• Mar 17, 2010
Two-wheeled treasure chest – Click above to watch the video of the uncrating after the break

We're sure you are familiar with the old expression that hindsight is 20/20. In most cases this adage holds true, particularly, when it comes to all of the beautiful cars and motorcycles we wish we would have kept over the years. It wasn't exactly a case of hindsight, but rather well planned forethought that drove Bengt Gunnarson to hang on to two of Honda's most elusive models by tucking them away safely in his shop's basement.

Gunnarson, who is the owner of Stockholm's MC-Varuhus (Motorcycle Warehouse), does something most dealers are terrified of: he actually collects motorcycles in between selling them. In 1992, when the Warehouse received its shipment of not one, but two Honda NR models, Bengt quietly stashed one in the basement for a rainy day. Since then, we have yet to see many eight-valve V-four engines with oval pistons floating around. But this was not the first time that Gunnarson had seen the writing on the wall. Only three years earlier, in 1989, as Honda's HRC division was producing a limited number of RC-30 models to meet World Superbike homologation rules, a parking place was also made for a boxed RC in the cellar.

Recently, the crew at MC-Varuhus opened the vault and uncrated these two beautiful bikes. The plan is to let them spend some time out in the open, albeit in display cases, where visitors to the dealership can get a first-hand view of both bikes. Click past the break to watch the unveiling video, as this may be as close as we get to coming to grips with two of Honda's most unique motorcycles.

[Source: Hell For Leather]




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Those bikes are.... beautiful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Drat, all I put away was a Suzuki Madura and a Honda Pacific Coast.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Love them both, but I would take the RC30 any day over the NR. Watch the DVD "V Four Victory" and you will understand why. The NR was an exercise done even after Honda tried oval pistons in racing and failed miderably. The RC30 won everywhere from the Isle of Man to the Suzuka 8 hour and countless superbike wins in between and looks better than the NR IMHO. The NR might be more collectible, unless you happen to be talking about an ex-Joey Dunlop RC 30 racebike.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The NR was an exercise done even after Honda tried oval pistons in racing and failed miderably."

        I don't think that was the case. They were regulated out of racing.. Sure they may not have won out of the box, but there must have been some potential that the rule makers decided that they had to specify only round pistons.

      • 4 Years Ago
      While I love to see finds like these, and I love the technology behind them, I simply fail to see the beauty of these bikes compared with their contemporary cousins. Only "old" full fairing bikes I like are Ducati 916 models.

      Both of these Hondas just look... chunky.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mike, you are quite correct sir.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know the 916 styling was based on Honda's NR750, right?

        Rumor has it that Tamburini was so taken by the NR750 that he tore up his existing drawings for the 916 and started over.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never played Tourist Trophy. Does it include different types of bike racing ie. flat track, supercross etc.

      If Polyphony ever gets GT5 released a new TT would be great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, I wouldn't be surprised if Honda decides to try and by these from him for use in a museum.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I rode a friends oval piston Honda back in the day. I rode it one time and never again. That bike scared #@$% out of me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Forgot to Add-- Wonder if he has a crated up Ducati Supermono.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now, that is a bike I like, nothing chunky there
        • 4 Years Ago
        This brings back a a bunch of memories for me. I had met 2 guys at the local track, one of whom had a RC30 in his living room, and the other had a Supermono.

        I got to know both of them pretty well and the RC30 never left the house but the other guy raced the Supermono. I remember helping him start both that and the 888 Superbike he also raced using a small Briggs & Stratton mounted to a wheeled frame. Very cool stuff.

        The Supermono is probably my all-time favorite bike.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember how badly I wanted to ride an RC 30 when they first came out. That was and still is a "machine".

      @Musashi66-- they do look kind of chunky especially compared to the streetrfighter styles of today.

      @BoxerFanatic-- Methinks they lost their mojo. The Hawk was a great bike as was the VTR 1000 which they allowed to wither and die. Why they didn't put the NAS concept into production we'll never know.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I drooled so much over the NAS1000.

        I won't forgive Honda for not even TRYING to update the SuperHawk 1000cc v-twin with a bit of that. Such a waste of a fantastic concept.

        They way over-priced the Hornet. They let Ducati and Suzuki eat their lunch on the 650-1000cc V-twin standard-sport, by not reviving the Hawk GT, and letting the SuperHawk languish for far too long, and not even trying to give it the VTR1000 engine.

        Their CBR-series might be good for some, but it never appealed to me. Most I-4 super-sports don't appeal to me, since I am not a racer, not want to look like one, but I am not a Goldwing or cruiser rider, either. The VFR is becoming weird, although I do hope the dual-clutch gearbox for motorcycles catches on more widely.

        Suzuki canned their SV1000-S as well... Yamaha doesn't have a V-twin sport, only the FZ-x series inlines, or a monster V-max. Kawasaki's Z1000 is interesting looking, but is a bit boring underneath the flashy skin. I tend to like good OHC twins and triples more than transverse inlines.

        BMW is almost as bad. They canned both the K1200R-Sport, and the R1200S, the two bikes in their lineup that really appealed to me. I hope they have something new up their sleeve with bringing the DOHC boxer engine into the main-line R-bikes that don't have an HP2 label.

        That is one of the reasons that it is so cool to see the RC30 and NR 750... those were from a time when the companies had a passion to build really interesting stuff, even for the street, not just Bold New Graphics every year, and a few grams off the weight and a completely new fairing and stuff every two years on their super-sports, (does wonderful things for spare parts stocks, and interchangeability... not.) And then almost ignore the rest of their line between those and their Cruisers.

      • 4 Years Ago
      This was when Honda was really pushing the tech, even if the oval pistons didn't really pan out. I don't think they would have the guts to do it today. The Japanese mfr's were really hammering out innovation from the late 70's to the mid 90's. After that eh, I can't get too excited over the last few grams they chase out of an CBR/R1/GSXR.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey just take a stroll to Birmingham. Your NR750 is on display there with 0 miles, there is your RC 30 also, along with the mentioned Supermoto and 916. and to add to it there are two (short and long swing arm) RC161's. You may even want to slip in the fact there is a Briton on display also. All can be seen at Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum. Come on guys 1300 bikes in the collection (600-700 on display at any one time) and 45 Lotus Race cars amoung other things. www.barbermuseum.org I don't mean for this to sound like an add but this stuff can been seen with a quick trip to the south.
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