There are legends and then there are legends. Some become legends and some are born legends. Born legend? Yes, born legend. The moment they arrived, they became the pedestal. Kawasaki Z1… Yamaha RD350… and then there is the Honda VFR750 a.k.a the hallowed RC30. These are bikes where even the tag of legend doesn’t seem to do justice because they were more than that, they defined technology, they defined a revolution, they defined a generation, they became instant classics. And the Honda RC30… well it seems it is just a step ahead of all these.
Before we start off, just for the record, the RC30 was the first race-replica that was also a real racer for the World Superbike series.
Looking at the bike, you realize that a race bike just can’t be more minimal than this, the bike is well… just a race bike, there are no aahs and oohs, but yet you cannot keep your eyes off because you know somehow that once this thing starts there is a whole new world out there. There is this uncompromising look that is telling you ‘Try me… I dare you’ and you know this bike is not going to be easy to master. And the bike is just that. Too refined, too much power and too much talent to be tamed. Again just for the record, it won the World Superbike championship in its first two years and the SBK series was not the only ground for this raw talent, it was a master in endurance and TT racers as well. Yes endurance too.
The RC30 was described at the best motorcycle ever coming out of the fab Japanese four dungeons. Of course, the RC30 was never easy to own. Imagine a Japanese 750cc bike costing above $10,000 two decades ago, but you know what went inside it, titanium connecting rods, hand built and all, so it was worth it. It is not just exclusive, the Honda RC30 is more than a classic, it is a true legend in every way, a dream bike and although it is very very difficult to get, those who have it know that they are in the A-List. If it is not as prominent as the RD350 or Z1, say it didn’t make the cult status that the Yamaha and Kawasaki enjoys, it is again because it is a Honda. People never realized that Honda can make something so capable and the fault for that image probably also goes to Honda, so by the time it started creating records and wins and by the time people got to know the RC30, it had already left the building! The word legend is very frequently used now a days to describe classic bikes, so if the RC30 needs to be given an appropriate adjective, it has to be legend among legends. Recently, there was a RC30 on sale on ebay, an exotic looking one (aren’t they all?) which has clocked around 15000 miles. The auction is over but I think it is still with the seller. He is asking $25000 for it, quite a deal. Check it out, it might be still there.