Motorcycle insurance bargains: Honda RVF400

Published: 24 September 2010

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the Honda RVF400.          

Insurance group: 12
Engine: 399cc V4
Power: 59.4bhp
Top speed: 125mph 
Weight: 165kg                        

Honda’s RVF400 was a pin-up race replica that had sports bike fans dribbling down their paddock jackets in the mid-nineties. It sounds great, is beautiful to look at and handles like a demon. Plus it's only group 12 to insure.       

A low seat height and lightweight makes the RVF400 a manageable machine for shorter riders. It’s also an ideal donor bike for a 33bhp kit for new riders. By today’s standards the RVF400 is a little bit soft around the edges, but in its day it handled with all the agility and precision of a 250cc Grand Prix bike compared to old litre-sized buses like the GSX-R1100, and relatively big supersports machines like the FZR600. It’s still good today and can be made even better with a suspension overall and fitting the latest sticky tyres.

This liquid-cooled, 399cc, DOHC, V4 motor with gear driven cams and four 28mm carbs, may be small but it’s beautifully formed. The NC35 doesn’t make peak power (59.4bhp) until the rev needle sweeps all the way to 13,000rpm. You have to thrash it mercilessly to get anywhere fast, which let’s face it, is the thing that makes the RVF400 so exciting to ride.

MCN verdict

Handling

4/5

Engine

5/5

Reliability

5/5

Value

4/5

OVERALL

5/5

 

Thinking of buying a Honda RVF400? Get motorcycle insurance quotes from lots of providers in one place with MCN Compare.   

 

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