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“Cool doesn’t even come close.” That’s how Visordown summarized the iconic RD400 in one sentence, but the longer story isn’t very complicated, either. The RD400 came about when Yamaha made the RD350 a bit bigger in 1976 – displacement was 399cc.Thanks to 44 horsepower, the bigger RD was capable of hitting the ton with a top speed of 105 miles per hour.
Most people know the 400 simply for being an easier to ride upgrade over the 350, but it was also notable for being the first production motorcycle to feature cast wheels as standard. The 400 motor boasted the same bore as the 350; however, Yamaha increased the stroke and in doing so they had to build new crankcases as well. The bike weighed about 350 pounds, and it was the most popular two-stroke sportbike of its day.
This example is VIN: 1A1013470. The seller acquired the bike through an auction here on Iconic Motorbikes!
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us clean and sync the carbs, replace the spark plugs, perform a safety inspection, and make a list of recommended repairs.
Doug did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Gas Tank Internal: Ok
Tire Year Front: 3209 / Rear: 1309
Tire Life Front: 60% / Rear: 10%
Tire Press Front: 36 PSI / Rear: 36 PSI
Brake Life Front: 60% / Rear: 60%
Hydraulic Front and Rear Brake Fluid: Ok
Oil Quality: Ok Level: Ok
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Test Ride: 1 Mile
Bike operates as designed
• Carbs were service in preparation for this listing
• Tires are old
The previous owner deleted the oil injection pump to solve a notorious pump failure with RD400s. Additionally, he had the bike freshly repainted.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for inspection), this Yamaha is offered on a clean California title with current registration through March 2024.