Posts by tag: NC30

Bimota May 1, 2012 posted by

May 1st Mailbag — A Little Late but Worth the Wait

Hey guys,

Sorry for the delay this week but we got a ton of submissions, probably twice as many as usual. While I’ve passed on a few almost all made the cut. Thanks for your submissions and have a great rest of your week!


Chris M shoots us his listing for a 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS. Just 5400 miles and located in San Diego. Good luck with the sale!

Perhaps the deal of the day (even with the goofy signals), Chris forwards the first of several sweet finds in the Toronto area. Here’s a 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR for just $4500 CAD. Doug needs to a leave a comment on this one!

Chris S. forwarded us this great looking 1985 Ducati MHR Mille in San Francisco. $21500, miles not disclosed.

Dan spotted this freshly imported 1989 Honda VFR400 NC30 for sale in Toronto. 27k kilometers, $6000 CAD.

By now you know I’m a sucker for mass produced sportbikes of the past that have somehow survived. This one strikes a chord with me as my first bike in college was an FZR 600. This one spotted by Louie has only 70 miles and is located in the Winston-Salem area. Seller is asking just $3400. {flame suit on!}

Gregg spotted another sharp Aprilia Bol ‘d Or RSV1000R in Reno for $9350 with under 5k miles!

Chris spotted an interesting 1992 Yamaha 3TJ FZR400RR for sale in Toronto. After conferencing with Doug, it appears it does have OEM bodywork though looks painted. For $2499 CAD might be worth a look for such a trick little machine. For those in the U.S., check out our sponsor SpeedWerks, who have extensive FZR400 experience on track.

Craig spotted this Red Bull Rookies Cup KTM 125 GP Bike on the WERA classifieds. It’s a brand new bike, never ridden, and has spares. $24k.

Adam forwarded this rare Bimota SB6 in New Haven for $9999. Rare because it’s actually been ridden nearly 9k miles!

Tim forwards us another nearly new track bike, a 2008 Honda CBR125 track bike with just 2km’s. For just $4500, this looks like a fun track day machine for a smaller rider.

Honda April 2, 2012 posted by

Monday Mailbag!

First up is submitted by “Dan RC”, a very rare 1981 Honda CB1100RB on eBay UK for 12k GBP. Awesome!

Next up from Dan is this Kawasaki ZX7 on our Facebook page.

Dan also spotted this 1994 Honda VFR400 for sale in Colorado for $5k. Thanks Dan!

Check out this 93 works Ducati 888 spotted by Pelayo in Spain! He writes, “This one is special. That bike is a 888 works Ducati from 93 that was used by Dani Amatriain (former Lorenzo´s manager) to try win the Spanish superbike national (lot of money at this moment from this rider). The bike was so dominant at european championship but at the end the spanish title went to a private RC30 from former 500 privateer Lopez Mella. I remember watching it raced also at world SBK at Jarama.”

James recently posted his Honda MC21 NSR250 in our Classifieds area for $7500. Good luck with sale!

Erik emailed us to alert us to his 1985 Honda NS250R for sale in Denver for $3500. Good luck with the sale!

Next from John is the 94 Yamaha YZF750. It looks very complete, has receipts, and even the toolkit is still there. Just $3000 in Chicago.

From Pete we have this very low miles 2002 Moto Guzzi Le Mans for just $7k in Montana. Love the colors!

From Sébastien we have this rather rare bird, a 1980 Honda Segale 1000. If you can provide information on this bike, leave a comment below!

Mike sends us this spotting in Los Angeles, a 2006 Derbi GPR125 for $6k.

Have a good morning all!


Honda January 31, 2012 posted by

Rare Honda: 1992 Honda VFR400 NC30

For Sale: 1992 Honda VFR400 NC30

This Honda VFR400 – better known as a NC30 – might be going to a new home soon. The new owner will be a lucky man (or woman) indeed! Stated to be fully original and in “museum quality” condition, this bike has just over 9,000 miles on the clock and is purported to be a stone, stock example of the breed. Unfortunately the pictures offered with this auction are way too small to be of value, but this is still a very interesting auction.

The NC30 is one of the more searched bikes on the RSBFS website. Next to the 250cc and 500cc smokers, the 400cc class is next in line when it comes to a rabid fan base. There have been many arguments regarding the relative merits of the NC30 vs FZR400 or even the GSX-R400. In the end, the upshot is the same: these are bikes with 600cc capable frames, brakes and suspension, but weigh in much less than the larger bikes. The 400cc mills are potent (especially at 12K+ revs!), and these are often coveted for trackday bikes for this reason.

From the seller:
Pristine Honda 400cc sport bike that is a blast to ride because of its smaller physical size and high revving engine. Japan-market model not imported into the U.S (speedo in Km = 14,773). Does have a clear Florida title. 100% stock with no modifications from OEM. Bike is part of a museum collection. Bike was “put away” 5 years ago by a certified Honda mechanic with 40 years in the business – Correct fluids drained, tank and exhaust system fogged with oil, all joints and cables lubed, etc. (note; there is no battery in this bike but it is easy to get one). All you need to do is put in a battery, gas up, and fire it up to go. Few unmolested NC30s with a U.S. title exist and none at this low price.

Aside from the tiny photos, this bike has a lot going for it. Apparently other bidders think so as well. While the reserve has not yet been met, the current bid is up to $4,050 and the BIN is set for an even $6k. When you look at some of the more used NC30s that have passed through these pages and brought in $4,300 or higher, those numbers do not seem that out of line. Of course it all hinges on the condition of the ride. The words sound good, but we would love to see more pictures!

This video is not of the same bike, but gives you a little better idea of a similar make/model, including sound. Love the sound of those gear driven cams!

For the complete scoop on this rare and seemingly well-loved VFR400, click the link and jump over to the auction.


Honda October 30, 2011 posted by

1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 in Canada!

For Sale: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30

The 400cc gray market class is one of the most popular bikes on RSBFS – with the Honda NC30 leading the way – as evidenced by this post HERE, or HERE, or HERE, or HERE, or HERE, or HERE! We constantly receive reader feedback about these little rockets, and most riders understand the draw: lightweight chassis with low overall mass and excellent handling coupled to a reasonably powerful motive force (figure approx 60 ponies from the V4) that revs into the stratosphere. All of that equates to great fun on twisty roads and race tracks!

When it comes to components, the NC30 is no slouch. In addition to the aforementioned V4 engine (with 16 valves, naturally), the little VFR sports an aluminum frame and a single-sided swingarm, just like its big brother the RC30. This bike was really built around a racing platform, and the end result shows the effort Honda made on what us North Americans call a “starter bike.” It is truly a pity that the smaller classes did not gain traction in the West, as we now lament the lack of 250cc two strokes and these fine 400cc mounts.

From the seller:
Hi what I have here is a 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30. It’s the little brother to the RC30. I imported this bike from Japan in 2007 along with 16 other different bikes that I intended to resell but lost intrest so they have been in dry storage at my shop since. This bike has never been licenced for the road here yet, but it is fully able to licence in Canada. All you need is to have an out of province inspection done to make sure the bike is road worthy, which I beleive it is but than again I’m not a licenced mechanic(just a back yard). this bike was put down at somepoint before I bought it. there are some minor scratches on the tank. It does have new plastic now and I do have some of the old beatup plastic(fiber glass) pieces to go with it., front shield , side panels, and lower cowel. Tires are very soft rubber (track tires) with some life still in them. all the lights work, and the bike runs good. This is a unique bike that is quite rare here in North America. I am willing to help with shipping but it will be the resposibility of the buyer.

Like almost every NC30 I have come across, the one has been down and the bodywork is not stock. That is not necessarily a deal killer, mind you, but this is not quite as pampered as one might hope to find. Still all the pieces are there, the mileage is reasonable (the seller notes 9K), and the bike is undeniably a rare find on this side of the Pacific.

This auction is going on right now, and there has been only light interest thus far. The current bid is only at $3,000, which is not a lot of cash for something as fun as an NC30. While we have seen cleaner models run much higher than this current figure, prices have not exactly skyrocketed on these models. For more information and to check out all of the pictures and details, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Honda June 8, 2011 posted by

Baby VFR: 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30

Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Miles: 7,500
Price: $7,700

With the price of the Honda RC30 constantly on the rise, many of us who would love to own one find ourselves only dreaming of having one in the stable. But there is still hope of having some of that Honda racing DNA in our possession. The VFR400R sure does look the part with its dual round headlamps and single sided swing arm. It also offers a 60hp V4 that revs all the way to 14,500rpm while the bike only weighs in at 360lbs (think Ninja250R plus 30lbs). With its lightweight aluminum frame and aggressive riding position, this little VFR offers endless amounts of fun (see photo below).

The particular bike for sale here has relatively low miles and appears to be all stock. Though, a better description and more detailed photos would be greatly appreciated. However, an email from the seller did state that the bike was being stored in a climate controlled storage and could get more photos upon request. Check out this RSBFS post from a year ago to get an idea of what a similar NC30 looks like.

From the seller:

1992 Honda VFR-400 {NC-30}. This is the 400cc V-4 version of the RC-30. Aoaki edtion, 350lbs, single sided swingarm, Gear driven Cams with a redline of 14,500 up !! The bike is near Mint condtion with around 7,500 Miles.This rare bike handles like a Razor !

The price seems a little on the high side, but with the availability of these VFR400Rs being sparse here in the US, who knows when another clean and unmodified example will come about. If you must have this little brother of the RC30 in your possession, take a look at the seller’s ad here!


Honda April 23, 2011 posted by

Petite VFR: 1993 Honda VFR400R NC30

For Sale: 1993 Honda VFR400R NC30

Update 4.23.2011: This bike has been relisted. Link updated. -dc

Next to 250cc two strokes (NSRs, Gammas and the like), the 400cc four stroke class has got to be one of the most popular import entries on RSBFS. And what’s not to like? Decent power, stratospheric redlines and fantastic handling all wrapped up in mini-GP bodywork – coupled with decent exclusivity. In short, these are what gray-market import bikes are all about.

Today’s bike, a ’93 VFR400R, has not apparently had life on easy street. Unlike many of the 400s we see on these pages that are pampered and fawned over, this particular VFR was the victim of trackdays and road rash. The seller has made no attempt to hide the damage, and the bike is still quite presentable despite its unfortunate history.

From the seller:
you just can’t imagine the sorrow i feel writing this.this is most likely the last NC30 i will ever have had the privilege to own. i’ve owned several over the years and i swore that i’d never sell this last one.unfortunately that time is here.

the bike-
almost a tragedy really.i don’t have any history on it. previous owner should have used an old EX250 to get his trackday jollys but choose a VERY nice original 1993 model NC30 and crashed it during said trackday.
new bodywork, or china knock or even a respray to me were out of the question.i think i patched it up pretty good.
subframe is not and was not bent. the upper fairing/ windscreen bracket was tweaked a bit but it’s back to perfect or so…
approaching from 15 feet out you’d hafta start looking to see the flaws. once up on it of course. there they are.
having said all that-
this is a fine example of an iconic motorcycle.

buy it. ride it. look closely- bid often.

So the good, the bad and the downright ugly are out in the open. Still, this *is* a VFR400R, which continues to be a desireable import model, right? As stated earlier, this is a popular class of bike on RSBFS, as evidenced by this post HERE, or HERE, or HERE, or HERE, or HERE!

If you peruse those earlier posts, you will find some bikes in fantastic condition and others in not so fantastic condition. You will also find a price range that is downright reasonable for a cutting-edge sportbike these days. Which brings us to the brass tacks on today’s offering: This auction has a starting price of $3,000 with reserve on. Given the condition of the bike, I predict that the auction starting price and the auction ending price will be close together, and so it all comes down to how high the seller has set the reserve.

Check it out yourself by and jumping over to the auction. And after you see all of the details, let us know what you think. Good luck!


Exclusive July 6, 2010 posted by

1992 Honda VFR400R NC30 For Sale

When I first saw an NC30 in this red/black color combo earlier this year, I thought it was stunning. Unbelievable we get a second chance to feature this great looking bike in these colors!

Part of the collection for sale from Ozzie, this bike appears to be every bit as well looked after as the others. As a sucker for dual round lamps, this one does it for me on a number of levels. The 400 puts out 60hp and spins all the way to 14.5k, all the while evoking sensations and emotions that remind you it’s connected to it’s bigger brother, the RC30, and Honda’s racing pedigree.

quote from the seller:

This is a VFR400 (NC30) considered a baby brother to the VFR750R (RC30) Homologation model. This is prime example of a clean bike with just 10k miles. This bike came just before the RVF400 (NC35) and shares most of its features including the engine. It came is a variety of colors of which this black and red was the most desirable. This bike is all/mostly original with 15,000KM (9300miles) (has a red passenger seat) I also have a dual (stacked) Kevlar exhaust system that came of a race bike I had several years ago. Would be available with or without this exhaust. Exhaust is no longer available in Japan and had a value of $1800.00. Will sell bike as pictured for $7200.00 plus tax and title fees approx $400.00. The race exhaust is $600.00


As you can tell by now, I agree with Ozzie that the black and red is the best looking!

Good luck with the sale Ozzie, and thank you supporting us a featured listing for your collection!