1987 Honda RC30

HIGH BID: $25,001

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Please note: The below running video does not depict the horn. It will be installed prior to pick-up or shipment.

Click here for an VINData Motorcycle History Report on this 1990 Honda RC30. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

We obviously love our Honda RC30s here, but this one is pretty special — even for us. Honda gave Americans access to the RC30 in 1990, and our European colleagues were able to buy it as early as 1988. However, the first 1,000 examples were exclusively offered in Japan, and what you see before you is one of those very bikes.

When the first RC30s were announced in Japan in the summer of 1987, Honda essentially used a lottery to select who would be able to buy one. The lucky few were rewarded with one of the most iconic race replicas of all time — a homologation specifically created so that Honda could compete in the new-for-1988 World Superbike Championship.

There are several features that are unique to the original 1,000 RC30s, including smaller headlights, blue turn signal housings, a 77 horsepower restriction (the Japanese limit for 750cc motorcycles at the time), and a numbered plaque on the frame which said that this bike was “For those few who can appreciate the finest Motor Sports has to offer.”

This example is VIN: RC301000621. It came to Iconic as an import from Japan.

The odometer shows 18,533 kilometers (11,515 miles).

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the battery, clean and sync the carbs, change the oil and oil filter, flush the brake and clutch fluid, and service the chain. Additionally, we rebuilt and refinished the front calipers and replaced the bum pad and seat lock. Because the original tank was in poor shape, we replaced it accordingly with a NOS unit from an American-market RC30. The tank designs are identical with the exception of the wing — Japanese market bikes feature a yellow wing, whereas American-market bikes feature a red wing. Finally, we had Brian of BKM Creations buff the windscreen and repaint the mirrors.

Gas Tank Condition: Ok, Like New
Tire Years – Front: 2018; Rear:1018
Tire % – Front: 70%; Rear: 80%
Tire Pressure – Front: 36 PSI; Rear: 38 PSI
Brake % – Front: 80%; Rear: 80%
Hydraulic Fluid – Front: New; Rear: New; Clutch: New
Engine Oil – Level: Ok; Quality: New
Coolant – Level: Ok; Quality: New
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Passing Light: Ok
Parking Light: Ok
Turn Signals: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Killswitch: Ok
Fork: Ok
Shock/s: Ok
Final Drive: Ok, Just Service
OCV: 12.92V
Charging: 13/75V
Test Ride: 5.59 Miles, unit operates as designed
-Three sets of keys: ignition and fuel cap

American-market RC30 tank.

Battery tender lead.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart III tires with date codes of 1018 and 2018.

The sale includes three sets of keys (the ignition and tank are not matched) and the original tank.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Honda is offered on a clean Oregon title. Please note that as an import, this bike lacks certain compliance and emissions stickers that the state of California would require to transfer a title. Have any RC30 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Total Bids Placed: 7

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: g*****y

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
g*****y May 15, 2024 5:48 pm PDT $25,001
f*********l May 15, 2024 5:48 pm PDT $25,000 Auto
f*********l May 15, 2024 5:09 pm PDT $20,850 Auto
o***x May 15, 2024 5:09 pm PDT $20,750
f*********l May 9, 2024 7:36 pm PDT $20,100
s*******5 May 9, 2024 7:36 pm PDT $20,000 Auto
s*******5 May 9, 2024 3:58 pm PDT $1
Auction started May 9, 2024 1:10 pm PDT
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