Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Content - En­joy the mag Jim Moore, Edi­tor

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

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