10-17-2019 Update: It has come to our attention that this RC30 is not a 1990, rather it is a 1988 model. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Additional photos of this 1988 Honda RC30 are available here for your perusal.
Alright, we know we’ve basically turned into a RC30 dealership at this point, but can you blame us? It’s truly one of the most Iconic bikes of all time, and we’re lucky that people think of us when they want to pass on their amazing bikes to the next lucky owner.
If you need a reminder of why we love this Honda so much, the RC30 was built to race in the World Superbike Championship – and it won the first two seasons. Robb Report called it “the motorcycle against which every superbike of its day is measured against.” It doesn’t hurt that it’s also drop dead gorgeous.
Because this has a yellow wing logo on the tank and “VFR750R” on the tail instead of “RC30”, this is a non-US bike. Does that make it a little bit cooler? You tell us.
This RC30 is one we used to own here at Iconic. We originally purchased while it was in the care of Jim Granger, who performed a full overhaul that included brand new custom cut valves, fluids, valve seals, tires, pretty much the entire top end, and usual service items.
The bike was previously owned by Nick Ienatsch. Rumor has it (we have not been able to confirm this) Nick left the bike at Freddie Spencer’s place and Freddie put many of the kilometers on the bike while instructing his school in Vegas. Adam talked to Nick at Barber, we should have made Adam ask!
Seeing that tires are so difficult to source and there’s limited options, the bike has black 17″ Marchesinis as well as a set of fresh powder coated OEM wheels in white. When mounting 17’s, you need a suspension link upgrade in the rear to adjust the height, and that’s been sorted as well.
The new owner took possession of the bike from Iconic and wanted it even closer to perfect so he used our white glove services to have Jason at Artistimo Custom Design clean up any small rock chips and a belly scuff so she was close to perfect. He wanted an HRC exhaust so we tracked one down, tuned the bike for the new pipe, and installed it for him.
The new owner finds himself working too much to enjoy it and has opted to put her up for sale. This bike is in excellent shape and that’s why Adam originally bought it for himself personally. The bike is in excellent shape, and unlike many RC30s there’s absolutely no oxidation on the frame. It’s very original and exceptionally clean with zero signs that it ever went down.