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 and Europe 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 monoshock 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.
This example is VIN: JH2RC3005LM200232. The seller purchased it eight years ago from a private party in San Francisco; he is the third owner.
The odometer shows 11,611 miles.
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the battery, change the oil and oil filter, clean and sync the carbs, flush the brake and clutch fluid, fab new cowl rubbers, and service the chain. We also sent out the bike to have a new set of keys made.
Alex and Olly did the work, they note the following in their condition report:
Tire Years – Front: 2000; Rear: 2002
Tire Life – Front/ Rear: 50%
Tire Pressure – Front/ Rear: 36PSI, 38PSI
Brake Life -Front: 95%; Rear: 50%
Hydraulic Fluid – Front: Ok,
Rear/Clutch: Ok, New
Engine Oil – Level: Ok; Quality: Ok, New
Coolant – Level: Ok; Quality: Ok, Aged
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Turn Signals: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Test Ride: 4 Mile test ride, bike operates as intended
-Tires dated 2000 and 2002, set should be replaced
Aftermarket turn signals.
It is riding on Dunlop Sportmax tires that have aged out.
Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
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 current registration. Have any RC30 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!