‘NC35s make more money, as they’re rarer’
RICK’S PEARLS OF NC30 WISDOM
1 NC30 OR NC35?
NC35s are worth more money as they are rarer, but the NC30 makes more power and parts are more readily available. Personally I’d go for an NC30 as they are a purer bike, where the NC35 has some pointless styling additions.
2 WHAT’S THE PLAN?
If you are a decent mechanic you can easily restore a dog of an NC30, but if you aren’t confident, buy a good one and save yourself the time and effort. NCs aren’t hard to work on and restoring one is very satisfying.
3 WATCH OUT FOR…
Original fairings are hard to locate and the charging system is weak, so check the reg/rec and alternator (there is a quick check I email people). Inspect the front engine mounts, which crack in an accident when the frame springs.
4 SERVICE IT
Consumable NC30 items are easy to locate, so once you get it home give it a really good service and change the oil and filters, balance the carbs and treat it to new spark plugs. And, if you can, check the rear hub isn’t seized.
5 TREAT IT WITH RESPECT
The NC30 engine is generally bulletproof, but they don’t like being continually hammered into their redline. If you over-rev it regularly it will throw a big end and land you with a sizeable bill.