No Reserve – 1989 Honda RC30

SOLD FOR: $29,639

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on September 1, 2023

Winner: r****k

Winning Bid: $27,700
Buyer Fee: $1,939
Total: $29,639

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Description

Please note: In spite of its cosmetic blemishes, this is a very original, low-mile “ride and show” example. If you’re looking to take it to the next level, Iconic is happy to help with restoration work! We outline our recommendations below, but we’d start with some paintwork and refinishing the forks. (Steve is quite the expert!)

Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

When the new World Superbike Championship was introduced in 1988, Honda had an issue as its highly successful custom-built RVF750 factory endurance racer (not the RC45) wouldn’t be eligible to compete. So they set out to create a new top-shelf, street-legal, limited edition race bike, producing the minimum number of units required to satisfy homologation rules. Knowing it would only have to turn out a relatively small batch of machines, Soichiro Honda wanted to use the new model to demonstrate what its factory race department was capable of. The result was a no-expense-spared race-grade legend brimming with features previously reserved for track-only machinery. Japan called it the VFR750R, but the bike we fell in love with in America was named the RC30.

At the heart of the RC30 was a liquid-cooled, 748cc, 90-degree V4 engine with four valves per cylinder, gear-driven double-overhead cams, titanium connecting rods, forged two-ring pistons, an 11.0:1 compression ratio, and a “big bang” firing order. Paired with a six-speed transmission with a trick slipper clutch, the sophisticated V4 made 118 hp at 11,000 rpm and 55 ft-lbs of torque at 9,800rpm (unrestricted). The VFR750R had a best-in-class dry weight of 396 lbs and a wet weight of 488 lbs, which was almost 10 lbs less than the game-changing Suzuki GSX-R750. The VFR had a top speed of over 150mph, and thanks to an incredibly high gear ratio, could break 80 mph in first gear.

The RC30 got fully-adjustable Showa suspension fore and aft — 43mm telescopic forks up front and a mono-shock out back. Braking duties went to a pair of fully floating 310mm discs bit by four-piston Nissin calipers in the front and a single 220m unit pinched by a dual-pot caliper in the rear. The bike’s fork sliders also allowed the front calipers to remain in place during wheel changes, a feature that, like the ELF-designed single-sided swing-arm, was born out of competition for ultra-quick pit stops.

Manufactured in November of 1988, this example is VIN: JH2RC3020KM100037. It was originally sold in Canada, and the owner recently sent it to Iconic to sell. Per The RC30 Website, this is one of 50 RC30s sold in Canada in 1989.

The odometer shows 5,604 kilometers (3,482 miles).

Maintenance:
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us change the oil and oil filter, clean and sync the carbs, flush and fill the brakes, and service the chain.

Olly did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:

Tire Year Front: 0420 / Rear: 3721
Tire Life Front: 95% / Rear: 95%
Tire Press Front: 36PSI / Rear: 38PSI
Brake Life Front: 80% / Rear : 70%
Hydraulic: Front, Rear, and Clutch All New
Oil Quality: New / Level: Good
Coolant Quality: New / Level: Good
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Turn: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Kill: Ok
Horn: Ok
Battery:
12.76V Standing
Test Ride: 10km, bike operates as intended

Notes:
– Front fork lowers badly restored
– Windscreen needs polishing
– LH switch is faded
– Lower fairing paint damaged
– Missing toolkit

Modifications:
This RC30 appears to be stock.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Shinko Podium 006 tires with date codes of 4020 and 3721.

The sale includes one key.

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 RC30 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1989

Make

Honda

Model

RC30

Mileage

3,482

VIN

JH2RC3020KM100037

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

Oregon

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

Total Bids Placed: 50

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: r****k

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
r****k September 1, 2023 3:05 pm PDT $27,700 Auto
m*********n September 1, 2023 3:05 pm PDT $27,600
r****k September 1, 2023 3:03 pm PDT $27,500 Auto
l********7 September 1, 2023 3:03 pm PDT $27,400
r****k September 1, 2023 3:01 pm PDT $26,900
l********7 September 1, 2023 3:01 pm PDT $26,800 Auto
l********7 September 1, 2023 3:01 pm PDT $26,600
r****k September 1, 2023 3:01 pm PDT $26,500 Auto
r****k September 1, 2023 3:00 pm PDT $26,000 Auto
r****s September 1, 2023 3:00 pm PDT $25,900
r****k September 1, 2023 2:59 pm PDT $25,800 Auto
l********7 September 1, 2023 2:59 pm PDT $25,700
r****k September 1, 2023 2:58 pm PDT $25,600 Auto
m*********n September 1, 2023 2:58 pm PDT $25,500
r****k September 1, 2023 2:57 pm PDT $25,200
r****s September 1, 2023 2:57 pm PDT $25,100
g************n September 1, 2023 2:57 pm PDT $25,000 Auto
g************n September 1, 2023 2:57 pm PDT $24,900 Auto
r****s September 1, 2023 2:57 pm PDT $24,800
g************n September 1, 2023 2:56 pm PDT $24,700 Auto
r****s September 1, 2023 2:56 pm PDT $24,600
g************n September 1, 2023 2:55 pm PDT $24,500 Auto
r****s September 1, 2023 2:55 pm PDT $24,400
g************n September 1, 2023 2:54 pm PDT $24,300 Auto
r****s September 1, 2023 2:54 pm PDT $24,200
g************n September 1, 2023 9:04 am PDT $24,100 Auto
b********o September 1, 2023 9:04 am PDT $24,000
g************n September 1, 2023 9:04 am PDT $23,100 Auto
b********o September 1, 2023 9:04 am PDT $23,000
g************n September 1, 2023 9:03 am PDT $22,600 Auto
b********o September 1, 2023 9:03 am PDT $22,500
g************n August 28, 2023 7:23 am PDT $22,100 Auto
f*******w August 28, 2023 7:23 am PDT $22,000
g************n August 27, 2023 3:04 pm PDT $20,100 Auto
s******3 August 27, 2023 3:04 pm PDT $20,000
g************n August 27, 2023 11:55 am PDT $19,000
2****s August 27, 2023 11:55 am PDT $18,900 Auto
2****s August 26, 2023 7:14 pm PDT $18,100
s******3 August 26, 2023 7:14 pm PDT $18,000 Auto
s******3 August 26, 2023 1:35 pm PDT $17,600
g*********u August 26, 2023 1:35 pm PDT $17,500 Auto
g*********u August 26, 2023 1:19 pm PDT $15,100
s******3 August 26, 2023 1:19 pm PDT $15,000 Auto
s******3 August 25, 2023 2:37 pm PDT $10,105 Auto
m*******s August 25, 2023 2:37 pm PDT $10,005
s******3 August 25, 2023 2:36 pm PDT $7,600 Auto
m*******s August 25, 2023 2:36 pm PDT $7,500
s******3 August 25, 2023 2:36 pm PDT $5,101 Auto
m*******s August 25, 2023 2:36 pm PDT $5,001
s******3 August 25, 2023 2:14 pm PDT $1 Reserve
Auction started August 25, 2023 1:16 pm PDT
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