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Old 06-22-2013, 01:35 PM   #2416
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Oh you bastard! I love while bikes. That looks killer. Really amazing.

I would have relations with this bike.
In the town square, at noon, in front of my wife, and her attorney.
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:05 PM   #2417
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Cool, I thought so. Way back, I was one of (as far as we knew) the first four folks to get a VFR800 Wolf system. We called ourselves the "Wolfpack," and I was the keeper of the list. We got up to about 15 members before folks started either crashing, or selling. But it was a stunning system, and really transforms the bike. Yours looks great.
Well met. There are still posts and guides out there from that group that helped me set mine up. Mine probably needs re-packing, but I am hesitant to take that on. A bit loud, but not awful. I had a '99 years back, sold it when I got into racing, but always missed it. Found this '98 and set about making it back into my dream VFR. Don't want to get too wild, though (must resist supercharger). Couldn't be happier. I'm just a VFR guy I guess.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:46 AM   #2418
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1993 nc30 vfr400r

I just picked up this NC30 on Saturday. I drove all day to get it. The seller was kind enough to make a 3 hour round drip to shorten my round trip drive from 13 hours to 10.

For those not familiar with this model, they were never officially imported to the US. They were sold mostly in Japan, and some limited numbers of them were sold in the UK and other European countries. Titled examples are very rare in the US. The NC30 is the "baby brother or sister" to the rare/expensive RC30 VFR750R. Some of them even had the same red/white/blue color and graphics of the RC30.

It is wonderful to ride, so light and flickable. Yes, for what I paid for it, I could pick up any number of more modern, more capable 600cc sport bikes, I just love the V4's character. I also don't need the performance of a 600. The little 400cc V4 is more capable than you'd think for such a small engine. I do need to get a different muffler though. The stock Honda exhaust is typical Honda -- way too quiet.



Loaded up to bring it home:

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Old 06-24-2013, 08:58 AM   #2419
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Trouble, trouble: a clean 2001 VFR800i just popped up on my radar, tucked away at a local shop. The bike has 25K on it, a Staintune pipe and newish tires. According to the salesman, it has been serviced and is good to go, all for the rock bottom price of $3400 plus fees.

Should I do it?

Yes.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:07 AM   #2420
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I just picked up this NC30 on Saturday.
Congrats!

I can't decide whether to admire you, curse your ancestry, or to politely ask that you let me know if you ever decide to sell.

At the very least, PM me if you ever get a sniff of another one out there.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:19 AM   #2421
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I've got one of those!



We've been some places...



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Old 06-24-2013, 10:23 AM   #2422
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I'd look for a 1997 Gen4 or a 1998-2000 Gen5. The catcon showed up in 2001, adding weight, heat and decreased power. If you want USD forks, you're going to have to do a transplant if you want those and gear driven cams. If you want that, you're going to have to do it to a Gen4, because of the linked brakes on the Gen5s. That's all I got.
To balance this commentary:

If you are intending to do an exhaust, the catalytic is of no concern.
If you are planning a front end swap, I doubt you will have much trouble delinking the remaining rear brakes.

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Old 06-24-2013, 11:00 AM   #2423
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Congrats!

I can't decide whether to admire you, curse your ancestry, or to politely ask that you let me know if you ever decide to sell.

At the very least, PM me if you ever get a sniff of another one out there.
Dmac -- would you hate me more if I told you the bike I bought was forsale in Chapel Hill, NC? I drove from Harrisburg, PA to get it.

I have a local friend also wanting one, so, I'll have to give him the nod on the first one I see for sale. He also has right of first refusal if I ever sell this one.

After he gets his, sure, I'll give you a heads-up on any I find.

My friend and I would both each like a CBR400RR (NC29) and/or a CBR250RR (MC19 or MC22) the 4-cylinder screamer.

These lightweight small-displacement bikes are so much fun to ride. I would say that the NC30 definitely as much, if not more entertaining to ride as my VFR750. Now, the VFR750 does provide all-day comfort that the NC30 does not.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:27 AM   #2424
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hella cool VFR400 up there.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:44 PM   #2425
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I'd pick that up over pretty much any bike right now! Looking good
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:07 PM   #2426
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I just picked up this NC30 on Saturday.




oohhh my!!
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:27 PM   #2427
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:06 PM   #2428
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I've got one of those!
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Damn, it looks like the 100k mark is getting to be so common, nobody is paying any attention to the latest members. Alternatively, this may be just a case of poor timing, there have certainly been more high mileage 750/780 VFRs than VFR400s of any distance.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:24 PM   #2429
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Trouble, trouble: a clean 2001 VFR800i just popped up on my radar, tucked away at a local shop. The bike has 25K on it, a Staintune pipe and newish tires. According to the salesman, it has been serviced and is good to go, all for the rock bottom price of $3400 plus fees.

Should I do it?
Without hesitation, and twice on the weekend.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:28 PM   #2430
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Dmac -- would you hate me more if I told you the bike I bought was forsale in Chapel Hill, NC? I drove from Harrisburg, PA to get it.
Yes. Absolutely. I'm three hours from there. Grr.

I suspect that this bike was sold by a shop in Raleigh that was loosely associated with TapeWorks. I saw one like that on the floor years ago. It was unclear how they proposed to get it registered. Want one bad. You're right about small bikes being fun. It doesn't hurt that I'm the right size for one.
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