BUY­ING WIS­DOM: RC30

Classic Bike (UK) - - THE ROAD BIKES -

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.”

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