1,050 kilometres from new,1991 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. 2100605

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Lot 398
1,050 kilometres from new,1991 Honda VFR750R Type RC30
Frame no. 2100605

Sold for £ 15,525 (US$ 19,193) inc. premium

1,050 kilometres from new, 1991 Honda VFR750R Type RC30

1,050 kilometres from new
1991 Honda VFR750R Type RC30
Frame no. 2100605
“Riding the RC30 on the road is like riding no other mass-produced motorcycle… Call the VFR750R what you will, but don’t call it a race-replica. This is a racer, full stop. Afterthoughts like indicators, ignition lock and a street-legal pipe should not be allowed to suggest otherwise.” - Bike magazine.

One of the modern era’s few immediately collectible classics, the Honda VFR750R - better known as the ‘RC30’ - was created for just one reason: to win the World Superbike Championship, a feat it achieved in the nascent series’ first two seasons of 1988 and ’89. And while American Fred Merkel was bringing Honda its first two WSB crowns, Britain’s Carl Fogarty used an RC30 to win the TT F1 World Championship in 1988 and ’89, and the equivalent FIM Cup in 1990. No mere short circuit scratcher, the RC30 and its derivatives proved durable enough to win a hat-full of Endurance Classics too. That this latter requirement was also part of the design brief may be determined from the fact that a quick-release front fork and single-sided swinging arm - essential for speedy wheel changes - were part of an unrivalled specification that included a twin-spar alloy beam frame, 16-valve V4 engine with gear-driven cams, close-ratio six-speed gearbox and four-pot front brake calipers. All of which did not come cheap: at the time of its launch in 1988 an RC30 cost £8,499, getting on for double the cost of other super-sports 750s. Despite the passage of time and progress of motorcycle technology, the RC30 remains a match for the latest generation of sports bikes, but possesses an exclusivity that none of them can approach. “No other bike from the late-Eighties is lusted after like the RC30,” reckoned Bike, and few would disagree.

One of the final batch produced, this immaculate RC30 has enjoyed just one owner prior to the present. Sold new in France, it is unmodified and in completely standard condition. A mere 1,050 kilometres have been covered in total - barely enough to run in the engine - and the machine remains in perfect, ‘as new’ condition, having been kept stored within the vendor’s house since its earliest days.

Saleroom notices

  • This lot comes with French registration document, original sales brochures in French (x2), Honda RC30 Performance Portfolio (Brooklands Books publication) and Honda’s V-Force by Julian Ryder (Haynes publication). There is also a matching, specially tailored Honda France cover included in the sale (which was supplied new with the machine) and a new, correct number-plate bracket to replace the cut-down original. The ‘Bol d’Or’ decals are factory-applied (reflecting the RC30’s many victories in the event) and original to this model.
1,050 kilometres from new,1991 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. 2100605
1,050 kilometres from new,1991 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. 2100605
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