One of the modern era's few immediately collectible classics, the Honda VFR750R - better known as the "RC30." Created for just one reason, to win the World Superbike Championship. Carl Fogarty used an RC30 to win the World Championship in 1988 and '89, and the equivalent FIM Cup in 1990. The RC30 and its derivatives proved durable enough to win a handful of classic Endurance events too. This latter requirement was also part of the design brief that determined the quick-release front fork and single-sided swinging arm essential for speedy wheel changes. Other specification highlights included a twin-spar alloy beam frame, 16-valve V4 engine with gear-driven cams, close-ratio 6-speed gearbox and four-pot front brake callipers. All of which did not come cheap, at the time of its launch in 1988 an RC30 cost near double that of other super-sports 750s. Despite the passage of time and progress of motorcycle technology, the RC30 remains a match for the latest generation of sports bikes but possesses an exclusivity that none of them can approach. "No other bike from the late-Eighties is lusted after like the RC30," reckoned Bike, and few would disagree.
The Honda RC30 offered here at Autostorico is a beautiful street example that is in stunning "as new" un-raced condition showing a mere 754 miles on the odometer. Chassis 204 was supplied new in the US in 1990 where it remained up until it sold in January 2015 at the Bonham’s auction in Las Vegas. Whilst this rare bike has not been used since it arrived in the UK all import duties have been paid.
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