Posts by tag: VFR400R

Honda July 10, 2013 posted by

More Lightweight Fun: 1987 Honda VFR400R (NC24)

Moorhead, MN – 8,405mi – $4,000 w/Reserve

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We have seen a little run of lower displacement sport bikes including a CBR400RR. VFR400R, and an uber-rare CBR250RR. I for one am perfectly okay with that, because not only are these rare here in the US, they are also awesome bikes. Truth be told, not many of us can ride a new SuperSport to its full potential, especially when not on a race track. But a 400 with 60hp on tap? That might be another story. The beauty of a VFR400R here has apparently been blessed with a 2 year restoration and a fresh paint job that mimics a different generation. I would be curious as to what the full restoration process consisted of.

From the seller:

1987 Honda NC24, VFR400 yes, it’s the real deal. Shipped from Japan to Florida and titled in Florida, I transferred the title to me (MN) licensed and insured it after a restoration that took 2 1/2 years. We’ve put about 40 miles on since the restoration, currently it has 14,028 km on it.

The bike is a Japan-only model but we settled on a European NC30 paint scheme (I think) because it just looked better. I have not bothered to add up the receipts and am scared to do so, the carb kit cost over $400 and single bolts cost as much as $30 and all parts came from Europe. EVERYTHING was gone through, repaired, restored, or replaced except we did not crack open the motor.

How rare is it? Well, try to find one. I saw one on Rare Sportbikes For Sale .Com, 5 years ago, it sold for $5K without a title. This is your chance to own an RC30, only smaller, at a fraction of the price, Honda’s first single-sided swingarm.

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Clearly the seller is a fan of this website 😉 This looks like a tidy little bike an it’s probably a blast to ride. It sure looks the part with that awesome single-sided swing arm and white wheels. Mini RC30 anyone? You can check out the auction here and place your bid!

-JS

Honda July 3, 2013 posted by

Honda’s Take On a V4 400: 1989 Honda VFR400 NC30

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And right on que, here is the the CBR400RR’s overbearing sibling, a really sharp looking 1989 VFR400, NC30.  I’ve never had the pleasure but I’ve been told the mechanical whine these engines produce is a symphony. 

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This is one is far from stock and has some mileage but sounds well sorted:

There is quite a bit of money in upgrades on the bike:

17″ NSR MC28 Rear Wheel

Penske Rear Shock

Shell Livery Paint on stock bodywork (aftermarket tail cowl)

Re-valved and sorted front forks (recent service)

Rick Oliver Lower aftermarket radiator (trick)

Braided brake lines

Hi-Perform FULL exhaust system

Yamaha R6 upgraded Regulator/Rectifier

Earthing on bike has been updated and improved

NEW tapered steering head bearings (June 2013)

NEW front wheel bearings (June 2013)

Newer Chain and Sprockets

Nearly NEW Bridgestones with less than 500 miles on them!!

All in all it is a really well sorted NC30 with the 17 inch rear wheel, Penske Shock, Exhaust, re-valved front forks and larger lower radiator. It starts and runs perfect, carburates excellent and pulls clean all the way to redline. It is very quick for a 400, handles wonderfully and is a lot of fun to ride

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Kind of liking it but still on the fence?

How about this from the seller:

 Plated with CLEAN AND CLEAR title and this bike has a correct 1989 17 digit 400cc Honda VIN complete with stamp and OEM Honda decal.

You should be able to title it in any state, even CA with the 17 digit VIN.

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You want?  I was sold with the replica paint but I’m an easy sell.  I’m also partial to the older NC30’s lines compared to the late model NC35’s.  The seller has an auction going, as well as, a BIN of $7,500.  Is the 17 digit VIN and extra goodies enough to be in that price range? 

Be sure to check out the auction, the seller has provided a lot of high quality photos of the bike.

Here is the auction.

Ian

Honda February 11, 2013 posted by

Road legal and speed friendly Honda V4 – VFR400R NC 30 (in Germany)

For quite some years I have been invisible to speed cameras in the country where I live. Unfortunately, a few months ago it seems I lost my magic powers. I now find myself without a driving license for a few months. The reason for that was speeding on my pristine 1993 Fireblade. In many countries this side of the ocean (Europe),  it is becoming more and more difficult to enjoy the traditional Sunday blast on your beloved “rare sportbike” without bumping into troubles with the authorities because of the more frequent controls and tighter speeding rules. I am waiting for rules that would differentiate speeding between cars and motorbikes. At the moment, I feel the only one thinking that while a motorbike accelerates much faster than a car it also decelerates just as quick (it weighs only a fraction of a car and it is usually fitted with powerful brakes). Therefore if you are driving at a given speed the danger you pose to yourself and others it is not the same as if you were in a car (consider also the reduced dimensions and greater agility of movement of a bike).

Anyway to make a long story short, one solution to this problem could be acquiring a bike that is as sexy as your big 750cc, sounds just as good but actually doesn’t ride as fast…Does anything like this exist ? Yes and that’s not a CBR 600RR, but it is instead for example an exotic and yet affordable Honda NC 30. In the picture below you can appreciate how a pristine one looks like (this is available at a local dealer near where I live www.motospaetig.ch):

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If you are not a collector but still would like to have such a rare bike for the above mentioned Sunday blast, you might then be interested in the auction below:

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Now, if you closely and compare the pictures, you’ll  notice as the stickers on the bottom side fairing are not right, some are missing on the rear cowl and most scary the paint on the fuel tank doesn’t seem original either. The seller advises to see the bike before purchasing and rightly so.

(translated with Google):

Hello Auctioneer my Honda VFR 400RR NC 30 has a lot of fun that I always visit good technical and optical condition Please motorcycle before commanded duty, the item is being sold by private and there is no guarantee redemption

Honda NC 30_4

Honda NC 30_3

Nevertheless, if mechanically the bike would be in order, it is well worth the current bidding price below 2000 EUR even though the minimum price has not been reached yet with a few days remaining. I reckon that a reasonable value would be in the range between 3000-3500 EUR tops.

1992 Honda NC 30 in Germany 

Claudio

Bimota January 2, 2013 posted by

Top 10 Sport Bikes For Sale in 2012!

This post would probably be more aptly be titled, “top 10 most viewed bikes we posted in 2012”, but in honesty this sampling mostly represents the most popular bikes on the site anyway.

Thanks to both buyers and sellers for helping make 2012 our best year ever and we can’t wait to see what the market will reveal in 2013!

dc

#10

The Opposite Of Stock: Ducati 1036CS Built By Alex Ortner (1999 Ducati 996)

Alex Ortner Ducati 1036CS For Sale


#9

First Year FireBlade in the Most Desirable Colors: 1993 Honda CBR900RR

1993 Honda CBR900RR For Sale


#8

Collector Alert! Yamaha RZ350 with Only 561 Miles up for Grabs!

Yamaha RZ350 For Sale


#7

Titled and Beautiful ’92 TZR 250 RS

1992 Yamaha TZR250 For Sale


#6

What Smokes And Has Six Cylinders? Two 1986 Honda NS400R’s Of Course

Honda NS400R For Sale


#5

1994 Honda RVF750R (RC45) with 9 Miles For Sale!

Honda RC45 For Sale


#4

Featured Listing: 2001 Bimota DB4 for sale!

2001 Bimota DB4 For Sale


#3

Easy On The Eye: CA Titled 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30

1992 Honda VFR400R NC30 For Sale


#2

Thirtysomething: 1990 Honda RC30

Honda RC30 For Sale


#1

Foggy Superbike – 1999 Ducati 996

Carl Fogarty Race Bike 1999 Ducati 996 For Sale

Honda December 20, 2012 posted by

Mini RC30: 1993 Honda NC30 VFR400r

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The VFR400R – or NC30 as it is known in Honda parlance – is one of the more rare 400cc bikes we post on this site. These machines are coveted for razor sharp handing, decent V-4 power and the killer sound of a gear-driven valve train. The fact that these share a sillhouette (right down to the single-sided swingarm) with the larger RC30 does not hurt one bit!

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This example is pretty clean. In fact, it is far cleaner than *most* NC30s I have seen. Like all NC30s, this one is an import; these were never officially brought into the US by Honda. Today’s model looks to have been imported from either Canada or directly from Japan. Under normal circumstances, Japanese imports tend to show oxidation and evidence of weather exposure. This one, however, looks quite good.

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From the seller:
Here is a very rare to the U.S. 1993 Honda NC30 never imported to the states. This bike is very nice! The bike has 11,000 kilometers which equals out to about 6,000 miles. It starts easily with the choke and takes a little while to get warm, but once warm this baby is a blast! Idles very nice and runs thru all six gears very nice. The front and rear shocks are tight and nice. The brakes stop on a dime. All the lights and blinkers work perfect. This bike has no leaks and is ready for someones collection or to just ride the rarest Honda 400 crotch rocket in the United States. Please research this bike further to know what a gem it really is. Most of the ones I’ve seen are ragged out and beat up. I only have a bill of sale for this bike and some import paperwork. I usully put the plate from a Honda 600 I have to ride it to shows and bike nights. My buddy has a NC28 and its titled as a Honda vfr. Never tried to go thru the title process so please dont ask advice. NO TITLE just to be clear but the bike is clean and clear.

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The seller points out the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to rare, grey market import bikes. While they are rare and unique, they also present a special kind of headache when it comes time to try to register it for street use. Depending upon the state and the level of patience with bureaucracy, this might just be a track-only machine for some.

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This auction is one right now, and the bidding has been nonexistent. The opening ask of $4,500 is not too far out of whack, but with a reserve in place and a BIN set at $10,000 it appears that the seller has hit the holiday egg nog early. I can only imagine that bidders interested in this machine are scared away by the huge BIN number. Take a look at it here and then let us know what you think. What should a clean NC30 without title run these days?

MI

Aprilia October 23, 2012 posted by

October Mega Mailbag! [RC8, RS250, RZ350, VFR400R Rothmans, ZX7R, ZX7, 89 CBR600, VFR400]

Hey guys! It’s been a while to say the least since we last published a post with your submissions. My apologies if your listing has expired or we didn’t get to reply in time — there’s just been too much to do every weekend since forever!

Thanks as always for your emails and thank you for reading!

dc

First up Chris shoot us his 2009 KTM RC8 that has a couple days left on eBay. Buy-it-now is $11k.


Here’s a great looking 1995 Kawasaki ZX-7 for just $4000 in Indiana on eBay.


Brit has emailed to let us know his Aprilia RS250 is available in Nashville for $6500 and with tags.


Peter has emailed us this very yellow Kenny Roberts tribute bike for sale on eBay. Very well written description. Good luck with the sale!


Adam sends us this stunning and original VFR400R Rothmans that has been in storage for 20 years. Check it out on Boston Craigslist for $13995.


John has email us his 2002 Kawasaki ZX7R that is available in Austin for $5400 with just 3500 miles. Good luck with the sale!


Peter spotted this very original looking 1989 Honda CBR600 on Cycletrader.com for $3k.


Chris forwarded us this spot in Canada for a 1992 Honda VFR400 for just $4200.

Honda September 14, 2012 posted by

Easy On The Eye: CA Titled 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30

Easy On The Eye:  CA Titled 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30

Update 9.14.2012: In less than 8 hours, this bike has sold to one of our readers. Congratulations to buyer and seller!

You don’t even have to think about it, your brain just know’s these NC30’s just look “right”.  Their allure is more than just being a RC30 that’s been run through the dryer too many times.  Because the big four never graced us with the exotic 400’s (sorry FZR400 loyalist) these bikes rise to the top of the “me want” list.  It is a shallow thing but to me paint is everything on these NC 30’s.  The models not in the stunning red,white,blue look very pedestrian by comparison.

I’ll admit, I saw this bike listed a couple of nights ago and had to do some arithmetic in my head to see if I could sneak another bike into the garage. Hopefully the numbers work out better for a RSBFS reader out there because the bike is priced quite reasonably, the seller is asking $5,500.  That is well within the price range you see these bikes listed for.

Here is all the crucial info from the seller:

California titled and registered.
33,500kms ( 21,000mi).
Meticulously maintained, all old NC30 issues dealt with (voltage regulator, fork seals, etc.).
A few scrapes and dings but shows well and rides beautifully.
Extensive spares and set of after market body work included.
Rear stand, cover, parts books and manuals in Japanese and English.
One of the best handling and most forgiving bike I have ridden.

 

If you are like me and can’t leave well enough alone when you buy a bike I suggest you visit the 400greybike.com forum.  I don’t know if you could possibly find more info on the NC30’s anywhere else.  There is everything from basic service/model info to advice on every modification possible.  Have you seen these with the Suzuka style uppers?

I have a feeling if you don’t break the piggy bank open quickly this is all you will see of this bike.

It is listed on Los Angeles Craigslist.

Ever wonder how exotic Honda got with its’ works RVF400?  Get some tissue and take a look at this thing!  That tank is serious racing porn.  These pictures are posted on a thread about TT-F3 racing on the 400greybike forum.

Honda August 21, 2012 posted by

Another Honda VFR400 (NC30) Up North, Eh!

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mileage: 12,200

Price: $4,400 BIN

Just a few days back, RSBFS posted a Honda VFR400R for sale in the states, and that’s a rare sight indeed. Here’s another one for sale up in the great white north where everyone is all aboot awesome 400cc sportbikes, and 250cc two strokes too. All those bikes are about stellar power-to-weight ratio’s and monster handling. The VFR400R falls right into that category with a smokin’ V-4 motor to give you power and keep the weight and handling where you want.

This bike is one of many that look to be offered by the same seller. The other bikes you will see here on RSBFS too. Here’s what the seller has to say-

Honda VFR 400R (NC30) 20,400 Km 1990 

Powerful smooth V4 engine, 400CC, liquid cooled, four stroke V-four cylinder, 16 valve DOHC. Electric starting, 59 HP 6 speed transmission. Pro Arm Single sided swing arm. Aluminum frame. 31 inch seat height. Front and rear disk brakes. 165 Kg dry weight. Very low insurance. Certified.

And a few photos-

There’s not a lot to the description and there aren’t many photos. But for what there is, the bike looks clean and original. This bike is up in Canada, so it may be less desirable for us in the lower 48 in terms of getting it home. But if you want to make it happen, the price isn’t too bad and may make up for a little bit of the hassle. And you would have one of the coolest bikes on the road.

If you want to make this happen, hop over to the auction and make your play!

-RN

Honda July 16, 2012 posted by

Baby RC30: 1990 Honda VFR400R (NC30)

Location: Marysville, OH

Miles: 11,433

Price: Currently $5,034 with Reserve ($7,500 BIN)

This bike had me seriously fooled when I first saw the photo. I though RC30 for a half second until I read this description. I was close, but this however is a VFR400R (NC30) and not its famous big brother. Having said that, I still think this thing is AWEOSME! RC30 styling, the cool factor that comes from a grey-market bike and Honda’s V4 design in the 400cc version are killer things which equal to about a quarter the price of the RC. I wouldn’t feel bad about taking this thing out all the time as I would with a real RC30.

Now, this bike isn’t a bone stock example, and the paint scheme has been modified to mirror that of the RC30. But this isn’t a Faux-rarri with a Fiero engine underneath, this thing is all Honda. There are a few modifications done to the bike, but it seems to me that they are all tastefully and purposefully done. Someone spent some time building this and it shows.

Here is a photo of a stock VFR400R of the same year.

From the Seller:

I have owned this bike for the past 8+ years, it starts and runs great.
Engine is stock. I have not done any modifications internally. It has had very regular oil and
filter changes and has a low mileage (maybe a few 1000) air filter and plugs. I have never tracked this bike. It has been adult owned and ridden since it came to the states. I have a clear Ohio title for it.

18400 Kilometers (11433 miles), gauge face changed to MPH
CBR600RR Front forks, brakes, fender, triples w/ custom adapters
Stainless brake hoses
Aftermarket alum clipons
CBR600 Front wheel
Aluminum screen brace and fairing / headlight / gauge mount
CRG brake & clutch levers
Silicone coolant hoses
Aprilia RS250 rear shock
Rick Oliver rearsets w/ Gilles pegs
Aluminum rear sub frame
NC35 Rear wheel (17″)
Wave rear rotor
Lots of Alum, Ti & stainless fasteners
RC30 replica paintwork on stock fairings
Custom RC30 solo seat tail section w/ custom tail light brackets & plate bracket RC30 Back pad
Fresh powder coat on wheels (this spring)
1 month old gel battery
Less than 1000 miles on Michelin Pilot tires, chain & both sprockets
Custom shorty muffler on Ethos exhaust
Sealed swingarm w/ through arm rear brake hose
YZF regulator / rectifier
Custom made Stainless side stand
SSR threaded fuel tank cap
Other small stuff I have forgotten.

There are a few blemishes in the body work and a small dent in the tank. Everything is repairable but would require re paint which is why I have not gotten to it. I could go on and on about good condition etc. If you have specific questions do not hesitate to contact me.

I am listing the bike with a buy it now option. That option includes a excellent condition full stock exhaust and muffler bracket. My reserve is lower than the BIN price and does not include the exhaust.

Sure this isn’t a bone stock garage queen, but that’s perfect. If you wanted something to stare at and always worry about riding, then save up about $25-$30k and buy the RC30. This baby VFR is meant to be ridden and enjoyed, and you can bet people heads will turn when cruising on this thing. I only wish I had the cash to score it.  Bidding is already active and the seller states the Reserve is lower than the BIN, but the BIN does include a clean stock exhaust. If you dig this thing as much as I do, then take a look at the auction here and place your bid!

-JS