3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521

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3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30
Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521

Sold for £ 15,812 (US$ 20,295) inc. premium
3 kilometres from new
1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30
Frame no. RC30 1000476
Engine no. RC07E 1032521
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 first batch produced, this pristine RC30 was purchased by the vendor in Japan and privately imported into the EU. On the machine’s arrival in Italy from Japan, the vendor asked for it to be inspected by a Honda dealer and the engine started, at which time it was confirmed that it had never previously been fired up and was effectively ‘brand new’. Offered with bill of sale and customs documents confirming EU duties paid, this superb machine represents a rare opportunity to acquire a totally original example of this fast-appreciating modern classic, with ‘delivery mileage’ only recorded. Two spare keys are included in the sale.
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
3 kilometres from new,1987 Honda VFR750R Type RC30  Frame no. RC30 1000476 Engine no. RC07E 1032521
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