The RD400 came about when Yamaha made the RD350 a bit bigger in 1976 – displacement was 399cc. Thanks to 44 horsepower, the bigger RD was capable of hitting the ton with a top speed of 105 miles per hour. Most people know the 400 simply for being an easier to ride upgrade over the 350, but it was also notable for being the first production motorcycle to feature cast wheels as standard. Here’s one that’s been turned into a cafe racer that you can run with a half or full fairing.
The seller of this example (VIN: 1A1314814) says that it’s a 1977 model, however it has the livery and sidecovers from a 1979 Daytona Special. Either way, it seems like it’d be a fun weekend rider if you like the aesthetic changes. Other changes include DG pipes, “tuned and jetted” carbs, and a solo seat. It’s got 17,378 miles and the seller says that it starts on the first kick.
Find this custom RD for sale in Ventura, California with bidding up to $6,100 and the reserve already met here on eBay.