Honda RVF750R RC45
Essentially an evolution of the RC30, the 45 shared the same basic layout, but with so much new tech and style not a single part was interchangeable. Accordingly, the RC45 now boasted inverted 41mm forks, bigger brakes and wider tyres while its now fuelinjected engine produced 119bhp.
Unfortunately, the RC45 was pricey and, in a racing scene owned by Ducati’s lithe 916, comparatively bulky. It wasn’t until 1997, three years after launch, that the ‘45’ finally grabbed its only WSB title with John Kocinski. However, it’s still one of the most lusted-after Japanese classics of all.
1994-1995 Expect to pay £35k for a mint RC45 today
Kocinski on a Castrol 45. All is good.