1990 Honda RC30

SOLD FOR: $33,491

Seller accepted post-auction offer.

This auction has ended.

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Description

Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 1990 Honda RC30. There is a title shown in Colorado from 2003, however we believe that to be an error with CycleVIN. 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 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 example (VIN: JH2RC3000LM200073) is #73 of 316.

The seller acquired it in 1996 from a private party in Colorado (it is a 49-state model). At the time it had approximately 1,000 miles on the clock. The odometer now shows 8,536 miles.

The only modifications are a Muzzy exhaust (the pipes have been heat wrapped) with HRC jet kit. The seller does not have the original parts.

Cosmetic Blemishes:
Per the seller, this bike has never been down and always been garaged. It “sustained cracks to the fiberglass and dings on top of the tank during shipment.”


This bike suffers from air bubbles under the paint, common to models of this era.” Our White Glove service would be able to get the bodywork repainted.


We also note some corrosion on the front forks.

The seller states that there are no mechanical issues. He says “I’ve done all maintenance, I raced 600 Supersport for many years where I learned how to work on all my bikes under the tutelage of Lee Shierts, expert mechanic and builder.” The sale includes the original stand, tool kit, owner’s manual, and a HRC parts list race set up manual.

Currently located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, this Honda is offered on a clean California title on non-op registration.

Have any RC30 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments!

Additional Information

Location

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Year

1990

Make

Honda

Model

RC30

Mileage

8,536

VIN

JH2RC3000LM200073

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

California

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

CycleVIN

https://cyclevin.com/JH2RC3000LM200073.pdf

Total Bids Placed:

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: Joeycalanni

After the auction ended, the seller accepted an offer of $33,491 including buyer fees.

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Joeycalanni May 8, 2021 12:43 pm $27,600
JB May 8, 2021 12:43 pm $27,500 Auto
JB May 8, 2021 12:42 pm $26,100
Joeycalanni May 8, 2021 12:42 pm $26,000 Auto
Joeycalanni May 8, 2021 11:16 am $25,100
JB May 8, 2021 11:16 am $25,000 Auto
JB May 8, 2021 11:16 am $23,100 Auto
Joeycalanni May 8, 2021 11:16 am $23,000
JB May 8, 2021 9:55 am $20,100
Joeycalanni May 8, 2021 9:55 am $20,000 Auto
Joeycalanni May 7, 2021 8:22 am $16,100
Strutz71 May 7, 2021 8:22 am $16,000 Auto
Strutz71 May 7, 2021 8:17 am $15,100
Joeycalanni May 7, 2021 8:17 am $15,000 Auto
Joeycalanni May 7, 2021 12:04 am $14,100 Auto
lammers May 7, 2021 12:04 am $14,000
Joeycalanni May 5, 2021 8:20 pm $13,100
ptrocco May 5, 2021 8:20 pm $13,000 Auto
ptrocco May 2, 2021 5:31 am $11,210
MRJOHNCHUNG May 2, 2021 5:31 am $11,110 Auto
MRJOHNCHUNG May 1, 2021 3:48 pm $10,100 Auto
surffly May 1, 2021 3:48 pm $10,000
MRJOHNCHUNG April 30, 2021 8:43 pm $4,600
Hoylemoto April 30, 2021 8:43 pm $4,500 Auto
Hoylemoto April 30, 2021 5:44 pm $1,000
Auction started April 25, 2021 9:26 am
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