1976 YAMAHA RD400 Custom

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Fast Idle, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. SStiffler

    SStiffler Been here awhile

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    Beautiful.
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  2. Blakebird

    Blakebird ran when parked

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  3. jays100

    jays100 Been here awhile

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    Well done!
    Hope you have many miles of fun on this one.
    My fave is still the Bridgestone though, very unique!
    J
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  4. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Bridgestone shake down cruise is coming up after the RD gets sorted!
  5. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Re-torqued the heads for the second time and finished off the first tank of gas that was pre-mix. Straight gas in the tank now.
    Put on almost 100 miles and it's running great. We've been having lots of rain but should be good for the next few days. Plan to get some more miles on today.
    The front wheel has come up a few times. Still haven't jumped on it yet but I know it's there. So far it seems the carb mods are spot on.

    New shocks are on the way. Can't wait because it feels like it has struts right now. Been riding a 16 mile loop of back roads with lots of nice curves but some sections are a bit rough.

    I think part of the fun riding this bike around is seeing people's reaction. There just aren't many 2-smokers on the street these days so there's a lot of people doing the double take.
    They turn their head with a puzzled look when they hear it like "WTF is that?" Especially with those DG chambers. The bike sounds really nice.
    A friend that lives along the loop says he can hear me coming from miles away.:photog
    He'll probably be able to hear the Bridgestone when it first starts up.:lol3
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  6. zzzak

    zzzak Long timer Supporter

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    If you ever want to send it to Australia for safe keeping let me know. :augie
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  7. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Hey Man,

    I was at our Vintage Meet this month in Oregon and chatting it up with a classic builder or three.
    The hot bike to be on the look out for is a 1987 Suzuki GSXR~R.....the R model with the solo seat, aluminum gas tank, dry clutch, yada yada.
    Just thought I'd set a thought in your gray mater for the summer.
    Have a save fun summer covering that clutch lever...and rear brake pedal for wheely control. :D:D:D:D

    Cheers!
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  8. bbrz

    bbrz Been here awhile Supporter

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    Dibs, when it goes up for sale.
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  9. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    FYI....1986 was the only year Suzuki sold the dry clutch 750 limited RR....steel tank, ...Japanese market had a similar red/gray version.
    The 1989 GSXR750R is actually more rare.
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  10. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Thanks....my last century sport bikes are starting to blend together.
    The aluminum tank R model....from gray back memory....is from the 1992 Kawasaki ZX7RR model I sought after..I still have my ZX7R with 90K miles..put them all on except 9K. It does have the RR cams.

    Thought for sure the 87 GSXR R was the year...a bud had one..from that time area....I was with him when he rode it to Laguna Seca down 101 and Hwy 1.
    He locked it to a pillar in a high end motel in the basement car park.
    The thief's could not steel the whole bike so the tried to take what they could...not successful taking the dry clutch.
    Had to get a rental van to take the bike home.

    I got another bud who has one...will have to ask what year his to settle my old gray matter...
    Had a bud who had an 1985 GSXR......gray market from Canada..

    My bad on the RR... :(

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_GSX-R750#GSX-R750R_1986

    The 1993 Kawasaki ZX7R would be another good build.
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  11. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Rob Muzzy lived in Corvallis Oregon, the town I have been living in since 1976.
    He actually had a shop in the same complex I work in, 4 doors down.
    He moved to Bend Oregon to build his exhaust shop, but was low key on letting out the location to keep the riff raff at bay.
    Bend was smaller then....late 90's ? when I thought it would be fun to find his shop on a weekend.
    I knew the general location, in an newer industrial complex.
    I found a give away, a Stainless Steel mail box welded with some of the best welds I have seen.
    I walked up to the buildings entrance and saw thur the glass doors one of Scott Russells ZX7R bikes with the #1 plate.

    Bingo !
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  12. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Checked the head torque once more on the RD and it was all good. Thought about taking it for a spin but could not resist taking the H2A instead. Haven't ridden it yet this year.
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    Was giving it a look over when I noticed the trip meter. What are the odds of that? Too funny. :photog
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    What a hoot the old smokers are.
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  13. more koolaid

    more koolaid Been here awhile

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    ^^^ Time Machine ? [it takes me back]
  14. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Yes, very similar to the DeLoreon version. :photog
    Just dial in the date & time...
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  15. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Smoke 'em if ya got 'em:D:D:D:D

    Had my KaToom 300 ~ 2 smoker out Monday.

    When was the last time you had a ride on a 19 year old:lol3:lol3
  16. jays100

    jays100 Been here awhile

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    Buncha pervs....
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  17. RickS

    RickS Long timer Supporter

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    image.jpeg I got my 450 up and running. Got it somewhat sorted. Runs great.
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  18. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Shwiiing! I love those old bikes. My uncle has a green 550-4 in his pole barn.......
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  19. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    The rain returned this morning so I decided to make a roller out of a free bike given to me by a friend.
    It's an RM125 with a blown motor. It was torn down for a rebuild and the frame had already been powder coated.
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    Cleaned up pretty decent. Could be a fun little bike if I can get lucky and find the engine parts for cheap.
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  20. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Paging @JagLite for an xr200 engine

    JK,

    But if ya need anything from the land under canada let me know.
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