1997 Honda RVF400 NC35

SOLD FOR: $8,137

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on March 26, 2024

Winner: b******1

Winning Bid: $7,605
Buyer Fee: $532
Total: $8,137

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Please note: This bike is being relisted due to a non-paying bidder. That bidder has been banned from participating in future auctions, and Iconic sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience.

This RVF400 is titled as a 1997 model, which represents the first year that it was sold in Japan.

Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

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 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.

This example is VIN: NC351101352. It came to Iconic as an import.

The odometer shows 46,413 kilometers (28,839 miles).

In preparation for this listing the seller had us clean, service, and sync the carbs, replace the oil and oil filter, install a new battery, and replace the spark plugs. We also serviced the chain, replaced both the front and rear brake fluid, and gave the bike a detail.

Our service department notes the following in their condition report:

Gas Tank Internal: Ok
Tire Year Front: 4018 / Rear: 1218
Tire Life Front: 90% / Rear: 90%
Tire Press Front: 30PSI / Rear: 32PSI
Brake Life Front: 90% / Rear: 80%
Hydraulic Front and Rear Brake Fluids: New
Oil Quality: New Level: Good
Coolant Quality: Ok Level: Ok
Suspension Leaks: None
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Turn: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Kill: Ok
Horn: Ok
Battery: New
Bike Runs and operates as designed
Test Ride: 0.5 KM
• Faddy Daddy Exhaust
• Some corrosion around engine
• Signs of rust in the subframe

Aftermarket exhaust.

Aftermarket tank badges.

Aftermarket sprocket.

Aftermarket bar ends.

Tank pad.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on IRC RMC 810 tires with date codes of 1218 and 4018.

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 Tennessee 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 RVF400 NC35 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Total Bids Placed: 17

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: b******1

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
b******1 March 26, 2024 10:01 am PDT $7,605
m***********n March 26, 2024 9:59 am PDT $7,505 Auto
b******1 March 26, 2024 9:59 am PDT $7,501
m***********n March 26, 2024 9:58 am PDT $7,300 Reserve
b******1 March 26, 2024 9:58 am PDT $7,107 Auto
b******1 March 26, 2024 9:57 am PDT $5,700
t**************r March 26, 2024 8:00 am PDT $5,600 Auto
b*****e March 26, 2024 8:00 am PDT $5,500
t**************r March 26, 2024 8:00 am PDT $5,350 Auto
b*****e March 26, 2024 8:00 am PDT $5,250
t**************r March 20, 2024 7:26 am PDT $5,100 Auto
b*****e March 20, 2024 7:26 am PDT $5,000
t**************r March 19, 2024 2:32 pm PDT $1,099 Auto
m*******s March 19, 2024 2:32 pm PDT $999
t**************r March 19, 2024 2:32 pm PDT $201 Auto
m*******s March 19, 2024 2:32 pm PDT $101
t**************r March 19, 2024 11:52 am PDT $1
Auction started March 19, 2024 10:01 am PDT
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