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.
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!