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Honda September 21, 2012 posted by

Low Mileage Honda RC30 (VFR750R) For Sale in CA!

Update 9.21.2012: This RC30 was first listed in August and failed to meet reserve at $26,600. Links updated. -dc

Location: Costa Mesa,CA

Miles: 4,391

Price: Currently $25,301 with Reserve in place

It’s always hard to come back to the office after a vacation, especially a trip to the U.S. Gran Prix at Laguna Seca. However, coming back to an RC30 makes things a little better. You might recognize this bike from the Mailbag posted over the weekend, but I though it deserved its own post. So here it is!

If you aren’t familiar with the RC30 (VFR750R), these beautiful machines are the epitome of collectible rare sport bikes. Created by Honda to homologate into racing, these bikes featured hand laid fiber glass fairings and all sorts of race tech. The bike up for sale here looks to be in very good condition and the seller includes a lot of photos to see many angles. The bike has RC45 wheels on it to allow modern tire set-ups, but comes with the original wheels and tires.

From the seller:

I am selling the bike for a friend of mine that has had some health issues for a while and just doesnt see himself riding the bike anymore and i actually sold him the bike years ago and hasn’t put many miles on it since either, the bike has RC45 wheels so you can use modern rubber and has a fresh set of Pirelli Rosso Corsa’s on it and have the original rims and tires along with owners manual and tool kit.

This bike was an homologation bike and had to make 300 for the USA so they could race them but wasn’t just any bike, they went absolutely all out cutting no corners in any area when they made the bike and even when sold new people were aghast at the cost but by rights it was subsidized even at the price it sold for because of the special efforts and materials that were put into it from the honeycomb frame, cam gear driven V4 engine and single side swinging arm which was also pioneered by ELF for quick change in endurance races.

So at the end of the day it really doesnt get too much better than this so you have to ask yourself out of the 300 that were imported and then out of that 300 how many went straight into racing after buying all their HRC power up kits and then how many were totalled and how many of that 300 were sold overseas now as collectible and how many of that 300 are in unmolested all original unrestored condition like this? Desmosedicci err i think not this really is a beauty to behold and would be hard pushed to find a nicer example with such low miles on it and what a dream to ride when you hear that symphony of the gears whiring and that V4 just bursting into life as the rpm climbs into the many teens, it feels like the bike is running free on its own and you just happen to be lucky enough to be along for the ride, the gearbox is as smooth as a hot knife going through butter and the bike feels like a gazelle as so light, you really would kick yourself if you miss this one as don’t know when youll see another as not often they change hands.

There you have it, another clean RC30 for sale. The bike has low miles with less than 5,000 and looks to be in very good and maintained condition. The prices on these have been climbing with every clean one sold, and it looks like this is no exception. Bidding is already at $25k and the reserve hasn’t been lifted. But I would put this bike at about $27k given its condition and current location. You can check out the auction here and place your bid today!


Honda June 25, 2012 posted by

The Other Half: 1990 Honda RC30 (VFR750R)

Location: Miami, FL

Miles: 6,928

Price: Currently $23,100 with Reserve in Place ($29,999 BIN)

Mike brought you the other half of this original auction with the 1994 Honda RC45 that was once offered in a bundle pack with this RC30 you see here. They didn’t sell for $70k as a pair, so the seller has decided to divide them and go with separate auction. Personally I think this is a way better idea, as maybe someone who is looking for one of these bikes doesn’t need or can’t afford the other. Well most likely the latter, because everyone needs both!

This stunning example of hand laid fiberglass with a titanium filled V4 heart beating underneath its skin looks to be in excellent condition. The only major call-outs would be in regard to the turn signals, but the seller does say that the originals are included. One interesting thing from the original auction were some US/Euro fairing discrepancies with the “V4” decal being present on the side from the far away shot. This is a US/49-State model so it should have “RC30” on the tail and no V4 decal on the front. Now the fairings look correct on the new photos, but I am just wondering if something got corrected somewhere along the line.

From the seller:

Up for sale i have a 1990 RC30 #5 OF #300 made…6975 miles AMERICAN SPEC!!!! these R NOT EURO MODELS!!!!!




This bike is 49 state NOT ACALIMODEL! my bike rev limit is at 12500rpmcalimodels go up to 12000rpms

Just because these are on their own at the moment, don’t think that they have really got much cheaper. The RC45 is listed for a very optimistic $45k, which is about $10k too high according to most. The RC30 here is a little more fairly priced, but not too much. If the reserve was off at say $25k, things would get interesting. But given that the BIN is at $30k and the history of the seller’s auctions, I would say that the reserve is probably close to that. They aren’t being given away, but these are some top tier collectible bikes! You make the call, check out the auction here!


Honda May 21, 2012 posted by

Got an Extra $100K? Start Your Honda RC Collection Today!

Update 5.21.2012: I doubt any actual buyers interested in either a RC30 and/or RC45 are not aware of this listing by now, but just in case, the buy-it-now has been dropped again to $70k. -dc

Update 4.6.2012: With just under a day to go, I noticed the buy-it-now has been updated to $75k. Most comments indicated $60k would be in the ballpark. Maybe there’s a deal in the middle. -dc

Location: Miami, Florida

Mileage: 6,975 (RC30) and 6,842 (RC45)

Price: Auction, $100,000 BIN. Yes, that’s one hundred thousand.

So here’s a chance to have an instant Honda RC collection for your very own. Two of the greatest sportbikes ever made. Ever. You can debate sportbike greatness all day (I, for one, am happy to) and you can even debate which of these two is better than the other (also happy to participate). But you can’t really debate the significance of both of these bikes. Track ready? Check. Uber rare? Check. Superior build quality? Check. Two of the most significant sportbikes in sportbike history? Check and check.

The seller’s minimal description-

Up for sale r my 2 babies! i have a 1990 RC30 #5 OF #300 made…6975 miles AN A 1994 RC45 #20 OF #50 made….6842 miles,bikes r AMERICAN SPEC!!!! these R NOT EURO MODELS!!!!!







And a few photos, although the seller apparently will provide more-

The seller describes the bikes as flawless and if you’re considering something like this, then I would assume you know both of these bikes inside and out. And while the seller will provide more photos, I know I wouldn’t make a deal like this without flying to Miami to look at both of these personally. If you just happen to have come across the kind of cash to purchase a pair of bikes like this and don’t know the Honda RC line well, then do your homework. This is kind of like looking at the Ferrari Daytona and Lamborghini Miura of the bike world. Due diligence will be important.

But if it all works out, then you just have to find $100 grand. That’s a lot of money and I’m sure it will garner reaction from all of the RSBFS followers. I welcome the debate. The rare sportbike market is ever evolving in my eyes and I think these values will continue to climb. These are clearly collector bikes and what they’re worth today is really up to how much someone will pay. I don’t know how much that is, so we will see.

What I do know is we have two beautiful bikes here that I would love to own. But that’s not in the cards. If you have the funds, take the first step and give this auction a look!


Honda March 29, 2012 posted by

Thirtysomething: 1990 Honda RC30

For Sale: 1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R

It must be springtime. Because besides the normal flowers and weeds that seem to spring up this time of year, drool-worthy homologation collectables are springing up in the market. We have seen more RC30s lately than normal, undoubtedly driven out by the improving weather and the improving financial promise of earlier sales.

This particular bike has traveled only 1,300 miles and change since leaving the factory. That is only 59 miles a year. Taken a different way, that could be a mere 325 laps of the famed Suzuka circuit in Japan – not that this bike appears to ever have touched a racetrack. While it has been ridden, it appears to be begging for more miles. Any wealthy volunteers?

From the seller:
1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R This bike is #3 of 300 unit production run for the American market. This bike has only 1300 miles and is in perfect, showroom condition. It is completely stock as delivered by Honda. Included are the factory stand, toolkit and manual. New battery, very recent oil and fluid service, runs perfectly.

Completely stock, low miles, great looking condition and all of the factory-supplied goodies…what more could you ask? I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that the prices on these classic racing machines has been on the rise lately. Nor do I need to tell you that these are rare, limited in numbers, and one of the most searched for bikes on the RSBFS site.

Your chance to own this Honda RC30 (serial number 3) is right now: Click the link to jump over to the auction. We caught this auction at the beginning, so we are still sitting at the opening ask of $20k with reserve in place. The last few years we have watched these bikes move from the $18-$22k range up to closer to $30k – it will be interesting to see where this one ends up. Good luck, and be sure and let us know what you think!


Honda March 13, 2012 posted by

Honda RC30…Yes, another one!

Location: Newport Beach, California

Mileage: 1,025

Price: Auction, starting at $25,000

So the RC30 is one of the most desirable sportbikes there is. They are always featured here on RSBFS when they show themselves. And that seems to be a lot lately. These bikes only came to the States in 1990 and they are rare here (around 300 imported), but worldwide production was greater than say the Yamaha R7 OW02.  Who knows what is driving these out of hiding, but I suspect the (rapidly) rising values has something to do with it.

Here’s some more pics to drool over-

Seller’s information is brief-

Up for sale is a 1990 Honda RC30 this bike has 1,025 miles on it and is in great shape. You will notice on some of the pictures there is a small crack on each side of the upper farlings. Runs great been garaged since owning the bike.

The bike looks clean except for the cracked fairing. The mileage is low, which is not uncommon. These were expensive ($15k) when they were released and I think people saw the potential for increasing in value then. The RC30 is the top of the pyramid when it comes to being collectible so originality and condition are crucial. The seller is starting at $25,000 which is right in there with super pristine examples going for $30k and beyond.

The RC30 is a one killer bike by any estimation. If you want to make a play, then go place a bid!


Honda February 29, 2012 posted by

California Beauty: 1990 HONDA RC30

For Sale: 1990 HONDA RC30 VFR750R

Collectors rejoice! Another example of one of – if not THE – most coveted motorcycles on the pages of RSBFS has just hit the open market. For those with the wherewithall (i.e. large piles of cash) to make something like this happen, read on! For the rest of us, read on and drool with great jealousy! We seem to be in a season of glut for these fabulous machines lately, but I don’t anticipte hearing any complaints! So without further ado and without the usual banter, behold the gilded chariot:

From the seller:
For sale is my RC30, Please look at the pictures and you will see this bike is in extremely Good condition, the tank, rear seat cowling, upper fairing and front fender have not one Ding or dent, the bottom fairing has a couple blister bubbles from the heat of the engine, those Of you that know RC30’s know this is an issue with every RC ever made, other than that it runs Perfect, I recently had Jim Grainger clean and tune my carbs in Los Angeles. About 3 months ago. Oil was changed with Mobil 1 synthetic, new tires with maybe 100 miles on them, this bike was stored with the fairing off and stored indoors, the bike wrapped indoors in warm southern California climate.

No paint fading or wear anywhere. I have the tool kit, manual, 2 sets of fork seals (jic) 2 extra fairing screws, original bike brochure, braided front brake lines (never installed) 3 Rc pictures, clock, rc30 collectors pin, magazine, 2 keys, Rothmans racing decals, (never applied) 1 rear new wheel washer . 1 new oil filter and 1 set of agv leather gloves barely used.

If you buy the bike with the buy it now you will get the arai rx7 Freddie Spencer helmet and agv riding jacket size 42, the helmet is $700 alone and has removable interior cushions for washing, and the helmet is close to perfect as the Bike is also. All with only 1025 miles. P.s I have the original rear tire also.

Nice to know that RC30s tend to fall into the hands of fanatical collectors. I’m not sure how much value the original rear tire adds to the package, but I’m sure there is someone out there that wouldn’t consider this a complete deal until all the original parts were together. At least somebody enjoyed 1,025 miles on this homologation special before the collector vibe kicked in. Still, there is no doubt that this is a presentable machine.

Presented in Riverside, California (doesn’t Malcolm Smith have a dealership down in that area?), this RC30 is being offered with an opening bid of $23,000. That will just get the party started. The real noise doesn’t start to happen until you reach the $33k BIN number. Asking prices for these gorgeous machines has gone as stratospheric as their tachometer numbers! Your chance to buy into the big leagues is now: click the link and jump over to the auction. Don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on RSBFS!


Honda January 23, 2012 posted by

Homologation Heartthrob: 1990 Honda RC 30 in Texas!

For Sale: 1990 Honda RC 30

For such a rare motorcycle, RSBFS readers have been blessed with a relatively large supply of RC30s as of late (check out the latest RC30 written up by Rem HERE. But rather than question why, I prefer to simply oogle and enjoy the bounty. While often placed behind the younger brother RC45 in the performance department, the RC30 remains one of the iconic motorcycles of the homologation genre. That probably explains the constantly rising prices on these bikes.

Located in the Great State of Texas, this VFR750R looks to be as original as they come. Having traversed a paltry 6,894 miles since new, this bike defines the category of “rideable collectable.” Purists will always search out a zero mile example, but here is one that has few enough miles to still be considered relatively new, but not so few miles that it cannot be ridden. And after all, isn’t that the *real* draw of these uber rare steeds?

From the seller:
This is completely original and perfect, less one small rub spot on the fairing from transportation. It is a very small spot on the right side in the light blue area. Please check the detailed picture of the right side it is just below the end of the handlebar. This is not a restoration it is original. New O.E.M. tires, includes the rear stand, tool kit (missing 2 sockets), owners manual and several magazine articles and road tests.

The value of an RC30 has been often discussed on these pages (search RC30 on RSBFS). The floor starts in the $20k range and extends up above the $30k mark (way above that for some optomistic sellers!). This particular bike is sitting at $15k with minimal bidding a reserve firmly in place.

These bikes may peak in price sometime in the future, but that is not going to be any time soon. Until then, this is as secure an investment as anything on two wheels, and probably will out perform real estate and the average 401k to boot! For your chance to view this beauty, click the link and jump over to the auction. Be sure and let us know what you think!


Honda January 22, 2012 posted by

Honda VFR750R in Ireland (If you go, drink the Guinness!)

Location: Ireland

Mileage: 8,364

Price: Auction, $23,000 BIN

I’ll be the first to say that the seller in this auction doesn’t really provide the kind of detail I would expect on a bike like this one. Granted, there are probably more of these available in Europe than we see in the States at any given time. But still, it’s a VFR750R (RC30 to the U.S.) and is a bike I would want a lot of detail on. It’s also in Ireland, which is quite a trip for anyone from the U.S.

Maybe one reason why there’s not a lot here is because for most everybody who follows sportbikes and certainly RSBFS knows about the Honda VFR750R. But in case you need a reminder, here’s a great post from Jared that will give you a good breakdown between the U.S. and non-U.S. versions.

Only a few photos with this one. I’m sure anyone who is serious would want more-

Again, not much of a description from the seller-

This is the original racing VFR750RC30, untouched and in impeccable condition. The bike is fully serviced, run every month and wants for absolutely nothing. The mileage is low, and as you can see, I keep her inside at all times. Will listen to reasonable offers but no jokers please..

The seller says the bike is in need of nothing and is described as new. Again, with a lack of photos, it’s hard to say how clean the bike really is. And at a BIN price of $23,000, you’re gonna want all the detail you can get. Of course, there’s also the matter that the bike is in Ireland. This just may be the best excuse to visit. It’s an amazing country.

So, that’s it. Lack of detail by the seller is evident, but at the same time, that doesn’t mean it can’t work out. Decide for yourself and check the auction out.