1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30-2100025 Engine no. RC30E-2100057

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Lot 805
1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30
Registration no. G420 JKY Frame no. RC30-2100025 Engine no. RC30E-2100057

Sold for £ 29,900 (US$ 39,823) inc. premium
1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30
Registration no. G420 JKY
Frame no. RC30-2100025
Engine no. RC30E-2100057
• Original UK-delivered example
• Present ownership since 2011
• 20,045 miles recorded
• Well looked-after and used sparingly

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 callipers. Indeed, so good was the basic RC30 that well prepared privately entered examples were often able to give the works entries a run for their money. 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 magazine, and few would disagree.

Delivered new in the UK, this particular RC30 has been owned by the current vendor since 2011 and has recorded only 20,045 miles. The Honda has been kept in a purpose-built workshop together with the other classics in the vendor's collection and has been ridden on only a couple of occasions since acquisition, the last in 2015. Well looked-after, the machine has been dry stored since its last outing with the fuel system and carburettors drained and should require only minimal re-commissioning before returning to the road. Accompanying paperwork consists of old/current V5/V5C registration documents. A very nice example.

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1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30-2100025 Engine no. RC30E-2100057
1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30-2100025 Engine no. RC30E-2100057
1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 Frame no. RC30-2100025 Engine no. RC30E-2100057
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