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Honda October 26, 2011 posted by

’89 Honda VFR750R (RC30)- Canadian Style!

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mileage: 14,511

Price: Auction, opening at $18,000 US

Well, here we go. Another Honda RC30/VFR750R for sale. I’m not going to go into all the detail about these bikes cause you can get that information by reading Jared’s excellent write up on RSBFS from about a week ago. And I’m sure most RSBFS fans already know plenty about the RC30. Really what this bike represents is the finest in sportbike design and manufacturing. It’s a truly special machine.

This one isn’t quite the pristine example that was posted by Jared but it’s still the real deal.

Here’s the photos-

The information from the seller-

For sale is a rare 1989 Honda RC30 with 23,354 km (14,511 miles) on the speedo.  This is not a museum quality bike as the pictures show but if it was in any better shape I wouldn’t want to ride it. That said I’ve only put about 200 miles on it in the past 14 years since I bought it. Please look at the pictures closely as I have tried to show any flaws.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you have but please don’t ask about trades. Shipping is up to the buyer and I will not crate it but I will drop it off any where inside Calgary Alberta Canada.

$1,000 deposit is required via Paypal within 48 hours of the auction closing.   Full payment with in 10 days via cash or bank transfer.  The bike will not be shipped until the funds clear my bank.


Engine: four stroke 90° V-4, liquid-cooled with gear-driven double overhead camshafts; four valves per cylinder.

Bore & Stroke:  70.0 x 48.6mm

Displacement:  748cc

Compression ratio:  11.0:1

Carburetion:  Four 38mm Keihin

Exhaust system:  Stainless steel, four-into-one

Ignition: Computer controlled CDI

Transmission:  Close-ratio six-speed

Primary Reduction:  Straight-cut gear: 1.94

Final Drive:  O-ring sealed chain; 2.50

Chassis: Twin-spar aluminum frame using engine as a stressed member; Pro-Arm single-sided aluminum swing-arm

Suspension:  Front – Center-axle cartridge-type fork with quick-released axle clamps.  Rear – Nitrogen pressurized shock absorber with remote reservoir, adjustable for spring preload and compression and rebound damping.

Wheelbase:  55.5 inches

Brakes:  Front – Dual 310mm floating discs with four-piston calipers.  Rear – Single 220mm floating disc with twin-piston caliper

Fuel capacity:  4.75 gallons

Dry Weight:  407.9 pounds

The seller highlights above and the mileage shows that the bike has been ridden. And with that come all the standard dings and scrapes featured in the photos. So for someone looking for a museum piece, this may not fit the bill. However, it’s still a fairly stock (Yoshimura pipe being the exception) VFR750R. That means you will have one of the most collectible and well built sportbikes in existence. For me, it also takes the crown of best looking bike ever made.

The seller is starting this auction at $18,000 US, which seems somewhere in the ballpark for this machine. The earlier RC30 hit the $30k mark, but this bike can’t be compared to that one. The market continues to develop on these bikes and premium examples will command premium prices. However, this bike is still very desirable for collectors and should increase in value over the years.

So if you couldn’t quite reach the last RC30 on RSBFS but are still looking, this bike deserves your attention. Time to get in the collector bike game? Well, make the jump and place your bid!


Update: Our Facebook page has had some comments on this bike from those who have seen it first hand and some interesting notes on current market values. Make sure to stop by and chime in! -dc

Honda June 18, 2011 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R with only 13 miles to be auctioned Saturday, July 25th

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R For Sale to the highest bidder

Location: Norwood, MA
Mileage: 13
Price: How much you got?

Not to be out done by my Greenhorns I had to throw this one up on the main site as well as our FB page. I normally don’t write up CL ads on the main site due to the lack of quality photos and crap descriptions, but this one is deserving of the spotlight.

1990 Honda RC30 showing only 13 miles will be sold for the highest offer on Saturday June 25 at 125 Lenox St, Norwood MA

Only 13 miles and the seller is saving himself a few bucks in fees by holding the auction himself. I can’t say I really blame them, but RC30’s on CL never cease to amaze me.

A couple of things that I am curious about is why in the world would you store a 13 mile bike uncovered in a dusty ass garage? This make me think this one may have a few bumps and bruises which will be a shame with only having 13 miles. Is it still sitting on the original hoops? Carbs drained?

As most of you’ve already noticed there are a few other collectables in the photo as well… hmmm…

If any of you guys make contact with the seller and want to share any info let me know so I can update this post.

See the other (dusty) photos here



Honda May 13, 2011 posted by

1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 For Sale-

1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 For Sale

Location: Glen Mills, PA
Mileage: 2,857
Price: $16,990.00 with reserve in place

There’s been some rumblings over on the Facebook page that we are partial to small cc rare sport bikes, but I have to disagree. Okay, so Ian and I have a little lean towards 2 strokes, but the other guys… well, I think they just like bikes and who’s to argue about the latest forward from a viewer? Not me bro!

I know I recently traded in my homologation Superbike for a NSR, but that doesn’t change where my heart truly lies so with out any more idle chatter from me-

I’m guessing this one is probably a Canadian model that has been well preserved.

It still excites me that RC’s demand so much respect in the market place. They come up for sale more often than their younger brother, the RC45, and in general are more sought after. From what I’ve been told it’s the pearly white paint on the hand laid fiberglass that draws collectors to it. Sort of like me to a cold beer- I’m naturally drawn to it and can’t help myself once I get it in my sight 🙂

These low mileage ones are starting to get as rare as hens teeth so if you have an extra $20k (ish) burning a hole in your pocket I suggest you jump over and get in on the action.

You can to see more pics and to place your bid. Good Luck!



Honda April 23, 2011 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R #58 For Sale!

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R #58 For Sale.

Location: Tempe, AZ
Mileage: 3,849
Price: $20,000.00 with no reserve

Nothing will brighten your day more than finding a low mileage RC30 while snooping around eBay on a rainy Saturday morning. It looks like this one is going to bring smiles to the faces of other RC30 owners because with a mere 173 views (at time of writing this) there were 16 bids with 9 days and 12 hours left. The smiles will come because this one will help raise the ‘market value threshold’ for the hoarders… er… collectors.

Pretty darned nice if I do say so myself. ‘Clean’ was the first thing that I noticed about this particular machine. Obviously, the owner has taken very good care of #58 and it shows in the high quality photos. They also have disclosed a few ‘imperfections’, but I can only find 1 of them while viewing the photos.

At first read I was a bit surprised at how fast this one jumped up, but then after admiring it several more times my opinion was put in check. Read on and then we can debate it in the discussion section.

Second owner, originally from Seattle dealership;

-Not raced or modified;
-3,849 miles (most from a single trip by wife from Phoenix to Northern California);
-Parked last 11 years in office and living room. Bike has been taken out and started every spring and fall;
-Oil changed within last year. Other fluids (brake, coolant) within last 2 years
-Original tires
-Original brake pads have lots of life left
-New battery
-Rear stand included
-Owner’s manual and toolkit

Professional repairs from storage damage to tank and rear cowl, mirror and caliper;
– Tank – New decals and clear coat
– Rear Cowl – 4″ fiberglass repair, red paint and clear coat
– New right mirror
– Minor scratches on left front caliper (see photo)

I can certainly appreciate how clean it is and wouldn’t expect much less from a machine of this caliber with such low miles. As I mentioned, this one has really grown on me and I now understand why it has better than average activity on it. I never claimed to be quick so hold the comments please :).

The original tires, original brake pads, toolkit, all the stickers are in place, no modifications, near perfect windscreen and the overall clean condition really make this one special in my mind and no, I didn’t forget about the respray of a few parts. The repair work looks to be excellent and well done and if you can’t live with a few ‘picks’ then check out our featured ad that has a set of brand new OEM RC30 bodywork listed for sale which is simply amazing in itself.

Yes, I imported every picture for your viewing pleasure. I’m going to sit back and watch how this one unfolds, but one thing is for sure- this one will sell and should fit nicely in any collection. Now where is the ‘WANT’ button?


Interested in placing a bid?

Let me just say that I love my wife and would do anything for her, but it would be a cold day in hell before I let her ride my perfect, collectable machine on a 3,000 mile journey! (psst, don’t tell her I said that)



Honda December 23, 2010 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R with 100 test Miles

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R

Location: Herselt, Belgium
Mileage: 100 test miles
Price: $$$$

As the old saying goes “Ask and ye shall receive…”

Yes, we received the mother load on this one and I want to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Crauwels, the owner of this fine RC30.

Let’s get down to the good stuff on this pristine example. Mr Crauwels has done a great job of answering all of my questions and should you have any other questions his email is

From the seller:

I do understand your concern and your unbelieve about the RC 30.

At the end of the eighties, early nineties the private teams who wanted to race their own RC 30 HRC had to order a “normal” rc30, and for them Honda developed the HRC kit; which consited of:
Engine tune parts as pistons, camshafts, carburettors, electronics for ignition, radiator, full exhaust system, footpegs, clip-on handle bars, suspension modification, ohlins shock, wheels etc..

This bike was ordered to be raced by Stephan Mertens and was delivered to HRC in Aalst(Belgium) directly. It might sound strange to many people but the HRC headquarters are, still today, located in Belgium. Honda also has a production facility there for street vehicles.

So all the famous Honda racebikes, from Spenser to Rossi’s bikes, spend most of their life in Belgium.
As Stephan Mertens eventually signed a contract with Ducati the deal with the RC30 was canceled and left the team owner without the so needed sponsors. Legal fights for unpaid invoices between HRC and the team owner kept the bike for many years in storage. Stephan Mertens’ career with Ducati is history….

As HRC already prepared the bike for the world-endurance championship this RC 30 is indeed very unique… no it IS UNIQUE!!! The polished frame and swing arm is a standard procedure for HRC tuned racers. The standard bodywork was put on for testing the bike after the build.. it has 100 miles on the clock (foto attached). The “resin” on the exhaust is VERY ORIGINAL HRC !!!! it’s a kind of seal that HRC put on the exhaust to prevent people to experiment with HRCs’ proper work. If you see a huge scratch???? It can only be a foto problem… it is god damned perfect !!!! The wheels… the HRC 17 inch racing wheels are included in the sale as well as the new standard RC 30 wheel…. The wheel now fitted was for testing after the HRC kit was installed. Also together with the bike I have all the parts that came originally from the RC 30… so again: pistons, camshafts, carb parts, radiator…. all new and unused !!! All these parts are now at my other workshop .. next week I’ll go there and bring all the parts for fotos, documentation etc…

I hope the history of this really extraordinary piece of history is more clear for you now… if you need any more info or fotos .. please don’t hesitate… this bike is real and genuine….

Place your bid on Mr. Crauwels bike by

Thank you for clearing up all of the questions and good luck with sale!

So, I’ve been sitting on this one for a few days wondering what to do with it. No, I’ve not lost my mind and am certifiably sane… no, really I am!

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that, along with me, about 99.99999999% of our viewers have never been inside the HRC factory much less seen a 0 mile HRC equipped RC30. If you are in the aforementioned .000000001% you can move on because this will be old hat for you and will probably bore you to death.




So what do you think? Once in a lifetime opportunity or hoax? Since I usually believe people until I can prove otherwise I’ll go on the premise that this is in fact a once in a lifetime opportunity for a very “serious” collector. I emphasize “serious” because I can only imagine that it will take a whole lot of Benjamins to pick this one up.

I do however have a few concerns or should I call them ‘notables’ to point out. The reason for merely pointing them out is because I have never seen a brand new, HRC equipped, RC30 so I’m not sure how they were sold to the the race teams in 1990.

1. It has a polished frame
2. It has one side (right) of the rear rim polished, but not the left side
3. It has a polished swing arm
4. It appears to have some sort of epoxy on the exhaust canister
5. It shows either a huge scratch or a flash glare on the side panel.
6. There’s no actual photo of the odometer to show mileage
7. I thought Honda retained ownership of all HRC race bikes/parts and only leased them to teams
8. If #7 is true how is this a fully kitted RC for sale on the open market?
9. If it’s been modified by the HRC factory in Belgium why are there lights and a speedo still on it?

I have other questions, but I’ll stop at those for now since I’m not a ‘serious’ buyer.

Have look for yourself:

To be or not to be is the question so you’ll have to be the judge and then decide what to do. I don’t mean to sound all negative and down on this bike, but if this bike is the ‘real deal Holyfield’ then why not spend a few extra minutes, show the documentation, give a more detailed explanation and avoid 90% of the questions that you will get asked.

Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot to ask one very important question.

10. Why is a bike such as this listed on ebay if it is what it’s supposed to be?

I’m 100% sure there are people who would snatch this up in a heart beat if it were presented in a more suitable fashion. Maybe I’m off my rocker and this is one of those once in a lifetime opportunities to pick up the creme de la creme of modern day sport bikes.



Honda December 15, 2010 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R

1990 Honda RC30 for sale

About $20,000

San Francisco, CA

The Honda RC30, sportbike royalty and this one appears to be in fine condition. Time seems to have treated this bike well as the high quality photos show. I wish the listing was as concise and pointed as the photos, the seller advises to “expect about $20K” for this bike with 8,500 miles. Jargon aside, this is one fine bike!

There is an issue with the fork surface, but even noting that fact, this ambiguous price is just about right. Check out the CL posting with contact details here. Enjoy.

Honda October 5, 2010 posted by

Honda RC30 VFR750R with 1.6 miles for sale!!!

Honda RC30 with only 1.6 miles and the ad states “it’s never been started”! What is the world coming to?

**Update- now on ebay!

Location: Boston, MA
Miles: 1.6!
Price: $25,000.00! now $30,000

That’s right folks- you’re reading this correctly. I was killing time and trolling CL and WHAMO!, this RC popped on my radar and I couldn’t believe it when I read it. As a matter of fact, I had to read it about 4 times to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. An RC30 with only 1.6 miles since new and never started-

Thanks goes out to Doug for forwarding us these good photos of this bike-

From the listing-


Jump on this one here



Honda May 28, 2010 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 in mint condition

1990 Honda RC30

**Update 6.13.10 – This bike is back on ebay

**Update 6.7.10 – This bike did not sell and didn’t receive any bids. The motorcycling world has truly hit rock bottom! But, the upside is now I may be able to afford one of these someday. 🙂

Location: Topsham, Vermont
Price: $24,000 B.I.N. (and that my friends is a no haggle deal!)
Mileage: 15,485

RC30 for sale

Forwarded to us by Jon, the owner, is his wonderfully preserved RC30. Since no one can tell a bikes history like the owner, I’ll let Jon tell you about his RC30.

This particular RC30 remains completely unmolested. It still has its distinctive 18″ rear wheel. Even the front brake rotors with the factory cuts are the originals (extremely hard to find). In the keyed compartment behind the seat rest is the original Honda canvas rolled toolkit. The original manual still exists. The bike has not been painted, nor does it show any sign of crash or “fall over” damage. The tell-tale sign of HRC original body work is using one’s fingers to feel the roll of the lip of the hand-laid fiberglass. That lip is present everywhere, as is the seemingly impossible-to-be-that-thin wall of the fiberglass panels. This is not an RC30 which has ever seen the ground.

An all original RC30 is indeed hard to come by. For me personally, “all original” is a million times better than “period correct modifications” any day of the week. We had one posted a few weeks back and the bidding stalled out at $21,100 and it was equally original with almost the exact same mileage. I’m not sure if it’s the down market or what, but to see a RC30 stall at $21,100 was a bit odd for me. If I had the extra $24,000 this one would not be going live today 🙂

Check out the Honda RC30 promotional video