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Offline Mingo

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Greetings from Toronto, Canada
« on: February 03, 2022, 11:51:45 AM »
I have owned several modern Yamaha's, with my newest being a 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900GT. I've wanted a 2 stroke for a long time and have been searching for the right bike. I have found a 1977 RD400D in perfect condition. It only has 7000 km (4500 miles) and is in perfect running order. I look forward to being part of this great RD community learning and sharing. I view myself as the temporary custodian of this lovely bike and hope to pass it on to the next generation in as good a condition as I purchased it.



Having read the detailed model guide on this site, I'm puzzled by the all-black cast wheels of this bike. This is how the bike was sold in Canada apparently.

The only change I'm contemplating doing is replacing the points with electronic ignition:

I see 3 options: Yambits:

Dyna S ignition, as seen here:

this change seems a lot simpler than replacing the entire ignition and charging system with the Vape CDI ignition found here:

Your thoughts and feedback in regards to which kit is preferable and why would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.
« Last Edit: February 03, 2022, 12:12:34 PM by Mingo »

Offline pidjones

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Re: Greetings from Toronto, Canada
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2022, 01:07:35 PM »
My '76 RD400c is still points, but my '75 engined GL1000 has Dyna. All that I've done with the Dyna was to time it - once - and it has been trouble free. They are sensetive to sufficient 12 volt supply, I've read. But, the GL has a hefty alternator. I was very lucky with the RD to be able to just refurbish connectors and use the components that came with the basket case that had been abandoned for over 15 years. I'm even using the points that came with it!
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Re: Greetings from Toronto, Canada
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2022, 03:11:48 PM »
Welcome in. Nice bike you have there.

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Re: Greetings from Toronto, Canada
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2022, 06:54:20 PM »
Hi Mingo, and welcome.
Very tidy find 👍
If I were you I’d start drinking heavily 😁

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Re: Greetings from Toronto, Canada
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2022, 09:47:50 AM »
Welcome Mingo, good to have you as part of the RD community and look forward to reading your posts.
2 strokes are all I need!

'74 RD350A
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Re: Greetings from Toronto, Canada
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2022, 01:04:51 PM »
Welcome to the Forum.
What a nice 400 you have, I hope you have many enjoyable miles riding it

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