No Reserve – 1994 Honda VFR400 NC30 Project

SOLD FOR: $4,922

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on February 8, 2024

Winner: p************a

Winning Bid: $4,600
Buyer Fee: $322
Total: $4,922

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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.

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 is VIN: NC301107970. It came to Iconic as an import from Japan.

The odometer shows 47,696 kilometers (29,636 miles).

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us clean and sync the carbs, flush the tank, service the intake manifold, and change the air filter. Our service department notes the following in their condition report:

Gas Tank Internal: Ok, appears recently cleaned
Tire Years – Front: 2918; Rear: 2719
Tire Life-Front: 5%; Rear: 0%
Tire Pressure – Front: 32PSI; Rear: 32PSI
Brake Life – Front: 20%; Rear: 0%
Suspension Leaks: None, but forks have spots of pitting
Hydraulic Fluid – Front: Marginal; 1.5-3.0% Moisture; Rear: Fail, +3% Moisture
Drive Chain: Chain and sprockets severely worn
Engine Oil – Level: Ok; Quality: Aged
Coolant-Level: Ok; Quality: Aged
Low Beam: Not Working
High Beam: Ok
Parking Light: Ok
Passing Light: Ok
Turn Signals: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Killswitch: Ok
Horn: Ok
OCV: 12.99V
Capacity: 6.0AH
State of Health: 100%
State of Charge: 91%
Test Ride: NONE TAKEN, runs fine on bench

-Rear brakes dragging
-Worn chain+sprockets
-Front fork stanchion spitted
-Broken tab on riders seat
-Few cracks to fairing upper
-Damaged front fender, cracked and poorly touched up
-Cap missing from steering stem
-Oxidation on water pump
-Rusty shift rod
-Chain slider deteriorated
-Cosmetic damage to bodywork; scuffed bodywork on the right fairings, LH faring is scuffed, crack and staining to LH tail section
-Rodent damage to battery positive terminal
-Collar missing for fuel tank bolt
-Small leak on overflow tank hose
-Cotter pin missing from rear axle nut
*Carbon tank protector installed
*Touring windscreen installed, but has cracks
*Aftermarket grips, bar ends
*”JMCA” muffler
*Taillights tinted

-Engine oil and filter
-Hydro 2
-Chain and Sprockets
-Front and rear pads

Aftermarket muffler.

Aftermarket tank protector.

Touring windscreen.

Aftermarket grips, bar ends.

Tinted taillights.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Timsun and Shinko tires with date codes of 2918 and 2719.

The sale includes two keys.

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 Oregon title. Please note that as an import, this bike lacks certain compliance and emissions stickers that the state of California would require to transfer a title. Have any VFR400 NC30 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Total Bids Placed: 18

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: p************a

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
p************a February 8, 2024 9:59 am PST $4,600
c****s February 8, 2024 9:59 am PST $4,500 Auto
c****s February 8, 2024 9:42 am PST $4,200
p************a February 8, 2024 9:42 am PST $4,100 Auto
c****s February 8, 2024 9:42 am PST $4,000
p************a February 8, 2024 9:42 am PST $3,900 Auto
c****s February 8, 2024 9:42 am PST $3,800
p************a February 8, 2024 9:33 am PST $3,600
g**********z February 8, 2024 9:33 am PST $3,500 Auto
g**********z February 8, 2024 9:32 am PST $3,200
p************a February 6, 2024 5:25 am PST $3,100
g**********z February 2, 2024 12:53 pm PST $3,000
t**************r February 2, 2024 12:53 pm PST $2,999 Auto
t**************r February 1, 2024 7:55 pm PST $2,300 Auto
b******1 February 1, 2024 7:55 pm PST $2,200
t**************r February 1, 2024 1:27 pm PST $737 Auto
s***************s February 1, 2024 1:27 pm PST $637
t**************r February 1, 2024 11:32 am PST $1 Reserve
Auction started February 1, 2024 11:16 am PST
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