RC24 and RC36 differences?

MikeRR

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Hi all

I am heading down the VFR750 route, and hoped for some advice on the differences i would notice between the twobikes?

Thanks
Mike
 

saintrommel

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The 88/89 RC 24 is the most characterful VFR IMHO lovely howls and growls , very neutral steering easy to turn,easy to maintain.
Bad points it is getting on a bit but you can still find nice ones out there,good points they are cheap .
I wouldn't buy a 1990/93 3rd Gen RC36 very slow to turn IMHO but a 4th gen RC 36 1994/97 is a nice bike
easy to maintain fairly neutral steering a tad lacking in engine character but a good bike try and find one with stainless front downpipes if possible .
 

Pete/48

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I personally have owned a 1995 RC36 for the last 10yrs or so, I think they are great bikes, very reliable ,handle ok, easy to maintain, enough performance to satisfy most folk, plus the fact they still look pretty good,
I admit to knowing very little about the RC24s except in my eyes they are now starting to look a bit dated,
When looking for either just be aware that they are both prone to having reg/rec/ charging problems, rotten or badly corroded front downpipes,
and on both models really do have a good look for faults with the fairings, because if any of these need replacing they really are now getting as scarce as the proverbial hens teeth, that is either second hand, and very little chance of finding anything new,(that is genuine or pattern)
 

50th VFR

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If you are going for the RC24 go for 88 FJ or 89 FK.
Many improvements over 86/87 bikes including 17 inch wheels, bigger forks, improved exhaust etc. Identicalness by desperate belly pan, faired in front indicators and flip up front screen. Be aware there are some bikes out there which are not what they seen such as an early bike sporting later bodywork.

No expert on RC36 but RC24 a nice fairly upright sports bike. But in terms of suspension technology and tire sizes it is getting dated. But far from inadequate.

Engine bullet proof and quality of components high.

Comfy for pillion and strong Giving Winrack mounting kit available.

Adjustable tappets rather than shim used from 90 FL model onwards so easier to maintain.

No vices.
 

MikeRR

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Hi guys thanks for great advice.!

Found one st a good price , but has 62k on the clocks. What do you think of the high mileage? Doesnt worry me that much but your advice please
 

saintrommel

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Hi guys thanks for great advice.!

Found one st a good price , but has 62k on the clocks. What do you think of the high mileage? Doesnt worry me that much but your advice please
Which model ? I personally would find a low miler , there were two super FKs on FB this week a lovely mint red one 35k miles ,£1000 and there are lots of reasonable miles FR/FVs out there ,I.m very patient to get the right bike but more importantly at the right price .
 

Pete/48

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If its in good nick and going to be a keeper it should be alright at the right price,
But if hoping to buy and keep it as a bit of an investment I personally would be looking for something with at least half that sort of mileage on it,
They are about, its all about keeping your eyes pealed and being ready to pounce when you see one at the right price,
 

MikeRR

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Which model ? I personally would find a low miler , there were two super FKs on FB this week a lovely mint red one 35k miles ,£1000 and there are lots of reasonable miles FR/FVs out there ,I.m very patient to get the right bike but more importantly at the right price .
Thanks! I will take your advice and hang on. If you see any let me know! By FB, you mean Facebook? Is there a VFR site there?
 

saintrommel

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Thanks! I will take your advice and hang on. If you see any let me know! By FB, you mean Facebook? Is there a VFR site there?
Yes one for RC 24s, one for RC36s ,VFR 800s, crossrunners ect ect some real bargains on there from time to time .
good luck :)
 

mangocrazy

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With bikes of this age, the main differentiator is how they've been maintained. A clean 1 or 2 owner example with 60k on the clock will be better than a 30k bike that has had 6 or 7 owners. The usual caveats apply - look for rounded off bolts, hooked sprockets and worn out chain etc. My first VFR was an FK and I put 80k miles on it, and when I PX-ed it, the engine still felt like new. But it had been regularly serviced and I had changed the oil at the mid-point between service intervals so it always had fresh oil.

Of the VFR750s I'd say the FJ/FK are the best value for money and undoubtedly have the best engine. Later models had marginally more mid-range, but lost the zing above 7000rpm. They're also significantly heavier due to the single sided swingarm and the compromises it caused. The 94-97 RC36 II is probably the 'prettiest' of all the 750s (and VFRs in general), but the RC24 is still a fine looking bike.

Wheel/tyre sizes are the biggest shortcoming on the RC24 models, which is why so many folk have changed rims for CBR600 items to use modern tyre sizes. The bike was current right at the time that tyres were changing from skinny cross-ply section to modern radial tyre sizes. For that reason alone I'd avoid the earlier FG/FH models with their 16" front/18" rear wheels. FJ/FK have 17" wheels front and rear, albeit in narrow sections by modern standards. RC36 models run 17" rims in readily available sizes.
 

FTM

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The 86/87 RC24's down pipes don't rust as they're made from real stainless steel, it's the 88/89 RC24's and later RC36's that rot away as they're made from an oxymoron type stainless steel!
 

andy47

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Yes one for RC 24s, one for RC36s ,VFR 800s, crossrunners ect ect some real bargains on there from time to time .
good luck :)
I have both the Fj 88 model and the 94 fr model my choice would be the 94 model better brakes and better handling however if you go with the fj model still a cracking machine make sure which ever one you choose has a stainless steel exhaust system fitted as they rot . Me personally change the rectify on what ever you chose as these are a weak spot I have fitted volt meter's on both of mine so you can keep a tab on the charging system and that's it just routine servicing ride and enjoy built to last .
 

andy47

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Thanks Andy.
Ok no problem let us know what ever you purchase another thing is 94 on onwards you have a better tyre choice for them as they are a 120/70 /17 front rear is 170/70/17 the fj/fk tyres are a 110/70 /17 front 150/70/17 rear in these sizes the tyre choice is getting a bit limited on my fj managed to get some Michelin pilot road 3 think it was the last set in country!!
 

MikeRR

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Thats a really relevant point. Saw a nice 89’ but was concerned anout thre choice. That size rear seems really small for a powerful bike....
 

saintrommel

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Thats a really relevant point. Saw a nice 89’ but was concerned anout thre choice. That size rear seems really small for a powerful bike....
I remember my buddy tailing a 996 from Hawks to Settle on his skinny tyres £450 FK going extremely fast , never had any problems with std tyres on my FK , Except in the wet on overbanding whilst braking
 

mangocrazy

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Ok no problem let us know what ever you purchase another thing is 94 on onwards you have a better tyre choice for them as they are a 120/70 /17 front rear is 170/70/17 the fj/fk tyres are a 110/70 /17 front 150/70/17 rear in these sizes the tyre choice is getting a bit limited on my fj managed to get some Michelin pilot road 3 think it was the last set in country!!
I think the RC36 II had a 170/60ZR17 rear tyre and from memory the FJ/FK RC24 had a 110/80/17 front but you're right - there is a very limited choice of tyres to fit all RC24s. There is a marginally better choice for the FJ/FK, but it's still limited and most are quite dated designs.
 

andy47

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Thats a really relevant point. Saw a nice 89’ but was concerned anout thre choice. That size rear seems really small for a powerful bike....
I think the standard size is actually a 140/70/17 on the rear don't get me wrong mine handles spot but like I said earlier tyre choice is getting a bit thin on the ground mine done 56,000 miles rebuilt the complete suspension 2 year ago new shocker, headrace bearings and swinging arm bearings and fork oil and seals that made a massive difference.
 
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