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Yamaha RD400

Yamaha RD400

If the Yamaha SR400 is the easy-going, easily swayed favorite of café racer builders, the two-stroke Yamaha RD400 is its delinquent half-brother. It was launched in 1976 as a slightly more refined version of the RD350 firecracker, but was still a quick, nervous bike to ride. (As the Used Motorcycle Guide said, “If it doesn’t…

Yamaha RD400 custom

Yamaha RD400 custom

Today’s post is courtesy of Moto Retro Illustrated magazine, with words and photos by Andy and Lindsay Mauk. To some, acquiring a bike for your wife might sound as simple as buying her a set of golf clubs, or maybe adding some space to the garage as an anniversary gift. But this was different. Way…

Yamaha RD400 cafe racer

When you think of Yamaha café racers, it’s usually the SR400 or SR500 that crops up. But Chris Fiaccone of Dallas, Texas, has shown that the RD400 is a terrific starting point too. He’s into bikes that are fun and nimble, and this two-stroke twin delivers. The RD400 was a lively, quick-steering machine developed from…