Posts by tag: V-4

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 August 17, 2011 posted by

Cleanest ’84 Honda Interceptor 1000 Ever!

Location: Staten Island, New York
Mileage: 1,076
Price: Auction, starting bid $6,000

Okay, so maybe technically not the cleanest ever, but it’s got to be in the ballpark. The Honda VF1000F took the popular Interceptor line to the next level by making it a liter bike. And with the larger displacement came more power, 113 bhp to be more exact, 27 more than the VF750F. The VF1000F also employed a 41mm front fork with TRAC anti-dive technology, along with a 17 inch rear wheel.

Here’s the information from the seller-

This machine is like brand new even though it’s 27 years old. Seeing is believing!!!!! I am the second owner and this bike has been with me since July of 1985. It has been maticulously cared for and was kept in a heated garage at my home.With only 1076 miles on the odometer it is probably the least used 1984 1000 interceptor available anywhere.This bike is completely original including the tires. THe fuel tank is in perfect condition and there is no rust anywhere. The carburetors have no issues and a new battery was recently installed. This bike is ready to roll.

And some more photos with many more at the auction-

Judging by the photos, this is one of the cleaner bikes from 1984 you will ever see. It’s also very low mileage, undoubtedly contributing to the overall condition. A very fine example of a bike from this era and a bike that’s line lives on to this day. So, then the only thing left is the price. Six grand. That’s right. Opening bid is $6000 US dollars. Steep price, especially because it’s in the range of a clean VF1000R (introduced in ’85), an arguably cooler ride. But finding these this clean is not going to be easy.

So we have a very clean ’84 VF1000F that is asking a price reflective of its condition. For a collector, this could be a great fit. Decide for yourself and take a look at this auction.


Honda December 20, 2010 posted by

1985 Honda Interceptor VF1000R

For sale: 1985 Honda Interceptor VF1000R with low miles!

This beautiful survivor from the heyday of the Big Four technology wars has less than 5,000 miles on it – and looks the part. One liter of power, gear-driven camshafts, hand-laid fiberglass bodywork, and only a two-year model run make these VFR models very desirable. While the 1986 model (with dual headlightsand Rothman’s livery) still carries a premium, you would be hard pressed to find as clean an example as this one today.

From the seller:

Now I’m not too sure about the seller’s claim about this being the first real superbike, as there are *many* defensible choices that come to mind (’84 Ninja 900 just to name one from the same era), however the VF1000R was quite the looker and performer in its day. The price for all of this technological wonderment placed it as one of the most expensive Japanese sportbikes of the time (rivaling the overly complicated Turbos), and lead to its eventual demise.

So what’s it worth? Unfortunately, despite its relative rarity, this is still a mass-produced Japanese motorcycle from the 1980’s. Depreciation has not been kind to this era, and the auction is currently sitting with the opening ask of $2,000 and the reserve still in effect. When new, these were $5k+ machines. And while the low mileage and excellent apparent condition of this particular bike certainly helps, the overall collector market for these types of bikes is not terribly strong. The great news is that you can pick up this beauty for a reasonable investment, ride it hard (it is a Honda, after all), and enjoy the ownership of a rare sportbike. and check it out!


Honda April 2, 2010 posted by

1986 Honda VF1000R With 12,513 Original Miles

This is a fantastic looking VF1000R with low miles!  Located in Worcester, Massachusetts is a 1986 Honda VF1000R with 12,513 original miles.  The seller makes no mention of maintenance but this bike looks to be in fantastic, original, condition.  The only deviation from stock appears to be the Yoshimura exhaust system.

This bike was released during the height of Honda’s love affair with the V-4; it was released to win in production based racing classes worldwide.  The R featured carbon fiber reinforced fiberglass fairings, 41mm forks with air assistance and ant-dive, four-piston calipers on floating rotors up front on Comstar wheels and gear driven cams for better timing.  However well theses bikes were designed, the engineering did take it’s toll bringing the bike to 524lbs dry.  While they failed to dominate production based road racing, they still came out as trick as anything else production produced for the time.  Several of these have popped up on Craigslist recently and this one is the best example I’ve seen.  Thanks to Joe L. for forwarding us the link.  See this prime VF1000R on eBay .


Yamaha January 29, 2010 posted by

Yamaha RZ500 In California For Cheap (Relatively)!

The seller doesn’t give much detail but you should know what you’re looking at if you’re in the market for a RZ500!  Located in Fresno, California is a Yamaha RZ500.  I’m going to wager a guess this is street registered but give the seller a call before someone else does!  The asking price is $7,000; which would put it at the lower end of the street registered market.  If this is as clean as it looks, has low miles and is registered, don’t wait to snap this up!  See it on Craigslist here.  For a nice little history lesson on the RZ500, see this website here.


Update: This posting is pretty outdated. Check out some of these current listings on eBay for bikes and parts right now!

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