Can’t afford an RC30?
Then get an NC30 while you still can…
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
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