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View Poll Results: Which bike would you prefer?
1987 Honda NS400R 9 56.25%
1977 Yamaha RD400 Cafe Racer 7 43.75%
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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 06:23 AM
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You can get 75hp out of an RD400, however, it probably won't last long enough for anyone to be impressed... KA-BOOM---
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 07:39 AM
 
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You can get 75hp out of an RD400, however, it probably won't last long enough for anyone to be impressed... KA-BOOM---
True. Some people just don't realize that a bored out monster engine requires tons of maintenance and has a very short lifespan. Especially for the street, it's not worth the few extra horsepower to sacrifice reliability and longevity of a motor.
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theres an RD400 up at one of the local shops here, and it leaks oil and it needs new forks, headlight, gauges, handlebars and its sitting in the back of his shop, how much do you think an RD in that shape would be worth?
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theres an RD400 up at one of the local shops here, and it leaks oil and it needs new forks, headlight, gauges, handlebars and its sitting in the back of his shop, how much do you think an RD in that shape would be worth?
I wouldn't pay more than $300 for it. Does it have compression?
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it supposedly runs...
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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-24-2005, 10:34 AM
 
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it supposedly runs...
Well, I still wouldn't pay more than a few hundred for it. It needs a lot of work... forks, lights, gaskets, etc. Walk in with 3 crisp $100 bills and wave it under their noses...see if they bite.


BTW, you should make sure they have title before you make any deal.
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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-30-2005, 08:04 PM
 
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I just went riding last week with a guy that owns an NS400R. Sounds just like a dirt bike. Neat old bike though.
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-28-2007, 08:08 PM
 
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i had an rd 400 1978 it was awesome was my second or mabye forth bike it was a blast i had to get rid of it cause i couldnt keep it off the back wheel id take the rd in a heart beat have an r1 but an rd it was the first n only pocket rocket
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