1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162

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Lot 200
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30
Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162

Sold for US$ 27,025 inc. premium
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30
Frame no. 2100129
Engine no. 2100162
• Legendary 16-valve gear-driven DOHC 90 degree V4 engine
• Reportedly fewer than 3000 produced
• Single owner since 1990
• Fewer than 5,000 miles from new

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 1989. 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 1989, 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 near double that 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. And then there's the exhaust note – loud, of course, but soulful enough to bring a pit crew to tears.

This RC30 is with its second owner, long term owner. Purchased in the UK in 1990, fewer than 5,000 miles have been put on the bike since it was new. Not long after acquisition, the superbike was taken to the Isle of Mann where it was driven around the race track, but not actually raced. In 1991 the machine was brought stateside where it has remained with the current owner ever since. Regularly maintained since new, the owner reports that the RC30 was taken to the local Honda dealer for a pre-auction service about a month prior to the auction. Fresh from nearly three decades of single owner care, this legendary machine is ready to thrill its next, lucky owner.

Footnotes

  • Please note this motorcycle is titled under the VIN. RC302100129.

    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.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, this bike is titled under frame number RC302100129.
Contacts
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
1989 Honda VFR750R RC30 Frame no. 2100129 Engine no. 2100162
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