1990 Honda RC30 Under The Hammer

Date 02.6.2016

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The catalogue states,“Only 740 miles from new”  for this rare VFR750R RC30.

Honda manufactured the RC30 in limited numbers to achieve homologation for the World Superbike Championship. The model was released in Japan in 1988, but the US market had to wait until it had won that title twice before they could buy one.

Each RC30 was assembled with great care and meticulous attention to detail and intending owners were expected to pay handsomely for the honour of purchasing one. This model was around twice the price of a VFR750F or any comparable 750cc for that matter.

The RC30 was smooth, powerful and reliable. From the quick-release front fork and single-sided swingarm to the twin-spar, alloy beam frame, 16-valve V4 engine with gear-driven cams, close-ratio six-speed gearbox and four-pot front brake calipers, the bike was built to race.

A factory race kit was available for those who wanted to compete on the world stage.

Honda RC30

The factory bikes rose to the challenge and US rider Fred Merkel won the WSBK crown for Honda’s Oscar Rumi team in 1988 and ’89 while Carl Fogarty did the honours in the Isle of Man TT races aboard an RC30 in both years.

Ironically, for this bike that was born to race, the vendor claimed this example had never been on a racing circuit.

Sold at Bally’s Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, US. (via Bonhams)

Sale price: $US52,900 (AU$66,800)