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Posts by tag: RD400

Yamaha October 30, 2014 posted by

NOS Continued: 1979 Yamaha RD 400 Daytona Special with 8 Miles!

Yamaha RD400 for sale with 8 miles

While the RD400 might be better suited to our sister site, they've graced the pages of RSBFS from time to time with positive reactions. This one is in California and is advertised with only 8.1 miles. Unfortunately the pictures are terrible but I suppose no one is buying this sight unseen anyway. But if you want an instant new-old-stock collectible, this should fit the bill.


1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special for sale on eBay


from the seller:

1979 Yamaha RD 400 Daytona Special. Motorcycle in immaculate condition. Original 8.1 miles. This beauty has never seen the California roads. Original dealer in Berkeley, Ca did not retail or registered. Motorcycle has been stored and preserved for the last 35 years. This is truly a motorcycle that has been in a time capsule for its entire life. Must see to appreciate. Condition on this motorcycle is one of a kind, an investment that is going to grow and can be passed down for generations.
We are looking for the right person that will give this gem a good home.


NOS Continued:  1979 Yamaha RD 400 Daytona Special with 8 Miles!
Yamaha January 26, 2014 posted by

1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special available in Puyallup, WA


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.


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.


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


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 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!

Yamaha Daytona Special RD400F.007

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

Good luck with the sale Rick and be well!


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!


Ducati November 12, 2012 posted by

Monday Mailbag! [Black 900SS, TZR250SP, RGV250, RZ500, HRC RS250R, VFR400]

Good morning guys,

Here is the latest batch of email submissions. Lots of good bikes on the market right now and if you spot one we've missed, just email us: I'm notoriously bad about returning email but do read everything that comes through. We appreciate your support! Have a good week,


Jimmie forwards us this 1985 Honda RS250R HRC Race Bike for sale on eBay. Current bid is $4600, reserve not met.

Ari forwards us his sweet looking 1993 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 available in New Zealand. Bidding ends on the 18th. Good luck with the sale!

Next a submission from "PSPhotog", this 1992 Yamaha TZR250SP is available on Tampa Craigslist for $9500.

Denny sends us this 1982 Ducati 900SS on Austin Craigslist for $22k.

"amore21" forwards us this 1977 Yamaha RD400 on LA Craigslist for $3500.

Andre sends us this 1985 Yamaha RZ500 available in Canada for $12500.

John is emailing us his 1993 Honda VFR400, which is available for just $4500 in Ohio!

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

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

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

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

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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