Honda VFR400: history, specs, pictures
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 bigger engined version 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 resricted 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.
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|Also called||VFR400 NC24, VFR 400 NC24, VFR400NC 30, VFR 400 NC 30, VFR400R, VFR 400 R, VFR 400|
|Production||1987 - 1998|
|Bore / Stroke||55.0mm x 42.0mm|
|Top speed||129 mph (208 km/h)|
|Horse Power||57.8 HP (43.1 KW) @ 12500RPM|
|Torque||28.77 ft/lbs (39.0 Nm) @ 10000RPM|
|Transmission||Gear box: 6-speed |
Final Drive: chain
|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
|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)|
|Fuel capacity||3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters)|
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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.
The bike has a 6-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet plate.
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.