1990 Honda RC30

$46,545

Description

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

When the new World Superbike Championship was introduced in 1988, Honda had an issue as its highly successful custom-built RVF750 factory endurance racer (not the RC45) wouldn’t be eligible to compete. So they set out to create a new top-shelf, street-legal, limited edition race bike, producing the minimum number of units required to satisfy homologation rules. Knowing it would only have to turn out a relatively small batch of machines, Soichiro Honda wanted to use the new model to demonstrate what its factory race department was capable of. The result was a no-expense-spared race-grade legend brimming with features previously reserved for track-only machinery. Japan called it the VFR750R, but the bike we fell in love with in America was named the RC30.

At the heart of the RC30 was a liquid-cooled, 748cc, 90-degree V4 engine with four valves per cylinder, gear-driven double-overhead cams, titanium connecting rods, forged two-ring pistons, an 11.0:1 compression ratio, and a “big bang” firing order. Paired with a six-speed transmission with a trick slipper clutch, the sophisticated V4 made 118 hp at 11,000 rpm and 55 ft-lbs of torque at 9,800rpm (unrestricted). The VFR750R had a best-in-class dry weight of 396 lbs and a wet weight of 488 lbs, which was almost 10 lbs less than the game-changing Suzuki GSX-R750. The VFR had a top speed of over 150mph, and thanks to an incredibly high gear ratio, could break 80 mph in first gear.

The RC30 got fully-adjustable Showa suspension fore and aft — 43mm telescopic forks up front and a mono-shock out back. Braking duties went to a pair of fully floating 310mm discs bit by four-piston Nissin calipers in the front and a single 220m unit pinched by a dual-pot caliper in the rear.

The bike’s fork sliders also allowed the front calipers to remain in place during wheel changes, a feature that, like the ELF-designed single-sided swing-arm, was born out of competition for ultra-quick pit stops.

In total, only 316 RC30s were sold in the US – and only in the 1990 model year.

Manufactured in December of 1989, this RC30 is VIN: JH2RC3000LM200106.

The odometer shows 4,297 miles.

The seller of the bike is the original owner – he also owned a Honda dealership for over 30 years. He says that the bike is completely original (including the tires) except for the battery and a battery tender lead.

In October 2020, the seller had a regular service performed which also included a new battery and a carb clean.

Cosmetic Blemishes:
The seller notes a small paint chip near the headlight, a scratch on the bottom of the right fairing (crate damage when new), a few small dings on the front of the bellypan behind the front tire, and faded windscreen trim.


Mechanically, the seller says that it runs great and there are no issues.

The sale includes the original tool kit and stand.

Currently located in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, this RC30 is offered on a clean Kentucky title. Have any RC30 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments!

Additional Information

Location

Prestonsburg, Kentucky

Year

1990

Make

Honda

Model

RC30

Mileage

4,297

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

Kentucky

VIN

JH2RC3000LM200106

Additional Charges

No

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

CycleVIN

https://cyclevin.com/JH2RC3000LM200106.pdf

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