1990 Honda RC30

SOLD FOR: $41,195

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on August 9, 2022

Winner: rsr250

Winning Bid: $38,500
Buyer Fee: $2,695
Total: $41,195

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.

This example is VIN: JH2RC3003LM200214. The seller acquired it seven years ago from a collector in California.

During his ownership, the seller has ridden it 5 miles. The odometer shows 4,979 miles.

Maintenance:
In the last six months, the bike has received an oil change, spark plugs, “general service”, and fuel flush. He states that there are no known mechanical issues and that the bike “needs nothing but tires.”

Modifications:
Per the seller, this RC30 is all original.

Cosmetic Blemishes:
The seller notes “some repaint on lower fairing, a few scrapes and one chip in the red paint.”



It is riding on Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart tires which have aged out.

Currently located in Grayslake, Illinois, this Honda is offered on a clean Illinois title. The California plate is a holdover from the previous owner.

Have any RC30 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information

Location

Grayslake, Illinois

Year

1990

Make

Honda

Model

RC30

Mileage

4,979

VIN

JH2RC3003LM200214

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

California

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

CycleVIN

https://cyclevin.com/JH2RC3003LM200214.pdf

Total Bids Placed: 50

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: rsr250

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
rsr250 August 9, 2022 11:59 am $38,500 Auto
CoconutJoe August 9, 2022 11:59 am $38,400
rsr250 August 9, 2022 11:58 am $38,300
CoconutJoe August 9, 2022 11:58 am $38,200 Auto
CoconutJoe August 9, 2022 11:57 am $38,100
rsr250 August 9, 2022 11:57 am $38,000 Auto
CoconutJoe August 9, 2022 11:57 am $37,900
rsr250 August 9, 2022 11:55 am $37,800 Auto
CoconutJoe August 9, 2022 11:55 am $37,700
rsr250 August 9, 2022 11:38 am $37,100 Auto
CoconutJoe August 9, 2022 11:38 am $37,000
rsr250 August 9, 2022 11:09 am $36,700
CoconutJoe August 9, 2022 11:09 am $36,600 Auto
CoconutJoe August 9, 2022 7:33 am $36,100
xracer23 August 9, 2022 7:33 am $36,000 Auto
xracer23 August 8, 2022 4:42 pm $35,700 Auto
Newby2022 August 8, 2022 4:42 pm $35,600
xracer23 August 6, 2022 4:36 am $35,500 Reserve
Newby2022 August 6, 2022 4:36 am $33,000 Auto
Newby2022 August 5, 2022 8:13 am $32,600
jdnickellsr August 5, 2022 8:13 am $32,500 Auto
jdnickellsr August 4, 2022 12:21 pm $30,100 Auto
Newby2022 August 4, 2022 12:21 pm $30,000
jdnickellsr August 4, 2022 12:21 pm $27,600 Auto
vfrcbr919 August 4, 2022 12:21 pm $27,500
jdnickellsr August 4, 2022 12:20 pm $27,200 Auto
vfrcbr919 August 4, 2022 12:20 pm $27,100
jdnickellsr August 3, 2022 1:10 pm $27,000 Auto
YZR500 August 3, 2022 1:10 pm $26,900
jdnickellsr August 3, 2022 8:57 am $22,100 Auto
GSXRK1 August 3, 2022 8:57 am $22,000
jdnickellsr August 3, 2022 8:16 am $21,220 Auto
Higgy89 August 3, 2022 8:16 am $21,120
jdnickellsr August 3, 2022 8:16 am $20,000 Auto
Higgy89 August 3, 2022 8:16 am $19,900
jdnickellsr August 3, 2022 7:29 am $18,988
Higgy89 August 3, 2022 7:29 am $18,888 Auto
Higgy89 August 2, 2022 9:43 pm $15,100
Motogpdr August 2, 2022 9:43 pm $15,000 Auto
Motogpdr August 2, 2022 7:45 pm $8,100
Terminator August 2, 2022 7:45 pm $8,000 Auto
Terminator August 2, 2022 5:54 pm $5,100
SmokinFast August 2, 2022 5:54 pm $5,000 Auto
SmokinFast August 2, 2022 11:06 am $4,569 Auto
Compstall73 August 2, 2022 11:06 am $4,469
SmokinFast August 2, 2022 11:06 am $3,945 Auto
Compstall73 August 2, 2022 11:06 am $3,845
SmokinFast August 2, 2022 11:06 am $2,992 Auto
Compstall73 August 2, 2022 11:06 am $2,892
SmokinFast August 2, 2022 9:23 am $1,000
Auction started August 2, 2022 9:16 am
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