Can’t af­ford an RC30?

Then get an NC30 while you still can…

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

Honda’s ex­quis­ite, ho­molo­ga­tion-spe­cial V4 racer-for-the-road, the le­gendary RC30, has long been bik­ing roy­alty. But it is so ex­clu­sive and ex­pen­sive it re­mains out of reach for most. But its lit­tle brother, the NC30, is the mini-rc30 for the masses.

Con­ceived orig­i­nally as a Ja­pan-only model to cap­i­talise on Ja­pan’s then 400cc li­cence re­stric­tion, the NC30 was launched in 1988 as a faith­ful, slightly slimmed-down copy of its big­ger brother. So, its uniquely wood­en­sound­ing, gear-driven V4 was just as flex­i­ble (al­beit speed-re­stricted in Ja­panese spec to 112mph); its han­dling and brak­ing were sim­ply de­light­ful (and eas­ily ca­pa­ble of em­bar­rass­ing big­ger bikes) and its qual­ity and de­tail­ing were in keep­ing with truly ex­otic su­per­bikes.

Best of all, though, when the NC started to be­come avail­able in the UK as a grey im­port around the turn of the decade, it was af­ford­able, too. In fact, its pop­u­lar­ity prompted Honda UK to of­fi­cially im­port the VFR400R, with a few mods, from late 1990. Priced £5899, how­ever, these ver­sions were ex­pen­sive.

Re­placed by the RVF400R/NC35 in 1995, the NC30 con­tin­ued to be a pop­u­lar used buy, par­tic­u­larly with younger, less ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers. In­deed, by the mid­noughties, ageing, and with most ex­am­ples now tired, it was pos­si­ble to pick one up for around a grand. Since 2010, though, in­creas­ingly viewed as a clas­sic, prices are rock­et­ing. Good low-mil­ers are rare and eas­ily £3k plus. Reckon on nearer £6k for a UK model.

Like and RC30, only smaller – and cheaper

Check for cor­ro­sion, wear and tear here

Get an NC30 and live life in the red

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