1990 Honda VFR400R NC30

HIGH BID: $8,100

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Description

Additional photos of this Honda NC30 are available here for your perusal.

Essentially a scaled-down version of Honda’s legendary RC30, the VFR400R, or NC30, was a race-bred 400cc superbike introduced in the late 1980s. A smaller and cheaper alternative to the VFR750R, the 400 still possessed the same bodywork and livery as the 750, as well as its stellar reliability and fit and finish which had become Honda hallmarks.

Powering the NC30 was a carbureted, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, V4 with gear-driven cams that gave the NC30 a unique roar. With a relatively flat torque curve and a redline of 14,500rpm, the NC30’s V4 was good for around 30 ft-lbs of torque and just shy of 60hp. Top-speed was a respectable 130mph, and with a wet weight of only 400lbs, the VFR400R’s dual front 296mm discs and four-piston calipers were more than sufficient at slowing things down.

The trick little 400 was also an early adopter of various features such as its 360-degree “big bang” firing order, TRAC (Torque Reactive Anti-dive Circuit) 41mm telescopic front-end, and ELF’s Pro-Arm single-sided swing-arm. Just like its three-quarter-liter sibling, the welterweight VFR used a competition-derived aluminum twin-spar frame. A four-into-one exhaust exited on the left side of the bike, enabling easy access to the 18” rear wheel, and the suspension’s preload and rebound were both adjustable.

The VFR400R was created for the Japanese domestic market, though it was officially sold in parts of Europe for a time, albeit in limited numbers. Produced until being phased out in ’94, the NC30 wasn’t ever sold in the US, though grey market examples have found their way to US shores.

This example (VIN: NC30-1050341) previously came out of the MC Collection in Stockholm, Sweden. The seller acquired it at the Mecum Las Vegas auction in January 2019.

The odometer shows 25,382 kilometers (15,771 miles).

The seller recently decided to thin out his motorcycle collection and he sent us this bike as well as Suzuki RG500 Gamma Walter Wolf #1. We auctioned off the Walter Wolf, however when we tried to start this bike fuel started leaking from the petcock. Mecum had presented this as an “exquisite” example, however it needed lots of work to be a runner. The seller had Steve and Daniel go through it: they replaced the petcock, cleaned the carbs, flushed the brake fluid, replaced the water pump gasket, installed new fork seals, and installed a new battery. It now starts and runs, though the throttle is a little sticky.

Daniel notes several cracks in the bodywork, missing screws in the gas cap, a bent clutch lever, missing kickstand rubber, and cracking powdercoat on the wheels.

Modifications:
Tank protectors.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes.







Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S20 tires from 2014.

The sale includes one key.

It also includes import paperwork, the Bill of Sale from Mecum, and a sign from when this bike was on display at the MC Collection in Stockholm, Sweden.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Honda is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any VFR400R stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments below!

Additional Information

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1990

Make

Honda

Model

VFR400

Mileage

15,771

VIN

NC30-1050341

Title

Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country

N/A

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

Total Bids Placed: 26

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: MachBikes

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
MachBikes January 14, 2022 7:27 am $8,100
Nicks1 January 14, 2022 7:27 am $8,000 Auto
Nicks1 January 14, 2022 7:25 am $7,650
MachBikes January 14, 2022 7:25 am $7,550 Auto
MachBikes January 14, 2022 6:30 am $7,100
Davidmoto January 14, 2022 6:29 am $7,000 Auto
MachBikes January 14, 2022 6:29 am $6,900
Davidmoto January 14, 2022 6:29 am $6,800 Auto
MachBikes January 14, 2022 6:29 am $6,700
Davidmoto January 14, 2022 5:22 am $6,600
ANGELO PREKETES January 14, 2022 5:22 am $6,500 Auto
ANGELO PREKETES January 14, 2022 1:43 am $5,600
MachBikes January 13, 2022 6:39 am $5,500
mkoch96736 January 12, 2022 2:10 pm $5,400
MachBikes January 12, 2022 12:05 pm $5,300
ducatihayden January 11, 2022 6:25 pm $5,200
TheBean77 January 9, 2022 6:26 pm $5,100
Abhiram January 9, 2022 6:26 pm $5,000 Auto
Abhiram January 8, 2022 11:48 pm $2,200
ANGELO PREKETES January 8, 2022 6:13 pm $2,100
Risktkr January 8, 2022 6:13 pm $2,000 Auto
Risktkr January 8, 2022 6:13 pm $1,900 Auto
ANGELO PREKETES January 8, 2022 6:13 pm $1,800
Risktkr January 8, 2022 6:12 pm $1,600 Auto
ANGELO PREKETES January 8, 2022 6:12 pm $1,500
Risktkr January 7, 2022 11:16 am $1,000
Auction started January 7, 2022 8:40 am
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Shipping Information

Continental US:
Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for $660 in the Continental US, 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.
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