I bought a rather sad looking nc23 just before Christmas 2017 and spent the next 6 months restoring and sourcing almost impossible to find parts at great expense. Anyway it sat outside for 7 years apparently and now look, runs and rides lovely. All oem parts except the mirrors. The paint took me at least 70 hours including media blasting the tank and repairing half the plastics. Handles amazing but I seem to have lost the love for it. Just thought as it’s from the same era as lc’s and valves it may be of interest.
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2019 21:24:30 GMT 1 by twostroker
Post by reggieperrin on Jan 18, 2019 21:26:55 GMT 1
I love these little things... I raced one for a year in MRO Supersport 400 It'll out handle lots of other things including the NC30 but was always out dragged and out powered by the zxr400's You can't do much to the top end as they have gear driven cams and any changes are drastic...
was always about 60bhp at best. The NC29 rear wheel conversion allows better tyre sizes. An early cbr600 engine is a pretty easy conversion, almost drops in..
You've done a great job there. Great little bikes. I finally got into 400 grey bikes about 6 years ago and restored 3 Fzr 400 3tjs which I love. This got a mate inspired who's been riding a 1974 Z1A for decades. He has now restored a CBR 400 and loves it, especially the handling. Cheers.
Still got a soft spot for these bikes.(I had the gull arm nc29) Got me back into road bikes after years of moto cross. Had 4 at one time,a road bike,a very trick track bike,and then went racing in 400 championships with north Gloucester on 2 others,one built by Graeme France which I raced in formula 400 and another I built to race in street stock 400. Sold 3 of them to spend money on my ypvs hybrids,still got the trick track bike. The bike was racing in the Japanese 400 championship and the previous owner brought it over to the U.K. It has loads of HRC parts fitted to it which are rarer than “rocking horse poo” Trouble with these bikes,they so small I now having difficulty bending my “clapped out knee” enough to ride it properly anymore. Used it for track days,and it still surprised a few modern bikes in the fast group. Thinking of doing a few Hillclimbs on it this year,if I take enough pain killers to bend the knee enough. Fantastic bikes,bit like a reliable 4 stroke ypvs 350. If you never ridden one or owned one you don’t know what you missing 👍
Kind words thanks. Yeah Greaham France rebuilt the carbs on mine and supplied lots of the parts. I agree it is much the riding a Ypvs as all the power is at the top end and you can have fun without doing silly speeds. I’m only 5ft7 and 65kg so it feels about the right size for me but I can’t imagine it would be comfortable for anyone 6ft+.
Probably near on the same as a Ypvs performance wise but with a more linear torque curve and far superior handling
I’ve also owned a nc30 which I found a bit overrated and In comparison I prefer the cbr over the vfr
Post by reggieperrin on Jan 21, 2019 18:32:47 GMT 1
I'm 6'3" and used to squeeze onto mine quite well... Needed a shoe horn to remove it from my arse crack after a race..!!
Mine had a load of Graeme France gear on it as well.. The thin wall light weight titanium pipe was a work of art.. I did everything that was allowed under MRO rules, it was still just out powered by doggy ZXR's
I'd have another 23 if I could.. sold a 29 a while back as I just didn't have space..
Beautiful bike absolutely lovely, funny isn’t it when Bat bikes and Rap bikes were importing them in the 90’s I was it’s a 400 you need at least a 1000 now I look at them and see them for what they are/were exquisite works of motorcycling art
4L0's eating pistons since the 80's-Dont be nicking my paint scheme.