Auction Watch: Stunning Honda VFR750R RC30 up For Auction

Few bikes can match the allure of a tricolour RC30, and this one might be one of the tidiest examples around

Honda RC30 / VFR750R

The Honda VFR740R (RC30), was, is and probably always will be one of the most desirable Japanese bikes to ever take to the streets.

Launched in 1987, it blended the RVF750 (RC45) race bike and VFR750 (RC24) sports tourer and featured a host of trick parts and special features, like titanium conrods, quick-release fork bottom brackets, a single-sided swingarm, and a 90-degree V4 engine with gear-driven cams.

Achingly beautiful it might be, but it really only had a single purpose; to allow Honda to compete in the then-burgeoning World Superbike Championship. It managed it too, scooping the title in 1988 and 1989 with Fred Merkel at the controls. 

Fast forward to today and RC30s are now firm favourites with investors and collectors alike and offer one of the ‘safest’ ways to stash your cash in a classic bike, with a return on your investment pretty much guaranteed. This 1991 example would make a very safe buy, and while its listed guide price of between £25,000 and £30,000 makes it Ducati Panigale V4 S money, unlike the Borgo Panigale bike it’s not going to depreciate before the ink on the paperwork is dry.

It’s not original mind, and while the listing from Iconic Auctioneers confirms it has been ‘carefully restored’ after being imported in 2014, for many investors and collectors it is the mint, untouched bikes that command the best prices. Since its £14,000 restoration, the bike has been enjoyed by the same owner, only covering 168 miles in that time. UK-registered on a current V5C, the bike is accompanied by its history file containing import paperwork, old MOTs and the restoration invoice and it’ll have a fresh MOT by the time of the sale. 

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