Just passing it on to anyone who may be interested....
Makes you wonder why anyone would buy a new bike for $30,000 (provided it isn't your only bike), when you could buy an RC30. 5 years later the new one is worth less then half and the RC30 up by 50%.
I know thousands of them were produced, so they really are not rare. But unlike the other homogolations of that period with significantly less produced, they look unique to that model. (Ie. ZX7R looks similar to the ZX7, 0W01 looks like the FZR750, GSXR-R looks similar to the GSXR)
Maybe the most recognizable sport bike of all time. With the 916 in second. (Debatable for sure)
Beyond the fact that I think it looks extremely cool, it's waaaay more bike than I am rider.Sad but true.
And no taste in fashion to this very day.
You're a Honda man Randy.
Your thoughts on the RC30?
Hi Stephen. Sorry to read of your RC30 woes. Having followed the saga of your F3, you seem to have had more than your share of bad luck with bikes! However, we can each only speak as we find, and I've found my '30 to be the proverbial paragon of virtue; it's been utterly faultless. However, I'm not here to champion the bike; history makes a better case for it than I ever could.Sorry but I have to disagree with the rose coloured glasses crowd. Oh, don’t get me wrong I loved my 1990 US spec RC30 but, it wasn’t the be all, end all of super bikes right out of the box.
First off, with less than 2300 miles it spun two main bearings. In researching the problem I found five other bikes which suffered the same fate including the one seen on the cover of Motorcyclist Magazine. The stock suspension, especially the rear was woefully lacking. The back end would squat under hard acceleration which in turn slowed the steering. The stock rotors warped, changing the front plugs was a nightmare. The air pollution controls and that stupid dent in the stock exhaust robbed horsepower not to mention that 18 inch wheels (and therefore sticky tires) were on the way out.
On the street I was always third behind my buddies, one riding a OW01 and the other a ZXR750.
The biggest problem these days is the lack of spares especially the upper block.