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Honda 1994 1995 RVF750 Model Specification

Max. HP
97 hp @ 10,500 RPM (with US EPA ECU)
101 hp @ 10,500 RPM (with "updated" but still restricted ECU)
118 hp @ 10,500 RPM (with European unrestricted ECU)
148 hp @ 12,500 RPM (in HRC race kit form)
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1407 mm (55.4 in)
Dry Weight
189.01 kg (416.7 lb)
Front Wheel
Rear wheel
List Price (new)
$27,000 US (approx.)
1994 Honda RVF750

The long awaited RC30 replacement, the RC45, unchanged from the preproduction form that people had seen at the 1993 Suzuka 8 hour race, hits the showrooms and lays a big egg in magazine tests. With a $27K (USD) price tag and performance only slightly better than a CBR600F2/3, people are wondering what Honda is thinking. Honda's Propoganda said that the RC45's engine is capable of "Over 150 hp, in HRC race kited form". They fail to mention that it berely makes 100hp out of the box. The U.S. D.O.T./EPA legal "Black box" seems to be the main problem. Snip a wire and gain 8-10 hp is the rule of the day. It will take a lot of time and money to run with the other Big dogs in both AMA and WSB competition. They seem to be getting better in AMA but are still struggling in WSB (though Arron Slight has been doing amazing things on his Castrol sponsored RC45). IMHO: Honda should have just hung lights on the 1992 RVF and called it a day.

Wayne Gardner talked highly of the 1992 bike and said the '93 Factory RVF's and the RC45 went in the wrong direction as far as engine placement in the frame and it's effect on turning/handling. Even though Honda claims the engine sits 10mm further forward in the frame compared to the RC30, both Factory team racers Arron Slight and Doug Polen, talked about chasing the front end as it pushes and has lack of feedback in the turns. In the August 1995 Issue of Sport Rider Magazine Lance Holst mentions more than a couple of times the unnerving lack of front-end feedback both on Arron Slight's Factory RVF and similar characteristics the RC45 Street bike.

Note: The markings on the bike are RVF not VFR. I asked a Castrol Honda/HRC guy on Arron Slights team what's up with this. He said that the RC45 (street bike) & current HRC/RVF ("Factory" race bike) are the same machine to comply with FIM- WSB & AMA Superbike rules. Like in AMA motocross, there are no true "Works Bikes" anymore, you have to have production based frames and engines. The RC45 was designed by HRC off the RVF lineage instead of the VFR family.