Honda VFR400: history, specs, pictures

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Honda VFR400
Also called VFR400 NC24, VFR 400 NC24, VFR400NC 30, VFR 400 NC 30, VFR400R, VFR 400 R, VFR 400
Production 1987 - 1998
Class Racing
Successor Honda RVF400
v4, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 55.0mm x 42.0mm
Top Speed 129 mph (208 km/h)
Horsepower 57.8 HP (43.1 KW) @ 12500RPM
Torque 28.77 ft/lbs (39.0 Nm) @ 10000RPM
Fuel System carburetor
Ignition transistor
Transmission Gear box: 6-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet plate
Suspension Front: 41mm telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, rebound damping force air adjustable (8psi - 11psi)
Rear: pro-arm mono shock, fully adjustable
Brakes Front: double disc. dual with four piston calipers
Rear: single disc. single dual piston calipers
Front Tire 120/60-17
Rear Tire 150/60-18
Wheelbase 52.95 inches (1345 mm)
Seat Height 29.72 inches (755 mm)
Weight 401.24 pounds (182.0 Kg) (dry), 193.0 kg (wet)
Recommended Oil Honda GN4 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters)
Competition Yamaha FZR400
Kawasaki ZXR400
Manuals Service Manual

The Honda VFR400NC 30 was a v4, four-stroke Road motorcycle produced by Honda between 1987 and 1998. It could reach a top speed of 129 mph (208 km/h). Max torque was 28.77 ft/lbs (39.0 Nm) @ 10000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 57.8 HP (43.1 KW) @ 12500 RPM.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Honda VFR400 motorcycle was a scaled down version of the VFR models of the day. The VFR is the NC30, and the RVF is the NC35; these being the smaller engined versions of the RC30 and RC45. The RVF was originally created for the Isle of Man TT, considered by many to be the pinnacle of motorcycle road racing. The Isle of Man TT was the proving ground for Honda's new racing ability, in the form of the RVF. They were manufactured mainly for the Japanese market, where licenses for bikes over 400 cc are more difficult to obtain: the smaller bikes were made for the home market while the big superbikes where shipped over seas. However, the VFR400 is a popular grey imported motorbike (into the UK, and some for racing in the states) in the "mini" superbike segment. The VFR400 motor produces a noticeable whine when the engine is running due to cams being driven by gears and not chains or belts. The bikes are also not as wide as inline 400 cc sports bikes due to the "V" engine configuration. They also have considerably more torque. In the Japanese markets the 400 are restricted to 59 horsepower (44 kW), but an ignition "black box" can be purchased to raises it along with many other upgrades and custom-machined parts. It was only available in two European countries in very limited numbers, less than 250 machines being produced.

The VFR400 evolved into the RVF400. The RVF400 was and still is considered by some to be the pinnacle of small road bikes. It has inverted forks, a V-4 engine, a single-sided swing arm, and racing-style fairing. Even though Honda stopped production of the RVF400 in 1998 the bike is still a popular model.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a liquid cooled v4, four-stroke. A 55.0mm bore x 42.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 399.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a double overhead cams/twin cam (dohc).

Drive[edit | edit source]

The bike has a 6-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet plate.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 120/60-17 front tire and a 150/60-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via double disc. dual with four piston calipers in the front and a single disc. single dual piston calipers in the rear. The front suspension was a 41mm telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, rebound damping force air adjustable (8psi - 11psi) while the rear was equipped with a pro-arm mono shock, fully adjustable. The VFR400NC 30 was fitted with a 3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 401.24 pounds (182.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 52.95 inches (1345 mm) long.

1990[edit | edit source]

1990 Honda VFR400 in Repsol
1990 Honda VFR400 in Repsol
1990 Honda VFR400 in Repsol
1990 Honda VFR400 in Repsol
1990 Honda VFR400 in Repsol
1990 Honda VFR400 in Repsol
1990 Honda VFR400 in Repsol
1990 Honda VFR400 in Repsol
1990 Honda VFR400 in Repsol

1993[edit | edit source]

1993 Honda NC30 VFR400

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