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Honda December 6, 2018 posted by

Right Said Fred: 1986 Honda VF1000R

Organizations have been using star power to move product since the beginning of time. The religious world has deities, the stick and ball sports have performance heroes, arts and entertainment circles have famous people, and even the social media world has some form of acclaimed personas (not that I would know who they are). Big names connect consumers with the idea of being like somebody famous. 90% of the population cannot dunk a basketball, but that doesn't slow down shoe sales. And so it is with no surprise that motorcycle manufacturers attached star power to help move models and drive consumers into the showroom. It was rampant in the 1980s, and continues through to this day. Sometimes the connection was blatant; witness Kenny Robert's signature on the fairing of the RZ350, or Nicky Hayden's script on bespoke RC51 models. And sometimes the connection is implied, such as with the 1979 Suzuki GS1000 - often mistakenly referred to as the Wes Cooley edition. So as we gaze upon this magnificent 1986 Honda VF1000R, the colors evoke HRC's racing livery and we assume this to be an homage to the great Freddie Spencer. Star power that is implied - but not overtly stated - is still star power. And it still moves product.

1986 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

Developed with the technology to win races, the VF1000R was a massive technological wonder when it was released in Europe; especially when compared to the rather bland "F" model sold in the US. Four cylinders arranged in a 90 degree vee formation, double overhead cams spun by gears (oh the glorious sound!) working four valves per cylinder. The frame was of the perimeter variety to cradle the motor, but tech extended to both ends of this machine: Honda’s Pro-Link rising-rate rear suspension (a massive upgrade over twin shock setups) and up front the Torque Reactive Anti-Dive Control (TRAC) anti-dive front fork with nifty quick change axle (a nod to the endurance heritage). With a 16" front wheel - just like the GP racers - and bodywork and dual headlamp evoking Honda's endurance racers from Europe, the VF1000R was everything the American buying public could want in a repli-racer. And much, much more. Especially in terms of weight. The "R" model looked the look, but tipped in at a very porky mid-500 pound range wet. It also came with a significant increase in price over the "F" model. But you can't really argue with the look. Let's pick this one up here from the seller:

From the seller:
1986 Honda VF-1000-R - Only 33K Miles - Also Called Honda's Autobahn Baby

- Mechanically this bike is a 9.5 Out Of 10 And Cosmetically It's a 9.25 out of 10
- Excellent condition for a 33 year old ICON in the Motor Cycle World.
- It'd be cool for it go to a collector who understands what it is and appreciates it's wonderful condition.

More from the seller:
Before going on display in the Museum the following was done - Not in any order . .

- Installed new fuel petcock
- Rebuilt Carbs with all Honda OEM Parts
- Carbs all Digitally Sync to perfection
- Installed new brake pads front & rear
- Installed New OEM Air Filter
- New Spark plugs
- Valves adjusted
- Installed New rubber cushions in the rear drive hub
- Rebuilt Front forks - new seal - dust caps and used 15w fork oil

More from the seller:
Recently After Being Pulled From Museum Display This Last Month - The Following Was Done

- Flushed entire fuel system/carbs with fresh Non- Ethanol fuel and filled gas tank with the same
- New Battery & Battery Tender Hookup - which can also be used to run Electric gear
- New front and rear brake fluids flushed and replaced with Honda Pro DOT 4
- New Hydraulic clutch fluids flushed and replaced with Honda Pro DOT 4
- Replaced engine oil & filter
- Tires have 150+/- miles on them in 4 rides.

Everything checked fine on these rides and the bike is a blast to ride especially listening to the whine of the gear driven cams at the engine's 11,000 RPM redline.

PLEASE NOTE - It has been recently un-mothballed in a loving fashion by my master mechanic. The fuel system flushed with non-ethanol premium fuel. Installed a new battery along with a new battery tender hook-up. It started up in less then 10 seconds and runs great! There are no fuel leaks. It idles perfectly with the choke off. It Revs & Restarts fine. It is ready to go and needs nothing to go riding. And/or it's ready to go straight into another Museum.

The seller has also included a video of the bike in question, including a walkaround and some facts and figures:

The seller claims this to be a museum example, and indeed the pictures do show the bike parked in like company. But what does it mean to be a museum display? Cosmetically, I would imagine it needs to be in good shape. Mechanically everything should work, although for a static display that is not really necessary. In this case, the video includes a startup and showing full functionality. This seller has gone the extra mile to show off the bike, and seems to know quite a bit about this model.

At the end of the day this looks to be a solid example of a well loved model from the 1980s. So what's not to like? If I had to pick nits, I would point to the 33,000 miles as one - although the bike does not look like it traveled that far, nor is there a longevity concern. I would, however, expect the miles to be reflected in the price. For true collectors the non-stock F1 cans might be an issue, though I concede I do not have any experience sourcing original parts for this particular model (i.e. might not be an issue). There is minor rash on the top of the triple trees, and the tank protector is also not stock. All small stuff. The real tire kickers here should not necessarily be the collectors, but those who are looking for something from an earlier time that they can ride. R model VF1000s are not exactly blue chip investment material; not too rare, not too valuable, and unlikely to appreciate in the manner of a RC30. But it is a wonderful machine to ride, enjoy, and fawn over until the next caretaker picks up the mantle and unlikely to plummet in the coming years. This NO RESERVE auction is going on right now, and this bike remains a bargain at the time of writing. Check it out here. This is not the fastest, not the best handling, and certainly not the most rare bike on our pages - but it will not fail to put a smile on your face. Can you beat that? If you missed the budget RZ, don't miss out on this one. Good Luck!!

MI

Right Said Fred: 1986 Honda VF1000R
Honda November 21, 2018 posted by

Sweet Spot – 1990 Honda VFR750R / RC30

Beside being a regular on RSBFS, Honda's VFR750R / RC30 has explored the high peaks of performance and auction prices, from its inaugural Superbike World Championship in 1988 to a never-started example at this year's Bonhams auction which returned $92,000 !  This Florida bike is more middle of the road, with some 7,000 miles and nice condition.

1990 Honda VFR750R / RC30 for sale on eBay

 

Honda got the balance just right on the RC30, reviewed as a superbike that was not difficult to get great performance from.  Not fire-breathing with 102 hp, but built strong with some titanium hard parts, and a 12,500 rpm redline.  Never the lightest at just over 500 lbs. wet, the center of gravity was fairly low and centralized, easing turn-in.  Honda wasn't looking to build a tech showcase, but equipped the RC30 with some endurance racing finery like the ELF single-sided swingarm and quick-release front axle.

 

About to acquire just its third owner, this RC30 looks excellent and has a nice spares collection.  Photos aren't exhaustive but the owner advises it has been displayed indoors for the past 15 years.  From the eBay auction:

Includes: 
  • factory stand
  • owner’s manual 
  • tool kit
  • brochures, 
  • extra factory exhaust (new) 
  • some spare bits
  • gaskets
  • bulbs
  • two keys
  • Florida vanity plate “Bol d’Or”
  • Joey Dunlop Arai helmet, limited edition (800) worn twice

 

Honda lavished even more of their excellent build quality on the VFR750R, and priced it accordingly, about double what most mid-sized sportbikes were at the time.  The starting bid here is somewhat north of what the model has fetched lately, but an eBay auction can be just the beginning of a longer discussion.  RC30 buyers, and more numerous non-buyers, have often been admiring the model for quite a while...

-donn

 

Sweet Spot – 1990 Honda VFR750R / RC30
Honda October 24, 2018 posted by

Uncommon: 1992 Honda VFR400 NC30

In the annals of grey-market antics, the NC30 is a much loved platform. With a high-reving, 24-valve 16 valve vee four, this is a smooth four stroke that makes us (temporarily) forget the smokers that came before. Light in weight but heavy in sound and presence, the baby RC30 is a gem to ride and surprisingly affordable when placed next to its bigger brother. Sought by avid collectors and riders alike, the VFR400 was never officially imported into the United States, adding to the allure (and complexity) of ownership.

1992 Honda VFR400 NC30 for sale on eBay

The resemblance to the RC30 does not end with the graphics. Offering an all aluminum chassis with that magnificent single-sided swingarm and adjustable suspension, the NC30 was built to handle. The size may be reduced, but every effort was made to make this stand out in the very competitive 400cc category. Bodywork is straight from the track, as are the endurance racing inspired dual headlights, the triple disk brakes and the tidy (and relatively tight) cockpit. Small movements result in significant changes, making this a scalpel on track days or canyon rides (*if so titled). You don't have all the power, but momentum is definitely your friend. Learn mid-corner velocities that would wipe you out on a larger machine and you will have a hard time wiping the grin off your mug.

From the seller:
1992 Honda VFR400 NC30
***No Title***
Bill of sale only. I never attempted to register it in CA.
Please do your research, as there are title services that can be used to obtain a title.
This bike is being sold as off road use only, in CA.
Local pick up only.
20298 KM = 12613 miles

Because the lack of official importation makes the NC30 more rare than your average streetbike, most of the ones that we see are in pristine - or close to pristine - condition. We have also seen bikes in the complete other direction, not so much part of a collection as a collection of parts. In these cases, buyers are interested in the project. Today's bike is definitely not the latter, but is not quite the former either. It looks to make a decent looking rider, but there is some uncertainty as to the amount of work necessary before you ride it.

More from the seller:
This bike is a part of collection. It is not perfect, but in excellent condition for a 26 year old bike.
Frame VIN and engine number appear to be matching.
Bike is currently not running. Just pulled out of storage, in a temperature controlled garage. Will need a battery and carb cleaning.
All bodywork is OEM and have been repainted.
Tank has a light dent on the LT side and paint is slightly faded.
Ethos Design Carbon full exhaust
Aftermarket aluminum rear sets
Race clip ons
Oil breather kit
Showa rear shock

I have several OEM spare parts, including a spare motor, tank, fairings, MPH gauge cluster, and various manuals. Buyer will have first opportunity to purchase. I will not sell the spare parts until the bike is sold. I will consider a package deal. The list is too long to post here.

With the RC30 in the $25k+ range, the look-alike NC30 is a veritable bargain. While exemplary specimens will crack double digits, most examples are sub $10k in today's dollars. This particular bike with 20 KMs on the clock (12,000 and change in miles) hasn't run for a while, but looks like it was not spared the rod, biblically speaking. The ad states no title (after all, it is located in California), but the eBay section until "title" also shows salvage. Although we have seen a couple of NC30s in the past weeks these are not that common - so more questions and some investigation might be order for serious buyers. Provided that a carb cleaning and a new battery and tires makes for all the right noises, this could be a fun project and great rider. Check it out here, and review the pictures carefully. This is not a stocker nor a museum dust collector and deserves to get back out on the road. Mad genius or mad gamble? Let us know your thoughts!

MI

Uncommon: 1992 Honda VFR400 NC30
Honda October 1, 2018 posted by

Doppelganger: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30

In the world of collector motorcycles, few are as recognizable - or as valuable - as the vaunted Honda RC30. Built to dominate Superbike racing, the VFR750R RC30 was released as a homologation machine in limited numbers and continues to appreciate in value. Love the RC30 looks but not the price? What is a rider to do? RSBFS suggests you take a gander at the excellent VFR400R NC30 - the twin baby brother to the Superbike. Yes, you give up about 53% in displacement. But what you get is the same great looks in the sweetest handling middleweight ever built, and even bigger break on the collector price.

1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for sale on eBay

Like the bigger brother, the NC30 features a V-4 with gear driven cams. This arrangement produces the flat, hypnotic sound so characteristic to these models. Four valves per cylinder and a "big bang" firing order aid in providing a wider powerband, although the limited displacement only brings about 60 ponies to the party. But that party keeps going on and on - up to 14,500 RPM. And dry weight is a scant 362 lbs. There is a lot to love about having just a little bit less, and with the aluminum perimeter frame, the single sided swingarm, the adjustable suspension and the race track grade brakes, you are not giving up a lot.

From the seller:
You are looking at a 1989 Honda vfr400r - nc30. The Honda vrf400r was legally imported from Japan and now has a legal Washington State clear title. This vfr400r is the baby brother of the nc30 which was a 750cc model, the 400 is light nimble and the perfect machine for a tight race track or mountain roads. This particular vfr400r has very low 9646 miles (15,524 kilometers), and the bike is mostly all original and in exceptional preserved state.

More from the seller:
The body work is in perfect condition, there are absolutely no cracks on any of the body panels and there are absolutely no scratches anywhere on the body panels. Some of the body panels were touched up by a very good painter who only touched up the areas that needed it and preserved the original paint. The frame is in great shape with no major scratches or nicks and the motor is nice and clean. The wheels are perfect with no rock chips or scratches anywhere. Overall cosmetically this bike is perfect with the exception of the muffler which had a small weld repair around the heat shield areas, but other than that this bike has no cosmetic flaws.

More from the seller:
The bike runs and rides perfect, and it shifts smoothly through all 6 gears. The carburetor was recently ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted, and a full service tune-up was performed which included new, spark plugs, chain, air filter, EBC brake rotors, brake pads, oil change, and fluids flushed. All of the lighting, switches and electrical components work as they should.

More from the seller:
This is a great opportunity to buy a very rare near perfect condition 1989 Honda vfr400r. These bikes were never imported into the USA and very few were exported outside of Japan to any other countries so it is a very rare Honda model. If you need any additional pictures or have any additional questions please feel free to email us. Domestic & International buyers are welcome to bid but must arrange the shipping themselves. We will however be glad to assist with any loading of the motorcycle. We have helped with the shipping of motorcycles across the country and overseas for other customers in the past. Please feel free to bid as long as you make the shipping arrangements.

NC30s are all imported machines of the gray variety; Honda chose to not officially market them in the United States. And while the 400cc model was not limited in the same numbers as the RC30, finding a clean one that is properly registered is not an everyday occurrence. With damage free bodywork, great presentation and under 10,000 miles, this VFR400R NC30 might be just what you are looking for. Check out all of the details here, and look through the high-res pictures. With the current bid below $7k (and reserve still in place), this particular example has a lot of folks watching. The price is still under market, so you might want to get in line now. The NC30 is a fantastic sport bike in its own right, and these models hold value well. If you are sitting on the fence, this one might be your sign. Good Luck!!

MI

Doppelganger:  1989 Honda VFR400R NC30
Honda August 13, 2018 posted by

One-Eyed: 1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor

Honda has always been like, well, Honda. Never content unless there was a more complicated engineering solution to an already solved problem, Honda obliterated norms and reached for new frontiers throughout the 1980s. This was clearly evident in today's bike, a beautiful VR1000R. You see, Honda already had the successful VF lineup in place, including the one liter VF1000F (alongside the 750 and 500 variants). But the "F" model was born and bred to be a streetbike (even though the 750 was transformed into a decent Superbike racer over time). Honda, being a racing company, wanted more than a mere streetbike and needed a platform to express ideas and homologate. Thus, the VF1000R was born.

1985 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

Straight off, the R model is far more striking, more racy, than the rather pedestrian F. The swooping bodywork gives it the look of a European endurance racer, which was strictly intentional. The bike retained the same block as the VF1000F, but valve actuation was converted to gear-drive instead of the F model's chain setup. Straight cut gears off the crank provide the trademark whine that these - and other Honda gear-driven valve train models - are so famous for. Hotter cams were fitted in re-worked heads that provided a higher compression ratio. In all, the completed the head work resulted in a slight bump in HP at the top end. It is true that gear-driven cams have an edge in precision and reliability for a race motor, but the weight, noise and complexity often outweigh the benefits. For the 9 extra ponies created, Honda added some 7 additional pounds to the engine alone.

Speaking of weight, Honda seemingly created the R bike by replacing adequate F model items with heavier pieces. Better front forks added stability - and weight. The cooling system needed to be altered to cope with the new fully-enclosed bodywork. Honda added a second radiator and two additional fans to cope with the heat - which also added weight. The exhaust system was modified to add a collector box and build up ground clearance; the additional pipes / ducting also added mass. While no single component was to blame for the 600+ lbs (wet) weight, you can see how all this added up. The net result was a striking motorcycle that stirred the visual senses. And while it was still a formidable weapon in the canyons, all of that weight (and much of it relatively high up) dulled the senses a bit. It wasn't all negative - thanks to that slippery bodywork the VF1000R briefly held the top speed title of fastest motorcycle in the world.

From the seller:
Pairing down my collection:

This is another of my collection lovingly restored. Many practically unobtainable pieces were installed on this bike to bring it back to like new condition. The fuel tank is brand new NOS! ( I have had amazing luck finding NOS tanks!). I also have a 1982 RM250 NOS tank if anyone is interested and 1984 VF750F NOS tank. The front panels were repainted to like new condition! The bike also has NOS side vents, (unobtainable!!), grips, right switch pod, all turn indicators and tank rubbers. Plus... NOS front forks, yes that is correct, new NOS forks. New petcock and new clutch. Hundreds of dollars worth of cooling system refurbishment. It has a brand new hagon rear shock. New brake and clutch levers plus the master cylinders were rebuilt. The bike is all original and runs perfectly. Again, the cost to restore this bike to its current condition is no where near the purchase price. This is a relative bargain at the opening bid. It can be stored as a museum piece or ridden reliably for fun. Your choice.

No warranty implied or given, (its is a 33 year old bike after all)
The bike is for sale locally so the auction could end at any time. It is a no reserve auction. The price is fair compared to what was spent on it. Good luck....

The VF1000R went through a few iterations, including the headlight configuration. Many will find the dual-headlight R model to be more desirable as it more properly mimics the euro-endurance look. Single headlamp bikes are US only models; managing a full technical program, numerous racing programs and rules AND satisfying the DOT regs were made simpler by this easy move. Dual lamps appeared in the 1986 model year, as US regulations relaxed slightly on this front. Hence, the 1985 model is only a one-eyed wonder. Still this is an awesome piece of kit, and yet another example of Honda flexing their engineering might. These bikes still make a statement today: they look fantastic, are reasonably comfortable, and are more reliable than most would expect. They are also a relative bargain. This particular bike has some nice restoration touches, and has an opening bid of $6500. No takers as of yet, but there is still time left on the auction. Check it out here, and good luck; not many bikes look this good well into their thirties. This is one that will continue to age well....and ride well.

MI

One-Eyed:  1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor
Honda August 5, 2018 posted by

Fast Forward – 1995 Honda RVF400 / NC35

On the coattails of the VFR400R,  Honda updated the long-lived welterweight and extended the success 1994-1996.  Feigning to be an RC45, the fox-eyed NC35 had the tasty build quality to live up to its MSRP.  This one has Cali title and looks great for its 20,000 miles.

1995 Honda RVF400 / NC35 for sale on eBay

Honda's 399cc V-4 is the basis for the RVF400, familiar though the cam timing has changed and it is mounted differently in the twin spar aluminum frame.  Ducts now bring fresh air from the front of the fairing to the airbox.  Forks are 41mm Showa, but now inverted for lower unsprung weight.  Styling is of course updated to echo the RC45, with graphics to match.  Wheels are the same 17-inch for the RVF, easing tire choices in the long run.

SoCal friend of RSBFS Glenn has gone over this NC35 from A to Z, and as the model was never offered in the U.S., they are rare and more so with California documents.  A nice cosmetic freshening up was done, as well as renewing any expendables for  the next owner.  From the eBay auction:

Of all the classic 1990 Honda's the RVF400 is one the best, and like the NSR250 the prices seem to be going up every year...finding a CA titled one, that also becomes harder each year. This bike is registered as a 1995 Honda with a 17 digit vin, currently non op with DMV, no back fees.  You can register this bike in any state.

This is a very nice nearly stock and very original unmolested NC35.  Far nicer than most of the NC35's left in Japan that suffer from lots of neglect over the years.  This bike has been in the states for a number of years.

All OEM original Honda bodywork that has been recently re-painted in stock original colors.

Freshly painted wheels front and back.

All stock except for the slip on exhaust and braided front lines.

In the last few months the bike has had the following:

Complete service front to back

Carbs cleaned

Front forks refreshed with new seals and fluid

New NGK Plugs

New Honda 10w-40 semi-synthetic fluid and filter

New Synthetic DOT4 brake fluid and flush front and back

New Battery

Brand New Michelin Pilot Powers ( nearly no miles on these!)

Deep detail and cleaning on every part of the bike and complete going over.

Bike has seen less than 25 miles from all this work. It is turn key and ready to go. Bike runs great and everything works as it should.

Very nice as seen in the photos. Hairline crack on the right upper mid panel, hard to see. Some fogging on right side headlight lens, very small ding in tank (will try to add photos of this) some light corrosion on frame, and some scratches in a few spots on the frame spars.

Even allowing for the cramped quarters, the RVF400 delivers fun at a low per-mile price, especially when insurance is factored in.  The light weight, balance and nice equipment make the RVF arguably the ultimate 400cc V-4 ( well, four stroke at least ).  This owner has assigned a boundary-stretching Buy-It-Now but the recent work might be worth it.  Or if you're almost there, the Make Offer button is available...

-donn

Fast Forward – 1995 Honda RVF400 / NC35