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My weekly stroll through CL and I find this RD for $1200. Runs but needs some work.......but clear title currently registered. The riding position would ruin my back for a week however.........I am intrigued by some of the mods. In particular those front brakes. It's about 3 hours from me but my niece lives in the same town so I might have her husband take a peak for me. I've always wanted an old RD but the timing couldn't be worse.
 

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I think that's a piston port R5. Reed valve RD350's were introduced in '72. Further differences are the R5 5 speed gearbox vs. the RD's 6 cog box, and front drum brakes on R5's as shipped. That bike looks like a good value for $1200.

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yeah, seen people get less for more $
That's how I feel......especially when you consider the chambers, Akront rims and the go cart brakes. Those brakes make it scream 70s. Also tags and currently registered? The add says it needs plugs and a tuneup but that might be a small price to pay for all the positives.
 

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the front calipers are airheart go kart calipers.. These were a 70's mod for the rd race bikes. The calipers are still available today. I have one mounted on my 70cc race bike.

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Just because someone ran one on a go kart does not make them a go kart caliper. They were a very popular motorcycle caliper in 70's. I ran them on my bike in the 70's and they worked quite well (for the 70's)
 

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Just because someone ran one on a go kart does not make them a go kart caliper. They were a very popular motorcycle caliper in 70's. I ran them on my bike in the 70's and they worked quite well (for the 70's)
Are you sure? those are the small airheart calipers not the bigger ones that were similar to the Grimecas of the era.
 

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You can swap out the 5 speed for a 6 speed fairly easily. Beyond that, the reed valve difference over the piston port is negligible on the street. Both can be made fast as shit. I know there is a lot more after market available for the RD though.

What im saying...for the price I would get it and if you wanted to do a disk upgrade and tranny upgrade you could easily. That bike is very cheap if everything checks out on it.

Edit: Obviously already has disks...but if you wanted to put a single side RD on you could.
 

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You can swap out the 5 speed for a 6 speed fairly easily. Beyond that, the reed valve difference over the piston port is negligible on the street. Both can be made fast as shit. I know there is a lot more after market available for the RD though.

What im saying...for the price I would get it and if you wanted to do a disk upgrade and tranny upgrade you could easily. That bike is very cheap if everything checks out on it.

Edit: Obviously already has disks...but if you wanted to put a single side RD on you could.
Yeah we're in kinda communication right now......sending texts back and forth but now since it's lunch I'm going to call.
 

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Just talked to him and he said everything works......registered til Sept this year........and it needs air filters and a couple other items. He said it runs well just bogs when you Crack open the throttle. He's getting quite a few calls so my distance away limits my chances. I am going to try for Wednesday or thursday.
 

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<-- proper jealous! Went to go check out an rd350 the other day down here. Dude wants $2500 and it doesnt idle. JUST NEEDS CARB CLEANING. Then clean the carbs, or drop price. I offered him $1500. He got insulted. Called him out on the old cables, tires and crap "maintenance items, not my problem and wouldnt drop the price cause of that".... Fucking florida fail.
 

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<-- proper jealous! Went to go check out an rd350 the other day down here. Dude wants $2500 and it doesnt idle. JUST NEEDS CARB CLEANING. Then clean the carbs, or drop price. I offered him $1500. He got insulted. Called him out on the old cables, tires and crap "maintenance items, not my problem and wouldnt drop the price cause of that".... Fucking florida fail.
Hidden camera on a flip-monkey next time, I say.

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It's an R5. O.K., but not anywhere near as good as an RD with reed valves.

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At the time, Yamaha claimed that RD's gained about 4 horses over R5's. I switched my R5 cylinders for RD cylinders, mainly because R5 pistons are hard to find and usually Dykes ringed (an obsolescent type). RD pistons are very easy to find from a variety of manufacturers. When I did the conversion, I found that the RD cylinders have an improved idle and cleaner midrange, but not a huge power advantage. Other than pistons & brakes, most R5 & RD parts are interchangeable and easily found new and used.

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Where is the bike exactly? Maybe a member on the board can grab it for you if they are close. Unless the thing is complete garbage you could get your money back in parts. It's a no brainier to me. Especially if you want a 2 stroke for cheap.
 

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<-- proper jealous! Went to go check out an rd350 the other day down here. Dude wants $2500 and it doesnt idle. JUST NEEDS CARB CLEANING. Then clean the carbs, or drop price. I offered him $1500. He got insulted. Called him out on the old cables, tires and crap "maintenance items, not my problem and wouldnt drop the price cause of that".... Fucking florida fail.
That's the problem now.........everybody wants one now so prices sit there....nearly regardless of the condition. I can remember a time when we were young we couldn't wait to dump our old yamabogs for the new Seca 550s or the GPZ 550s. Now we want them back. What a cruel world
 

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I've owned a 1972 R5c, Madarin Orange, and a 1973 RD 350. The RD was a bit quicker off the line and had a better top end. I loved em both and I wish the hell I still had the RD. It was decked out with rear sets, a 60s era full race fairing, fiberglass seat and tank and (choke) clubmans. I wish the hell I still had it. I would snatch that up in a heart beat if I could at that price!
 
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