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Yamaha September 29, 2018 posted by

Swimsuit Issue – 1977 Yamaha RD400

Mid-seventies the two-stroke era was winding down, most manufacturers were looking for ways to tie their new mid-size four strokes to their smoking forebears.  Yamaha stretched it out, keeping the RD-400 in the line-up until 1980.  For 1977 they offered cast wheels, all disk brakes and 14-second 1/4 miles.

1977 Yamaha RD400 for sale on eBay

In today's era of jamming a lot of complication into a small engine, Yamaha's air-cooled twin is a statement of simplicity - 44hp from 398cc without fuel injection, overhead valves, counterbalance shafts, etc.  It still requires a poke with the right leg to start, though at least oil injection is standard.  Light construction helped the RD make a quick getaway, the twin downtube frame, suspension and brakes are all right-sized for the mission and keep the fully-fueled weight well under 400 lbs.  Historically noisy, Yamaha did what they could with the generous mufflers and airbox to quiet things down.

Looking a few years old rather than its decades, this RD has been carefully stored, and recently returned to rideability.  This required rebuilds of the carburetors, oil injection pump, and brakes - refreshingly OEM parts are still available.  What wasn't required were cosmetics, which are excellent and original.  From the eBay auction:

This is a 1977 Yamaha RD400 VIN # 1A1304892    Verified by Libby's in New Haven, Conn.
In dry storage for 18 years.
Full disclosure right front fender is scratched. The front brake lever has been replaced.
The right muffler does not have any damage. 
The gas tank has a minor dent in the pin stripe. There is no rust or paint chipping.  
tank inside is perfect, no rusting no tank treatments . also new petcock valve OEM.
New chain and sprockets.
New front and rear brake calipers.
Rebuilt front brake master cylinder.
New rear brake master cylinder.
New tires.
New clutch cable.
Rebuilt carburetors
New TDR reed valves.
All new vent and fuel hoses.
New battery.
Rebuilt auto injection pump.
Too much to list. Original bodywork, pipes etc...
Starts 1st kick every time.

The RD400 was skinny all over - seat, tires, and powerband.  But a blast if you stayed in the envelope, as reviewers claimed if it wasn't lifting the front wheel in second gear, there was something wrong.  As the other big three were in transition to lumbering four strokes, it out-performed the competition and undercut them on price.  An unrestored bike of this age is unusual, as is this RD's alternate color, interesting as Yamaha later adopted blue for their race teams...

-donn

Swimsuit Issue – 1977 Yamaha RD400
Yamaha January 26, 2014 posted by

1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special available in Puyallup, WA

SOLD

1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special for sale

Today's Featured Listing is this RD400 Daytona Special. Reviews in it's day remarked that this 2 stroke was for hooligans and wheelie addicts. 1979 marked the end of the RD400 and the Daytona Special was Yamaha's way of celebrating their success at the fabled racetrack.

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This is example has only 2039 original miles and is un-restored which adds a nice touch of patina that I find endearing, not to mention it wouldn't intimidate me to actually ride it rather than purely display.

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Thanks for helping support the site with a Featured Listing and good luck with the sale Dave!

dc

from the seller:

I have an un-restored Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special. It has once over Wiesco pistons in it because the previous owner botched its initial Break-In. The original air filter has been replaced with a foam element and the brakes rebuilt due to a long storage period. This bike has always been in my heated shop except for the rides. I have owned this bike since 1994. I have the original sales invoice from place of purchase. Except for a few nicks and scratches, this bike is immaculate. I am asking $6,900.00 for someone to take care of her. Please email me at ssvme@comcast.net with any questions. And yes, I have the original mirror.

1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special available in Puyallup, WA
Yamaha December 15, 2012 posted by

One Owner 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona with Less Than 2400 Miles

Yamaha Daytona Special RD400F For Sale

Ready to be refreshed and put back into service -- or on your mantle! Rick has emailed us this special piece and has done a great job describing and photographing it. With the "new in the crate" Daytona going for $21k recently, this looks like a bargain at $7k!

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from the seller:

Yamaha RD400F Daytona. Special. Serial 2V0-003100. Purchased 5.26.79

I bought this RD400F new in 1979. It has less than 2400 miles and has been mothballed in my Burbank, CA, garage since 1984. The bike was properly stored. All the chrome was oiled. Gas tank drained and carbs run dry. I followed the storage instructions. Unpacked, cleaned, reoiled and wrapped every five years.

The bike was never raced or crashed. I always intended to put it back into service when I retire (next month). Now, I have Parkinson’s Disease, which is not a good combo for riding a Daytona Special. I also have a 17-year-old son who wants me to give it to him. A teenage son and a Daytona Special…..another bad combination.

This bike is very clean….a beauty inside and out. In 1979 Cycle Magazine described the RD400F as the kind of motorcycle Dennis the Menace would ride.

Documents: RD400F Owners Manual, RD400 C D Service Manual, RD 400F Supplementary Service Manual. 1979 Cycle Magazine which features the Daytona Special. Have current tags and clean pink slip.

Things that will need attention: Grommet (rubber donut) for holding left side-cover is missing. Brake lines do not maintain pressure. Carb butterflies seem stuck (unable to roll the throttle). Original tires. No battery.

Modifications: Bullet fairing. Exhaust baffles are shortened. You can hear this RD a block away, but it’s a beautiful sound.

For $7,000 it’s your show bike. Rick Meyer laphotog@aol.com

Good luck with the sale Rick and be well!

dc

Sport Bikes For Sale December 8, 2012 posted by

Smoke in the box? 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special still in crate!

When you were a kid and had a jack in the box (the toy, not the fast food product), were you ever disappointed that all the clown did was pop out of the box and stare back at you? Well here is the big kid equivalent of that toy, only it comes with blue smoke and ring-a-ding sound effects for a little extra cash.

Purported to be a brand new, sealed in the original shipping crate, zero mile example of the last US-imported RD model, this is certaily one for the collectors out there. The Daytona Special was the top end of the RD lineup, and even today these carry a premium. But new in a box? Money speaks, and these can only be new once.

From the seller:
New 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special still in sealed crate.
This bike is for sale locally also, we reserve the right to end auction at any time.
Clear title.
Uncovered pictures will be sent to the winning bidder.

If you have to have an RD and you have the cash to buy a new one, this just might be the way to go. Sure, it is a risky proposition to purchase sight unseen, but imagine the thrill of winning the auction and seeing what is under the box for the first time! I sure would love to know the history of this crate, how it came to end up here, and if it has ever been opened - but that info is not shared in the auction. Bidding has been brisk, and the auction is just under 10 grand with a few days to go. Click the link to jump over to the auction and check out the details. Good Luck!

MI

Yamaha September 27, 2009 posted by

1978 Yamaha RD400

Located in Spokane, Washington is a fantastic, original, 1978 Yamaha RD400 race bike.  This bike is in the same condition that it was last raced in 1981, and looks very good with no obvious damage and only slight patina.  This bike comes with an extensive period memorabilia collection, some of which this bike appears in.  The bike is priced fairly at $5,500; but the seller is accepting offers.  This is a quote of the entire ad to give you a history of this bike and what is included with it:

This is a 1978 Yamaha RD400 that was purchased out of Escondito California brand new and built into a race bike that competed in the Southern Californias ARRA and AFM race series from 1978 - 1981 then stored correct......... and it sits now just as it came off the race track in 1981. Most these bikes were either junk or got molested for parts which makes a bike like this, a complete unrestored full race bike with the paper history it has pretty rare! I bought this bike from the original owner/racer who kept the bike in great shape and also had a ton of paperwork on it. The motor had a fresh build with only one race on it then was pickled, it pulls very hard!!!! Bike is ready for the track, just needs to be unstored and new tires put on because it still has the old slicks on it from '81

Original ownership certificate, owners manual and warranty guide from escondito yamaha

Mods
TZ full race bodywork, electronics, wheel set, Tony Smith built motor with handmade matched expansion chambers, custom big reed blocks, lectron carbs, specialized aluminum swingarm, mulholland rear shocks, re worked front forks with air, ack rearsets, tapered head bearings, adjustable steering damper, clip ons, steel braided brake lines, fully safety wired

Receipts
TZ cdi mag assembly, black box, full race bodywork, Tony smith motor mods and handcrafted expansion chambers, westach cylinder head temp gauge, mulholland shocks, lectron carbs

Racing stuff
A signed letter from Keith Code with the envelope dated 5-12-78 explaining what his riding school (now known as california superbike shcools) consists of and what he hopes to teach you, an original copy of his instrucional riding/race manual dated 11/76 which according to his website is before his school even opened, they are claiming 30 year anniversary this year ('09) and well before the famous twist of the wrist series. Also have an old California superbike school brochure with Eddie Lawson on it

AFM (American Federation of Motorcyclist) competition racing license ('79), number assaignment card, 4 race programs ('78-'79) race schedule ('78 ), 3 competition rulebooks ('78-'79)
ARRA (American Road Racing Association) 12 newletters (78-81), standing regulations, 10 race programs, 1981 race schedule and a points standing sheet from '79 which show Cooley, Lawson and Oliver

Brochures
ack rearsets, westach cht gauges, mulholland shocks, lectron carbs, goodyear slick tire band, 2 Tom Hayner racer supply cataloges (78-79), specialists 2 performance cataloge

Other
20+ cycle news from ('79-'83) and I believe this bike/racer is listed in reults in 1 or 2 of em, I have to go through and check for sure though, old motorcycle sport book by bob greene, cycle mag feturing the rd400 from 11/77, official program from the champion spark plug 200 at laguna 6/83, Kimberleys Grang Prix bike team guide #1 which talks about yamaha gp racing from '82-'85 including Roberts, Lawson and even Graziano Rossi who is Valentino Rossi's father

Bike also has bunch of jetting lectron needles, extra head gaskets,rear sprockets, plugs, chain pieces, master link and tool, # plates and other stuff needed for a day at the track all from that era.
The Windscreen is broken but I have a new in the box from gustafson racing. The guy said one of the Toomey brothers pushed him into the grass back in the day and he dropped it, also has a small dent on the left side of the tank.
I'm probably also forgetting some stuff, any questions just ask

If you're in the market for a vintage racer or classic piece of art, this bike should be considered!  See the bike on the Pacific Northwest Riders Forum here.

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AG

Yamaha June 1, 2009 posted by

Custom 1976 Yamaha RD400

Available in Glendale, California is a 1976 Yamaha RD400 built as a Kenny Roberts replica.  Claimed to be fitted with (possibly rare and very valuable) Moto Carrera goodies this RD400 has been transformed into a street legal race replica.  This bike would be a very fun, and fast, weekend toy.

1976 Yamaha RD 400 2 stroke custom

EDIT:  Sold for $5,650.00 on 06/07/09.

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AG

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