Honda VFR400R

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Honda VFR400
Manufacturer
Also called VFR400 NC24, VFR 400 NC24, VFR400NC 30, VFR 400 NC 30, VFR400R, VFR 400 R, VFR 400
Production 1986
Class Power Cruiser
Engine
Four stroke 90°V-four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio 11.3:1
Top Speed 219 km/h / 136 mph
Ignition Digitalized full transistor ignition
Spark Plug NGK ER9EH
Transmission 6 Speed
Frame Twin-spar aluminum
Suspension Front: 41mm inverted forks: preload and rebound damping
Rear: Rising-rate monoshock: pre-load and rebound damping
Brakes Front: 2x 269mm 4 piston calipers
Rear: Single disc 2 piston caliper
Front Tire 100/90 R16
Rear Tire 140/60 R18
Wheelbase 1345 mm / 53.0 in
Seat Height 870 mm / 30.7 in
Weight 170 kg / 374.7 lbs (dry),
Oil Capacity 2.4 Liters
Recommended Oil Honda GN4 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 18 Liters / 4.0 gal
Manuals Service Manual


It could reach a top speed of 219 km/h / 136 mph.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a Liquid cooled cooled Four stroke 90°V-four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder. The engine featured a 11.3:1 compression ratio.

Drive[edit]

Power was moderated via the Wet, cable operated.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 100/90 R16 front tire and a 140/60 R18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via 2x 269mm 4 piston calipers in the front and a Single disc 2 piston caliper in the rear. The front suspension was a 41mm inverted forks: preload and rebound damping while the rear was equipped with a Rising-rate monoshock: pre-load and rebound damping. The VFR400R was fitted with a 18 Liters / 4.0 gal fuel tank. The bike weighed just 170 kg / 374.7 lbs. The wheelbase was 1345 mm / 53.0 in long.

Photos[edit]

Honda VFR400 Honda VFR400

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Overview[edit]

You don't have to ride the NC30 to know that it is right. Everything about it just looks right. The scaled-down version of the RC30 is perfect in it proportions and in its detail. The reduction in size makes it neater still.

The engine gives the impression of that of a larger machine. Peak torque is at 12,000rpm, but it doesn't drop off, giving a long, flexible spread of peak power. It will hold any top gear cruise speed up to 100mph, will pull wide open in top from 2,000rpm and runs without a hiccup to 15,000rpm.

Asked whether the quality of engineering is worth £6,000, the answer would be yes. The build quality is nearly as good as the RC30. The VFR400 was featured in Bike magazine's secondhand buyer's guide, in the October 2001 issue. These are some of the things they said: It doesn't matter who you are or what sort of bike you ride you can't fail to be impressed by the NC30. It is quite simply the best sportsbike under 600cc, with the possible exception of the Aprilia RS250. Beautifully engineered, beautifully built and beautifully finished, it exudes such quality that you wonder how they built it at the price.

Reliable? Absolutely, assuming that it's been properly maintained. The charging system is a bit suspect, but that's it. Check the trueness of the wheels - they distort easily. [Note: Regulator/rectifiers can fail, just like the bigger VFRs, that's all].

Competition: There isn't any, really. The NC35 is even more gorgeous (and expensive), an utter work of art. The CBR400 is a contender. It's another wonderful miniature road burner with superlative handling and a tough engine, but it just doesn't have the quality feel that you get with the NC30.

Specifications[edit]

Make Model Honda VFR 400R
Year 1986
Engine Type Four stroke 90°V-four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement 399 cc / 15.7 cu-in
Bore X Stroke 55 x 42 mm
Valve Clearance Intake - 0.15 mm / Exhaust 0.24
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression 11.3:1
Lubrication Wet sump
Engine Oil SAE 10W-40
Oil Capacity 2.4 Liters
Induction 4x 34mm Keihin CV type
Ignition Digitalized full transistor ignition
Spark Plug NGK ER9EH
Starting Electric
Max Power 59.hp / 43.1 kW @ 12800 rpm
Max Torque 39.Nm / 4.0 kgf-m / 28.8 lb-ft @ 10000 rpm
Rev Redline 13000 rpm
Clutch Wet, cable operated
Transmission 6 Speed
Final Drive Chain
Frame Twin-spar aluminum
Front Suspension 41mm inverted forks: preload and rebound damping
Fork Oil Per Rod 390 ml / SAE 7,5W
Rear Suspension Rising-rate monoshock: pre-load and rebound damping
Front Brakes 2x 269mm 4 piston calipers
Rear Brakes Single disc 2 piston caliper
Front Tire 100/90 R16
Rear Tire 140/60 R18
Rake 24°
Trail 96 mm / 3.7 in
Dimensions Height 1075 mm / 42.3 in Length 1985 mm / 78.1 in
Wheelbase 1345 mm / 53.0 in
Seat Height 870 mm / 30.7 in
Dry Weight 170 kg / 374.7 lbs
Fuel Capacity 18 Liters / 4.0 gal
Consumption Average 42 mpg
Standing ¼ Mile 12.6 sec / 175 km/h / 109 mph
Top Speed 219 km/h / 136 mph

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