BUYING WISDOM: RC30
Ciarán Perrin of Extreme Trading says: “People think the RC30 is ultra-rare, but it isn’t really. So don’t rush to buy the first one you see – buy on condition. RC30 bodywork suffers from micro-blistering after time – for a top quality respray, budget on around £1800. Look for evidence of crash damage or racing use. I’ve seen bikes with repairs to the welds on the main frame beams. Bodywork damage is common and repairs can be expensive. Don’t be put off by a Japanese market model with smaller headlights than the UK and rest of the world bikes. People think they’re all restricted, but you could buy a full power bike in Japan and many will have been derestricted anyway. I think the smaller headlights look better.
“For real rarity, how about one of the two batches of all-white bikes produced? Check if a white bike is genuine by looking at the underseat colour code sticker. Genuine all-white bikes just list a single colour code.”