The RC30 is a wolf in wolf’s clothing. When it came to the US in 1990, it looked every bit the intimidating race bike that it was. While race technology often trickles down into production vehicles, the RC30 is the direct result of a race effort. In 1987, Honda decided that it wanted to challenge the World Superbike field with a V4 powered superbike. As per World Superbike (WSBK) regulations, the bikes competing have to be production based. At the time Honda did offer a production based V4 and thus, the RC30 (aka VFR750R) was born. The street version was created solely to accommodate the rules of WSBK.
The RC30 was introduced to the US market in 1990 with only 300 examples being brought stateside. At $15,000 it was not cheap, but justified considering it was hand built by a specialized HRC team. In 1994 the RC30 was succeeded by the RC45. While the RC45 was produced in even smaller numbers than the RC30 (with only 50 coming to the US), the RC30 still maintains its legacy and cult affection.
The RC30 remains an icon and testament to Honda’s Racing heritage and legacy.