1990 Honda RC30

SOLD FOR: $44,940

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on October 20, 2022

Winner: Ilbella83

Winning Bid: $42,000
Buyer Fee: $2,940
Total: $44,940

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 example is VIN: JH2RC3005LM200098.

The seller acquired it three years ago from Iconic Motorbikes.

Photo by Nathan May from when the seller acquired it from us.

The seller has owned the bike for three years, during which time he has ridden it for 1,122 miles. The odometer currently shows 8,121 miles.

Maintenance:
In September of 2021, the tail suffered some damage during transport – the seller had us send the tail out for a repaint.

In June of 2022, the seller had us rebuild the forks, refinish/clearcoat the fork lowers, install front brake pads, change the engine oil/filter, install new turn signal brackets, and clean/sync the carbs.

Modifications:
Ladybird exhaust (purchased new by seller and installed by Iconic in September 2021).

Marvic 17″ wheels, aftermarket rotors.

Ohlins steering stabilizer.

Fox shock.

Nippon Seiki temperature gauge.

Aftermarket grips.

Fork adjusters.

Lightened inner fairings.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:




Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Dunlop Sportmax Q3 tires with date codes of 3815 and 4815.

The sale includes three keys, the original tool kit, and a reprinted owner’s manual.

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 registration current through October 2022.

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

Additional Information

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1990

Make

Honda

Model

RC30

Mileage

8,122

VIN

JH2RC3005LM200098

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

California

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

CycleVIN

https://cyclevin.com/jh2rc3005lm200098.pdf

Total Bids Placed: 48

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: Ilbella83

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 1:25 pm $42,000 Reserve
billg72469 October 20, 2022 1:25 pm $38,000 Auto
billg72469 October 20, 2022 1:24 pm $37,600
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 1:24 pm $37,500 Auto
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 12:49 pm $35,100 Auto
billg72469 October 20, 2022 12:49 pm $35,000
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 12:25 pm $32,300 Auto
vfrcbr919 October 20, 2022 12:25 pm $32,200
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 12:14 pm $32,100 Auto
billg72469 October 20, 2022 12:14 pm $32,000
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 11:57 am $30,100 Auto
billg72469 October 20, 2022 11:57 am $30,000
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 11:56 am $29,100
billg72469 October 20, 2022 11:56 am $29,000 Auto
billg72469 October 20, 2022 11:50 am $28,100
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 11:50 am $28,000 Auto
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 10:10 am $25,000 Auto
vfrcbr919 October 20, 2022 10:10 am $24,930
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 9:58 am $24,530 Auto
vfrcbr919 October 20, 2022 9:58 am $24,430
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 9:57 am $24,330 Auto
vfrcbr919 October 20, 2022 9:57 am $24,230
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 8:17 am $24,130
BillyB October 20, 2022 8:17 am $24,030 Auto
BillyB October 20, 2022 8:16 am $23,600 Auto
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 8:16 am $23,500
BillyB October 20, 2022 8:16 am $23,100 Auto
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 8:16 am $23,000
BillyB October 20, 2022 8:16 am $22,700 Auto
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 8:16 am $22,600
BillyB October 20, 2022 8:16 am $22,500 Auto
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 8:16 am $22,400
BillyB October 20, 2022 8:15 am $22,300 Auto
Ilbella83 October 20, 2022 8:15 am $22,200
BillyB October 20, 2022 6:29 am $22,100
jwk851 October 20, 2022 6:29 am $22,000 Auto
jwk851 October 14, 2022 10:26 am $20,169
BillyB October 14, 2022 9:19 am $20,069 Auto
jwk851 October 14, 2022 9:19 am $20,000
BillyB October 14, 2022 8:49 am $18,600 Auto
SmokinFast October 14, 2022 8:49 am $18,500
BillyB October 14, 2022 7:22 am $15,100
sdrcp October 14, 2022 7:22 am $15,000 Auto
sdrcp October 13, 2022 1:44 pm $8,100
Rsc October 13, 2022 1:44 pm $8,000 Auto
Rsc October 13, 2022 1:16 pm $5,100 Auto
PiraRacingTeam October 13, 2022 1:16 pm $5,000
Rsc October 13, 2022 12:10 pm $1
Auction started October 13, 2022 9:02 am
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Shipping Information

Continental US:
Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.

Please note:

  • spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
  • the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.
  • additional details can be found here

Southern California
On a case-by-case basis, we can transport motorcycles in our van.

We are located in Santa Monica, California 90405.
Local Rates (one way):
0-50 miles: $150
50-150 miles: $300

Alaska/Hawaii:
Please contact concierge@iconicmotorbikes.com for a quote.

Canada:
We recommend TFX

$1,500 for Los Angeles, CA to Canada is a ROUGH ballpark, please contact TFX for an exact quote including shipping and customs.

Europe and Asia:
We recommend Shippio

$5,000 for US to Europe/Asia is a VERY ROUGH ballpark which includes transport as well as customs fees and duties. Please contact Shippio for an exact quote.

Australia/New Zealand:
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