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1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« on: February 16, 2017, 10:24:45 PM »
Looking for information on the above bike sold in approx 1988(now corrected to Nov 82) & checking the DVLA website last road tax was due in 1999, would love to know what happened to it.
 It was mint & standard when I sold it, as I had a brain storm & just bought a Honda 400/4. What a dumb mistake.
 I know four strokes were more reliable, but I missed lifting the front wheel in 1st, 2nd & 3rd gear without trying.
 I am now restoring a 1977 400c & yes it is the same blue, but last on the road in 1981.
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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2017, 01:52:38 PM »
Colin,

I know where YHP 919S is!

I was the chap you sold it to back in 1982 (it says on the registration document -1988 is a little bit out).
I do recall you saying that the original owner was one of two brothers who had both bought new RD400's to got to the TT.

The good news is that I still have it! Alot of other things have inevitably changed in my life over the years but the RD400 has remained one of the constants.

I've been asked a few times by different people if I wanted to sell it but have always refused as I'm too attached to it.
Back in the late 80's when I was building a Caterham the post man spotted it in the corner of the garage and cheekily asked if I wanted to part with it. "how about I give you a pound a cc" I remember him saying. Not a chance!

I stopped using it in '99 because the kick start was badly leaking oil and apparently the area in casing where the seal was had turned slightly elliptical and under engine vibration with the kickstart waggling around there was a capillary action with the result that oil was spraying up the back of my jacket. I did try at the time to get it fixed but no-one could offer a solution so it just sat in my garage.

I'm a bit of a serial collector of two stroke bikes and have got a bit of a collection going (all the stuff I couldn't afford but wanted back in the day). - ie:
A couple of RG500's, a couple of TZR250 3MA's, TZR250 3XVSP, Aprilia RS250 Regianni MK1, Aprilia RS50 MK2, RGV 250 VJ21 SP Pepsi, 2 RGV250 'M' spec bikes with the banana arm in the blue and white stripe colour scheme, RGV 250 'Lucky Strike', Kawasaki 72 H1, Kawasaki 70 H2 Mach III, Kawasaki S2 350 and a couple of RV125 Sand bikes. Think that's about it so far.

Recently. I thought I would have the RD400 restored and it is currently about two thirds of the way there, so should be on the road in the next month or so.

It still has the original 'Jones Garage of Syston' number plate as well.

Here are some snaps of the restoration so far...

















It will soon be ring-a-ding-dinging around the environs of Market Harborough.

Let me know when you have yours on the road and maybe we can meet up.

Cheers!

Robert

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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2017, 03:48:42 PM »
What a story!! 8)
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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2017, 04:07:24 PM »
According to the registration document, it was first registered on 4 April 1978.
Colin acquired it on 13 June 1981 and owned it until 30 November 1982.
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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2017, 04:41:25 PM »
Lovely Bike, great story!!

Would love to see your 3ma's ive had a few of them, great bikes once set up.

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1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2017, 07:19:46 PM »
What great news, we don't get many success stories, has Colin got back to you yet?
Let's hope you and Colin manage to meet up, it would be a good story for Well A'RD
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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2017, 09:55:56 PM »
Wow thats a turn up for the books, thanks for replying Robert & am so pleased that the 400c is still about & in good hands.
I knew you would be a good person to sell her to. :D
The pictures look amazing & I bet you are looking forward to getting the 400c back on the road.
The 1976 400c I am restoring is also about 2/3 done, so we are about at the same point.
Yes I agree, we will need to meet up after they are both complete & I still live in Melton, so we are not far apart.
Keep me updated on the progress & good luck.
I will go & look for some more photos of my restoration & add them to the post.
Once again thanks for getting in touch.

Cheers
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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2017, 09:59:57 PM »
Looks like you are doing a great job on that Colin!

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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2017, 10:09:04 PM »
Its not been easy, it was a basket case, with a lot of parts missing, but it was the thought of my previous 400c that kept me going.
Its blue also, what a coincidence. :D
The bill so far is over £3000, including the bike purchase. OUCH
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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2017, 12:38:21 AM »
£ 3 k is a bargain!

If you have managed to sort it for that then you have done well!

Did you manage to get the dent sorted on the tank?

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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2017, 07:34:05 AM »
It is good to here a good outcome to bike search. I hope you guys meet up and become good friends, reunited by an rd.The story is much the same as mine and dave who i bought his silver b off and was able to reunite him with, over twenty years later.We have become good friends and have had many adventures since :) :) :)
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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2017, 09:59:52 AM »
No, I am still looking for a decent tank, I sent some photos to a paint guy on here & he said it was unrepairable. >:(
But I am carrying on with the restoration, with the dented tank, as its like new inside & it will be fine to get her running.
So the £3000 is without tank & the new paint job. :(
That is some collection of 2 strokes Robert, I am envious, how many do you get to ride & I hope you have a large storage area & they are not in the house. :D
How many miles did your 400c clock up before the lay up & what were the bores & crank like when you stripped down?
The exhausts look mint, did you rechrome or are they as they were?

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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2017, 10:28:58 AM »
No, I am still looking for a decent tank, I sent some photos to a paint guy on here & he said it was unrepairable. >:(
But I am carrying on with the restoration, with the dented tank, as its like new inside & it will be fine to get her running.
I had worse dents than that in my tank (One where yours is, a big dent in the top and numerous ones around the tank) none of which I could get out so I filled them.  They have been fine now for 2 years
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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2017, 12:56:14 PM »
I bought a set of NOS pipes about 5 years ago from an RD400 enthusiast who was emigrating, Having stored them all this time and having them cleaned and put on the bike there is a small dent on the r/h pipe and a very small scuff on the l/h one. It wasn't apparent until they were cleaned down as they were greased to preserve them. It hasn't happened in my ownership as I stored them very carefully. I think a lot of this NOS stuff that turns up tends to be slight rejects from back in the day.
I bought a NOS front mudguard from the same chap and  a new rectifier which I found some time ago on ebay. All sorts of smaller NOS stuff has gone on the bike during the restoration process.

I am going to enlist one of the mobile dent guys to have a look at the dented one (you should ask them to check out your tank as it looks to me that it is rectifiable).
The slightly scuffed one will have to stay as it is because it's not that noticeable and sits under the rear foot peg. To re-chrome it would take away the originality, so on balance best to leave I think.

RD400 has done 15,700 miles, so still a real low mileage bike. Best memory of riding it, is riding it back to Leicester down the M6 from Brum at about 7.30 in the morning wearing T-shirt and no jacket (it was a really sunny day and I was in the mood for it). Wouldn't dream of riding it these days with so little protection, especially on the motorway, but back then normal safety concerns were less of a consideration.

All the bikes apart from the 350 S2 and one of the RV125's are taxed and get used every year. It's a hassle M.O.T.ing them, but I have an arrangement with my local bike M.O.T. place and he collects and delivers back to me.

I started collecting the 2 strokes back in 2000 when they were more affordable. The first RG500 was from a collector in N.Ireland who I remember was selling two mint RG's and an RD500. He did ask at the time if I wanted the other RG but like a fool I said no. I could have had all three for under £ 10 K!

Here's some snaps of part of the collection...











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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2017, 10:43:34 PM »
Your collection looks very, very nice. They all look awesome, very original & tidy.
I can't believe the RD has still only done 15,000 miles & you kept the Jones Garage number plate.
The RD400c is my only 2 stroke, but I am doing up a Yamaha AeroxR 50 scooter for my wife & I have a R6 year 2000, which I have had since new. Plus a 2015 R3, which is a 320cc twin & I love riding that at the moment, reminds me of a RD :D
So my collection is nothing like yours, but I don't have any more space at the minute.
I picked up a really nice left exhaust on eBay for a bargain £15, sourced a NOS in Canada for the right that cost$200 + shipping & it is unmarked. Also bought a pair of rechromed downpipes on eBay for £40 & I am attaching photos of my exhausts + R6 & R3
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