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Old 11-21-2011, 11:25 AM   #1
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RD 400 Daytona Special.

I cut my teeth on RD 400's. A bunch of my friends owned them and the last one purchased by one of us was the 1979 Daytona Special.

Yesterday I was out and found this:


I almost cried as I walked around her and snapped pictures. In 1980 I went to buy one and they were no loner available. 1979 was the last model year made, I ended up with a 550 Secca shown below.



Some more pictures of the Daytona Special:





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Old 11-21-2011, 12:13 PM   #2
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I love all the old RD's, 350's and 400's. Had a riding buddy when I was in my teens who had one of each. Fun little bikes. I'd like to pick one up one day, if the right deal came along.
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:26 PM   #3
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Love 'em! Sooooo cool.
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:08 PM   #4
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great bikes- i recall wheelieing down the street on my friends at 4:00 am [what a wild memory] they need to bring em back in an updated form in some way doncha think ??
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:13 PM   #5
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Yes! I miss the smaller, lightweight, simple, versatile bikes. I would think a modern version with a 4-stroke motor, but still parallel twin, no fairings and minimal plastic, would do well. I've got a Ninja 500, which is roughly the same idea, but heavier.
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:22 PM   #6
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The RD's weren't uncivilized but when comparing them to a EX500 the EX500 is much too civilized. The EX500 is like OSHA got a hold of it.
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:24 PM   #7
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Something like this (RD350 concept from 2009)?

http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...ept-82286.html



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Old 11-21-2011, 06:38 PM   #8
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I'd prefer a more traditional design, but with modern tech like a direct injected 500 cc two stroke twin, modern weight saving materials, and anti-lock brakes. It would be wicked fun!
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:46 PM   #9
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i'd prefer a more traditional design, but with modern tech like a direct injected 500 cc two stroke twin, modern weight saving materials, and anti-lock brakes. It would be wicked fun!
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:41 PM   #10
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Wow, brings up some bittersweet memories. Buddy had one although the pipes were black not chromed. I had a air-shifted XS1100 and he and I would swap rides in kind of a big block small block comparison.

Best described as a StingRay with a 40 horse motor.

Sadly he decided to force the move into his next life and his Mom refused to sell or touch any of his stuff in the garage. Her house was sold after her passing and torn down for gentrification.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:06 AM   #11
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Back in the late '70s (yeah I'm an old fart) I ran my '77 Yam XS500- dohc parallel twin- in the same AAMRR class as the RDs.

I had a bit more bottom end grunt but once those 2 strokes hit their powerband.........
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:16 AM   #12
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Been a long time since I have seen expansion chambers on a street bike. I once had an RD350 and then an RD400, I nearly bought the yellow KR special edition. I don't know why makers abandoned the oil injection, would love to see a 2T road bike with oil/fuel injection.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:31 AM   #13
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Something like this (RD350 concept from 2009)?

http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...ept-82286.html



Yes! This - but, alter the fairing just a bit to include the headlight. Then, dual down pipes - in chrome, of course - that angle up at the back. Front fender in matching yellow...and I think you'd have a modern RD.
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:58 AM   #14
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My first motorcycle was a purple RD350A that I bought new my senior year in high school. I think it was less than $1000. Can that be right? It was a plug fouling SOB. I remember riding on one cylinder often, and despite my best efforts I couldn't solve the problem. When it ran on both cylinders it ran great, though. I took it on a road trip from Idaho to California one blistering hot summer and the engine was never the same after that.

I wouldn't buy the same bike today, no matter how well restored, but the concept is good. Where are the lightweight, 40 hp, street twins these days?
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:54 PM   #15
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My first motorcycle was a purple RD350A that I bought new my senior year in high school. I think it was less than $1000. Can that be right? It was a plug fouling SOB. I remember riding on one cylinder often, and despite my best efforts I couldn't solve the problem. When it ran on both cylinders it ran great, though. I took it on a road trip from Idaho to California one blistering hot summer and the engine was never the same after that.

I wouldn't buy the same bike today, no matter how well restored, but the concept is good. Where are the lightweight, 40 hp, street twins these days?

You have to WAIL ON 'EM to keep the plugs clean!
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