‘I finally got my dream bike’
PAUL LEE 1990 HONDA VFR750R RC30
THE RC30 was the bike I’d drooled over in my early 20s, but the thought of owning one was just a dream. Prices were never exactly cheap, even in the late 90s when they were no longer cutting-edge. But as an object of desire they were very much still on my radar.
I spotted this one on eBay, and after mentioning it in passing to my dad (a man who believed that if you wanted something you saved up for it) one evening, he unexpectedly offered to loan me the money. So I went for it.
It’s a 1990 full-power model that was destined for Europe but had never left Japan. It wore a few battle scars and was clearly an honest used road bike that had been enjoyed as Mr Honda intended. Over the coming years it’s been slowly modified and used extensively. It has an NC30 front wheel to replace the skinny 3in original item, and a Delkevic 17in/5.5in rear with a 180-section tyre, aftermarket rads which are thicker and greater capacity, and I had the original sump extended to allow an extra 300ml of oil capacity. The forks were rebuilt by Maxton, and the rear shock sprung to suit my weight. It also has a Maxton ride height adjuster for the 17in rear wheel. This bike has been used in all weathers, dropped, and thrashed on trackdays. Only once has it ever let me down, when the positive battery terminal snapped 10 yards from home. Apart from that, it has never been a source of concern or expense. I have a spare seat unit with a custom rack fitted to it, and a tatty beige top box to use on a Euro tour next year. Why? Because I can...