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Honda June 16, 2011 posted by

Holy Grail Alert Part II: ’89 Honda RC30! (aka VFR750R)

Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Miles: 6,629
Price: $12,000 starting with reserve in place.

If you managed to pry your eyes away from the photo above to read this, it is greatly appreciated… go ahead and take one more look. Up for grabs here is one of the most (if not the) iconic sportbikes of all time. With a race-bred 750cc V4, hand laid fiberglass body work, and unmistakable red, white, and blue graphics, what’s not to love?

This particular bike comes to us from Canada and is being sold by the same seller as the awesome ’86 GSX-R750LE posted recently. It looks to be all stock and in exceptional condition. The seller does state that the bike did receive a minor scratch on the rear cowl while moving the bike from storage. You can check out more photos of this and the bike here. The seller does state that the bike has been in storage, so I would be interested to know when the last time it was started up and what kind of running condition it is currently in.

From the seller:

“I’m listing this 1989 Honda RC30 for a very good friend who’s not very computer savvy.  I’ve personally seen the machines and took the listing photos last summer.

“Out of the box” the machine was claimed to generate 112bhp with full road equipment, however this could be increased to 135bhp when prepared for competition use with the aid of the HRC race kit. The investment made in the models development was vindicated in its first season when Fred Merkel secured the Superbike World Championship in 1988, repeating the success in 1989. The new model instantly became one of the most sought after road bikes, receiving praise from all those who tested it, although its high price and limited availability ensured that those lucky enough to acquire one joined an exclusive club envied by others, today the RC30 remains as desirable as it was twenty years ago.

RC30 #21 spent most of its 10,669km commuting between Toronto and Kingston, Ontario, Canada  and was truly pampered by the original owner.  While the machine was being moved from storage the rear cowl received some minor scratches (shown in the high resolution Flickr photoset HERE).  Otherwise, this machine is in exceptional condition and even includes the leather bound owner’s manual.

If you have zero feedback, please contact me before submitting a bid. Any questions, feel free to email me (I’ll gladly give you my phone number if you need to chat).

Good luck with your bid!”

If you are lucky enough to have seen a pristine example of an RC30 in person as I have, you know how truly stunning they are. Starting bid on this beauty is $12,000 with the reserve still in place. I would expect you would be able to score this bike for around $20k. I don’t think any serious collection of sportbikes can be complete without an RC30. But I do think that a collection that contained only an RC30 sounds like pure bliss to me. Place your bid for this piece of history here!


Honda May 13, 2011 posted by

1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 For Sale-

1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 For Sale

Location: Glen Mills, PA
Mileage: 2,857
Price: $16,990.00 with reserve in place

There’s been some rumblings over on the Facebook page that we are partial to small cc rare sport bikes, but I have to disagree. Okay, so Ian and I have a little lean towards 2 strokes, but the other guys… well, I think they just like bikes and who’s to argue about the latest forward from a viewer? Not me bro!

I know I recently traded in my homologation Superbike for a NSR, but that doesn’t change where my heart truly lies so with out any more idle chatter from me-

I’m guessing this one is probably a Canadian model that has been well preserved.

It still excites me that RC’s demand so much respect in the market place. They come up for sale more often than their younger brother, the RC45, and in general are more sought after. From what I’ve been told it’s the pearly white paint on the hand laid fiberglass that draws collectors to it. Sort of like me to a cold beer- I’m naturally drawn to it and can’t help myself once I get it in my sight 🙂

These low mileage ones are starting to get as rare as hens teeth so if you have an extra $20k (ish) burning a hole in your pocket I suggest you jump over and get in on the action.

You can to see more pics and to place your bid. Good Luck!



Honda April 23, 2011 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R #58 For Sale!

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R #58 For Sale.

Location: Tempe, AZ
Mileage: 3,849
Price: $20,000.00 with no reserve

Nothing will brighten your day more than finding a low mileage RC30 while snooping around eBay on a rainy Saturday morning. It looks like this one is going to bring smiles to the faces of other RC30 owners because with a mere 173 views (at time of writing this) there were 16 bids with 9 days and 12 hours left. The smiles will come because this one will help raise the ‘market value threshold’ for the hoarders… er… collectors.

Pretty darned nice if I do say so myself. ‘Clean’ was the first thing that I noticed about this particular machine. Obviously, the owner has taken very good care of #58 and it shows in the high quality photos. They also have disclosed a few ‘imperfections’, but I can only find 1 of them while viewing the photos.

At first read I was a bit surprised at how fast this one jumped up, but then after admiring it several more times my opinion was put in check. Read on and then we can debate it in the discussion section.

Second owner, originally from Seattle dealership;

-Not raced or modified;
-3,849 miles (most from a single trip by wife from Phoenix to Northern California);
-Parked last 11 years in office and living room. Bike has been taken out and started every spring and fall;
-Oil changed within last year. Other fluids (brake, coolant) within last 2 years
-Original tires
-Original brake pads have lots of life left
-New battery
-Rear stand included
-Owner’s manual and toolkit

Professional repairs from storage damage to tank and rear cowl, mirror and caliper;
– Tank – New decals and clear coat
– Rear Cowl – 4″ fiberglass repair, red paint and clear coat
– New right mirror
– Minor scratches on left front caliper (see photo)

I can certainly appreciate how clean it is and wouldn’t expect much less from a machine of this caliber with such low miles. As I mentioned, this one has really grown on me and I now understand why it has better than average activity on it. I never claimed to be quick so hold the comments please :).

The original tires, original brake pads, toolkit, all the stickers are in place, no modifications, near perfect windscreen and the overall clean condition really make this one special in my mind and no, I didn’t forget about the respray of a few parts. The repair work looks to be excellent and well done and if you can’t live with a few ‘picks’ then check out our featured ad that has a set of brand new OEM RC30 bodywork listed for sale which is simply amazing in itself.

Yes, I imported every picture for your viewing pleasure. I’m going to sit back and watch how this one unfolds, but one thing is for sure- this one will sell and should fit nicely in any collection. Now where is the ‘WANT’ button?


Interested in placing a bid?

Let me just say that I love my wife and would do anything for her, but it would be a cold day in hell before I let her ride my perfect, collectable machine on a 3,000 mile journey! (psst, don’t tell her I said that)



Honda December 15, 2010 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R

1990 Honda RC30 for sale

About $20,000

San Francisco, CA

The Honda RC30, sportbike royalty and this one appears to be in fine condition. Time seems to have treated this bike well as the high quality photos show. I wish the listing was as concise and pointed as the photos, the seller advises to “expect about $20K” for this bike with 8,500 miles. Jargon aside, this is one fine bike!

There is an issue with the fork surface, but even noting that fact, this ambiguous price is just about right. Check out the CL posting with contact details here. Enjoy.

Honda August 14, 2010 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R for sale

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R for sale

Location: LA, CA
Mileage: 1278
Price: 26,000

Holy Cow Bartman! This is the 3rd RC30 this week! Must a be a liquidation sale going on in Cali. This one is said to only have 1,278 miles on it and once again the pictures are less than adequate for the machine. This is for sure one of the lowest mileage RC’s we’ve seen in recent months, so if you have an extra 26g’s burning a whole in your front pocket this would be a great way to get rid of it.

Have a look:

Honda RC30 for sale low miles

You can view the CL ad here

This one is priced a few pennies higher than the previous two, but the low mileage should cover the spread.



Honda August 11, 2010 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R

Location: LA, CA
Price: 22,000
Mileage: Low(!)

It never ceases to amaze me how owners of such rare bikes don’t take the time or put little, if any, effort in to selling them. Point in case is today’s CL find.

Have a look:

Low mileage CA bike, one owner, ready to ride. Low serial number.

That’s it folks! You want to buy it?

You can make contact here.

Oh but wait.. there’s another one for sale in San Francisco with no pictures, but the seller does offer a phone number. I don’t think it’s the same one, but it sounds very similar in specs.



Honda July 7, 2010 posted by

1990 Honda VFR750R RC30

1990 Honda VFR750R RC30

Price: $16,000
Location: Pembroke Pines, FL
Mileage: 23,483

RC30’s need no introduction on so I won’t bore you with the specs. This one is a rider and not a garage queen and I commend the owner for using it as it was meant to be used. I asked a couple RC owners what they thought about this bike with a no reserve auction price of $16,000 and they both thought it was a good price for the bike with all things considered. I personally think the price is in line and fair.

As you can see in the picture this RC30 does have the 17″ 3 spoke Dymag, which is period correct, an aftermarket exhaust and it sports a Ohlins rear shock. There are many other modifications to this one and if you’re still reading this you must be interested.

Here is what the seller has to say:

I am selling my 1990 Honda RC30. I never had any intention of selling this bike, but sometime life gets in the way. If you are looking for a garage queen, keep looking. I have ridden this bike as it was meant to be. Never raced and always taken care of. The engine has been modified by Mike Velasco (he built Freddie Spencers Two Brothers bike). It has HRC pistons, jet kit, cams, black box, exhaust, upper radiator, and temp guage, It has the HRC air scoop under the gas tank to bring more air to the airbox. It has a Dymag magnesium 17 inch rear wheel. It has an Ohlins rear shock with ride height adjustment and front fork springs. It has approx. 125 HP at the rear wheel. Steel braided brake lines front and rear as well as the clutch line. New clutch plates with less than 200 miles. It has an alarm installed as well.

I have most of the stock parts as well, including the radiator, rear wheel, exhaust can, reflectors, another stock air box, a couple of used mirrors, the stock turn signals and a couple of spares. I also have a couple of the Honda specific tools.

I am the second owner, but the original owner only had 50 miles on the bike when I bought it in 1993. Always garaged.

It has some rock chips in the front of the bike, the clear coat on the forks should be refinished, the windscreen has been changed with an aftermarket screen. The fairing lower needs to be refinished due to the HRC exhaust pipe. If you know about these pipes, they hang lower than the stock and will burn a hole in the fairing. I took a lot of precautions but this happened anyway.The HRC exhaust can has a dent in it as well. You can see this in the left side photo.

Like most RC30’s, that have been ridden, you can see where the header has scorched the lower fairing. I wouldn’t consider this a defect, but a natural occurring cycle in the life of a RC30. I like these types of Rare Sport Bikes For Sale because when you buy one you can actually ride it and feel the excitement and understand what all of the hoopla is about. I have a hard time understanding the RC collectors who mothball and display their RC’s in the bedroom only to become a cloths rack. I just don’t understand…..



Honda May 28, 2010 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 in mint condition

1990 Honda RC30

**Update 6.13.10 – This bike is back on ebay

**Update 6.7.10 – This bike did not sell and didn’t receive any bids. The motorcycling world has truly hit rock bottom! But, the upside is now I may be able to afford one of these someday. 🙂

Location: Topsham, Vermont
Price: $24,000 B.I.N. (and that my friends is a no haggle deal!)
Mileage: 15,485

RC30 for sale

Forwarded to us by Jon, the owner, is his wonderfully preserved RC30. Since no one can tell a bikes history like the owner, I’ll let Jon tell you about his RC30.

This particular RC30 remains completely unmolested. It still has its distinctive 18″ rear wheel. Even the front brake rotors with the factory cuts are the originals (extremely hard to find). In the keyed compartment behind the seat rest is the original Honda canvas rolled toolkit. The original manual still exists. The bike has not been painted, nor does it show any sign of crash or “fall over” damage. The tell-tale sign of HRC original body work is using one’s fingers to feel the roll of the lip of the hand-laid fiberglass. That lip is present everywhere, as is the seemingly impossible-to-be-that-thin wall of the fiberglass panels. This is not an RC30 which has ever seen the ground.

An all original RC30 is indeed hard to come by. For me personally, “all original” is a million times better than “period correct modifications” any day of the week. We had one posted a few weeks back and the bidding stalled out at $21,100 and it was equally original with almost the exact same mileage. I’m not sure if it’s the down market or what, but to see a RC30 stall at $21,100 was a bit odd for me. If I had the extra $24,000 this one would not be going live today 🙂

Check out the Honda RC30 promotional video