The Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special represents the last of a few key milestones in motorcycling history – it was the last air-cooled two-stroke street bike sold in the United States, and it was the last of Yamaha’s RD series. And the cherry on top of this history sundae? Today’s Daytona Special model was the top of the line of the RD400’s.
Compared to the RD350, the extra 50 cc brought a lot more civility. The engine was more flexible, though you could still easily wheelie the bike in 2nd gear, and though the frame was stiff, it was more comfortable to ride. It was really was the perfect example of how the RD series had evolved from a hooligan’s toy into a more refined, but still enjoyable, sportbike. Want to learn more? MotoRetro has a great writeup on what makes this bike special here on their website.
This specific Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special (VIN: 2V0002225) is one of the 5,000 Daytona Specials ever produced. It has been restored over the last 6 years and has just 36 miles on it since the restoration. The cylinds have been overbored, and you’ll get a rebuilt crank by Scott Clough Racing and modified head. There’s plenty of engine work here, and you’ll just have to take the seller’s (someone who’s been all about two-strokes for 30 years) word that this bike is built right. The front brake has been replaced with a FZR600 rotor and 4-piston caliper, and the paint is actually pretty good. Flaws are limited to a slow tach and a failed headlight plug.
Find this Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special for sale in Roberts, Wisconsin with bidding up to $3,501 and the reserve not yet met