Everything about the bike is so uncompromising; it looks illegal standing still and when you get on it laws cease to exist. It's all to do with minimalism. Less IS more.You'd be in the queue behind me, matey boy! Another review, this time from 1989, comparing it with the then-new ZXR750:
The Most Important Thing about this bike it its engine. It starts pulling from nowhere and at seven thousand revs growls at you. It heaves and moans and judders for a thousand revs, then goes quiet again, but pulls harder. And then, at 11,000 a hundred screaming maniacs howl at you and you get pushed.
Did I like it? Do bears go tra la la la in the woods? If I had the cash I'd definitely buy one.
I can only equate the feel of this bike to that of an RGV250 [probably the best-handling bike of the day] with a VFR750 motor. Whereas the ZXR makes no pretentions to being a proper race bike the RC30 does nothing to hide its racetrack breeding.The RC30 was considered to be ineffective against the competition by 1992. The Yamaha YZF750 won the British Superbike championship in 1993, in the hands of Jamie Whitham, but on the other side of the world Troy Corser was showing them how it was done. He won the 1993 Australian Superbike championship on an RC30, there is a pic here. Troy Corser website is at www.troycorser.com.
The trouble with the RC30 is it takes even average bozos like me to levels where we don't belong. I never imagined that a bike could be this together.
A stocker only knocks out 90 horsepower-wise, the OE discs warp at the merest mention of the word stop and an 18 inch rear wheel is not the thing to have if you want a choice of more than two sticky tyres.Note: Tony Scott is a V4 tuner par excellence. His skills have been in demand by race teams and privateers for a good while now, and he is known as the man who gets the best from the Honda V4 race engines. If you want the best, Tony Scott is your man.
The motor goes to Tony Scott for a fettle. A shade over a grand gets you a blueprint and 120 reliable bhp with a race pipe. New discs are £250 touch for the pair, or around £750 for new aftermarket everything (discs, calipers, lines and master cylinder). A decent rear wheel will be £500 (a front wants to be a 3.5in rim, not a 3in if you've money to burn) and suddenly you've spent more than three grand on top of the seven already shelled out. And that's before the rear ride height adjuster and fork mods (the one-way valves in the cartridges are naughty).
No, what you do is lie in wait for a house purchase/baby/illness forces sale item that's already had money thrown at it. You then have one of the sweetest sickles ever nailed into a crate. Old it may be, old hat it ain't.
The Honda RC30 goes beyond cult status. It is a legend. There is no other bike on the planet that means so much and so rapidly reduces normal riders to gibbering wrecks at the thought of owning one.How did they know? OK, I admit it. This is my dream bike. So, they ask, why is it so special? Some of the paragraphs above might explain this, but the article point out some of the features that make it so desirable:
"No other bike comes close in the desirability stakes. Its handling is as much a revelation as it was back in the late eighties. 'Planted' is an overused word - but that's just how it is. The RC30 cossets you into piling into turns a lot harder than you'd think. Today's sports bikes likes the R1 and Fireblade are lighter and faster, but an RC30, even with its 42bhp power disadvantage, can still rock with the best."The other three bikes: Honda Fireblade, Kawasaki Z1 and Yamaha RD350LC. All groundbreaking machines, but even the mighty Fireblade cannot match the RC30's pedigree.
120/70 (17" rim)|
170/60 (18" rim)
94bhp @ 11,300rpm
47 lb-ft @ 9,800rpm