1996 Honda RVF400 NC35

SOLD FOR: $7,276

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on March 18, 2021

Winner: d********3

Winning Bid: $6,800
Buyer Fee: $476
Total: $7,276
Sold on March 11, 2021

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Additional photos of this RVF400 can be found here.

In 1994, Honda introduced the RVF400, or NC35. Successor to the VFR400 (not confusing at all), the NC35 was two things: a mini-me of the legendary RC45 and one of the greatest 400s ever built. Just like its 750cc big brother, the NC35’s fit and finish was top-notch, and the model had all the trappings of a full-size superbike in a potent 400cc package.

Think about what a 400cc sportbike means nowadays – then look at what this offered over 20 years ago with the single-sided swingarm, V4 motor, endurance racer-inspired air ducts, and gear-driven cams! The NC35 made it clear that small displacement bikes didn’t have to be cheap. In addition to all the nice details above, the liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree, 399cc V4 with four-valves per cylinder, gear-driven cams, and quad 28mm carbs that made just shy of 60hp at 13,000rpm. A 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400 (still a very fun bike!) makes 45.

Never officially sold outside of the Japanese market, the RVF400 featured a V4 engine in an aluminum twin-spar frame paired with upside-down 41mm Showa forks and a monoshock out back. Dual front discs with Nissin calipers help to slow the 400 from its roughly 125 mph top speed.

The seller of this example (VIN: NC35-1100418, Engine #: NC13E-1600406) acquired it two years ago from an estate.

During that time he covered approximately 60 miles with it and then put it in storage. The odometer shows 31,601 kilometers (19,635 miles).

The sole modification is a Matsumoto exhaust silencer.

The seller notes that the sole significant cosmetic blemish is a “small crack on right rear seat panel, in the black section.”

Mechanically, the seller states that this bike “could do with a general going over and carb service due to being stored.”

Have any NC35 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments below!

Iconic’s White Glove process for an auction winner that requires shipping out of South Africa:
We release money to the seller once it’s dropped at our transport company. From there we get the necessary clearances and in this case, we’ll include it in one of our containers as we currently have approximately 40 bikes in South Africa that are ready to ship (which drastically amortizes your cost). We handle Customs and receipt into the port of Los Angeles. We can also help with the USA title process.

As Adam says, “we pretty much do it all. It does take a little time but typically but it’s worth the wait as the examples we’ve seen so far from this particular Seller are all quite excellent!” Based on our previous shipping experiences from South Africa, we’d estimate that it would take 8-10 weeks for the bike to get to Los Angeles and another 8 weeks for a US title.

Additional Information


Johannesburg, South Africa









Title State/Country

South Africa

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party



Additional Charges


Total Bids Placed: 17

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: d********3

After the auction ended, the seller accepted an offer of $4,387 including buyer fees.

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
d********3 March 18, 2021 9:43 am PDT $6,800 Auto
t*****7 March 18, 2021 9:43 am PDT $6,700
d********3 March 17, 2021 6:58 pm PDT $6,600 Auto
r*c March 17, 2021 6:58 pm PDT $6,500
d********3 March 17, 2021 11:41 am PDT $5,900 Auto
t*****7 March 17, 2021 11:41 am PDT $5,800
d********3 March 17, 2021 11:02 am PDT $5,700 Auto
t*****7 March 17, 2021 11:02 am PDT $5,600
d********3 March 16, 2021 10:52 am PDT $5,500 Auto
t*****7 March 16, 2021 10:52 am PDT $5,400
d********3 March 15, 2021 8:46 pm PDT $5,300 Auto
t*****7 March 15, 2021 8:46 pm PDT $5,200
d********3 March 13, 2021 7:14 am PST $5,100
m*******5 March 13, 2021 7:14 am PST $5,000 Auto
m*******5 March 11, 2021 12:02 pm PST $3,600 Auto
r*c March 11, 2021 12:02 pm PST $3,500
m*******5 March 11, 2021 11:46 am PST $1,000
Auction started March 11, 2021 10:00 am PST
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