Posts by tag: V-Four

Honda May 11, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

A little brother in terms of displacement and a virtual twin in terms of style, Honda’s NC30 packs the same technological punch as the famed RC30 in a smaller package. And like the RC30, the NC30 was designed to homologate a motorcycle for racing, although in this case it was for classes with a 400cc capacity limit. Here in the USA, the 400cc sportbike class is barely represented at all, with examples only occasionally appearing as the result of intrepid collectors or Canadian smugglers sneaking bikes in across our northern border. In the US, they were basically bikes without a racing class, and expensive ones to boot: they had all the complexity, and therefore cost, of their bigger 600 and 750cc brothers, without the straight line performance.

1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for sale on eBay

Sure, they handled with all the agility you’d expect but, when a 600cc sportbike is considered “a great first bike” you’re not going to find many takers for a 400. Of course, it was another story entirely outside the USA and especially in Japan, where tiered licensing and heavy taxes on bigger bikes meant a great deal of interest in the 400cc class as roadbikes and the relevant racing series, and bikes like the CBR400, GSX-R400, and ZXR400 competed fiercely.

So what are we looking at in terms of that reduced performance? Well you’re not taking quite as big a hit as you might expect: the NC30 produced 59 claimed horses, versus the RC30’s 118, 313lbs dry versus 400lbs, and a top speed of 130mph versus 153. So you’ve got a bike with almost half the displacement but with far more than half the performance, mostly due to that very light weight. What’s possibly far more surprising than the performance differential between the two are the relatively low numbers for the famed RC30… Both machines featured six-speed gearboxes and the NC30 got a 360° “big bang” crank to match its bigger brother along with gear-driven cams, so you get the distinctive V4 soundtrack and wide powerband that helps make them such popular trackday bikes overseas.

From the seller: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

For your consideration is a GORGEOUS almost mint condition 1991 Honda VFR400R NC-30 with only 10,823 Kilometers (6,725 miles). Bike is very clean and well taken care of. Bike would be flawless except for the crack in the lower fairing under the bike. It has been repaired. Has a three tiny paint chip marks in the tank, and the left rear fairing has a rub mark on it from transportation & shipping (see pics.) This NC30 has 100% original OEM Honda fairings and components and is completely stock except for a few racing sponsor decals that can be easily removed. This bike would make an ideal candidate for restoration or enjoy it in its original condition… Bike has been serviced with new battery, new oil, coolant and filters serviced. Runs like the day it was new. A Utah state title in my company name will be presented to the buyer.

This particular machine appears to be in the same sort of condition as the seller’s other offerings: not completely perfect, but in low mileage, extremely well cared-for condition. There are a couple of minor cracks in the fairing that are clearly indicated by the seller, and wear is limited to some minor surface corrosion and discoloration. Not museum-quality perhaps, but a very good-looking machine for someone who plans to occasionally ride the bikes in their collection. With the RC30 now out of the reach of ordinary enthusiasts, prices of the NC30 are on the rise as well and offer up a similar style and experience at an affordable price. For the moment at least.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Honda January 5, 2017 posted by

Local Hero – 1986 Honda VFR750F

Responding to spate of valve train failures in the original Interceptors, Honda made a new design for the engine and chassis, and produced a more powerful, lighter, and Cycle World’s best 600-800cc streetbike for 1986.  It was also the basis for the AMA superbike ridden to the championship by Fred Merkel.  Pretty sharp for 40K miles, this 30-something looks to have been well cared for.

1986 Honda VFR750F Interceptor for sale on eBay

Honda’s new design was an early adopter of the aluminum twin spar, with similar aluminum swingarm.  Almost every internal engine part was lightened, the reliable gear-driven cams helping bring 104 hp from the V-four.  The VFR750F was lighter than its predecessor but still has air-assisted forks with anti-dive, bigger tires and good-sized brakes.  Patriotic paintwork accents the full fairing, camouflaging the staggered 16-inch front and 18-inch wheels.

Sparkling despite the high miles, this Interceptor comes out of Florida looking great.  Some wear is seen on the crinkle-painted engine cases, but mostly its immaculate and stock down to the mufflers and factory pillion cover.  The owner states in the eBay auction:

Not to be confused with the far more common VFR700 “tariff cheater” bike. The 750 was a limited production homlogation special for AMA road racing but also a fun and fast everyday rider.

It was the first aluminum framed sport bike, first production Honda with gear drive cams, it set an FIM world endurance speed record in 1986 and won the Daytona 200 in 1988.
This example is a local bike that has been owned by friends or family since new. It is in mechanically excellent condition with minor nicks and dings as seen in the photos.

Reviewed as a bike that handles, steers, and stops like something half its size, the VFR750F still had class leading power, and everyday rideability.  All that shaving in the engine bay has led to long-lived powerplants, but they hardly ever look young like this.  A few bids, but the tempting buy-it-now makes it a great way to start in the hobby…

-donn

Local Hero – 1986 Honda VFR750F
Honda December 4, 2014 posted by

Usable Classic: 1984 Honda 750 Interceptor

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Today we bring you something different. How about an iconic sport bike that was not very rare in its day? The V45 Interceptor was perhaps among the most common of the cutting edge hyper bikes of the early 1980s. With a leading role in the fascinating play that was the Honda technical juggernaut, the Interceptor featured a liquid cooled V-4, and such GP-inspired wizardry as a 16′ front wheel and anti-dive front forks. If you wanted to go fast, the Interceptor was the way to do it. And Honda sold them by the boatload.

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1984 Honda Interceptor for sale on eBay

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Fast forward 30 years later and this mass-produced memory has been all but forgotten. Sure, you can still find them for low dollars…but most have been beaten down by time, misuse and complete lack of maintenance. THIS example, however, sports fewer than 3,000 miles on the clock, and looks every bit the time machine that it is. Condition makes it rare. A two owner bike with very low miles, clean presentation and even the dreaded cam work was taken care of (the weak spot of the early V-Fours). This is not quite a survivor having had some paintwork done, but it looks great and likely will not set you back like a similar aged smoker.

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From the seller:
Amazing beautiful bike. Very original. Only 2884 miles. Many NOS pieces. New chain and sprockets, new tires. Looks new. Check out the key!! No wear. Recently professionally painted and tuned up. Paint is very good but a little off factory perfect. In saying that, the bike looks amazing and sounds new. I bought this from the original owner who said the cams were replaced in 1985 under warranty. This is a great usable classic.

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Opening ask on this one is $3,900 with a reserve in place. That might be a bit too high for most folks, as there have been zero takers thus far. Considering the condition and the age, that might be flat out cheap for a neo-classic. Of course maybe they are simply not getting in that much riding up in Canada (where the bike is located). I’m not betting the farm that Interceptors will become high-dollar earners in the future (Honda simply made too many of them for that), but well-preserved examples will always appreciate first. Until then, ride the wheels off of it like Honda intended! Good Luck!

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MI

Usable Classic: 1984 Honda 750 Interceptor
Honda November 11, 2014 posted by

Baby Superbike: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30

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RSBFS faithful know – and generally love – the NC30. Posing as a RC30 (especially with this livery), but in smaller size, less weight and a screaming 400cc V-four, the NC30 is the less expensive choice. But you don’t give up fun for that; what you trade in outright HP you gain in smiles per RPM. And there are a lot of RPMs to play with. This particular bike appears to be well-loved and mostly stock – although the seller notes an updated exhaust system and a Hagon rear shock. While not offering the bling of an Ohlins or even high-end Showa unit, the Hagon replacement is a popular choice for riders of older machines; it is a budget conscious purchase that should work for the majority of excursions. If you are targeting this as a track-day only machine, you should probably budget for some upgrades in the suspension department.

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1989 Honda NC30 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
This auction is for my Extremely Nice 1989 VFR400R NC30. If you are looking at this auction, you already know how remarkable these machines are. The 1989 model year is the first year for the NC30, and is the only year with this paint scheme, which matches it’s big brother, the RC30; and is by far the most popular paint scheme! This bike Starts, Runs, and Rides absolutely superbly! The carburetor jetting is perfect, and it just runs remarkably!! This bike has no smoke or leaks at all, and needs absolutely nothing. It is ready to ride. I recently installed new spark plugs, and I just installed a brand new Bridgestone Battalax BT090 Rear Tire, which matches the front tire.

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Based in Ohio, this VFR400R has its adoption papers at the ready. Forget the comparison to the big brother RC30 and judge this model on its own merits: you are looking at what is likely the class of the 400cc field. The GSX-R might be more rare, the FZR might be more economical to purchase, but short of a Bimota YB7 you are not likely to find a sweeter package that combines handling and performance. Throw in legendary Honda fit and finish and you have a bike worth holding on to for a long, long time. Check out all of the details here, and then leave us a message in the comments: what is your favorite 400cc sportbike? Good Luck!

MI

Baby Superbike: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30
Honda May 24, 2012 posted by

Original and Clean ’84 Honda VF700F Interceptor (Tariff Model)

Location: San Francisco, California

Mileage: 14,600

Price: Auction with reserve

I’m sure most everyone here knows the VF/Interceptor line out of Honda from the 80’s. These bikes were on the forefront of sportbikes for the U.S. and led the way to many good things, like the Honda RC30 and the VF1000R, and VFR800, my personal bike of choice. What’s interesting about this bike is that it’s a 700, not a 750. It’s a tariff model, built back when the U.S. decided to put a tariff on bike over 700 cc’s to presumably encourage the purchasing of a certain American motorcycle product. So what do you do at Honda? Build a 700 cc tariff beater.

Here’s the seller’s description-

Beautiful survivor VF700F2 (tariff model) all original. Excellent condition, I would give it somewhere between an 8.5 – 9 on a scale of 1-10 as far as cosmetic condition goes considering its age and I very picky when it comes to things like that. I have taken photos of any cosmetic blemishes I could find which are all very minor. Everything works perfectly on the bike with the exception of the horn. In addition, the right hand turn signal light does not come on the instrument panel when engaged but the turn signal itself comes on and blinks as it should. 14,600 original miles. Runs better than new. Current registration with clear title.

And the pics-

So, to continue the story, the U.S. wised up and pulled the tariff in 1988. So everyone went back to the more powerful 750, ensuring happiness in all the land. But for those folks who want something different, this is an option.

This bike looks original and very clean, with mileage that ain’t bad for the Interceptor crowd. The seller highlights a couple of issues, like the horn and turn signal. But hopefully those could be settled pretty quick. Outside of those things, this is a good looking example of a rare bike in a rare engine configuration.

Like what you see and want to harken back to poor U.S. trade policy? Then make the jump!

-RN

Honda February 26, 2011 posted by

1992 Honda NR 750 RC40 On Yahoo Auctions Japan

This is a real Honda NR available in Japan with limited time left!

Bike:  1992 Honda NR

Miles:  2,500km (1,553mi)

Price:  ¥3,880,000.00JPY ($47,505.37USD) Opening bid

Location:  Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan

This is a pipe dream to most of our readers, for reasons of price and location, but it’s still fun to look at!  The seller states that this NR has a two centimeter (0.79in) crack in the windscreen and some corrosion on the forks.  As a 2500km example, I would assume the seller is being completely honest and, hopefully, listing all of the defects regardless of how small–As anyone should expect with a $50k motorcycle.  With only two days left on the auction, it’s going to be a rush to get things together to purchase this bike, but if you’re willing to put $50k into a motorcycle you probably can work quickly.  Now, from what we’ve seen from European NR’s, this one is considerably, considerably, cheaper than the others which can be see here.  If you’ve been looking for an NR, I’d suggest you look to see if this is a legitimate bike and go for it, if you were to import it under the assumption of show & display or track only, it’d still be a great garage piece–I don’t have to tell you this!  See this great Honda on Yahoo Auction Japan hereMake sure to use Google Translate, or similar, if you’re not up on your Hiragana, Katakana, or Kanji...

AG

Honda January 11, 2011 posted by

1991 Honda VFR750F-M With 3,950 Original Miles Just Outside Of Seattle, Washington

A low mileage ’91 VFR750F in Washington state!

Bike:  1991 Honda VFR750F-M (RC36)

Location:  Bothell, Washington

Mileage:  3,950mi

Price:  $3,395USD

Honda marketing labeled the VFR as a “sportbike for all seasons” and “an entire garage full in one bike”.  These VFR’s were designed to be just as usable as a canyon carver, sport-tourer, and daily rider.  The bike retained race derived components such as the 16-valve V-4, Pro-Arm single sided swing-arm, twin piston brakes and a dual spar aluminum perimeter frame.

I find these earlier VFR’s–third and fourth generation–to be the best looking of the standard production VFR line.  The seller doesn’t state much other than that this bike is all original.  From the minuscule Craigslist photos, it looks to be in very good condition as I would expect for a bike of this mileage.  This bike does look to have bronze wheels.  While I’ve only seen these red examples with white wheels, this could be from the factory–anyone care to comment?  The price is higher than most for a second-gen’ VFR but considering mileage and condition, it isn’t too out of line.

See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG

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:
UP FOR SALE MY 1985 VF1000R. I’VE OWNED THIS BIKE FOR 7 YEARS AND HAVE PUT ON ABOUT 195 MILES..I JUST PUT ON NEW METZLER TIRES AND NEW FACTORY BATTERY. OIL CHANGED EVERY YEAR SINCE I’VE OWED IT. I HAVE THE FACTORY EXHAUST IN NEW CONDITION THAT I AM SELLING FOR AN ADDITIONAL $300…THE VF1000R IS KNOW AS THE FIRST SUPERBIKE. PLEASE CALL WITH ANY QUESTION.

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!

MI