1976 YAMAHA RD400 Custom

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

  1. more koolaid

    more koolaid Been here awhile

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    Man!............You're restoring them faster than I can read about it...........So fast you can't even start a new thread :happay
  2. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Got 4 years on ya Fast Guy. :D:D:D:D

    Do you have a track local to you for that bike ?

    Went to Washugal, Wa, to watch Jerrame McGrath years ago...4 feet + deep woops that they only hit the tops of....with only the rear wheel...

    Hope your track is more vintage than modern day.

    Nice graphs..
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  3. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Yeah, we're getting old dude! Need to behave myself on the little RM and not break anything. On me that is. :-)

    No track :(
    There's a dirt track in town for stock cars, sprints, demo derbies and that kind of stuff but no motorcycles.
    But plenty of places to ride.:ricky
    We have a high per capita of motorcycle ownership in the state but not much for racing.
    We have a drag strip and believe it or not a NASCAR track. There's a motorcycle track in Anchorage but hauling a bike there to go riding is going backwards.:photog
    I'll use it for local rides with friends and maybe trailer to some spots for a dirt bike/camping weekend.
  4. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    I had a blast riding my 1976 Suzuki RM250 as a woods bike in the 70's.

    Throttle was like a light switch back then.

    You might be able to add some rotating mass to the fly wheel or stator so it does not flame out so easy.

    Should be a fun lite bike...my SWAG weight is a tad over 200 lbs ?

    Sure is looking nice.

    Hope you use good protective gear...mine sure gets work out.

    May I suggest some hand protection ? Bark busters on the handle bars.
    They come in real handy when woods riding. Nothing worse on the fingers than having the brake lever smashing your fingers and locking up the front brake that will crash you, plus bend the lever when the bike hits the ground. I use aluminum guards...and are hardly noticeable.
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  5. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    :lol3
    The RM just showed up out of nowhere and I really wasn't planning on doing anything with it until fall. But you know how I am :photog.
    Hell, a month ago I was wondering if the RD400 would get done by summer. Turned out there were enough rainy days to finish it after all.
    Tough to be in the garage on nice days and all that.

    The plan was just to get the front end, swing arm, and wheels back on. Wanted to roll it into storage and get all those parts out of the way.
    Well, when your idle speed won't adjust below 1800 RPM like mine it's sometimes easier to keep rolling than trying to stop.
    It would take a fair amount of time to go through the parts and clean them up, especially the rear linkage. So instead of just sticking it back together for a temporary roller I decided to do it once. After the wheels went on I was hooked.

    So, no new thread for this bike since it just sort of happened. Halfway there already. Really just have the engine build left to go.
    Been thinking that the next thread might just be a generic for current projects. There are some cool bikes that belong to friends that come through here from time to time too.
    Might be nice to just have one rolling thread that covers the project of the day, week, month or whatever. Seems I'm always working on something.
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  6. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Yeah, I remember the light switch throttles! :D
    Dry weight looks to be 194 lbs.
    I have some aluminum hand guards to go on it but do need to go by the gear store and get some knee pads and armor.
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  7. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Elbow pads too.

    I got a drink system on the back of chest protector.

    Going home for lunch, will grab some photos.

    Good thing it will not be a smell-a-vision. :lol3
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  8. everready

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

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    Just get a pressure suit.
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    fast1075 Not a Lemming Supporter

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    "Light Switch Throttles" Ever ride an RM-400 with the factory optional kit? Bog, Wheelie, or Roost. Choose one.
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  10. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Pressure suits work...but a PITA getting off when hot and bothered.
    Here is my gear, all well used...spread out in my van all and dried out from last ride, ready to use tomorrow, it's all there..mess as it is, but it's my mess..:lol3:lol3
    Bike Protection:
    Bark Busters on Handle bars, ends replacing bent levers.
    Rear rotor shark fin.
    Exhaust expansion chamber guard.
    Water jug, Drink and head cool down and clean.
    Drink system on chest protector - try that on a body suit :)
    Yellow diesel container for 2 smoke mix, so not to get mixed up with mower gas.
    Knee protection, use long socks under.
    Kidney belt
    Elbow protection
    Good gloves...Klim
    Riding pants..Klim
    Good slid lid...again Klim
    Tool belt
    Riding shorts
    Have used MSR gear fir years....but sad to say ...not what it use to be...sorry Malcom.
    Mount drink hose on left to keep on the gas
    Bike hauler, my design and build, slides in when not used.
    Burgers for lunch today.
    Relay with art class, caught a few zzzzzz...
    Back to work ...river road on my SuperDukeR....life is good.

    Cheers !
    Ride Fast, Take Chances...

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    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Home for lunch...squint real hard on the back yard photos for Mt Hood and Mnt Jeff....10 of a day out of 10.
    Little art class and a quick snoozzzzzz......back to work ride back on the river road.

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  13. more koolaid

    more koolaid Been here awhile

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    "Might be nice to just have one rolling thread that covers the project of the day, week, month or whatever."

    I'm in :y0!
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    Kai Ju Long timer Supporter

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    You won't hear any of us regulars complaining. Always ready to learn more...
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    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    That is something I have done on a few other forums, and it does sound like there may be some interest in that here as well....maybe some past projects to get the storyline rolling...
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  16. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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  18. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Wow, how'd I miss Doug's thread!
    Just did a quick look at some of the recent posts.
    And I thought I was an addict! :photog
    That haul of the 40 years of British stuff was amazing. Guess I'll have to spend the next week reading and start at the beginning.
    Picked up on one thing Doug said and that was about never having enough time. I can relate to that.
    Even here at ADV. The more time I spend posting, the less time I have for reading so things get missed but it's all good.:-)

    Looks like a rolling thread will be the way to go.
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    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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