No Reserve – 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30

SOLD FOR: $7,062

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on December 30, 2022

Winner: YZR500

Winning Bid: $6,600
Buyer Fee: $462
Total: $7,062

Description

Additional photos of this Honda VFR400R 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, 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: NC302000058. The seller acquired it from a Bonhams auction in England.

The seller has not started or ridden it. The odometer shows 25,743 miles.

Maintenance:
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the battery and clean and sync the carbs. Steve did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Tire Life – Front: 25% / Rear: 30%
Brakes – Front: 90% / Rear: 90%
Coolant: Ok
Oil: Ok
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: OK
Turn: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Kill: Ok
Horn: Ok

Modifications:
Tank protector.

Battery tender lead.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:






Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Bridgestone Battlax BT090R tires with date codes of 3004 and 3304.

The sale includes two keys and the original owner’s manual.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Honda is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any VFR400 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1990

Make

Honda

Model

VFR400

Mileage

25,743

VIN

NC302000058

Title

Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country

N/A

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

Total Bids Placed: 37

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: YZR500

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
YZR500 December 30, 2022 10:55 am $6,600 Auto
beckets December 30, 2022 10:55 am $6,500
YZR500 December 30, 2022 10:40 am $6,400
bungle82 December 29, 2022 8:55 pm $6,300
JiaLiu168 December 29, 2022 8:30 pm $6,200 Auto
gabiwabi December 29, 2022 8:30 pm $6,100
JiaLiu168 December 27, 2022 9:41 pm $6,000 Auto
bungle82 December 27, 2022 9:41 pm $5,900
JiaLiu168 December 27, 2022 9:40 pm $5,800 Auto
bungle82 December 27, 2022 9:40 pm $5,700
JiaLiu168 December 27, 2022 9:37 pm $5,600
bungle82 December 27, 2022 9:37 pm $5,500 Auto
bungle82 December 27, 2022 9:35 pm $5,300 Auto
JiaLiu168 December 27, 2022 9:35 pm $5,200
bungle82 December 26, 2022 6:57 pm $5,100
sportytoes December 26, 2022 6:57 pm $5,000 Auto
sportytoes December 26, 2022 9:32 am $4,900 Auto
bungle82 December 26, 2022 9:32 am $4,800
sportytoes December 26, 2022 9:32 am $4,700 Auto
bungle82 December 26, 2022 9:32 am $4,600
sportytoes December 25, 2022 1:14 pm $4,500 Auto
jecastellvi December 25, 2022 1:14 pm $4,400
sportytoes December 25, 2022 1:14 pm $4,300 Auto
jecastellvi December 25, 2022 1:14 pm $4,200
sportytoes December 23, 2022 3:11 pm $4,100 Auto
H-Man December 23, 2022 3:11 pm $4,000
sportytoes December 23, 2022 3:11 pm $3,600 Auto
H-Man December 23, 2022 3:11 pm $3,500
sportytoes December 23, 2022 3:10 pm $3,100 Auto
H-Man December 23, 2022 3:10 pm $3,000
sportytoes December 23, 2022 3:09 pm $2,600 Auto
H-Man December 23, 2022 3:09 pm $2,500
sportytoes December 23, 2022 11:04 am $2,300 Auto
gorr December 23, 2022 11:04 am $2,200
sportytoes December 23, 2022 11:04 am $1,300 Auto
gorr December 23, 2022 11:04 am $1,200
sportytoes December 23, 2022 10:39 am $1 Reserve
Auction started December 23, 2022 8:35 am
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