Originally Posted by caryder
I succumbed to the RD bug a couple of years ago. I have a 1976 RD400. The comment about the memory vs reality is spot on. The RD does turn well primarily because it's small and light by comparison to a modern sport bike. The brakes on the other hand absolutely suck. It does move rapidly when on the pipe, but it's tiring to make it do so. It is fun in spite of the extra effort. However, with the money spent, and the money required to "make it right", well it's $5k I would rather have back and simply live with the memory.
That would apply to just about any pre 1980 bike made. I mean Jotas are what 90 horsepower, a 900SS duck was maybe 80 horses.