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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-18-2001, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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First bike with cast wheels?

Which was the first production bike with cast wheels?
It was in the 70s so you people in your mid 30s should know this
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-18-2001, 10:43 PM
 
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First one I can remember was the Yamaha RD400. If I'm wrong, Damn !
This is the same as I used to have, happy memorys !
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Damn Smeg! You got it right again
If you go on like this you 'll end up with a lifetime supply of Ouzo
Why don't you try the other tivia thread, (what bike is it) I made it for you
I mean I hope you can't find it!

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Aaah Grasshopper, with old age comes much wisdom !!
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What about the Kawasaki 900 LTD, it was kinda production. It had those "Lester" mags yamaha copied.

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What about the Kawasaki 900 LTD, it was kinda production. It had those "Lester" mags yamaha copied.
Grok I thought it was the RD400 but you maybe right on this.
It seems that both were introduced in 1976, it remains to find out which one was first!
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The 1973 Bimota HB1 had cast wheels.



In 1972 Massimo joined with Signors Bianchi and Mori to form the Bimota Motorcycle Company. The first frame kit, the HB1 (Honda/Bimota) was released in 1973 and the chrome molybdenum wrap around frame housed the common SOHC CB750 Honda Four. Ceriani forks, Marzocchi rear shocks, sporting tank and seat, cast wheels and cast iron brakes and Brembo calipers transformed the Japanese machine. These machines are now exceedingly rare. Few people could afford the price tag in those days.

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It's easy to look back and see what early bikes came out with. However, the RD400 was the first mass-produced bike with cast wheels. But they were an option when the bike was released in 1976 which added 61. to the list price of 599. As virtually no-one wanted the spoked wheels, they were fitted as standard the following year. So there !
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Actually the 1975 RD250 ( non-LC ) had them as well.

My bro still has his unmarked ( but seized ) pearlescent white version in his garage that hasn't seen the light of day for prob 10yrs I learn't to street ride on that by stealing...err borrowing it when I was 16.

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