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Old 10-14-2005, 06:57 PM   #1
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1976 Yamaha RD200

Yep, my first bike, a 76 Yamaha RD200, only 4,400 on the clock and new tires. I like it.




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Old 10-14-2005, 08:11 PM   #2
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Dude!!!

That bike looks great. I'll bet its a blast arround town. With a little polishing it will look just like new.
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Old 10-15-2005, 07:13 AM   #3
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A 2-stroke street bike, gotta love it.
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Old 10-15-2005, 07:55 AM   #4
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Very nice

Great campus get-about.


I still love that simple, utilitarian styling.
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Old 10-15-2005, 05:49 PM   #5
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Cool bike! I had the big brother RD400! Had a blast on that thing until the XS1100 came out in 78
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Old 10-15-2005, 07:01 PM   #6
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Great little bike. (The only electric start RD?). Pop the heads off and clean the carbon off, keep the points on the money and fresh plugs now and then, and it'll always treat you right. I'd sorta like to have one of those for an around town buzz bomb... but, probably not... I've owned 2 RD350's, 2 RD250's (with pipes, they'd scream), 2 RD400's, and 2 RZ350's. I finally had enough of reed valves, expansion chambers, spark plug changes and fiddling constantly with TDC gauges and points, but all in all, it was a heck of alot of fun.

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Old 10-16-2005, 02:19 AM   #7
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Those pics make me miss my old RD350! Have fun.
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Old 10-16-2005, 08:53 AM   #8
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That RD looks to be in great shape! What a fun ride you have. My first bike (2 years ago) was a '73 RD350. You'll get all sort of looks and questions from folks while riding it. You'll also learn about being in the proper gear with that bike as it does not produce much torque. Have fun!
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Old 10-21-2005, 12:37 PM   #9
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Rd200

that is a great looking RD200. as an ex rd350 owner and i can appreciate those peaky reed valve yamahas from the 70's.

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Old 10-21-2005, 01:41 PM   #10
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Rode an RD350 all over central Fla. in the mid-70's.
Great ride. Just had to keep lots of plugs on board.
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Old 10-22-2005, 08:08 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by deerslayR
Rode an RD350 all over central Fla. in the mid-70's.
Great ride. Just had to keep lots of plugs on board.


I bought one of those plug cleaners when I rode RD's. It paid for itself pretty quickly. After I sold them, I never used it again. Don't even know what happened to it. Wife might have tossed it.
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Old 10-24-2005, 08:05 AM   #12
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Laugh 2 stroke yammy twins

Awesome bike man you just gave me the biggest nostalgia trip.

While I was at highschool I bought a trailer load of 1970 yamaha twin parts from a friend for $200NZ. I got three frames, 7 wheels and enough to almost build 2 engines a 350 and a 250. (models R5 an YDS7)

Over a few months I built up a Yamaha R5. These bikes where he predecessors fo the RD's. Many parts where interchangeable, including gear box internals. Mine ended up with odd pistons, I had an orignal R5 piston in one cylinder and a RD400 piston on the other side. I guess the big advances with the RD's where disc brakes and reed valves. My R5 had twin leading shoe front drum and *no* reed valves.

I rode the bike to a Motorcyle rally chasing older guys on big bikes, expecting to be laughed off the site. Much to my mates disgust it got more attention then their new sports bikes. Prehistoric Bikers gathered round to reminisce and swap tales of racing RD's and TR2's.

I've always wanted another one. I hope you get as much fun out of this as I did out of mine

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Old 10-28-2005, 02:28 PM   #13
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Rd200

I need a set of pistons for a 72.It has 1400 miles on it but stuck from sitting.
Anybody got a source?
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Old 11-08-2005, 12:10 PM   #14
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Speed and Sport Yamaha in PA. They have a lot of my money.
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