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To do this I've enlisted the help of an avionics specialist currently working on F-35 systems.

After he's done with it, your RC30 will have vertical takeoff capability!

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To do this I've enlisted the help of an avionics specialist currently working on F-35 systems.

After he's done with it, your RC30 will have vertical takeoff capability!

You meant like this? :wheel:

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Jealousy is an understatement!!!

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Heres the custom made converter in action:

http://youtu.be/GlKf5yPXpfw

I'm designing a pcb now which will be easy to make with my CNC mill.

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I just got back from the Handbuilt motorcycle show held in Austin, sponsored by COTA for the MotoGP weekend. I was invited to bring my RC30 and they had a photographer take pictures of all the bikes. They also had an artist come in to draw selected bikes. He asked me what I considered to be the most visually appealing aspect of the bike and I said the rear wheel/exhaust. I look forward to seeing his interpretation in addition to the photos:

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The show was spectacular. The bikes were amazing, the people even more so. I've never been a fan of custom built bikes that use harley engines and cant go around corners, but these things, and the people who built them, are incredible.

The closer you get to these works of art the more spectacular they are:

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Love your work mate, big fan of the restoration job.

Corser & The Go Show where my favourite Aussie SBK riders in the 90's and as a younger teenager I had my little VFR painted in the Winfield colours. I just pulled here out of storage last year and did a full restoration to, although a hell of a lot cheaper and simpler. Seems a bit weird though being nearly 40 and riding a bike you had when you where 19.

I looked at restoring an old RC and did the sums and had to part with it :( figured I couldn't do the bike justice by putting aftermarket parts on it.

Glad you stuck with it and kept a piece of Aussie racing history going.

Matt

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Thanks Matt.

Nice looking 400. Do you have video of it anywhere? I'd love to hear it running.

I'm trying to find pictures or video of Gobert and Corser riding my RC30 back in the early 90's but i'm having no luck at all.

You're right about the cost of rebuilding an RC30. I could have bought a (very) nice track bike for what I spent on this thing.

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I havent actually got any footage of her running, but ill take her for a ride on the coming weekend and pull out the video camera.

For the videos of the 1990's Aussie SBK Swann Series I think the SBS channel covered them.

Try contacting these guys through http://speedweek.com.au/ they do the highlights on the SBS Network of the current Aussie SBK races and I bet you they would love to run a story on your bike and may be able to point you in the right way.

Matt

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Thats awesome, thanks Matt. Its great to see Aussie racing again, especially on tracks I used to race on myself.

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I finally got around to scanning the tintype photo taken at the Handbuilt show, printed on a sheet of steel. According to the photographer this picture will last "hundreds" of years.

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Another shot from the show:

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Recent track day. I didnt take it on track, its too much of a risk.

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I have my new V-4 for that:

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Great article in classic mechanics magazine. Great work.

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Thanks. Bertie did a good job. There were a few minor errors but nothing glaring.

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Sweet bike, nice rebuild, glad this thread resurfaced as I missed it at the time.

Only pity is you didn't ride it at CoTA :(

I'm sure the RSV4 is no comparison, a wholly different ride with another quarter century of development behind it ! Not to mention an extra 250cc ;)

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So now that I have worked out your name, I suspect that I now know the bike a little better - when I first got into VFRs in 1997/98 I also did some online searching of RC30s/45s, and NRs. You've got to know your heritage, right. And I'm pretty sure I recall finding some stuff from you... you were still Down Under at that stage. So do I correctly remember this bike being all red?

Awesome pics and videos. This sort of stuff is what makes the internet cool.

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Awesome!!! Just pinned this great topic.

Carry on and keep posting!

BR

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Thanks Baileyrock. Unfortunately now that the bikes rebuilt there's not much more worth posting.

Phantom, I did have a solid red fairing for this bike - i didn't want to risk the winfield bodywork on the track.

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Inspiring! Almost time to tear down my 98 VFR for it's final transformation into an VFRC51 canyon companion. Thanks for the great write up and pictures.

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Another update on this project;

I spoke to a few engineers about this bolt. The consensus is the spiral increases stretch which actually reduces clamping force on the crankcases.

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Just stumbled on this thread today.

That bike has a lot of history on OZ.

As far as I can remember it was one of two that were ridden by Anthony Goberts and Mal Campbell, both riders for Team Honda Australia.

A rare and very interesting find.

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The other one is at Western Motorcycles in Penrith, Sydney.

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all I had was a Doohan lid...........

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and have an autograph from Troy..

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Well its a sad day but I finally did it. This bike is now for sale.

I always thought I'd have this bike forever but after seeing how difficult critical engine parts are to get (i.e. impossible, at any price) this just isnt the bike for me anymore. I want a bike I can ride but this one is just too valuable. It needs to be on display somewhere so other enthusiasts can see it.

Its fully functional and I've ridden it once since the rebuild, in addition to starting it up dozens of times so people can hear it run.

Anyone who reads raresportbikesforsale.com will see it there shortly. I took a bit of a guess at the price. Its by no means a pristine RC30 but it has a different value. I'll also be contacting the Barber museum to see if they are interested, plus a collector in Sydney who has the polished frame sister of this bike.

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:sad2: Sounds like you made the right decision and good luck with your next project.

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Shaun,

Hate to hear that you have decided it is time for another party to be the steward of this bit of history. Since that history is not just of the HRC marque but also of the country in which you spent much of your youth, I am certain that the decision was not made lightly.

I wish you all the best with the sale and hope to see you on track at some point in 2016 if you are still with Ride Smart.

Thank you for sharing this rebuild thread however briefly with our community. Don't be a stranger here (RSV4 kinda counts for VFR membership).

Keith

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Thanks Guys,

I'm not sure what I'll replace this bike with yet. I might get another special V4, or I might invest it in a new business.

CornerCarver, I'm not with Ridesmart any more. I'm now a coach for California Superbike School so I'll be doing events all over the country this year. If you ever decide to do a CSS day let me know.

Shaun

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