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Honda May 21, 2012 posted by

Got an Extra $100K? Start Your Honda RC Collection Today!

Update 5.21.2012: I doubt any actual buyers interested in either a RC30 and/or RC45 are not aware of this listing by now, but just in case, the buy-it-now has been dropped again to $70k. -dc

Update 4.6.2012: With just under a day to go, I noticed the buy-it-now has been updated to $75k. Most comments indicated $60k would be in the ballpark. Maybe there’s a deal in the middle. -dc

Location: Miami, Florida

Mileage: 6,975 (RC30) and 6,842 (RC45)

Price: Auction, $100,000 BIN. Yes, that’s one hundred thousand.

So here’s a chance to have an instant Honda RC collection for your very own. Two of the greatest sportbikes ever made. Ever. You can debate sportbike greatness all day (I, for one, am happy to) and you can even debate which of these two is better than the other (also happy to participate). But you can’t really debate the significance of both of these bikes. Track ready? Check. Uber rare? Check. Superior build quality? Check. Two of the most significant sportbikes in sportbike history? Check and check.

The seller’s minimal description-

Up for sale r my 2 babies! i have a 1990 RC30 #5 OF #300 made…6975 miles AN A 1994 RC45 #20 OF #50 made….6842 miles,bikes r AMERICAN SPEC!!!! these R NOT EURO MODELS!!!!!







And a few photos, although the seller apparently will provide more-

The seller describes the bikes as flawless and if you’re considering something like this, then I would assume you know both of these bikes inside and out. And while the seller will provide more photos, I know I wouldn’t make a deal like this without flying to Miami to look at both of these personally. If you just happen to have come across the kind of cash to purchase a pair of bikes like this and don’t know the Honda RC line well, then do your homework. This is kind of like looking at the Ferrari Daytona and Lamborghini Miura of the bike world. Due diligence will be important.

But if it all works out, then you just have to find $100 grand. That’s a lot of money and I’m sure it will garner reaction from all of the RSBFS followers. I welcome the debate. The rare sportbike market is ever evolving in my eyes and I think these values will continue to climb. These are clearly collector bikes and what they’re worth today is really up to how much someone will pay. I don’t know how much that is, so we will see.

What I do know is we have two beautiful bikes here that I would love to own. But that’s not in the cards. If you have the funds, take the first step and give this auction a look!


Benelli March 19, 2012 posted by

Monday Mailbag Part 2, From Switzerland

Claudio emailed us recently to let us know we have fans in Switzerland, how cool is that?! He also sent along this tasty selection of bikes available there:

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Thanks for the forwards Claudio! A great selection for sure and hopefully it helps our European readers. It’s great hearing from our fans outside the U.S.!


Honda January 13, 2012 posted by

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

Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado

Mileage: 9 (Nine)

Price: Currently $25,200 with Reserve in place

Are you looking for a serious collector’s bike? Then look no further than this RC45 currently up for grabs. First let’s get into a little background for those not so familiar with the RVF750R, so bear with me. In 1994, the beloved RC30 was near the end of its prime against other superbikes and Honda needed an answer quick. Since the World Endurance and IOM TT series were being held to Superbike rules, Honda’s RVF750 race bikes needed homologating in order for it to continue racing. It was out of this that the RC45 was spawned. In 1994, 200 RVF750Rs were produced world wide with only 50 making their way to the States and some 20 or so bikes being immediately delivered to private race teams. You do the math on that one. Limited number of bikes + 18 years – wrecked bikes = rare. RC45 guys definitely have the edge over the RC30 guys in the production numbers argument.

In standard US trim, the RC45 was cranking out 101hp where as the Euro version was making 118. However, since the RVF had adopted a more modern and race friendly fuel injection, a reprogramming to the bikes FI system allowed the US model to reach its Euro counterpart’s numbers. Honda also dropped full-blown race kits for the RC45 at the time of its release. With most homologations, its street prowess meant nothing to Honda as it was intended to win races, not negotiate potholes. On the street, the RC45 wasn’t much better than the RC30. But on the track it had way more potential with its modern parts. However, the RC45 never achieved the level of racing success as the RC30 did in its time.

It’s hard to say much about the particular bike for sale in terms of its originality and cleanliness. It has 9 miles on it and looks to be as brand new as them come. Only having Zero miles on the odometer would make it “cooler” if you will. Also, the bike appears to be #9 off the production line as indicated by its VIN plate.

There you have it; a super-rare homologated production bike with almost non-existent mileage and a low production number. The opening bid is $25k with the Reserve still firmly in place. Nearly two years ago, we posted a Zero mile RC45 for sale in the UK that had an asking price of $39k. You can bet that this bike won’t be given away, because someone had the discipline to hold onto it for nearly 20 years and put only 9 miles on it. My only gripe is that more and higher-resolution pictures are a must, not only for a potential buyer, but for the rest of us who like to drool. Check out the auction here and make it yours today!

Honda September 28, 2011 posted by

Two Aussie Imports: 1994 Honda RC45 (RVF750R) And 1989 Yamaha OWO1 (FZR750R)

Two Aussie Imports: 1994 Honda RC45 (RVF750R) And 1989 Yamaha OWO1 (FZR750R)

I always enjoy reading my email when it starts with, “G’day”.   I hadn’t heard from my Aussie connection Chris in a while but he has checked in with a RC45 and an OWO1 down under.  They are both imported bikes from Japan and not registered to hit the roads at this time.  We haven’t had much exotica for the Aussies lately so enjoy.


The RC is definitely the sharper bike of the two.  It has 7,142 miles on the clocks and is stock except for the big Yoshimura muffler.

RC45’s always look so chunky to me from the side.  Not so much from the top.  I’ve never had the pleasure.  Do they feel like a big bike when riding?

The paint work looks to be in pretty good shape.  I did notice the speedo is a MPH unit.  Not sure how that jives with being an import from Japan.

From the auction:

We bought this bike into Australia from Japan under competition import approval,

however we know of another imported RC45 owner that intends to get his bike

registered through the low volume registration rules at a cost of about $2,500.00


I’d love to know more about this process from any of our Australian readers.  What sort of hoops are you guys jumping through to get your imports registered?  $2,500?  I thought our bone head politician’s  were bad.

If you want to be the one to plate it place a bid here.



I think the old FZR has seen a much harder life than the RC.  It isn’t a basket case by any means but it isn’t collector quality either.  It has been repainted  ( I always wonder why) and is missing some street equipment.  Apparently it does have a set of nice aftermarket Keihin carbs though.

Looks like an aftermarket exhaust there.   Might be a keeper if it is a full system.

For the right price is would make a sweet daily rider or a winter project to restore to original condition.  I guess a summer project in Australia.  Is it just me or is it squatting a bit too much in the rear?

You can inquire here on the OWO1.


Honda May 18, 2011 posted by

.45 Caliber Fun: 1994 Honda RVF750R RC45

For Sale: 1994 Honda RVF750R RC45

Collectable Bimotas are neat, and zippy little two strokes and 400cc microbikes look like fun, but in the collector world very little compares to the true and rare homologation bikes. You see, in the wide world of motorcycling, homologation bikes serve a very real purpose – they make the legality of a stock-based roadracer a possibility. Since racing rules are often written around a “stock streetbike” as the foundation, manufacturers offer a limited number of racebike-based street bikes to satisfy that rule. This keeps their bikes legal at the racetrack, and offers a rare opportunity for the unwashed masses to actually put hands on one.

There is much debate in the collector world regarding the desireability of the RC45 versus its older brother, the RC30. While the RC30 does look more the part and is more distinctive than the average Honda sportbike, the RC45 is a more modern, more potent and more limited (in numbers) weapon. At the end of the day, though, they both bring pretty similar money at auction.

Check out the seller’s specs on this one:

This is my RVF750R 1994 RC-45. I purchased this bike in 1995 from a collector with only 112 miles on it. The bike currently has 519 original miles. Water has NEVER touched this bike, neither rain or wash. The bike has always been stored in a room with low humidity and A/C.


In 1996 I purchased from HRC the following racing kits:
Electrical Racing kit, Engine Racing Kit

Currently on the bike ALL HRC PARTS:
Full HRC motor built by HRC in Torrance, CA over 160 horsepower. 10 miles on motor.
Endurance 6 gallon aluminum tank with quick fill
Ram air tubes and full air box with velocity stacks
Fuel regulator, injectors, modified throttle bodies
Works single pipe exhaust set
Rear sets both sides with carbon heat shield
Works upper and lower radiators
Bike also has the complete front end off Eric Bostroms 1998 RC-45 Erion Racing bike including works 46 mm Superbike forks magnesium Brembo Calipers, Brembo rotors, radial brake and clutch masters, remote front brake adjuster
Marchesini 17″ front wheel
Billet triple trees

You’ve got to admit – that spec sheet sounds very impressive. An HRC motor? A works front end off of Eric Bostrom’s bike? Electrical and Engine racing kits? Works radiators? Trick quick-fill tank? It’s almost a travesty that this bike has only 519 miles on it; just hearing it scream its way to redline might be more than the average mortal can stand!

But wait – there’s more! In addition to the impressive kit already installed ON the bike, the seller has also included many spares and original OEM parts to go WITH the bike! This deal is starting to sound better and better!

From the seller:
New HRC parts in HRC boxes:
Stock gas tank conversion kit
17″ x 3.75″ Mag front wheel
17″ x 6.25″ Mag rear wheel
Remote oil cooler set
Sprint stator
Clutch set ( I have 2)
Many optional HRC Trans gears
Update swing arm and linkage
Upper radiator
Foam gauge holder and HRC gauges
Aluminum gage holder and front stay
HRC dual muffler set complete
Complete HRC electrical harness including PGIFI controller, HRC battery and battery holder, race ECU and holder box, tach and water temp gauge

Also included with the bike is all stock parts that are bubble wrapped, tagged and bagged:
Stock rear stand
All books and tools including all HRC books and shop manuals
All motor take offs included

So what can you do with all this stuff? What will it sound like? How will it all work? Well, I found this great video of the late Joey Dunlop (February 25, 1952 – July 2, 2000), Order of the British Empire and general RC45 expert. Here he is lapping the Ulster GP circuit during a practice session:

RC45s are solid $25k bikes. Outfitted racebikes with history easily cover the $30k plus range. This bike is somewhat between a collectable, unmodified streetbike and a racebike, as it is modified but has no history. It does, however, come with very desirable mods, many spare pieces, and a clean FL title. This auction is live right now, with the current bid just over $20k. Bidding has been very heavy.

For your chance on the rarest of the rare, . Good luck, and tell ’em you saw it on RSBFS!


Honda March 8, 2011 posted by

Love the RVF750R but can’t afford one? How about a RVF400 (NC35)!

1994 Honda RVF400 NC35 with 25,000 miles for sale in California.

Our reader Mike wrote in to let us know that his own 1994 Honda RVF400 is up for sale in the Bay Area (CA):

Bike is in excellent condition (still could use a tad more TLC), price is $6,750 firm. Has less than 25,000 miles on her (40,400 klm) and lots of new parts. CALIFORNIA TITLED, Current registration, Pink Slip in hand. Seen here with aftermarket fairings, stock fairings are also included, which are in 4 out of 10 condition. Bike runs great.

Now frankly I see these every day over here in Hong Kong (along with the VFR400, CBR400, ZXR400…etc.) so I’m not really up on the US market price, but searching our archives indcates the price is at the lower end of the scale. Also, none of the local RVFs are as clean and well taken care of as this one.

I think the 400cc V4 engine is an absolute jewel and gear driven cams (which critics claim gave the Aprilia RSV4 an unfair advantage last year in WSBK) really purrs like a kitten.  And everything is typical top notch Honda quality.  From a distance it’s really hard to tell the RVF400 from it’s bigger brother (well, the pillion seat pad being a dead giveaway though).  I’ll be all over this one if there weren’t so many of them on the streets here!

Click here to jump to the listing on Bay Area Riders Forum (BARF)!


Honda February 26, 2011 posted by

Tired of Ducatis? How about a Honda RC45 race bike with IoM TT history?

Rare Honda RC45 race bike with Isle of Man TT race history for sale in Jersey Channel Islands.

Some (well, one mainly) of our readers commented that he is tired of seeing super low mileage Ducatis being listed and in some way I agree.  My bad really, since I tend to focus on Italian bikes, so naturally Ducatis and Bimotas come up a lot.   For this listing, I’ve gone out on a limb and tried to write about something other than my normal run of Italian super models – a Honda RVF750R (RC45) race bike:



I don’t think the legendary RC45 needs much introduction, but would you like to freshen up your memory on its history, there’s a pretty good write up over on Faster and Faster.  And here’s a video of John Kockinski riding the RC45 in 1997 (he won the WSB title that year):

The bike is listed at 22,000 GBP (approx. USD35,000). It’s always hard to put a value on race bikes, but just as a reference, RC45s have been selling upwards of low $20,000s from what I’ve seen. $35,000 is quite a bit more than that, but how do you put a value on super rare HRC parts (check out the PGM-FI controller in one of the pics – haven’t seen those before!) and IoM TT race history?

For serious collectors or those with $35,000 spare cash burning a hole in their pockets, .


Honda February 28, 2010 posted by

1994 Honda RVF750R RC45 #19 Of 50

A very nice looking RC45 has become available in Ohio!  Located in Canton, Ohio is a 1994 Honda RVF750R with less than 2,000 original miles.  The seller states that this bike has been meticulously maintained and is in perfect condition.  The seller states that this bike is number nineteen of the fifty RC45’s that were imported into the U.S to satisfy AMA requirements.  The bike has been fitted with a titanium full exhaust system by Yoshimura (A rare piece in and of itself), Zero Gravity windscreen, and a K&N air filter.  The seller states that “The PGMFi has also been wired to top secret HRC specs.”  I suspect this is a reference to the ECU that originally limited the power output to 85hp but could reach 148hp with serious HRC components–I doubt this bike has that much power but it would be curious to know what “top secret” things have been done to it.  Phil posted a UK RC45 with zero miles that was listed for $39,000, making this bikes price of $35,000 agreeable as it is actually in the U.S., has less than 2k miles, and is fitted with the titanium Yosh system.  The original MSRP for these bikes was $27,000.  The RC45 was the first production Honda to feature USD forks and is fitted with the sixteen inch front wheel that Honda preferred during the 1990s.  As with the majority of the bikes we post on RSBFS, this is one that I’d be happy to own.  See the bike on Craigslist here.