whether the quality of engineering is worth owning, the answer would be yes. The build quality is nearly as good as the RC30.

This bike is in excellent un-restored condition with very low miles. I approach all my bikes with the idea of preservation over restoration. When purchasing a bike what I look for is low miles and all original, this bike fits those traits very nicely. Please examine the pictures very closely. You can see it has not been restored but it is an excellent original condition. There is some minor chips and patina showing that it is a 27 year old bike. The bike was recently cleaned from top to bottom. Everything was cleaned, all fluids changed, brakes bled and then put back together ready to ride. Here’s a list of a few things that were done.

Wheels powder coated, forks rebuilt, new rotors and pads front and rear plus brakes bled, new tires Bridgestone T30’s. All the plastics were cleaned and polished and the small cracks were welded on the back side so they won’t crack any more than they already are. All the gauges and cockpit pieces were cleaned and polished. Brand new chain and sprockets

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The seller also includes this helpful startup video of the bike being offered, and the original listing includes plenty of additional photos if what we’ve included here doesn’t satisfy your NC30 lust. Aside from a few minor cosmetic imperfections mentioned by the seller, this is a very nice motorcycle and 6,000 miles is barely broken-in for a Honda, so this one is ready to display or ride, whichever strikes your fancy.

-tad

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Little Brother: 1989 Honda VFR400R for Sale
Honda July 21, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: Very Clean 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

Update 8.1.2016: The seller has notified us that this bike has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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V4-powered sports motorcycles are all the rage now, but they were long associated with just one manufacturer: Honda. Their homologation RC30 set the standard for “exotic” in the late 1980s and 1990s: V4, gear-driven cams, single-sided swingarms and real links to Superbike and endurance racing. They weren’t the fastest machines, especially in stock form, but that wasn’t really the point. Certain types of production-based racing require that manufacturers, in order to compete, produce a specific number of a given model for sale to the public. Honda wanted to race a V4 and the associated frame and swingarm, so they had to build a bike to sell and the RC30, along with little brother NC30, was the result.

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The littler VFR400R version is what we have here today, and it was only rarely seen outside Japan and the UK, at least in part because the cost made it a poor value: it was priced like a literbike, but the 399cc engine made just 59hp and 30ft-lbs of torque. However, the gear-driven overhead cams and straight-cut gears made beautiful music, and the bike had a surprisingly flexible powerband. Handling was, as you’d expect, superlative, and the featherweight, 350lbs dry machine made an ideal starter superbike for riders with money to burn.

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Interestingly, the NC30 was the first version of the smaller V4 to use the 360° “big-bang” firing order and helped to give the bike a distinctive exhaust note that mirrored the 750. The idea behind big-bang engines is that, instead of spacing out the combustion events evenly, they’re grouped close together. This is intended to give the tire moments between forward drive where the bike can regain traction, something that was thought to be one of the significant advantages of v-twin machines competing at the time. Just two cylinders firing every revolution gave plenty of time for the tire to recover between pulses, and big-bang four cylinder engines sought to replicate that additional traction, while retaining their overall power advantages. Probably not all that important on a 400cc machine, but still very cool, and an additional link to the more sought-after RC30.

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Today’s Featured Listing is in beautiful shape and has been well cared-for, although this isn’t some perfectly-preserved, all original bike: the fairings very shiny and mostly look great, but are aftermarket pieces. It comes with a spare set of aftermarket fairings as well in case the new owner exceeds their riding ability on road or track. The bike looks very sharp, and the price reflects the nice, but not perfectly original condition.

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From the seller: 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

22,977 Kilometers (14,278 Miles) I have owned and ridden this bike for 2 years. This is a very clean well cared for bike. Fairings and bodywork are aftermarket. Comes with a second set of aftermarket fairings in excellent condition. I have gone thru the bike mechanically and everything works, as it should. Turn signals, brake lights, horn, High and low beam, radiator fan. Fork seals and upper and lower radiators were just replaced. Rear shock is from a CBR600RR. Original shock is included with sale. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very smooth running. Bike has Ohio State Title ready to transfer into your name.

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The NC30 may not have the full WSBK displacement and power or the race-winning prestige of an RC30, but you shouldn’t be buying one of those for an eyeball-squishing experience anyway: time has moved on and modern superbikes have nearly twice the power of a stock, roadgoing 750. The NC30 is plenty fast enough, if your favorite parts of a road are the wiggly bits, and if the much sought-after and very expensive RC30 is out of your reach, a VFR400R offers up most of the bang for a much lower cost, and makes a very sharp canyon-carver or trackday mount.
-tad

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Featured Listing: Very Clean 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Honda April 20, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NC30 VFR400R for Sale

Update 5.2.2016: Seller has received a deposit. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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The 400cc Honda NC30 has long lived in the shadow of its bigger brother. Not particularly fast, but definitely expensive then and now, there’s certainly a lot to like about the VFR400, but outright speed isn’t really on the list. Instead, you’re looking at Honda’s famously sophisticated engineering: straight-cut gears when a common chain would do, a tiny V4 when any sane manufacturer would simply build an inline four and be done with it. An ELF-designed “Pro-Arm” single-sided swingarm that was cool enough to be aped by Ducati’s iconic 916 and aided fast rear wheel changes during endurance racing.

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It’s very light for a four-stroke at 350lbs dry, with adequate power from the 399cc V4: 59hp and 30ft-lbs of torque in a wide, forgiving powerband that extended all the way to a screaming 14,000rpm. Early V4s used an even-firing 180° crank, whereas later versions like the one here used a 360° “big bang” crank and firing order for improved traction and tire life, the theory being that the combustion events happening close together allowed the tire to “recover” during the gap in each revolution.

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Ridden in isolation, the NC30 a joy, a sweet-handling machine that rewards a skilled rider. Ridden against bikes that cost less new but offered more than twice the displacement, and the little V4 gets murdered in nearly any measurable test. That and the lack of real racing pedigree means that the NC30 may be slower, but it’s also much less expensive than the bigger RC30, making it a realistic prospect for folks who want the Honda V4 experience but are on a limited budget.

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Today’s featured listing isn’t perfect but, then again, the seller isn’t advertising it as such. It is titled in California currently and should be easily transferable.

From the seller: 1990 Honda NC30 VFR400R for Sale

Rare 1990 Honda NC-30, VFR 400 with a clean, clear NO BS California title and registration… It’s for the correct VIN, the correct year, no funny business like you will find on a lot of grey market bikes.

This bike was imported from Japan a little over a year ago, I’ve had it 6 or 7 months. I’ve put a 1000 or so miles it her, rode her to work for a month and we’ve visited the canyons a couple of times. I bought her because I’m a V4 junkie, I own 4 right now.

It shows 63,489 kilometers (39,450 miles). I can say it doesn’t look or feel like it has that many miles, maybe it had the gauges replaced… who knows. The bike is mostly stock, the only aftermarket parts I see are brake lines, horn and current bodywork. Judging by the original bodywork and muffler I’d say she has been down at slow is speeds a time or two, but nothing major. She rides straight, true, smooth and fast. Only bike I’ve ever gone faster than the speedo will go (180KPH only 11k RPM). This bike has no limiter or funny Japanese market speed controllers.

A bunch of time, effort and money have gone into cleaning this girl up.

All the fluids have been replaced, a few stock parts have been replace with OEM Honda (like levers, hardware, bar ends and such) the buyer gets all of the take off parts (original bodywork, hardware, levers and such), fresh brake pads, a bunch of stainless hardware, fresh looking chain and sprockets, fresh paint on the tank. I got her with low mileage Dunlops. I installed a Chinese bodywork kit from Ebay, it looks pretty good, I took my time installing it.

Is she perfect, NO (If she was the price would be over $10k), she is very good, needs nothing to be a daily rider. Are there things that could be done to make her better, sure… but that is up to you.

Asking price is $8000 obo, might trade up or down for something equally cool. You aren’t Richard Rawlings, this isn’t a Television show… Don’t make a crazy low offer or tell me the bike isn’t worth that much…

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The NC30 are very rare here in the US where they were never officially sold, although these are much less valuable than the bigger RC30 with which it shares style and specification, if not displacement.  One look at the dinged exhaust and the mileage will tell you this is no trailer queen! But the bike looks very clean and well-maintained, with none of the bolt-on frippery sometimes found on bikes of this vintage. It’s a rider, for Honda fans who might otherwise not be able to afford one of the more perfectly-preserved examples of Honda’s V4 homologation specials.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NC30 VFR400R for Sale
Honda January 2, 2016 posted by

Best of Both Worlds – 1993 Honda NC30 Rossi Commemorative

How cool to have a great championship commemorative that you could just jump on and ride, almost without worry ?  Not a temperamental exotic as you’d expect a replica Moto GP replica to be, but a downsized but very sporty model with a winning drivetrain and graphics package.  Valentino Rossi’s second season with Honda was a great championship year, Rossi winning 9 of 16 races.  At Valencia in 2003, his RC211V sported a 60’s inspired psychedelic livery, transferred here to a sportbike which can almost be considered practical.

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1993 Honda NC30 Rossi Commemorative for sale on eBay

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Often a gray-market import here because of its diminutive stature, the VFR-400R or NC30 has an exotic V4 400cc engine generating 59 hp.  Japanese 400’s being speed limited, the welterweight shootout with Yamaha and Kawasaki mostly took place in Europe.  Looking and sounding like its older brother RC30, the 13,000 rpm redline machine has a twin-spar aluminum frame but right-side down forks and rear monoshock, both dual-adjustable.  Brakes are appropriately sized with twin front 269mm disks ( with 4-pot calipers ) on the 16-inch front wheel, and a smaller disk on the 18-inch rear.

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Whatever inspired the commemo-restoration ( might’ve been an accident, judging from the scraped speedometer ) they took it right to the hilt.  The fairing shapes have their similarities but a lot of differences, but just about every graphic element on the RC211V is on the NC30.  Otherwise it’s a great looking low-mileage example.  From the eBay auction:

CLEAN RESTORATION IN VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH LOW MILEAGE, NEW TIRES, CHAIN & SPROCKETS,

RECENT MOTOR SERVICE, OIL CHANGE, SPARK PLUGS CHANGE,

MOTORCYCLE WAS COMPLETELY INSPECTED AND RESTORED VERY NICELY, RUNS AND DRIVES EXCELLENT

OWN THIS 4 CYLINDER PIECE OF HISTORY, VERY RARE ONLY A FEW IN THE COUNTRY,

THIS ONE HAS TITLE SO IT CAN BE REGISTERED.

ALL STOCK EXCEPT FOR BRAKE LINE UPGRADE & ROSSI PAINTED FAIRINGS

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Tested as the middle performer in the blue ( back then white and red ) and green sandwich, the NC30 was near the end of its run in 1993 and received a 1994 update along with the 750cc RC45.  The lighter weight and good balance of the smaller bikes made their sportiness more usable than their upmarket counterparts, almost more fun since you could really wring them out.  Less sure is how much value the replica paint adds to the value of an NC30, surely better than a wreck, it’ll be in the eye of the beholder…

-donn

Best of Both Worlds – 1993 Honda NC30 Rossi Commemorative
Honda September 29, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

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A precursor to the iconic NC30 that was a sort of “mini RC30,” the VFR400R was powered by the a 399cc, gear-driven V4 and had the bigger model’s same ELF-designed Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm. Visual differences compared to the later NC30 include a more conventional, street-bike styled single headlight and bodywork, along with four bolts to hold the rear wheel in place, instead of a single large hub nut.

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This earlier iteration of Honda’s jewel-like V4 used a more conventional 180° crank, whereas later NC30 versions used a 360° “big bang” crank and firing order for improved traction and tire life. The 180° crank engine should sound a bit more like a conventional four, with combustion events spaced more evenly throughout each engine revolution. You still get the distinctive whine of the gear-driven cams fitted to these engines however.

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Although the small V4 isn’t as manic at high revs as other 400cc four-cylinders, it should have a much wider powerband and still rev to a screaming 14,000rpm. Grunt is ultimately limited by the miniscule displacement, but handling is superlative and these were [and still are] very popular in the UK as track-day bikes, although the 18″ rear wheel does limit tire choice somewhat.

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From the seller: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

Imported legally this year from the UK with the idea of learning about  and testing the market as a possible business idea for the future.

When I received it, it would not idle, so, rather than clean the carbs, I opted for the more circuitous route and replaced the regulator/rectifier, coils, plugs, plug wires and battery as well as the starter solenoid for good measure. It ran better, but eventually I did clean the carbs and found the elusive idle.

The motor is sweet. Whining gear whir and a really nice howling exhaust note as it revs from clutch out at about 3000 all the way up to a redline of 14,000. Smooth and very torque strong powerband all the way up.

Also, as stated in the eBay post, the bodywork is original and a little rough on the two lower panels. The tank and balance of the beautiful old plastic is pretty nice in a slightly weathered patina appreciators sort of way.

I would like to mention the scale. The bike is small, the clearances around the engine and really throughout are tight and favor the small of hand. But, I am 5’10” and do not reach the bum stop under most riding conditions, so the ergonomics are semi comfortable and definitely not cramped.

Overall, this is a very sound , fun ride without the overkill of a larger superbike. I had an S3 400 Kawasaki that would pop your arms straight on the power, but this 400 is faster and more controllable in getting there. Like a RD400 but more muscular and with a much broader powerband. Throttle feedback is really fine. Would make a thrilling track bike or a good rider.

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Designed mainly for the Japanese market, a good number found their way over to the UK where they were popular as grey-market or “parallel imports.” This example is a bit rough around the edges, as the seller clearly indicates, but these are the original panels and 27 years and 28,000 miles means some scuffs and scrapes and minor cracks are to be expected.

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The VFR400R is very rare here in the US, meaning this should be of interest to Honda fans here looking to complete their V4 collections or track day riders more concerned with corner speed than top speed. All-in-all, this bike lacks the endurance-racer styling and raucous “big bang” engine of later versions, but still provides the basic handling goodness that made these so popular in the first place.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale
Honda May 22, 2015 posted by

Baby V4 in the USA: 1988 Honda NC30 for Sale

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The Honda NC30 was officially introduced in 1989, although this one obviously slipped in under the wire as, according to the seller, it was manufactured in December of 1988. This was the first year of the smaller V4 to feature the iconic look seen here, with dual round headlamps to match the single-sided swingarm and overall look of the bigger RC30.

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Internally, this was also the first year for the 360° “big bang” firing order that has the combustion events occurring close together, instead of spaced evenly. This theoretically allows the tire to regain traction briefly between pulses, increasing grip, improving tire life, and making a much cooler noise as a bonus! Front tire was a 17″ with the rear 18″, making tire choice a bit limited today.

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The little 400cc motor makes an underwhelming 53hp, although handling is another story and the NC30 is definitely about corner speed and momentum.

And the right side of the bike may be the good side, with all that single-sided-y goodness. But it always makes me worry that the un-photographed side hides some dark secret…

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda NC30 for Sale

December 1988 Honda NC30 VFR400. This bike is one of the first off the production in Japan and I have a letter from Honda to prove along with it confirming its correct engine and frame numbers.

These were only ever made for Japanese market. Never sold here.

Legally imported and registered with a clean and clear title which I have in hand. I owned this machine in England where I used it and then legally imported it when I moved here.

It’s in the very rare seed silver.

Wheels are immaculate.

Good Bridgestone battleax tires.

Just serviced all with official Honda parts.

Air filter, oil filter, spark plugs, and oil.

Recent new front brake pads.

Absolutely no leaks anywhere.

All original panels no cheap reproduction.

Blue flame exhaust but also has its original uncut system included.

Has a black double bobble screen but also has it original screen (still has Japanese decal)

Recently fitted speedo converter when I moved here, Now reads in MPH rather than KMH

Other than the mentioned this bike is completely standard. Has the original rubber seals around the headlights, the infill panels between the panels and the frame. The drain pipes and hoses are in place along with the holders in their positions as they should be.

Renthal chain and sprocket set.

Spares include front discs (rotors)

Spark plugs 

Fork dust seals

Speedo cable.

Just a extremely clean and reliable bike for 27 years old. A iconic collectors bike. Not another forsale in the whole country that I can find.

I use the bike regularly. 

Nothing else looks or sounds like it.

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The NC30 was produced for the Japanese market, but some were officially sold in select European markets. Bikes did manage to find their way to North America by way of Canada and, in this case, individuals jumping through the hoops required to import them. In spite of their rarity and exotic specifications however, prices have been generally much less than the more famous 750cc version.

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They’re far from fast bikes, but they handle beautifully and, if you’re looking for genuine Honda racing heritage with gear-driven V4 whine and your funds won’t stretch to an RC30 or RC45, this is a pretty good way to get a very polished piece of exotica you can actually use every day.

-tad

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Baby V4 in the USA: 1988 Honda NC30 for Sale
Honda May 10, 2015 posted by

Grey Market Goodies – 1994 Honda VFR400

1994 Honda VFR400 on eBay

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Grey Market imports are always a bit of a rare bird over here in the States.  With our long, flat roads and lack of a graduated licensing system, the 400s just didn’t have a market here and that’s a shame.  (Yes, I know we got the FZR400, but it’s not really in the same league… no hate mail please, Fizzer Fans).  The VFR400 is basically a scaled down version of Honda’s iconic RC30 but it’s still packed with it’s big brother’s trick goodies like the gear driven cams and the single sided swingarm.  Power from the 399cc V4 is respectable if not overwhelming with Honda claiming 60hp at the crank and it is nice and light, tipping the scales at only 340lbs.  So you know what that means…  Keep the RPMs up and learn to carry your corner speed and the VFR400 becomes a great track weapon.

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This particular VFR400 looks like it’s seem some track days based on the sellers description and modifications, but it does come with a clean and clear title out of California, so you should have no problems registering it and riding it on the street as well.  This is the “NC30” model which was the final evolution of the VFR400 and it was well refined by this point.  Most consider it to be the most desirable of the VFR400 models.  You can read more in the seller’s eBay auction here: 1994 Honda VFR400 on eBay

California titled Honda NC30 VFR400R motorcycle. Clean title. Very trick race-bred restoration!! It’s a  real ripper!

This bike was never available in the United States. It is a 1994 model fully registered and titled in California as a 2004 model with a 11 digit VIN. It is ready to ride. There is simply nothing like the howl of this V-4’s gear driven cams in the high RPMs – where this machine was made to run. Everything on this bike is bred from the expensive development of racing NC 30’s in the San Francisco Bay Area

This bike is in fantastic shape- built and ridden by a long time NC enthusiast and racer.

-Full tune performed
-Fresh brake fluid, oil,coolant
-New oil filter, air filter, plugs
-New Rubber front and rear
-Custom Fairing Paint
-Properly jetted Yoshimura race exhaust
-Brand spanking new chain and sprockets
-Fully adjustable rear suspension
-Front Ohlins steering damper
-New front brake wave rotors
-New fork seals
-Brand new custom painted tank
-New intake manifolds
-Fully rebuilt carburetors
-Custom front and rear brake lines
-New battery
-Charging System charging
-New brake pads
-Freshly powder coated rims,front and rear
-Race grade cooling system upgrade

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Grey Market Goodies – 1994 Honda VFR400