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Honda September 29, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale


A precursor to the iconic NC30 that was a sort of “mini RC30,” the VFR400R was powered by the a 399cc, gear-driven V4 and had the bigger model’s same ELF-designed Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm. Visual differences compared to the later NC30 include a more conventional, street-bike styled single headlight and bodywork, along with four bolts to hold the rear wheel in place, instead of a single large hub nut.


This earlier iteration of Honda’s jewel-like V4 used a more conventional 180° crank, whereas later NC30 versions used a 360° “big bang” crank and firing order for improved traction and tire life. The 180° crank engine should sound a bit more like a conventional four, with combustion events spaced more evenly throughout each engine revolution. You still get the distinctive whine of the gear-driven cams fitted to these engines however.


Although the small V4 isn’t as manic at high revs as other 400cc four-cylinders, it should have a much wider powerband and still rev to a screaming 14,000rpm. Grunt is ultimately limited by the miniscule displacement, but handling is superlative and these were [and still are] very popular in the UK as track-day bikes, although the 18″ rear wheel does limit tire choice somewhat.

1988 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

From the seller: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

Imported legally this year from the UK with the idea of learning about  and testing the market as a possible business idea for the future.

When I received it, it would not idle, so, rather than clean the carbs, I opted for the more circuitous route and replaced the regulator/rectifier, coils, plugs, plug wires and battery as well as the starter solenoid for good measure. It ran better, but eventually I did clean the carbs and found the elusive idle.

The motor is sweet. Whining gear whir and a really nice howling exhaust note as it revs from clutch out at about 3000 all the way up to a redline of 14,000. Smooth and very torque strong powerband all the way up.

Also, as stated in the eBay post, the bodywork is original and a little rough on the two lower panels. The tank and balance of the beautiful old plastic is pretty nice in a slightly weathered patina appreciators sort of way.

I would like to mention the scale. The bike is small, the clearances around the engine and really throughout are tight and favor the small of hand. But, I am 5’10” and do not reach the bum stop under most riding conditions, so the ergonomics are semi comfortable and definitely not cramped.

Overall, this is a very sound , fun ride without the overkill of a larger superbike. I had an S3 400 Kawasaki that would pop your arms straight on the power, but this 400 is faster and more controllable in getting there. Like a RD400 but more muscular and with a much broader powerband. Throttle feedback is really fine. Would make a thrilling track bike or a good rider.

1988 Honda VFR400R L Fairing

Designed mainly for the Japanese market, a good number found their way over to the UK where they were popular as grey-market or “parallel imports.” This example is a bit rough around the edges, as the seller clearly indicates, but these are the original panels and 27 years and 28,000 miles means some scuffs and scrapes and minor cracks are to be expected.

1988 Honda VFR400R R Side

The VFR400R is very rare here in the US, meaning this should be of interest to Honda fans here looking to complete their V4 collections or track day riders more concerned with corner speed than top speed. All-in-all, this bike lacks the endurance-racer styling and raucous “big bang” engine of later versions, but still provides the basic handling goodness that made these so popular in the first place.



Featured Listing: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale
Honda November 11, 2014 posted by

Baby Superbike: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30


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.


1989 Honda NC30 for sale on eBay


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.


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!


Baby Superbike: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30
Honda October 16, 2014 posted by

1992 Honda VFR400R NC30 available in California

1992 Honda VFR400R NC30 for sale

Practically an RSBFS staple, the NC30 is always a welcomed treat. While much nicer than the last NC30 we posted, it might be a bit of a stretch calling it fully restored as advertised. On the other hand I’d be proud too as it’s obviously been cleaned up a lot more than some of the JDM imports we see. The seller has included many close ups for you to decide for yourself. This example has 26k miles and is California plated with the 11 digit VIN. Current bid is past $7500 with reserve not met and over 6 days remaining on the auction.


1992 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay



from the seller:

Originally produced for the Japanese Domestic Market this NC30 is 400cc sibling of the RC30. If you were old enough to ride in the early 90’s then the bike needs no introduction. It’s not a rare bike in the UK in but they still command $4-$10k in fair to good condition. That being said there are only a handful of them in the US and even more rare are ones registered in California. I have yet to see one for sale in this condition ever at any price.

Full restoration less than a year ago under the supervision of RC30/V4 authority Jim Granger

Everything was completely gone through, reconditioned or replaced

Unmolested original example. Stock and OEM everything where possible including exhaust . Only exception is the windscreen that’s rarer than an albino unicorn.

Paint done by Jim Granger on original OEM bodywork in exact RC30 detail with OEM decals with a custom-fabricated solo seat cover (pillion Included)

Wheels- HRC Magnesium replicas in correct HRC gold

Derestricted UK ECU- no speed limiter

Everything that was done would be a long list, if you have questions just ask.

The story- I bought the bike in 2006 from an Air Force serviceman who brought it to the US on a Japanese MSO. It ran but hadn’t been ridden for a few years and the bike needed some TLC. I registered it with no issues in Washington State and left it with a shop to restore and long story short three-years later I boxed up the partial basket case and shipped it to Los Angeles. By miracle I found Jim Granger in Reseda, probably one of the world’s foremost authorities on the RC30’s and V4 motors and we spent the better part of a year restoring the bike.

We stripped it down to the swing arm and frame in Jan 2013 and completed it in Oct 2013. Jim went to work on all the mechanicals and we dissembled the entire bike bit by bit. My daily project was to degrease, scrub, wire brush, polish, prime, paint and clear-coat every piece. EVERYTHING was reconditioned or replaced when necessary. Every seal and hose was gone through or replaced. ALL fluids were changed. I even disassembled the clocks to ensure there was no fog on the interior glass of the speedo, tach and temp gauge. I replaced the bulbs in them too. A true nut and bolt resto and nothing was done half-ass.

Its a dream to ride and completely dialed in. Restoring it was one of the best educations i’ve received and now its time for the next. I’ve got a new toy and projects under way. If you know of an OWO1 I’m on the hunt too.

1992 Honda VFR400R NC30 available in California
Honda August 8, 2014 posted by

CA Titled: 1994 Honda VFR400R NC30


While some believe the gray market bike craze in the US was built around importing two strokes, there is a dedicated group of enthusiasts that believe it should refer to 400cc machines not ordinarily found in this country. The legendary VFR400R – baby brother to the vaunted RC30 – is one of those models. Built under the philosophy of “less is more” the NC30 offered a smaller package and less weight than a traditional middleweight; the upside was all in handling. This particular example sports a California title, which is not an easy item to obtain.

1994 Honda NC30 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
This bike was never available in the United States, however it is fully registered in california with a 11 digit VIN as a 2004model. In reality it is from 94. Don’t let the age fool you, this is an incredible late vintage motorcycle. Usually only available from the UK it’s rather well known for its niche. This gray market motorcycle is fully titled and ready to ride. There is simply nothing like the howl of this V-4’s gear driven cams in the high RPMs – where this machine was made to run.


According to the seller, this bike has had some major work done on it, including a service, paint, tires, suspension, cooling, exhaust and more. Sounds like it could be ready for some serious riding by the new owner. Located in San Francisco, this bike is looking for a new home. Prices on these models vary, and this one has a Buy It Now price of $9,000. That seems a bit steep, but the seller is open to offers. Normally a CA title raises the value of a gray market bike, as it can be registered and utilized by the new owner; regardless, prospective buyers are advised to check this out carefully. The VFR400R is a real gem in the 400cc market, and nothing looks or sounds like one. Check it out here!


CA Titled: 1994 Honda VFR400R NC30
Honda May 26, 2014 posted by

Red, White, and Blue: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 available in New York

1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for sale

Here’s a great looking NC30 that is a welcomed breathe of fresh air from all the two smokers we’ve been seeing on the market this spring. This one has clearly been loved by it’s current owner as evidenced by his 2+ page description of the bike. It comes with OEM and spare bodywork, thoughtful upgrades like the VFR800 rear wheel and modified CDI, and is overall mostly stock. -dc

1989 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay



from the seller:

Complete set of unrestored Tri Color Honda OEM body work and Original Gas Tank with all home market stickers and warning labels in place.
-Complete MotoStar ABS Tri Color Honda replica body work – OEM gas tank with professional restoration of OEM colors and stickers maybe negotiated separately, but not included with the bike.

-Upgraded CDI and de-restriction (raises rev and MPH limit)
-Ethos Half System Rear Race kit pipes combined with Front OEM header – popular upgrade / race setup in Japan at the time. Produces a smooth mid-range power delivery.
-Tyga SS exhaust can with OEM hanger (OEM passenger foot pegs in place)
-OEM forks with Rick Oliver upgraded spring kit for weight range of 180-200 pound rider – OEM springs included
-Newly Powder coated white OEM front wheel and 17” Rick Oliver rear wheel conversion – VFR750F 5 spoke rear rim with fully modified Rick Oliver Center Hub/Suspension linkage / rocker included.

-Original OEM unrestored 18” rear rim/tire and linkage parts included

-OEM rear Suspension
-COERCE` Race Rear Sets- Japanese made and an expensive `top of the range` item– these were on the bike when I bought it and there are no OEM front pegs with the bike.

-Hel Steel Braided brake lines in Blue – OEM brake lines included.
-Adjustable Shorty Billet Brake and Clutch Levers – OEM Levers included

-Brand new Sintered Racing Brake Pads installed – OEM pads included

– Brand New Dunlop Q2 tires – 17”

-OEM Directionals (blue housings) on OEM body work – Aftermarket black OEM Pattern style Included.

Original OEM passenger Pegs and Mounting brackets included.

-Original OEM rider and passenger seats in perfect condition – NO rips or excessive wear or fading.

-Fuel Tap rebuild kit and full replacement of all fuel lines with Rick Oliver OEM replacement parts.

– All Gaskets replaced 5/10/2014 along with a new battery and oil change.

-HiFlo air filter installed – OEM included. OEM Airbox is unmodified.

-Original OEM gas Cap key matched to Original Ignition included.

One OEM Key and one aftermarket Honda blank included.

-OEM Mirrors installed – Replica Originals included.

– Speedo reads in KM – NOT MPH! Converter overlay included.
-Multiple windscreens – Extra MotoStar Windscreen included – OEM windscreen installed on OEM body work with all original warning stickers in place.


Red, White, and Blue:  1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 available in New York
Honda October 21, 2013 posted by

1993 Honda VFR400R NC30 available in San Francisco


We last saw this beautiful machine available in May of 2010 when it was picked up by one of our favorite readers. Since that time, it has only covered an additional 1500 or so miles and the price is nearly the same as it was 3 years ago at $6600. We remarked then that we thought the price was a bit high but now I’d say that’s a great deal in the off season. Good luck with the sale!


1993 Honda VFR400R available on Bay Area Riders Forum

from the seller:

*CA title and registration*

Excellent mechanical condition. Looks fantastic, sounds amazing. (I call it The Screamer.)
Sweet Two Brothers SS exhaust.
All original, and never “tinkered on”.
Just tuned up, new battery.
Never down or raced. Well cared for.

27,238 km (17,000 mi)

F*cking awesome ride!

1993 Honda VFR400R NC30 available in San Francisco
Honda August 19, 2013 posted by

Instant Honda Sportbike Collection: RC30, RC45, RC51 SP1 & SP2, CBR400RR, VFR400R, CBR900RR, CB1100R and More!

Honda Superbike For Sale

Sean forwards us this spot on eBay UK for an instant Honda sportbike collection. The collection includes an RC30, RC45, RC51, CB1100R, and other signification Honda specials. If you just hit the lotto or feel like making your investment portfolio a whole lot more interesting, bid accordingly!


Honda Sportbike Collection For Sale on eBay

Honda RC45 For Sale


from the seller:

To include

CBR900 (893cc)

Most mint or near mint. Many with handbooks, toolkits, some with spares, etc. Viewing is welcome if I can please have notice to retrieve them from the secure storage facility. There will be a few revisions as I add more pictures and better descriptions over the next few days. Please contact me for further information on content before bidding.

RC30 – Excellent condition. European import – 1 previous UK owner. 30K miles. With spare new mudguard, mirror and rear brake disc. New complete toolkit and accessory toolkit, and very clean owners manual. Also has brand new OEM rear brake cylinder and cap which will give it that finished touch with the fairing off.

RC45 – Only 9000 miles. Netherlands import. I previous UK keeper. Full Akrapovic system and double bubble screen. Comes with genuine owners manual, original screen and brand new boxed OEM rear shock.

SP1 – Red. 20K miles.

SP1 – Red. 40K miles with a most incredible sevice history

SP2 – 2003 Black. 20K miles. Mint. With rear pillion cover and seat. Original sales documentation, spare key, owners manual, etc

CBR900 893 – twin headlamp Fireblade. 1993 white and purple. Excellent condition. Runs and starts perfectly. New battery. Stainless steel exhaust system with Micron can. Comes with original black silencer. Original screen, etc. still present

VF500F2 – 1985. You will struggle to find a better one anywhere. Strip and rebuild a few years ago, radiator rebuild, bearings, chain/sprockets, calliper rebuild, braded lines (original ones still present). Collector box and pipes in amazing condition. Original paintwork in beautiful condition. I MOT’d it and rode it for a short while after the rebuild and she has been in storage ever since. Comes with spare collectors, downpipes, carbs, screen, gaskets and other bits.

NC29 – Near mint. Late model, 1 previous owner, low mileage. White with flame pattern. Complete with one of the last, boxed OEM exhaust cans anywhere (about £500 when you could get them).

NC30 RR-K RC30 colours. Low mileage. Absolutely gorgeous and clean under the skin, but there is a small dent in the tank, and most of the fairings are spot on, but a couple need a little work. Fairings are included, but not shown in the photos.

NC30 RR-L Black and red. Near mint, but the wheels could do with a repaint.

CB1100RD – What a beast! Needs restoration, but is complete. Also, with a spare set of rear shocks in good condition, plus a basically new complete rear shock set and front forks, triple tree (all original, genuine RD spares) and £1000 worth of new OEM fastenings, etc. Lower fairings and spare seat cowls are available, but not shown in the photos.



Instant Honda Sportbike Collection:  RC30, RC45, RC51 SP1 & SP2, CBR400RR, VFR400R, CBR900RR, CB1100R and More!
Honda July 22, 2013 posted by

Small Collection Sale in the UK: NSR250 SE, NSR125 Repsol, 2 RGV250s, VFR400R, GSX-R 750

Due to unfortunate circumstance, these are all for sale from the same seller. They all look well loved and some are advertised as restored. Hat tip to Tyga Performance who spotted these on their Facebook page this morning.


1994 Honda NSR250 SE MC28 For Sale on eBay

1994 Honda NSR250 SE MC28 For Sale

1994 Honda NSR125 Repsol For Sale on eBay

1994 Honda NSR125 Repsol For Sale

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1989 Honda VFR400R For Sale on eBay

1989 Honda VFR400R For Sale

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1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale on eBay


Small Collection Sale in the UK:  NSR250 SE, NSR125 Repsol, 2 RGV250s, VFR400R, GSX-R 750