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 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 our shores.
The previous owner of this machine had Jim Grainger perform some work, including a valve adjustment, and then had us perform a $2,493.24 service which included body work repairs (no paint), full carb service and syncing, full hydraulic flush, a coolant flush and the installation of upgraded, aftermarket aluminum radiators (upper and lower), new valve cover gasket, oil and filter change, new spark plugs, and fresh rubber. Click here for a copy of that invoice.
There are a handful of minor cosmetic imperfections (all viewable in the photo album), but if you’re actually looking to put some miles on a JDM 400, this is a great opportunity. It’s offered with a clean California title.
The current owner purchased it from us approximately 8 months ago, however he just snagged a wonderful RC30 from us and he needs to make some room so he just sold a KLR with us and now this bike has to go, too.
After he bought this bike, the seller then had us perform another service to the tune of $4,355 which included:
– stainless steel brake lines
– new front brake reservoir
– new chain/sprocket
– carb rejet
– new Bridgestone tires (about 750 miles on them now)
– lockable license plate stashbox
– some paint touchups
– new Tyga oval stainless full exhaust