What's your thoughts on a early RD350

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by bloodandmotoroil, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. JonnyCash

    JonnyCash turd polisher

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    You should buy it for sure. Those DG heads are nice looking, otherwise no improvement over stock. I've seen them go for $500 if in good shape. I've got one thats all tweaked out, and it is so much fun, it's absurd. If you buy it, be ready for someone to come up to you every time you fill it up with gas, who had one back in the day, and is dying to hear you start it up, so he can feel all nostalgic. A piped RD will make you an expert in jetting carbs. Have fun, and please put up pictures if you get it. And by the way, there's a 2 stroke sub-forum in Old's Cool. Check it out.
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  2. perterra

    perterra -. --- .--. .

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    Thats cool, they dont do much for me anymore. Every job I have had for the last 20 years depended on a clean driving record, too many tickets and I'd be flipping burgers. If it can go the speed limit without blowing up, I'm okay, if it will run 10 over, even better. :rofl
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  3. bloodandmotoroil

    bloodandmotoroil Adventurer

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    if i wanted top speed and blurs i'd hop into my 46 international hot rod and crank the ford GAA V8 alive and
    hit the highway. i can blur pased busa's with it like they are stopped. but i built her for the salt flats.

    i want the lil two stroke for fun, for buzzing around and carving corners and generaly making me smile.
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  4. caryder

    caryder Been here awhile

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    I succumbed to the RD bug a couple of years ago. I have a 1976 RD400. The comment about the memory vs reality is spot on. The RD does turn well primarily because it's small and light by comparison to a modern sport bike. The brakes on the other hand absolutely suck. It does move rapidly when on the pipe, but it's tiring to make it do so. It is fun in spite of the extra effort. However, with the money spent, and the money required to "make it right", well it's $5k I would rather have back and simply live with the memory.


    Chuck
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  5. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    Buzzing around; check

    Making you smile; check

    Carving corners; not so much till you put modern 'spenders on it. Until then you can still relish in the satisfaction of dusting new so-called Hemi Challengers. You know, the guys that wished they had an RD350 in high school. :D
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  6. doxiedog

    doxiedog Been here awhile

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    I had a 180,250,350 yamapoppers. Before the 500 tripples. :)
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  7. perterra

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    That would apply to just about any pre 1980 bike made. I mean Jotas are what 90 horsepower, a 900SS duck was maybe 80 horses.
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  8. coppertop

    coppertop occasional meanderthal

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    For a '79 Daytona Special, it was pretty easy to fab a mount and put a caliper from an R6 on the front. Of course, you'll also want a braided stainless steel brake line and probably will want to change to a different master cylinder to get the best ratio for your personal preference. It's no where near as fast as modern machines, but it is light, simple, and has an accessible power band, so you can feel (and sound!) like you are being a total maniac without breaking the law too badly.
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  9. JSharp

    JSharp Been here awhile

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    Raced them in the 70's and still have an old street bike back in the trees somewhere. Getting one for the right price might be fun but I don't see them worth spending much $$ on. Which is why I haven't bothered with the one I have. Any modern sportbike is going to make them feel antiquated and slow.

    Some things are a lot better as memories.
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  10. Pat Ventures

    Pat Ventures Adventurer

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    In the day I believe the RD350 was called the giant killer. Would smoke higher caliber bikes of the time in the turns.
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  11. IHWillys

    IHWillys Been here awhile

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    To appropriate one of Dakez' taglines... "If you ain't having fun on an RD, you ain't doing it right!"

    They are crude in every sense of the word when compared to a modern sportbike. If you are the type that will need to compare them to a modern sportbike, owning one is probably not for you.

    Ken
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  12. Oilybimmer

    Oilybimmer Long timer

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    I had an RD250 when I was seventeen, somehow I survived, that bike was capable of taking on 650s and beating them, the 350 is even more of the same, then they made the liquid cooled ones which were even better, good bikes, perhaps a little dated now but real giantkillers in the day.:D
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  13. anotherguy

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    What's my thoughts on an RD350? More exciting than a weekend at The Ritz with a gorgeous hooker and the big bottle of little blue pills on someone else's dime. Sans protection.
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  14. vortexau

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    I recall a nightmarish group ride (setting out for Bathurst) with a couple of Two-stroke Twins in the group. What the use of riding a Moto Guzzi with a 25lt fuel tank in company with riders who are going to be stopping for fuel every 160km?

    The group fairly soon split into two.
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  15. Red9

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    Stopping for fuel every 160kms sounds good to me!
    Afterall that is 100 miles... nice to stretch the legs,grab a drink or take a whiz.

    You know, there is an old saying, somthing like: it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow and that could never be truer.
    Besides 99% of the people responding 'how slow' an old RD350 is couldn't begin to ride it at its limit. :rofl

    In fact, sadly, I'm willing to bet 90% of the posters on this site have never twisted the throttle on a two-stroker, and quite frankly have no clue what they're talking about. It's a completely different experience coming onto the powerband than any 4 stroke.

    Regardless, it's my experience that most who own an old smoker do so for a variety of reasons. Maybe it's a chance to relive your youth or to ride a bike once out of reach, or maybe you like wrenching on your own ride and there is nothing easier than a 2 stroke. Or maybe you like the frenetic power deliver when it hits, or the distinctive sound. Or maybe you like hitting the throttle in town and being able to keep it under mach1. Or how about embarrassing mega cruisers or smaller sportbikes from light to light. Or power wheelies in first and second. Or maybe just the smell of castrol... lol
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  16. high dangler

    high dangler Been here awhile

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    Actually todays screaming inline 4s act just like those peaky 2 strokes of yesteryear.. A lot more drama at the top now than then. And they rev much higher.
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  17. Red9

    Red9 Been here awhile

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    Yeah but you don't have to worry about valve adjustments on a 2t or a $2,000 rebuild.:rofl

    And their might be as you say a little more drama at top end (compared to a 35 year old 350) but no where near what you get on a newer 250 Aprilla! They didn't win the last 12 successive championships jsut because they sound good.
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  18. Red9

    Red9 Been here awhile

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    double post...
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  19. Red9

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    triple post...
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  20. Red9

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    quadruple post.... wtf
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