1991 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2100908 Engine no. RC30E 2101130

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Lot 289
1991 Honda VFR750R Type RC30
Registration no. J186 SBF Frame no. RC30 2100908 Engine no. RC30E 2101130

Sold for £ 21,275 (US$ 29,538) inc. premium
1991 Honda VFR750R Type RC30
Registration no. J186 SBF
Frame no. RC30 2100908
Engine no. RC30E 2101130
• Sold new in the UK
• Four previous keepers
• 3,976 miles recorded

'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. Although the passage of time and progress of motorcycle technology means that the RC30 is no longer a match for the latest generation of sports bikes, it possesses an exclusivity that none of them can approach. 'No other bike from the late-Eighties is lusted after like the RC30,' declared Bike, and few would disagree.

The private vendor advises us that this Honda RC30 was purchased new by the late Mr Riley of Riley Engineering, who kept it stored at his workplace for many years. The current V5C Registration Certificate states that the machine has had four previous owners, the immediately preceding owner being Mrs Gillian Smith of Trawden, Lancashire, who inherited it from her deceased husband. Apparently, 'J186 SBF' had been stored (with regular servicing) for some time prior to the vendor's acquisition in January 2014 (purchase receipt on file). Since then the Honda has been stored as part of the owner's private collection and been serviced regularly (approximately every 12 months). However, the owner finds the machine too compact to be comfortable; that and a change of circumstances has resulted in the decision to sell. Currently displaying a total of only 3,976 miles on the odometer, this beautiful RC30 is described by the private vendor as in generally excellent condition, and is MoT'd to April 2018.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.
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1991 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2100908 Engine no. RC30E 2101130
1991 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30 2100908 Engine no. RC30E 2101130
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