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Oops, I appear to have bought another bike! 09 Oct 2019 05:20 #1

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1976 RD400C "bitsa".

RD250C frame, wiring needs tidying and a few non standard bits. However, unlike my other 4 restos, IT RUNS!

UK bike from new (I am in the UK).

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Oops, I appear to have bought another bike! 09 Oct 2019 06:18 #2

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Very nice! :likey

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Oops, I appear to have bought another bike! 09 Oct 2019 10:30 #3

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Nice find!

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Oops, I appear to have bought another bike! 09 Oct 2019 10:46 #4

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Another RD owner...hooray!
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Oops, I appear to have bought another bike! 09 Oct 2019 11:10 #5

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Thanks all for your kind responses.

The bike was delivered this morning just after 7am. The previous owner said it started first kick, so as soon as it was off the van I gave it a go..............sorry neighbours! Those pipes are a smidge loud!

Yours is nice and tidy Bob. One thing that I never really understood is why Yamaha gave different graphics to the US and UK models. After all, Kenny Roberts is American.

We have three RDs now. Gr8auntiepat has a RD200DX (basically the smaller version of my 400, but which the US never got) which was her first bike, bought in 1981. I have an orange, US import RD350B - it came from Minnesota, the "Land of 10000 lakes", and I reckon it must have been sat in all of them, it was so rusty!

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Oops, I appear to have bought another bike! 09 Oct 2019 11:27 #6

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Nice!

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Oops, I appear to have bought another bike! 09 Oct 2019 11:31 #7

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Oh yes,nice one ,i've had three when i was younger.My last one was Beckett tuned .I did one race at Cadwell Park on it and saw my first LC 350.Ray of light.
Them pipes look like all speeds but longer.
Simple to work on.That looks like an E ,first one with CDI ignition.
You need the Tory Canyon behind you to keep the thing in fuel though,even so nice bike.
I was a marked man on one of mine by the filth.Good times
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Oops, I appear to have bought another bike! 09 Oct 2019 12:08 #8

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shyted wrote: Oh yes,nice one ,i've had three when i was younger.My last one was Beckett tuned .I did one race at Cadwell Park on it and saw my first LC 350.Ray of light.
Them pipes look like all speeds but longer.
Simple to work on.That looks like an E ,first one with CDI ignition.
You need the Tory Canyon behind you to keep the thing in fuel though,even so nice bike.
I was a marked man on one of mine by the filth.Good times


Thanks Dave.

Paintwork is 'C' and engine is 1A3, also 'C'. I think the UK cdi bikes were 2R9.

Funnily enough, I never owned a RD400 in my youth. I looked for one after I passed my test on my RD125B in 1980, but the only one that I found locally had just been bought by my best mate without him telling me (in his defence, he was rushed to hospital just after putting his deposit down!). I ended up going to the dark side and buying a Honda 400/4. Mind you, it did sound gorgeous with a Dunstall Decibel 'silencer' on it!

The only bike that I had that caught the fuzz's attention was a Yoshimura tuned Suzuki GS1000S with a full, twin headlight fairing and flash paint job (not that common back in 1983). One cop stopped me regularly just to tell me what he'd been up to on our local unofficial speed testing facility (did you officer, really? I'd never do that!!).

As you say, good times.
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Oops, I appear to have bought another bike! 09 Oct 2019 12:29 #9

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I enjoy reading peoples motorcycling history.
Everybody had RDs and GTs,a few but not many KHs.
I had an XL 250 A which i got when some asshole knicked my RD 250.
That was when plod first started hassling us . That was when the DT 175 MX burst onto the scene big style .
So me and my mate got XT 500s followed by RD 400s.
I paid £100 for a non runner that wouldn't select any gears.Easy fix.New selector shaft as the splines had stripped and the points wire had rubbed through on one side because it was routed wrong. Sold that and bout one at £300 with a ripped seat.Best headlight on any bike iv'e owned ,sold that and bought a red and white E . That was miles better than the D i sold .

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Oops, I appear to have bought another bike! 10 Oct 2019 03:21 #10

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Dave

You were right, it is an 'E' frame, but with a 'C' VIN number!

Assuming no skullduggery, I'm guessing that the original frame was written off and replaced with a new, later one. It is most likely that the later one didn't have a number and so the earlier number was stamped on to it, in order to keep the registration number. Unusual, but whatever happened was unusual!

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