I STILL wish I’d never sold my Nc30.that fateful day was almost 20 years ago, yet of all the bikes I’ve owned and subsequently moved-on that Honda V4 is still the one I kick myself for letting go.
My clearly idiotic decision to sell that beautiful VFR400R was brought into even sharper relief this month when I, along with PS tester Philwest, got to sling a leg over an NC again – and also an earlyvfr NC21 – for this issue’s Fact File (from page 56).
What an amazing motorcycle the NC30 is. Forget the fact that it’s a 400; it’s way better than that.a mini RC30 in every respect. Head, shoulders and torso above any 1990s 600 in terms of engineering, spec, finish and desirability, yet still (for a while yet at least, we hope) affordable. An NC30 could be the only bike in my garage and I’d be happy – if only I’d realised that back in ’97. Hindsight, eh?
I’d also be delighted to have another trail bike in my garage, especially now summer’s giving way to autumn. I’m already on the hunt for a DT125R or similar to spice up my commute and take to the trails.
The choice of brilliant trail bikes is bewildering, so we’ve put together a buyers’ guide of our favourites (from page 47) so you can enjoy a winter of dirty weekends too.
Phil and Jim relive the magic of the VFR400R Jim on the NC30 he wishes he’d never sold