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Offline tim f

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My 76 RD400
« on: June 06, 2021, 06:20:02 PM »
Winter/Spring 2021 - Rebuilt the carbs, cleaned the piston and head, and she runs strong.

I rode my brother's 76 RD400 as a teenager.  Our friend was so impressed he bought one himself, it was identical to my brother's.  Fast forward 30 years, the friend hadn't ridden it for years so I bought it from him in 2007.  He said the throttle wouldn't turn because it had a bad cable.  Like an idiot I cut the cable before I realized the problem was actually old gas in the carbs had gummed them shut.  I put it in the corner of my garage and didn't get to the carbs rebuild till 2021.  So it's been sitting idle since 1991, but now runs great.  Tires have lots of tread but unfortunately are from the 1980's.

Really glad I found this RD club and appreciate the great advice I've gotten.  Being from Montana USA I had never heard of Yambits but saw them mentioned here and it's been a lifesaver for the odds and ends I've needed.
76 Yamaha RD400
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Re: My 76 RD400
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2021, 06:20:14 PM »

Looks a good job to me  8)
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Re: My 76 RD400
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2021, 11:49:11 AM »
Pretty. Yes, the tires look fine but due to age should be replaced along with tubes. Beside not failing unexpectedly,  modern tires will provide much better handling. Metric replacements fit fine, and don't be afraid to run tubless tires with tubes on your rims.

Never ride on tires old enough to vote!
« Last Edit: June 17, 2021, 11:50:58 AM by pidjones »
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