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Yamaha RD400. The Model Guide
« Reply #45 on: September 12, 2011, 06:30:42 PM »
 
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Del , have we got a Geneva green bike in the UK ?









Not as far as I know. I know there is a couple of importers tring to sell them.



My red one is the only C that I know of in the UK. There is a few later D bikes though.



I did once speak to a chap who"s 400 was an import identicle to mine. He then converted it to a white UK bike. Took a rare bike and made it common.
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« Reply #46 on: February 14, 2012, 08:33:54 AM »
Marketing men eh, light alloy cast wheels, they where heavier than the spokies, they weigh a bloody ton compared to modern allys,  
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« Reply #47 on: April 19, 2012, 12:51:27 PM »
Andy,



Do you still have the 400 as I have one with the frame number only 2 digits different to yours but it is a white tank with red decals and the side panels have the 00"s filled in black.



I am only the 3rd owner and my mate who I bought it from would not have changed the tank and side panels and the person who owned it before that (bought it from new) only had it for a couple of years so I doubt they would have either.



Frame number suggests a "C"model but colour scheme suggests otherwise. It has points as well which means it is from earlier.



What"s your gut feeling about this one.



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« Reply #48 on: June 17, 2012, 10:26:13 PM »
I had alot of rds new in the late 70s,rd400e black wheels only, rd400f red wheels only,i only ever saw 400fs and 400es in white. also 400es had higher compression and 400fs had bigger ports than an e model but less compression but still 44bhp,i see alot of 400e and fs on ebay etc that are yellow but in the 70s and early 80s there was none ,only 250s were yellow,

ps i was in the u.k.

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« Reply #49 on: June 18, 2012, 04:57:18 AM »
400 F came in yellow
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Re: Yamaha RD400. The Model Guide
« Reply #50 on: November 29, 2012, 11:09:57 AM »
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Hi mate, could you confirm if this frame no applies to a 400C? Its 1A1303<img src="smileys/smiley35.gif" border="0" align="middle" />,

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Number says its a F.



A 400C would have footrests mounted under the frame- does yours?




I have just bought what I thought was a RD400C model (US import) Frame Number: *1A1-310831* ??? It still has the headstock sticker saying it was manufactured in Jan 1977 and it has the black shocks and the later idiot lights cluster so I believe this now to be a US "D" model as per the earlier brochure photo in this thread!?

Here is what it looked like when I got it which was very original down to every last nut and bolt:-








...and here is what it looks like now ;) 8)

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Re: Yamaha RD400. The Model Guide
« Reply #51 on: November 29, 2012, 04:16:21 PM »
you ruined the patina Per  :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: Yamaha RD400. The Model Guide
« Reply #52 on: June 04, 2013, 07:07:21 AM »
LOL some aversion to the superior G model? After all the times it is mentioned in this thread it's never added to the model guide?

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Re: Yamaha RD400. The Model Guide
« Reply #53 on: July 13, 2013, 11:30:47 AM »
One of the first RD400 magazine ads i remember from the day



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Re: Yamaha RD400. The Model Guide
« Reply #54 on: December 15, 2014, 02:12:48 PM »
I'm working on a 79 400 (f?). It came to me in black with red decals, but has NO colour speced on the log book so I can paint it whichever colour is approppriate. Frame number confirms it's a '79 so can anyone confirm if the '79 model came in black with red decals?

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Re: Yamaha RD400. The Model Guide
« Reply #55 on: December 23, 2014, 09:49:59 PM »
It did, but very rare.
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Re: Yamaha RD400. The Model Guide
« Reply #56 on: February 10, 2015, 10:29:38 AM »
Alright chaps, I've just bought sight unseen a coffin tank on Eville Baye for the princely sum of five hundred Australian bucks. Don't get excited, its a boat anchor. Engine and frame numbers are close but not matching, musta been on the same assembly line though: Frame 1A1 110276, engine 1A1 110252, allegedly, I haven't "met" the bike yet, its still with the freight company.
Does this theoretically make it an "E" ??
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Re: Yamaha RD400. The Model Guide
« Reply #57 on: April 28, 2015, 01:19:54 PM »
Hi all please forgive reviving this thread but I'm struggling to find out exactly which year and colour my RD400 is/should be and wondered if anyone could help with any degree of confidence?

Firstly it's got lots of none standard parts so they don't help but:
The Frame no is 1A30330747,
and engine no is 1A3330747.
reg is DMF 144V.
Reg doc says 'date of first registration in the UK 24 08 1979 and it's the same as the date of first registration. But next to colour it says NOT STATED.
Yamaha UK reckon it's probably a 78 model but can't say for sure, but model info here suggests a 79.
DVLA can't tell me anything untill I fill in a V888 and send 'em a fiva.
At the moment it's black with red decals although obviously painted as it's metallic.
Any ideas anyone?

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Re: Yamaha RD400. The Model Guide
« Reply #58 on: April 28, 2015, 02:13:14 PM »
the extra 0 after 1a3 is just what some dealers registered bikes with back in the day
it will not be on the frame so you have a matching nos bike

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Re: Yamaha RD400. The Model Guide
« Reply #59 on: April 28, 2015, 02:15:48 PM »
UK bike as far as I can tell, date of first uk registration is the same as date of first registration. I guess that means UK bike? But according to frame number listed on page one of this thread ....79??
 Plus it seems the engine and frame numbers match as you say GAZZAT2.