Aprilia for me, but it was a tough choice. The RC30 is an iconic machine. It´s a racer for the street, so it is made without compromise.
Same goes for the Aprilia. All of the adjustments you can make to the chassis (swingarm pivot, etc) are just plain overkill for any mediocre street rider, but heck, it´s a true race bike. I really like what they did with it.
The D16RR is sexy, but artificially overpriced. That really turns me off. If they made one for the price of an S version Ducati and kept the spare parts+maintenance costs at a sane level, it would have been a killer.
I voted "are you crazy" 'cos I think the poll should be widened to include the RC40 and the NC30 and NC35.
The RC40 or NR750 should get a mention just for being the only street-legal oval-pistoned motorcycle in history, now THAT is exotic. At the other end of the spectrum the NC30 and NC35 put 360 degree crank race pedigree into the hands of everyman. These tiny terrors continue to turn heads on streets all over the world and humiliate track day riders on bigger, more sophisticated equipment in the twisties 20+ years after their release.
I considered the NR750 but didn't include it because it was never legally sold in the US and were made in very few numbers. There are probably ten desmos for every NR. Twenty years on it remains the most exotic machine ever produced that anyone could just buy if they had the money.
As for the other smaller V4 models, they appear to be just sized-down small displacement bikes patterned off the RC30 and RC45. But to each his own.
Clearly the RC30 : like nothing else when introduced , dominating race history and pedigree , rare , reliable , maintainable , and attractive . A distant second (though comparing apples and oranges) is the original VMAX , for being the fastest cruiser from 1985 until (agruably) the Rocket III of 2004 , and for its sheer rumbly bravado !
My vote goes to the Yamaha RZ500... though it does require so much effort to be made to work as intended (just like the Honda VTR-SP).
I personally incline for the standard RZ model over the exotic, Japan only RZV: the RZV was 30 pounds lighter, had a stiffer aluminum frame but also had a whooping 20hp less. Sure, the beast can be unleashed by fitting different carbs and pipes, but again it's so much extra work.
This was as close as you got to a 500 GP bike and 84hp on tap in 1984 were really... wow!
I'd tend to say that the VFR750 RC36 MKI (1990-1993) is the best.
Ok, that's not a racebike as can be the RC30 or the D16RR but it is good everywhere.
It's a little bit sad this kind of VFR has disappeared of honda range.
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