1990 Honda RC30

SOLD FOR: $40,660

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. 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 January of 1990, this example is VIN: JH2RC3011LM200060.

The odometer shows 7,998 miles.

The seller is our technician Olly, who bought it as a project six months ago after it had been sitting in a shop for twenty years. He then performed the following:

– Rebuilt forks, vapor blasted fork lowers.

– Rebuilt carbs, new carb rubbers.

– Powdercoated wheels, new Shinko Podium tires, brake caliper service.

– Oil/filter change, coolant flush, brake/clutch fluid flush.

– He had our usual painter touch up the lower fairings.

After that, he took it for a 2 mile test ride.

Cosmetic Blemishes:



Inside of the tank:

The sale includes one key and the tool kit.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Honda is offered on a clean California title with non-op registration. Have any RC30 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments!

Additional Information

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1990

Make

Honda

Model

RC30

Mileage

7,998

VIN

JH2RC3011LM200060

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

California

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

CycleVIN

https://cyclevin.com/JH2RC3011LM200060.pdf

Total Bids Placed: 34

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: CelrR

After the auction ended, the seller accepted an offer of $40,660 including buyer fees.

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
CelrR September 1, 2021 11:00 am $35,100 Auto
v4ult September 1, 2021 11:00 am $35,000
CelrR September 1, 2021 10:58 am $30,100
Boostin September 1, 2021 10:58 am $30,000 Auto
Boostin September 1, 2021 10:58 am $29,100 Auto
CelrR September 1, 2021 10:58 am $29,000
Boostin September 1, 2021 10:53 am $28,100 Auto
CelrR September 1, 2021 10:53 am $28,000
Boostin September 1, 2021 5:54 am $27,100 Auto
CelrR September 1, 2021 5:54 am $27,000
Boostin September 1, 2021 3:28 am $26,100
dreiswig75 September 1, 2021 3:28 am $26,000 Auto
dreiswig75 August 29, 2021 7:15 pm $25,600 Auto
BUYBID22 August 29, 2021 7:15 pm $25,500
dreiswig75 August 27, 2021 9:50 pm $25,100
Moriman August 27, 2021 9:50 pm $25,000 Auto
Moriman August 26, 2021 3:48 pm $22,100
dreiswig75 August 26, 2021 3:48 pm $22,000 Auto
dreiswig75 August 26, 2021 2:44 pm $20,400 Auto
Moriman August 26, 2021 2:44 pm $20,300
dreiswig75 August 26, 2021 12:31 pm $20,200 Auto
Racerx43 August 26, 2021 12:31 pm $20,100
dreiswig75 August 26, 2021 12:30 pm $18,900 Auto
Racerx43 August 26, 2021 12:30 pm $18,800
dreiswig75 August 26, 2021 12:02 pm $16,850
Racerx43 August 26, 2021 12:02 pm $16,750 Auto
Racerx43 August 26, 2021 7:54 am $15,100
dreiswig75 August 26, 2021 7:54 am $15,000 Auto
dreiswig75 August 26, 2021 7:45 am $14,600 Auto
SODO-Moto August 26, 2021 7:45 am $14,500
dreiswig75 August 26, 2021 4:08 am $10,100 Auto
ptrocco August 26, 2021 4:08 am $10,000
dreiswig75 August 25, 2021 6:35 pm $1,100
owo1owo2 August 25, 2021 11:27 am $1,000
Auction started August 25, 2021 10:00 am
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Continental US:
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