Posts by tag: RVF750R

Honda August 8, 2016 posted by

They seem to come in waves:
Another 1994 Honda RC45, this one with under 900 miles

We just had a nice RC45 here on RSBFS last week and given the rarity of these it’s a bit of a surprise that another one has popped up for sale so soon.  While the previous bike was a gray import bike offered by a dealer in Florida, this one looks to be a US bike currently owned by a collector.

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1994 Honda RVF750R/RC45 in Texas USA

As noted in the post from last week, the RVF750R (also known as the RC45) was introduced in 1994 as the successor to the epic RC30 and was a true homologation bike.  The RC45 came with a 749cc V4 engine containing titanium rods, ceramic-lined cylinder walls and gear driven cams, as well as a new fuel injection system and a race-ready single-sided rear swingarm.

The RC45 was a good bike on the track, being ridden to championships in 1997 and 1998.  But reviewers/riders found the bike a bit of a letdown on the street, mostly due to it being tuned to only produce around 110bhp for the U.S. version and the race gearbox having a very tall 1st gear. Consider the following review from motorcyclenews:

“Like the race version, Honda’s road-going RC45 doesn’t quite hit the spot, but it’s still an impressive piece of exquisite engineering. As the ultimate ‘90s Superbike, the Honda RC45 lacks the pure focus of a Yamaha R1, the visceral punch of a Ducati 916 or the exotic edginess of a Bimota SB6R. Also, people might think your Honda RC45 is a Honda RVF400 NC35 from a distance…”

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Mileage on this one is a low 877 according to the seller.  Unfortunately no other maintenance info is provided.  Based on the dust and color of the clutch reservoir fluid, I would bet that the bike has been standing for quite a few years and would require a thorough refresh including tires.

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By the pics provided the bike looks to have been part of a serious collection.  Initial bid price is $40,000 USD with reserve not met. That price seems to be inline with what we have seen these go for in the past, even with the expected additional cost of a freshening.  Also given the rarity of these bikes, I wouldn’t expect the price to drop below the opening bid.

It seems like the RC45 doesn’t ring the emotional bells for a lot of collectors in the same way the RC30 did.  This one is certainly in excellent condition and is probably a good investment for a serious collector, but I wish there were a few more pics and comments by the seller.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

They seem to come in waves:</br>Another 1994 Honda RC45, this one with under 900 miles
Honda July 30, 2016 posted by

Unobtanium alert: 1996 Honda RVF750R RC45

Back in the 1990’s Honda introduced new technology to the sportbike world at a truly dizzying pace.  From 1990 to 1999, Honda USA introduced sportbike riders to the RC30, RC45, RC51, CBR600F2, VFR750, the legendary NR750 and the CBR900RR.  Personally I can’t think of another manufacturer that launched so many top of class bikes over a similar length time frame.

While the Honda RC30 actually launched in 1987 in Japan, it didn’t come to the USA until 1990  The RC30 was a techo tour-de-force that won a lot of races and developed a deep following.   The follow up RVF750R, also often referred to as just the RC45, wasn’t as successful on the track but interestingly, for many collectors the RC45 is more desirable.

For anyone who is interested, an overview of all the differences between the RC30 and RC45 can be found here on Wikipedia.

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Introduced in 1994 and produced until 1999 but only imported officially into the US for 1994 with a 50 unit allocation, the Honda RC45 was a true homologation bike.  Right out of the box the bike came with a lot of top shelf components including an exotic DOHC 749cc V4 engine that had titanium rods, ceramic-lined cylinder walls and gear driven cams.  The RC45 also incorporated a new fuel injection system, lots of cast magnesium parts to reduce weight, a new aluminium twin-spar chassis and an exotic (for 1994) single-sided rear swingarm.

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1996 Honda RVF750R/RC45 on ebay

And yet despite all the new tech, the RC45 didn’t have quite the same level of track or sales success as the preceeding RC30 and initially was considered to be a bit of a failure.  Part of this was due to the fact that the new powerplant in the street/homolgation version was tuned to only produce around 110bhp for the U.S. version/118 for the European version which wasn’t a huge jump from what standard 750cc sportbikes of the same era were offering.  Also street riding on the RC45 first gear was reported to be kind of a pain due to a very tall 1st gear.

While the RC45 didn’t find favor on the street, things were quite different when it was taken to the track.  In peak race form the bike was transformed with power reported as being nearly 190 bhp.  Track successes of the RVF750R included Miguel Duhamel wining the 1996 Daytona 200, John Kocinski winning the 1997 WSBK championship and Ben Bostrom winning the 1998 AMA Superbike Championship.

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As for this particular RC45, sharp eyed viewers have probably caught that this US-located bike is listed as 1996 with a VIN # well above 50 (NOTE:  This is assuming they can tear their eyes away from the art that is the perfect welds on this bike).  These issues are explained by the seller as being due to the fact that this particular RC45 was originally delivered/sold in Switzerland in 1996 and then imported into the USA.  While “gray-market” RC45’s can be a pain to get registered, the seller also indicates they have a US title in hand.

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From the photos in the eBay listing, this particular RC45 looks to be completely original with only a few small nicks.  I guess the excellent condition should not be surprise given the listed mileage of about 2800 miles/4400 kilometers.  Personally my only concern is that the eBay seller has a zero feedback rating and some of the pics on this eBay listing look incredibly professional/like official promo pics instead of pics of the actual bike being sold.

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Based on the listed phone number the seller appears to be a dealer located in Florida and while the maintenance/ownership history isn’t as complete as I would like for a bike like this, the seller did provide the following service info.

  • “Recent” full service (quote marks added by me – Marty).
  • New Pirellis.
  • New fuel pump.
  • New Battery
  • Original stand included.
  • Spare ECU.
  • Spare complete period Micron exhaust included.

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So what is this bit of mid 1990’s homologation goodness worth?  Well the RVF750R is current one of the top desired 750cc homolgation machines of the 1990’s, the others being the Kawasaki ZX7RR and Yamaha OW01.  This particular RC45 looks good but there are some things I would personally follow up on, such as the VIN#/title situation and also, given the color of the brake fluid in the master cylinder, what exactly was meant by “recent” full service.

Previous postings of these seem to have gone for a price between $24,000 and $29,000 USD.  Assuming the title is clear, I would expect price to be somewhere in the upper part of that range band.

ADDENDUM:  Some of our frequent readers/comments of RSBFS such as RC45 and The Collector are more experienced with the RC45, hopefully we can get them to provide their input in the comments section.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Unobtanium alert:  1996 Honda RVF750R RC45
Honda July 13, 2015 posted by

The Rider You’ve Always Wanted: 1994 Honda RC45

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This is a post dedicated to those that abhor rare sport bikes that have been kept in museum quality and never ridden. It’s a homologation HRC special with less than 10k miles. And it has a branded title. That is a deal killer for many, especially collectors. But for an appropriate discount, this could be a really cool rider that still has respectable value. It’s not a perfect bike, but this is a bike you’d be equally happy to enjoy as intended and be the king of your Starbucks when fueling up before the ride. Worth watching for sure!

-dc

1994 Honda RC45 RVF750R for sale on eBay

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from the seller’s listing:

Honda RC45 with 9k miles with damage history. This bike was rear-ended by a ditzy 16 year old girl while sitting at a redlight back in 2007. No real damage was done to the bike, it was pushed into the intersection and fell on the right side. The insurance company had no idea what to do with it since it is so rare that they totalled it and issued a rebuilt title. I was told in WA that after 7 years in rebuilt status, the next title transfer comes back clean since it is mainly for newer vehicles to make new buyers aware. Not sure if that is true or not and I certainly dont know about other states, so consider this bike to come with a rebuilt title. The damage included a bent exhaust, broken right footpeg and brake levers. Scratches were in the right rear view mirror, right front turnsignal, right lower fairing, rear wheel, and the number plate area on the right side of the tailsection.

So a new rear wheel, right front turnsignal, right mirror, right lower fairing, right footpeg, and both brake levers were replaced with factory parts. An aftermarket Termignoni shotgun exhaust was also installed (that sounds absolutely amazing at full howl). The number plate area on the tailsection was repainted.

As the picture shows, everything on the bike is back as it should now and it rides just as well as it ever did. Since the bike does have 9k miles and was actually ridden, it does have a few very small chips here and there and the left lower fairing has paint missing on the very bottom. But hey, here all you collectors can actually own an RC45 that your not afraid to ride instead of just dusting yours and telling all your friends when they ask how it handles, “They say these are fast, couldn’t tell ya, but it sure looks pretty though… dont it?

The Rider You’ve Always Wanted:  1994 Honda RC45
Honda March 14, 2015 posted by

V4 Perfection: 1997 Honda RC45

Beautiful 1997 Honda RC45 on eBay UK

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Honda’s stunning RC45 was never intended for the masses. It was built to win on the racetrack and it did just that. Maybe not to the level of Ducati’s domination, but it still had plenty of success. The RC45 was able to win one World Superbike Championship with John Kocinski and a pair of AMA Superbike Championships with Miguel Duhamel and Ben Bostrom in the saddle. While it wasn’t a horsepower monster, it was laden with high tech goodies like titanium rods, ceramic lined cylinder walls and lots of cast magnesium parts.

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Total production numbers remain a bit of a mystery but we do know that only 50 of them came over to the US and 20 of those went to privateer race teams. So it definitely fits the “Rare” definition of this website. They were also extremely pricey with an MSRP of approximately $32,000. A few years ago, you might have found a used one close to $20,000 however those days are long gone and prices are now surpassing the original MSRP for clean examples. As everybody knows, I’m a fan of riding my bikes, but with the hefty price tag, the appreciating value and the cost and scarcity of replacement parts… this is one that I might just be too nervous to actually enjoy.

The seller doesn’t go into a lot of detail about the actual motorcycle, but includes the overview quoted below. If you want more details or you just want to watch the auction, you can check it out here: 1997 Honda RC45 on eBay UK

THE HONDA RC45 IS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BEST MADE MOTORCYCLES OF ALL TIME AND IS A TYPICAL EXAMPLE OF THE FLAGSHIP MOTORCYCLES MADE WHEN ENGINEERS WERE STILL IN CHARGE AT HONDA. ITS MOTOR IS A BEAUTIFUL HAND-CRAFTED STATEMENT OF EXCELLENCE AND THIS BIKE IS UNDOUBTEDLY A CLASSIC BUILT TO LAST A LIFETIME AND OUR BIKE IS NO EXCEPTION AND IS IN SIMPLY STUNNING CONDITION THROUGHOUT COMING WITH A PRIVATE “RVF” NUMBER PLATE

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Mike M.

V4 Perfection:  1997 Honda RC45
Honda July 28, 2014 posted by

1994 Honda RVF750R RC45 #257

1994 Honda RC45 for sale

Let’s start Monday with a bang: a 1,400 mile Honda RC45 should do the trick! Described as stunning with minor wear from 20 years of light use. Noted as owned previously by a Japanese collector, it is presumably still in Japan though offered for worldwide consideration from sellers in New Zealand. The buy-it-now price is a $40k USD, which would place it at the upper end of the price range for an RC45 but it’s Monday, we can dream!

dc

1994 Honda RC45 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

*** COLLECTABLE HONDA RVF750R RC45 – FRAME 257 ***

Following the terrific success of the RC30 in the World Superbike Series, HRC was under pressure to produce a viable successor and the RC45 was born. After the iconic NR750, the RC45 is often noted as the most collectable Honda due to its relative rarity. John Kocinski won the 1997 World Superbike Championship on an RC45, followed closely by Kiwi Aaron Slight (trailing by just 3 points).

Just 200 of these bikes were produced in year 1, with many being delivered directly to race teams. A further 500 bikes were produced for the Japanese domestic market with most of these going to collectors. This example is a very rare find, having travelled just 1400 miles in the past 20 years. Frame 257 has spent all of its life in the hands of a private collector in Japan and has been well cared for evidenced by the deep sheen in its paint work. There are a few very minor cosmetic defects in keeping with a 20 years old bike which has been lightly used and never restored, but overall this is a stunning stunning bike.

Carbon Garage is a licensed motorcycle dealer with a showroom, workshop & cafe located in Auckland, New Zealand. We have a partner warehouse in Tokyo, Japan and specialise in sales, service and restoration of classic Japanese superbikes from the 80s, 90s and later. We are motorcycle collectors ourselves and have an extensive collection of homologated superbikes on display in our cafe.

We ship worldwide and can provide a quotation for packaging and freight to the destination of your choice.

1994 Honda RVF750R RC45 #257
Bimota January 2, 2013 posted by

Top 10 Sport Bikes For Sale in 2012!

This post would probably be more aptly be titled, “top 10 most viewed bikes we posted in 2012”, but in honesty this sampling mostly represents the most popular bikes on the site anyway.

Thanks to both buyers and sellers for helping make 2012 our best year ever and we can’t wait to see what the market will reveal in 2013!

dc

#10

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Alex Ortner Ducati 1036CS For Sale


#9

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1994 Honda RVF750R (RC45) with 9 Miles For Sale!

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#4

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Honda December 13, 2012 posted by

Another Squeaky Clean 30: 1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R

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Times are good if you’ve been in the market for a RC30.  Over the past few months we’ve seen three or four come up for sale and every one of them has been a keeper.  This one is no different.  It is low mile (12,997 of them) and it  has been lovingly cared for by only two owners.  Now it is time for a third owner.

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Note to sellers, here is how you sell a bike.  Can’t you just picture yourself there with your own Rothmans leathers?  Well I guess it could give you the urge to purchase a Rothmans NSR250 as well.  The other way to sell a bike; don’t change a damn thing on it.  It seems the majority of RC30 owners have followed that rule.

The story:

Everyone loves a story so here is mine;  I bought #37 back in 1997 because I knew about the racing legend of the RC30.  I sold her a year later to buy my first Porsche.  In 2005, I tracked her down and bought her back.  Same serial number, just a couple more miles.  The gentleman who bought her was a bike collector like myself and maintained her properly.  I take her out for coffee about every 6 weeks to ensure everything gets properly lubricated.  Then back in the garage and on its battery tender.  ‘Museum bikes’ can suffer from a long list of ailments from non use.  Everything on the bike is bone stock just as it left the factory sans the grips

 

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I believe you will anger the Honda Gods if you actually get a RC30 dirty. 

More from the seller:

No crashes, scrapes, paint chips etc.  I had the entire front end and lower portions covered in 3m clear tape for preservation purposes.  Speaking of lowers….there is no discoloration from exhaust heat.  Some RC’s get burn marks, some don’t.  The body work is in concourse condition with a deep gloss.  Fluid change last March and bike comes with spare oil filter.

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Why a picture of a cover?  Apparently it is quite a rare item.

From the seller:

It comes with factory owners manual, original tool kit, factory stand and factory special equipment cover.  The cover is extremely rare and was a special order from the HRC catalog.  I have never seen one on Ebay.  It is cloth and has some discoloration and seam separation.  I am only including it because of its rarity

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There really isn’t much to say, it is another pristine RC30.  If you’ve even casually followed the price on these bikes you know it won’t be cheap:  and it shouldn’t be.    The old adage holds true, ” You get what you pay for”.

Click for the auction.

Ian

Honda October 19, 2012 posted by

Split the pair! 1994 Honda RVF750R RC45

For Sale: 1994 Honda RVF750R RC45

Update 10.19.2012: Relisted again for $35k. Maybe he offers a layaway plan for Christmas delivery! Links updated, -dc

From sunny Miami, Florida comes this very rare RC45. You might think that the pictures look familiar, and you would be correct: This seller originally tried to sell off a RC30 and a RC45 together in a single auction (see that post here). The original bundled price started out at $99,999, then dropped down in steps to $69,999. But just because today’s RC45 represents only 50% of the pair, don’t think that the price has dropped by a commensurate amount….

The RC45 was a homologation machine – in that Honda built just enough street bikes of the model lineup to qualify it for Superbike regulations. Much has been written about these legendary steeds (search for RC45 on RSBFS here) and there has been much argument about whether the RC45 is “better” than the RC30. When you look at race wins and success at the track, there is really no contest. But there are those who prefer the more rounded look of the RC30 versus the more modern appeal of the ’45. Either or, I’m not cryin’ if one shows up under my Christmas tree.

From the seller:
Up for sale is A 1994 RC45 #20 OF #50 made….6842 miles, AMERICAN SPEC!!!! these R NOT EURO MODELS!!!!!

BIKE IS FLAWLESS !!!

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ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL,TOOLS,ORIGINAL PIPE FOR RC45 AND REFLECTORS. (ALSO HAVE A SET OF BLACK MARCHEZINIS WITH TIRES THAT GO WITH BIKE)

When this auction originally launched with both bikes, I was curious about the interest level – after all, these are rare collector bikes. But the sky-high pricing didn’t win any bidders. Now that just the RC45 is on the block, pricing is still an issue. I’m pretty sure Honda did not create the code names of the bikes by setting a price, but this RC45 is a whopping $45,000. Hmmm, with pricing like this, maybe it’s time to sell my R65LS – first $65k takes it!

After seeing the pair of bikes so often on RSBFS, this lonely RC45 is starting to look like Garfunkel without Simon. For more info, check out the auction here. What do you think a minty RC45 (one with nearly 7k on the clocks) should go for? If rent or morgage were not a concern, what might you be willing to pay? Share your thoughts!

MI