Posts by tag: RD400

Yamaha July 30, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1976 Yamaha RD400C

If you bought a mid-size two-stroke Yamaha streetbike in 1975, you got the very, very good RD350. You also got shortchanged, because buyers who waited just a year got the 1976 Yamaha RD400C, which Cycle World lauded as the perfect motorcycle, and which carried way more improvements than a simple displacement bump. 

1976 Yamaha RD400 for sale on eBay

The engine had been gone over with a fine-tooth comb, which resulted in the expected power increase, noise reduction and improved refinement at low rpm. Yamaha worked hard to keep the naturally antisocial two stroke as quiet and easy to ride as tech allowed at the time. The result was 35-ish rear wheel horsepower and a top end north of 100 mph, still impressive figures for a 400. 

The chassis got a good going-over, too, with new geometry that aped Yamaha’s all-conquering grand prix bikes of the 1960s and disc brakes front and rear. All that lined up to create the 1970s answer to the RGV250s and CBR400RRs of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The sublime reviews showed Yamaha’s efforts were well spent. 

This 1976 Yamaha RD400C is in fantastic restored shape, with a raft of powdercoated parts, a functioning oil injection pump and functional self-cancelling turn signals. It has been kept original with the obvious exception of modern rubber, so the experience aboard this thing will be damn close to what the guys at Cycle World felt 43 years ago. 

From the seller: 

For sale is a clean RD 400C for sale with a frame up restoration. Bike starts up first or second kick and very reliably. Bike is original to the finest details with original shocks and exhaust. Electronics gone through and checked. Original mileage is approximately 13027 miles. Titled and registered with California clean title in my name. Matching vin and engine numbers.

 Numerous work includes: 

 Motor has been gone through with new seals on the crank 

Powder coated frame 

re-coated nuts and bolts after complete strip down 

Powder coated numerous parts after strip down including swingarm 

New or refurbished parts include rubber parts, seals, gaskets and replacement worn parts 

New Bridgestone Bt45 tires with new bearings front and back 

All electronics work even the self canceling turn signal unit 

Tank is free of dents and has been resealed. 

Front and rear brakes rebuilt with new master cylinders and Caliper seals brakes work flawlessly suspension is supple in working order for original equipment 

new chain 

Oil pump intact with rebuild and adjusted 

Carbs synced and gone through with new rubber tip float needles no leaks here 

This RD was painstakingly gone through to keep to original condition. Although not absolute perfect would be a perfect addition to a collector. Starts and rides brilliantly for age and is great blast from the past with that unforgettable two stroke smell. Too good looking for me to keep and ride this bike is need of a new home with someone who will appreciate its heritage.

Featured Listing: 1976 Yamaha RD400C
Yamaha April 5, 2019 posted by

Punching above its weight: 1976 Yamaha RD400

The 1976 Yamaha RD400 came out screaming in 1976, a mag-wheeled exclamation point on Yamaha’s range of popular, fast-paced two strokes. To make sure the message landed, Yamaha re-tooled its factory to build the RD400’s parallel twin, which was more than just a rebored version of the RD350’s mill. A longer stroke necessitated new crankcases, which meant the factory needed new tooling. That was a gutsy move, as even then street two strokes had fully entered their sunset years.

1976 Yamaha RD400 for sale on eBay

The little beast knocked out 45-ish horsepower, and had a slightly flexy steel frame and a delicious tendency to pull the front wheel on acceleration. By most accounts, the single-disc front and rear brakes were terrifying, which made the 106 mph top end seem that much more astronomical.

This 1976 Yamaha RD400 has had a fairly recent restoration, which featured a rebuilt engine, new paint, new tires and tubes, new touch points and rebuilt carburetors. It’s ready to look and play the part this riding season. The reserve has not been met, but the seller says he is open to offers.

From the eBay listing:

This is a very clean matching #’s RD 400. Rebuilt engine , new tires & tubes. Fresh paint & decals.
Rebuilt carbs. New grips. Nice clear gauges. Good controls. Original mirrors. Aftermarket OEM style signals. Good chrome with slight patina. All stock with the exception of the seat & paint. Very clean rider for the summer.
Open to offers.

A $750.00 Non- Refundable Pay Pal deposit is due within 48 hours. Full payment via bank check or wire transfer due within 7 days and before you come to pick it up. Funds must clear before pick up. NO PAY PAL FOR THE BALANCE!!!! Pick up due with in 30 days. I have the necessary paperwork to transfer ownership. You must have 10 or more recent feedback. Bidders with less then 10 feed back will have to contact me before bidding or be canceled. If you are the winning bidder. Please plan on completing the transaction. Sold as is.

On first blush, the RD400 looks like just another soldier in the legion of UJMs that were spat out in the 1970s, but it carries some extra panache and a bunch of extra punch. Two strokes of its ilk are a slice of life from a time before strict emissions regulations, and a window into motorcycling’s truly wild years.

Punching above its weight: 1976 Yamaha RD400
Sport Bikes For Sale January 17, 2019 posted by

Classic smoker: 1979 Yamaha RD400F

The 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special made its name by tangling with a breaking wave of magnificent four strokes and excelling in the face of the bigger machines. By ’79, two strokes were supposed to be effectively dead, with emissions and the popularity of the new superbikes rendering them relics of a bygone era. But Yamaha had a profit center with the little RD, as well as a string of wins at Daytona to celebrate. So, they threw a bunch of money at the RD400F, refining the engine to be torquier and meet emissions and re-doing the chassis to sharpen the handling.

1979 Yamaha RD400F for sale on eBay

What resulted was a more refined, nimbler version of an already famed hooligan bike, and the press went nuts. Not only that, Yamaha’s line of two strokes survived in the U.S. for another five model years.

This 1979 Yamaha RD400F looks to be in great, mostly original shape, and the seller says frame and engine numbers match. There isn’t much in the way of a description, but the cold start video shows positive signs. In the video, the seller says it has recently had the carbs cleaned, new tires and a brake service. Pod filters and DG exhaust pipes are non-original, but the stock airbox and jets will come with the bike.

From the eBay listing:

1979 Yamaha Daytona Specila rd400f ,frame and engine matching numbers .oil injection comes with complete stock air box and extra jets Call if needed 772-321-1437 cold start video link https://youtu.be/t_FswFr_Qqc Please only bid what you can afford and have funds readily available .

Please read the terms and conditions for payment . non refundable deposit with in 24 hrs ,Terms pay pal is for deposit only (no exceptions ) full payment CASH is king !! person to person , wire transfer bank to bank !! Other payments must be discussed PRIOR to auctions end ! not after . possible cashiers / bank check on a nationally known local branch bank !! full payment due within 7 working days !! can store for 30 days will work with shippers

Buy-It-Now for this beast is set at $6,500 or best offer, which seems to be right in line with prices for nicely presented RDs.

Classic smoker: 1979 Yamaha RD400F
Yamaha August 23, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

Update 8.28.2018: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Although two-stroke sportbike production continued well into the 1990s in much of the world, here in the US the Yamaha RZ350 was pretty much the end of the line. Blame stricter emissions laws and progressively bigger and faster four-strokes in a country with very liberal licensing laws and no taxes on bigger bikes. Today’s Featured Listing RZ350 has classic black-and-yellow King Kenny Roberts graphics and aftermarket Spec II bodywork that gives it a more modern look, compared to the bikini-faired original.

The aftermarket full-fairing does more than provide style and wind-protection: it moves the mounting points from the bars to the frame to improve stability as well. The solo tail in particular looks like something from the later Yamaha sportbikes. It suits the bike, although the big 18″ wheels and skinny tires give the bike’s age away. The RZ really did bridge the gap between the old and the new, coming as it did between bikes like the old-school RD-series and the later, more modern FZRs.

The bike was sold in the US from 1984-1985 and followed Yamaha’s famous RD-series, adding liquid-cooling and Yamaha’s game-changing YPVS powervalve system to the mix. The 347cc parallel-twin made 52 claimed horses and weighed in at a svelte 370lbs wet, making it loads of fun on a winding road, although the two-stroke power delivery requires commitment to extract, since it peaks at 9,000rpm, redlines at 9,500, and is pretty much dead below 6,000.

This example is in excellent condition with very minor cosmetic flaws well-documented by the seller in the pics below. The bodywork is obviously not original, but the bike has been thoroughly maintained and thoughtfully updated.

From the Seller: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

1984 Yamaha RZ350 2 Stroke 

VIN # 00854

Engine # 00854

This low serial number RZ350 was purchased in Southern California two years ago. It has been garaged in the area since that time. It has the original engine and transmission plus many upgrades.

Just over 8000 miles on original engine.

Recently completed was a mechanical restoration and engine top-end rebuild by renowned RZ Oracle Cary, owner of RZ’s Unlimited. I have all receipts for the work done which are available via email upon request.

The bike has just 200 miles since restoration and must be broken in. I have all instructions from RZ’s unlimited for you to break in the engine. Rest easy knowing that your RZ was broken in properly.

Everything works on the bike and it starts up right away. 

The bike runs like a dream.  

Videos:

This RZ has the Spec II full fairing, Spec II exhaust pipes, and one-piece seat/tail section, clip-ons and aftermarket rearsets.

Tail section was hand-painted by Gerod, owner of Valley Kustoms: that is not a decal.

There is a small quarter-sized dent in the right side of the tank as well as a few small touch-up paint spots. The right side pipes have 2 small dents / dings which are pictured. 

Great bike; ready to eat R1s all day long.

RZ’s Unlimited Work invoices available on request for serious buyers only

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Bike is located at Iconic Motorbikes. Please direct any inquiries there and stop by to check out the bike.

4161 Lincoln Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
424.228.4148

Iconicmotorbikes.com

Prices seem to be all over the place for RZ350s a the moment, but decent examples are still pretty affordable. The aftermarket bodywork may turn off purists, but anyone looking for a very solid bike with some mild performance modifications should give it a careful look. This RZ350 is located in Los Angeles at Iconic Motorbikes and is the very definition of a practical classic: performance is good enough to keep up with modern bikes on the road, and parts are relatively easy to source if you want to use it regularly.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1984 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale
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.

dc

1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special for sale on eBay

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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.

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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

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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