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RVF400RR-T (NC35) Model Info

The lovely RVF400RT—better picture maybe coming some day!


The NC35 was built and/or sold as new by Honda dealers in Japan from 1994 to sometime in 2000 (possibly later). It was obviously an evolution of the popular NC30, but its purpose was similar to the NC30's purpose of making a "junior" RC30 available to the vast Japanese 400cc domestic market, but with respect to the then-new 750cc RC45 superbike. (Why Honda didn't just call it the "NC45" is still a mystery, however!) But, unlike the RC45's changes compared to the RC30, the NC35 did not use fuel injection or a completely redesigned engine—it's engine is a re-tuned NC30 engine with slightly smaller carburetors. In any case, there were several other significant differences between the NC30 and NC35 models apart from different bodywork, including engine mounting, fork type, swing arm width and 17" rear wheel. (Click here for a Web site with a graphic display of some of the differences touted by Honda upon the release of the NC35. [UPDATE: Motorcyclelane appears to have moved on to other things, and this page is no longer available. I've got it archived somewhere and will get it back up the meantime, this will have to do.]

"NC35" is not the official name for the bike Honda designated the "RVF400R" (and later simply "RVF"), but this is how they are commonly known. As far as we are aware, Honda built only domestic ("J-spec") models of the RVF400R. But NC35s were so popular in Japan that they quickly overflowed and found their way (as "grey imports") into the United Kingdom and, in much smaller numbers, into other markets—including the United States. The NC35 stayed basically the same throughout its model run, except for a color change between the RR and RT models. (A complete list of non-color-related part numbers changed for the R-T model is located here.) Even though available new in Japan for many years thereafter, the NC35's specs remained essentially unchanged since 1996. Below are illustrations of the two (and only two) NC35 color schemes:

No.1, Type 1, RVF400RRType 2, RVF400RT


NC35 model letters can be found on a small white sticker located under the passenger seat (and also on the bar code sticker behind the license plate, if still present). Because NC35s were not imported to the West through "official" channels, their registration documents are notoriously unreliable as a means of determining their year of manufacture. This is because registration documents on 'grey' imports are often intended to reflect the year a bike was first sold, which is not necessarily the year the bike was manufactured. Many NC35s appear to have been sold by dealers as new in Japan years after being manufactured, so the year that ended up on the registration document may not correspond to the bike's actual year of manufacture. Consequently, the most accurate way of referring to NC35s (and other 'grey' imports) is by model letter.

Model letters used by Honda correspond with the VIN model letters used in the United States since the early 1980s. (Here is a bit more about VINs.) As a result, bikes manufactured, for example, in 1994 carry the model letter "R", 1995 bikes are "S" models and 1996 bikes are "T" models, etc. (with the letters "I", "O", "Q", "U" and "Z" being skipped).

Paint schemes on the NC35s switched from emulating the RC45's red-white-and-blue (also known as 'OKI' colors) on the R models to a red-white-and-purple variation of this theme on the T model.

The following table details the beginning serial and engine numbers for the NC35 production run:

No. Type Model Year Model Name Year Code Model Code Area Code Color Code Color(s) Beg. Engine # Beg. Frame # Carb ID #
1 1 1994 RVF400R R NC35 Japan NH196K Sparkling red/Ross white/Atessa blue NC13E-1500001 NC35-1000001 VP90A-A
1 1 1994 RVF400R-II R NC35 Japan2 NH196K Sparkling red/Ross white/Atessa blue NC13E-1500001 NC35-1000001 VP90A-A
2 2 1996 RVF400R T NC35 Japan NH196K Sparkling red/Ross white/Uranus purple NC13E-1600001 NC35-1100001 VP90A-A
2 2 1996 RVF400R-II T NC35 Japan2 NH196K Sparkling red/Ross white/Uranus purple NC13E-1600001 NC35-1100001 VP90A-A


Item Specifications
Dimensions: Overall length 1.985m (78.1 in.)
Overall width 685mm (27.0 in.)
Overall height 1.065m (41.9in.)
Wheelbase 1.335m (52.6 in.)
Ground clearance 125mm (4.9 in.)
Dry weight 183kg (403.5 lb.)
Curb weight [200kg (440.9 lb.)]
Maximum weight capacity [347kg (765.0 lb.)]
Frame: Frame type Twin-spar aluminum
Front suspension 41mm Showa USD cartridge forks
Front wheel travel [120mm (4.7 in.)]
Rear suspension Single-sided swing arm
Rear wheel travel [120mm (4.7 in.)]
Rear damper Gas-filled damper
Front wheel size 17x3.5 in.
Rear wheel size 17x4.5 in.
Front tire size 120/60-R17 55H
Rear tire size 150/60-R17 66H
Front brakes Double floating disc; 4-piston Nissin calipers
Rear brake Single solid disc; 2-piston Nissin caliper
Caster angle [25-deg 20']
Trail [96mm (3.8 in.)]
Fuel grade Unleaded, minimum 91 RON
Fuel tank capacity 15 liters (4.0 U.S. gal., 3.5 Imp gal.)
Fuel tank reserve capacity 2.0 liters (0.5 U.S. gal., 0.4 Imp gal.)
Engine: Bore and stroke 55.0mm x 42.0mm (2.16 in. x 1.65 in.)
Displacement 399 cm³ (24.3 cu in.)
Compression ratio 11.3 : 1
Cylinder compression 489.5-1,468.6 kPa (10.8-14.7 Bar, 157-213 psi)
Valve train Gear driven DOHC; 4 valves per cylinder
Intake valve opens @ 1mm lift [15-deg. BTDC]
Intake valve closes @ 1mm lift [35-deg. ABDC]
Exhaust valve opens @ 1mm lift [35-deg. BBDC]
Exhaust valve closes @ 1mm lift [5-deg. ATDC]
Inlet valve clearances 0.12-0.18mm
Exhaust valve clearances 0.21-0.27mm
Lubrication system Forced pressure and wet sump
Oil pump type Trockoid
Cooling system Liquid cooled; dual radiators and cooling fan
Air filtration Paper filter
Crankshaft type Unit-type; 4 main journals; 360-deg.
Firing order #1 @ 90 deg.; #4 @ 270 deg.; #3 @ 90 deg.; #2 @ 270 deg.
Cylinder arrangement 4 cylinders; 90-deg. V
Cylinder numbering
Carburetor: Carburetor type Constant velocity Keihin; 4 carburetors
Throttle bore [32mm (1.3 in.)]
Drive train: Clutch system Multi-plate, wet
Clutch operation Cable operated
Transmission 6-speeds
Primary reduction 2.117 (34/72)
Final reduction (sprockets) 2.533 (15/38)
Drive chain slack 15-25mm (5/8-1 in.)
Drive chain size/links 525/102
Gear ratio, 1st 3.307 (13/43)
Gear ratio, 2nd 2.352 (17/40)
Gear ratio, 3rd 1.875 (16/30)
Gear ratio, 4th 1.590 (22/35)
Gear ratio, 5th 1.434 (23/33)
Gear ratio, 6th 1.318 (22/29)
Gearshift pattern Left foot operated return system: 1—N—2—3—4—5—6
Electrical: Ignition system Digitalized full transistor ignition
Starting system Electric starter motor
Charging system Triple phase output alternator
Regulator/rectifier type SCR Shorted/triple phase full wave rectification
Lighting system Battery (YTX7A-BS)
Lubrication: Engine oil capacity at draining 2.4 liters (2.54 U.S. qt., 2.11 Imp. qt.)
Engine oil capacity at disassembly 3.0 liters (3.17 U.S. qt., 2.64 Imp. qt.)
Engine oil capacity at oil filter change 2.5 liters (2.64 U.S. qt., 2.2 Imp. qt.)
Recommended engine oil type API grade SE, SF or SG
Recommended engine oil viscosity SAE 10W-30, 10W-40 or 20W-50
Oil pressure at oil pressure switch 490-588 kPa (5.0-6.0 Bar, 71-85 psi) @ 5,000 rpm (80 deg.C, 176 deg.F)
Fuel system: Main jets (All cylinders) # 108
Slow (idle) jets # 35
Pilot screw initial opening 1 5/8 turns out
Pilot screw final opening [1/4 turn out]
Float level 12.5mm (0.49 in.)
Carburetor vacuum difference Within 40 mmHg (1.6 inHg)
Base carburetor (for carburetor synchronization) No. 2 carburetor
Idle speed 1,300 +/- 100 rpm
Throttle grip free play 2-6mm (0.08-0.24 in.)
Clutch system: Clutch lever free play 10-20mm (0.4-0.8 in.)
Clutch disc thickness 2.92-3.08mm (0.115-0.121 in.)
Clutch disc service limit 2.8mm (0.110 in.)
Clutch plate warpage limit 0.30mm (0.012 in.)
Cooling system: Coolant capacity (radiators & engine) 2.1 liters (2.22 U.S. qt., 1.85 Imp. qt.)
Coolant capacity (reserve tank) 0.2 liter (0.21 U.S. qt., 0.18 Imp. qt.)
Radiator cap relief pressure 108-137 kPa (1.10-1.40 kg/cm², 16-20 psi)
Fan cut-in temperature 98-102 deg.C (208-216 deg.F)
Fan cut-out temperature 93-97 deg.C (199-207 deg.F)
Temperature sender resistance 130-180 ohms @ 50 deg.C (122 deg.F); 45-60 ohms @ 80 deg.C (176 deg.F); 10-20 ohms @ 120 deg.C (248 deg.F)
Thermostat begins to open 80-84 deg.C (176-183 deg.F)
Thermostat fully open 95 deg.C (203 deg.F)
Thermostat valve lift 8.0mm (0.23 in.) min.
Wheels/Tires: Axial wheel runout (maximum) 2.0mm (0.079 in.)
Radial wheel runout (maximum) 2.0mm (0.079 in.)
Axle runout (maximum) 0.20mm (0.0079 in.)
Cold tire pressure (driver only, front) 32 psi (2.25 kg/cm²; 2.2 bar)
Cold tire pressure (driver only, rear) 32 psi (2.25 kg/cm²; 2.2 bar)
Cold tire pressure (driver & pass., front) 32 psi (2.25 kg/cm²; 2.2 bar)
Cold tire pressure (driver & pass., rear) 36 psi (2.50 kg/cm²; 2.4 bar)
Front suspension: Fork spring free length 234.2mm (9.22 in.)
Fork spring direction Tighter coils on top
Fork oil weight 10W
Fork oil level 74mm (2.91 in.)
Fork oil capacity 445cc
Fork tube runout (maximum) 0.2mm (0.0008 in.)
Steering bearing pre-load 1.0-1.5kg (2.2-3.3 lbs.)
Rear suspension: Shock spring free length 121mm (4.75 in.)
Shock spring installed length [147.7mm (5.81 in.)]
Nitrogen gas pressure [98 kPa (142 psi; 97.9 bar)]
Brakes: Brake fluid type DOT 4
Brake disc runout (maximum) 0.3mm (0.012 in.)
Front brake disc thickness 4mm (0.16 in.)
Front brake master cylinder I.D. 14.000mm (0.5512 in.) (9/16")
Front brake caliper cylinder I.D. (upper) 30.230mm (1.1902 in.)
Front brake caliper cylinder I.D. (lower) 27.000mm (1.0630 in.)
Rear brake disc thickness 6mm (0.24 in.)
Rear brake master cylinder I.D. 14.000mm (0.5512 in.) (9/16")
Rear brake caliper cylinder I.D. 25.400mm (1.0000 in.)
Battery/Charging system: Battery capacity 12v (6AH) YTX7A-BS
Battery charging rate (normal) 0.7A/5-10 hr.
Battery charging rate (quick) 3.0A/1 hr.
Battery voltage 13.0-13.2v
Current leakage (maximum) 1.0 mA
Stator coil resistance 0.1-1.0 ohms @ 20 deg.C (68 deg.F)
Reg/rec regulated voltage/amperage 13.5-15.5v (0-6A) @ 5,000rpm
Regulated voltage output 13.5-15.5v @ 5,000 rpm
Regulated current output 0-6.0A @ 5,000 rpm
Ignition system: Spark plug (standard) NGK ER9EH or ND Y27FER
Spark plug (racing) NGK ER10EH or ND Y31FER
Spark plug (cold climate) NGK ER8EH or ND Y24FER
Spark plug gap 0.6-0.7mm (0.024-0.028 in.)
Ignition timing "F" mark 15-deg. BTDC @ 1,300rpm
Advance starts [1,800rpm +/-200rpm]
Advance stops 7,500rpm +/-100rpm
Full advance 36-deg. BTDC @ 7,500rpm +/-100rpm
Pulse generator coil resistance 450-550 ohms @ 20 deg.C (68 deg.F)
HT coil resistance (primary winding) 2.5-3.5 ohms @ 20 deg.C (68 deg.F)
HT coil resistance (secondary winding, w/plug cap) 14.0-25.0 ohms @ 20 deg.C (68 deg.F)
HT coil resistance (secondary winding, w/o plug cap) 11.0-14.0 ohms @ 20 deg.C (68 deg.F)
Lights/Meters/Switches: Main fuse 30A
Fuse 15A x 1; 10A x 3
Headlight (high/low beam) 12v 60/35w (H4)
Tail/brake light 12v 5/18w
Position light 12v 1.7w x 2
Turn signal light (front) 12v 5/18w x 2
Turn signal light (rear) 12v 15w x 2
Instrument light 12v 1.7w x 5
Oil pressure warning indicator 12v 1.7w
Oil temperature indicator 12v 1.7w
High beam indicator 12v 1.7w
Turn signal indicator 12v 1.7w
Neutral indicator 12v 1.7w
Sidestand indicator 12v 1.7w
Starting system: Starter motor brush length 12-13mm (0.47-0.51 in.)
Starter motor brush length service limit 6.5mm (0.26 in.)


  1. Specifications [in brackets] pertain to the VFR400R NC30 and do not necessarily apply to the RVF400R NC35. Home Copyright © 1999-2014 [Sources: Honda RVF400R Parts Manual pn. and Owners Manual pn. 00X30-MR8-6302]