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 smaller 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 raise this, along with many other upgrades and
custom-machined parts.

Model Information

Review of the VFR400

Another review of the VFR400

Modifying the VFR

Charging system

Engine  90¡ V4 4-stroke 16 valve DOHC(Gear Driven)
Bore & Stroke  55.0mm x 42.0mm  
Power  60bhp@ 12,500rpm (NC30 - 62bhp)  
Torque  3.7kg-m @ 10,000rpm  
Capacity  399cc  
Gearbox  6-speed  
Dry Weight  165kg (NC30 - 170kg or 374lbs)
Fuel Tank  18 litres  
Cooling  liquid  
Final Drive  chain  


Top Speed  136.2mph (NC30 - 130mph)  
1/4 mile  12.6@109mph (NC30 - 12.5@109mph)  
Fuel Economy  42mpg  
Range  160miles  

Front 120/60R17 32psi
Rear 150/60R17 36psi
Performance Bridgestone BT90 (Now replaced by BT96)
All-Round Bridgestone BT92 dual-Compound